Saturday, April 1, 2017

Disney World (1)

We left for Disney World on Thursday morning.  B was determined to leave at 5:00 and told me that many, many times.  The plan was to quickly carry the girls to the car without them really waking up (especially Harper), thus giving us a few hours of driving time without two littles awake in the backseat.

Well.  I was ready to leave at 5:30 and neither girl slept a wink until much later in the day.  (And even then, only Harper.)  So much for the plan.

We made it to South Carolina before Aniston asked, "Are we there yet?" for the first time.  (Insert side-eye emoji here.)  Needless to say, it was a long drive, and we were very thankful to finally get there.

We stayed at Pop Century, which has buildings of the resort dedicated to the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.  In the lobby, I found a shadow box that pretty much captured my entire childhood:


Cabbage Patch kids, My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, Miss Piggy, Simon, Smurfs...it's all there!

The whole resort had huge icons at each hotel.  We were in one of the 60s buildings and ours had a huge can of Play Doh out front, and a yo-yo at the end housed the stairs.  From where we were, we could see bowling pins, Baloo and Mowgli, and--barely--Lady and the Tramp.  There were more, of course, because the resort is huge, but we didn't have any time for exploring.



After we checked in, we ordered a pizza for dinner, got things ready for the next day, and headed to bed.

We were up early on the first day...and every day after.  This vacation was no vacation!  On Friday, resort guests had extra magic hours from 8-9am, so we were on the bus to the Magic Kingdom at a little after seven.  There were lots of rides with little to no wait time, and we rode several within the first hour.  Aniston loves roller coasters, and her favorite was the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  Harper was able to ride Winnie the Pooh and The Journey of the Little Mermaid...and she wasn't a fan of either!  (She also didn't care for the elevator at the hotel and cried every time.  Finally we just started taking the stairs to avoid so many tears.)

We happened to be at the right place at the right time and were able to watch the opening show from inside Cinderella's castle.  The characters came and went through one of the interior doors, so each of them stopped to wave and blow kisses at the girls on their way in and out.  It was a great opportunity to see every character up close, and a great start to our first day!

We visited Elena and Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall, and the girls were absolutely amazed by them.  I hadn't been to Disney World since I was little (and too small to remember anything), and I couldn't believe all the attention to detail.  Eveything was beautiful and so well designed, planned, and decorated.

We spent the rest of the morning on rides, then went back to the hotel for lunch and naps.  A lot of day one was just getting acclimated to the park and how things (buses, dining credits, etc.) worked.

We felt much more prepared for day two!


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