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Joe's WDW Trip Report, plus Ian gets his very first haircut at the Harmony Barbershop

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  • Joe's WDW Trip Report, plus Ian gets his very first haircut at the Harmony Barbershop

    The Flowers family is off on their next adventure! It's been nearly a year since we were at WDW and there's a specific reason we're headed back. We'll get into those reasons in more detail a little bit later.
    Waiting for our plane, Ian said Mommy you can share my seat.

    One person who won't be sharing a seat today is Alli. Even though she's under 2, she's got her very own seat! And it was a completely full flight, so I was very happy to have a space all for her.

    Snack in one hand, big hold on Duffy, and watching Doc McStuffins. How can it get any better?

    What's this? Snacks! Alli was quick to grab something as soon as it was in range.

    4 hours on a plane will wear anybody out.

    Hanging out in Nashville while we wait for our next plane.

    Finally in Orlando! Here's our first ride. The train from the gates to the main terminal, and we have a front row seat!

    Look at that mop of hair on Ian.

    Look who is waiting for us! It's the cousins!

    Hi Ethan!

    When you fly from one coast to another, the entire day is shot. We left at 8am from Los Angeles. All of us stopped for dinner at 8:30pm in Florida at Chick-Fil-A.
    We placed our order and saw that they offered something called the "Family Challenge." They give you a small box, you put all your cell phones in it and then enjoy your meal without any distractions. Once you're done, you return to the counter and each person who put their cell phone away gets a free ice cream cone!

    With 3 cousins who each have a cell phone, and 3 adults, there was more than enough ice cream to go around. Look at that smile.

    Finally after a long day, we've arrived at the house we're renting.

    Let's go in the pool! Doesn't even feel how cold it is, just jumps right in.

    And Alli wasn't far behind.

    Well even though you're coming from California, it's time to get to bed kids. We've got a big day tomorrow.

    Also check out:
    Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

    Joe's Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report - 15 days
    Disneyland Candlelight Processional Photos - 2014 (Beau Bridges), 2012 (Kurt Russell), 2012 (Edward James Olmos), 2012 (Dick Van Dyke), 2012 (John Stamos), 2011 (Gary Sinise), 2010 (Tom Skerritt), 2009 (Jon Voight), 2008 (John Stamos)

    Or visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Well at this point there's no denying it. This boy needs a haircut.
    He's over 3 years old and hasn't ever had a haircut. About 6 months ago Theresa and I were discussing it and I mentioned that because of our love of Disney it'd be fun if he could get his first haircut the Harmony Barbershop on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. I called and made reservations back in January, and there you go, that's the reason for our trip.

    Coming from the west coast, I made his haircut reservation for 10am. Even that late it was still difficult with the 3 hour time difference to wake up and get to the park on time.

    Someone is excited for the day. That and he loves the parking lot tram.

    Upon entering the turnstiles, we had to exchange our paper tickets for plastic ones with RFID inside them. The cast member who came over to help us looked awfully familiar. Within a couple seconds I remembered. All the way back in 2012, Ruston, Jacob, Theresa and I were visiting WDW and took the Keys to the Kingdom tour. Nicholas was our guide! Small world after all.

    Hi horse!

    And look who is waiting for us. T's family came out early just to watch Ian get his hair cut.

    After checking in at 10am, there was a short wait for a chair to open up. Soon enough, Barber Diane had Ian up in her chair and was covering him in Mickey Mouse stickers.
    In the weeks leading up to getting his haircut, Ian seemed a little nervous. He constantly said "Mommy, I want to hold your hand." and with a super serious face "Mommy, I'm going to cry when I get my hair cut." All the family was very encouraging in the weeks leading up to his haircut.
    All those stickers from Diane were helpful to make him feel relaxed.

    And following the stickers was a light-up toy. He dropped Mommy's hand pretty quick to play with it. With all the "first haircuts" they've done here, I'm sure they've got lots of techniques to make the kids feel at ease.

