Monday, March 14, 2016

5/28 - 6/4/11 - Disney World Fun!

I am reposting one of my favorite Walt Disney World blog post.  We love the most Magical Place on earth, Disney World.  Here are some highlights of our trip.  I took 2000 pictures!  Yes I am lucky we don't have to develop film any more.  Here are all my previous Disney posts.  I was recently asked by Trekaroo for my favorite tip and they have posted it in a roundup of tips on their blog along with a great giveaway for a Disney Vacation!

Here are some of my favorites and highlights of the vacation.  First off Bibbity Boppity Boutique.  This was well worth the money.  We brought our own dress to save money, but had Lauren's hair, makeup and nails done.  And Evan got the Knights package!  He loved it, and I loved the price of only $19 which included the shield and sword.  This is an awesome value!  The Knights package is the tip they shared.  I also have written a guest post on the Disney Gals on this topic that you can see here.
Here is Lauren getting made up.  She picked the hair that she wanted.
And Evan displaying his hidden Mickey Mouse.
Another highlight for the kids was to meet Rapunzel.  This can be up to a 3 hour wait but thanks to going to Bippity Boppity at 8 am we were in the park before it opened and were the first in line.  The newest characters are always the longest waits.
Another really cool character to meet was the Beast!
And of course with the popularity of Toy Story 3, Woody and Jessie were another hot character set to wait in the hot sun to see.  Note Lauren and Evan's shirts match them!
And of course I must have one picture with Mickey here.
We always love eating at the Castle.  Usually we do breakfast, but this time tried dinner.
And the whole family is excited to see Cars 2 coming out on June 24th.  Check out this in Epcot.
We also celebrated both of their birthdays there which included cupcakes, singing and cards signed by the characters.
 One of the signed cards.
Other highlights was that this year Lauren was 41 inches making her tall enough for Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Soarin and Test Track which made her very excited.  Evan was tall enough for Mommy's favorite ride Space Mountain and went on that and loved it!  Overall both of their favorites is still Small World, but we expanded their horizons a bit.
Lauren giving a thumbs up after Big Thunder Mountain.

And me and Evan ready to ride Space Mountain!
Something new that was added was projected photos on the Castle before the fireworks.  This new show is called The Magic, The Memories and You!  This was really cool!
Another cool thing we learned on this trip is how much you actually walk.  My husband had a FitBit on and it recorded up to 11 miles of walking a day!  Pretty cool.
Do you want to win a Walt Disney World Vacation?  Enter here:  
http://blog.trekaroo.com/15-know-before-you-go-expert-tips-for-your-disney-vacation/

Giveaway prize to include (there are 2 prizes): Package includes three-day park hopper passes for a family of four (two adults, two children) plus six (6) nights’ accommodation! Win a trip to Disneyland & Southern California! Package includes CityPass tickets for a family of four (includes three-day park hopper entrance to Disneyland and California Adventure) plus three nights’ at the Anaheim Courtyard Theme Park Entrance hotel.
What a wonderful vacation.  I can't wait to go back!!!!

188 comments:

Katie Mitchell said...

Totally agree with you about how much walking you end up doing. It sort of took us by surprise. Our first trip to Disney I actually lost weight despite the good food, and I credit that to all the walking!

Rachel said...

The Bibbity Bobbity Boutique sounds like a blast, but I just can't justify the cost.

Sarah Hirsch said...

Looks like you had a great trip! I'm hoping to get back to Disney again soon.

Tammy Shelton said...

We love Disney World so much that we moved to Florida to be closer!

juliecaris said...

Would love to take my boys to Disney World one day. We live in Southern California, so we go to Disneyland. Great photos from your trip. It's great to see what Disney World has to offer!

Affording the Mouse said...

Had some of those same experiences with my girls. They're bigger now, but we still enjoy WDW together!

Trisha Mourot said...

We have been to Disneyland as a family two times, but we would love to take our kids to Disney World.

tk said...

wow this sounds amazing!!

JM said...

Can't wait until my daughter turns 5...we are planning to take her for her birthday and treat her to Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique

Sia Hills said...

