With just over 10 days to go it’s time for our next vacation! Emily has only 4 more days in Kindergarten, Sander needs to work only 6 more days and Danielle just needs to pack our suitcases.
On Sunday the 12th of January we pack everything in our car before we leave to Frankfurt. From Frankfurt we’ve got a direct flight to Orlando, Florida!
After our arrival we first get our Visitor Toll Pass an automated toll payment solution for visitors to Florida. This allows us to drive through the electronic toll booths saving us time, while saving money at the same time. That’s what we call a win-win solution.
Next stop is Hertz for our rental car, we’ve reserved a mid-size SUV, we are already curious about what car it will be exactly. We did book this one through the ADAC (German AAA / ANWB), the deal was amazing saving hundreds of Euro’s compared to every other car rental agency we’ve looked at.
If we arrive on time we hope to start this trip with a short visit to the Disney Character Warehouse in one of the Premium Outlets before we drive to our first hotel in Melbourne, Florida. It’s a Crowne Plaza at the Oceanfront, we picked it expecting to wake up early enough to watch a beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.
Next stop is Boca Raton, we stay at a Holiday Inn. The next stop is even more amazing, the Port of Miami. here we will board the Disney Magic for a 4-night cruise to Key West, Castaway Cay and Nassau, Bahamas before we are forced to disembark in Miami again.
After the cruise we continue our drive through Florida with a visit to the Everglades and a stay in the Staybridge Suites at Naples – Marco Island. The last hotel of this trip will be in the Even Hotel in Sarasota – Lakewood Ranch.
But don’t be sad for us our vacation isn’t over yet. The last 1,5 week we are staying in Kissimmee, we’ve booked an apartment through Airbnb at the Niido. And off course we’ve got tickets to Walt Disney World for the full eight of our stay in Kissimmee.
We already booked the first FastPasses and the activities we want to do onboard the Disney Magic, the only left is our suitcases. We are all excited to get this trip started!
Danielle was on the phone for 7,5 hours to book the main part of this vacation, the 7-Night Mediterranean Disney Cruise from Barcelona to Barcelona. Just 2 more nights of sleep before it all starts!
The first night we will stay near the Munich Airport in the Holiday Inn Express as our flight with Vueling to Barcelona leaves as early as 9:50am with boarding starting at 9:10am and we don’t like getting up too early during our vacation.
If everything goes according to plan we arrive exactly at noon in Barcelona, assuming everything goes smooth at Barcelona El Prat airport we should be in our hotel around 1:30pm. We will be staying in the Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona which is right across from a large shopping mall and close to the beach.
While we plan on taking it easy we hope to have some time to visit a Tapas Bar nearby for dinner before jumping into our beds early as our 7 day long adventure will start the morning after.
Embarking the Disney Magic is estimated around 12:00pm and we plan on taking a taxi to the port. The first day will be a day at sea, the second day we will be at Naples. In Naples we have an excursion booked to Pompeii. The day the ship docks in Civitavecchia we stay on-board to make sure we are all rested enough to get on land in Livorno to spend the morning in Pisa and to explore Monaco when the ship docks in Villefranche.After that only one day on the ship is left before we are forced to disembark.
But don’t worry the fun isn’t over yet we added some Disney fun at the end of the trip. After leaving the ship around 7am we need to get to the airport where our plane to Paris (Orly) leaves at 12:45pm.
Yes, you figured it out, we are going to Disneyland Paris. After staying at the airport in a Novotel we jump on the Magical Shuttle towards the most magical destination in Europe.
Danielle already started packing our suitcases, she prepared the Fish Extenders for the cruise (it’s a privately gift exchange between fellow passengers on board a Disney Cruise), and she got the magnets to decorate our door.
And Emily? She is trying out all summer items she has, she already packed her suit case twice, and unpacked it because she wanted to play with the toys she packed.
And I? I wrote this blog…