Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Orlando Trip Recap

If y'all follow me on Instagram then you know that I just recently got home from Orlando! Two of my best friends and I took a girls' road trip last week and spent 3 days enjoying all that the city has to offer. While it rained every single day which put a bit of a damper on our fun, we still managed to see and do SO much! Here's a little recap of all the fun that we had!

Day 1: Universal, Islands of Adventure, Harry Potter World

We started off our morning with a Brooklyn Water Bagels run {perfect beginning to any road trip!} and bumped into one of our old teachers and her husband which was so fun. Then we embarked on our 2.5 hour drive to Orlando! After arriving we went straight to Universal/Islands of Adventure's Harry Potter World! The day started off on a high {or should I say sugary?} note with a cup of the famous ButterBeer!

Unfortunately, the storms set in around lunchtime and it poured from then on! Luckily they only shut down the rides for a little while due to thunderstorms. The highlights of the day were definitely riding the Hulk in the pouring rain (which I must add, was very painful - having rain hit your face at 60 mph isn't exactly relaxing) & being allowed to ride Popeye endless times without ever getting off the ride because there was not another soul in line (the rain really clears people out!) This photo is fantastic and well captures our soaking-wet glory...we were a little soggy but still in great spirits and having TONS of fun!

One of the sweetest surprises was when we pulled out of the parking garage after leaving the park, we were greeted by this beautiful sunset! I have never seen a "double rainbow" or a rainbow that went the whole way across the sky, so both in one was truly breathtaking!

At Night: CityWalk

After showering and relaxing a bit from our day full of adventures, we headed back to Universal for dinner and exploring at Citywalk. We had a great dinner at Margaritaville {try the volcano nachos - they're awesome!} and then enjoyed yummy ice cream from Cold Stone! Since we didn't even eat dinner till around 10pm that night, we were definitely wiped out from our day full of activities and adrenaline! I'm amazed we all looked this good after a full day at the theme park!

Day 2: Ohana Breakfast at the Polynesian Resort & Magic Kingdom

Growing up one of my favorite things at Disney was always the character breakfasts, so of course we had to attend one while in Orlando! We went to the Ohana breakfast at the Polynesian Resort which was delish and very unique because it is served family style. My friends and I got to meet Pluto, Mickey Mouse, Lilo, and Stitch!

To be totally honest no matter how old I get I will never stop adoring all of the disney characters!

After breakfast we headed to everyone's favorite park... Magic Kingdom! Also you may have noticed in the first photo from the Ohana breakfast, but I made my friends and I matching tanks to wear to the Disney park! They were so comfy and we got TONS of compliments. Nothing like monogrammed Minnie Mouse ears!

We really had the most magical day despite the fact that it poured for the majority of our time at the park. We're all Floridians... we're used to the obnoxious rain!

Day 3: Downtown Disney

 The last day we had originally planned to go to Typhoon Lagoon, Disney's water park. But unfortunately when we woke up the weather report showed thunderstorms all day long. So instead, we spent the day exploring Downtown Disney! We did a little bowling at Splitsville {coolest bowling alley ever, by the way}, ate lunch at Rainforest Cafe, and even ended our day with some ice cream sundaes from the Ghirardelli store!

Overall we had a blast and I know that it was a trip that we will remember for years! Since we are all going to different states for college (TX, SC, & FL) these last moments together are even more special!


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