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!

Port Orleans Disney Weekend

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We spent three chilly days at Walt Disney World last weekend. We stayed at the lovely Port Orleans Riverside Resort in their new Royal Guest Room. We spent time at Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and the Magic Kingdom. It was a fun weekend filled with roasting marshmallows, horse-drawn carriage rides, Disney movies on the lawn, Ghiradelli hot chocolate, and good quality family time. (Amelia was sprinkled with fairy dust. You can see the sparkle in the up close photo of her in the red jacket. It was a highlight for her)

I was given a cold as a parting gift from Disney, so I am resting today so I can enjoy the eighty degree weather we will see this Sunday.

Spring break is right around the corner for Amelia, and I am dreaming of a trip to the beach. 

What are your spring break plans?

Our Weekend in Photos

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one-Amelia’s first pair of Mickey ears.

two-A tramp at our hotel.

three-A happy Maggie on the carousel.

four-We took a ride on a fancy steam boat.

five-Thunder Mountain

six-The hottest ticket in town. (well, in Maggie’s town anyway)

seven-Cinderella’s Castle all gussied up for the holidays.

eight-Main Street Electrical Parade.

nine-Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. (vintage Disney at it’s finest)

ten-Amelia and taxi.

eleven-Like Father, like Daughter. (Star Wars nerds)

twelve- A Muppet fountain.

thirteen- A snack.

fourteen-Two pretty little ladies.

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.

New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

This weekend we were lucky enough to be among the very first to see the new Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom. This newest part of the park opens to the public December 6th, and let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC! 

The Little Mermaid ride is so much fun. We rode it twice! The Little Mermaid is a personal favorite of mine, and I couldn’t help but sing along to all of my favorite songs. My girls aren’t old enough to be embarrassed yet, so they just think I’m the fun mom.

We tried a new beverage, a LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern, which consists of frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with a passion fruit mango foam. The drink is all natural with no sugar added. Bonus!

We also got to experience Enchanted Tales with Belle. This new attraction totally immerses you in the world of Beauty and the Beast. It is very interactive with the crowd, and you get great access and time with Belle. Amelia LOVED this new Disney treat! 

We did not tour the new restaurant, Be Our Guest, however the French inspired menu sounds delicious, and we plan to eat lunch here when we return for a visit next month.