Saturday, January 31, 2015

Arriving at Wilderness Lodge: Room 2519

Sunday December 21
Arrive in Orlando (by car)
Lunch at Fuddrucker's
Shopping at the Outlets
Check in at Wilderness Lodge
Shopping in Downtown Disney
Dinner at Roaring Forks

We are home!!
Master bedroom of the 1 bedroom villa
View from room 2519 living room
That evening was the only evening that Mickey and Minnie were in Wilderness Lodge lobby (not sure if they were there on the 23rd) so we were so glad to have the 10 minute wait to see them here:


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Best Christmas Present Ever!

I have always wanted to go away during Christmas week at least once in my life, so we decided to try a Walt Disney World Christmas! It was mine and my husband's only Christmas presents this year which was completely worth it.
  • April 2014: Booked 1 bedroom villa at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • October 2014: Ordered tickets and made dining reservations (1 day MK tickets)
  • November 2014: Ordered MagicBands and made FastPass+ reservations
We waited last minute on a lot of things just to make sure we were going to go through with the trip. This was the first trip we decided against the Disney Dining Plan and it was mostly due to the fact that our son was now 4 and the plan would have cost more than what we had planned on eating. We saved about $400-500 total by not doing the Dining Plan this year, HOWEVER, if we had been in the theme parks more than 1 day, that total may have been different.

I personally do not think you can plan a better WDW Christmas than my plan, it was the most pleasant of our WDW trips and it was during the busiest time of the year. So here is the run down of the plan:

Sunday December 21
Arrive in Orlando (by car)
Lunch at Fuddrucker's
Shopping at the Outlets
Check in at Wilderness Lodge
Shopping in Downtown Disney
Dinner at Roaring Forks

Monday December 22
Boat to Magic Kingdom
Bus to Art of Animation resort
Breakfast at Landscape of Flavors
Tour Art of Animation resort
Bus to Animal Kingdom park
Lunch at Rainforest Café
Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge
Tour of Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby
Bus to Animal Kingdom park
Bus to Wilderness Lodge
Dinner at Roaring Forks
Boat to Fort Wilderness
Bus to Chip-n-Dale's Campfire
Boat to Wilderness Lodge

Tuesday December 23
Breakfast in room
Bus to Magic Kingdom arrive at 6:30am
Met Elsa and Anna (7:00-7:30)
Jay and Gregory went to Peter Pan's Flight, Small World and Journey of Little Mermaid
Mom and I went to Big Thunder Mountain (we didn't realize they didn't open it until later)
Snack in new Fantasyland
Winnie the Pooh
Tomorrowland Speedway
Buzz Lightyear
Jungle Cruise
Enchanted Tiki Room
Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern 11:30am
Caught tail end of first Christmas parade in Liberty Square
1:00 FastPass+ Buzz Lightyear
Official Castle/Main St photo
Jay got a much needed haircut at Harmony Barber Shop
3:10 FastPass+ for Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Pirates of the Caribbean
Swiss Family Treehouse (Jay and Gregory) while I stood in line for our first Dole Whip
4:30 FastPass+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Dinner at Cosmic Ray's
Elsa's Holiday Wish
Christmas Wishes
Boat to Wilderness Lodge

Wednesday December 24: CHRISTMAS EVE
Breakfast in room
Boat to Contemporary
Monorail to Polynesian Resort
Toured Polynesian lobbies, gift shops
11:20 O'hana Character Breakfast
Monorail to Grand Floridian resort
Toured Grand Floridian lobby and gift shops
Monorail to Contemporary
Toured Contemporary lobby and gift shops
Boat to Wilderness Lodge
Snacks in Wilderness Lodge lobby
Visit Santa
Dinner : Pizza by Room Service

Thursday December 25: CHRISTMAS DAY
Breakfast at Whispering Canyon Café at 8:45am
Bus to Downtown Disney
Shopping at toy store and Lego store
Bus to Fort Wilderness
Played on playground at Fort Wilderness, shopping in stores
Dinner at Trail's End Restaurant 4:45 (1.5 hour wait)
Boat to Wilderness Lodge

Friday December 26
Departure Day

I will be breaking down each of these days coming up soon, so be on the lookout!

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Finally decided to start blogging again, so I am working on cleaning out a lot of posts (150 to be exact).

Going to try to focus this blog on our Disney obsession along with other traveling adventures and maybe even some housekeeping & food posts.

I will keep my pregnancy and infant posts up from our son, but taking down a lot of the old fluff.