The girls had a great time and as a result so did we. The guide book said that number of adults it takes to manage a toddler at Disney is equal to however many are in your party plus one. Therefore, we brought in reinforcements. Jan and Mike joined us for most of the week and all of the fun. Thanks Mom and Dad.
So what were the highlights? Yes, there were many.
- Jaley and Sarah's trip to the Bippity Boppity Boutique. They left the salon more coiffed than I was for my senior prom. It was the best money spent in the "World."
- Sarah's insatiable appetite for all things roller coaster. Dumbo was too mundane for our thrill seeker. Tower of Terror was much more her style. Scott, Jan, and Mike accompanied Sarah on the thrills. Jaley (too short) and I (too pregnant) were banned from anything more than "it's a small world." We managed to drown our sorrows by eating Mickey ice cream bars.
- Jaley's participation in every dance show - whether invited or not. She practically stopped the entire Festival of the Lion King performance when she escaped and tried join the performers up on stage. When the music is a happening, her feet get a tapping.
- Renting points from a Disney Vacation Club (timeshare) member. Instead of booking a room, we sublet a timeshare from a family. It is the best deal going. We stayed right at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and made friends with the animals. The accommodations were amazing complete with full kitchen and Jacuzzi tub. Bonus, we spent about the same amount as we would have on a regular room. What a deal.
- Stopping at the grocery store to get perishables on the way to the hotel. Arriving at the hotel and finding out check-in is still 3 hours away and the forecast is for 90 degree heat.
- Deciding to go Hollywood Studios in the evening for dinner and a few rides. We arrived and all looked fine; there were tons of people and the stores were all opened. But after walking around for an hour, we realized that Disney (ever the capitalist) keeps the shops open after the rest of the park closes. No food or fun for us.
- Hearing Sarah state after the first ride at Animal Kingdom that she is, "just not that into the animals." There are 40 hotels/condos at Disney, why didn't she tell me this before we picked Animal Kingdom Lodge for our accommodations. Oh well, I got a jacuzzi tub and a view of zebras. Her loss - my gain.
- And we also had our usual suspects of family trip blunders, tantrums and ride closures (no Space Mountain this visit), misplaced tickets and lost confirmations, forgotten items and lost purchases.
That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of Love.