To celebrate my nephew's first year in High School we took a trip to the happiest place on earth! Our little guy was just shy of 6-months old and we had so much fun completing his first coast-to-coast Disney experience! He was such a happy little traveler and his sense of adventure really came shining through on this trip! We had a late flight out this time and we were very excited to be staying at the Grand Californian hotel this time as a DVC guest. We couldn't believe the view from our room when we arrived. We stayed up well past the midnight hour in awe of our view into the park! We felt like we were VIPs with an all access pass to the park after closing!
The next morning we decided to venture into Hollywood for some non-disney, but still very magical adventures! The drive into Hollywood was stressful with a little one, but we made it and Wally got to meet his favorite monkey first thing through the gate! We had a lot of fun hanging out in Hogwarts and my Mom and I rode a few rides with Walter, but there is definitely not as much to do at Universal Studios with an infant as there is in a Disney park.
The next day a wind and rain storm swept through Southern California! My Mom opted to stay in the room with Wally so that we could have a fun adventure in the rain without having to worry about keeping him dry. We put on our ponchos and made the best of a rainy day in Disney! We managed to make it on to the Radiator Springs Racers before it was shut down for inclement weather then we made our way to a little tropical paradise hideaway at Trader Sams to dry off before taking in a movie in Downtown Disney. The boys enjoyed a rainy day afternoon nap after the movie and Mark and I had the opportunity to go on a romantic Disney date for dinner at The Napa Rose followed by a quick trip around the world! Enjoying a rainy day in Disneyland and taking time to do some activities we normally wouldn't slow down enough to consider was such a treat!
The next day the sun was out and we were ready to dig in to a full day of fun in Disneyland! Wally loved meeting Tigger, Chewbacca and seeing his first Disneyland parade. Disneyland is a great park for an infant and a teen to have fun! My nephew had a blast riding all the coasters with my husband and we had a great time with Wally strolling through the park, doing character meet-and-greets, and going on all the kid friendly rides. President's day weekend was a great time to visit. Crowd levels were not terrible and the weather was beautiful!
Our final day was spent in California Adventure park. We enjoyed a cloudy and cool day in the parks. Wally had a blast at the Disney Junior Live on Stage show and managed to fall sound asleep after the first 5 minutes of the show. He was Disney dreaming hard so we decided it was the perfect time to swing by the Cove Bar for a drink and some Lobster Nachos while he took a snooze. We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon doing all the "big kid rides" with my nephew and taking Wally on Heimlich's Chew Chew Train, The Little Mermaid and Monsters, Inc. There are definitely not as many rides and attractions that are infant friendly in the DCA park, but we enjoyed a leisurely day and my nephew had a blast riding all the larger attractions over and over again! We ended our time in the park with a meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse, but Wally wasn't to excited about the encounter! Character meet-and-greets are always a little hit or miss when you have an infant! We ended the day relaxing in front of the fireplace in the lobby of the Grand Californian while I nursed Wally. It was such a relaxing and cozy moment, I remember wishing it would never end!
We decided to take an impromtu weekend trip to Walt Disney World to celebrate my 30th birthday. Not only was this a trip to celebrate turning 30, but it was also Wally's very first Disney visit (outside the womb that is) and our very first Disney Vacation Club property experience! We made the leap to become DVC members on our very first Disney Cruise in December of 2015.
We ended up booking a 2-bedroom suite at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa as it was the only available DVC room when we called to book our trip in early November. Because we had such a large room my Dad joined us for the trip, which was a huge help since it was our first traveling experience with our little guy!
This was the first of many Disney trips ahead for our little guy and it was truly a magical start!
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tips for traveling to Disney World with an infant
I couldn't have asked for a better baby shower to celebrate with family and friends! It was so much fun helping put together the details and I may have gotten just a tiny bit carried away with the theming... but how can you not get carried away when it involves the greatest story in the galaxy? To start I asked a friend to design the shower invitations. We decided that having a gender reveal shower would be a lot of fun and using a Luke or Leia theme was the perfect inspiration for these adorable invitations! You can purchase your own through katiedidesigns. We made some BB-8 Cake Pops for the big announcement.
We had a blast putting together a Star Wars inspired menu. Mark grilled up Dark Side (Steak and Red Pepper) and Light Side (Chicken and Green Pepper) Kabobs for the main course. We had Vader Tater Salad and Jaba the Hut Jello Salad for sides. Yoda Soda Punch was a perfect choice for a beverage and no bake Wookie Cookies were a hit for dessert!
We had fun coming up with an assortment of activities and games for the shower including a Hyperdrive Diaper Drive raffle, Steal the Stars clothespin challenge, the Death Star circumference challenge, know your Star Wars ABCs, and a Storm Poopers dirty diaper challenge.
The shower ended with the big reveal! The Cake Pops were a big hit and such a fun way to announce that little Walter was on the way! Homemade Star Wars sugar cookies made the perfect thank you gift for everyone who came to share in this special day!
Irene and Mark have been happily married since 2008. They started dating while in high school and started their own business together while in their teens. They love to travel, especially to Disney destinations, and enjoy exploring new technologies, running and practicing Yoga together in their free time. Irene is a reader, writer, and lifelong learner with an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative mind. Mark is a holistic financial professional, Eagle Scout and so-so golfer with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for fine wine and creative cocktails.