Hello all!! Happy Monday! I’ve already mentioned that I’m slowing down to my normal sloth-like pace on the blog this summer, but this also means my posting times will vary quite a bit. OK…they do anyway, but they will even more so in the summer. I’m not a good blogger that writes posts ahead and has them ready to go first thing in the morning. I wish I was. *Hangs blogging head in shame.* So things will be a little erratic, I hope you’ll hang in there with me. :)
So. I’ve fallen in love with a new city. Well, I should say park. A big one. You all know how much we love NYC – it’s our favorite place on earth, other than home. But now it has some competition, named Disney. ;)
Last week we took a very quick vacation down to Florida. And when I say quick I mean only about three days. And when I say vacation I mean VACATION – this is our first real family vacation (other than to New York) that we’ve ever taken anywhere that didn’t have something to do with work.
I’m serious people – every trip we’ve ever been on as a family (or heck, even as a couple!) has had something to do with hubby’s work. Every. single. one. And now that he’s retired, we were able to carve out a few days to get away. That would have never happened in summer’s past!
So the whole fact that we got away was so special to me, you have no idea. And the fact that my son and I (yes, I was a Disney newbie) finally got to Disney made it even more special.
We spent our first day in Legoland actually – the Bub is Lego obsessed so we HAD to go there. I think he was more excited about that than he was Disney! We had some interesting moments with downpours and tornado warnings and taking shelter in the restrooms with everyone else in the park, but after about an hour the day turned much better and we were able to really enjoy the park without crowds – it was perfect!
That evening we headed to our hotel at Disney and I started falling in love. We stayed at the Polynesian and it was STUNNING:
I wanted to spend about an hour taking pics but we just didn’t have time while there. I will do it next time – the grounds are just gorgeous!
So I totally got the Disney “thing” the second we walked in to the hotel – we were greeted and escorted through the hotel to our building. The squealing started (from me) when we walked in to our room and I saw the cute little touches everywhere:
And it continued when I realized the view from our room:
I almost cried. I
almost cried a few times on the trip. It was emotional to finally get there after 37 years – it made me so giddy and happy.
The emotions certainly didn’t stop when we walked in to the park for the first time:
I had an obsession with Cinderella’s castle. I could have spent an hour just walking around that one thing.
It’s magical, of course:
So I mentioned this was a quick trip and I know so many of you experienced Disney folks are freaking out that we only spent two days at the parks. I know. But it was our only chance to get away in June (hubby is retired from teaching but so busy with other obligations already) and I didn’t want to go later in the summer when it was stupid hot, so this is what we got.
And we took full advantage! We rode a TON of rides in the short time we were there:
The Dumbo ride was one that I was especially drawn to – it just screams Disney to me:
The small world ride was one of my favorites too, but Splash Mountain was our family fave hands down. SO. much. fun.
We spent one evening in Epcot where we dined in Mexico:
And it was incredible. ;)
Hubby wanted us to stay for the Illuminations show that night, it gorgeous evening:
The show was AWESOME, we all loved it. Although hubs said it used to be even cooler and was more of a laser light show:
This view was another one of those that made me misty:
It was an amazing trip. I totally get it now. Totally. I am hooked.
I didn’t plan for our first trip like most would – I didn’t ask friends what we should do, didn’t read any blogs, didn’t make any dinner reservations. I’m the kind of person that just needs to figure it out for myself. I didn’t want us to be trying to rush to this or this “must do” while we were there, I just wanted us to experience it as we would.
And we did. And it was perfect. :)
I figured out a few things fast on this trip – here are my tips for any fellow newbies who may be going this summer:
1. Don’t try to look cute. Just don’t. The heat/weather/splash mountain gods will laugh at you.
2. Buy the fan with the water in it that you pass on the way into the park and think, “I’m not so not spending money on that!” For all that is good…BUY IT.
3. Dole Whip is seriously the most amazing, beautiful, delicious thing you will ever, ever, ever eat. Ever.
That’s just about all you need to know. :)
We didn’t even get two full days in the parks – the last day we got slammed with this:
We waited it out for about an hour, then when it calmed down a bit we did a little more, but it was just too intense. We headed back to the hotel for a much needed nap and a great meal.
Usually when we head home from a trip I’m ready. The only time I’m not is when we’re in New York. I felt that this time too – I was SO sad to leave. I wanted to stay for another week – and for this homebody that’s saying something:
We’re already planning our next trip. Hopefully later this year. :) I cannot WAIT!!
Are you a Disney fan? Did you feel like this after your first trip? How many times have you been? When do stop missing it? ;)
**P.S. Early June was a great time to go – I wanted us to go at this time of year on purpose. We were there before so many schools were out for the summer, the weather was hot but not as hot as it gets in mid/late summer and we actually got a hotel discount for staying that week. The only issue was the rain – I hear it’s an especially rainy season for Florida.