Spring Break 2018

Last month the kids and I escaped winter and went to Florida, along with seemingly everyone else in Minnesota. 


It’s a fake out. They’re actually quite warm.

Except Spouse, who held down the fort and was on geriatric dog duty.

Oh, and he bought a new house while we were gone. Lots more about the latest iteration of Fancy Pants Ranch to come.

Here’s how the three of us spent our trip time:

  • Part 1 – My mom’s place (2 nights)
  • Part 2 – Disney (5 nights)

My Mom’s place is about an hour south of Orlando, located in an “active senior community.” Think lots of golf carts. Also many, many rules about street parking, community pool use, etc.


This part was pretty low-key. We went swimming, worked on a puzzle and mostly hung out. One morning we went to a nearby flea market. There was an astounding amount of absolute junk.

Later that day I took the kids to Legoland. This was my second – and hopefully last – time there. It was crowded, hot and the lines for rides were painfully long. Most of the rides are low capacity and there seemed to be a high number of park guests with various passes that allowed them to cut right to the front of the line, which was frustrating to those of us who had been waiting 45 minutes for a 45 second ride. This was not money well spent.


After two nights at my Mom’s, we headed back to Orlando to check into the Swan Hotel, which is one of my favorite places to stay. I’ve mentioned the Swan so many times here; I love the fact that it is a Westin in disguise (it’s sister hotel, The Dolphin, is a Sheraton), so I can earn loyalty points. Because I spent a lot of last year living in a hotel, I am currently a Platinum Starwood member and we were upgraded to a family suite. This was a terrific place to spend five nights.


We arrived at the Swan on a Sunday but were only planning to do the Disney parks Tuesday – Thursday, so we had about a day and a half to spend otherwise occupied. This was easy to do.

We went to Disney Springs and bought an overpriced stuffed rabbit at Build A Bear. We bought Lego mini figures. We ate dinners at Trattoria al Forno on the Boardwalk and Bluezoo. We swam in the excellent pools at the Swan and Dolphin.

And finally it was time for Disney!

Up next: our Disney parks days and trip packing list.





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