Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Disney World Recap - Epcot, Hollywood Studios & Magic Kingdom

If you would like to see all my travel posts, including recaps, tips & recommendations and packing guides, please visit my travel page.

I know not everyone digs travel recaps, so feel free to skedaddle. Also, I know that not everyone loves Disney and might think we were a little odd for going without kids, so you can feel free to skedaddle as well.

Well, to the one or two people who are left: thanks for sticking around. Shall we?


I was going to recap the whole trip in one post but holy moly, it was too much even for me - Ms I love really long posts with too many pictures and too many words - so I am splitting it up.

I was super excited about this trip because this would be the first time KC and I had been to Disney World together. We went to Disneyland in 2011, but we broke up a couple weeks later, so I wanted fresh-happily-married-memories, if you please.

We arrived Friday evening and headed to Downtown Disney, but we didn't really take any pictures so basically it didn't happen.

Epcot

I have been to Epcot twice, and both times happened to be in September during the Food & Wine Festival. When I booked this trip I didn't even consider the F&W, thinking it would be well over by the time we got there. Nope, turns out we were there for the last weekend, so I got to grab some Australian treats.

We got there early because of a breakfast reservation, and it was totally reasonable for several hours, but then around lunch or so it was just insane. So busy, so many drunk people. KC and I definitely had our fair share of drinks as well. I got to see Pamela, Emily and Kerri though, so it was obviously a fun day. I spotted them from afar and then ran to crash a photo. It was so good to meet them all in person and hang for a little while.

Speaking of meeting people in person, I had never 'met' Ariel before, and we were waiting for our table at Akershus and all the princesses came out.. instant tears. So embarrassing, I really didn't mean to cry. I am aware I'm a 28 year old and should not be crying over meeting actresses Disney princesses. But I did, and I was like a child when all the princesses stopped and chatted with me at our table. I was worried they wouldn't be very nice to me, or care about me, because of the whole adult without kids thing, but they were all lovely - except for the Belle at the entrance. Goodness, she was awful. I hate to say that about my favourite Disney princess, but yeah. She needs to not work at Disney. I had 'met' Belle before in 2012 and she was fabulous. This Belle was.... not.

Disney World Recap - On our way to Epcot!
Disney World Recap - at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Disney World Recap - oh look, it's the giant golf ball.
Disney World Recap - waiting in line for breakfast at Akershus!
Disney World Recap - when you eat at Akershus you get to meet Belle and take a photo with her
Disney World Recap - Sleeping Beauty / Aurora at Akershus. My mum thought this was Rapunzel!
Disney World Recap - Snow White at Akershus.
Disney World Recap - no big deal, just meeting Cinderella at Akershus.
Disney World Recap - childhood dream come true meeting Ariel at Akershus (Epcot)
Disney World Recap - beer flight at Epcot during the food and wine festival
Disney World Recap - beer flight at Epcot during the food & wine festival
Disney World Recap - Epcot blogger meet up!
Disney World Recap - this is my favourite ice cream at Disney World, no shame!
Disney World Recap - Epcot during the food and wine festival
Disney World Recap - Epcot at night during the food and wine festival
Disney World Recap - Epcot at night during the food and wine festival
Disney World Recap - Epcot during the food and wine festival - of course I had to check out the Australian goodies, I grabbed a lamington even though it wasn't as good as the cheap woolies ones, it made me happy!

Hollywood Studios

The next day was Hollywood Studios. I'd technically been to HS before, but it was after the worst race of my life, I'd puked my guts up and had no desire to go on any rides, so we left shortly after. KC and I loved the tower of terror ride in Disneyland, so we both wanted to ride that again. I was really looking forward to the fun 'thrill' rides.

We got to see the Beauty & the Beast show, we saw the Frozen sing along (which was basically them showing the DVD on a big screen with 'historians' who were actually quite funny and a 1 minute appearance from Anna and Elsa at the end.. like, really? Elsa didn't even sing) and that was about it.

We rode the tower of terror like 4 times, but the lines started to get insane so we left after checking out the Christmas lights. We had a full, busy day, but I guess we didn't take a lot of photos because it doesn't look that way.

