Welcome to those of you joining me from Mouse on the Mind
and those of you just hopping aboard.
I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.
This month, we are looking back on 2012 and
the Greatest Disney Moments . . .
Let’s face it, Disney has experienced some awesome moments in 2012. One of the biggest, in my mind, is the New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. But, rather than focusing on the moments that are important to Disney, I’m going to focus on the Greatest Disney Moments for MY FAMILY.
2012 marked a big first for us . . . it was the first time that we visited Walt Disney World twice in one year! We traveled down for a family vacation in the winter; then the kids and I went back for the Ultimate Field Trip in September. On each of these trips, we experienced some Disney firsts for us . . .
During our January/February trip, we took advantage of the Disney Dining Plan for the first time. (It definitely won’t be the last!) We loved being able to plan ahead and decide which special sit-down meal we would enjoy each day. Having the snack and quick-service meal each day proved to be more than enough food and we enjoyed having the chance to try some new Disney restaurants that we wouldn’t have tried otherwise.
We purposely built a free day into our vacation schedule. We used this time to do things we had been wanting to do but never took the time – Gracie had been wanting to try fishing, so Brian took the kids cane pole fishing at the resort. Ashley and I decided to go a bit fancier – we met some friends and had tea at the Garden View Team Room at the Grand Floridian. It was wonderful!
We continued our tradition of taking a day just to resort hop. We visited some resorts we hadn’t visited before – Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs. Our younger kids did something new that day also – they dressed up as pirates!
And one of the highlights of that trip for me was meeting Randy (the creative genius behind Your Highway in the Sky!), and 2 other blogorail friends – Melissa from Disney on Wheels and Zach from Magik Mouse.
Our trip in September also had some firsts – it was the first time the kids and I traveled alone and it was the first time we opted to fly to Disney. We loved being able to get there so much more quickly!
We had another dining first on that trip – eating at Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion. Even though my ears were clogged up and I was feeling miserable, I was good enough to know that was delicious food and worth visiting again in the future!
2012 has certainly been a fun Disney year for our family. I’ve only touched on a very few of our favorites in this post. Each trip to Disney is a new adventure and a new Great Disney Moment!
What about YOU? Have you experienced Disney Greatness in 2012? I’d love to hear about it.
Now, I’m off to start planning our 2013 trip to Disney. . .