Saturday, April 16, 2011

Disney World 2011 :: Day 1

For Spring Break this year, we were fortunate to be able to take Sophia back to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The first time she went, she was only 18 months old, and of course doesn't remember anything about it! This time, we knew it would be magical. She knows nearly all the Disney characters by name, even if she hasn't seen the Disney movie or show. We talked about the trip for quite a while before we left, so it wasn't a surprise. However, I think she was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to actually go!

We left on the Saturday morning of Spring Break. We flew, which was also a blessing. Sophia has always done well on plane rides, and this trip was no exception. Do you think she was excited...?


We stayed at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, which was wonderful, and all under one roof! The last couple of times we've been to WDW, we've stayed in a resort that was spread out among several buildings. This was so much better for us!


We decided to have a surprise for Sophia upon arrival. We ordered 'Minnie' Mouse ears with her name embroidered on them, as well as an autograph book and pen. So cute!



We arrived late in the afternoon on that Saturday evening, but we immediately jumped right in to all things Disney. We hopped on the boat at our resort for a short ride across the lake to the Wilderness Campground for Mickey's Backyard B-B-Q. We didn't really know what to expect, but had a blast. There was a buffet of BBQ style fixins' as well as country/western music and other entertainment.


We were tired from the travel, but still having a great time.


Then, the fun really started! Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Chip and Dale showed up!


Sophia could not eat her dinner in all her excitement about finally seeing Mickey and Minnie in real life! All the kids were invited onto the dance floor, and Sophia surprised me by practically pulling us to the floor to participate. She actually got to dance with both Mickey and Minnie!



When the characters took a break, so did we...


A little later, Mickey and Minnie stepped outside to sign autographs and take photos. I think it was really appropriate that they were the first ones to sign her book!



Then it was back inside for more dancing with Chip and Dale.


I love this photo... Look really close. You can see Toby holding Sophia on the dance floor. I think she was so excited, she really wanted him to listen to her! So cute!

We were definitely pooped by the end of the evening. A nearly full day of travel plus an exciting BBQ and dance with Mickey and Minnie made for tired Slinkards. We headed back to the resort to rest...lots of activities planned for Sunday!

More to come...

1 comment:

Jessica said...

What fun!! I have great memories of going at her age- around three and again at 7ish and 12ish. : ) I even still have my monogrammed ears, too!