In 2014, we made our way back to Disney and it instantly became our special place. I've said this before but I don't like doing many things. I camp, I play sports, I watch sports but that's the extent of it sadly. If it's anything Disney though, I'm in! There's just something about being at WDW that changes your perception on life. It obviously was a big part of Walt's vision but I just feel like a kid when I'm there. It's almost like being taken to a place where magical things really do happen. In my mind, they do. It's a magical place and you can really soak it in there. We've gone back a few times now and each time you look forward to it more than the previous time.
We're going back in the fall and we're taking Lily for the first time. The last few times she just wasn't ready but I firmly believe she is now. We've brought our experiences back and have shared them with her and for her, they've really sunk in. She talks about Disney all the time and she's always asking if she can go. We haven't told her that we're going to take her and most likely we won't until the day of the trip but I can't tell you how excited I am to plan this get away. I'm all about making other people happy and when it comes to my daughter I just can not wait to see how she takes this!
|Lily with Cinderella at Storyland June '15|
Erin and I have been spending some time planning our trip. We're trying to book a few character meals which is tough to come by with the free dining plans in the fall. They suggest usually planning these at least 180 days out but because we just booked were about 120 days and everything is booked up. Jenn is going to look and see if she can get us in to Cinderella's Royal Table and Hollywood & Vine. She's on a watch list in case something opens up which I hope it does especially at CRT! Other than that we've also purchased our tickets for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party which will be on our last night. This will be our first special event and I'm looking forward to it! Erin and I haven't decided what we're going to get for costumes yet.. I'm sure this could get interesting! Other than that this should be a short and sweet trip. In my opinion, just long enough to keep Lily happy.
We're flying direct to Orlando and getting in around 5:40pm. Perfect flight times for a little one as both flights are direct and no longer than any car ride she's ever had. From MCO we'll be transported by Disney's Magical Express to Pop Century Resort. Once to the resort, we'll settle in, have some dinner and maybe walk around the resort and show Lily all the neat stuff before going to bed and getting a good nights rest.
We plan to spend the first day at Hollywood Studios. My hope is to get a breakfast at Hollywood & Vine in the morning which consists of breakfast with Disney Junior favorites (Jake, Sofia, Doc McStuffins, and Handy Manny). After that, we'll do some rides, some shows, and see some characters. At night, we'll take in Fantasmic which I'm sure she'll absolutely love! Now, we do have the park hopper so in the afternoon we may hop over to Epcot for Finding Nemo and Spaceship Earth!
The second day is dedicated to Magic Kingdom! She talks about "the castle" all the time so for her to be there and to see it will be amazing. I can't wait to see her face when she gets there! My hope is to have breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table with all of the Princesses this day. For her to have a chance to be in the castle would be amazing. I know from our previous experience at CRT it's an awesome experience and one that she would love! During the day we'll do a lot of fun rides and see a lot of shows and characters. I look forward to going on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with her as she loves to watch the video of us from our last trip! At night, I think she'll definitely enjoy Celebrate the Magic and Wishes.
The third and final day at the parks will consist of a morning most likely at Animal Kingdom. She'll enjoy seeing the animals and riding the attractions in the park. A bugs life will be pretty neat! At night, we'll do Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party! For those unfamiliar with this event, the Magic Kingdom is decorated for Halloween and most of your favorite villains will be in the park. Guests can dress in costume and trick or treat. There's a halloween themed parade and fireworks show called Hallo-Wishes.
We'll exit our resort early and head back home on the final day with a direct flight back leaving MCO at 11am. Again, I couldn't have asked for a better flight plan. The times were perfect for having a toddler. Not to mention they're direct flights which are hard to come by these days especially in my area. Needless to say, like any other Disney vacation, I'm looking forward to it!