Romantic Spots at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is for every type of person, but the romantic that lives in all of us can find so many fun spots to enjoy with the love of our lives.  We wanted to share with you our list of favorite spots to catch a kiss, snuggle with your honey, or just hold hands and enjoy the moment.

The Magic Kingdom

  • The Train Station looking out over Main Street
  • In front of the Castle
  • On the terrace of Cosmic Ray’s
  • On the TTA inside the dark tunnels
  • Any bench off the  beaten path
  • The walkway from Toon Town to Tomorrowland
  • Back row on the train
  • Snuggle on the Steam Boat
  • Roll a meatball across the table to your loved one at “Tony’s Town Square Restaurant”

Epcot

  • Standing around the Fountain of Nations
  • Sharing a drink at Club Cool
  • A stroll around World Showcase at dusk
  • Relaxing in the gardens at the UK
  • Riding “Soarin” then having a dessert to share in “Sunshine Seasons”
  • Snuggle together on any of the bridges in the World Showcase area
  • Dancing together over the fiber optic sidewalks
  • Have an adult beverage while enjoying the fountains in France

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Enjoying the Beauty and the Beast show together- one of the most Romantic stories of all time
  • Stroll the back streets, hand in hand
  • Share an ice cream cone in front of “Gerties”
  • Snuggle at the “Sci-Fi Diner”
  • Have hot dogs for dinner at “Fantasmic” and enjoy being together
  • Face-off at “Toy Story Mania” making bets on who gets the higher score-wager kisses
  • Hold each other in the “Great Movie Ride” pre-show while watching old movies

Animal Kingdom

  • Sneak a kiss on a side trail where crowds seldom go
  • Have Photopass take a couples picture in front of the “Tree of Life”
  • Enjoy a snuggle on the Safari Ride…although it gets quite bumpy
  • Win your loved one a prize in the Dinosaur Carnival area

Walt Disney World Resorts

  • Take a romantic walk among the torches lit up along the paths and beach at the Polynesian.
  • Sit around the camp-fire at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Enjoy a daiquiri and nachos poolside at any of the Value Resorts
  • Wind down in rocking chairs together at Fort Wilderness
  • Have a romantic dinner at “The CA Grill” in the Contemporary Resort, stay to view the fireworks from the MK
  • Share “The Kitchen Sink” ice cream bonanza at “Beaches and Cream” at the Beach Club
  • Take a bike ride together at the Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Stroll the Mansions at Port Orleans Riverside
  • Try one of the cruises at MK or Epcot to enjoy the fireworks on the water
  • Relax together in the lobby of the Grand Floridian and listen to the piano music being played
  • Feed each other salt water taffy as you stroll the Boardwalk Resort
  • Ride the monorail around the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Buy something together to remember the trip at “ The World of Disney”
  • Check out the different types of soap for a romantic evening at “Basin” in DTD

Let’s hear your favorite romantic spots around Walt Disney World…feel free to post them in the comments section located here on the blog.

Ellie Peters

Finding the Fear and Fun at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Even though spring has just sprung, time always seems to speed up when we hit summer and soon we will be entering fall.  If you are one of the lucky ones to be at Walt Disney World during the months of September and October, you have a great opportunity to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Join us as we touch upon this fun party and reflect on our own personal experiences with it.

Tickets can be bought months in advance, and depending on the availability, you may also be able to buy them the day of. These can be costly, anywhere from $49 to $64 per adult and $43 – $58 per child, so weigh the pros and cons before giving over the credit card number.

The Pros:

We enjoyed events that wouldn’t have been able to outside that party. Events such as the Boo to You” Parade, Happy Hallowishes Fireworks, Halloween Dance Parties, and the Villains Mix and Mingle.

