Disney World Trip Report (Please Help Me Decide Which Posts to Write First!)

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on November 27, 2016

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We’ve been home from Disney World for almost a week now and I’m finally making time to write up a trip report to share with you! Me, my daughter and my mother-in-law spent five nights together at Pop Century with a free dining plan, then my daughter and I spent two additional nights at an off-property hotel at Marriott Village. We even got to see my sister and her family our two day before they finished up their vacation and headed home.


I had a BUNCH of new experiences on this trip, including attractions and dining. That goes to show you that there is always something new at Disney World, even if you have lost track of how many times you’ve been! It was also nice to see some holiday decorations up at the parks and resorts.

The second course at 'Ohana

The second course at ‘Ohana

We ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest, and Teppan Edo, all of which were new to me. We went back to Tusker House, Flame Tree Barbecue, ‘Ohana, and Landscape of Flavors, among other locations. Overall, our food was very good, though not the best I’ve ever had on a trip. My favorite meal was actually lunch at Tusker House, a character meal at Animal Kingdom. I had what was possibly the best fish I’ve ever had (definitely the best salmon ever) and all of the sides were flavorful and fresh.


Pop Century was excellent, as always. The bus service was the best I’ve ever had at Disney. We never waited more than five minutes for a bus, and walked right onto the bus most times. We once again had an awesome room location close to the main building and pool. And everything about our room was perfect, including the “Mousekeeping”.


The pool at the Courtyard Marriott in Marriott Village

Spoiler alert: I’m working on a post in which I compare staying on- and off-property for roughly the same price at Disney. I’ll give you a summary right now. I don’t think we will be staying off property again anytime soon! I’m really glad I gave it a try, and that I found a way to use some Delta points for a hotel near Disney World, but it just did not stand up in any way to staying on property. I will share all of my reasons why in a post on the blog soon!


This photo from Frozen Ever After might be the funniest ever. It is such a tame ride, but check out the look of total terror on my daughter’s face!


The highlight of the entire trip was seeing my daughter meet her favorite character, Flik from A Bug’s Life. We had to go back to see him for a second time before we left, and Flik spent so much time with her and was so sweet that she is still talking about it daily! It was completely magical and represents so well why I will keep coming back to Disney. Plus I have great pictures thanks to the Disney PhotoPass photographer who took over 30 pictures of RC’s time with Flik!


So now I need your help. I have so many ideas for posts to write about my experiences on this trip and I don’t know what to write first! My Disney fans out there, please leave a comment letting me know which post (or posts) you would like to read first. Here are some of my ideas:

  • Staying on-property vs. off-property (Pros and cons of both)
  • Planning park days vs. winging it
  • Using Uber & Lyft at WDW (Plus how to get free rides)
  • Using the Dining Plan vs. buying food out-of-pocket
  • Free/cheap souvenir ideas
  • How to request (and get) the BEST room locations
  • When it makes sense to upgrade to an Annual Pass

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment below!


  • Shauna

    First pick on my list would be planning vs winging it. We have a big trip coming up in early June, so it’ll be busy. Plus it’s our family of 4 and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law so I fear without planning it’ll be total chaos. (Admittedly I’m a planner though and I want to make sure everyone enjoys the trip and doesn’t see me as a vacation drill instructor.) Can’t wait to hear your insights.

    November 29, 2016 at 9:44 am Reply
    • Leah

      Thanks, Shauna! I will tackle this post first.

      November 29, 2016 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • LauraB

    Another magical trip to Disney World for you and your family!! I would love to read posts on How to Request (and Get) the Best Room Locations, using Uber and Lyft (I’ve always thought it would be fun to make breakfast reservations at Be Our Guest and then get a head start on Mine Train or Peter Pan, but the busses from the resorts only start 1 hour before park opening), and planning park days vs. winging it. I always do a lot of planning for our park days (which I love to do), but we’ve also had days when we could wing it depending on what time of year we are there.
    Thanks as always for the super-helpful tips!!

    November 28, 2016 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Leah

      Thanks, Laura! I will work on those posts first. We had an overall good experience with using Uber and Lyft around Disney World. It would be perfect for when the buses aren’t running or are impractical. I definitely think I’ve found the trick to getting the best room locations, we always get what we ask for and even better sometimes! Thanks again for reading, you are the best.

      November 29, 2016 at 5:37 am Reply

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