Well, we went to Disney. Matt O's lovely aunt works there and was kind enough to get us in. We had...fun. It was not exactly what we expected. Matt was remembering childhood there and wanted Elie to be thrilled, I was hopping to survive the day with 2 small children and lots of crowds. Here is the thing about 2 year olds, they don't get lines and Disney is all about lines. Don't get me wrong, Elie had fun. She liked Disney like she liked trips to the zoo or "Red Birds House" aka Red Robin. To her, it was no different. To us, it was a lot more work. We enjoyed our day, it was nice to spend time with Matt's dad and step mom, to see a show and ride a few rides. With Addie, we are going to wait until she is older. I think maybe 7 or 8 is a good age for Disney. Here are my Disney tips:
1- Keep realistic expectations. You will need lots of potty breaks, drinks, and patients for crowds and long lines. Don't be afraid to find a "quite" place for a rest and snack and sit for a while.
2- What a kid likes will surprise you. Elie loved the "Billy Hill" music show, the "tea cup" ride and hugging, of all things, the penguins who hang out with Mary Poppins.
We are blessed that we got to go, so please don't think me ungraceful. Lets just say we bought into the Disney hype about "Happiest place on Earth" and Elie is just as happy playing with her friends, catching worms and Roley pollies, and buying ice cream from the ice cream truck.