Disney World Recap - Hollywood Studios
Disney World Recap - Hollywood Studios
Disney World Recap - Hollywood Tower of Terror
Disney World Recap - Hollywood Studios Starring Rolls Butterfinger Cupcake
Disney World Recap Hollywood Studios -  Sci Fi Dine In Theater
Disney World Recap Hollywood Studios - Beauty & the Beast stage show
Disney World Recap Hollywood Studios - Beauty & the Beast stage show (KC is super excited)
Disney World Recap Hollywood Studios - Beauty & the Beast stage show
Disney World Recap - Hollywood Studios
Disney World Recap - Rock n Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios
Disney World Recap - Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios
Disney World Recap - Hollywood Studios Frozen singalong
Disney World Recap - Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios
Disney World Recap - Hollywood Studios Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Disney World Recap - Hollywood Studios
Disney World Recap - Hollywood Studios Christmas Lights

Magic Kingdom

Our last day in Disney was at Magic Kingdom. Saving the best until last. I think KC was pretty Disney-d out by this day, but I pushed on. We got there as the park opened, I cried during their little show (hashtag loser) and then we went straight to Space Mountain. KC went to Disney as a kid and he mainly remembers riding this over and over, having a ball. He shows zero interest in anything Disney normally, so it was fun to see him as excited for something as I was for everything.

I got to meet some more princesses - Merida was amazing, she chatted with me for a good 5 minutes and was so sweet. God, I sound like such a dork right now. Then we went off to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel.. Both these princesses were absolutely fabulous and chatted with me so long, making me laugh and really personalising the experience - this sounds super lame, but really, if you can't be a kid at Disney, where can you? So much of the experience rests on them, and for them to be so on point all day is just amazing to me.

Next, we saw Anna and Elsa - we had fast passes because apparently the lines get insane. After such a stellar meeting with all the other princesses at Epcot and Magic Kingdom, Elsa was such a let down. I love Frozen, but not as much as the rest of the world, and I prefer Anna anyway but ugh. Elsa just didn't seem interested and was really stand offish. I don't even want to share the photo, that's how unimpressed with her I was. But Anna was amazing - she chatted with me for ages and even tried to get KC in the conversation. She was hilarious. We talked about chocolate. These kind of actresses princesses are where Disney excels in my opinion, because I swear, while you are talking to them, you forget you are 28 years old and they are actors and not the actual characters you grew up with. So, Elsa and Belle need to learn from them.

Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Main Street
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom - Tomorrowland
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom - Space Mountain
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom - the stained glass in the beast's castle
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom - finally got to meet Merida!
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom - KC meets Gaston
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom - Rapunzel was so sweet!
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom - Cinderella was so sweet, we chatted about Gus and cheese.
Disney World Recap - being a weirdo - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - meeting Anna - Magic Kingdom
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom Parade
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom - dole whip float
Disney World Recap - Magic Kingdom  - goodbye Disney

Where we stayed

The Art of Animation in the Little Mermaid rooms. It's technically a value resort, but the rooms are nicer than the 'all stars' resorts, and it has its own bus (the all-stars share, I think). Because the majority of the resort is made up of family suites (expensive) the Little Mermaid rooms (affordable) get snatched up quickly. We had no problems at all, everything was amazing and exactly what we thought it would be. Our area was Little Mermaid themed, so it had Ariel, King Triton & Ursula statues. Oh, and Eric.

Disney World Recap - We stayed at the Art of Animation resort, in the Little Mermaid themed rooms.
Disney World Recap - We stayed at the Art of Animation resort, in the Little Mermaid area, complete with statues of characters like Eric!

Where we ate

Downtown Disney

Cookes of Dublin 
- we both got the fish and chips, and some amazing apple thing for dessert that I did not take a photo of because I was too busy shoving it in my gob.

Disney World Recap - Downtown Disney Cookes of Dublin fish & chips, so good!

Epcot

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (breakfast) - this is a buffet at breakfast. It's very expensive (to me) and we 100% would not have eaten here if we weren't on the dining plan. They bring a hot plate of eggs, bacon and sausage to your table and then you help yourself to cold stuff - fruit, bread, fish (ew) and meat. The service was impeccable and the food was great. Is it worth the price? I don't know. It's cheaper than Cinderella's Royal Table, so it might be worth it if you have kids, or if you're on the dining plan.

