Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Disney World Day 1

We are back from Disney and oh my goodness we had the best time. I've been reflecting back on our trip all day and it's just full of happy memories. I'm not even sure where to begin, really. I may have to break it down into several posts because I have a looooooot of photos that I love and want to share.
The trip started out a little chaotic. We missed our flight because we were less than 5 minutes too late to check in. I felt a wave of stress hit me immediately and couldn't believe we were too late. That's never happened to us before. Thankfully we were able to get out on the very next flight but would be on standby for our connecting flight. The boys did great on the plane. A lady even commented on how well behaved they were (#ThanksiPad). When we were in the air Scott was checking out the flights. We landed the plane in Charlotte at 1:00 and there was a flight out to Orlando at like, 1:20 or something like that. So we literally ran to the gate and I'm not even kidding she printed off our tickets and we hopped right on. I couldn't believe it. Unfortunately our bags didn't make that flight but they did get on the flight that arrived a little less than 2 hours later. So we just hung out in the Orlando airport until our bags arrived then we got an uber to our resort. It was a little bit of a later start that we had originally planned (we were supposed to land in Orlando at 1:00) but we got there just in time to have our first character meal and thankfully it was at our resort so we weren't in a rush to get there.
Campbell was instantly smitten and Bennett was instantly terrified. He cried at the characters and made me hold him the whole time. I kind of assumed he would act that way so I wasn't surprised and I figured that as the trip went on Bennett would warm up to it and he did. We had dinner at Garden Grove. It was a good meal but unless you are near the property I wouldn't recommend eating there. I booked it because it was in our hotel and I'm glad we did it and had that experience but I probably wouldn't worry about trying to eat there again. Of all our character meals, this was my least favorite. It just didn't have that extra special something that the others had. But if you are staying near this property then I'd say you may as well go!
We finished our fun meal with Goofy and Minnie then went straight to our rooms to get settled and in bed so we could be rested for our big day at Magic Kingdom the next day.
Our hotel set up was perfect. Scott and I had our own room, Campbell slept on the pull out sofa and we had a crib brought up for Bennett. We all slept great but the boys definitely did not get as much sleep as they normally do. We tried really hard to get them in bed by 8:00 every night (they go to bed at 7:30 at home) but it was hard and it was usually closer to 8:30-9:00 and they woke up at 7:00 am on the dot every day so no extra sleep. Each day the lack of sleep just continued to build on top of one another and they were so cranky by the end of the trip. We came back to our room one day so they could both take good naps (and Campbell doesn't even nap!) but after about 1.5 hours we were ready to get moving so we woke them up but I bet they both would have slept another 2 hours if we had let them. That was really the only challenge with traveling is that they weren't getting the sleep they needed so they tended to be whiney at times and I honestly felt sorry for them. You could just tell they were exhausted but overall, they had the best time and mostly happiness and joy radiated from them!! I'll share more tomorrow so it's not Disney overload in one post!

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