Florida in October











For a week in October the family and I headed down to Florida to spend some time at Disney & Universal. We ate way too much junk food (Krispy Kreme, Dole Whip, Chocolate Extinction dessert, Butterbeer) The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was lots of fun. The trick or treating during the event was insane! Everyone (no matter your age) gets a bag and you go around to spots in the park marked with big inflatable “treat signs” and cast members proceed to dump handfuls of candy into your bag. Add that to our list of junk food actually ;) The weather was amazing and we even had to wear sweatshirts a few nights, but still were able to swim in the pool during the day. The only thing that really surprised me was I expected things to be a bit more decorated. I thought the whole park would be, but its really more the front “town” area of The Magic Kingdom, and the Disney resorts didn’t have decorations at all. What decorations they did have were beautifully done and I did get some photos on my phone, but I deleted them after transferring them to google drive but they seem to have gone missing. I did hear that Christmas at Disney is a whole different story, so I think we’ll have to take another trip some time in December. I’ve been to Disneyland in December when I went out to LA for a few crafty shows and I remember that being really beautiful.
Universal didn’t have decorations at all, though my husband did win me a big Sam from Trick R’ Treat my favorite Halloween movie. Being in the Harry Potter area felt magical enough without any need for extra Halloween decorations.

Florida, the parks










When you’re in Orlando, how can you resist going to some of the parks? We knew that everyone would be going to the Magic Kingdom together one day, so we decided that Thomas, B, and I would also spend at a day Epcot, and Universal Studios. The last time we were in Disney we went to Universal Island Adventure park because it was the part of the park with the Harry Potter Hogsmeade. This time we did get a double park ticket (because we wanted to be able to take the new Hogwart’s Express train) but knew we’d be spending the bulk of the day in the park with Diagon Alley. It did not disappoint, frozen butterbeer, Gringotts, Knockturn Alley, and Borgin and Burkes. We loved it! The train ride is really amazing too, they did such a good job and the “story” is different in each direction.
Then of course there was The Simpsons area of the park. We loved it, bought one of the giant pink donuts which we shared that night (really tasty and soft). We ate dinner at Krusty Burger and took a look in Moes.

The Sunshine State






If you follow me on instagram you know that we recently took a family vacation to Orlando Florida. Thomas’s parents are Disney Vacation Club members and in an effort to have a big family vacation every couple of years they save up points and book a Disney resort for their kids families, and then we just need to get ourselves to Florida. I’m totally grateful for their generosity, and we always have such a great time. This time they booked us villas in the Wilderness Lodge. I was most excited that there was a big tub in the villa. I took full advantage of it, haha! While in Florida we all went to Magic Kingdom together, had two big family dinners and really enjoyed ourselves. I have a few more photos to share, but I’ll try not to overload you with vacation photos. The weather was really great the whole time and the one rainy morning Tom, B, and I went exploring around the area (Wizard head stores?) We found a Krispy Kreme too, and since we don’t have any around the area we live, its always exciting to stop in and watch the donuts get their glaze coating.