I’ve been wanting to post about this for a very long time, but life kept getting in the way! We had the BEST time on our trip to Disney World last spring break, and now I’m going to finally tell you all about it!
Before I go in to all the details, here are the basics and fast info about our trip:
Where we stayed | Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Disney Parks we visited | Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios
Transportation to the parks | We rode the free shuttle provided by the resorts each day
Meals | We ate breakfast at the resort “cafeteria” or ate some easy breakfasts we packed with us (pop tarts). For lunch we ate at the park, and for one special meal we had lunch at Cinderella’s Castle. For dinner we ate at the park or went back to the resort at ate at the cafeteria there. We usually got a treat or two at the park, and a night time treat from the resort to take back to the room.
Time we spent at each park | we allotted ourselves two days at Magic Kingdom, simply because there is so much to see and we had two children who we knew would get tired towards the end. We only spent one day at Hollywood Studios, and that was more than enough. We ended up leaving Hollywood Studios mid-afternoon and went back to the resort to rest and have fun there. We had an extra day, so we went back to Magic Kingdom a third time to hit the things we loved the most.
How we booked our trip | We used a Disney World travel agent! I didn’t even know these were a thing, but they are and they are AMAZING. We used Steve Wiley with Wiley Travel and I highly, highly recommend him! Steve and his family are Disney experts, and he gave us the most magical trip we could have asked for! I know him and his family personally, so I can vouch that he’s a wonderful person and we can’t wait to use him again for our next Disney adventure!
Now, on to some fun stuff!
We went to Disney World with my dad and step mom for Spring Break. Part of the trip was with them, and the last two days were on our own. We had THE BEST TIME!! Tristan and Kate had no idea we were going until the minute we pulled in to the resort. It was such a great surprise!
Tristan LOVES the University of Florida. He was born in Florida and he just thinks that’s HIS SCHOOL. So, that was sort of the decoy we put in place to get the kids to Florida without them suspecting DISNEY. We rolled up the the campus, and he was SO excited! We said, “THIS is why we were coming to Florida!” haha. We toured over the campus, stopped by the bookstore, and took some pictures with the Gators. It was a really sweet little time. Maybe someday he’ll grow up and go there for college.
The first resort we stated at was Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This place was so fun, y’all! So adorable! We stated in a CARS themed room.. and it was decked out. I’ve never seen any thing like it!
Some of the fun and our favorites from Magic Kingdom
We loved all the fun treats that you can get at the parks!
One thing I really recommend – get the Photopass! They capture so many great memories! We had almost 500 photos! AND : before you head to the parks, get your kiddo an autograph book and ink pen. My kids LOVED getting autographs from all the characters!
We planned one special meal while we were at the Magic Kingdom. We had lunch at Cinderella’s Castle! It was such a neat experience.. the kids loved it and I think they felt so special! The food was really good, and it was a fun experience for the adults, too! I was afraid that it would take a really long time to go through the meal / experience, but it was very well planned out and they fit so much fun into a perfect amount of time. The next time we go, we’d like to try a different character meal!
Tristan LOVES Star Wars, so we went to Hollywood Studios one day so he could see all the Star Wars stuff. We got to the park about 30 minutes before opening, so that we could get in line to sign him and Kate up for the Jedi Training. When we got to the park, anyone signing up for the Jedi Training got to go ahead and go in! It was so nice and convenient. We got the kids signed up (I HIGHLY recommend getting there early, picking a time you want to do the Jedi Training, then go enjoy the park and come back at your time!) … and then we did some fun things while we waited for our turn. Since we got to the park so early, we got to ride the big Star Wars rides with NO lines!
The Jedi Training was so fun to watch – it takes place on a stage and people can stop and watch. I’m so happy the kids got to do this! They loved it!
Last but not least, we got to end our trip with a little “Disney Magic”. We were scheduled to check out of the Art of Animation Resort and move to the cheapest Disney resort they have. When we got there, we learned that they had overbooked the hotel, and our room had been given away. To make up for it, they put us up in the Animal Kingdom Lodge.. for no additional charge. YOU GUYS – this is the nicest hotel we have ever stayed in. Our room was about $450 – $500 per night. The entire place was an experience. Music playing (live music), scents piped in throughout the hotel, amazing decorations, such a wonderful atmosphere! We felt like we had been transported to a different place. Our room was soooo nice, and it was the best way to end our trip! We are so thankful for that experience (and a little spoiled now!)
We had THE BEST TIME. We had so much fun that we are planning on going again when Shelby graduates. We are currently putting money back each month so we can pay cash when the time comes! We kept telling ourselves that this was a once in a lifetime type trip, so we enjoyed ourselves and did fun things and made the most of it. I’m excited to think that we can take this type of trip AGAIN!
I have SO many pictures that I didn’t share here, but I hope I was able to display some of the fun! We rode so many rides, and ate at the parks, and got some nice souvenirs, and indulged in some sweet treats, and watched fireworks, and played in the pool, and walked our feet absolutely off. We’d do it all again tomorrow if we could!