Girls Trip to Disney World!

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Lauren and Brooke with Minnie Ears

Thank you Disney for partnering with me and inviting me to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and making a few dreams come true for my daughter, Brooke!

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to take my daughter, Brooke, to Disney World to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I had never been to any sort of party like this at Disney, though I’ve heard how amazing they all were from others, so I was excited to surprise Brooke with a quick Girls’ Trip 🙂

We left our NYC apartment at 4:30am on a Friday, landed in Orlando around 8:30 and were in the parks by 10! We played all day, eating as we explored and had such a fun time at the Magic Kingdom for this years Christmas Party. Dare I say magical? We packed a lot into that Friday, relaxed for most of Saturday and flew home Saturday night. In and out in less than 48 hours. It was intense, but amazing! Especially because we didn’t have the younger boys slowing us down 😉

Most of these photos I’m sharing today were taken on Friday at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with a few pictures from Saturday added in. As usual, all my travel and food recommendations are listed at the bottom.

Funnel Cake

The nicest part of our two day adventure was the lovely weather! We had highs of 75 and lows of 65. It was perfection 🙂 We also picked up some super festive Christmas ears!!

A plate with pizza

Pizza and funnel cakes for lunch at Epcot! There is nothing better than carbs on carbs on carbs. Especially when you’re on your feet literally all day. Brooke happened to be wearing her pedometer and we walked 45,000 steps in 36 hours. BANANAS. So, no guilt over the funnel cakes!

Funnel Cake

Brooke at a table with funnel cake in front of her

When she genuinely smiles for the camera….be still my heart. Oh my heavens I love this girl. She mentioned a few times that she would love to be an only child!! Haha!! I can understand that completely.

Lauren and Brooke in front of Epcot Brooke posing in front of Disney castle

Starting to get dark…ready for the magic to begin at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!! When we entered, we had our MagicBands, but we were also given extra bracelets.

Tacos

These tacos were a lifesaver. Up until 6pm, we had only had pizza and funnel cakes. Oops? Mom of the year right here. Ha! But we both were starving and each got some soft tacos. This was a lot of food and we couldn’t hardly finish all the food they gave us! See below for more info.

Disney Castle lit up

They decorated the castle like Elsa was in da house (which she was…she performed!) It’s so pretty!!

Christmas cookie and drink

Another cool thing that I didn’t know about until we got into the actual party was different *free* snacks were available at different venues around the Magic Kingdom!  There was a list of six places we could visit and get a small little treat. This specific stop was a santa cookie and a snow cone. There were also chocolates, pretzels, sugar cookies, hot chocolate, peppermint cookies and more!

Brooke sitting at a table

Brooke and Lauren at night

Around 9, we parked ourselves in front of the castle all ready for the fireworks show! There were quite a few people waiting with us, but it wasn’t terribly packed like the park usually would be if it was open to the public.
Disney castle lit up

This was our view. See? Not a ton of people.

Disney castle with fireworks in the background

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: the lights and fireworks show was amazing! This was our favorite part of the day. Disney thinks of everything and even my hard to impress 8 year old was ooh-ing and ahh-ing right along side me. I’m convinced that it’s impossible to be mad at any Disney Park.

Disney castle lit up

By 10:30, we were exhausted, so we left after the fireworks show. We had been awake since 4am, so it was starting to catch up with us fast. So we caught the shuttle and headed for our hotel.

Christmas tree

And of course it was snowing on Main Street as we were leaving. Of course Disney can make it snow in Florida 😉

A clock tower lit up at night

Saturday was spent sleeping in, picking up a few souvenirs and swimming at the pool. Brooke actually spent 3 hours swimming after lunch before we had to leave for the airport. And I spent those three hours trying to nap, but it was raining on and off, so that was nearly impossible.

We hopped onto the Magical Express at 4:30 and were boarding our flight at 7. We walked into our apartment at 10:30 and were asleep in our beds by 11. It was a crazy, whirlwind of a trip, but man oh man, was it so so fun 🙂 Just making memories for my little girl that I hope she will remember forever and ever!

Helpful Links and Tips
  • We took a JetBlue direct flight from JFK to MCO. The flight time is about 2 1/2 hours, so it was the perfect distance for us to reach from New York City. I love direct flights significantly.
  • I had been planning this trip about a month in advance and made sure I ordered our MagicBands asap to ensure they got here in time. If you aren’t aware, the MagicBand is your key to your resort room, your ticket into the park and your FastPass holder. You link reservations you’ve made online to your MagicBand either online with My Disney Experience or through the My Disney Experience app. Technology is cool. I was able to check-in to our hotel room days prior and got a text message as we were on our way to the parks saying our room was ready and we could use our MagicBand to enter.
  • You can also make your FastPass selections online ahead of time. I did this, but for some reason, they were all erased by the time we got there. Super big bummer, but, we made up for it at the Christmas Party.

