Disney fun and exhaustion (Day One)

by Jen Lee Reeves on January 9, 2011 · 1 comment

in 2010, Disney World

[We spent four days at Disney World and I figured I’d document the trip as best I can… Even though it was a week or so ago!]

Day One: Epcot
Jordan caught a cold right before we went to Disney. She was a bit drippy and having a tough time sleeping at night. She never really complained about being sick. (Which I think is funny because when I feel icky, I am very open to complain.) But the night before we started our four days of fun at Disney, she barely slept. I was nervous about how it would go. We got to the park early – that’s something we did every day. It seems like you get to do a lot more and have more fun if you start the day when there aren’t a lot of people. It’s key when you visit at the peak of the holiday season. The first thing we did was find Mickey. Epcot is known to have fewer little kids who want to meet and greet the characters, so the wait time can be shorter than in other parks.


I gave the kids autograph books for the first time. I thought they’d enjoy the experience and it would be a fun thing to look back on. What I didn’t realize was the challenge of juggling the pen and the pages and the quick time capturing photos all at the same time. I was a pro by the end of the trip, but our Mickey and friends visit felt very complicated. We decided to do Disney without a stroller. Since Jordan was a day away from five years old, it just seemed worth the try. We were ready to rent one if needed. But Jordan is a tough kid and never asked or needed one at any point in our trip. But I’m pretty sure the lack of sleep the night before and the lack of a stroller led to Jordan’s exhaustion at our dinner that night. The moment we sat down to our table, she fell asleep. Not a little, but a lot. Since we were there to celebrate her birthday, there was a polka band that actually played a birthday song for her… and she slept through it. All of it!
She woke up in time to enjoy the big fireworks at Epcot from her dad’s shoulders. It was a fabulous show. And we were exhausted and ready to go back to the hotel and sleep! We had a big birthday to look forward on our second day in the parks.
(I’ll write more about that soon!)

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Beth @ TheAngelForever January 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

What a trooper she was having a cold and keeping up all day. So she slept through the entire meal? We have had that happen at Disney before as well. We are renting a double stroller in March for our 3 and 7 year old boys. My oldest has low muscle tone and may need a lift from time to time. We had this the last two trips and it really helped us to get more hours in the parks.

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