"It's a Small Town" and "Slow Pass" - 3 days in Disney 1/2012
Hello and welcome to my very first trip report! We just got back from Disney this past Sunday. We were in Florida from 1/15-1/22 and our Disney days were 1/16, 1/17, and 1/20, plus Downtown Disney on the last day of the trip!
As for who we are...(copied from my pre trip report!)
My name is Dara, I'm 33 yrs old, and looove Disney, though I have not been there nearly enough times in my life as of yet! My husband and I went together to Disney when we were in college (spring break!) and did such things as wander into Chef Mickey's not even knowing it was a character meal and riding in the front of the monorail and receiving Mickey Mouse licenses...totally unplanned, unappreciated at the time Disney Magic.
This is me in 3/07 with my then almost 2 yr old dd (now 6) and my now 4 yr old ds in my belly!
My husband is Dave, not as much into Disney as I am, but enough into it that he fits in small trips for us here and there.
Here we are with Chip and Dale in 12/07 with our then 2.5 yr old dd and our then 6 mos old ds - who came down with bronchiolitis while we were there and did not quite enjoy the magic!
My 6 yr old is Gabbie. She's in 1st grade and loves the princesses, Jessie from Toy Story, Minnie, Mary Poppins, etc. etc. She is very excited to go back and this time collect signatures from characters. Though she thinks if she doesn't meet a character she will just write his/her name for him/her!
Here she is at age 4 with her then almost 2 yr old brother meeting Cinderella. She had made pictures for the princesses (and pooh) and passed them out as we met them.
My 4 yr old is Zachary. He's very into Toy Story and watches all 3 movies over and over. He loves Cars as well and sleeps with a stuffed Sorcerer Mickey (and now a stuffed Woody as well). He may just be tall enough to ride Splash Mountain and thinks he wants to try it!
Here he is when he was 2, meeting Tigger. He just loved the characters even when he was 6 mos and sick, and I think this trip should be awesome for him character wise!
Finally, we have Simon, who is 17 months old - the same age my dd was on her first trip to DLR! He's most likely going to be dragged along and made to go along with everything we do, but as long as he is not scared of the characters, hopefully he'll get some time with them as well! Simon loves animals, books, balls, cars and trains, and his big brother and sister!
Here is the little guy!
Hope you'll join me in reliving our trip!
Introduction post #1 is above!
Sunday Jan. 15:
Is It Time Yet?
Day 1, Monday Jan. 16:
Let The Memories Begin
It's My Favorite Color! (Vidia the Fairy)
A Staring Contest With Tinkerbell
On A Magic Carpet Ride
A Great Collection
Move, Shake, Celebrate
The Big Hill, The Funny Ghosts, and Pirates
What Time is the 3:00 Parade?
Fantasyland and A Flashback
I Have a Laser and I Will Use It (and What is Slow Pass?)
The End of Day 1
Day 2, Tuesday Jan. 17:
The Characters Ride the Train Once Per Morning
Rapunzel and the Fairy Godmother
2 Rides and How We Became Pin Traders
Meeting Alice and The White Rabbit
Riding the Train
Dream Along With Mickey
Meeting Snow White and the Mouses
Photos with Princesses
The Rest of Day 2
Side Trip to Tampa:
Day 1 in Tampa (Jan. 18)
Day 2 in Tampa (Jan. 19)
Day 3, Friday Jan. 20:
Toy Story Mania
Lightning and Pirates and a Mermaid
Zachary and Simon have Magical Meetups
Muppets and Rockin!
He IS Real!
The Great Movie Ride
Saturday Jan. 21:
Pictures from Birthday Party
Sunday Jan. 22:
Downtown Disney Part 1
Downtown Disney Part 2a
Downtown Disney Part 2b
Wrap Up Post
Then and Now Photos
I'm here !! :banana:
Looking forward to your report and pics ! Your kids are all so cute and I love seeing little ones experiencing the Disney Magic ! :love:
Thank you! I was beginning to think no one would follow along, and what fun would that be? :rolleyes1
I found you! Can't wait to hear how it all went!
background of the trip
I found out we were going to Disney approximately a month out from our trip date. My husband travels a lot for work and one of his offices is in Tampa FL. So he decided to take us along this time. Yay!
