I photographed a beautiful wedding today. The brides are so much in love that it just radiated off of them. Their joy was infectious. And even me dragging them into the snow in -30something temperatures couldn’t dampen their spirits. I do have to admit, jumping back into the car after being out in that cold made me think about how great the temperatures in Florida are going to feel this January. LOL
It was a freezing cold Yule, and today was just as frigid, but like our two brides? Nothing is going to put the chill on the excitement I feel about our upcoming Disney trip.
Our big reveal yesterday didn’t go exactly as planned. Mostly I think the girl was just overwhelmed and didn’t really process the news. Damon took a video, and I’m hoping he’ll get it to me so I can share it before too long. It really was cute. And honestly? We may have surprised the kid, but she surprised us right back!
We thought all along that staying in a Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation was HUGE for her. It’s all she’s talked about whenever we’ve talked about Disney World. So we booked at the AoA resort, in an Ariel room. It wasn’t where I wanted to be, but I knew it would make her sooo happy. So when we told her where she’d be staying we were both shocked when she asked if we could stay at a different WDW resort “with different things to explore” we were shocked. But I have to admit, I was kind of excited.
As of last night we have upgraded from a value resort to a moderate one. We couldn’t afford to get the Royal Room at Port Orleans (which the girl fell in love with) but we were able to get a standard room – and they are just beautiful. So grown up, with the most beautiful linens… and a double vanity (two sinks and mirrors). It’s going to be a dream come true. And with the free dining plan that is being offered it only ended up being an extra hundred dollars or so over what our stay at the Art of Animation would have been. And get this! Instead of the quick service dining plan, we get the regular dining plan. Know what that means? CHARACTER DINING!!!
I am over the moon! We are going to be eating with Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, some of the princesses, the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood… it’s going to be amazing! I was excited for this trip before. But now? Now? OMG! Waiting just got a whole heck of a lot harder! LOL
The Disney Dining Plan, get it, use it! I love it! Seriously.
Having the quick service dining plan made our lives so much easier. We didn’t have to carry cash, or watch prices. It was great! And the amount of food you get with this plan is crazy! In addition to your main course and side dishes you get dessert with every meal. Not into sweets? Get grapes, apples, or a mixed fruit dish. These are super handy to take with you both in your room and at the parks.
The quick service plan includes two quick service meals and a snack daily. And I’ll admit, before getting to Walt Disney World I was worried about whether it would be enough. The kid and I tend to be grazers, and like to eat throughout the day. I was concerned about the dining plan meeting our needs – but it did, with a bunch left over at the end. We’d always pick up some fruit or other portable snack item as our dessert, so we always had something healthy to munch on whenever the urge struck.
I’m so glad Karla (our travel agent) recommended the dining plan. It really did make things so much easier… and we always had a ton of food, smoothies, and great snacks whenever we needed them. If we make it back (we certainly hope to, and soon) we’ll definitely get the dining plan again.