But this time well, again, this was a trip we have saved up for and one with the intention of being a "welcome home dad celebration" with no stress for dad. Driving included.
Enter Art of Animation.
We did look at a few other properties and there were a few that were higher on my list, but price and availability steered us here and we had a blast! While I do believe that is is one of the Disney properties that is more enjoyed with "littles," it is a great place to stay. All things Disney are done well, and this place is no exception. You can choose from several themes for rooms- Lion King won out! Family BONUS tip- these suites have one separate bedroom, but also a pullout couch, fold-down bed and TWO BATHROOMS! When you have a family of 6, two bathrooms are a must!
One advantage to having a meal plan, which by the way, you can only do if you stay on Disney property, is the FREE refillable mug! For those of us who do not drink coffee, filling up that mug with a soft drink before catching the bus to the park was a good thing! Not to mention, it provided a great cup to fill with water once in the parks.
|See, my mug!|
We spent our first two days in The Magic Kingdom. For those of you who have not visited The Magic Kingdom, it is one glorious theme park. Not my favorite park, but a popular one for the kids. They love rides, I do not. That being said, there are rides for all ages and all levels. Unfortunately for me, Colby aged and grew into the older rides and so I spent a considerable amount of time waiting for them ALL to get off rides. He also got to sword fight with Captain Jack Sparrow which was quite a way to start the week!
Animal Kingdom was next and by far MY favorite day. I love that park! It is a little more laid back and the day we went was drizzling rain in the morning which thinned the crowds out even more. There were no crowds, few lines, and it was a peaceful day. Plus, if you have not seen the Finding Nemo and Lion King shows, you have missed out! I could see them over and over. One of the things we really wanted to see was a character called DaVine, who looks like a tree vine and can sometimes be hard to spot. As soon as we walked in, we saw her moving around! So cool!
We had scheduled a "down" day for the next day so we slept in (much needed) and ate in the hotel before heading to Disney Springs in the afternoon. Disney Springs is the new name for Downtown Disney and home to the big Lego Store. OK, it is home to LOTS more, but the Lego Store was all that mattered to the boys! It was a relaxing afternoon and the highlight was that Ashton got invited to the stage to dance at Raglan Roads, where we had dinner reservations, and got to do an Irish dance by herself! A once in a lifetime opportunity for sure and a memory for us all!
|Despite his face, Colby LOVED Rockin' Roller Coaster|
I pray you allow God to give you that same hope and joy! Not even Disney, no matter how magical, can top that!
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