  • The “Boo to You” Parade is a wonderful parade that incorporates not only all of your favorite Disney characters, but showcases a float from the Haunted Mansion and the grave digger dancers. These men dance while dragging their shovels on the ground making sparks to the music- it’s the very best part of the parade. Our other most favorite part is the Headless Horseman that gallops the parade route before the initial parade begins- a must see! On a side note, the parade runs twice at each party, the first one usually being the busiest.
  • The Happy Hallowishes Fireworks show is simply amazing. The best seats in the house to see this show would be in the hub in front of the castle. The music played with the fireworks is from favorites like Nightmare before Christmas and the Haunted Mansion. The fireworks are centered on the castle, so this is one you want to be in front for.
  • The Halloween Dance parties are another part of this fun evening. We did the Macaerna with Stitch at Cosmic Rays and the locomotion with Donald. Just jump on in and dance your tail feathers off!
  • The Villains Mix and Mingle is the crème of the crop of the evening. It is a rarity to have a good number of Villains all together, especially to be able to meet and greet them.  The shows run several times during the night, and if you plan it right, you can sit and watch one while holding your place for the parade and then Hallowishes. They sing/dance on stage in front of the castle, then come down to the courtyard for pics and autographs. We met Frollo, the Queen of Hearts, and the Evil Queen from Snow White, Cruella De Ville and Maleficent.  Our favorite was definitely Maleficent.

Now, the candy can be a pro and a con. For now, since we are on the pro list, let’s touch upon the good of it. Upon entering the park for the party, Cast Members will give you a bracelet to wear for the party along with a party brochure and trick-or-treat bag. The bags are small, so if you plan on loading up all night, you may want to bring a different shopping bag along to dump in.  The Candy Stations are marked by the Goofy’s Candy logo lights and can be found all over the Magic Kingdom.  Our strategy on trick or treating was this- we did all the events and character meet and greets, THEN went and got the candy.  It’s all about your priorities of the evening.

During the party you can find rare characters that normally aren’t around. They have groups of characters spread throughout the park. Our favorites were Tarzan and Jane in Adventure Land and Snow White and ALL Seven Dwarves in Fantasy Land. Take the time to find them!

Another pro that is a huge one is all about timing. On your party ticket, it will state that the Party starts at 7 p.m. BUT for those who know better; you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m. Now the party will still be starting at 7, but you have three hours to play and ride the rides before the real fun begins.

This is one of the few times you will get to dress up in your favorite, appropriate costume, in the Magic Kingdom. We had a blast picking out our costumes and playing dress- up for the evening in our favorite place on earth. We encourage you to dress up; it adds something more to the night.

The fun surprises around each corner can sneak up on you or just be something you happen upon. Keep your eyes open for ghosts that walk the park, that talk up a good game in front of the Haunted Mansion, or who walk the Riverboat with their lanterns.

The last PRO is the picture opportunities. Unless you are getting married at WDW, it’s rare to be able to see the infamous Cinderella Carriage. During this evening, the Carriage can be found next to “It’s a Small World” and you can get your picture taken in front of it. No, you cannot sit inside it, but it’s still pretty cool getting your pic with it in your costume. Get in line for it before 7 p.m. and you will have a short line- wait until later and you could wait up to an hour for it.

The Cons:

Well, let’s talk about the obvious one first. The cost to get into the party is close to a full park’s day admission. For those who have already purchased an Annual Pass, or for most of us bought a package where each day is covered for admission, the extra cost is a bit much.  If you are a local or in town for a couple of days, the party ticket is well worth it. You get hours in the park to hit the rides AND enjoy the party, so choose wisely.

The party isn’t about the candy. What I mean by that is don’t go into it thinking you are going to get your money’s worth in full-size Snickers bars and packs of M&M’s. Yes, you will get candy, but they are the small snack size and depending on the day you go, sometimes they are generous and sometimes not. If you go into it thinking the candy is a bonus, you will be just fine.

When visiting during the party dates, it can mess up your plans a bit. They close the Magic Kingdom for only the party guests, so you have to make sure to plan accordingly for another park or activity the party night you do not attend.  Be prepared for which ever park has Extra Magic Hours the evening of the parties will also be quite busy; choose from the other two to avoid the crowds.

My overall feeling on the MNSSHP is this- it’s great if you have the time and money. If you are short on time, you may feel rushed to do all of the activities and the rides, so my best advice is to talk over the pros and cons with your family and make the best decision for your family.

