Curly Crafty Mom: We're Going to Disney(!!) and Meal Plan Week 45

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We're Going to Disney(!!) and Meal Plan Week 45

We're going to Disney this summer!! We haven't been there for two years and this whole MagicBand thing is new to us! I think Autumn and I will definitely both get PINK!! 💗💗💗 any tips would be great!! We are doing the dinin
So, we've decided that Disney is kinda expensive and we're going to try and go with the kids every other year... because, you can't do EVERY vacation at Disney, can you?! Earlier this week I contacted Stacey Burns, the BEST Disney vacation travel agent ever (you can contact her by clicking HERE) to set up our next trip! Stacey is great, I know so many people that use her and she really does help you set up the best trip and the best price possible for you!

When we went with the kids last time, they were 4 and 7! This year when we go they will be 6 and 9... I am getting a little nervous about my big boy turning to double digits in the near future. I think 6 and 9 will be perfect ages, although 4 and 7 weren't bad either... but, we won't need a stroller this time and both kids will probably do better with staying up late to see fireworks and the Fantasmic show. 

Last time we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge and had a Safari View with animals right outside our balcony! This time we decided to stay at the Beach Club Resort, which our travel agent recommended. We are staying 5 nights this time instead of 4... because, 4 days in a row of parks almost killed me! This time we'll do 2 days of parks, a rest day at the hotel and then 2 days of parks. The Safari View hotel that we will be staying at is supposed to have the best pool at Disney, with sand at the bottom of all of the pools and even a beach! There is also a pirates water slide! This hotel is in walking distance to Hollywood Studios and Epcot!

We are also getting the dining plan, which will include all our meals during our stay. We have found that this gives us more then enough food, that we get to make reservations at some of the nicer restaurants WAY in advance and it actually saves us money in the long run. We are also doing Disney transportation, because Brian and I didn't do that when we went sans kids in 2012 for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and we SO regretted it!

So, here is our sort of mini-schedule so far and the restaurants and activities we have planned. I already picked out the color for our wrist bands and we can plan out our Fast Passes 60 days before we leave! Woohoo!

Day 1:

Day 2:
Magic Kingdom

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for Autumn
Pirates League for Nathan
Dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table

Day 3:
Rest Day

Dinner at Hoop Dee Doo at Wilderness Campgrounds (Anyone tried this? We haven't! I heard beer and sangrias are free, though!)

Day 4:
Animal Kingdom
We might do dinner at Cape May, which has a seafood buffet. This restaurant is at our hotel.

Day 5:
Hollywood Studios

Dinner at Mama Melrose (its Italian)
Fantasmic Show (its a water/fire/fireworks show, VERY cool... but, also very late... so kids will be tired!)

Day 6:
Fly Home

Is anyone else planning a Disney vacation sometime soon? You can check out my other Disney posts HERE:

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Trip:
Expo, Downtown Disney & Hotel (our hotel was off-site for this trip), click HERE
Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon, click HERE

Kids First Trip to Disney:
Planning Tips for a Better Trip, click HERE
Our Disney Vacation Day One: Epcot and Animal Kingdom Lodge, click HERE
Our Disney Vacation Day Two: Magic Kingdom, click HERE
Our Disney Vacation Day Three: Animal Kingdom, click HERE
Our Disney Vacation Day Four: Hollywood Studios, click HERE
Trendy Tot Wednesday and the Bibbidi Bobbiti Boutique and Pirates League, click HERE

Well, that is enough about Disney... are you ready for the Meal Plan of the Week?

Meal Plan Week 45

Sunday - Order In

Monday - Baked Ravioli with Garlic Bread, recipe HERE

This is always a popular and easy one with the kids.

Tuesday - Freezer Chili with Cornbread, recipe HERE
I was looking through my freezer today and found a couple of freezer meals that we need to eat! So, I am going to thaw out this freezer chili and bake some homemade cornbread to go with it.

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza
Autumn has dance, so it is frozen pizza night!

Thursday - Swedish Meatballs over Bow-Tie Noodles, recipe HERE
This is another freezer meal I am going to thaw out and make this week... so easy! Last year I did a freezer meals series and it left me with a lot of great quick and easy meals in my freezer.

Friday - Tacos

Saturday - Honey BBQ Pork Chops with Rosemary Thyme Vegetables, recipe HERE and HERE
Pork chops are always easy and I made these rosemary thyme vegetables last week and have a half bag of potatoes left over (and Autumn LOVED them), so we'll have some yummy vegetables with the pork chops.
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