Take Your 2-Year-Old to Disney! Aug '17 TR * COMPLETE 1/10/19

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  1. heathsf

    heathsf DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    Here's another picture with Ariel that should have been in the last post:

    I booked our next FP for Its a Small World which probably saved us 5 minutes in line, but whatever, I'll take it!

    DD and I cried because we have to go home today. And DH.... :rolleyes2

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    At some point this morning we took some Photopass pictures in front of the castle. I don't have in my notes when exactly we did it, so I'm just going to post them now!


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  2. ziggystardust

    ziggystardust DIS Veteran

    May 11, 2004
    I hadn't really thought about it, but I guess it would be helpful for other toddler parents out there. Something to think about :)

    Beyond the Mickey interaction being adorable. I love her dress! Edited to add - I think I have the same pattern in leggings !!

    Turtle Talk is on our agenda too, I wonder if my girls will have the same reaction.
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  4. heathsf

    heathsf DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    If you do, please make sure to share the link with me! It definitely helps with the post-Disney depression.

    It's a Lula Roe dress! I have similar ones in a different color I think.
  5. heathsf

    heathsf DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    Chapter 29
    In Which We'll See Ya Real Soon

    As we were getting on IASW, I booked a FP for Haunted Mansion with a window that opened 5 minutes in the future. After the happiest cruise that ever sailed we headed over there to a 35 minute posted wait.

    I think I took this picture to show it wasn't super crowded.


    We scanned our bands and 4 minutes later we were in the Stretch Room. Gotta love FP! This was the 6th FP we used that morning and it was 11:30am!
    (That's not counting the FP I had and then swapped for something else)

    I next booked a FP for ETWB but ended up changing it for POTC since we still hadn't ridden that yet this trip.

    Peter Pan was due to meet at 12 so we got in line at 11:49 with just a couple people ahead of us. He was definitely DD's favorite character this trip and although this was DD's third time seeing him this trip, this meet was the best. As great as the meet with Merida was earlier in the week, I think this one topped it, just because DD was absolutely thrilled. And my favorite picture of the entire trip is this one:
    OMG. Even a year and a half later I still get teary looking at this pic.


    Next we made a stop in Adventureland on our way to POTC.
    It's hard to tell in the picture but it's a Dole Whip swirl.

    It rained a little bit as we walked but it was over quickly.

    My adorable little pirate

    I don't even remember where we got that. Maybe they were handing them out at the ride entrance?


    ride photo, right? The girl in front seemed to know exactly where the camera was :laughing:
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    At 12:40 I found a FP for Jungle Cruise that opened at 12:45. It's like the FP gods were just handing me exactly what I needed. Except... it was all downhill from here.

    [Continued in the next post]
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  6. heathsf

    heathsf DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    We used our FP for Jungle Cruise and I booked another for Mickey's Philharmagic. I figured that would be the last thing we'd have time for, and would be a great finish because I love it :love:

    Have you ever gotten stuck on Jungle Cruise? I hadn't. Until today. We got stuck at the end for 20 minutes. It was so awful. I was anxious to get off the boat and squeeze in one last attraction before we had to go home. But there we sat and sat and sat, dripping in sweat and so uncomfortable. At least we had a great skipper.

    Once we finally got off I knew we wouldn't have time for Philharmagic :sad:
    We started to make our way to the exit, stopping to get a Mickey pretzel for DD and also to take a few last pictures of my happy place.


    Did you notice this beautiful blue sky?


    The pretzel was huge. She ate almost the entire thing herself.

    I had a little bit of last minute shopping to take care of, which we did on Main Street. While we were in there, the skies opened up. I'm talking about an absolutely torrential downpour.

    The Dapper Dans moved indoors.

    We finished up shopping but the rain hadn't stopped. We waited as long as we could but it got to the point where we had no choice but to run through the rain because we were risking missing our Magical Express bus if we waited any longer.

    It. Was. Horrible.

