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!