Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Disney World!

We did something really ambitious last week... Disney World with two little princesses!! Luckily, everything went smoothly, especially considering their ages and all the luggage we had to bring along! We had 4 days in Orlando, which was short but a great snippet and preview of many inevitable trips in our future. We stayed at a timeshare property, the Hilton Grand Vacation Club, which was the best way to travel with the kiddos. Our suite had 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, a living room, big kitchen and a great dining table. They brought us two high chairs and crib, which made things so easy for us. We were able to have a hearty breakfast each morning and pack up lots of snacks for the day. This was the ideal way to save time, energy, money - and avoid long lines for food at the parks. The hotel was beautiful, accommodating and filled with activities -- several heated pools, hot tubs, a kids club, many restaurants, and a gorgeous layout. Definitely the best way to travel with kids!

Magic Kingdom was so much fun for all of us! We spent most of our time in Fantasy Land, where the rides and attractions are all geared toward Jiya's age. She had so much fun at all the rides, loved meeting Minnie Mouse, playing in the water splash park, seeing the Disney Parade, and admiring Cinderella's castle! The weather was perfect, and Leela loved being outside.

The whole place is incredibly well run and clean... we were truly impressed. But I couldnt get over how many people there were there! It seems like everyone from around the world had come to see this amazing fantasy world. Since we were there for many school spring breaks, the lines were definitely long and it was very crowded (poor hubby was having a hard time navigating our rented double stroller through heavy traffic!), but it was fine for our purposes -- which was just to get a glimpse and do what we could. 


We had big plans at Hollywood Studios, but got rained out most of the afternoon, which was a big bummer. Still, it was great to see a shorter version of Beauty & the Beast on stage, catch some rides, and have a long lunch with our friends who live in the area.

Our last day, at Epcot, was my favorite. We had scheduled a Princess Breakfast where many of the princesses greet the children and dine with all the guests. Luckily for Jiya, Belle was the hostess, taking pictures and hugging all her fans... and then Cinderella, Princess Aurora, Ariel and Snow White came around to meet everyone, sign autographs, take pictures. It was really Jiya's dream come true. At the end of the breakfast, they set up a Royal Procession! All the little girls marched around like princesses... it was so sweet.

Aside from the epic princess brunch, we loved Epcot for all the yummy food, beautiful set up of the different countries around a gorgeous lake, and the many kids' activities that kept Jiya entertained and happy while we enjoyed Italian wine, French crepes, and a Japanese drum show. Only in Disney World!

It was so fun to be a kid again, even if it was just for the weekend ;-) Have you been to Disney lately? What would you recommend?

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