Instead of completely attacking this post with 250 photos, I’m going to break it down day-by-day.
Day 1 (Disney Springs) / Day 2 (Magic Kingdom) / Day 3 (Animal Kingdom & MK) / Day 4 (MK & Epcot) / Day 5 (Epcot)
Are you still hanging with me on this extremely drawn out vacation recap?
Good. Because today’s photos won’t let you down. Oh, my heart.
So, if you remember, I left you with a late-night hotel room flood.
We had planned to spend the next morning at Magic Kingdom, but we decided against that after such a crazy long night. I easily rearranged our FastPast+ reservations, and instead Dorothy and I spent the morning at Disney Springs.
Mr. Cotten spent the morning working his stress off in the resort gym.
We did some leisurely shopping and Lego building, had a Ghirardelli milkshake for breakfast, and met up with Courtny for lunch at Raglan Road.
Honestly, we could have spent multiple days at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), and been perfectly happy. I love all the new additions and renovations, and we didn’t see half of it! In fact, Mr. Cotten and I have already talked about losing a few park days and adding more Disney Springs time on future trips.
Did you hear that? FUTURE TRIPS. My husband had enough fun at Disney Springs HE WANTS TO GO BACK. Victory.
While having lunch at Raglan Road, we were seated next to a mom and her adult son. Because I was totally eavesdropping on their conversation, I discovered that the son was an intern/employee of WDW. I thought nothing of it.
Courtny and Dorothy had gone outside the restaurant to run around while I paid, when the son approached me to ask if we had been to Epcot yet during our trip. We had not, but I told him we were planning to have dinner there that night. He then asked if we had FP+ reservations for the new Frozen Ever After ride in Norway. I told him that we did, but they weren’t until the next day and we may have to miss them due to our flight home.
So he gave me four. For any time we wanted.
Disney Magic, people.
We walked back to Saratoga Springs, and jumped on a bus to Magic Kingdom for the afternoon. Dorothy wanted to ride the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train again, and we also had a FP+ for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.
We then we hopped on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, which literally became Dorothy’s favorite ride of the whole trip. We rode it twice in a row (and would have kept going if we didn’t have places to be). Maybe because it was so calm? Or it substituted for a nap?
Regardless, she LOVED it.
We hitched a ride on the Monorail, and headed over to Epcot for our dinner reservations.
But first… the line was short for the Royal Sommerhus. It was time for Anna and Elsa. This was not a drill, people.
To continue with our Frozen theme, we decided to then use one of our new FP+ for Frozen Ever After. And if you want to ride, you want a FP+ – the wait is easily over an hour at any given time.
I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the ride is worth it. YouTube it if you want to see. It’s SO cool. We just happened to ride front row during our first trip… which we shortly later found out means you will get wet.
Oh, and Marshmallow is yelling at you at the same time. Hence this face.
After the ride, it was time for the dinner we had all been waiting on. Dinner with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.
At least momma was stoked.
Dorothy is/was obsessed with Snow White during our trip, and luckily Snow White was there that night.
She was the last princess to visit our table, but OMG was she the best. The absolute best.
She took extra time with Dorothy, and showed her her dress and cape. She even gave D some of her lipstick, so they would match.
I literally cried.
Dorothy’s face was more than I could have dreamed. She was SO excited, and loved Snow White SO much.
Oh, then it got better.
They have this Princess Parade through the restaurant with all he princesses and the kids. Snow White took Dorothy personally, gave her a basket of flowers, and let D lead the parade with her.
I will never, ever forget that experience. When they say the best time to take a kid to Disney is when they’re a toddler… this is what they mean.
Best moment ever.
We ended our night with some beers in Norway, and another go on Frozen Ever After.
Still a little terrified of Marshmallow, but at least I knew to slide in to avoid the water. We’ll try again tomorrow. 😉
One more day! And Mickey Mouse makes an appearance!
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