Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Magic Kingdom & Clearwater Beach

So we went to Magic Kingdom.
And you don't know how happy I am that we have this picture...
because Devin has sworn off Disney World for the rest of his life. Ha.  
I'd say we started losing him during the 45 minute wait for the Pirate's of the Caribbean ride, 
then we arrived at Splash Mountain with our Fast Passes only to find that the ride was being repaired...and he was reallyyy over the whole Disney thing by then...
and by the time we waited 2 hours for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train...he was gone for good.  
Never to return to the most magical place on earth. ;)

I didn't mind the waiting because patience is kind of my thing...BUT I wish someone had given me the ins and outs of the FastPass system before we went so the experience had been more enjoyable for the rest of the fam.

It was all worth it to me because she met Cinderella and Rapunzel and it was magical for her.
But we had a FastPass for that, which is one of the reasons it was magical for us too.

Here's are my tips if you're traveling to Magic Kingdom:
1.  Download the My Disney Experience App. It will be so helpful when you make additional Fast Pass selections throughout the day.
2.  Make your FastPass Selections 30 days ahead of time and make them for the most sought after rides at the first available time! (Meet Cinderella & Rapunzel or Elsa & Anna |if you have small children|, Peter Pan's Flight, Seven Dwarf's Mine Train, & Space Mountain are my suggestions.)  As soon as you use your first 3 fast passes you can book an additional one, and another, and another after they are used.  But not until you use ALL THREE of them can you book another.  I made the mistake of booking my first 2 early morning and then Splash Mountain at 1:45 (which ended up being out of order WAHHH), so I couldn't book additional fast passes until after the third one was used late in the day...and then there weren't really any more good ones available) 
3.  Take a small zip up cross body bag for easy access to money, park tickets, cell phone, and of course lip gloss (I have mine on in the pic above and I got it for $9 at TJ Maxx!).  And have your husband take a small backpack with a few waters, small snacks, sunscreen, a misting fan (because they're expensive at the park), a few ponchos in case of rain, and whatever else you might need during the day.
4.  Take a Stroller. Even if you think your kid is too big or too grown up for a stroller... TAKE A STROLLER TO DISNEY WORLD.  Shoot, you don't know how badly I was wishing I could fit my butt in a stroller by the end of the day.  They have them for rent if you forget, but who the heck wants to pay for something you already have? Not me.
4.  Eat breakfast before you go into the park and pray that it keeps you full all day.  We bought lunch in Magic Kingdom and swore we would starve before we paid for another meal inside the park because it was so pricey. 
5.  Go to Aloha Isle in Adventureland and order a Dole Whip Pineapple Float.  It will make you forget how frustrated you are with the lines and the crowds for a whole 5 minutes.
6.  Get there when the park opens.  The parking is better and the rides aren't as crowded because everyone is scattered for at least a little while (or so I've heard).  We got there at 11 and that was a very unwise decision.
7.  Get a picture in front of Cinderella's Castle because your husband will swear he's never going back again and he probably isn't kidding and you will always wish you had a picture with your family in front of Cinderella's Castle if you don't.

But we didn't just go go Florida for Disney World...we stayed at Clearwater Beach.
The 12 hour road trip was quite the experience.
Thankfully my parents drove also, so when Devin and I needed a break from... "Are we there yet? How much longer?  When will we be there?  How many hours is that from now?  How many minutes is that?" ...we would send Kollyns to the other car at the next stop. 
And we would plug in our old iPod and jam to old stuff from our glory days circa 2005.

We stayed at the Sandpearl resort which is just beautiful.  So relaxing.  We didn't really take many pictures there...I think we were still recovering from our road trip.

Now we're getting excited for Myrtle Beach next month!  And hopefully we will breeze through the 6 hour drive since we somehow managed to survive the 12 hour trip to Florida!  Yay!