Our last day in the parks is always bitter sweet; no one wants the vacation to end, but we are ready to sleep in our own beds again. We woke up extra early to make sure we would make rope drop and so we could get to Space Mountain before the crowds arrived and take the boys on the Tomorrowland Speedway.
We beat the rush and made our way to Space Mountain to pick up fast passes before getting in line for the Speedway. One of the little know secrets about the Speedway is that if you have two kids that want to drive but only one adult you can ask to go around a second time after doing a driver swap. The boys were so excited for a chance to drive, but they are not ready to drive on their own. Parker kept taking his hands off the wheel to point at stuff that we were driving past.
After we drove around the track it was time for our fast passes. Cody and I took turns riding Space Mountain while waiting with the boys. After riding it was finally time for the boys to meet Buzz Lightyear. We waited in a short line while the boy tried to contain their excitement.
They did really enjoy meeting Buzz, Andrew and Nicholas couldn’t take his eyes off him.
We still had another fast pass for Space Mountain so Cody wanted to ride one more time. While waiting the boys were talking about all of the birds around us and then they started talking about Stitch. I didn’t know what they were looking at and just sort of agreed with them, at least until they started pointing while yelling his name. Stich had snuck up behind me. He took a few minutes to interact with the boys. He had stopped on his way backstage.
Up next was another ride on Small World, there was a surprisingly long wait. The boys didn’t mind the wait and they happily waved to all of the passing boats.
After riding it was time for lunch and a last walk through the park before heading for naptime. Of course we stopped at the entrance for a few pictures.
We were competing with passing monorails to get them to look at the camera. We headed for naptime, as we unloaded everyone from the van the boys demanded that we take a picture. I can’t say no to that and it’s the best shot at getting everyone looking at/near the camera at the same time.
Post nap it was back to Epcot to see more of World Showcase and visit the character spot. Of course we stopped at Nemo and had dinner at the Land before heading to the showcase. We took our time walking through some of the stroller friendly shops and stopped at all of the fountains at the boys request.
The boys favorite part though was the train set in Germany. We spent at least a half hour watching the trains go by and the boys threw a fit when it was time to move on.
We rushed back to the character spot and made it 10 minutes before it closed meaning there was a very short line. It was kind of crazy the way the greets are set up. You are ushered from one stop to the next then you have to wait in a short line for the character to be available.
That night Magic Kingdom had extra magic hours and was open until 2 am. Cody didn’t have a lot of time to take photos beyond family shots so that night the plan was for the boys and I to head back to the room while Cody met some local photographers and stayed until the park closed.
This gave me a chance to get the boys down for bed and pack everything we wouldn’t need for the next day to make it easier to get out early for our breakfast reservation.
We had a breakfast reservation at the Kona Café (mmm tonga toast) followed by some time riding the monorail around the resorts. We stopped at the Contemporary to take a few photos, but the boys didn’t want to cooperate or hold still. It was back to the van and to Downtown Disney to purchase some souvenirs we had picked out earlier in the week. At this point both Cody and I didn’t even take our cameras out for the rest of the day, except for Cody getting one shot for his 365 project from the plane.
Of course the boys made out like bandits getting a couple more toys while we picked up a photo album to put all of our vacation photos in and a couple of thank you gifts for friends.
The airport was uneventful, returned the rental car and waited for our flight. We had a connecting flight with a plane change on the way home which was very hectic but we made it.
We had an amazing vacation and despite the hassles I’m so glad we went. The boys are still asking about riding different rides everyday and meeting the characters. I don’t think we’ll be going back to Disney World for quite a while or at least until the boys are past stroller age and able to ride everything. Disneyland though is a different story as we are already planning on going once Cars land is open.