Disney World Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on May 19, 2014

Well hello there my friends! Long time, no talk! I have to give a big shout out to my wonderful guest bloggers last week – Heather & Heather – for holding down the fort while I was away! Thanks, ladies πŸ™‚

Today I want to bring you up to speed on my Disney trip, what an adventure! This is a pretty long post, so if you’d like to stick around, I’d suggest grabbing a coffee and settling in…

It all started Monday morning with lots of travel. I hopped a train to the airport, flew to Orlando, took a bus to the hotel and got myself all settled in at the All-Star Music Resort around 2:30pm. I chose this hotel because it was a more affordable option while still being a part of the Disney World resorts area. I have stayed in the Beach Club and All-Star Sports Resorts in the past. The Beach Club was the nicer option, but the All-Star resorts get the job done.

Aerial shot of Phildelphia

All-Star Music has two pools (one guitar and the other piano shaped), a food court, arcade, and bus transportation area that connects you to all the other Disney parks and resorts. My room was nice and clean, but not overly fancy. I essentially just used the room to shower and sleep.

All-Star music room

After grabbing a quick lunch at the food court – a build-your-own salad with salmon on top, yum! – it was time to get ready for the rehearsal dinner!  

Skirt from J.Crew {same style here} | Top from NY & Co. | RL sandals {similar here} | Banana Republic Pearl Statement Necklace | Kate Spade bag {similar}

Rehearsal dinner outfit

After a slight transportation fiasco, I arrived slightly late fashionably late to dinner at the Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club Resort. This was a really delicious seafood buffet style dinner, my favorite was the you-peel shrimp. After dinner, we continued the party in Downtown Disney at the Splitsville outdoor bar. We ordered a bunch of fun frozen drinks, I opted for one called the “gator bite” which was a blend of grain liquor and lots of orange liqueurs. But don’t worry, I tried a sip of each other drink, too. We spent the night toasting the soon-to-be married couple.

Splittsville frozen drinks

Tuesday Morning was the wedding at Sea Breeze Point on the Disney boardwalk. After having some transportation issues the day before, I made sure to arrive extra early to the wedding and had time to grab some breakfast at the Boardwalk Bakery beforehand. Breakfast was an egg sandwich, some fruit, and I split a cannoli (because, Disney) with the man friend. It was good, but nothing overly spectacular.

Disney desserts

Then the wedding guests made their way over to the outdoor gazebo area to watch the bride and groom exchange vows.

 A violinist played Disney love songs to usher in the bride and they celebrated their first dance as a couple to Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.” 

first dance

We toasted them with champagne and watched them cut this beautiful cake! I think they had their perfect, fairytale wedding πŸ™‚

Cake cutting

Disney Wedding cake

J.Crew Factory Dress | Brina Box Necklace | Nine West nude pumps {which you can’t see – oops!}

me and kevin

After the wedding, we made our way to downtown Disney for a celebratory luncheon at Portobello’s Italian Restaurant. We started with the antipasto platter; the pickled tomatoes and carrots were delicious. And I ordered the grilled shrimp salad as my entree. I would definitely order both again.

Antipasto at Portobello

Grilled Shrimp Salad from Portobello

After lunch and cake, I was ridiculously stuffed! I headed back to the hotel room to change and take a quick power nap, before heading back to Downtown Disney to keep the wedding celebrations going. All the younger wedding attendees went to the House of Blues to eat, drink, and be merry. There was a Steel Panther concert at the HoB that night, and we were surrounded by a lot of very interesting clientele – big hair, leather pants, and leopard print galore!

House of Blues

House of Blues outdoor menu

 Before calling it quits for the night, I explored a few stores on the Downtown Disney strip. The Lego store had some amazing sculptures…

Lego Store sculptures

Lego Water Sculpture

…and I couldn’t resist splitting a Ghirardelli Salted Caramel and Banana Milk Shake. I’ve been craving bananas a lot recently, strange considering I never even used to like them! It was the perfect way to cap off the night!

ghirardelli Salted Caramel and Banana Milkshake

Wednesday morning started bright and early. I was on a mission to visit all 4 Disney Parks and do all of my favorite rides in one day. It was a crazy day, but 13 hours, 3 torrential downpours, 5 blisters, and many a margarita later I did it with the help of some awesome traveling friends. First up was the Animal Kingdom. We covered the Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, and Dinosaur.

Hippos at Disney

Zebras at Disney

Disney Dinosaur photo

The next park was Disney Hollywood Studios. We braved the torrential downpours to get in a quick lunch before riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster {twice!}, the Tower of Terror, Star Tours, the Backlot Tour, and the Indiana Jones Show. I think the rain helped clear out the park and we could literally walk on rides without having to wait πŸ™‚ It also helped me create this lovely dry-wet-dry hair look, so stylish. 

the gang at the backlot tour

Star Tours

Epcot was our third destination. It was the Garden Festival so there were a lot of really cool topiaries around the park.

Epcot during Garden Festival

Epcot Muppets Topiary

We toured the World Showcase and stopped for AMAZING margaritas in La Cava del Tequila. You MUST order the avocado margarita, it was so delicious that we stopped back before leaving the park and ordered another. 

