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Ahh, the beautiful sunshine and warm weather of Florida was a brief respite from December in Wisconsin. We stayed four nights in Orlando at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Below are some notes on our trip: Airline/Hotel: Booked a Southwest Airlines package deal for flight + hotel when there was a good sale in September. Also love that they have non-stop service from our home airport. Enjoyed Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: comfortable room,… Read More

It was time to switch it up after two days doing the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. From our base at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, we arranged for a Mears Shuttle to pick us up and take us to Universal Studios Orlando. We had been to Universal Studios Hollywood back in 2012, and although there is a bit of crossover, the big draw to Orlando is, of course, the Wizarding World of Harry… Read More

After our day at the Magic Kingdom, it was time to explore Epcot. Same plan: breakfast at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and then hop on a shuttle to spend the day at Epcot. I loved Epcot as a kid. Visiting the world showcase made me want to travel and explore these places in person. It was Sunday and not too crowded. After entering the park, we decided to line up and wait… Read More

OK, I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of theme parks. But we were in Orlando to escape some Wisconsin winter weather, so I put myself in the mood! I had been to Disneyland in California about four years prior. The last time I was at Disney World in Florida was 1991. We hopped on the shuttle from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and were dropped off at the Magic Kingdom. The shuttle… Read More

After a one-day pause from theme parks, we did our last one: Universal Studios Hollywood. We signed up for day trip from Gray Line tours in Anaheim. They picked us up at our hotel and deposited us at larger facility where we boarded a shuttle bus to Universal Studios for the (1-1.5 hr trip, depending on traffic). The highlight of the trip is the studio tour. That’s the first thing we did…. Read More

The theme park visits continue. Monday was Disneyland. Tuesday was Disney California Adventure. We did the same strategy we used with Disneyland: got up early, had breakfast, and then walked from our hotel on Katella Avenue to Downtown Disney, and got to the park gate right at opening. Again, it was a breeze…no line (because all the lines were inside for each ride, hah!). Disney California Adventure is located right across from… Read More

Disneyland day is here! We walked from our hotel on Katella Avenue in Anaheim, through Downtown Disney, and got to the park gates in about 10 minutes as they were opening. Early on a Monday morning, there were no lines. We ended up spending the whole day at Disneyland–we basically closed the place down. We rode all the rides on our list and visited all themed areas: Main Street USA, New Orleans… Read More