Girls’ Disney Trip

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday! I feel like I haven’t seen you in so long (when I missed a single day of blogging haha). There’s a lot to catch up on! I’d love to hear about what you’ve been up to and how the week is going. 

First of all, thank you SO much for all of your enthusiasm with the Fit Guides! Everyone received their first month this week (it’s not too late to sign up here. When you sign up now, you’ll get the first month of your plan automatically) and the designs are soooooo gorgeous. (Julia crushed it with the designs for these. Each one is totally different! They’re all bright, fun, and easy to navigate.) It’s been really amazing to see everyone checking in through our Facebook group and being tagged in IG stories with the new workouts. I started the Lean Machine plan this week and am excited to see my personal results with such a detailed and strategic plan.

For today, let’s catch up on the weekend a bit! The girls and I enjoyed an outdoor festival at the local campus, headed to a friends’ house for brunch (+ mimosas for the adults), and on Sunday, we ventured to the happiest place on Earth.

Disney balloons

Donald Duck and P

with Alice in Wonderland

I had heard about an outdoor event on Friday and figured it would be the perfect way to get some fresh air, enjoy some new activities, and tire the girls out a bit before bedtime. 😉 The event was SO much fun. They had great live music, tons of booths (flower crown making, face paint, midway games) and inflatables for the kiddos. They also had a little carnival ride. We rode the ride together, made flower crowns, the girls got their faces painted (it was P’s first time!) and then got some food.

We had a picnic in the grass and the girls danced to the live music under the moon. Have you guys seen Inside Out? It was definitely a core memory for me…I don’t think I’ll ever forget watching the girls dancing, chasing each other around, and eating churros with their faces painted and flower crowns.

Music fest

I’d already call the weekend a success, but on Saturday, we had an awesome morning with friends. I made some quick cinnamon rolls – was skeptical about the recipe since Alton Brown’s is the STAPLE, but we were on a time crunch. They turned out really well!-

cinnamon rolls

and we took said rolls over to a friend’s house so the kiddos could play and the adults could chat. The kids all had a blast, only pausing their play to grab quick bites of food. The moms all watched them outside, we conversed in full sentences (the beauty of being at someone else’s house so all the toys feel new to the kids), and sipped on mimosas. Not a bad way to start the day.

Sunday morning, we left early for Disney! We had a couple of days left on our park hoppers, so the girls and I took a little roadtrip together. I packed up everything while they were sleeping on Saturday night, so Sunday morning, all we had to do was get dressed and hop in the car.

We arrived at the hotel before noon, dropped off our luggage and took the Disney transport over to Animal Kingdom.

Bus stop

I had a few Fast Passes lined up for us, so we started walking to the Kilimanjaro Safaris. On the way there, we spotted Timon from Lion King and the girls wanted to meet him, so we hopped in line. I knew it would be the perfect moment to start my Disney photo-snapping spree, so I reached into my purse and realized I’d left my phone at the hotel. Such a fail! (We stopped into guest relations so I could call the Pilot and let him know we were there and I had zero communication abilities.) Even though I really missed being able to take photos/videos (especially when both of the girls were in the Lion King show finale together), it forced me to be even more present than usual. I didn’t have my watch constantly vibrating to tell me I had a notification or text, and I could just enjoy. We rode the Na’vi River Journey (so beautiful!) for our last Fast Pass, went back to the hotel to take a breather,

Dolphin hotel

then headed back out to Hollywood Studios for the Disney Junior show + character dinner at Hollywood & Vine.

Hollywood studios

the girls with minnie

I’ve mentioned before that P is obsessed with Disney characters (not the human characters; the actual mascot-looking creatures in animal suits), so naturally, character dining is her JAM.

P with Daisy

She was literally shaking with excitement waiting for the next character to come to our table. (Livi likes meeting the characters, but looooves meeting princesses, so thankfully we got to see Alice, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Sofia the First on our trip, too.)

