Disney Land & Sea 2018 Part: 1

 

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 mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.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…

…zzzzzzzzzzz.

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…

…pure joy.

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!

Whew!

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.  mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com 🙂 . Happy Monday!! xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog March 19, 2018 at 4:51 am

    The “Thing” tshirts are SO CUTE! ❤️ I love the photo of all the kids lined up! And I’m so jealous of the whole Disney trip, I’ve always been a Disney fanatic and everything looks so fun! Glad your family enjoyed it, a wonderful spring break for sure! 🙂

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  • Erika Slaughter March 19, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Eeeeeekkkkkkk!!!!!!!!! The BEST trip EVER!!! We’re ready to go back STAT!

  • Elspeth Mizner March 19, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Wow! You were so busy!! Great idea to trade of kids to do bigger rides. Did you enjoy one part of the vacation over the other (WDW or the cruise)

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 5:57 am

      My favorite part was the cruise. They’re so different that it’s probably not fair for me to judge them against each other, but I just love the cruise so much that it’s hard to top.

      • Molly March 19, 2018 at 9:02 am

        How far in advance of the trip do you suggest contacting you to plan a Disney vacation?

        • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:48 am

          I always think the sweet spot is 7 to 8 months in advance. Of course, we can do it much closer to departure time, but that’s the best time in my opinion.

  • Sheaffer Sims March 19, 2018 at 5:44 am

    It’s only Day 2, and the vacation is already EPIC!!! Can’t wait to follow along for the rest of the trip!

  • Susan Jeffries March 19, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Such fun!!! Disney is our favorite! We have an only child and we have cruised Disney every year since she was five. She graduates next year and will be auditioning to dance on the cruise line and at WDW – she wants to attend University of Central Florida. So we have totally brainwashed her;) There is no place like WDW! Glad you had a great time!!

  • Carly M March 19, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Shay, so glad you are back we missed you. When I saw that you and the framily went to Disney/Crusie again I was so happy! I just couldn’t wait for your recaps to start! Keep them coming!

  • Kim March 19, 2018 at 6:01 am

    So fun! We have our land/sea booked for May 2019! (We just had a baby so we had to wait!) Looking at these pictures makes me want to book a quick long weekend in the fall….

  • Sara M Alexander March 19, 2018 at 6:03 am

    So fun! We love all things Disney, we took our kiddos for the first time in January. Just curious, what other resorts have you stayed at on property?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 6:08 am

      I’ve stayed at so many! Off the top of my head, All Star Sports, All Star Movie, Grand Floridian, Yacht Club, Coronado Springs just to name a few 🙂 .

  • Dana March 19, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Looks like a lot of fun! Madeley is looking so grown up lately, too, especially in the picture of you with your jacket and sunglasses on. And that picture of you guys all happy and lined up in the seats with the grumpy looking people in the background was too funny!!

    • Jamie Kimberling March 19, 2018 at 8:52 am

      I was cracking up at the grumpy people too!! HOW CAN YOU BE GRUMPY AT A FROZEN SING ALONG AT WDW?!?

  • Narci Dreffs March 19, 2018 at 6:08 am

    What FUN!!! I love all these pictures, and that hotel looks amazing! What a great trip!

  • Carolyn March 19, 2018 at 6:28 am

    I have to ask, how and when did you start your travel agency? Did you work for an agency or are you self taught?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 6:31 am

      I was certified and licensed through a host agency several years ago 🙂 . That’s where I got (and continue to get) my training.

  • Natalie March 19, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Hi Shay! Love the littles’ shoes. Can you link to them please?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 6:31 am

      They’re Sketcher Go Walks from Nordstrom 🙂

  • Gracie Van Dyke March 19, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I love seeing all your posts about your vacations but they always make me a tad jealous that I’m not the one traveling! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!! Kind of random question – we’ve been shopping for double strollers (we have 6 month old twin boys!) and it’s so hard! What one do you all have in these pictures? Is it nice for traveling?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 7:02 am

      We rented that right there in Walt Disney World!!

  • Emily March 19, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Wilderness Lodge is our favorite! Staying there again in December 🙂

  • Susan March 19, 2018 at 7:05 am

    What a wonderful start to a great week! We totally get you in not trying to DO everything. I have been to WDW probably 40 times and I’m certain I have still not done it all. I love Wildwrness Lodge too! The kids would love Animal
    Kingdom Lodge too I bet! I know you will be back! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 7:08 am

      I love that you go so often!!!! That’s amazing, Susan!!

  • Anggelhy Lardizabal March 19, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Wow! That totally is a trip of a life time. The kiddos looked so incredibly happy! So cute. Was this a fortune though? Do you guys offer long term payment plans?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 7:16 am

      Disney does! You can absolutely make installment payments. We have some clients that pay a little each week.

