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Old 02-13-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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How Not To Do Disney With A One Year Old - Update 4/17

Hello there friends. This TR may not be one that you've come accustomed to here on the DIS with smiling faces and happy and good times all around. This was the worst trip I've ever had to WDW but I still want to do a TR because this was my DS's first visit to the World and we did have some good times mixed in with the horrifying. So if you decide to join aboard, welcome and thank you. I will try to tell the story as I remember it and not include too many gory details.

Now that I've probably scared everyone off, let me say that this trip we have dreamed of for the last 6 years. It took us 5 years of infertility and treatments to finally get pregnant with our DS and each time we failed to get pregnant we took a trip to WDW as a consolation prize and dreamed of how wonderful it would be to go on a WDW trip as a family. Our DS turned a year old in December so we decided to take him in Feb of this year to celebrate his birthday and being a family. Little did we know how it would all turn out

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The star of the show is my 14 month old son, Alex. He loves all things Mickey Mouse


Then there's me, the narrator of this train wreck, Carla. I'm a 30 year old first time mommy and my favorite character is Stitch. I love to quilt and sew and have a deep love and passion for all things Disney.
And DH is Chris. He's a 31 year old first time Daddy and I have to say his favorite character is Prince John from Robin Hood. He also loves all things Disney but I'm not sure how much after this trip.


The dates for this trip were February 2nd - 11th but we wound up coming home early so this will be a pretty short TR. I'll get going more with it later. I hope to have my photopass pictures soon too.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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I'm here for the ride! No matter how bumpy it is
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:01 PM   #3
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aww thanks girl!
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:04 PM   #4
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I'm in too. It still just breaks my heart that it wasn't the trip you dreamed of
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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I'm in too. It still just breaks my heart that it wasn't the trip you dreamed of
Hi and thanks for coming over!
Aww well thanks. We did have some good times as you will see in the short time we were there. I'm sure we'll be back to make amends with the World in a few years.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
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I'm curious to hear what happened. We took my son at 14 months (and 10 months). Eating in restaurants was a definite challenge that's for sure.
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What a Cliff hanger!!! I am so sorry it wasnt all you hoped it would be!
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:23 PM   #8
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Day 1 - Feb 2nd

DH and I woke up bright and early. 3:30am. We wanted to be packed and on the road by 4:30am. DH loaded the car the night before so we could just grab our last min items, Alex and hit the road.

Ready to go!!


Alex fell back asleep around 6:30am and then woke back up again around 8:00am so we stopped to eat breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in Tifton, GA


When we got back in the car Alex fell back asleep like a good boy


We did stop one more time so we could all use the rest room and stretch our legs but it wasn't long before we saw this


And no excitement from Alex


We couldn't check in to the Best Western until 3:00pm and since we arrived at 1:00pm we decided to head to DTD so we could have our little DIS meet with Betsy and her adorable little Stinkerbell

Here's Alex and I waiting


He kept reaching for Cindy

And here's the DIS meet crew




We had a very good meal at Rainforest. I was nervous as to how Alex would handle the animatronics and storm during our meal but he did really well. He only got a little worried but other than that he was fine. I had the ribs to eat YUM! Not sure what DH had and Alex had fruit and mac n cheese.

After that it was time to check into the Best Western. I can say the room was huge and very nice but the people working there weren't very friendly. Alex was SO glad to have a space to roll around, crawl and play in once we finally got into our room!



And silly me dressed him in way too warm clothes for Florida (it was close to 80* that day) so I undressed him to let him cool off for a bit.





And then the sumo match with Mickey started


Ready for bed!


We hit the sack early that night. I set up the PnP for Alex and it took me an hour to get him to sleep so by 8:00pm we were all sleeping soundly until Alex decided he wanted to sleep in the big bed with mommy and daddy around 11:00pm.

All in all, the drive down was good and our evening was very good. At least we were off to a good start
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I'm curious to hear what happened. We took my son at 14 months (and 10 months). Eating in restaurants was a definite challenge that's for sure.
oh goodness. I was a little afraid my DS wouldn't do good eating out a ton but that wasn't our problem per say.

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What a Cliff hanger!!! I am so sorry it wasnt all you hoped it would be!
I won't leave you hanging for long. I"m gonna try to do this TR as fast as possible. Our trip was short so there's not much to tell but yeah, it was interesting to say the least. Definitely not one we will ever forget!
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Can't wait to hear more! Don't let one bad trip make you not go on the next, it will get better and better!
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I love all the pics!! Darn, no excitement from Alex....I'm sure he was dreaming about Mickey Mouse though
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Can't wait to hear more! Don't let one bad trip make you not go on the next, it will get better and better!
Oh we'll definitely be back. Just have to let the bad taste from this one wear off. I'm thinking we'll take Alex again for his 3rd birthday that way he's walking and talking and still free.

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Thanks haha yeah he just might have been!
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I've been dying to know what happened on your trip! Happy you started your tr but feel so so bad for how it turned out!

Looking forward to more! Maybe as a worst case scenario for our October trip?? Lol.
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Hello! I am here through the good and the bad. Glad to hear there were at least some ups! Looks like the car ride went pretty well.

We have two of those Mickeys with the red jacket! Seth's grandparents didn't communicate what they got them, so we ended up with two....so one is mine now. He's so cute!
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So sorry you didn't have a great trip! But I'm on board!
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