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Friday, November 9, 2018

my november 2018 trip: everything i'm looking forward to

it's been well over a year since i've been inside walt disney world resort's sacred gates.  so much has changed, and my family is ready see and do everything!

I can't believe that in one short week, my family will be packing up our car and heading to Walt Disney World Resort!  It's been well over a year since our last family vacation, and just a month shy of one year since this trip was booked.  All four of us miss it so much!  This vacation is 100% well-needed and well-deserved for the four of us.  We're a little stressed out, but we also have a lot to celebrate this trip.  Shout-out to Grace for getting accepted to Montclair State and Seton Hall on the same day!

Disney World is always changing, with new restaurants, attractions, and experiences being added all the time.  You would be amazed at how much can change in one short year!  This trip, my family made it a point to book most of the brand-new experiences that we haven't done before.

Above everything, I think I can speak for my entire family when I say we are so excited for Toy Story Land!  TSL opened over the summer and we spent a whole week watching nonstop YouTube coverage.  Our favorite channel, TheTimTracker, had some really great content from the media previews.  Between the two all-new attractions, all-new dining experience, all of the photos I'll be able to capture of the immersive theming, and the {slinky dog headband}, it's safe to say that above everything, I'm most excited to see Toy Story Land for the first time!

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In the same vein of the resort, we'll be revisiting the Sci-Fi Dine-In on this trip.  The Sci-Fi Dine-In is one of the most iconic table service restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort, located in the heart of Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.  At the Sci-Fi Dine-In, you're invited to step back in time to the 1950's, where drive-in movie theaters were all the rage.  In this retro Americana eatery, you'll sit in booths modeled after cars and watch corny movie trailers from Hollywood's golden age.  The last time we ate at this restaurant was back on our first trip to Walt Disney World in 2010.  Since then, the restaurant has seen a major overhaul of their menu-- which is now true to the Sci-Fi theme, serving burgers, BBQ, and milkshakes.  The entire restaurant is very Riverdale chic, which makes me very happy.

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You may remember from an {earlier post} that our first reservation for DHS was at the 50's Prime Time Cafe, but that I was still actively searching for a SFDI ADR.  Today, while I was in class (oops), I got a text alert from {mousedining.com} saying that a Sci-Fi Dine-In ADR had opened up for the slot I was searching for and immediately grabbed it.  If you've never used mousedining before, I've had great luck with it in the past.  It's an ADR alert system that will reach out to you if they find an open ADR that you want.

Last week, {I shared my thoughts} on the World of Disney's grand reopening at Disney Springs.  You guys, I cannot wait to visit World of Disney!  But while we're in Disney Springs, we'll be visiting another brand new spot that I can't wait to see: Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' restaurant.   Out of every restaurant we have booked for this trip, my family is unanimous(e) in our excitement for Homecomin'.  In 2016, Chef Art Smith opened Homecomin' Kitchen at Disney Springs, and it's been one of the most well-reviewed restaurants in Disney since.  Fried chicken and moonshine are the two house specialties at this southern eatery, which prides itself in farm-to-table meals and locally sourced ingredients.  Art Smith has done an amazing job with this restaurant and we can't wait to visit!

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Finally, I can't wait to see Epcot all decked out for Christmas with the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays!   Out of all four parks at Walt Disney World, Epcot is definitely my favorite.  I've never walked out of the World Showcase without having learned or done something new!  Epcot's festivals are great at capturing that spirit of culture and education that the park so effortlessly conveys.  While I was on my Disney College Program, I wasn't able to experience the International Festival of the Holidays, but this year, I can't wait to see it all it has to offer!  At the International Festival of the Holidays, park guests can sample dishes from all around the world at the Holiday Kitchens, watch holiday storytellers give special performances about their cultural holiday traditions, enjoy the Candlelight Processional at night, and watch a special Holiday themed version of Illuminations.

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We are so busy but so excited to visit Walt Disney World in just a few weeks!  We can't wait to see all the new things that Disney has to offer... but I'm sure I've left some off of this list!  What are some of the newest Walt Disney World Resort experiences that you think I should try on my next visit?  Let me know in the comments below.  As always, I'm all Ears.


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