We're fifteen long days away from our tenth Disney World vacation, which coincidentally, is also our tenth wedding anniversary. There are several thing that we haven't done that might suggest we aren't the Disney World fans we claim to be, so we've made it a point to include these things in our "Must-Do" list for this trip.
10. Ride our own personal "coaster" at Sum of All Thrills. - Sum of All Thrills is located at Innoventions in Epcot's Future World. Through some innovative technology, it allows you to build and then ride your own thrill ride. We've consistently missed it just because we normally run to grab Fast Passes for the big rides. Innoventions only becomes a thought when we need to cool off. I hear that there is seldom a wait for this attraction, and since we are travelling with a toddler now, we can let her play and swap places to enjoy this attraction while everyone cools off.
9. Visit Tom Sawyer Island - We've seen Tom Sawyer Island while traversing the Magic Kingdom, but never thought to take a peek because we are thrill seekers. Thrill seekers don't tend to fancy playground areas, but it will be great seeing Disney through the eyes of an active toddler, and this is just the type activity she needs before we head back to the resort for a nap. (See item #6)
8. Ride Prince Charming Regal Carousel - Since we've got access to an antique carousel because we live a hop and a skip away from Huckleberry Railroad & Crossroads Village, we've always skipped this attraction. I'm sure there's nothing more magical than riding a carousel in the shadow of Cinderella Castle, so I'm very excited to try this out with our toddler who absolutely loves the carousel at Crossroads Village.
7. See Country Bear Jamboree - Located in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, Country Bear Jamboree is the musical show that inspired the movie "Country Bears." We have consistently overlooked this attraction because we weren't fans of the movie, and I've heard that we have missed out on a treat and another opportunity to cool off.
6. Take a mid-day nap - This probably is not what you would expect to be on this list, but in order to enjoy an entire day without having to deal with Grumpy Baby Syndrome, we'll forego going commando this year in favor of mid day naps.
5. Stay at Pop Century Resort - Over the years, we've stayed off site, at deluxe, moderate and value resorts on Disney property, but we've not stayed at the value resort that seems to get the highest marks of all value resorts, Pop Century. Our little lady will love the larger than life icons scattered around the resort, and I secretly want my own peek at the new Art of Animation resort's construction progress. I'll can't wait to get out the telephoto lenses for shots of that!
4. See Fantasmic! - For some reason, I always seem to make dinner reservations during Fantasmic. Our first day will be spent at Hollywood Studios, and we've got reservations at Hollywood Brown Derby that includes reserved seating at Fantasmic, ensuring that we won't miss it this year.
3. Breakfast at Chef Mickey's - Last year, we were lucky enough to have our resort accommodations magically upgraded to rooms at the Contemporary. I immediately tried to get breakfast reservations at Chef Mickey's, but we were less than two weeks away from our trip and we were going during Disney's Free Dining promotion, so there wasn't a reservation to be found. Hubby and I typically avoided character meals, opting instead for quieter dining, but everything changes when you travel with children and grandparents. It was awful walking by Chef Mickey's every day, not getting to eat there at all.
2. Eat a Dole Whip - Yes, I am very sad to say that we have not experienced the culinary excellence that is a Dole Whip. Follow us, as we hang our heads in shame, over to Aloha Isle for this cool and creamy, pinapple-y treat.
1. Dinner at Victoria & Albert's - Being a self proclaimed foodie , I am also very sad to report that neither of us have dined at Victoria & Albert's. We should have done this before starting our family, but now have to pay for a sitter because children ten and under are not allowed. No worries, though. We've got reservations on the night of our tenth anniversary complete with luxury travel accommodations from Florida Magical Tours. Now, if we could just get one more party to cancel their reservation at Chef's Table, it will be all ours!