I started my research with a plan of doing one day at the Magic Kingdom. I had a plan that included many character greetings, a few rides, a bunch of parades, and basically all the Disney magic I could fit into one day.
But I started feeling like one day just wasn't enough. I told my husband I wanted to come back to Disney for a longer time in June. He said "why don't you just stay another day with the kids?" in Orlando, instead of coming to Tampa after that 1st day.
I thought about it and couldn't decide if I could handle 3 kids in Disney by myself, but decided I wanted to do it. I would do a second day in the MK so if we missed anything on day 1 or just wanted to do something again we could do it on day 2. This would also relieve some of the pressure for day 1, knowing we'd be back.
So I told my husband the plan...and he didn't think it was a good idea. Yeah, it was his idea in the first place, but he was worried, and logistically it was an issue getting him to Tampa while I kept our rented car in Orlando. So I moped.
And then...I discovered a way to get discounted tickets. My husband looked at the prices and decided it was worth it and I should go ahead with my 1 more Disney day. So I bought 3 3-day passes and 1 2-day pass (2 days at the MK for us, one for him, plus one day at DHS for everyone). This changed our first morning plans because we had to pick up the tickets near Universal at 8 AM, and most likely wouldn't make rope drop, but it was ok since we'd be back for day 2!
Can't wait for more
Is It Time Yet?
Our flight to Orlando was in the afternoon on Jan 15, which was strange because we are used to getting up and going. This led to my kids being hyper and impatient about when we would actually leave! We did have time to deliver our fish to our friends:
and photograph our Mickey and Minnie nails! Thanks to the disboards for the inspiration! (Gabbie and me):
Finally it was time to go to the airport. Here is Simon at the airport as we waited for Dave and the kids to get back from parking the car. (around 1:20 PM)
Here are the others (1:45 PM):
Looking for the plane (2 pm):
On the plane (2:45)
And...in Orlando! (6:30 - EST)
Our first taste of Disney:
See how excited Zachary looks? We got our first Mickey stickers, which Gabbie proceeded to lose! I stuck some on the stroller as well.
We headed to the car rental and proceeded to choose a car, followed by deciding against that car and moving everything into another car! (van).
This is Dave with car #1 (7 PM):
We arrived at our hotel (Country Inn & Suites near Universal - we had a voucher there and it was close to where we had to pick up our tickets) around 8 PM.
We grabbed dinner and were going to check out Universal's City Walk but didn't want to pay for parking, so we just tried to get everyone to sleep. Not easy with so much excitement!
To be continued with our first Disney day!
You have adorable kids and I can't wait to hear how your trip went! :)
The Magic of Disney with little ones! How wonderful:cheer2: That's something I've never experienced. My kids were 15, 12 & 10 when we first went. We tend to by-pass character interactions and head straight to the rides. If I ever have grandchildren I will be volunteering to help out on Disney trips!!
Let the Memories Begin
We got up on Monday morning the 16th ready for a great day! Since we had to pick up our tickets at 8 AM, we knew we wouldn't make it for rope drop, as had been our original plan. We planned on doing that on day 2. We got breakfast in the hotel, picked up our tickets, and were on our way.
At about 8:30 AM we saw this:
and then this:
We parked at:
Gabbie, Zachary, and I took the tram while Dave walked with Simon.
When we got to the monorail it wasn't running for some reason and everyone was being directed to the ferry. It was a little disappointing, but I remember taking the ferry boat as a kid and knew it wouldn't be awful! The ferry was just leaving, so we got on the next one. It was now 8:50 AM.
And finally at 9:10 AM, it was time to let the memories begin!
We stopped for a few photopass pictures and headed inside the park. To be continued!
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