Sunday, July 6, 2014

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E Part 2

The second stop was on Disney's Castaway Cay, which was by far our favorite day of the whole trip. First, we loved that we could get on and off the ship easily and still be at the island without an hour of transporting. Because of that, that morning we ran a 5K with our cruise bellies and all. I'm not going to say it was easy.  Good grief we had eaten an incredible amount of food, but it was totally worth it. The island had free strollers on it (another amazing perk) and Henley was great until the end of the race and that's when things got a little ugly. 

To cure a major meltdown, Goofy, Mickey, and Donald were posing for pictures on our way back to the ship. She was hesitant the night before about the characters, but quickly warmed up to them. Enough to give kisses and pose with them by herself for pictures. Do you love my cherry red face in all of them? Yeah, it took me waaaayyyy too long to cool down after the race.

After breakfast and a shower we went back out to explore the island. They had free food all over the island, water tubes, wagons and a splash pad...almost every toddler's dream.

We spent at least an hour before and after the beach at the splash pad. It was love at first splash. 

 Just lounging in the wagon after a long day of work.
This beach was made for families. Disney knows what they are doing. They had lawn chairs, towels and umbrellas to use, making the day much more fun and allowed for Henley to take a nap on me and gear up for the second half of the day.

On this trip we became the parent's that wear their shirts and cover-ups in all pictures. Not sure what made us hit that point in our lives, but it happened.
These little stranger girls were so nice to Henley and were great to let her use their bucket for a little while. The water and sand were gorgeous and we tried to soak in as much as we could. 

In the background in the picture above you can kind of see two water slides. I wish I would have taken a picture of them cause they were a blast. They are in the middle of the ocean so you have to swim out to them to go down. We did it a handful of times and it was incredible. I have never done a slide that spills you out into the ocean. Definitely a must do.
 I don't know if you can tell, but this is the end of the day. We were happy and completely trashed.
Tyler quickly became Henley's favorite. It is probably because he could not have cared less if she liked him.

 For dinner that night, they had a pirate theme. Let's just say that we look amazing in bandanas.
You know on cruises how the food is endless? Well, Summerisa talked us into going to a late night buffet to get one of these bad boys...a gigantic turkey leg. It honestly made me sick to even have it close to my mouth. Where do they breed these human-sized turkeys anyway?
 More ducks + more splash pad = more love

 On the last night of the cruise, Summerisa gave us special VIP passes to meet all of the characters. She also gave Henley an Anna princess dress.
Every time we took a picture with a character that wasn't wearing a mask, Henley didn't care. I don't think she understood why we were taking a picture with someone that looked completely normal.
The gang's all here!! 

The day we got off the ship we headed straight for Animal Kingdom where we spent half of a day and then sped to the airport. It was an exhausting day, but so much fun. Pretty sure I was too tired to take any pictures. All in all it was a superb family trip. Disney cruises are the way to go for kids and adults. We had such a good time at the performances and the stops. They always had stuff going on for all age groups. A great vacation to end our grad school journey!

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