Disney nerd alert

Since vacation is now a mere 5 months away I thought it would be appropriate to gush over how excited I am.
WE ARE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!

It's the happiest place on earth! And Jared and I have been talking about going to Disneyworld since we started dating. He has NEVER BEEN. The poor thing! We actually discussed going to DW for our honeymoon but decided a relaxing, tropical location seemed more up our alley at the time. We considered this year too, but decided we'd rather save some extra money and do a 'budget' vacation

And now, 2013 will be the year. Our trip is booked: hotel, flights and even most of our dining reservations. Do you guys know you can/absolutely should make dining reservations 180 days in advance?! Especially at some of the more popular restaurants. It amazed me that the first day I was able to book reservations there was already some limited availability!! We definitely got into all the restaurants we wanted to, we just had to be flexible on the times- and that was totally fine with us.

We will be there during my birthday (EEEK!) so we made late dinner reservations that night at Ohana, for some seriously good food and one of the best fireworks views in all of Disney!

Our best family friends are Disney-aholics. They go twice a year, every year and they have been a HUGE help in planning our trip. She pointed me in the right direction of tons of unofficial planning websites. Sites that tell you crowd levels on each day in each park, best weeks of the year to go, etc. Trust me when I tell you I went a little OCD on the planning, but know it's going to make for THE best trip ever.
So now that I've went all Disney-crazed on you, are they are any other Disney superfans out there? 
Have you been to Disneyworld? What's your favorite park or ride?
I have been twice- once when I was probably 7 and once when I was about 12. Both times were amazing, but it's crazy 
to know that SO MUCH has changed since
If so- what are the insider tips I should know about? 

PS- Jared is TOTALLY down for wearing these matching shirts one day in the park. Gosh I love him. ;)

32 comments

  1. I have never been!... but clearly I need to get on that and go!

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  2. I am from right outside of Disney World! It is amazing! Cannot wait to hear all about your trip!!

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  3. How has he never been to disney!? It is something we Floridians totally take for granted!

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  4. That sounds like an excellent vacation!! And those shirts are awesome - and actually, I think I know the designer! A friend-of-a-friend is a graphic designer in Orlando, and I'm almost 90% sure she designed those! So weird!

    But yes - you should definitely wear them. And you should wear a little red bow or headband, because that would be so precious!

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  5. my husband's grandparents used to work at disney, so they gave us free passes last year {only good for one day, so we did all 4 parks in ONE DAY!} -- it was my first time ever going to disney! i wanted to try drinking around the world at ecpot, but seeing as we were on a tight schedule, we didn't get a chance to do that. have funnnn :)

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  6. This is soo super exciting! The 5 months will fly by. The last time Derek and I went was 5 years ago. Seriously the happiest place ever!

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  7. I've never been to Disney! It sounds like it would be a fun vacation. Those shirts are adorable :)

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  8. Hahahah love those shirts! I seriously can't believe I've lived 23 years and never been to disney! I think I would go to that Ohana place and never leave. It looks like paradise!

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  9. ohhhh we just saw fireworks about a month ago after eating ohana! It's nice having disney 2 hours away from us, but I still have not been to actual disney world magic kingdom since I was like 8! I totally wanna go! You guys will have so much fun it's AHHHmazing! :):)

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  10. When we lived in Orlando we were literally 20 minutes away! We've been several times. Now we are only an hour away. A couple of my friends work for Disney so we have been fortunate to go for free a couple times. You will have a blast!

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  11. My future mother-in-law works for Disney and we've gone twice in the past two years. We were just there for my birthday in September! Ohana's is awesome -- we go there twice every time we stay :) What resort are you staying at? If you need any tips or other advice just let me know :)

    So excited for you!

    xo

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  12. Those shirts... I die! I want to take the girls SO BAD. But I don't know if I should wait a few years?? Hmm decisions, decisions! Please give some details on these websites... I need to check them out! :)

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  13. So exciting! I've only been once in high school on a chorus trip. It was so much fun, but my poor brother and sister have never been!
    Are y'all flying down?

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  14. Love Disney! I had been 2 twice when I was really little and then went 1 year ago with some friends... good gosh I turned back into a little girl when I walked by Cinderella's Castle! 5 months will fly by! Definitely wear those shirts, so cute! :)

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  15. Excuse me, just pull up a chair, grab a coffee and let's chat! Disney girl over here! I only went once when I was a kid... 12 I think... and then I went and did their College Program the first semester of my sophomore year. Worked at Disney, lived in a complex with 2,000 other college kids working at Disney, and took their business seminars. Best.internship.ever. My kids have been a bunch, but not in the last few years since I've been on my own... ie: footing the whole bill on one income! We're going in April and I can not wait! Our dining reservations are booked too and I think the one that my kids are most excited for is breakfast in Cinderella's Castle... you can book a reservation there for 30-45 minutes BEFORE the park opens... which means they'll let you in the gates before the park opens, which means that you get to walk down Main Street USA without anyone else in the park! Hellooo photo opp!