  • Tricia R. March 19, 2018 at 7:12 am

    I loved this post! My family goes to Disney every year or every other year, so I always love reading about others’ experiences! Wilderness Lodge is beautiful, 50’s Prime Time Cafe is delish, and Liberty Tree Tavern is our absolute fave WDW restaurant! I can’t wait to see the next posts. We love WDW so much!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design March 19, 2018 at 7:23 am

    You guys always go on the best vacations! That lodge that you stayed at looks amazing — I would have flipped out if we got to sleep in bunk beds on vacation as a kid!

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  • Sarah Shaneyfelt March 19, 2018 at 7:30 am

    You’re making me want to go to WDW!!! Love this trip!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • Leah Garry March 19, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Question – What is the restaurant at the Grand Floridian called? Did you make a reservation ahead of time to sit outside on the patio there? Loving this idea for our next trip!! Also the Wilderness Lodge – Isn’t that a Vacation Club resort or can anyone stay there? Thank you for sharing your trip

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 7:37 am

      It was our quick service meal for the day, so no reservations. It was Gasparilla Island Grill 🙂 .

    • Shannon L March 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Wilderness Lodge is not a DVC property – anyone can stay there at the hotel. But they do have cabins or something that are DVC.

    • Britni Jarvis March 19, 2018 at 9:07 am

      I think anyone can stay at Wilderness Lodge, it I think it’s also a Vacation Club Resort too! We stayed at The Beach Club and it was also a Vacations club reseort too. The vacation club members just stayed in a different part of the resort!

  • Megan March 19, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Could you please let us know which rides you had Fast passes for and how you decided what to fast pass? Unless you plan to talk about that later. Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 7:42 am

      It was hard to get Fast Passes for 12, so we probably didn’t get the best pickin’s. I will try and write all of those down in another post though!

  • McKenzie March 19, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Looks like a fun trip! Do you have an opinion on the best age for kiddos to enjoy disney world?!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

      I don’t know??? Madeley loved it and she’s three, but Kensington did too and she’s nine. I really thought one might love it more than the other, but they all equally found it fun!

  • Cate March 19, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Did y’all ever do the rider swap with the little’s? It was great for us with one not tall enough

  • Lily March 19, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Hey Shay,

    Probably a stupid question, but, what type of shoes did you wear for a full day of walking around? I always want to look cute, however, comfort is cuter lol. Thanks! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:53 am

      My Nikes 🙂 .

  • Joanna Perrin March 19, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Hi Shay,
    The trip looks great!! We were there at Christmas time and as always Disney was magical. I’m curious about your thoughts on the meal plan. Do you recommend purchasing it? I’ve done it with and without. It seems liked it’s more expensive to get the meal plan (unless you’re a huge eater) but it is nice to just have the ease of scanning your arm band. What we did this past time was just keep loading up a gift card so it was easy to scan and we didn’t have to worry about change etc… You’re more of an expert so I thought I’d ask your opinion.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:53 am

      We’ve done it both ways and feel like we saved a ton having it this time. We ended up getting an extra sit down meal on the last day, so we had to pay out of pocket and geez, it was pricey.

  • Nicole March 19, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Thanks so much for sharing Shay! My fiancé and I are looking at the Disney Land and Sea option for our honeymoon!! 🙂 Next time you visit Disney, you should definitely test out the Parent Swap so the person that is waiting with the littles, can also go on the ride without waiting hours! It’s definitely handy! 🙂

  • Julie March 19, 2018 at 8:10 am

    As a former Disney planner, I completely agree with you! Disney is best if you plan but then just “go with it” once you get there. Love that you saw the fireworks from GF. We stayed at the Polynesian and they also have an amazing place to watch the fireworks at night-from the beach! We even saw a proposal. It looks like you had low crowds, fantastic! I can’t wait to see your Epcot days. Maybe my favorite thing to do is see all the countries! I hope you got to go on 7 Dwarves at some point :). Can’t wait to see the rest of your pics.

  • Jennifer March 19, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Awesome trip so far! My family LOVES Disney too! Could you do a post about what you brought to the park every day in your bag? We’re going this fall with a toddler and 8 month old and any tips would be awesome! Especially to see what you brought for the “littles”. Oh, and any other packing ideas for Disney world would be great too! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Since my kids are potty trained and older, I just brought my sunglasses, a small can of sunscreen, and phone. Thanks to the Magic Band, I didn’t even bring money or my ID.

  • kellie carrara March 19, 2018 at 8:33 am

    OMG! I’m gushing over all of these…beacuase 1) they are so darn cute and 2) we are 179 days out from our 6th magical adventure and we just booked dining yesterday! It’s getting REAL and we’re so excited. You’re right…you CANNOT do it all, that’s why each time is a different experience for us. We stay at a different property each time too and plan our trip around a theme. One year it was all about princesses, another about autographs, another about rides, another about a birthday and the Spooktacular, this one is all about Food & Wine! Thanks for letting me tag along on your adventure and pumping me up for mine! 😉

  • Anna March 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Looks like such an amazing trip!! Was it hard to plan the food for 12? Or is that all part of a Disney package?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:51 am

      We made reservations in advance, so it was easy!

