I have been meaning to post about this for a while now, but keep forgetting due to…well…life.
Last month a couple of girl friends and I took Aurora to Magic Kingdom for the first time. She now walks and recognizes some characters, so I thought it would be the perfect time.
Since we only live about 2 hours from Orlando, we decided to drive over the night before and stay with my mom. We took Aurora to Downtown Disney (now called Disney Springs) where we are dinosaur chicken nuggets at the Rain Forest Cafe and rode a beautiful horse on the carousel.
The Rain Forest Cafe was a hit. With all the mechanical animals and fake thunderstorms, it was quite fun with a 15-month-old. She was even more obsessed with the giant tanks of beautifully colored fish. What can I say, my girl LOVES the water.
After eating dinner we walked around Disney Springs for a bit, finding a carousel. Aurora had never been on one…but it was a hit! We went round and round and she just laughed and smiled the entire ride. Worth the $3 we had to pay to get tokens to ride.
After a good nights sleep, we woke up refreshed and ready to meet Mickey Mouse and see Cinderella’s castle.
By the time we got completely into the park, it was about 11:30a. While we waited for our friends to meet us, Aurora and I went on the hunt to find the “Baby Station”, so we knew where to go if we needed it. I had looked into how baby-friendly Magic Kingdom was before this trip, so I knew the Baby Station was close by.
We found the Baby Station hidden away in the park, which was nice…it was all tucked away near the First Aid station, away from all the crowds, noise and chaos.
Let me tell you, these Baby Stations are great! They have multiple changing tables, high chairs and little tables to feed hungry babies/toddlers, and even a little kitchen to heat up milk! Forget diapers? They have those for purchase too! Disney really does make sure you have a great family experience when you visit their parks…I was super impressed.
So, we changed her diaper and had some milk so as soon as our friends showed up we could go meet Mickey Mouse!
With in an hour we were waiting in line to meet Mickey Mouse. (Side note: We went on a Thursday in early February…it was great! Short lines, barely any crowds…perfect for taking a little baby for the first time!)
Now, when I was a kid…Mickey Mouse did NOT talk. However, he talks now, which my daughter LOVED. As soon as she heard his voice, she was star struck! After some nudging, she did give him a hug, but was in awe that Mickey Mouse was talking to her in person!
After meeting Mickey we grabbed some lunch and ventured to ride a few rides. We went on Pirates, Haunted Mansion, and It’s a Small World. (Aurora slept through Pirates, but really enjoyed the other two..especially Small World!)
The great thing about Magic Kingdom is you can take babies on a majority of the rides, which is awesome! Helps keep you and baby entertained throughout the day!
Some of you are probably wondering, “Did you bring your own stroller?” Yes, yes I did. It was much easier since it was my own and I am use to it. The rental strollers do not lay down, mine does…and I know my little peanut would need a nap at some point.
Only down side with strollers in general is the stroller parking. Most areas are clearly marked. However, if you park your stroller somewhere that it not meant to be stroller parking…the employees will RELOCATE your stroller. Only happened once to us…but talk about having a heart attack thinking someone took your stroller. Luckily, that was not the case…but just be aware on where you park your stroller.
By the end of the day, we happened upon where Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Daisy were doing pictures. We chose to have Aurora meet Donald and Goofy, which ended up being an AMAZING idea.
I had no idea she would know any other characters besides Mickey…but as soon as she say Donald Duck she LOST HER MIND! She made noises and kept trying to get his attention while we stood in line.
We saw Goofy first, gave him a hug and lots of high fives. But the excitement to meet Goofy was nothing compared to her excitement to meet Donald. She went straight up to him, without any nudging and instantly gave him a big hug. However, he did give her a kiss and she smacked his beak. Clearly, Donald went too far with that. But she still loved him.
By the end of the day we were exhausted. On our way out we got a picture in front of Cinderella’s castle.
The photographers that work for Disney who are placed around the parks and with the character meetings do take some great photos! I don’t have a year pass, but once I saw all of the picture I paid the $60 so I could download and keep them all.
Oh, and did I forget to mention I got us matching shirts to commemorate the special occasion? Added a bow in her hair and a tutu, she was rocking the Disney life.
Taking Aurora to Disney was truly magical. I loved sharing this memory with her…and I can’t wait to do it again someday soon. ❤