Holy moly, we’re home!
Friends, I don’t even know where to start. We had the BEST time on our Disney Land & Sea vacation with the Slaughters last week and cannot wait to share all of the pics with you. If you recall, two spring breaks ago, we went on a Disney Cruise with the Slaughter family and right then and there, Erika and I planned our family vacations out for the next 20 years. Seriously, y’all…we have them PLANNED! So, today is Part ONE. Before we begin, some info/disclaimers/random stuff for you…
1: If you want to see a recap of our first Disney Cruise from two years ago, click HERE. We had such a good time on that trip too!!!
2: Yes, there was a time years ago when I said that I would never go on a Disney Cruise and have eaten my words ever since. Here’s the misconception I had, IT’S NOT A MICKEY MOUSE CRUISE. I was under the impression that these cruises would be like Walt Disney World on a boat and guess what? That sounds claustrophobic/catastrophic/and flat out annoying to me. It wasn’t until I had two really good friends (thank you Lauren and Megan!) go on Disney Cruises that I realized they are Disney not Mickey and because they’re Disney THE QUALITY IS EXCEPTIONAL. Please hear me when I say this, I get paid every.single.day to send people on many different cruise lines that I love many for different reasons, but DISNEY IS MY FAVORITE. All my clients know that. It’s my favorite because in my opinion, it has the BEST customer service, entertainment, dining, on board activities, port excursions, cabins and transportation services. I sail many other lines (I’ve been on four cruises in the last two years and used three different lines), but Disney Cruise Line is my personal favorite. Which leads me to point number 3…
3: I probably shouldn’t say this because it’s really no one’s business but mine, but I have never been paid to go on a vacation. Ever. Disney didn’t pay us for this trip. We booked it just like everyone else’s trips and paid the same prices. The only difference is that I get to keep my commission on this sale. The ONLY reason I’m telling you this is because I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that these posts are genuine and authentic and not bought. (But hey, if someone wants to send me and my family on a free trip…I’m up for that too. Ha! ) My travel agency is growing and we LOVE what we do!! We send people all over the world, but two of our most popular destinations are Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, so of course, it’s easy for us to get sucked into the magic as we’re planning.
4: What’s a Land & Sea vacation? Well that’s when you do both Walt Disney World and a Disney Cruise in the same trip. This is something Disney makes easy and fun for the whole family, and we’ve been planning them forever but never taken one ourselves. Both Erika and me have been to Walt Disney World and on a Disney Cruise, but we wanted to discover the magic of doing them both at the same time. Want to hear something fun? We had THREE other families from our agency on board while we were there doing the exact same thing. It was such a fun time!!
5: I did not do a great job taking pics for these posts. I always have intentions of taking a million pics of my family, but guys, I get caught up in the moment and totally forget. So, there are a lot of random selfies, action shots and unposed pics…what can I say? It’s hard to remember to pull out your camera/phone when you’re having such a good time!!
So, that wraps up my random tidbits for today, if you want to get in touch with one of us about planning your next vacation, we are currently accepting new client vacations for Walt Disney World, Mexican all-inclusives and cruises all around the world that depart AFTER June 1, 2018. (We plan trips for existing clients anywhere in the world outside the Continental US.) Coming soon…we are going to be opening up a new area for new clients, so stay tuned for that! You can reach us at email@example.com .
Whew! Ready for actual pictures? Here we go! As always, if one of us is wearing something that is super cute and still in stock, I will link to it right below the pic to make things easier. We had some fun vacation wear on this trip, so look below. Let’s do this PART ONE…
We left on Wednesday, March 7 for our trip. We picked up the big two a little early from school, but here I am with the littles and Andrew having lunch before we left. We were so excited!!!
All she wanted to do was get on that plane to Orlando 🙂 .
And we did! Here are Kensington and me on the flight. We flew into Orlando on Wednesday night (arriving around 8:30) and stayed at a hotel right there by the airport. The Slaughters were on a different flight and did the same. This way, the minute we woke up, we could head out to Walt Disney World.
I have no clue who took this pic (probably Smith), but I thought it perfectly showed our Thursday morning. Ha! #momlife #thestruggletodresseveryoneandyourself (My tee is HERE.)
We made it!! We hooked up with the Slaughters for breakfast at the hotel and then headed off on the Disney Magical Express. It was COLD in Orlando while we were there. We were not expecting the temp to be so cool (I’m not complaining, I’d rather be cold than super hot!).
These girls were so excited!!!
And these guys were too!!
So, we took the Magical Express straight to our resort at Walt Disney World to check in. We decided to stay…
…at the Wilderness Lodge.
I tried counting the number of resorts I’ve stayed at during a WDW trip (I think it’s like 8 different ones), and now, I can’t imagine staying anywhere else. This place was SPECTACULAR!! We could have spent a week just hanging out here.
