Disney World is my favorite place; I’ve loved it since childhood! Brandon and I have visited several times together, including on our honeymoon. When we started 50 in 5, we agreed that we needed to visit a different spot in Florida during our travels. After begging Brandon to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World, we agreed to a quick weekend trip with an added stop in St. Augustine.
A little different from previous posts, I’m going to share a simple 5 photo recap:
Cap’s on the Water
On our drive to Lake Buena Vista, we stopped in St. Augustine for lunch. I chose Cap’s for the scenery, but the food was delicious as well—ahi tuna for Brandon and shrimp caesar salad for me. The restaurant is entirely open air, and we enjoyed a beautiful view of the water as we ate.
We love “resort hopping” at Disney World, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of my favorites to visit. I love the Polynesian-inspired design, the music, the restaurants, and most of all… the Dole Whips. I’d love to stay at this resort someday, if the rooms weren’t over $500/night at all times. 😳 A nearby Clarion does the trick for us when we’re in town, but we always stop at the Polynesian for my favorite breakfast before coming home.
I’ve always wanted to visit the Grand Floridian at Christmastime to see the life-size gingerbread house and gorgeous tree. It’s stunning! However, this photo does not show the insane amount of people who were milling about to see the decorations. At Disney World I’ve come to expect huge crowds in the parks, but also in the resorts around the holidays.
Have you ever seen a more delicious flat lay? 😂 Our Butcher Board at The Polite Pig was a highlight of the weekend.
We loved Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The crowd was low, and we rode several rides with short wait times. We stopped at every spot around the park for free cookies, cider and hot chocolate. Our favorite stop, though, was for mini snow cones (it’s still Florida, after all). The Christmas parade and special fireworks in front of the castle capped off a great night. Brandon, can we go back?