Friday, July 2, 2010

Disney Traditions

Melissa and I have developed some traditions over the years going to Disney World. Different places to sit and relax, places to eat, and other fun little things we like to do. Now that we are bringing the kids along, it has been fun to start new traditions. I found it interesting that two of our most common traditions were not done this trip in favor of two new ones that I think will be around for a while.

I miss greatly what was likely our first tradition, a Magic Kingdom lunch of cold fried chicken and chips at Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island. I remember the first time we went across to the island only to find that they didn't serve lunch anymore, just ice cream. That was a sad day, but not the first time that a Disney change broke up a tradition.

Our two most common traditions are a lunch at the Columbia Harbor House and grabbing some fudge from Main Street. Columbia Harbor House has a nice upstairs seating area, including some tables near the windows overlooking the path from Fantasyland to Liberty Square. This is a fun place to sit as it is well themed and allows you to look out over the park. The food is mostly fried, but that is ok. Our original tradition with the fudge was to get some fudge and then go sit in the cool darkness of the Main Street theater and relax while watching cartoons. Like Aunt Polly's, Disney decided to change the theater to make it into a store. There is still a movie screen showing cartoons, but there is not a good place to sit. We usually still buy fudge, but either take it back to the room or if it is nice out find a side street on Main Street to have a few bites. We did neither of these on this trip though...traditions are changing.

This trip we had dinner at the Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland. We grabbed a table overlooking It's a Small World, and spent a bunch of time waving down at the riders below. Pizza and pasta is on the menu at PVH, so it is a bit different from Columbia Harbor. Being able to watch the boys favorite ride, and wave was a big hit. We also did our breakfast on Main Street of cinnamon rolls and coffee.  This was fun, though it was a bit crowded. We actually "ate" here twice. On a previous night at the Magic Kingdom we grabbed a few danish to bring back to the room for the following mornings breakfast. I think we are going to spend a bit more time on Main Street like this, it was a fun change of pace.

Do you have family traditions relating to Disney?

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