Every time we go to Disney World we experience something for the first time. Whether it is a long standing attraction that we hadn’t discovered before, a new attraction or a new feature to an attraction we have been to before… we never run out of new things to see and do.
Here is our list of firsts from our most recent trip:
The Caribbean Beach Resort
This moderate Disney resort gives off the ambiance of a true Caribbean getaway. The gorgeous plant life and flowers on the grounds are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. We had a pool right outside of our room and it was rarely in use, so we were able to enjoy private swimming at night. For more excitement we could head over to the main pool that had water slides and a splash pad and some pretty amazing pirate themed decor.
RunDisney Kids Races
Disney knows how to turn everything into a family event, and their runDisney program is no exception. On the same day that my husband and I participated in the Tower of Terror 5k, our children each did a race too. Griffin ran the 200m dash, while Kellen and Avery ran the 1 mile race. There are runDisney kids events for crawlers too! They finished each race with a high five to a Disney character and they each got their own medal.
I was pretty excited about the Magic Bands. I like to own anything that has Mickey on it, and the idea of having my very own Disney bracelet that was also a pass to the parks and my room, well that sounded pretty good to me. I customized our magic bands online ahead of time and we picked them up when we arrived at our resort. The bands were brand new to the Caribbean Beach Resort that week, so of course there were some growing pains and a few kinks in the program, but that is to be expected. It was nice to be able to put on the magic band and not worry about losing our tickets or room keys while we were out in the parks.
The Jungle Cruise
I have heard so many positive reviews about The Jungle Cruise, but until our last trip I had not yet been on it. We finally went on the ride and learned why it is a fan favourite: the humour. The cast member leading the cruise was full of zingers and groaners, and he delivered them all with ease. He even took a little jab at yours truly while I snapped a picture of some hippos that I was supposed to be cowering in fear from…oops! It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to riding it again.
Princess Fairytale Hall
This was on Avery’s MUST DO list for this trip. The Princess Fairytale Hall is a new addition to Disney World, and it’s a place where you can have a brief visit with some of your favourite Disney Princesses in the comfort and beauty of their own hall. Avery met Cinderella and Aurora (who was the visiting princess that day), but you can also meet Rapunzel and a visiting princess.
Most of our trips to Disney World have been last minute whirlwind experiences and dining reservations just didn’t happen. This time we made reservations at the Crystal Palace to enjoy character dining with Winnie the Pooh and friends. The food was good and there were options that the kids all enjoyed, but the real treat was the character visits. A cast member moved around the room with each character and made sure that every table had some time with all of the characters. They took pictures, got autographs for us and really made sure it was special. We all had a blast, and I don’t think I’ll be able to bring the kids to Disney without character dining again!
We had a few other firsts this trip. We encountered Push the Talking Trash Can in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. We went in search of Perry at Epcot, and found ourselves in the middle of a very fun adventure! We also attended the Wine and Dine Festival at Epcot. It’s always fun to rediscover past treasures at Disney, and there’s always new excitement to be found too!