Disney World Recap - Akershus Royal Banquet Hall breakfast
Disney World Recap - Akershus Royal Banquet Hall breakfast - it's a buffet, with hot food, cold meats, fish, fruit, bagels etc

Tangierine Café (lunch) - when I was planning where we would eat (yes, of course I did) and I saw this restaurant, I knew we'd be eating here. KC and I love Mediterranean food. It was cheap, filling, and not very busy (always a plus at Disney). No free refills, KC was sad about that.

Disney World Recap - Highly recommend the Tangierine Café if you like Mediterranean food!
Disney World Recap - Highly recommend the Tangierine Café if you like Mediterranean food!

Biergarten Restaurant (dinner) - I had actually eaten here before, and it was just as good the second time round. Lots of good food, the entertainment was a little sparse this time, 'family' seating means we got cozy with our neighbours. KC was fond of the beer, I wanted to get back outside to my cocktails.

Disney World Recap - Biergarten Restaurant is a great place for lunch or dinner, it's a buffet so eat up!

Hollywood Studios

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (lunch) - even though we had a reservation, we had to wait a bit. There was a girl doing trivia though and that was fun while we waited. We sat in the back of one of the 'cars' behind a family, womp womp, but I'd read they never put parties of 2 in the front, so no biggie. The food was really good, though a bit expensive (another one that we wouldn't have eaten at if not for the dining plan), they were super busy so it's definitely a popular spot.


50's Prime Time Café (dinner) - I'd read the server is supposed to be 'mean' to you, and we saw it in other servers, but not our own. Our server didn't say a lot to us at all, actually. Asked us what we wanted and that's about it. Like, literally nothing else. Now, I don't need a server to hover and kiss up, but nothing, nada, zilch? Like not even the opposite of nice by being 'mean' to us? We saw other servers telling people to get their elbows off the table, to set the table, eat your veggies etc. Not ours. No big deal. However, the table next to us.. I can't even explain this without sounding like 'I'm a spoiled adult who didn't expect there to be kids at Disney World' so I'm not going to try. Anyway. The food was okay. Other people seemed to get better (or worse-on-purpose) service than us. The desserts were amazing though.


Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest Restaurant (lunch) - tip, if you eat here, pre-order!! Seriously, we skipped a line so long it was laughable, all because we pre-ordered while waiting in another line earlier that day. When we left, the same people were still in line. No kidding. The food was good, but not 3 hour wait good. The desserts were delicious.


Pecos Bill's (dinner) - Since basically everything up until here had been for me, KC got to pick dinner, of course he went Mexican. I didn't get any photos but it was pretty good for amusement park food. The dessert was delicious (seems to be a running theme with me).

So that was Disney! Not gonna lie, I get super emotional and childish at Disney World, and I'm not ashamed at all. It's like, not ever having the opportunity to come as a kid means I get to act like a kid now. If it is acceptable anywhere in the world for an adult to act like a child, it's Disney.


Though I'll be honest and say I doubt we'll be going back again before kids. It's just so busy, not to mention KC isn't as obsessed with princesses as me. Weird.

Linking up with the girls for Wanderlust Wednesday.

Wanderlust Wednesdays

Who doesn't love Disney? Well, lots of people I know, but they should have skedaddled already.


61 comments:

  1. OH man, I can't believe Belle was mean! Not cool! She's my fav Disney Princess too so that would have irritated me. SO glad I got to meet you while you were down here and that you guys had an amazing trip! Looks like I need to head up your way next year! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Wow, this looks like such a fabulous trip, lady! You seemed to HIT EVERYTHING, including an awesome blate with fabulous ladies. Aren't they the sweetest? I love all of your outfits, but the Ariel shirt is my favorite. You look so excited on the rides, it totally made me smile!

