It already feels like a lifetime ago, our vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth. This post was supposed to be up the day after we got back. I was so looking forward to writing it because it would allow me to bask in the Disney goodness for just a little while longer. Unfortunately, I got back to real life and stuff got all crazy... you know how it goes...
Anyway, we had a WONDERFUL time! Cal was such a good sport. (In case you didn't know already, he's not the biggest fan of WDW. Honestly, I don't know what is the matter with him. haha!) Best part of the entire vacation: NOT HAVING MY NOSE IN MY PHONE! FOR REAL. Yes, I browsed Instagram occasionally while waiting in lines, but I wouldn't let myself check my fb, email, or work texts during the day. I waited until getting back to our hotel to see if there was anything pressing I needed to address. Cal even turned his phone OFF for the majority of our time there. AMAZING! My new favorite part about living: turning off devices and unplugging my brain.
I didn't take as many pictures this trip because I didn't want to. Taking pictures and posting them to social media is part of my day job and my business, so I wanted very little to do with it. It was heaven!
Here are a few shots that I did take!
Quick little story: Cal likes to talk to the cast members about their hometowns. (Every name tag says where the person is from.) Well, he started chatting with this dude about his home, Cincinnati, and the guy couldn't believe Cal knew about Graeter's Ice Cream, a Midwest ice cream chain. He was so impressed, he decided to give us Magic Kingdom vouchers! We got 4 Mickey Ice Cream Bars and 2 candied apples from Main Street Confectionery. My night was made...and my sweet tooth was more than satisfied.
We ate and ate and ate. We walked and walked. But most importantly, we enjoyed being together as a family. Cal's parents are always so fun on vacation.
I thought it would be cool to talk about the FREE* things you can do at Disney. Having just done some of them, it's fresh on my brain!
*FREE, of course, means things you don't pay for in that moment, but you've already paid for them by booking your hotel, paying for park admission, etc. We all know ain't nothin' free at Disney World!
- One thing that's always fun to do is visit the resorts. Each hotel is perfectly themed. The tiniest details are taken into consideration. We toured the Boardwalk, Beach Club, and Art of Animation resorts. (They are especially fantastic at Christmastime.)
- Drawing class! Animation Academy, which used to be at Hollywood Studios, but closed, is MY FAVORITE activity in all the parks. Even though they did away with it at HS, you can still catch it 3 times per day (11, 2, 5) at the Art of Animation resort. It's free, taught be a Disney artist, and you get to keep your drawing. See ours below. Hahahaa!!!
- Riding boats! You can ride a boat from Downtown Disney to several of the resort hotels. You can also catch one between Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, and all the hotels between them. It's such a nice treat on a hot day to sit on the back of the boat and let the breeze hit you. Since they pick up outside of the parks, you don't have to have a ticket.
- Kidcot Fun Stops. This is great for little kids. They get a passport and collect stamps as they tour around the "world" of EPCOT. I've never done it myself, so I can't tell you if it's worth it. But I always see loads of children coloring, drawing, and learning from cast members.
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. I have NO CLUE how long this has been a thing, but this past trip was the first time I noticed it. There are little stopping points all over Magic Kingdom. Kids can sign up on Main Street and do a scavenger hunt around the park. Fun to do in between attractions.
Well, that's all for this trip. I imagine we will go back in a year or so...can't really stay away. And my annual pass is valid until December, just in case someone wants to drag me down there. I guess I could find the energy to go... ;)