So, we’re that family that goes to Disney. A lot. I’ve been going pretty regularly since I was 5, worked there for 2 summers, and couldn’t wait to take my kids. Yes, I’m that mom who took a 13 month old and a 23 month old to Disney. (What? They were both free.)
People talk about having Disney magic, or getting sprinkled with pixie dust on a trip. This can be really simple stuff, like a Cast Member giving you an ice cream or popcorn “on Mickey,” or getting extra Fast Passes for your whole party. Sometimes, though, the “magic” is something really big, really special.
The kids and I were the lucky recipients of something really special recently. We had booked a 1 night stay at the Grand Floridian before our cruise, meeting the rest of my family during their stay. Unfortunately, the room we booked wasn’t available. When the category of room you’ve booked at Disney isn’t available, they generally try to upgrade you. Sometimes it may involve moving you to another resort, but since my family was all at the Grand Floridian and I was traveling alone with the kids, they instead found us another room at that hotel. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to the 2 bedroom Walt Disney Suite at the Grand Floridian. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a dining room and living room and a grand entryway.
It was lovely. Beyond lovely. The kids and I slept together in the master bedroom – the other bedroom was too far away and I didn’t see any reason for us to make such a mess for a single night. Also, it seemed like an extra-large bed, too – the three of us had PLENTY of space in there. But seriously – such an awesome room.
I’m only noticing it now, but some pictures show fresh flowers in the rooms, others don’t. They must have brought those in while we were in the parks. Some pictures were taken right when they let me know the room was ready, and apparently before the flowers arrived. The artwork in the room was pretty awesome, too. Trains, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Disney family photos.
It is unlikely I will ever see the inside of such a room again, but I can’t express how awesomely cool it was to get to spend a night there.
From the dining room through to the living room.
From the entryway looking through the dining and living rooms.
The master bedroom. This must have been early in the day, because there were flowers on the dresser later.
Slightly blurry view of the master bath (post bathing the kids).
Looking in the other direction in the master bath.
The shower (it’s in the same separate room as the toilet.
This is the freaking closet, and only one view of it! I literally had to ask my dad which room I was in when we toured it before I realized it was the closet.
Another view of the living/dining rooms later in the evening. That big painting on the left is the TV.
This is terribly blurry, but it’s looking down the hallway to the 2nd bedroom.
2nd full bath.
more of the 2nd bedroom.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea artwork in the living room.
Every year, The Matthew Foundation puts on Super Fest wherever the Super Bowl is being held. Since the game was in Houston this year, so was Super Fest. It’s a football and cheerleading clinic for kids and adults with disabilities. While the Foundation’s focus is mostly Down Syndrome, the event was open to people with any sort of disability, and without. We signed Noah up for football and Maya for cheerleading. The weather wasn’t awesome, though – chilly and damp – so we didn’t stay until the end.
There were NFL alumni in attendance, though I have no clue who, as well as cheerleaders from the Atlanta Falcons, the Houston Texans, and the University of Houston. Freddie Falcon and the Dynamo mascot were on hand, too. It was a really neat thing for the kids to experience.
Football group photo.
Maya got involved in a dance-off. And won with her break dancing skills.
We had a layover of several hours in Frankfurt on the flight back to Houston, and caught a bit of Christmas snow while there.
Nile on one side, Lake Nassar on the other. Truthfully, being on top the dam is kind of meh, but it is pretty cool.