Monday, June 18, 2012

A Day Filled with Ups, Downs, Spins and Grins!

Hannah and I extended our weekend when I surprised her today by taking a vacation day and off to Canada’s W*nderland we went with Auntie Norma, Miss Kristy, Alyssa and Maddie.  We had a GREAT time from start to finish!


For the last number of times that we’ve gone to the park our days have happily been in the kiddie area.  This time the day started differently when Kristy dragged convinced me to go on the new roller coaster Leviathan.  What was I thinking???  This monster has a first hill that checks in at 306’ and descends at an angle of 80o and reaches speeds of 148 km/h (92 mph)!!  I tell you… that first hill is a doozy…as are the others after it!  I’m sure if you live within 50 kms from the theme park that you heard me screaming!  IMG_6054


If you want a treat, check out this video.  Heh….just watching it last night my stomach was churning!  When I went on it it continued and I was shaking like a leaf…but it was AMAZING!!!

Once this ride was over we headed over to the kiddie area and the girls enjoyed a bunch of rides there.  We went from wild to mild when we boarded the swans.  Ah yes, now that’s more my speed!IMG_5998



Hannah drove the race cars like a pro!IMG_6009


Flying high i a hot air balloon.IMG_6013

I love this pic!  Heh…not a foot is touching the ground!  The best part was that it wasn’t posed, it was just the girls having a fun time together!  They were great all day long!!IMG_6014

It was a beautiful, hot, sunny day so Hannah took many opportunities to cool down by pouring water on her head.IMG_6016

In the late afternoon Hannah’s courage began to grow (she’s a ride kiddo, just cautious of some rides) and she wanted to ride Blast Off with the girls.  She really did enjoy it in spite of this pic.  I was on it with her the first time she rode and the giggles were precious!IMG_6031

Last year Hannah began to ride Taxi Jam for the first time which is a tiny coaster.  Love how this pictures captures the girls reactions.IMG_6033

At the end of the day Alyssa asked to ride the Gh*ster Coaster which is a bigger roller coaster in the kids area.  Hannah asked to go too.  I knew she was tall enough because with shoes she was sporting a blue 40” arm band so I told her I’d take her while reassuring her that it was ok to change her mind when we got to the ride once she saw it.  It’s pretty much hidden by the woods.

Hannah was confident that she wanted to go on it so off we went.  And….she LOVED it!!!  As soon as it stopped she shouted, ‘Dat was so much fun!!’  So on we went again…and again!  Hannah, my roller coaster lovin’ gal.   Heh…look how little she is!  Of the 3 times we went on only once could we even see her face in the pic they took on the ride.  The other times she was hidden by the bar.  LOL!IMG_6052


I’m thinking Leviathan won’t be a one time ride for me.  Someday we’ll be riding it together!

In the meantime reaching the magical 40” mark and her love for rides means that Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Soarin’ and Test Track (if it were open) will all be options for us to ride at Disney this August!

We also learned that taking a day off in June and going mid-week is the time to go!  I went on a few adult rides (a fun treat for Mommy) and yet Hannah still rode 22 rides today too!

Hannah skipped her nap and was a trooper the entire day but she crashed as soon as we hit the car.  She didn’t make it out of the parking lot and was out for the night. 

We had a great time friends!  Hopefully it works out for us to do this together again next summer!


  1. I just love all the fun you two girls always have and I CAN NOT wait to have some fun with you in just a few short weeks!!!! Squeal!!!!!

    I'm also quite proud of your girl on her writing her name!! Way to go Hannah!!

  2. How fun! Wow, that Leviathon looks awesome!! You are a brave woman!!

  3. You are a brave woman! I can't even imagine wanting to go on that ride, I'm nervous just thinking about it. Looks like you guys had a great day :) I can't wait to take the boys again this year - it seems more fun as they get older. That is until they ask to go on Leviathan, than mommy might have a heart attack!

  4. Wowsers! My hands were sweating just watching that coaster ride. While I find other theme parks to have more "daring" rides, I always miss the magic of WDW themeing ;)
    She really is a tall little girl! My 4 yo niece was just barely there to get to go on Splash, but they wouldn't let her go on Dinosaur. . .go figure ;)
    What a fun surprise! And how much fun to go with a group of girls :)

  5. There is no way I would ever go on that roller coaster. Ever. You are brave.

  6. You are a brave woman Catherine!! It took everything in me to go on Behemouth last summer with my 15 year old nephew. I didn't want to appear wimpy in front of him!!LOL I just LOVE the picture of the three girls skipping. That should be on the front of a Hallmark card!!!

  7. So much fun! AA is still at the slower ride level! Good for me! But, really, did you have to ride in Jr's car? With his win last week, maybe you are a new fan??!
    Happy summer!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy


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