Love the idea of scheduling the appt before the park opens to take advantage of some of the other perks - like meeting characters!

dmforman said...

What a trip you all had. Thank you for sharing this information.

Laura Snow said...

I love the hidden Mickey! That's a great option for boys!

Rachel Young said...

We loved seeing the photos projected on the castle, it was sooo magical!!

Andrea said...

Sounds like a great time - we've yet to take the kids! Hopefully someday soon.

marymichelotti said...

This got me pumped for our upcoming vacation. We are taking our 11 month old daughter!

Lynn Putnam said...

Thank you for all the great info! Looking forward to being able to go back to Disney! This is a wonderful and very helpful blog!

Neal said...

Looks like you made some amazing memories! We took the kids for the first time last spring and I'd love to go back and do it again!

mberlin1967 said...

Great information and the 11 mile fitbit comment floored me! Time flies & so do miles when you are having fun I guess!

Jill said...

Great tips!

Cheryl said...

That projection on the castle is amazing! I hope we're able to see it like that one day :)

Kristin Schmidt said...

Sounds like your family had a magical time! Excited to hear about your next time visiting :)

Trisha Faber said...

I love the magical hairdos that boys can get too!

Elaine Tuccelli said...

Disney is absolutely a magical place. Looks like you all had a great time. We have been to Disney World many times but hope to eventually plan a trip to Disneyland sometime soon!

Michelle P in BC said...

What an awesome trip! We went to WDW several years ago and absolutely loved it! Our favorite meet and greet were Russell and Dug from Up at the Animal Kingdom, they were so much fun to interact with!

bekafina said...

Great Tips.. looks like it was a blast!

Heather Sebastian said...

Such CUTE photos <3 Disney is the BEST. I cannot wait until I can go back :)

Heather Sebastian

Jill Signorelli said...

you took really great pics on your disney vacation! makes me want to go to disney now.

wpoole said...

These are great tips!

carpoole said...

These are awesome tips!

Kori said...

Never been to wdw :/

Art said...

If you don't have a fitbit, grab a free pedometer app for your smartphone. And yes, you will be surprised at how much walking you do.

kmk1180 said...

great photos.

Michelle Bartley said...

Totally awesome photos! Hoping to win so I can take my Granddaughter!

Paula W said...

Can't wait to take my 4 year old daughter to Disney World!

Kimberley Jansen said...

They look great! Looks like they had fun!

BOBBI McCORMICK said...

Adorable pics!

Sandra Caballero said...

Your children are beautiful! Warm my heart to see your kids had a blast at Disney. I want the same for my daughters. Crossing fingers to be bless to win this awesome giveaway.

Regina Elliott said...

I think I would love all these attractions maybe more than the kids do lol

Regina Elliott said...

I think I would love all these attractions maybe more than the kids do lol

katherine s said...

I'll never forget the times we went to disney world.

Sarah said...

Love all the character photos!

andraya said...

My daughter has a sensory disorder and I was terrified about the long wait to meet the Princesses,as well as the fact that she would meet them with multiple strangers. We did the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique package and it was the best part of the trip! I have to admit I shed a few tears as her Fairy Godmother in Training led her over while proclaiming "Make way for the newest princess!"

Kathryn said...

Such great memories! Love all the great tips, wish we could go back. <3

Heather said...

Great pictures!! You have some great tips here! I would love to take my kids to Disney World. My daughter has EXTREMELY bad anxiety and a few years ago we had taken her to Disney World but she was so upset by everything the whole time she didn't get to experience anything and we spent most of our time hiding away while she cried. Would love to take her back now that she has been in therapy and has learned the tools to overcome these panic attacks (she's been other places she has put her practices in use) her goal is to one day go back there and overcome fears she has had

monica ray said...

this looks fun

Lauren Adler said...

Adorable photos! Can't wait to take my own!

Jennifer Williams said...

Wonderful photos!

Diana P said...

Love meeting Disney Characters.

lydia kyskira said...

The fireworks are the best! What a way to finish the day at the park

Jaime said...

Can't wait to go

Vicki Davenport Fischer said...

Great photos! Looks like a lot of fun!

Rebecca said...

great photos!

Amanda said...

