The Way to Get Started...Quit Talking Start Doing!
I've been talking about Disney long before I had my son. I never went to the World, only the Land. Here goes nothing!
This is my first pre trip report and well my first trip to Disney. I'm a Dis newbie. I've been researching and following these boards for 6 months before finally joining and spreading my wings. Now to the fun part!
Dates: November 14-18 2013
Where: Disney's Beach Club Resort
Why: I'm 30 and I have never been to WDW! I haven't been on an actual vacation (where no work was done) in 7 years and I am finally financially in a place where I can take us and my parents!
Who: SEE BELOW!!!
(BECAUSE LETS FACE IT WE ARE ALL A LIL NOSEY!)
Me! I'm Natasha. I'm 30 and I work with the US Navy. I'm a kind of single mom, I say kind of only because we are not living together (stationed in another state) or married at the moment. My son will be two in July. He will almost be 2 1/2 by the time we are on our trip. I'm insane about planning down to the last detail. I'm a southern girl who enjoys her sweet tea with or without the liquor sitting on the back deck enjoying the humidity. I'm also a beach girl by nature. My favorite Disney movie is Tangled (followed by the little mermaid). I cannot wait to meet princesses. We are eating at Akerhus just for me. I don't know if I'm more excited to plan our outfits or the trip?
In costume (Wicked 10K...can you guess who I am?)
My son Michael. The craziest kid I know. He is both sweet and spicy which scares me a little for this impending trip. His favorite Disney movie is....too many to name! It was Tangled now he loves Beauty and the Beast, Frog Princess and Snow White (I'm actually thrilledhe loves Snow White because it is so classic and relaxing for me to watch). Michael ABSOLUTELY adores the dwarves and pretends to snore when he watches them sleeping. Too cute. In fact he is having a Flynn Rider birthday party in a couple of weeks. More on that later
My parents, Michael (66) and Deanna(57). LOVE them to death. They are getting a free vaca to help. But also because they have really been a 2nd set of parents to my needy little boy. I would probably be a complete wreck if wasn't for them since the day he was born. They are amazing people. I do have a tiny fear of how my father will do in crowds. Mom's favorite character is Merida and dad's is Donald Duck!
My main man, J, is 48. He is there to make Michael and I happy. J's favorite character is Buzz Lightyear. I've already told him a picture of us kissing in front of the castle is mandatory for the trip. He's pretty shy about photos on public sites.
I started planning our first Disney trip EVER 2 months ago. Because of life in general (and funds) we have 3 nights and 2 full days and 2 quarter days to enjoy it. Not ideal, but I'm making the best of what we got! We equals myself and my 2 year old son (who will be 2 1/2 on the trip), my boyfriend (father of son) and my parents. My boyfriend and I are paying for the whole thing and even getting my parents their own room. We are staying at the Beach Club Resort. Our plane tickets thankfully were taken care of by frequent flyer miles. We are using the dining plan as well.
I'm so overwhelmed but here is what I have planned out (with the help of a travel agent who probably is HIGHLY annoyed with me). Feel free to give me any hints or tips...tell me if I'm WAY off. Let her rip.
Here is my "Table of Contents" place saver. Links to come.
Even a quick trip to Disney is better than no Disney. You've planned and are prepared...but always be ready to go with the flow. If plans change...don't let it stress you...You are at Disney and Life is good : )
Our first trip with our kids was a 1-day pass to the Magic Kingdom. It was all we could afford at the time (we were visiting relatives in Sarasota and drove up and back..so no hotel expense). It was fun and they really enjoyed it.
I think your plans sound great. Disney can kind of be like Vegas where the first time you go it's better not to have more than 72 hours there or you'll feel overwhelmed! I think you'll find it's a good amount of time for your first visit especially considering your son's age.
After you see how awesome it is, you can plan for longer trips! Since you're staying at Beach Club I would highly recommend trying to get a little time at Stormalong Bay, the awesome pool. I know because it's a short trip you might not want to fit it in, but I would definitely try.
For the dinner on property you when your parents have other reservations, I would suggest trying Beaches and Cream. It has kind of a diner atmosphere but the food is good and the prices are relatively low compared to other TS restaurants at WDW. I think it would be a good change since you're already doing Crystal Palace for breakfast so you'll have done the buffet thing (since Cape May is your other choice at Beach Club).
I think you're getting plenty of awesome things in while you're there and I definitely think it's great that you're getting in a date night at Epcot. DH and I really think it is such a romantic place for a couple. Strolling along the World Showcase w/a drink in your hand is just a peaceful, awesome place to be!
Ah it makes me so excited some people approve!! Are there any attractions we JUST CAN'T miss. I secretly think we are getting engaged some time during the trip....fingers crossed.
Day 1 Hungry Upon Arrival
None but we may be feeling frisky and try to eat the kitchen sink at Beaches and Cream!
