April 3, 2017

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Magical Moments: Walt Disney World

Happy Monday, y’all! I’m back with my Magical Moments blog series, and what better way to officially kick it off than sharing all of the magical moments from an incredible week in Walt Disney World with my Momma on our first mother/daughter trip in December?! “Here we goooo!” (Read in Peter Pan’s voice.)

There’s no doubt about it that my momma raised me on the magic of Disney. Between many, many trips throughout my childhood to watching “The Little Mermaid” every day when I was 4 (Mom always tells me she could recite that movie cold) to Mom’s constant encouragement for me to listen to my heart and follow my dreams, she is the reason why I am obsessed with that cute mouse, that willy nilly silly ole bear, and the magic and dreaming associated with Disney. So for us to experience a trip to our favorite place in the world with just the two of us? Well, I really can’t put into words how truly special that week was with her. But, I know those are memories I will always cherish and never forget… and have the matching, monogrammed shirts to remember it by!

Now, just to reiterate our obsession – My Mom and I sincerely act like it’s the first time we’ve ever been to Disney World every single time we go. Tears fall as soon as we see the “Walt Disney World” sign on the Magical Express from the airport. We also take the same pictures of the same things every.single.time. Every angle of Cinderella Castle? Yeah, we have them. Pictures of us hugging Mickey, Minnie and Goofy at Character Spot in Epcot? It isn’t a proper trip without visiting them there! The cast member holding balloons on Main Street? No, sir, we do not want to buy one. We just need you to hold the balloons exactly like this so we can get a picture with the castle in the background. A picture of every single Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar we eat? I mean, duh… I won’t tell you how many of those I go through in a week – they’re my FAVE! Actually, I average about 6 per trip. #nevergrowup We get up at the crack of dawn and are in the parks until closin’ time, and there’s no doubt that we’re the biggest kids in the park whenever we’re there, with different pair of ears in tow each day!

Now, a Walt Disney World vacay with my Momma means a perfectly-planned trip. She’s sure to grab all of the best fast passes and times, complete with the perfect breakfast/lunch/dinner reservation based on the park we’re at – efficiently scheduling our day so we’re sure to cover everything we want! Can you see where I get my planning-mindset from? 🙂 In fact, so many friends and family know exactly who they can go to whenever they have any questions about Disney World! I’ve always told her that she needs to start her own Disney vacation planning business! What do ya think, Mom? 😉

I’m SO excited to share some magical moments from our trip with y’all! While I have over 2,000 pictures (no joke) and a full itineary I could share, enjoy just a few of my favorites below! 🙂

Day 1: EPCOT
Highlights: Mickey hugs, delicious margaritas from Mexico, and watching The Candlelight Processional hosted by Meredith Viera!

Day 2: Magic Kingdom
Highlights: Breakfast at Be Our Guest, Festival of Fantasy parade (my favorite!), Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Day 3: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Highlights: Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s (another fave!), Toy Story Midway Mania, Dinner at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, and Fantasmic! (my very favorite show!)

Day 4: Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Highlights: Breakfast at Be Our Guest (again), Kilimanjaro Safari, Festival of the Lion King (another favorite – cry every time!), seeing the new projection show on The Tree of Life for the first time, and dinner at Ohana!

Day 5: Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Springs
Highlights: Riding the carousel with no shame whatsoever, Lunch at Be Our Guest completed with The Grey Stuff, Tea Time at The Grand Floridian, meeting artist William Silvers (look him up!) and getting a piece of artwork signed by him at Disney Springs!

Day 6: EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Highlights: Breakfast at Ohana, seeing my BFF, Molly, and riding Toy Story Midway Mania 3 times in a row before the park closed! (It’s a treat when you don’t have to wait 60+ minutes, y’all. We walked right onto it 3 times!) 

Day 7: Magic Kingdom
Highlights: Up bright and early for Extra Magic Hours and to open the park, seeing a pink Cinderella Castle for our last day, Breakfast with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore at The Crystal Palace (another fave!), Dinner at Be Our Guest, Wishes, and soaking in all of the magic we can!

And there ya have it! I’m always missing Disney, but I’m thinkin’ I need to get back ASAP after this post! And to my Momma, I had the absolute BEST time with you — our trip couldn’t have been more perfect! To all of my other Disney lovers — What are your favorite things to do at Walt Disney World? I’d love to hear below! Until next time, friends!

Bringing you a little extra magic and pixie dust,

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