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We had a great time! I was worried about how Isabella would handle the lines, the crowds, the heat, and the general disruption of her schedule, but she was so great...for the most part. First of all, Florida in July is insane and I'll never go again in the summer. It was so brutally hot that I thought I would die, either from heat exhaustion or Andy's incessant complaining.
Isabella was so great on the rides. She loved Small World, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, The Haunted Mansion, the Carousel, the Seuss Train Ride, Aladdin's Magic Carpet, and Pirates of the Caribbean. She stared in amazement at Small World, it was by far her favorite and we went on about 7 or 8 times during the duration of the trip. She even waited very patiently on the lines, which I was glad about. It was also great that my mom and sister were there because the adults were able to get in a few rides themselves.
She loved all the shows too. The Disney Junior Show, The Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and the Dolphin Show at Sea World. She sang and danced along with all of it. We had breakfast with the characters and waited in line to meet them. She was beside herself with excitement when we met Cinderella, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Little Einsteins, Pluto, Daisy, Donald, and the coup d'etat Mickey and Minnie.
I'm a pretty big stickler for schedules so I was more than apprehensive about upending Isabella's, but I also wanted her to experience the fire works and the electrical parade. So we decided that 3 of the 7 days she would get to stay up late and we would compensate by giving her an extra late nap, which wound up being extra long because she was so worn out. The other days she would nap and sleep at regular times, but there was 2 days where she fell asleep in my arms at the park or in her stroller. So she just had extra early bedtimes those days. By the end of the trip she was really just done and we had a minor meltdown at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I should have planned a rest day in the middle of the trip to let her relax a bit. But overall she was amazing. The only trouble is that she had to sleep in the room with us in her crib, so sometimes in the middle of the night she would wake up and see us and we'd have to soothe her back to sleep, which pretty much sucked. Plus now that we're home she wants us to rub her back to sleep, which is a post for another day.
I really want to get into details, but it's too long for one post, so I'm breaking it up and next week is officially Disney Week over here. That might make you want to throw up in your mouth a bit, but I want to get it all down so I remember it and so she can look at it too when she's grown.
It was such a great trip and I can't wait to go back. December of 2012 we're thinking of going again.