Houston foodie

foodie

Hola!

We are just outside Houston but we love to venture around and explore the city and surrounding areas. I’m going to give you some of our favorite places !

I’m going to start with some perfect places for girls lunch/ brunch.

One of my favorite places is Bloom and Bee located in the Post Oak hotel. From the ceiling to the pink chairs, the view and the food this place is a must.

Their sangria is so yummy and full of flavor.

Their ceviche was so yummy and their salads were full of flavor. They have things on the menu for everyone.

Another place perfect after a day of shopping with the girls is Fig + Olive

The perfect place to share some appetizers and have a glass of rose.

Their crostini’s were so good and the perfect thing to try different kids of with your girls!

Another great super cute place to share things is Dunlavy

From the large amount of chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and their view this is the perfect place for photo ops.

But let’s not forget about their appetizers. Y’all we ordered a few different things and the uniqueness and tastiness of them were out of this world. Not to mention their mimosas were pretty yummy too.

Now a few places that are great for girls day, dates, and even family friendly.

BCK

I have been to brunch with my husband after staying downtown for a night. Their unique brunch and bloody Mary’s take basic things and make them EXTRA. And we all know I like things Extra.

Flaming hot Cheeto Bloody Mary and apple jack donuts!

Then when I took the kids for lunch after paw patrol live for desert we have the pop tart ice cream sandwich

Then one of our favorite places to stop when downtown is Little Matt’s

We love this place the food is basic things that would please everyone in the group. They have a few games in the back so I always give the kids some quarters. Their margaritas are so good and the kids usually finish off with an ICEE. The customer service and vibes make it a standout.

Another one of my favorite places for lunch with girls or kids that is more casual is Flower Child

A great place for a date night or special anniversary is Cureeight.

An 8 course tasting menu in The Woodlands. I love tasting menus for the variety and experience. This place is a little pricey and very intimate so reservations required.

If you venture to one of these recommendations I would love to hear about it! Or if you have a must in the Houston and surrounding areas I would love to hear.

Xxx

Maygen

Napa valley trip part II

Family trips/ reviews

Day two was our first full day and started out with a busy day.

We were doing the Legacy Wine Train

This is a must do. They have multiple options for time and price. We chose the 4.5 hour ride, 4 course meal, and 3 winery options.

Mini dress

Otk boots

Once we boarded the train

We were greeted with a champagne toast

And our menu for the ride. Our first course wS a breakfast style meal. Blueberry crepes. BBQ back-fat type of bacon and eggs with caviar.

Our first winery stop was Robert Mondavi

The winery is gorgeous. The art is spectacular and the wine was good. Even without doing the wine train I would highly recommend this winery for the scenery.

Then we got back on the train when we were given 2 options for our main course. Steak or salmon.

I chose the tenderloin with potato salad and hollandaise sauce, which was very good.

I also had a cucumber refresher which was Prosecco with cucumbers to switch up the flavors but still stick to wine.

Our next stop was Charles krug winery.

As far as wine tastings go this was my favorite winery. Our tour guide gave a great tour as well as options to try other wines which we ended up purchasing.

Then we got back on the train for our next course.

Which was a ricotta type cheese with olives and flat bread.

Then we stopped at our last winery V.sattui

This tasting was set up a little different as the wines were on the table for each person as they went through them because of the size of people.

Then we were free to kind of wonder the property. It was pretty busy and family friendly. This seemed like a great place to hang out and spend some time if you had kids or free time.

Then we got back on the train for the last course and the ride back to the station.

Then after getting off the wine train we went over to cru where we hung out on the patio and had more wine. It was a very cute chill place. Then a few hours later we went to a seafood place that was very good as well.

Then as if we hadn’t had enough food we got our Uber to take us on a late night trip to in and out. It was so busy and full of families and teens. We got the fries monster style and they were good.

Then we got to bed because we had an early morning for the hot air ballon.

Over all I highly recommend the wine train any of them would be wonderful.

If you have any questions feel free to ask! I hope you get the chance to go! It is truly an amazing time.

Napa Valley travel guide I

Family trips/ reviews

Wine wine and more wine.

It was a fabulous time we didn’t stop from the time our feet hit Cali to the time we went up in the hot air ballon. I can’t even tell you how much fooood and drinks I had their but it was so worth it.