  • Brooke March 19, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Did you all use the ride swap option? It know spring break is a crazy time, were you able to pull additional fast passes?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:51 am

      We did use it some. I will say that it wasn’t as crazy as we thought, but it was definitely crowded!

  • Shannon L March 19, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I have been so excited to read this! Loved the pics of your precious family at WDW. My kids are 22, 24, and almost 26, and we are taking them and the 26-year-old’s fiancee on a quick Disney trip in May. They are all super excited! We stayed at WL twice when they were younger, and it is amazing! We also really liked staying at the Beach Club Villas when they were older and getting a 2-bedroom villa. I know some people think Disney is just for kids, but the Disney magic brings out the kid in almost everyone. And I know we can’t do it all, but to me it is so fun planning what we will do. Thanks for a great post!

  • J Graves March 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

    One of the reasons that I enjoy reading your blog is because you are not being sponsored. I find you can see write through those blog posts. I enjoy your product reviews because you’re just passing on your knowledge. I have purchased Jesus Calling and the gratitude journal because of your honest blog posts. Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:50 am

      I hope you love Jesus Calling as much as I do!!! I’m so happy you have it!

  • Leanna Nelson March 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I was so excited when I saw you guys were 5 min away from me. I was so tempted to go to one of the parks so I could meet you. You are right there is no way you can do everything at Disney in one trip. My family and I go all the time and there are still shows and restaurants we’ve not seen or eaten at. I’m glad you and the Slaughter family had fun.

  • Sunni March 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Wilderness Lodge does not allow five guest unless you are in a Deluxe room. 😊 The majority of the rooms at WL only fit four. You don’t have to post this. I just don’t want anyone jumping on your for misinformation. 🙂 Fellow Disney planner here.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:50 am

      I don’t mind posting! We were in bunk rooms (as stated) and five guests are allowed in those rooms.

  • Any Nelson March 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

    We lived in Florida for a year and had yearly passes for our family to WDW and STILL didn’t do everything. That’s the #1 thing I tell people. You can’t do it all so enjoy what you’re doing.

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick March 19, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Ahhh I can’t WAIT to start planning our trip now!! So excited!!! That Inspired Chick

  • Jen March 19, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Also did you known about the rider swap option when you have littles that are too short you can get fast passes to ride again without waiting in line! Such a great option for us as my son got to ride the ride twice, each time with one of us.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:49 am

      We did get rider swaps some, but for the most part, we didn’t mind taking a break from all the crazies and spending time with the littles. Ha!

  • Darcy Sexson March 19, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Oh my gosh, the FUN is palpable thru this post!!! I can’t wait to take my boys!

  • Britni Jarvis March 19, 2018 at 9:04 am

    We are heading to WDW in May and have been already a couple of times with our girls before, but was wondering if you utilize the fast passes? I’m sure you do and that could be an entire post on its own because that can get complicated, but might be worth mentioning. We’ve found so many people don’t sign up 30/60 days in advance for their fast passes and this could really save so much time. Also, utilizing the Magic Hours as well! Th looks like such a fun trip! My girls are itching to go on a Disney Cruise next so that’s in the works for next winter!!

    • Britni Jarvis March 19, 2018 at 9:04 am

      PS I just say your response above about fast passes! 🙂

  • Tricia March 19, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Can I ask… did your kiddos (maybe Smith’s opinion, since I have 4 boys (twins who are almost 6, a 7 year old, and an almost 9 year old) enjoy HS or MK more? We are going for one day in just two weeks and I cannot decide for the LIFE of me between MK, AK, or HS! I don’t know how I will EVER decide!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:46 am

      I would have to ask him (and he’s at school now), but I’m going to bet he would say MK. He loved Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. He rode them each 3 times in one day (they rode a lot more at night when the lines were down).

    • Jaime March 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Do MK and AK for sure. HS is great, but half the park is closed right now for renovations; it’s a half-day park at most right now. Once Star Wars Land opens in 2019, it’ll be the place to be … but right now if you’re on a tight schedule, you’ve gotta skip it for MK and AK.

  • Chrystianne Santos March 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I am SO EXCITED for your vacation posts!! First, because hubby and I plan on going to Disney in November, so this helps us out a lot. Also, because we absolutely love cruising and I love to see your posts on all your cruising fun! Excited for more to come!! 🙂

  • carly March 19, 2018 at 9:18 am

    OK the next best thing besides the Disney Land and Sea trip is what we have been doing since the 90’s is start with Disney World for a few days followed by Disney Vero Beach Resort in Vero Beach, FL for the final few days. Stay right on the beach/ocean with all the great Disney perks and a short 1 hr 20 min drive from Orlando. For the general public at Vero you have the Lodge rooms or if available the Disney Vacation Club choices from studio room to 3 bedroom home to rent(if available). Been doing this since it opened and LOVE this place. A great beach rest but still lots of kid/parents fun after exhausting Disney trip. Being a Disney Vacation Club owner was the best money we ever spent. We have used it for trips(besides Disney) all over the country(Christmas we go to RIver Run to ski in Keystone, CO, etc.) and world and the best part is if it is Disney affiliated it is always up to there standards.

