I suppose truthfully, Day 1 was our travel day. But other than the GIGANTIC margarita I shared with my mother after and exhausting travel day, there wasn't too much to report! We soared with flying colors on just sher excitment and adreneline for the most part! :)
We got up at a decent time on Wednesday, our first day, to be at the bus stop by 8:30am. We had to eat breakfast before leaving so we really got started pretty early! It wasn't too hard to do, simply because of the time change.
Day one was a lot of learning. Learning the ropes of how the bus system worked. Learninghow long things took from here to there or navigating the food portion/eating times of our day. It also was learning for the kids that EVERYTHING IS A HUGE WAIT. We wait for the bus, for the lines to get in, for food, for drinks, for rides ... you get the picture. LOTS of waiting ... and we went at a "good time!"
Straight to Magic Kingdom we went! I got things squared away with my Disney PhotoPass and got started. (More on that later in my TIPS blog for later this week!) And we took our very fist PhotoPass photo! :) A group shot!
Magic Kingdom is in full Halloween mode and decorated so cute and pretty. Lots of pumpkins and festive decor for the holiday. However, it didn't feel much like October there, is was HOT. Highs in the mid nineties every day! SWEAT.DRIPPING.HOT.
The first thing to do was a stroll down main street and a chance for Bella's "first look" of the castle. My dad (as shared last week) made sure it was a special and memorable moment!
Towards the castle, we stumbled upon the carousel and that was our first ride in Walt Disney World. Something everyone can do, something easy and something delightful. :) Nearby was the "sword and the stone" and the kids tried their hands and removing that sword ... unfortunately, with no luck! :)
We explored in the Fantasyland portion of Disney for the most part that morning. Hitting "It's a Small World" and other cute and amazing attractions to blow the kid's minds at Disney! :)
I used my Disney apps nonstop while there and it was a lifesaver. One cost $5 and it was totally worth it. (more on this in tips) We also were able to use the new disney Magic Bands this trip and I think we all LOVED THEM. (more coming on this too). It made everything and tracking everything substantially easier than carrying papers, tickets, fast passes and room keys. WAY GOOD. The kids loved theirs and wore them easily.
We grabbed lunch at a quick place and tried to find a seat just to have a bite to eat. That's when we literally ran into our next door neighbors! :) We knew they were there. We didn't make any specific plans to meet up but it was fun for us, and the kids, to run into one another! In all of Magic Kingdom ... we ran right into them. And then again later that same day! It really is "a small world!"
Dumbo, Tea cups and the Barnstormer OH MY! Fun fun rides for the kids. Disney is genius (duh) because they redesigned the wait at Dumbo to include a giant AWESOME play area in the center. You get a pager when you walk in ... the kids run wild for your wait ... then you get buzzed and its time to ride your ride!? Genius. Plus, it was cool in there and there was seating for parents! YAY! (tip: if you have a fast pass you bypass the play are -- its just for standard waiting).
Soon, we needed to make our way to dinner. But walking past the castle bright new delight! A stage show was going on and captured one little girls attention!
And then we caught a bit of the parade before our reservations for dinner. (that was BEFORE Luke got lost for 30 terrifying seonds! No worries tho, he was easily found and returned. It wasn't his fault, we turned and he kept going. Also, with the Magic Bands, had he been lost, a Cast Member could scan his band and locate us or call me. SO COOL!)
Our dinner was our first Character Meal. I cannot recommend character meals enough. This night was at The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom. It was easy to find and a good first meal. It is a buffet and there were lots of good choices and for the kids too. This included visits with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eyeore. The kids really enjoyed getting their autograph books signed and having photos taken with the characters. The characters are very interactive and the more you CAN interact with them, the better. :) Even tho they don't speak, they are interactive and silly. (princesses talk!)
And when we left dinner, the Castle looked AMAZING.
Mike and I took the boys home/to the hotel and Bella stayed with Grammy and Grampy to watch the Electric Parade. They were't out too late and it was a GOOD DAY. The kids went to bed fast and furious. Turns out that if they had good behavior during the day ... Tinkerbell brought them a treat at night! They LOVED this. Like even said "I didn't believe in Tinkerbell until I saw this treat here!!!" Bella even said she thought she heard her a couple of time! ;) I bet she did! (more on that in tips too!).