And the view of our house through the zoom on our camera:
After the descend, the infamous 49 Palms Oasis:
A peek-a-boo view of the city from the oasis:
Getting ready to climb back up and over:
Concentrating so hard so he didn't "crash":
Loving every minute of his chance to drive:
After a driver's switch, it was Jadyn's turn:
Jadyn's favorite rides were the Mad Tea Party and It's a Small World. She loved the teacups so much that I had to listen to her whine and cry "teaaaacupssss" for 20 minutes after our ride was over. If you guessed that we went on that ride in the afternoon, you would be correct.
Here are the kids on It's A Small World:
A quick shot before the teacups starting spinning:
Getting dizzy on the teacups:
Does Jadyn look like I may have been spinning the cup a tad too much:
So what is my favorite ride? Pirates of the Caribbean. We went on in twice and I was so glad the kids were not afraid, although the first time through Jake did ask if the pirates were shooting at us. Coincidentally, although Pirates has always been a favorite ride of mine, I am not a huge fan of the movie franchise, although I thought it was pretty clever when they infused the original movie with scenes straight from the classic ride such as this:
On every ride, the three of us got to sit together. While in Toon Town, Jadyn asked to go on Gadget's Go Coaster. She was so proud of the fact that she was tall enough to ride it. Jake on the other hand had reservations so I promised to hold him tight during the ride. That was until I found out they only seat two across, so Jake and Jadyn had to sit together one row behind me. Jake had asked me in line if I planned on screaming, as he saw that was the norm from the other riders. I told him I probably would. Well I wish I could have timed the picture right but I will have to rely on memory to remember the scared look on Jake's face when I turned around to find him screaming as we went down and twisted around the track. When we got off however, his only response was that he thought the ride was cool. Jadyn, of course loved it as well.
Can you see the apprehension on Jake's face before the ride began?:
And a few other favorite rides included Dumbo:
Casey Jr's train:
King Arthur's carousel:
You might be surprised to find that I have no pictures of the kids with the characters. Well that has a twofold reason. For one, the kids would have been afraid. They may be willing to take on roller coasters but Goofy? No way. Second of all, I would have loved to get a picture of Jadyn with the Disney princesses (which I think she would have been okay with since they don't wear a costume head) but unfortunately they treat character greetings like a ride now and I wasn't willing to wait upwards of an hour just to take a picture. We were having too much fun on the rides! I did get this classically "Disney" picture of the kids in front of Cinderella's castle:
So that is my novel recap of our day at the Magic Kingdom. It was fun, it was exhausting but most importantly it was a birthday to remember.
Here is the (almost) birthday boy getting ready to throw the ball down the lane: