After we all got a “good” nights sleep we headed to the parks. I used the Touring Plans website (ahead of time) to help decide which parks to go to each day. Touring Plans gives a crowd level rating for each day. This is the same website I used to choose the week we went. I highly recommend it. Having a plan is key to going to Disney with little ones.
A big thing that helped us be able to do more with our girls was napping. We made sure that we went back to the hotel in the late afternoon to take naps and believe it or not Sophia actually napped typically for a couple hours (she stopped napping at 2 1/2). Once the girls woke up we were able to head back out to a park and stay a little later with happy kids.
Tuesday we went to Animal Kingdom in the morning. The crowd level was rated a 1 out of 10 and it was definitely correct; the park was practically empty. Well as empty as Disney World ever is going to be. We started our day with everyone’s number one ride; the safari and went from there. We had a fast pass for the Finding Nemo show which was a winner; our girls loved it and so did all of the adults. This was probably my girls favorite thing at Animal Kingdom.
Our first bus ride. Let the fun begin.
So excited to be going to Animal Kingdom.
Tuesday evening we went to see the castle. We knew Sophia and Isabella just had to go the first day, so we had an early dinner at our hotel then headed over to the Magic Kingdom.
McKenzie sitting in a restaurant highchair for the first time.
McKayla was simply having fun playing with her feet.
Such a wonderful couple. They show us all what a happy marriage is all about. Thank you for loving each other as much as you do. You two are amazing. You have taught us all what true love is all about.
The girls were so excited. As soon we entered the park Sophia started to walk very fast, she simply couldn’t wait.
The first thing we did while at the park was watch the Mickey show in front of the castle. I know I have said this a lot, but it was so special watching Sophia and Isabella watch the show.
One thing we quickly found out, which didn’t surprise me, was that Isabella loved the shows. She didn’t really care for the rides. Sophia loved everything and she wanted to do it all!! I will say 4 years old is a wonderful age at Disney.
Wednesday we went to Epcot and had breakfast with the princesses. Since, we had a few late nights we decided we were going to make it an early night tonight. So, we had pizza delivered to our room and put the girls to bed at a normal time.
Thursday was extra magic hours at Magic Kingdom so we got up extra early to be at the park by 7:30am. We wanted to see the opening ceremonies which take place 10-15 minutes before the park opens.
Since, it was kind of rainy and chilly (60 degrees) day the park was quiet. So, we were able to get a ton of rides completed in a short time. Sophia seriously went on any ride she could. When we finished on ride she asked kept asking what’s next? We started with her number one ride – Under the Sea, followed by meeting Ariel in her Grotto then made our way to Peter Pan and so forth. I can’t even begin to tell you how much we got done before the park “officially” opened. My parents kindly stayed back with McKenzie and McKayla for a couple hours in the morning. Since, it was chilly and rainy we thought that was best. My parents then met us at the park and we enjoyed the rest of the morning together.
How cute are they?
Oh, and I can’t wait to tell you all about my wonderful Boba carrier. Since I had a Bjorn from Sophia I am easy tell you the differences and why the Boba is so worth the money. It truly is amazing. Next week I will write a review on how the Boba saved us at Disney!!
Once, Mimi and Papa met us at Magic Kingdom we had to meet Minnie Mouse; for Isabella of course. She had been asking for days and even though we knew we were going to have breakfast with her in a few days we went to meet her. Isabella was in heaven. I didn’t take any pictures with my camera, but we order the Magic Maker (professional pictures from the park), so I will post those as soon as we get them downloaded. But I will tell you Isabella walked right up to Minnie Mouse and held her hand. She was not afraid whatsoever.
Isabella’s idea of the perfect Dumbo ride; one that doesn’t move.
We spent a lot of time at the Magic Kingdom so we decided not to go to another park in the evening. Since, we stayed at Old Key West we were only a boat ride away from downtown Disney, so we went over there for dinner.
Friday was Hollywood Studios. I would say this would be right up there with Magic Kingdom in the favorites department. The girls loved watching all the shows. Our day started with the Disney Junior Live Show, which included Mickey Mouse clubhouse, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. The girls loved the show; the adults not so much. We had to sit on the floor which was not so comfy.
We then had lunch reservations at the Si-fi Drive In Diner. Which is such a fun experience; it is as if you are at a drive-in movie.
After lunch we saw the Beauty and the Beast show, followed by Indian Jones. It was a fun day of shows and our girls loved every minute of it. Well, actually Sophia was not so sure about the Indian Jones show. It was a little too much action for her. Isabella loved it. My dad was even chosen to be in the show (this was he second time picked; he was in it about 15 years ago during one of our trips). We made so to get back to the hotel for naps because Friday night we had our dessert party to watch the fireworks.
Okay this post is getting crazy long and I am exhausted, so I will fill you in on the rest of our trip tomorrow. I will tell you our travel day home was quite the adventure.
Wow, I am really missing Florida. I miss our family time together. Sophia told me today she wanted to go live at Disney. I told her me too!!