Have a great time and boo to you!!

 

Getting the Best Bite for your Buck.

“I’m so rumbly, in my tumbly… I’d be grateful, for a plateful….”  We have all had that happen to us, enjoying our park day and your stomach starts to talk.  Today we thought we would break down what plans Walt Disney World offers for their Dining Plan and how you can get the best bite for your buck!

Walt Disney World offers three dining plans as options with the Magic Your Way package. The three plans available are: Quick Service, Standard, and Deluxe.

Let’s break down the cost of each plan and what it includes (Costs are approx for 2010):

  • Quick Service Dining Plan
    • Cost:
      • $31.99 per adult, per night
      • $9.99 per child (3 – 9) per night
    • Includes:
      • 2 Quick Service meals (per person , per night)
        • Entrée or Combo
        • Dessert
        • Non Alcoholic Drink
      • 2 snacks (per person, per night)
      • 1 refillable mug, (per person
  • Standard Dining Plan
    • Cost (Tiered based upon season):
      • $42 – $47 per adult, per night
      • $12 – $13 per child (3 – 9) per night
    • Includes:
      • 1 Table Service Meal per person, per night
        • Buffet or Entrée meal
        • Dessert
        • Non Alcoholic Drink
      • 1 Quick Service Meal per person, per night
        • Entrée or Combo
        • Dessert
        • Non Alcoholic Drink
      • 1 Snack per person, per night
  • Deluxe Dining Plan
    • Cost:
      • $72 per adult, per night
      • $21 per child (3 – 9) per night
    • Includes:
      • 3 Meals (Table or Quick Service) – (per person, per night)
        • Buffet or Entrée Meal
        • Appetizer
        • Dessert
        • Non Alcoholic Drink
      • 2 Snacks (per person, per night)
      • 1 refillable resort mug per person

Example of cost:

  • Family of 4 using the Quick Service Dining Plan (two adults, one 17 year old, one 8 year old)
  • Total cost for 7 night vacation would be approx $750.00 (or about $107 a day)
  • Total credits:  56 Quick Service credits, 56 Snack Credits

Quick Service credits can be used at most all counter service establishments in the parks and in the resort hotels. A counter service restaurant is typically where you would order your food at a counter, and carry your food back to your table. Table Service credits can be used at most ‘Sit Down’ restaurants inside the parks and at the resort hotels. A Table service restaurant is typically where you are seated and someone comes to your table to place your order, and returns with your meal(s). You can use Table Service credits at many of the Character Meals. Some special meals require using two credits per person, such as the ‘Hoop De Do Review’ and ‘California Grill’. A complete list of which counter and table service credits can be used at which restaurants is available at www.waltdisneyworld.com

Our first experience with the Dining Plan was during a promotion in September 2008 – we were offered the Standard Dining Plan (One table and one Quick Service) for free as an upgrade with our ‘Magic Your Way Package’. This offer is now common during the times around late August and September. If you are planning a trip around that time, it is a great way to get a feel for the plan without spending the money.

On our next family trip in 2009, we decided that we liked the plan so much and the convenience it offered, that we added the Quick Service plan to our package at our own cost. It was so nice to know that all our meals were paid for before we left. The only cost we had to worry about was any souvenirs!

Like anything, there are many pro’s and con’s that you will need to consider before making the decision yourself regarding the Dining Plan. Here are just a few:

Pro’s of Magic Your Way Dining Plan:

  1. All your meal expenses will be paid for before you leave home.
  2. Allows family members the freedom of choosing what they want for their meal without having to worry about cost.
  3. Easier to manage your meals – every receipt has a credit balance that tells you exactly what is left for your entire family.
  4.  Depending upon your eating habits, it can save your entire family money in the long run.
  5. Having snack credits (1 or 2 per person, per day depending upon the plan) is very, very convenient when you are walking through the parks at mid day in 90 degree heat. You can walk up to a snack cart and simply swipe your card for an ice cold drink or ice cream.

