The best part of living in Florida? Season passes to Disney!
For Labor day weekend we rented a lovely house on AirBNB (highly recommend, we could bring the dogs!) Traveled two hours to Orlando and insta-vacation.
Saturday night, Phil and I used a babysitting service in Orlando. I’ll be honest at first I was a bit hesitant, but they do background checks, everyone is CPR approved, were reasonably priced, and..we desperately needed adult times.(And it was great, I would use them again!)
So while the Nanny hung out with Anna, Phil and I took on Epcot; which was mainly us just walking around in a big circle and drinking. I always forget that Epcot is kind of meh.
Second day, BRING ON DISNEY.
We showed up at 8:00 am for the opening show and to be the first people in the park. Anna was amazed. Her newest phrase from this trip is “OHHH! Here it comes!! It’s coming”.
Her first ride was Haunted Mansion (naturally). She had a death-like grip on the handle bar, but overall seemed pretty impressed. We also rode the teacups, dumbo, splashed in the splash pad, road the carousal, watched a Mickey show (parade and show), and met Mickey himself! She was…a bit skeptical.
By 1:00 pm we were all a bit over Disney and decided to call it quits for the day.
On Monday we went to Animal Kingdom, which is the best place I’ve ever been. How have I never been to this park before?? I would go here over all other parks 100 times over. We RAN across the park to be first on the safari. We saw giraffes (long necks), elephants, rhinos, lions, antelope, apes..just..it’s the neatest (and hottest) park I’ve ever visited. Plus we saw Nemo. NEMO.
PROTIP: Always pay the money to eat breakfast with characters rather than wait in line for 45 minutes. We were able to get reservations at a restaurant in Animal Kingdom and the $80 was worth it. She met Goofy (not a fan), Donald, Daisy, and Mickey (again). If you ask her about Mickey she now says “high five?” “pound!”.
We aren’t quite at sentences yet, but its awesome to see her coming together and understanding memories. She can tell you that she road a red dumbo, a blue horse, and a pink teacup. Our next visit to Disney is first week of October, which will be during Disney’s Halloween time and Epcot’s food and wine festival.
WE ARE SUPER EXCITED.