Last March, we took a family trip to Disney World for Spring Break. I never grew up as a “Disney” person, but dang, when you take your kids and you see them light up and get excited, it makes you feel excited as well. It wasn’t our first time there, but it was our first time going by ourselves as a family, and it was Xavier’s first time too! He has been obsessed with Mickey Mouse Playhouse on Disney+ and even had a dream about Mickey. I mean, if he was saying hi to Mickey in his dream, that’s a sign that you HAVE to go, right?
It was somewhat of a last minute trip, so planning got a little intense the last 2 months before the trip trying to snag reservations for sought-after Disney restaurants. It was my first time trying to make reservations, and I learned that it’s REALLY difficult to get reservations! Who knew?! Luckily, I stumbled across MouseDining which sends you alerts whenever a reservation opens up at a restaurant you have your eye on. That helped us incredibly, and I don’t think we would have gotten anything if it weren’t for that service.
We stayed at Coronado Springs, which was absolutely beautiful. When I was doing research, I found out they are considered a “moderate” Disney resort, and I’m surprised! When you walk in, the hotel lobby has that amazing wow factor, everything was so clean and felt brand new. The grounds for the resort felt huge; there were multiple “casitas” around the main hotel building, Gran Destino. Of course, the landscaping was beautiful, and the grounds were well-kept.
The first day we went to Animal Kingdom. To be honest, when I planned our trip, I pretty much revolved it around food. So in between rides, I would make sure we got a snack considered to be a Disney classic. At Animal Kingdom, we ate at Satu’li Canteen which are known for their bowls. They were good! It felt refreshing to eat something that had fresh veggies in it and not something fried. It was also nice because even though it’s an indoor counter service restaurant, it wasn’t crowded at all, and we went at peak lunch hour. After lunch, we stopped to get the Night Blossom Drink and Pongu lumpia, which was right next door to Satu’li Canteen. It was good, but I probably could have gone without it.
We went to Magic Kingdom for the second day. This was the day I was most excited for because of the dining reservations I was able to snag! (Lol, I told you our trip revolved around food!) For breakfast, we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table, and man, it was awesome! I’ve never been in the castle before, so I was soo excited for that. The food was great, the experience did not fall short, 10/10 recommend. For lunch, we ate at Be Our Guest which is in Beast’s castle, so we got to see Beast walk around. We got seated at a prime spot – it was right next to the Beast’s walking space in the ballroom! It’s pretty dark in there, so it was hard to get a picture of him. We got to see a lot of the characters and ride a lot of the rides the girls have been wanting to ride.
Our third day we were at Hollywood Studios. I definitely could have stayed 2 days here especially with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I can always appreciate Disney’s attention to detail, and they definitely did not disappoint when it came to that. We had to rush to our reservation at Oga’s Cantina. Even though we were late, they were still able to seat us. A+ for Disney Customer Service. When the kids are older, I want to be come back. They haven’t watched any of the Star Wars movies, so they weren’t able to appreciate just how cool the experience was. The drinks and snacks were really out of this world! After Oga’s Cantina, we did more character meets and saw The Beauty and the Beast Live show. For lunch, we had reservations at the Hollywood Brown Derby, I tried the Famous Cobb Salad. I’m glad I did because I understand now why it’s famous. We went on to Alien Swirling Saucers, the Frozen Sing Along Celebration show, and then walked around more Galaxy’s Edge. We got to try the blue and green milk, and the girls built their own droid at Droid Depot. After, the girls and I used our lightning lane passes to ride the Tower of Terror. The girls LOVED it! Vivienne said it was one of her favorite rides, and Ellie was a little scared but she kept on raving about it. We had dinner at 50’s Prime Time Cafe and loved our experience there. I wish I took a picture with our waitress because she really made our experience there that much more memorable.
Our last day at the resort, we just stayed at the resort relaxing, since the next day we were checking out. We swam at the hotel outside our casita in the morning. We went to Disney Springs in the late afternoon. I had no idea Disney Springs was so cool. I could have the spent a whole day or 2 there. Next time we go to Disney World, I will definitely allow us more time in our schedule to spend more time there. We got most of our Disney souvenirs that day.