We left home on Tuesday, September 1. Sydney was just beside herself with excitement and she looked adorable with her pink Hello Kitty carry on!
The hotel grounds were beautiful, as they always are at any place Disney...
After we were settled in our hotel room, we went out to, in Sydney's words, "paint the town yellow"! First stop, Downtown Disney, a fun and fabulous shopping/dining strip across from the Disney parks. We used all complementary Disney transportation to and from the airport and for any shopping and eating outside the parks and it was wonderful - reliable, and the operative word - FREE.
That was it for the first day of Sydney's Big Girl Trip. We needed to get some rest in order to visit the Magic Kingdom in our typical family style - no matter how tired you are, open and close those parks!
Everything at WDW was beautifully decorated for Autumn. Naturally, the shape of all the pumpkins resembled a certain Master of Ceremony!
Day 2: EPCOT in the AM and back to the Magic Kingdom
Sydney and her Papa twirled the cups at the Mad Tea Party with glee! The more Mimi sqealed, the faster they went!
Mickey's humble abode sported a pumpkin in the yard with a strange familiarity...what could it be???
WE FOUND NEMO!!!
Our granddaughter, who was too shy to tell folks her name, entertained the crowd with a hoola hoop show as we waited for the Electric Light Parade. We had no clue she could hoola the hoop with such exuberance! That tiny little body wiggled and twirled until she had the crowd clapping and laughing. It was a total scream!
Just one sample of the wonderful displays and floats in the Electric Light Parade. Wish you could hear the music too!
The fireworks over the castle are just not to be missed at WDW!
Day 3: We spent the early part of the day at the hotel pool. Then we went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. What fun! It was a first for us. The kids and quite a few adults too, dressed up for Halloween and trick or treating at specific stations in the park. There was special music and a "dance party" for young kids with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy. We had a ball!
It felt kind of silly wearing a Halloween t shirt on September 3 and 88 degrees, but with the cutest little mouse in the world at my side, what's not to like?
Oh, yes...I could most definitely get into a little girl state of fantasy staring at Cinderella's gorgeous carriage!
The trick or treat party started in Toon Town...
Of course we had to take in some more rides too!
Sydney and her man Mickey connected at the happening dance party of the night...
Oh, ya, Minnie is most definitely intimidated by the beautiful new mouse in red...
A ride off into the sunset...
The fireworks and music at the Halloween party had a slightly sinister edge, but the castle looked gorgeous under the starbursts!
Ah NUTS!!! Every good thing must come to an end. A not quite as happy 5 year old waits for our ride to the airport to go back home.
It just went by way too fast, but kindergarten awaits!
A sucker and Dumbo makes everything better...
I warned you this post would be long! Thanks for sticking with me through this long pictoral. Let me suggest once again that you consider some kind of solo trip or event with each grandchild - or your own children. It doesn't have to be a Disney World kind of thing - a sleep over in a back yard tent, or an over night at a hotel with an inside pool and games, etc. The idea is to make a memory both you and your special little one will cherish. I plan to make or order a memory/scrap book for Sydney and for Sandy and I. We decided to buy Sydney a lasting gift from Disney World other than the t shirt and stuffed animals we got her. We wanted her to have something that would remind her of these special days together for the rest of her life. We bought the same thing for us to keep too. We had it shipped home - when it arrives I'll show it to you.