Since learning we would be going to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration this past December, I have been giddy with anticipation. Yes– giddy. Darren and I went to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon over 6 years ago, and we haven’t been back since. Needless to say, it has a special place in my heart, and I was thrilled to return with my two most favorite people.
We left Snellville bright and early Wednesday morning– okay, so it was actually 6am and still dark outside, but that doesn’t sound as appealing. The conference didn’t officially start until Thursday, but we wanted to be there when registration opened at 8am. This would be the longest road trip we had taken with Raileigh, and definitely the most she’d been in a car since being potty trained 6 months ago.
So, I planned out a few stops for us along the way. I tried to space it out so that we stopped approximately 2 hours into our trip, about every hour or so after, and then 2 hours before arriving at our destination. Of course, we got a bit of track and were antsy to reach Orlando, so we did wind up skipping our last few stops. However, we did see a few fun things along the way. Okay– they were fun to me. I really like roadside oddities and think they’re a great way to liven up a long road.
We arrived sometime between 4pm and 5pm at our hotel. We had opted for a dirt cheap hotel we’d found on one of those online deal sites. I figured that we’d only be there for a night, so it would be just fine. WRONG! When we entered the room, I noticed it wasn’t the best, but we had opted for a budget hotel. We got changed and freshened up a bit before heading out for the evening.
We stopped for dinner at a nearby Fuddruckers. We just to have one of these amazing hamburger joints near us, but sadly it closed down last year. So, when we saw the big yellow sign announcing it, we knew instantly where we’d be enjoying dinner.
After filling ourselves, we headed out for an evening at Downtown Disney. I have never seen the place as packed as it was this night. There were wall to wall people everywhere, and we did good to find a parking spot. However, we still spent a few hours walking around and enjoying the atmosphere.
My favorite part of the evening was the human statue. Yes– a human statue. There was a woman that was painted a dressed to look like a piece of artwork on display. We stopped to take a picture with her, and enjoyed as others walked by unknowingly.
We also spent a bit of time exploring outside the Planet Hollywood that is located at Downtown Disney. Raileigh quickly dubbed the big blue ball “blueberry hill”, which I think she might have picked up from Dora.?? There were also many famous hand prints cast into the walls outside the souvenir shop. We, of course, just had to put our hands against those of Mickey Mouse!
After wandering around a bit longer and checking out the life size princesses on display, we headed back to our hotel for the night. Raileigh was exhausted, as were we, so I turned the bed down and got ready to climb in.
That’s when I noticed that the sheets had obviously not been changed. I was one unhappy mom. After 25 minutes and being told they’d “look into” getting some new sheets for us, Darren was finally able to acquire a freshly laundered set. After that, I felt yucky the entire night and wished that the time until we checked in our beautiful Disney Resort for the conference would pass quickly.
Moral of the story? Don’t go dirt cheap. In fact, I recommend just staying at a Disney Resort, even if it’s one of the value ones. Chances are, you won’t be disappointed. And, I can imagine that they would NEVER leave dirty sheets on a bed.
Stay tuned for a look at the rest of our stay at the wonderful Walt Disney World!