The very last Disney post! It only took a few weeks!
We’ve been everywhere and done most of what we’ve wanted to do, so the last day is the day we focus on getting our favorites in for the last time. Of course, Jack really wanted to do the Toy Story ride again, but it would have taken a lot of time to ride it once.
We started out at the Magic Kingdom. The park seemed empty that morning!
We checked out the new Dumbo play area, but Jack kept thinking he was going to fall through the ropes, so he freaked out a little bit. And older kids kept running him over.
We got to see more clowns.
It started raining, so we finally went to Gaston’s Tavern for LeFrou’s Brew.
Then, after the rain, we got tricked into thinking the line for Winnie the Pooh was short.
We didn’t wait too long before we realized the sign was wrong and the line was pretty long. Nope, not worth it.
Since we were only concerned about getting autographs of characters we didn’t see the previous year, I really wanted to find Peter Pan. Also, it was a personal goal since we’ve never seen him hanging around.
We made it over there and they had already cut off the line and he wasn’t coming back that day.
We stood there, stalking Peter and Wendy. And begged the handler to please let us get in line since it’s our last day. I know they have a schedule, but you can’t blame me for trying.
The handler let Peter and Wendy know we wanted to see them and to make sure to say hi on their way out and we got this picture, which makes me laugh.
We listened to the Barber Shop singers some more and bought candy and jumped on the monorail for Epcot.
It was one of my favorite afternoons because we had already watched the shows we wanted to and only had dinner reservations, so we just walked around. Again, we love Epcot, even if it is just to walk around.
I have video of Jack calling Han Solo from these phones and telling him to leave the Magic Kingdom to come see us.
We ate in Japan and Jack finally ate real food! He didn’t even want chicken and French fries that week, he just ate snacks. And we let him because it’s Disney.
And, then we packed up our car the next morning and drove all the way home. Well, after our new friend, the security guy at our resort, restarted our battery for us twice.
Animal Kingdom day!
We started out the morning with a safari.
We did a little bit of a scavenger hunt book that’s set up for kids, but we knew if we focused on that and getting Jack badges that it’d take up our whole day.
We had been saving getting his face painted while we were at this park. We were going to let him get his face painted at the Magic Kingdom, too, but he kept choosing to get cupcakes, so we said let’s just wait.
I was going to get something else to eat, but since I didn’t feel like walking and this is what Reid was having, we both ate at Yak and Yeti and it was the best choice!
We rode the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. This is something we’ve always skipped, so it made for a new and fun experience.
We spent a little time in the building, but eventually made our way out to the petting zoo.
As you can see, Jack was a little unsure with all the animal walking around us.
On the way out, we got to meet this owl and learn about what he eats.
Reid and I took turns riding the Primeval Whirl, while the other rode the dinosaurs with Jack.
We, also, took turns riding Everest with strangers. This was “Granny’s” first time and she was cussing by the end and not into it.
We watched the parade in the rain.
By this point, we were tired and wet, so we made our way over to The Tusker House to see if we could get in earlier for our dinner reservation. They let us in and I remember freezing the entire time from being wet and it being cold in there.
Jack was done by this point. We normally wouldn’t let him act like this at a restaurant, but we knew exhaustion had settled in.
He wasn’t asleep, but rested there the whole time and refused to eat.
After dinner, we went back to the resort to dry off and thaw out. We ate dinner around 4, so we had the rest of the night to go wherever we’d like. We decided on Downtown Disney, mainly for the Lego Store.
We walked around a little bit, but it was rainy and we were tired, so we didn’t stay out too late.
This was our planned Hollywood Studios day, so we were back and in better spirits about being there this day than we were the day before.
After finding fresh coffee and an iced rice krispy treat, we visited the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area for the first time.
We were surprised by how impressed we were with it.
We spent time getting autographs the previous year, so this year was more about getting autographs of those we missed last time. Jack told Mickey Mouse at breakfast not to sign his book because he already had done it, ha!
We did make a mistake this day. And I knew better, but still didn’t do it. With the magic bands, you schedule your fast passes in advance, so we already had a fast pass to Toy Story Mania. We walked by there that morning and for some dumb reason, I didn’t pull a paper fast pass and I really should have because it ended up being Jack’s favorite ride.
The fast passes for this ride go within a few hours of the park opening and the line can be around an hour and a half, so there was no way to ride again. I felt so bad since Jack really wanted to ride again.
We ate lunch at Pizza Planet. And I know it’s not that great, but I really do love the pizza at Disney World. And we got fancy cupcakes!
