Monday, September 3, 2018

Disney August 2018

Hey guys,

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying your holiday! So I recently went to Disney with my family! We decided on a semi-last minute trip because we hadn't really gone all summer. We went in June but we didn't go at all in July and we weren't really planning on going in August either but we decided to take a trip before I started my new job and because I quit my old job so soon. We thought it would be a fun nice little vacation!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Anyways we left Friday after my sister got off from work at around 4:45ish. Our parents actually left a little bit before us since neither of them worked and then sometimes it's just easier to have two cars when you want to split off and do your own thing! So my sister and I got on the road after I picked her up from work (I dropped her off there that morning) and then we usually drive half way and switch drivers and get something to eat and go to the bathroom. This time we decided to stop somewhere else and switch drivers and eat at a Wendy's. We used to stop at McDonalds but we never really got anything to eat there unless it was breakfast time. I actually don't eat McDonald's and haven't in years except for the two times I ate there in Paris because I'm such a picky eater haha. 
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Anyways once we got there we decided to take a walk on over to the Polynesian resort and see if we could see some fireworks. The resort we stayed at is called Shades of Green and it's their military resort. So you can only stay there if you are in the military or are retire from the military. It's not an official Disney Resort but it is on Disney Resort property so you kind of get all of the same perks except they don't have the typical buses and I believe you also won't get free parking at the parks. But the resort is like a 15 minute walk from the Polynesian resort which is great because from there you can hop on a bus or take the monorail somewhere. 
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Anyways, once we made it to the Polynesian we kind of figured out that there wasn't going to be any fireworks that night because of a special event. So we ended deciding to go back to the hotel room and my sister and I took advantage of the extra magic hours and headed on over to Hollywood Studios. We ended up driving there because it seemed so much easier than taking a bus and I am so glad that we did because we basically got front row parking which like never happens for us!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
The downside to going to Hollywood Studios is that currently it is still majorly under construction because they are adding a new Star Wars land next fall and they are also adding gondola rides to transport people from Hollywood Studios to different resorts and maybe some other areas but I'm not entirely sure where. I think tat it will be very exciting when they open them because they haven't added anymore monorails because of how expensive it is but it will be very nice for there to be a different way to transport people from parks to resorts.

My sister and I walked around Hollywood Studios for a bit and rode Tower of Terror which is our favorite Disney ride and then we were deciding whether or not we should wait in line for the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster. The wait time wasn't too bad but we decided not to wait and take advantage of the extra magic hours the next morning and ride the ride then.
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
The next day we woke up at like 6 and then got to the park by 7 so we could hop in line for the Slinky Dog Dash. We waited about 30 minutes for the ride and I am very glad we did! Then we walked over to the other side of the park and hopped on Rockin' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror, both had very short wait times! After we got off of both of those rides we walked back over to the new Toy Story Land because we hungry for breakfast and there aren't that many places that sell breakfast at Hollywood Studios I guess. Also, we figured we would try out the new food at Toy Story Land! After breakfast we rode Toy Story Mania and then we headed back to the hotel because it was like 10 and we wanted to go back to take a nap!

Honestly, I really like the way we did things on Saturday because we got there before like most other people and we were able to ride so many rides with barely any wait times. And then all we did was go back to our hotel after like 3 hours and took a nap for like an hour! Our parent's ended up doing their own thing in the morning. They went to Animal Kingdom and rode a couple rides over there and checked out all of the animals. The morning really is the best time to go see the animals! After they were done there they came back to the hotel and we ended up eating lunch together at one of the restaurants at our hotel.
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Then we all went to Epcot together so we could ride Frozen together and a couple other rides! My sister and I went ahead of our parents because they wanted to stay behind a little bit and relax before going back out. My parent's had reservations at the German restaurant in Epcot and that's one of the main reasons we went. Plus Epcot is like the food park so it's nice to go to enjoy the food. Which is kind of ironic because the food that my sister and I got wasn't really the greatest. The best part was the dessert which we chose chocolate mouse! We all also rode Soarin' before separating which is a ride I hadn't been on in like 12 or 13 years. The last time I rode it was in California in 2005. The main reason I don't ride it is because I tend to get motion sick and I am also afraid of heights! We of course ended up right in the front row so that was great! But I actually enjoyed the ride for the most part and only had to close my eyes for a few parts. The taking off and landing parts were the hardest for me!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Anyways, after my sister and I finished with out dinner one of my friends that I've known since elementary school happened to be at the park as well and so we went to go visit with her for a little bit! It was a lot of fun catching up with her because we haven't seen each other in years but we still occasionally chat with each on social media! After we finished meeting with my friend, our parents were done with their dinner and so we all went back to Hollywood Studios so our parents could check out the new Toy Story Land. My dad had no interest in it whatsoever until my sister and I couldn't stop talking about it so of course he had to go check it out for himself.
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018 
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
While we were back at Hollywood Studios we first went to watch Fantasmic because it had been years since we had all seen in. After we headed back to check out the new land with our parent's and we all rode Toy Story Mania because the wait times weren't too bad. After that our parent's went back to hotel and my sister and I stuck around for the Star Wars show that they have at the end of the night. It was pretty neat show but I'm not really a big Star Wars fan so I didn't really know much about what was going on!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney August 2018
On Sunday we went to Magic Kingdom and we had fast passes for a few different rides that we rode together and then some that we didn't ride together. Some of the rides that my sister and I rode include, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Peter Pan. Together as a family we rode Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and The People Mover. Pirates was our last ride and after that we split up again and  my sister and I went to go look for stuff for a baby shower that we threw yesterday for one of our friends! She's having a little boy and the theme was Peter Pan! We actually didn't end up finding anything because apparently the parks don't really sell too much Peter Pan stuff anymore. After that we all headed back to our hotel to grab our cars. We somehow ended up beating our parents because they stopped to get ice cream and they took their sweet time exiting the park as well. My mom didn't really want to push herself because she knew she'd have to work for 12 hours the next day!

I plan on doing an entire post about the new Toy Story Land so keep an eye for that, which is why I didn't give too many details about the new section in this post! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and keep an eye out for more Disney Posts in the future! 

Thanks for stopping By!
XO, Steph

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