My family makes an annual pilgrimage to Disney World every winter.
It’s five fun-filled days of traipsing around the parks and remarking how temperatures in the 60s feel like summer to us, even as every Floridian we see is wearing a winter coat!
Which I will now subject you to!
Disney World Rides
This was the first time we’ve gone over President’s Weekend and it was busy. Uncomfortably busy.
Never fear, we used those Fast Passes and rode our favorite big rides: Snow White Mine Ride, Big Thunder Mountain, Test Track at Epcot, Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios and more.
We discovered some new pleasures, too. When your husband doesn’t want to wait more than 20 minutes for anything and there are 8 billion people there for the long weekend, you get creative. We explored Tom Sawyer’s Island for a solid hour and enjoyed it. Plus, we viewed Mickey’s Philharmagic movie, which was fun. Neither of these lowly attractions make our to-do list when it’s less crowded.
And, who can forget our 10pm visit to the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse? I was so tired and jacked up on adrenaline that I commented, “I think they are from Austria with names like Hanz and Fritz.”
My husband MERCILESSLY teased me the remainder of the trip about how I thought that the SWISS Family Robinson might be AUSTRIAN. I took it like a good sport (I think!)
Disney World Food
Since we go every January or February, I made reservations for the “Be Our Guest” restaurant back in August for every Saturday night from late January through February. That’s because reservations open 180 days out.
Yes, I’m insane.
But Be Our Guest restaurant opened in December 2012 and it is ALWAYS booked. We’ve never snagged a reservation. So I planned ahead.
I thought we got a bad table, pushed up against the back wall in the Grand Ballroom vs. in the middle under the chandeliers. Bummer. However, my daughter got a clear view of the Beast waiting to greet diners in the library so she was in heaven. My bad table thoughts vanished!
The food was excellent, too.
Disney World Fun
This year there were a few unique memories. I will always remember my tween calling out “High Ho!” in the hotel stairwell.
Over and over.
Even when we told him to stop.
Over and over.
It got to be so annoying it was funny.
And why did he call out, “High Ho!” so often?
He liked the echo.
Yeah. This was the same kid who found the Disney Ducks more fascinating than any rides when he was a toddler.
I’ll also remember how my daughter, 9, took her Disney bears, Duffy and Shellie May, to see the Epcot fireworks. She lugged them around the World Showcase without complaint and made sure they had a good view. It was too cute.
Those are our 2016 Disney World Rides, Food, and Fun memories. As Mickey would say, “See Ya Real Soon!”
Do you enjoy Disney vacations? What’s one of your favorite Disney memories?
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