Top 5 Vacation Memories
Throughout the years I have been fortunate to have experienced some incredible vacations however my favorites have always been involved with Disney. From spending Christmas in Animal Kingdom to my first Disney Cruise and so many more I have been extremely blessed to have had Disney in my life for so many years!
Now without further ado My top 5 Disney Vacation Memories!
#5 First visit to Narcoossee’s for Gavin’s Birthday
For my little brothers 8th birthday we decided we were going to do a trip to Walt Disney World we were going with my Grandparents, my Aunt and Uncle and their two children.To celebrate my brothers birthday we wanted to do a nice dinner. We decided that one of the fanciest restaurants in Walt Disney World Narcoossee’s would fit the bill!!
The meal itself was a lot of fun! We had great service, food was above average and the meal itself was uneventful it was just a regular meal with fantastic views in an amazing place…
However that was about to change… Just as we were getting ready to leave my cousin who was 14 at the time went to go get his mothers ECV as he was heading back with it vehicle we heard a loud THUD and if I remember correctly someone even yelled… Yes he had run into someone sitting at the bar… right in the middle of one of Disney’s most upscale restaurants…I was absolutely mortified at the time however looking back I can’t help but smile. It seemed like such a big deal but nobody was injured (the guy started whining and I believe he received a free meal) but in actuality it was not a major problem at all.
The meal itself was fun seeing at it was my brothers birthday and I had a view of Cinderella’s castle from my seat but really the thing that made it was family bonding time. I was able to laugh at my family and it gave the entire evening a different mood. I’m sure the waitstaff was ready to have us leave the restaurant and for a couple years there was even a sign saying “No ECV’s up this ramp” (it is gone now) But now every time we bring up Narcoossee’s I can’t help but think about my cousin running into some guy on my brothers 8th birthday… It is a running joke with our family and I can’t help but laugh about it. I have had many experiences at Disney but for whatever reason spending the evening with my family and having my cousin run into someone in the middle of Narcoossee’s ranks #5!
#4- First Time on Castaway Cay
Whenever someone asks me where is paradise I can’t help but think of Castaway Cay! The island itself if beautiful and incredibly magical! I had seen it featured on a million TV specials, on the TV’s throughout the Cruise ship and so many other websites and such that I was incredibly excited to visit Castaway Cay!
To start the day I was one of the first people off of the ship, with my camera in hand I ran across the island like a mad man, snapping photos of restaurants, beaches, palm trees, cast members, my family and so much more! The island was better than anything I could have imagined it is the magic of Disney in the middle of the ocean it was truly paradise! Once settling down from all of my running across the island I met my family for lunch at Cookies BBQ buffet we had an awesome meal again I took many photo’s and then my little brother and I rented bikes and rode around the island. I can quite honestly say spending this time exploring the island with my brothers was one of the best moments of my entire life! I mean how blessed am I to have been able to experience paradise with one of the most important people in my life. Once we finished this we hung out at the beach for a little longer and then went back onto the ship with the rest of the family.
My first visit to Castaway Cay was honestly one of the best days of my entire life. Castaway Cay was incredibly beautiful and I recommend for every Disney fan to visit this place at least one time in their life! The island is in my opinion the most magical place on earth! (Sorry Magic Kingdom but Mickey’s Island is even better than Cindy’s Castle)
#3 Animal Kingdom Lodge – First Time
As I was trying to narrow my list down to 5 favorite memories my first visit to Animal Kingdom lodge kept creeping up in my memory. My First visit is one of my first (if not my first) memory of Walt Disney World.
I just remember walking into Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first time. The lobby was breathtaking and it seemed massive! The resort had only been open for a few weeks when I had the change to stay there and it was honestly the coolest place I had ever stayed. From the lobby and the service to the food at Boma everything was simply amazing! However my favorite memory is when we went into our room opened our curtains stepped out onto our balcony and had 4 giraffes standing there 25 feet away!!! I will honestly always remember standing there with my mouth wide open! This was going to be our view for the next few days! I was literally the luckiest kid in the entire world! I can remember my parents having to force me to leave the balcony to head to dinner because I loved it so much. I can remember just sitting out and playing with my action figures looking at all of the amazing animals.
