Grand Floridian Resort & Spa We surprised Sophie last night — Cindy, Sophie and I leave in a few hours for our next Disney Destination — the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!  We have never stayed there before — in fact, the only time we have even been there was to eat at 1900 Park Fare for dinner way back in 2008 to celebrate Sophie’s 7th birthday.  We enjoyed the food, and Cinderella and Prince Charming — but Sophie and I did not like the step-mother and step-sisters — they were too realistic in how they played their roles!

The Grand Floridian, though, is a place that Cindy and I have had plans on visiting for many years.  We thought that it would entirely likely that we wouldn’t visit the resort until our 25th wedding anniversary, which won’t be until the year 2025 — but when I became an Authorized Disney Travel Agent in February with Pixie Vacations, all of that changed!  I found out then that this week Pixie is having an agent get-together, and we are going to be able to stay there much earlier than we thought!  Since our anniversary is next month (it will be our 13th) I’m scoring husband points by taking Cindy there in half the time she thought we would visit!  Yay me!

I am really looking forward to this trip.  Not only are we staying at a new resort for us, we are also participating in the Illuminations Dessert Party on Wednesday night, Thursday morning we are dining at the Prop Shop at Hollywood Studios for breakfast, and Friday night we are having dinner with my dear Sister Brenda and her husband!  So many first time experiences, I can’t wait to share all of them with you when we get back.

What new experience are you looking forward to when you go on your next Disney vacation?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Also, don’t forget to enter to win our special Disney print of Walt Disney drawing Steamboat Willie!




About the Author

Mike Ellis ()

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!


9 Responses to “Surprising Sophie at the Grand Floridian!”

  1. This is awesome! I would LOVE to stay there but it’ll be a LONG time before we could lol. Were hoping to take a mini vacation to Disney in October! My 2 year old daughter is so in love with Disney characters especially all the crew from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! So I would love to see her reaction to them when she sees them :) She gets it honest though! I am a Disney nut!! Hope y’all have a magical time!! Can’t wait to see pictures :)

  2. I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to read about your trip! I can’t wait til we go next year and take Baby E for the first time! :)

  3. So happy and excited you enjoyed my favorite place! Thanks for the “grand” memories!!!! What a truly magical time it must have been for you all !!!