Reid went to ride Tower of Terror while Jack and I walked around the Art of Animation building.
We found characters inside and decided to get autographs since we had some time. By the time it was our turn, Reid made it back.
We walked by The Little Mermaid show at just the right time. Once again, Jack was not impressed and got a little scared, which I don’t blame him- I had forgotten about the thunder and lightning part.
We did manage to get Jack to ride the Star Wars ride a couple more times. Our original plan was to sign Jack up for Jedi Training, but after explaining to Jack that we couldn’t go up there with him, he didn’t want to do it. Maybe next time.
I’m not even sure how this started; I’m sure Jack walked up to see all the guns and it just went from there. The two cast members at this kiosk were so sweet with Jack.
We ended up buying a gun and they threw in a fake bug Jack that was playing with. That said bug looks legit and ends up in drawers and closets and scares me every time!
Then, I met 1990s Oprah.
Jack held his gun for most of the day, taking care to shoot people getting in our way, like those on scooters.
We ate dinner at the Sci-Fi Drive In. Two words: vanilla Coke.
As soon as we walked out, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights was beginning for the night.
The first song playing was Somewhere in my Memory, which is one of my holiday favorites. It was magical. And impressive.
We didn’t stay for too long because we wanted to make it to Fantasmic. We made it and actually had good seats for getting there right when it was starting.
When we got back to the resort, we walked to the main campus to get something to drink and shop.
We didn’t stay long, though.
We had a reservation for a late breakfast at Ohana, which meant we had to take a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then, ride a boat over to the Polynesian. The main thing I remember was how cold I was on the boat ride. I was not prepared to be cold that morning!
The Polynesian is Reid’s favorite resort. We hope to stay there at some point; probably many, many years from now.
It’s a Hawaiian themed character breakfast, so I assumed other families would be dressed accordingly. Nope, just Reid and Jack.
Notice Jack’s hand. He’s trying to be like Mickey.
After breakfast, we rode the monorail to the Contemporary Resort to see the big gingerbread house.
We finally made our way over to Hollywood Studios.
It was a big, big day. The previous year, Jack was too small for the Star Wars ride, but we asked if we could take him in the building to see all the speeders and things in the queue, but they wouldn’t even let us do that.
We knew Jack had to be 40 inches to ride and when we started planning this trip, he was around 36/37 inches. We had talked up the ride and told him on numerous occasions that he needed to make sure to eat his dinner so he could get tall enough to ride Star Wars. Don’t act like you’ve never said things to coax your kids to eat.
And it worked!
Jack loves walkers, so here they are under one.
And, then, here’s overwhelmed Jack.
It’s a 3D ride and you’re moved all around and it looks like you’re going to hit things, etc. Jack was not a fan.
We were a little sad that he didn’t like it, but moved on with our day. Jack got to build two new droids to go with his one from last year.
We walked around for a little bit, not knowing what to do. We really thought we’d be riding the Star Wars ride all day, but Jack didn’t want to ride again, and none of us were feeling like being at this park. Not sure how to explain it. We had dinner reservations there the next day, so we knew we’d be there all day then, so we left and went back to the Magic Kingdom.
The first stop was food.
Riding Dumbo at night.
I think our plans were to get a drink at the Polynesian resort, but I felt dead and wanted to go to sleep, so Jack and I went back by ourselves, while Reid went to the Tambu Lounge.
And that’s all I really remember from that night.
We were up early and arrived at Epcot before it opened this day.
We met up with friends (Clint, Leah, and their girls, Caroline and Hannah) who’s trip overlapped ours. They had been there a few days and were leaving either the next day or after that.
I’m pretty sure we rode Spaceship Earth first because it’s hard to walk by it and not ride it when Jack loves it so much. Then, headed to Soarin’ to use our Fast Passes.
Reid and I love this ride and it was Jack’s first time to meet the height requirement to ride, so we were so excited!
I got to sit next to Caroline, which was really fun for me because she had such huge reactions to everything, whereas Jack just takes things in very quietly. It was so cute!
While we were over there, we went back to Nemo. Most of the times we’ve been in that building have been at night, where not much is going on. Apparently, it’s a different world during the day with dolphin feedings, shows, etc.
We made our way over to Test Track. Jack and Reid designed our car.
The dad next to use built this car for his girls. Jack was jealous.
