If you know me, you know how I am when it comes to Disney. I absolutely love all things Disney and have visited the parks countless times. Instead of going through every trip I’ve taken to Orlando, I will just review my most recent vacation in February.
♥♥♥♥ Swan & Dolphin Hotel
This is on Disney property, but it’s not technically a Disney hotel. We try to stay at a different resort every visit and this was one we needed to cross off our list. The restaurant for breakfast was super yummy and had lots of healthy options. My favorite were the little strawberry banana smoothie shots. The price was just about right. It wasn’t as expensive as the Contemporary or Polynesian, but was definitely higher quality than the All Star. There was a cute little beach with games, a ping pong table, and hammocks to just sit and relax. Over on the water, you could rent a little swan paddle boat to take out onto the lake. It was also just a short ferry ride from Hollywood Studios.
♥♥♥♥ Be Our Guest
Belle’s castle is a lot easier to get reservations than Cinderella’s. As long as it’s at least a few weeks in advance, most will probably get in. There are three different rooms: the ballroom, Belle’s room, and the West Wing. They look exactly like they did in the movie and offer the same desserts that were offered to Belle her first night in the castle. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Magic Kingdom and is a perfect place to feel like a princess.
My second favorite park (after Magic Kingdom) and probably the most interesting and “educational.” For those who have never visited Disney World, EPCOT is a walk through different countries and cultures with an added section of rollercoasters and restaurants. Throughout the countries, you can eat, shop, and see characters from each place along the way. I always stop in England to buy tea, France for dessert, and China to shop. This past time we made a pit stop in Mexico and bought a mini sombrero that I didn’t take off until our plane landed back in Dallas. The best part about it is the people that are working are actually from the countries they are in.
♥♥♥♥♥ Updated Magic Kingdom
A few years ago, Magic Kingdom upgraded big time. Disney added a whole section to the park, including a snow white castle and ride, Dumbo circus tent, and so much more. Of course, we did all the classics- Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and It’s a Small World, but I also wanted to try some of the new ones as well. I have to say, I felt like a little girl again as I strolled through the new territory. We only had one day of fast-passes for Magic Kingdom, so we crammed as much in as possible. We finished off the day with a Mickey bar and the firework show at Cinderella’s castle. I felt like a true princess.
I hope this guide helps out in the massive project that is planning a Disney trip. My few words of advice: plan one big meal a day, add custom fast-passes to each family member’s Magic Band, and PLAN AHEAD. Reservations fill up fast for dinners and resorts do the same, plan sooner rather than later because it’s better to be safe than sorry. When staying at a resort on Disney property, each member of the party gets a Magic band. Magic bands hold all dinner reservations, fast passes, park photos, room key, etc., so there’s no need to stress about keeping all your information together. Magic bands are customizable with color and nickname so every prince and princess can choose what kind they want. They’re also reusable so after you’ve stayed on property once, you can use your same bands the next trip!