Well we’re back from a super fun trip to Walt Disney World. Anyone else come back from vacation and think – I can’t believe it’s over!!!? That’s where I am today. I’m doing vacation laundry and tidying up the house getting ready for a full week back to work. 😩Bill is mowing our very long grass. Reality has set in.
But I wanted to be sure to write about our trip while everything was still fresh in my brain so I can share some of the highlights- in case your planning a Disney trip soon. Spoiler alert: you should totally plan a Disney trip soon!!! 🙂
We stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and my favorite part was the nice shower/ bathroom. Bill’s favorite was the very large flat screen. The resort had undergone some renovations very recently so everything felt very fresh and well thought out.
Our first full day at Disney was spent at our hotel pool and then the afternoon at Disney Springs. (The last time I was there it was just called ‘downtown Disney’- I was amazed at how huge this place has gotten!) We started by doing a coca-cola flight and tasting coke products from around the world. This was super fun and they were all pretty good (except ‘Beverly’ which was the clear soda from Italy.) We made our way to Sprinkles and tried the captain crunch ice cream which I would highly recommend. We did some shopping and then ended the night at the Dinosaur restaurant.
The next 2 days we spent at Magic Kingdom doing all the rides for the first time. Tomorrowland is my favorite – we rode space mountain several times on the trip. The carousel of progress is also a favorite of mine that I remembered from when I went as a kid. Haunted mansion, splash mountain and pirates of the Caribbean were also standouts.
The park was all decked out for fall and Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party which was a major highlight for the trip. We got a ton of compliments from cast members and strangers on our group costume- inside out. It was so fun to see all the other costumes people wore to the party. And the hocus pocus show was probably my most favorite- because duh, HOCUS POCUS. Bill’s fave was riding space mountain and pirates of the Caribbean with the special Halloween changes they made. If you ever get to go to Disney while they’re doing the halloween party- you def should do it.
Epcot day was especially hot out- but we still had a lot of fun riding rides like Soarin’ and making our way around the worlds showcase for the food & wine fest. I did a bad job taking pictures of the snacks we got there but honestly everything we had was pretty great.
Hollywood studios came next with us starting with a great breakfast and rides in the new Toy Story land. My 6 year old niece rode the tower of terror two times in a row and declared it was her favorite. My favorite meal of the day was at the sci-fi drive in diner. The burger I had was excellent and the dessert – the home made candy bar was to die. No joke – it makes my mouth water just writing about it. One-hundred percent if you go to Disney go to Sci-fi it was one of my favorite things we did.
Animal Kingdom was something we weren’t sure we wanted to do or even had time for when we planned our trip but we ended up being really glad we did. Pandora- the new avatar area was super cool and the flight of passage ride was easily Bill’s favorite. We went there first because we knew this area would have some of the longest waits and we were not able to get any fast passes, but we ended up only waiting about an hour for each avatar ride. Expedition Everest and the Dinosaur ride were also really fun. (And a little scary 😉
We went to dinner at the Grand Floridian – 1900 park fare and the food was great. Cinderella, Prince Charming, the evil stepmother and step sisters took turns stopping by tables and taking photos. We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary on this trip and my sister-in-law who planned our whole trip surprised us with a mickey anniversary cake. It was a really great night and way to celebrate 9 years being married.
The last day the highlight for me was definitely lunch at Be Our Guest where we sat in the ballroom which literally is a replica of the beasts castle. The west wing is also there with the rose 🥀. I was totally geeked because I LOVE beauty and the beast. And for the record- ‘the gray stuff’ WAS delicious.
We really had an amazing time on our Disney trip with our family and we definitely want to go back in a few years after Star Wars is done. I’m so glad we got to go with our nieces while they’re still young and excited that we went.