Con’s of Magic Your Way Dining Plan

  1. Unless you would normally eat an entrée, dessert, and drink during at least two meals every day – you may not be saving money, you may possibly spend more.
  2. You need to have a good idea of where you want to eat well in advance. This is especially true with the plans that include Table Service credits. Advance Dining Reservations are highly recommended for Table Service meals, and need to be made 180 days prior to arrival if at all possible.
  3. Having an ADR each day can limit your flexibility. If you have a reservation in one park for a given day, you are either going to have stick with that park, unless you have park hoppers, or you are going to risk not getting seating at another location in different park because you did not have the ADR set up.
  4. Unless you would plan on eating one to two snacks per person every day, you might not see the savings.
  5. If you plan on going offsite for any partial or full days, and eating at that off site location, you will end up spending out of pocket for that meal(s) and either have to eat an extra meal on property to use that credit, or not use that credit, and end up losing money.

After our family weighed the pro’s and con’s, along with our eating habits, we found that we would not save money by using the dining plan. Since the cost difference was not very large, and having our meals paid for with our package before we arrived for our vacation outweighed the cost difference, we now plan to add the Dining Package to each of our vacations.

If you have any other questions about the dining plan or if it would be a good fit for you – feel free to ask away.

What Walt Disney World First Timers Need To Know

The package has been paid, the luggage is packed, and all that lies between you and your beloved Walt Disney World is a good night’s sleep.  Before you leave home, here are a few tips Carl and I have picked up over the years to assure your trip goes as smooth as possible.

It’s easy in this debit card age to rarely ever have cash on you. This is key from the time you arrive at the airport or hop into your car to drive over.  Cash will be needed at the airport for vending machines,  alcoholic beverages, tips, and food kiosks.  If you are driving, don’t forget cash for tolls and small side stops.  Make sure to also budget money in general for not only gas to and from home, but also for driving around the WDW area.

Yes, your package covered the cost of you room, but there are some hidden costs to be made aware of.  Every time you pick up that phone to dial outside of your Resort, you will be charged-even if you use a pre-paid phone card, you will still be charged. (Found this out the hard way).  If you are staying at a Value Resort, you will be charged over $10 a night to rent a fridge for your room.  Keep in mind the costs to wash your own clothes at the Laundromat or having it sent out as well.  Tips for valet, bellhops, and mousekeepers are also necessary and in cash.

Before even deciding on the Disney Dining Plan, weigh the pros and cons of how much you will be eating.  I know with the deluxe dining is not only A LOT of food, but you also are now under quite the daily event of making and getting to your Advanced Dining Reservation’s each day. Some don’t like this because you have to make sure you are in the right park, area, resort where your ADR is.  Even with the Quick Service Dining Plan, we were eating a desert with each and every meal and honestly, we just don’t do that at home. We were getting fuller faster, each day of our vacation, it was a lot to eat.  With so many stories of people having snack credits left over at the end of their trip, it doesn’t seem like it was worth the money.  Write down your favorite things to eat, places you would like to try, characters your kids would like to eat with, and see from there what you come up with to make sure the DDP is worth the money to you.

While packing at home, don’t forget the essentials that will save you money, time, and hassle in the end.  Buy rain ponchos, light-up toys, water-proof camera, first-aid kit, batteries, spray-fans, film, suntan lotion, medicines, blister preventions, gum, sunglasses and anything else you can think of in your home town before you leave.  These items are extremely costly inside the parks and gum cannot even be purchased on WDW property. Invest in comfortable foot wear for your trip. Bring tennis shoes to cushion the long days, flip-flops for around the pool

Disney Transportation is a very nice thing to have, just not the most punctual when you really need to get somewhere fast.  Give yourself an hour or more when you need to get to dining reservations and you are taking a bus, boat, or monorail.  Most newcomers think that if you have a 1:30 reservation, that getting on the bus at 1:00 is plenty of time- in a perfect world, it would be.  But because of other stops that they do make, you just can’t count on any short amount of time. Always better to be early than late.

On our first trip, we saw a lovely family in matching t-shirts and inquired on how and where they got them. We never heard “Here at WDW” but many other places instead. If you would like to share the “matching magic” with the family, check out your local Disney Outlet store or the Disney Store online and purchase/try them on before you go.  We have tried to do wear the same shirts at least one day every trip and have always received a great reaction.

