I’m slowly coming down from Mount Mickey and catching up at work and at home. My girls were fine without me and there was much dining out on the town while I was gone as evidenced by the Happy Meal carnage in the trash.
I do love me some hotel toiletries and if you’ve ever been to Disney World you know that everything features the familiar silhouette of the iconic mouse himself, from the shower curtain design in my bathroom to the carpeting in the hallway to the butter at the breakfast buffet. I wouldn’t be surprised if the animals in the Savannah surrounding the beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge poop in little neat Mickey Mouse shapes.
Normally I bring all the toiletries from my hotel room home when I travel and if you saw my collection you might submit me to a new reality TV show about hotel toiletry hoarders. This time, however, I left all the cute little bottles of shampoo and conditioner and lotion behind, except for one lone bar of soap. I really couldn’t bring home the rest of the items or the girls would suspect that I was not just in Florida for a bloggers’ event, but that I had stepped foot into the magic realm of Mickey himself!
I knew Disney World was an amazing place the night I arrived as I watched the magical nightly fireworks show from the roof of the Contemporary Resort just after sunset. Watching Cinderella’s Castle light up in different colors and hearing the classic Disney music soundtrack made me tear up. A Disney Imagineer spoke to our group the next day and we met several members of the Disney official Moms Panel, along with the social media team from Disney.
I was able to see Epcot (I also literally nearly ran with Deb from Mom of 3 Girls for the chance to ride Soarin’ before we had to head back to the hotel and airport) and Hollywood Studios during a fun scavenger hunt with the Traveling Mom mamas (thank you to my new friend Vanessa from Chefdruck Musings for riding the kiddie rides with me) but never was able to check out the Magic Kingdom, so I really have incentive to return with my family. And yes I debated staying over an extra night Saturday after the Traveling Mom retreat had ended because I had no idea that Disney, who sponsored our retreat, would be providing us with full park passes, but decided to come home since my flight home was already booked. Let me tell you, it was tough to leave beautiful 80 degree weather and the amazing pool at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Check out my photos from Disney World.I know I will whenever I need a little Mickey magic in my life.
Have you been to Disney with your kids? What do you think is the ideal age to visit Disney World? I’m hoping we can head down before my older daughter turns 10!
p.s. I’ll be writing more about traveling to Disney World from a Nashville mom’s perspective at TravelingMom.com. Disney sponsored our trip and provided accommodations, meals and park passes. I paid for my airfare.