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Lynda Loveland: We came, we saw, we Disneyed

Posted March 14, 2012
Updated March 15, 2012

We earned our first set of mouse ears. We spent six days in Orlando, one day at SeaWorld, one at Discovery Cove and one at each of the four parks of Disney World.

It was an ambitious schedule, but we did it. Surprisingly we didn’t have any huge kid meltdowns, a bonus in my book.

The advice you all gave me was spot on! We took a case of water, five cheap ponchos and we zigged when the crowd zagged. Worked like a charm!!! The ponchos were especially handy when we saw Shamu and sat in the splash/tsunami zone.

Here are some of the highlights:

The laser light show and fireworks at the castle in Magic Kingdom were spectacular. Everyone left after that, so we jumped on a bunch of rides. Got home late, but it was fun! My tomboy, eight-year-old daughter did NOT appreciate being called a "princess" everywhere. My five-year-old daughter beamed. I took her to a character dinner with Cinderella and all her friends which she LOVED! The restaurant is 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort. Lynda's daughter with Cinderella in Orlando

The safari at Animal Kingdom was way cool. The kids loved driving out in a Jeep among the animals. The Tree of Life … way cool. My daughter, Campbell, bought an African drum much to the delight of our neighbors, who now awaken on the weekend to the sounds of tribal music.

After two days at Disney World, we swam with the dolphins at Discovery Cove. They pulled us across the pool and we sealed it with a kiss! Than we snorkeled at the reef with tons of amazing tropical fish and huge sting rays, barbs removed.

Epcot has a great ride called Soarin'. It’s one of those experience rides. You feel like you’re on a hang glider, gliding along a river, skiing down a mountain or skimming the waves. Kinda messes with your head a little bit, but it was fun.

We finished at Hollywood Studios. We all loved the Star Wars ride. The one thing everyone told us was to get Fastpasses to Toy Story right away. Boy, you all weren’t kidding. Thank goodness we did, because they were gone in a flash. You gotta love interactive rides! The important thing is, I beat my husband's score!! Lynda and family at Discovery Cove, Orlando

Disney rocked! We’ll be going back. Big thanks to Nancy Swope for planning it. She took a huge load off my mind.

We drove straight home after Universal. Got in around 1:30 Saturday morning. Slept a little then woke up to go to three soccer games.

Ahhh, it’s good to be home.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • God_Loves_You Mar 15, 2012

    I love going to Disney. We went in '09 and '11. When we went in '09 it was my girls' first time. They were 4 and 7. Nothing was able to wear my youngest down except Disney. She could stay up with the owls and get up with the chickens at home but Disney took every bit of energy she had. She would beg to rest and even fell a sleep draped over the chair during a character dinner. As for my oldest on our first visit we were on the monorail headed to the Grand Floridian and she was so excited. All the buildings were lit up and she said "I feel like I am in Paris." She loved it both times. Our fav place to eat was the 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella and family. My youngest had it out with the step sisters both times we went. The '11 visit was the best. She stood up in the chair wearing her Cinderella dress and custom hand painted Cinderella bow and told the step sisters off. It was hilarious. She had the people rolling in laughter. It is so fun how they interact with the kids at that lo

  • HereswhatIthink Mar 15, 2012

    It is so much fun to see Disney through a child's eyes. We have been every year since our son was 4 years old and he is now almost 10. Some years we have gone twice in the same year! We have stayed on site and off and on site is so much easier. It is a magical place! Disney's Hollywood Studios or MGM as it used to be called was spectacular at Christmas this year with the spectacle of lights show! It even snowed (fake snow) at Magic Kingdom while we were there! Love it!!!!

  • lisalexander Mar 15, 2012

    Is Nancy Swope with a travel agency? I think that would be the way to go when we take our son next year!

  • lynne0312 Mar 15, 2012

    That sounds great. We're going to Discovery Cove, Seaworld and Universal Studios next month. Thanks for sharing your experience:).

  • kellypratz Mar 15, 2012

    So glad you and your family had a wonderful time. We are planning our first trip next year with our young daughters and we can't wait.

  • raleighmomx2 Mar 15, 2012

    You went to Disney's Hollywood Studios...not Universal (Different park, different company, different experience). :) Where did you stay?

  • straitlover1965 Mar 15, 2012

    I need spellcheck! That is Star Tours, not Torus! And Disney not Diseny. *blush*

  • straitlover1965 Mar 15, 2012

    Clarification needed - Star Torus ride and toy Story Midway Mania are at Diseny Hollywood Studios, not Universal Studios hollywood. Two completely different parks. :) Wanted to clear that up in case soemone read your blog and went to Universal looing for Toy story, LOL!

    Glad you had a great time. I love WDW!

  • aalicemcfadden Mar 15, 2012

    Where did you eat Linda? The kids would have loved T-Rex

  • kendeb1982 Mar 15, 2012

    So glad you & your family had a great time. My husband & I are leaving bright & early Monday (3/19) morning to go for a week. We are flying this time & I'm terrified of flying, but can't wait to get there. This will be our 5th trip, but the first time without our daughters (they are now adults & married themselves). We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary while there. You never get too old for Disney :)