Winter Wonderland – Montana Sledding

Montana shines brightest right after a snowstorm. The sun comes out and so do the sleds. Nothing like gliding through a slope of untouched snow. Montana Snow     

I found this deer antler in the haystacks by our sledding hill. Looks like the deer was feeding on the haystacks and shed its horn right then and there! Pretty cool. Only in MT.

I was so happy to spend this last part of 2014 with my family and share some of my childhood excitement of sledding with my husband. I dare you to try to go sledding without a smile. It’s impossible. And if you do happen to accomplish that…we need to chat.

Happy adventures,

Erika

Disney World in December { Day THREE & FOUR }

Onward…to the end of the Disney adventure. Saturday and Sunday were the busiest days, Hollywood Studios seemed to be the most crowded. We were still able to go on the Tower of Terror three times and the Rock’n’Roller Coaster twice…so you can still make things happen! Universal was quiet until you entered the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But, that was understandable, it was legit. They did such a good job with bringing those books to life.

Day 3: Hollywood Studios

Favorite Ride: Rock’n’Roller Coaster –cue “Dude (Looks Like a Lady).”

Favorite Show: Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights –happens only in December and it was incredible (see the awesome Christmas light photos below!!). Fantasmic was good too!!

Favorite Food and Drink: Our meal at the Sci-Fi Dine-In was amazing! The gourmet burger (had fried mac’n’cheese on it!!!), and an Oreo shake! Yes, that was only thing we ate that day haha. Amy ordered the Oreo shake mixed with peppermint, so it was like a Thin Mint Cookie shake…so yummy!

Favorite Dining Experience: The Sci-Fi Dine-In exceeded all my expectations. Tyler had made the reservation without telling us, to make it a surprise. And it was awesome. It was a huge drive-in movie theater where you actually had your meal delivered to “your car” and the big screen right there in front of you played old school short films and commercials.

Must-Sees: You have to peek in to see the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. They brought the 50’s to you!

Day 4: Universal Studios

Favorite Ride: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (the ride inside Hogwarts Castle). There was a long line and we were running out of time, so we went into the single riders lane and split up. I ended up going with Jake anyways, and only took about 5-10minutes. Great call, if you want to zoom through the rides.

  • Also, the Transformer 3D Ride was extremely cool and felt so real!

Favorite Food and Drink: Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade, I ordered the “Great Feast” platter which came with ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Oh and of course a Butterbeer!! Holy cow was that delicious.

Must Sees: Diagon Alley Dragon breathes fire…need I say more… 😉

It’s fun to look back at our trip and see how much we were able to experience. It was a trip to remember. I was reminded that there is no rule, nothing set in stone, saying that you have to grow up…it’s okay to act like a kid and smile and enjoy life-like it is one big Magical Kingdom ;).

Happy Adventures,

Erika

 

Disney World in December { DAY TWO }

To continue our journey through Disney World, we spent the following day at Animal Kingdom and Epcot. I think Animal Kingdom is definitely doable in half a day, but Epcot, I wish we had a little more time. We were worn out towards the end of the tour around the different countries. We didn’t get to see the last couple stops (Mexico & Norway). I think Jake and Tyler even ended up sleeping during the American Heritage Show. Haha. There was a lot more to see than I had imagined. We also didn’t get to go on the ride inside the huge dome of Epcot’s center. We did however, ride the Legend of the Forbidden Mountain ride 3 times in Animal Kingdom!! Ha

Day 2:

Animal Kingdom

Favorite Ride: Expedition Everest: The Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

  • Close 2nd would be the DINOSAUR ride! Really cool.

Favorite Show: We went to see the Finding Nemo show, it was good, but pretty strongly directed towards just kids.

Favorite Food or Drink: Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery. You know I can’t pass up a coffee and pastry!

We didn’t really eat much at this stop. We packed fruit and PB&J’s because we knew there was going to be much eating and drinking at Epcot.

Must Sees: The Tree of Life, hard to miss, but take a closer look at all the engravings!

Epcot

Favorite Ride: We didn’t get a chance to go on the one ride at this location.

Favorite Show: The shows happening right outside of China were great!! Captivating for sure.

Favorite Food & Drink: Sampler of beer at the United Kingdom Pub Rose & Crown. Ham & Cheese Croissant at France (found at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie).  YUM!

Must Sees: I really loved Japan. All the unique tea kettles, jewelry and kimonos were just so beautiful!!
 

The above picture is the Saki sampler (not a huge fan of Saki, but when in Disney Japan…). We also tested the Sangria in Morocco, which was more my style! Then after all the walking and eating and drinking we were still starving. We decided to do a late dinner in downtown Disney…we ended up getting as far as our hotel’s Benihana. 🙂 But still delicious and a fun time watching our chef make our food (I had never been to a restaurant like that–Montana girl, guess didn’t get out much haha).

Can you see the hunger in our eyes?!

Tomorrow I’ll post on the last two days of our trip: Hollywood Studios & our quick trip to Universal Studios!

Happy adventures!

Erika

 

 

Disney World in December { DAY ONE }

Hello!!! Happy New Year to everyone! I have been out of the loop this past month and a half. With being a flight attendant, the holiday season is the most hectic and busy time. Any spare moment I had during the craziness, was spent with my hubby or my family! I hope you all had a great holiday season and are starting the new year fresh and excited to conquer 2015!

One of the great adventures of 2014 came in December…Disney WORLD! This has been on Jake & I’s bucket list. We had both been to Disneyland in Los Angeles, but never the spectacular “World” of Disney. We went for 4 full days and were pretty determined to see it all. Also, our good friends Amy & Tyler were our co-conspirators for this whirlwind tour of all things Disney–you will see them sprinkled throughout the pictures below.

Day 1: The Magic Kingdom

Favorite Ride: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Favorite Show: Carousel of Progress

Favorite Food or Drink: Gaston’s Tavern, LeFou’s Brew (tastes like a frozen fruity cream soda with a delicious marshmallow flavored cream froth!) Sweet & yummy!!!

Our Awesome Dining Experience : Be Our Guest (in Beast’s Castle)

Must Sees: Cinderella’s Castle at Night (no brainer ;))

       

Other Tips & Suggestions:

  • If you are not staying at a Disney Hotel, still get the Disney Magic Bands (they really come in handy and are so easy with the Disney App and Fast Passes). We actually bought them in the MCO airport Disney store when we arrived. They synced them right there!
  • Tyler was our Fast Pass guru. We hardly waited in a single line and it was awesome! Make sure you prepare your three selections beforehand on the App or on the website. And continue to update them!
  • There are some pretty awesome corn dog nuggets at Casey’s Corner on Main Street…great nibble food :).
  • You don’t have to have a huge full-course meal at Be Our Guest (or any of the restaurants that need reservations). It’s great just to have some champagne and appetizers and soak up the atmosphere.
  • Also–if you can’t get a reservation online, the morning of the day you want to go–walk up to the entrance of the restaurant, they should have someone there making a limited number of ‘day-of’ reservations. They fill up quickly!

Stay tuned for more pictures and tips! Tomorrow is Day 2: Animal Kingdom & EPCOT.

Happy Adventures,

Erika