A Year of Disney

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We have just finished one whole year as Disney passholders, and boy, what a year it’s been! We started our passholder journey last September, and we have learned and experienced so much! Our annual passes will be expiring next week, so we spent this weekend trying to get in a few new experiences before we said goodbye to our annual passes.

Here are some of the highlights.

-Amelia was finally tall enough to ride Expedition Everest at the Animal Kingdom. It was a bit scary for me, but my brave girl had a blast!

-We finally got to see the Finding Nemo Musical at AK. This is not to be missed, it is so good.

-We went to a character lunch at The Tusker House in AK. The food was awesome, and the girls got to meet Daisy, Donald, Mickey & Goofy. The orzo pasta, and volcano chocolate cakes were especially yummy.

-The Magic Kingdom was decorated for fall, which is my favorite time at the parks.

-The evil stepmother from Cinderella and her wicked daughters rode the carousel with us today at MK. That was something I had never seen before.

-We were at MK right when they opened this morning and got to see the welcome show, complete with a few of my favorite old songs, and then the train rode in with several Disney characters on it.

-Amelia rode Splash Mountain for the first time at MK. She is already talking about doing it again sometime soon.

-I know there are a lot of people who are upset about the new presence of Starbucks inside the Disney parks, but I, for one was pleased to be able to get my iced vanilla latte this morning at the Main Street Bakery.

I will be back soon with some specific travel tips for the Disney Parks. In the last year we have made 9 separate overnight trips to the Disney Parks, visiting the parks nearly two dozen times, and enjoyed special events such as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and Star Wars Weekend at Hollywood Studios. 

I loved every minute of it!

Star Wars Weekend (and Epcot, too!)

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We had a blast this weekend over in Orlando! We made plans a few months ago to start our summer off with a bang, and visit Epcot, then Hollywood Studios for Star Wars weekend. My husband is a big fan of Star Wars culture, and turns out Amelia is, too. She had no fear when meeting Darth Vader. She even put her arm around him during the photo op. Ha! We are really enjoying our annual Disney passes, and we’re already planning our next trip.

Hello. We’ve just returned from a long weekend in Disney World. It was fun, chilly, and exhausting, but we sure do love our time spent there. It’s our home away from home. I’ll be back soon with some more photos. We stayed at an awesome Disney resort, that we are certain to go to again and again.

Christmastime at Disney World

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We had a fabulous weekend in Orlando. Beau and I took the girls to Disney World, so we could experience a little of their Christmas magic. We stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort for the first time, and we really enjoyed the hotel. I requested we stay in the 1950’s section, and it did not disappoint. I failed to get a photo of the pool, so here is a photo I grabbed off the resort’s website.

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A bowling pin! Cool, right?

Here in Florida, we have been having very warm weather, so we actually got to swim in the heated pool, and not feel cold. It is pretty great to be able to swim on vacation in the middle of December. 

The first night we took the girls to Hollywood Studios. Our main reason for going was to see the Osborne Family Lights. It was seriously one of the best Christmassy experiences I have ever had. There was snow of the fake variety that even stuck to your hair, and the lights are choreographed to music.

The next morning we checked out of our hotel and went to the Magic Kingdom. It was all decked out for the holidays, and the Dapper Dans were singing Christmas songs. Perfection.