Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It’s the happiest place on earth, allegedly. After our trip there last month, I’d really hate to see the saddest place on earth. I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many tears and toddler tantrums in one place, just ask Drew Barrymore. Luckily the tears and tantrums didn’t really occur with Erin the day we visited the Magic Kingdom, but they sure did for this little girl I saw.
When I was 5, my parents took my brother and me to Magic Kingdom and I vaguely remember a few things. I cried on Space Mountain, I loved the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, and I was slightly freaked out at the Country Bears Jamboree.
Every day of my life now somehow involves Princesses; whether we watch them on TV, dress up as them, play with them in Erin’s dollhouse or even occasionally Harvey might mistake them for a chew toy. There was no doubt in my mind that Erin’s first trip to Magic Kingdom would revolve solely around doing Princess-related activities, something I never had an interest in growing up. If you read my last post, “What Happened to January”, you saw all the princess dresses Erin received for Christmas. Well, all the dresses got packed up and traveled to Orlando with us and yes, Erin wore them every single day.
Planning a vacation to Disney can be very stressful. I had no idea how important fast passes, magic bands, and making reservations could be. I booked the flights and hotel about 6 weeks out from the trip (which in Disney-trip land, is apparently very last-minute) and immediately started to regret it when I became overwhelmed with the planning involved after blog-hopping.
In the end, here’s what I learned from our trip that might be relevant to your Disney-trip planning:
1) Fast pass whatever 3 Disney things your kid is OBSESSED with or you will encounter tantrums and breakdowns galore. For us it was Princess meet and greets.
2) Make lunch and dinner reservations in advance, or starve, or just live off soft Mickey Mouse pretzels and candy each day (Erin and Sean didn’t seem to mind).
3) Be prepared for lines- you might get a freak, lucky day like I had in Magic Kingdom- no long waits- but from what I hear, bring that iPad or some coloring books because this is not the norm
4) Bring a stroller – Erin gladly jumped in and out of it all day. Maybe add a GPS device to it beforehand because Disney employees move your strollers, I found this out the hard way.
5) Wear comfortable clothes and shoes – Florida is humid AF and although you might want to look cute in family pictures expect to be at the park for 10-12 hours, walk approximately 8 miles and drip buckets of sweat.
6) Check out the Fantasy Land Parade which features every character possible – I’ve never seen Erin look happier as she watched and waved, and last but not least,
7) Avoid the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Salon – let’s just say they’re not so gentle and my girl wasn’t having it! They only offer 3 different hair styles, none of which look like any of the actual Disney Princesses. All Erin wanted was a fricking Rapunzel braid and they told me they couldn’t do that, so much for making my girl’s wish come true.
Listen, Disney trips are exhausting. If you think you’re ‘vacationing’, think again. You’ll need a vacation after your ‘vacation.’ I’m not saying it’s not worth every penny to see your child at their happiest, I’m just saying…princess overload, and there was no soft sand, lounge chairs, or Mango Daiquiris calling my name. So after 11 magical, exhausting hours at Magic Kingdom, we called it quits and ventured out to eat a real meal. It took about 20 minutes to walk to our bus back to Animal Kingdom. When the bus arrived, we took Erin out of the stroller and this is what she looked like!
She took it upon her little princess-self to open the makeup kit she was gifted at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and apply it on her own while in the stroller. We seriously had no idea she was doing this because Princess Sneaky had pulled the shade of the stroller down. In the end, I captured a video of Erin’s makeup fail which went viral shortly after posting. Hope you enjoy it!
I think my mother would be very disappointed in me (what’s new) if I didn’t post some “before pictures”. This is what my little princess looked like before the makeup kit debacle and after the tears had dried