My husband ordered MagicBands for the whole family. I definitely recommend doing this. With a MagicBand, you can set up FastPass+ and get on rides quicker, unlock your hotel door and link it to your credit card.
We headed to Orlando the day before. We had lunch with Big C's cousins as we dined with the dinosaurs in Down Town Disney. Grandma and Pop Pop took Little M home and we headed to the Yacht Club for the night. When you sleep at a Disney Resort, your parking pass also gives you free parking at Disney.
The next morning, we ate a quick breakfast at McDonald's and headed to Magic Kingdom. We made it to the gates just as they opened (a suggestion from a reader and friend). We packed several snacks for Big C and brought her a stroller.
We hit all our FastPass+ rides first and the lines under 10 minutes in between. We were able to get in several rides before lunch and before the crowds started rolling in. We decided to have lunch around 11 when it wasn't too busy.
We continued with more rides, shows, ice cream and fun! The one thing Big C was really looking forward to was talking to Mickey Mouse. She wanted to give him a Mickey Mouse sticker so bad. It was very sweet to see her excitement when Mickey talked to her, hugged her and accepted her sticker with such gratitude. Watching my little girl's dream come true made me tear up. It definitely was my favorite part of the day.
The longest line we stood in was 35 minutes. That was for Mickey. That length of time for her to wait was pushing it. But we survived! We headed out of Magic Kingdom around 5 with a balloon and Mickey souvenir.
Do you have any other suggestions to make a Disney trip smooth and enjoyable?