Our flight was delayed by over an hour which put us behind our tight schedule.

Our first stop was Castello di amorosa

We were suppose to have the guided tour but due to our delay we missed it and only had time for a short tasting. In the off season everything closes around 5 pm as far as wineries which seemed early but is the norm there.

Maxi dress

Not going to lie I am sad we didn’t get to do the tour because I have heard great things and their staff was not super friendly as we arrived close to closing and their wine was mediocre. If you go I highly suggest doing to tour as far as a photo opt it’s beautiful.

We had a little extra time before dinner since we didn’t get the tour and was told about this cute little place down the road.

Brass wood which was super cute and intimate. We had the daily hand spun mozzarella and when I tell you I could have had 10 more plates I could have.

It was quite when we got there but filled up fast with reservations so I would make sure you make reservations.

We just shared a few things there as we had dinner somewhere else but everything here was exceptional.

Next our dinner was at Farmstead.

It is a highly recommended restaurant with great reviews. The name is exactly as it says a little farm style restaurant. It was again quite busy and we had to wait even with reservations.

We had a few plates of the pimento cheese deviled eggs which were so yummy. We were also celebrating birthday so they brought each of us our own ice cream with candle.

Over all the dining experience was wonderful.

I would recommend renting a car or car service before arrival as ubering every got quite pricey.

This was our first night there and it was fantastic filled with great food, drinks, and company. But just wait until day two.

Take me to the mountains

Family trips/ reviews

Banff travel guide.

All the must dos, family friendly restaurants, and beautiful sights.

After Drumheller we made the 2.5 hr drive to Banff to spend 5 days before heading home.

We didn’t book super far in advance so that limited our hotel selection. Banff is pretty busy during the Summer since not as many people travel during the winter.

Our hotel was in the perfect location, I was walking distance to everything in downtown Banff, as well as across from a bus stop.

Plus it had the cutest and yummiest coffee shop attached to it!

Elk + Avenue Hotel

One of the places we ate which had great reviews and kid friendly was the old spaghetti factory. The place was busy and there was a wait so I was glad we made reservations, but the food was sub par. Wished we would have found a less popular restaurant maybe.

Our first adventure there was the Lake Minnewannka cruise .

It was about 15 minute drive from our hotel, we took the scenic route and saw some great wildlife on the way.

Then we got down to the lake to get on our boat for the hour cruise. This lake is beautifully nestled in the mountains with tons of history.

Our tour guide and captain were super fun and nice. They let the kids take turns driving the boat which they loved. There is also a little cafe there for snacks and ice cream.

We followed our boat ride with a trip to the hot springs.

This is a tad overrated, I was expecting a natural hot springs to be set in the mountains in its natural settings. This is built more like a pool which natural hot spring water is put into.

I would recommend it if you have a little free time, I would block a whole day out of your plan for it. The view once again is worth it all.

I did some research for restaurants online and made some reservations based on that and we were let down by some.

We made reservations for The grizzly house which was a good choice. It is a fun interactive restaurant for the family. We order a couple of the four course meals to share.

Everyone’s favorite was the chocolate fondue.

The next was our big adventure.

we drove 2 hours to the Colombian Icefield adventure. It was worth the drive. The beauty, uniqueness, and education was fantastic.

You ride on the big bus out about 10 min to the Colombian Icefield then you get 30 minutes to explore. Dress warm!

Then from there we drove out to the skywalk which is included if you do the Icefield adventure. You do this on your own time and then get on another bus back to the chalet.

Then we stopped in some outlooks on the way back. The scenery is truly phenomenal.

Then we followed that up with the the Gondola and dinner at Sky Bistro

I had the chowder for dinner and it was some of the best chowder I have ever had. We had just been on the pacific west coast and I had some good chowder, but this hands down.

The next day was a little bit unplanned and explore day, while my husband took our niece to the airport.

We had breakfast at Tooloulous and it was yummy! By the time we left the line was long!

We followed the yummyness off with a walk to Cascade gardens it was beautiful!

Then we had a carriage ride Banff trail riders. We had a great tour guide and did the 30 min ride for the more scenic route.

