Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our Disney World Trip! part 1

Oh. My. Goodness. If you are thinking of going to Disney with your toddler, you better drink some coffee because you are in for a lot of CRAZY! We had so much fun, but we are so exhausted now! We crammed a lot of fun into 2 1/2 days, but wore each other out in the process. Next time, we will make sure to take a few extra days so we are not as rushed. So we flew in on Saturday and went to our hotel. We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which was perfect for Jonah because he is obsessed with all animals. The Lodge is located a little farther from most of the parks, so we had to take a 10-20 minute bus ride wherever we wanted to go, but it was worth it because Jonah loved staying there. He would wake up every morning talking about the animals on the wall paper. We didn't stay in a room that had a view of the animals (Who roam on the property of the resort) but if we had, I'm sure he would have run straight for the window every morning! They let us check in early (I don't know how they do it, but Disney really does try to help you out however they can) and then we went to eat lunch at the restaraunt at the hotel. They had Indian food for us, of course everywhere has a kids menu, and we could see the zebras and ostriches walking around from our table. Then we were able to go outside for a few minutes and see the giraffes and storks, and then took Jonah to the room for a nap. When he woke up, we walked around the resort some more and then headed to Downtown Disney for dinner. Downtown Disney was pretty crowded on a Saturday night, but I had made reservations for us to have dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. It was the perfect initiation for Jonah. He was able to look at all the animatronic animals and get used to the idea. He was a little afraid of the elephants at first (I was so surprised because he has petted a real elephant at our zoo and was not afraid!), but by the end of dinner, he was so excited about the elephants. Still scared of the gorillas, though :) He rode the carousel and played at the lego store for a little while, but then we went back to the hotel for bedtime.
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On Sunday we went to the Magic Kingdom for our first full day at Disney World! We got there just in time for the gates to open, and went straight to Fantasyland. We rode Peter Pan first, and Jonah was a little freaked out at his first "ride" experience. He didn't cry, just sucked his thumb and snuggled closer to us, but said he had fun afterwards. Then we went on Winnie the Pooh, the carousel, and Its a Small World, and he loved all of those. He was all smiles and wide eyes.
Then we went to Tomorrowland to ride the Test Track. Ted rode with Jonah and let him drive.
Then we rode the Toy Story ride and ate lunch. It was getting to nap time, so we started to head out, but Jonah noticed Alice and the White Rabbit and made us wait in line to meet the Rabbit. I swear, it was the longest line we waited in the whole trip, about 20 minutes, but he was determined to meet that Rabbit! When it was our turn I tried to carry him up there, but he screamed and wiggled out of my arms. We were all not sure what to expect or what to do, but then I said, "Do you want to give the rabbit a hug?" The White Rabbit knelt down and opened his arms, and Jonah just ran up to him and gave him a hug. I think we were all in awe, even the employees :) It was so sweet. Then he gave him a high five, said bye, and that was it! That was what he wanted.
On our way out we stumbled upon a dance party in the street and Jonah had to go dance with Donald Duck! He was so excited and star-struck, I was kind of teary :) When Donald danced off, Jonah was so disappointed! This is his "Where'd Donald go?" face:
Finally, we were able to go back to the hotel for a nap! We headed back to Magic Kingdom after nap to do Adventureland and the Pirate of the Caribbean Ride. When we walked in, we noticed that the wait to meet Mickey was only 15 minutes, and J was in a pretty good mood at this point. We asked if he wanted to go see Mickey, and he just jumped right up, "Yeah!" Since he did so well waiting for the crazy White Rabbit, we headed in. I have to say, I was impressed by his ability to wait in line. He didn't want to do it, but he understood and he tolerated it. Finally, it was our turn, and Jonah just ran right up and gave Mickey and Minnie big hugs. I know it is crazy, but this moment really is worth all the craziness, expensiveness, and exhaustion. I can't really explain why.
They even did the Hot Dog Dance for us.
We went back to see the street dance party again, and Jonah danced with Chip and Dale this time.
We headed back to the hotel for dinner ( a super yummy African buffet with red wine and African drummers!) and then headed to bed so we could wake up early to see the Animal Kingdom the next day!

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