Sunday, February 8, 2009

Best Mom Tip #38: Hit Disney in February

I realize that you may not have the opportunity to go to Disney World in February, but I don't think I'm ever going to go back in the summer. Granted, I haven't been to Disney's parks in 20 years (ran the marathon there in 2004, but we didn't visit the parks) so I'm obviously not a huge Mouse fanatic. But February was a great time to go.

Those pink mouse ears at the bottom of the picture belong to my Little Princess and we only waited for about 10 minutes to get to meet Mickey and Minnie. We waited 15 minutes to meet Cinderella, Belle, and Sleeping Beauty.

My daughter smiled for three straight days as we rode Dumbo 5 times, went in the "spooky house" as she called it, and saw a variety of character-laden parades and dance numbers. My 6-month-old son mostly just slept, but even he got into It's a Small World.

After dragging them both around the parks for three days my feet hurt, my back hurt, and my legs felt like lead. We had a blowout diaper in Epcot that resulted in throwing the garment away. We even had to buy new socks. We ran out of formula in the Magic Kingdom and had to buy some from the Mouse. We got rained on for 6 straight hours. But we had fun--ever ridden the Jungle Cruise in the rain? It's pretty enjoyable when you don't have to wait in line.

We walked on to Space Mountain while one of us stayed with the kids and did the same for Big Thunder Mountain. We rode Pirates of the Carribean three times and didn't wait at all. I don't plan on becoming a Disney family where we visit every year, but I can't wait to go back in another few years when my son can say, "I want to ride Dumbo again!"

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