Okay guys, here goes! A review of our Disney trip. I very vaguely mentioned that it wasn’t exactly one of those vacations that you hope never ends. And it wasn’t all Disney’s fault, so I don’t want you to think I’m ragging on them. I just think we drew the short straw on everything, honestly.
Charlie is a huge Disney lover and I think he was hoping that we would go to Disney World and I would fall in love with it too. And I felt bad that it didn’t happen that way. Although, things definitely didn’t pan out in his favor, either. I don’t really ride rides because I get sick on anything too crazy. As a result, we ended up running out of things to do and kept ending up at Disney Springs. Don’t get me wrong, Disney Springs is a lot of fun, but when you spend all this money on park tickets, it stinks to feel like you aren’t getting your money’s worth.
Day 1: Hollywood Studios
We spent our first full day at Hollywood Studios and it was probably our best day. Since I don’t ride rides, we didn’t do anything iconic like Rockin’ Rollercoaster or Tower of Terror. But I did find a few smaller rides that I enjoyed and we went to a couple little shows. If you’ve never seen the Indiana Jones Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios, you definitely need to check that out next time. It. was so. COOL!
For food, we went to Pizza Planet for lunch. It’s not technically called Pizza Planet anymore and I honestly don’t remember what it’s called now, but the point it is, it was pizza and pizza is good. We also visited the BaseLine Tap House before we headed to the fireworks show, both of which I would recommend!
Day 2: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Okay, so, the food and wine festival was honestly the biggest draw for us. I wasn’t 100% sold on going to Disney for our vacation until I saw that, but food… and wine… well that convinced me, hehe. We even planned on spending at least 2 days (potentially 3) at Epcot! Butttt our first day there was miserable. It was so freakin’ hot. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been that sweaty in my life (sorry if that’s gross, haha), no exaggeration. As hot as we were, we had absolutely no appetites. I think between the two of us we may have tried a total of 5 things all day. Again, not Disney’s fault, but not a ton of fun, haha.
The end of the day was much better, though! A good friend of mine from college lives in Lake Buena Vista so we got to catch up with her over dinner in Disney Springs! We ate at Raglan Road and it was delicious! Charlie and I ate there the last time we were at Disney and haven’t had anything we didn’t love! And of course we snagged dessert at Ghirardelli afterwards.
Day 3: Animal Kingdom
The Animal Kingdom was another decent day for us! I love love love animals so I just had heart eyes all day long! My favorite ride was, hands down, the Kilimanjaro Safaris. You get so close to some of the animals! It’s amazing! And their animals are clearly taken such good care of, which makes my heart happy. The new Pandora-The World of Avatar is absolutely beautiful! We rode the Na’vi River Journey which was such a pretty ride, butttt the line for the Flight of Passage was nearly 3 hours and we couldn’t get a fast pass. It was nuts!
I’m not sure how much I would have loved that ride anyways, though. But I felt bad because I knew Charlie really wanted to ride it. We rode another ride, I can’t remember what it is, but it didn’t fare so well for me. I didn’t get sick but I definitely wasn’t feeling so hot afterwards, haha. I tried to branch out a little though, so that counts for something, right? 😛 It started raining so we decided to cut the rest of our day short because, again, we ran out of things to do since I don’t ride rides.
Day 4: Rest day & date night
We planned a day to take a break and rest at the pool. I know that sounds boring when you’re in Disney World, haha, but I get so easily fatigued with Crohn’s Disease. Plus, I love lounging by the pool with a good book, in all honesty. But once again that didn’t work out so well for us. It ended up being 65 and cloudy that day. Hahaha. We did have a nice date night in Disney Springs though! We ate at the Boathouse (delicious, fresh seafood!) and grabbed a couple of drinks after! It was nice to just hangout, talk, and be silly with my love. 🙂
Day 5: Magic Kingdom
Thissss is where our Disney trip REALLY started going south. The day started off nice-we slept in a bit, the weather was beautiful, and we were feeling the Disney magic the minute we saw Cinderella’s Castle. But shortly after lunch, Charlie started feeling really bad. Within an hour’s time we were in an ambulance on our way to the hospital because my poor guy had some of the worst food poisoning I’ve ever seen!
We spent about 8 hours in the hospital so they could rehydrate Charlie and make sure he was well enough to send home. Disney was very nice and very helpful through the whole process, but it definitely put a damper on the day, to say the least.
Days 6, 7, and 8
Not much to report on days 6 & 7. Charlie was still sick and definitely not up to walking around parks all day. I felt so bad for him. Unfortunately we never made it back it Epcot to truly enjoy the food and wine festival. Our flight didn’t leave until later in the evening on our last day, so we had until 4:30 to kill that day. We had to be out of the room by noon, so we just headed to Disney Springs for lunch and a little shopping.
Icing on the cake, though? As we were packing, a lizard suddenly jumped onto our suitcase… on the bed! It’s a good thing that happened on the last day because I wouldn’t have slept the entire trip, otherwise. Hahaha. There were a few other little things that happened that probably wouldn’t have even bothered us had the trip gone more in our favor, but when you’re already having a crap time, it seems like every little thing sticks out to you, haha.
But in spite of it all, we definitely plan to go back. I mean, it’s Disney! And again, it wasn’t all Disney’s fault-we just had a perfect storm. I imagine we won’t go again until we have a little kiddo to take with us, but it wasn’t the last time!
Who else has been to Disney? Was your trip magical or did you run into Murphy’s Law, too? I’d love to hear any crazy Disney stories you guys have! Hope y’all have a fabulous rest of your week! Thanks for sticking through to the end of this nutty little recap, haha!