Adventures of a “Kindermoon” and Review of Legoland Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever heard of a Kindermoon?  It is a relatively new term, I think possibly created by Disney, haha, it basically means a honeymoon before Kindergarten.  Follow our journey through Luke’s Kindermoon this summer.

I gave Luke the opportunity to choose where he wanted to go for his Kindermoon – I literally asked him to choose any where in the world (not that we would actually go ‘anywhere’).   The three options he came up with were 1) Disney World 2) Disneyland 3) The Nickelodeon Hotel in Dominican Republic.  We go to Disney World ALL – THE – TIME, so I really wanted his Kindermoon to be special.

I decided to surprise him with Legoland!!!  Now, I know you are probably thinking “why did you ask him where he wanted to go and then take him somewhere else completely?”  Good question.  I have never flown on a plane with my 2 small (toddler aged) children by myself and I really have no desire to because I would have to lug not only all of our luggage, but the double stroller and 2 car seats – no thanks!  So that nixed both Disneyland and The Nickelodeon hotel immediately and as I mentioned, we go to Disney a lot and even though we LOVE it, I wanted to try somewhere new. Also, to be clear, Luke is OBSESSED with Lego’s and Ninjago! I knew he would be over the moon for Legoland.

  

Boy was I right!  All he knew was that we were going somewhere fun for his Kindermoon, it wasn’t until we pulled up to the entrance of Legoland that he realized where we were; he screamed “oh my gosh, Mommy we’re at Legoland!!! Thank you Mommy, thank you!!!”  Needless to say it was a hit! We visited the park for the first half of the day and ended with the water park.

   

I’d like to share my honest opinions on our experience at Legoland.  First and foremost, I think Legoland is geared more towards younger children (no older than 12 years old) as the rides are a little smaller and not really “thrill” rides that older kids may like.  For us, it worked out perfectly because my kids are 5 and 3 years old.  It is a much smaller park compared to other theme parks in Florida, which I can totally appreciate. We didn’t wait longer than 15 minutes for any rides or character meet and greets – huge plus!

           

The Water Park is also smaller than other theme parks in the area, again though, I didn’t mind – it made it very easy to see and do everything in a matter of hours.  My kids played in the Duplo splash for most of the afternoon – I even rode some of the water slides with them and I had THE BEST time!  There was lots of laughter and great memories made… something we will not soon forget.  The wave pool is not over powering, it was a lot of fun.  We spent a little time on the “build a raft” lazy river; what made this especially fun was the fact that there are floating Lego pieces that you can build on your float.  It kept the kids entertained and me as well as I tried to grab as many Lego pieces as possible as they floated past us.  We had a blast! On our next visit, I would love to stay at the Legoland Hotel – it is literally at the entrance to the park, talk about convenient!

Have you ever been to Legoland? What was your favorite attraction?

Spring Break 2018 in Walt Disney World

If you keep up with my blog, you know that I travel alone with my kids a lot.  This year for Spring Break was no different!  We decided to go to Walt Disney World, shocking, I know, lol.  We were there for 3 days and visited Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach.

Now, I know what you are thinking “Disney during Spring Break? No thanks!” because of the crowds.  But honestly, it wasn’t that bad!  It was crowded but probably not any more crowded than a normal weekend (even though we were there during the week).  It was a “different” crowd though – there were people that were clearly unfamiliar with the parks so they would stop and look around a lot.  But that didn’t bother me at all!  I actually kind of like the idea of seeing people experience Disney for the first time, it’s well, magical! Pun totally intended.

I was still able to get fast passes to some of the best rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom.  We also got a fast pass for the Na’vi River Journey at Animal Kingdom.  The Avatar Flight of Passage of course was unavailable – but it is normally unavailable anyway, so no biggie.  And as I mentioned, I was alone with my kids – my daughter isn’t tall enough yet for it, so no baby swapping for us!

We stayed at Bahama Bay Resort in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 4 bed condo – that was nothing short of amazing!  It had a full sized kitchen that allowed me to cook breakfast and dinner every night that we were there.  I was able to go Grocery shopping at Publix which was just a short 5 minute drive away and stock up on all of our goodies.  The resort had a splash pad that my kids just LOVED!  It was really a home away from home experience.  I also liked that it was in more of a residential neighborhood, so it gave me the feeling of not really being a “tourist” which I liked a lot.  But yet we were so close to all of the action!

