The day after Thanksgiving my mother and I flew to Disney World for Autumn’s first Disney trip at 9 months old. (She actually had her 9 month “birthday” while there!) I’m not sure if we are crazy or super adventurous for doing this trip during that time period but gosh it was a lot of fun! We stayed at the Grand Floridian and saw the lovely lifesized Gingerbread house that was on display! It was also still pretty warm which meant we got a break from the Atlanta winter weather and even jumped in the pool for a bit.
The Christmas decorations all over Disney World are absolutely gorgeous and I love the festive atmosphere. Such a fun time to visit the parks! We also went to our first Candlelight Processional show at Epcot and Neil Patrick Harris was narrating. Autumn was enthralled with the live music and singing - she was very quiet and just listened with great attention and occassionally clapped at the end of performances. People around us commented on how good she was through out the show which was really nice!
Autumn’s favorite ride experience was Small World - it was so adorable to watch her staring at all the creatures. Her favorite one she pointed out was the pandas. We also did a meet and greet in Epcot and Autumn was absolutely in love with Mickey and Minnie! It was the first time I saw her wave too - she was waving at Mickey and Minnie before we approached them! I didn’t even know she could do that at the time so I was really surprised and laughing.
My mom was a huge help on this trip watching Autumn while I took pictures. (One of my favorite things to do at the park!) The Cinderella fountain had recently reopened and I was so excited to snap some photos of that.
On the note of help from my mom... I have been asked by several people if I’d recommend taking a child under one to Disney World and my answer is YES! It’s a great way to go on a vacation that is easy and predictable for a new parent. Each park has a wonderful baby care center with a fully stocked kitchen in case you forget anything, play areas for older siblings, spacious changing rooms and a quiet room with recliners or rocking chairs for privacy/comfort while breastfeeding. Every trip to Disney before age one was such a breeze compared to other trips I went on during that time period!
Last but not least - we took Autumn to meet Stitch at The Poly for the Ohana breakfast. She wore her Stitch costume and my heart melted at the cuteness of her paired with the Stitch face character. I loved taking Autumn out in costumes and hope to continue doing this on future Disney trips as long (as she’s still interested of course!) because it’s so fun!! I probably need to find some cool stuff to wear next time I go... ;)