27 December 2013

Disney World 2013

Ahh...how to sum up in pictures and words 5 days of fun in Orlando with ALL 19 of us Millers?!  It's pretty hard...the trip, hinted at for years by my mother-in-law and fulfilled in honor of their 45th wedding anniversary this December, went off great!  Traveling with that many people, including a variety of ages/likes/dislikes/park options/etc could be daunting...but it actually went really well!  While some of us were together some of the time, all 19 of us had a rally point at some time during each day~whether it was a character breakfast, safari reservations, or dining option, it was nice to be able to enjoy time with our individual families and yet spend time with cousins on rides/attractions/shows from time to time. 

Thank you Mom & Dad Miller for making this trip happen!  You blessed us greatly on this trip and we hope you had a great time celebrating your 45 years together at the happiest place on Earth!  :)

Here goes my attempt of pictures...*warning: there are QUITE a few!

 Magic Express shuttle from Orlando airport to our Wilderness Lodge Resort at Disney

 ferry ride from Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom

 Haven's first glance of Cinderella's castle...

 ...where some characters were putting on a princess show-needless to say, she LOVED it!

 carousel ride...one of many!

Haven LOVED Dumbo!

 meeting up with the folks outside of It's a Small World

 waiting in line for Small World

 some of the family on Small World

 gotta waste time somehow

 dinner the first night at Liberty Tavern

Adam thoroughly entertained

the castle all lit up at night for Christmas

 shuttle bus to Animal Kingdom

 cousins on the safari

 our princess

a herd of cousins on the way to The Lion King show


 Theresa's groovy shirt from her Broadway Cinderella show

 two guys...waiting.

a good plan needs a few minds :)

 the love birds at Disney :)

another ride picture

the groovy girls in their groovy Minnie glasses

 Papa and the 4 year olds

 the boss & us!

some people got a little wet at Kalahari Falls :)

Charlee's successful shopping trip!

 the Christmas lights @ MGM with the folks & Vera

you can imagine these three had a swell time!

 love this picture from our morning Winnie the Pooh character breakfast

 Haven & her favorites :)

two words: TEA CUPS!

Adam wasn't the biggest fan however

 Daddy & Haven on Speedway

and then the 3 girls got a special treat...they all got made into princesses at the Bibbidy Bobbity Boutique.
Charlee was Cinderella...

Amelia was transformed into Mulan...

and Haven chose Princess Aurora.

 her first expression when they turned the chair around and Haven saw what her "fairy godmother" did :)

 Will & Adam also got their haircut and some groovy sparkles!

 One of Arlan & I's favorite memories was watching an interactive story time with Belle...the kids were chosen as certain characters and because Haven roared the loudest during tryouts, she got to be the Beast in the story of Beauty & the Beast.  So naturally, at the end of the story, our little princess got to dance with Belle!

Haven's favorite memory was probably meeting the newest Disney characters from the movie Frozen...Anna & Elsa.  Here she is demonstrating her ice powers to Elsa :)

 Daddy & Haven in Great Britain at Epcot

dinner at Biergarten

 and that night was topped off with our special dessert event at our own private pavilion to watch the fireworks at Epcot...it was fabulous! 

sunshine + nap = blissfulness for Papa

a view of our resort at Wilderness Lodge

Aunt Ambo & us at Epcot

Toy Story ride with the family

 if your last name is Miller... :)

someone's napping & someone's figuring out how to do Sudoku...I'll let you narrow it down :)

breakfast at the Lodge

 all the cousins with Tigger

 one of my favorite pictures from the trip!

 a prince & a princess

 our Viking girl

how someone finally gave in & took a nap one afternoon

a family selfie on the Toy Story ride

 last leg of the journey home from O'hare...

exhausted...tired and fell asleep before our luggage arrived