Flower & Garden Un-Birthday : Part III

We’re here! Part Trois!
A quick recap : it’s our first full day at the park and we spent the morning at DHS but now we’re exhausted and we need some downtime.

We were staying in the Mighty Ducks section of All-Star Movies and we thankfully had a little pool in our area. It was the perfect size and was not overly crowded or loud. The day was hella hot so I couldn’t wait to get my bikini on and jump in the water. Brandon was about ready for a nap so we got two lounge chairs in the shade so he could comfortably nap for an hour or so.

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I like the smaller pool areas in the resorts because, as we can all assume, the main pools are always crowded and super loud. Although they are close to the food court and the bar, it’s just not worth it. This one also had super cute decor with Goofy, who doesn’t quite understand how to hold a hockey stick, defending our goal.
IMG_6066After we got pleasantly sun kissed, we headed back to the room to get ready for an evening in Magic Kingdom! After we were eligible to make our fourth FastPass of the day, I snagged one for Splash Mountain which turned out to be a blessing because it was SO hot and the Stand By queue was 115 minutes long (boy bye). The potentially disastrous part of this is that we were seated in the first row of our log flume. Goodbye perfect makeup and hair. Hello Laughing Place! The best part about getting soaked on Splash Mountain? Drying off on the hub grass!

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*drying off on the hub grass WITH A MICKEY SHAPED PRETZEL (partially eaten bc I needed it)
This was our first ‘hub grass’ experience and it did not disappoint. In fact, it perfectly represented the vibe of this trip. I wanted to relax. I wanted to take in the scenery. I wanted to take the time to reflect and appreciate. This is exactly what the hub grass was for us in that moment. It became a reoccurring character on this mini vacation and really set this visit apart from our previous visits. So while we munched on our pretzel, sipped on our soda, dried our clothes, we listened to the calming music, people-watched, and were able to center our minds. I think this is incredibly important when you are touring around Walt Disney World, which seems sometimes like a race against the clock, that it should be encouraged to take 30 minutes out of your morning, afternoon, and evening to just chill. Sit down, lay down, eat a snack, eat a meal, and clear out all of the stress and the anxiety. You will make your next FastPass, you will get a good meal in, you will make it back to your hotel tonight with your dignity and your sanity in tact if you just take a few moments during the day to bring your mind and your heart back into the focus of your trip.

There are so many beautiful things to see and to hear, if you just take a moment to quiet your mind and listen! Now moving on!

The FastPass availability had depleted a bit. We were interested on going on whatever rides we could, with as small waits as possible. We were not going to turn our noses up at any ride at this point. We just wanted to get our fill while we could. We hopped on line for It’s A Small World and got a little overwhelmed with the crowd behind the castle. It was definitely worthy of a Spring Break crowd but we were desperate to leave that area but thankfully we had a FastPass available at Under the Sea so we were able to run over there afterwards for the opening of our FP window. We were about ready to call our day and decided on one more ride so we went to the Peoplemover, another first for us! We never put an emphasis on adding Peoplemover to our plans but now it will be a staple. It’s another perfect opportunity to sit, relax, listen, and watch. It was the perfect ride to end that day. Enough walking, navigating through crowds, checking the MDE app for stand by queues. We got to reflect on our first of two Magic Kingdom visits with a smile and then finally, we heard our stomachs.

We jumped off Peoplemover, ran through Tomorrowland, across the hub, and towards Sleepy Hollow for a waffle with powdered sugar and strawberries. It was really difficult to try to not inhale it. As much as we wanted to stick around for Wishes, we knew it would screw us up if we were to get on the buses after the show. We were able to watch most of the fireworks from the bus as we were driving back, which wasn’t the same, but we had no regrets because we got back into bed and ordered a pizza delivery. We ended our evening gorging on questionable pizza, in our pajamas, and watched Seinfeld. This is easily my favorite thing to do and we got to do it in our favorite place!

Outfit details!
Ears : Shop House of Mouse
Shirt : JCrew
Sandals : Urban Outfitters


2 thoughts on “Flower & Garden Un-Birthday : Part III

  1. Lisa says:

    This sounds like the perfect trip. I solo trip a lot and I always make sure to take time and relax. And although I’m from Northern NJ with some of the best pizza, I ALWAYS take a night to go back to the room and eat “questionable” pizza in bed. A trip wouldn’t be the same without it!


    • The Enchanted Park Hopper says:

      I’m originally from Long Island so I totally get the ‘sometimes you need to eat inferior pizza because it’s Disney and you deserve pizza in bed after this long day’ mindframe!

      I’ve never solo tripped but it’s definitely on my bucket list!


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