I left you all yesterday with a little sneak peek into one of the best days of our vacation – and a moment I will remember forever.
I’m hoping she will remember it forever too.
Makenzie is currently obsessed with all things princess and Disney. Daytona Beach is just over an hour away from Disney World. I remember going to the parks when I was around her age and the day trips with my family during our annual beach vacations. Those memories hold a special place in my heart. I loved the idea of sharing the same experience again, but on the other end this time. I’ll tell you something, taking your child to Disney World for the first time is an unforgettable experience.
As soon as we got to the park, we watched Makenzie’s eyes light up with excitement. Just look at that face!
She was in awe. So cute!
We got right to the attractions. I was very pleased with how Disney organizes the attractions and helps keep line waiting times reasonable. The free “fast pass” basically allows you to reserve a spot to come back at a later time for a ride or attraction. It means you don’t have to stand in the longer lines and can visit more things during the day. You can only have one reservation at a time, but somehow we worked ours out perfectly and got fast passes for all the bigger rides we planned to visit.
Now onto the fun! When Makenzie saw the teacups, she practically begged to go on them.
I would say her first Disney ride made quite the impression, wouldn’t you?
Although, as much as she loved the teacups, it didn’t quite compare to Dumbo. Even after everything else we did that day, Dumbo reigned supreme as her favorite.
We spent the next couple of hours riding a couple more rides – the 3D Mickey’s PhilharMagic show, the Barnstormer mini roller-coaster, It’s A Small World, and the Prince Charming Carousel – and ate lunch while waiting for our special reservation.
Makenzie is, dare I say, obsessed with Belle. All she talked about when Disney came up was getting to see Belle. She could not wait. When we walked into the Town Theater for the princess visit, her eyes widened more than I have ever seen and the biggest smile ever crossed her face. She not so patiently waited her turn and then visited with Cinderella and Princess Aurora, but Belle stole the show.
Confession. I totally got all misty eyed seeing just how happy my little girl felt at that moment. Disney may rob you blind in some ways, but that moment made it all so incredibly worth it.
Makenzie could have left a happy girl after that, but the day was just beginning. We stayed around for a lot more fun. Including some impromptu parades we happened across…
…and even more attractions. Makenzie was getting sleepy by this point, so we visited a lot more of the shows. We loved the Enchanted Tiki Room (a fave of mine as a kid) and let Makenzie get in a 20 minute or so nap in the Country Bear Jamboree.
Worst attraction for kids ever. I gotta say – what the heck is that doing at Magic Kingdom? It was a bunch of animatronic bears singing about “teardrops being the chaser to your wine”, “pools of blood on the ground”, “every guy who turns me on turns me down” and other comments that I don’t really think are the most suitable for a kid geared show. We only stayed because Makenzie napped through the thing…twice. I digress.
Plenty of other things made up for it – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor (hilarious! and kid friendly!), Peter Pan’s Magic Flight, the Jungle Cruise, Flying Carpets of Aladdin, and the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
We finally came to the end of the day and headed on our way to dinner. I thought to call first thing in the morning and managed to nab a reservation for one of the more reasonably priced sit-down sites in the park – The Plaza Restaurant. It was just sandwiches and desserts basically, but it was good.
I got a turkey on whole wheat with broccoli slaw and we shared a brownie sundae that was to die for.
We ended dinner with perfect timing to catch the Electrical Light Parade and then leave the park. It was quite the day filled with the stuff memories are made of. I can’t wait to go back!
Have you ever been to Disney World or Disney Land?