My family was provided complimentary tickets to Walt Disney World. I was not asked to write or review our visit. Thank you to Disney for providing the tickets.
We started our journey to Disney World on a Friday evening. I picked Husband up from the Pentagon at 2 and we hit to road. Oh yes friends, we drove there. We drove about 7 hours until we hit South Carolina and called it a night at a local hotel. It was a horrible night of
sleep for all of us. Careena and Hailee slept in a queen bed with me, while my Husband slept in a queen bed by himself. We were better off trying to drive straight through and pull to the side of the road for a cat nap when we got tired. The girls were sleeping fine in the car and didn't sleep at all in the hotel. We drove the remaining 7 hours the next day and made it safely to Florida. We went straight to the Airport to pick up our rental. Rental you ask? Well the reason we made this trip to Florida is because my Step Daughter lives there. We bought her a car and were driving it to her. Disney was a bonus and last minute decision.
We have traveled all over the world, but I have never experienced a resort like the one we stayed at on Disney property. Shades of Green is a Military resort only open to Military personnel and their family. My Husband retired from the Air Force after 30 years of service and we were elated to stay at a place exclusive to our family and lifestyle. From the amazing pool side view, the stellar food at the restaurants inside the resort and the extreme family friendliness (they provided cribs for both of the girls and they both slept through both nights in them), I give it 5+ stars. We sadly didn't get to enjoy the pools because we were at Disney from sun up until sun down but they were nice to look at.
We spent Saturday evening at Downtown Disney with the whole family, to include my step daughter and granddaughter. Any place on or around Disney is so magical at night time. Careena went to Disney as an infant and had no idea what she was in store for:
After just a short amount of time there the girls were exhausted and so were us adults. We decided to head back to Shades of Green for a good night sleep in preparation for Magic Kingdom the next day.
We woke up bright and early the next morning and hopped on a shuttle bus from Shades of Green to Magic Kingdom where we met up with my Step Daughter and Granddaughter. We arrived at guest relations and quickly got our 3 day park hopper media tickets courtesy of Walt Disney World.
From the second we walked into the park there was nothing but smiles, from all of us.
Careena's eyes were so wide with delight, it was amazing to watch her glow. Isabella, my granddaughter and Careena were attached at the hands, they even bought all of the same Disney swag!
There is the Julian clan...minus me of course ;)
We went to the character meet and greet.
This was their face while we waited in line
We went on a few younger child friendly rides
And then came the crash from the snacks and fun
We ended our day after a trip to universal studios only for every single one of the girls to come crashing down at the same time. We went back to our hotel and the next morning said our Goodbyes. We took a rather quick flight home and are still in Disney bliss.
So, how did I feel about the whole trip? Well, this:
I would never recommend Disney World in the middle of August. It was unbearably hot, almost unsafe for the younger children. If we had timed it better we could have gone at a later date, but things just worked out the way they did and all for good reasoning. Our next Disney World vacation will be at Halloween or Christmas time. We did Christmas one year (before kids) and it was magical, with kids would be even better. The twinkle in their eye?!!
Thanks for hosting my family!