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First, I want to say that I had nothing to do with booking our family trip to Disney.  Jordan came home from a work trip and from the time he landed to the time he walked through the door – he booked us a trip from December 13th-16th to Disney World.

We had never really discussed taking the girls to Disney and if we had it was always referencing “when they are older…”.  He read an article on an Ultimate Air Shuttle flight, and decided to take advantage of this healthy streak we are on and off we went.

It was an incredible trip.

I could write every single little recommendation and every little thing we did but I am going to save you from it all and just tell you this….

If you are thinking of going to Disney, you need to call Holly O’Dell to book everything.

We were introduced to Holly by a really great friend, Jen, who had just used Holly to book their family trip to Disney.   Holly is FREE to use, as she works for an authorized Disney travel agency.  She helped us book everything – hotel, itinerary, dining, transportation, and booked all of our fast passes.  We just told Holly what we liked and what the girls were into and she took care of the rest.

Holly O’Dell – 513.260.1939 or hollyodell@me.com

Initially, one of my biggest hesitations with Disney was the potential stress….waiting in line with little kids for rides, figuring out how to navigate the parks, where do we eat, etc.  EVERYTHING was taken care of and we had a full itinerary of where we were supposed to be and when – and I am not joking – the trip was VERY fun and we were moving a lot but it was LOW stress and actually relaxing.

Our top 5 highlights and recommendations if you have little ones…

Tips:

Rent a double BOB stroller.  We normally take one through the airport but decided to just rent one once we got there instead.  It was waiting for us at the bellhop at our hotel and I was so beyond happy we did the side by side double BOB so they both could sit and hang.  The place we rented the stroller from also tossed in a free rain cover which was definitely used one morning of our trip.

Hotel.  We stayed at the Contemporary and it was perfect.  Our room had a great view of Magic Kingdom and because the girls went to bed by 8:30pm each night, we could enjoy the fireworks from our balcony.  Oh!  And it was a less than 10 minute walk to/from Magic Kingdom.

Snacks & Ponchos.  We packed in our checked bag a ton of healthy snacks.  Every day I would load a plastic bag full of good options for the girls (and for us) because I knew the days would be long.  If your kids are anything like mine – they were always asking for snacks and I was beyond happy I had some on me.  Also, I purchased a 5 pack of clear rain ponchos (another great recommendation from Jen) which were tiny to pack and came in handy.

Highlights:

Princess Tea at Grand Floridian.  Holly booked Bea and I for a princess tea at the Grand Floridian and it was truly magical.  We had a proper tea lunch, got to meet princesses, and left with an adorable doll, charm bracelet, and special necklace.  It was truly a special experience I won’t forget.  Bea was on cloud 9.

Front row passes to the Parade at Magic Kingdom.  Magic Kingdom parade was so sweet and because we had this certain dining pass, we got front row passes to this special area for the 2pm Magic Kingdom parade.  The girls were OBSESSED with seeing all of the characters, the music and dancing, and Snow White even came over to greet them!

Memory Maker.  The Memory Maker is something that can be booked where you have access to photographers around all of the parks.   These photogs are positioned in iconic places (like in front of Magic Kingdom) and also with each character around the parks for when you wait in line to meet them.  If you have the Memory Maker, these photographers take the photos and they automatically download to your Disney app where you can access them later.  It made me feel so good that I didn’t have to have my phone out every 5 seconds and I didn’t have to always find someone to take a picture of the 4 of us.

Here are some photo highlights 🙂

Oh!  So many questions about their dresses.  Find the monogrammed Minnie dresses HERE and the Magic Kingdom Castle with their names embroidered HERE.

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