When you get a sweet condo in Orlando, Florida for $250 for a week, what do you do? That’s right you take your family to Disney World and “Peter Potter World,” as my 3-year old likes to call it.
Day 1: Clearwater Beach in Florida
The Travel with Ashley squad (aka my family) spent the first day of our vacation in Clearwater Beach. Dude…this place was amazing and the perfect way to relax and have fun. My kids are both little fish, so they loved getting in the warm water, playing, and making sand castles.
One good thing to know is it does not take 1.5 hours to get to the beach. No, it takes more like 3 hours. There was also a ton of traffic, so maybe that’s how long it takes to get there without traffic. Either way, I felt lied to by the internet as the trip kept dragging on and on.
Regardless, the beach was totally worth it, and we even made a hipster sand castle man dude. Check it.
Day 2: Disney World
Oh, baby! This was my little girl’s second trip to Disney, but the little man’s first trip, and we have a button to prove it. Yeah, they gave us a “first time at Disney” button, so we are special. WOOT!
Can I just say Disney is the best? I love how they use BI and data to move hoards of people in an organized and efficient manner. Maybe it’s the marketer in me, but I love how you can plan your whole trip with the click of a couple buttons on the Disney app. And everyone else can too! We didn’t wait in line longer than two shakes on any of the rides, despite it being Memorial Day weekend and SUPER BUSY. Anyway, I love them for investing in their customers and being smart, n’stuff. Word.
The kids loved it and partied till way after the sun went down. Our little girl was wearing a sign-language shirt and one of the staff members spoke ASL. He gave the kids a free sucker because he was so happy to see the shirt. It was awesome.
Day 3-6: Peter Potter World (aka Universal Studios) and a Little Resort Time
Brandon had to be back to work on Tuesday, so he took Buddo home, and the girls stayed and played at Universal Studios the rest of the time. We ended up getting a season pass because it was only $10 more than getting a 3-day pass. We ended up going to the park here and there for 4 days like champions.
A. was so brave. She rode on almost every ride. She is 3. I’m talking King Kong, Transformers, Jurassic Park, MIB, Hogwarts Express, Gringotts–the works. She was so brave and such a trooper and it was fun to see her have such a good time. I will say, however, that she liked the land of Seuss the most, and also the Curious George water park.
I was trying not to get wet at the water park and some kid dumped a huge bucket of water on my head.
We also took a break and spent some time at the pool in the resort. The kids love to swim, so it’s perfect. Also, check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa (made out of brothers)…
Traveling with kids wasn’t bad this time around (minus the 3-hour drive home from Clearwater Beach…that wasn’t too fun). However, we learned that if you prep a special carry-on back with cheap and awesome toys and a bunch of snacks, you can’t go wrong. Also, bring an iPad and the kind of headphones that have the volume control on them like these ones:
The volume control is important when you fly, so kids don’t accidentally bump up the volume and blow their eardrums.
It was a hit!