When it came to Brenna choosing her ultimate Wish through Make-A-Wish, it was a longer process because she was young… but after a while as we worked with her Wish granters, she decided that her top desires were 1) A ride in a limo and 2) Breakfast with Minnie Mouse!
On our 5th day at Disney World, there were stars in her eyes as Brenna’s dream came true and she got to devour sausage links with her all-time favorite character….
We had breakfast at Chef Mickey’s in the Contemporary Resort, and all of the characters showed up to socialize with us. Both Connor and Brenna were star-struck and thrilled by our famous visitors. For much of the meal, Brenna was even too excited to – gasp – eat her bacon. Definitely a first!
Though Brenna is usually not impressed by large costumed individuals, when it came to the celebrities at Disney that she knows and loves, she absolutely couldn’t WAIT to give hugs. She stood to each one with her arms open wide, a look of pure admiration and anticipation on her face.
This breakfast at Chef Mickey’s was such a special meal for our family, and I know my parents were delighted to be able to see all of the excitement from their grandkids.
Lucky for us – that was only the beginning of our magical day, and it apparently really did fill the kids with a special kind of magic because we had a 12-hour day at Magic Kingdom with no meltdowns!
Our days at most of the other Disney and Orlando parks included a lot of shows, but at Magic Kingdom, we hopped on all of the rides like nobody’s business. When the kids needed a snack, my parents graciously told me and Evan to head to whatever more “thrilling” ride was around while they filled up the kids – so we were able to do Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad by ourselves.
We took Connor on Splash Mountain (there may have been some regret involved as our flume log prepared to plunge, but he lived to tell about it), and it was pure delight to find so many family-friendly rides that we could all do together. Some favorites for us included Dumbo (one of Brenna’s favorites), Pirates of the Caribbean, The Barnstormer roller coaster (Connor’s favorite), Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid (another Brenna favorite), the Jungle Cruise, and Peter Pan’s Flight (my favorite family ride!).
While Evan and I did Space Mountain, my parents and kids enjoyed Tomorrowland’s PeopleMover, and we all went to the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, which was really cute and entertaining (and a nice break from the action).
The Jungle Cruise
By this point, Brenna was so thrilled with the characters that she hardly touched her plate, worrying that she might miss one as they came by. We loved our experience at the Crystal Palace, and it was really fun getting to see a set of new beloved characters that you can’t see anywhere else at Disney.
And then the kids joined Piglet for a jaunt around the restaurant!
The hours fly at Disney, and it felt surprising each day to see night begin to fall. We couldn’t have been happier with our day at Magic Kingdom, and the fireworks show is also a definite must-do. It was purely magical and well worth staying up late for! Evan and I also got to take in the Epcot fireworks display another night, and both were simply spectacular, in different ways.
After our wonderfully full day at Magic Kingdom, we then prepared to leave Give Kids the World, say goodbye to my parents, and get started on the second leg of our trip with the Children’s Miracle Network…Coming next!
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