The extra magical hour was at Magic Kingdom our first day, so, of course, we opted for Magic Kingdom our first day.  With Joelle on our first trip, we had things mapped out exactly.  Where we would run first, what fast passes to secure, etc.  This trip, we were much more laid back.  Heck, we weren’t even there when the park opened!  We got there at 8:30, instead of 8:00.  After that, we didn’t even try to get the extra hour of magic, we knew our herd would get enough magic.  Chris will say that we didn’t secure the Cinderella Suite because I didn’t wear mouse ears, but we did have a “dream” that very first day.  A woman stopped us (wearing the non descript satchel of dreams we were told to watch for).  It was right outside the castle…., but it was not the suite.  If only I had had on mouse ears!  It was really cool though.  Joelle was given the chance to pull out the sword in the stone.  They gave her some pixie dust and it came out!  That same dream weaver also gave me a fast pass later that day when she saw Chris, Joelle and Elise get on the Pooh ride without me.  (We only had 2 fast passes because Chris was out of the park giving Elise a nap while I got them.)  That was cool to get to ride with Lis on her first Pooh ride.

The gang all lined up to ride Dumbo.  Elise’s first ride.  Dumbo is such a simple ride, but it’s so darn fun and cute.  The carpets of Aladdin and the dinosaur ride (all the same concept) just aren’t as good as riding on good ‘ole Dumbo.  Elise and Chris exit the park – walking back.  I loved that flexibility of being able to walk from Magic Kingdom.  Joelle, Nana, Poppy, and I kept on playing – riding classics such as small world, peter pan and the haunted mansion.  Yes, Joelle loved the haunted mansion!  That was crazy to me.  I thought she would hate it. 

We all gathered for a favorite lunch spot of ours – the crystal palace.  I held my breath to see if Elise would love the Pooh characters.  She did.  She thought it was quite funny when she would spot them.  She loved chowing down at the buffets, I recall cutting up a lot of watermelon for her at that lunch.  Chris and I couldn’t cut the food up fast enough for her voracious appetite. 

I should have taken notes there because the details are already fuzzy, but I know that Nana and Elise left for naps after Elise had one Pooh ride.  Chris, Poppy, Joelle and I then headed over to Frontier land where Joelle got to meet Jasmine.  I think the entire trip was worth it to Chris when he saw the look Joelle gave Jasmine.  As mommie predicted, she still thought all the princesses were real.  She adored meeting her favorite.  I commented afterwards, “oh, Jasmine had such pretty jewelry on.”  Joelle sighed, “and her make-up was so pretty.”  We continued on to Pirates – Joelle also liked this ride.  Would she dislike anything?  Maybe it was a good thing Splash Mountain was closed. 

Joelle had her first ear ice cream, but seemed to prefer our frozen lemonades.  We met back up with Elise and Nana but exited the park via the train shortly after dinner.  Elise was done for the day.  (She had skipped the nap that she was supposed to take while with Nana.)

Chris and I sneaked up to the observation deck to watch the fireworks.  They looked like they were right over tomorrow land – right by our hotel and we told Joelle, Nana and Poppy that they would have to watch the next night.

At some point this day, we end up with a new umbrella stroller.  I say “new”, but it was really much more beat up then ours.  A testament to how many strollers there are in all the miscellaneous stroller parkings! 


As usual, I drastically underestimated how early one must arrive to endure airport procedures when I purchased our tickets. Our flight left at 10 something, so we left very early for all the girls. We splurged on terminal parking because we had 4 bags between 2 adults, 1 walking kid and 1 strolling kid. Why hasn’t someone invented a stroller with one handle? Security was security and even Elise removed her Robeez for inspection. Chris vocally mentioned what I had been thinking, “Oh, we ARE that family now.” The ones who look flustered and confused while looking for the baby food that we forgot is a liquid and trying to unpack every other offending morsel for the inspectors. Security is not kind to those traveling with young children.

Elise enjoyed her freedom walking around the airport and doesn’t enjoy her freedom being taken away once boarded. Luckily, she did sleep for about an hour of the flight. She was slightly amused by the dvd, but mostly wanted off the plane. One more obstacle before the holy land, the bus. The magical transportation bus, which actually does help us because they took our bags to the hotel for us. The driver made me laugh when he said “folks, I live the magic 12 times a day.” (in reference to hearing the video on the bus about disney.) Of course, we were the last of 4 stops, but, ah, we arrived at the Contemporary at last.

Nana, Joelle and I ventured to downtown Disney. Joelle was in awe of Goofy’s candy store. Frankly, it is pretty amazing – any and every sugar concoction you can think of. She settled in on a cookie dipped in white chocolate with sprinkles. Yum. I was still feeling quite awful from my stomach bug. Nothing else in the entire store tempts me, a testament to how ill I still felt. (I made up for it later!) We shopped a bit until Chris called to say Elise was up. We decided that we’d all eat at Downtown Disney, an ill-fated decision which made Chris (and Poppy) endure a bus ride with a wailing Elise. We’re introduced to the Disney meal plan and the Earl of Sandwich: desserts and food are plentiful.