Is there anything more exciting than booking a trip to Disney World?
Tim and I talked about taking Charlotte here and there, keeping in mind she would be free before her third birthday in July. Still, we went back and forth on whether she was too young. But one night, we just said LET’S DO IT and it was done.
If you’ve been around for awhile, you are not at all shocked that we drove. We have done many road trips up to New Hampshire in the Tesla, so driving to Orlando is practically nothing coming from Atlanta. And yes, we did take the Tesla, because we can charge for free. The Odyssey doesn’t get amazing gas mileage, either.
We drove down on the Saturday after Charlotte’s last day of preschool, managing to leave earlier than we planned on. We had four stops: Macon, Tifton, Lake City, and Ocola.
The Contemporary Resort
We booked our stay at Contemporary Resort based on recommendations from friends, as it’s on the Monorail and would make getting back for nap time a lot easier. Tim and I stayed at the All Star Movies Resort in 2014, so we knew we wanted to upgrade a little, and we knew how long riding the bus could take from those resorts.
When we arrived, there was someone greeting us at the car and unloading our luggage. A concierge showed us to our room and answered any questions we had, and our luggage was delivered to our room shortly after that.
We opted for a club level suite for this trip. We really wanted to be able to close a door and let Charlotte sleep near her normal bedtime and nap time without needing to tip-toe in the dark or eat in the bathroom. I think most parents have eaten in the bathroom while their kids sleep in a hotel room! This suite came with 2 full bathrooms, 2 entrances, a kitchenette, and dining area. The second entrance was actually through the master closet, which was strange, but also very nice, because we could come and go while Charlotte was sleeping!
We visited the club level lounge, which you get to by using your magic band to access floor 12 on the elevator. Very exclusive. We browsed the area a bit, and my eyes landed on something magical: Angry Orchard. THE LOUNGE HAD FREE ANGRY ORCHARD. (I mean, I guess we very well paid for it, but still.) I promptly enjoyed that while Charlotte munched on a … carrot? Wait, she’s eating vegetables? This place really is magical.
We ended the night early-ish, because we needed adequate sleep to prepare for our first day at Disney World. Tim used our second/secret door to find to-go pizza and bring it back.
DAY 1 – Magic Kingdom
Our first day started out taking advantage of the lounge’s breakfast — something we ended up doing every morning. They had a cute little area off to the side with a lower TV (playing Disney Junior, of course), and a table and stools for little kids. This was rarely empty. We packed up, smothered on sunscreen, and hopped on the Monorail to head to the big MK.
Our first ride was the PeopleMover. This was not the plan, but Charlotte ran that way after we parked the stroller, so we went with it. We figured it was a good starter, but Charlotte hated it. She was terrified when things went dark and we passed Space Mountain. I don’t really blame her.
We also did: Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Under the Sea, Peter Pan’s Flight, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and we explored Tom Sawyer’s Island. Dumbo was definitely my favorite ride with Charlotte! She loved it!
For lunch, we stopped at Columbia Harbour House. For dinner, we had reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table, where we got to meet Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and Snow White.
DAY 2 – Hollywood Studios
After looking into our options, we decided to drive to the park this day. It was either that, ride the bus, or get a Minnie Van (Lyft). As an added bonus, we charged the car at the new chargers in front of the parking lot (we had to ask the folks directing traffic to move the cones for us to cut to the front).
The very first thing we did was meet Minnie and Mickey! Charlotte was a little starstruck! We also met Olaf, which was very exciting for her.
We saw Voyage of the Little Mermaid, rode Toy Story Mania, attended the Disney Junior Dance Party and The Frozen Sing-a-Long. While taking a break, we watched the Jedi Training!
We stopped for lunch at Backlot Express, and had dinner reservations at Hollywood & Vine, where Charlotte saw her friends Daisy, Goofy, Donald, Mickey, and Minnie.
DAY 3 – Pool Day!
We planned a break in between the park days to enjoy the pool. They had a great splash pad area, plenty of seating, and a nice pool bar with lunch. Charlotte had a nice, long nap before our dinner reservations at Chef Mickey’s, where she saw all her friends again plus Pluto!
DAY 4 – Epcot
We were very excited for Epcot! We visited The Seas With Nemo & Friends, rode Frozen Ever After, and met Elsa and Anna! We also did a lot of walking around (as one does at Epcot). Because this was the last day, we took advantage of a much needed longer nap time.
For lunch, we stopped at La Cantina de San Angel to get some queso. We ended our visit with dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, where we saw Belle, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, and Cinderella.
We are already trying to decide when we can go back again! I’m glad we didn’t attempt to cram too much in one day with a toddler, but we have more to do next time. What is your favorite park to visit at Disney World?