  • Maurie March 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Looks like a great trip so far!!! Questions–how do you afford so many trips with such a large family? Do you have money saving/financial tips for vacations? That would be a good post.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:45 am

      I think that’s a very honest question, Maurie! I started saving for traveling on my own when I was a freshman in college and have continued to (I paid for my first European trip with a girlfriend when I was only 19). Andrew and I put away money monthly for “travel”. This helps us keep our budget in line throughout the year for our trips.

    • Jami March 21, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Not to jump on the post here but I was a stay at home mom for 2 years and my husband is an occupational therapist so we definitely have to budget every penny, I now work in our school system so vacations are a big luxury for us. I love Disney and if time of year isn’t an issue, try and go when they offer their specials. We got the quick service dining plan for free in the fall and upgraded to the regular plan and because we were there for a week and a half we saved over $1500. I think Shay mentioned in her part 2 post that you get 2 snacks per person per day, it was such a relief when we all got hot and cranky to take a break and get lemonade slushies and not have to worry about paying $5/each.

      Also, about three years ago we got the Disney Visa, a year ago I upgraded to the Premier Visa, it does come with a a $49 annual fee but you get 2% back on gas, groceries, and restaurants. Over the past 3 years we have earned $1000 back in Disney Rewards, I usually cash it in about a month before we leave and take it as gift card. Since you can charge just about anything to your room, including tips, I do that and every couple days I go down and pay it off with my gift card. It’s helped because once the trip is paid off, I don’t have to worry about spending money too.

  • Angela Ellingson March 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I’m guessing this may be too personal, which I totally understand, but I’d be soooooo interested to see a break down on how much everything costs. As someone who has very little travel experience, I have no idea! I always wonder whenever I’m reading your vacation recaps (which are some of my favorite posts). This is definitely a dream to take my kiddos to Disney! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see more!!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

      FYI, Angela, you are one of my favorite readers 😉 . I love getting your comments every day and just thought I’d share. The good thing about Disney is that there are so many different pricing options. We can send two different families for two totally different prices. We typically ask what your budget is upfront and work to make the trip happen within that.

      • Jessica March 19, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        I’ve been wanting to start planning a trip, but discouraged by what I think it might cost. What would you say is the low end of what a military family of four can expect to pay for 4 nights? Would you be able to offer that information?

        • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm

          Email me, Jessica! I have a few other follow up questions for you and will get you a good estimate 🙂 .

        • Anna March 19, 2018 at 6:03 pm

          When I was looking at planing a Disney trip for my husband and I, it was for January 7-12…military discount tickets, one of the all star resorts and the deluxe dining plan was gonna cost us around $2200

  • Amanda Wilson March 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Eeeeek!!! I am so excited for this week of posts!! Have you been to Disneyland?? I want to do a Disney Cruise so badly but having 5 kiddos I can’t seem to find a way to get my family on for a decent price!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

      I have never done Disneyland!!

    • Shannon L March 20, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      IMO Disneyland is great with little ones! Everything is within walking distance. DL and California Adventure have approximately the same number of rides as Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios put together. Plus, the weather is almost always fabulous!

  • Jill March 19, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Hi Shay! My husband and I are huge WDW fans and are excited to start taking our kiddos (we have a 3 yr old son and twin 4 month old girls). We’re taking our big boy by himself in October (he’ll be almost 4) and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Any suggestions on park itineraries, must-do restaurants, etc. for his age?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Oh gosh! So many ideas!!! You should email us! I can send you a list!

  • Brooklyn March 19, 2018 at 9:27 am

    We want to plan a trip here in the near future. We have 3 girls, ages 6, 4, and 2. At what age can our 2 yr old go on most of the rides at Magic Kingdom?- Peter Pan, Snow White, etc. I hate to take her and not get to take her on any rides. Thanks!!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

      It’s not based on age, but height. Ashby was tall enough to go on almost everything and she’s almost six (but not super tall).

  • Barbara Parnell March 19, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Love the Wilderness Lodge! They used to have the best Winnie the pooh/Pocahantus breakfast there! Live the Grands Floridian too! So gorgeous! Polynesian is great as well! Staying on Disney property is the way to go! Enjoyed your recap of the trip…looking forward to reading about the rest!

  • Megan March 19, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I love a Disney trip recap! Did you use the Memory Maker option for this trip? We used it for our last one and I was thrilled with how many great moments were captured that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to catch on my own since that trip was with a bigger group and we weren’t all together all the time. It’s a great option for a large family or extended family or group trip.

