Magic Kingdom and Mickey Ears…

The second day of our Orlando Vacation Boo could barely eat his breakfast…. He was so excited because his big brother David was coming to the resort to pick us up and take us toย The Magic Kingdomย !!! My oldest son (who was participating in the Disney College Program) ย had earned tickets to take his brother and I to several theme parks during our visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

David arrived with a surprise that made Boo grin from ear to ear! Mickey Mouse Ears!!!! We put on our Disney attire, sprinkled some pixie dust, and made our way to the “happiest place on earth…”

Magic Kingdom!
Magic Kingdom!

We could feel magic in the air as we walked down Main Street and Boo squeezed my hand in excitement, telling me Splash Mountainย was first on his list! I have to admit… I adore riding this with my kiddos!


Disney Fun!
Splash Mountain!
Country Bear Jamboree!

After that, we headed over to my fave ride from childhood….ย Pirates of theย Caribbeanย !!

Pirate Mickey!

We were lucky enough after the ride to find Captain Jack Sparrow swaggering around the park!!!

Captain Jack Sparrow!

We had so much fun exploring Disneyworld! David got his brother Mickey ice cream to enjoy as we looked around and treated us to a delicious lunch with a view ofย It’s A Small World! Boo was thrilled to meet Elena of Avalorย and to try and removeย The Sword In The Stoneย with help from his brother ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Disney Princesses!
Disney Princesses!

Boo lovesย Beauty and Theย Beast ย (We’ve seen the live-action version 2x in the theater and watched the animated version countless times…) so he was thrilled to ย find the Beasts’ castle at the Magic Kingdom!!! ย Not only can you see the Castle, you can ย have lunch at ย Be Our Guest Restaurant! It looked amazing but I highly recommend to my readers that you make reservations here ahead of time… Some online sources even recommend trying to book a table as early as 6 months prior to your trip.

Be Our Guest!
Be Our Guest!

Another fun stop wasย Gaston’s Tavern! Here you can find Lefou’s Brew, slushies, fresh fruit and hummus. People were walking out of here with the largest cinnamon rolls I haveย ever seen! They looked gigantic!

Disney vacation!
Gaston’s Tavern!


Boo had a great time climbingย The Swiss Family Treehouse with big brother while Mama had a quick rest. Then Boo was giggling with excitement at the idea of scaring Mama on theย Haunted Mansion! He loves riding this while we are at Disneyland and was thrilled to find it at the Magic Kingdom! He finds much joy in me pretending to be too afraid to ride this and teases me telling me he is riding with brother so I will be left to ride alone with the….ย ghosts…..ย Ok… full parental disclosure… I freaking LOVE this ride! ย I love pretending with Boo that I’m scared but honestly this is the one ride I look forward to most…. As he rides this with his older brother, I am blissfully alone in my seat, eyes closed, enjoying the cool air…. relaxing my tired feet for a good 8-10 minutes…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Disney Fun!
Disney fun!

As our day began to wind down, we headed over to check out theย Buzz Lightyearย ride,ย Monsters, INCย andย The PeopleMover.ย My oldest son had discovered this relaxing and joyful ride on one of his days off from Disney and was excited to show this to us… Iย loved it! Not only was it nice to sit down and put my feet up after a long day of fun, we got to see much of the park and enjoy its beauty from the shady, relaxing ride. This was a perfect way to end our day!

Our family has so much love for all things Disney!!

We sprinkled some Disney Magic and boarded one of their buses back to the hotel for some much needed downtime at the pool and to get ready for even more fun the next day!

The end of a perfect day!

Be sure to look for the next post in my Disney Series next week about our time atย Hollywood Studiosย andย Animal Kingdom!

I’d love to hear from my readers… What is your favorite Disney ride or if you haven’t been which would be the first you’d like to try!

P.S. I just told my oldest son that I finished my post for this week and he says with a grin the size of Texas and laughing , ” Feel free to refer to me as the grand wizard of Disney Knowledge or the high Jedi, keeper of Disney secrets…” LOL yes… my kiddos are just as obsessed with Disney as I am ๐Ÿ™‚

Disney Magic!
Disney Magic!


  1. David

    Reading this brought the biggest smile to my face! It means so much to me that I was able to get these tickets for you guys, and I just love hearing how much fun you had.

    I think my favorite ride was either the PeopleMover, because of how calm and relaxing it was, or the Haunted Mansion. It’s so much fun especially to go with Johnny since he gets so excited over spooky things! This was an awesome post, keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks Sweetie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You guys look like you had so much fun!