Looks like a fun trip

tiffany watson said...

awesome!

Jennifer S said...

we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Oct and it was really great

joni metcalf said...

Great read! Can't wait to go!

Ashley Mains said...

I cant wait to take the kiddos!

momz said...

The cute little boutique seems fun but they seem to do the hair really tight imo!

Michael bell said...

amazing can't wait to go

Danielle Gannon said...

So want to go to Disney now! So amazing x

Godesseablu said...

Great pictures

Nichole Smith said...

I would love to take my kids to Disney someday. I'm glad you mentioned the ride height limits.

Ducky said...

If you go to Bippity Boppity Boutique (I probably botched the spelling), or the Barber Shop on Main Street (yes, they have a working barber shop), you can ask for pixie dust which is basically glitter for your hair. It's free!
My niece did the boutique and her reaction was priceless. They caught her with her mouth open wide, her eyes lighting up, and a look of complete awe and happiness as they showed her makeover for the first time.
It's expensive, but I definitely recommend doing it if you can!

mel barker said...

great info - thx

Winona said...

I really hope I get to bring my kids someday soon!!

Kerry J. said...

Great looking trip!!

Leo Ching said...

Great trip

Jordan Wolf said...

Great info! I love Disney 😍

Corry L. said...

Looks like a blast! We're planning a Disney trip next year!

Sam W said...

Great tips!

Lo MacDonald said...

Would have loved to take my daughter when she was younger but just couldn't afford it! Looking forward to hopefully getting there with her one day soon though as she still wants to go! :-)

JulietMU said...

Looks like a great trip!!

Shannon Fowler said...

We are going to be moving close to the park, so we are going to get annual passes. I forget about how much walking/standing is involved. Great way to add a healthy workout while having fun!

Maribel M said...

Hopefully we can go next years! These are great tips :)

Elizabeth Resch said...

It looks like you had so much fun on your vacation!

cck817 said...

Awesome!! I can't wait to take my boys back there again!

Sadaf Afshan said...

WDW is so much fun. My daughters' favorite part was acting in Storytime with Belle.

Kim O. said...

I've never been before. i need to go

Sara Bruce said...

Loved the pictures, can't wait to eventually take my kids.

Michelle Elizondo said...

So magical.

Nancy Tch said...

Disney is such a magical place! We didn't do the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique but it will definitely be on our list the next time we go.

Lindsay said...

Looks like so much fun! I would probably take 2000 pictures too!

POONAM GOSAIN said...

Greta tips

Tricia said...

So much magic! I hope to get my family there soon.

Lee Morelli said...

Love WDW

Daily Pixie Dust said...

Nice pics

Kathie Williamson said...

Great Pictures! Makes me want to go even more!

Anonymous said...

great photos great tips

karen said...

great photos great tips

Tiffany S. said...

Great pictures! It looks like it was an amazing trip!

angela griffin said...

That picture with the cars trees/greenery is the cutest! And now you've got me wondering how well a hidden mickey in my sons super blonde hair would look, maybe a black and red color, he's two though, might just rub or play with it ALOT by the end probably wouldn't even look like Mickey. Anywho, looks like you guys had a great time. I can't wait to get back to Disney with my two kids!

Devin Johns said...

Looks like fun!

Taryn L said...

Awesome blog and blog post! These are great pictures!

pam shepherd said...

Thanks For Sharing,Loved your post and all of the pictures. would love to take my grand kids when money will allow. we have never been to Disney.

Kate Powers said...

LOVE all the tips! I can't believe you walked 11 miles a day! No wonder my family and I always get blisters at Disney. Totally worth it and can eat desert without feeling guilty!

Robo said...

Rad article!

Becky C said...

Great pics! Looks like an amazing trip.

USA sherilyn24txt125Z said...

Love the tips! Thanks!

Ogden Family said...

Love these tips and ideas!

Janet Twokay said...

I loved your photos! Thanks for sharing them. And I'm amazed that your husband's FitBit recorded 11 miles of walking a day -- wow! I know you walk a lot during a Disney vacation, but I had no idea it was that much! I'm going to pass that info along to my husband -- thanks!

juliemurphy said...

