Our Disney Summer Vacation

I don’t know about you, but we LOVE Disney! We have been planning this trip for two years and it couldn’t get here soon enough. If we could go once a year, I think we would probably do it in a heartbeat! I think my only complaint about this trip was how HOT it was. I know it was the end of July, and it was to be expected, but man…. It was SO HOT! I think when we go back again, we will try for winter. Haha It was also extremely crowded, so maybe we will try a slightly less busy time as well. Overall, it was a great trip! We all had a lot of fun.

Our first park experience was Hollywood Studios. We were all super excited about the new Toy Story Land! Toy Story Mania was a fun ride that the whole family enjoyed. (Not everyone is a fan of rollercoasters) Plus, when you have boys who are addicted to video games, this was right up their alley! We also LOVED Slinky Dog Dash! Bryson rode this one, and it was probably his biggest rollercoaster he had been on to date. I was surprised at how much fun even I had on this ride! My kids also loved the interactive Incredibles show. They had a great time dancing and interacting with the different characters. For the adults, our two favorites were Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster (Brady rode this one, and I was super proud of him because that was the biggest rollercoaster he had been on so far), and of course the Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror. This was our first time to actually make it to Hollywood Studios, but we will definitely be back! I mean, there’s a whole Star Wars section that wasn’t even open yet! (To be honest, this was the thing I was most excited for, but found out a few months before our trip that it wasn’t going to be open yet. There was a pretty awesome show with all of the Star Wars characters that we got to see though. This definitely pleased the Star Wars Enthusiasts haha).

Our next two days were spent at Magic Kingdom. This is my FAVORITE park, and it’s always so hard to get everything in in just one day, so we spent two full days here. And I am SO glad we did because there were SO many people, we definitely needed that second day. Our FAVORITE ride here is Space Mountain. This ride is completely in the dark. You have no idea whether you are going to go up, down, right or left, which only adds to the suspense. The line is always a couple hours long, so I definitely recommend getting a FastPass for this one! To be honest, we did Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor both days. The line was never very long, moved fast, and it’s AIR CONDITIONED! Plus, you get to sit down and rest your feet for several minutes. Big Thunder Mountain is a fun little rollercoaster for the smaller ones in your group, but still enough speed to be fun for the adults too. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin was another fun one for my gamer boys. You ride in a little car that spins around to moving targets that you have to shoot with a little laser gun. There’s also a little friendly competition within each car to see who can score the most points. Pirates of the Caribbean is another fun one for the whole family. Both of my kids have ridden this as infants in my lap. The wait time is rather short compared to most other rides, and you get to take a little air conditioned boat ride following Jack Sparrow along on some of his antics. It’s definitely a classic! There are SO MANY rides that I can’t possibly cover them all in one little blog. Peter Pan, It’s a Small World, Winnie the Pooh, The Little Mermaid, Splash Mountain, and so many more! We also got to experience our first character dining with the Winnie the Pooh characters and that was a lot of fun! The kids got all of their autographs and a picture with each character without ever having to leave our table. It was so nice. But, my favorite part of Disney World is the Wishes fireworks show. I am a HUGE sucker for fireworks, and their shows NEVER disappoint. From the music choices, to the changing of the castle, to Tinkerbell making an appearance, I love every single bit of it!

No Disney trip is complete without a trip to Disney Springs. If you take your kids to Disney World, they are undoubtedly going to want to buy ALL the souvenirs, but then you’re stuck carrying them all around the park the rest of your time there. So we always make a trip to Disney Springs where you can find just about any of the park souvenirs all in one shop! The boys got everything they wanted, and we only had to carry it to dinner and then to the car. It’s definitely worth it if you have a day you don’t plan on going to a theme park.

Such a fun trip, and I am counting down the days until we get to go back!

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