Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL (2014 & 2018)
1 John 2:15: Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
We live just over two hours from the Mouse, so you’d imagine that we hop over to Disney World frequently. Nope. This past weekend, our youngest, Griffin (age 3) experienced Disney World for the very first time and his older brother, Landon (age 5.5) got to the Happiest Place on Earth for his second time ever.
Yes, it’s magical. Cinderella’s castle is stunning, the rides are fun and the atmosphere is happy.
Disney World to our family is the type of vacation where you go, you check it off the list and you don’t return. We were so blessed to have the chance for both of our boys to experience Disney’s wonders, but we also believe there is a huge world full of culture, learning experiences and majestic nature adventures.
Nevertheless, we experienced Disney through the eyes of our three-year-old this past week and our now five-and-a-half year-old when he was turning two. Join us as we look back on our experiences meeting Mickey…x2.
Landon’s 1st Visit (2014)
Right before baby brother arrived, Logan and I decided to take our then two-and-a-half year-old, Landon, to visit Disney World. It was a baby moon, of sorts, but it included our only child who was getting ready for a promotion to big bro.
Such sweet memories we have with just Landon, giving him our undivided attention.
We enjoyed an adorable character brunch at The Grand Floridian at 1900 Park Fare and Landon was tentative but enjoyed his meet-and-greets.
It makes me swoon looking back at these sweet memories because he was so little and now he is almost six!
The second day, we visited Animal Kingdom and it was our favorite park we have visited! Landon loved the animals and especially enjoyed the Africa section of the park, including dancing and joining in on African drumming.
Overall, it was a fun visit and Landon enjoyed himself. But being thirty-six weeks pregnant, we all ended the day feeling exhausted, especially myself. We will always remember our baby moon with Landon!
Griffin’s 1st visit (2018)
Although we have experienced the Disney Cruise as a family, Griffin had never been to Disney World. The perfect opportunity presented itself this year when Logan had a work trip overnight in Orlando and the boys and I could join. So, this (may I call myself brave?) momma decided to take both boys to Magic Kingdom (by herself) for the day.
Our oldest is more into amusement park rides than ever, so we decided to Fast Pass and focus on some more rides for this visit, knowing that this may likely be one of our last visits to Disney World.
Some of our favorites were the Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Little Mermaid’s Under the Sea and Buzz Light Year’s Space Ranger Spin.
I especially appreciated the Winnie the Pooh as there was a wonderful play space for kids to hang out at while their parents waited in line. Traveling without hubby, this situation was a win-win for me!
One of our favorite experiences with Griffin in 2014 was the character brunch and so we headed to The Crystal Palace to meet some costumed-friends.
What a hit! The kids absolutely loved every second of it there and Griffin was smitten with Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.
Overall, it was a great day. I feel blessed that both of our boys were able to experience the magic that Disney offers. But honestly, our family just believes that such a big world created by God exists out there and we want to see it. All corners of it! So while we likely will not be back to Disney anytime soon (or possibly ever again!), we’re thankful for these magical memories.
Trek Difficulty Level: (1): From Nocatee, FL, it takes less than two-and-a-half hours to get to Disney World. Very easy to access!
Trek Budget: $450; one of the things that I do not love about Disney World is that I truly feel it is overpriced. We spent about $340 for Florida resident day passes and and about $100 at the character brunch. In 2014, we stayed at a Disney Parks hotel, Fort Wilderness Lodge and it was over $350/night. Yikes. In 2018, we stayed at an offsite hotel, Delta Marriott Lake Buena Vista, provided by my husband’s work and I would highly recommend it. We had a shuttle take us for free directly to Epcot where we hopped on the monorail to avoid paying parking.
3 Trek Must-Dos:
- Get a cinnamon piglet snack at the character brunch! Y’all these were the real deal. I may have had two.
- Catch the parade! Both at 9:00am and 12:00pm, we found ourselves on Main Street U.S.A. right where the parade was beginning! The parades are my very favorite part of Disney World.
- Really examine and take pics of Cinderella’s Castle. It’s quite stunning. I love seeing all of the iconic pics of the castle and families posing in front of it.
Landon’s Trek Tip: “Make sure to see characters”.(5.5)
Griffin’s Trek Tip: “Have fun walking!” (3)
xo, We survived Disney…x2