Hello Leaps readers! It is a beautiful (and freezing) day today, and I wanted to finally let you all in on my amazing trip to Disney World Orlando this past Christmas! My boyfriend’s family paid for me to come with them on their Disney vacation when my boyfriend was home on leave for the holidays, and we had a magical week in the happiest place on Earth!
We flew down to Orlando on Sunday, December 20th. My boyfriend (I’ll call him C) and I sat next to each other on the plane! Not only was this our first vacation together, it was our first plane ride together! It was so much fun to have him there as we flew through the clouds and landed in the most magical place!
We arrived at the Orlando airport, and from there we took our luggage and boarded the Magical Express which took us right to our hotel – the Disney Beach Club Resort! The bus ride took about 30-40 minutes, and when we arrived at our hotel, we checked in and made our way to our beach villa. Our room was amazing! There was a master bedroom and a master bathroom, a living room with a full kitchen and a sleeper sofa, and then another bedroom with a queen sized bed and another sleeper sofa! C and I shared the queen bed, his brother slept on the sleeper sofa, his littler brothers shared the other sleeper sofa, and his parents (obvi) slept in the master bedroom. The whole resort is supposed to be styled after Cape May NJ, and they definitely nailed the whole Jersey beach-town theme (I’m from NJ if you didn’t know that!). It felt just like home.
My boyfriend’s mom did a fantastic job planning this whole vacation, and there was never a dull moment. Between our dining reservations, fast passes, and park-hopper capability, we were bouncing all over Disney World. I haven’t been to Animal or Magic Kingdom since 1998, and I haven’t been to Hollywood Studios since the early 2000s when it was still called MGM. I felt like a little kid, and I was so happy to be there with C and his wonderful family. From the FitBit one of my boyfriend’s little brothers was wearing, we were averaging walking 8 miles a day!
C and I made it to the resort’s gym two of the mornings we were there, and thank goodness we walked so much because we ate SO MUCH FOOD. The Disney dining plan we had allowed us one quick service meal, one sit-down meal, and a snack everyday, and by the end of the trip, we were all so full and sick of eating. Haha, we were all well-fed on this vacation.
During the vacation, I decided my favorite parks have to be Magic Kingdom and Epcot! I had never been to Epcot before, and I loved all of the showcases they have! It’s a little different than the other parks, and I liked how the rides were separate from the World Showcase. I loved the themed and authentic food and beverages served at Epcot – it really felt like we were in those countries! Additionally, in Epcot one of the nights before Christmas, we saw their classic Candlelit Processional, where a huge live choir tells the story of Jesus and sings classic Christmas songs.
Magic Kingdom was also a favorite of mine because I am a Disney kid at the heart, and it really is nothing short of magical ❤ We only had one night in Magic Kingdom, but we spent about six hours that evening!
We went to Disney Springs three of the nights we were there as well, and one of those nights we saw Cirque du Soleil! The show was called Nouba, and it was spectacular! The performers were super athletic and graceful, and there wasn’t one moment where we weren’t entertained! Also, one of those three nights we saw Star Wars in the huge AMC theaters. I don’t usually like Sci-Fi, but it was great!
Hollywood Studios was another park we frequented a couple of times, and we were able to see the Osbourne Family Light Show! This was the last year they were doing this light show. Before the lights turned on, Disney announced that the “forecast” said snow, and before you knew it, it was “snowing”! Leave it to Disney to make it snow in 82 degree humid weather! Then, the Trans Siberian Orchestra started playing over the speakers classic Christmas songs, and then whole block lit up in amazing colors!
I have to say, this Disney vacation was definitely one I will remember for the rest of my life. I was able to spend Christmas in Disney (which was a first), and be with the love-of-my-life and his family for this crazy and amazing time of the year. I relished in each moment every day we were there, and I can’t wait for the next time I get to travel with my incredible boyfriend.
How was your Christmas? Have you ever been to Disney during the holidays?