Thursday, July 10, 2014

Trip Report: Independence Day at Walt Disney World

Being incredibly patriotic people, spending the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World (who also happen to be annual passholders) was an easy decision for us.

Fourth of July at Magic Kingdom

In fact, it was decided in less than 24 hours via group text.

Disney Family Group Text

This was actually our third time spending the Fourth of July at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, as we had stayed there previously over Independence Day in 2008 and 2011.  Before discovering the Beach Club, the Grand Floridian was without a doubt our favorite Disney Resort.  So it was good to return to our first favorite (and it still has a fighting chance for my all-time favorite).

I took it easy on the dining reservations, booking just one meal on all but one day.  We dined for the first time at a few restaurants - Grand Floridian Cafe and Marrakesh, and also revisited a few favorites - Crystal Palace, Beaches N' Cream, and Garden Grill.  I was able to photograph patriotic fireworks at Magic Kingdom on July 3 and Epcot on July 4.  We were also there for the debut of Frozen Summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

You're invited to join us on our Fourth of July adventure at Walt Disney World!  [I'm trying something new!] Go ahead and bookmark this page, as it will serve as an index for the Trip Report.  The links below will become active as each post is published!

Day 1 - Fighting the pre-Fourth of July crowds at Magic Kingdom!
Day 2 - Celebrating (the United States of A) MERICA at Epcot
Day 3 - Conquering Hollywood Studios overrun with tour groups, as well as our first (mini) Kitchen Sink
Day 4 - Hitting Three Parks and Two Character Meals in One Day
Day 5 - Getting Frozen at Hollywood Studios

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