Every time someone asks me “How was Disney?” I respond with “it was the least relaxing vacation of my life.” Because that’s pretty much how it was. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? The drive down there was surprisingly great- the kids did really, really well with just a couple of minor meltdowns. And up until the last hour, I managed to stay in the front seat.
Our first meltdown belonged to Brody (of course it did) who had a fit because I wouldn’t turn the pages of his tractor book for him. It’s blurry because he was thrashing like an alligator while screaming at me “TURN IT DA PAGE!!!” No thank you, I don’t believe I will.
Meltdown #2 belonged to Knox who did NOT want to watch “Finding Nemo.” He wanted to watch the screensaver on the TV, instead.
We started out just driving, trying to hold off on using the DVD player until we had to. We made it about an hour before we busted out the first goodie bag. Those things definitely worked!! I wish I had made another set for the trip back… oh, the trip back. You guys. Don’t even. Anyway, they were very happy with their little toys and goodies.
We drove about four hours before we had to stop for lunch. We stopped at a random Chick-fil-a in Georgia to eat and stretch our legs. It was also pouring down rain, monsoon style, which was lovely. I always enjoy getting drenched in a torrential downpour then sitting in wet clothes while I drive for an eternity.
When we were about an hour away from Disney, Brody had enough of the drive. He was getting belligerent and just generally obnoxious in the back seat. There was crying, yelling, throwing, etc. So, I did what needed to be done.
And I stole one of their lollipops because I needed to reward myself for sitting in the 11 inch space between those huge carseats for an hour. It was not worth it. However the crying did stop, so I count that as a victory! When we finally arrived at our hotel, we checked in and decided to go on a walk to Downtown Disney- we stayed at the Hilton right across the street (we had extra magical hours and bus transport to the parks, which was nice), so it was a very short walk. Knox passed out, and we sweat ourselves to death before deciding to go back to the hotel for dinner and some rest before hitting the Magic Kingdom the next day.