No better way to start vacation then with a 3:30am wake up call. There wasn't a ton of options for direct flights so we booked a 6am flight and was there by 10am (time change). It was Home Alone style with us almost missing our flight. We didn't expect the airport to be as busy as it was. But we made it! Thanks to Derek's A list status, he saved the back of the airplane for us to all sit together! The kids were perfect on the flight and if I remember correctly, the youngest 3 took a cat nap.
Only our room was ready so everybody unloaded their carry ons (hotel picked up our luggage at airport and delivered them to our rooms a little later) and we headed to Disney Springs for lunch and shopping. Brooks had the flu 3 days before we left and still wasn't 100%. He would seem fine until he ate and then he'd act like he was going to throw up and would get super tired. He fell asleep in the stroller while we walked around a little. We were all pretty tired to do much shopping but Disney Springs is for sure worth checking out if you get the chance.
The kids were pumped to swim so we let them do that for a little bit (pools are heated but still not very warm) and then grabbed a quick dinner at our hotel. Everyone was in bed pretty early, ready to tackle the first day at the parks!
First park day: Magic Kingdom
Our hotel was within walking distance to MK so we walked there and got there shortly after it opened. It was the entire groups first time at Disney World so we were all ecstatic and in awe of everything.
Our fast passes were for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger (not worth a fast pass), Space Mountain for Derek and most of group, Meet Mickey at Town Square (the only one) for some of group and Peter Pan (not worth a fast pass).
Sit down meal- A character buffet at Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh characters)
using up snack credits
Thanks to a Disney high and sugar, we stayed the entire day and even lasted for the fireworks at 10pm.