Beware of impulse buying-this is a hard one for many! Something in the water at WDW makes us pay $10 for a hot dog that we would never spend more than $2 for at home. So why do we do it? Well, you get caught up in the magic.  I see no problem with enjoying the magic, but you can keep a lot more green in your wallet if you make sure to follow some simple tips.

  • Buy Disney trading pins online at Ebay- sold in lots, these are a great deal and usually have lots of repeats which helps your kids or yourself want to trade them for something else
  • Ride pictures can be expensive, but you want to remember the moment. Take your own camera and take a picture of your snapshot on the monitor if you cannot afford to buy it. Hopefully WDW will eventually apply ride photos to the photopass system.  (although there are some, like Test Track that will place your ride photo on your photo pass card.
  • Share meals and snacks to cut down on costs. Buy one water bottle in the morning and refill it throughout the day.
  • Carry in small snacks in your backpack or purse to cut down the costs of snacks.
  • Buy donut holes or pop-tarts for the resort room for breakfast and save lots of money and time eating in the room in the morning.

Last but not least, learn this- YOU WILL NEVER SEE IT ALL IN ONE TRIP. The best of the best Disney fans can attest to this, it is nearly impossible to do.  Do what you really want to, and let everything else fall into place. No matter when you are going, have a wonderful trip!

What the Walt Disney World Brochure Doesn’t Tell You

Did you know that there is so much more than the Disney parks? I know, I was just as surprised as you were! After much investigation, Carl and I found a new world inside Walt Disney World that had treasures that only by the best word of mouth would you ever really know exists.  Here is what we found to be the best of the best hidden treasures.

The Beach Club Resort has the sweetest little ice cream shop called “Beaches N’ Cream.”  The yummiest dessert lives here that many a Disney fan has braved after a long day at the Parks…it is known as “The Kitchen Sink.”  It is LITERALLY a small kitchen sink that has ice cream with every topping known to man on it.  We enjoyed sharing this between the kids and us, and the pictures are priceless. This is a must to do at least once. Bring your appetite!

Unless you are staying at the Fort Wilderness Campground, you probably didn’t even know our next one exists.  The Campfire Sing-a-long is one of those awesome discoveries on a night you need to just relax and get out of the hustle and bustle of the park crowds.  You find yourself a bench, purchase a simple Smores package sold at the area, roast some marshmallows over the fire, and join the sing-a-long with the singer and her back up chipmunks (Chip and Dale).  Once your vocal chords are warmed up, its dusk and time to watch the movie of the evening.  The benches aren’t the comfiest, so you are welcome to bring blankets and such to sit on the ground as an alternative.  I promise it will be one of those family moments you won’t forget.

Have some extra time on your hands? Why not take a DVC tour, which is available through a DVC agent at each Disney Resort, usually located at their own kiosk in the lobby.  We were signed up for an afternoon tour, around 2:00 p.m.  A Disney van picked us up and took us too Saratoga Springs.  Childcare was provided, along with a beeper so that they could contact us at anytime, we were never that far from them.  After the tour, we enjoyed free ice cream treats and were given free quick service dinner vouchers for anywhere in WDW.  It was a great tour of a beautiful resort we would not have otherwise visited. We didn’t sign up to be DVC members at the time, but were given a wonderful couple of hours.

Where the Wild Thing Are…you could say that about our next treasure. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is amazing in itself, but did you know that visiting this place, it’s like seeing Africa for free? That’s right, upon further investigation, we found that there are public balconies on several of the floors of AKL that allow you to sit in rocking chairs and enjoy the animals on the Lodge savannah.  At night they have a campfire that you can sit around and listen to storytellers spin their yarns. An amazing time!

If you love fireworks like we do, they are even better sitting on a romantic beach watching them. The Polynesian Resort beach has a spectacular view of “Wishes” along with the music piped in so you feel very much a part of it. Before the fireworks start, get there early enough to catch the Electrical Water Pageant that circles the Seven Seas Lagoon after dusk.

