We just took our first trip to Disney World. I am not even sure you can call it a trip…it was literally one day! I know, crazy right?!
My husband had a work trip down south, in Georgia, so we figured it would be a great time to make a stop at Disney World (DW). Our son has been asking to go for a while now, Thank you Disney junior for the ads you show! He really likes the cruise ads, and so do we…
So, my husband left for the work trip on Monday. I then left with the two kiddies on Wednesday. The trip, according to Google, was to take 8 Hours and 58 minutes. Well, with two children and driving alone, it took 10 Hours. I was super proud of myself and super impressed!
Thursday was a lovely day to just relax in Amelia Island, Florida! It rained, so it made it easy to relax. I really would have liked to walk around a bit in town there, it was really cute!
Thursday afternoon, we were on our way to Orlando. We were able to make a pit stop at our friend’s house. They just moved from our area down to Jacksonville! It was great to catch up with them and give us a break out of the car. After dinner and catching up, we were on our way again. We arrived at the Old Key West resort at 11:45PM…
It was a little painful for the kiddies. Our son who is three forced himself to stay awake. Once we said we were at the resort, he said whining “This isn’t DW, I want to go to DW…DW is doomed” (very dramatic) I think he was expecting to see the castle right away. It was cute, but sad too… Our daughter who is 20 months old, slept the trip down, so when we moved from the car to the hotel room, she was awake, and I mean AWAKE!
Needless to say, a little melatonin was given, and their air mattresses were set up. Ethan passed out at about 12:30AM and Eva, she just wouldn’t give in…so she snuggled with me and her daddy and fell asleep around 1 AM. I didn’t even bother to move her, because honestly, I didn’t have the energy to move… LOL
Friday was Park day. We chose to go to the Magic Kingdom. There are like 3 rides our kids can’t ride, and we were ok with that. We wanted them to experience rides and characters. We really were looking forward to seeing all the Disney Junior characters, but they are in another park, and there, there aren’t that many rides they can ride.
Wake-up time was 7:30AM (parked open at 9am and we wanted to be there right then). Luckily, on our way down, we stopped and got some cereal to eat in the hotel room. The kids ate their breakfast, while mommy and daddy packed the bag for the day! Mommy and daddy squeezed in their breakfast too.
After breakfast time, it was time to get dressed. We had special shirts for our trip! My son was so excited! He really couldn’t wait to meet Mickey Mouse! Honestly, neither could mommy and daddy!
Once dressed, we made it out of the room and headed to the shuttle stop. We arrived at the park at 9:01am! We Made It! We scanned our Magic Bands, scanned our finger prints (not sure why?) and we were on our way to Main street USA!
We walked through the gate, and made our way to see Cinderella’s castle. Once we saw the castle, Ethan knew where we were. It was priceless. I think at that moment, we were all kids.
After seeing the castle, it was off to Tomorrowland! We went and rode Buzz Light Year, the people mover, the carousel of Progress, Ethan and daddy rode the race cars (Ethan said these were his favorite), stopped for a popcorn snack and a Mickey ice pop, then we made our way to Fantasyland.
Fantasyland, we rode the teacups, Dumbo (which had a cool waiting area/playroom…instead of just waiting online), and It’s a small world. Then we went and switched some Fast Passes (best things ever) and went to meet Ariel! After Meeting Ariel, who my son was flirting with hardcore, it was so cute, it was lunch time. We didn’t have reservations anywhere, and we happened to be walking by Be our Guest restaurant, so we just went to ask if there was any availability. Sure enough, there was! Right then and there, we got to go inside and eat! It was great! We are still wondering how they get the correct food to the right table…as the waitress said “the magic guides them.”
After lunch, we made our way to Ariel’s ride (So cool) and Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride. Time was moving crazy fast while we were there. We looked at our watched and realized it was 4:00pm (Park closed at 7 for a special event). We needed to meet more characters. Well, just as we were walking past the castle, it was time for a performance from Mickey and the crew with special guests! It was great! Both of the kids were loving it!
10 minutes after the show, there was a dance parade! So we got another Mickey ice pop and waited for the parade. It was great! Goofy on his float stopped right in front of us! It was a dance party parade, so we were all invited into the streets to dance! So we did!
After the parade, we went to meet Mickey! Meeting Mickey had a 40 minute wait time, but we sucked it up ad did it! I mean really who goes to DW and doesn’t meet Mickey?! We were as confused as to why it would take so long and then when it was our turn to meet him, we figured it out! We actually got like 5 minutes of just our family to talk, like actual conversation, with him and take pictures, it was AMAZING! Ethan and Eva gave him the biggest hugs…They were not afraid and I was so Happy!
When you are finished meeting Mickey, they lead you into a gift shop, which was actually perfect, because it was about time to head back to the hotel and we needed our souvenirs. Mommy got Minnie ears, Ethan got a Mickey toy and hat, Eva got a Baby Ariel with a flounder blanket.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party was the special event from 7PM-12AM (wanted to go, but the kids were done and it would have been more money), I feared that I wouldn’t get to see the castle all lit up. Guess what?! Just as we were walking out of the store, some music played and we turned the corner and boom! The castle was all lit up! It was gorgeous!
We snapped a few photos and made our way out of the park and headed to our shuttle pick up. Ethan had been talking about going swimming all day. So we told him we would go as soon as we got back. He was pumped. While on the shuttle ride home, he fell asleep, we weren’t sure if he was going to be able to go swimming.
Oh, he was ready! We went down to the pool and he had a blast! He cannon balled in and just swam and swam and swam. Didn’t want to hold on, he just went! Eva followed suit. She didn’t’ want to be held either, she just went! It was great!
We had some dinner by the pool and then made our way back to the room to hit the hay! We had the most amazing day! We couldn’t believe how our kids pushed through the day! Especially Ethan with no nap, and Eva with a brief on in a Tula!
We went to bed at like 10:30PM and didn’t really set an alarm. We just knew we wanted to be on the road before lunchtime. We had a 12 hour ride ahead of us!
-If you can avoid a stroller, Baby wearing is amazing! Great place for a nap too. If you can’t avoid a stroller, that’s ok too, they are everywhere.
-Bring your own water bottles. I brought ours; it saved us a bunch of money.
-Next time, I am going to pack sandwiches.
-Bring snacks for the kiddies.
-BE A KID AND HAVE FUN!
Till Next time!