Last night I was thinking back to our trip to Disney World in Orlando and how much fun the kids had. It's amazing how big the smiles were when we were there. The excitement the kids had still gives me chills. I wanted to share some of the really awesome activities we got to share in, mainly by just being in the right place at the right time.
Personal Tour of Mickey's House in ToonTown.
We had gotten to Magic Kingdom early that morning for the Special Hours being Disney Resort guests. My daughter wanted to get over to ToonTown early to see the Fairies and Princesses. So to our surprise the rest of the park was open but not ToonTown. Since we were there early we were at the front of the rope that was blocking everyone from entering. After waiting for around a half hour, my 2 year old started to throw his typical two year old tantrum. All of a sudden, one of the ladies guarding the rope comes up to us and says "It looks like you're having a rough morning. How would you like to be the first guests in ToonTown?" Of course the kids flipped out. They let only us in. The kids ran down the little road and Mickey met them in the road. Then Mickey proceeds to take them both by hand and gives them a personal tour of his home. We then get to go backstage where Minnie meets us and the kids get some great pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. It was truly unbelievable and one of the kids favorite parts of the trip.
Dancing with Rapunzel
Of course Rapunzel was at the top of the list to see while at Disney World. The line was massive, with a 2 hour estimated wait time. So we stood in line. My husband and I took turns taking the kids for walks and other activities while one of us held our spot in line. But man was it worth it. Only a small group of kids are let in each time. All the children line up around a table with the famous golden sun on it. Then Rapunzel and Flynn Rider come out. My daughter was the fortunate one who Rapunzel stood next too around the table. All the kids and characters hold hands and do a little dance circling the table. My little girl was so excited that she got to not only dance with Rapunzel but hold her hand the whole dance. I would have easily waited well over 2 hours for that opportunity again. I can honestly say I almost cried seeing how happy my daughter was.
Move It! Shake It! Celebrate! Street Party
This is one of the parades that is not everyday at Magic Kingdom, however we waited for it and was it worth it. The parade goes down Main Street USA and then stops in the circle in front of the castle. So as the parade moves down the street so does the crowd. The characters then all come down from their float to dance in the street. My 5 year old daughter was all about dancing so we ran up to where all the other kids were dancing. All of a sudden Minnie Mouse takes her hand and she gets a full 5 minutes of dancing with Minnie Mouse solo! It was the coolest thing.
Disney Channel Rocks Concert
We spent our last day at Hollywood Studios. With the kids being smaller, Hollywood Studios didn't have a lot for their age group but did have a couple things we did not want to miss such as the Beauty and the Beast Musical, The Little Mermaid Show and of course seeing Buzz & Woody. We had just gotten to the park when the live concert started. Although my daughter didn't know many of the songs she was in heaven with the idea of being at a concert. Towards the middle of the concert, the singers invite the kids to join them. My daughter is typically on the shy side, but after a week in Disney, that was no more. She ran up there. It was hilarious to watch my 5 year old out fist pumping and dancing her heart away at a concert in Disney. Unbelievable!
Cinderella's Royal Table
We had done Chef Mickey's
the day before and honestly were quite disappointed. Though the character greetings were nice, the buffet food for the price were not appealing at all. However, Cinderella's Royal Table was a completely different story. Not only was the food good, but the whole experience was enchanting. Our daughter brought her Cinderella dress and crown to wear, You first get to have your picture taken with Cinderella before you proceed through the castle to the amazing dining area. You truly are in a castle! Then as you wait for your food, the princesses make their rounds, stopping at each table. My 2 year old boy became quite the ladies man at this meal. Somewhere during the trip he picked up that he should kiss the princesses hands. So very gentlemen like, every princess he took their hand and gave it a kiss. For his graciousness he had quite the cheeks full of ruby red lip prints from the ladies return kisses! Our daughter was in a dream the whole time. So the price was well worth and I highly recommend it, but do make sure to book well ahead of your trip. We were limited on times and we booked 3 months before our vacation!
The whole Disney vacation was truly a dream come true. Though it was expensive, it was well worth it to see the kids faces and how much they felt as if they were dreaming. Of course it will be a couple of years before we go back simply because of the cost, but those memories will never fade!
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