I haven't even been home from Disney World for 12 hours and I am already planning my next trip. Seriously. If you think I am kidding then you don't know me well at all. Before we left I was worried about taking Lainey. If I weren't still nursing her, I wold probably have left her with my parents. She has already been on overnight trips to Stone Mountain, GA, Panama City, family camp in Tallahassee, Birmingham, and Montgomery, so I knew she was already a pro at traveling. But I didn't know how she would handle a week of going non-stop at Disney. I was worried about the 5 of us being a small hotel room, about Lainey's nap schedule, where would I feed her, etc... But none of that mattered. We had absolutely no problems in our hotel room, Lainey was the best of all three kids, and she did not have one bottle our entire trip. It couldn't have gone any better.
I cannot begin to describe the amount of fun we had. I had planned our trip carefully and was super organized, but we also kept things extremely open and flexible if that makes sense. I think good organization allows you flexibility. Some days we had agendas and some days we just went where the wind blew us. Because of that we hit all 4 parks and went to 2 of them twice. We took carriage rides around our resort, went swimming in the pools, rode 2 different boats, rode the monorail and went resort hopping, ate twice in Downtown Disney, rode 5 different types of trains for Will, and had about as much fun as one can possibly have in a week.
If you have a chance to take your kids, do it! We have had so many people say that they are waiting to take their kids until they get older, but I would encourage anyone to take them as soon as they can. This was actually my kids' second trip. We took Will when he was 14 months old. Of course he doesn't remember anything about it, but I do. And I went several times before that when my nieces were little. My youngest niece went when she was 8 weeks old. Memories aren't just for kids, they are for parents. I'll never forget 1 year old Will squealing at Mickey Mouse and pointing up to the Epcot ball and saying, "Ooooohhh... ball, ball." I'll always treasure 2 1/2 year old Bennett hugging Cinderella and then asking her where Ariel was. And if you wait too long, you will miss that magic age. Next time we go, Bennett won't want to wear a princess dress or they might just want to swim in the pools instead of go to the parks. And that's okay. Disney is fun at every age for different reason, but there is noting like a small child at Disney. Nothing at all.
I hadn't planned on breaking down our trip into different blog posts but I don't think blogger will allow me to post as many pictures as I have on one post so I will just start with the first day. Actually we got to Disney late on a Sunday night. We left right after church and had planned on just going to our hotel room, but we were too excited. The kids had napped a lot on the way down so we just went straight to Downtown Disney. We had a great dinner, walked around, and jumped up and down in excitement. I am not kidding. We literally did. Well, Bennett and I did.
The next morning we slept in a bit and had a wonderful breakfast at our resort. Mickey Mouse shaped waffles, of course. We stayed at Port Orleans - Riverside. We did like our resort, but we probably won't stay there again. We have always stayed at All Stars Movies and even though our resort this time was an upgrade, it felt like we were staying in a nice hotel in New Orleans, not Disney. We missed the Disney posters and themes. Oh, well. If that is our biggest complaint then we sure didn't have a lot to complain about.
Here are the kids at the bus stop waiting for our bus to Epcot. Will is already covering himself with Mickey Mouse stickers. Let the magic begin!
We're here! The Websters have arrived at Walt Disney World!
So one thing about this trip that was different for me at least was waiting for characters. Bennett and Will loved getting autographs. By our last day they were over it and we passed a bunch of characters with barely a nod, but on the first day they were ecstatic every time they saw one. As we were walking over to ride a few rides they spotted Daisy Duck. There is nothing better than watching your child greet a character and the joy they get from it. Never gets old.
One final family photo before heading out for the day.
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