December 29

We chose to go to Epcot on our first day because there were several Christmas festivities going on that weren't going to last the entire week we were there. We planned today well in advance, but after seeing that there was an 80% chance of rain, we were glad we chose Epcot since most things could be done indoors. 

Grayson has been terrified of characters for years, but we decided to give Disney World a try anyway, knowing that we might have to avoid every character like the plague. As soon as we walked into Epcot, a short line for Pluto was forming, so I asked the boys if they wanted to get in it to meet him. I had bought them a photo mat with lots of sharpies to get autographs. To our surprise, Grayson agreed and got in line. He had plenty of time to gather his courage and get ready for the encounter. When it was his turn, he gave Pluto his frame, marker, and waited patiently for him to sign it and then posed for pictures. It was GREAT!!!!! 

There were lots of fun Nemo rides and activities!

And then it became our day's goal to find every character possible! So much fun!

Neylan refused to meet Chip & Dale because he was eating a snack at the moment and was  not about to put it down to get a picture!

Another highlight to the day was the Candlelight Processional, which was one of the Christmas things we did not want to miss. Amy Grant was the guest reader of the Christmas story and the choir and orchestra were superb.

Playing drums in Mexico

And we stayed until the very end of the day to see the Illuminations fireworks show. Neylan fell asleep as soon as it started,  

but Grayson was wide awake in amazement! 

We had such a fun day and the rain didn't slow us down much. We met so many characters and the boys behavior was really good. Onto Magic Kingdom tomorrow!

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