If you’ve been around my little blog for a bit, you’ll know about my affection for Disney World. I love it. I’m obsessed. I’m always dreaming about the next time we will pass under that colorful “Welcome to Walt Disney World” sign.
But today, I’m here to bring you a little dose of reality. That just because it’s Disney World with toddlers, doesn’t mean that it’s not a busy, activity packed, super stimulating day with your toddlers. It’s still real life. Just because you’re in Disney World it doesn’t mean that your toddler isn’t going to pee his pants because he refused to pee on the automatic flushing toilet or that your 8 month old isn’t going to spit up on 3 outfits that day and need to breastfeed right as you arrive at Prince Charming’s Carousel.
One of my best friends had her Disney trip coincide with ours, and she commented that I was posting all of these perfect photos on social media while her son was melting down on Main Street.
But that same day Elijah was throwing a tantrum in line for the Jungle Cruise because he wasn’t used to waiting longer than 10 minutes and he wanted to go on that boat. Right now.
This is why I like to keep my expectations low, so that I’m not super disappointed when I don’t get a photo that I want or when we miss one of the rides that I really wanted to go on. (Want more about doing Disney with tiny humans? Check out my post on Disney with an 18 month old here.)
I love to keep it real around here and share real life with toddlers. As I’m typing, my almost 4 year old is upside down on the couch next to me, still in his pull up because he refused to nap today. And I’m sitting in poptart crumbs, but they’re the organic kind of poptarts from Whole Foods, so they don’t have GMOs or high fructose corn syrup in them.
I have a few photos that I want to take each time we’re in Disney. Selfie in front of the castle. Pulling the sword in the stone. And, this one, standing in front of the truck at Oscar’s Super Service right near the entrance of Hollywood Studios. Elijah’s middle name is Oscar and I stood in front of it with him in my belly so now I want to get a picture with it whenever we’re there.
Yep. Such a great moment, right? Emmy was asleep in the Ergo and Elijah flat out refused to look up because of the sun. Maybe this year we’ll get it.
We thought we would let Elijah pick out whatever toy he wanted at World of Disney on our first night, in Downtown Disney. What smart parents would do is grab a few that we wanted him to get and let him choose from those. Or just buy him a toy and give it to him later–taking out the whole choice thing. Because giving a 2 and a half year old free reign in a giant store is an awful idea. Not only did he change his mind a million times, he chose the worst toy.
That he wouldn’t put down. Seriously, the whole trip he had it.
He clutched this weird flying Buzz toy on rides and meeting characters and at the dance party with The Incredibles. And it’s not even that cool of a toy. He couldn’t actually play with it the way it was intended in the park because he would hit people and I have an irrational fear of flying toys getting stuck in my hair.
It’s important to have low expectations when it comes to character meet and greets. Elijah, like every other kid, was (and still is) in love with Anna and Elsa from Frozen. It was pure luck that we were able to switch a fast pass to even get to meet them.
He was super excited to meet them. Giggling and pointing. Then, it was his turn. And he froze.
He wouldn’t make eye contact. He wouldn’t talk to them.
He was completely star struck. It was sweet, but I didn’t get to capture any of his initial excitement in meeting them, or even hearing him talk about it after. He did allow some side hugs and awkwardly posed photos.
And, did you know that if your non-walking baby is barefoot, they won’t let her crawl up to characters? Yep, me either. So another photo dream I had in my mind of letting sweet Emaline crawl on up to them to say hello. So, put shoes or socks on your non-walking baby if that is your dream too.
While we’re on the subject of getting that dream photo, here is some real life action of a perfectly posed siblings in front of the castle.
Emmy trying to get away and dude with a stroller walking right into our photo. I think I took 30 pictures to just get one solid keeper. That’s real life with tiny humans.
So as I plan our upcoming trip down to which order we will go on the rides and what time we will arrive at the parks each morning, I need to remember that toddlers are crazy, unpredictable tiny humans. I’m going to have low expectations and just try to enjoy the magical chaos that is toddlers in the most magical place one earth.