Continuing on our DisneyWorld trip, Caleb loved Animal Kingdom just as much as Magic Kingdom! (Also, I think we were photobombed by the "dads-with-strollers" crew.)
Celia connected to her wild side in Harambe village in Animal Kingdom.
We all ate lunch at Yak and Yeti and ate delicious Asian cuisine. We also managed to get another group shot of all of us (a rare occurrence).
Over in Hollywood Studios, I managed to snap a quick shot of our row on Star Tours before they said no pictures. Balo was turning into a droid, apparently.
We got a picture with the soldier guy from Toy Story after we rode Toy Story mania. He's always entertaining.
Caleb loved Hollywood Studios just as much as the others. In other news, I think he gained weight daily. I can barely hold him up in this picture.
As a reward for all of my baby carrying, we headed to Beaches and Cream for the greatest sundae that exists...the No Way José (a.k.a. the IGoHoJo, if you are like me and get those two sayings mixed up). It's a glorious bowl of hot fudge, peanut butter, and ice cream.
Celia and Balo got to sit at their very own table. Our waiter was amazing and gave them balloons for their birthdays. This is Celia enjoying her ice cream.
Did I mention our waiter was amazing? He saw there were two other little ones that wanted balloons, so he brought two more over for my parent's "wedding anniversary" (which it was, but the girls were wearing their anniversary buttons because they wanted buttons like the birthday kids... so now they had both buttons and balloons).
Here is everyone walking along the "beach" next to Beaches and Cream, very satisfied on a lovely Disney day full of ice cream, complete with balloons.
At the Magic Kingdom the next day, we managed to get a castle picture with all of us.
We also got to meet Elsa and Anna. Elsa was blah, but Anna was pretty darn exciting. She was chatting it up about her friends, and her sister, and Olaf. She was pretty good.
At the exit, we got a picture of all the kiddos with Minnie mouse. (Balo didn't want to get his picture taken with Elsa, of course.)
We rode Dumbo again with everyone.
We rode the Barnstormer again.
Caleb proved he was having a romping good time in his signature way.
And then we were captured by Zurg! Clara and Celia managed to get their scared faces on. Balo and Caleb looked thrilled, and Sabrina thinks she can take down Zurg with her muscles. Obviously.
The Haunted Mansion has also added some fun activities to do during the line, which the older kids remembered from last time. Here they are posing with the silly statues at the start of the activity part of the line.
As we were waiting for our reservation to be ready for lunch, the kiddos all sat very photogenically on this stone ledge. Unfortunately, Caleb did not fit (nor did we think it wise to set him on it since it was 3 or 4 feet off the ground).
We got to eat at the brand new Be Our Guest restaurant. It was absolutely amazing. It was the Beast's castle. Inside was the grand ballroom where most of the tables were. Then there was the West Wing, where we were, which was all ripped up and had the rose in it. Also, the picture of the Prince over the mantle changed to the beast during a lightning storm every twenty minutes or so. It was awesome. And "the grey stuff" ("Try the grey stuff, it's delicious, don't believe me? Ask the dishes!" .... just in case you needed a reference reminder) was a menu item.... so of course we tried it! It was, in fact, delicious! Also, the Beast came by to welcome everyone as his guest and then he went to the royal library (which was disappointingly small and lacking in books compared to the movie) and took his picture with everyone as they left.