Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Back From Disney World

We just got back from a wonderful week long vacation to Disney World.  There's something about the magic of Disney that has kept me coming back year after year.  We first started going when Isabella was around two, then we took a mini trip when she was three and a half and then there was this trip with both of my girls:  Isabella is four and a half and wee Arya is almost one.

I was really nervous about the flight, but I have to say thank God that I'm still nursing because I nursed during take off to alleviate ear pressure and she wound up falling asleep for over an hour.  I nursed on landing too for the same reason.  Arya was really good on the flight.  We just kept shoving snacks and toys in her face.  Her big sister is a huge distraction as well.

We had a major snafu at the airport though.  Apparently they have a policy where they don't unload bags in the rain, which meant we were stuck in the airport for two and a half hours waiting for our luggage.  Both girls were on meltdown mode after that and so was I.

I think that Disney World with a one year old deserves it's own post, so I'll just give the highlights here.

Day 1:  We went to Hollywood Studios and Isabella finally got to ride Tower of Terror.  Her cousin, Daniella, has been talking about it for a while and she was really excited to try it.  I thought that she would be terrified, but Andy said she loved it and wasn't even a little bit scared.  My mom and I stayed with Arya while she snoozed in the stroller, and did some shopping and a little snacking.  We watched Beauty and the Beast live on stage, rode the great movie ride, and played in Honey I Shrunk the Kid World.

Day 2:  The Magic Kingdom!  The ultimate in Disney fun.  We let Arya take a long morning nap and made it to the MK just in time for Isabella's appointment at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique where she was transformed into a fairy princess with firework hair.  She was even chosen as a special leader to sing Bibbity Bobbity Boo which is quite possibly the most annoying song known to man.  Then we rode on Dumbo, Ariel's Under Sea Adventure, and took some pictures with princesses before we made it to dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table.  We've never eaten here before and it was one of my favorite moments from the trip.  You walk up a fancy royal staircase into a big ball room after you pose for pictures with Cinderella (you get the picture package included).  Each little princess got a wand and Ariel, Belle, Snow White,Jasmine, and Aurora came to the table for pictures and autographs, plus the food was out of this world delicious!  Arya was a royal pain in the ass this day, but she got it together for dinner at least.  

Day 3:  This was the day where Andy and I were taking Isabella by herself and my mom was staying back at the hotel with the baby and I'm so glad she offered because it was such a great experience.  We got there at around 2 and stayed until after 11.  We rode anything she wanted: The Barnstormer, Belle's Enchanted Tales, Small World, Pirates, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch's Great Escape, Monster's Inc Laugh Floor, the electrical parade, the fantasy parade, wishes firework spectacular, The Haunted Mansion.  We did it all and still managed to eat some Dole's pineapple ice cream (yum!).  What a great day.  

Day 4:  A much needed day for rest and just staying put!

Day 5:  Happy Easter!  My sister came and we spent the day at Epcot.  We rode Soarin, met Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins, went on Nemo's Under Sea Adventure, and Turtle Talk with Crush.  We let Arya crawl around in Innovations, while Isabella played and we enjoyed looking at all the countries, maybe with a beer or two.  This was a really super awesome day.  

Day 6:  Finishing strong with another day in the Magic Kingdom after an amazing breakfast with the characters at Chef Mickey (seriously I think I got like 4 plates of food).  Arya rode Small World for the first time and she was mesmerized all she kept saying was "wow"  over and over again.  It was so cute!  We also took her on Peter Pan.  Andy, Arya, and I left a little early so Isabella could have a late night with Grandma and Aunt Meaghan.  Apparently she fell in love with Splash Mountain and made them ride it over and over again.  

It was such a great trip.  And it looks like we're making a return trip in the summer of 2016 when the girls are 3 and 7 (can you even imagine them that big?)


AwesomelyOZ said...

Such lovely photos! Glad you and your family had such a wonderful time. I've never been and hope to go sometime in the future :) Your little bundle is super adorable! Have a great one Melissa -Iva

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Fun! We love Disney World and hope to go back in March.

Cute pictures. I love the food there! We also got to eat at Cinderella's Royal Table and it was awesome.

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

This post makes me so happy (and jealous)! I'm dying to take Leila to Disney but scared out of my mind to do it with her brother and a baby. We may have to wait a while. But it's encouraging to see you have fun with a baby in tow!

Susan Cook said...

Looks fun - the last time I went was 2008 - would love to go back!

your little ones are adorable & seems the oldest is quite the daredevil - I would not even go on the Tower of Terror

and only went once on Splash Mountain and was scared - lol

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Kristen Hewitt said...

We love the Bippity Boppity boutique...just not what they did to our daughter! lol! Looks like a fab are brave!

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