In January 2018, we went to Disney World for the first time. This was the kids’ first time ever at a theme park and Victor and my first time in Disney World.
To be honest, as I planner, I thought I would love getting ready for Disney World, but I felt quite paralyzed with the amount of planning that is done before hand. We chose our dining reservations 180 days before we went and our Fast Passes 60 days before we left. I ready everything I could about first time Disney World trips with kids. I checked out the planners that tell you when to go where and the order of the rides to make the most of your time. I had all of the meals planned where we can eat and what the best vegan food is at each place. After all of this, we ended up winging it… well, as much as I wing it in any situation. It was very helpful to have the vegan options and best restaurants to eat at. Also, we made it to all of the dining reservations. We ended up using the Disney World app to decide where to go and what had the shortest lines. Then we just paid attention to our already determined Fast Pass times. Our trip was awesome! We rode a ton of great rides, had awesome food, and were not stressed. It helped that we were there for 6 days, so we had plenty of time to explore each park.
We stated that the Beach Club. This was a gorgeous resort located in walking distance of Epcot and a short boat ride to Hollywood Studios. On the day we needed to get to Magic Kingdom early, we opted to you the Minnie Van Service, which is reserved through the LYFT app, rather than worrying about the bus system. We did take the bus to Animal Kingdom though. Overall, I found the transportation efficient and easy to use.
Since I’m going to share each park experience with you in additional posts, I’ll share some of the non-park fun we had here.
We flew in to Orlando late on Saturday night and did not want to waste any park time. Therefore, we stayed at the Dolphin resort (a Marriott Resort) that is on the Disney World property. Now it’s not a Disney World hotel, but it was the perfect place to stay the first night in order to quickly get to the hotel and park on the “first” day of our trip. The hotel had a gorgeous chandelier and was a perfect place to start our trip. It did not have the ideal buffet breakfast, but we were prepared with breakfast bars that we brought with us.
In the morning, we took the Disney shuttle to the Beach Club. Our room was not ready since we got there so early, but we were able to check our bags and explore the parks.
One of our favorite places to eat on this trip was Beach and Cream Soda Shop, right on the Beach Club property. As far as a vegan meal, they had a Beyond Burger and we subbed the typical bun for a vegan one. The kids ordered kids meals and subbed the Beyond Burger. I was disappointed that the kids’ burger did not come with lettuce, but they quickly brought some when we asked. Ethan and Sienna were super excited about the kids’ meal because it came with dessert. The staff was able to make the dessert completely vegan for them!
On Ethan’s birthday, we went to Minnie’s Beach Blast Breakfast at Cape May Café in Beach Club. After we informed them that we were vegan, the chef gave us a tour of the buffet and let us know what our options were. He even made vegan Mickey waffles for us and found a birthday dessert for Ethan!
While I was doing my ample research, I found that the kids could do a Pirate Cruise. It was for ages 4+ and they went on a pirate adventure searching for treasure. I actually brought snacks for the kids because I wasn’t sure if there would be any vegan options. They told me that due to allergies, the kids could not take them; however, they did let me look through the snack options and I was able to find some vegan crackers for the kids. They had an absolute blast cruising around, searching for treasure, and defeating the pirate. They even came home with the pirate hats and treasure. This was one of the most fun activities the kids participated in!
While the kids were cruising, Victor did homework, and I went to Downtown Disney. I was in search of Vegan cake for Ethan’s birthday. First, Downtown Disney is a lot more spread out that I expected and I had a little trouble finding Erin McKenna’s Bakery, (but that’s more because I can’t read a map… which is a whole different issue)! Once I found it, it was great to purchase vegan cupcakes for Ethan’s birthday! After I got those, I window shopped for a bit and headed back to pick up the kids from their cruise.
Finally, one evening Victor and Ethan decided to do a boy’s night, which just means that they went for a walk without us. They had the best time exploring the Boardwalk and even found a photo booth for some fun pictures.
We only explored a tiny portion of the activities outside of the parks. What we did find was fun kept us all entertained.
What “other” activities would you do on a Disney World vacation?