Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Week of Magic

The boys and I are back from Disney World. I didn't run the entire time, yet managed to hold onto my sanity because, really, when you are experiencing wall to wall fun, a little time without running is okay.

Jack met every single princess in Disney World.


Cinderella (at the castle!)...


The Little Mermaid...


He and Princess Jasmine bonded because they both have tigers. We also met Sleeping Beauty and Belle. He loved the princesses, and...


They loved him, too.

There were a million little moments that were special and fun. Jack danced with Sully in a parade...


Clowned around with Daddy on the teacup ride...


and visited the Muppets with me.


But the Serious Awesome came when he was chosen for Jedi Training at the Star Tours ride at Hollywood Studios. I was beside myself with excitement, and you can see how happy he was.


The Jedi Master led them through a series of lightsaber drills, and then they got to put them into practice with a battle-fight (as Jack would put it) with Darth Vader. Now, the other kids had been training to battle-fight Vader for about three minutes, but Jack has been preparing for this for literally half his life. He ditched the prescribed routine and just unleashed his wee Jedi fury on Vader. And it was awesome.


After defeating Vader, all of the kids got certificates declaring them to be official Jedi. That certificate is probably Jack's most treasured posession.


We ended our vacation by going to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, dressed, naturally, as "Star Wars Guys." Jack was Anakin, Steve was Luke, and I was Princess Leia. Let me tell you, in no way were we humoring Jack by dressing up as Star Wars characters; Steve and I were giddy with excitement at it.


I loved being Princess Leia. People complimented my costume all night, and according to Steve, lots of guys were checking me out.


Because there were fewer people at the party than during the usual Disney World hours, it was a great chance to see characters. We met Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty again, this time with Prince Charming and Prince Phillip. Both of them were amused by the fact that Cinderella's wicked stepsister Anastasia had kissed Jack.

We then went to the next room, where we met characters from Alice in Wonderland. Alice and her friends were hilarious, adding a level of chaos to the proceedings that was completely in character. The Queen of Hearts demanded that Jack bow, but he didn't know how. Alice grabbed Jack by the arm and busted into the princess room, demanding that one of the princes teach him how to bow properly to the Queen. Prince Charming obliged.


We are already planning to go back next year.

18 comments:

Mazurka said...

I know about two dozen fully-grown men who are going to be extremely envious of Jack when they read this entry.

tfh said...

Great pictures! Jack looks like he's having so much fun and has SUCH a sweet smile. And I love your costumes. I hope you'll have the chance to wear them again MULTIPLE times between now and Halloween.

Nat said...

The princess thing is hysterical. (ANd I love the jedi training.) Sounds like a magical wonderful adventure.

joyRuN said...

Sounds like you had an awesome fantastic incredible time! LOVE Jack's pic with his face plastered with princess lipstick :)

audgepodge said...

What a wonderful trip and I love your pictures! I'm a huge Disney fan and I can't wait to take my nephew there when he is Jack's age.

BTW - I saw the Jedi training at Disneyland when I was there for the half marathon. It was the most adorable thing I've ever seen and I'm sure a lot of my older male friends would have wanted to be selected for it. Jack is very lucky indeed.

Julianne said...

I love those photos!! Can Jack be ANY cuter?? Omg. I love the picture of him and his dad in the teacup. So sweet!

I Run for Fun said...

Awww...just look at little Jack's glowing face. And Steve's right - you are a charming Pricess Leia!

J said...

So cute!! Love all the pictures - It makes me want to go there right now, especially since you were wearing shorts and I am wearing gloves and hats!

The costumes looked great! Glad you had such a great time in Disney!!

K said...

Um, is your Little Mermaid really a man? Because from this angle, that seems somewhat likely. And while I know Disney is progressive, somehow that seems a little too progressive.

MCM Mama said...

How fun! Jack looks like he had a blast! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Laura said...

So fun and so cute! I'm glad you had a wonderful time :)

runninghitherandyon said...

That pretty much looks like the funnest trip ever. We LOVE Disney (we're D'landers, being on the left coast), and SW, too!

(And here's the great thing? Disney fun just gets better and better as your kids get older, instead of the reverse.)

Runnergirl said...

Looks like a GREAT trip! Jack is so cute. I loved the picture with the lipstick on his forehead! I love Disney~they really know how to do it! Thanks for sharing!

*aron* said...

omgosh how cute is he with this lipstick on his cheeks :) looks like such a fun week!

RooBabs said...

Sounds like a dream vacation! How cute is Jack with the princesses and the lipstick kisses?!

That's very cool that he did the Jedi training, and love the pic where he's learning to bow. Awwww. Oh, and the Anastasia and Drisella pic is classic!! (you are a fabulous Princess Leia!)

Jennifer Burgett said...

If you are going next year then I am going with you!

Roisin said...

I am just getting caught up now and loved every minute of this blog. In fact, I think I shall read it again this evening. So glad you guys had a great time!!!

Spartan7 said...

Awesome vacation report. Household 6 and I go to WDW every year that I'm not deployed, and then sometimes twice! It really is such a wonderful place and the reason we chose WDW for our first marathon and official half-marathon.

The world could use more Jedi's!