We just got back from the happiest place on earth, so I thought it would be fun to make my February Family Favorites a DISNEY theme! Mila and my sweet nephew, Braxton both have February birthdays, so we decided to skip the parties this year and go to Disney! The last time we all went together Mila was in my tummy, so we were due for a trip back.
Elsa (& all the characters!)
We hit the Magic Kingdom first thing Saturday morning. It was rainy but we still got there right when it opened, with one name in mind. ELSA!!! We tried to book Fast Passes for her before even getting to Orlando, but they were already gone. We had heard horror stories of 5 hour waits, but Donnie and I were determined that our sweet girl would meet the Ice Queen she so desperately loves. Well, I don’t know if it was the rain or our early arrival… but we only had to wait about 25 minutes! The moment Mila walked into the room and saw Elsa.. she lit up! (and tried to bum rush through the velvet ropes and the 5 people in front of us to get to her) Mila was in awe… she just STARED at her. She gave her a hug… and continued to stare as Elsa spoke to her. She could barely nod her answers. She had basically the same reaction to every character. Jumping around with excitement in line.. then a hug and blank stare for the actual meeting. It was seriously the cutest thing ever.
By big boy was thrilled when he found out he was 48 inches tall at his last doctors appointment, since as he put it, “Now I’m tall enough to ride all the big kid rides!” Hudson has never been the timid type, and when it comes to trying new things he is always game. He knew right away that he wanted to try & ride Space Mountain. He was asking about it before we went and I even showed him a video of it on YouTube, which was hard to see since it was basically a dark video. Donnie, his dad, Jeff (his brother), Heather (Jeff’s wife), Hudson and I all went together. Hudson decided he wanted to sit in the middle, with Donnie in front and me in back. I could tell he was nervous, but he hopped on like a champ. When the ride was over he screamed, “THAT WAS AWESOME!” The rest of the trip he kept saying, “I can’t wait to tell my friends I went on Space Mountain!” Love him.
Disney at night
We left around 1pm on Saturday since the rain just got too bad. Even the kids were asking to leave. Our shoes and socks were soaked, Mila was tired and miserable in wet clothes, and the weather radar didn’t look good. We went back to the room to regroup. My husband decided we would throw our shoes in the dryer.. get freshened up (AKA: drink WINE) and go back around 6pm. I hate to admit this, but I really didn’t want to go. Donnie gave me a pep talk and promised Hudson and I that if the rain didn’t stop soon, we could leave the park and go hang out at the Contemporary. (they have a good arcade and an indoor lounge with a great view of the fireworks) I am SO GLAD I have such a POSITIVE and MOTIVATING hubby. About 20 minutes after we got there the rain stopped. For good. And we had the BEST time. We got to meet more characters, go on TONS of rides and catch the show on the castle. (which is BEYOND awesome) Mila fell asleep right before the 9pm parade, so we took turns going on rides with Hudson. It was so slow, they would let us stay on some of the rides a few times in a row if we wanted. It reminded me how much I LOVE Disney at night. The way the whole park is lit up makes it even more magical… we had a awesome time.
|Disney at night! The castle show is AMAZING!|
I know he had fun doing everything on the trip, but I have to say he was obsessed with the Disney app and it helped make our visit run smoothly. You can manage your Fast Passes and plan your itinerary. The best part of the app was you can see the current wait times on every ride. It helped us plan our next move. So we didn’t have to walk to the ride to realize it was a one hour wait. We just scrolled through current wait times and selected from there. Very handy.
|My hunk is so serious when it comes to wait times! 😉|
Even though we had a few minor weather glitches, we ended up having a wonderful trip. Mila enjoyed all the rides and characters, she was never afraid. Hudson had a blast with his cousins and going on all the roller coasters. I love that we get to take trips like this with our family since it is so much fun making these memories when we are all together! Here are a bunch of pics from our trip!
|Fast Track fun!|
|In awe of Minnie!|
|Why we love Epcot.|
|Dumbo, it’s a classic!
So excited to see Mickey!
|See you real soon!|