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Spending my 10 Year Wedding Anniversary in 24 hours at Walt Disney World

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been married for 10 years.  As a young bride, I never imagined that this is how my life would unfold but I’m so glad it’s turning out the way it is.  As a married couple, I feel like we’ve been through it all – the good and the bad.  One thing that has always been a solace for us has been Walt Disney World.  It’s a place where everything else fades away and we can really focus on our family.  So when our 10 year wedding anniversary was coming up, there is no where else that we would have wanted to spend it.  Our anniversary trip was quick because we needed to get back for a gymnastics meet for our daughter.  We drove down super early, stayed one night and drove home later the next day.  Yep, super quick!  But it was a lot of fun and we made so many great memories.  It started off by us checking in to Disney’s Pop Century, because we were only staying 1 night and literally were only going to be in the room to sleep we wanted to book the cheapest on property resort we could.  But in all honesty, I really love Pop Century so for us it was great to stay there.  When we arrived, my mom had a really nice anniversary gift waiting in the room for us.  Disney Floral and Gifts put together some of the best in-room gifts and my mom had gotten us the bride and groom Mickey and Minnie ears with our names embroidered on the back.  These ears are so cute and a great anniversary gift idea and it makes for great pictures.


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After freshening up, we decided to hit up Disney’s Hollywood Studios for some of our favorite rides.  As soon as we got into the park, it was time for the March of the First Order up Hollywood Boulevard.  We scooched over to the sidewalk to watch and a Cast Member pulled Dave and I aside and asked if we wanted to march with Captain Phasma… uh, yes!  Our bride and groom ears were already getting us some fun attention in the parks.  We fell in line and I even got to hold a light saber.  I’m not super knowledgeable about Star Wars so I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on, but we had so much fun. During our march, the Cast Member walking with us disappeared for a brief moment and when she came back, she gifted us a chocolate cupcake for our anniversary and marching with the dark side.  Cast Members really are the best.  After marching and grubbing on our cupcake, we thought it was an appropriate time to hit up Rock N’ Roller Coaster.  We even took this super cute and kinda cheesy picture holding our ears.  After that, we had 2 more stops at Hollywood Studios, Tower of Terror and Toy Story Mania.  3 of our very favorite attractions checked off the list.

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Because this was a trip of favorites, we decided to hop on over to Epcot for drinks and appetizers at La Cava located in the Mexico Pavilion.  If you like margaritas, this is the place for you to go on your next trip.  Dave and I split the chips and salsa with guacamole as an appetizer and I ordered the avocado margarita and Dave ordered the pineapple margarita with no chili rimming, he doesn’t do spicy.  Evening was quickly approaching and after one margarita it was time to head back to Pop Century to clean up for our anniversary dinner, of course not before snapping a quick pic in front of the ball.  I just love when it’s lit up at night like that. So pretty.

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Hopping over to Epcot didn’t leave up a lot of time to get ready, but we changed our clothes and made it happen.  Our anniversary dinner was at Yachtsman Steakhouse which can be tricky to get to, especially from our resort so to save some time, we took our car.  Getting around the Walt Disney  World property in your personal car is extremely easy and there is never really any heavy traffic.  We arrived just in time for our reservation and were seated with these adorable ‘Happy Anniversary’ menus that we got to take home with us.  Yachtsman Steakhouse is easily the best restaurant at Walt Disney World, every single menu item is absolutely delicious.  We started with a champagne toast to 10 years but decided against an appetizer.  For our entrees, we both ordered the 12oz New York Strip Steak with a peppercorn brandy sauce and potato gratin.  I’ve never had a steak that was as delicious as the steaks at Yachtsman.  The crust on the steak is so flavorful and has such a nice bite to it and I could literally drink the peppercorn brandy sauce.  I ask for it with every steak I order from there.  My mouth is watering from typing about our meal, if you haven’t been there yet you are really missing out.  We enjoyed a complimentary dessert plate from our server, who by the way was just fabulous.  It was such a wonderful day, evening and meal but after traveling and a full day of favorites we were ready to head back and go to bed.

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Up early the next day for some more of our favorites before we headed home.  This day was our actual 10 year anniversary day and also Mickey’s birthday.  That’s right Mickey’s birthday is also November 18th.  We headed out first thing to Magic Kingdom to catch the (now gone) Welcome Show.  Fire Chief Smokey came out and we all sang Happy Birthday to our pal, Mickey Mouse before the park opened.  We made our way toward Cinderella Castle snapping some fun anniversary pictures a long the way.  Then we veered right toward Tommorowland to ride Space Mountain once or twice before the lines filled up for the day.  Next stop was to Gaston’s tavern for a giant cinnamon roll with extra icing, of course!  Another Hutnik favorite.  More rides, castle shows, parades and an anniversary dole whip float later we were making our way back down Main Street U.S.A. leaving the park for the day.  But not before one last look back at the Castle, gosh that view never gets old.

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Most visits to Walt Disney World for us end with a trip to Disney Springs for lunch and some last minute shopping and this trip was no different.  It’s a trip of favorites!  First stop, the best lunch spot around D-Luxe Buger.  It’s such a great addition to Disney Springs.  The burgers are delicious and even big enough to share if you get an order of french fries too. I love the flavor combinations they’ve come up with, the best is the Southern Classic Burger.  Guys, it has pimento cheese on it — PIMENTO CHEESE. Any good southern girl knows how delicious that is!  You have to try it on your next Disney Springs outing.  For dessert, we headed up to the rooftop bar of the new Coca-Cola Store.  It’s on the 3rd floor and has a great view of Disney Springs.  We ordered the Soda Float Flight, which is 8 different sodas with a mini scoop of vanilla ice cream in each one.  I’m not the biggest fan of floats but come on, this is fun!  It was interesting to try the floats that were fruitier in flavor versus the ones that were more soda-ey like coke and root beer.  Just completely different.  The float sampler is a lot of fun and pretty reasonably priced.  Time was unfortunately coming to an end on our whirlwind anniversary trip but we had so much fun and are so lucky to be celebrating 10 years of marriage.

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If you are going to Walt Disney World for an anniversary, be sure to grab an “I’M CELEBRATING” button and write on it about your anniversary. You never know what kind of magic is just waiting for you. We used a sharpie from Guest Services to write 10 yEARS on ours and it was super cute and got us a lot of attention from Cast Members.  Our anniversary trip was super short, 24 hours, but we packed in a ton of favorites and fun.  I loved every minute of celebrating with my husband in the most magical place on earth!

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