A Day at Disney World

Let me just start by saying thank you for all your comments on last weeks post. In case no one has told you yet today... you are all awesome!

We woke as early as we possibly could, I surprised D with a brand new Mickey t-shirt. We were staying at the Marriot, they had a pretty decent complimentary breakfast and shuttle service to the Magic Kingdom. We opted to take our own car to the park instead. Here we are, the gate

We missed the opening ceremony by some minutes.. oh well maybe next time. We hurried down main street and to Cinderella's Castle.

We started the day in Adventureland. The Swiss Family Treehouse was temporarily closed so our first ride of the day was Aladdin's Flying Carpet, what better way to start the day? I loved that there were so many things H could ride on with us. Next up the Jungle Cruise, cute with a great guide, quirk, funny ans so perfectly in character!

H decided to take a nap during the Pirates of the Caribbean, I secretly hoped Johnny Depp was going to step out and yell surprise! And then while enjoying some Dole Whips from Aloha Isle we made our way over to the Frontierland. Splash Mountain for closed for refurbishment and Big Thunder Mountain was having some technical difficulties :( Off to Liberty Square!

My parents opted out of the Haunted Mansion and waited outside with H while us with our usually afraid of most things D headed in.. to our excitement D was not scared at all.. :) Next was Peter Pan and It's a Small World this was the first line we encountered.. the benefit of going off season.. both were about 25 minutes long and more rides H could enjoy with us.. even though he continued to nap through most of them.

I am just in awe of how beautiful these rides are and can not imagine the amount of work that goes into creating every magical detail.. 

We used the rider swap option for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.. so while my parents waited in line.. the first long 95 minute wait we took D and H on Prince Charming's Carousel and Mickey's PhilharMagic.. once again no lines..and the show was great.. I was having more fun watching D trying to reach out and grab things than watching the show itself. 

The Seven Dwarf's Mine Train was the first ride that H could not ride.. I was initially a bit concerned thinking there would be so much H would not be able to do meaning we'd have to split up and wait.. but that was not the case at all. And this was officially D's first roller coaster.. he barely made it in at 39 inches tall. He held my hand and closed his eyes but he did great.. when the ride came to an end he asked 'that's it?'

While waiting in line for Winnie the Pooh we had our first character spotting.. I was surprised that we hadn't seen more wondering about.. we were not specifically looking for them nor had we planned on waiting in line for them but when D say Winnie he could hardly believe it.. he forgot all concept of line and waiting and rushed ahead.. jumping up and them.. I had to bring him back and explain to him that we had to wait and Winnie and Tiger were not going anywhere.. after 20 minutes we got our turn. H was less excited.

The Winnie the Pooh ride was also great.. what I loved most was the wait. Along the entire line they had set up interactive toys, games and attraction to entertain the kids.. brilliant.

We stopped for lunch at Pinocchio's Village Haus and then made our way over to Fantasyland. Our one and only ride was The Barnstormer.. he decided the skip over Dumbo and the Mad Tea Party. A quick fun roller coaster..

In Tomorrowland we started with the Tomorrowland Speedway..

The little tuft of hair you see over the steering wheel is D. You wouldn't think it but driving these cars was not easy.. thank god each car was on it's own track else I would have been bumping into everything..

We were headed towards the Astro Orbiter when it started to rain.. D wasn't tal enough for Stitch's Great Escape so instead we headed to Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin, which is pretty much where everyone else also headed.. it was a 30 minute wait, by then the rain and stopped to and it was warm and sunny again.. This was a fun ride, it was all neon black light.. you had to shoot monsters plus your car spun too.. i am surprised H was allowed to sit on this thing.. 

