Five fantastic days of Disney, one day of travel, and one desperately needed reunion later, we are home! Was it wonderful? Yes. Was it magical? Are you kidding-it was Disney! Of course it was. Was it perfect? That depends on how Marianna's little stomach virus fits in with that definition. The moment she wasn't able to make it to the bathroom before having an accident, resulting in an emergency strip down in the middle of fantasy land, followed by the disposal of her favorite princess panties and the replacement of a 15 month old's diaper, certainly wasn't perfect, but that excluded, we came pretty close.
It's hard to cram five packed days into one little post. Thanks to the amazing help and tips from so many of you, and especially Laura (thank you, thank you!), we were able to plan our days so that we could fit in everything we really wanted to do. I can say this: by the time we left, we didn't feel like there was anything we had really wanted to do that we didn't. We hit all four parks, riding every kiddie ride available, seeing every show, loving all the characters, and enjoying the beauty that is everywhere you look. We ate with princesses, Pooh, and Mickey. We watched Belle, and Ariel, and Nemo. We rode everything available to those under 40 inches. And when all that was done, we couldn't go another day without getting back to Adrienne! We knew that the trip to Disney wouldn't be nearly as fun for her as a vacation with her grandparents and the wonderful family who kept her those first weeks after she was born, but it was still hard to be away.
Now for pictures. I documented the trip in film, but I'll try and give you just a few as a representative sample.
On our way to the Magic Kingdom for the first time...just a little excited.
Marianna and her best friend, Maggie, riding Dumbo
The Goofy roller coaster was a huge hit!
Right after eating at the Crystal Palace with Pooh and friends.
A big hug for Mickey.
Mission Accomplished after Buzz Light Year ride
Meeting the princesses was a highlight for Marianna, no doubt about it.
We all loved the Nemo ride and aquarium at Epcot.
Lunch with the princesses in the Netherlands
Our whole group right before leaving the Magic Kingdom the last night