Disney Travel Tip #1: If you have a "smart" phone that has all of your appointments make sure to take a printed copy of your reservations with you. My "smart" phone moved all of my reservations one hour later than I made them.
Our first day was one of getting up early and going to bed late, plenty of sweating and many many blisters in the mean time but also lots of magic!. The kids had been talking about Space Mountain for days so we were prepared to let them ride that as their first ride at Magic Kingdom. But first, we had breakfast.
Disney Travel Tip #2 If you are going with kids and want to see characters without standing in ginormous lines get the dining plan and get reservations for character dining. The characters come right up to your table instead of waiting in the heat (or cold) to see them.
After our exciting breakfast and a video of the kids telling us how awesome Chef Mickey's was we jumped on the monorail and headed for the Magic Kingdom. My backpack was searched along with everyone else carrying a bag and I, of course, picked the wrong line to be admitted. A new thing..or maybe it has just been awhile, they took a fingerprint so no one else could use your card to get into the park. The kids got maps and we were on our way to Tomorrowland. But, before we could reach Tomorrowland we hit Main Street. Munchkin recently saw Mary Poppins and has been randomly singing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and to her delight there was a band singing that song. She boldly popped over and sang along while taking part in a chorus line!
While waiting for our turn on Buzz Lightyear we went on the race cars. Little Man did not want to drive until halfway around the track and then leaned over to "help" me. Let's just say there was quite a bit of riding the rail around the track on that pass. Munchkin drove her car around though and did a "smash-up" job of it. ;)
Disney Tip #3 Utilize the fast pass system. It will be your best timesaver.
The fast pass for Peter Pan gave us two hours to go find something else to do. So, we rode It's a Small World and looked for Hidden Mickeys, rode the Haunted Mansion (score two for scarring our children for life) and looked for the Hidden Mickey, rode the Jungle Cruise and finally went back to Peter Pan. Munchkin and Little Man really wanted to ride together so we let them. I was a little worried about Little Man but he did just fine. Once again, with our fast pass we did not wait long however the guy in front of us was doing this:
Disney Tip #4 Do not try to conduct business on a cell phone in line with 800 screaming children.
We were finally by the castle and I thought I would check in to make sure on our reservation time for The Royal Table dinner. They actually had a spot open right then and we were able to stop what we were doing and get some dinner. The only problem with going right then was that Cinderella had gone on a quick break so we had to go back down and see her during the meal. To be able to have dinner 2 hours earlier than expected that was a minor inconvenience. I think this was one of my favorite meals of the entire trip. We got to eat in the castle, meet the princesses and have a delicious dinner. I had beef tenderloin and chocolate mousse. Bobby had fish...mahi mahi, maybe? Munchkin had Mac and Cheese and Little Man had chicken nuggets. They also got a build your own dessert which was ice cream or a cupcake. Bobby told me later that he knew it was an expensive dinner (it takes two dining credits per person) when they brought the kids swag. Munchkin got a wand, Little Man got a sword and they both got wishing stars.
At this point in the night I was already starting to walk funny. Remember way back in October I injured my leg so I have not done much walking since then. The leg was fine but by the end of the week Bobby and I both had blisters upon blisters all over our feet.
We did manage to get Big Thunder and Splash Mountain in, which the kids absolutely loved! We got to see a bit of the Electric Lights Parade and finally headed to the front of the park to leave. Getting out of the park was tricky.
Bobby cracked that this would be what the Zombie Apocalypse would look like. Once we finally got to our stop we didn't wait too long for a bus. Munchkin and I got a seat (she sat on my lap) while Bobby stood. Little Man stood for a bit and then sat down on Bobby's feet for the rest of the ride. Both kids zonked out on the way to the All Star Resort and went straight to sleep when we got back to our room. We were exhausted as well and knew that it was going to be an early morning for Day 3.
Next up...Animal Kingdom