    We just got back from Disneyland and it was a blast

    1. Hi Taylor! I’m glad you had a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Glad to hear how you enjoyed your time!
    I’ve never been to any Disneyland before. I wish I can go there someday…

    1. Hi Karla! I hope you get to go one day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. One of my best friends was in the DCP as well, and of course she absolutely LOVES Disney. Before she started working there, I was able to go down there with her and she maximized my time! We seemed to have covered every inch of the park, except for Tomorrowland. We were able to lunch at Be Our Guest {the gray stuff is delicious!}; we rode Splash Mountain {never again for me, as I’m not a fan of roller coasters}; we rode Pirates of the Caribbean {would have LOVED to have been there when the actual ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ was there}, and so much more! I’d have to say that I’ll need another trip to Disney to pick out my favorite ride ๐Ÿ˜œ

    1. Hi Larissa! Sounds like you had an amazing trip with your friend!!

  5. I just love Disney! My husband and son had never been to Disney so we went 2 years ago and it was an amazing trip. Can’t wait to go back! Great photos!

    1. Thanks Christine!

  6. Love those beautiful smiles on your faces.. Life is too short to be worrying over at all time.

    1. Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ We had such a happy time ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. How fun!! My favorite ride at Magic Kingdom was Splash Mountain. Followed closely by Space Mountain! The Be Our Guest is really awesome. We dined in the West Wing, which was on point. We are hoping to go again next year for our 25th wedding anniversary. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. It brought back wonderful and exciting memories.

    1. Hi Cori! It sounds like you had a #disneydreamvacation ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Love your beautiful photos. You must had an amazing trip.

    1. Thanks Serena! We had such a good time!

  9. This looks like so much fun and I absolutely love all things Pirate so Pirate Mickey is a hit in my book.

    1. Thanks Keesha! Pirate Mickey is totally awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Awesome pics! Makes me wanna visit ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ah, Mickey ears! An absolute staple of childhood ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like you and the kiddos had an awesome day…I probably would have needed to rest for a week after all of that excitement and sun!

    1. Hi Melissa! We had so much fun but we’ve been home for almost 2 weeks now and I’m still tired out LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Splash Mountain would have been the first ride I went on as well! I would love to see Captain Jack Sparrow! Looks like you guys had an amazing time! Jealous!

    1. Hi Nicolle! It was super fun to find Captain Jack Sparrow!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Looks like your son had a great time. I’m sure it meant a lot to spend time with his older brother

    1. Hi Michelle! Boo was so happy to see his big brother and spend time with him… ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. looks like an awesome day!!

    1. Hi Laura! It definitely was an awesome day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Looks like you and your family had an awesome time at the Magic Kingdom! What a great way to remember your time there.

    1. Thanks Maya! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Sophia

    I’ve never been before but the photos look magical! xx

    1. Thank you Sophia!

  17. OMG this looks like you had so much fun! I haven’t been Disneyland in years. It looks like it’s changed so much. I have to plan a visit soon and try out the ‘Be Our Guest’ restaurant.

    1. Hi Amanda! I hope you enjoy the restaurant!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Liz

    What a fun day! I love Disney, one of my favorite places to take my kids. Seeing them excited gets me excited. I can’t wait to go back!

    1. Hi Liz! I feel the same way… I love how happy being at Disney makes my kids ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. We definitely need some more COOL and relaxing rides like the People Mover. My step son is coming to town next weekend, and can’t wait to take his sister for her first ever turn on Splash Mountain. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi! How fun!! You will have the best time!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. So cute! Amazing post.

    1. Thanks Daisy!

  21. This looks like so much fun and your family looks really happy! I haven’t been to Disney before, so one day hopefully I’ll be able to take my son there too!

    1. Hi! I hope you and your son get to go one day! So much fun!!!

  22. Oh this is so cute! I am a big fan of Mickey Mouse myself and even have Minnie Mouse ears at home ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely photos!

    1. Aww… Thanks Nicole!

  23. Aw it looks like everyone had a blast! It’s been awhile since I’ve been but reading this post makes me want to go back!!

    1. Hi Emily! We had such fun! I hope you get to go back soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. It looks like you guys had a blast! We love Magic Kingdom too. Splash Mountain is a favorite attraction of mine but really, I love it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Carrie!!

