I’ve been back from an epic 10-day vacation to Legoland and Disney World for a few weeks now and I am totally feeling the post-vacation blues. Does anyone else experience that? When you plan and save for a vacation of this magnitude for as long as we did, it becomes a part of your life and it’s kind of sad when it’s over. Deep down, I’m ready to book our return to Disney like right now! But, I also need a break. Does that make sense?
All that to say, we had so. much. fun! This trip was therapeutic and exactly what we needed after the year we have had. We laughed and cried tears of joy on this trip. Today I’m going to share what our schedule looked like as well as pictures (lots of pictures!).
Here is the schedule we followed for this trip:
- Day 1: Picked Zoey up from school after lunch and drove down to the Atlanta, GA vicinity (6-hour drive). We had dinner (it was my 33rd birthday!) and spent the night in a hotel south of the city.
- Day 2: Completed the drive down to Winter Haven, FL (6-hour drive); checked into Legoland Beach Retreat.
- Day 3: Legoland park all day!
- Day 4: Checked out of Legoland; went to Disney Springs (45-min drive); checked into Art of Animation.
- Day 5: Disney Park Day 1 > Epcot
- Day 6: Disney Park Day 2 > Magic Kingdom
- Day 7: Disney Park Day 3 > Hollywood Studios
- Day 8: Disney Park Day 4 > Magic Kingdom [Mickey’s “Not So Scary” Halloween Party]
- Day 9: Disney Park Day 5 > Animal Kingdom
- Day 10: 12-hour Drive home (boo, hiss)
Here are some pictures and minor details to recap our experience:
The Legoland Beach Retreat that we stayed in was everything we hoped it would be. I have to say that if you are introverted and get overwhelmed by noise and chaos in enclosed spaces, choose the Beach Retreat over the Legoland Hotel. We visited the Legoland Hotel before the park opened, and all I kept thinking was how grateful I was that we were staying at the Beach Retreat. It’s quiet, serene, spacious, and a lot less chaotic. The Legoland Hotel, however, is mass chaos. Kids were running around everywhere, screaming and yelling, parents weren’t watching them, and it was just overall very anxiety inducing. I’ll definitely never stay there. Zoey enjoyed playing with legos in the lobby though, so it was a great way to start the morning before the park opened.
We got into the park 30 minutes early because we were Beach Retreat guests, so we went straight to the dragon rollercoaster and rode it twice without a wait before other people started to filter in. In fact, I will say that our entire day was filled with minimal wait times (I think our longest wait was 15 minutes). Overall, it was an awesome day and we would visit the park again, and we’d stay at the Beach Retreat again. We loved it!
We ate lunch at the T-Rex Cafe (Zoey’s pick!) and walked around while we anxiously awaited the email that our room was ready at Art of Animation! I had heard that the ambiance of T-Rex Cafe was really what was awesome about the place and that the food was lackluster, but that was not our experience. The food was GOOD, and maybe it was just what we ordered. Glenn and I both had the Mastodon Stuffed Chicken, so if you like sundried tomatoes and artichoke, this is a good meal option for you. Overall, I’d definitely eat there again. It was loud and had strange lighting, but it was a great start to the Disney portion of our trip and a must if you have kids who love dinosaurs.
Zoey also started Pin Trading on this day, which is her new favorite thing. She spent most of her souvenir money on pins!
Art of Animation
The day we checked in was reserved for relaxing, so we swam in the pool by our room, ate dinner at Landscape of Flavors, and chilled. We stayed in a Little Mermaid room, which was precious for Zoey! However, I will say that while it was a good place to stay for our first “on property” experience, I wouldn’t ever stay there again. Here’s why: