Maliapalooza 2012

Yes, I understand that I just wrote about Kailipalooza but when you have two girls birthdays within a few weeks apart, we tend to have alot of paloozing around. I know what you are thinking……

So I may have mentioned before that since all of our birthdays are in the summer we only really have family parties. We try to KISS it (keep it simple stupid).  In years past, we spent Maliapalooza going to Kobe with her and her bestest 5 friends and they enjoy a nice dinner and show. However, this year Malia decided that she would like to ride all the roller coasters at Disney WITHOUT her little sister (we have season passes). We all talked and decided that we would like to stay a weekend out on that side of town.

Since staying in a Disney resort causes you to take another mortgage on your house, we tend to stay off property in the Lake Buena vista area.  Most of these hotels offer a shuttle service the parks so you can still get around Disney.

The hotel that we frequent was offering a summer stay special that would give you the 4th night free if you stayed 3 consecutive nights. We decided that myself and the girls would go on Wednesday and then we would trade daddy for Kaili on Friday. (Daddy had some appointments on Thursday and Friday and Kaili was staying with her Aunty during the birthday weekend). 

There truly isn’t anything like visiting a Disney park in August. Its crowded, hot and just plain unbearable, but we did it.. for Malia.  On Wednesday after we checked in we hit up Magic Kingdom.  We were able to do Pirates of the Caribbean and then Thunder Mountain Railroad.  This was Kaili’s first time on Thunder Mountain Railroad and our first time since they re-vamped it. WOOOHOO it was crazy, but we all had fun.

Thursday we hit up Hollywood studios and did several rides there. We left early afternoon to go and get refreshed at the hotel pool. We decided to head across the street to Downtown Disney for dinner and ended up at the T-Rex. It was alot of fun!

Friday we came back home and visited with our puppy and got daddy and took Kaili to grandmas.  We went back to the hotel and decided to have an early dinner. Since Malia is a BIG fan of steak we made reservations at the hotel’s steak restaurant. It was good and Malia enjoyed her kids prime rib.

After dinner, she convinced us to go to Magic Kingdom (again) for more roller coasters.  Our goal was Space Mountain but the wait is NEVER under 75 minutes :(  Guess, we will wait until the busy season is over! We did however do Barnstormer, Tea Cups and Thunder Mountain Railroad.  We got back to the hotel a little late but it was a much easier drive than driving all the way home!

Saturday was a big day (and her actual birthday)! We started at Hollywood Studios were we went straight to Tower of Terror. It was hers and mine first time on it and we weren’t sure what to expect. I thought it was a blast! She was a little shaken up but finally admitted she liked it :)  After that we hit up Star Tours.

We walked around for a little bit and then decided there wasn’t any other major “fun” rides. Her daddy was trying to convince her to do the Rock n Roller coaster but she is saying she isn’t’ ready for an upside down roller coaster…. I’ll eventually convince her LOL

Our next stop was Animal Kingdom where we ate lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.  Then we went straight to Mt Everest, her most favorite ride EVER! The wait was only 30 minutes so we went for it (I know ONLY 30 minutes, but again this one is usually over 45!). It, of course, was so AWESOME! It truly is one of the best roller coasters I have ever been one.  Since the wait had gone up to 60 minutes, we decided to get Fast Passes to come back and in the meantime we would go to Kali River Rapids. We have never been on that ride. (Kaili has ONLY been able to go on most of these rides. She just passed the 40in mark. Had she been with us, she could have done it, but she wasn’t). We mostly stayed away from this ride because you get wet. Well wet is an understatement, WE GOT SOAKED! It was fun but we were literally dripping with water as we walked.  We figured it wouldn’t be so bad because our ‘wet’ drive to the hotel was a lot shorter than a ‘wet’ drive home.

When we finished it was just in time for our Fast Pass at Mt Everest! I love the Fast Pass! We were able to walk right on. We hoped the ride was dry us but nope we were too darn wet! After that we went on Dinosaur and well that will just scare anyone, even me!

Daddy decided to go back to the hotel so we could jump in the pool! Fortunately, unfortunately, as soon as we got to the hotel it started storming; thundering and lightning. We chilled out for awhile and then hit the Family sports bar at the hotel (it was still raining out). We all got some appetizers and played air hockey! It was the perfect end to Malia’s birthday!

Of course, just like her sister she is planning her next birthday. Double Digits, she says, has to be a BIG ONE! So stay tuned for Maliapalooza 2013 :)

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