Thursday, December 30, 2010

Orlando 2010: The Facts

Number of hours delayed on airplanes: 4 (3 there, 1 back)

Pieces of luggage brought: 14 (8 checked, 6 carry-ons)

Pieces of luggage lost: 5 (2 there, 3 back, all recovered)

Time we arrived at our hotel in Orlando: 2 am

Time we woke up to go to the theme park that same morning: 8 am

Days spent theme parking: 7

Number of theme parks visited: 6 (Universal, Islands of Adventure, Magic Kingdom (2 days), Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios)

Most people staying at the rental house at a time: 14

Number of spare rolls of toilet paper provided by the rental house: 0

Contents of our mattress at the house: unknown, but the squeakiest material ever

Time it snowed on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom: Midnight on Christmas Eve

Number of cheetahs we saw at Animal Kingdom: 3

Times Katie went on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 3

Favorite live show: Flights of Wonder

Katie’s favorite ride: Jimmy Neutron (Universal)

Paul’s favorite ride: different every time you ask, but most recently it was Pirates of the Caribbean (Magic Kingdom)

Averi’s favorite ride: Ween the Poon (Winnie the Pooh at Magic Kingdom)

Aaron’s favorite ride: Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios) or Dragon Challenge (Islands of Adventure)

Chelsey’s favorite ride: Tower of Terror

Best resort perk: Universal’s Express Pass

Number of gloves we needed to buy to make it through a cold spell: 5 pairs

Best stroller ever for schlepping three kids around Disney World: Joovy Caboose Ultralight

Ride that was worth the wait: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Islands of Adventure)

Ride that was not worth the wait: Mission: SPACE (Epcot)

Park inspiring most oohs and ahhs: Wizard World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure

Most crowded time of the year at Disney World: week after Christmas

Best Christmas decorations: Seuss Landing (Islands of Adventure)

Best little-used parent perk at Disney: switching off

Number of character meals: 2

Best park food: 1900 Park Fare (at the Grand Floridian)

Worst park food: anything available for the meal deal at Universal Studios

Most fun character to interact with: Anastasia (the stepsister from Cinderella)

Cutest character moment: Averi running as fast as she could to Tigger, wrapping herself around his legs, and smiling for all she was worth

Proof that Averi was spoiled rotten: saying “Ever my want!” whenever she’s told that she can’t do or have something.  Obviously she was told she could have whatever she wanted far too many times.

Number of pictures taken: 655 (plus many that were deleted)

Camera used: Nikon D40

Video camera used: Kodak Zi8

Hours of sleep we got: far too few

Best behaved kids ever: mine

How good it was to sleep in my own bed again: indescribable


Ashley said...

Christmas Vacation with the entire family: success. I loved being with you guys for Christmas! Your kids are so funny. I'm Serious. Next time we should totally go on the Kim Popsicle ride, ok?