Monday, May 9, 2011
The following day, we spent at Magic Kingdom. We were there right when they opened and we didn't leave until 10:30 that night (there is a lighted parade at night and a fireworks show)! It is important to grab the maps and the list of shows right as you enter the park. This will tell you where you can find characters to sign your autograph books (we bought these at Downtown Disney so we didn't have to waste time at the park) and also when the show times are. That way, you can plan your day around that. I do have to say that each show was a major production, you should not miss the shows or parades. You should also know which rides you want to ride because you should get a Fast Past for them right away to ensure you can ride them. There are also Fast Passes for some of the character greetings. This way, you don't have to stand in long lines for all of them. Remember to enjoy this. Don't let the long lines or anything else put you in a bad mood. You are in the most magical place ever! ENJOY it!
The next day we spent at Hollywood Studios. Again, we were there from open to close. Landen is a huge Star Wars fan so as soon as we got through the doors, we headed to the Star Wars Jedi sign up (as you enter the park, go left, towards the Star Wars ride and you should see the sign for the Jedi training). We got there just in time to get him signed up for the last show of the day. He was going to be on stage fighting Darth Vader!!! There are shows all day, but they fill up fast so if you have a Star Wars fanatic, make sure you do this the first thing. The stunt show at Hollywood Studios was fantastic! We all loved it! The Beauty and the Beast show was like a short Broadway production - beautiful! Again, there are character signing spots all over.
After this day, we got in our car and drove about an hour to Cocoa Beach. We got to our hotel, put our suits on and headed to the beach. If you have room, pack some sand toys so you don't have to pay for them there. We found a grocery store nearby and bought food to make in the room and to take to the beach while we were there. We hunted for shells and the kids actually got to hold a tiny sea horse that got pushed onto shore. We all had a wonderful time and none of us wanted to come home. Matt and I are already talking about where we are going next.......... on a budget.
2. Bring or rent a stroller. You will need it. Even Landen (8) needed to ride in the stroller for a little break.