Thank you so much to Walt Disney World for sponsoring this family trip! All opinions are my own.
The original title of this post was supposed to be : How To Do Disney World In One Day.
Honestly, I had ALL THE PLANS. But life happens!
Like you discover that your child has left his tennis shoes at home and only has a flimsy pair of flip flops to walk miles around Disney in. So instead of leaving breakfast at Ohana ( which was AWESOME by the way) and taking the tram directly to the park to be there when they opened…..
We had to go back to the hotel to get the car and find a Target to get a pair of shoes.
After dealing with a whining 7 ager about what pair of shoes he didn’t want, we finally took the bus from our hotel…..
And FINALLY reached the Magic Kingdom at around 10:30 AM.
By which time we missed the first two fast passes I had set up.
But we managed to make it to the last one of the morning,
We proceeded to walk around soaking up the Disney atmosphere and riding a few minor rides that didn’t have a long ( read 80 minutes) wait.
It seemed to work out because we finally managed to walk off that humongous breakfast and decided to head to the Animal Kingdom to eat at Flame Tree Barbecue for lunch. ( Thank God for a park hopper!)
Now my original plan was to soldier on at this point to various attractions ( read Avatar) in the Animal Kingdom before heading to Hollywood Studios for some Star Wars fun.
But Pookah declared:
I’m ready to go to the hotel. Let’s go to the pool mama
I had a moment when I wanted to stomp my foot in the middle of Disney and scream:
NO !!!!!! WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE EXPERIENCING THE MAGIC AT DISNEY NOT THE HOTEL! WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE FOLLOWING THE PLAN!!
But my child wanted to go to the pool. This “vacation” was all about him, not my need to get all the things done so I could write about it on this blog. He saw my distress and patted my arm: we can come back later.
And just like that, I reminded myself to go with the flow.
We spent a lovely afternoon at the pool at the Swan and Dolphin Resort…
Relaxed, and with more fast passes secured, we returned to Disney for Dinner at the Crystal Palace and then proceeded to enjoy more magic and fun well rested and happy.
We didn’t “do” all of Walt Disney World in one day. Not even close.
We yelled out at the top our lungs.
We ate great food.
We enjoyed each other.
We had fun as a family, and I got to see that beautiful smile bloom all day long.
And isn’t that what matters?
All photos in this post are taken with my iPhone 7 Plus.