One of our favorite places to eat in Orlando is Texas Roadhouse  (the fresh baked rolls, OMG! – Try them with ranch dressing, don’t judge, just try it!) which was just 10 minutes away on the 192.  If you are familiar with Orlando at all, you know the 192 is one of the main roadways and it is very close to Bahama Bay Resort.  Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach were also just a 20 minute car ride.

  

Our experience at Blizzard Beach was SO. MUCH. FUN.  I cannot express what a good time we had there.  Right before our trip, I upgraded our annual passes to the Platinum Plus because it includes the Water Parks and has no blackouts.  Boy, am I happy that I did that!!  I can’t wait to go back to the water parks.  My son did an epic backflip on the zip line attraction – I am pretty sure it was unplanned but it was amazing!  You can enjoy a little video clip of it below:

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How did you spend your spring break?

 

Free Interactive Games at Walt Disney World: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Did you know that they are FREE interactive games at the Walt Disney World Parks?  I didn’t… until recently!  As you may have guessed, I consider myself to be somewhat of a Disney connoisseur, so I was surprised that these games existed and I didn’t even have a clue.

Recently I played the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom game and had so much fun!  First things first, you will have to go to the Fire House near the front gate of the Magic Kingdom park; there, you will be able to register for the game and get your first set of playing cards.  These aren’t any regular playing cards either, they are magical, spell casting cards!

Once you get all set up and get the instructions on how to play, you set off on a mission to save Magic Kingdom!  The gist of the game is, you go to the magical portals that, by the way, looks like a regular wall or shopping window until you scan your magicband then the magic begins! You will be given step by step instructions on what to do… I don’t want to spoil the fun for anyone, so I will leave it at that.

This game is fun for kids of all ages and adults alike.  I saw all age ranges having a go at the chance to save Magic Kingdom.  Some people take this game quite seriously; they had notebooks full of cast spelling cards! Meanwhile, I hardly knew this existed, LOL.  Then of course as I strolled through the Emporium, I saw the packs of cards for purchase; I imagine they must be hard-to-get or limited edition cards because the game is free to play and you can go back to the fire house for more cards if you’d like.

There is also a similar Pirates game, I believe that one is a treasure hunt though.  I will definitely look into playing that one on my next trip to Magic Kingdom!  The game is linked to your MagicBand for a year and a half, so you can pick up right where you left off on your next visit to WDW.  Also, you must use the same MagicBand that you initially registered with because the game does not transfer from band to band.

Have you ever played Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom or the Pirates game? Are there any other free games to play at WDW that I have missed? Sound off in the comments!

 

The “Threenager” Woes:

Let’s start with the definition:

Threenager – Three-nāj-er (noun):

A 3-year-old child, going on 18 that has emotional outbursts and an attitude of that of a teenager.

 

I cannot be the only person going through the “Threenager” phase! Whoever came up with “terrible twos” just hadn’t hit the threes yet! My word… it’s tough! My daughter tells me practically every night
don’t talk to me ever again”… haha ok. Insert eye-rolling emoji here.

 

My friends and I have chatted about this lovely stage in our babes’ lives; one friend said her son tells her “Mommy you’re not my best friend anymore”.   I think it’s cute… to an extent. We definitely have to pick and choose our battles as parents; and honestly, half of the time I walk away (and giggle to myself). I love to see her personality although it can be trying at times.

 

6 Signs that you have a Threenager:

  1. Nap time… what is this nap time you speak of? No matter how tired they are, they will never ever want to take a nap.
  2. They have selective hearing. Often the voice they hear isn’t yours.
  3. Commanding is an understatement – they are downright bossy!
  4. Glitter shoes anyone? With every-single-outfit.
  5. Independence overload!
  6. ATTITUDE! Expect an outburst or temper tantrum at any given moment.

 

Thankfully, this phase is just for a season. I feel like I can hear wine glasses clinking around the world as I speak… Mommies unite! I wouldn’t trade my little threenager for the world. I love every stage of this “parenting thing”, trials and all. It’s wild how fast time goes! In a blink of an eye, they will be all grown up and I will probably be longing for those attitude-y, “don’t ever talk to me again” comments.

 

Can you relate? Do you have a Threenager?  Please tell me I’m not alone!