I would love to go.

tiffers122 said...

Great post! Beautiful family!

Carla W. said...

Looks like y'all had an awesome trip! So much fun!

Toni wright said...

great pictures. these are on our list to do on our next visit :)

Lauren Reis said...

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Jessica Naca said...

Looks like so much fun! I would love to take my girls to DISNEY!

Louanne B said...

Very cool pics! I am so excited to go someday!

Emily Cox said...

Awesome!

HelloKaileyG said...

Such precious photos!!!

Amy H. said...

Great photos and great read!

Elena said...

Great pictures. So much fun!

Jennie Smith said...

No matter how often you go, there is always, something you have missed seeing or doing. We started going to Disneyland when it opened in the 50's. I wish I had photos to look back on.

Carmen C. said...

Looks like an amazing trip. I can't wait to take my girls back soon and do all the things we missed the first time like BBBoutique, Animal Kingdom, and hopefully the new Frozen ride. This momma loves Disney more than the kids!

Rob Morris said...

Thanks for the tips!

Rowanvamp0 said...

Def going to bring my fit bit if I win a trip to Disney!

Jen H said...

Great Tips!

Lauren said...

We've been to Disney World several times and have never eaten at the Castle. It's definitely on my must do list for our next trip! Thanks!

Lisa Chesnut said...

Great pics!!! Yes there is a lot of walking but one good thing is you walk off all the big table service meals you are eating each day. Usually by the end of the trip, I feel like I can hardly walk on the plane to leave.

April Bray said...

Thanks for sharing. I love your pictures.

Lisa Urwick said...

Love the hair dos!

Sharyl R said...

What fun vacation photos, looks like a great trip!

laborders2000 said...

We love Disney and can;t wait to go there soon!

Domestic Krys said...

Looks like you guys had an incredible time!!!

Anita Duvall said...

Thanks for all the great tips and photos!

Fab40 said...

Even adults love meeting the characters! Makes us feel like kids again.

Alexandra Krieger said...

With all of the characters there and photo opportunities, they will use your phone or camera if you ask and want to save money and not purchase photo pass. And when it comes to walking, budget in stroller rental! Even if you think your kids are old enough, just in case. It is ALOT of walking for kids!

ik said...

Next time I would bring my fitbit! Thanks for sharing

Mike Gismondi said...

I can't wait to take my kids there!

jamie mehren said...

sounds like u and your family had so much fun.. i cant wait till the day me and my kids can finally afford to go!!

Gina said...

Love the photos and the info.

Nikki Kavanaugh said...

Awesome blog entry!

Lara said...

I so want my family to do the dress up photos!

Amie D said...

This looks like so much fun! I hope we will be able to visit Disneyworld soon! 😊

E. Casagrand said...

Wow, that's a lot of walking!

Samantha Plotkin said...

2000 photos - wow! I think we got pretty close on our most recent trip too.

Kerry said...

My family is big on pin trading. We buy bulk Disney pins off eBay and trade for fun all around the parks. Great memories and it's fun meeting different cast members from all over the world.

Cindy Harris said...

Photo pass excellent idea so glad we added it on bought DVD later,fun seeing pics on line

Nancy C said...

Makes me want to go even more.

Monica M said...

You're not kidding about the walking. Definitely make sure you have good running shoes. I didn't last year and by the end of the trip my feet were covered with blisters

Kathryn Hoehn said...

There is a lot of walking and standing in line, that's for sure! But still real fun.

Pauline Linares said...

Terrific adventure full of fun and exitment!

David said...

Don't force your kids to stay there if they're miserable. When it's time for an afternoon nap...leave! You can always come back once they're rested.

MSBeachy said...

Hope I'll be able to go sometime soon! I haven't been since I was about their age haha.

Alison said...

Great ideas and tips. I always thought the Bibbity Bobbity B was expensive - I had no idea that you could bring in your own outfit and they did the make-up and everything for you - that is not a bad price - I thought it was closer to $100 - thanks for that - great pics, too!

cjajsmommy said...