Mexico in Epcot

We also stopped in Japan for frozen beers {the foam on top of the beer really was frozen} and shaved ice. We really liked taking photos with our drinks.

Japan in Epcot

The longest ride we waited in line for was Soarin’ and it was about a 40 minute wait. It’s such a great ride though! Then we had fast-passed Test Track which was good because there was a long line for that one. We finished with Mission Space, a really cool simulation ride. I think Mission Space was new in 2007 or 2008, and it simulates taking off into space and landing on Mars, but unfortunately it gave me quite a headache. I numbed the pain with nachos from Mexico πŸ˜‰ 

The final park we visited was the Magic Kingdom! It looked absolutely stunning at night when it was all lit up!

Magic Kingdom Castle

We went on Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the Haunted Mansion, and we finished the night out on Splash Mountain. It was an absolutely crazy day! I recommend downloading the My Disney Experience application and wearing comfortable shoes. My Nike Fuelband said I walked 28,000 steps and I definitely believe it. I went back to the hotel room, and crashed before making the long trek home on Thursday.

Oh, and when in Disney…

Minnie Ears

I think I jam-packed every minute I was in Orlando. It was a wonderful trip, and all for a great occasion. But there is something to be said about sleeping in your own bed and getting back into a routine.

Favorite Disney Park? Animal Kingdom.
Favorite Country in Epcot? France and Mexico.
How old were you on your first trip to Disney?  I was 13 and absolutely thrilled. 

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Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne May 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

I was 5 when I went, and the last time I went was when I was 8, so it’s been a while lol. And now I definitely need to go back!! It’s changed so much!

Her Happy Balance May 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

The last time I was there I was 17…I have to say, it’s much more enjoyable when of legal age πŸ˜‰

Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom May 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

I’m so bummed I couldn’t be part of your trip! I’m so glad you had a blast though!! Favorite Disney Park: Magic Kingdom, by far. Country in Epcot: Africa and Mexico. First trip to Disney: 2 or so? I was in a crib… (I have a brother 7 years older than me and the trip was for him)

Her Happy Balance May 20, 2014 at 11:23 am

Me too, but next time definitely! I hope you’re enjoying your Europe trip!!!

Amanda May 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

My first trip to Disney World was at 14. It was my 8th grade graduation gift from my parents. I’m going again in 4 weeks for my boyfriends Union Conference. Couldnt by more excited! I hope it’s as fun at 30 as it was at 14!

Her Happy Balance May 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

My first trip was at 13! I promise it is still tons of fun as an adult, just remember your sunscreen and use your fast pass! Have a wonderful trip!

Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures May 19, 2014 at 11:48 am

Oh my goodness gracious, what an awesome and super busy trip you had!!! I haven’t been to Disney since I was 10 and I can’t imagine how much fun it’d be now as an adult who totally loves roller coasters. πŸ™‚ All of your outfits are absolutely adorable, especially that first one with the skirt! And that blue daisy flower necklace is super popping with that dress! You are always so good at accessorizing like that. Teach me the ways – but then lose all hope bc I’m a lost cause when it comes to accessorizing. πŸ™‚
Sounds like the drinks were flowing and this was an awesome vacation. And yep, torrential downpour whilst in FL is a regular thing, I think… πŸ™‚ LOVE YOUUUU

Her Happy Balance May 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

Drinks in Epcot were AMAZING. I have been trying not to drink too much, but I couldn’t resist those margs. I know the avocado thing sounds weird, but it has lots of melon liquor in it and it was literally the best one I’ve ever had…and that’s saying something considering my alcohol haydays of the past πŸ˜‰

I LOVE YOU MORE. I also miss you. And think you should journey on up to Philly to visit yours truly. Hope your week trip doesn’t totally suck πŸ™‚

Caitlin May 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Goodness gracious girl!!! All four parks in one day??? You are my hero haha. I only thought 1-2 was possible! Apparently not πŸ˜‰ your friend’s wedding looked beautiful as did both you and the bride! My first trip to disney took place when I was 7. Been a few years since I went, though, so that needs to happen soon πŸ˜‰

Her Happy Balance May 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

Girl, it was insane! I had some sore and tired feet by the end of it, but no regrets! You should definitely go back and try the margaritas in Epcot πŸ˜‰ If you and Joe end up going, I’ve been to some pretty amazing restaurants in the past and would love to give recommendations!

Becky@ Olives n Wine May 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm

OMG you are adorable and I’ve never been to Disney so I love these sorts of recaps! After hearing so much about it lately, it’s totally on my vacation list πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance May 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

If you want to go, try to go in an off season. I went in july once and it was HOT AS BLAZES, packed, and I was underage so I couldn’t enjoy the spirits πŸ˜‰ You also have to accept that during the day, you will run around and get wet on rides and look a general hot mess, alcohol helps with this acceptance. But it has some great restaurants, and it is something you’ve got to do at least once πŸ™‚ I can give food & ride recommendations!!

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake May 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Ah, Disney is the best, isn’t it?! I was 5 when I went to Disney for the first time. I got a Minnie Mouse stuffed animal that I still have to this day!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie May 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Can I please get married in Disneyworld? How fun! I think I was three when I first went to Disneyworld. My parents started my obsession young.

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