By Contributing Writer: Natalie Howell
Planning a 4 hour road-trip with an almost 3 year old "big girl" can be a daunting task. That's why it is essential to be prepared with the right tools to keep your toddler entertained. A portable DVD player to play some of her favorite movies, along with some of her favorite toys can make the car ride less taxing on everyone. This particular trip is a very special one which mommy.... I mean, she, has been waiting for all her life! She is about to experience something she may never forget. What is this magical trip I speak of? Why it's the obligatory trip to Disney World of course; and it's on her birthday no less! From
the first Disney storybook to the now well worn Minnie Mouse plush doll that she can't be without, this trip has been a long time coming.
On the day we arrived at the resort, a birthday greeting from Mickey and Minnie themselves awaited her in our room. She got a real big kick out of that. I was worried that she wouldn't really grasp how truly magical this place was but those worries were quickly put to rest.
My little princess got to meet all her favorite Disney characters and the whole line of Disney royalty. Seeing her live through the whole experience was something I will treasure forever. Every ride or attraction throughout the park brought on yet another smile. Disney really knows how to go all out. A wonderful light filled parade and an amazing fireworks show was the perfect way to end each evening.
It all went off without a hitch. It helped that mommy did some prep work before the trip of course. Every good mom needs the essential survival kit. The car ride isn't the only time you need to plan ahead for. Make sure you remember to take a lightweight umbrella stroller, a relatively small bag to carry water, some SPF50 and of course some cash for those "must have" souvenir emergencies.
Keeping these things in mind really helped make things easier and let us focus on simply enjoying ...the most magical place on earth.