Also, some things Banff is famous for.

The beaver tails. I’m not much of a sweet person, but we got a few to try and they were good.

Also, a fun thing we did was stop by the Indian trading post to see the “merman” that we learned about on the Minnewanka boat cruise. We also ended up getting the kids some cute Indian made moccasins.

And last my favorite place we ate while there for the service, location, food, and vibe was The Park distillery.

If you have the chance to travel to Banff, you will not be disappointed. If the kids were older or we had more time we would have loved to get some hiking in as well as see Lake Louise.

If you have any questions leave a comment or send an email!

Xx

May

Where the Dinosaurs roar

Family trips/ reviews

But have you ever been to where the dinosaurs lived?

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada is seriously the land of the dinosaurs or what’s left of them.

We flew into Calgary and made a stop over night I’m Drumheller before heading to Banff.

There is seriously soo much to do in this area. I wouldn’t recommend going on a Monday or Tuesday as some of the restaurants are closed because it’s their slow days.

We stayed at the Ramada. There isn’t a whole lot of hotel choices, but this is the best. Simply because it has an indoor pool and giant water slide. (Parent win)

The first night we ate at O’Shea’s Eatery whose parking lot was connected to the hotels so it was just a small walk.

We started our day at Royal Tyrrell Musem the kids had so much fun and even better there is tons of exploring that can done outside.

Following the museum we did some exploring outside then made our way to The worlds largest dinosaur .

It is fun and cute, but doesn’t take a whole lot of time. Just depends how long it takes you to climb 114 stairs.

We made a few stops at some smaller gift shops and fossil stores.

From there we went out to Rosedale suspension bridge and did some more hiking and exploring.

Then we stopped at Cafe ole

The s’mores chia latte was so yummy. It was cute and a quick place to grab a bite.

Some other options we looked at were closed. But, I would also recommend The asteroid

We also wanted to eat at Bernie and the boys bistro but they were closed as well.

Then our last stop and possibly one of my favorites was the The Hoodoos

We only saw a fraction of things that were to see and do there in our day before we headed on our 2.5 hour drive to Banff.

We started at the Musem and I had planned our day in this order because it made the most sense driving wise.

There is tons of other small shops, museums, helicopter tour, and more.

If you have the chance to visit Drumheller or have an extra day when in Calgary or near the area. I highly recommend making the visit you won’t be disappointed.

Stay tuned for my travel guide on Banff next. We spent 5 days there and crammed as much sightseeing as we could in.

Xx

May

If you have any questions I would love to hear them. Or if you have been there what’s your favorite thing you saw?

Traveling with toddlers .. again

Family trips/ reviews

Toddlers vs babies.

Everyone is always scared to fly with babies but that’s honestly the easiest time. Wear them, feed them, change them, and let them sleep.

We have been flying with our kids since newborn, plus numerous road trips. But when it comes to a about a 12 hour travel day between 2 flights, layovers, and 2 hour dry, plus time change we have to be prepared.

Even for shorter flights these are great activities to keep the kids busy and occupied.

Now the kids are older and excited about traveling and going on a plane and we are going to be gone 20 days. Just under 3 weeks with some driving and flights in between.

So we got the kids their own new suitcases to carry on and do 2 big bags checked, well because I over pack.

I’m from Texas where it’s just hot as hell in summer, Canada can be 80 in the day and 50 at night (brrrr) so I need all the options.

Mackenzie suitcase

These suitcases from pottery barn are the perfect size to take on the plane for the kids and get them so excited to travel and make them feel big!

On the go maze book

Our 4 year old is obsessed with mazes at the moment, it might not be handwriting but it’s practicing with a pen and keeping off technology for a short time.

Wikki stix

These are actually great for both kids and reusable. It’s like clay but in a stick and easy to travel with and share.

Vetch camera

Y’all these cameras have been so fun for the kids. We got them back in October when we were traveling to Disney world for their birthdays. They have used them regularly. They not only take pictures and videos, they can make filters as well as play games.

Mermaid puzzle

Reusable sticker

Y’all Melissa and Doug is always a go to for us for toys at home and traveling activities. We got the magnetic puzzle and reusable sticker book set. Our daughter is obsessed with stickers, our son was too at this age.

