It is always fun to look back at the end of a year to see all what you accomplished & experienced. This year was definitely a whirlwind for us with our relocation and with Disney being such a huge part of our lives, I decided to take a look back at our Disney year in review in ABC form (must be the former teacher in me). It is always fun to look back at all the pictures and memories! I cannot wait to see what 2016 will bring. Enjoy!
A – Aqua Duck
With two cruises under our belts this year, we definitely enjoyed riding this fun water slide on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy!
B – Be Our Guest
We had experienced dinner at Be Our Guest multiple times, but this was our first time experiencing the breakfast and lunch options and they did not disappoint!
C – Cast Member
This is easy! Hubby landed his dream job and became a Cast Member in Florida, proving that dreams do come true!
D – Duffy
We said goodbye to Mickey’s favorite bear on his last day at Epcot, but purchased a ShellieMay to help get us through this difficult time.
E – EO
Another goodbye was said to Captain EO at Epcot in early December. We saw it in its last week and still believe the 80’s were a strange, strange time.
F – Force
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens being pretty much the biggest movie of all time, we definitely had Force Fever in our household. We visited the new Star Wars Launch Bay, saw the movie at Disney Springs, fell in love with BB-8 and plan to see it again on the first day of 2016!
G – Gaston
For the first time, we met everyone’s favorite guy at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, needless to say, he liked our costumes, but didn’t understand why Justin let me walk around and read books. Such awesome character interaction!
H – Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue
2015 marked the first time we witness this classic Disney dinner show at Fort Wilderness. Good food & even greater fun!
I – Islands
Going on two cruises, we got to enjoy our fair share of islands this year. We visited:
- Nassau, Bahamas
- St. Martin
- St. Thomas
- Castaway Cay (Disney’s Private Island and our favorite of them all!!!!!!)
J – Jafar
We had another first time visit with Jafar at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. He is definitely not as lively as Gaston!
K – Key
Our funny/not so funny story of 2015: The day we moved down here, our corporate apartment forgot to leave us our key in the lock-box as we were told. We arrived at 3 AM after 25 hours of driving straight to Florida and obviously the apartment office was closed. We called the 24 hour support line for the corporate housing company who basically told us to check into a hotel for the night and we would be reimbursed for the hassle. We checked into the nearest hotel we knew of:
Funny thing was, our room key didn’t work at the Contemporary either and we had to wait an additional 45 minutes before being let into our room by housekeeping. Overall, a very bad day for keys which we can laugh about now!
L – Lilo & Stitch
Met these two for the first time at the DVC Merry Mixer in December. It was my first time visiting the parks solo!
M – Move
We moved to Disney in 2015!
N – Nighttime at Animal Kingdom
We finally got to catch a glimpse of how amazing Animal Kingdom will be once a full day park as we were able to visit after dark! The park has such a different feel at night, definitely put it on your must do list for 2016!
O – Osborne Lights
With this being the final year of seeing these spectacular lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I am happy we got to experience them one last time. Here is to hoping that they return somewhere else on property next holiday season. I will miss you, Osborne Lights!!!
P – Polynesian Village Resort
This is where Disney placed us when we came down in September for our house hunting trip! It was the next resort on our list to stay at and we didn’t even request it. Magic!
Q – Quick
The whole move happened so quickly that sometimes I wake up and still cannot believe we are living down here and sitting in the hub grass! The entire year also seems like it flew by as well!
R – Resort Hopping
Living locally now, we can really enjoy the resorts. We love just visiting and grabbing a bite to eat or taking pictures. The holidays are always a special time to visit the resorts to see all their decorations! Hoping the pay to park at the resort test that they are doing right now does not happen!
S – Sunrise
We got to witness the most beautiful sunrise while aboard the Disney Fantasy in October. It was a pure accident too as Justin’s phone did not update and said it was 10:00 AM all the while it was really 5:00 AM. These are #insidestateroomproblems.
T – The Magical Escape
This was the year this little blog was launched! I am glad to still be posting a year later and hope to do more blogging in 2016 than I did in 2015! Being local should help with that!
U – United Airlines
Believe it or not, this year marked the first time my husband and I ever flew together, and of course it was to Disney. Since our house hunting trip was only a few days and we were in the middle of moving, it just made more sense to fly! It was my first flight since 2000 and his first that he can remember!
V – Visitors
We now look forward to seeing our family and friends when they come to visit. We have already had both sides of the family come down for short visits and we have more to look forward to more in the summer! It is fun to share our Disney love with those we love!
W – Wish
It is a tradition of ours to make a wish at Cinderella fountain behind the castle. Since we moved down, the fountain and surrounding shops have been under refurbishment and behind scrims. Recently, they took the scrims down and the fountain is back, but I won’t be able to get to Magic Kingdom until 2016! I guess they figure we didn’t need to make anymore wishes since we finally moved down here.
X – Xmas Tree
All of our belongings are still in storage, but I still wanted to get a Christmas tree. We got a very small tree and decorated it with Disney things we had lying around like our Tsum-Tsums, Justin’s extra CM nametag and an ornament we got engraved for the year (which is another Disney tradition).
Y – Yummy
Between the two Disney cruises, our May and September Disney vacations and now living here, we have got to experience a lot of yummy food! Some of the new places we tried this year included: Coral Reef, T-Rex Cafe, Cape May dinner, The Boathouse, and so much more! Plus we got to experience the Food & Wine Festival multiple times which was amazing!
Z – Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
The lyrics to this song pretty much sum up 2015 for me, minus the Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder:
My oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Mister bluebird on my shoulder
It’s the truth
Everything is satisfactual
Happy New Year everyone!!! Hoping 2016 proves to be as magical as 2015!