4 Magical Days At Disney World

Usually when we travel to Disney World, we spend at least a week there. But this time we were only there 4 days since we were going on a 7 night Caribbean cruise immediately after. Read how we fit some of the top things to do at Disney World in only 4 days.

Day 1

We flew into Orlando International Airport on April 3rd, and arrived at Disney World in the late afternoon. We stayed at Disney’s Riviera Resort, which is the newest resort on Disney World property, just opening December 2019. The design is influenced by the French Riviera in the Mediterranean (hence the name). When we arrived at the resort, Pluto and Goofy were there to greet us. This doesn’t happen all the time though—we just got lucky!

We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa with 1 King bed, 1 Queen-size pull down bed, and 1 single pull down bed. I brought an additional toddler blow-up mattress for my 2 year old. In total, we had 6 people in that villa and there was plenty of room for all of us. It’s a great option because it includes a full kitchen, a washer, and a dryer, and we definitely took advantage of the washer and dryer before going on our cruise. The view of the room overlooked the hotel front entry and Epcot was visible in the distance. It was quite a nice view for a standard view room! I highly recommend this villa for a family or group.

After getting settled into our room, we took the Skyliner for an evening at Epcot. The Skyliner is super convenient because you do not have to drive or take a bus to Epcot or Hollywood Studios from hotels located on the system, plus you do not have to collapse a single stroller. Since you can push the stroller straight onto the Skyliner gondolas, this is a major benefit when you have a sleeping kid.

The flower and garden festival was at Epcot. This is one of my favorite times to go there because the flowers are so beautiful and there are a lot of delicious drinks and food options as well. One of the special drinks I got was the Violet Lemonade—there was even an edible flower on top!

My kids had a blast looking at all the special topiaries. It makes for a special scavenger hunt. Plus, there was an Easter egg hunt while we were there too! We found most of them in all the different countries.

We finished the night off by watching the Harmonius Spectacular. It is a water show with lights, images projected on mist, music, and fireworks. It was my first time watching this show and it was definitely spectacular!

Day 2

We spent the whole day at Magic Kingdom! This park has the most rides and there is so much to do. Usually we spend at least 2 days at this park, but this trip we packed as much as possible into just 1 day.

We purchased the genie service, which is similar to the old fast pass system. However, unlike fast passes, this service costs extra and select additional lightning lane passes cost extra on top of that. Personally, I am not a fan of this new system. With increased crowds, availability for the passes were even limited, and even though there is an additional cost involved, it is a way to ride the most rides possible in one day. In total, we rode 8 rides throughout the day: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Under the Sea-Journey of The Little Mermaid, Space Mountain, The People Mover, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

At the end of the day, we went to a fireworks dessert party. It started out at the Tomorrowland Terrace for drinks and treats. Then, we were escorted to a reserved standing area in the Magic Kingdom plaza garden to watch the fireworks. I highly recommend this if you would like to see the castle and fireworks in a great location. Without reserved spots, it’s hard to get a good spot unless you camp out several hours beforehand (which means you aren’t getting to go on rides).

Day 3

We visited Hollywood Studios! This park has added a lot of new rides in recent years, and it really seems like a whole new park with all the new additions. We purchased the genie service at this park as well, and it was helpful because we were able to ride the Rise of Resistance without a long line. However, since the park was very crowded, our genie service selections were very limited, and were unable to ride Slinky Dog Dash and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Word of advice, don’t expect to ride all of the rides in one day. Multiple days are needed at this park if you want to experience everything.

For lunch, we went to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. It was my first time eating here and it definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s a great place to eat while staying out of the heat and enjoying the air-conditioning. It’s fun because it is 50s drive-in theater themed and you sit in a car and watch 50s shows and cartoons. It’s perfect for the whole family, and this is a restaurant you’ll want to book well ahead of your visit. Availability fills up fast!

After lunch, we went to Galaxy’s Edge. It’s a whole Star Wars themed land and it is amazing! You can definitely spend a lot of time here. There are rides, restaurants, shops, shows and more!

In Galaxy’s Edge, we went to Oga’s Cantina for late afternoon snacks and drinks. This is such a fun place and bar-like, but it is still very family friendly. I had the Bespin Fizz (alcoholic) and my boys had the carbon freezes (non-alcoholic). Additionally, I had the Rodian Ration which was basically a Jell-O shot with pop-rock candy. It was super sweet, but delicious. For snacks, we had the Batuu Bits (not pictured) and the Happabore Sampler. Overall, I highly recommend this place and reservations are needed as soon as it becomes available—it’s another place that’s really hard to get in.

After an action-packed day at Hollywood Studios, we went back to Disney’s Riviera for an evening swim to cool off (it had gotten up to 92 degrees!). On hotel property there are a couple of big pools, a water slide, and a little kids splash pad. My kids could spend a whole day here just at the pool without going to any parks, which is something we do on longer trips.

We ended the night back in the room watching Epcot and Magic Kingdom fireworks (you could see both!). We brought up wine and desserts from the quick service restaurant (Primo Piatto). I love watching fireworks just in the room sometimes because my little kids can go to bed on time.

Day 4

We had a character breakfast at Disney’s Riviera Topolino’s Terrace. The breakfast was amazing! For kids, they have Mickey waffle pops, and my sons were able to dip the waffles in delicious toppings. They had so much fun eating them! It was fun seeing the characters as well and they came to each table for pictures. I highly recommend this restaurant for a character breakfast or a dinner. Since this restaurant is on top of the roof, it has amazing views!

After we had breakfast, we went to Disney Springs for shopping and lunch at the Boathouse. This is one of our favorite restaurants at Disney Springs. The drinks and food are great with a fun boating-themed atmosphere. I drank the Duck Duck Razz. I love this drink not only because it tastes good, but also because it comes with a rubber ducky floating on top. Our table of 8 shared a big bowl of shrimp as an appetizer. This restaurant specializes in seafood and beef, so that’s why we ordered so much shrimp (we live in Colorado where the seafood isn’t nearly as fresh). For my meal I had the filet mignon sliders (not pictured), which is definitely my favorite dish there. If you visit Disney Springs this is a restaurant that won’t disappoint.

After Disney Springs, we took the Skyliner to Epcot again so we could walk around and enjoy more of the flower and garden festival. Plus, we rode a couple of rides as well. Frozen, is one of our favorite rides there. This park has so much to enjoy that it’s the only park we visited two times on our short time schedule.

Overall, we had an amazing 4 days at Disney World and we can’t wait to go back again! This was shorter than our usual trip but it was still super fun.

The Adventure Continues…

Read our next blog post about our Royal Caribbean 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Wonder of the Seas!

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