• Mom Traci (blog author), Dad Jeff, boys age 6 and 9
  • Saturday, January 28 – Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Wilderness Lodge

This was our boys’ third and longest trip to Disney World. Their previous two trips were each three park days bookended by travel days. This time, we were spending five days in the parks in addition to a resort day exploring Fort Wilderness and Disney Springs making this trip twice as long as their previous Disney vacations.

The boys were, in fact, only expecting four park days, but Mom surprised everyone with a one-day trip extension and resort switch. More about that to come in the Day 6 report.

Our Disney Touring Style

Read all about How We Do Disney. Rides and attractions are always our main focus when visiting Disney parks.

As usual, character meetings are a low priority for us. We met three on this trip – Russell, Baymax and a Jawa. Our boys are mainly Pixar and Star Wars fans and while they love any Disney attraction featuring the Disney classic and princess movie characters, they have no interest in a personal photo or autograph.

We prefer the flexibility and cost of quick service dining, so the majority of our food reviews are quick service restaurants and snacks. Our only table service ADRs were Trail’s End, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and 50’s Primetime Cafe.

If you have young children who love Disney World most for its rides and attractions, I hope you’ll find these trip reports helpful when planning your next Disney vacation!


Daily Trip Reports

Day 1 / Travel Day – drive from Raleigh to Orlando and check into Pop Century resort

Day 2 / Fort Wilderness and Disney Springs

Day 3 / EPCOT – Festival of the Arts

Day 4 / Animal Kingdom

Day 5 / Magic Kingdom

Day 6 / Hollywood Studios and resort switch to Wilderness Lodge

Day 7 / Magic Kingdom and Wilderness Lodge

Day 8 / Wilderness Lodge and Travel Day – Wilderness Lodge tour and drive home to Raleigh