We’re two days away from leaving for Disney World and today I’ll list the five attractions/restaurants/shows/things I’m most looking forward to this coming week:

1. Via Napoli — Of course my first entry would be a restaurant, and a pizza place at that. I’ve been looking forward to eating at Via Napoli since the restaurant first opened a year ago. Pizza in Disney is usually a crapshoot, with most of it being pretty nasty. And since we’ve moved to Pensacola, I haven’t yet found my Deano’s or Pizza Shack or Pizza Village or Pizzaville. So, I’m really looking forward to eating what I’m hoping will be yummy, authentic Italian pizza. The atmosphere will also be fun.

2. Star Wars Weekend — Right up there with Via Napoli on the list of things I’ve wanted to do at Disney for a while. Ever since I’ve found out Disney put on a Star Wars Weekends event, I’ve wanted to sneak away for a weekend to attend. It’s usually too early for us to go, but this year it worked out perfectly. I can’t wait to see all the characters in the park. I can’t wait to ride the new version of Star Tours. I can’t wait to be fully immersed in the Star Wars universe for one day.

3. Breakfast with the Princesses — Shhhhh! Keep this one a secret because our boys still don’t know that we’re eating breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. It’s something that admittedly I’m torn about. I’ve heard about how overpriced the breakfast is, but at the same time, you can’t beat eating in the castle. We wanted to do it for our Honeymoon, but that was back when you had to call 180 days to the second to get a reservation. Now with Disney’s new ADR system, it’s a little easier to get a spot (still a hard ticket to come by, though). I can’t wait to walk through an empty Magic Kingdom and walk into Cinderella’s grand hall and start grubbing. Oh, and I can’t wait to get a few pecks on the cheek from princesses. Back off ladies, I’ve already found my queen.

4. Tusker House Safari Breakfast — Again with the food! I can’t help it. I’m actually a sucker for early morning breakfasts in the park. I think it’s probably my No. 1 tip to give people going to Disney World. Nothing beats walking past all the crowds into an empty park to get to your 8 a.m. ADR while the rest of the people sit outside in the sun baking for an hour while waiting for the park to open. Yes, you miss the opening festivities, but you’re in the park when it opens and you can be the first to hop on a ride. That and Tusker House is a new place for us, so I’m looking forward to trying it out.

5. Making more memories — People ask me all the time how I can go to Disney World every few years and still enjoy it. The answer is simple — the memories. Every trip is a new experience and every trip is seen from a new viewpoint. Our kids are growing, so their tastes are changing. Every year we go, we find something new, something unique. There’s nothing quite as breathtaking as watching Wishes! with your family. Or watching the boys eyes light up when they see the castle. Or watching my wife’s eyes well up with tears. OK, I’ll admit it too. My eyes get a little misty too.

 

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