"Disney trip report."
2019/06/27 2:28 PM

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


  • 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


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


        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


Another ride


  • Day 7
    • Breakfast: Resort
    • Drive Home


  • 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.


  • 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.
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