Daytona Beach + The Magical World of Disney

Hey guys! I’m back in town and can’t stop thinking about the beach and Disney World.

First, John and I spent two nights on Daytona Beach. It was too chilly outside to hang out on the sand by the water, let alone get in the water. That was kind of disappointing, but we had so much fun exploring Daytona.

We found the cutest little town to walk around and get coffee (they gave me frozen coffee cubes in my iced coffee!), and then we stumbled upon a farmer’s market. Each booth had amazing deals on fruits and vegetables that had been freshly picked either that day or the day before. We scored big on pears, grapefruit, radishes, and carrots. Plus we were given free strawberries because the lady behind the booth loves Nashville and was trying to show us some southern hospitality!

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We also drove on the sand at Daytona Beach. It was so much fun. The sand was soft and sometimes you had to be careful not to get stuck.

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After driving, exploring, and eating strawberries, we were ready for a good meal. We ate at The Cracked Egg, which is a breakfast/lunch spot. It’s not super noticeable just driving past because it’s in a strip with other businesses, but John found it on Yelp. It had glorious reviews, and they were all so right. I love a good breakfast, and breakfast for lunch works just as well.

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John and I got the exact same thing: two fried eggs, two pieces of rye toast, grits, and that grilled corned beef hash deal. I want it now.

Then came the Ponce Inlet lighthouse…

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Looking up at the 200+ steps to climb & part of John’s head

I had never been in a lighthouse before! Being so high and looking out over the ocean and the city was incredible. At 175 feet, this lighthouse is the tallest in Florida and one of the tallest in the United States.

Later at night, we sat on the porch of the hotel looking out at the ocean before deciding to beat the cold with the hot tub.

Then on Sunday came Disney World! It was so much fun going with my whole family.

Since I hadn’t been to Disney since I was 10 and John had only been once, it was really fun exploring the parks and seeing so many new things that we either hadn’t seen before or didn’t remember (because I was so young). We went to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. John was a fan of Hollywood Studios, and I think I’d have to agree. It was the most fun to wander around. I’m really not the biggest fan of rides, but I tried all of them. Epcot’s Test Track ride and Animal Kingdom’s Expedition Everest were two of my favorites. The makings and workings of Disney World baffle me. I don’t know how they keep such a huge place going while building more and more attractions. It’s crazy and awesome.

I have to say, one of the most fun parts was trying to find all of the hidden Mickeys. There are a ton of hidden Mickey shapes in the most random places all over the park. Apparently if you tell the Disney characters where you found a hidden Mickey, they’ll give you free stuff. I didn’t try it, but I had fun finding them just for the heck of it. Here’s one John found as our boat was pulling into the dock. You had to be in just the right place on the boat to spot it.

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And how can I not mention the delicious foods we ate. Some of my favorites were the roast beef sandwich from Hollywood Studio’s Starbucks, skewered pineapple dipped in chocolate, and green tea ice cream. Yum yuuuuuum.

Such fun times with everyone all together, and I was so thankful to have John there to experience everything with. He makes everything fun and somehow made me feel calmer when it came to the rides I wanted to ride but was scared to ride (and I’m glad I finally rode Tower of Terror even if I did hate it in the end). I don’t know how I would have done any of it without squeezing John’s hand to death.

2 thoughts on “Daytona Beach + The Magical World of Disney

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