Friday, November 23, 2012

Grandkids and Disney World

It's a wonder of our extended family that I can have 2 grandkids without ever having had a child myself!  And, it's proof of long-lasting relationships that Jim (and I) are close friends with Jim's ex-wife, Jo Ellen.  So, when planning the kids' first trip to Disney World, we could include 3 grandparents!  The 3/2 ratio made it so easy and enjoyable.

Jim holding his grandson AJ's hand

Jo Ellen riding the roller coaster with both Aiva and AJ
Jo Ellen gets a photo of me and Jim with both Aiva and AJ

Then, the icing on the cake was that we got a last minute reservations for an RV site at Fort Wilderness - the campground right on Disney property.  Most people make reservations a year in advance for that.  We tried to get a site a month earlier but were told that nothing was available.  We did have reservations at Thousand Trails, about 20 minutes from Disney, but there's nothing like staying right on the Disney property.  As we were packing up to go on Friday morning, I decided to give it one last try and called the phone number for campground reservations - and got one!  The person on the phone said we now have reservations for that night, Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday.  I couldn't believe it - really, I couldn't believe it.  I called back a couple of times to speak with another operator and verify our reservation - thinking maybe they misunderstood me and gave us a tent site or something.  I didn't even tell Jo Ellen about the news until we pulled up to the Fort Wilderness check-in gate.  But, it was true - we had a site in Fort Wilderness and it was the greatest way to experience Disney!  We had our own beds, our own kitchen, and we didn't even need the car.  There were buses right from the campground to the boats and other buses that take you to wherever you want to go in Disney World.  It was a great weekend!
Our site at Fort Wilderness
The campground is part of the overall Disney experience.
Hamburgers on the grill are a lot cheaper than a Disney restaurant!
It's easy to catch a boat from Fort Wilderness to the Magic Kingdom
or a bus to the Animal Kingdom
The first day we spent at Magic Kingdom.  It was beautiful weather and, although there were plenty of people, we didn't wait more than 25 minutes for any ride, and for many of them, we just walked right on!

First photo opp of the grandkids at Magic Kingdom
AJ's favorite was Space Mountain (no surprise.)  He loved all the roller coaster rides!  After each one, the first words out of his mouth were "Can we do that again?!"
I grabbed this shot from one frame of the video that Jim took.
Here's a little video I put together from our day at Magic Kingdom.


by the way ... if you want to learn how to make a video like that with the free Movie Maker software, we'll be teaching it at our TechnoGeek Learning rally coming up Dec 2-8 in Bushnell, FL

On Sunday, we went to the Animal Kingdom park.  Jim and I have been there once before, I think they had just opened, it has grown considerably since then and added the best yet roller coaster - Mt. Everest Experience.  But, I still think the animals were the main attraction:
Zebra - meet Aiva





We had a great weekend!  I took WAY more pictures than I posted here.  If you want to see them all, here's the link to all 124 photos!  Make sure to click the button for Slideshow (in the upper right) so you can see the pictures full screen.

We might have a budding young photographer in Aiva.  She asked to use my big camera for a few shots.  She took this great one of all of us (except her!)



I had to use my cell phone then, to get this shot of her.

Aiva using my Canon Digital Rebel T3i

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6 comments:

Jeannie and Eldy said...

What a wonderful time! Great video..I'm inspired to try again. People say they don't have enough bandwidth to watch videos on blogs. What size is this video or is there any way to identify file sizes on blogs before deciding to watch Thanks for sharing...

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

What a great time and so cool you got a site at FW! Nothing beats Disney World with the grandkids. Gives the adults a chance to be "kids" again, too.

We try to take some of our grandkids every year, it sure is a blast. :c)

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

What a great time and so cool you got a site at FW! Nothing beats Disney World with the grandkids. Gives the adults a chance to be "kids" again, too.

We try to take some of our grandkids every year, it sure is a blast. :c)

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