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  3. I love all of your outfits, but the Ariel shirt is my favorite. You look so excited on the rides, it totally made me smile!Really fantastic post her...
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  4. Fun, fun! I have been to all of the parks, except Magic Kingdom. Drake and his family were shocked by this, so I have a feeling a trip to Magic Kingdom will be in my future. ;)

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  5. Ok I'll say it: I'm totally jealous you got to go on this trip. No, wait, not jealous. I want you to have it too, but I wish I was there with you! I keep thinking about when my kids will be old enough to take them on a trip like this, but honestly, I'd rather just go with my husband so we can day drink and have a good time without kids. The food and wine festival sounds like a blast! And it's every fall you say? Hmmm... Fall trip! I've been to the Disney in CA over Christmas before and it's so pretty to see it decorated and all lit up :)

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  6. I always cry a little at Disney, and we don't have kids and don't plan to and will continue to go. So I don't think you're weird. LOL

    Did you Instagram a lot on your trip? I didn't see it and might need to go stalk your account now so be prepared for a bunch of "lifeaccordingtosteph likes this"

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  7. I love trip reports so please keep it up! I love Disney and looks like you had an amazing time. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. holy great recap, batman. love seeing all the spots you ate too, bc i never really get around to them. you met like almost all the princesses haha. so good! you tearing up is the cutest- don't be embarrassed, own it! and of course it was just so great to meet you!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  9. So fun! I love that mermaid shirt... like a lot. I haven't been to Disney, but I would like to go someday. :) I like that you got pictures with all of the princesses. :) KC is a really good sport in these ones where he is posing. Ha my KC is a pretty good sport too. What is that muffin / cupcake thing .. ? It looks like there is ice cream in there! It's not with the other food, but I'm seriously intrigued by this.. hmm... So glad that you had fun!! :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  10. Disney looks so fun! I havent been there since I was a kid but I've hear amazing things from my friends who have gone as adults. I love all of your photos with the princesses!!

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  11. Why would anyone ever think it's weird to go to Disney without kids? Disney is for EVERYONE and besides you don't have to deal with kids...so that's a bit of a plus in my book :)
    And I loved Frozen, but I'm not huge into Elsa like most people were. I love Anna! She was by far my favorite!

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  12. I think it's amazing that you guys were able to see, do and eat so much on your trip!! Ahhh sorry to hear belle wasn't so nice - not okay!!! I want to go to the food and wine festival! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  13. 1. I am SO BEYOND dead at you getting to meet all the princesses. If I was there, I totally would've cried with you. 2. Belle being a jacktard makes me angry because she is supposed to be my favorite and be the nicest in the whole wide world. 3. You should go to Disney with or without kids because Disney is the best and don't ever let anyone sway you otherwise! 4. I'm super jealous that you got to meet up with Pamela & Kerri too! I love them! We need to have one big mega-meet up with all of the bloggers so we can just go insane together :) xo

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  14. Wow what a trip! You all did so much. I'm so jealous that you met every princess. Sorry to hear that Belle wasn't so nice. Oddly, when I had met her I didn't think she was that nice either. I love all these pictures.

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  15. I just soaked in this whole post.
    Girl... I wanted to cry just SEEING you with Princesses around you. I'm taking a box of kleenex when I go.
    It hurt my heart to know Belle was a B ... not cool! Isn't that like a requirement that even if you're having the worst day ever, you STILL pull out the Princess Power? UGH!
    We always love eating at that Drive in place. just fun stuff.
    Yep... every time I see the Aerosmith ride, I cringe - I cracked TWO TEETH on that ride from gritting my teeth so hard (I'm not a ride person but did it for the hubs)

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  16. Ah I loved reading this post...I love travel recaps and Disney world haha! I'm glad you (aside from Elsa and Bella) had fun meeting the princesses, I think I would have cried too! Also your princess shirts are so cute..I need to buy some before I go (I don't have plans to go yet, but I should start to stockpile them just in case, right?) Sounds like such a fun trip!

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  17. Sounds like you guys had so much fun! You're both just adorable! I love the Ariel tank & the sea shell bed! So cool! Definitely having some food envy too! Lol! So cool that you got to meet some fellow bloggers as well!

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  18. Your post makes me want to go there so badly! Magic Kingdom looks really nice, it reminds me of Disney in Paris that I went to forever ago. The Little Mermaid themed hotel that you stayed at looks so cute, it's good to know that it's pretty reasonably priced! Alex isn't too crazy about Disney princesses either, so I might have a hard time convincing him to go there :)

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  19. I love living vicariously through this post & the fact that you randomly ran into a few bloggers while you were there. This trip looks like it was so much fun! & seriously, if you can't be a kid at Disney, I'm not sure where you can.

