Read below for the details of the trip and some cute pics!
We took our princess to Disney World. The trip was a marathon endurance event- rides, dresses, shows, and of course lots of pictures. Since our Maisy is still so young, we opted to leave her with Grammy. So Afton got a special 'big girl' trip all by herself. We were lucky enough to bring a few 'princess loving' friends along too- aka "The Parker Family".
This was our first time doing Disney as adults. There was so much to plan, learn and do! But with a general itinerary and a good map of the park, we set out to do it all.
Day 1- We arrived in Orlando after a long delay and plane change. Our day was cut short, but we made the best of it. We headed to "Hollywood Studios" and saw "Beauty and the Beast", "The Little Mermaid" and rode a few rides.
The girls loved the "Toy Story" interactive ride and Afton even braved "Tower of Terror". (She screamed all the way through, but now tells everyone that it was her favorite thing at Disney!) We also got to buy some cute ponchos :)
Day 2- Princess Breakfast in Norway. This was awesome! The food was good, the girls were elated, and the princesses were so sweet. We ended up spending the whole day at "Epcot". There was so much to see and do. We loved "Soaring", "Test Track" and "Mission Space". We saw lots of characters and collected autographs. The "Nemo" attractions were delightful too. We even took in "Captain EO"- long live the 80's! That night we had a few drinks and took in the fireworks. This was Jeff's favorite day.
Day 3- The weather cleared and we headed over to the main event- "Magic Kingdom". Right when we entered the park a jitney picked us up and took us to the castle. We felt like movie starts, rolling into town on our own special ride :) The girls danced on the palace steps and then we watched "Dreams Come True". The music and actors at Disney are spectacular. It was so fun to sing along and see the girls' favorite movies come to life. We spent most of the day taking in the popular rides- "Dumbo", "Small World", "Peter Pan" etc. This was Afton's favorite day.
Then we decided to spend some time in "Animal Kingdom"- thanks to our Park Hopper! In my opinion, this is not the best park- but there was a great roller coaster, the safari tour, and a great dino attraction. Afton was tall enough to ride every ride at Disney. She was so brave! (And of course it helped that we rewarded her bravery!)
That night was our fancy dinner with the characters of Cinderella at the Grand Floridian. I was so impressed with this meal as well. Lots of quality time with the characters, good food, and plenty of dessert!
Day 4- We headed back to the "Magic Kingdom" for our appointment at Bippidy Boppidy Boutique. The girls were pampered with nails, hair and make-up. It was rainy that day, but of course, a little rain couldn't ruin our parade. We got our money's worth when it came to those ponchos!
We took in the rest of what the Kingdom had to offer and even saw a parade. We felt fortunate to see "ToonTown" as they are preparing to tear it down and add some new attractions.
Since we came in the off-season, there really weren't any waits for the rides. The longest wait we experienced was to see "Tinkerbell"! That night we went over to "Downtown Disney", had dinner and shopped.
Day 5- Travel home to see our Maisy Lou!
Our trip was truly magical. Afton was the perfect age. And being alone with her gave me a chance to appreciate what a sweet, kind, big girl she is growing to be. I loved every minute with her. She was appreciative, enthusiastic, and so cooperative! I was surprised that we never had a melt down or any cases of ' the gimmies' (probably because we have sooo much Disney stuff already!). Jeff and I had a lot of fun playing in the park and marveling at our "almost 5 year old".
Jennifer and I realized that we could probably become cast members at Disney- if there is ever an opening for a Belle or Cinderella- give us a call! We sang our hearts out and were probably just as (or more) excited as the girls for this trip. You couldn't miss our Texas-size excitement for Disney!
What a trip!