Disney Summer Vacation ’18

If you follow Modhousewife, you know I am a Disney mom! My family returned home last week after spending 7 days at Walt Disney World and then on a 3-day cruise in the Caribbean.

Here are the reviews of the new adventures we took!

Frozen Ever After Sparking Dessert Party – Many asked if this dessert party is worth the cost…..Absolutely! This party is at Epcot; and my family had exclusive seating in the World Showcase East (across from the Mexican Pavilion) to view IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. We ate and drank delicious Frozen-themed treats and concoctions to our fill. Then we enjoyed the fireworks with 3-D eye-glasses that transformed the fireworks into snowflakes. Finally, my family was treated to a private ride on the Frozen Ever After attraction in the Norway pavilion.

   

Surfing Lessons at Typhoon Lagoon – For my daughter’s birthday, we wanted to gift her with a Disney experience. Because she is a swimmer and lover of the water, we signed her up for surf lessons at Typhoon Lagoon. The family arrived at Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark on 6:45am on Tuesday…and we enjoyed a continental breakfast ($10/person) while my daughter prepared for her lesson. The Cocoa Beach Surf School conducts the lessons by teaching safety and skills in the surf pool. Adults and children enjoyed the lessons; and by the end (10am), my daughter was standing on the board. Next time, she hopes to conquer the large waves.

     

Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic – We are Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members, and a perk is attending Moonlight Magic (when available) in one of the four parks. During our week at Disney, Moonlight Magic was offered at Epcot. Even though this is a free event for DVC members, you must sign up for tickets (the park closes at 9pm for all other visitors). Unfortunately, we were highly disappointed with this event at Epcot. Yes, many food items were free, but there are not enough attractions at Epcot. The World Showcase was only open for Frozen Ever After (Norway) and The Three Caballeros (Mexico)…which were very crowded along with the other lines at the Epcot attractions (Soarin, Test Track, etc). The point of this event is to enjoy short ride waits.

Then let’s talk transportation back to the resorts…..two thumbs down! The monorail was closed for the evening and there were not enough buses. We left Epcot at 11:30pm and did not return home to the Polynesian Resort until 12:30am. And our bus driver forgot where he was going, and crossed a grassy median to return to the right route. Terrible!

Overall, the trip was fantastic!  We enjoyed the new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios (do not wait more than 60 minutes for Slinky Dog). The August heat was no big deal; and we actually arrived the week that Florida and most U.S.students returned to school (lower crowds).

Now we must wait until spring break for our next Disney adventure….Welcome to Miami!