We stopped by the Character Meet and Greet and I met Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie. I high-fived Mickey, did not like Goofy, and kissed Minnie. It was a little scary with lots of people being excited, cameras flashing, and people clapping, but I made it through.
For dinner, we went to The Land, which is next to Nemo's ride, and there was a nice big area to eat a quick dinner and rest. It was a good first day! Not sure why everyone was saying their feet hurt. Mine felt good.
We made a last minute switch from Animal Kingdom to Hollywood Studios because Mommy couldn't do another day in the 90+ degree heat, and AK is the least air-conditioned park.
We took the Port Orleans bus to Hollywood Studios, and I decided to take a nap right when we arrived. This meant that Mommy and Daddy got to go see the new Star Wars land! Daddy was very happy. He asked Kylo Ren for a selfie, and Kylo Ren said a very firm "NO." Then Mommy went behind the storm troopers and got a picture with them anyway. They went on the Star Wars simulator ride, and they only had to wait 30 minutes to get on!
When I woke up, we went to the Frozen show. Mommy was really happy, because whenever she mentioned the DAS pass, people just waved us right on to the ride or show. I wasn't too sure about the Frozen show, but when they sang "Let It Go," I perked up and started waving my arms.
The People Mover car ride wasn't bad. I liked the A/C and looked around, but at some points it was very dark and I heard people screaming. Daddy said it was from a roller coaster in the next room.
Everyone was really happy that Uncle Joe suggested we go to the ABC Commissary to eat and to rest. I took a nap on top of Mommy for 2 hours in the Commissary. That is my favorite place to nap.
For dinner, we went to the Brown Derby restaurant. We didn't have a reservation, but since we went at 5 pm, there was a seat, and we got a corner booth! I wasn't scared in this restaurant. It had a nice vibe and plenty of space.
The next day, we took the ferry boat from Port Orleans to Disney Springs. It was still really hot, but we made it to Earl of Sandwich and the biggest Walt Disney Store in the world. There was also a Ghirardelli store, a Lego store, and lots of food.
Then we headed back to ride on the Disney Magical Express to the airplane to go home. Daddy really liked that we could check our bags onto the plane from the hotel so he didn't have to carry as much.
It was a good trip, but I was so happy to be home, that I did a tour of my living room and asked to play flashcards at 1 am with Mommy.
See Mommy's tips below for Disney! (She will do a separate post about sensory and tubie needs at Disney)
1. Disney app: definitely download this--you can skip the line and do mobile food orders at quick service locations, order fast passes, see your hotel reservations, find hours of each park, see bus schedules and updates, and so much more. There's also a Disney Play app that is interactive with what's in the parks.
2. Two words: NECKLACE. FAN.
This was my saving grace for the hot weather. If you are going in December, you are so smart. But if you're going when it's hot, get this fan. Even the Disney cast members were asking me where I got it.
3. Sun umbrella: If you have black hair like I do, then you know that direct sun can make you feel like your brain is frying. I loved having this umbrella when we were walking long distances outside.
4. Cooling cloths: I saw lots of people with these, although they bought the Mickey version. I love that I bought them cheaper ahead of time.
5. Cooling Gel Patches: I put one of these on the back of my neck and one my forehead under my hat and really felt the difference.
6. Collapsible water bottle: Ice water is free and plentiful at any Disney quick service food place. I just kept refilling my water bottle with ice water wherever we went.
7. Spare cell phone battery: SO IMPORTANT. With all the pictures you take, and surfing the net when you rest, you will drain your phone battery by lunch. This also charged my fan necklace when it died!
8. TILE for electronics: One of us lost our phone on the People Mover--luckily it was on a seat and was found, but having a TILE on your cell phone could be the difference between losing your phone and not losing it.
10. Stroller Fan: I am annoyed that I left this at home and kept wishing I had it for Evie's stroller. She definitely felt the heat, and wouldn't use my fan. This one would have stayed mostly out of sight.
11. Stroller: We used a City Mini GT stroller, and it held up really well. It had good shade and reclining for Evie, and was durable enough and comfortable enough for us. A stroller caddy and a Mommy hook were key for taking along our bags and drinks!