So we just got back from our very first trip to Disney World. Neither Travis or I had ever been either so it was a first for us all. We took Nana along as well. The plan was to leave last Friday night and to drive through the night and arrive on Saturday. Well the impending winter storm came so we left on Thursday to beat the weather. So we ended up being gone nine days. That is a long time to be away from home! But we did have a great time. For a couple of days if FL it was cool and rainy but the rest of the week was very pleasant and it got warm enough that the kids got to swim in the heated pools at our resort.
We stayed in the Disney Caribbean beach resort and we reserved a "pirate themed" room because Noah is obsessed with the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The beds were shaped like pirate ships and the furniture was like crates and barrels and things you would find on a pirate's ship. Noah's favorite detail I think was a huge skull and cross bones curtain that hung across the bathroom door.
We managed to visit all of the parks and our favorite by far was Magic Kingdom. We all loved the fireworks around Cinderella's castle and the kids loved the rides.
We saw lots and lots of the shows but the best by far was Fantasmic in Hollywood Studios. It was unbelievable and it was the last thing we did so it was great to end the vacation with such a great show.
We did a couple of character meals which were really fun for the kids and Lilly loved getting to go meet the princesses. She had to have a princess costume before we left! She picked Jasmine and it's really cute. If it still fits it will probably be her Halloween costume.
Noah also got to do the "pirate's league". Where they dress you up and paint your face and you get your photos taken and then get to participate in a pirate parade in the magic kingdom. It was fun.
Travis managed to ride all of the big roller coasters and we shopped and ate a lot. The food will be another post entirely. If you have a food allergic child I highly recommend Disney. This was the first family vacation EVER that we haven't had to rent a condo or cabin with a fully equipped kitchen and do all the cooking our self. I am happy to report I didn't have to cook or wash a dish for an entire week. The staff at Disney is unbelievably knowledgeable and equipped to accommodate kids like Noah. If the restaurant didn't have what he needed or wanted the chef would make theirs completely separate and serve it himself. Noah and Lilly were in heaven getting to eat Micky Ears waffles. This probably sounds crazy to some people, but I almost cried when they brought them ice cream and cookies that were especially for them. The kids eyes absolutely lit up. Noah has never gotten to eat ice cream in a restaurant before.
So all in all, it was a great great trip. The kids had lots of fun and we are already talking about when to go back. It will probably be a few years but we want to do it again sometime. Enjoy the pics!