  25. I haven’t been to Disney yet but it’s in my bucket list. Your post brought a smile to my face ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Aww… I’m so glad Sheena!! I hope you get to visit one day soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Oh what a fun family vacation! I have only ever been to Disneyland and would love to one day visit Disneyworld. You guys will definitely cherish these memories for years to come!

    1. Hi Glenna! We definitely made some awesome memories!

  27. I used to live 5 minutes from Disney and went every day. The Haunted mansion never gets old and, despite seeing it 535 times, I saw something new every time. I’m so happy that your boo is enjoying the trip. We are going back in September – just hubby and I.

    1. Hi Alicia! How fun to have lived so close to the Happiest Place on Earth!!! Have a great time on your trip with the hubby!!

  28. Every little kids and adults dream to visit the magic kingdom! looks like you had a great time

    1. Hi Janella! It was such a fun filled trip!

  29. Melissa Bernardo

    Looks like you had an awesome time! I need to get here soon with my boys. Awesome photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Melissa!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. My favorite ride as a kid was the Pirate Ride too! I’m so excited to hear it’s still there! You really have me itching to go back!

    I’m so glad you all had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

    1. Thanks Jen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. I would have loved to ride Splash Mountain and get a glimpse of that good looking pirate! Love reading about your adventure!

    1. Hi Danielle!!! Haha!! He was a ruggedly handsome pirate ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Love the photos! It looks as though you had an amazing time!

    1. Thanks Jenn!!

  33. I LOVE reading about your Disney trip. Where you there when Johnny Depp was there or was it just Captain Jack walking around? I remember when the first Pirates of the Carribean came out I was lucky enough to run into Johnny Depp as Captain Jack at Disneyland. It was pretty cool. Sounds like Boo had the trip of a lifetime!!

    1. Hi Stephanie!!! It was just Captain Jack Sparrow walking around but he actually was almost a dead ringer for Johnny Depp…. Oh my gosh… you actually got to meet Johnny Depp as Captain Jack??!!! I am so in awe of you right now LOL…. I would have died on the spot…. been in love with Johnny Depp since 21 Jump street was on hahaha!!!!

  34. Se manifique views and vibes! I love the photo journal and descriptions! makes me wanna hop on a plane right now lolol

    1. Hola Enricoh ! Thank you so much! We had so much fun!

  35. We just went here! We had so much fun! We hit the barnstormer first, then the cars & my kids favorite, the buzz light year ride! It is such a magical place! I’m glad you had so much fun!!

    1. Hi Sarah! Sounds like you guys had a fabulous time too!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Such great photos and it seems you guys had a great time!!

    1. Thanks Mayra!

  37. It looks like you all had a blast! Making me want to go on a trip myself! I’ll be sure to refer back to this!

    1. Thank you Jenna!!

  38. Wow, that sounds absolutely magical!

    1. Hi Lauren! We definitely had a magical time ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Looks like a fun time. Can’t wait for my little guy to be old enough

    1. Hi Ryan! You guys will have such a great time!

  40. I havent been in about ten years, but it’s so fun there! we really enjoyed just staying at one of the resorts, so easy to spend time at your pool and walk to the others

    1. Hi Jasmine! Staying at the resorts is definitely handy and makes the stay so much more relaxing!

  41. Thanks Zoey!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Love Disneyland. Thank you for sharing such a fun trip.

    1. Thanks Amanda !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Some lovely pictures. I’m so jealous about your lunch, it’s a big fav of mine!

    1. Hi Hannah! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Tia

    I’ve never been but it looks like you guys had a blast!

  45. Oh what fun! I keep saying I’m going to make it to Disney one of these days!

    1. Hi Lynn!! I hope you get to go soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Sounds like you had a great trip!!!!! Can’t wait to get back to Disney

    1. Thanks Harmony!

  47. Jennifer S

    Great post! My favorite ride was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is gone now but was really fun to be partially submerged and see treasures under water.

    1. Hi Jennifer! I loved that ride so much when I was little! They have Finding Nemo now, so it’s sort of back… but it’s just not the same… I love those old rides ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Love the photos! You have a beautiful family x

    1. Thank you so much Lauren!

  49. These pictures look phenomenal! I am all about trips to Disney! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    1. Thanks Bethany!

  50. Oh I can feel the magic in your post! Sounds and looks like you’ve had an awesome time.

    1. Hi Kirsty! We had so much fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. What awesome memories! Thanks for sharing your adventure. Next year, I hope to go to Disney!

    1. Hi June! I hope you get to take your Disney trip next year!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. What is the Disney college program? Looks like your family had a lot of fun! I absolutely love Disney !

