We’re Back!!!

We’re back and ready to start writing again! Our vacation was amazing and we learned so much while there. When we arrived home things were less than calm and we were thrown back into reality really fast. That all aside we’re back, over the next few days we will be posting about our experiences at each of the parks. What worked, what didn’t, and overall how Alice handled it. Following that we will be starting a few new posts that will include: Cooking with the Baughers, DIY Halloween Activities, and Thanksgiving Crafts. We will also be doing a Halloween special post, this will be Alice’s first real trick or treating and we are super excited for it!

Until then though here are some pictures from our Trip!

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We had so much fun and there are a lot more photos. We can’t wait to share them with you all!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

What We’re most excited for: Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

We are 12 hours from our flight taking off. We are beyond ready for this vacation, we decided to clump the last two locations together because we don’t have huge lists for either and figured it would be easier in one post. So here it is What we are most excited for Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Animal Kingdom:

  1. The Safari: Alice loves Animals and so we feel that the safari is going to be amazing. We always have loved the Safari ride and taking her to experience it for the first time is going to be priceless.
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  2. The Festival of the Lion King: We are so excited to see this. The first time we went it was under renovations and last year when we went we decided not to stand in the long wait line. This year we fast passed it, so it will be an exciting first for all of us.
  3. Affection Station: Chris can’t wait to pet goats with Alice at Rafiki’s planet watch. He and Alice have a love for goats so this is going to be a wonderful experience for her. She has never pet a goat before.

Hollywood Studios:

  1. Disney Junior Live: Alice is really into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc, and Sofia. This is a great show for her to see them all at one time! We have never done the show before and have heard mixed reviews so we are looking forward to giving our own review afterwards!
  2. All the shows in general: Alice loves plays, shows, music, and dancing. Hollywood studios is the place for that! We can’t wait to see her reaction to all of the shows!
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  3. Magician Mickey and Minnie: We are also excited for Magician Mickey. We had no clue he was at hollywood studios, somehow we missed him. So we are excited to go see him and Minnie in her red carpet best!

 

 

Before Booking

We wanted to do a post on before booking your stay because you do want to do some research before booking your vacation. So please consider the following questions before you book your vacation.

  1. How are you getting to Disney?
    Consider how you will be getting to Disney, will you fly or drive? If you fly but don’t want to rent a car you have the wonderful option to use the magical express! This is a free bus transportation from the airport to your hotel and from your hotel to the airport! We will be doing a separate post about magical express while we are at Disney to give better details and information on it. If you drive you have the option to drive around rather than depending on the bus system or other forms of transportation at Disney.
  2. Do I want to stay on site?
    We always stay on site, this is because we only do Disney and we like the vacation packages associated with staying at a resort. We have had friends who don’t stay on site because they only do one or two days at Disney and a few days at Universal and Sea World. There are many perks of staying on site that I will post in a separate post.
  3. If I am staying on site, what hotel fits my needs/budget?
    When choosing a hotel you need to consider your budget and needs, you can price your Disney vacation out without booking at Waltdisneyworld.com. We have done this a number of times so that we can see a rough estimate on how much it is going to ┬ácost before we decide. Also consider how much you are going to be at the parks if you won’t be doing a day at the hotel or spending a lot of time at the hotel, paying extra for a Deluxe hotel or one of the more expensive hotels may be a waste. We have stayed at Caribbean Beach, a moderate resort, and All Star Movies, a value resort; we enjoyed both. Caribbean Beach we stayed at for our honeymoon and we liked that it was a little nicer and more romantic. All Star Movies we stayed at last year as a last minute trip and it was exactly what we needed. We spent most of the time at the park and used the money we saved to get the Memory Maker. So consider your needs and how often you will really be at the hotel.
  4. What time of the year do I want to go?
    There are tons of people who post about the crowds and there are tons of crowd calendars out there. The best times to go that we have seen are: second to last week of August, just remember it will still be hot, from Labor Day until Columbus Day weekend, after Halloween up until the week of Thanksgiving, after Thanksgiving week until the second week of December, and from the second week of January until the first week of February. These have the least crowds that we have found on various crowd calendars. Where do we find our crowd calendars you ask? PINTREST! Go get yourself a pintrest account because it has been a huge tool we use to plan. We recommend following Tom Bricker he posts great information!
  5. Are my kids ready for Disney?
    This is the last thing to consider. Now we have had a lot of comments about us taking Alice at one year old. Alice is very tolerable of going out, going on adventures and loves characters. Alice even gets cranky when we don’t take her outside on a regular basis. We have been to a few birthday parties where there are characters and she loved them. In terms of amusement rides at Disney, there are a surprisingly large number of rides toddlers can go on. If your toddler isn’t the type of kid that likes being out for long periods of time, or in overwhelming situations, then you may want to wait until they are a little older to go. The nice thing about taking your kids before three is that you do not pay park admission for them. You know your kid best so don’t let others convince you that you don’t.

We hope this helps a little and if you have anything else you would like us to go into more details about please let us know! Stay tuned for our next post as we continue to get ready for our Disney Adventure.

Until next time remember the best is yet to come!