We’re in Florida right now, enjoying a family vacation away from the cold, snow and most importantly cumbersome snowsuits. While here, we decided that, even though our children are young, we would do a couple of days at Walt Disney World.
Certainly we aren’t doing a seven day extravaganza, that would be foolish and far too hard on them. So far we’ve spent a day at Magic Kingdom, and next week we’ll do a day at Hollywood Studios. I don’t expect they’ll remember, but what appealed to us was the fact that our oldest (who is 3 1/2) still believes the characters are real and gets real joy from meeting and hugging them. I wanted to experience the innocence and joy of this. I believed it would illustrate the real magic of Disney.
I can honestly say our first day was a roaring success. The weather was cool, but sunny. This meant that the park was relatively quiet. We rarely waited more than 10 minutes for a ride, and for those we really enjoyed we, quite frequently, were able to just hop right back on. This was perfect for an impatient preschooler. In just under eight hours enjoyed just about every ride, some more than once.
What was also incredible was that our 11-month-old was able to join us on most rides. Though young, he too was enchanted by his surroundings and full of smiles. His overactive curiosity was more than satisfied throughout the day. Disney is truly a place that accomodates the whole family.
On our visit we met Minnie Mouse, Chip & Dale and Pluto. We saw Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and many more. It was without a doubt, magical. I admit that I may have been the most excited!
I didn’t put a lot of advance planning into our day, beyond a breakfast reservation. I was a bit nervous that the day would be disorganized, that we might miss out. But we didn’t at all. Beyond experiencing most rides, we were treated to two parades and two shows. I’m so pleased that we were able to enjoy so much!
When the day was over, and after the journey back to our vacation rental, we were treated to a very gratifying reflection on the day. Just before bed, our 3-year-old told us: “It was amazing.” That was all the thanks and reassurance I needed to know we’d made the right decision.
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