  • Laura March 19, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Totally agree with your last comment. We took our son to Disney when he was 6 and it was a first time for all of us. We did say before we went that we would do what we could and not worry about what we couldn’t because we would probably go back again one day. We built in quiet time at our resort over the week we were there. Yes, we missed things that we really wanted to do (weather can do that) but we enjoyed what we could. When we go home from our vacation we asked our 6 year old what his favourite part of the vacation was and his response – swimming in the pool. Yup, most expensive vacation for swimming in a pool ever! I learned a lot from that.

  • Tina March 19, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I love the 50s Primetime Diner. Our waiter was crazy cousin Eric and kept us lauhing all through dinner. We cruised first and then went to Disney World. I would definitely change the order next time and do parks first and then cruise. More opportunity to rest on cruise.

  • Kim Winardi March 19, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I’ve never been on Disney Cruise, so just wondering if its something to go on with the family and kids or do you feel like anyone can go on the cruise and still have fun?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Ha! Andrew and I joke because we’re going to keep going on them when the kids are grown and gone. There are a ton of families on board, but there are many older groups without kids too.

    • Sandi March 20, 2018 at 11:56 am

      My husband & I took our first ever cruise on Disney last year and I was afraid that I had set my expectations too high being a fan of the brand. I will say we were blown away and never once felt awkward that we were traveling without our kiddos. (We did bring them this year and they loved it but it was no where near the relaxing pace we had last year!)

  • Ella March 19, 2018 at 9:53 am

    This looks like so much fun. Your kids are all adorable and look like they were enjoying.
    Kensington and Ebby Lee look to be at the best age.
    Also, where can i get Kensington’s dress?

  • Melissa Wilburn March 19, 2018 at 9:58 am

    We did this same vacation at the end of February, and seeing all of your fun memories makes me want to go back! I agree- it’s the most epic vacation 🙂

  • Jessie March 19, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I live in Central FL and have been a WDW passholder for over 20 years. We go at least once a month and I still haven’t done everything! You’re right…you’ll kill yourself trying. Just soak in the magic and enjoy what you can!

  • Jessica March 19, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Love this!! We had a land and sea trip planned for September last year and it was all cancelled due to Hurricane Irma 😭. So we split it up into a few days at the park in November and then we are cruising this Christmas! Totally jealous of wilderness lodge that is my fave resort! It is absolutely magic at Christmas! And love your tip about not stressing, this was our first vacation with our kids (2&4) and the times we just went with the flow and relaxed we’re so much better than running around trying to meet every princess and catch every ride.

  • Laci March 19, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Best vacation ever! We did this 2 years ago and I could not agree more. Take in all the magic and DO NOT STRESS. WDW Cruise Line was my first and only cruise so I have nothing to compare but it was simply amazing.

  • Jillian March 19, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Ah! I come from a Disney loving family and when I saw that y’all were all there I got SO EXCITED! Kensington’s face in front of the castle is me every time I walk into the park! I have two trips planned this year that I am counting down towards. And Liberty Tree is so good! I am really looking forward to the food when we go. Also, that little Madeley is too precious!

  • Melissa March 19, 2018 at 10:25 am

    I loved seeing all of your pics and am so glad everyone had fun! You were spot on with your closing advice…my dad was an Imagineer for almost 20 years and we have seen what you said time and again. People who overplan often leave with exhausted and disappointed kids. I always tell friends who are visiting to make a list of a few “must see/do/ride/eat” stops at each park and do those. Everything on top of that will be gravy and if/when the crowds are crazy or the weather is bad you know you’ve at least seen your must-dos.

  • Kelly Henderson March 19, 2018 at 10:37 am

    We love Fort Wilderness! We have stayed there twice and I just don’t know if we can stay elsewhere. You are soooooo right about not planning every minute of every Disney day. We learned on our first trip with kids, you have to go with the flow. Yes, get fast passes and dinner reservations but going with the understanding doing it all isn’t possible will save you loads of stress. We also learned standing in lines for character pictures is a waste of time, it’s so much easier to get those pictures at character restaurants. I am going to remember that you can see the fireworks complete with music at the Grand Floridian, what an awesome ideas! I can’t wait to read all of the recaps, such a fun trip.

  • Amy March 19, 2018 at 10:54 am

    So fun to read this! You are so right about not being able to do everything. My family has had annual passes since I was a baby, and I’m sure there are still things we have not hit yet. Lol! Now that I’m back at college, I’m missing it again. Excited to see your Epcot recap tomorrow 😉

  • Nerine March 19, 2018 at 11:15 am

    What a fun trip! I was so happy to learn you all were in Orlando 🙂 it’s my hometown! I love reading your recap posts!!

