Disney Day

Okay y’all. Time to finally update you about my amazing, wonderful, fantastic, magical day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. I will try to keep this post as short as I can because I could literally write all day about how much fun I had and all the things we did and didn’t get around to doing.

We got to the park when it opened at 9am and made our way down Main Street, U.S.A. This being my first time (since I was 5-so I don’t remember a lot from my first visit) I wanted to take in everything. From my first glimpse of the castle to the blisters on my feet, I loved it all. On main street, we bought my sparkly Minnie Mouse ears, some Disney trading pins (I’ll post about those later), and some presents for my mom’s adopted grandkids. The Walt Disney World Railroad was closed for refurbishment so we went into the Emporium and spent two hours in the store (ask me how, I have no idea). I HAD to take a balloon picture (it’s like a rite of passage) and also just because the Mickey balloons are so freaking cute I wanted to buy all of them.

I just love the Mickey balloons-I may have them at my wedding

After we walked down Main Street U.S.A., and after I got about 100 pictures of the front view of the Castle, we headed down to Liberty Square because we were starving. We ate at the Columbia Harbour House and had the best Lobster Roll ever! I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture of it (I’m the worst, I know). But I would 10/10 recommend eating here if you have some time. It doesn’t take long but it’s not a grab-and-go kind of place. The only other thing I wanted to do in Liberty Square was go to the Hall Of Presidents, but it’s going to be closed until June. This was a major disappointment because I love the Presidents (not all of them obviously) and also as a Political Science major, this stuff is my life.

Looks like I’m just going to have to come back in June!

Somehow, we skipped over Adventureland and Frontierland which both my mom and I were super bummed about! We ended up in Fantasyland which is the most magical place I’ve ever encountered in my entire life. I took pictures of the Neverland map in Peter Pan’s Flight since I’ve dreamed of Neverland since I was a little girl. We had to use the Tangled restrooms so I could see some of the floating lanterns and they were perfect.

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The Tangled restrooms and Rapunzel’s tower in the background

After Tangled, we went to go ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh but it was broken down unfortunately. We made our way back around to Gaston’s Tavern, and looked at the hunky Gaston statue outside of the Tavern. We decided to ride Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. I’ve decided to trade my voice to the Sea Witch for an annual WDW pass (along with a Prince of course). This ride was so fun and it wasn’t a long wait at all! After Under the Sea, we made our way back around to in front of Cinderella’s Castle to see the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. We saw all the Princes and Princesses and I got a Mickey shaped chocolate covered ice cream which helped beat the 85 degree weather.

After the Parade was over, we ventured into Tomorrowland and stopped at The Launching Pad for some water and a coke slush (with a Mickey straw of course!)

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Drinks taste better through a Mickey straw

Mom and I fast passed our way through the line of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain, both which were super fun. We had to take it easy after Space Mountain for a bit because sometimes I get motion sickness and let me tell ya, it hit me hard on that ride. We ended up riding the PeopleMover which is such a fun, nice little break for anytime during the day.

We had to go back through Fantasyland because I wanted to walk through the castle, (princess probs) and I wanted to see Cinderella’s fountain. We saw Alice in Wonderland topiaries while walking through which was nice since we weren’t able to go to Epcot this trip to see the Flower and Garden topiaries.

We ate dinner on Main Street, at the Plaza Restaurant and I had a superb philly cheesesteak while we were waiting for the nighttime show at the Castle to start. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular was truly spectacular. The Castle looked amazing under the fireworks:IMG_1735

After the show, we literally ran back to the entrance of the park to get our After Hours pass which allowed us to stay in the park until midnight. Not everything was open during After Hours but there was still a lot open and rides operating. We stopped at the Main Street Bakery to get coffee to keep us going for the next few hours.

Our first stop (after coffee) was Adventureland to ride the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, we also ran into some rain while in Adventureland but thankfully it only lasted a few minutes. After Adventureland, we ventured back into Fantasyland. I wanted to see the Tangled Restrooms at night, to see the lit up lanterns, and to take advantage of the Tangled Lantern Photo Opportunity which was perfect I might add.  We rode most of the rides during After Hours since the lines were so short (like all under 10 minutes). We rode Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is an actual roller coaster-I wasn’t expecting it.

By the time we made it over to Tomorrowland again, it was after 10:30pm, we went on the Tomorrowland Speedway, which is actually super hard to drive one by the way. After that, we got some more snacks and went to ride the Astro Orbiter which was a super fun way to end the night.

We ended up back on Main Street U.S.A., and shopped for another hour. We rode the ferry back to where we parked and drove home. It was the most magical (and tiring) day of my life.

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What I’m Taking to Disney World

*Featured image is from Pinterest*

TOMORROW IS THE DAY. I get to go to the place where dreams come true. I am finally making my way to Walt Disney World. I can’t sleep; it’s like Christmas Eve as a child. I am so excited I just *literally* can’t hide it. I’ve been talking about Disney to anyone who would listen for weeks. Now that the time is here, my bag has been packed for three days.

After researching about what Disney locals bring to the park, I’ve narrowed my bag down to the essentials.

