When the reality sets in that you are about to hit a new decade, there are many emotions that you experience. I was certain that celebrating my big 4-0 was going to be on my terms. I wanted to play and feel like a child. I mentioned that I wanted to go to Universal Studios to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the hubs surprised me with a week’s vacation in Orlando. Not only did we get to celebrate my birthday but we also got to celebrate our 2nd anniversary!
I hadn’t been to Disney since my Up With People days but as a child, we went often. My grandfather lived outside of Orlando and I remember visiting him. I also remember my sister yanking my tooth out on the van ride to Disney World. Memories are funny. I remember the cinnamon rolls we ate before going to the park, I remember getting my tooth pulled out, I remember even what the tooth fairy brought me but I can’t remember the feeling I had first walking into the park. If was anything like it was during this trip, then my childhood was even better than I remember it.
I should be clear that I’m not a Disney fanatic but I do enjoy the characters immensely. However, our friend L is a total Disney freak. She and her husband also came along on this trip as we need a reliable tour guide. Since L goes to Disney more than once in a year and is a really cool person, we were thrilled they wanted to vacation with us! We aren’t easy to vacation with either for the record. I have energy through the wazoo and the hubs likes his leisure time. He needs to find the best tequila and I need my evening cocktail. When I’m tired, I need to nap. We are set in our ways and we know it. Luckily L and D are very go with the flow and they tolerated us beautifully.
This was the trip of a lifetime. The hubs did good. Although, I have nothing insightful or truly meaningful to say in this post. I think that is because it was an experience beyond words. Therefore, I wanted to share some photos of the vacation. It’s easy to see how much I enjoyed the trip. Some of the highlights were:
- Meeting Mary Poppins!
- Drinking around the world at Epcot. Take a look below.
- Seeing the hubs on his first roller coaster.
- Be Our Guest dinner with The Beast.
- And of course getting my wand at Olivander