Tuesday, December 13, 2016

10 Days at Walt Disney World

Before we even stepped on the airplane to Orlando, we wondered if we were overdoing it with 10 days at Walt Disney World. More specifically, could our 4-year-old and 1-year-old handle the long hours, the crowds and the inevitable delays?

The answer: Yes.

We tried to be smart about it, intentionally scheduling downtime -- two days in a theme park, followed by one day of rest. It worked well. During our park days, we spent 12+ hours out and about with no more meltdowns than we typically would have at home. Atticus generally took his afternoon nap in the stroller, and was a night owl, almost always waiting to fall asleep again until we got back to the hotel around 10 p.m. Edith skipped afternoon naps but typically fell asleep in the stroller at night around 8 p.m.

We split our six park days this way: two full days at both Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and a day apiece at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Although I was sad to be home, I can't say there's anything mandatory that we skipped or that I regret not doing (or not doing again) anything at all. It was perfect.

What made it more perfect (is that a thing?) is the deal we got: free dining. Offered in the spring for certain dates later in the year, we received two free meals and a free snack every day we were there. That made it easy to decide to extend our vacation. Extra days literally cost only the price of our room.

Our favorites: Edith would say the tea cups, the Tiki Room birds and the new Frozen ride, and she really like Splash Mountain the first day. Both kids enjoyed It's a Small World, and I liked it better than I remembered (probably because I got a kick out of seeing their reactions to it). I like Peter Pan and Soarin'. Paul likes Space Mountain.

Edith was the perfect age for the trip -- everything was so magical. I can't wait to return to see the same expressions on Atticus's face in a few years.

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