Georgia, You Just Turned Four Years Old, What are You Going to Do Next? "I'm Going to Disney World!"
... but Georgia didn't know that until the day before her birthday. On October 12th, we hopped into the car, I had packed it the night before while she was sleeping, and we started driving. Every time she asked where we were going, I told her we were looking for something fun to do for her birthday. Twelve hours later, we drove through the gates of Disney World, and it started to sink in for her. :)
We spent the week of Georgia's 4th birthday at the most magical place on earth!!! (and after viewing the week through my daughter's eyes, I do believe it IS the most magical place) Now, the fact that I have a four-year-old daughter could be a blog post all to itself - holy crap, where did those four years go? - but I'll stick to the highlights of our trip and some of the observations of a person who has not been to Disney World in more than 15 years. We did four parks in five days, one day at each and two days at the Magical Kingdom, which (no surprise) was my daughter's favorite. We also were in on the test phase of the magic bands. Don't know what those are? I'll get to that in a bit.
First day, the Magical Kingdom for my daughter's 4th birthday. We got there before the park opened because we had 8:15 a.m. reservations at Cinderella's Royal Table inside the castle. It was very expensive for a breakfast but worth every penny because my daughter dressed up like a princess (Cinderella somehow knew what hotel room we were staying in and left a dress, tiara and wand - hee, hee, hee) and loved going into Cinderella's castle! If you ever do it, I HIGHLY recommend the reservations before the park's 9 a.m. opening (as long as there are no early magic hours). You'll have to reserve it about 180 days out during busy times, and you'll have to set your alarm for about 6 a.m., but it was amazing to walk through the park with no one there! Perfect way to start our trip and my daughter's birthday. She met Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and had a special chocolate slipper dessert. So what if it was 9-something in the morning -- it was her birthday so chocolate was in order!!
OK, so sidebar done - day two was at the Hollywood Studios. It's not my favorite park, but this was my daughter's and my husband's first trips - so I wanted them to see it all. We had lunch at the Hollywood and Vine because it's a character lunch with Jake from the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny, Secret Agent Oso and June from the Little Einsteins. My husband fell in love with the lobster mac-n-cheese there, and my daughter likes watching the Disney Junior shows, so it ended up being a good pick. It was fun.
Some of our favorite rides/shows here: the Beauty and the Beast show, Star Tours, Toy Story Midway Mania, Fantasmic (very good, but didn't live up to the hype for me) and Disney Junior Live on Stage.
Some of our favorites at Epcot are definitely Soarin' and Test Track, and I personally like Journey into Imagination with Figment, but I think that's because I loved it as a kid.