On our first Tuesday, we loaded up the rental car and drove to visit Brett's Aunt and Uncle at their home. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, took a tour of their lovely community and had a little celebration for our birthday boy.
Seconds before he turned around and got Brett with his icing covered hand
Halle loved helping him open his presents
It was so nice to see familiar faces and catch up with them. The kids had a wonderful time, and it was nice to have such a relaxing day on vacation. It's not always that way while you're visiting Disney World.
The following day was the exact opposite! We were up early, and preparing to leave the condo by 9am. Our first stop - The Magic Kingdom. This was the day that all of us (grandparents included) visited a theme park. We met lots of characters, rode a ton of rides and even stopped for a character lunch.
Nolan was sleeping when we went to meet Mickey, so it was just the three of us
Cooling Nolan off in the mist... Lion King style
It had been ages since I was last in the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse... Halle LOVED it
I had booked our lunch back in early March, and we had a wonderful meal at The Crystal Palace. I cannot stress the importance of making a reservation if you want to do a character meal, especially with a small child! When we arrived for our reservation there was a huge lineup of people waiting for an open table. It was nice to be able to just walk in and sit down, especially since everyone was feeling hot and Halle was already asking to go back home because she was hot and tired.
Lunch seemed to turn everything around. The food options were fantastic! So much good food we all went back for seconds (some of us even thirds). The service was friendly and attentive, and Halle was so excited to meet Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. It totally revived our cranky 4 year old... especially the all you can eat soft serve ice cream! I highly recommend doing a character meal, especially with preschool aged kids. The cost can be high, but the food was much better than any of the counter service places and we all left feeling really happy about the choice to do the lunch!
The rest of the afternoon was filled with so much more fun! Including the new Little Mermaid ride (our favourite), and meeting Ariel in her Grotto. We had booked a fast pass for it in advance because I knew she was a princess Halle REALLY wanted to meet. When we arrived there was no wait and we got to walk right in, but I'm glad we didn't leave it to chance.
Nolan got a big kiss from Ariel and wore it proudly the rest of the day
For the light parade we bought Halle "Made with Magic" Ears and a wand that changed their colour. She refused to wear them so Brett and I had a good time with them instead!
After a busy day at The Magic Kingdom, Thursday was a chance to slow down a little again. Brett and I, along with the kids, joined his parents at Disney Springs to meet up with Brett's Aunt's and cousin. We enjoyed a yummy lunch, walked around, chatted and caught up and of course grabbed some ice cream at Ghirardelli.
Halle loved throwing coins into every fountain that we passed
Our little photographer capturing a family photo
In the evening Brett and I put on something nice and had a fantastic dinner at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs, followed by a show of Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba. We ate at the Sushi Bar for dinner and it was a very intimate experience, and sitting beside one another gave us a great opportunity to talk. The show was incredible and at the end Brett told me that he wanted it to keep going. I felt exactly the same! We highly recommend seeing La Nouba if you're visiting the Walt Disney World Resort! Great for a date, or even to visit with some older kids. I think even Halle may have enjoyed it, but we needed some time for just the two of us.
The best part about this trip was balancing it out between doing a lot and taking it easy. While somedays seemed rush, others were pretty laid back, giving us a chance to catch our breath a little. Always the way we would recommend doing Disney World. There is so much to see and do, but it's best not to exhaust yourself and just enjoy every second!