Another hidden gem is the small food area towards the back of the Grand Floridian. Grab a small snack and relax at one of the table and chairs outside on the patio. We had an incredible view of the Castle, the monorail, and the waterfront. We took some great pictures here.

Disney’s Monorail System may be an obvious treasure, but some don’t realize how nice of a ride this can be.  We love to park at Epcot, board the monorail, and take a round trip ride to the Magic Kingdom and back.  During the middle of the day, the monorail is pretty empty, so it’s a lot of fun to get a car to yourself and some great photo opportunities here.

We found out early on that you can resort hop without any cost to you.  Find a Disney resort bus at any park and just ride over.  There is so much to enjoy at different resorts, but, I want to point out that pool hopping is NOT permitted unless you are staying at a sister resort.  Try out the beaches, playgrounds, food courts, and you may even be able to check out a room for a future visit.

Last but not least, while you are enjoying ‘Soarin’ someone is making up your room to look like the first day you walked in. These magical people are known as “Mousekeepers.”  They make up little animals on the beds called “towel animals” for you to enjoy when you get back.  The better the tip, the better the room and animals can be.  Thank you cards and notes are always appreciated as well.  We love the “Mousekeepers.”

What hidden treasures at WDW have you found? Let us know! Have a magical day!

~Carl and Ellie Peters~

The Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down

Your trip is finally here…what you have been counting down to for what seems like forever. You head into the parks with a huge smile on your face, and then you feel something wet hit your cheek. One drop after another, and you can’t tell if these are happy tears or if the sky is opening up. Yup, the sky is opening up and you feel like all of your plans are ruined. Have no fear-Carl and Ellie are here! Let us talk you through how to handle the unexpected from Mother Nature herself.

First, let’s talk forecasts you check before leaving home. I have heard so many times on forums “It says rain all week for my vacation…what will we do?”  No need for a Disney freak out. The rain in FL usually passes quickly and is an invited guest on those hot days.

On those days that you happen to see Tigger and Pooh floating by in their umbrellas, take cover inside places where you can spend some serious drying out time or invest in the ever famous WDW poncho.  (Side note-I know you can get ponchos at the dollar stores, but keep in mind they are as thin as saran wrap, so if you get caught in heavy rain, you will get wet)  Some of our favorite areas to escape the rain is the Animation Building at DHS, Mousegears in Epcot, and the Main Street Emporium in MK. We also LOVE to take a ride in the monorail from Epcot to MK and back in the rain…relaxing and always a great view.

If you wake up to a rainy day, and you can spare the day, we suggest finding things to do in your room, Resort lobby, or take a drive to DTD for some shopping.  Finding things to do with the kids in the room can be challenging, so we find that bringing familiar toys and coloring books from home keeps the little hands busy.  Each Disney room also plays the Disney channel and the Disney Parks channels- plan your next day or afternoon by watching these with your family to keep the blues away.

Then there is the heat to deal with. Of course there is, it’s Florida. But some, we have seen first hand, were not prepared for the humidity.  We have followed these steps to keep cool and sane.

  • Wear clothing light in color-the darker the color, the warmer you will be.
  • Keep it light cotton and fabric that breathes..denim is the devil. LOL
  • Hats to keep the head from getting sun burned, and to help the eyes as well.
  • Sunglasses for the eyes at all times-that FL sun is bright!
  • Take as many breaks needed in air conditioned stores and attractions.
  • Drink as much water as possible-carbonated beverages will make you feel sluggish and tired.
  • Use paper towels in restrooms to wet down with cold water to cool off the back of your neck and/or forehead.
  • Spray fans can be purchased inside and out of the park-keep in mind the larger the fan, the more you have to carry.
  • Take off back packs often to give your back a break from sweat and tension.
  • Keep hair up and off the shoulders.
  • Have children shaded as much as possible-overheated children are incredibly cranky and are a hard sell on staying any longer in the parks.
  • Kids who are just miserable in the heat should be taken back to the resort for a cool down swim or shower and a possible nap-there is always park time left later in the day.
  • For serious overheating, each park has a First-Aid Station. Contact the nearest Cast Member for the location and help getting to it.

