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On our recent trip to Orlando, visiting Disney World, specifically, the Magic Kingdom with my two little girls was a BIG to do on our list. You never forget your first glimpse at Cinderella’s Castle and all the magic and wonder that is within the Magic Kingdom park.
To say I was excited to take my girls is an understatement. I counted down the days as if I were 5 years old along with them 🙂
I had been telling Pinky all about it for weeks and she was very much looking forward to seeing Cinderella’s (her favorite Disney princess) Castle and riding the Mad Tea Party ride.
On our first day we went to dinner at Chef Mickey’s to kick off our vacation at Disney. Chef Mickey’s is a character dining restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and all of the Disney favorite characters are there, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto! They have a buffet style dinner and the food was delicious!
We quickly learned that Pinky is scared of the characters. I think she pictured them being more close to her size and was scared to see that they are actually mommy and daddy’s size 🙂
Minnie Mouse was the only one she’d allow close to her 🙂
When we first entered the park she was in awe! Then we turned the corner down Main street and she saw Cinderella’s Castle for the very first time. She was so excited! It’s a moment I will never forget.
While she didn’t want to get close to the characters she still loved seeing them from afar and when the Celebrate A Dream Parade rolled down Main Street she squealed and screamed their names each time she saw a familiar Disney character or princess.
Once we were done watching the parade it was time for her very first ride 🙂 So, we waited at the Mad Tea Party ride for our turn. We only stood in line for about 5 mins and in our teacup we went. Around, around we went and Pinky couldn’t stop giggling!
Next, we went on the infamous Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride. Now we did wait a bit longer for this ride BUT Disney World is actually testing the coolest thing right now… While you wait for your turn to ride there is a kids play area with slides, climbing and all sorts of activities for all ages! By the time it was our turn to ride we had a pager that went off and we hopped back into the line and waited for just 5 mins for our turn. Who knew you could have such fun waiting in line?! We all had a blast riding the flying Dumbo’s
Loo Loo went on all the rides with us too and LOVED every minute of it! That is another thing I really loved because we all got to go on the rides and enjoy them as a family 🙂 Here we are on The Flying Dumbo’s –
After a couple of rides we stopped and grabbed a bite to eat and dined outside at The Lunching Pad. The food was good and it was nice to sit down and enjoy a lunch with the family in such a magical place.
Next, we went ventured back into the new Fantasyland to ride the new Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid. This is a slower ride that takes you through the story of the Little Mermaid. Pinky recently became a huge Little Mermaid fan and LOVED this ride. We all did, all the characters sing and dance and it really puts you right into the movie as you ride in your sea shell through the scenes.
Then we went to the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and took a spin –
Now that the sunset it was time for the night Electrical Parade! The girls loved all of the fun characters on the lit up floats as they made their way past Cinderella’s Castle 🙂
By now the girls (who refused to nap) were exhausted and crashed in the stroller and missed the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Fireworks and Celebrate The Magic shows.
Daddy Digger and I stayed to watch while the girls snoozed and boy was it amazing. The Celebrate The Magic show is like nothing I’ve ever seen, Cinderella’s Castle transforms into to honor the art of Disney storytelling. My favorite was when it turned into Wreck It Ralph (my fav!) The special effects they did were nothing short of amazing!
The Magic Kingdom was so pretty at night and since we were there for Halloween it was all decked out for the holiday 🙂
My family had a fabulous time and made so many wonderful memories. If I could change anything it would only be to have more time there. The Magic Kingdom definitely calls for more than one day! If you’re planning a trip or thinking about it, definitely plan for more than one day. If I have one piece of advice it would be to plan for 2-3 days at the Magic Kingdom would be good to get all of the attractions in at a slow pace that having two little ones calls for.
My tips for planning your toddlers first visit to Disney World
- Book your dining ahead of time. I lucked out and got a last minute reservation at Chef Mickey’s BUT months beforehand all of the character dining at the Magic Kingdom AND the resorts was completely booked up. The moment you know what days you’ll be vacationing book your dining!
- Be ready for the unexpected when it comes to their reaction to the characters. Pinky loved them, but only from afar. If they came close she got very nervous, not what I was expecting but I’m glad she still loved seeing them.
- Build in some nap time. I thought for sure my girls would nap at the park with all the walking and excitement. But, before I knew it it was too late to head back to the hotel to get them to take a nap before the night time events.
- Plan for more than one day! This is a big one. We only visited for a day and had an amazing time, but, we didn’t get to see it all. With two young kids you move at a slower pace and the park is HUGE. If you want to see it all and ride all the rides it’s definitely worth it to get a 2 or 3-day pass.
What’s a great age for a great and memorable first trip to Disney World?
We asked ourselves this question many times before we decided that Pinky, now three, was old enough to really enjoy and appreciate all the magic that Disney World has to offer. We wanted her to remember her first trip and be old enough to recognize all her favorite characters.
After our trip I’d still say 3 is a great age to take your toddler for their first trip to Disney World and while Loo Loo is just 8 months and won’t remember her first trip she still got to get in on all the rides with us and had a great time 🙂
Pinky talks about our trip to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom all the time and had so many wonderful memories she loves to talk about and she loves looking at all the pictures we took 🙂 Now, every Disney Movie we watch and see that infamous opening scene with Cinderella’s Castle she says, “I was there Mom!” 🙂 So cute!