This ride stresses me out a little bit. You’re jerked around a little bit and have one big stop. I’m tense the entire time trying to prepare for it all so my neck and back aren’t whipped around. I kept my hand behind Jack’s head most of the time so his head wouldn’t hit against the car the whole time. Plus, I was worried he’d be scared since the ride is so dark.
At the end of the ride, it opens up and you’re outside going 65 MPH around a track. Reid had attached the GoPro to the car, so we can see Jack smiling as we’re going around the track, but he won’t admit to it. Jack says it was too fast and didn’t want to ride again.
There are a lot of short shows all around Epcot that I wanted to make sure we saw that day since we’d never really planned it that way and missed shows in the past. The Jamminators was one I wanted to see.
They gave all the kids a sticker at the end and the guy called Jack by name and the other kids couldn’t figure out how they knew Jack’s name.
We tried to get pressed pennies from every county, until we realized not every country has a pressed penny machine.
At the Mexico pavilion, there’s a boat ride with The Three Caballeros. Jack has always loved that cartoon, so this is a favorite for him.
The previous year, our trip goal had been to get Mexican Donald Duck’s autograph. It just never worked out, until the very last day and Reid was with his parents in Canada and Jack and I were in Mexico. Reid ran all the way and made it in time.
I bought Jack a random assortment of trading pins off of eBay before our trip so he could trade with cast members. He really enjoyed this more than I thought he would and came home with some really great pins.
This is the day Jack decided he’d like to be a Chinese acrobat when he grows up.
Reid went to get a margarita at a stand next to Mexico, but they required ID and he didn’t have his. We were eating in Germany that night and had been planning to get a drink there for months, so just in case, he went back to the room to get his ID.
This left Jack and me to ourselves to take in shows and explore.
The customer service and attentiveness from Cast Members at Disney World is astounding. I’m always so thankful for their kindness towards Jack, like teaching him how to use the bow and arrow.
Don’t ask me why, but I love to walk around the shops at Disney, especially with all the Christmas decorations out. Jack and I spent time in MouseGear while Reid rode Mission: Space.
I was nervous about the food, but it was all incredible and we all thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. This is a new favorite place and we’ll be eating here again when we go back. The only downside was sitting family style with strangers who would not.stop.talking. about their fantastic lives and how much they knew about everything in the world.
After dinner, we went back to the Magic Kingdom for the parade and Wishes and Extra Magic Hours. Mickey’s Christmas Party is almost every night and they don’t do Wishes on those nights, so we made sure not to miss it.
Popcorn occupied Jack while we waited for the parade to begin.
The downside to this night was certain people being in the way. During the parade, a huge adult man was at the street edge, in front of children, and sticking out his body while holding up his very brightly lit iPad so he could film the entire parade. C’mon. I understand wanting pictures, etc, but there are tons of well done videos on YouTube of all the parades and shows, why even try? Ok, sorry for that non-magical rant.
After the parade, we made our way to the front of the castle for Wishes. We all watched the projection show, but the boys left to go ride Buzz again, while I stayed for Wishes because Jack started to get sad about seeing fireworks.
I only made it about halfway through Wishes because someone behind me had the spotlight on their video camera turned on and it was too annoying for me to handle and I’m short and I felt like I was watching the show through everyone’s iPhone screens in front of me. So, I met up with the boys.
We did a few things in Tomorrowland, mainly the Laugh Floor, and then left to get some sleep.
I took advantage of knowing this would be my last trip to Disney that I’d get to plan out Jack’s clothes. I won’t be making him wear this stuff when he’s 10. Or will I?
You can check out his clothes from 2012 here.
I had a really hard time narrowing it down because there are so many cute choices. I said this last time, or maybe I should have, but what your kid wears to Disney is not important and really doesn’t matter, I do this because I enjoy it and it is my way for preparing for the trip. Also, I kept a couple of the shirts, but have sold everything else, so no money lost.
My favorite outfit of the trip!
The blank shirt came from a sale from Smockadot Kids and another vinyl from Miss Morgan Designs. I love that I could customize the colors on the vinyl to match his shorts that he already had.
We carried this long-sleeved shirt around almost everyday because we never knew when it would be needed.
From Sweet Lil’ Designs on Etsy
Shorts are homemade.
This hoodie came in handy and he’s worn it through the Winter. I bought it somewhere cheap online, can’t remember, and had The Stitch Shop on Etsy applique it.
Here’s a little peak into my craziness.
I put together all of Jack’s outfits (socks, underwear, everything) for each day and labeled them. I don’t know that this was necessary or helped, but I did it the previous year, too.
