I promised like two weeks ago I would recap the second part of my vacation, but life got a little crazy, so here I am writing this up at 5:30am on a Saturday morning!
So after Nick and I (and my grandparents) spent an awesome day and a half exploring Charleston we got in our car and drove over to Hilton Head Island to spend 5 days at the Disney Vacation Club Resort. When you travel with Disney you always know the amenities are going to be top notch, but this was something truly different than any of the resort is FL or CA that I’m use to. The resort was tucked away on the marsh side of the island and walking the grounds it felt more like cabins in the woods than a gigantic resort. Our villa had two from, two bathrooms, a full living room, full kitchen and my personal favorite spot a deck with a dining table and rocking chairs. We spend a lot of time in the room relaxing, and playing 4 hours Disney monopoly games!
Since the resort was on the marsh side of the island they did offer a shuttle over to their beach house. With a pool, quick service restaurant, T.V room and a bunch of games (ping pong, pool, ect.) the beach out had pretty much everything you needed. Plus beach front access to a beautiful beach. Now we went in off season so I’m not really sure if the pool house gets crowded during summer, but for us it was perfect. There was hardly ever anyone around at the house or the resort and it was easy to feel like you were there all alone!
Really the goal of this trip was to unwind, Nick and I both work in stressful positions and we really needed to recharge our batteries. This ended up being the perfect vacation I really can’t imagine it going any better than it did. We did have the craziest time trying to get home, but I’ll have to save that story for another day!
Do you like realizing vacations, or do you prefer to go-go-go see everything we can in a day vacations? Comment and let me know! Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Nick and I just got back from our Disney vacation in Florida and I am so excited to tell you guys all about it!
We were able to visit all four parks of DisneyWorld plus both parks at Universal Studios! Most importantly I was able to see some friends from my college program (you can ready about here) and one of my best friends from jr. high who had been working out there for the past few months.
We spent out first day and Epcot walking around the World Showcase, eating delicious food at the Canadian Steak house Le Cellier, and meeting Alice.
Day two was Animal Kingdom, and day three was one of my favorite parks Hollywood Studios! If you like thrill rides Hollywood Studios is for you, it has Rockin Roller Coaster and The Tower of Terror! If you can visit during the christmas season you’ll get to see THe Osborne Family Christmas Lights. This is a good time to say that my grandparents also visited DIsney with us and I had to share a picture of them, especially since my grandma and I got matching christmas Minnie ears!
Day three was Universal Studios, which meant one thing to me, Harry Potter! I’m a huge fan and could not wait to see the new Diagon Alley. The Hogwarts Express which runs between Hogsmead and Diagon Alley was one of my favorite things. Everything was done so well, they made all the store exactly as they were described in the books. I wanted to buy a wand and robe, but Nick reminded me they might not to super practical for everyday life. The Last two days were spent in Magic Kingdom, going to rides, shopping and a lot of eating! How could you want want to eat everyone of those treats!? The highlight of the vacation for me was out last night, we had reservations at Ohanas, an all you can eat restaurant in the Polynesian Resort. It is directing across the lake from The Magic Kingdom and they turned down the light and piped in the music from the fire work show, I’m positive we had the best seat in the house!Well that’s everything for now, I have more to share, but I’ll save that for later. We are also about 95% done with the renovations and I can’t wait to share the finished project!
On January 3rd
2012 I boarded a plane with two huge suitcases to start my journey in Florida. I was nervous/ excited/ happy/ scared/ sad pretty much every emotion possible. I was excited to move to Florida to work in the happiest place on Earth, nervous meet the five girls I would be living with for the next 5 months and sad to be leaving my awesome fiancé. The next few days flew by as I visited the parks with my family and thought about how amazing my new life would be. Finally it was time to start my internship. I woke up early the first day to meet my roomies and get a good apartment. We stood outside in the not so freezing cold air and waited to find out where we would be living and what our jobs were. I was placed in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, in their bell services department some of my roommates worked inside the actual parks and one lucky girl got to work in Downtown Disney doing the hair for the little princesses. After that first night I was so happy to be in Florida and relived that all my roommates looked like their Facebook picture and seemed to be normal.
I can’t say enough about the next 5 months. With the Disney College Program you work full time, so 32-40 hours a week. You aren’t required to participate in school, so I decided to take the semester off to focus on the work. When you are not working you are free to do whatever you like, our apartment had a gym and pool, but everyone did the same thing on days off…. visit the parks! Since we were ‘cast members’ (Disney for employee) we were able to get into all four Disney parks for free! Trust me there is no way to get tired of Disney parks! As a cast member you become spoiled, I won’t wait for like 20 minuets for a ride, I know the best times to go into the park, I am very good at avoiding tourist groups. There are also the two water parks we were able to get into for free on off-season and discounted ticket in peak season. Other that the park there is Downtown Disney a shopping area filled with store and restaurants and plenty of clubs for 18 and older.
Disney not only gave me the opportunity to explore Florida, but also introduced me to some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Obviously 6 girls in a 3 bedroom apartment is a little crazy, but I was blessed with the most amazing girls. Looking back my biggest regret of the time is not spending more time with them. Nick (My now husband) visited in March and I got depressed after he left, I spent a lot of time alone in my room missing him. That was a huge mistake; I would purposely leave myself out and then later would have hurt feelings that I wasn’t that close to them. Still we hung out a lot and had some great times. They even flew to Arizona from all over the country to attend my wedding.
Now, working for a company as amazing and well known as Disney looks good on applications, but that’s not why I did it. Disney taught me how to work hard, but more importantly it gave me the opportunity to explore myself. It was my first time away from home and the comfort of familiarity. I was forced to do my own grocery shopping and budgeting and wake up for work on my own. It forced me to make friends, because I knew literally no one when I got there. It pushes you to grow and learn in ways you never thought possible. Disney showed me who I am and what I am capable of, and I will forever be grateful for that.