The Magic of an Imperfect Disney World Vacation

Just about a year ago, I had the worst Disney World vacation ever. Like, everything went very wrong! I made my reservations late (gasp!) and for dining, I made no reservations at all. It didn’t help either that our vacation aligned with spring break and crowd levels were higher than the spires of Cinderella’s Castle.

Worst of all, my children and I got sick on the first full day of our vacation!

Disney World vacations are inevitably magical.

Although it was not how I imagined the kids’ first trip to Disney, we made some memories and had some wonderful moments.

They call this the “happiest place on earth” for good reason!

Booking our trip through the Walt Disney World website was easy. Although knowing tips and tricks is helpful, it’s not technically necessary. You can manage everything in one spot from attractions to dining. Through the app, you can check wait times for lines and grab FastPasses. Easy!

Disney Magical Express was one of the extras the website had suggested. My mother was bringing our rental car from Miami to meet us on vacation. This was a convenient way for us to get to the resort without juggling other arrangements. And it is complimentary for resort guests!

This was a Disney World vacation full of firsts; first trip for the kids, first time utilizing Disney Magical Express, and first time staying on property. I chose the All-Star Movies Resort because it was budget friendly and it seemed like a fun resort for the kids. 

Disney Cast Members are always happy to help before and during your Disney World vacation.

One of the cast members I spoke to on the phone just before our trip asked if I had visited before. I explained that I had been there twice before but my kids were visiting for the first time. She told me there would be something special for them at our resort when we arrived. Disney has all sorts of pins for different special occasions. The kids felt extra special with their 1st visit pins. 

We headed to the Magic Kingdom for our first full day of vacation. It wasn’t even lunch time before I realized the kids and I were getting sick. My son had the worst of it, with a fever that had me searching for a pharmacy at 4 am. Thankfully once his temperature was under control, he insisted he wanted to have some fun. Nobody wants to be sick during their Disney vacation, but we made everyone comfortable and took it easy. 

I worried about going to Disney World without a dining plan, but we definitely didn’t need it. My kids are picky eaters and I barely eat more than a snack when we’re busy. It just didn’t seem like any of us would have gotten our money’s worth even with the most basic dining plan. It was so refreshing to have unlimited refills at our resort. I sure did get my fill of that, mostly coffee.

This was also the first time I had been to any of the other parks besides just the Magic Kingdom. We took a day for Hollywood Studios without many expectations about what we should do while visiting. We had so much fun and were totally relaxed without worrying about must-dos.

Toy Story Land was super cute but without FastPass+ reservations, the lines were just super long. We enjoyed some shows, some shopping, and just exploring for ourselves.

I learned a lot from the mistakes I made during that short Disney vacation. Despite what wasn’t so great about our trip (*cough* my lack of planning) we had fun, made some great memories, and the kids couldn’t wait to go back.

 

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