Our First Visit to Walt Disney World
May 4-10, 1998
Click on any picture to open a slideshow for that day.
Day 1 - Sunday May 4, 2008
We got up early and had the first flight to Orlando from O'Hare. After checking into Disney's Port Orleans - French Quarter Resort, we walked over to Port Orleans - Riverside for lunch. After lunch we went to the Magic Kingdom, where we stayed until almost 2:00am.
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Standing on the dock outside of Port Orleans - Riverside.
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The boat driver offered to take this picture of us.
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Outside the Magic Kingdom.
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We made it!
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Our first time seeing the Castle in person!
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Statue of Roy E. Disney.
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Wearing our "1st Visit" buttons.
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Not long after we walked up a castle forecourt show started.
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Our first Mickey sighting!
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Wanting to play in the water but not wanting to get wet.
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Showing off her Pluto hat.
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Too funny! Look how serious!
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Michelle and Alex ride the Teacups for the first time. I don't do spinning!

Day 2 - Monday May 5, 2008
On our second day we got up early because we had a breakfast reservation at Cape May Cafe at Disney's Beach Club Resort. This was probably a mistake in planning since we were up so late the night before! After breakfast, we went back to our resort so Alex could swim, and then made our way to Disney's Hollywood Studios in the afternoon. We were all tired and a bit crabby.
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Meeting Minnie Mouse for the first time.
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Minnie in her beach wear.
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Dale (look for the red nose!)
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After breakfast we walked outside to look at the Beach Club Resort.
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Alex wanted to stay and play at the beach.
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One of our favorite pictures of the whole trip!
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On the way to the pool at Port Orleans - French Quarter.
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The giant Mickey Sorceror hat at DHS.
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Her favorite!
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While Michelle was doing Tower of Terror and Rock n' Rollercoaster, Alex got her face painted.
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Nighttime at DHS.
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Day 3 - Tuesday May 6, 2008
For our third day, we went to Epcot. It was warm, we were tired, and we weren't having much fun. By the end of the day, we realized we were pushing too hard.
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A bright, hot day at Epco
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Getting ready for Test Track.
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Alex doesn't look to happy! LOL
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But she was happy to stand under the misters.
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The annual Flower & Garden Festival means lots of great topiaries.
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Clowning around in Bruce the Shark.
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Meeting Snow White before lunch at Akershus.
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Mexico
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China
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France
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The PhotoPass photographer turned Alex into a model.
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Outside Germany before the fireworks.
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Waiting for the fireworks.
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Day 4 - Wednesday May 7, 2008
We knew we needed to make some changes to the plan, so we decided for this day to skip the parks, sleep in, enjoy some pool time, and go to Downtown Disney to shop. It was just what we all needed to recharge and enjoy the rest of our week!
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Pool time at Port Orleans - French Quarter.
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Self-portrait.
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Alex outside our room.
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Waiting for the boat to Downtown Disney - one of the best features of POFQ.
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Outside the Lego store.
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World of Disney - the most awesome Disney store.
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If there is a water play area, Alex is sure to be in it!
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Trying on her new Minnie Mouse dress.
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Day 5 - Thursday May 8, 2008
Day 5 was spent at the Magic Kingdom where we all had a much happier day. After all, it is the Happiest Place on Earth, right? We capped off the day by having a late dinner at Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort.
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While I was buying tickets for later in the week, Michelle and Alex entertained themselves outside our resort.
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Back at Magic Kingdom, we had to meet Jimminy Cricket!
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Making Alex's Mickey Ears hat.
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In Minnie's house in the now removed Toon Town.
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More water play.
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Splash Mountain! (or the Wild Hare as Michelle later called it!)
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Maybe she means Wild Hair? LOL
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Another water play area. Do you want to get wet or not?
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Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort.
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Minnie loved Alex's dress!
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Day 6 - Friday May 9, 2008
This day started off with us taking a bus to Disney's Polynesian Resort for breakfast at 'Ohana. We fell in love with the Polynesian the moment we walked into the lobby. After breakfast, we took the bus to Disney's Animal Kingdom. That night, we had purchased tickets to the Pirate & Princess Party at the Magic Kingdom. The party was a blast. Low crowds, short lines, and the festivities made it a magical night.
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Waiting for breakfast at 'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort.
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The Tree of Life.
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Alex didn't want to be a Yeti!
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Michelle hated this ride!
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Water? Alex is there!
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Arriving at the Magic Kingdom for the Pirate & Princess Party.
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Their first ride on Dumbo!
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Alex and Michelle ride Dumbo for the first time.
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The nighttime parade.
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Pirates
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That's Captain Jack Sparrow!
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Pirate Mickey
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I love this shot of the castle reflecting in the water.
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Alex after getting her Cinderella dress.
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The princess in her throne.
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Day 7 - Saturday May 10, 2008
Our last day. We ate breakfast at our resort, finished packing, then just hung out there until it was time to catch our bus to the airport.
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The girls entertaining themselves while I checked out.
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There is one of these in every set of vacation pictures!

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