    Ian's got an entourage surrounding him.

    Videos are fun to watch too. There's 2 other chairs, and the crying you hear is coming from them. Ian was a little startled when the clippers came out, and the blow dryer, but quickly settled down.

    Ian enjoyed the attention.

    And enjoyed playing with the toy.

    In the end, he was perfect! Nice work Ian!

    When I made the reservations, I chose the "Baby's First Haircut" package. For $25 you get the haircut, a certificate, and a pair of mouse ears with "My 1st Haircut" on the back. A Child's haircut is $18 regularly so for $7 extra you get the mouse ears. In the end, the whole thing lasted about 8 minutes.

    Very handsome.

    For doing so good, he got another stack of stickers.

    And Alli wasn't left out either. She got a bunch of stickers too.

    Very cute Ian.

    Looks like a little boy now.

    The back looks much more cleaned up now.

    Really happy we came here for Ian's first haircut.

    I made sure to tell them ahead of time that we would like some clippings of Ian's hair. They had little bags and put his hair in there plus a few more stickers.

    Time to start our day at the Magic Kingdom! First stop...

    Starbucks! While we waited in line, Ian's new haircut got a bit of attention.


    Now that we're caffeinated we're ready to start our day! Let's hit some rides!

    Also check out:
    Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

    Joe's Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report - 15 days
    Disneyland Candlelight Processional Photos - 2014 (Beau Bridges), 2012 (Kurt Russell), 2012 (Edward James Olmos), 2012 (Dick Van Dyke), 2012 (John Stamos), 2011 (Gary Sinise), 2010 (Tom Skerritt), 2009 (Jon Voight), 2008 (John Stamos)

    Or visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      Great pics of a boy's first haircut. My grandson got a haircut back in 1997, when he was four. It wasn't his first, but it was during his first trip to WDW. He did not get "Mouse Ears", but he got a certificate. The Barber Shop was in a different location back then. In fact, the Barber that cut his hair cut mine a few years back. I also love getting my hair cut at the Barber Shop. They always do an excellent job.

      Looking forward to more of your trip report.
      BarbaraAnn

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      • #4
        As always, a great trip report! Ian and Alli are so lucky to be able to grow up in such a Disney oriented family! It's amazing how much they've grown in just the few months since I've seen them.

        Of course, you realize you need to get back to Walt Disney World for Alli's first haircut, or you'll never hear the end of it.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by sbk1234 View Post
          As always, a great trip report! Ian and Alli are so lucky to be able to grow up in such a Disney oriented family! It's amazing how much they've grown in just the few months since I've seen them.

          Of course, you realize you need to get back to Walt Disney World for Alli's first haircut, or you'll never hear the end of it.
          Oh for sure. We'll see if we have to wait 3 years or not to do it!
          Also check out:
          Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

          Joe's Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report - 15 days
          Disneyland Candlelight Processional Photos - 2014 (Beau Bridges), 2012 (Kurt Russell), 2012 (Edward James Olmos), 2012 (Dick Van Dyke), 2012 (John Stamos), 2011 (Gary Sinise), 2010 (Tom Skerritt), 2009 (Jon Voight), 2008 (John Stamos)

          Or visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

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          • #6
            After getting Ian's first hair cut this morning at the Harmony Barbershop on Main Street, it was time to start going on rides! Why yes, we can squeeze 8 people into a People Mover car.

            Going to Disneyland in California so frequently, I was happy to go on some rides that we don't have out there. The line for the People Mover backed up quite a ways, but at least there's some fun music to keep us entertained. And boy does this family love music.

            The kids enjoyed it. Even mini-Space Mountain.

            The park is already starting to get really busy. The Standby wait for Buzz Lightyear is over an hour. Good thing we made Fastpass+ reservations! In the beginning, I certainly had my concerns over the whole idea of making fast pass reservations months in advance and losing some of the spontaneity of the day. After this trip though, I'm a believer.

