Day 1 January 11th, 2006
Me - 35
DW - 33
DS - 7
DS - 17mos
We are not the best packers, therefore we are always up late the night before our trip trying to make sure we have everything that we will need for our trip. I decided this year would be different. We would start packing two days in advance and would have plenty of time to pack.
I decided to help out and did several loads of laundry the Saturday and Sunday before our trip. I must admit that I have been Fired from doing the laundry on several occasions. In my defense, no one ever told me you could not wash silk pants in the wash, but as a result DW now had a pair of Capri pants she did not know she had.
Despite my best effort to help, we were still up till @1am packing the night before our trip. We got up at 5am and while I loaded the car, DW woke and dressed the kids. We left the house at 6am and drove 2 hours to Indy to catch our flight. We checked into the airport 1 1/2 hours before our flight and were on our way.
Our flight was to leave Indy at 9:20am. At 9am we still did not have a plane at our gate. No problem, I am on vacation. Our plane left about 20 minutes late, but we made very good time in the air and arrived on time in Orlando at 11:35am. We went downstairs to claim our luggage and were off to find ME.
We arrived at the resort at 2pm. Checked in and went to our room to drop off our stuff. When we made our reservations, we had asked to be in the Toy Story section. We got our wish. We were in an end unit on the second floor right behind a 40 foot Woody. My kids loved walking through the door to Andy’s room. We grabbed a bite to eat at the food court and went to the Magic Kingdom.
We were in the park at 3:10 and guess what… the 3pm Parade had just started to come down Main street. We had a great view right in front of the Train Station. We were able to get such a great view because the park was dead. There was no one in the park. All around the parade route there were only a few spots that anyone was standing 2 people deep.
After the parade, we headed to Adventure land. We always start in Adventureland, it is a tradition. We hit the Tree House, Aladdin, Jungle Cruise (Tabitha was an awesome guide), POC and headed to Splash and Thunder Mountain. We then went over to the Haunted Mansion (a must do for the first day). All of this was done in less than 2 hours and that was even after spending 25 minutes on Splash Mountain. I think we broke it, but we soon learned that we would break several other rides while we were there.
We moved on into Fantasy Land, went and rode Goofy’s Barnstormer (Several times) and finally headed over to Space Mountain. DS loves roller coasters. He rides them every chance we get and is very disappointed if he is to short to ride. This trip we lucked out, DS was 48.5 inches and DD was 40.5 inches. They were both just barely tall enough to ride everything they wanted to ride.
About the time we finished with Tomorrowland it was time for Wishes. We watched Wishes from the Bridge just West of the Astro Orbiter. In all our trips to Disney, I had never seen Tinkerbell fly. This year we not only got to see it, but she flew right over our head. It was Magical. Below is a picture of Main Street as we made it over to the Crystal Palace. What you don’t see is important. There was no crowd at all.