Anniversary Disney Trip

25 Ears
We celebrated our 25th Anniversary this June. We decided last year to go to Walt Disney World multiple times this year. One of these trips being for our Anniversary. We were worried about going in during the summer due to the crowd levels and heat, but this was a once in a lifetime event.

We normally do a moderate amount of planning for our WDW trips. Decide on a rough schedule up front, reserve dinner reservations, and fast passes for our favorite or hard to get rides. We have also gotten into the habbit of always going for almost a whole week - Saturday to Friday. It takes us about 8.5 hours to drive there and back. You can use extra magic hours and crowd levels to determine where you want to go on each day of a trip. We almost always plan on one day for Animal Kingdom, one day for Hollywood Studios, 1-2 trips to Epcot, and 2-3 times at Magic Kingdom. We always have either a Season Pass or Park Hopper so we can jump parks and change plans if we want to. We also try to plan on a whole day or multiple half days for resort resting. Taking a break can make things much more relaxing and less stressful on your body.

The schedule for this trip ended up like this:

  • Day 1

    • Drive to WDW
      • Staying at Port Orleans Riverside
    • Magic Kingdom
    • Dinner at Skippers Canteen
      Required Castle Pic
      Tiki
  • Day 2

    • Breakfast: Resort
    • Disney Springs for Lunch and shopping
      • Lunch: Frontera
    • Animal Kingdom
      • Fast Pass for Everest changed to Safari due to rain
      • Fast Pass for Flight of Passage
    • Animal Kingdom Lodge / Kidani Village Resort
      • Dinner: Sanaa
        Rainy Day at Animal Kingdom
        Lisa in the rain
        On Safari
        Sanaa
        My meal
        Lisa's meal
  • Day 3

    • Breakfast: Resort
    • Magic Kingdom
      • Fast Pass: Big Thunder Mountain
      • Fast Pass: Haunted Mansion
      • Fast Pass: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Lunch:
    • Back to Resort
    • Contemporary
      • Dinner: California Grill
        Magic Kingdom Train
        Haunted Mansion
        Port Orleans Riverside
        My Dinner
        Lisa's Dinner
  • Day 4

    • Breakfast: Resort
    • Epcot
      • Lunch: Fish and Chips
    • Hollywood Studios
      • Fast Pass: Tower of Terror
      • Fast Pass: Slinky Dog
      • Dinner: Hollywood Brown Derby
        Fish & Chips
        Don is hot
        Japan
        Lisa in Japan
        More Japan
  • Day 5

    • Breakfast: Resort
    • Lunch: Resort
    • Magic Kingdom
      • Fast Pass: Space Ranger Spin
      • Dinner: Be our Guest
      • Fast Pass: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
        Gargoyle welcomes us to dinner
        The Ballroom
        Rainy day castle
  • Day 6

    • Breakfast: Resort
    • Disney Springs
      • Lunch: D-Luxe Burger
    • Epcot
      • Dinner: Nine Dragons
      • Fast Pass: Frozen
        Mexico
        Another ride
        Yummy
  • Day 7

    • Breakfast: Resort
    • Drive Home

Good:

  • Fun vacation with my Best Friend.
  • Off the diet for a week and only gained 5 lbs.
  • Many days weren’t nearly as crowded as we expected.

Bad:

  • New smoking areas are outside the park, so we always smell smoke when entering the parks now.
    • Saw multiple people sneaking smoking and vaping in the parks. :(
  • Very rainy trip. Most days the storms kept it from getting too hot.
  • Last full day was hot hot hot.