Pretty much sums up our trip.  Two kids in the car for over 10 hours there and back with no tears. Skipped naps, stroller naps, staying up way past all of our bedtimes with smiles on our faces.  The magic of Disney is real y'all!
I have to admit I was a little skeptical that this trip might be mass chaos, it being our first time and taking a 3 year old and a 1 year old. I am happy to report that everything went pretty smooth.  We decided on driving since we were staying off Disney property and would have had to rent a car and car seats plus all of Olivia's princess gear that needed its own suitcase.  The kids really did so great in the car and it took us about 10 hours each way, including multiple potty breaks and lunch pit stops. Olivia must have asked if we were there yet 100 times and where are all the princesses???

We had reservations for Chef Mickey's Monday for a late breakfast.  I would definitely recommend this if you have kids who love Mickey.  All of the characters were there and they came around to each table to sign autographs and take pictures.  The food was buffet and delicious!

We hopped a monorail to the Magic Kingdom after we got our bellies full.  I totally teared up when I saw the castle for the first time. I scooped Olivia up out of the stroller and held her up so she could see and just seeing the excitement through her eyes made me so very happy. 

We spent most of the day trying to get a feel for the layout of the park and fumbling with the Disney app on our phones (which I recommend getting if you are going).  The kid's favorite rides were Dumbo, the tea cups and Winnie the Pooh.  Chad took Jack back to the condo for dinner and bed and Olivia and I met up with Ashley, her girls, and nana for dinner with Cinderella!  The only time we could get was 8:30 and that was just too late for little man.  Olivia wanted to dress up as Elena (shocker, right?) and the wicked step sisters were her faves.  The way they all stay in character is so fun to watch.

Tuesday we went to SeaWorld and immediately wished we had planned two days there.  It is the neatest place.  They had the best kiddie park complete with a little roller coaster and a 5 story jungle gym and tons of other little rides.  The big roller coasters were awesome.  I would definitely put them on the six flags level.  The best part was the park was empty.  We walked straight on every ride we wanted and the kids got great views to all of the marine life!  The whole park is so laid back and so much fun.

The coolest thing was the penguin encounter.  It was freeeeezing in there and they were so close you could touch them, but I was told repeatedly not too.  They are the coolest little birds!

Wednesday we headed back to Magic Kingdom and stayed all the way for the fireworks at 10pm.  Both of the kids were so good.  I may have been more mesmerized than they were by the display, but we all had a good time.  Elsa freezes the castle at night and they do a whole little show out of it blowing snow on the audience and lighting the castle in a million Christmas lights.  It was so beautiful.  Pictures can't even do it justice.

Thursday we were all ready for a little break so we hung out at the pool.  Olivia and her cousins went back and forth from the hot tub and pool 100 times squealing with joy and receiving dirty looks from all of the old people trying to read their romance novels.

Friday we planned the day so Olivia could meet all of the princesses at Magic Kingdom. She was so cute walking up to them and holding out her autograph book.  After every single one she would say, I have to go tell my Daddy I just met - insert princess name.  Chad took Jack to ride a few rides while I did the princess thing with Olivia. When she got to meet Elena she was in absolute awe.  She was starstruck.  She couldn't talk to her, she just stared and smiled the biggest smile.  It was the sweetest thing.

Chad took Olivia to ride The Barnstormer roller coaster and I took Jack to ride Winne the Pooh since he isn't tall enough.  I loved getting some sweet one on one time with him.

Saturday was our last day and we went back to Magic Kingdom to ride the tea cups a dozen more times and of course the Barnstormer. The day started out with tears.  I got Jack out of the stroller because the lines to get in the park were crazy long.  They were both pretty much tired and worn out form the whole trip by then.  It was soooo crowded, all of the thanksgiving traffic had started to pour in.  We played until we ran out of fast passes and headed back to the condo to get ready to drive home the next day.

I have to add a big huge thank you to my parents who made this trip possible for not only my family, but my sister and 3 step sisters too!  They sure do love their grandbabies!

We had such a great time, but being totally honest I think we will wait a couple of years before planning the next trip. I want the kids to be old enough to both ride most everything at both of the parks.  I am so glad we got to go with our whole fam though and the kids had a blast. 
Also, I didn't pull out my real camera one time so sorry for the grainy picture quality from all of the cell phone pictures.  I did like just snapping a quick picture though and really being present for the whole experience! I will cherish these memories forever.
Disney, you were so good to us and we will see ya real soon!

1 comment

  1. Sometimes it's best to just experience it without being behind the camera the whole time!!