This memory is always special to me because I will never have another “first memory of Disney” this memory is special and something I so thankful for. I try and take a trip to Animal Kingdom on every vacation and love to show it to friends or family when they are traveling with us. Everything about this resort just feels like home to me!
#2 September 21st 2013 / Dapper Day at Hollywood Studios and California Grill
Over the years I have had some incredible experiences in Walt Disney World however September 21st was honestly the best! It is hard for me to say anything in life is perfect but I could not have imagined anything to make this night better! To start out the evening my and my very dear friend Lauren went to Dapper Day its an event that was held at Hollywood Studios where everyone dresses up like the mid 1900′s! We had an absolute blast and it was a nice “appetizer” for the rest of the evening.
Following Dapper Day we headed to the newly renovated California Grill. As soon as we stepped off of the elevator I knew we were in for a real treat! With beautiful decor inspired by Mary Blair and views of all of Walt Disney World California Grill is a special restaurant! We were celebrating my birthday so the waitstaff surprised us with a table with views of Cinderella Castle! We had a 4 hour meal and literally didn’t have to get up once we sat there as we received near 10 courses with some incredible Sushi, Desserts and so much more! To top the evening off we were able to watch Wishes from our seats! The food was fantastic quite possibly the best meal I’ve ever had in Walt Disney World and the views were phenomenal! However the thing that made this evening my #2 vacation experience was my was my wonderful company I could not have asked for a better person to spend the evening with and look forward to the many experiences we will have as time goes on!
#1 Palo Dinner
As I was getting down to my last couple choices I was really struggling with where to put what any of my last few could have been interchangeable however my favorite memory is my very first visit to Palo on the Disney Magic!
Family is something that is extremely important to me so I was struggling with what to rank my #1 memory I wanted to put something that I shared with my entire family however after going back and forth I couldn’t help but think about my meal at Palo I was able to experience with my parents in March on the Disney Magic…
It is hard to say anything is perfect (like I said above) but I really cannot see how anything could top the experience we had (except maybe a Disney Proposal or wedding my child’s first trip or something of that magnitude) from the moment we walked into the restaurant we were treated like celebrities, we were greeted by the maître d’ and our waiter who said oh I’ve been waiting for you (we were right on time if not a little early) but because we were staying concierge we were one of his only tables! He introduced himself and told us we were in for a treat. He was not kidding! The restaurant itself was incredibly beautiful with views of the open kitchen as well as the open ocean it was spectacular honestly something you would see in a movie on top of that we were seated directly in the middle of the restaurant! It was honestly the best table providing views of the kitchen and the ocean! Halfway through the meal we even had our concierge come up and join us to check in on the meal and make sure we had no complaints. It made me feel incredibly special honestly like a celebrity! Following our main course as we were waiting for our dessert the Head Chef came over and asked how we liked our meal we gave him our greatest compliments, he stood there and talked to us for 30 minutes! At a certain point I was worried about the kitchen but he insisted that it was alright he trusted his sous chef’s! I am a foodie myself and I also love other cultures so to have to opportunity to speak with a famous chef from Italy was sooooo cool!
As you can see I loved this meal and will go to Palo every time I am on the Disney Magic! This memory will be hard to top because of the level of service we received as well as the food and overall atmosphere!
As I finish up this blog it makes me feel incredibly thankful for the experiences that I have had throughout the years. I am very blessed and cannot wait to have more experiences! In the next year I have trips planed on Disney Cruise Line, a stay at the Contemporary a birthday celebration and more! I can’t wait to see how this list changes over the years and look forward to sharing it with you guys!
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