Spring Break 2016 has come and gone. We have never traveled over spring break before so this was a first for us. Typically we do our big family vacation in September when the kids and Bryan have their fall breaks, but unfortunately for the next couple of years the kids and Bryan have different weeks off. This schedule change threw a wrench in our usual plans so we decided to give our annual Disney trip a try over spring break. I was a little nervous because I knew it was going to be crowded...and it was! With that said, we weren't really phased by the crowds simply because we know how to navigate the parks and we know exactly where/what we want to do. If you are a first time Disney visitor I would definitely NOT recommend going over spring break because you will be miserable! Even with the big crowds we did just as much as we normally do and even had the chance to do several new things. Our trip was shorter than usual and we didn't have a "day off" built into our schedule, which we all missed because we love taking a day to just chill at the resort.
We arrived on Sunday April 3rd, bypassed check in and went straight to our room - thanks to our nifty Magic Bands and then headed off to Disney Springs (formally Downtown Disney). We have never done the Disney Springs thing before so this was all new to us. We went to T-Rex for dinner and we thought it was pretty fun. Bryce really loved it! I thought the food was just okay, but the dessert we ordered was delicious. If you have kids that are sensitive to noise then this is not the restaurant for you. It is loud!!
We were up bright an early Monday morning to head to Epcot. The weather during our trip was pretty fantastic. It was a little chilly in the mornings so we each brought a light weight pull-over, but by mid morning we shed the extra layer. The Flower and Garden Festival was going on while we were there, which was really pretty. Soarin is currently closed for rehab so in it's place I got a fast pass for the Disney Pixar Short Film Festival. I didn't really know what to expect and we ended up loving it! I thought it would be slightly boring, but it was pleasantly entertaining. I kind of wished they had shown 5 short films instead of 3.
(Grand & Glorious) Ears by BibbidiBobbidiBrooke via Etsy.
So this delicious pink champagne slushie drink in France was pretty amazing. I've seen so many photos of it so I had to get one. I could have easily had a few more, but they were on the pricey side. No surprise there. Ha!
Alice one of my favorites and is always a great character to interact with, but this one...she was the best thus far. Jordyn asked her what her favorite tea to have with the Mad Hatter was and without missing a beat she said, "Oh well there's Insani-tea that's really lovely or Curiosi-tea is always very nice". She went on and on. Very well done.
Dinner at Garden Grill with Dale, Chip, Pluto and Mickey. (Mickey photos were blurry so I didn't post.)
We fit in all of our favorites attractions in a few times, saw some characters, walked around the World Showcase and had dinner at one of our favorite spots - the Garden Grill. Our Epcot day was practically perfect in every way!
Tuesday we hit up Magic Kingdom along with everyone else. Holy cow it was crowded! Despite the crowds we rode everything we wanted to ride (some more than once), ate lunch at Be Our Guest, saw some characters, had Dole Whip snacks and rode the Monorail over to the Contemporary for dinner at Chef Mickey's. Overall a solid day at the beautiful Magic Kingdom. My biggest complaint was super slow walkers spread out the width of walkways, groups of scooter riders, and people stopping right in the middle of walk ways to figure out where they were going next.
Mermaid Ears by: BibbidiBobbidiBrooke via Etsy.
She wanted more ears. Her ear collection is growing!