This year for Aubrey's birthday we decided to spend the money on a short trip to Disney instead of having a birthday party for her. I figured this might be the last year that I can get away with not having a party and Disney was having really great deals for Florida residents, $99 for 3 days at any Disney park.
It wasn't a complete success but we did get away for a few days and Aubs had fun at Magic Kingdom. Animal Kingdom was pretty much a bust. I wouldn't recommend going there unless your kids are older, like 6 or 7. I actually wouldn't recommend going there at all if you have ever been to Busch Gardens in Tampa. Animal Kingdom just seemed like a down grade from Busch Gardens for us. It also didn't help that Aubrey had a meltdown every 20 minutes while we were there and we ended up leaving and checking into our hotel early.
Magic Kingdom was much better, although it was super busy. It was a stampede to get onto the trolley to get from the parking lot to the ticket area. Joe and I were shoved on and got separated a couple of rows apart. It wasn't a big deal but you'd think that people wouldn't be so pushy at "the happiest place on earth". We took Aubrey on Small World and she loved it. She also loved the parade where they invite you at the end to dance in the street with the characters. If you didn't know already, Aubs can be a bit of a dancing machine.
We decided to skip going to the park on the 3rd day because it was a Saturday and we figured that if it was that busy on a Friday then it was going to be twice as busy on Saturday. We can use our pass until the end of May so we are going to go back on a weekday at the end of April or beginning of May when Spring Break is over and school isn't out yet. I will probably be able to get more pictures then too because I won't be pushing a stroller through huge crowds.
Birthday Wake Up Call
I was going to do the whole fill her bedroom with balloons thing but then I decided I would just blow up a few and put them in the living room so she could find them when she came out in the morning.
Out before we could get to the hotel
She climbed up there because there was music playing from a big speaker and she wanted to dance.
Trying to get in on some Mickey action
Her favorite part of the trip was dancing in the street during the parade.
A rare sweet face
I wanted her to get the Minnie hat but she insisted on Mickey
Watching the show on Daddy's shoulders