Thank you stopping by the series today, as we welcome Jodi of Magical Mouse Schoolhouse to 50 Days to 50 Years. She takes us back to Walt Disney World 2006.
We loaded up our brand new minivan with pretty much everything in our house, along with diapers and wipes and snacks and drinks and all sorts of unnecessaries from Sam’s (I am a charter member of Overpackers Anonymous!) and hit the road. Walt Disney World or Bust!
Walt Disney World 2006
We stayed at Pop Century. My parents joined us—they flew in—and had an adjoining room. My kids were 11, a few weeks shy of 3, and 9 months old at the time.
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain Opens
The oldest loved every bit of the trip. He was big enough and bold enough to try most rides—even the extreme ones—at least once, and found many of them so cool he rode them over and over again. One of his favorites was the newest attraction at Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest, which had just debuted in April. My son wasn’t scared one bit of the 18-foot Audio-animatronic Yeti (which actually moved and roared back then), but found it pretty thrilling to taunt the Guardian of the Forbidden Mountain.
My youngest remembers none of that first trip, of course. I, however, have sweet snapshots of my littlest prince sleeping on my shoulder, and I can still hear his silly giggles at all the sights and sounds.
But what made that trip extra magical for me was my almost 3-year-old’s reaction to Magic Kingdom. You see, she was all about princesses and dress-up and sparkle and wonder at that time, and she thought we were truly at Cinderella’s house. She thought Cinderella was real and the Castle was her home. She thought all the other Characters were Cinderella’s friends and neighbors and the whole place was their playground. Her delight with everything we did on that first magical journey is etched in my memory forever!
The family recently moved to our favorite vacation destination. We just can’t get enough. You know what? I don’t think we’ll ever be full of the magic of Walt Disney World!
Happy 50th Birthday, Walt Disney World Resort!
Today’s Guest feature is by Jodi Whisenhunt, a Disney-devoted veteran homeschooling mom of 3, who owns Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, a place where children and their parents can stretch the walls of the home classroom. Think outside the textbook and learn while you play where Disney IS school. Also on Facebook and Twitter.
The final week of the series continues tomorrow; Amy from Growing Up Disney will share memories from 2007. We’re almost there!