As South Floridians, we are so lucky to live just 4 hours away from the most magical place on Earth. Hubby and I are true Disney buffs, and our kids aren’t too far behind. We’ve been there dozens of times, and it never gets old.
In need of a little Mickey therapy, we headed up there this past weekend. This time of year is the perfect time to go. The weather is ideal – it’s in the low 70’s during the day, and in the low 60’s or high 50’s at night. This year’s spring break for Orange County coincides with Miami-Dade County’s, the last week of March, so we also ended up beating the Spring Break madness. It’s also a great time to go because early on in the year, Disney offers great Florida resident discounts, including monthly payments for the seasonal pass, making the cost more manageable. The seasonal pass does have blackout periods (spring break, most of the summer and winter break), but veteran visitors like us prefer going during the “offpeak” time anyway.
Here are a few of our favorite things about the parks:
Seeing the castle at the Magic Kingdom get closer and closer as you cross the Seven Seas Lagoon on the ferry.
Cream Cheese stuffed pretzels used to only be available at the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland at The Lunching Pad, but are now also in Hollywood Studios at two different pretzel carts (Pretzel Garden cart in Streets of America and the other pretzel cart by the Chinese Theater), and in Epcot at the Fife & Drum Tavern. Still, as a tradition, we get them at the Lunching Pad. Any others purchased during our trip are an extra treat.
Dole Whips in Adventureland. Are you a fan of pineapple? If so, you have to try it, it’s delicious! Don’t let the line at Aloha Isle discourage you, it’s worth it. I’ve heard they are also available at the Tiki Room and at the Polynesian Resort.
The line for the Astro Orbiter is always long, but for good reason. It has some of the best views of the park, as you go round and round in that rocketship.
Over at Epcot, the boys love visiting the train set in the Germany pavilion. We always stop there for at least ten minutes and watch the trains travel through the miniature German town. And if you’re lucky you’ll see the rabbit that lives in the surrounding bushes.
Without fail, we stop at Les Halles Boulangerie & Pâtisserie in the France pavilion for something sweet. Hubby’s favorite is the Napoleon pastry, with the crème brûlée a close second. I always try something different, this time it was the coffee mousse. The boys love anything chocolate, so they always order the chocolate mousse. Don’t they look delicious?
At Hollywood Studios, one of our favorites is The Great Movie Ride, I love spotting the films newer movies they add to the film montage at the end of the ride.
I don’t know who’s a bigger fan of meeting characters, me or the boys. If we pass by one, I usually make the line for a picture. This time, we got to meet Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph for the first time. I was so excited when I found out they were at Hollywood Studios.
These are just some of our favorites, but there are so many other wonderful things about being at the parks. Those three days not only cleared my head and gave me a much deserved break, but we had a wonderful time as a family. There really is nothing like Disney magic.