  • Victoria March 19, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Love the post! We’re planning our first trip to WDW this summer with our kids and this post is perfect! Can’t wait for the next recap…

  • DANIELLE K RIGG March 19, 2018 at 11:40 am

    So much fun!!! I am hoping for the cruise, you may give some bathing suit reviews (women). Boy…do I need some new ones. 🙂

  • Lynne Thomas March 19, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Ahhh, you guys we missed you by 3 days. We stayed on floor seven with cons. service and great little spot for snacks morning, noon and night. Also had free beer and wines free flowing through the day at that spot so you could get continent. breakfast, snacks in afternoon and at night soup, pasta for kids and things like shep. pie one night and then as well as free beer and wines great selections of beer. What floor did you stay on? So many other things in snack spot but we only really paid for 1 meal each day and had had fruits breads chips dips veggies on floor seven. We have stayed at the Lodge 4 times and we have only stayed at Lodges. The last time we stayed at the Lodge we were with our Sam who loved Disney and asked to return before he passed away of RMS Cancer. The Lodge upgraded us to the Presidential suite which you have pic of across the way from your room. When I saw your pic it gave me those memories back kinda bitter sweet. Pool areas are way awesome wish it had been warm when you were there because the new area with cabana’s was awesome as we were there just being a couple. Did you guys get photo pass we have gotten it every time so worth it as you get pic’s throughout vaca and no worries of trying to gather and pose your littles and bigs the photo people just make it happen. For your next Disney visit. Well worth the dollars. When we were at Disney it was 85-89 each day. It was very hot but there was a breeze. We thought we would get the cool like you as that would have been great as well as we are from New Hampshire and anything over 60 is awesome!!! We new englanders are hardy and would have still been in shorts. Think it is the blood thing. Can say going with out children is different however you still get your Disney Spirit On. We finally found the Fairy Godmother!!!! Would love to share more about 7th floor with you if you would like. So Happy to see the Bigs and Littles so excited and happy!!!
    Lynne

  • Melissa March 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    It looks like y’all had a blast together! We’re staying at the Wilderness Lodge in June for the first time – any advice or tips/tricks for the lodge in particular?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      We loved it! Since you’re going in the summer, I would build in plenty of time to enjoy the amazing pools!! Because of the weather, we couldn’t do that, but it looked like so much fun! We also used a quick service meal and lots of “snacks” to eat breakfast every day in the hotel. That was so convenient!

  • Liss March 19, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    What did the boys think of The Magic Kingdom? We are trying to hold off on Disney for another year or two so out youngest daughter will be able to participate more. In your opinion, would a 7 or 8 year old boy enjoy the magic kingdom? Is a 10 year old girl getting to old for that part of Disney?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Smith loved the rides. He wasn’t into the characters (Kensington who is 9 still was, but Smith was over that stuff). He loved the rides though!

  • Christina March 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    So much fun!! I’d love to know your thoughts on a “sweet spot” age for Land and Sea. TIA!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      My two bigs were probably right there (8 & 9). They could ride every ride and every slide but were still having fun with all the characters and stuff.

  • Christina L March 19, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this recap ever since I saw you were in Disney. Can you do the Sea portion of the trip first and the Land portion last? Also, can you share what shoes you wore in Disney? I always struggle with finding cute, but comfy shoes. 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Totally! We had one family on board that did just that! (Clients of ours.)

  • Paula March 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I love this post. I love the happiness of all the Littles & Bigs alike. However, your travel post always make me slightly sad and jealous. We have a 10 year old disabled daughter. Angelman Syndrome. Non-verbal, mostly non mobil other than transferring, seizures & HUGE sensory over load, among other things. Our family misses so much & help is limited. Your opportunities are a blessing. Not just financially, but physically. I dream of traveling like your family.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Paula. I appreciate your honesty so much. I’m stopping right now to say a prayer for your sweet girl. xo

    • Jess March 19, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Paula-would your child qualify for a wish trip? My daughter has complex medical issues, is non- verbal, and total care, and she qualified a few years ago. she is completely Ivy dependent, so it is not easy to travel with her, but it was so worth it! It is definitely bittersweet to know your child qualifies for a wish trip, but it was absolutely the trip of a lifetime for our entire family! We stayed at give kids the world (only wish families can stay there), and it was magical! Disney is magical anytime, but extra magical as a wish family! 🙂

  • Jamie March 19, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Have you ever been to Aulani? It reminds me a lot of The Wilderness Lodge, so beautiful! Plus, you get the magic of Disney mixed with the fun of Hawaii. One of my favorite vacations ever!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      It’s on my bucket list!!

  • Brittany March 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    50’s Prime Time is my absolute favorite!! Still so bummed that we just barely missed y’all, but looks like y’all had a blast!

