A Day at Disney

  Part of this Florida trip was a surprise stop at Disney for a day of fun.  My kids had no idea what was in store for them, since we had been referring to it as “Going to Dairy Queen” the entire time.  (if we didn’t call it SOMETHING, one of us would’ve slipped up!) Destiny wondered why we’d be going to Dairy Queen in Florida since we have one in Kansas? 

  So first, we went to Ocala to see Uncle Chad and Aunt Lauren, visit the Furniture Store called “The Carriage Trade” that Chad manages for Dad, and visit a couple of their favorite restaurants they wanted to take us to.  We made a day trip of it, knowing all along, we’d drive to Orlando that night and stay in a condo there until the next mornings big “Dairy Queen” announcement.


Let me be a commercial for one minute:

Carriage Trade has over of 4,000 pieces of new & consigned name brand, quality furniture and décor, all in one big 30,000 sq. ft. show room. It is SO fun to walk around and see all the cool stuff.  If you live close by, you should go, you seriously can’t beat these prices!!!!!! 




Watching Uncle Chad hard at work


We ate lunch at Lorito’s , this authentic Italian hole in the wall restaurant.

Oh. My. Goodness.  In-stinkin-credible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


We put away 2 larges in about 10 minutes flat.


We spent the rest of the day hanging out at Chad and Lauren’s so the kids could nap.  Papa gave Tylan a wooden replica of the Sprint Car he used to drive when I was a kid, so you can imagine that kept him entertained the rest of the afternoon!  Look how proud he is!  He gasped when Papa handed it to him and couldn’t believe it was his to keep. “Do I get to take back to Kansas?” Sure buddy.  “WOOOOAH!”



  Sweet Lauren made the girls’ day by French braiding their hair. (I have GOT to learn how to do this, with 2 girls I have NO excuse not to know how!)


They treated us all to Brewster’s Ice Cream for snack time.  What a darling Ice Cream place! We don’t have a Brewster’s which is too bad, it was great!!!! Oldies music, bubbles blowing from the roof top, hula hoops and free ice cream for little ones.


We left after supper and arrived late in Orlando with the kids sleeping in the back of the coach.  We carried them in and put them 3 wide in the bed, away they slumbered, having no idea what the next morning held!!!!!!!!!!!!


 Sweet dreams little ones! Tomorrow will be such an amaaaaaaazing day!

  They woke up bright and early, ready to eat the cupcakes Drea had promised them the night before if they’d lay down and go right to sleep.  (Apparently, Grandma’s have all sorts of privileges we momma’s do not! Like bribing with sweets for breakfast!)   🙂


As they ate, we talked about what kind of fun adventures we could go on while we were in this fun condo for the day.  Papa says he already has some fun plans for us.  Then, real casual-like, “We are going to Disney World today….

The photos, although not the best, tell the rest of the story:

The little kids got it right away, squealing and saying Yay!


 Sweet, responsible Destiny had to think about it a bit longer, saying “I thought we didn’t have any money for extra things right now.”

(Can you tell she has been paying attention during our year of financial discipline?! That, and when she had asked about Disney in the past I told her we’d have to save up all our dollars for a long time before going.)


We assured her that Papa and Drea had it covered and were treating us to a day at Disney.  THEN the smiles came! 


“Wait, we really ARE going?  TODAY?” (Giggles)


“We are going to Disney! We are going to Disney! We are going to Disney!”




Getting 4 adults, 4 kids, a cooler, a diaper bag and 2 strollers into the tram was interesting!



  It took us an HOUR to get into the actual park.  Wow! Guess we won’t be popping out to the coach for lunch and naps after all!



First stop, Mickey Ears and meeting the Princesses:





Look at Avery staring adoringly up at Belle….Pax thinks she’s pretty great too!








IMG_6457Later, we saw Rapunzel, but her line went CLEEEEEAR around the building. The kids were bummed!

All that was forgotten though, when they got to meet Buzz Lightyear!


We stayed from 9 am – 7 pm with happy kids, I couldn’t believe it!  Pax napped on and off in the stroller, and Avery even took a nap!  She must have been exhausted, because she stayed asleep when transferred to Daddy’s arms for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. 




  By 7 it was stormy, they were unsure of whether or not they were going to have the evening parade or not, so we called it a day.  I wish now that we had pushed through for the 9 parade, but man, at the time…we were DONE!  Our rule of thumb is to leave while everyone is still happy.   🙂

  We got back to the condo just in time to take a swim in the big tub and off to beddy-by. 


It was an incredible day!  Thanks Papa & Drea for blessing us with this AMAAAAZING trip!


6 thoughts on “A Day at Disney

  1. Oh your day at Disney looks Fantastic!
    I have to say It is one of my favorite places to vacation to I have been there 26 times yep that’s right 26 times and hope to go back agian soon 🙂
    It is where the magic begins!
    I have to say I have really been enjoying your vacation posts heck I love your Blog in general!
    I try not to read your posts each day unless I have my daily chores done or I get lost in your stories and don’t want to go back!
    Your very belssed to have such a wonderful Dad to give you such a nice vacation!
    Looking forward to your next post.
    Make it a good day!

    • Wow 26 times? That is impressive! Which park is your favorite? Your comment made me smile! 🙂 I make myself get my chores done too before I come on here to read what all you sweet ladies have to say!

  2. That was one epic day in Disneyworld!!! It looks like you all had sooooo much fun. Praise the Lord, no meltdowns, no rainstorms….what a treat. And I’m sure you blessed the socks off your Dad and Drea by letting them give your family this gift, too. The photos of Pax with lipstick on his cheek are precious 🙂

  3. This looks like such a good time! Samuel and Dane want to go to Disney SOO bad. We hope to take them next year! Glad you all had such a wonderful trip!

  4. I’m Glad I made you smile !
    To answer you my favorite Is Magic Kingdom!!
    I could go there and never be seen again:)
    I love it’s a small world and Tomorrow land and Presidents Hall of fame.
    I love it all and I could just get lost on Main Street I just love the feel of it!
    After looking at your Disney post yesterday I told my hubby when he got home I had to go to Disney :))
    The very first year we went ( I believe the second year they were open) we took our dog with us and they had kennels right after you got into the park and it was $1.00 for the day yep one dollar and that got your pet feed and watered all day and walked several times and kept in an air conditioned area…..Excuse me while I go pack LOL….

  5. Very Cool Post Tonya I enjoyed reading it a lot the kids look like they had a GREAT DAY!!!! I have not been over as much lately because I have not spent much time out and about on the Internet trying to finish that Disney Photo Book before they go back to school next week!!!! 😦 I’m gonna miss them during the day that is for sure.

    I really loved all the pictures thanks for sharing!!!

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