Night 1: Checking into Art of Disney's Animation Resort at 2 am with my firstborn son.
Living the Dream
I've wanted to go to Disney World since I was a little girl, but you know, life.
Then, I wanted to take my firstborn son to Disney World when he was four, but you know, life.
Finally, four sons later, we did Disney and loved every minute.
I was giddy. Absolutely enamored by decades of Disney Animation sketched on the walls of our resort. My husband thought the Cars suite might have been too over the top, but that's what made it perfect. After years of wanting to do Disney, I wanted it full throttle.
Day 1: Pushing empty double stroller wondering if maybe we didn't need it.
Rollin' with the Homies
The trip was a bit different than I imagined since the Enchanted Castle was no longer my must do experience.
I was concerned that my eldest sons might be too old to have fun at Disney, but they weren't. In short, Tron did not disappoint. And since we were all able to get on the rides, we had a blast together.
The biggest challenge was tackling three parks in four days. Spoiler alert: we tapped out early on the third day.
If I had a do over, I wouldn't go more than two full days in the parks. Take the third day to rest, and hit the last park or two after a chill day.
My 8 year old staying out of the sun.
Day 1: Sweating bullets at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Get a Double Stroller
We went to Magic Kingdom on the first day. It was AMAZING. Well, it was hot, but it was also amazing.
We traveled with six and eight year old boys and the BEST decision I made was to rent a double stroller from Kingdom Strollers. I thought my boys might be too big for a stroller, but the mommy blogs all said girl get a stroller. So glad I listened.
On day one, we pushed the empty stroller around for a few hours, but by the afternoon the eight year old quit walking. And by the end of the day, the six year old joined him in the stroller.
On day two and day three, their default position was sitting in the stroller with the canopy down to block out the sun.
Kingdom Strollers delivered and picked up the stroller from our resort. (Art of Animation. BTW: the Cars family suite was perfect for our family of six. It even had two bathrooms.)
I preferred the double stroller from Kingdom Strollers because it was larger and had a better sun visor than the Disney rental strollers.
We were also able to keep the boys in the stroller as we made our way through hordes of people after the fireworks each night.
Day 3: Animal Kingdom. My 8 year old was ready to go to the pool to escape the heat. We had to leave the park before 5pm.
Day 3: Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Hair up. Smile on.
Beat the Heat
Did I mention it was hot? It was ninety degrees or higher the entire week and felt like the sun was angry at us.
It kind of was because we all left with sunburn. Real sunburn with cracked peeling skin for days. Note to self: dark skin needs sun block too.
But I digress. I found the secret to staying cool when out in the HOT Florida sun. Wear Dry-Fit or moisture wick material. Athletic clothing like yoga tops and shorts were a life saver.
On day one, I was sweating bullets, but on day two, I abandoned makeup, twisted up my boho locs, and wore yoga sets under a sun dress. I even dressed the younger boys in Dry-Fit. Life changing.
Still, it was soooo hot. And the boys needed a break from our three day, eight hour treks through Disney World Parks, so I had to say goodbye to my favorite park early.
Maybe next time, we'll do Animal Kingdom on Day one so mommy can enjoy her favorite park.
All in all, it was a great experience. The entire family had a blast and all of them, including my 20 year old, want to return as a family again. My heart is full.