After which we headed back to the Astro Orbiter. While we waited in line the dad from Incredibles showed up to start a dance party.. so D and I headed over. Now while D has not watched the Incredible he expected to meet him, get a hug something like that.. instead the dad just danced and while did acknowledge the bigger kids and adults D continued to go overlooked. I don't blame him.. he was doing his job and D is tiny.. but watching my boy running after him trying to get his attention.. i tried too.. I really didn't want to see him cry in Disney World of all places.. instead we made a pact to never watch any movies the red guy stars in..ever and we had back to the Astro Orbiter. Now this ride is kinda like Dumbo or Aladdin's Carpets.. except you take an elevator up two or three stories and then get on your two person rocket and soar even higher in the sky.. you get a glimpse of most of the park and it was awesome.. and H could ride too.. seriously Disney is so baby friendly it is unbelievable.

We skipped Space Mountain.. D would not have been able to ride and we didn't want to end the day like that.. plus it was a huge wait.. 

Instead we headed back towards Cinderella's Castle to scope out a good spot for the Electric Parade.. 

It was the perfect day.. the perfect first visit.. my only complain is tat we never saw Mickey.. maybe we should have spent a little more time on Main Street.. the last time I was in Disneyland.. over a decade ago I remember bumping into so many characters.. and this time around it was so much harder.. we spotted Buzz and the Evil Stepmother.. 

We ended the day with some dinner in Downtown Disney.. we ate at Paradiso 37.. not the greatest food but good.. way better than all the fast food we'd had over the last few days..

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Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

ahhh looks like you guys got a lot done. That is awesome! Yeah disney world doesn't have so many wandering characters like disneyland. You have to go find them in their spots. Love that he got to ride the mine train, I have been not so patiently waiting on Aria to grow haha. Might take a while. Isn't it nice though that you can take a baby on a lot? Esp at Magic Kingdom.

Stefanie said...

What an awesome time you're having. We haven't even braved Disneyland in LA yet.

meandmr.com said...

Looks like such an amazing time!
Melanie @ meandmr.com

Your Invisible Crown said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Wouldn't it have been great of Johnny would have been there? But an encounter with Pooh and Tiger sounds great too!

sugarlens said...

You guys did a lot in one day, I am impressed. Yes I love that Disney has interactive things for kids to do while standing in lines -- the Pooh one was especially good. My daughter and I loved the Mine Train...too bad my son couldn't get on with us. We went in November (before Thanksgiving) and through the crowd would be light, but there were soooo many people.

Emmylou said...

Looked like such a wonderful experience for all of you:) We'll be taking the kiddos over there some day...hopefully:D

Matthew Spade said...

not been here in years, not since i was a kid. we tend to go to universal studios now as we don't have any children.

Buckets & Spades

Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

Sounds like you all had a blast. We haven't been there in ages, before kids. The thought of all the planning with toddlers in tow has my head spinning, but we'll get there eventually as my kids have started asking to go :)

Corinne said...

So jealous!I love Disney and the Magic Kingdom is awesome! We went just before the seven dwaves mine ride opened so didn't get to go on it! I'm going to Disneyland Paris in June though :)

Corinne x

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

You had me at Dole Whip. Thanks for sharing your photos of one of my favorite places on earth!

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

Oh that looks like you had an amazing time - and that photo of the cuddle with Winnie the Pooh is just so sweet!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Oh, how fun! And, Dole Whips are awesome :)

Jessica said...

These pictures are adorable. It has been years since I have been to Disney World. I hope to visit it next Summer.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Looks like a great trip!

Loulou said...

What a great day this sounds like it was! The boys must have really loved it. Actually, you all must have!

Lady parisienne said...

So cool, I guess you had a fabulous moment!! I would love to go to Disney world!

Elle Sees said...

i'd say a very good and productive first trip. there should have been a sheet that lists where the characters are--in the tunnel where you first come in--or you can ask a cast member. i just got back yesterday!

Susannah said...

How fun!!! I can't wait to take Caleb (and his future brothers and sisters) someday!

Stella said...

The photo with the Winnie the Pooh is so cute!
Such a great family getaway!
Stella from a A Shiny Place

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