Friday, September 15, 2023

Disney World Day Trip


For my husbands’s birthday, we decided to take a day trip to Disney World with one day at Magic Kingdom and a one night stay.  Orlando is a two hour drive for us (though traffic on 1-4 is usually pretty bad) so it is easily doable to leave in the morning and be at the park when it opens.  The day we were there, the park closed at 6, because of the nightly Halloween Party, but we found it was plenty of time.

We have not been there since we moved to Florida and have not been as adults without children in a very long time.  It definitely is a different experience and skipping a lot of the children’s rides, plus the character interactions gives you a pretty easy day.  The system where you can book ride times (costs extra) worked really well for us too.  We managed to ride 3 of the more popular rides within the first hour by utilizing this system, plus standing in a short line when the park opened.

I highly recommend a random Tuesday in September when kids are back to school, because wait times were generally short if we didn’t have a reservation (lightening lane) and overall the park was not crowded.  We were even able to ride the 2 mine rides twice.  

Since we were out of the park by 6, to keep the Disney vibe going, I made dinner reservations at Disney Springs.  We had been there last summer and found it to be a great spot for lunch or dinner.  We tried Raglan Road, an Irish pub that everyone raves about.  It lived up to the hype; great food and a fun atmosphere with Irish dancers and singers.  

We are not necessarily Disney people and probably won’t go back until it’s time to take grand children, but it was a fun getaway and a nice perk of living in Florida.


  1. What a fun day-trip! And, Happy Birthday to your husband! The last time we visited San Diego we stopped in L.A. and went to Downtown Disney. It's Disneyland for adults: restaurants, shops... we love it!

    1. Disney Springs used to be called Downtown Disney too. It has changed a lot over the years.

  2. It sounds like a very fun day for the two of you. We haven't been to a Disney park since 1996. That was Disneyland in CA. We had a great time taking our three, young at the time, children but I'm in no hurry to go back. Except, I would love to visit Harry Potter attractions at Disney World. We were just at station 9 3/4 at London's King's Cross station last week. I've been there several times and it sure attracts a crowd!
    Happy Birthday to your husband.

    1. I would love to go to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, but sadly, I couldn’t ride most of the rides without getting sick.

  3. we made it a point to go to Disney about every 10-12 years..enough time to forget about all the strollers...I'm sure there are lots of new venues since I was there..Universal was always one of my favorites..A great way to spend your husbands birthday!!

    1. It wasn’t crowded at all so no dodging strollers this time!

  4. We enjoyed our Disney trip in June and YES to the extra bucks to be able to make appointments. I would say that will be my last trip unless someone twists my arm (great-grandkids can make me do anything):) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

    1. I see many Disney trips in my future since we will just be getting started with the little ones. Will be fun to be the Florida grandma!


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