A Disney filled weekend with Mason

We started our trip to Orlando with Mason flying on his first ever airplane!  He loved it, and he honestly wasn’t nervous at all.  He had plenty of fun little distractions, but preferred sitting by the window, staring out and telling me what he saw.  I’ve never been a big fan of flying, and I’m glad that I didn’t pass my fear onto him.  After a little while, we broke out the iPad, and Mason enjoyed playing a little Mickey’s Road Rally.  Happy as a clam with bear-bear in tow!

MasonDisney07I loved the time I spent with Parker at Disney so much right before his third birthday and that was one reason why we decided to continue the tradition and bring Mason there for his third birthday as well!

We arrived in the afternoon and Mason took a quick snooze in the car on the way to the hotel.  That was perfect, because then he was recharged for fun! I told him the hotel had a pool, and he immediately wanted to go for a swim!  It was perfect because he played in the kiddie pool, and Mama got to relax and enjoy the sunshine for a bit!IMG_5276

After a nice dip in the pool, we headed to Downtown Disney for some yummy dinner and to look around at the fun stores!  A nice tip for those of you dining with one child and heading to T-Rex, SIT AT THE BAR! There’s always a few seats available and best of all, you get the same fun filled atmosphere with NO WAIT.  Those wait lists are ridiculous spanning over an hour for a table. With kids… No. Thank. You.  Granted, they do have a cool place where you can dig for bones, and a gift shop, and other fun things to keep your child busy, but still… when they’re hungry, they’re hungry.  Meltdown could ensue… so either get there early or if there are just a few of you, then hit up the bar! It’s totally kid friendly!

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This was a busier time of year than when I took Parker.  Mostly because quite a few people had their spring break.   We still made the best of it, even though the lines were a bit longer.  We arrived early before the gates opened and Mason LOVED seeing all the characters open the park!  It is one of my most favorite times. The anticipation of seeing all the characters just brings a big smile on my face! I loved seeing Mason’s face for the first time when he saw Mickey.  Pure Joy!  He DOES NOT normally like characters either.  He LOVED seeing Mickey though!

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We got on a lot of rides right away when we first got there because we were there so early.  Buzz Lightyear ride was first, then tea cups, race cars, flying saucers, and Dumbo… Lots of fun!!!

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We ate lunch at the Crystal Palace.  I knew Mason wasn’t too fond of large stuffed characters, but the lunch is truly fantastic, with it being a buffet, and free for kids under 3.  I tried to get him to warm up to Pooh, and a few of his friends, but he wasn’t having it.  It didn’t help that Mason was starving, and as soon as we were seated, the last thing he wanted to see was a fuzzy bear in a suit.  He wanted food.  I didn’t blame him either.  It was pretty hot out, and it was easy after all the fun activities to work up an appetite.  MasonDisney10

MasonDisney09After lunch, we enjoyed seeing the parade, and we headed back to the hotel so Mason could get a nice nap.  I wanted him to get a good nap, so we could hopefully stay out late and avoid potential meltdowns.  Meltdowns were averted, and we enjoyed the rest of the evening!

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MasonDisney12DisneyMason12Mason and I made some sweet memories together.  It’s been fun seeing his sweet personality shine during this trip.  It is so different from Parker’s personality and I love him for that.  When Parker went to Disney he wanted to do the fastest and scariest rides, and loved all the Winnie the Pooh characters. Mason on the other hand loved the siging and dancing of the parades, meeting Mickey, and the outdoor rides and wasn’t as fond of the Winnie the pooh characters.  When we left after the parade that night, I felt like we did everything in a day that we could to make it a fun special time for the two of us.  The weather was nice, and afterward Mason said that he really loved the time we spent together.  That alone made it all worth it.  Sharing memories that I know he’ll remember for many years to come!

MickeyDisney13 MasonDisney14 MasonDisney15Our last day in Orlando was St. Patty’s Day.  We went back to Downtown Disney and did some shopping and had fun at the Lego store, and ate lunch at the Rainforest Cafe before going to see the Lego Movie at the theater.  A great way to rap up the weekend! {iPhone pics}

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