January 30, 2019

My Most Recent Walt Disney World Trip (December 2018)

I wanted to start doing more Disney-related content on this blog, so I figured why not start with a recap of my most recent trip to Walt Disney World! My husband and I spent 2.5 days at the resort at the end of December as an early birthday trip for me, and we had an absolute blast!

I actually used to work at Walt Disney World (which is a story for another post!), so I am all too familiar with the parks. My husband on the other hand hadn't been since he was a kid, so this was the first time he was able to experience everything as an adult. We split our stay between two on-property hotels: the Coronado Springs Resort and the All Star Movies Resort. Being that we were there at pretty much the busiest time of year, the week between Christmas and New Year's, we weren't able to get a reservation for the same hotel (at least not one in our budget, anyway!) for all three nights.


Having only two park days, we knew we would have to do some serious park hopping to get everything in. The first day, we hit Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot. DHS was one of my work locations, so walking back through the gates I absolutely felt like I was home. I was so excited, because this was the first time I got to experience Toy Story Land! We had been able to get some great Fast Passes at DHS, so we were done with that park around noon and took one of the Friendship Boats over to Epcot. 


I love Epcot, because it's such a relaxing park. You can stroll through the countries, peruse the various shops, and eat (and drink!) a ton of delicious things. We were able to ride Mission: Space and Journey Into Imagination (I know, I know, yes this ride is crap but I love Figment ok?!). I spent way too much money in the Japan pavilion (as usual), and savored my Grand Marnier slush. I also got to meet Baymax and just about died! Talk about the most awkwardly hilarious but adorable meet and greet ever! Somehow I managed to trick my husband into trying the Beverly at Club Cool, even though I think he knew deep down what I was trying to do.


The second day was split between Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom. It was extra magic hours (early park opening for resort guests) at AK, so we knew we had to try to get there as early as possible to experience the rides in Pandora. This was my first time seeing this land as well! Flight of Passage was AMAZING! You could actually feel the banshee breathing as you rode it. Na'vi River Journey was beautiful, but a little anticlimactic in my opinion. Of course I tried the Night Blossom drink (very sour!) and a Pongu Lumpia (INCREDIBLE) in the Pandora area.


Magic Kingdom was our last stop. Just being there had me feeling giddy, as this was my other work location when I was a cast member! The park was still all decked out for Christmas, and if you've never seen it, the Magic Kingdom is absolutely STUNNING around Christmas time. This was by far the most crowded of all the parks. We were only able to get on our Fastpass rides: Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and Haunted Mansion, plus the PeopleMover and Carousel of Progress, but that was fine with me! I will always be a PeopleMover snob, so as long as I get on that ride I'm happy!

We had so much fun and can't wait to go back. Disney is an absolutely an amazing time, even if you're adults without kids like us! I've always known I'd never outgrow the Disney magic, and now my husband knows he's the same way.

Still riding our Disney high, we just booked a trip to Disneyland for this coming spring! I've never been there, or even to California at all for that matter, so we can't wait to head to see the mouse out west. I'll be sure to do a recap of that trip for you guys as well after it happens!

11 comments:

Alyssa Cohen said...

Disney and Books are literally two of my favourite things on the planet, so I’m so excited to see some more of your Disney content!!!

Gemma Jackson said...

This is one of my ultimate holiday destinations. I think I'll wait until me sons old enough to enjoy everything though because we live in the UK it's a once in a lifetime trip.
Gemma @ www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

Christina Loeffler said...

I've never been to Disney World. I'm not big on crowds so the idea kinda stresses me out but your post makes it look like so much fun!!

Floryie said...

I envy you! I would love to work there.. but I would for visiting it once..

DJ Sakata said...

I went when it first opened in 1976, it wasn't fully operational but I was such a total country bumpkin and in awe of what I saw,

Bookworms Corner said...

It sounds like you had a great time. The crowds would overwhelm me but it does look like fun.

Michelle said...

Looks like a great trip! Love Baymax!

Unknown said...

I've never been to Disney, but I dream of going one day. Harry Potter World is on my list first, though. I hope you have fun on your trip to CA!

Amanda McGill said...

Looks like you had a great time! I really want to read about your experiences working in Disney! It sounds like a dream job!

Melissa's fandom world said...

Oh, I loved reading this so much! I really hope I get to visit Disneyworld in Orlando someday! We are visiting Disneyland Paris multiple times a year and I can't get enough of it all haha. We're going back there in February, to celebrate our son's birthday. Thanks for sharing!

Whispering Stories Blog said...

You look like you had a great time. I'd love to go back to Florida and visit the parks again just costs so much from the UK. Epcot was my favourite - than and Universal studios. Although I was nearly sick on a rocket ride (I'm sure it was at Epcot).