Disney World with a 3-year Old|
There’s nothing like visiting Disney
World with a three year old child. Being a rapidly graying baby
boomer that had become quite comfortable as an empty nester we were
recently given the pleasure of having our three year old grandson
live with us.
Well Grandma thought it would be a fabulous idea to
take him to Disney World for a few days since he is a huge fan of
Pirates of the Caribbean although you have to understand his unique
pronunciation to know what in the world he’s so excited about.
first mistake we made was telling him the afternoon before that we
were going to Disney World as he spent all of the time in between
sounding like a Super Bowl commercial “I’m going to Disney World”
over and over. Sometimes I crave those empty nester days more than
Well, after enduring a very long ride to Disney World with a
constant chant of “I want to go to Disney World” we arrived at the
Saratoga springs Resort and got settled into our room all the while
enduring a chant of “you said we were going to Disney World” not
comprehending we were not staying in Cinderella’s castle as some
lucky visitors get to.
After getting settled in as quickly as we could we headed to the
Magic Kingdom to find Mickey Mouse and his pals and as we were
gazing at the castle in open mouthed awe which I find is very common
for him to do at this age a beautiful girl in costume walked up and
asked if we would like to be part of the parade that was to begin
shortly and so that was our first ever parade, down Main street
Disney World waving flags and smiling at the crowd lined up along
the route watching.
After the parade ended Wyatt did a dance routine
with Goofy on the town square. who would ever believe the kid was
bashful. After the parade everything is a blur of activities as we
moved from one attraction to another without a break for an elderly
couple but the three year old never slowed down so the Grandparents
had to keep up. Maybe this is the key to not getting old; keep up
with a three year old.
Seeing the Magic kingdom through the eyes of a three year old gives
you a completely different perspective, I honestly didn’t think
there was that much to do until we’re being pulled through with his
youthful enthusiasm and Dumbo the flying elephant becomes a great
ride, so does the spinning teacups which he thought were great and
we left dizzy.
And don’t forget it’s a small world. Great fun for
all ages. After enjoying many attractions and rides Pirates of the
Caribbean was spotted and this turned out to be his favorite, in fact
when the ride ended he didn’t want to get off “c’mon Granpa let’s do
it some more”.
Have you ever noticed when you exit a ride in Disney
World the exit is always through a retail facility where you are
given the opportunity to purchase much needed merchandise that the
little guys can’t possibly live without. Well we couldn’t possibly
live without a sword and a pistol and a tee shirt or two; this is
what I saw I don’t know what else Grandma bought that will turn up
We caught the monorail to cap off his wish list of ways to travel
today. We asked if it would be possible to sit in front with the
driver who graciously complied with our wishes and we were able to
enjoy the ride with an unobstructed view while being entertained by
the pilot and we were even given cards that said we were co pilots.
The Fireworks display was the finale for the day
We decided to head to Epcot to watch the great fireworks show Disney
has for the guest’s enjoyment, this show is great each time it is
presented and Disney’s Tuesday night show is better than most cities
have on the Fourth of July. Hopefully we all made some lifelong
memories that will be cherished forever.
When we decided to take
this trip I thought we would be a rarity, grandparents taking their
grandchildren to Disney World but after noticing all of the seniors
with small kids I believe it is very common for the grandparents to
be enjoying this time with their grandchildren.
If you haven’t taken a child to Disney World yet you really have
missed a great deal of enjoyment and just think about all of their
memories you will be a fond part of. With a young child you will
definitely see Disney world in a different way.