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.
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.
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.
|Our view from right outside our 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).
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-
Purchased- Visit my full blog posts on these Mike Wazowski and Sulley mugs.
Purchased- Art of Pixar concept art mugs. Full blog post on Sulley mug HERE (which links to the others).
Nice to see Pixar well represented on gift cards there :)
|Mike and Sulley Magnets|
Here I am filling up my basket. I could have spent all night there!
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.
Purchased (post card size)- This Up inspired "An Unlikely Adventure" print by artist Joey Chou. Full blog post HERE.
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.