Last weekend we headed to Orlando to visit the Mouse! We had decided that S was a good age to go, seeing as how he still gets really excited about Mickey Mouse, and he was tall enough to ride the majority of the rides. We had a really good time – below is some of the fun stuff we got to do – in picture form of course!
On our first day, we hit up Animal Kingdom. We had so much fun! We watched a Lion King show – which was amazing. Sheff rode his first Disney ride – and was a champ riding almost all of the rides there. He even did the scary Dinosaur one, which I thought he would never do. We met so many characters – Mickey and Minnie (Mickey even signed his hat!), Chip & Dale, Daisy and Donald, Pluto AND Goofy. He loved running up to them, hugging them, and giving them his little autograph book. We ended the day with some Dole Whip (with alcohol for mom & dad!), and a ride on a Kali River Rapids. We got soaked, but it was so so fun! We called it a night by picking up some ravioli for Sheff and some sushi for the adults at Publix. We saved a ton of money on this trip by having a suite, and not eating very many meals in the park.
Our second day was spent at Hollywood Studios – it was a blast! We decided not to go as hard as we did the first day, since we did skip naps, and we wore that little kiddo out! That park didn’t have many rides, but Sheffield did get to meet Olaf and see another Donald. He was also picked to start the Indiana Jones Stunt show! Y’all – I was so nervous for this kid, but he knocked it straight out of the park. I don’t think I could have spoken in front of hundreds of people, but he did it! We rode on a super fun Star Wars ride, saw a Muppet Show and a Little Mermaid show – visited Toy Story Land and called it a day. We left the park to get lunch at a delicious little pizza joint, and they ended up giving us a free lunch (beers included!) for Mother’s Day – hooray! We had also gotten some Planet Hollywood giftcards from the resort we were staying with, so we had a great Mother’s Day dinner there – complete with burgers and wine. It was such a great day!
Our third day was spent at the Magic Kingdom! Seeing that castle truly is a magical experience, y’all. This park was the one where we did the most rides – as it’s the one mostly catered to smaller kids. Sheffield loved Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride and the Teacups, which we rode twice. This kid was so brave, he even did Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster – which I was nervous about. He’s so brave! We got to meet his favorite princess, Tiana (and throw in Rapunzel for good measure) and ate a Mickey Mouse pretzel. The weather was pretty crappy this day, so it worked to our advantage that we had plans to leave for nap and then come back later that afternoon. When we did come back to the park, the weather was absolutely perfect. We rode the rest of the rides, caught the fireworks show (which was incredible), and bought our souvenirs. It sounds lame to say, but it truly was a magical day.
All in all, it was a truly great vacation. Seeing those places through Sheffield’s eyes was what made it so great – as dumb as it sounds, I did tear up at some points watching him just be so happy. I’m so glad that we decided to take him at this age.