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  20. Such a fabulous and magical trip! I think my favorite part are all the awesome tees you were wearing to keep with the Disney theme! I'm now seriously missing my Disney annual pass! <3

    Green Fashionista

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  21. This makes me want to go back right away! What a fantastic trip. We went a couple years ago, mainly to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, because I had never been. I would love to go back (maybe find the times when there are the least kids there haha). All that food looks yummmmm. One of my favorite parts was tasting the butterbeer (I had two).

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  22. This makes me so, so excited for our trip in February! I'm cracking up about how some of the princesses needed to step up their game when you met them - I totally know what you're talking about! The good Belle better be there since I've never met her before. :) Saving all your food/restaurant recommendations!

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  23. ok now im really excited to take Violet to disney world someday! love your tanks :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  24. You look like you had the best time ever! I need to get my butt down there, ASAP!

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  25. Who doesn't love travel recaps?! lol I love that you go to meet so many princesses or characters. I don't think I've met one during my year as a passholder. So glad we got to cross paths at Epcot and your hair looks fab!

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  26. Love your photos and all the descriptions - I've only been to Disney once and it was 20-some years ago. Definitely want to plan a trip with the kids but knowing how expensive it is (and with the cost going up every year), we'll have to take out a 2nd mortgage to make it happen. But it's DISNEY! :)

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  27. LOVE the recap and reading about all the food/line waiting/services etc.! It's always been a goal for me to head back to Disney World one more time before I have kids...but being (basically) in the top corner of Washington makes it a little less likely =[. Disneyland is much easier, but they don't have Epcot!!!!!! My favorite spot. I think, when I was a kid, we went on the "It's a Small World After all" ride about 3 dozen times. Too much fun! Guess I'll see what happens.

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  28. Ugh it makes me so sad that Belle wasn't very nice because she is my favorite too!!!! Rude!!!! And Elsa? Ugh. Sounds like they need some new hires. I want to be Belle! LOL! I soooooo wanna go. But you already know this. Maybe one day! Hopefully sooner than later!! Looks like you guys got so much stuff in when you were there. Love all the food! And that you got to blate for a minute! I dont think Chris cares about princesses either. Boys are so weird.

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  29. This is the most thorough recap I've ever read! You seriously hit everything while you were down there! Epcot and Hollywood studios are definitely my favorite parks there.

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  30. LOVED this entire recap and read every single word of it. I'm so glad you got to meet Ariel and BOO to a bad Belle. The Belle we met at Akershush was AMAZING and I just wanted to be her BFF!! :) I will have to keep Tangierine Cafe in mind for our next visit- that food looks AMAZING.

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  31. Disney is the best which means this recap is the BEST obviously! And Disney at Christmas?! There's not even a word to describe how much of the best that is. We've had mean waiters at 50's Prime Time before! That's so funny/weird yours wasn't really much of anything. And oh, the drunk people at Food and Wine! (Aka me before). But the annoying drunk people at Food and Wine---they really take over!

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  32. You are so cute with all of your princess pictures! Totally not cool that Belle wasn't nice. Love all the food you ate too. You make me want to go back to Disney ASAP!

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  33. Pssh who doesn't love a Disney recap?! I love Disney and totally acted like a 5 year old when we went a few years ago. Cannot wait to go back! Loved reading your reviews!

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  34. Aghh! I canNOT wait to go to Disney World with my boyfriend! I actually lived in Orlando for while so the last time I went, it was with my boyfriend at the time who could only get through the day by smoking pot the entire time. #REALloser (I'm not sure why I last with him as long as I did.. *sigh*)
    BUT I digress - so yea, my NOW boyfriend who is amazing and fun and loves people and I will no doubt have an absolute freaking blasttttt. We need to do this in the net wo years. #Goal.
    While I lived in Orlando, I actually got a job at Disney in Frontierland for about three weeks (then I found a full-time job and Disney wouldn't work around my hours, so I had to quit). But I tell you that to tell you this: My first day, the parade came through Frontierland. And I was standing on the porch of the store with my trainer and I started to cry. ITS JUST SO MAGICAL. And also, I missed my mom, who loves Disney.
    The first time I went to Disney, in high school for a band trip, I wouldn't let my mom come because I was a rebellious teenager who didn't need her mother. Fast forward to me standing in front of Cinderella's Castle, calling my mom and crying that she wasn't there to see it with me and that I was so sorry I hadn't let her come. Oh man. Lol I'm a mess. ;)

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  35. Looks like you had a great time - and great weather!

