(At long last, a Disney recap! I’m going to write this in a multi-part series so it doesn’t become too long and so it’s easier to share some pictures of each segment of our vacation.)
It was, without a doubt, a gigantic bucketload of money to spend, but it was certainly worth the cost. A trip to Disney World is not cheap — even when you take measures (like a very inexpensive but nearby hotel) to keep the cost in check — but I guess big trips in general are not cheap. And, as they say, you are making memories, so it’s got to be worth it, right? And it’s magical. Don’t forget the magic!
One way we cut down on costs was to avoid the skies and instead drive to Orlando, giving us at least 14-15 hours in the car each way, according to Google Maps (though you know that story — traveling with an eight-month-old baby means you will NOT make any sort of ideal time goals on a road trip…everything takes three times longer than it should). Atlanta is about the halfway point for us, so we planned to get a hotel room overnight on April 21 and meet up with an online friend and her family for dinner (conclusion: We had a blast and wish we’d had more time to spend with them!), then on the way back we stayed with my college roommate overnight, which was a big treat since we usually just get to see them for a meal’s worth of time before we have to part ways.
When we arrived on the north side of Orlando on Sunday, April 22, we stopped at the house of one of my best friends from high school, who I hadn’t seen in 6 years. We joined them for a fantastic cookout dinner, and she and her daughter even made us a Mickey Mouse cake and Mickey Mouse cupcakes in honor of our Disney sojourn. I am so glad we had a chance to spend some time with them, as well as the other friends we got to spend time with on this trip.
Unfortunately we had to leave their house at bedtime and made our way to the hotel in Kissimmee, where we got checked in, picked up our rental stroller a the front desk, and settled for the night — tired but happy and ready to rest up for our magical week.