Our Favorite Disney Memories 2010

Stephanie, Snow White, and Sophie enjoy a picture at Akershus!

Stephanie, Snow White, and Sophie enjoy a picture at Akershus!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our Favorite Disney Memories 2010 edition!  So much happened in this trip in June 2010 for Sophie’s birthday that I almost don’t know where to start!  I’ll do my best, though, and I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane.  At the end of the post, please share your favorite Disney memories in our comments section, and thanks!

The picture at the top was taken at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for our Princess Storybook Dining character dinner!  I think the combination of my niece Stephanie, my daughter Sophie, and Snow White is a great combination!

This trip started with a big surprise for Sophie — she found out the night before we were leaving that Stephanie was coming with us!  We arranged for Stephanie to ring the doorbell when she got to our house, and I had Sophie answer it.  When she saw her cousin, after hugs and kisses and excitement, she whispered to me “Daddy, why is she here?”  It was a great moment, and one that we all will never forget!

This picture of the bridge at the Boardwalk region of Disney is a fun one for me!

This picture of the bridge at the Boardwalk region of Disney is a fun one for me!

One thing we did on this trip that we had never done before was spend an evening at the Boardwalk region of Disney!  It was a lot of fun, and we made a point to spend time there before we got all inundated at the parks, so we actually did this before we even checked in to our resort hotel!  We made plans to eat at the Captain’s Grille, which is a restaurant one of my friends used to work at, and then we spent the night just walking around the boardwalk, checking out the shopping, enjoying the street performers, and having a great night all around.

I enjoy this great picture of my niece and I from our visit to the Crystal Palace!

I enjoy this great picture of my niece and I from our visit to the Crystal Palace!

This trip was a lot of fun — we even got a great picture of my niece Stephanie and I from the Crystal Palace!  This trip had it all; great family memories, fantastic dining using the Disney Dining Plan, Sophie and Stephanie walking around the parks like they were sisters, and Cindy and I just taking it all in and enjoying every minute of it!

The Mickey & Friends Railroad located at the DVC Welcome Center at Saratoga Springs!

The Mickey & Friends Railroad located at the DVC Welcome Center at Saratoga Springs!

This trip was special in many other ways, also, including the fact that we purchased our DVC ownership on this trip!  That was such a big decision, but it was the right one, because since we bought our ownership interest, we have been to Walt Disney World with our close family, great friends, and we have stayed at Bay Lake Tower, Kidani Village, the Grand Californian Hotel, and this year, back to Bay Lake Tower!

Sophie received this pirate gear at Downtown Disney!

Sophie received this pirate gear at Downtown Disney!

But, without a doubt, the biggest memory from our trip was celebrating Sophie’s 9th birthday.  She loves celebrating at Disney, and one day during that trip, we took the water taxi from Port Orleans French Quarter, our resort, to Downtown Disney.  When we were getting off the taxi, the captain wished Sophie a happy birthday, and then he had us hang on a minute, and he pulled out of his bag of tricks a Princess Pirate getup.  That little gesture absolutely made Sophie’s day, and she wore the bandana with pride, and also the eye patch and sword too!  Lastly, at Hollywood Studios, as we were finishing up our visit for the year, Sophie’s Happy Birthday button became worn out from water rides, heat, sweat, and you name it.  One of the Disney artists saw it, took Sophie’s button, wiped off the sharpie, and then proceeded to spend about 15 minutes decorating her name in the Disney font, and adding glitter, and puffy ink, and all that.  It was a great keepsake, and absolute proof to how incredible the Disney Cast Members truly are.

Thank you my friends for visiting today, and remember, I love hearing memories, so please send me your favorite memories by leaving them in the comments below!  Now, go out there and make today and everyday a great Disney Day!

 

 

Our Favorite Disney Memories 2009

The Walt Disney World Railroad station at Main Street, U.S.A.

The Walt Disney World Railroad station at Main Street, U.S.A.

Our trip in 2009 was a tale of two trips.  Initially, we were going to take the trip to Walt Disney World in June for Sophie’s birthday.  We even had it all paid off.  However, then the economy changed, and state government in North Carolina was talking about possibly having layoffs, so Cindy and I decided that it was better to be safe than sorry, and we canceled the trip.  It was a really lousy feeling because Sophie knew we were going, and for her birthday, and to not be able to go just is a hard thing for a parent to have to do with their child.  As the summer wore on, the concerns of layoffs were lessened, and Cindy and I decided that a vacation was possible after all.  We looked at places like Hershey Park and other theme parks, but kept getting drawn back to all that we feel we get when we go to the World, so we made plans — this time, though, without telling Sophie.

We left for our trip on August 15th, and checked in to Disney on the 16th.  Sophie went to her weekly dance that week just like normal on the morning of the 15th, and while she and Cindy were gone, I loaded up the car for the trip.  Sophie got home, we said, go change your clothes, we’re going out for a while.  When we got in the car, I started playing some music that Sophie hadn’t heard for a long time, and we got this reaction when she figured out where we were going…

Because of our having to change our plans, we were determined not to miss anything.  As a result, I took a TON of pictures.  I think, at this point, I’m going to let my pictures do the talking.  Thanks for stopping by on our Favorite Disney Memories 2009 post, and look later this afternoon as we bring you our 2010 post as well!

Pluto hams it up for the camera as Sophie leans in for a big hug!

Pluto hams it up for the camera as Sophie leans in for a big hug!

Lilo is the perfect person for Sophie to hug in this photo!

Lilo is the perfect person for Sophie to hug in this photo!

Sophie has a look of half excitement, half terror as Stitch hams above her!

Sophie has a look of half excitement, half terror as Stitch hams above her!

Look at the love in Sophie's eyes for her buddy Mickey!

Look at the love in Sophie’s eyes for her buddy Mickey!

The wind was just enough to catch his balloons, but not enough for him to lose them! Is his name Carl, I wonder?

The wind was just enough to catch his balloons, but not enough for him to lose them! Is his name Carl, I wonder?

The Main Street Philharmonic performs for us!

The Main Street Philharmonic performs for us!

As much as I like Billy Joel, at Walt Disney World, this is the true Piano Man!

As much as I like Billy Joel, at Walt Disney World, this is the true Piano Man!

I miss Minnie's Country House.  It was so much fun to see her regular house at Disneyland!

I miss Minnie’s Country House. It was so much fun to see her regular house at Disneyland!

This shot of Japan in the World Showcase at night is one of my favorites!

This shot of China in the World Showcase at night is one of my favorites!

I've only seen the Studio Backlot Tour once, but I loved the way the performer "weathered the storm"!

I’ve only seen the Studio Backlot Tour once, but I loved the way the performer “weathered the storm”!

At Animal Kingdom Park, Sophie had her face painted.  I love this picture of her!

At Animal Kingdom Park, Sophie had her face painted. I love this picture of her!

Thank you again for stopping by!  Now, please leave your comments of your favorite Disney memories below, and thanks go out and make it a Disney Day everyone!