Monday, January 26, 2015

Quick Trip to Disney

Last Monday, my mama, G and I spontaneously decided to take a day trip to Orlando. Like I've shared before (here + here), we live about an hour and a half away, so we have the opportunity to go often and take advantage of being close.

We actually left the house that morning intending to head to Sarasota. We've been wanting to check out the Ringling Museum for some time now and the weather was perfect that day. Only problem was that we were running late. It was already after 11:00 and the museum was going to close at 5:00. I didn't want to risk driving all the way down there and not being able to see all of the exhibits. And, so, we quickly changed our plans, heading east instead of south.

We chose to go to Downtown Disney, mostly because there are no admission costs. We were all hungry whenever we arrived, so we grabbed a bite to eat at one of the spots we hadn't tried before, Planet Hollywood. It was okay, but nothing special. The food was a bit overpriced for the quality. But, then again, we're talking about Disney, so everything is pretty much overpriced. Ha! There are plenty of better restaurant choices there if you're ever in the area. I'd highly recommend going to Raglan Road, House of Blues, Bongos or The Rainforest Cafe instead.

After we ate, we walked around for a bit and then hopped a bus to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. It's our favorite place to stay, but unfortunately the rates have recently skyrocketed. Even with the Florida resident discount, it's still too high. So, knowing that we wouldn't be able to stay there this year, we decided to go visit the only way we knew how. We enjoyed some dessert and hot cocoa and then took the bus back. The sun was beginning to set as we ventured off into the shops and checked out the new food truck scene. I really loved the atmosphere; the live music, the vertical flame heaters. It was all really nice and I wish we could have stayed a little longer!

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