    So yeah, pretty sure we can chat Disney excitement until we both go!!

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  16. Can't even wait for you guys to get back and tell me all the crazy stories ;) you'll have a freaking blast!!!!!

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  17. I've never been to Disney World, but I REALLY want to go!! I just need to convince Zach to want to go also. ;) And of course save money.

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  18. My husband and I just went in October for our Honeymoon! I loved it! It was my first time going and I can't wait to go back. There is an app for smart phones called Undercover Tourist that we used to tell us which parks were crowded and it also gave you wait times for the rides. At Hollywood Studios you have to go on Toy Story Mania! But it has to be the first thing you do or you need to go get a fast pass for that first thing. It is one of their most popular rides and the fast passes sell out super quick. Oh and the fast pass thing has changed. You don't have to purchase them anymore. Everyone can get them now, but you can only get one at a time. Oh and they are opening a new dining experience in the new section of Fantasyland where you can dine with Belle and the Beast in Beasts' castle. I think it is opening in December so you may want to see if you can call and get reservations now if that is something that you are interested in. And if you are going to Animal Kingdom and want to do the Safari, do that first thing too. The animals are more likely to be out in the morning because it's cooler. And another thing for Hollywood Studios, the Rocking Roller Coaster(the Aerosmith one) is amazing!! One of the best rides they have in all of Disney if you ask me! I hope you guys have an amazing time and let me know if you want some more info. I am pretty sure I have more, haha!

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  19. we just went to Disney in Sept. it was our first time and we LOVED it. The breakfast at Ohana is SO fun and probably one of our favorite meals. We stayed at Disney's Art of Animation (the brand new hotel) and loved every second of it. I had our trip planned down to a science lol we would arrive at the parks about 1 hour before opening and we still waited in a few lines. We were able to ride most of the main attractions twice with the use of fastpass. I can't wait to go back with out new baby and check out fantasyland:)

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  20. OHHHHHH - I am SO jealous! We have been wanting to go again for the past couple of years but unfortunately...something always breaks about the time we have some money saved up.
    Get excited, stay excited! :)

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  21. EEK! I can't wait to hear all about this trip! I'm so jealous! I want to go there so badly! Reservations 180 days in advance... that's crazy!

    Also - PLEASE wear those shirts!

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  22. EEEEEE soooo exciting!!!! OMG I am OBSESSED with Disney!!! Never been to World, but I love me some Disneyland!! The hubby and I even had annual passes a few years and went A LOT. It's been a a little over a year since the last time we went and I already am missing it badly and want to go again!!!! Sooooo I will be living vicariously through you and your pictures, so you'd better take a lot, girl! ;)

    xo

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  23. I'm so jealous of your planned Disney trip! We actually did go on our honeymoon (for week 1 of it, then we were beach bums week 2). It was my husband's first trip there and he was like a kid in a candy store. I loved being there with him seeing it all for the first time! Jared will love it! You HAVE to go on Toy Story Mania...definitely use fast passes though. We went on it a few times. Splash Mountain was actually my husbands favorite and he dreams of going back. Hopefully we will soon!

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  24. I have never been and I don't my husband has either (or if he has he was a little kid at the time). I want to go SO bad it's driving me insane & he's totally down for it, we just have to wait for it to be financially possible. Love Disney! Kudos to your husband for agreeing to the matching shirts! :) I'm hoping when we finally get to go my hubs will do the same & totally get into the Disney spirit with me. :)
    Your excitement makes me a little excited, lol!

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  25. We did Disney for Thanksgiving last year and I loved seeing the park decorated for Christmas. Magic Kiingdom is my favorite park just because I llovetbe classic rides like its a small world or Peter pans flight. Love the matching t shirts.

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  26. So fun!!! We will be in Orlando in March for a little family vacay, but not sure if we're going to Disney this year. We went to Epcot last March and it was so fun! I hadn't been to Disney in years and we still had a great time! I haven't heard about Ohana...what kind of restaurant is it and where is it?

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  27. I never been :( boo! We were going to go for our honeymoon but decided to save up for a house {silly thought}

    I cant wait to hear all about it and we will be taking Breanna probably in a few years {once she is diaper free...TMI?} so I will be bugging you for info :)

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  28. That's so exciting!! I've never been, boo!! & those shirts? Are the cutest!! :)

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  29. I've never been either!!! i am SO SO jealous!!! Jeremy and I want to take Olivia when she is 3 or 4 when she is REALLY into princesses and the disney characters!

    I would SO wear those shirts too! haha

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  30. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those t-shirts! So cute!

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  31. Love the shirts!! I have a friend who wore those with her husband last time they went!

    We went to Disney World in 2010 and LOVED IT!! We've always said we'll go back when we have babies! :)

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  32. i love those shirts! you guys are going to have the BEST vacation ever!! i went to disney ONE time and i was a senior in high school and was with my two little cousins (under the age of 7) and my little sister. i would love to take a family vaca there someday with little Avs!

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