This Beautiful Inheritance: Our Walt Disney World Vacation, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Our Walt Disney World Vacation, 2015

Well our kids' first trip to Walt Disney World is in the books! I believe it was everything they dreamed it would be... and that was a lot! They had been anxiously, desperately counting down the days from Christmas until our trip, and now that it's over, I think we're all a little sad. But we're also so thankful for the opportunity and the memories. My parents blessed our family with this trip, and we will never be able to repay them for their generosity. We will all cherish the memories (and the pictures) for the rest of our lives.

My niece, Baylor, Eden and Selah excited to head to Disney World!
Eden and Selah with their Mimi at the airport
Eden excited to take off on her first plane ride!
We arrived in Orlando Monday afternoon and headed straight to Downtown Disney for dinner. We ate at the T-Rex restaurant, which was probably the coolest restaurant I've ever been to. It felt like we were eating inside a Disney ride. There were dinosaurs all around us, along with glaciers, trees, fish, etc.

The next day was the one we had been waiting for for so long -- Magic Kingdom! We were all excited!

It was a long, tiring day but also so fun. Magic Kingdom is packed full of magic and fun for little ones. We rode ride after ride all day long and still didn't get it all done.

The next day was our "off day." We didn't go to a park, but it ended up being an AWESOME day! My girls had an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney at noon. This was actually the thing I was most looking forward to on our trip. They were both really excited about getting all dolled up like princesses, but unsurprisingly, Selah flipped a switch when we got there and refused to get anything done. Eden, on the other hand, loved it! It was so precious watching her grin from ear to ear as she got her hair, make-up and nails done by her very own "fairy godmother."

I was really bummed that her sister wouldn't do it with her but was so happy for Eden. She couldn't stop looking in the mirror! I've never seen her so proud and it just made my heart smile.

After the boutique, we had lunch reservations at the Grand Floridian Resort to dine with all the Disney princesses! I didn't realize what a treat this would turn out to be! My girls were in awe meeting all the "real" princesses. One at a time, they each came up to our table and chatted, smiled for pictures, and signed the girls' autograph books. We met Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, and Belle. I was just as smitten as the kids!

The Grand Floridian Resort was beautiful! We loved exploring the grounds and pretending like we were staying there. ;)

We finally got a picture of the whole group.
On Thursday we went to Hollywood (MGM) Studios and had another great day. There weren't a lot of rides there for the kids, but there were some really cute shows, and we finally got to meet Mickey! It was the perfect ending to a wonderful week.

On Friday we soaked in the hot tub at the hotel and let the kids swim in the (heated) pool, and we flew out Friday afternoon. We all agreed we weren't ready to leave so we think that means it was a great trip! And we are already looking forward to the day we get to do it again! We are blessed and thankful. Come back tomorrow, when I'll have a guest post by my mama, the travel expert. She has some incredibly helpful tips for planning an enjoyable Disney vacation you can actually afford!

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