Our theme park-free visit to Disney World

on April 25, 2016

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

I recently returned from an amazing Disney vacation with my sister and our kiddos. We shared a room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (which was interesting with a one- and three-year-old!) and had a trip jam-packed full of fun and laughter. And we never set foot in a theme park!

When I tell people that I took a trip to Walt Disney World and didn’t visit the theme parks, I can tell some of them are thinking I’m a bit weird. Well, I am… butĀ there is more to our trip than that. šŸ˜‰


I always feel like there is SO much to do at Disney’s resorts and that I never get time to fully enjoy them because we are hurrying off to the parks. Since it was just my sister, myself, and the littles on this trip (poor hubbies had to stay home and work), we decided to save some money and opt out of the theme parks.


The incredible pool at Caribbean Beach Resort

Instead, we spent time at the pool, beach, playground, enjoyed some fun Character meals, and visited other resorts. We had incredible weather and felt like we had PLENTY to do without going to the parks. We even ran out of time to rent a surrey bike for a ride around the resort!

I’ll be sharing in-depth reviews of our resort and dining experiences here on the blog in the coming months. But here is a little preview of what’s to come!


The cousins loved meeting some characters during our trip, especially Minnie and the gang at Cape May Cafe.


We had a great time riding the monorail around the Seven Seas Lagoon on our way to dinner at the Grand Floridian.




Check out Prince Charming (hubba hubba) and some buffet food porn from our dinner at 1900 Park Fare. I love the look on RC’s face!

IMG_2886We took a taxi over to Art of Animation resort to eat at the Landscape of Flavors (read my earlier dining review here) and for some photo ops with the Cars. Gotta love Mater!



RC and I went down to Florida one day ahead of my sister and stayed one night at Disney All-Star Movies resort. I’ve never stayed at any of the All-Star resorts before and it actually exceeded my expectations.



Overall we had a fantastic trip to our “happy place” and made loads of memories with our still-little ones. This was the first time I had been at Disney World with my sister since we were kids and I feel so tremendously lucky that we shared this time together. How cool is my sister that she will go to Disney World with me and not have to visit the parks!

Watch for more Disney posts coming soon, including how I pulled off taking this trip for free…

Want to learn how to do Disney on a budget? Check out my Disney-only site, The Budget Mouse here!

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