Thursday, May 19, 2016

Events: Disney World Vacation 2016 (Part 1)

walt disney world vacation road trip

Exactly a month ago, my wife Brita and I took the most perfect road trip down to Walt Disney World for a week filled with fun, magic and brilliant weather! What was extra fun about this trip is how spontaneous it was. We literally decided to go (and planned all the dining reservations, FastPasses, etc. + booked our resort) not much more than a week before we began our road trip down there. Usually we're anticipating a Disney trip for over a year before we go, so this was a bit different for us.

This was the very first time we ever took the long, 17 hour drive down to Florida (we usually take the easy flight of course); but given the slim time frame we gave ourselves, it seemed like the best (and cheapest) option. It was actually pretty fun! Loads of Disney music (and road trip snacks) helped the time fly by and set us in the right mood.

Over the next six days or so, I'll be giving you a detailed look into our days there! I hope you enjoy.

walt disney world vacation

On the night of April 16th, we arrived...and it was a glorious sight! We got to our resort and checked in pretty quickly and smoothly. This was our first time staying at the All Star Sports. It usually wouldn't have been an option for us (since neither of us are sports people), but it was the only resort with available rooms when we started booking only a week prior. Ultimately though, it didn't matter where we were. We were in Disney World and that's what mattered! The Disney magic and excitement was thick in the air regardless.

disney all star sports resort

After quickly popping in our room to drop off our things, we were off and running to Downtown Disney (or "Disney Springs" as it's now called...I still have to get use to that). We weren't wasting any time! We took a classic Disney transportation bus right on over.

disney all star sports resort
Our view from right outside our room
disney all star sports room

We were so excited for the dinner we had planned there; one of our favorites, Wolfgang Puck Express! I got the delicious Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf sandwich (topped with smoked mozzarella, garlic aioli and crispy onion strings- $14) and Brita got the equally yummy Barbecued Chicken Salad (romaine, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, corn, crispy tortilla strips, poblano peppers, black beans and ranch dressing- $13).

wofgang puck express meatloaf sanwich BBQ chicken salad

We spent the next few hours shopping away at all of our favorite shops. It was so good to be back! I was in my natural environment snapping pictures left and right- every bit of Pixar related merch caught my eye. Here's a bunch of what I saw throughout the various stores (much of it spotted in my favorite store down there, the World of Disney); some of it might interest you if you're taking a trip down there soon! Take a look-

world of disney store
toy story lotso magnets
pixar magnets
finding nemo luggage tags
Luggage Tags
finding nemo snowglobe
finding nemo mine mine mine
Note/Photo Holder
Purchased- More on these Dory mugs soon.

dory mug finding nemo
finding nemo crush mug

Purchased- Visit my full blog posts on these Mike Wazowski and Sulley mugs. 

mike and sulley mugs

Purchased- Art of Pixar concept art mugs. Full blog post on Sulley mug HERE (which links to the others).

art of pixar mugs
the world of disney store monorail characters
pixar character packs
pixar character packs
the world of disney store
the world of disney store

Nice to see Pixar well represented on gift cards there :)

pixar gift cards
mike wazowski hat
mike and sulley magnets
Mike and Sulley Magnets
buzz lightyear mug disney parks

 Here I am filling up my basket. I could have spent all night there!

world of disney store

Another one of my favorite places to be- the oh so classy Marketplace Co Op! Now with a Wonderground Gallery filled with amazing Dinsney/Pixar art.

marketplace co op disney springs
Market Place Co Op disney springs  
marketplace co op disney springs wonderground gallery

Purchased (post card size)- This Up inspired "An Unlikely Adventure" print by artist Joey Chou. Full blog post HERE.

marketplace co op disney springs wonderground gallery

It was a pretty quick first evening, since we only had a couple hours to spend there before the stores started closing, but it was a blast. I absolutely love the overall ambiance of Disney Springs! You can bet we made it back there later on during our trip.

Many, many more grand adventures to come over the next week! Stay tuned.

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