The day before our boys 2nd birthday we celebrated with a few presents in the morning and then hit the road towards Orlando. The drive up wasn’t bad because we went during nap time but I felt like I was turned around handing Coop things for the entire last 1.5 hours, so we were all excited to finally get out of the car. IMG_1961 IMG_1976 IMG_1990

As soon as we got there we dropped our stuff off in the room and set off in search of the Toy Story section of the hotel.


IMG_2493 IMG_2494My parents were about an hour behind us so once we were all together  we headed towards downtown Disney for some much needed dinner. The fish tacos at the House of Blues were perfection and we were all so hungry we were in and out in less than 30 minutes. We don’t mess around.

We heard about a cool dinosaur restaurant in the area but couldn’t get a reservation. We ended up walking by and took the kids inside for a second. I didn’t get a picture of the outside because it was so packed but there is a huge T-Rex that comes to life and roars really loud. It was amazing but this is what Cooper did as soon as he saw it:

IMG_2056(He also did it during the entire Haunted Mansion ride and I think it is the cutest thing ever)

The next morning we got up bright and early and headed for the happiest place on earth to celebrate our boy.IMG_2064 IMG_2084IMG_2089Cooper was a bit unsure about the ferry ride: IMG_2091Oh, bother. IMG_2120But once we got inside he was ready to party. He ran right up to Minnie like he’s known her all his life 😉IMG_2103IMG_2099From there we hit haunted mansion, small world, the teacups, and saw buzz lightyear before it was nap time. My parents took Hailey on the Lilo and Stitch ride while we picked a spot to have a snack and do some prime people watching. IMG_2141 IMG_2142 IMG_2169 IMG_2155IMG_2492IMG_2491We were standing in line to meet Buzz and of course he had to go “on patrol” right before it was out turn. Cooper couldn’t take it and fell asleep on my shoulder but work right up when it was out turn. I didn’t get a chance to buy the pictures yet so I’m stealing this one for now. He even gave Buzz a high five and it was easily the highlight of my day.

Then Coop passed out hard. IMG_2182IMG_2190He woke up right as we were walking in the pirates of the Caribbean and really enjoyed that one. He kept asking for Jake and Captain Hook but all he got was old Jack Sparrow.

We went back to the hotel for an intermission and to let the kids run around. I was treated to a foot rub and Cooper got to play with his BFF. IMG_2217 IMG_2219 IMG_2223

When we went back to the park an hour later it just finished raining so there was a cool breeze in the air and the place was relatively empty for the time being (it didn’t last long). But it was nice while it lasted.IMG_2235

IMG_2232IMG_2239From there it was on to dumbo and ariels adventure. IMG_2248We saw Donald and Goofy. Cooper was so excited he kept covering his face and laughing.IMG_2489 IMG_2490Then the kids conked out for the night and you know what that means? Time to hurry up and go on all the rides while Granny sits with the strollers and eats a giant turkey leg.

SPACE MOUNTAIN!IMG_2488 Which was way scarier and faster than I remembered it being, but so much fun.

And SPLASH MOUNTAIN: IMG_2487When we got off the ride Cooper was awake and we were all ready to go back to the hotel. The walk to the car seemed to take forever and my feet were aching but all we kept talking about was how much fun we all had. I’m already looking forward to go back again next year.

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