  • Erica @ Whimsical September March 19, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I SO agree with your last paragraph! One of my sweet blog readers is a Disney travel agent, so she offered to plan our entire Disney trip in four weeks last year. You are so right – the unscheduled moments were so sweet and some of our favorite. I remember lounging at the playground at Epcot last year since we were so pooped before dinner, and that ended up being so much fun. Our girls played so hard, and we got to sit, eat ice cream, and take it all in. It was wonderful. Thanks for sharing all of this! We are hoping to do a Disney cruise next year and can’t wait!

  • Holly March 19, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Is your J. Crew jacket brown like the one you linked or is it black?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      It’s the moss color (kind of brown, kind of green).

      • Holly March 19, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        Awesome, thanks! Ordering it now! 😉
        Glad to see you all enjoyed your vacay with the mouse!

  • MelanieL March 19, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    What an amazing trip, the “thing” shirts are absolutely adorable!! I love that you have your vacations planned out for 20 years!! #goals 🙂

  • Tracy March 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    What fun! I love Disney and am looking forward to going back in 2019! 50’s Prime Time Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat. Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

  • Alexis deZayas March 19, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    You have me itching to go to Disney!! What a fun two days!

  • Melissa Gentry March 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I am so glad y’all had a great trip! I’ve been waiting to read about everything you did and can’t wait to read about the cruise part! We are so excited for our cruise in a few weeks! Thank you for all your help with the planning! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 20, 2018 at 5:27 am

      I’m so excited for you too!!

  • Michelle B. March 19, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Where are your two necklaces from in your first pic in your denim jacket? I love them!! Loving your trip recaps as usual! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 20, 2018 at 5:27 am

      Both are Nordstrom! The brand is Gorjana 🙂 .

      • Michelle B. March 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm

        Ok thanks so much for replying!! 😊

  • Kim March 19, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    This is awesome! It’s so cool to see others who enjoy WDW as much as my family. Heading there for a “girls’ trip” with my mom to celebrate my 30th birthday next month! Rest assured from someone who traveled to Disney almost every year with family, the kids will remember all the great memories for life! My favorite family memories were made at Disney and going there feels like going home 😍

  • Shan Rocha March 19, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Loved reading your post and Erika’s too … you gals captured such different shots but together, they tell such a great story of the first 2 framily days !! Makes me reminisce our Disney trip last summer.. You’re right on point that the unplanned moments turn out to be the most memorable ! Cant wait to try a Disney cruise soon … just added to my bucket list !!!

  • Lauren March 19, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I loved reading this and seeing how happy the kids looked in the pictures! We are taking our kids to Disney for the first time in a couple of weeks-we are going with my parents and my brother and his family so 12 of us in total. We have pretty much everything booked, but we have been trying to get a princess tea time for the girls in the family and have had no luck 🙁 It seems like we missed out not booking this super early, any tips to get a late reservation for this?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 20, 2018 at 5:26 am

      Sometimes, we can grab a hard to get reservation right there in the 48 hour window before when unexpectedly, people have to cancel their reservation.

  • Claire Klein March 19, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Admittedly, I didn’t read through every single comment so I apologize if you already answered this, but… what’s a good age to start going to Disney? (Ha, I’m 31 and I’ve still never been… we always went to cities and Delmarva beaches growing up!) I’d love to see a post that might describe Disney by the ages; it all seems very overwhelming to sort through!

  • Felicia Nguyen March 19, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    When I saw your Instagram picture I knew you stayed at Wilderness Lodge by the animal on the light fixture and the carpet.its one of my favorite resorts and they are actually building another one for DVC members and I can’t wait to stay there. We love the boat rides to and from MK.

    I totally agree with you that no matter how many times to go to Disney you still haven’t seen it all!! We been about 23 times in the last 9 years and everytime we come back… we discover something new.

    This past February we did Disney Land and Sea too and LOVE IT!!

    Love reading about your trips and can’t wait to read the rest!!

  • Lauren Johnson March 20, 2018 at 8:49 am

    We love love LOVE Disney & looking forward to taking our toddler on his first trip! Are you an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner or is Disney an option to your travel agency services? Or is there a difference?! Thanks so much & I’ve always heard great things about Disney Cruises! We may do that next year! Thanks for sharing your family vacation! Looks like a blast was had by all!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 20, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Through my host agency, we were authorized through Disney directly to sell their products (trained, tested and educated). We offer our services to many other places, but we do a lot of Disney vacations. Some people only do Disney (and I know a lot of people who don’t do Disney at all), but we do both.

  • Morgan March 20, 2018 at 9:56 am

    You are so right about the over planning part. My daughter is 2 and I knew going in that we would have meltdowns and missed naps and probably not ride much of anything during our 1st day there because the ideas of Fastpasses were completely foreign to me, but you know what….she had so much fun (and still had meltdowns and no naps) and we LOVED every second of it.

  • Morgan March 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Cannot wait to hear about the rest of your trip! we love Disney trips, and totally agree not to overschedule yourself trying to ‘do it all.’

