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The Most Magical Place - Our First Trip to Walt Disney World

The Most Magical Place - Our First Trip to Walt Disney World

As I’m sitting here planning out our 2019 trip to the most magical place on Earth, I’m totally reminiscing from our trip back in October. I have seriously been wanting to share these photos since we arrived home from vacation, but you know… life happens. I’m here now though! Just a warning: this post probably has way too many photos, but whatever. It’s okay. :)

Let me just preface this whole post by saying we are Disney, umm, connoisseurs? Dedicated fans? Whatever you call us, we LOVE Disney everything! With three girls in our family, my husband was kind of sucked into the Disney thing too. He probably won’t admit it, but he loves the mouse too!

Out of my 27 years, this was my FIRST time EVER at Disney World. Actually, we were all first timers. As cheesy as this sounds, I felt like Disney World was my home away from home. I know some of you can relate to that too! We loved it so much, we are going back this year!

Being our first time, it was a little overwhelming. There’s a lot to see and a lot to do. After the first day, we totally had the hang of getting around and just having fun. Had it not been for Randi with Pixie Dust & Pirate Hooks, this trip would’ve probably been a disaster. She literally set up ev-er-y-thing for us from fast passes to reservations to even a daily itinerary! So a HUGE thanks goes to her for helping us and answering all of my stupid questions.

We were at the parks for seven days. My feet felt like they were going to just fall off, but it didn’t matter. It was SO worth it! The first day we visited Magic Kingdom. Randi booked us an early morning breakfast so that we could get into the park before it opened. DO THIS! It’s so cool to be able to take photos in the park before the crowd gets there. After grabbing breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant, we kind of just took in everything: the vibe, amazing smells, all of it! We were able to catch the Festival of Fantasy Parade, and then go meet some of our favorite characters including Cinderella’s evil step sisters, Drizella and Anastasia!

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The second day we visited Magic Kingdom again. Like I said before, by the second day, we totally had the hang of navigating the park. I met Megan, a fellow photographer, at the park. She followed us around the park for an hour or so and took some photos of us. I’m so glad we did this, because she was able to get some fun stuff of us together as a family. I had only met her that day, but it seriously felt like I knew her my whole life!

Once she left, we had to catch the parade again and finished our day off at Chef Mickey’s!

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We visited Magic Kingdom again on the third day! This day was a little different. The girls dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and we partied it up at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Kennedy dressed up like Wendy, while Hayden decided on dressing up like Belle in her town dress. It was such a unique experience being able to trick or treat all throughout Magic Kingdom! I think this was my favorite Halloween EVER!

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So the fourth day we headed to Hollywood Studios. Before our park day started, we ate at the yummy Trattoria al Forno with Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider. We hadn’t fully recovered from the night before, so we got kind of a late start. We only got to explore a portion of Hollywood Studios, but it was still a blast. Toy Story Land was beyond what I expected. The Slinky Dog Dash was one of our faves. Even more than that though, I LOVED interacting with Chewbacca. Though we couldn’t quite understand his language, we could tell he totally wanted to wear Kennedy’s Minnie ears. Haha!

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Our fifth day was spent at Epcot! I really think this park was my favorite, or maybe tied for first with Magic Kingdom. We ate breakfast at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall with some of our favorite princesses. Then shopped, snacked, and explored the different countries showcased around the world. It literally felt like you were in each country, and every detail was so authentic. Morocco was probably my favorite area. I looooved all of the colors and smells. We also had the amazing opportunity to explore Christopher Robin’s bedroom. This was so, so magical, y’all! THEN I’m pretty sure we rode Soarin’ like 50,000 times before heading back to our room to get a little sleep before our next day.

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Our sixth day was spent at Animal Kingdom. Like Hollywood Studios, we only spend a small portion of our day here. It started pouring down rain, so our day was cut short. Regardless, we loved every minute of it. Can’t wait for this year’s trip to see more! We were able to go on the safari and see lots of exotic animals up close and personal. We ate a yummy lunch at the Tusker House that has lots of African foods to choose from. Luckily, we were also able to catch Pocahontas before the rain came down!

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For the seventh and final day at Disney World, we headed back to Magic Kingdom. With Halloween over, the magical Christmas decorations were starting to pop up all over. I loved seeing all of it! Our last day was just a super chill day. We kind of just did whatever we wanted and took it easy. We wrapped up our trip with dinner at 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Drizella, Anastasia, and Lady Tremaine.

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I seriously just can’t wait for November to be here for our next trip to Disney! We are all counting down the days! If you’ve never been, you NEED to go! I think everyone should experience it at least once in their lives. Have you been? What are your favorites? Any suggestions on what to do or where to go on our next trip? Let me know!

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