I’m awake early on day 4 of our trip, so it’s time to start our trip report!
Our pre-trip summary (TLDR - First time for DH and DS2. I went to MK as a 4 year old. 6 day trip staying off site.
Day 1: Flight and MK
We had a 7 am flight, and our early morning kicked off with a 56 lb suitcase at check in. So at 5:30 am, I was sitting on the floor with two open suitcases, moving shoes and books from one to the other. (The books are for when we visit my grandparents. I’m not crazy enough to think I’ll have time to read at WDW.)
Security took about 30 minutes to reach the front and then a few extra minutes for them to check DS2’s wipes and milk and handcheck our too-big-for-the-scanner stroller. There was a Make a Wish family on our flight and they got to meet the pilot before boarding.
We arrived on time, but the rental car process was so slow! We had to queue 3 different times, which was so annoying and we told the lady so at the garage exit when she asked how our experience was. It had been an hour since landing and we just wanted out of the garage!
We drove to AoA to wander around for a little while before checking into our Airbnb. DS2 loved the lobby so much we had to tell him that there was more to see! Just wait, kid! This is the pre-show! We played on the Nemo playground a bit and then ate Mickey waffles at Pop’s food court before going back to wander the Cars area. It was here that we pulled out our camera to discover a cracked lens…nope. Just a cracked lens filter. I thought my vacation was ruined before it began, but that’s what the filter is for and we were good to go.
We gave a very tired DS2 his new Pluto lovie and drove to our very Mickey themed Airbnb. After settling him down for his nap, I opened all our luggage and got it all sorted out the way I wanted it. Then I went to pick up our Walmart order. I was the only one there, but the employees didn’t respond to my check in, so it was a slow process, but I didn’t mind the chance to check Instagram and chill in the car for a bit. (I can already tell I bought too many groceries, but I saved at least $50 on our breakfast and drinks alone. Not to mention time in line to purchase those.) I also picked up Panera for dinner. Honestly, Disney QS food isn’t that expensive. Eating out in general is getting expensive. It was $27 for a sandwich, a salad, and a side of mac and cheese from Panera.
We got slowed down by a dirty diaper incident after naptime, so we didn’t leave for the park until 4:45. 30 minutes later, we were walking in the gates, so I’d say we picked a good Airbnb!
As I mentioned in my other thread, this was a very crowded night at MK. (the day after MLK day and a crowd level 9) We waited 20 minutes for our Mickey & Minnie FP and after all the airport waiting, DS2 wasn’t excited about that. But he loved M&M and we ran into two sweet cast members in the gift shop afterwards who gave him stickers and a first visit button. It was a sweet little bit of extra magic for our first attraction.
We walked outside as they were just starting the MousekeDance music. At first I was bummed, because I wanted a castle photo before sunset, but then I noticed the CMs blocking the street off and knew that the space in front of him was available. So we got a front row view of the floats turning onto Main Street. I got choked up watching DS2 point to all his favorite MM Clubhouse friends. Then we followed the floats up to the hub.
Pluto got swarmed as soon as he stepped off the float, and by this time, our next FP window was open. We mobile ordered a Dole Whip, which DS2 and I enjoyed while DH (allergic to pineapple) went to Splash. The Dole Whip was much taller than I expected, and I had to gobble it down so DS2 didn’t eat half of it. It was delicious and worth the hype in my opinion.
DS2 and I had a small world FP. I rode this as a 4 year old, and it was even better than I remembered. So many cute details and so much to look at! We met DH at our 3rd FP for Buzz but the FP line was WAY back. (Possibly from 2 big rides being closed most of the day.) We’d noticed that everything had long lines, including the People Mover. We didn’t want to push DS2, so we modified to Mad Tea Party and enjoyed a little spin before finding a spot for the projection show.
We walked up at 7:10 and there was plenty of space for us. We were in the upper right portion of this oval, to the right of that fountain.
We had an excellent view of the castle and we all loved OUAT. DS2 didn’t love the fireworks as much, even with his headphones on, (and it had also been an early morning) so DH walked him to the Town Square Theater while I finished the show. There’s no way we would have been able to get out of our section with the stroller at that point. HEA was good, but I actually liked OUAT better. There’s more of a story and the projection technology is just cool.
Epcot’s fireworks were going off as we drove home, so it only took us 30 minutes to leave the park and get to our car.
I was a little worried for the rest of the week and our TP based on the CL that night, but we still had a magical first night!
Daily step count: 14,470 (I hit 10k walking into MK this evening)
Characters hugged: 2
Photo pass photos taken: 8
Crowd Level: 9 and it felt like it!