Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Our Trip to Disney (day one)

 A few weeks ago, our little crew hit the road and headed to the "most magical place on earth"!!! To say we were excited would be the understatement of the year. We were ecstatic!! We had only been saving and talking about taking this trip for like... well, for years!!!!
Finally, the day arrived, and we were Disney bound!
 We stayed on Disney property at the Allstar Sports Resort. Staying on property allowed our family  to participate in the "free" dining plan...which was AWESOME, by the way! I don't think we could EVER do Disney any other way.
 Our first night there, we enjoyed dinner at the 'Ohana.

The restaurant is located at the Polynesian Hotel and is known for it’s Hawaiian-style, all-you-can-eat feast, of grilled meats and Hawaiian specialty sides.
It was absolutely DELICIOUS and the perfect way to kick start our week of FUN!
The next morning, we were up bright and early and ready for our first park day!
 Magic we come!!!
Orlando had unseasonably cooler temps than what's normal for that time of year, so we were glad we had some winter wear with us to keep us warm;)
 Cooler temps didn't hinder any of the fun though, and our crew had a blast riding so many of the iconic Disney rides!
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan's Flight, Seven Dwarf's Mine Train, and, of course,
 Dumbo the Flying Elephant were just a few of our favorites!
 Although, Addy-Kate would be quick to tell you her favorite ride was "It's a Small World"! 
She was completely mesmerized the entire time and asked to ride it again and again!
 We planned on spending two days at the Magic kingdom, so day one was devoted to Fantasy Land. That's where it tends to be the most crowded, and where rides can have longer wait times. Thankfully, my sweet friend, Juli (who is the ultimate Disney guru) planned my entire trip for me and knew how to guide our family through the park(s) with ease and avoid as many long lines as possible.
 Lunch that day was at the Crystal Palace where we enjoyed a buffet style meal with Winnie the Pooh and gang!
Character meals were one of the BEST parts about our trip. We LOVED meeting the characters (and met almost 30 of them) all while enjoying a nice sit-down meal!
We LOVED having the characters come to US instead of waiting in long lines to greet them.
 And what characters we didn't meet during our meals, we got fast passes to see!
The kids LOVED meeting Rapunzel...

 and going under the sea to meet Ariel!
And what would a day at the Magic Kingdom be with out watching a parade (or two)!
 Such FUN!!!!
 By early evening, we decided to call it a day, and head back to our hotel for dinner and a swim. It was only about 40 degrees out, but that didn't stop my crew from suiting up and enjoying the heated pool.
I, on the other hand, sat on the pool deck all bundled up, sipped my hot cocoa, and savored all the sweet smiles on my kids (and hubby's) faces.


Erin said...

We are headed to DW in January - would you be willing to share your friends plan/schedule? I'd love a guide to get us through!

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! said...

How exciting! I can't wait to take my kids! I'm sure you all had a great time. Love the pictures!