Back from the depths of Disney

Friday, June 4, 2010
Well, we are back, and some of us are not happy about it. Can you guess who it is? The answer might surprise you. It's I. Yes, I'm the one who's having difficulty adjusting to the daily grind. I'm up to my eyeballs in laundry and house cleaning. Every time I take a few steps forward, Harper does something that sets me back by about 20 steps. Four year-olds can be so destructive sometimes.

But enough of my whining. As always, Disney didn't disappoint. I don't know how they do it, but, at the risk of sounding cliché, they truly make it a magical experience. From every character sighting to the thrill of Space Mountain, the kids were on a never ending high the entire time we were there.

Although there were so many unforgettables, here are a few highlights:

1. Soarin' - If you haven't been to Disney World in years or ever, this is a must. It's located in Epcot's The Land pavilion. It's a simulated hang gliding ride over some of California's most notorious and scenic attractions, including The Golden Gate Bridge, hot air balloon ride over wine country, surfers in Malibu, skiing in Lake Tahoe, the port of San Diego, an LA freeway, and ending with fireworks at Disneyland. You absolutely feel as if you are soaring over these sights. It's magnificent. But the wait is a long one. Get to the park early and get your FastPass so that you can return and walk right on. The height requirement is 40", and my four year-old loved this ride more than any of us!

2. Breakfast with characters - The best way to get up close and personal with the characters is to dine with them. Disney offers many options for character dining including restaurants within the various hotels as well as those within theme parks. Our all-time favorite is Chef Mickey's, located within The Contemporary resort. Mickey and his favorite pals, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto and Goofy, mingle amongst the guests for pictures. Each character makes a special stop at every single table.

On this particular trip, we had breakfast with Mary Poppins and friends at 1900 Park Fare, conveniently located in our hotel, The Grand Floridian. Here are a few pics.

3. Space Mountain - Every one's got to do it once. The height requirement is 44" with or without an adult. Emma and I went on twice. It was her first time, and I was sure she was going to bail at the last second. But, much to my surprise, she hopped right on and LOVED it!

4. Pastries in France - Located within Epcot's World Showcase, France is one of 12 countries represented. There are quaint shops, restaurants and of course, a patisserie. Any of the pastries would make a fine selection, but my favorites are the chocolate croissant and the crème brûlée. To. Die. For. Pair them with wine for a special treat!

5. The Grand Floridian - I was a total travel diva on this vacation. The Grand Floridian is teeming with wait staff. Every where you turn, someone is offering to help you (of course, they are expecting a gratuity). It was posh, indeed. With some of the best restaurants in Walt Disney World, the Grand Floridian is the place to see and be seen. There is also an afternoon tea party for little girls complete with tea sandwiches, scones and an appearance from Sleeping Beauty.

6. Downtime - Be sure to build a few days into your schedule for relaxing by the pool. The Grand Floridian has two pools, one of which is specifically designed for children and includes a slide and two lifeguards.

Stay tuned. More pics and recaps to follow!

1 comment

Life Without Pink said...

Looks like you had a great time! I can't wait to take my boys day :)