Spring Break 2018 in Walt Disney World

If you keep up with my blog, you know that I travel alone with my kids a lot.  This year for Spring Break was no different!  We decided to go to Walt Disney World, shocking, I know, lol.  We were there for 3 days and visited Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach.

Now, I know what you are thinking “Disney during Spring Break? No thanks!” because of the crowds.  But honestly, it wasn’t that bad!  It was crowded but probably not any more crowded than a normal weekend (even though we were there during the week).  It was a “different” crowd though – there were people that were clearly unfamiliar with the parks so they would stop and look around a lot.  But that didn’t bother me at all!  I actually kind of like the idea of seeing people experience Disney for the first time, it’s well, magical! Pun totally intended.

I was still able to get fast passes to some of the best rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom.  We also got a fast pass for the Na’vi River Journey at Animal Kingdom.  The Avatar Flight of Passage of course was unavailable – but it is normally unavailable anyway, so no biggie.  And as I mentioned, I was alone with my kids – my daughter isn’t tall enough yet for it, so no baby swapping for us!

We stayed at Bahama Bay Resort in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 4 bed condo – that was nothing short of amazing!  It had a full sized kitchen that allowed me to cook breakfast and dinner every night that we were there.  I was able to go Grocery shopping at Publix which was just a short 5 minute drive away and stock up on all of our goodies.  The resort had a splash pad that my kids just LOVED!  It was really a home away from home experience.  I also liked that it was in more of a residential neighborhood, so it gave me the feeling of not really being a “tourist” which I liked a lot.  But yet we were so close to all of the action!

One of our favorite places to eat in Orlando is Texas Roadhouse  (the fresh baked rolls, OMG! – Try them with ranch dressing, don’t judge, just try it!) which was just 10 minutes away on the 192.  If you are familiar with Orlando at all, you know the 192 is one of the main roadways and it is very close to Bahama Bay Resort.  Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach were also just a 20 minute car ride.

  

Our experience at Blizzard Beach was SO. MUCH. FUN.  I cannot express what a good time we had there.  Right before our trip, I upgraded our annual passes to the Platinum Plus because it includes the Water Parks and has no blackouts.  Boy, am I happy that I did that!!  I can’t wait to go back to the water parks.  My son did an epic backflip on the zip line attraction – I am pretty sure it was unplanned but it was amazing!  You can enjoy a little video clip of it below:

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How did you spend your spring break?

 

Traveling Alone With Kids For Spring Break

More often than not, my friends ask me how I travel alone with my kids all of the time.  Most of our Disney trips are just my kids (ages 5 and 3) and I.  To me, it is work but I just do it.  My husband has a crazy work schedule and isn’t able to travel with us that often.  So, do my kids suffer because of that? Or do I take the bull by the horns and just make it happen?  I choose the latter.

Just yesterday though, I had a “situation”.  Spring Break is coming up for my kiddos and I have been on the fence trying to decide what to do with them.  I asked my son (5 years old) where he wanted to go.  He said “to China to climb the Great Wall”.  Er, um, lol, I don’t think so buddy.  So I decided on a Disney Cruise.  We took one last year and absolutely LOVED it!  I will write another blog just on that one, I promise.  So, I went ahead and booked the Disney Cruise… then called back 20 minutes later and cancelled.

Why?  Well, I freaked out about being on a ship and traveling internationally alone with my kids.  I mean, full blown, crying, shaking, anxiety, panic attack!  I am normally a rational person, but for whatever reason unknown to me, I just couldn’t stomach the thought of going on a cruise alone with my small children.  My mind went to the craziest places of my brain.  I thought “what if something happened to me? My kids wouldn’t know how to get help”.  Disney, of course, was super great about it and was able to help me.  After cancelling, I literally felt the blood and heat return to my body.  Was it just an irrational thought?  My intuition? Buyers remorse? Or just downright crazy? I guess I will never know.