These girls are so sweet 🙂 .
After we checked in, we were at Hollywood Studios by like 11:00! I ordered our “Thing” shirts HERE. We were SO STINKIN’ EXCITED!!!!
Off we went!
I love doin’ life with my partner in crime!!!
(And that’s the J. Crew jacket that I always talk about and this crossbody bag.) We all took turns watching the little two on big kid rides. Andrew watched the little ones while Tab, Erika and I took the big 6 of Tower of Terror. While we were in line, Andrew texted us this pic…
…he had bought both of them cake pops and little stuffed animals. Ha! He was having as much fun as we were!
When we came back, we found this…
Next up, Buzz Lightyear and friends on Toy Story Mania!
Everyone had fun on this ride!
Ashby rode with me.
Selfie-ing with 12 is hard work!
The girls were WAY into the Frozen sing a long!! I was too! I belted out all the tunes. Hahahahaha!
The boys pretty much thought this was torture 🙂 .
Ice cream break for everyone!
Sweet Ebby Lee!!!!
After this, Erika and I did something with the big four (I cannot remember what that was right now…), but we left the dads with the little four. When we returned…
…Ashby and Bowen had won prizes for participating in the parade. What?! Andrew said they told these two they could watch the parade and before he knew it, the microphone was in their face and they were talking to the crowd. They have the trophies to prove it 🙂 .
Just a girl and her Minnie ears.
We stopped for a selfie because, hello? Best day ever!
Ah! Everyone calm and coloring. Dinner on this night was at…
…and it was SO GOOD!! I had the chicken pot pie and it was DELISH!
Then, it was back to our rooms before bed. We had three bunk rooms. Wilderness Lodge allows 5 guests to a room, so instead of getting four rooms, we got three and Nixon and Smith shared a room with either Tab or Andrew (they took turns). This gave us enough rooms and a little more space. I was quite cozy in this room with my three girls (and sometimes Andrew 😉 ).
The next morning, I woke up to these views from my balcony…
…you are so gorgeous Wilderness Lodge.
I could have sat out there all morning. Instead…
I got my peeps dressed because we were headed to Magic Kingdom!!
The boys threw this Nerf football Smith brought approximately nine million times.
This girl was ready to see Cinderella’s castle!
At Wilderness Lodge, you can boat over to Magic Kingdom, so that’s exactly what we did.
Boatin’ with my baby.
And we arrived!!!
These two pics are my favorite from the whole trip…
The boys went to ride some rides while the girls rode the Tea Cups!
And then the girls went to Enchanted Tales with Belle. Everyone was given a part…
…we were laughing so hard at our little salt and pepper shakers.
At the end, they got to meet Belle…
We met back up with the boys and Erika stayed with the little four while we took the big four on Thunder Mountain.
Things you do to entertain yourself while waiting an hour to ride a roller coaster…
We found our peeps after the ride. This girl was HAPPY! I waited with the little two this time while everyone else rode the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train.
I could just eat her up!!!!! (Psssst: my tee is HERE.)
After a full day of riding rides (our sit down meal was lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern, but apparently, I didn’t take a picture), we decided to take a break and ride the monorail to the Grand Floridian for dinner. We didn’t realize how FANTASTIC that idea was until we did it. It was so nice to get away from the crowds and enjoy the view!! We loved it!
We sat out here and let the kids run around and play after we ate dinner (right there on the patio)…
And then we were going to go back for the fireworks at Magic Kingdom, but the Grand Floridian piped in all the music and we could watch them from right there…
…it was so nice!!! After the fireworks, Erika and I took Madeley, Britt and Ashby back to the room (it was like 9:00 or something) and the dads took the other five back to the park until 11:00 for more rides.
They were all so tired from a FUN day at Magic Kingdom!
Friends, we are just getting started! I hope you had fun on our first two days!! To see pics from Erika’s first two days, read her blog HERE.
Okay, a few more things, I clearly did not take pics of all the food/rides/shows we did…I mean, there were so many! Also, can I say something? From the bottom of my heart, please hear me…we plan WDW vacations for so many people and you know who has the most fun? The people that don’t stress about doing everything. (Some people are probably annoyed with me right now. ) Listen, I promise you…YOU CANNOT DO EVERYTHING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD. I bet you could live there for a year and still miss something. We have found that the people who stress out about not missing a thing are usually the ones that come home a little more tired and slightly disappointed. Of course, there are certain things you might want to do, but sometimes, you miss the magic when you’re trying to plan the magic. Make sense? Just my little thought to all of you planning on going. Be in the moment, friends. I hear over and over again how my clients’ best memories are the unscheduled ones.
Also, if you have questions about how we can plan a WDW vacation for your family, email us. That is the best way to get the info you need about a Disney vacation. firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂 . Happy Monday!! xo