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Disney World Vacation Recap

by Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hello Beauties! It’s been a full week since we returned from our Walt Disney World Vacation, but I’m just now starting to get my bearings back to normal.  We spent a full week at Disney World.. yes 7 very full days…. and to say that I was and have been exhausted is an understatement.  But through the running crazy, hopping buses, dragging kids through parks, it was an unbelievable time that created a LIFETIME of memories for our family.  We first went to Disney World in 2012 when our kids were 6 & 3 during spring break for our annual FREE earned trip through Beachbody* but it was difficult.  Sure we had a good time, but it was extremely busy, very hot, and our kids were just too little to sit through the lines and understand why it was so insane.  Let me just say that trip was not the most “magical place on earth” if you know what I mean… This year we opted out of the free Beachbody trip (a Carribean cruise on the Oasis of the Seas) and decided to do a family Disney World trip Take 2.  Never in my WILDEST dreams would I have imagined that we could just decide to have 8 free days to take off on a vacation to Disney World of all places, but we did it and we created some amazing memories.

Cinderella's Castle Disney World

 

I made our Disney reservations in November and my husband and I decided 100% that we were NOT going to be telling the kids until it was time to go.  (We did this the first time we went as well, but the response wasn’t quite what we hoped for.. Watch Here).   I really wanted to be able to tell the kids at Christmas, but if you have kids you know what the following 60 days until vacation would be like… “is it time to go yet.. when do we leave.. where are we going.. where will we stay…..” #Madness  I wasn’t quite sure until the day before we left how I planned to tell them, but since I travel quite often for work, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to set them up for a little disappointment first… Watch Here. AAAH parenting – we have to make it a little fun for mom and dad sometimes right?

The first time we went to Disney we stayed at the Disney Yacht Club, which I loved because of the Epcot resort location and ease of transportation with the ferry.  However, that’s not exactly “kid friendly” and we wanted the kids to experience a new resort so this time we stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort and it was amazing.  I upgraded and paid a little more for a “preferred” room so that our “country” (room complex) would be close to the main shopping, eating and pool area.  The resort is pretty spaced out and I would highly suggest making the upgrade.  The food court, arcade, and shopping area was great along with a little sandy beach area with hammocks.  The pool was complete with waterslides and the kids loved it (mom enjoyed the “Banana Cabana” right outside of the pool! #Wink.. Yes it’s a bar).  Each night the hotel showed an outdoor movie and we could watch the fireworks at Epcot from the pool or beach area.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach Resort

I purchased only 5 park passes  with park hoppers, so that we would have a day off to lay by the pool or head to Disney Springs and it was perfect.  We spent a few days / evenings at Epcot, our favorite park, 1 1/2 days at Magic Kingdom, 1/2 day at Animal Kingdom & 1/2 day at Hollywood Studios.  We got lucky again on this trip as it was once again the Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot.  The work that goes into keeping all this beautiful is unexplainable.

Cinderella's Castle

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Animal Kingdom

We were definitely saved with our Fast Passes, which was most of the reason we hopped from park to park.  We spent most of our time at Epcot and the extra activities for the kids while we went around the World was perfect.  First they tried out a couple countries with the Phineas & Ferb Agent game and then we did the Around the World Eggstravaganza.  Both kept the kids entertained while mom and dad ate and .. okay, just drank mostly!

Since we utilized the Disney Dining Plan, I tried to schedule most of our Table Service meals as character meals.  We did breakfast at Chef Mickey’s, Dinner at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh & friends, and the Princess Storybook Dining at Akershush Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot.  For our other table service we went to: Via Napoli to devour the pizza as always in Italy at Epcot and Paradiso in Disney Springs.  Most of our quick service meals were from the food court area at our resort with a TON of options for breakfast and lunch.

Princess Storybook Dining

Chef Mickey's

Princess Storybook Dining

 

We were very impressed with Disney Springs.  The first time we went to Disney we didn’t have a chance to get there (then called “Downtown Disney”).  There was a ton to see and do and a super fun place at night as well.  We did make the “mistake” of walking into the Disney World store only to find Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique by accident.  To my surprise they were able to slide my little princess in on a “wish” in about 15 minutes.  So, when in Rome…. she got the full Elsa treatment.  Clearly we were prepared for the FULL diva moment that became my 6 year old for the next 8 hours.. IDK where she gets it.. #Wink… What we didn’t expect was the OUTPOUR of the royal status from the Disney cast members /employees. I mean.. rolling out a red carpet to get on the bus first?!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Elsa Meet and Greet

Overall it was an amazing trip.  The first week of March was perfection. We had beautiful weather and short lines for rides, nothing better than that! I have to give a HUGE shoutout and thank you to my amazing Disney Travel Agent Amy Smith (you can check out her Facebook page and get in contact with her HERE).  If I didn’t have her helping me from the moment we began looking at Disney resorts to messaging her while at the resort to help explain the dining plan (yes I’m that “duh” when it comes to Disney LOL) I would have lost my mind.  She is an amazing agent and assisted me with every single detail of planning.  PLEASE contact her for all of your Disney needs!

Have you ever been to Disney? Do you stay on Disney property? What’s your favorite park?

Chef Mickey's Breakfast

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