    1. Hi Jenn! The Disney College program takes students who are in good standing with their universities and lets them live and work at Disney for a semester… They also take classes while there and learn valuable insight to working as a team with their future employers when they graduate…

  53. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Disney is definitely on my bucket list, but will be a few years from now so the kids can enjoy it.

    1. Hi Nicole! They will have so much fun! We took my oldest at 3 and he had such a great time!

  54. I love WDW! Nice to hear that you all had a great time.

    1. Thanks Sarah!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. I’ve heard amazing things about the Disney College Program. My cousin worked at Disney for a summer and she often talks about the fun memories that were created. Magic Kingdom looks like a really magical place to be!

    1. Hi Shannon! We made such awesome memories here!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. You make me want to go back to Disney so much! The Magic Kingdom really is just filled with Disney Magic and one of those places that makes you smile so much!

    1. Hi Sarah! We just got home and we’re ready to go back too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. I have never been to disney world, just euro disney. But I would love to go! it looks so big and so cool! sounds like you had a great experience! disneyland is always so much fin! xx corinne

    1. Hi Corinne! I can’t wait to visit Euro Disney one day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. The Playful Parent

    Reading this brought back memories of the good old days when I went with my family as a little girl! I can’t wait to bring my boys someday soon

    1. Hi! It is so much fun to visit Disney with our littles and take them on the rides we loved as children… ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. I remember visiting the Magic Kingdom as a child. I have so many wonderful memories from there. Nice to see you making some too!

    1. Thanks Alayna!

  60. I know quite a few people who have gone to and had a great time at Magic Kingdom. Me, personally, I would rather get out to Harry Potter world.

    1. Hi Heather! We loved The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well!

  61. I love Disney so much! We were there in March and I’m aching to go back. We also ate at Be Our Guest. It’s my favorite restaurant there.

    1. Hi Amber! Disney is just so awesome!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Aw it looks like your guys had such a good time!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never been to Disney – I guess my parents were never really into it, but I think I’ll bring my kids there – there’s not much like it! Rx

    1. Hi Rosanna! It’s never too late for your 1st trip to Disney!!! I hope you can go soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. I remember the Disney college program. I never did it, but I remember knowing people who had. I always thought it was cool that you could spend a summer working there! The last time I was at the Magic Kingdom was high school. It seems like such a long time ago.

    1. Hi Nina! You should plan another Disney trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Claudia Krusch

    I always wear my Mickey ears when we go to Disneyworld. It looks like you had a great day. It is fantastic your Son was able to earn tickets to take you.

    1. Hi Claudia! Mickey ears are a must LOL!!! We actually have a set of Disney tee’s and hats we save just for our trips to Disney ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. This looks like sooooo much fun! I really hope I can get to Disneyland in fall!!

    1. Hi Stefanie! I hope you get to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. What a wonderful family vacation! When my family and I went we made incredible memories that we still cherish today after all those years. Congratulations to your son for being a member of the Disney College Program. You must be such a proud mama!

    1. Hi Denay!!! I am so proud of him! He loved his Disney experience so much!

  67. I love Disney World! It’s a magical place. I just hate hours of falling in line for less than a minute rides.

    1. Hi Clara! Fast passes help with the wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Wow what amazing experience I would like to visit Disney soon my daughter is 6 now I think we have to go.
    Thank you for share your experience remind me I need to visit it, me and my kids will love to experience this

    1. Hi Lorena! I hope you get to visit soon and have a wonderful time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. I looove Disney! I grew up a couple hours away so I usually got to go a few times a year if we had yearly passes. Space Mountain was always my favorite ride until I went for a school trip and they took us onto Space Mountain and turned the lights on for an educational demonstration about gravity before riding lol it totally ruined the magic! I bet there are so many new rides that I’d love to try. So glad you guys had a great time!

    1. Hi Michelle! They have so many new rides since I was a kid! ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Boo looked like he had soooo much fun! This makes me look forward to our September hurrah at the magic kingdom (in Hong Kong)!

    1. Wow Denice!!! I’m so jealous!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Disney Hong Kong??? That is SO awesome!

  71. I guess, Disney is always and will always be part of every person and families. Every experience is really magical. Will never get tired of visiting Disney places! Sure you had an awesome time!