Water wow

Another great Melissa and Doug product ! We got these for our son. Mess free and technology free.

Fidget toy set

This toy set from small fish on amazon is a new purchase. But movement and sensory of the toys should be interesting and new to the kids. Will post an update on the kids interaction with them.

We will also bring iPads and a few “surprise toys.”

We also have some toddler headphones from amazon. Blue for our son his are actually bluetooth capable and charge or can use cord. Our daughter has a cheaper pink pair with cord.

If you are traveling with younger toddlers as well and need some tips, message me.

We use to fly with car seats on board, this will be the first time that we don’t. But we have all the tips on that too!!

Where are your summer plans?!?

Stay tuned for our Canada travel blog post!

Xxx

Happy Summer!

Maygen

Girls lunch

Family trips/ reviews

Life get busy for everyone and sometimes as moms we have guilt for doing things for ourselves, but I have found that it is better for everyone. It helps me reset and gives me a break.

I am going to round out my top 3 favorite places for a girls dat lunch or brunch.

My first is Bloom and Bee.

This place is seriously the prettiest cutest place for girls lunch. It is inside the beautiful post oak hotel. The hotel has an amazing spa and close to great shopping if you want to make a girls trip out of it.

Their Sangria was so good and pretty. Everything they serve is fresh, pretty, and tasty.

We started with some ceviche to share, which was tasty.

Then I followed with an endive salad! With was fresh, colorful, presented well, and of course yummy.

But what makes this place also, one of my favorites for a girls lunch is the decor, chairs, and table settings. It’s truly every women’s dream decor.

My next top place would have to the The Kitchen at Dunlavy.

We got a few plates to order and we needed ho with so much few.. not to mention a few crafts of mimosas

I didn’t try it but they have a chicken and waffle salad which looked interesting.

The view is beautiful and the inside has chandeliers all over it for a very chic decor.

The prices are responsible and I highly recommend for a brunch or lunch for anyone. ((Without young kids preferably ))

The last place on my list is Flower child .

This is a favorite of mine regardless if it’s quick or long and relaxing. I have been here many times and have been satisfied with everything I have ordered

But my all time favorite has to be the avocado toast! I don’t always love chunks of avocado but, the way they make it is seriously the best.

Plus this place is also kid friendly and on the healthier side.

If you have an favorite brunch or lunch places in the Houston or surrounding area! Let me know I would love to visit !

Willamette valley

Family trips/ reviews, Uncategorized

What is your usual adult only trip? For us it’s tropical, but this year we ditched our norm. I wanted quiet and relaxing. Plus good food and wine!

So between google and research I found the perfect location.

Willamette Valley, Newberg, Oregon.

I found the absolute perfect hotel in the valley with the best vineyards around, luxury spa, and great restaurants.

We stayed at The Allison. It was quiet and perfect. The restaurant was great, the indoor pool was amazing, and the couples massage was top notch.

Our dinner the first night was fun and delish. I love an 8 course tasting meal and if you have never tried one your missing out on the best dining experience.

The painted lady had an awesome dining experience with great service!

Then we had a full day of wine touring. There are so many great and small local family owned wineries in the valley. There are also some larger ones, but the small ones we wouldn’t be able to get their wines on our grocery store shelves in Texas. So we ordered about 6 bottles from the 3 wineries we visited.

We visited Rocco Winery, Anna Anme, Tristeuem.

There is tons of small local restaurants that all have very fresh and yummy food.

We tried out Subterra a wine cellar restaurant for lunch and the food was delish and fresh. The restaurant was super cute to in an old wine cellar.

Then we got some snow which they said is unusual for February, but it was beautiful. However we decided for a change of scenery so we took an hour and a half drive through the mountains to Pacific City on the coat.

We stoped at a new resort out there on the coast called Headlends Lodge. It would be the perfect place to stay in the summer!

We have a charcuterie board to share with a cup of clam chowder. The food was great, the view was amazing, and the restaurant was relaxing.

Then on the way back from the coast we stopped in McMinnville on 3rd street. It is a cute local street with great restaurants, tasting rooms, shopping, and art. We enjoyed waking the street and got a few souvenirs to bring home for the kids.

We ate at a cute little yummy tapas bar to end the night.

