This was one of my most exhausting fun weeks since the beginning of the year. I was able to get a vacation from everything and I was able to be involved in Paityn (my niece) first big trip! If that is not exciting than what is?
I somehow believe that Paiytn & I enjoyed Disney World about with about the same amount of the same excitement…I think (lol). I thoroughly enjoyed every show we went too, every ride we went on, and every character we were able to meet.
We went to four theme parks in four days, so that’s one park per day. That was honestly more exhausting than trying to go to multiple parks a day, I think (lol). So to keep this all simple, I’ll just break down the experience day by day, things we learned throughout the entire week, and the rides and shows we attended.
Day One – Hollywood Studios
This day was quite an experience. We did not think to look at the rules of the park (like what you can bring or what you can’t bring), we just went for it. We did not plan out any of our rides and we learned that you can fast track some of the rides, so we did a more fast pass for the shows than for the rides (lol), and we were completely pushing for time for everything we wanted to do. We stayed in the park from 12pm to close and was exhausted!!! I don’t think I even cared about eating this night (so you know I was tired, lol). It was more walking and standing than I imagine. Paityn made sure she got her nap in too while we were there so we were able to break for a few (but not too long).
We learned: you can bring snacks, drinks, and food into the park. The only thing you cannot bring was things that were considered weapons (of course) and food that had to be microwaved.
Shows: For the First Time in Forever: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Disney Junior Dance Party, Fantasmic, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Rides: I don’t recall getting on any, and that’s all just because we were super focus on making sure that we attended the shows (especially Frozen), and seen Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
Day Two – Epcot
The whole scenery of this park was just amazing. I love how they had different countries throughout, and the different foods within the countries. It was one of those theme parks I would love to just go back and visit for the heck of it (lol). Oh, and we brought our snacks this time around and our water to refill our bottles throughout the day. And we had a schedule; we planned out every ride and every show. The only thing we didn’t get to do was Mission: SPACE.
Lessons Learned: have much better walking shoes and make sure the next day we invest in some sandwiches for lunch to split because the food was pricey (lol). But we did try a great Mexican restaurant.
Shows: we rarely watch any shows in this one. She visited a couple of characters here too.
Rides: Frozen Ever After. Living with the Land, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Soarin’ Around the World (not kid approved), and Journey into Imagination with Figment
Day 3 – Magic Kingdom
I would have to say that I think Paityn enjoyed this park more than the others (which she enjoyed them all, lol). This park was more characters that she knew and way more packed than the others. I know I thought the first day was more exhausting in this park but I would have to truly say that this one had it beat. We walked and stand way more. The lines were crazy long so we didn’t ride everything and we could not get Fast Pass like we wanted too. And I believe this park was the biggest out of them all.
Lessons Learned: we should have taken a whole sandwich each, instead of two sandwiches and sharing it (lol) because we were hungry an hour later after more walking.
Shows: Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party
Rides: Jungle Cruise, The Many Adventures of Winnie Pooh, Peter Pan Flight’s, It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Under the Sea
It was a couple of other things we planned to get on but was not able like Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland Transit, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Splash Mountain (not kid friendly). As I’ve said before, the lines at this theme park are way longer than the others.
And the last day:
Day 4 – Animal Kingdom
This one is literally like the zoo but just way bigger. It has different continents that you have to go by, and it’s pretty much more condensed than the other theme parks. Even though we stayed there all day, it was another one of those theme parks where every ride that we like had some pretty long lines. I know one ride, we waited for three hours (yep, crazy right?). We pretty much went with the flow on this one, just because everything we had timed got pushed because of the long waiting.
Lessons Learned: Don’t stand in a not so kid friendly ride line just because the child is sleep (lol).
Shows: Rivers of Light
Rides: Avatar Flight of Passage (long wait time and not kid friendly), It’s Tough to be a Bug, Na’vi River Journey, and the Safari Ride (where you get to see all the animals).
Each day was a lesson and an adventure. We all got out of our comfort zones, missed a couple of shows and rides, argued (because that’s what family does, lol), and allow ourselves to truly relax (when it was time to go to bed, lol). Our only regret the whole trip was not staying the extra day to actually relax in bed for a few and to take some time and go to the beach. So I totally recommend giving yourself that extra day after doing all four theme parks because you will be exhausted. Make sure that you plan out everything for each park, and that you really do Fast Pass for the rides that you really want to get on (and you can do it via the app which we find out on the last day). OHHHH and then I mention…the entire trip was FREE y’all lol! We only had to pay for parking which is $25 dollars a day (heads up)!
And thanks to a good friend of my sister, Paityn was able to have her shirt to get it signed (and you can’t have it on).