Monday, February 8, 2016

top 8 from Disney World

We went to Disney World back in December and I'm just getting to all the fun pictures from our trip.  Better late than never, right?!

Here a few of my very favorite moments from our trip, and if you're planning a trip soon, I highly recommend these restaurants/rides/experiences!

1.  The first thing would be the pool.  ^  It's always interesting that you can go anywhere in the world, but the kids reallyyyyyy love the pool the most.  The Grand Floridian, where we stayed, has an amazing one that really shallow (as you can see), so the kids can play and splash and have fun without me being too nervous.  

2.  The Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot

They serve the food at this restaurant family style, and it's fantastic.  The characters come around and give the kids (and grandparents^) lots of fun, individual attention and photo opportunities.  Walker fell in love with these characters.  I have to get him a stuffed animal chipmunk soon...he'd love that.  The only thing about this rotates ever so slightly in a circle.  I literally had no idea it was rotating, (and was totally fine) until we realized towards the end of lunch that we were in a different location.  I started feeling slightly woozy in the head like I was on a boat.....but I definitely didn't feel that way until I knew it was happening.  The mind does crazy things!!!  Loved this experience and the restaurant.

And since we're on food...   My brother can joke on this show all he wants (yes, it's a little cheesy), but I LOVE the Hoop-De-Doo Musical Review.  The food is amazing and the show is a ton of fun.  Also, we sat at these long tables, and Noel and I somehow ended up alone at a table, so it was like a little mini date.

4.  Jedi Training

Ok, this was so fun for the boys (and for me, honestly), and this is my favorite picture of all time.  After the boys got dressed in their Jedi robes, they were having a full-blown trivia smack down with the other kids.  Their faces pretty much say it all, as in...they knew the most about Star Wars, and how dare anyone else challenge them.  If you have a young Jedi who wants to dress up and fight Darth Vader, just go straight to this place (right beside Indiana Jones) as soon as you get into Hollywood Studios, and grab a ticket that allows your child to participate.  

5.  Boat Ride from Grand Floridian

There's a boat ride that docks from and circles around the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian Resort, and the Magic Kingdom.  I love it so much.  It's simple and easy, but allows you to see the resorts and Disney World from a different angle.  Also, if the weather is nice, it's so relaxing.

6.  Expedition Everest

We've always loved this ride, and this go around we went through it twice in a row (benefits of getting to the park super early!)  My brother, James, filmed the entire ride this time...oh my gosh (you hear me in the back the whole time saying, "James!!!  put the phone down, you're going to lose itttt!!!!), but watching it back was hilarious.  Definitely ride this!

7.  Walking around Epcot

A Disney trip can make you feel like you need to do everything you possibly can.  There is so much to see, seeing everything is impossible!!!  (top tip for ya!)  One of my favorite afternoons during our trip was walking around leisurely at Epcot.  We didn't have any set plans so we stopped to watch a band playing in the street, watched a miniature train set, played the drums, chased lizards, and just kinda took everything in.  I highly recommend taking an entire morning or afternoon to just relax and walk around to see what you can see!

8.  Minnie Ears

My sister found the cutest shop for Mickey/Minnie ears and we rotated them throughout the week. Jessica's picture with her ears was featured on their Instagram page (isn't she adorable?!)  

Disney World is such a blast, and creates such fun memories....grateful that I have those with my family.  I especially loved taking my kids at this age.  Everything is so magical to them right now, and it's such a treat to see everything through their eyes.  

What are your favorite rides and restaurants at Disney?!

PS.  Here is our video from the trip!


Emily said...

Can I just pick it all?!?! I'm so impressed you narrowed it down to 8 ;) Definitely love walking/meandering around Epcot.

My brother just decided he's leaving Disney after EIGHT years there...gasp!! He'll be done in April so Freddie and I have literally spent the evening looking at plane tickets, haha! Your Disney post came at just the right time ;)

Katie @ Team Skelley said...

It's a Small World forever!

We said last visit that we would stay at the Grand Floridian next time, you can't beat the location being next to the Magic Kingdom and on the lagoon. I also love riding the monorail. :D

It looks like you guys had a blast!

Caroline said...

This post has me wanting to play hooky and fly straight to Disney World right now... or maybe Disneyland would be slightly more realistic :) That Jedi training photo cracks me up!!

Unknown said...

Your boys would be so embarrassed at my lack of Star Wars knowledge. The boys I babysit try to teach me, but I can't keep it all straight. I accidentally called a Bobot (sp?) a Storm Trooper, man was that a mistake!!

Helene in Between said...

this makes me want to go SO BAD! how fun!

Meghan @ Hayes Days said...

My parents are hard core boat fans. We always stay somewhere that we can get to at least one park (if not two) by boat. They're obsessed. And those tiny boats are just too cute. My youngest brother in law's favorite meal is the chip and dale harvest feast. With us living on a farm, farmer Mickey is his hero.

rooth said...

Aww the boys look like they had such fun - that Jedi battle is the cutest

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