We didn’t tell the girls we were going to Disney until the morning of our flight. My sister created an invitation from Elsa and Anna from their favorite movie, Frozen, inviting them to come and visit. Since the girls are only 2 and 5, they didn’t understand what Disney was. It was only when they found out Elsa and Anna would be there, they got excited. Having this invitation would actually be a cause of a problem at Magic Kingdom…
My in-laws planned this trip for the whole family. On our trip, we found out my sister-in-law is pregnant! It was a total surprise to me because just a couple weeks ago she was telling me they were just starting to try.
Our agenda was jam packed. The first day we were going to Animal Kingdom, second day would be at Magic Kingdom, then Sea World, and the last day would be at Epcot. We were on a mission to conquer Disney World!
We began our day at Animal Kingdom enjoying some rides.
Then started our wilderness exploration by finding bugs and plants.
We rode the Kilimanjaro Safaris open-air van to see animals.
The girls loved the enormous fish tanks.
The girls loved seeing all of the different animals.
The day ended with ice cream, ice pops, and an Animal Kingdom parade.
Day 2: Magic Kingdom. It ended up raining most of the day but we tried hard not to let it get in the way of our fun.
We got up really early to get to Magic Kingdom before it opened and be the first ones through the gate. The girls occupied their time by jumping down a stone wall.
Be began the day with a breakfast at Cinderella’s castle.
At the breakfast they saw Snow White.
Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
Jasmine from Aladdin. This is Baby’s favorite princess.
And Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. This breakfast was the highlight of the whole entire trip. The girls loved meeting the princesses. As a parent, it was such an amazing feeling to see how excited they were to meet the “real” princesses. They even endured wearing their (very) scratchy Cinderella costumes.
Next Princess had an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a princess makeover. She got princess hair-do.
And princess makeup.
At the end, she was a cool, rocker princess with pink hair. She couldn’t wear her (very) scratchy Cinderella costume anymore so she wore the backup princess t-shirt and tutu instead.
One of the attractions we did was Enchanted Tales with Belle. This is an interactive storytelling experience where you get an opportunity to be in the story with Belle. Princess has stage-fright so she wouldn’t volunteer to play a part, but surprisingly, Baby likes to perform. She was Chip, the teacup. She loved being in the show and took every possible opportunity to be near Belle. I wish I could have used my flash to make this picture even better because it was priceless.
The line to meet Elsa and Anna from the movie, Frozen, was over five hours long. The girls couldn’t understand why we couldn’t wait to meet them especially since they received personal invitations (eek!). They got upset a few times during the day but thankfully there are so many distractions at Magic Kingdom, we were able to escape waiting in the long line with a promise to come back another time to see them. Hopefully, by then the line will be less then five hours!
Day 3: Sea World. The first performance we saw was a pirate performance. I had to include this picture because of the huge pink walrus on stage. Have you ever seen an animal like this?
The One Ocean show is with Shamu-like killer whales. This was an entertaining show but in the back of my mind I always wonder if wild animals are ok performing like this?
It rained for half the day. The girls were bundled up in their rain gear.
This was a very brave and hungry squirrel that helped itself into different lunch bags at the stroller parking.
A’Lure, The Call of the Ocean was my favorite performance. It was very Cirque du Soleil with all of the acrobatics. The glow-in-the-dark dolphins the girls got during the performance was the highlight of their day at Sea World. Simple Pleasures…
It was so nice the performers came out afterwards so the audience could take pictures.
We are the Jee’s, hear our Rooooaaaarrr!
The girl’s second favorite part of the day was feeding the sharks. They loved everything about this, even touching the dead fish.
At the end of the day we found the rides. Of course we had to ride the sea carousel.
Princess is realizing she likes roller coasters. She is always nervous at first but once she’s on it, she’s all smiles.
While we wait in line, we practice jumping. Can you guess who needs a little bit more practice?
My Grouchy Husband and I both have weak stomachs which makes it hard for us to rides things like this boat. My stomach is weaker then his so he usually has to ride at least some of the rides with the girls. We found out during our trip to France that Baby has a weak stomach also. He rode this boat once with the girls but could not handle anymore. Princess wanted to go on again so she went by herself. This was a huge step of independence for Princess and I’m so proud of her.
On our way out, we took a picture with Shamu and dolphin. Baby won’t go anywhere near costumed characters but thankfully Princess just started to not be afraid to them this year. I’ve always wondered how you can see a character a million times on the television but somehow seeing them in person is so scary.
Last Day: Epcot. Finally, a sunny, beautiful day!
The girls love to look inside fish tanks.
Hanging out outside after riding The Seas with Nemo & Friends.
Princess and my Mother-in-law building sand bottles.
Jumping outside after dinner. The girls love to jump and have me take pictures of them. Can you tell?
I survived our first trip to Disney World…and now I need to sleep for seven days.
The Dumpling Mama xo