A few weeks ago I shared that my family and I had been invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  Not only was it a honor to be invited, but it was my first time going to Disney World!  I have a lot to share from our trip but wanted to start off with 8 things I learned on my first trip to Disney World.  Here we go!

 

Walt Disney World Resort is a Resort

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This sounds silly but I always thought of Disney World as an amusement park.  But it's so much more.  Just staying at our hotel, the Beach Club, we would have had plenty to do without ever going into one of the parks!  The pools were amazing, we were on a little lake with a beach, there were scheduled family activities everyday.  From the moment we boarded the Magical Express, the complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel, we were treated well and the service was great.

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At dinner one of our nights we met a family who has been coming to the same restaurant for the same server for 30 years. The now retired parents were eating at Biergarten with us telling us how they have loved coming to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Such a sweet story!

 

The Magic Kingdom is Pure Magic

Not kidding.  I'll be honest, with my first trip to Disney World happening at 35 years old, my expectations were high.  Magic Kingdom blew me away.  When you walk through those gates, the feeling of happiness is overwhelming.   From the kids being greeted with "Good morning, Princess!" to seeing all of your favorite characters from childhood to present day in parades, the Magic Kingdom lives up to its name!

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Wear Your Button!

Since it was everyone in our family's first trip to Walt Disney World Resort except my husband, we all received buttons that noted this was our first visit.  Madeline who loves a button, wore hers everywhere.  

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A super great cast member named Justine who works in Mexico at Epcot saw her button and struck up a conversation.  Madeline told her we were in line for our first ride on our first visit and she moved us to the front of the line!  It was a fun touch to make our first ride at Disney World even more memorable.  

There are buttons for birthdays, anniversaries, engagements and more.  Every time a cast member sees someone with a button they go out of their way to make them feel special.  It's such a nice touch!

 

Don't Skip Any Parks

I have to admit when planning our days at all of the parks I contemplated skipping Epcot. But since we stayed at an Epcot resort which was only a quick walk, we found ourselves at Epcot almost everyday!  It has a more relaxed feel, great food and drinks and even a playground for the kids to just burn off energy. We learned that each of the parks have their own unique atmospheres and are all great in their own ways. 

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Meet Mickey Mouse

It might take a Fast Pass or a wait in a long line but meet Mickey. At registration for the Disney Social Media Moms Registration Will had fallen asleep on the walk over and the girls were off in Epcot riding rides. I was able to get this great pic but all of us needed to meet the mouse when when they were actually awake. 

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I'm so glad we used a Fast Pass. Will's face was priceless and he would not let go of Mickey.  Even our 9 and 6 year olds couldn't get enough. 

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Animal Kingdom at Night is AMAZING 

Granted, my first time ever at Animal Kingdom was at night, but we did go back during the day. You will not have more fun than riding Expedition Everest in the dark. Tears were streaming down our cheeks we were laughing so hard.  

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Don't let Ellie's face fool you - she rode Expedition Everest four times!

At night, the Tree of Life takes on a whole new role. Animals move and an entire show is projected onto the tree. The River Of Light show is going to be spectacular. Trust me, we got a behind the scenes look from the show creator. 

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Don't Skip the Classics

it may be tempting to run straight for the big rides but Dumbo, the Tea Cups, Small World and the classics are still around for a reason - they are so fun!  Our family of five laughed so hard spinning on the Tea Cups. It was one of our favorite moments from our vacation.  

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Stay Late

Being out all day at the parks can be exhausting but the Electrical Parade and fireworks at Cinderella's Castle cannot be missed.  

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During our trip we stayed out late enough to see fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  All three of our kids (and grown ups, too!) loved seeing the fireworks displays.  Each park's night time show is completely different so you can watch one or watch them all!

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My family just can not thank Disney Social Media Moms enough for inviting us to this year's Celebration.  There were so many firsts for our family - our first family vacation as a family of 5, four of our first visits to Disney World and we brought home a million amazing memories!  Stay tuned for more from The Little Style File on the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.

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