Our Favorite Disney Memories 2008

My wife put it perfectly -- this picture of Sophie and her BFF Riley is Walt's Vision in a nutshell.

My wife Cindy put it perfectly — this picture of Sophie and her BFF Riley is Walt’s vision in a nutshell.

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another of our favorite Disney memories series!  This time, we are taking a look at Disney memories 2008, which was our second straight year staying at Coronado Springs, and also the first time we had ever brought Sophie to Walt Disney World for her birthday.  The memories from that trip are still strong, and I love taking a look back at them — it’s almost like I’m there right now!

The picture at the top of the post is Sophie and her BFF Riley, who we invited to spend the day with us to celebrate Sophie’s birthday.  This was actually on Sophie’s birthday, and the picture was taken in the queue for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  Riley’s family was visiting their family, so her mom ran her over and we had fun for the day.  It was a great day because Sophie and Riley, who are just four months difference in age, have been best friends since before they were born.

For all three of us, our favorite memories stem from this day.  It’s not that the rest of the trip was no good, but it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to be at Walt Disney World for your 7th birthday on your actual birthday with your best friend, so the memories we have from that day are incredible.

Riley and Sophie on the horses

Riley and Sophie on the horses

We stayed over at the Magic Kingdom on this day in part because we were eating dinner there, but also because it is their favorite park, so it makes perfect sense.  We rode the Caroussel, we saw Mickey’s PhilharMagic, we rode it’s a small world, and we went to Liberty Square.  We did a lot of things I don’t even have pictures of, but one thing I know we did was had fun.

Sophie and Riley posing with Minnie Mouse at the Liberty Tree Tavern.

Sophie and Riley posing with Minnie Mouse at the Liberty Tree Tavern.

As you can see, we ate dinner for Sophie’s birthday at the Liberty Tree Tavern, back in the days when it was a character dinner meal.  For this night, Minnie Mouse, Chip and Dale, and Goofy came by to see us, and the girls loved seeing them all.  I’ve always had a soft spot for Minnie — just ask Cindy — so I miss that they don’t have this as a character dining location anymore.

For all of us, our favorite part of this trip was having Riley spend the day with Sophie at the park — best friends, just enjoying themselves at our favorite vacation destination.  I can’t wait until this summer, when these two friends — and another new friend — are reunited for Sophie’s 13th birthday!


Sophie’s Favorite Epcot Attractions!


Last week, in part one, Sophie went a little overboard with her favorite Disney attractions! She got to number nine and realized that every single one of them was about the Magic Kingdom! As a result, we have decided to break the attractions post up into multiple posts, so for today, we’ve got Sophie’s Favorite Epcot Attractions to share with you! Like last week, at the end of this post you’ll find a link with the actual audio that you can listen to, so sit back, read, listen, and enjoy! Thanks everyone!

This week, Sophie is joined by her BFF Riley, and she has agreed to join in on our conversation! So Sophie and Riley, what are your top ten attractions at Epcot, and why?

  1. The consensus number one attraction at Epcot by both girls was Soarin’.  This simulation ride over the wonders of California is a favorite by many, including Sophie and Riley!
  2.  Next up was Sophie, and she chose the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros!  Sophie loves looking at all of the places the boat ride takes you!
  3. Riley chose Test Track for her next choice!  She actually got to see Test Track when she and her friends were down for a Cheerleading competition!
  4. Spaceship Earth was next on the list.  Sophie loves seeing how far we’ve come from the days of hunting Woolly Mammoths!
  5. Maelstrom in Norway is next on the list.  Riley has never ridden this ride, but she wants to because she loves drops and she learned that there is a small drop here.  One day we’ll all ride it together!
  6. The France Pavilion — with the movie there — was number six on the list.  The girls also like all the characters you can see in France.
  7. China, with it’s CircleVision 360 theater and movie, is next on the list.  You can also get a good photo here as well!
  8. Canada with it’s movie is also on the list at number eight.  These movies are great because they give us a vision of the country we are in that we wouldn’t normally have!
  9. The Seas with Nemo and Friends is next.  The clamshell ride is fun for the girls!
  10. Living with the Land is our tenth choice — I think the girls like seeing how all the food is grown, and the different scenes is neat also.

To listen to the unedited audio, click on the link and enjoy!

Sophie and Riley’s Favorite Epcot Attractions

Stay tuned next week as we continue our interviews with Sophie and learn more about her favorite Disney things!  Thanks for stopping by!