Day 2 Tigers and Bears and Princesses, Oh My8:20 Crystal Palace for Breakfast
6:35 Akershus for dinner
Day 3 Safari Time and Swimming with the Fishes
8:05 Tusker House for Breakfast
430 Marakesh (my parents)
750 Le Cellier (us)
Day 4 Last But Not Least
8:30 Cape May for Breakfast
Looking forward to QS and snack suggestions for MK, AK and Epcot!
MK- Space Mtn, Splash Mtn, Big Thunder, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan, Dumbo and probably Pooh for your son. If you find more time then I would branch out to some of the other rides.
Epcot- Soarin', Test Track, Spaceship Earth (you have to go in the big "golf ball" on your first trip), Nemo (good for Mike). I also love the two "rides" in the World Showcase, Maelstrom and Gran Fiesta Tour, but you might not fit those in, but definitely do a walk through the World Showcase, it's amazing!
AK- Everest, Kiliminjaro Safari, Jungle Treks, Kali (if it's warm), Dinosaur! (if you're ok w/ bumpy rides), It's Tough to Be a Bug (if Mike won't freak out about the bug stuff...this can be scary for some kids) and Festival of the Lion King. AK is a big park and it can take a while to fit this in. If you have more time, I would also visit Rafiki's Planet Watch, Dinoland USA and the Flights of Wonder.
I know this is a ton...hope it helps. I'm pulling for you on the engagement!
We will have to make this vaca a yearly thing so I can actually get to all of that! Lol
This trip is all about my son experience wise.
Call me crazy or a planning freak but I have this semi creepy problem. I have to be planning something, at all times, no joke! I feel empty if I'm not.... Crazy? Maybe!
Right now I am spending half of my time planning this trip and half planning my son's 2nd birthday party. We are doing a boy version of Tangled at a water park. I've been getting real creative. It's going to be tiny (10 people) but fun. I have a pinterest board for it lol. My son loves Tangled, he watches it daily. He loves Max and Fynn and screams with delight during their scenes but secretly he adores Rapunzel and her singing....makes him light up like the 4th of July!
I'm actually going to wear a Rapunzelish bikini for the thing to match his "here comes the smolder" shirt. Pics to follow.
For decorations I will probably try to make a banner (everything online and in the stores is WAY too girly). I also picked up stuffed versions of all of the characters which will later become gifts for the fun sized guests.
Shirt I ordered for my son to wear.
A little upset:headache: I got my sons shirt today and its WAY too big. The tag says 2T but take a look.
The birthday went really well. He was very good for once! It ended up being less themed than I had wanted but hey we all get busy. Here are some pics. Also, I'm happy to note the Monday after his birthday we went cold turkey on the pacifier and it went over pretty well!
Does anyone else try to match their outfits to their itinerary while on travel? I'm especially psyched about doing this for disney...hope Joe will play along.
I will eventually add our packing list with outfit ideas. My son and I have princess and prince inspired (cinderella and prince charming) zip up hoodies to wear to our princess dinner :) When I finally get around to it and add a table of contents with links I'll create that post describing each.
Where is the best place to get ears outside of the parks?
Also, where are the instructions for how to do the table of contents for trip reports and PTRs?
Day 1 (November 14) Travel
150 PM arrive at airport for 250 PM flight
745 PM arrive in Orlando
800 -830 Hired car to grocery with 15 minute stop (need to have a list of what we want prepared ahead of time)
845-900 check in at hotel
900-1000 POSSIBLY get a snack, check hotel and pool out
10/1030 bed time
Day 2 (November 15)
720 be at bus stop MK
740-800 go into Magic Kingdom through far right turnstile for breakfast reservations (have reservation code with us) explore Main street and take pictures
810 check in for breakfast (820 reservations) at Crystal Palace
900 TRY to be done by 900 for rope drop into rest of park
900-12/1230 Rides/snacks/shows/character meetings (whatever you want to do)
1250/1 take monorail to Epcot
100 lunch (tangerine grill or wherever)
200 walk back to hotel to rest
200-400 pool or rest/shower change whatever
400-615 explore Epcot (rides, attractions)
615 checkin for dinner at Akerhus
8-11 Explore Epcot or go back to hotel
Day 3 (November 16)
700 be at bus stop AK
745 go into Animal Kingdom for breakfast reservations (have reservation code with us) check in to Tusker House
805 Breakfast at Tusker House
900 Go straight to safari for first ride
10-12/1230 Explore AK
100 Lunch (BBQ?)
200 Bus back to hotel (or MK lets see how we feel)
200-400 rest or pool or MK
400 MOM AND DAD leave hotel and walk to Coral Reef Restaurant for dinner 505 reservation
505-700 MOM AND DAD dinner and explore EPCOT and walk back to hotel
400-630 J, MIKE, AND NATASHA pool and dinner somewhere on property
630/700 Drop Michael off with MOM and DAD
700-bed MOM, DAD and MIKE free time go where ever you want
700-bed J AND NATASHA explore EPCOT, date
Day 4 (November 17)
430 J wakes up and leaves in taxi by 500 (605 flight)
0830 Reservations at Cape May (inside hotel)
1050 car arrives to pick us up to take to airport
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