Excitement, anticipation, eyes that sparkle, a little boy that could barely sleep! Carter couldn't wait for us to hit the road that early Friday morning. We were all packed and ready to go. When I woke him up and he realized that it was the day we were leaving, that's all it took. It was like you poured an entire pot of extra strong coffee down him. He was ready to go! He told me, "momma, let's hit the road!"
I was as excited as he was to see him light up for the first time at this magical place. On the short ride to Main Street, USA, he watched a few movies but about 30 minutes away he started asking, "are we there yet" To his surprise he started seeing signs with Mickey, Pluto, Donald, and the excitement really started boiling.
Once we arrived at the hotel, I knew that I had made him one very happy little boy. It was so nice to spend some one on one time with him. He and I had a wonderful weekend and he was so good! There was no complaining about the heat, the lines, or anything. He was a trooper about it all. We opened the door to our room, and to his surprise it was decked out in Buzz & Woody stuff, everywhere! It warmed my soul to see him so excited and happy.
We threw our things down, and packed up what we needed and off to the Magic Kingdom we went. He wore his cute, cute, cute little Woody shirt and anxiously awaited his turn to get in the gate. Once inside the gate, I'm not sure if he was in shock, or what but he was kind of quiet. He was taking it all in. I just smiled as I watched his little eyes look around and search for the next coolest thing. As we entered the park we found Pluto right at the front gate. We got in line and Pluto started pointing for us to look in the sky. We were able to see the space shuttle Atlantis taking off into space. Super cool!
We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the magical happenings of Disney World. Carter's first ride was the jungle cruise. He wasn't too impressed. Then we did the magic carpet ride, which intrigued him a bit more, then we climbed a hill, the hill to SPLASH MOUNTAIN! Before getting there though we made a quick pit stop to see Woody & Jessie! Carter loves him some Woody. After getting our picture made with him, we stood in line for Splash Mountain. I was certain he would be screaming and so scared, but to my surprise he loved everything about it. So much so that he wanted to get right back in line and do it again. I talked him out of that idea, thank goodness because I had to have a minute or two to get my stomach out of my throat!
Next we were off to Thunder Mountain. There was no doubt in my mind he would love this ride. Sure enough, he giggled, he screamed, he held his hands high, and of course time it was over he asked to ride again!! It was after that ride that I realized that coming to Disney as a parent is far more exciting then coming as a kid because you really do see the magic that it brings to your kids! He was loving every minute of it and wasn't about to slow down for a break.
We did the rest of the rides throughout the park, ending with Dumbo. Then we found ourselves a spot to watch the firework show. He's not usually a fan of fireworks but he did much better with these then most. The evening was over, we were all exhausted and we were headed back to the hotel to get a bath and find our way into dreamland!
That night around 4 a.m., he woke up and said, "momma, I had a great time with you at Disney World!" Talk about making it worth the trip?! How sweet and precious, and let me tell you that is a moment I won't forget as long as I live!!! The sun starting peeking around the curtains earlier then I would have liked, but we were up and at it, ready to go! We were off to Hollywood Studios to see Lightning McQueen and TowMater. Again, his face was all I needed to make the day perfect!
He stood in line so patiently, and then it was his turn. He was hesitant, and insisted that I go with him to stand between TowMater and McQueen. McQueen revved up his engine a bit loud for my little guy so we didn't stick around long. From there we were off to the ToyStory ride. Now that was probably my favorite of the trip. We got to shoot all kinds of stuff, from cows, to aliens, you name it. Had the line not been 1.5 hours long we might would have rode it again!
We then saw Handy Manny, and made our way back to the Magic Kingdom. Carter made it very clear this was his only place to be. He loved everything about Magic Kingdom. I wish we had more time to visit there, and see everything. It's just so hard to cram everything into 3 short days.
After another ride on Splash Mountain, and Thunder Mountain, we made our way back to the hotel so that Carter could swim in the giant pool! He and I wanted to go back to the Magic Kingdom for the light parade. So we showered, and off we went again. Talk about getting a work out! I think my legs are still screaming from all the walking I did! The light parade is one of my fondest memories of Disney trips my family and I took as a child. I remember finding a place on the sidewalk and waiting patiently for Mickey and Minney to make their entrance. I remember Cinderalla passing us and her princess gown was all covered in lights and it spun around. The parade is just as beautiful as I remember it as a child.
Watching all the parents line the streets with their little ones brought back fond memories for me. I knew that evening sitting on the corner of Main Street, USA all the excitement and joy my mother felt when she took us to Disney.
Carter sat ever so patiently with his lighted sword. He had his cotton candy to snack on. I could tell he was getting tired, but there was no way he was going to admit that. He was in it for the long haul! The parade came, and went. We made a mad dash for the gate in hopes of getting on one of the first buses headed back to our hotel. We were lucky, first bus! It wasn't two minutes into the ride my little guy had fallen asleep in my arms. He was beyond exhausted.
The next morning we were scheduled to have breakfast with Mickey. We packed all our things in the truck, and headed to check out. After checking out and realizing that I had locked our room key, in the room, we were scurrying to get to breakfast on time. As luck would have it, Disney was hosting a triathlon while we were there. So all the roads that I needed to get to the hotel where our breakfast was, were blocked off. I stopped four times to ask for directions, and four times I ended up not at Ohana's! In the mean time Travis called, and when Carter talked to him and we hung up my baby decided he was ready to go home. I asked him again, and again, are you sure you want to go home and not see Mickey for breakfast. Are you sure you don't want to ride Splash Mountain again? Each time his answer was yes. So we headed out. We were on the road to Cow Bird Lane, quick like! We were both anxious to get home to Travis and Tucker-bear. They won't admit it but I think they missed us! :)
Since we missed our breakfast, we made due with biscuits from McDonalds. I also had another dilema. I had put off buying souvenirs because I had planned on doing it Sunday afternoon before we left the Magic Kingdom. Umm, what is a mother to do without souvenirs from Disney World?! Never fear, super mom is here! I took my chances, pulled off the next exit to find a one stop shop. You know those places that have every shot glass, to every beach towel, to every coffee mug... yeah, that's where we got our souvenirs! I'm proud, no shame to my game! Carter picked out a Disney book for Tucker, and they both now have matching Mickey Mouse stuffed animals. To my surprise when we got home the book Carter picked out is written in Spanish. Umm... we don't speak that here on Cow Bird Lane! Oh well, we can still look at the pretty pictures!!!! :) Okay, enough... stop laughing. I was ready to get home, I didn't care what book he picked out. We'll make due with it!
All in all, our trip to Disney is one I'll cherish forever. I'll never forget the giggles, the excitement, and the special time we shared together. Thank you for a magical weekend Carter-bug, I LOVE YOU!!!!