Here I go, wrapping up the list of our favorite Disney memories.
5. Aiydan at the pool
Little Mr. Aiydan is a water baby! He loved sitting in the baby pool and splashing away. He could have easily passed on the amusement parks and just spent the entire day at the the campground recreational area.
4. Seeing family
I have two grandparents, a few aunts and uncles, and then a slew of cousins that all live in the Orlando area. I didn't get to see all of them, but a bunch stopped by our campsite to say hi or join us for a dip in the pool. My aunt Peg and her two girls, Sam and Sydney, along with my grandparents joined us at Epcot, which was a ton of fun. Also, it was Peg's boyfriend that got us into Disney for free (he works there) in the first place - THANK YOU SCOTT!
This picture includes me, Montoya, Aiydan, my grandma, Aiyannah, Aunt Peg, Sam, Sydney, my mom, and my grandpa. We were quite the troupe - with two scooters, a walker, and a stroller. And wet as drowned rats - from the downpour on our way in - to boot.
3. Aiyannah & the rollercoasters
She was fearless. She loved them all. Mount Everest? The Tower of Terror? Splash Mountain? She rode all of them with out blinking an eye. She loved the Rockin' Rollercoaster so much she had to ride it twice.
While the rest of our group was riding the rollercoasters, Aiydan and I spent quality time eating ice cream... and leaves.
(And his "Aunt Jessie" had taken off the kid's pants by this point because it was hotter'n blazes. Ah to be the age where pants are optional...)
2. Aiydan & the parades
Second only to the pool, Aiydan wholeheartedly enjoyed the Disney World parades! He kept pointing at the bright lights, colors, and characters, all with a big smile on his face. Otherwise he spent the bulk of his time in the parks sleeping peacefully in a stroller. BEST BABY EVER.
1. Seeing Disney though someone else’s eyes
By far the best part! I've been to Disney World many, many times. And have loved it every single time. But seeing the face of someone who has just viewed Cinderella's castle for the very first time? Or watching a little girl proudly bring her autograph book up to Belle and chat with her for awhile? Or perhaps overhearing her refer to "Apricot" (Epcot) on a regular basis? Montoya even mentioned she's pick Disney World for a honeymoon spot. The vacation was a hit all around.
It still makes me smile to think about it, and truly gave me a new appreciation for the magical quality of Disney.