After many years of waiting and planning, we surprised our girls with a spring break trip to Florida. The girls are currently six and eight and at the perfect ages for the magic of Disney. After a very long drive, which went surprisingly smoothly, we arrived at our hotel in Florida and settled in to recuperate from the journey.
One of the best parts of the day was watching the after dark shows. The projected show on Cinderella's castle was amazing. So much has changed in that respect since I was there so many years ago. The fireworks were beautiful as well. We were lucky enough to watch them from one of the bridges across Cinderella's moat and Tinkerbell flew right over us. The girls were in awe, though admittedly Gabby was exhausted, a little grumpy, and very ready for bed.
Today, we went to Universal. Thankfully, we weren't
planning a ridiculously long day there. We are pretty worn out from
Disney. We started the day in Hogsmeade, because well, let's face it,
we are nerds and LOVE Harry Potter. The girls are in the process of
reading the series and had so much fun seeing everything. I loved all
the details they had there. So many shops and so much to experience.
Unfortunately, Gabby was too short for most of the roller coasters, but
we did get to go on some fun rides. The Escape from Gringotts ride in
Diagon Alley was amazing! One of my favorite parts of our experience
there was the food. The frozen butterbeer was delicious! We ate lunch
at the Leaky Cauldron and had some great British pub food. We had to
convince the girls that bangers and mash were really just brats and
mashed potatoes. Apparently, the name makes a difference despite the
fact they look exactly like brats and mashed potatoes. Silly girls! We
also got ice cream from Florean Fortescue's. Such fun flavors. We had
chocolate chili (which was rather spicy) and salted caramel blondie.
Tomorrow, we are off to the ocean! I can't wait!