The kids caught on to the fact that there’s a cool place called “Disney” that other kids get to go to. They’ve been wondering when they would get to visit this cool, unknown “Disney” destination. And, truth be told, I’ve been feeling a bit of parental guilt that the boys are 4 and 5 and they’ve never been there. It does seem like a necessary part of childhood. And we only live 2 hours away. And Ben and I have been to India, Maldives, Hawaii, and Thailand in the past 3 years. Seemed unfair to not take them even if the expense, crowds, heat, and rides are not my cup of tea.
Kimmy was in town last week and she wanted to go, so we finally went. My dad came too. It was nice to have extra adults to hold their hands and sit with them on rides. Grampie was very much in demand. All the kids wanted him all day. We bought 4 day passes so we’ll be going back 3 times in the next 6 months. It was nice to know we’d be returning and we didn’t have to fit every last ride into this visit! We were there most of the day – from opening until 11pm. What a long day! The next morning I had a sunrise session, boys had soccer, Sadie and Jax had karate, we had a party at a splash pad at 1, I had a sunset photoshoot, and then a family dinner in downtown St Pete since Kimmy was in town. Tiring two days.
Anyways, we rode Buzz Lightyear first and that was their favorite of the day because of the built in laser guns. It’s A Small World was good but not a huge hit. They were scared of Pirates of the Caribbean. Sadie’s favorite thing of the day was meeting the princesses. Her face was bright red and she was so star struck she could barely speak. It was darling! We were all very entertained by the light parade and fireworks show, though, we had a tree blocking our view.
The kids have been saving their money since Christmas so I think they were most excited to finally spend that money on the toys. We told them they could each buy a toy during the day and one at the light parade. Sadie chose Minnie ears, Jax choose a sword, and McKay choose a knife. Those moments of toy obtainment were probably the happiest in their day.
I only brought the big camera for the morning and then left it in the car after lunch. Here are a few phone pictures: