I don’t even know where to start with this post.
The emotions I felt the minute we walked through the gates into the Magic Kingdom were simply overwhelming.
Let me start by saying, I was the FIRST person to question what the big deal was. It’s expensive….it’s a lot of walking….junk food….but let me be the first to point out how very wrong I was.
From the moment we arrived, my heart was pounding and my eyes were a constant blur with tears. I have never, not EVER, been so happy to be in the company of 130,000 others.
I remember walking around and telling myself, “you HAVE to remember this..this moment…this feeling…don’t ever forget this…the wonder…Reeve’s face….everything.” I tell you, I was as emotional about our day at Disney World as I was about bringing Reeve home from the hospital.
NOTHING compares to the look on your child’s face when he sees it all…when he takes in the REAL castle and the REAL Mickey Mouse and the REAL Peter Pan and the REAL ghosts in the Haunted Mansion (yes, my 2-year-old LOVED the scariest ride there).
My hope was that I would leave that day wanting to bring him back in a few years when he was even older and could really enjoy it. What happened was the I wanted to go back the next day and see things I hadn’t seen…who would’ve thought?
What follows are just a bunch of pictures. Family will probably be the only ones who read beyond this point, but I hope you do. I hope you see in the pictures how amazing EVERY SINGLE THING at Disney is. From the bushes to the pixie dust to the shaped ice creams to the smiles on faces.
(bummer….they loaded backward, but there are too many to start over)
Reeve watching the parade with daddy….yes, that’s cotton candy (gross) and the one toy he picked out was…big surprise….a pirate sword.
cotton candy is so gross
of course he picked out a sword as his toy….. and of COURSE he is now obsessed with canons and pirates and walks around saying “Ahoy, Matey”
Pirates of the Caribbean ride….I still can’t believe he rode this dark, scary ride
YUM….Mickey Chocolate Ice Cream
How stinking cute are these two?
Reeve names every horse he sees Duke b/c one time his cousin Jack rode on a carousel and it’s horse was named Duke Peter Pan Ride
Playing with his lip annoys the crap out of me
In AWE of the Magic Kingdom
Slushie….a $10 slushie
This was BEFORE we found Mickey, we has NEVER slept in his stroller before and I was so worried he would miss a nap, be sunburnt, hot and pissed out….
We took a picture without him while he was napping.
PS…how cool is this? Kirk’s PROM was at Disney World (he grew up about 30 minutes away)
He even plays with his nipples while he’s sleeping
So, I really wanted to ride the Tea Cups. I remember riding them when I went to Disney Land at the age of 7, but also know that I don’t like anything that spins. I get VERY nauseated. In my head, these were KILLER Tea Cups….since Reeve had fallen asleep while we were in line, we went ahead and rode them anyway since we were right there….
They were so much fun…He slept through the whole thing and claims he “members” riding them
He loved looking at the map
I can’t believe he kept these Batman sunglasses on ALL day
It’s a Small World….over and over….I remember this ride from being a kid too. Maybe just how the song gets stuck in your head for hours….I loved this ride b/c the characters were all so old and you could tell they had been there for over 50 years.
Reeve loved it too. He saw the painted toy soldiers and said, “did Papa Jim make those?”
Halfway through the boat ride, he looked at us, sighed and said, “this is a happy place.” Sweet boy.
Our first ride of the day was the Haunted Mansion. We had NO wait whatsoever and about one minute into it we were in this room that went PITCH dark and had recordings of screams and ghosts and I was certain you were going to freak out. NOPE…you LOVED it…. You were such a good boy….the whole day long I was just so impressed with how much you listened as we let you run around and explore
When we walked in, you just TOOK off running and only stopped long enough to nap I’m ready to go back. Really…I am. If I lived in Florida *yikes* I would take you every day and would pay thousands of dollars if that’s what it cost for an annual pass.
We never had to wait in line for a ride for very long, Dumbo was the longest….the hot dog line was even longer. We bought you everything you wanted since we didn’t have to pay for airfare and were staying at Kirk’s parents nearby….but it WAS still expensive. Easily we spent over $500 on just that one day….
AND WE’D PAY DOUBLE, TRIPLE just for the memories and the looks on your face.