WDW Birthday Weekend Trip (Part One)

A few weekends ago (December 2-4), we jetted down to the Walt Disney World Resort for my birthday weekend. While it was a quick trip, we had a great time connecting with friends and celebrating at the “happiest place on earth.” 

We left Thursday afternoon to drive down to High Springs, Florida, where we stayed with our friends The Barnards for the night. They are always so gracious to host us whenever we don’t want to drive the whole way to Orlando. Plus, they ended up grilling out fajitas for us and they were sooooo good.

The next morning, we got off bright and early so we could be in a park before lunch. We hit up Universal (Harry Potter World) for a few hours once we got into town. We love both sections of Harry Potter and, as always, it did not disappoint.

After lunch, we headed over to Epcot for the rest of the afternoon. We walked around mostly, hitting up the World Showcase before riding Soarin’ Around the World. 

After Epcot, we made our way to our resort for the weekend, which was Port Orleans: French Quarter. We were excited to stay on this side of Port Orleans after staying at Riverside back in May. 

We didn’t have much time to waste as we had a dinner reservation at Whispering Canyon Café in the Wilderness Lodge. Dinner was excellent as always! Once dinner was over, we decided to spend some time at a few different resorts for the evening, just taking in the Christmas decorations. We started by walking around the Wilderness Lodge.

Then we made our way over to the Contemporary Resort for a little while. There was so much to see at the Contemporary, from the gingerbread house to the giant Christmas tree out front.

Later, we jumped on the monorail to head over to the Grand Floridian. And it looked amazing! Definitely the best Christmas decorations for any of the resorts I had seen so far. We loved walking around seeing everything. They had the best gingerbread house for sure. It was huge! Plus, we got some great photos!

By 9:30, we were starting to drag a little. It had been a long day with a lot of walking. We headed back to the resort and called it an early night. We knew tomorrow would be a long day as well at the Magic Kingdom/Disney Springs for my actual birthday. Until then…

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