24 Hours of Disney

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We caught up with Patricia, Simon, Isabella and Charlotte on the last 2 days of their Disney vacation last week and had a blast… We spent 24 hours at Disney and didn’t step foot in any of the theme parks, but still felt the magic!

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We drove from Grandma Liz & Grandpa Bob’s on Friday morning and got to the land of dreams at lunch time. Disney has a full range of accommodations to fit different budgets. With this being a quick visit, we opted to stay at the Disney Campground, also known as Fort Wilderness. We’ve stayed there before in their cabins and are impressed with the amenities.

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We got ourselves checked in and received our “mickey bands” – they hold all of your reservation information and are used to charge things etc. Totally impressive how they are personalized, both in the box and on the back of the band.

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Then it was off to Magic Kingdom and the Polynesian Hotel to find the rest of the gang!

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the gang at lunch


It was great for Hunter to have some quality Cousin time as he is starting to miss friends from home. The kids enjoyed the pool all afternoon, even though it was a bit of a cool day. They even participated in some of the pool side games.

hunter isabella games


We did the luau dinner & show at the Polynesian Hotel and the kids enjoyed the dancing, although it was a bit late for Charlotte… Hunter’s favourite part was the fire twirler – it was impressive!

tim & charlotte


The hotel was decorated so beautifully for christmas that we had to take photos of everyone.

Hunter spent the night at the hotel having a sleepover and Tim and I headed back to the Campground, after a short contemplation of just sleeping in the camper where it was parked at the Polynesian parking lot. One of the amazing things about the Disney Campground this time of year is the festive decorations that are put up by individual campsites. This is not a Disney corporate thing. We took a walk around to enjoy the lights and I was in awe of it all.

Saturday morning the kids all hit up a character breakfast with Aunt Patricia and it was a wonderful treat for Hunter, who is still a major fan of the characters. We were able to fit in another swimming session before it was time to say goodbye.

We are looking forward to seeing them in March in California for another cousin meet-up!

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