I enjoyed that we could see mountains, snow, beach, valleys and within a 2 hour drive.

We had awesome fresh food and amazing wine. The people were friendly and fun. I would love to take the kids back to the coast in the summer. It’s beautiful and quiet.

I highly recommend the trip if you are looking for somewhere different to go on an adult only weekend trip.

Ending with a mimosa at the airport on the way home!

If you have any questions or want more recommendations send me a message.

Follow me on Instagram mayritchie15 or on the Likeittoknowit app at mayritchie15 for outfit details on the trip.

Orlando trip part 2

Family trips/ reviews

Y’all a week in Orlando with two toddlers is a longtime! We knew we would have a couple late nights at Disney World so we didn’t want to do Disney everyday. So we found other options.

The first place we went was Legoland! It was actually a lot more fun than I imagined.

The entry to get in was little pricey around 70-100$ a person, but we ended up spending a good 5 hours there.

There was tons of rides for the whole family, most of which had short lines. There was a few that our one year old couldn’t do, but there was games and play places.

There was TONS of awesome LEGO statues all through out the park!

When you first walk in the park there is a two story LEGO themed merry go round. What kid doesn’t love a merry go round?

After we entered we went to duplo valley, which is the perfect place for younger kids. We did quite a few rides there, from a LEGO tractor ride, a train ride, and a cute safari ride. Everything was made out of legos and looked so cute!

Then there was medieval area, which didn’t have as many rides for kids. The cutest josting ride was the cutest ride and our son loved it!

There was a cute LEGO boat ride, which I think we rode more than once!

Then this interactive fire truck ride was so much fun for the family to work together. You have to push a lever up and down to get to the other end then squirt to put the fire out and get back to other end. There was no line for this and we did this more than once.

Another cool thing about LEGOland was that a lot of rides had a table with legos so the kids could play while we waited in line for rides.

The boys enjoyed this over the boat ride, it was suitable for a little older kids. We got to play with legos while we waited on the boys.

There was also some carnival type games to pay through out the park that cost 5-10$ a play.

Then there was an entire LEGO area that had characters, countries, places, and events all made out of legos which was really neat to walk around.

Where we ate wasn’t the best, it only had fried options which isn’t my favorite options. But it was quick, fast, and pretty reasonable.

Overall if we had the chance to go to LEGOland again, we would. There is a few different locations all over the world. This is the largest location, so I am not sure about the other locations. But, Orlando’s location you can defiantly spend an entire day of fun.

Another fun place that we ventured to one afternoon was Disney Springs. It is technically owned by Disney World, but you don’t have to have a ticket to go to it. It’s a boardwalk with stores, restaurants, and a few activities.

We wanted to eat at TREX restaurant, but couldn’t get reservations. It is technically owned by Disney World. If you want to eat there, plan ahead in order to get a reservation.

But, we did stop in to let the kids look at the gift store and have a special desert for the almost birthday boy. We got their huge desert with cake, ice cream, and dry ice smoke. It was a lot and only cost 17$.

Then we went for an amphi car ride. There is only about 30 left in the world and Disney Springs has 8 of them. It is a little costly, over 100$ for a 20 min ride. But, it was a fun a unique experience.

We had reservations at the Boat house, which is highly recommended. It was defiantly the best food we ate while there. It also, gave us a 20$ discount for the amphi car ride. I would recommend making a reservation to eat there as well.

We sat on the patio on the water with a wonderful view and the kids meals were served in these little cars which the kids loved.

Then the kids rode a merry go round, train ride, and played at the LEGO store!

Over all Disney Springs was a fun place to spend a couple hours in the afternoon!

Then our last full day we went to SEA LiFE aquarium and wax museum. We debated going to Sea World, but we weren’t going to spend all day so we didn’t want to pay the $100 entry.

But we were very pleased with the aquarium and wax Musem for $40. The aquarium was actually very interactive for young children.

There was also a “mermaid ” there which the kids enjoyed as well. We weren’t to sure what the wax museum would be like, but it was super kid friendly. There was tons on activities to do at most exhibits!

There is also the ICON there which is a huge enclosed Ferris wheel, if you plan on doing all 3 it is way cheaper to buy the bundle. Our kids were to scared, because it is massive! There is other things there such as, bone museum, arcade, restaurants, and candy store. You could easily spend an entire afternoon here.

