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I'm Jess Ness and currently reside in Nashville, TN. I’m here for you and for me, so we can learn to feel at home and see the magic in who we are. 

Fall and Halloween at Disney World

Fall and Halloween at Disney World

It’s been a dream of mine to experience Fall at Walt Disney World for a long time. I recently traveled to Orlando for work, so we took advantage of the opportunity and planned another trip! It felt super soon because we had just visited in December of last year, but one can never have too much Disney right!? Kids are practically free in Walt Disney World until they’re 3, so we wanted to go one more time before Jonas turns 3 in July and our trips get much more expensive.

 Italy in Epcot wearing our  Ezra & Eli  shirts

Italy in Epcot wearing our Ezra & Eli shirts

For those of you who follow along on Instgram, you know that I’m 18 weeks pregnant…yay! Which means, that I was indeed pregnant during our this Walt Disney World trip and it was not the easiest. Additionally, if you read my last Instagram post, you also know that this pregnancy has not been complication free (read it here). So, a trip to the most magical Disney World was a much needed distraction from real life stress and for that I was very grateful. Nothing like Disney magic to make everything better for a little while.

 Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

This trip was soooo last minute. We literally decided to go and booked our stay two days beforehand. So, we did not get to take advantage of any early dining of FastPass+ reservations, but we made it work! We stuck almost entirely with quick/counter service dining options and grabbed what FastPasses+ we could (which was surprisingly more than we thought). We were even able to grab a FastPass+ to Navi River Journey in Animal Kingdom which is typically a long wait. I will say that we were definitely craving some healthy food after a few days of counter service meals.

 Meeting Daisy in Hollywood Studios

Meeting Daisy in Hollywood Studios

This trip was timed perfectly to be able to hit up so many special events happening at the parks. First and foremost, we got to attend and eat our way around the world at Epcot’s annual Food & Wine Festival. We attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party and had an absolute blast. There were so many places to trick or treat, special party-only foods, unique character meet and greets, a dance party with Monsters Inc. characters, a parade, and shorter ride lines. We had a blast and ended up with sooooo much candy from trick or treating…we are still eating it weeks later. They even had allergy friendly treats, which was amazing for Jonas. Jonas was tall enough to ride his first roller coaster (Goofy’s Barnstormer) and loved it. Josh went on the ride with him and has a hilarious video of Jonas hiding his face the entire time and then saying “That was awesome!” as soon as the ride ended. Jonas was even brave enough to hug Minnie for the first time and I promptly melted. This was Jonas’ second trip and even though he was only 10 months older than his first trip, he was SO MUCH more aware of where he was and it was amazing. Every morning he would wake up asking to go to Mickey’s house and every time he saw the castle he would stop, point, and yell “CASTLE!” It was so fun to see him light up and get excited. However, because he was older, he did not nap in his stroller like he did his first trip so we had to trek back to our hotel for afternoon naps which was totally fine for this pregnant mama.

 Amazed during the Disney Jr Live show at Hollywood Studios

Amazed during the Disney Jr Live show at Hollywood Studios

We stayed on property at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and it was a dream waking up with animals outside our balcony every morning. Additionally, the BEST meal we had on this trip was the breakfast buffet at Boma in Animal Kingdom Lodge. So delicious, beautiful vibes, and really unique African options along with traditional breakfast options.

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Per usual, we had a magical time. It’s just so crazy to think that this was our last Disney World trip as a family three! When we go back, we will have our new little squish with us and I’m so excited about that.

 Riding Alien Swirling Saucers in the brand new Toy Story Land

Riding Alien Swirling Saucers in the brand new Toy Story Land

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 FULLY nerding out

FULLY nerding out

 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Epcot Food & Wine Festival

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 Eating a snack while hiding from the rain

Eating a snack while hiding from the rain

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 Popsicle wall photo-op in Toy Story Land

Popsicle wall photo-op in Toy Story Land

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Weekly Wonder - August 6

Weekly Wonder - August 6