            Looks like they had fun.

            Go get a picture with Zurg Ian! You know, I remember years ago when the bars were spaced a bit further apart and you could actually stand inside with Zurg.

            Yep, that was a few years ago. All the way back in 2010, us and a bunch of friends came out to Florida. Jacob, T, and I went to the Mickey's Halloween Party too!

            Back to the present. Ian getting a little help from Ethan to make a pressed penny. Ian's standing on his tip-toes to help turn the crank.

            Pretty proud of his new penny.

            It always surprises me when I learn some of the family haven't been on some of the classic rides. Even though it could use an update, I still enjoy the Carousel of Progress. We have to stay behind the yellow line while we wait. Alli hearing that, and then pointing out the yellow line to us.

            First timers.

            Alli, let me know if you see a doggie.
            Once we slide into the next scene, Alli starts pointing and saying Woof Woof!
            Afterwards we were singing There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. It'll probably enter the rotation of songs we sing together before bedtime now.

            Alli was ready for a nap, which meant it was time for me to put on the Ergo. She's just more comfortable falling asleep in that compared to the stroller. Helps us keep the whole party together too. Looking for things with short lines, we found ourselves waiting for the Mad Tea Party.

            Ian enjoyed seeing the mouse popping out of the tea pot in the middle. We don't have that back home.

            For some reason, Rita and Theresa decided to bail. That meant that all of us, including Alli, got to squeeze into one tea cup.

            I have no idea why Rita and T wouldn't want to join us.

            It didn't take long after that for Alli to wake up, and as soon as she saw the carrousel, she started saying "Pweese, Pweese, Pweese." Of course Alli.

            Always an enjoyable ride on the carrousel.


            Next it was time to redeem another Fastpass+ reservation. Winnie the Pooh is a favorite back home. Of course we had to see it here at WDW.


            Ian asked why it was different.

            Pretty slick that you exit right into the gift shop. And look at all these stuffed animals. How could these kids resist?

            Alli was happy to grab a Winnie the Pooh.

            And another.

            In the end, I think she had 5 stuffed animals in a big hug. Luckily for T and I, she was okay when it was time to say goodbye to them.

            Ian's grandparents gave him some money to spend on a treat while he was at the park. Suckers are one of the favorites right now, so when he saw them, he was quick to ask for them.

            Good sharing with your sister.

            With a few minutes to go before the next Fastpass+ reservation, all of us jumped in line to see some characters.

            "She bit it!"
            While Ian actually licks his suckers, Alli has learned that she can eat it faster if she bites and crunches it. So when Ian offered her some of his, she was quick to take a bite off it.

            Hi Daisy!

            I had to hold Alli back while we waited our turn to see Minnie.

            Kisses for Minnie.


            Time for one last ride before lunch. Ian saw this ride and immediately said he wanted to ride Gadget's Go-Coaster. They don't have that here buddy. This is Goofy's Barnstormer. "They call Gadget's Go-Coaster Goofy's Barnstormer?" Guess so Ian. Using our Fastpass+ we bypassed the 40 minute standby line and walked right on.

            And of course he loved it!

            Let's ride that again!
            Maybe Ian. Right now it's lunchtime and we've got reservations somewhere! And unfortunately, we're going to be late! Good thing everyone else is there already. Time to run!
            Also check out:
            Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

            Joe's Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report - 15 days
            Disneyland Candlelight Processional Photos - 2014 (Beau Bridges), 2012 (Kurt Russell), 2012 (Edward James Olmos), 2012 (Dick Van Dyke), 2012 (John Stamos), 2011 (Gary Sinise), 2010 (Tom Skerritt), 2009 (Jon Voight), 2008 (John Stamos)

            Or visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              THANKS for sharing your excellent trip report, mre200200!

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              • #8
                Looking forward to the rest of the trip report Joe!
                -Brian - Find me on Facebook

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