Our long awaited Disney vacation has come and gone. We had so much fun and the kids loved it. It was the 2nd trip to Disney for my husband and I. We went back in 2002 for our honeymoon. Disney spared no expense at making our honeymoon magical for us. But that is another blog post all together. 🙂 My oldest son went with his dad when he was 3, but the other two kids had never been. Last July we surprised the kids with this board (found on Pinterest, bought on Etsy). They were super excited of course and the countdown began. We had originally planned to go during Spring Break, but when I found out my surgery would be right after the holidays, the end of the recovery was too close to Spring Break week for me so we moved it to summer. So glad we did! It was the first week of summer break and for me was the best way to begin it.
So anyway, our vacation began on Monday of last week. We got up at 3am and started the long drive to Destin. We decided early on that since we are not flying we would drive halfway to Destin the first day, then the rest of the way to Disney the next day. The kids are settled in with their Disney goodie bags I made up for them, complete with snacks, games, and anything else you can think of. An hour into the trip “A” had a nose bleed. So an hour of driving and we are already pulling over to clean up him. The next few hours consisted of “A” doing anything he could to get a rise out of “K” and me searching for the nearest Starbucks. lol Those who know me well know that I am not a morning person at all. I never have been so being up early and getting on to kids had me somewhat cranky. lol
Finally around 1:30 that afternoon we arrived in Destin! We checked into our hotel and headed straight to the beach. Destin beaches hold a special place in my heart. I was 5 when my parents first took me to Destin. We went there for vacation every single summer except one till I was 13. Every time I go now it takes me back to my childhood vacations. Some of my best memories were made in Destin and I’m pretty sure it’s why I love the beach so much today. The snow white sand and crystal clear water helps too. 🙂 So anyway, we hung out at the beach the rest of the afternoon till it was almost dark. For dinner we took the kids to Fudpuckers. It’s a neat little restaurant that has an alligator exhibit that you can get your pic made while holding one, a baby alligator that is.
The next morning we got up bright and early again, although not quite as early as the day before, and headed for Disney. As soon as the kids saw the Disney sign excitement erupted along with several “finallies!” lol We actually made pretty good time, I think we checked in around 2:30, so we had plenty of time to go to one of the parks. Once we got settled in our hotel we hopped on the bus and headed to Epcot. To our surprise it wasn’t that crowded and we were able to ride several of the rides without having to wait long. The ride that everyone loved the most at Epcot would probably have to be the Test Track. Basically it’s a ride that has you test out a car you “design.” After going through a series of “tests” in the car you end up on the track. It goes super fast getting up to 65 miles an hour at one point. The second favorite ride was Soarin’. It’s a simulator ride that makes you feel like you are flying.
After watching the light show/fireworks we stayed during the extra magic hours after the park closed. It’s one of the special perks for those who stay at Disney hotels. Needless to say we were pretty worn out from such a busy day. I think we all passed out the moment we got back to our hotel. lol
Here are a few pics from our first couple of days. I’m not sure why I didn’t take many pics at Epcot, I guess I was too tired after the long drive. lol Since today is Father’s Day I’m including a few of me and my dad when I was little, some in Destin. 🙂 Happy Father’s day to my sweet husband and to all the dads out there!
Coming up: Disney Vacation Part 2: Magic Kingdom