We were on vacation a couple of weeks ago, as you know. We went home for a few days and saw some family, and then we left and spent a fabulous week at the Happiest Place on Earth!
Even though our anniversary was a few months ago, this was technically our “anniversary trip” for this year. So we got anniversary buttons. Nowadays there are so many buttons of various kinds (birthdays, 1st visits, family reunions, honeymoons, etc) around Disney, they don’t get you the same major perks they used to (extra desserts, line jumps, that kind of thing) but the cast members all tell you “Happy Anniversary” and it just makes it that much more special :)
It also happened to be my birthday while we were there :) And for my birthday, we had dinner in Cinderella’s Castle. That was pretty cool. The food was good, but you mostly go for the experience. We were the only childless table, of course, but that was great, because it meant the princesses didn’t linger :)
Me and my girl Aurora. She saw our anniversary buttons and asked us if I had also met my prince while singing in the woods. I told her, as a matter of fact, yes. (It’s close to the truth. We met on a Jr. High choir trip through Eureka Springs and Branson, which has lots of trees….) Good on her, she didn’t miss a beat. She said we were the first couple to ever answer that question yes, and “she’ll have to tell Prince Phillip about it tonight.”
Actually, we did a lot of character meals this year.
We haven’t really done them before because, well, we don’t have kids, and they do cost a little more than the regular, non-character restaurants. But this year we happened to try some new ones, and we had a lot of fun! Several of them are definitely going to be on our “regular” list!
Oh yes, we wore our Republican shirts one night. We always wear them one day of every Disney trip. It’s kind of fun, because it guarantees plenty of total strangers walking up and giving you high-fives. :) This year was different, since we were only able to wear them a few hours one night. Literally, from the time we stepped onto the bus to go to Epcot, to the moment we were walking out of the gate of the park, people were stopping us to talk or hollering at us or waving almost constantly, it was really fun.
We stayed at the newest Disney resort, Art of Animation. It’s very themed, the way I originally expected a Disney resort to look. Each wing is themed after a different Disney cartoon. We stayed in the Little Mermaid rooms.
It was really nice, especially for a Value resort. The only downside was, we were in the Little Mermaid buildings, which are the Standard Rooms. They are the farthest from the main resort building – about 3/4 of a mile from the front desk, restaurant, gift shop, and bus stop! It was kind of a pain. The only way to get closer is to rent a Family Suite, which is a major step up in price. So, we probably won’t be staying there again. But it was really nice.
Another neat thing: getting a sneak peek at New Fantasyland!
It was pretty cool. Disney was doing previews of New Fantasyland while we were there, but you had to have a wristband to get in. Which we didn’t. But our last day there, we’re walking around killing time, and a woman walks up and says she has two extra wristbands, do we want to use them? Um, of course! So we got to walk through the Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern, ride the new Ariel ride inside Prince Eric’s castle, and have Enchanted Storytime with Belle in her library! It was really fun!
Even though this was our 6th trip together, we still experienced plenty of “firsts”:
- New resort
- New Fantasyland
- Being evacuated from our restaurant during dinner due to a suspected fire (there was no danger and we got extra dessert in the end)
- Hearing a server in another restaurant threaten to kill a busboy, followed by a crash and a very painful-sounding moan (we saw him later, he was fine)
- Seeing someone in full ACUs in the park (fuzzy ACUs, but still)
- Plenty of new restaurants
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party (which, somehow, we have NO pictures from)
So, whenever someone asks us why we go over and over again, it’s pretty easy to say that each trip brings its own unique experiences :)
This was our first trip in 2 years. And let me tell you, it was WAY too long in-between. Maybe it’s because we went there on our honeymoon, but it really is a special place, our happy place, the Happiest Place on Earth. We’re already planning our next trip :)