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Old 02-07-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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1st Family Trip with a Pre-K'er, a 2 year old and a puking baby!

Hello interested readers! We returned from our 10 day First Family Trip to Disney World late Thursday night (2/4/10), and despite a few challenges here and there (including the above mentioned puking baby!) our trip was a wonderful one! Our family is comprised of DH (Rick, 38), Me (Cheryl, 38), DS1 (Sam, 4), DD (Madeleine, 2) and DS2 (Matthew, 18 months).



I'm excited to write this trip report in hopes of keeping post Disney trip planning and trip blues at bay! I also hope to be helpful to other families with young children that may be setting out on their first trip in return for all the fantastic information I received from other DIS'ers!

Happy reading!

Table of Contents:
1. Day 1 (Tuesday, January 27th, 2010): Flight and Arrival
2. Rental House
3. Day 2 (Wednesday, January 28th, 2010): First Morning at the Magic Kingdom!
4. First Morning at the Magic Kingdom: Rides!
5. Matthew's First Haircut!
6. First Evening at the Magic Kingdom
7. Day 3 (Thursday, January 28th, 2010): Epcot Morning & Lunch at Biergarten
8. Afternoon around the World Showcase at Epcot
9. Day 4 (Friday, January 29th, 2010): The Itinerary Goes Awry aka My Crabby Day (Magic Kingdom with stepdaughter and inlaws)
10. Dinner at Tony's Town Square and our Magic Kingdom evening
11. Day 5 (Saturday, January 30th, 2010): Back to Epcot and the puking begins!
12. Evening at Epcot with a sick baby
13. Day 6 (Sunday, January 31st, 2010): A very full and chilly day at DHS!
14. Tower of Terror!
15. DHS Late Afternoon & Evening
16. Day 7 (Monday, February 1st, 2010): Back to the Magic Kingdom!
17. The rest of our day in the Magic Kingdom
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)

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Old 02-07-2010, 05:05 PM   #2
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Day 1 (Tuesday, January 27th, 2010): Flight and Arrival

We had a 1:40PM flight out of Buffalo, NY, about an hour north of where we live. It was freezing in Buffalo and the curbside check-in was chaotic but soon enough we were in the air. This was the first flight for our kids, so the older two were very excited. My husband is a very anxious flyer, so I was nervous about managing him and the kids!

Below are a few airport/plane pictures: Sam wheeling his suitcase through the airport, Sam and Madeleine watching our plane arrive, Rick and Matthew on the airplane, and Sam and Madeleine on the airplane.









We ended up checking the car seat that Sam is sitting in for the flight home because it was such a nuisance! It was Madeleine's car seat (Sam's was a simple booster and went in the overhead bins because they told us it was not FAA approved) but when we boarded the plane they told us it had to go by the window and since Sam wanted to sit by the window he had to sit in it. It was cumbersome to carry through the airport and since we had more checked baggage allowance than we used we just checked it on the return flight and brought our two strollers on the plane instead, which we hadn't known we could do on our initial flight (but wish we had known for ease of child tranporting!).

Coming up next: Our Rental House!
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)

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Old 02-07-2010, 07:11 PM   #3
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Hello!! I cannot believe I am the first responder, let alone on the first page!! I am looking forward to reading your TR--we are taking my DD on her first trip (DH and mine second ever trip) this September!!
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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Hello!! I cannot believe I am the first responder, let alone on the first page!! I am looking forward to reading your TR--we are taking my DD on her first trip (DH and mine second ever trip) this September!!
Welcome, and yay, a reader!
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)
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They're so precious!! Looks like they had fun!
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:03 PM   #6
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They're so precious!! Looks like they had fun!
Thanks! And yes, they had a great time. Sam enjoyed every second of the trip (except for The Tower of Terror - more on that later!) and has been talking about it nonstop since we returned home.
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:06 PM   #7
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Hello!! I cannot believe I am the first responder, let alone on the first page!! I am looking forward to reading your TR--we are taking my DD on her first trip (DH and mine second ever trip) this September!!
How old is your daughter?
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:23 PM   #8
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Rental House

We had an uneventful flight and picked up our rental car without issue. The only problem we had was transporting all of our luggage and children through the airport! We had kids in both strollers with luggage piled on top, on our backs and being pulled behind us. That was crazy!

As soon as we walked outside we were greeted with the beautiful Florida sun and warm-ish temps (high 60's) which felt like heaven after the freezing temps we had just left in Buffalo. Sam and Madeleine found a fountain to play by while we got ourselves organized and then we were off to get groceries and see our rental house.



We had gone back and forth about staying on or off-site for our trip. Rick and I had been to Disney World twice before. Once on our honeymoon when we stayed at The Wilderness Lodge, and once after we miscarried a baby and stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter. We loved both of the hotels, but with three little kids, two still taking afternoon naps, we felt the added space of a rental house was the way to go. We ended up with a place in Indian Ridge Oaks, about 10 miles south of the parks, and were very happy with it. We'll definitely stay there again on future trips. Below are some pictures of the kids in front of the house, the kids room and in the private pool in the backyard. One note, wherever you end up staying be sure to plan in time for your kids to swim. Our kids enjoyed the pool as much as the parks!













Coming up next: Our first morning in the Magic Kingdom and Baby's First Haircut at the Magic Kingdom Barber Shop!
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)

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Old 02-08-2010, 02:58 PM   #9
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Loving it so far! How far was the drive from IRO? We've always stayed at Windsor Hills but are loooking at other options this trip. Do you have alink to the place you stayed at?
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Hello, I can't wait to read your TR. I have a DD2 she will be 3 in March and My DH and me, DM are thinking about when is a good time to go on a family trip to disney (we are prob.going to take her when she is 4 or 5) Like you said, I can get some tips from your TR, so this should be a fun read
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What is ridemax never heard of it before
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I'm in too!!

The first haircut looks cute, we may get our 2 year old DD's haircut for the first time this trip.

Though I must admit last trip my kids got "pixie dusted" on the way in to one of the stores in DTD and that glitter was in their hair and stuck to their scalps for the LONGEST time!!! Hope you didn't have as hard of a time removing it....
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I'm in too!!

The first haircut looks cute, we may get our 2 year old DD's haircut for the first time this trip.

Though I must admit last trip my kids got "pixie dusted" on the way in to one of the stores in DTD and that glitter was in their hair and stuck to their scalps for the LONGEST time!!! Hope you didn't have as hard of a time removing it....

The pixie dust was definitely a mess in Madeleine's hair later that day, but Sam brushed most of his out with his hand soon after when he decided he didn't want it in there. I wanted him to leave it in. Oh well.
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)
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Hi! I can't believe how much you were able to do in just a few hours in the morning!
Kuddos to you for getting 3 kids and 2 adults to the MK from offsite before the park opened!

Can't wait for more!
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)
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