Ok, so I don't post here much, but I have read a lot and I planned obsessively to get the perfect trip. Well, it wasn't perfect because in hindsight I would have done a few things differently, but my wife told me I did a pretty good job planning this out. I'll start from the very end first, then I 'll tell about the trip in order. I'm not a professional writer, as you'll probably see and I apologize for the length.
Our last day in the parks was Saturday November 19. My wife and I agreed our last thing was to go eat at BOG for our reservation at 5:05. After we had eaten we had our picture taken with the Beast and walked out to of the park. I had a rush of emotions I have almost never had, but as I walked out of the park, I was really sad. I knew at that point our trip was over. One of my 6 year old daughters told me she wanted to ride 7 Dwarves again and I told her we would have to come back and I promised her I would ride it with her again. We had a lot to do to get ready to leave, but I just didn't want to. I'm sad now just thinking about it.
We started out our trip driving almost all day (getting up at 4 AM CST) to drive and stay at AoA. We had our reservation for Mickey's Backyard BBQ that night and I wanted to get our vacation started off the right way. We weren't going to the park that day, so I figured to help my two 6 year old girls get in some good Mickey time and we could eat dinner too. Two birds with one stone. The food was better than I thought and the show was really good. Word of caution here: They had a trick rope guy that came out with a bullwhip with it mic'ed up. He was cracking the whip with the kids around and it was pretty loud. My kids covered their ears, but some kids went back to their parents crying. He then did some rope tricks and the band played a little more. My kids got their pictures taken with Mickey and Minnie and Chip & Dale and danced with Goofy and Chip & Dale. They had a blast. I had about 4 Mickey ice cream bars and loved watching my kids laugh so hard. I find it funny now, but when Minnie Mouse first came out, my daughter was so excited that she turned around to tell me about it and fell off the chair and hurt her hand. She cried a little bit, but she was ok in about 5 minutes.
Day 1 in the parks. MK. November 13.
We first got to the park and my kids wanted some ice cream bars. We got them some Mickey bars and I got a Dole Whip cup. After they ate it (slowly I might add) we went on the Jingle Cruise. It was a walk right on ride at that time, so no waiting. It was fun and there were some new jokes. My kids loved it and commented how real the animals looked. They just have never seen many animatronics. I enjoyed the Christmas theme. Next, we rode on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Another walk on ride. I rode with my other daughter. When we first took off, she had a look of shear horror that as quickly as I could notice, went to a face of shear joy. She was so happy as we went up the air. Next we went over to Pirates of the Caribbean. We had to wait about 5 minutes for this. I was surprised that they enjoyed it, but they did. We hit up Splash Mountain (which they didn't like), then ate at Columbia Harbor House. After lunch, it was time to go over to It's a Small World, Peter Pan, and the Teacups. They loved all 3, but by this time the wait for each was pretty long. Luckily for us, we had a fastpass for Peter Pan. After the Teacups, it was time for our next fastpass, which was Enchanted Tales with Belle. Both my wife and I were selected to be the knights in shining armor and one of my daughters was selected to be the Beast. When they got to the part where the Beast dances with Belle, well, let's just say I was one proud dad. The way she was looking at Belle in awe as they danced, the only thing I could really think was that I hope she can find a spouse that she looks at like that one day.
They were having Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party that night and we didn't have tickets here, so we left to Epcot for our dinner reservations at Akershus. We got there a little early, so stopped by and met Anna and Elsa. At Akershus, we saw the Princesses and ate. The food was good. I asked the waitress how to pronounce some of the names on the menu, and you could tell she got proud and really into it. I could do the 3rd one, but the first two I wouldn't even try to imitate. After dinner, we headed back to our room and got ready for day 2 in Animal Kingdom.
I hope in the process of writing this, I can offer some helpful advice that may help some future travelers with some young ones. If you have any questions, post them and I''ll let you know my thoughts.