The Dunham’s at Disney

I know Disney World in Orland, Florida doesn’t exactly count as “C & C Overseas”, but I still wanted to share about our most recent travels! We spent 6 incredible days in Florida with Cole’s family over the July 4th holiday. Here a little recap of the trip.

Day 1 – Cocoa Beach

After arriving in Orlando we made the hour long drive-through an aggressive Florida thunderstorm-to Cocoa beach. No one told us that toll roads in Florida mean stopping every 2 miles to throw exact change into a funnel. The beach was less than impressive but we were just thankful it didn’t rain while we were there! We ate some delicious seafood before driving back to our rental house outside of Orlando in Kissimmee.

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Day 2 – Universal Studios

Being park newbies, we forgot to pick up a map at the entrance so we wandered around darting into anything that looked like a ride. We got lucky and rode some of the park’s coolest rides without waiting in line for long! The 4D Transformers ride ended up being everyone’s favorite for the day.

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We were so excited to board the Hogwarts express and head to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Immediately upon arriving we drank some deliciously refreshing butter beer. It was neat to explore the different shops in Hogsmead. We liked the Dueling Dragon’s coaster so much we road it twice. The long wait for the 4D Harry Potter ride was bearable because the line winds through the Hogwarts Castle allowing you to visit Dumbledoor’s office, the Portrait Room, the Griffendoor Common Room, and the Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom.


The Incredible Hulk Coaster in the other section of the park was awesome because it shot us off at rocket speed during the middle of the ascent.

 

Day 3 – Animal Kingdom

One of our first rides of the day at Animal Kingdom was the Expedition Everest rollercoaster. We were completely shocked when the coaster stopped and suddenly hurled us backwards. It ended up being our favorite ride of the day.

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The closest we’ll ever get to climbing Mount Everest.

We had a delicious and healthy lunch in Pandora, the newest section of the park based off the movie Avatar. Unfortunately we didn’t get to ride either of the rides in Pandora because the wait was over 2 hours long all day. Cole’s dad, Neil, flew in that evening to join us for the rest of the trip.

 

Day 4 – Magic Kingdom

We spent Independence Day in the home of Mickey Mouse himself. The 4th of July is the most crowded day of the year at Disney World and we could definitely tell.

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We got there early enough to ride several rides before the large crowd arrived. Praise the Lord for Fast Passes, which got us into a few of the most popular rides without waiting in line for long.

It was nice to be back in the evening when it was cooler outside. We got a decent spot on “Main Street” for the firework show despite the giant crowd. We stayed after the fireworks to ride the Jungle Cruise ride, which ended up being completely worth it because of our hilarious tourist guide.

 

Day 5 – Epcot

I loved the look and feel of Epcot. It was so clean and modern. Test Track was our first ride of day it was awesome! After designing a car you race through a track to test various features of the car to see how it stacks up against other’s designs. Team Theresa, Cole and Chelsey came out victorious over Kyle and Neil! We walked around the world showcase, visiting each of the countries represented in search of something to eat.

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Day 6 – Hollywood Studios

This was a half day at the park since we had to fly back in the evening. We were pretty beat by this point–we had walked close to 100,000 steps so far that week! The Tower of Terror was such a thrill! Cole, Theresa, and I instantly linked arms the minute we started dropping. Rockin’ Roller Coaster was fun, but too short. Toy Story Midway Mania was our favorite shooting ride of the week.

 

This guy right here is a family vacation rockstar! He was the chief navigator, always helpful, and made the trip and ton of fun.

Big shoutout to the Dunham’s for such an awesome family vacation! We had an excellent time!

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