As far as hurricanes and other larger storms, take the normal precautions. Stay in tune with weather sites, contact your Disney Resort with concerns, and know your plan of attack if you are faced with such weather. Go over your package to see if you have insurance and what it all covers, along with rental car agreements and your job situation if you indeed get stuck there.

No matter what the weather may be, remember the most miserable weather at WDW is still better than the best day at work. Keep smiling everyone, and thanks for reading!

Getting Misty Eyed At Walt Disney World

The most mature adult can be brought to tears by just the start of “When You Wish Upon a Star.”  We thought we would share what makes us grab for the kleenex while visiting our favorite place on earth.

The first thing that gets us choked up each and every time is driving under the Walt Disney World marquee sign.   It’s our “welcome home” and we will never go under it without shedding a tear.

Next to come is always the drive in to the Disney Resort. Most of the time it’s All-Star Movies, and we all scream as we turn into the driveway and park. Walking into the lobby, seeing the familiar; it’s overwhelming.Poly13

Boarding the Monorail for the first time on each trip is another tear – jerker. Hearing the announcement, seeing my family so excited, it’s just amazing.  I start to lose it as we all walk down the sidewalk towards the Magic Kingdom.

As we line up to enter MK, we try to get there early to see the show in the morning. The music swells, the singers sing, the characters come out, and the countdown begins…10..9…and somewhere around 8 I am a blubbering mess.

Walking underneath the train station, towards the courtyard, and then you come around the bend…and there is that gorgeous castle. I mean…grab the Kleenex. The first time I saw that view, I was just beside myself. Then when I saw my children see it for the first time…it was just…wow.

On a side note, Carl and I renewed our wedding vows at Walt Disney World. Our wedding pictures in front of the Castle are my absolute favorite.  You want to talk about crying…walking down Main Street, no one around except you and your husband, in your wedding clothes with the sun coming over the castle.

We tear up also at the Hall of Presidents, Spectromagic, Peter Pan, TTA, Philharmagic when Aladdin is on the carpet,  and any and all character interactions with kids getting hugged.

At the end of the day, my feet are sore, my purse is lighter, but nothing can keep us from “Wishes.” The ending with the children singing and the music gets more intense with the fireworks…another lose it moment for this guy and gal.

Walking into Epcot, the size and beauty of Spaceship Earth is always overwhelming to me. I tear up watching my family head into The Land for Soarin…waiting in line, and when we are all belted in..that music starts…wow..I could cry now just thinking about it.  Nemo also holds a special place in my heart with my youngest daughter…she is forever my little girl on this ride. Seeing her smile on this and any ride makes me wipe the eyes.

Very few shows can really, REALLY get to me like the American Adventure. Voices of Liberty start off the goosebumps and tears..then the show starts and when I hear “Golden Dreams” it’s just very emotional.  Seeing the Challenger astronauts, then Walt Disney himself, I just always think how grateful I am to be alive to see this show so many times. Brilliant show.

The ending of Illuminations is also very emotional, but the end of the Christmas one is an over-the-top Kleenex getter.   “Let there be peace on earth” is such a beautiful song, and put to fireworks and such is just beautiful.

Hopping to Hollywood Studios, the best of the best that gets us emotional is One Man’s Dream and the end of Fantasmic.  Seeing Walt speak about his story, it’s just incredible to know what talent and foresight this great man had and what he made for OUR family to enjoy.

At Animal Kingdom, the only thing that really gets to us is the Nemo show. “Not My Dad” song is a heart breaker because our youngest has strong feelings towards Carl about this song. Every time we hear it at home on the cd, she has to be in arm’s length of Carl. We saw it once without her with us, and I thought we may have to walk out of the show because of how hard hit we were.

On the lighter side of what brings tears to our eyes, here are a few of ours.  Waiting lines, waiting times, paying high costs for food, looking at price tags, bathroom lines, and always having to wait for my first daiquiri of the trip.

We hope you have enjoyed our insight to our emotional moments, we would love to hear yours.  Keep your dreams alive!

~Carl and Ellie Peters~