Oh man I am so sad this trip is over and we are back to reality! I really enjoyed all the planning and I’m not sure what to do with my time now :-), so I figured I’d write a trip report!
My kids are DD6, DS4, and DS10months, and my parents joined my husband and I for the trip. We stayed offsite in a house in Windsor Palms.
Day 1 - Flight to MCO and Chef Mickey’s (canceled)
We have never flown with the kids before so were a little nervous about how it was going to go. We had a 9:20am flight, and absolutely cruised through the airport and security, only to find out our flight was delayed because they needed to replace a part on the plane. It started as a 1 hour delay, and then they realized they needed to FLY in the part from JFK, so it ended up being a THREE hour delay. The kids were champs and we actually survived, but it was a crazy long day and we had to cancel our Chef Mickey’s dinner we had planned. We ended up moving it to the next day, but it was kind of a bummer because then we missed park time to do the dinner. We made it to MCO, got our rental van, and had some nice time swimming in the pool at our house. We were really glad we rented a house so the baby could have his own room and go to bed early!
Day 2 - Magic Kingdom and Chef Mickey’s Dinner
Plan: Rope drop
- do Fantasyland and Tomorrowland
- watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3
- Dinner at Chef Mickey’s at 5
- We brought a cooler with lunches, snacks and water
Peter Pan 9:15 - 10:15
Meet Cinderella and Elena 10:20-11:20
Enchanted Tales with Belle 12:10 - 1:10
How it went
My kids are super early risers so I figured rope drop would be easy to achieve, but I didn’t realize how much time parking / bag check and monorail-ing it to MK would take, so we showed up right as the opening show started. It was fine because we weren’t rope dropping any headliner rides. We didn’t realize until day 2 that the ferry is way easier to deal with with strollers, I wish we had known that from the start!
The longest line we waited in was to meet Rapunzel and Tiana because we didn’t have a FPP for it, we probably waited 20 minutes for this, other than that we walked on to everything, and completely understood how important a touring plan was within the first hour!
- Let the Magic Begin Show
- Buzz Space Ranger Spin - rode it twice in a row with no wait
- Meet Ariel at her Grotto
- Under the Sea
- Peter Pan’s Flight (FPP)
- SNACK - brought our own, ate in Pinocchio Village Haus - you can sit and watch them load Small World which the kids loved
- Meet Cinderella and Elena (FPP)
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Meet Rapunzel and Tiana
- LUNCH - brought our own, ate in Gaston’s Tavern and got a Cinnamon Bun to split for dessert, they are GIANT and yummy
- Enchanted Tales with Belle (FPP) - DD6 got picked to be the Beast and it was basically the best moment of her life haha
- It’s a Small World (same day FPP)
- Made way to Liberty Square area for parade, we watched from right in front of Sleepy Hollow, if you want a spot in the shaded side of the street you need to be there at least half an hour early, we showed up about 15 minutes before so were in the sun, but ate Mickey Bars while we waited.
- Festival of Fantasy Parade (3:00)
- Dumbo (same day FPP) we had a FPP for this but there was no line so we let the kids go in the play area inside to play, rode it once without the FastPass and then let them go again with my parents while the baby napped
- Left Dumbo area around 4:15 to get on monorail to get to Chef Mickey’s for 5:00