I enjoy travel! Ok, who doesn’t? But seriously, ever since I was a little girl I have love love loved to travel. Growing up my family owned a golf course, which meant every January we headed to Orlando for the annual Golf Expose…and DISNEY WORLD. It might sound pathetic but I am twenty-four years old and have been there over thirty times. My family, my husband’s family and now the two of us, all purchased timeshare to be Disney Vacation Club Members and go at least once a year as an entire family, or just Ryan and I. Despite my age, Disney just has a feeling of peace, excitement and joy.
Since I have gotten older our trips have changed a little bit. Ryan and I have three favorite times of year to visit…
1. Fall/Food and Wine Festival
End of September, October, is one of the best times to go as an adult. Most kids have just started school so their parents aren’t ready to take them out for vacation so most parks are relatively empty. But the best part of the fall is the Food and Wine Festival! They have been hosting this event for sixteen years, with plenty of tasting booths, demonstrations, exclusive ticketed events, chefs from the Food Network, etc. all around the World Showcase in Epcot. It is so much fun to walk around the perimeter, feeling the breeze and enjoying some seriously delicious eats. Every foodie should go if they can!
We love to go in the beginning of December because again, kids are just back in school after Thanksgiving break, and have another winter vacation coming soon. There are much smaller crowds, but the highlite is the decorations. If you love holidays (which I do!) you will be blown away by the spectacle and Disney magic! Seriously, it is like magic…even if you never go look for the HGTV special on how they transform the parks overnight and you will be blown away by how efficient these people are. It takes me like 2 weeks to fully decorate my house and its 1/100000 the size of Disney World.
3. ESPN the Weekend
Typically held the last weekend of February, or first part of March, this time is awesome for sports fans! Sports celebs come and do interviews, mingle, play along with you in the Dick’s Interactive Sports Zone. It was the first weekend I ever took my husband to Disney World and he was hooked. I thought that was pretty smart marketing on my part, but I enjoy it too. Saturday morning they also have a 5k fun run for the V Foundation, which we have participated in a few times. It is really fun, some of the athletes run, and Mickey and Minnie are there at the finish line to cheer you on. Not to mention like most Disney races, you run through Hollywood Studios. It is a pretty sweet way to start your Saturday.
Now that I have promoted Walt Disney World, where is your “go-to” vacation spot? What are some of your favorite memories?