Oh my goodness, I am SO loving experiencing Disney through the eyes of my kids! N and I came to Disney World for our honeymoon and have been back a few times since, but this is the very first time I’ve been with small children, so it’s a whole new experience. My kids are both 3.5, so there’s a lot more time waiting to meet characters and lots that they aren’t tall enough to ride (not that we’re lacking for things to do!).
Today (Day One) we went to Epcot. We had excellent luck and as we walked in we got to meet both Goofy and Daisy Duck. We then saw Nemo and Crush before heading to “Mexico” for lunch. Then we met Donald and rode the “Mexico” ride before heading off to meet some princesses.
We started with Mulan, which the kids saw for the first time last week, so it was a thrill. But the real highlight was seeing Snow White! Kyla was dressed in the Snow White inspired dress I’d made her, which made interacting with this princess absolutely priceless. Then there was Lucas, who for some reason decided to strike a Ninja Turtle Pose as we took their picture and cracked Snow White up. Which of course meant that he had to pose that way in EVERY picture thereafter!
Lucas was losing interest in seeing princesses, but enjoyed dancing to the Taiko Drummers in Japan and watching the Candy Lady make a duck for him.
From there we made a beeline for the Character Spot with Mickey, Pluto, and Minnie where we had NO wait (a rare occurrence). The kids wanted to “ride a ride,” so we headed to the Figment ride (can’t think of the actual name of it at the moment). Both kids did really well, even though most of the ride was in the dark!
We still had some time before our dining reservations, so we tried out the Piggy Bank interactive game. Kyla was less interested in the game aspect and more interested in finding where her Piggy Bank would end up. N helped Lucas, so I’m not sure what his reactions were.
As we made our way back to the Norway Pavilion for our dining reservations we happened to see the water show starting up, so we stopped to watch. All three kids had a blast dancing to the music like the water! So cute!
We arrived for our reservations and had a short wait before we got to meet Belle and have our picture taken (no picture at this time, as it was not taken with my camera). Then on to dinner where we got to meet Aurora, Cinderella (forgot to turn on my flash 😦 ), Snow White (again), and Ariel. Kyla was in heaven! I was afraid she would be too distracted to eat, but she did an amazing job. I’m sure the active day had her starving!
Up to this point, both of the kids were doing a great job, waiting in lines and whining very little. As we headed for the bus to take us back to the resort we started to see some Grumpy in Kyla. Lucas passed out on the bus and was not fond of being awakened when we couldn’t remember our room number coming back.
But all were smiles again as we said our prayers and tucked them into bed.
I cannot wait to see what tomorrow will bring. Magic Kingdom, here we come!