  

Now I am back to square one trying to decide where to go and what to do for Spring Break, lol.  And to be honest, I am a Floridian through and through – it’s kind of cold right now!  I need the ocean to be a good 85 degrees, lol.  Where are you going for Spring Break? I need some ideas!  Do you travel alone with your children?

  

Here are my Top 10 tips for traveling alone with small kids to Disney:

  1. Go with the flow.  I like to have the idea of a plan, but it is important to let things unfold.
  2. Pack snacks! Lots of snacks!
  3. Take time to explore and let them play; don’t rush
  4. Don’t forget sunblock
  5. Take lots of photos
  6. Even though my kids are 5 and 3, I think a stroller is needed. It is also a good place to store things like a bag with cups, water and snacks.
  7. Take naps!  My kids still nap, so we go early in the morning, break for a nap and return to the park after
  8. Make dining reservations.  Quick service is difficult when I am by myself so Table Service is always a better option for me.
  9. Do character meetings and get a break from the sun… win-win!
  10. Last but not least, HAVE FUN!

Mickey Mouse Pancakes

 

This morning my kids asked for Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes.  Who am I to say no? After all, I agreed that it was a great idea!  The last time we attempted to make them, it wasn’t easy.  But this time, I am happy to announce that they were a success!  The difference was oiling the cookie cutter, go figure!

Here is the recipe:

Mickey Mouse Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • •1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • •3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • •1 teaspoon salt
  • •1 tablespoon white sugar
  • •1 1/4 cups milk
  • •1 egg
  • •3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • •1 Mickey Mouse cookie cutter or mold

Instructions

  1. Step 1 - In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Step 2 - Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Grease the cookie cutter or mold. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle in the center of the mold (fill to desired thickness). Brown and remove the mold, flip and brown the other side.
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That’s it! Believe me, it is as easy as it sounds.  The trick is to make sure you grease the cookie cutter or mold so that it doesn’t stick while trying to remove it.  It is also very important to note that you don’t want to use a lot of grease on the pan or it will make the pancakes oily.

Kids and husband approved Mickey Mouse pancakes!  My husband said they were the “best pancakes he’s ever eaten; even better than the restaurants”.  That’s quite a compliment!  We added fresh blueberries to ours since they are in season and go well together with pancakes.

Give them a try and let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Good Old Fashioned Pancakes – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/21014/good-old-fashioned-pancakes/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=search%20results&clickId=cardslot%201

 

Free Interactive Games at Walt Disney World: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Did you know that they are FREE interactive games at the Walt Disney World Parks?  I didn’t… until recently!  As you may have guessed, I consider myself to be somewhat of a Disney connoisseur, so I was surprised that these games existed and I didn’t even have a clue.

Recently I played the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom game and had so much fun!  First things first, you will have to go to the Fire House near the front gate of the Magic Kingdom park; there, you will be able to register for the game and get your first set of playing cards.  These aren’t any regular playing cards either, they are magical, spell casting cards!

Once you get all set up and get the instructions on how to play, you set off on a mission to save Magic Kingdom!  The gist of the game is, you go to the magical portals that, by the way, looks like a regular wall or shopping window until you scan your magicband then the magic begins! You will be given step by step instructions on what to do… I don’t want to spoil the fun for anyone, so I will leave it at that.

This game is fun for kids of all ages and adults alike.  I saw all age ranges having a go at the chance to save Magic Kingdom.  Some people take this game quite seriously; they had notebooks full of cast spelling cards! Meanwhile, I hardly knew this existed, LOL.  Then of course as I strolled through the Emporium, I saw the packs of cards for purchase; I imagine they must be hard-to-get or limited edition cards because the game is free to play and you can go back to the fire house for more cards if you’d like.

There is also a similar Pirates game, I believe that one is a treasure hunt though.  I will definitely look into playing that one on my next trip to Magic Kingdom!  The game is linked to your MagicBand for a year and a half, so you can pick up right where you left off on your next visit to WDW.  Also, you must use the same MagicBand that you initially registered with because the game does not transfer from band to band.

Have you ever played Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom or the Pirates game? Are there any other free games to play at WDW that I have missed? Sound off in the comments!