If you’ve ever had any length of conversation with me, you know that I want to live in Disney World. It’s my most favorite place and a different experience every time we go. So let me walk you through our week at Disney and I’ll share a few photo tips along the way!
We decided to fly this time and let the Magical Express pick us up at the airport.
For this trip, we stayed in the Art of Animation resort. The boys loved it! We were in the Cars theme family suites and truly felt like we were in Radiator Springs staying at the Cozy Cone.
One of my favorite things to do at Disney World is hunt for the hidden Mickey’s! We use the Hidden Mickey app to log our finds. We started finding them as soon as we checked in and found even more as we made our way through Disney Springs. Disney Springs is what used to be known as Downtown Disney.
We always like to get a Christmas ornament for each trip and I like to get coffee mugs. Disney Springs is a great place to find those items!! Not to mention the Lego store that we have to frequent. We ate at T-Rex that night. The food was great and chocolate lava desert was incredible! The only thing I did not like at T-Rex was the volume, it’s extremely loud.
We had a complete week this time so we spent plenty of time at the parks and tried different eating places every day. Some character meals and some not. Some good food, some not so much. As always, we love the character breakfast at Tuskar House. Dinner at Be Our Guest is not only great food, but a magical atmosphere. And try the Grey Stuff….it’s delicious, just ask the dishes! 😉 We enjoyed dinners at Sanaa and The Coral Reef as well. Our absolute most favorite place to eat is O’Hana at the Polynesian resort. We like to do dinner there and sit by the windows. While eating we watch the water parade and have a great view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom.
And, of course, you should always get the famous Dole Whip!! ….and the pot roast mac ‘n cheese from The Friar’s Nook!
This is the second time we’ve done the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and it never disappoints!! The Hocus Pocus castle show is worth the ticket alone.
Make sure to pick up some candy corn ice cream while you’re there!!
This funny lady sits outside of the Haunted Mansion talking to guests as they wait in line and pass by. She is hilarious and I could listen to her all night!
I’m always amazed at how much the castle can transform within seconds. And the Boo to You Halloween Parade is led in by the Headless Horseman so we like to get in front of the Sleepy Hollow to watch the parade pass by!
As much as I love my big Canon and used a 24-70 lens for all the images you see here, I did put it down for a lot of the trip and just enjoy my family and our moments. I also used my instax camera to take quick snaps that printed instantly and I placed in a mini album. Can you spot the Hidden Mickey on the image below???
I also use my iPhone with an olloclip attachment and the VSCO app for quick editing.
When I plan our Disney vacations, I listen to WDW Prep School Podcasts. She has a ton of podcasts that are super helpful, but this one is photography related.
And as much as I love taking pictures, there are times when I pay other people to take care of that for me. Even though I’m not a huge fan of being in the images myself, I believe it’s an important thing to do. Disney does a great job of this and make sure to ask for “magic shots”!! The next series of images were all taken on Disney’s PhotoPass.