Day 1 - 6/25/2006
Billy's (age 5 months) first ever day at Walt Disney World! We celebrated the occasion by taking him to the Magic Kingdom. Walking down Main Street we stopped to listen to the Dapper Dans (love 'em) then I spent some time looking at my son as he got his first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. Beaming with pride and a small lump in my throat we continued on to the hub where I took a bunch of photos of the Partners statue before moving on to Liberty Square and lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern.
Once we were full, we moved on to Tomorrowland (stopping by the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh for Fastpasses) and it was time for Billy's first Disney ride - drum roll - the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Space Mountain had the lights on as we went by and Billy did pretty well on the ride. Then it was on to Winnie the Pooh and the look on Billy's face was the stuff dreams are made of. Beaming from ear to ear, eyes big as lollypops, he was just the cutest thing I have ever seen and it really made me proud to be a dad. We then went back to the resort (Old Key West - WOW! the room and the resort were beautiful and it was a really nice first visit to OKW as Disney Vacation Club members).
We met one my friends and his family (and my wife made some new friends as a result) at Akershus in Norway for dinner. I had never met my buddy's family and my wife had never met any of them but it was a wonderful meal, complete with Disney Princesses. I swear Belle wanted me but maybe it was wishful thinking. After that I hung around by myself and watched IllumiNations then quickly monorailed over to the Magic Kingdom and caught Wishes! from the Transportation and Ticket Center. Two quick trips around the Carousel of Progress and it was time to call it a night.
Day 2 - 6/26/2006
We met up with our friends again at the Magic Kingdom and while they rode the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Karen fed Billy at the baby center and I walked through the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. We then stopped by Pirates of the Caribbean and saw Jack Sparrow doing his thing then it was off to the Liberty Tree Taven for lunch once again (do they have anything beside the Pilgrim's Feast? It's all I ever get). After another wonderful meal with our friends, they had to say goodbye to go home and we were off to play. We took another trip around the TTA and went back to the resort (Old Key West).
We went back to the MK later that night and Billy took his first trip through the Haunted Mansion. He went in bubbly and giddy and came out of it sound asleep. We then took two trips thought It's a Small World and it was time for his first ever fireworks. He watched Wishes! from Fantasyland and absolutely LOVED it. No fear of the noise, no fear of the brightness, just wide-eyed wonder and a tear in the eyes of Mommy and Daddy. Time to call it a night.
Day 3 - 6/27/2006
Back to the Magic Kingdom. Mommy fed Billy while Daddy went on the Enchanted Tiki Room. After that it was time for another trip through It's a Small World then off to Tomorrowland and Mommy and Daddy spent time with Billy while each other went on Space Mountain. Shocking enough, after that we went on the TTA. We then walked through Toontown and caught the railroad back to Main Street USA just in time to see the Share a Dream come true parade. We then went back to the resort and called it a night after Billy woke up from his nap screaming as he is teething. It was raining so we all just stayed in and enjoyed a quick restful night.
Day 4 - 6/28/2006
Off for adventure at Animal Kingdom. Yeah, right. It was so hot and massively crowded that we only got to see the Festival of the Lion King show and then we retreated back to OKW for lunch at Olivia's then it was time for a dip in the pool (Billy's first time in a pool). After a nap we went back to the Magic Kingdom for Dinner at Tony's Town Square Restaurant. We then watched SpectroMagic and Wishes! before going home for the night.
Day 5 - 6/29/2006
Epcot for the second time this trip. We went on Journey into Imagination with Figment before lunch at the Garden Grill and Billy's first time meeting characters. He met Chip and Dale, Pluto, and the 'man' himself, Mickey! To show his excitement for the occasion, he fell asleep but the characters were really cute with him and it was a nice proud moment for Mommy and Daddy. We then went on the Living with the Land boatride before a trip through Spaceship Earth and back to the resort for a nap.
Back to Epcot and we took turns going on Soarin' before heading out to World Showcase Lagoon to see IllumiNations once again. We ate dinner at the Liberty Inn (burgers) in the American Adventure and rode through Spaceship Earth before calling it a night.
Day 6 - 6/30/2006
Getaway day. We went back to the Magic Kingdom and went right to Adventureland for a trip through the Tiki Room and then the Jungle Cruise. We ate lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe and then listened to the Tomorrowland Countdown band before we took another trip on the TTA. After riding Peter Pan, it was time to call it a vacation and travel 3 hours south to my mother-in-law's for a family visit.
Bye WDW, see you again in 3 weeks! Until then...
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