We spent 3 days at Disney and 2 days at Universal Studios. The very first thing we saw at Disney was Cinderella's Castle. It is breathtaking in person! At night you can't keep your eyes off of it. They have the lights set up to change color every few minutes. It's really a site to behold!
We met some cool characters-
Allison was thrilled to meet most of the princesses!
But the highlight for Mariah was meeting Princess Adalia Rose. We saw her at Disney on our 3rd day. She was in line to have her picture taken with Tigger, but Mariah could not muster up the courage to go say hello. She ended up kicking herself all day for missing her opportunity. As dumb luck would have it, they sat on the bench next to us during the Beetlejuice show the next day at Universal Studios. As soon as the show was over, Adalia and her mom were gracious enough to stop for a minute to say hello.
Disney is building a new wing of the park in 2014 called Fantasyland. They have a few bits of it open now, but the rest should be done next year. This was my favorite section of the park. I really felt like I was in a storybook. Here you will find Belle's Castle and Ariel's Grotto. I believe there will be a Snow White attraction also, but it wasn't open for us.
|Ariel's Castle and Grotto|
We did spend extra money for the Mickey's Christmas Spectacular. It was worth every penny! The lines were so short, we were walking right up to the rides with no wait time, and the character meet and greets we only waited about 10 minutes for each. If there is an extra show when you are going, I would highly recommend paying the extra for the extended park hours. Those 5 hours were the best of all the time we spent at the parks!
We also visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I feel I am on photo overload here, so I will save that adventure for another post.
I would suggest to anyone who has not visited Disney, make sure you schedule some down time between your days. We had 5 days jam packed with activities, which resulted in Allison having a massive breakdown on the 3rd and 4th day. Seriously, if the child sprouted horns and a tail, I wouldn't have been surprised. We should have added an extra day for everyone to catch up on sleep and just relax. Otherwise, the trip was more wonderful than I could have hoped for :)
Have you vacationed at Disney? What was your favorite part?