Disney Vacation with Hanes Day 1

What a day! Hanes invited us on a VIP tour of Hollywood Studios since they are the official apparel partner with Disney. We can’t thank Hanes enough for including my entire family in on this business trip for Mom so they can enjoy the Disney magic too. (Right now the kids are sound asleep recovering from yesterday and this morning so Mom has a chance to share some photos!)

Our 1st stop was a visit to the Rock n Roller Coaster attraction which is sponsored by Hanes. I let Mike ride that one with the other bloggers and guides as I’ve been on it before and found it to be a terrifying experience – I just can’t handle the speed! The kids and I stayed entertained at the Hanes recording studio where the kids had a blast decorating awesome little record albums with stickers and pretending to set up a concert for Hannah Montana.

Here we are arriving at the Polynesian. The kids are pumped!


My kids love searching for Hidden Mickey’s. Even Kyle points and says “Hidden Mickey” anytime he spots one. Did you know the rooms in the Polynesian supposedly have 7 Hidden Mickey’s?? Hint: 3 of them are in the painting on the wall and we’re still looking for all 7!

Toy Story Mania was a favorite attraction. We rode it 2x in a row everyone loved it so much. Kenzie and Kyle were both impressed with the 3 D effects and glasses.

We burned off energy at the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground. Impressive park for the kiddos, although you seriously need to keep your eyes on them at all times as it is very easy to lose someone amidst all gigantic cornstalks, tunnels, slides, giant jars of PlayDoh and big blades of grass.
The American Idol experience was phenomenal. If there was an award for most enthusiastic audience performer, Mackenzie at age 4 would have won. She was crazy excited and full of applause, elation, and screams for every performer. Too cute.
I’m always impressed with Disney’s abilities to create experiences and all their mini musical attractions (like The Little Mermaid, Nemo at Animal Kingdom, Beauty and the Beast, etc.)

Our last stop was a private dinner at Disney’s Animation Studios. Very cool. The kids could pretend paint away on all the devices during our dinner. We also had some guest visits with some very exciting characters. If you are wondering why there are not too many pictures with Kyle and characters it is because he generally runs the other way when they come around – although he is getting braver and even touched Mickey last night :)
Kenzie taking an art lesson on how to draw Mickey Mouse. Hanes must have her number as we all know this kid is one aspiring artist and probably spends 2 hrs per day practicing her drawing skills. She loved it!

Both kids ended their magical day totally exhausted. They were troopers and stayed awake and very happy until the bus ride home a little before 10 PM. Quite a day for kids who wake up at 5:30 daily! Kyle never woke up even as we transferred him into PJ’s.

Disclosure: As I’m now a member of Hanes Comfort Crew, they sponsored this vacation for our family.
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