    We got so wet. Our ponchos couldn't compete with the pouring rain. The puddles were so deep our shoes and socks were completely soaked. Then we waited and waited and waited for a bus and I really started to get nervous about missing our ME.

    Here's a picture of the rain while we waited.
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    Here's DH wringing out his sock :scared:

    A bus finally came and within a minute of us arriving back at Coronado, our Magical Express bus pulled up. We hadn't even gotten our carryon bags back from bell services yet. Guy, we seriously almost missed our bus!

    Buuuuut we didn't. But we also didn't have time to even try to remedy our soaking wet situation.

    What's worse than squishy soaked socks and sneakers? Squishy soaked socks and sneakers on your way to the airport to go home from Disney.

    And what's worse than leaving Disney?
    Having your 3 year old puke all over the place on the airplane. And then again in the car seat going home from the airport. Twice. And then cleaning said car seat. Multiple times.

    But let me back up just a teeny bit for one last thing.
    "See Ya Real Soon"

    Stay tuned for the wrap-up
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  7. heathsf

    heathsf DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    Well, almost a year and a half later...
    This Trip Report is Complete!

    The trip was AMAZING! Even though DD was only 2, she had a fantastic time. She remembered a lot about the trip afterwards and talked about it often. She constantly asked to go back.

    We did go back in May, a week before she turned 3. That trip was great as well, but it was too short for me. A short trip is better than no trip, but a long trip would be better :rotfl: I'm not sure yet if I'll write a TR for that trip. Maybe I'll just post a few highlights here.

    However, I am planning to write a TR after our upcoming trip in August which we just booked a few days ago! :banana: Yup, that's right, DD broke DH again and we're going back! But for this trip our group has doubled in size! My parents will be joining us and it will be the first trip for our littlest DD :woohoo:
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    (Sidenote: DD is wearing her Toy Story leggings)

    I'm excited but also a little bit nervous for our first WDW trip as a family of 4. Older DD will be 4 and our little one will be 9 months :goodvibes
    We're staying in two rooms at Pop Century.
    DD can't wait to ride Slinky Dog Dash and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
    She loves watching WDW vlogs and she's turning into a little Disney expert herself. She might even want to do pin trading on this next trip. It's going to be a whole new experience at this age I think, and I can't wait!

    To everyone who made it to the end of this TR, even after I disappeared for a while, thank you for joining me! :hug:
    I had a lot of fun reliving this trip and hope it helped anyone considering taking a two-year-old to Disney!
  8. Smilelea

    Smilelea Mouseketeer

    Jun 15, 2017
    I made it to the end!

    I totally feel your pain about the soggy shoes and socks. We had the joy of experiencing that in September. I HATE soggy wet shoes and socks!!!

    We are currently on our 5th trip and G's terrible twos are really showing through on day 1 :sad2:. I'm praying he's just tired from the chaos of traveling and lack of nap.

    Loved the report!
  9. SweetSerenity

    SweetSerenity Thank you evenin' star!

    May 8, 2009
    Congrats on the new addition! She's beautiful
  10. StarWarsMomofGirls!

    StarWarsMomofGirls! DIS Veteran

    Oct 16, 2015
    Thanks for sharing your trip!! And please do a small update on the short trip! I love seeing the evolution of the trips as the kids get older. We have def seen the changes over time. I mean we are stroller free now!!!

    Congrats on the baby! I can't believe you updated with an infant!
  11. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

    Mar 16, 2017
    Definitely! Your daughter is adorable and you can just feel her excitement and joy coming thru the photos!

    Oh so cute! And hopefully it will be nice having the grandparents there to tag-team the little ones!

    So cute!
  12. kastoney

    kastoney Disney foodie served with a side of sarcasm

    Jul 18, 2010
    Amazing trip Heather!!!! Ryann seriously needs to be the Disney spokesperson. Her videos and pictures are just perfection. And I cannot get over how big she is now. Time flies way too fast. Apparently so fast that she has multiplied :-) Congratulations to you all!!!

    When are you going in August? We'll likely be there sometime mid month

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