  • Bethany March 20, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I’m sure you’ve answered before, but what lipstick are you wearing?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 21, 2018 at 5:22 am

      Stila’s Perla 🙂

  • Jami March 20, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Wilderness Lodge is on my bucket list. For some reason Bass Pro reminds me of WL so I always pretend when I’m walking in.
    If you go back anytime soon you need to check out the fireworks from Magic Kingdom… Happily Ever After with the projection on the castle is amazing!
    You are so right about not being able to do everything. We were there for 10 days in October and it was our 6th trip and ther are a few things I’ve never done still.
    Can’t wait to hear the rest, I’m thinkint of booking an Oct 2019 cruise.

  • Ann Marie Tennison March 21, 2018 at 8:02 am

    How fun!! I can’t wait to read day two!

  • Robin March 21, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Ok, so I’m firmly in camp ‘Do everything’ when it comes to Disney. I’m like a park opener, park closer, squeeze in as much as possible sort of person. I know everyone is not like me and that’s totally cool. I’ve never taken a vacation with other people and I’m afraid that I wouldn’t like to because I know how I am (I want to go, go, go and see it all) – and I think I would get annoyed if I had to slow down or wait. BUT my mom is really pushing for a family trip, like my parents, siblings and their families – there’d be 15 of us – and I’m kind of wincing because I’m afraid I won’t want to do everything they want to do or the pace will be slower or I won’t get to do something I wanted to do, etc. I know you’ve taken several family and framily trips so I wondered if you can comment on how you manage together time vs. taking time to do what you want, etc.

    Also, I feel like when I’ve read other vacation recaps that you have taken (Like when you went to Washington DC with just your kids) – I really felt like you crammed in a lot of stuff – like more than I would be able to and I usually consider myself to be really ‘go, go, go’ on vacation. However, when I read your Disney recap with the Slaughter’s I felt like it seemed more relaxed and like you maybe didn’t see that much. I’m not judging at all – I know everyone vacations differently. I’m just curious because it seemed like a different pace and I was wondering if you attributed that to traveling with a larger group this time or if it was more of a conscious decision to slow down a bit. Again, I’m just curious because I’m trying to manage expectations/decide if I personally can handle a family vacation with 15 people 🙂

    Thanks Shay! I’m loving the recaps and getting to see how your family travels. I feel like I learn so much from your travel posts!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 21, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Unfortunately, a big part of the Disney portion of this trip was waiting in lines. When you don’t have a Fast Pass, you wait and wait and wait. We used the My Disney Experience app to track wait times, but rarely were they under 35 minutes. That’s the part that stinks with WDW…the waiting. It’s harder to cram stuff in when you’re spending literally hours of your day waiting in a line.

  • Lindsey Wolfe March 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I wish I could post a picture from when we did enchanted tales with Belle. She was Beast and it was amazing!We went to WDW with our two kiddos, our son was 7 and our daughter was 4. We could not have had a more perfect trip. I’m an over planner, but thankfully we hit the highlights and called it amazing. For our son, he was old enough to ride pretty much every ride, but still young enough for things to feel magical. For our daughter, EVERYTHING was perfection. And you are totally right… the two most “pixie dust” moments were random unplanned things. The first was doing a quick ride on the carousal behind the castle and my daughter got to ride WITH the step sisters. The second was an unplanned second trip back to Tower of Terror (which our daughter totally WENT on! what?!?!). The second time she said she didn’t want to so I grabbed an extra fast pass for my husband and son. We got over there and of course she changed her mind. The sweetest cast member says, “Oh, I think I see some pixie dust.” and let my daughter and I join my husband and son for a 2nd time on the ride.

    Thank you for posting your amazing trip. It is making me want to plan our next one. But first step – buy our new house! EEK!

  • Diana Yost March 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I love reading your travel posts, and I love everything Disney 🙂 Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to see the rest of your trip!

  • Aimee Buhr March 22, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Hi Shay! I have loved reading your posts! Did you guys do the Disney Dining Plan or just pay as you go for meals? Also, which stroller did you take? Was it a pain to have to collapse it for the buses?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 22, 2018 at 8:40 am

      We did the dining plan! Also, we rented that big double stroller there at Walt Disney World. Andrew or Tab messed with closing and loading it, but they didn’t seem to mind.

  • Elizabeth March 22, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Hi Shay! I went to your travel site to check it out in hopes of learning more about planning our own vacation, but the website was all wonky and un-readable. There may be something wrong?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 22, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Right now, the best thing to do is email me directly. mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com . I’d be happy to answer any questions you have!!

  • Karen Martin March 23, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    The Wilderness Lodge is my favorite hotel and when my family talks about going to Disney, we always talk about which hotel to try this time? Then the comment is always made, it is so hard to not go home – meaning The Wilderness Lodge. LOL.. Glad you enjoyed the hotel. My favorite part is leaving the noise of the parks and walking into that lobby and hearing the soft music. It just makes you relax. So glad your families had such a great time!