I know what you're thinking ... what crazy person takes her four preschool triplets to Disney World?? Is she nuts? Well yes, yes I am. And I'd be lying if I didn't confess that my husband asked me that same question when I first brought up the idea of a Disney vacation.
This was my argument:
1) They're only young once.
2) We will have the added back up of my parents (they live a couple hours from Disney) for that greatly needed one child to one adult ratio.
3) We can go in October when the crowds are low, it's not too hot, and we don't have to worry about missing "real" school yet.
4) Disney is magical at this age. Not that Disney isn't fun for a nine year old, but it's just not the same as seeing your favorite characters and attractions when you still believe in all the magic.
Pretty good argument, huh? Obviously it was because we just got back from Disney! We spent five days and four nights and it was an experience we will never forget. We met all our favorite characters, rode all the rides (sometimes six or seven times), and made some great memories in the process.
We arrived the first day and spent the afternoon exploring the hotel and checking out the resort pool that had a water slide! The kids were hooked from the first ride and they must have burned hundreds of calories simply running up the stairs over and over to get to the top of the slide. Adah screamed the entire way down. Every. Single. Time. My roller coaster girl was loving it and everyone at the hotel could hear her coming down as soon as she started at the top of the slide.
That night, we headed out to a dinner with Cinderella and all her friends. You can see how excited the boys were about this event.
They perked up a bit when they got to meet the characters in person. The girls were in awe as they got to meet one of their favorite princesses and her fairy godmother too.
The next day we were at it bright and early at the Magic Kingdom. We found that the key was to get there early. Not super crazy early (I still like my sleep), but we found that if we got there around 8:30 or 9, we got a good hour or two in before the crowds really picked up around 10:30.
The cursory photo in front of the castle ...
A side note as I look through all these pictures ... I wonder how many other people's photos I am in the background in from Disney? People are constantly snapping pictures and I'm just curious as to how many family vacation albums we made our way into. Kinda like the guy above with the Nike backpack. Bet he didn't know he was going to be in a picture on a blog when he woke up that morning ...
Anyway, we spent the morning in Fantasyland and got to ride all the rides we wanted with minimal waits. It was great! The kids got a lot of rides in and we made sure we hit the "must see" attractions before it got crowded. The biggest hits that morning were Peter Pan and Dumbo.
We also got to meet more princesses ...
and Cinderella one more time (how cute is Luke staring up at her in this picture?).
And don't worry, we didn't forget the boys. They got their fill of fighting evil emperor Zurg at the Buzz Lightyear ride and got to meet Buzz in person too.
It was a great first day. More to come on our fun times at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Hollywood Studios, and more Magic Kingdom!