My backpack, which is the Leighton Backpack from Vera Bradley and was purchased from the Vera Bradley store in Disney Springs. It is such a perfect little backpack for theme parks, which is great because I can use it a Busch Gardens back in Virginia over the summer. You can find my bag here. I also had it monogrammed in store because in the South, we monogram everything.

 

Vera Bradley backpack with my Disney Pins and bright blue monogram

 

A quick look inside 

I love the mini size of this backpack, but it’s also huge for it’s size. I can literally fit everything I’d need for two days in this bag. It’s got a front zipper pocket, two side pockets for water bottles, two open pockets on the inside and a zipper pocket inside as well. On the back, there is an open pocket for things you need grab quickly, like a phone.

I don’t have anything in the front pocket just because that’s where all my Disney pins are right now, I may put more pins on tomorrow and I don’t want anything in the pocket to get in the way.

*Update my portable phone charger is going in the front zipper pocket so I can remember where it is.

In the left pocket inside the bag, I have personal necessities:

  • Two tubes of Burt’s Bees chapstick because you can never have too much chapstick right?
  • A Tide to go stick because I tend to be the messiest person I’ve ever met and I really don’t understand how I get some stains.
  • Extra hair ties and a hair clip.
  • Oil absorbing sheets made by Clean & Clear because they also get sweat off of your face and no one wants to look sweaty in photos.
  • A little packet of Kleenex tissues

In the right pocket, I have hand sanitizer and hand lotion since I’m kind of a germaphobe and I have dry hands.

In the bottom of my bag I have a sweater, my glasses and glasses case, Dove spray deodorant because it’s Florida and I’m probably going to sweat so I just want to be prepared. Also a perk is spray deo doesn’t melt like normal. I get awful headaches throughout the day so I have some advil, and my wallet. Lastly, I have my instax mini camera with three film refills because I plan on using my polaroid camera all day.

I’m getting my ears at the park tomorrow so they’ll eventually make their way into my bag.

Y’all. I’m stoked, like I may cry when I get to the parks tomorrow. No shame. I’ll try to write a little post tomorrow, but we’re going to be at the park until after hours so I may be way too tired!

Day Trip to Disney Springs

*Featured Image retrieved from here*

Did someone say Disney? And shopping? What more could I ever want or need am I right? My mom and I decided to travel down I-4 and venture into part of the Happiest Place on Earth. I hadn’t ever been before and my mom hasn’t been since it was Downtown Disney. It’s been awhile if you couldn’t tell. I wasn’t expecting to be there all day like we were, I mean it’s just shopping but boy was I wrong. We were there from 12pm to 11pm and I could’ve stayed for three more days! There’s just so much to do and eat, since we only hit a few stops I’ll tell you about my favorites.

We started off by in the Pandora shop, mom and I both have bracelets so we really wanted some Disney charms to go on our bracelets. I got two charms and a safety bracket, my charms were Cinderella’s Castle and Tinkerbell’s dress. The castle because Cinderella is my absolute faaaaavorite princess ever, and in eleventh grade, I was Tinkerbell in my schools play. I love how all my charms have a story behind them.

After pandora, we walked around and went in different stores like Kate Spade New York, Lilly Pulitzer (where I got the cutest leggings and shorts!), Vera Bradley where we got a monogrammed mini-backpack to take into the parks on Thursday, we spent an hour shoe shopping in places like Sperry, Havaianas and Sanuk.

We then ventured into the World of Disney and I think I died a little bit. I just love the entrance to the store, and everything Disney inside the store. We spent 30 minutes in the store just so I could take everything in.

One of the entrances to The World of Disney

 

After we had been through all of those stores, we had worked up quite an appetite but our dinner reservations weren’t until 9pm, so we stopped by a pretzel stand and got Mickey pretzels! It was the cutest thing, and I swear, food tastes better as a Mickey.

Firm believer in the fact that food tastes better Mickey shaped

We spent the next four hours walking around all of the Disney shops and I even got my first Disney pins! If you don’t know about Disney pins, have no fear, I’m doing a post on them soon! We stopped by Lefty’s to get my two sisters some left handed can openers because they can never use the right handed ones (I always joke on them for it, sorry, love y’all!) We drank some margs from Dockside Margaritas and I would definitely recommend stopping there (if you’re of legal age of course!).

We decided to have dinner at Paddlefish, which did not disappoint. While I wasn’t super hungry (that Mickey pretzel got me good y’all), I did get the crab mashed potatoes because I’d been dreaming about them all day. My mom and I wanted to get a Lobster Roll but unfortunately they do not offer those at dinner time. She ordered the scallops and LOVED them. We work in food and have worked in food for almost 20 years so it’s not often that she raves about food but this was one that she raved about.

View of Paddlefish restaurant from across the lake

While walking out of Disney Springs with tired feet and a full tummy, we had to stop at the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM because I’ve been dying to go to one for two years. Cupcakes are my life. We got the red velvet cupcakes and ate them after our hour long drive home and it was everything I’d dreamed of.

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The famous Cupcake ATM

Disney Springs was such a fun time, and I already have a list of places to go when we get to go back.