Family Disney Trip 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Yesterday was my little sister's 21st birthday and she decided she wanted to spend her big weekend with her family at Disney World. We all had an amazing time and I'm so thankful that we got to spend some quality family time together (1st time since Thanksgiving)! Warning: there is going to be major picture overload.

Thursday after work, my parents flew into Orlando and I picked them up while Caroline and Stephen met us at the hotel. After a round of hugs, we headed out to Downtown Disney for some dinner and dessert (you know, the usual - Earl of Sandwich and Ghirardelli).  

We stayed at the All Star Music - perfect hotel for a quick weekend trip

Now that I have my new phone, I can finally take outfit pictures lol
Shirt / Purse / Pants / Shoes / Scarf - old

Friday we woke up and headed on over to Epcot for the day. The way we got our Fastpasses, everything was scheduled for the evening so we took our time getting over to Epcot. We ate a late lunch at Germany and enjoyed doing our own thing around the park. Thankfully, it didn't get too crowded till later that evening and we missed the rain which was a super plus! Also, the Flower and Garden Festival was going on so it was neat to see all the Disney-themed garden areas. We were planning on staying during magic hours (9pm-11pm) to finish some bigger rides but ended up finishing everything by 9pm and headed home for some cake. 

Thanks for the photobomb, mom ;)

They have a new lumberjack show in Canada which was super fun

Inside the butterfly garden

We usually don't deal with trying to see the characters but we needed to add another Fastpass so we opted for the Character Spot. I'm really glad we did and got some good family pictures with the characters.

Since lunch at Germany is a big buffet, we stopped at a food stand in America and got pulled pork sliders with cole slaw on top for dinner. These were delicious and the perfect size!

Funny story - when I went to pick up the cake from Publix, the baker handed it to me and said happy 2nd birthday. I was like are you for real? It's supposed to be 21! Thankfully they were able to scrape off the 2nd and replace it with a 21st. Worst case, we would've gotten a good laugh. 

Saturday we woke up bright and early and headed over to Magic Kingdom before the park opened. As soon as it opened, we were at the front of the line pushing with everyone else to get to the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster and ended up with a less than 5 minute wait! The rest of the day we spent doing various rides then we had a lunch reservation at the new Beauty and the Beast restaurant at 2pm. After lunch we headed back to the hotel for long naps before heading back out to the park for some late night magic hours. The park stayed open for magic hours until 2am, we made it until about 1am. 

We made it to the Mine Train!

She got the first row

Snagged an outfit picture while waiting on them to ride Space Mountain
Shirt (similar) / Shorts / Purse / Shoes

Stephen legit got all the points on the Buzz Lightyear ride

A mamma duck and her 2 babies were wondering around the outside eating area and I about died

As you can tell, we had fun taking pictures on the new grassy area before it got crowded

On our way into lunch at Belle's Castle!

The food was ah-mazing and super unique to Disney

Had to take a mean muggin picture with Triton

Thankfully, the Dole Whip counter was open past midnight. Unfortunately, they don't have vanilla ice cream anymore...

Sunday, was Caroline's official birthday! Caroline, Stephen and I woke up and headed over to Hollywood Studios. My parents had to fly back home so they didn't join us on Sunday. Unfortunately, we got to the park 15 min too late and missed the window to get into line for Toy Story Mania - it was an hour wait and the park had only been open 15 min! Most all the shows/activities are being closed down so there wasn't too much to do. We did squeeze in the Great Movie ride, (Caroline rode) Rockin Roller Coaster, we did a drawing class and then found the Cinderella carriage to take pictures in front of. After that, we headed home to get ready for another week of work.

Caroline decided that since we have drawn Bolt before and she doesn't like Bolt, that she was going to draw her own character... lol

And like that, our trip was over! These weekend seem to go by way too fast, but thankfully we'll see everyone again next month for Memorial Day which makes the goodbyes a little easier. 

Ummm so super fail - I didn't realize the Lilly Pulitzer line at Target was a ONE TIME EVENT!!! Also, didn't think it'd really sell out in 15 minutes either. So now I'm super bummed since we missed out on the whole event and now I'll never have a Lilly dress (super dramatic, I know) :/ (And Stephen thought all the hype was a joke...) I'm going to keep checking the Orlando Target for returns in the next few days but I feel like since I wear a pretty standard size, people won't be returning much that I can snag. My mom did find some hair ties for me :) 

Linking up with Biana


  1. Stopping by from the linkup but I can't tell you how happy I was seeing all of these pics. I absolutely LOVE Disney and would go every year if possible. I say everyYEAR b/c i live quite a distance away. But i hope to visit again soon. Looks like a wonderful birthday celebration!

  2. That looks like such a great time! What a fun way to spend a birthday weekend. I've never actually been to Disney in my life. Someday!

  3. SUCH a fun weekend! I can't wait to go next year!

  4. Yay - so glad you guys had such a fun weekend! I love that you and your hubby matched some days - we totally do that too! Cinderella's carriage and the glass slipper are so cool - I've never seen that there before!

  5. What a wonderful weekend! You guys did so much. It looks like your sister had an amazing birthday. Also, it's too bad that the Lilly for Target isn't an ongoing thing!

  6. What a fun weekend - looks like you had a blast! Glad to hear Be Our Guest was fabulous. We're going in November and I'm hoping to make a reservation there!

  7. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I have never been to Disney. I love the Cinderella carriage! :)

  8. Magic Kingdom and Epcot are my favorite! Too funny that they wrote Happy 2nd birthday, glad they were able to fix it. Xo, Stephanie