I had a friend who logged over 13 miles in the MK in one day. No wonder I can go, eat foods I would never dare eat at home (cinnamon roll anyone?) and come home two weeks later *only* weighing three pounds more than when I left. :)

Catherine Robichaud said...

Love all your pictures,looks like you all had a great time. I've always wondered how far people walk at Disney? I know it feels like miles so it's interesting to know exactly how far you walked in a day!

Maria S said...

Dying to eat in the castle!

Whitney M said...

I haven't been to WDW since I was just a little girl! My children have never been able to enjoy that magic! Thanks for the fun memories!

sarah alexis said...

That is so cool, thanks for the tips. my son would definitely love the Knights package too!

angela griffin said...

thanks for all the tips!

A Nicholas said...

Looks like a blast. I have never heard of one single person say they didn't have a GREAT time at Disney. I am so jealous. I dream of taking my son soon.

Natasha Lamoreux said...

Wow this trip sounds amazing! i hope to one day be able to take my kids to Disney World.

Lisa Paquette said...

All that walking negates the calories from the yummy Disney food, right? LOL

debbie nubile said...

love the tips and pictures! what a amazing time you had!

Lori Novelli said...

Thanks!

Amelia Drew said...

Great tips- thanks!


Unknown said...

Never would have thought of this. Thanks.

Bonnie Esken said...

The beast looKS awesome and the boutique sounds like something I definately want to do with my girls

Jill Nauyokas said...

lol never thought of this[

Jennifer Garrett said...

I think and dream and sleep Disneyland ly,cI know there is a way I can afford to take my family and have a good time. You are so blessed to have experieng many possibilities.

Stephanie said...

Great article and it looks like you had a lot of fun at Disney. My family went last year and had a blast - and I already want to go back!! I

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

I love the photos! I knew we walked a lot on our previous trips but never thought about how many miles it was. It is neat to know with the FitBit that you recorded up to 11 miles a day!

Tarah Manning said...

AW! I love the hidden Mickey in his hair! That's so fun!

Josh and Sara said...

Great article ... I love Disney !!

diesel51 said...

Always enjoy reading about Disney. I found out new things all the time and makes visiting even more enjoyable.

Cujo hmb said...

My daughter would love to visit the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique and we my try to do that. Hey, you're only a kid once...

Millbilly Mom said...

11 Miles a Day!! That explains a lot!!

Derrick Cordova said...

I'm so excited to go to WDW! Weve been to Disneyland and have had passes for the last 6 years but WDW is so much bigger.

Alicia Lefebvre said...

Looks like so much fun!! I can't wait to visit WDW.

Natalie said...

Love the hidden mickey on his hair!

Delores Harris said...

Your children look like good sports!

Spark said...

What a sweet article!

Rebecca Thomas said...

What a cute idea with the "hidden" mickey mouse ears!! my little man would think thats cool!

Natasha Scott said...

Looks like so much fun!

Cory Thornton said...

What a great time!!

A Bloodworth said...

Love the photos!

Brittany M said...

Love all of the photos and information provided! Thank you so much for sharing :)

corey1971 said...

Great tips.

Tiffany Pierce said...

Love all the photos. Would love to take my 3 children one day.

audrianna goodell said...

Disney is so much fun!

angela faucett said...

Looks amazing i can't wait to take my kids

angela faucett said...

Looks amazing i can't wait to take my kids

Heather W said...

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing trip! I know my son would also LOVE the knights package! Thank you for the great tips!

Jessica Tartaglia said...

Thank you for putting this together, it is a great resource and i hope to one day put it all to use for my magical time to come with my 2 daughters. This is something every parent should be able to share with their children at least one. We hope to one day have 2000 pictures of our fun times and family time in Disney as well, what great memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you

Jessica Tartaglia said...

Thank you for putting this together, it is a great resource and i hope to one day put it all to use for my magical time to come with my 2 daughters. This is something every parent should be able to share with their children at least one. We hope to one day have 2000 pictures of our fun times and family time in Disney as well, what great memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you

Cheryll Shubert said...

Thanks so much for sharing the awesome pics! The kids looked so happy! I am dreaming of taking my little guy there! He would have so much fun! Thanks so much for the great ideas!!

Michael H said...

Great info!