Friday, March 13, 2015

Our First Trip to Disney World

Three weeks ago, we took our children to Disney World for the first time.
It was just as magical as all of my daydreams since we planned the trip last summer.
My beautiful sis, Annie.
Walker getting ready for the opening ceremony.
The bambinos rode rides, met their favorite Disney characters and explored the happiest place in the world. Rainbows and unicorns and all that happy stuff:).
Nana & the littles
I knew my sentimental self was in trouble when I started crying (joyful tears, people) during the opening ceremony at Magic Kingdom.
Seeing Mickey Mouse for the first time.
Warren was in heaven. Poor thing woke up with pink eye though.
We anticipated this trip for so long.

Their faces made it worth the wait and planning.
Speaking of planning, this is the part where I can't resist telling y'all about our Disney planner, Kris. I know, I know. You might be like I was. I don't need a planner. Why should I spend money on that?(He's free, BOOM.) I can do it myself. We don't need a fancy itinerary. We are going to just go with the flow...BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

I was wrong.
First of all, Kris' services are free. Second, because of Kris' help, I was able to relax and just be a mom enjoying Disney with my family instead of being the trip coordinator who had to know all the answers and made decisions about where to go and what to do next.
He gave us a detailed itinerary that was totally based off what was important to us. It was tailored to our interests, heights, was perfectly suited for our family. He made reservations for fast passes, told us where to sit for an up close view of the parade, gave us tips on the best places to eat and so much more.
He also helped us avert disaster when someone in our group got really sick. He cancelled reservations that saved us hundreds of dollars and seamlessly reworked all of our activities for the following day.

If you are going to Disney, do yourself a ginormous favor and contact Kris before buying your tickets. You can check him out on facebook. (Just so you know, I have nothing to gain from sharing about Kris, just want to spread the Disney love:).

Here are some of my favorite memories from the trip...
We were watching the afternoon parade when Alice stepped out of her place to come over and take Warren's hand and tell her that she loved her bow.

Walker had a chance to play the Beast during Enchanted Tales with Belle. He was able to have a one-on-one moment, ballroom dancing with Belle.
Little Wells was a delight. He loved Disney just as much as the older kiddos. I was surprised by how many rides he was able to go on with us.
Spending time with my niece and nephew, Maggie Sue & Beau, and my mom and stepdad.
Going on a safari at Animal Kingdom.

Nana rented out a big house for us in Windsor Hills, which is just a mile away from Disney. That allowed all of us to be together even when we weren't at the parks.

The kids swam, enjoyed the playground and watched a Lego movie at the clubhouse theatre.

We adore Nana.

There was a huge snowstorm back home the week of our trip to Disney (which meant that Walker ended up not missing A SINGLE DAY of kindergarten that week). We were set to head home on Friday, but since another round of bad weather was coming that weekend, we headed to the Hilton Sandestin instead.

Just in case your brain isn't already swimming from pic overload, here are some of my phone pics...

We did eventually come home and, guess what, the snow was waiting for us!:)
Okay, gotta go now. Beau told me NO MORE PICS!:)
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