Destination Disney!

We finally made it to Walt Disney World by way of St. Augustine! Days 6642 through 6649 in the Life were MAGICAL!

After a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving Day, we hit the road on Day 6642 in the Life, headed to St. Augustine, Florida.  We visited some our favorite spots, the Mission of Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of le Leche and the historic fort Castillo de San Marcos, and added a couple more favorites to our list.  This time we visited Potter’s Wax Museum, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and Gonzalez-Alverez House Museum.  We took a carriage ride around the city at sunset, and toured Whetstone Chocolates Factory!

We’re patiently waiting for the chocolate factory tour to begin.

On Day 6644 in the Life, we attended Mass at the Cathedral Basillica of St. Augustine before driving down to the Happiest Place on Earth.  I’m thankful we chose one of the slowest weeks of the year to visit Walt Disney World.  It can be quite overwhelming at first.

We started our Disney adventure with a quiet evening at Disney Springs, where we enjoyed a nice Cuban-style dinner.  Then we headed to our hotel room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort where a bag of goodies waited for us.  We enjoyed a relaxing night’s sleep before the chaos.

We planned on visiting one park per day, and we started with Hollywood Studios.  This park turned out to be my second favorite.  We went back in cinematic time on the Great Movie Ride, sang along with Ana and Elsa at For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along {the BEST show ever!}, watched Indy and Marion escape in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, and stuffed ourselves full of Mama’s home cooking at 50’s Prime Time Cafe.  It was a FANTASMIC! time!

The next day we went to Epcot.  Here we went Soarin’ through California, traveled through time in Spaceship Earth, and circled the world in one day! We also ran into Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the highlight of the day!

Our adventure continued on Day 6646 in the Life, we ventured to my favorite park, Animal Kingdom.  While Troy faced the Yeti of Everest, the kid and I went on safari.  We met Russell and Dug, found Nemo, participated in the Festival of the Lion King, and discovered bugs in the Tree of Life!

Our last day of our Disney adventure was Magic Kingdom.  We ate breakfast in the West Wing of Beast’s castle, sailed through Ariel’s Grotto, and met Fairy Godmother! We strolled down Main Street, found our neighbor Tiana, and picked up a hitchhiker.  Lastly, we enjoyed Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with Jack Skellington and A Frozen Holiday Wish.  See? MAGICAL!

We ended our Disney adventure with OHANA.  The food was great, but we felt it was overrated.  It could be because we were ready to get hit the road and head back to our little cottage in the woods.

OHANA!

We learned a few tricks to make our visits a little less stressful.  Because we visited the parks during a cooler month and our kiddo is older, we carried our ponchos and phones into the parks through the No-Bag lines.  Then we purchased a drawstring bag at a gift shop.  The next day we rolled up the drawstring bag we had purchased and stuffed it in our back pockets, carried the ponchos and phones through the No-Bag lines, and then put everything in the bags.  We saved time and aggravation.

We also didn’t purchase the dining plan or Park Hopper Passes.  We were able to spend all day in one park, and we weren’t limited on our dining preferences.  We did, however, make reservations for several restaurants including 50’s Prime Time Cafe’ and Be Our Guest.  We scheduled our breakfast at Be Our Guest for a time before the park opened.  By the time we were finished eating, the park had just opened, and we were already in the back of the park!

My favorite thing was the Memory Maker photo pass.  We reluctantly purchased this item but were pleasantly surprised.  It was well worth the money.  We stopped at every photo pass spot we could find and took pictures with every character!