Unforgettable family memories at the Magic Kingdom.

It was so exciting waiting impatiently at Palm Beach airport on Friday morning, but eventually the five of them came into view. Those first hugs are always the best. πŸ™‚


They’d been up since 4-30am, so were pretty tired, and Max had to go for a nap when we got home. When he woke up, it was time for birthday presents, and his card, which he absolutely loved. When he opened the card, it plays a very loud, “Who let the dogs out!” 😯 Of course we’ve now heard it a gazillion times.


One of his other presents from us was a little train, which, when we bought it, we didn’t realise takes three batteries. It races around, making the most raucous sound, with all the bells and whistles going offΒ  at the same time, together with the sound of a train clacking along the railway tracks. The house has been quite noisy, to say the very least. πŸ˜€ We all went for an early dinner at the club, and he had balloons and a little cake with two candles, which he blew out with great gusto before anyone could get a photo. In this photo, he is looking somewhat suspiciously at the chef’s strawberry coulis and chocolate design on the plate.


On Saturday morning, we were all up before dawn to drive the three hours to Disney. We left at 6-30, and had a Starbucks stop on the way. As we approached the Magic Kingdom, the traffic looked quite ominous. There were obviously many other families with the same idea.


Out of the car, we were soon part of the heaving mass of humanity, but we soldiered on, and after paying the entrance fee of about $90 each, including almost the same for the kids, we were inside.


Here’s a better and more magical view of the castle. πŸ™‚


If there’s one thing I’ll remember Disney for, it will be the hundreds and hundreds of strollers everywhere, many of them containing sleeping toddlers who were oblivious of where they were, and others sitting looking quite traumatised by all the people brushing past them. Our three did enjoy themselves though, and the girls especially loved their encounters with the Disney princes and princesses. Aurora and her prince were first up.


Taylor really seemed to have a lot to say to Prince Charming, and Cinderella was very sweet to the girls.


Rapunzel’s long hair was a big hit too, and Prince Flynn was most attentive.


Of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse were very popular; after all wasn’t it they who started the whole Disney thing.


We all had a go on the bumper cars, which seemed very tame to me, as no-one bumped mine at all. 😦


The Dumbo ride was fun, and I loved being right up in the air.



It’s a while since I went on a merry-go-round, and hubby and I felt like big kids again. πŸ™‚


There was so much to see, and we all walked our legs off for about ten hours, with a stop for lunch. The kids were amazing, and even little Max did a fair amount of walking. The stores did quite well out of us too, as it’s hard to resist a few toys and souvenirs for the children. The weather had turned exceptionally cold and windy, and the shops were doing a roaring trade in long-sleeved T-shirts, jackets and blankets. There’s certainly plenty of merchandise to choose from, and it was sorely tempting.


When we could walk no longer, and were all shivering with cold, we took the ferry back across to the car park.


It had been a wonderful family outing. and unforgettable memories had been made. What a magical day. We got home well after midnight, but it was worth it.


Everyone who is able to, should do it at least once in their lives. The Disney experience is for kids of all ages, from two to a hundred and two. πŸ™‚


Tonight we’re baby sitting whilst our son and his wife are out having dinner with friends in Fort Lauderdale. The children have been little angels and ate all their dinner before goingΒ  to bed without so much as a squeak. We were very lucky. πŸ˜€ Today has been really cold, but tomorrow the weather promises to be better, and hopefully they’ll be able to go swimming.

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95 comments on “Unforgettable family memories at the Magic Kingdom.

  1. What a lovely day. I bet the girls will forever remember meeting the princesses, and those with them when they did meet those ladies.

  2. Looking at your pictures… I’m remembering when my husband went to DisneyWorld for the first time last year. He had grown up in California, so he went to DisneyLand all the time. I had never been, so he took me there, and I loved it. our vacation last year was DW, and it was amazing. Seriously, my most favorite place I have ever been. I struggle with depression, and I didn’t while we were there. I was a happy camper the whole time!

    • I’m so glad you had a wonderful time at Disney World, It’s great to step into a fantasy world for a while. I hope you get to go again soon. Thanks so much for your visit to my blog. I hope to see you again. πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for including my photo with Cinderella…. What you rolling your eyes for? πŸ˜†
    I had been in Disneyland in California 9 years ago. I arrived back in California 2 years ago and have not yet returned to the air-quote happiest place on earth. I missed out on going when a family friend went there last month. I don’t wanna go there by meself because I don’t wanna seem like a kidnapper. Ahihihi
    That castle shot is …..