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  36. Oh my gosh, I tear up around every corner at Disney World - you are not alone lol. I swear I'm going to bawl my eyes out one day when we bring our kids there and get to experience it through them! And now I sound like a freak! Did you love Rockin Roller Coaster?! Definitely my favorite ride and the Osborne lights are ahhhmazing. So glad you had a great trip!!

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  37. Epcot has always been my favorite Disney park! I love how you actually feel like you're in another place... the attention to detail is unreal!

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  38. WAAAHHHH!!! I MISS DISNEYYYY!!! D': Favorite pictures (in no particular order): 1) KC's aristocratic extended pinky 2) You sharing a laugh with Cinderella 3) That cupcake with the forkfull taken out of it that looks like it was baked by Zeus himself. (Get in mah mooowwffff!)

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  39. Looks like an amazing trip, but what's with the mean princesses? Not cool. The food looks super yummy :)

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  40. Two years ago we went back to Disney World for the first time since I was a little girl, and Chris and his parents totally didn't understand why I was obsessive about taking pictures with the Princesses. Um, hello! I also loved when they really spent the time to talk to you even though you're an adult, it just makes the experience that much better. And Be Our Guest was absolutely amazing, my favorite place we ate at when we visited, although that might have something to do with Belle being my favorite princess too. And I loved all of your snaps while you were there! I might have almost cried when I saw your snaps of the Beauty and the Beast show because it's just so amazing!

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  41. Now that you mention that Belle was the only not-nice princess, I'm looking at the picture and asking "is she pulling away from Kristen??" Eff her. Get another job.
    I loved the blogger buddy photo.
    I love yours and KC's smiles.
    I love that you're adults without kids and you love Disney so much.
    I love that KC is sportin' an Australia shirt.

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  42. this year we took a break from disney but for the past 3 years, it was disney world! we love that place. next time i want to do universal as well but we're waiting for kayla to be a bit older (and taller) to enjoy the rides.

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  43. I LOVE DISNEY!!!!! You are no dork!! I seriously would go every year if I could! My boyfriend has never been and I tried explaining to him that its just as cool as an adult as it is when your 12 :) Hoping we get to take a trip!! Looks SO amazing! I just experienced so many flashbacks from your photos/felt like I was there with you! p.s. I love Belle...that sucks she wasn't nice :( No one likes a mean princess!

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  44. i've never been with kids, and I've even gone alone! never felt weird or anything about it. i've never done the dining plan and when i tell servers i'm not, boy does their mood change to nice, since they will be getting a tip (i think tips is included on DDP?). MK is my fave. if, by some chance you end up there again before kids, you MUST to the Keys to the Kingdom tour. It takes you behind the scenes, which i thought would ruin the magic, but not at all. i loved the recap. MK is my fave!!! I cry at the beginning show and at the fireworks!

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  45. That sounds so fun! I already told you we'll be going in May, and I'm super excited for Ryan's first trip to Disney. I really like Tower of Terror, but that's probably one we'll be skipping since Ryan can't do rides and my youngest sister has traumatic memories. :P

    What did Belle do??? What did the kids at the restaurant do??? I must know!!! (I've been on Disney cruises as an adult and LOVED them except for the kids. That's just a reality of being an adult w/o children.)

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  46. I think the most fun I had was when I went with people that knew the parks and were obsessed with Disney. I want to know where you got your cute shirts for the trip. They were all spot on!! Stinks some of the characters weren't nice, but the others were awesome! I loved the food tips, I'll definitely put that to use!

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  47. SO fun! I've been to Disney World 3 times and only one of them was as a child ;) Ben and I went once together when we lived in Tampa since we were only about an hour and a half away. I'm glad we did because he has no interest in ever going back again :( Not that he didn't like it, he's just like meh been there done that let's go somewhere else. Which I get but also...I want to go back!
    I really want to know what was so bad about the bad Belle! I stood in a ridiculously long line to meet Ariel (I was 22 I think?) so yeah, no judgment about meeting princesses over here!

