Does it look like we just woke up? Because we did. We opened and closed nearly every park in that place. Did I love it? Yes. Do I want to go back? No. Did I feel the magic? Yes. Did we have a walloping good time? Yes.
Dr. Gooch spoke often of endurance, comparing our outings to Lance Armstrong's cycling feats. I've never eaten worse food. Even I was convinced these Princesses were the real McCoy.
Hazel wondered why Woody didn't say anything. Lucy asked Belle where the Beast was ("Why, he's in my castle!"). Avery was fascinated by Donald's Fur. And Goofy was taller than Gooch. But, Mary Poppins WAS practically perfect in every way. Her parasol even wispered her a secret which she then relayed to the rascals.
We breakfasted with the princesses, and ate one snack a day. Hazel kept begging to go back to the hotel to play. We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
Things I wouldn't change:
Staying on "campus"
Traveling with another family (lovely Arnie and Molly)
Using Mouse Savers and getting free meal plans with our tickets
Taking advantage of the RideMax Software to plan out each day
FastPass! And Parent Switch!
Going in February
There was a superfluous amount of in between time. We filled it with...
Lucy mapping out her fave attractions
Cookie for the shorty under forty (inches).
Collecting germs on handrails and chains of all shapes and sizes.
I could go on and on with 600+ pictures to prove it, but I won't, just a few more and some last words.
A dead end in San Francisco, Hollywood Studios.
Seth, on our last night, finally made a purchase with his hard-earned trip money: an electric bubble blower.
A happy Mama (in desperate need of a haircut) and her babe
Dr. Gooch unleashing his wild side on Tom Sawyer's Island.
The marvelous Molly, companion and planner extraordinaire. A true Disney Princess.
It was magical. You can see it in her face. But for the money sink that it is, I think we'll stick to beaches, campsites, and picnics. In all its contrived happiness, I felt gross and drained after five days. Maybe small doses? Maybe no doses at all. Chances are we'll find ourselves back at a Kingdom or two someday. We're giving ourselves 10 years. Seth will be graduating from high school, Avery will be nearly a teenager--what a blast it will be to show them these shots from now, then. Glad we did it. Glad it's over. Ready for a detox.
Most shocking fact: the sheer number of adults (without children) roaming the Walt Disney World, hat after blinking hat on head.
Most shocking moment: when one aforementioned adult sitting across from our clan on the bus, with his wife in tow, blurted for all to hear, "Man I wish there were a bus for people 40 and over without kids!"
My silent, unspoken retort, "Man I wish there were a a park not based on cartoon characters and geared toward the 10 and under set for people 40 and over without kids."
LeT tHe MeMorIeS BeGIn!