Trip to Disney

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    I am so excited to be writing today's post! As most of you know, last week I went to Walt Disney World for two days. It was a super quick and spontaneous trip. A couple of weeks ago my Aunt Suzanne, who has lived in Orlando, Florida since before I was born texted me asking if I wanted to come down for a weekend to visit. She is an Executive Regional Vice President with Arbonne and she earned her white Mercedes and was hosting a car party that she wanted me to attend and help her organize. Of course I said yes! It was perfect timing! A little back story before we get into the details. Growing up, we would take family vacations to Orlando once or twice a year for years. I literally grew up at Disney. However, the last time I was there was in 2008. As my brother and I got older and started playing sports, it became harder and harder to find time to take our yearly trips to Disney. So, of course when Suzanne texted me I had to ask if we could go to Disney! The car party was on Saturday and we decided to go to Disney Sunday and Monday. With COVID, we bought our tickets and had to reserve our admission to the parks because Disney is only allowing a certain amount of people in each park per day. Unfortunately, there is no park hopper option because guests can only visit one park per day. But, honestly it wasn't an issue at all

    On Sunday, we went to Magic Kingdom and it was AMAZING! The parking lot was literally empty. It was honestly shocking. The trams were parked and we got a front row parking spot.

 Once we got out of the car, we masked up and walked toward the ferry to get over to the park entrance. Again, there was barely anyone there.

Once we got over to Magic Kingdom we walked in grabbed a quick selfie with Main Street USA and the castle in the background and then I went to buy rose gold Mickey ears -- totally on brand for me! 😂

As you can see in the picture, it is WAY less crowded than usual. It kind of felt like we were in a private rental of Magic Kingdom. We walked up to the castle to get some pictures. I asked a Disney cast member if I could get some mask-less pictures and they told me that if I was away from other people that it shouldn't be a problem. Also, Disney painted the castle pink!!!! I am in love!! It is SO pretty! 😍

After pictures, we went over to Sleepy Hollow to get some Mickey Waffles, MY FAV!!! Sleepy Hollow is a quick service restaurant that has waffles, chicken and waffles, fruit and waffles, and funnel cakes! Yum!!

We then started riding rides! The first ride we rode was Splash Mountain. Growing up, Splash Mountain was one of my favorite rides! It didn't disappoint at all! It was everything I remembered and more!! So much fun! Also, I want to point out that if you are going to Disney soon make sure to download the Disney Experience app. It was a life saver! It tells you live wait times for rides and also allows you to book reservations for restaurants. You can also order ahead and pick up your food. By using the wait times feature we were able to perfectly plan out our day so we could do everything we wanted. Also, we literally walked onto every single ride both days. It was amazing honestly. We then rode Jungle Cruise and then went over the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop for lunch. Beaches & Cream is located between the Yacht Club and the Beach Club resorts. Growing up we would always go to Beaches & Cream so it was a nonnegotiable to eat there one of the two days we were at Disney. I booked our reservation on the Disney Experience app and it was so easy! We left Magic Kingdom, got on a bus and went to the boardwalk and walked over to the resort. It was the most surreal and weirdest thing because there was no one on the boardwalk. Normally it is packed so it was really weird. We had the yummiest lunch at Beaches & Cream and no trip there is complete without ice cream! My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach with my sundae. 

We then went back to Magic Kingdom and rode Space Mountain, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the Buzz Lightyear ride, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and It's a Small World. Because of COVID the parks have shorter operating hours so Magic Kingdom closed at 7 pm. It was definitely weird leaving the park during daylight because when I was little we would stay until at least 11 pm or so and watch the parades and fireworks. 

On Monday, we went to Animal Kingdom and oh my goodness Animal Kingdom is a lot bigger than I remember. Disney has built on the Pandora country since I have been there and it is SO COOL. Honestly, I haven't even seen Avatar and I loved it. The have this cool simulator ride called Flight of Passage where you fly through Pandora and it is amazing. That was the first ride we rode for the day and the last. Funny story, we literally ran from one end of the park to the other to ride it one last time before the park closed. It was that good. 

After Pandora, we grabbed some lunch and then went over to Asia. We rode the rapid rivers ride which is always so much fun. Then we went over to Expedition Everest which was my favorite ride of the whole trip. It was EPIC! One thing you may not have known about me is that I love a good rollercoaster. It was so much fun. 

And of course we saw a lot of animals too! 

If someone told me that we were going back to Disney this minute, I would go. It was so much fun and I am so glad I got to experience it during COVID. It was SO safe and was such a cool experience seeing the parks as empty and they were and to be able to walk onto every single ride. If you are contemplating a trip to Disney, DO IT!!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo, Kelsey

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