Despite Drew Barrymore's warning to Seth Myers, "If you've ever taken your kid to Disneyland or Disney World, it all ends at some point in mayhem", I decided I needed to go to Disney World with my son (4) and daughter (1). My husband threw a wrench in these plans when he said, "I absolutely refuse to go." We met in the middle and decided that I would go on my own with the 4 year old, and he would hang by a Florida pool with the 1 year old. I clearly had the better deal; he disagrees.
I paid the $2000 something dollars to get my son and I into the park. I couldn't believe that after purchasing a couple of tickets online, I was given a FastPass and was allowed to choose any 3 attractions where we could bypass the line. I also had to make an account which helped me plan my day. It showed me the wait times for all of the attractions. I was immediately sucked in to this World of Disney that I have heard so much about.
When Drew says that your trip will end in mayhem, I assumed she meant it would have something to do with the behaviour of your kid. As it turns out, during my visit, it was my own mood that had a lot of ups and downs. For example, I had the time of my life on the Peter Pan attraction, but half an hour later when the food lineups were so long, I would have taken a chicken drumstick off of Mickey himself. My son only had one issue (Which I will get to later), but in the grand scheme of things, he had significantly less mood swings than I. Regardless, my day did end in chaos and disorder, so I now realize Drew just meant that one way or another, the day will literally end in mayhem. But for now, allow me to take you back to the beginning.
The morning of our visit, I was pumped; however, upon arriving, the line just to get on the ferry and the sheer number of people at the park brought my general mood back down to neutral (Or slightly annoyed). But, as we entered the gates to this view, I felt excited again:
Still pretty happy, we hopped onto Prince Charming's Regal Carrousel:
We used up 2 of our Fast Passes and checked into Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor and a meet and greet with Rapunzel and Princess Tiana. And this point of the day marks my son's only meltdown. Suddenly, he became afraid of princesses, so as it turned out, only I met Rapunzel and Tiana. My son met this exit door:
No problem; we only wasted a FastPass and a much better photo opportunity. From here, my son was back, but my mood worsened exponentially as I lost our stroller. We parked in front of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Or so I thought), and when we left the attraction through the exit, the stroller was no longer there (Which also contained our snacks, drinks and warm clothes). It was my son that eventually found our stroller (In front of the pretzel stand; a stop I forgot we made...).
Very happy again, we moved along to Tomorrowland Speedway. Once again, my mood quickly changed as I became fearful for my life- it appeared to be in the hands of a 4 year old driver.
After the ride, a consistently content mood stuck around as we had so much fun going from attraction to attraction: Astro Orbitor, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It's a Small World (My son's favourite), and Peter Pan's Flight (My favourite). We went for dinner from here, and as previously mentioned, I became incredibly hangry.
As a side trip on a different day, my son and I also visited Disney's Art of Animation Resort so we could check out Lightning McQueen's Stomping Grounds. We loved the art and spending some time in Radiator Springs, but climbing the cars is not allowed- we found out the hard way.
All in all, we had a great day at Disney. If I could do it again, I would try to choose Peter Pan's Flight, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Pirates of the Caribbean for my FastPass. Also, you can continue to book new FastPasses throughout the day, so it's best to time attractions closely together. I'm really glad I brought my stroller, but I wish I also thought to bring my own meals for the day. Oh, also, I wish I wasn't standing on a bridge with people trying to get by in both directions during the firework show. I also wish these people didn't push, shove and leave minor but multiple bruises on my arms. Besides ending in mayhem, it was pretty magical.
My name is Sara and I love finding new things to do in a new city. This website is an attempt to share the things that excite me in a new place through stories, photos, lists, travel tips and tricks.