Disney World

Going to Disney World over Halloween was an idea that Brady came up with over a year ago. He did all of the planning and made all  of the reservations and I was so thankful because it turns out that planning a trip to Disney World is a little overwhelming.
We spent the first day at Epcot. Epcot had the Food and Wine festival going on so after riding some rides, we toured the world and ate way to much. All of the little mini countries were pretty cool to see and they did a great job at making you feel like you were actually in that country.  That night we had dinner in Mexico at San Angel Inn Restaurante. It was Dave and Linda’s anniversary so they got some free ice cream. We loved getting to celebrate with them.

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Day two was spent at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. We arrived bright and early to Animal Kingdom in hopes of seeing the animals a little more active on the safari. The Safari ended up having a delayed opening so we decided to walk around and see the gorillas. After seeing the gorillas, we got to go on the safari and saw so many animals. Getting to see the animals made getting up early worth it.  I think that Animal Kingdom was one of my favorite parks.
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The best (and worst) part of Hollywood studios was Toy Story land. Toy Story land was so cute and SO busy. We ended up waiting in line for a long time while in Toy Story land. For dinner that night we ate at a 50’s dinner buffet and got to take pictures with Mickey, Dasiy and Donald. Minnie and Goofy were also there. 
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Day three was Halloween and Linda’s Birthday. We spent the morning hitting up some rides and then went back to the hotel to rest up for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  I feel like Mickey’s Halloween Party could have its own post and this is already a long post so I’ll say that this was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. If you ever get a chance to go to an after party, DO IT!! 
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Day Four was spent at Universal Studios. By this point we were all SO tired and most likely looked like a small herd of zombies walking around the park.  We stopped at Ollivanders wand shop and the wand keeper picked me to go up and get a wand. I was so embarrassed to have to go up in front of a group a strangers but it was really a fun experience. The wand that “chose” me  was the Ash wand. The wand keeper said that the people who have ash wands are kind and generous with a gift for seeing what is beautiful in the world and in others and are also healers. I found that to be very interesting because as a nurse, those are qualities that I strive for.  Universal Studios is massive and we didn’t really even get to check out the entire park but Diagon Alley was so much fun. On our way out of the park we stopped at Voodoo Donuts. I was so excited to get a Portland cream donut and visit another Voodoo’s. 

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Day  5 we decided to go back to Animal kingdom and Hollywood studios to get some rides that we had missed. I seriously thought that my  legs were going to fall off at this point and I felt like I could have slept standing up but it was a trip of a life time and I am so thankful that Brady and I were able to spent that time with Dave and Linda. 

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