We hit Disney World at a perfect time of year, the crowds were minimal, aside from the marathon runners we saw on Monday. I watched one guy walk down a set of steps sideways, and I told him I knew the feeling. We made sure to get to the parks as soon as they opened, and went directly to the most popular rides, we were able to walk right on, with little or no wait. Then we got fast passes for rides we wanted to do in the afternoon.
Monday was Animal Kingdom
Tuesday was Magic Kingdom
Wednesday was Epcot
Thursday was Disney Hollywood Studios AND Epcot
Friday was Animal Kingdom AND Magic Kingdom.
It sounds like a lot, on Tuesday alone we went on 14 attractions, saw 2 parades, and the fireworks show. But we took the time to have a good lunch every day, we sat down for every ride, and had snacks and lots of water. We went to the pool and hot tub at night, to work out the kinks in our tired feet. I didn't go near the pool, it was freezing, but my kids are tough.
I didn't run the whole trip. But this was the highest mileage for Friday, we walked a total of 34 miles over five days.
There were many other Firsts:
Eliza lost her first tooth walking out of the Soarin' ride at Epcot:
L & E battled Darth Vader for the first time:
I saw my friend of over 26 years, Christopher (who I think of whenever I see a bottle of Kahlua), the last time we were in Disney together, it was the ninth grade:
First time the kids freaked out at a 3D movie, It's Tough to Be a Bug. I myself didn't like the "stinger" that shot out of my seat and into my back.
First time they met and got autographs from Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and Mr. & Mrs. Incredible. Eliza and I went to lunch with the Princesses: Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White and Ariel.
Luke was psyched to see Mater and Lightening McQueen.
It was the first time we tried Chick-fil-a,
and Giordano's authentic deep dish Chicago Pizza (I'm still a devoted fan of NY style pizza).
I was excited to see Cinderella's castle again for the first time, so much so, that I bought a castle ornament, as well as castle mug.
I was surprised at how much Eliza liked the Lego Store on our first visit:
it was probably the wall of Legos.
The first time we rode Splash Mountain, L&E loved it so much, we rode it THREE times.
The first time we rode It's A Small World, Mike said it smelled like an attic.
The first time we rode the Safari ride, an Ostrich came so close to me, I thought it was going to bite my head off.
The kids had their names written in Arabic, Japanese and Chinese for the first time as we went through all the different countries in Epcot.
Mike bought a new video camera, that also took photos. This was the first time he used it, and took a total of two hours of video, and almost 400 photos.
I took over a 100.
I think the next time we go on vacation, it's going to be to the beach. And the first time I move, it will be to adjust my lounge chair.
What have you done for the first time recently????