May 6, 2013

Disney revisited

We're working to make the most of our Florida resident Weekday Select annual passes for Walt Disney World. So last week we returned for more fun with the mouse and his friends.

Three parks in three days. In the rain. Are we crazy? Perhaps. But we had a complete blast.

Of course, we would have preferred better weather, but that is one thing you simply cannot control. We were prepared, with ponchos and baseball caps and shoes we didn't mind getting wet.

Our first stop was Hollywood Studios, which none of us had ever been to. SB was not much into the Star Wars section, much to hubby's chagrin. But there was plenty she did enjoy.

On the second day we returned to Animal Kingdom, at the request of SB. This surprised us, since she did not seem to enjoy it much the first time around. But, I think that was mostly because she was wiped out.

This time, she had a blast. And so did we. We had the opportunity to see many animals, attractions and shows we missed out on the first time. It was a great day.

For the grand finale, we returned to Magic Kingdom. This was the worst weather day. But we soldiered on. Just like Animal Kingdom the day before, we did many things we had missed out on during our initial visit. And of course revisited some of the favorites.

On this trip, we stayed at the Art of Animation resort, in an Ariel-themed room. SB was beside herself. It is one of the value properties and we felt it offered a lot for the price (no I am not writing a paid review). With the exception of the long walk from the bus stop to our room after each LONG day, we enjoyed staying there.

Our passes do not allow us to visit during the summer months, but we would not care to anyway. My mom, SB and I will enjoy a girls trip to Disney in September. Hubby and I take SB back in October, possibly for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. And our family of three will go one more time in early December.

Like I said, we are going to get our money's worth (and then some) on these passes. Our original plan was to book a three day visit for SB's birthday, with the centerpiece being the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. The annual passes were just a little bit more than that would cost, and with living just over two hours away, it didn't make any sense NOT to buy them.

We wanted to wait until SB was old enough to build long-term memories before we took her to Walt Disney World. I think 2013 is a year we will all remember fondly for the rest of our lives...

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