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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Disney World

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for the same things I was thankful for last year; my sweet healthy Angel, my family, my friends, my health, my job, my home, my freedom and God who loves me unconditionally. While many people, perhaps many of you, went out and braved Black Friday to try to find a deal on a toaster or another television, I loaded up my car, my daughter and my niece and headed down to Orlando to brave the happiest place on earth, also known as Disney World.  This is not a, “how to conquer Disney World blog”.  I know there are many of those out there give you a strategy on which rides to use your fast pass on and then tell you go to go to this ride and wait and then run around like a chicken with your head cut off.  (Yes, I did look at those and I did have each day’s itinerary mapped out.  Let me say this doesn't really work.  It is good to have an idea of what you want to go and do, but to have something step by step carved out is a joke.  Something will happen like the monorail will be down, a parade will march right through your plans, someone will be hungry or need to go to the bathroom.  And yes these things happened.) This is basically a blog about my experience at Disney World with a 2 1/2-year-old. I'm sure I will write a few other blogs about this experience but this is just for starters. I had a few people tell me that I should wait until Angel was older to take her, just as I am advising my readers, but I did not listen, just as I am sure many of you won’t either.

Don’t get me wrong we had a wonderful time.  The weather could not have been more beautiful.  The skies were blue and did not have a cloud in them.  It stayed in the mid 70’s during the day and did get chilly at night.  I don't know how people do Disney World in the middle of July in 95° weather.  I am pretty sure that is something I won’t do.  Angel did splendid except for the fact that she got tired very easily and needed naps.  It was a little overwhelming and over stimulating for her. I do think age 4 or 5 is prime for a first visit.  If you are going down there with any child under the age of 6, be sure to bring a stroller if you can.  Disney World does provide strollers, but they are hard plastic that do not recline.  Angel’s stroller (I used my jogging stroller that was collecting dust in my garage) was central napping headquarters.  During our day at Animal kingdom Angel slept for two hours!!!!  I eventually had to wake her out of her Disney induced slumber. I shook her and asked her if she wanted to go see a bug show, “No”, I asked her if she wanted something to eat, “No”, Did she want to go see the dinosaurs, “No”.  The only way I could get her to wake up was to tell her we could go see Goofy, which we did.

Angel wasn't very interested in riding rides, although we did ride a lot of them.  (I love waiting in line for an hour to spend 45 second spinning around.  Okay the only line that was that long was Space Mountain the rest were about 30 unless you used your Fastpass which I strongly recommend.)  What she was most interested in was seeing all the characters. I like how they do it now and allow you to wait in line to see most of the characters.  When I went when I was a kid they would come out at random times and you had to be at the right place at the right time to see them.  Many people said that she would probably be scared of the characters and cry, ugh not my child.  She ran up with arms wide open telling them all, “I love you” and giving each of them hugs and kisses.  She actually became a mini celebrity as there were people in line taking photographs of her because she was so entertaining.  While we were in line waiting to see Minnie and Daisy she would cup her hands around her mouth and yell, “Minnie, Daisy come see me!!!!”  Donald Duck even held her hand, began to walk off and waved goodbye to the crowd as if he was going home with us.

We all had a good time.  I could not have done it without the help of my niece.  She was wonderful!!!!!  I do think Angel was a little young to go.  Kids that age get tired and fussy which cause the parents to get fussy and stressed.  We did come away with great memories, stories and of course 500+ pictures!

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