We left St. Augustine around 9:30am and arrived at Magic Kingdom about 12:00pm. We walked in right in time to catch the Move it, Shake it parade. This might have been Bennett's favorite part of the entire day. He loved seeing all the characters and dancing to the music.
Our first ride of the day was Prince Charming's Regal Carrousel. Bennett rode on his own horse while Adam held on to him and I rode beside him. He thought this was the funniest thing and was waving to everyone. After the carrousel we watched Mickey's PhilharMagic 3d show. This is always our go-to for getting out of the sun and into some AC! The show is actually really good and probably Adam's favorite part of the day. Bennett was really into it for most of the show and then decided he was done with about 5 minutes left. I took him over to the side to finish watching it but it was still a great break from the heat.
About the time we finished we decided to eat lunch. We always take a medium soft sided cooler with frozen bottled water, snacks, and sandwiches. Food at Disney is good, but it's expensive, and with kiddos it's just so much easier to pack a lunch. We remembered a shaded spot with tables back in Fantasyland near the Splash 'N' Soak Station so we headed back there and found a shaded table with an umbrella. We ate lunch and then let CG and BT play in the water for a little while (we always bring a change of clothes!).
Since the splash pad was near Pete's Silly Slideshow we decided to jump in line to meet Donald and Goofy. I wasn't sure how Bennett would react to the characters but he did great. He waved and blew kisses while we waited in line and gave high fives once we were up close. He didn't want to walk up without me though.
Our plan was to ride Dumbo afterwards but Bennett was getting tired so Adam and I strolled him around while the rest of the family rode Dumbo, the tea cups, and Tomorrowland Speedway. My mom and CG also stood in line to meet Anna and Elsa while my dad and brother rode Space Mountain. This worked out great because they were able to do things Bennett couldn't do (other than Dumbo) while he snoozed away *you can see how dirty he got his stroller while eating lunch ; )
Once Bennett woke up we decided to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh while we waited to meet back up with the rest of my family. Bennett hated waiting in line for this ride (45 minutes) but LOVED the ride once we got on.
Once we met up with everyone else we decided on one last ride of the day... Under the Sea~Journey of Little Mermaid. We were contemplating doing this and then It's a Small World (my favorite!!) but ultimately decided to just do this instead because the wait time was significantly less and we were ready to leave. It's such a cute ride and another one that was super toddler friendly.
Of course I made us take the long way back to Main Street so I could get my beloved Pineapple Dole Whip. I cannot go to Magic Kingdom without getting one. It was the perfect way to cool off and end our day!
We had such a fun day and I hope we are able to go back again next year! We would love to do a big family Disney trip and actually stay on site for a week or so once the kids are a little bigger. Right now it's perfect for us to scoot over for the day then head back to the beach.
All in all, taking an 18-month old to Disney was not nearly as crazy as I had envisioned it to be. He totally fell into the magic of Disney and really had a great day!