I, also, had put together a stroller bag to make sure we had everything that first day without having to dig around for it.
Again, not necessary and I over packed the stroller. We didn’t pack that much in it as the week went on.
I bought out the Dollar Tree to make sure Jack would have something each night. He didn’t beg for it, but he likes light up stuff anyway, so I knew it wouldn’t go to waste.
Jack did pressed pennies this year, so I made a holder for him. I only needed a tiny piece of vinyl and didn’t want to buy a whole roll, so this is cut from a sheet of black duct tape from Walmart, instead.
We had the “free” dining plan while we were there, which is basically two meals a day, which we mainly used for lunch and dinner, so I packed Jack’s breakfast for each day. Each bag had a juice box, cheese crackers, granola bar, and a napkin. And probably fruit snacks, can’t remember.
I’ll be back to the daily posts tomorrow, don’t you worry.
We took another trip to Disney World last November, but this time it was just the three of us. We took 860 pictures and 111 videos, so I thought I’d share all of them with you over the next five months. I’ll try to only share the highlights. Sure, it’s a few months late, but I’ve been meaning to do this whenever I got in the mood for it and now I am. Plus, I love reading other people’s trip recaps. It’s all a part of my Disney sickness/obsession. Call it what you may.
Here we go!
We went with Reid’s family to Disney in June 2012 and it was a great first trip for Jack.
It was really emotional for me because finally being able to take Jack was something I’d been dreaming of for a while. I remember going with Reid when Jack was 9 months old and crying while watching Wishes (a nightly fireworks show over the castle at the Magic Kingdom) thinking of how great it’ll be to bring Jack here one day and experience it with him. And it was magical.
Reid and I were thinking we’d take a trip to Los Angeles last Fall. But, sometime around February or March of last year, I was teary eyed after watching our Disney videos with Jack and called Reid at work, joking that we needed to go back to Disney.
I wasn’t the only one feeling this way, so back to Disney we went.
We went into this trip knowing it’d be our last Disney fix for a while since there are other places in the world we’d like to venture to and experience. And this trip really was incredible, but we noticed everything felt a little too familiar since we were just there the previous year.
Jack knew we were going to Disney, but didn’t know the exact timeframe. We just told him it’d be a long, long time. As the trip got closer, we told him we were taking a road trip to visit friends. He never once questioned it.
I gave Jack his random Legos and he played and played with them the whole way.
We had some car trouble a couple of hours into our trip, but we were able to get our car to an Advanced Auto Parts and an older gentleman helped Reid replace a belt that had snapped. It really could have been so much worse and we weren’t in a hurry to be any where that day.
We spent the night in a hotel that we’d booked months in advance. It turned into our own version of hotel hell. Let’s just say they were overbooked with a kid’s football team and no sleep was to be had by me or Reid. It was not our ideal situation since we were planning to be well rested going into the parks. All the bitterness melted when we drove under the Welcome to Disney World sign. Well, there’s still some bitterness, but that’s ok.
We filmed us going under the sign and explaining to Jack where we were. It took a while for it to sink in, but he was ready to ride Dumbo and eat a Mickey ice cream bar soon enough.
After a horrible hotel experience, we were so happy to be arriving into the most customer service friendly place.
It doesn’t matter how crowded it is, the first bus ride is a happy ride.
I’m a little fuzzy, but I think we went straight to the Liberty Tree Tavern because it was time for our lunch reservation.
Buzz Lightyear was Jack’s favorite ride. I think we rode it about 10 times that week.
We didn’t get to see any of the new Fantasyland the previous year, so there were a few things that were new to us, including this funny clown show.
We were crossing our fingers that Jack wouldn’t lose his mind and cry during Philhargaic again this year, but nope…he’s still not a fan.
But the Speedway makes up for it.
I think either the Mickey Christmas party was happening that night or maybe we just wanted to go to Epcot, but we took advantage of our park hopper tickets and went to Epcot that evening.
Jack LOVES riding Spaceship Earth, which will never cease to amuse me. We rode it a lot, which I like because I can stretch out and almost take a nap.
We were torn about dinner, but tried our luck at Sunshine Seasons and were so happy with our choices!
We took some time to enjoy Nemo. I remember hiding out at the Nemo ride the year before because the fireworks show terrified Jack.
We started leaving when the show started and slowly, slowly made our way out of the park so Reid and I could still enjoy the music and fireworks. Illuminations is our favorite, but we knew we had all week and it wasn’t worth making Jack so upset on the first night.