We just got back from Disney World and we are already ready to go back! I have to be honest, I went in with little expectations and next to no reservations, and it was still a smashing success. I had no idea what all Peyton could handle day-to-day so we just rolled with the punches and had THE. BEST. TIME.
Tonight I am sharing our full schedule with you guys of where we went, what we did and where we ate each day of the trip. See below! Next week i’ll be diving into some more details like restaurant reviews, but for now I want to hit some general *Disney With A Toddler* highlights!
First off, we wanted to make sure that we had full days blocked off for travel. This was Peyton’s first times on an airplane and we didn’t want to try to fly and go into a park on the same day, that most definitely would have been too much for us.
Many times, I know that parents with small children will schedule a day in the middle of their trip as a “down day” to hang at the hotel, go to the pool and just generally take a break from the fast paced environment of the parks. That wasn’t an option for us just because of the days that flights were scheduled for. But luckily, we didn’t need that rest day.
We went in with the plan of doing 1 park on Tuesday and Thursday and 2 parks on Wednesday. But as you can see, we accomplished SO. MUCH. MORE. As a parent who LOVES Disney, I think it’s really important that you let go of all expectations of how past Disney trips have been without children, because this will not be the same. You won’t ride all the big rides and you pretty much won’t wait in a line that has a wait time of over 20 minutes. And luckily, everyone else in the parks is in those lines so all of the kiddie rides are available for you! Haha. Peyton is pretty tall for 1.5 years old and so she was able to ride a ton of rides. I can genuinely say that I felt like she didn’t miss out on a single thing and made the most of her trip.
On Thursday, we started our day in Magic Kingdom at about 8:45am. We went back to our resort at 11:00am and had lunch, pool time AND a nap. THEN, we went back out to Magic Kingdom for an early dinner reservation and then proceeded to hop to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot that night. I am still in shock that we pulled all of that off. By the time we got to Epcot, Peyton was passed out for the night but considering the week she had, she needed it.
Something else I wanted to add is that I am SO GLAD that we did the character lunch on Tuesday. It was our first day in the park and I think it was a really good introduction to Disney for Peyton. It really helped her understand what we were there for and she was so into them. It was also a good move because if we had not done that, we might not have seen characters the entire rest of our trip. They are not as available to guests as they were pre-COVID. I didn’t see a single princess the whole time I was there!
I hope you enjoyed this post of pictures with some informational tidbits sprinkled in! More to come about all things Disney but for now, leave any questions you have in the comments!