Disney World Trip Countdown: 10 Days
With 10 Days left to go, I thought it would be fun to do a Top 10 List. So, these are the Top 10 New Experiences I have planned for our trip. Some of these experience are new to the resort. Others are just new to us.
10. The Fantasyland Expansion
I am lumping the whole thing together because there is no guarantee we will get to experience it this trip. If we do, it will be due to soft openings. At present, I like our chances pretty well. But there is also a very good chance we won’t be admitted.
If it was a sure thing, I would break down the various components of the expansion. Honestly, it would probably dominate the top ten. But since there is a strong possibility we won’t see any of this stuff during our trip, I don’t want it taking up a lot of space on the list. For that reason, I am also giving it the lowest spot on the list.
Out of the entire expansion, the element I am looking forward to the most is the Journey of the Little Mermaid ride. Not so much for my own enjoyment. I have seen the videos on-line. But I know my girls will enjoy it if they get to see it.
9. The Art of Animation Resort
The theme park commando in my can only get so excited about a hotel. In theory, it is a place to sleep in between days spent touring the parks. That’s where the action is.
But in reality, we will spend a fair amount of time at our resort. With little kids, afternoon breaks are important. Weather permitting, I expect to spend a lot of time at the Nemo and Little Mermaid-themed pools.
Also, we are staying in a suite for the first (and probably last) time. I’m looking forward to having the extra room. This is especially nice with little kids who can feel constraint in the typically small Disney hotel rooms.
If we are only going to stay at the Art of Animation Resort once, now would be the time. My kids are young enough to appreciate the over-sized character statues and colorful room decor. Later, we may opt for something more subtle and less “tacky”. But the look and feel of this resort is perfect for families with small kids like ours.
8. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
This is the third time I have scheduled a resevation at this princess meal. And yet, we have never eaten there. Although I have some concerns about some of the picky eaters in the group, I have heard mostly good things about the food.
The main attraction here is the interactions with the princesses. We have two princess meals scheduled during our trip. This will be the first and also the only one that is new to our group. Later in the trip, the girls may have princess fatigue. But at this point in the trip, face time with the princesses will still be new and exciting.
7. Star Tours 2.0
There aren’t a lot of new attractions on this list. Why? Well, there aren’t a lot of new attractions at Disney World. And I have seen and done most of the attractions at all of the parks save for the evening fireworks displays.
As a Star Wars fan, I have always enjoyed Star Tours. But it was beyond dated. Disney should have updated it a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away). This will be my first trip back since Star Tours got its make-over. I can’t get too excited over the new bells and whistles, but I am definitely looking forward to checking it out.
This is the first fireworks show on the list. Traditionally, we have skipped out of the parks early to avoid the mad rush home. The kids were tired and sometimes fireworks scared them. So, we haven’t seen a lot of the park-closing fireworks displays.
I doubt we’ll catch them all this trip. But if we can take in one or two, I will consider the trip a success.
5. Mandara Spa at the Dolphin Resort
There are a whole lot of firsts here for me. My wife and I are taking an afternoon for a couples massage. Not only is it my first massage, it is the first time I have ever had any kind of a spa treatment. It will also be our first time stepping inside the Dophin Resort.
I’m looking forward to a relaxing “date night” (even though it’s in the afternoon) in the middle of our trip.
4. Bippity Boppity Boutique
It wouldn’t be a princess trip if the girls didn’t get princess make-overs. We have scheduled appointments at the BBB before. But like Akershus, we have always cancelled them in the past. This year, I think the girls are old enough to enjoy the experience.
We are going to the BBB to kick off the last night of our trip. The girls will be all blinged out for the final parade and fireworks display.
I have been trying to see Fantasmic! since 2003. And yet, somehow, it never pans out. The show is a mixture of fireworks, live action and animation clips projected on a screen of mist. The storyline focuses on Mickey as he imagines a battle between himself and several Disney villains.
Recently Disney added a second showing of Fantasmic! on the night we plan to see it. This greatly increases our chances of seeing the show since the second showing is always less busy than the first. Now, my biggest concern is that the villains may scare the kids.
2. Main Street Electrical Parade
One of my favorite Disney memories was taking Josie to see the Spectromagic parade on her first trip. Since then, she hasn’t really had the patience for many parades. But Kara loves watching them at home on YouTube. I’m hoping she enjoys the Main Street Electrical Parade as much as her sister enjoyed Spectromagic when I took her to see it.
Of all the fireworks displays, Illuminations is generally considered the best. I can’t really weigh in since I have never seen any of the regularly shown displays. Having heard so many rave reviews of Illuminations, it is the show I am looking forward to the most. Although as I mentioned, I’ll be happy if we stay for any one fireworks show during our trip. If we see them all, I will condier it a major victory.
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