Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thanksgiving Trip - Disney World

This year my family did something a little different for Thanksgiving. We went to Florida to spend the holiday week at Stacy's. She and my parents were in Florida for her last tournament, and Janet and her husband would be staying in California, so it was an easy decision for us to meet them in warm, sunny Florida. We got a week break from the cold weather in Tulsa! Not a bad deal. We even had to pack shorts!

We left early on Sunday morning and few from Tulsa to Newark and Newark to Orlando. Florida is not an easy or inexpensive place to get to from Tulsa, but it wasn't bad. We even had inflight TV so Cole loved watching "Planes" and "Monsters Inc.".

We flew to Orlando because we wanted to do a day in Disney World, and my parents and Stacy drove from Naples to meet us there. We stayed two nights at a place called Floridays. It was only $150 a night and had 2 bedrooms. So it was much more affordable for all of us than a Disney hotel, especially since we were only going to be there for a short time. We just went to eat and hung out in the hotel room for a few hours until everyone got there, and we went to bed to get ready for the big day at Disney on Monday.

When we have traveled thus far with the toddler Cole, we've used this blow up bed that has been perfect. We brought it again for this trip, but soon realized it had a small hole in it and we didn't bring the patch kit. Ugh! So we made it 2 years and 8 months before we let Cole sleep in bed with us! Luckily, we had a king and it wasn't too bad because we were so tired both nights, we all just passed out. Cole did like sleeping right next to one of us, and it's kind of cute seeing that little man sleeping, snoring, and cuddling. :)

On Monday morning, we got up and dressed, grabbed breakfast at Panera, and made our way to the Magic Kingdom. We parked (for $15), took the tram, bought tickets, and took the monorail to the entrance. It took awhile, but patience is the name of the game at Disney! Cole got a special pin saying it was his first time to Disney.
We made it to Main Street!
Small World was our first ride of the day. We had to convince Cole to do the rides at first because all he wanted to do was pick out a "surprise" from one of the shops!
Next we rode the carousel.
And the cars at the Grand Prix. Cole rode with Tay Tay and Daddy and my Mom got stuck by herself. My Dad and I passed due to our medical conditions...bad knees and pregnancy.
We took full advantage of the Fast Passes and Disney Parks Mobile Magic App. We checked all the wait times and planned what area we were going to next accordingly. It also had the Fast Pass times, so we knew when we could use them to help plan that way too. We used the FP for Dumbo and Cole's favorite ride The Barnstormer (a mini roller coaster that I was sure he would by scared by, but he LOVED it and went twice!).
We did the Swiss Family Tree House to do some climbing after a lunch stop.
Cole got a spyglass after the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I don't think he was too sure about that one.
I finally got my Mickey ice cream!! And Cole took about a 20 minute power nap...part in the stroller and part on the Jungle Cruise.
Castle pic!
Snack time and some new "McQueen ears".
Cole rode the tea cups with my Mom and Dad.
The Fast Pass for Space Mountain came up, so everyone except Cole and I did that. Instead we went and saw a 3D movie, which Cole loved! It was so cute watching him reach for stuff.
We passed the castle all lit up on our way to meet back up with everyone.
We decided to keep going and grab some dinner because there were still some rides that we wanted to do. The lines were also super short for the characters, so Cole got to meet Goofy, Donald, Daisy, and Minnie. It was one of the highlights for him, for sure.

We ended up staying at the park for almost 12 hours! We didn't realize how many rides Cole would be able to do, and how much fun we would have. It'd been a long time since most of us had been to Disney. On our way out we caught a few bits of the light parade, but also got to see the castle from the front side with all the lights on. It was beautiful...as Cole would say. :)
We had such a great time, and we were so glad we made the effort to spend the day at the Magic Kingdom. It was so tiring and pretty crowded, but we did pretty much everything we wanted to do. It kind of makes it easy when you have a toddler because you don't feel like you HAVE to do all the big rides with the long waits, and you can just enjoy it through their eyes. Cole was also really good and such a trooper with only a small power nap. He did great waiting in lines and really loved going on rides. He wanted to keep going and kept asking to do more rides once he realized how much fun it was. I don't think we could have done another day back to back! We were so tired with achy feet and legs by the end of the night. We also had perfect weather! It really couldn't have been a better day. We have so many great memories of going there as a kid, and it's neat to be able to see your own child enjoying it just as much.

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