I didn’t know this before, but paying to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is totally worth it because:

(1) the lines for all the rides are so so short! We rode Space Mountain twice in 30 minutes. We rode The Magic Carpets of Aladdin 5 times because there was no line at all! Lots of opportunities to get all the rides you want.

(2) free treats! Well, I guess technically they aren’t free, but included in your ticket price is the fun treats you can go around and collect.

(3) lots of parades and Character experiences. I don’t know the normal parade schedule, but I felt like we kept seeing Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and all the Princesses. We saw a lot of them.

(4) the amazing fireworks show. It was simply show stopping. We loved it.

  • We stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and it was great! Clean and simple. Plus the pool was not busy AT ALL when we were there. So, that is a big reason why Brooke spent THREE HOURS swimming around. It is a little further from the parks, but there are shuttle buses that will take you to any park you’d like.
  • When we came to Disney World as a family in February, Brooke was barely too short to ride the big kid rides she was DYING to try, so thankfully this time she made the cut! So we were repeat riders on Space Mountain, Rock’n’Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. She loves the thrill, just like her mama. Space Mountain isn’t too scary or fast like the other two could potentially seem, so that was her very favorite.
Food
  • We had a Funnel Cake from a cart found in between the Japanese and American Pavilions at Epcot. Worth ever bit, ya’ll.
  • The Pizza was from Via Napoli in the Italian Pavilion. We didn’t go into the actual restaurant, we just grabbed a quick slice from the quick service window to the left of the restaurant entrance.
  • We got a cup of dole whip swirled together with vanilla soft serve. HOLY AMAZING. Found this at Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom.
  • Soft tacos were from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. You can order chicken or beef and they have a huge condiments station with salsas, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, corn and more. It completely hit the spot. (We preferred the chicken tacos over the beef.)

 

Polaroid photo of granola bars

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21 Responses
  1. Deborah Stewart

    Nothing like Disney. What wonderful memories and at Christmas.??
    Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family.
    Now go get some rest after that trip.

  2. Laura Oblinger

    Disney is seriously the.best. I don’t know how they do it, but they think of everything. We haven’t been to the Christmas Party but went to the Halloween Party and Food and Wine last October. Looks like a great girls’ trip!

  3. Jenny

    What a special trip for Brooke, she will remember it and she will tell it over and over. Disney is a special place. My friend who lives in Fla and used to work for them gets us in every year I go down there on her birthday. Love it and I’m 71! Always a kid at heart!

  4. Tara

    I love that just you and Brooke went on this fast but amazing trip! This is what i want to do with my daughter very soon. We love Disney and even a day in the parks is so worth it. Brooke will have so many good memories about that weekend.

  5. Laurie K

    This post makes my heart happy! You’re daughter will always have this beautiful memory of your time together at the happiest place on earth! 🤗❤️

  6. Kate Brinkley

    What a great trip! I may have to try the 48-hr trip to Disney as a one-on-one with my kids. Sometimes you need to just be with your mom without other siblings!

  7. Kaitlyn hicks

    Love traveling to Disney world. So glad you go to enjoy a girls trip with your daughter to Disney world! I bet y’all had an amazing time bonding together in the most magical place ever!

  8. Kara

    Going to Disney at the end of the month with my sister. Loving all your little tips, and the food pics of course!! 😋 I think I’m planning more eating than rides now.

  9. Sharon

    In my 40 years of life I’ve never been to Disney but it’s on my bucket list. Hopefully within the next five years it will come true.

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  11. Heidi Wilcoxson

    So many good ideas here. I’m trying to plan a quick trip to Disney in our way to Daytona in the fall and I was hoping two days is enough but I’m not sure I can pack in as much as you did!

  12. Kirsten W

    Thanks for the tips! We are going to WDW in November and will be doing the Christmas party! We are so excited that we can’t hardly stand it.

  13. Valerie Skallet

    This is dear to my heart as I LOVE Disneyworld! I love to travel, especially with my daughter. She is now 23. We will be going to Disney next October. Love your tips!

  14. Donna Neace

    Thanks “Lauren” for sharing a great post with us. As a mom of two little kids (4 and 6 years) and as a Disney lover
    I have become very emotional to see all the picture and read this post. Please give me suggestion which is perfect for a great trip, bring my own stroller or rent stroller locally?