After taking a day off from the parks for swimming and exploring Downtown Disney, we headed to Magic Kingdom. It was kind of a dreary day but that didn’t stop us from having fun. I was so excited to get a cheesy castle photo but then there was a giant crane working on it. Oh well! Here’s Jude snacking as we are walking into the park, whatever works to get him through a crowd!
Pat had to have the photo with Walt.
We decided to check out the Enchanted Tales with Belle. I have to say that we weren’t overally impressed with it, and later in the day it had a long wait, but it was worth it for some of the special effects they use. All four of us could not stop watching Lumiere during the whole Belle part. How cool looking is he? He moved, talked and everything.
After doing a ton of rides including Dumbo, Peter Pan, It’s a Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean, we headed to The Pirates League to have Jude and Zane changed into pirates for the day. We were totally worried about Jude, considering he just barely made the age cut for this but he did great and got a ton of attention because he was the littlest pirate in the room, maybe even the park. When you first walk in they give the kids their pirate names. Jude’s was Henry Darkengrin, perfect for him.
Zane’s pirate name was Sven Cabinstealer. He got the black eye treatment with a beard and scar. I swear he looked 20-something after they were done with him.
Zane pretended to be so relaxed about the whole thing. I’m not sure if he was embarrassed or what the deal was but he still took the pirate oath.
And then they sang happy birthday to him! He was a bit overwhelmed!
And the cutest pirate award goes to…
Seriously, all the adult pirates where saying how cute he looked and we were stopped in the park by guests and cast members to tell us how awesome Jude looked. I will say getting the makeup off both of them was not the easiest thing and they looked like morning-after rock stars with eyeliner on the next day. It made us all laugh though.
After the oath and the giving of swords, they take you into a secret room where Disney takes a photo and the boys pick out their treasure. They can’t leave the room till they check the peephole to make sure the coast is clear. Zane was all about the photos.
Jude on the other hand turned on his bashful charm.
He eventually peeked just quick enough for them to grab the photo.
This is my attempt at getting a photo of the two of them. I’m giving up on this idea…it just isn’t going to happen!
A three-year-old and his sword.
Zane took it very seriously and got into character.
This was right before we had to take the swords away for the day. Even though they had been explained the “sword rules”, they forgot them quickly. The rest of the day involved more rides like Buzz Lightyear, Jungle Cruise and of course the People Mover. The boys loved the Laugh Floor and I think would have watched it again if we had time. We headed to Tom Sawyer Island with all of the boys and they loved running around exploring, shooting guns and balancing across bridges. We ended up eating dinner with all of us and then attempting to see the electrical parade. That part got a bit crazy making our way through the crowd and then half way through the parade it started pouring, really chilly rain. It put a damper on staying for the fireworks since we all were soaked so we just headed for the bus and could hear the fireworks from there.
The next day we took on a rainy Animal Kingdom. It was Zane’s birthday so he sported his birthday button and had everyone wishing him happy birthday. The Kilimanjaro Safari was fun since the roads were all wet and the animals seemed to be out since it was cooler. I could have gone on it again and again to see new things each time. We explored the Boneyard, walked through the Pangani Forest Expedition to see the naked mole rats, because they are in one of Zane’s favorite books, and watched It’s Tough to be a Bug. Warning on this – it can be scary. Jude loved it and wanted to see it again, Zane literally started crying during the show, hiding his face as I hugged him. He was not a fan. It all depends on your child’s personality of course.
Our attempt at a family photo for Zane’s birthday. We saw the Finding Nemo show which was awesome. We were totally bummed the Lion King show was closed for refurbishment because we’ve heard such great things about it. As we expected, both boys loved Nemo.
We ended the day with a family dinner at Rainforest Cafe for Zane’s birthday. It was a perfect way to end the day for Zane as he could see the big fish tank and everything around him. He also got a huge volcano dessert! I think he’s one lucky boy for spending his birthday week in Disney!