Her First Magic Moments

I do my best to convince my husband that we need to START and END our Walt Disney World vacations at Magic Kingdom. There’s just something special about that place, something magical.

This is our three-year-old baby’s first visit to Walt Disney World. I’d been especially looking forward to her first day at Magic Kingdom, because it’s my favorite, a classic without a doubt.

With the exception of 45 minutes to get ready for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party early in the evening, we were away from our resort from 8:30 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. So you can imagine the day wasn’t 100% magical. We had some meltdowns. We had some moments in which my husband and I were on the edge of getting a little fed up with our near four year old. And let’s just be honest – she had a few “hangry” moments, didn’t get a nap or swim time, and needed to be held more than we wanted to admit. (We might be renting a stroller tomorrow.)

But being there to experience my baby’s first magic moments far outweighed any trouble we experienced with her the rest of the day. These are the memories we’ll relive for a lifetime. These are the images we’ll roll around in our mind when we think of her first Walt Disney World vacation.

Her first time seeing Cinderella’s castle from a distance.



Her first picture by the castle with mama, sister and brother.


Her first SUPER SCARY roller coaster ride. Oops. She was tall enough for the ride. I even asked if kids her age go on the ride and the cast member said yes. But it was way faster than it looked and she screamed bloody murder the whole way through. Sorry, Maisie! 


Her first time watching a Disney World street party!


Her first time experiencing the Haunted Mansion. It shut down for a couple minutes half-way through and was actually a tad creepy during that time. But still…pretty awesome as usual!


Her first time meeting Belle. It was one of my most magical moments of the day as well. Enchanted Tales with Belle is Magic Kingdom’s hidden treasure.

meeting Belle at Magic Kingdom

Her first Disney parade! She kept waving and yelling the names of each character that passed until they responded (or didn’t). I was shocked at the number of characters that actually waved to her, smiled at her, and stopped to give her a high five. Guess all that yelling and waving worked its magic! 


Her first SUPER “hangry” moment (hungry + angry). And her first relief snack on Main Street. Thank goodness for strawberry banana smoothies at 4:00 p.m.


And her first character dining experience. PIGLET!


It was all magical. Every bit. “Hangry” and all.

First magic moments. Irreplaceable memories for a lifetime.

Tomorrow we’re heading to Epcot. Join us, will you? I’ll be back with another post at the end of our day!






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  1. Carol Femling says:

    RENT a stroller!! We always had one for you kids when you were little and we were there with you!! I’m AMAZED that Maisie made it that many hours!! I couldn’t even do 12 hours at the Magic Kingdom without my feet hurting beyond repair and I’m an adult. Looks like the positives outweighed the “hangry” times!! Keep having FUN!! Love all the pictures and posts!!

  2. Tom Baunsgard says:

    Great post Amy… rent the stroller 🙂

  3. Sandi Bishop says:

    Thanks for sharing the “making memories”

  4. Nicole Marie Newfield says:

    Such precious memories! Have a wonderful day at Epcot!

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