    1. Hi Anosa! I agree! I will never ever be tired of Disney!!

  72. We are SoCal folks so we go to Disneyland a lot, but I would love to make it east to take the kids to Disneyworld sometime!! I didn’t realize they still had the People Mover! Ours has been long gone ๐Ÿ™ It’s such a Mama Clichรฉ but my favorite is anything my kids love <3

    1. Hi Christine!!! We live so close to California that we mostly go to Disneyland too ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. I think I have commented on this before, but I love this so much. It looks like so much fun. I want to take my kids here so bad!

  74. I love wearing Disney clothes, mouse ears, etc when visiting the parks. It’s the only place it doesn’t make me feel like a dork (is that just me?) but I love it. This looks like such a fun trip! Disney magic at work:)

    1. Hi Elizabeth!!! I agree!! We have Disney clothes, hats, etc we wear to the parks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. The little I know about your boys’ relationship with one another really warms my heart : )

    1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. Looks like a great time! Can’t wait until my little man is a tad older and can go

    1. Hi Ryan!I took my oldest for the first time at 3 ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. The pics are amazing! M glad you guys had fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Aww… Thank you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. I would love to go there once in a lifetime. The pictures are great and I can see how much you enjoyed there.

    1. Thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Wow, what a wonderful place to visit! I wish I could visit Orlando and the Magic Kingdom with my family! It’s so far away from Sweden. Thank you for a great post!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post Cecilia! ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. I LOVED the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse as a child. I’m glad to know it’s still there!!

    1. Hi Darlene!!! There’s something comforting about seeing something we loved as a child and sharing it with our children….

  81. Aw this looked like such a fun trip! I love Disney and I think your kid is at the perfect age to go. I loved Space Mountain when I went in high school!

    1. Hi Betty! My boys love Space Mountain too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Kathy

    I love Disney! We took our two boys there several times when they were little! Would love to go back soon. Favorite ride, Splash Mountian!

    1. Hi Kathy! We love Splash Mountain too! On our last trip we rode it 3 times!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. Great Article ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Kim

    HReat post as per usual, I got so excited while reading this post a series it’s only 39 days until my first WDW trip and I can’t wait ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿต

    1. Hi Kim! Have a lovely trip!!!

  85. The Magic Kingdom really has something.. well, magic ! You guys look like you had such a blast ! But who doesn’t when Mickey ears are involved ? Lots of love !

    1. Hi Nikita! Disney Magic is definitely amazing!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. Haven’t been to Disney world, it is on my bucket list.
    Looks like you had so much fun.

    1. Hi! If you need any tips when you get to plan your trip let me know! I’m happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. I could not imagine going in Disneyland without mickey ears. They’re almost like must-haves for my family’s visit there.

    1. Hi Courtney! They are for us too! In fact, we have a suitcase full of Disney Items we take with us on every trip LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. It is so much fun to visit there. Love to visit. All the photos and narration is so great.

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. It’s all smiles on the faces of the boys so i can tell you all had a blast! I hope to also visit Disney World one day.

    1. Thanks Kobby! ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Disney is such a fun place! We’ve only been once as a family are hoping to visit the parks aborad.

    1. Hi Nadie! I would love to travel some of the Disney Parks abroad one day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. Seems to be a wonderful place. I know you all had lots of fun

    1. Thanks! We had a MAGICAL time!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. It looks like you guys had a blast! I cannot wait until my son starts walking so me and the kiddos can start planning a trip to Disney! I honestly feel so left out that I haven’t gone yet.

    1. Hi Dyana! You will have so much fun when you get to go! Let me know if you need any tips when you plan your trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. Disney is such a magical experience. Thank you for sharing your vacation memories. The pictures are stellar!

    1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. This looks like a fun family trip! I love theme parks!

    1. Thanks Mariam! ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. Good post tour. This reminds me of visiting Disneyland in Hongkong. It was a great experience.

    1. Wow! Visiting Disney in Hong Kong must have been such an amazing experience!!!!

  96. Disney! Ah, we loved it last Christmas (although it was PACKED). Such a great post! I loved the pictures too, just they were a bit bigger.

    1. We love Disney at Christmas! We spent Christmas Day there way back in 2008 and it was amazing!

  97. Great pictures! I’m happy y’all had a good time!!! I have to take my son soon!

    1. Thanks LaToya! ๐Ÿ™‚

  98. Vox

    Looks like you all had lots of fun! Your photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Vox! ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. I hope I get to go there one day. It’s definitely on my bucket list!

    1. Hi! I hope you get to go one day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. I really really want to go to Disneyland someday! I wish I’ll make it!

    1. I hope you get to go one day!!

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