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  48. You are the cutest! I love how excited you were about all the princesses. I totally want to go as an adult!

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  49. you are so adorable! It looks like you had a fantastic time. Now you're making me want to go :)

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  50. OMG I am so jealous - this trip sounds amazing and you haven't even gotten to the Harry Potter recap yet! lol!! I would totally cry meeting the princesses too. I can't wait to take my girls there someday and will definitely be asking for suggestions at that time!!!

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  51. This was such a fun post to read! My bf and I live in Miami and went to the Food & Wine Festival this past October.......we ate at that same Mediterranean place and it looks like you had the sampler platter as well, so so so ahhhhh-mazing! I want to go back just for that, ha!

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    1. right?! it was delicious. i wish i could make it at home!

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  52. First, I am not super into Disney and am not planning a trip there but I wanted to see all the pictures!! So I'm sorry, I didn't skedaddle even when you told me to. I just skimmed and looked at the pictures. I don't know why but I am particularly fascinating with the casting of real-life people for Disney characters, the princesses in particular. I kind of think that would be a fun job. (The casting...not the actual playing of a Disney princess..that would not suit me.) Anyway, thanks for letting me indulge in your adventure at my own level!

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  53. Super disappointed in Belle. She's my favorite too...or at least she WAS. Going to have to reevaluate after this news.

    I really want to go to Epcot during F&W and I think it also coincides with a race? Dunno. Have only been to Disney once and I was 10 or 11, so planning a trip for 2016 is one of my priorities right now. I need to get back!

    Your trip looks like so much fun. TAKE ME ON YOUR NEXT VACATION PLEASE.

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  54. So sorry we didn't get to meet up!! Zack wasn't having the best of time that day at Hollywood Studios, he was a bit cranky! lol Great recap! You guys took so many more fun pictures than we did.

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  55. What a great, all-encompassing post! Loving it and it makes me want a vacation like this right now. Why did Belle suck?? aw, man! She's my favorite Disney princess. Looks like you guys had a blast and a half. And I love Rapunzel, that's one of the cutest Disney movies in my opinion.

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  56. What a great time you had! I love Tower of Terror! Nowwwwww, I'm more of a Disneyland person (uh, the original), but I haven't been to Disneyworld and it DOES look fun, I'll admit.

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  57. So, I'm not a Disney fan especially (my parents were mean and didn't let me watch anything other than Blue Peter when I was growing up, so I'm just not overly familiar with it) but this looks like so much fun. I think I'd love that sci-fi drive in restaurant, and the parade, and just being able to walk around in a t-shirt to be honest! If I ever have kids I think I'll bring them up on Disney, then we can all fangirl together :)

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  58. I may have already told you this, but I've never been to Disney. I'm kind of on the fence about it, but your pictures make me want to go at least a little more. I mean, if nothing else, I could eat some amazing food ... And you know how much I love that!

    It sucks that this Belle was a dud, though. Maybe she was having a bad day, but still ... If you're going to be in a park like that, you have to be "on" all the time. Well, at least until you go home.

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  59. I'm late to the game, but this post brought me SO MUCH JOY!! I LURVED Disney as an adult (my sister and I went March 2014). We were also the adults who booked a princess meal (we did dinner at Akerhaus, which probably would have been better food wise since you actually got the salad/cheese/meat bar + your dinner + desserts). I got teary so many times! Seriously, when we watched the fireworks at MK one night I just let the tears go. I just lurve Disney. I'm not an overly big princess fan, but I do enjoy meeting the characters so much!

    We didn't stay on Disney, buttttt a friend and I are doing the runDisney Princess weekend and we're staying in the 101 Dalmatian hotel, All-Star Movies? I can't remember. We aren't doing the parks since we're running Fri/Sat/Sun, but we're definitely going to tour the different hotels and hang out at DTD. Sadly, I won't get my Dole Whip, but there's always next time!

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  60. I love this place in particular, it always has the best and impressive events every year. These party venues have the perfect location if you are looking to host the event of a lifetime. The main-level features a large comfortable space.

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