So we did! Our first Disney trip. Braving the Magic Kingdom with a toddler might sound stressful, tricky and overwhelming but if you are prepared it can be worth your while.
I decided to pack Lucca’s suitcase a week early one day when he was taking a nap. I did not want to forget anything and be stressed thinking about the dreaded packing. I mean who seriously enjoys packing or unpacking? I planned for shirts and shorts to be ruined throughtout the day and packed 3 shirts per day we were going to be there (a morning shirt, an after lunch; taking a nap in stroller shirt and dinner shirt). Also I brought a baggy full of OxyClean ( any moms lifesaver secret stain fighter) that way I could soak any of the clothing he get dirty from lollipops to chocolate. For us we were able to overpack since we are only a few hours away form Disney World.
Since it was his very first Disney trip and he probably will not have a memory of it my goal was to capture so beautiful, candid moments seen through the eyes of a toddler. I brought my professional camera and snapped away. I also used my iphone as well. I packed a backpack with empty tupperware so if he had leftover food and snacks we bought at the park we could pack them up and save for later in the day. Most people do not want to bring their own personal stroller, however we did. Lucca loves his stroller to take naps in it. It reclines and has a UV shade. It was the best decision we made. I have a huge storage basket underneath so I wasn’t stuck carrying around diapers, camera, souvenirs and all the other odds and ends we gathered throughout the day. We went with my in-laws so there was always someone with the stroller at all times.
The first thing we bought was a huge Mylar Mickey Mouse balloon. Lucca gave the lady the money and she handed him his balloon.
Our first ride was Dumbo. The wait wasn’t long at all. There is a gathering area inside the circus tent where kids can play before getting on the ride. Nice way to pass some time. When we got on the ride Lucca had no reaction. I had no idea what he was thinking. the ride began and our control button wasn’t working. So we were not able to bring our Dumbo lower to the ground. Then all of a sudden it lifted all the way up. Of course that scared him and he started crying. I was a little nervous because he was squirming and even though we were seat belted and he was on my lap the fear of the unknown with your child is scary. After we were done I asked him for a high-five and he gave me several. In my book that means he was ok and happy he did it and it was over. Daddy bought him a Dumbo popcorn holder afterwards and said ” here’s a souvenir, you survived Dumbo!’
It was on to “It’s a Small World” and the line was short. Lucca fell asleep right before boarding the boat but we decided to go on it anyways. immediately after we grabbed our stroller and he took a 2 hour nap. So this was my time to go grab his Mickey ears and have them embroidered.
When he woke from his nap we took him on “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Again I wasn’t sure how this would go over. He loves boats so I kept saying we are going on a boat. However the ride is dark and the unknown is scary to a kid. He held me tight and wrapped his arms around my neck. Surprisingly the roller coaster drop didn’t scare him. Towards the end of the ride he loosened up. He got to see the boats, and dogs, and the burning street fire. As we were getting off he kept repeating “allllll done! allll done!” “bye bye” and waved. And then our day was done. That’s all Lucca, mommy and daddy could take.
The following day we did Epcot. This was a very relaxing day. We took our time and camped out in different cities. I laid out our blanket and we would just sit and eat snacks and drink and Lucca would run around looking at the ducks and flowers. HGTV put on a beautiful display of flowers all around the park.
On our last park day we went to Disney Hollywood Studios. All we did here was stalk all the characters and get pictures with them. Lucca gave them all high-fives and blew them kisses. he was really excited to meet Mickey and Buzz Lightyear.
It was so fun to live through the eyes of my child and brought back so many memories of when I went to Disney World as a kid. I use to love riding Splash Mountain and The Haunted House but this trip we stuck to Its A Small World, the Teacups, Dumbo and stalking Mickey and all the characters for photos. Don’t expect to ride every ride you planned on. Enjoy as much as you can and be grateful for that.