The flight to Orlando was uneventful (unlike the flight home, where Trent was dealing with the stomach flu the whole time).
We stayed at the Grand Floridian. The resort is gorgeous and we had a whole day to explore before going into the parks. First, we had a character breakfast. I expected Trent to be scared, but he loved all the characters and even chased Tigger down for one last hug.
We went to Downtown Disney and a few of the other resorts. It was really lovely to walk around and talk with everyone before the craziness of the parks. I made ear warmers for all the girls, but we didn't need them because the weather was so nice.
We woke up early the next morning to go to Magic Kingdom and I found Charlotte fast asleep on the floor. She is such a deep sleeper, she often rolls off the bed and sleeps where she lands.
In past Disney trips, my girls have avoided rides that looked too scary. This time, all my kids went on all the rides (as long as they were tall enough). Trent was even tall enough for the Goofy rollercoaster and he loved it so much he went on it more than once.
Since the boys couldn't go on all the rides, there was plenty of down time for being silly and eating snacks while the tall ones took turns riding.
We ate at tons of yummy places in the parks: Be Our Guest, Biergarten, Le Cellier, Sci-Fi Diner, Cinderlla's Castle, Liberty Tavern, Mama Melrose's Ristorante, Chefs de France, and a restaurant in China that I don't remember the name of because I was motion sick from Expedition Everest.
Trent met his idols, Mater and Lightening McQueen. He sobbed terribly when we had to say goodbye.
Ed and Becca spent an afternoon scuba diving in the big Nemo aquarium in Epcot. It was really fun to watch them and see the kids (and Chris) get so excited over knowing someone in the tank.
Despite being at Disney with Christmas crowds, we didn't wait in too many long lines. And when we did wait, we simply played Heads Up with someone's phone to help pass the time.
Ed kept track of our "steps" and said we walked around 50 miles that week, which explains the fatigue when we returned home. We love our Lamb-Ricker clan and would vacation with them anywhere, but DisneyWorld was quite a special treat. An exhausting, hilarious, delicious, wonderful treat.