But we were going to our last stop, the worlds largest McDonald’s! Our son like most kids for some reason, love McDonald’s.

Is serves pizza and pasta along with the regular menu items. They have an elevator to go up the the top floor. There is a 3 story jungle gym as well as arcade!

We also ate at Kobe’s one night, which was fun and kept the kids entertained at dinner!

Have you been to any of these places?!?

Feel free to ask any other questions about Orlando with toddlers!

XX

Maygen

Disney world with toddlers

Family trips/ reviews

This picture is at Hollywood and Vine for Minnie’s Halloween dinner.

The kids knew we were going on a “road trip,” but we didn’t tell them we were going to Disney World that morning before we left.

Okay so let’s start with travel. We were on the runway for TWO hours due to weather delay, making our 2 our travel turn into 4. But, we were prepared with activities, snacks, and iPads.

We stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation, which is considered on resort, but you are not inside the tram loop. We rented a car, which was great for going to the park, doing things off property, and getting groceries. If you are staying on property you do not have to pay to park at the parks.

We got the Cars Suite, which had a master bedroom, a table that pulled out into bed, living room area, and extra bathroom.

The resort had different themed areas; cars, little mermaid, lion king, and finding Nemo. The kids loved walking around and seeing all the characters.

The hotel had 3 pools, a large finding Nemo pool in the middle, a small cars themed at our end, and a small little mermaid on the other end.

Swimsuit Mickey Mouse swimsuit

The large pool in the middle was Nemo themed, there was a gradual entry, and a small splash pad. They had trivia and music and a movie at night.

Then there was the small cars pool, which had the cutest cone teepees.

So over all we loved the resort. It was just a few minutes to all the parks, but the cafeteria style restaurant is the only thing at the resort which was kind of a negative. Also, the price of the food and drinks but o guess that is to be expected at Disney World. Art of animation is actually a budget friendly Disney resort. The size of our room for the price is hard to beat at Disney.

We rented a stroller from private company rather than the park. We used Kingdom strollers, so they drop it off at the hotel and you drop it off before you leave. You can take it wherever you go, where as renting the stroller from the park you can not take it with you.

We did 3 days at Disney World, with the park hopper and Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party.

First park we went was Animal Kingdom. I wouldn’t consider this park the best for toddler, but the kids did have fun.

We rode the avatar boat ride which had a cool light show, but wasn’t a toddler favorite.

We met safari mickey and minnie, which the kids enjoyed.

The safari ride was a toddler favorite for sure! They had tons of animals to see up close.

Then we stumbled upon Dinosaur USA, which is a great toddler area. They have a jungle gym area to play at, dinosaur spin ride, and games.

Playing and climbing in the dinosaur playground.

We rode the dinosaur flying ride a couple times, because there wasn’t much of a line and the kids loved it. There is a bigger dinosaur rollercoaster, that we had a fast pass for but once our 4 year old saw it he said it was to scary.

We also saw the Nemo live musical, which was a fun show that the kids enjoyed. It was nice to be inside and have some air condition for a while too!

We had lunch at the dinosaur area at an order at the counter place, with quick food.

Then I made a mistake by making reservations at Tiffins. The restaurant is fine dining and the kids were not thrilled. The art and setup was beautiful, but wouldn’t consider taking young kids to eat there.

The next park was Magic Kingdom, which was by far our favorite. We could have went back another day, because there were rides that we didn’t get a chance to ride. We took a break mid day when it started to rain, because we were going back for Mickeys Halloween party.

Let’s talk about this Buzz Lightyear shooting ride, I think our son rode it 4 times that day. It was a favorite for both kids.

Also, in Tomorrowland is astroblaster which was a little scary for me. Haha.

Then we went on the people mover, it’s not really a ride. It takes your through all the rides in Tomorrowland which was pretty neat and there wasn’t a line for it.

From Tomorrowland we can’t to fantasy island where the kids split a Cheshire cattail which was yummy. It was under $6 so one of the cheaper things at the park.

