Growing up close to Disney, I never really caught the "hype" surrounding it. I wasn't a Disney basher, I liked it, just never was obsessed. I never thought much about taking Ellie. She doesn't really know many of the characters (driving up, there were characters on the signs and I said, "Ellie, look who it is!!" She got this look on her face like, I know I'm supposed to look really excited right now, so I will, but I'm not sure why... And said, "Mr. Duck!". Well, close enough.
(Disney sure knows how to decorate for Christmas :)
But, while we were down in Florida last week for Thanksgiving, we decided on a whim to go. Will sat this trip out, so it was just the three of us. Despite not being huge Disney peeps, we had a really fun day! Ellie spent most of the day like this...
But Daddy didn't mind, of course :) She had never really been on a ride before, and the actual "ride" rides were by far her favorite!
Ellie is so inquisitive that it made the day super interesting. There were questions about everything. One of the first things we did was the tiki bird show. (What are the birds standing on? Why is it pretending to rain? Why are those alligators playing the drums?) Good question.
Then to It's a Small World, which, in case you haven't been to Disney in 20 years, don't worry, it's the exact same. This face on Ellie pretty much sums up the way she took stuff in.
Then, on to a 3D movie. No lines. So, we thought it sounded great while we waited for our next ride. (We were rookies and had to ask people what all the fast pass and other insider Disney stuff was.) Well, within 30 seconds, Ellie was done. Too loud. She wanted to go bye bye.
The day was so nice. Perfect Florida weather, and somehow, even though there were tons of people there, we didn't have to wait too long for anything. And, it really is an experience for little ones!
And of course, we had some Mickey ice cream.
On Dumbo. This was her favorite one.
One of the best parts of the day was watching the parade.
She loved seeing all the characters and really got into it. She was the most excited about seeing Mary Poppins and Burt. I think we were the only ones (meaning Eric) cheering for Burt in the parade's history.
All the dancing really inspired her :)
And then we decided to go to a little show before heading home. Oh my. The show was really cute, characters dancing around, music bopping, everyone believing that dreams come true, but then, of course, it couldn't just end on this cheery note :) A witch from Sleeping Beauty came out, throwing green fire, and Ellie was terrified. Ready to go. But, soon she was gone, good overcame evil, dreams overcoming nightmare, all that, and the show went on. So, we have had this conversation probably about 30 times since we were there:
Ellie: "Why that watch (witch) come out?"
Eric: "She was trying to tell people dreams don't come true."
Ellie: "Then everyone said (in her super serious voice) GO AWAY WATCH.
Ellie: "And I just looked on Daddy's shoulder. But, why that watch come out?' (over and over)
Eric: "She just wanted to make some friends." (This answer finally appealed to her and we could move on :)
It was a really cute show though, I mean, Mickey almost made me tear up.
So, all in all, we had a really fun day. It was neat watching Ellie experience so many new things, and it was really funny listening to her try and interrupt things to make sense to her little world. (The names she called the characters she didn't know was entertaining. "Who's that little green guy?" Peter Pan. "Who is that Blue Dress Girl's Daddy?" That's Prince charming. "Who is Mickey's Daddy?" Hmmm, never thought about that. "What animal is Goofy?" Now, that's a good question.
It's always fun to have special days just with Ellie. I will always remember the time we spent together that day! Thanks mom and dad for keeping little Will!
And, now it's time to say so Good Bye :)