I love to travel—who doesn’t?
I don’t travel much with the kids because, hello, FOUR airfares—but when I do I want to make sure it is EPIC, and that it will be an experience that they never forget. After last year’s amazing Family Forward trip I knew I had to do it again. The crazy part was that my youngest who was 2.5 last year STILL remembers all of the great times and fun rides. He told US more about what we did last year than we even remembered. I’m so glad I took him and his brother and didn’t wait until they were older to enjoy Orlando.
Last year the flight was a bit rough with a 2.5 year old and a 5 year old. I have since wised up—I came prepared with snacks, My eldest’s new Leap Pad and cars for my youngest. This time we managed the flight MUCH better and the “baby” even fell asleep! I also learned that it’s so much better to have one parent sit with each child on opposite sides.
We arrived to the beautiful Loews Royal Pacific Hotel with 5 minutes to spare at 4:55pm. The Children’s Miracle Network was sponsoring an awesome superhero party and we did NOT want to miss a second! When we arrived there were capes and eye masks for all!
The cool part is that we got to build toiletry kits and write letters with another family for children that are currently residing in the hospital. It was a great volunteer activity for the children to start of the vacation with!
Next we were treated to dinner at Universal Studios! As we arrived we were greeted by legendary beauties Betty Boop and Marilyn Munroe. We sat and started eating, more and more characters started arriving! There was Gru & the Minions, Popeye, Shrek, Woody & Winnie Woodpecker and more!
The most interesting character was Shaggy—the dude sat with us for an extended period of time and we chatted about everything from living in New York to doing the Whip & Nae Nae. He even mentioned how his hair was “on fleek”. smh.
The evening ended with 2 hours private party inside of Hogsmeade! We got on the Hogwarts Express and made our way over to the other park which is just the coolest!
There was dessert too!
There ended Day One of Family Forward! Stay tuned for Part 2 that includes creative fun with Doh Vinci, Cruising Fun, and a unforgettable night at Wet N’ Wild.