  4. These are some awesome pictures and it looks like a lot of fun, but my favorite is the chocolate cake picture at the beginning. Totally looked fantabulous, but that strawberry design on the plate would have had me concerned too.

    • Thanks, TG. The desserts were really delicious, despite the tha rather strange splodge on the plate. I guess the chef thought he’d be artistic. πŸ™‚

  5. I can’t believe everyone held up for 10 hours in Disney World! Good for them and I’m glad Max had a happy birthday. I’m sure you’re thrilled to have them all there. How long will they stay?

    • Yes, we were all real foot soldiers, Cathy. πŸ™‚ They leave on Thursday night. The weather has really picked up now, so they’re able to have fun in the pool.

  6. Oh my gosh! I LOVE Rapunzel and Flynn! I watched a video of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora once, while they were walking around talking to children. The Prince asked a little girl if she remembered their story. Then Aurora asked the girl, “Are you a princess too?” The girl said no. Aurora said, “Well maybe you are, but you just don’t know it yet!” I thought that was just priceless and absolutely magical!

  7. goodness, but entrance costs a lot!

    AS a short person I can relate to the boredom/nervousness of children in strollers, at knee level with a huge crowd of people.

    I believe it is wuite something though. and I love the idea your granddaughter has already learned to chat up Prince Charming; smart girl!

  8. What stunning photographs, AD. The reflections in the water are so beautiful and one can feel the happy atmosphere of the crowds. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. What a fun day – I’m amazed that the kids lasted so long!
    (I’m astonished to learn that even children have to pay the $90 entrance fee. Ouch!)

    • Yes, the kids were fine, and slept on the way back home of course. I’m astonished that the adults lasted the course. πŸ™‚ I agree that it’s very expensive, and there are no concessions for seniors either.

  10. What beautiful memories you’ll take away from this experience! The pictures are lovely and what a great post for the unforgettable theme πŸ˜€

  11. Looks like you all had a fantastic time!
    Seeing all this fun, now I’m sure I want to be part of your family. Would it be possible for you to adopt me? πŸ˜€
    I don’t eat much. (ok, that’s not true, I kind of do eat a lot, plus my weekly Starbucks and beer budget can be a bit up there) But I’m fun to have around. :mrgreen:

    • I’ll have to give your request a bit of thought, Phil. I’m sure you are great fun to have around, and you could keep a watch out for alligators and entice the GBH to do some aerobatics over the lake for the kids’ amusement. πŸ˜† You didn’t mention the whiskey budget,

      • Yeah I left out that part about the whiskey didn’t I? Wonder how that could happen? πŸ˜› I also enjoy a nice brownie (with nuts) in the late evening with my little glass of milk. πŸ˜€

  12. Great gallery of a fun and perfect day *smile – been to Disney in Florida and Paris .. can’t say I’m a bigger fan – far too much people for my liking, but I’m amazed by their eyes for every little detail .. and the whole set up. I bet you where well exhausted – all of you.

  13. Absolutely perfect response to unforgettable. Those children are adorable and it looks like you had the perfect day. I agree. Everyone needs at least one dose of being there.

  14. Great entry for this week theme my friend ,Thanks for sharing your wonderful and unforgettable collections I love it πŸ™‚

  15. Magical day ! whoa …. and nothing beats a Merry Go Round and wavingandsmilingandsmiling andwaving oh dizzy now @ the camera at the right time AD .
    Lovely memories… thank heavens for digital cameras πŸ™‚

  16. What a thrilling experience! It was such fun enjoying it with them through the pictures. How I wish our set of kids (including self) were within reach of that!

  17. The card and train story reminds me of a devious friend of mine. When it was the second birthday of a mutual friend’s he generously chose to buy him a present. Somewhat less generously he intentionally found for the loudest present he could find: a drum. πŸ™‚

  18. Wow!!!
    All those people! Think I’ll be happy to enjoy it vicariously through you AD – much better for my blood pressure πŸ™‚
    I can’t help but think of those actors and actresses playing Aurora and whatnot – how do they stand it?
    Glad you guys had a fun day though – that’s all that really matters πŸ˜‰

  19. My daughter’s fave ride.. Dumbo! I was searching for Disneyland other the ones in Hong Kong where we visited last December! Thanks for sharing…

  20. what a lovely family outing… and the kids of all ages seemed to really enjoy the rides… I agree I think this is an experience that all should have on their bucket list.. even in old age… not that you’re old, but as you said fun for all even those of 102… loved this share…

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