Liv with Alice

The buffet at Hollywood & Vine is surprisingly good, like most of the Disney food. They have tons of options geared towards kiddos (a station with mini corn dogs, different veggies, rice, mac n’ cheese, etc.) + adults: mahi-mahi, plantains, various salads, mashed potatoes, risotto, shrimp, baked salmon, soups, carving station, etc. 

We walked around Hollywood Studios for another hour or so, then headed back to the hotel to call it a night.

Monday morning, we were off to Magic Kingdom! 

Magic Kingdom

We did all of the usual favorites (Little Mermaid, teacups, Philhar-Magic, Small World, Tomorrowland Speedway) and stopped for a quick lunch in Tomorrowland.

Of course, we topped it off with sweet treats from the confectionary.

Rice crispy covered in M&Ms

I always tell myself I’ll probably just have half since it’s usually directly after a meal, but no. 10/10 times I eat the entire time with a creeper smile on my face. It’s the best ever. 

So many times during the weekend, Liv was like, ”This is the best day ever.” She said it during the music festival, after brunch and multiple times while we were at Disney. While most weekends don’t usually include this much official fun, it definitely felt like a special treat to spend some much time out and about enjoying different activities together. We’ve definitely hit the ages when traveling doesn’t feel like work; it’s just amazing to get to spend time somewhere new together. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too!

When you go for a quick roadtrip, where do you usually go?

Favorite must-have destination dessert?



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  1. Stephanie Woods on May 2, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I’m so inspired by you. Right now with a 3 yr old and 1 yr old a trip to the grocery store with them feels hard!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      i remember when P was a newborn and i was like, “cool, guess we’re never leaving the house again” haha
      you’ll get there!

  2. Kristin on May 2, 2018 at 9:07 am

    The simple comment, “we’ve definitely hit the ages where traveling doesn’t feel like work” just gave me some hope in life!!!!! HAHA.

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      you will get there! haha. i know it feels like it’s never going to happen

  3. Annette on May 2, 2018 at 9:59 am

    My 3 year old daughter and I are leaving for a girls trip to Disney World next week! I’ve been 20+ times and she’s been 6, but it’s the first time just the two of us. I’m so excited!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      ahhh have the best time!

  4. Meagan on May 2, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I am overly envious of your proximity to Disney World! It’s at least a 13-14 hour drive from here. My family will all be going late July but I’ll be 36 weeks preggers… :'( Haha not actually a sad thing because I can’t wait to meet this baby but missing out on Disney is super hard.

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      i’m definitely trying to live it up! ahhh that’s a bummer you have to miss it, but so exciting you’ll meet that sweet baby soon

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on May 2, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Those rice crispie treats really do look amazing, glad you guys had a blast!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      you need to try one! so good

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 2, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I’m in a need of a road trip. We’re talking about going to Sedona for Memorial weekend to get out of the heat.

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      yessss sedona is the most magical place

  7. Kirsten @ little bites of my life on May 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    To hear Liv say “this is the best day ever” must be pretty amazing as a parent. I don’t think that you can ask for more than that!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      it seriously makes my heart explode. the best!

  8. Kyla on May 2, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve been seriously questioning my desire to have children recently (I’m nowhere near purposefully having a family) but that comment Liv said about how “it was the best day ever” actually made me stop in my tracks. I don’t know why but that changed my tune as of late. You have such a beautiful family! Your girls are blessed to have a mama like you <3

  9. Lexi on May 3, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Do you bring a stroller or does P walk the whole time?? Trying to gauge how I could do this with 2 on my own haha

  10. Emma on May 4, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Aww it looks like you had such a fun weekend! And I am so envious of your proximity to Disney! I’m from England and the last roadtrip we took was to France. I guess with all the wine and cheese and bread, it’s kind of like Disney for adults? Haha 🙂

  11. Kali on November 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Gina, I’ve been reading your blog for years, and I know you’ve done a “eat healthy at disneyland” post before, but I can’t seem to find it. Can you point me in the right direction? Is there an area on the blog where I can find all your disney posts? We’re going there for the first time with our 3 year old next month and I’m trying my best to prepare – i.e. study all things disney before we go. We’re all vegan, so any insights into vegan eating in or around the park would also be helpful. Thanks so much!

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