Things have been so hectic in my house since I got back from Florida but I’m finally able to sit down and write about our trip. For those of you that don’t remember my daughter and I had the chance to take an all-expense paid trip courtesy of Team Mom and the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
It was such an amazing opportunity to spend 5 days with my daughter. I was a little sad to have to leave my 3 year old and my husband behind but my daughter hasn’t had much alone time with me since we had our wall-climbing son who constantly keeps me running. This was such a blessing for my daughter and me to experience Orlando together as a mother-daughter trip.
I have to tell you how beautiful Florida is before I tell you about our Disney visit. I was raised in Nevada. For those of you who have never had the chance to visit Nevada, it’s pretty ugly.. like no trees, sand in your teeth, snakes, dirty rivers, and sage brush kind of ugly. The only trees you see there are the trees closest to the California side.
Moving to Idaho was almost like culture shock for us.. there are lakes, and mountains covered in trees, and it’s much more rare to have sand blown into your face which is nice! However, going to Orlando left me realizing just how deprived here we really are. Orlando was beautiful and GREEN everywhere you look. Even their weeds are green and their trees are healthy and lush. I actually had to take a picture just to show my husband. If I could live there I would but I can’t so instead I’m going to have to figure out how to get my whole family over there for another vacation.
Anyways, now that I’ve completely gotten off topic, I wanted to tell you about our Disney experience. One of the first theme parks we had the chance to visit was Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I’ve never been able to go to Disney Land or Disney World so I was SO excited. I was probably more excited than my daughter when we woke up. We spent an entire day exploring Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Mindy (The Mommy Blog) and her daughter since our daughters were inseparable from day one.
We rode on a couple different rides but I think it’s safe to say that the Toy Story Mania ride was our favorite since we rode it three different times that day. My daughter’s eyes lit up when she realized that a High School Musical 3 parade was strolling through the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios but she was excited all day and there was so many different fun shows to see like The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and The American Idol Experience.
Our girls had a blast when the Block Party paraded by us and they had the chance to dance in the streets with some of my daughter’s favorite Disney characters. Our entire group joined back up and headed to dinner at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano before getting back onto the bus to head home.
I do wish we’d had the chance to see all the Disney parks but Hollywood Studios was fun. If I ever get to return I would definitely get the park hopper passes and stay in Orlando for a longer time period so we could just take our time in each Disney park. If you’ve been to Disney World which park is your favorite? If you’ve never been there which park do you one day hope to visit?