After a quick snack, we were onto rides. Next on the list was the dumbo ride, which is another great toddler option. We didn’t do a fast pass for this ride either because the line was short. When you went inside the line they actually had a little dumbo play area that the kids enjoyed. We actually rode this ride 2-3 times.

In between tomorrow land and fantasy island was the Tomorrowland race track. We used a fast pass the first time and then went back for the party and didn’t use it.

For lunch we ate at Casey’s famous Hot dogs on Main Street. The boys had Mac and cheese hot dogs and I enjoyed a organic veggie dog with slaw on top and a side of apples. It was actually good and nice to have healthier options. The kids also split their mint Julep slushy and it was very good. It was a lot of food and we didn’t eat it all, but the price wasn’t outrageous considering the amount of food we got.

Another fun ride the kids enjoyed was Whinnie the Pooh ride! It also, had a little play areas while waiting in line. The kids enjoyed running around some before getting on rides. We also, used a fast pass for this ride.

Another ride we used a fast pass on was it’s a small world boat ride. The kids loved the music and all the themes throughout the ride.

Then we ventured over to Adventureland and rode Aladdin’s magic carpet ride, this is similar to dumbo and great for toddlers. I think we might have rode this twice as well without a fast pass.

Then we took a a break because we were going to Mickeys not so scary Halloween party. In order to go to the party you have to have park admission plus tickets to the Halloween party. Between the two tickets it was pretty pricey. We went back before truck or treating started and got to do a couple of the rides again because the park closed early we didn’t have long lines.

We also rode the boat safari ride in Adventureland which was a little cheesy and fake. The kids weren’t impressed, but they were fine.

Someone decided not to wear their dinosaur costume, but we all got festive on Halloween shirts. We did a little trick or treating before our dinner reservation at the Crystal Palace. It was Halloween themed and the deserts were Halloween themed. All the Pooh characters were at the restaurant walking around the buffet style restaurant. The cost for character dinning is pricey, but if you want to see the characters without waiting in long lines it’s perfect. The food is okay, but it’s nice quick and easy.

We left magic kingdom a little after 9 PM! The kids got so much candy and enjoyed trick or treating.

One benefit of having a 1 year old is there free to get in the park and the Halloween party, but not y’all enough for lots of rides. Also, their buffet character dinning meals are discounted because they don’t eat as much.

Overall we spent about 9 hours at magic kingdom and had a blast. One of the best things about the Halloween party is getting to go on rides without as long of lines.

Our third and final day at Disney World was spent at Hollywood Studios. The kids were excited to get to toy story land. We got there 30 min before the park opened and headed straight to toy story land, but that is what it seems everyone did. This was the busiest park that we went to it seemed.

We had breakfast in Woodys lunch box, they had a s’more sandwich and magical slushy. They also had a poptart that seemed to be super popular and reasonably priced.

We rode the toy story mania 2-3 times. The kids enjoyed this ride! We used a fast pass and we also waited 25 min in line.

We also did the alien ride in toy story land without a fast pass and the wait was about 30 minutes. The kids enjoyed this ride and it went a little bit faster than I expected.

Then the slinky ride had an issue and wasn’t open when the park opened so they stood in line for an hour and a half to ride it. It was a little scary for a boy turning 4 that day. As far an toddler friendly rides in Hollywood studios there isn’t too may.

We did however do the 3D mullet experience and the kids loved that!

Then we took a break before we went back to dinner at Hollywood and Vine for Minnie’s Halloween dinner. All the characters were dressed up.

It was another buffet style character dinning, which the kids are still a little unsure about the characters.

Over all we had a blast and the kids were great!

I would recommend getting a rental car if you want to get any groceries or go other places which we did .

Also, rent stroller from third party for best rates and flexibility.

We didn’t do the meal plans because we put off resort a lot to and I saw a lot of people not using all their meal plans. Unless you plan on eating only on Disney properties, I wouldn’t do the meal plan.

Magic kingdom was by far our favorite, we could have done the other 2 parks in one day and went back to magic kingdom since we had the park hopper.

We think we will go again when the kids are 5 and 7 and that will be the absolute perfect age!

I will post a separate blog about the other places we went in Orlando!

What is your favorite thing at Disney?

Let me know if you have any questions about toddler and Disney or just Disney!

Xxx

Maygen