Back in June, my parents surprised my sisters and I and planned a family vacation– and not just any old family vacation, DISNEY. It’s been 20 years since the 5 of us went to Disney on a family vacation together so you could say it’s been way overdue.
Needless to say, my sisters and I were ecstatic, because well, if you know anything about us you know how much Disney is a part of our lives. I mean, two of my pets are named after Disney Princesses but NBD. Oh, and Ray was thrilled too, in his own- is there going to be beer?I’m only going for the sunshine.I want to golf too- sort of way.
So my parent’s booked the place, and we got our tickets and that was that- We were going to see Mickey! We decided that we wanted to make the trip extra special and go for Halloween. Being at Disney for any holiday is always so much fun because they always outdo themselves with special magical events.
OH, and the week we chose in October also happened to fall during the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. Yassssss!
So we packed up the pups and cats- yep, they came too- and headed down to Florida. I couldn’t convince Ray to go all three days to the parks, you know, he had things to do. So he went golfing twice and joined us on our third and final day at Animal Kingdom and Epcot. (Of course, he’d do the food and wine festival.)
Our first day, we decided to go to Universal. My family had never been to Harry Potter World so obviously I took it upon myself and my HP expertise, to be their tour guide for the day. We drank butterbeer, rode some brooms with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, grabbed a bite at the three broomsticks, found a wand at Ollivanders and stopped at Gringotts for some moolah.
What a day.
We started our second-day having breakfast at Be Our Guest. The atmosphere there is just unbelievable and well worth the price! Oh and public service announcement: Everyone got to try the Gray stuff- yes, it was delicious.
Then we went around Magic Kingdom and got through about half of the park. Don’t panic–this was our plan. We visited Ariel, got spooked in the Haunted Mansion, went on Space Mountain, and helped Buzz and Woody escape danger.
Then we headed over to Hollywood Studios for some more excitement. We had fast passes for the new Toy Story ride which is probably one of my favorite rides in all of Disney- so much fun! After that, we explored the main street, rocked out on rockin’ roller coaster, and got scared on the Tower of Terror.
By this time it was dinner time so we headed home to refuel and get ready for our night in Magic Kingdom. They had a special event that night, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween. You dress up, go trick or treating through the park, and they had a special Hocus Pocus show.
And you better believe we dressed up. Obviously.
I have to say I highly recommend going to the Disney during Halloween, it really was so much fun. Everyone is dressed up and the crowds were smaller than usual so we were able to finish the other side of the park fairly quickly with very little wait times- bonus!
Oh, and let me tell you about the Hocus Pocus show. Actually, words can’t do it justice. It was spectacular. It’ll put a spell on you. That’s all I can say. You have to see it!
Day 3 was another unforgettable experience. It was also the day I got Ray to go to the parks! 🙂 In the morning, we headed to Animal Kingdom and checked out the new Avatar ride in Pandora. First, I have to say Pandora itself, breathtaking. Disney sure knows how to recreate these unbelievable places.
Second, Flights of passage was probably my favorite ride I have ever been on. Seriously. We waited almost 2 hours to get on the ride, UGH. BUT it was absolutely worth the wait. What an incredible ride. (that’s what she said.)
After that, we perused the rest of Animal Kingdom, checking out the Safari and Everest before heading on to our final destination, Epcot.
Like I said earlier, the infamous Food and Wine Festival was going on at Epcot, so I was really excited to explore, eat and drink around the world! I loved the small plates available in each country, it really allowed you to eat a lot!
To end the night, we watched the fireworks over the Epcot ball and took in the last of our Disney Family vacation.
To say we had fun on this vacation would be an understatement. I am so happy I got to share another Disney vacation with my parents and sisters and elated to have Ray be there with us. The memories speak for themselves, and the magic is enough to last a lifetime. Until next time Mr. Disney– ❤