It was a long and interesting trip to get us here but finally…I am posting about our first day at Disney World!
Because we left a day early we had a full day of being on Disney property before we even visited the parks. I’m actually very thankful for that day to get settled because I can’t imagine jumping right into the parks after the travel day we had.
We woke up kind of early on our first official Disney day to have breakfast with the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Choosing breakfast for character meals was a great option for us because it is the kids’ favorite meal so we know they will eat well, plus you get a ton of food and can skip lunch to have more time for attractions. We planned this breakfast for 9:30 thinking that would leave us plenty of time to sleep in, but when a Disney staff member tells you it will take an hour to get from your hotel (Port Orleans Riverside) to the castle…you better just allow yourself an hour to get there. We thought we could do it in 45 minutes and although we lucked out on catching a bus as soon as we walked up to our resort bus stop, it still took awhile to get through the line at the Magic Kingdom park entrance. Needless to say, we were practically running through Main Street to get to the castle (picture the McCallister’s running through O’Hare but add a double stroller and a few backpacks).
And then Jack saw the old steam train that goes around the park and we knew immediately that the breakfast was going to be a total disaster. Jack did not want to meet Cinderella. He did not want Mickey shaped pancakes, he wouldn’t even step foot into the castle because all he wanted to do was ride. the. train.
It was a disaster. I took Layla into the castle to wait in line for the Cinderella meet and greet while Bryan tried to calm down our train obsessed boy. They settled on taking one ride on the carousel (luckily there was no line) and then they would come in and eat with us. In the end it was perfect- Layla met Cinderella and Jack got to go on a ride to hold him over.
Do you see all the layers Layla is wearing under her dress? That’s because it happened to be cold in Orlando…who knew? We didn’t pack accordingly so we ended up wearing the same sweatshirts over and over. She had fun wearing her dress to breakfast though and all the princess commented on how cool it was that her dress “sparkled”. They all mentioned that she must have a very good Fairy God Mother.
In addition to Cinderella before breakfast, the kids got to meet Snow White, Princess Aurora (who for some reason Jack fell head over heels for), Ariel and Jasmine.
All of them referred to the kids as “Price” and “Princess” which Layla thought was pretty sweet. They took their time signing our autograph book and teased Jack about how ornery he looked- this was seriously his expression the entire breakfast:
Although it is a pretty set menu for both kids and adults, the staff was very accommodating when we asked for them for just pancakes for Layla. They even brought extra and made sure that she liked her meal. Bryan and I had the stuffed french toast and it was AMAZING and so filling.
Guess what ride we headed to after breakfast. That’s right…the train. Someone was VERY happy to sit on Grandpa’s lap and take a ride around the park.
Our first FastPass experience was Enchanted Tales with Belle. I wasn’t sure what to expect because the way people described it, it just sounded like a glorified story time. But everyone insisted we FastPass and do it because it’s a fan favorite. I immediately knew it was going to be a little more than story time when we had to walk into an enchanted mirror to start the show. Layla was selected to be Chip in the production, I love how interactive it was!
Check out her big performance here (haha):
After taking a bow and posing with Belle we waited in line to ride the Barn Stormer. The kids had a blast on it, I was proud of them for doing it because that was their first real roller coaster experience. Then we headed off to our next FastPass- the Seven Dwards Mine Train. I don’t have any pictures of this one but OH MY GOODESS it was SO fun. It was definitely our favorite ride of the whole trip.
After lunch we headed back over to Main Street to get the kids some ears. This shop was so adorable and not too crowded which was perfect for us! The kids liked to sit and “play” a game of checkers to chill out after the excitement of the roller coasters.
Jack walked in and knew right away which pair he wanted…it’s like these ears were made specifically for him and were calling him name:
That little spinner at the top absolutely cracks me up. Layla took a little longer to decide and kept hogging the mirror from high school girls:
She finally decided on a pair of double sided ears so she could be Anna part of the day and Elsa for the other part. Unfortunately she couldn’t have her’s embroidered but Jack did. Since they weren’t busy he was able to watch them and got his ears right back ready to go!
We also found a quick opportunity to take pictures of their shirts for the day. Grandma did a great job on them, I just love how they turned out!
After a little time cruising Main Street we headed back up to the castle to get a family picture. This is the best we could do people…the most magical place on Earth is SO magical that it is nearly impossible to get a good family photo. There is just took much to do/look at!
Now that we got our FastPasses out of the way, it was time to do a few more rides. Someone thought it would be an awesome idea to cram 5 of us (myself, Bryan, his Mom and the kids) into one tea cup. My father in law was smart enough to stay away.
She was ready to spin and spinning is what we did. I’ve never felt like I was going to throw up on a ride more than on those tea cups. I have vowed to NEVER go on them with my husband again. Here’s Layla a little pale faced after the ride:
The screams and giggles were worth it. I have a video but my Mother in law and I look like we are both going to hurl in it so that will stay underground for as long as possible.
The rest of the day was a bit of a blur to me, probably because I was still motion sick. We ate dinner in tomorrow land and Grandma convinced the kids that she left her bedroom light on at Cinderella’s Castle after it lit up in the dark. Jack still thinks Grandma has a room there.
We decided to do one more ride- Thunder Mountain and then head back to the hotel. The kids were pretty tired but the line was fun and only 20 minutes so we went for it. I had no idea how loud that coaster was, that a bit of water was involved and that riding in the dark might be a little scarier for our 3 and 6 year old. It was more intense than we planned and Jack was totally done when we got off. Layla didn’t want to “ever do that roller coaster AGAIN” so we started heading out.
If there was one ride I wanted to go on while at Disney it was Haunted Mansion. My husband and I planned to do it at some point while Grandma and Grandpa did something more kid appropriate with the littles. But as we headed out of the park Layla pointed to it and said “I want to do that one”. I had already FastPassed it at a kiosk juuuuust in case. So Bryan hung out with Jack and the rest of us headed in.
I really regret not being able to get pictures. Layla was FREAKED. OUT. in the room that they herd you into before the ride. Her face was absolutely priceless but she pressed on and wanted to do the ride. She loved it. She loved it so much that she was trying to scare the people NEXT to us on the ride. I was tickled to death (get it?) that she had so much fun. We exited the ride to meet the boys when she asked to go again. Bryan didn’t get to use his FastPass and there was really not a long line so they let the 3 of us on it again while Grandma and Grandpa took a grumpy Jack back to the hotel. Layla was in heaven trying to see all the things she might have missed the first time. My heart could have just burst watching how much fun she had, it was one of the highlights of the trip for me. If Jack would have been there as enthusiastic about it as she was, it would have been the happiest moment of my LIFE guys. There is always next time.
We headed back to Main Street after Haunted Mansion and got a treat from the confectionery. We were going to head back to the hotel but then the light parade started and we couldn’t just go during all the fun. Layla saw the train that Mickey and his friends ride and said “I wish Jack was here to see this”—um, is that Layla wishing her brother was with us? It is confirmed folks, Disney is truly the most magical place on Earth.
Day 2 at Animal Kingdom is coming up next!