Tracy’s Disney First Time Two-Dos

I'm looking forward to the stroke of midnight--and six more hours to enjoy!

No, that’s not a typo in the subject line.  You see, I am only going to Disney World one time, but–much like my last couple of trips–I’ll be enjoying WDW with two of my favorite people.  My mother, Peggy, will be joining me for the first three days, and then sadly departing the day that Melissa Sue arrives.  I’m very much looking forward to spending time in WDW with both of these lovely ladies, as well as all of the things we have planned.

Thus, much like Melissa Sue’s To-Dis To-Do list, I have a list of my own.  And it’s jam-packed with exciting first-for-me experiences.  One of the best things about Walt Disney World is that you can visit over and over and never run out of new things to see and do.  Here are just a few that I’m looking forward to on this trip–which, by the way, begins today!

My mom and I are starting off our trip with a bang.  On our first full day in WDW, we will be taking the Keys to the Kingdom Tour.  Oddly, this was my mother’s idea, not mine.  It seems I’ve done a frighteningly good job of turning her into not just a Disney fan, but a Disney nerd.  She cannot wait to see the inner working of the Magic Kingdom.  And neither can I!

Speaking of my mother, I’m looking forward to her first showing of Fantasmic.  Melissa Sue accompanied me for my first time back in September, and now I’m going to do the same for my mom.  But this time I’ll know better than to sit in the front row.  

This trip was blessed with Disney magic from the very beginning, and a couple of weeks ago even more pixie dust was sprinkled upon our plans when a family friend gifted me some DVC points.  And when I say ‘some’ I mean ‘a lot’.  So not only will this be my first time staying in a DVC villa , but I’ll be staying in a variety of DVC villa rooms all located at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It will be my first time in a one bedroom villa (all by myself) and my first time in a savanna view room at AKL (for only one night, but still).  In case you can’t tell, I’m kind of excited about how my lodging arrangements turned out–even though I’ll be switching rooms three times over the course of eight nights!

I kind of hate to admit this, but this Disney fan has never been to a character meal.  Because I’m a childless adult, and because I typically travel to WDW solo, I’ve never really had the opportunity.  But all of that changed when Melissa Sue gave me three choices for lunch on Leap Day, and one of those choices was my (secret) number one pick for a character dining experience.  And so, she and I will be enjoying lunch with Pooh and his friends at Crystal Palace on February 29th.  That’s a pretty great use of part of my One More Disney Day, don’t you think?

One of my favorite things about traveling–both to Disney World and other places around the country and world–is meeting new people.  So of course I’m super looking forward to my very first Passporter Meetup, organized by the two of us here at Mouse on the Mind.  It seems as though the meetup might actually be a series of smaller meetups, which sounds great to me.  When it comes to getting together with present and future friends, the more the merrier!  In fact, if you plan to be in the parks during our visit and happen to spot us, come over and say hello!

This trip started with a bang and a tour, and it’s going to end with a bang and a tour.  My number one Disney wish list item has always been the Around the World on a Segway tour, and somehow Melissa Sue and I managed to squeeze it into our schedule.  We’ll be spending the morning of our departure day tooling around World Showcase on these quirky personal transportation devices.  If that doesn’t make us forget the sorry of our flight home later that day, I don’t know what will.

Of course, I’m looking forward to many of the same things Melissa Sue is looking forward to as well, including trying out Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  I’m hoping to enjoy many meals at restaurants I’ve not yet visited, from lunch at the lesser-known Wave of American Flavors to the oft-lauded sticky wings and the bread pudding from Ohana.  I’m looking forward to spending an entire night in the Magic Kingdom–and seeing how many other brave and tireless souls will join in the Leap Day festivities.   But most of all, I’m looking forward to all of the things that we will see and do that are not on the schedule.  Because the unknown, unplanned moments are often the most magical of all.