Lots ‘o Disney in 2012!

If you have been following my tweets lately, you may have read that my 2012 is becoming a Disney year! In March, my family will be taking our very first Disney Cruise to the Bahamas and I will be attending the Disney Social Media Moms event at Walt Disney World in April.

So, in the coming weeks I will be sharing the planning phases of our Disney Cruise, including how to apply for passport, how to book/decide which Disney Cruise is right for your family, booking excursions and dining, and much, much more!

I will also be sharing my experience at the Disney Social Media Moms event, as well as tweeting and updating on Mom Spark’s Facebook Page!

Since this year is turning out to be a very Disney year, I wanted to share my favorite Walt Disney World memories, as well as hear your own.

AUGUST 2005

In August 2005, we took our very first family trip to Walt Disney World. (this was my first time as well!) At the time, we only had one child who was 5 years old, so the perfect age to take on the big world of Disney.

We stayed at the Pop Century Resort, which proved to be the best option for our budget.  The resort was very crowded and the buses were a little slow, but we made it work and had a fabulous time.

Some of our favorite moments include seeing Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (called MGM Studios at the time), eating at California Grill inside the Contemporary Resort, and riding Test Track at Epcot.

OCTOBER 2008

Three years after our first visit to Walt Disney World, it was time to go again.  This time, our oldest was 8 and we had an another child who was only 10 months. (I know, we were very brave to take him!)  We also joined the trip with our good friends.

We stayed at the All Star Music Resort, which had just been renovated.  The resort was very similar to Pop Century, but a little smaller and less crowded.  Getting on the buses was easier this time, but still a bit time consuming.  Our friends ended up renting a car and we were able to travel a bit with them, which made travel much smoother.

Some of our favorite moments from this trip include eating at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (the parade was EPIC!) and seeing the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom. (we never caught the show during our first trip)

MARCH 2010

In March 2010, I was invited to a blogger event by the Orlando CVB which included a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as Gatorland, Universal Studios and Sea World.  I was able to bring my oldest son, who was 10 at the time.

We stayed at the Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort on Universal Studios property. (we will be revisiting this property with the entire family in March!) The Orlando CVB transported us to each park location.

Some of my favorite memories from this quick Disney visit include riding the Rock ‘N Roller Coaster (which ended up being way too intense for my liking!), seeing the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, and finally getting the chance to ride Toy Story Mania! (I didn’t get a chance in ’08)

OCTOBER 2010

This was, by far, my favorite trip to Walt Disney World.  We went all out this time and also decided to invite my husband’s mother along.  My oldest was 10 and my youngest was almost 3.

We spared no expense on this trip (although we did receive free dining, which cut some costs) and stayed at the beautiful Polynesian Resort. This resort was, by far, our favorite due to the beautiful setting on the lake and super easy access to the monorail system.

Some of our favorite memories include watching the nightly fireworks on Polynesian’s “beach”, eating tons of Pineapple Dole Whip, and most of all, going to Epcot’s World Showcase with my husband, sans kids.  It was the first time we had the chance to go through each country, taste the food and ride all of the silly little rides along the way.  I will never forget that night.

DISNEY CRUISE AND EVENT!

I cannot wait to experience Disney on the water with my family in a few weeks and then heading to Walt Disney World by myself for a little work and pleasure.  Stay tuned for my adventures!

How many times have you visited Walt Disney World, Disneyland or the Disney Cruise Line? What are some of your most favorite memories? Feel free to leave links to your images and blog posts if you have them!

DISCLOSURE – This post is in no way sponsored.