Took my 2 ½ yr old daughter to Disney World for the first time. People told us that is probably too early to take her there and won't remember much. They are probably right but we went any way. Was a bit overwhelming and tiring but we still manage to have an amazing time. I can now understand why kids under 3 go in for free!
We opted to go during the first week of April before Spring break rush for 5 days. We were able to find direct airfare for less than $200 per person on JetBlue leaving on friday evening. Didn't want to take too many days off from work, so to make the most time we decided to account saturday and sunday into our trip. We opted to go during the first week of April before Spring break rush for 5 days. We were able to find direct airfare for less than $200 per person on JetBlue leaving on friday evening.
Didn't want to take too many days off from work, so to make the most time we decided to account saturday and sunday into our trip. We had everything packed the night before so that on Friday after work, we were able to rush home from work and go straight to the airport. Traveling alone can be a lot of hassle and adding a child to the equation can be worse. We had to decide on whether we wanted to take the carseat or the stroller, we went with the car seat because we rented a car and didn't intend to rent the carseat even though we knew we can but we wanted to bring our own. For this reason we got, "Traveling Toddler Car seat Accessory Strap". It was hard to strap on at first and but once you get the hang of it, it aint too bad. She love it and asked to sit on the strapping carseat. Otherwise if no car seat, go with "Ride-on Carryon". Is an ingenious idea especially when you need go from terminal to terminal. However it can't replace the stroller. Unless you want to travel with a suitcase everywhere you go. Both gadget are smart concepts and definitely makes traveling easier with a toddler! JetBlue never disappoints me. Love that they still serve drinks and snacks. We got to Orlando in less than 2 hours. Megan was really excited since it was also her first time on the plane. So excited that she didn’t sleep on the flight as we were hoping she would. Megan was all wired up and wide awake. You can tell she was fighting it because 20 minutes before landing fatigue hit her. She was completely out as we picked up our rental car and we didn’t finally tuck her in until midnight. We stayed at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort. Perfect resort for families. We had a 2 bed/2bath room equipped with kitchen. There was plenty of things to do at the Resort if we opted not to go to the Park. We schedule it so that on first day – we relax, explore and food shop, 2nd day visit Magic Kingdom, 3rd Epcot, 4th lounge and relax by the pool and 5th day unwind and depart. We made bfast every morning to get our day started. Bonnet Creek Resort is only 10 minutes from Magic Kingdom. Our room also had the view of Epcot and we able to see the fireworks in the evening. I think we only saw it once when were in on the 2nd night. All the other nights we were out late. Resort also offers shuttles to the parks which made it really convenient.
Megan was able to enjoy most rides both at Magic Kingdom and Epcot to keep us busy. Also at this age they get tired easily and still require naps. My daughter zonked out both days for a good 3hrs in the middle of the afternoon. If an adult can get tired, imagine a toddler at 2 1/2! If I had to do it differently, I would have rented a city mini stroller instead of the Disney stroller from the park. Strollers at Disney does not recline and is just hard plastic. When she felt as asleep we had pull it in an angle so the kids can get a better nap and drapped our sweaters over it to shade from the sun. Otherwise she had a fantastic time with her friend. Oh yes, do take advantage of the Fast-pass. And do book in advance if you want to do character dinning. I think this can only get better. We are going to try and do it again next year if not next year definitely the year after.