As a bit of a Disney nerd I was excited to take Lennon to the Magic Kingdom for his first time. In the planning stages I asked Kenny if he was upset that he was going to miss it (I know I would), but apparently in guy-world a child’s first trip to Disney is no big thing.
Years ago I worked at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I worked at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Playhouse Disney Live on Stage (now closed) and Toy Story Midway Mania. There I met some amazing people and one of those amazing people, Tom, was kind enough to set us up with tickets and spend the morning with us.
First stop, guest services, with a quick pit stop to watch the tail end of the parade. Lennon thought it was pretty cool. Why guest services? Lennon is a handful, more so than other kids his age. Taking him through a queue line is no problem – so long as he is confined to a stroller. We received a special pass allowing us to use his stroller as a wheelchair so that it could be used in queue lines. For those of you thinking all kids are a handful, you haven’t met Lennon. The more I am around other kids his age (and younger) the more I realize how different he is.
On to Fantasyland we went!
It’s A Small World – Lennon’s first ride at Disney was a success. He was wide awake and alert taking in all the characters around him. No major moments of excitement, but you could tell he was enjoying it. Outside of the Magical Forest here in Vegas, Lennon hasn’t really been on too many rides. He did a mini roller coaster in Paris he love, but that’s about it.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Lennon slept through this one.
Peter Pan’s Flight – Lennon slept through this one.
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid -Finally, the kid woke up! Lennon found a majority of the ride fun, but really enjoyed the ending with King Triton and the fireworks. They made me excited to take Lennon to see some real light show display – even if I’m not all about them!
This is where we had to say our goodbyes to Tom who was heading home to get ready for Halloween Horror Nights. Jealous!
Mad Tea Party – I imagine Lennon would have liked to go on this with more adventurous people than his mom and aunt Lanie as I’m sure I wasn’t spinning quick enough for his liking. With as little as I did spin I was already getting a little nauseous.
Dumbo – Lennon’s clear favorite. He loved the up and down motion, the water, and being able to sit in mom’s lap. Also, the play area prior to the actual queue line was a blast. Lennon enjoyed exploring the netting high above the land, he didn’t want to go.
Pete’s Silly Sideshow – A few years back you would get to meet the gang at Mickey’s house, now you visit them here. Definitely quick and easy, but I sort of missed going through Mickey’s house and seeing all the amazing details Disney puts into, well, everything. Not sure if the house is still somewhere you can go through. Here we met Daisy, Donald, Goofy & Minnie. Lennon appeared to be super excited for Goofy, who was the first character we approached, but he bee-lined past him to check out the details on the wall behind him. Minnie and Donald weren’t much of a success, but Daisy engaged him a little bit. He played with her beak and petted her hands.
The Friar’s Nook – LUNCHTIME! Elaine looked into vegan eats at Disney and this place had vegan brats to enjoy (I got a regular brat). On the side were a plate of tater tots – these were a hit with Lennon.
I was disappointed to learn that Lennon did not meet the height requirements for The Barnstormer or The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but I’m sure there are reasons for that and we will just have to hit them up next time.
A quick pit stop at Tomorrowland!
No visit to Disney is complete without saying hi to some friends. My dear friend Elyse was working the Carousel of Progress so we swung by to exchange hugs and introduce her to Lennon. Elyse is one of those great people who always make time to see me when I visit, regardless of how crazy things may be. Love her.
The Enchanted Tiki Room – This show just makes me smile. There is nothing super special about it, but the animatronic birds are a hoot!
Pirates of the Caribbean – A classic! Did you know that the movie Pirates of the Caribbean is actually based on the ride? It wasn’t until after the movie came out that the Captain Jack Sparrow figure was introduced into the attraction. The steep hill towards the beginning is always a highlight for me, I think my daredevil son enjoyed it too.
Jungle Cruise – Yet another ride where Lennon fell asleep. Our guide was fantastic, plenty of bad jokes and one-liners to entertain me.
And finally, mom’s favorite, Liberty Square!
Haunted Mansion – I LOVE this attraction. Lennon made it through the intro unscathed – even when it went pitch black and the shriek sounded. From there Lennon, myself and aunt Lanie hopped into our ride. I honestly don’t know how Lennon was feeling about much of it, because I was too focused on my good time, LOL. I do know that he was not a fan of the part where the car tilts back – he kept trying to sit up.
I’d say Disney Day was a success. Longest wait was maybe 10 minutes, if even, and Lennon was on his best behavior.