Monday, June 9, 2014

Disney Day 6: Downtown Disney on Saturday (5/31/14)

We enjoyed Disney Day 1 at Magic Kingdom, Disney Day 2 at Hollywood Studios, Disney Day 3 at Epcot, Disney Day 4 at Animal Kingdom, and Disney Day 5 at Magic Kingdom.  This is my last post of our week long Disney trip, and we went to Downtown Disney, swam in our resort's pool, and attended the Saturday Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe to try to relax a little before our long trip home on Sunday, June 1.

It was a perfect way to end a full, fun week as we got a chance to stop and smell the "roses" and not have to rush from ride to ride at a crowded Disney park.
These flowers were so beautiful planted beside the Downtown Disney sign

First stop...LEGO store!  We loved looking at all the massive LEGO creations which provided many photo opportunities!


Then we walked around a little and visited a Disney Store to pick up a few souvenirs. 
Notice my 6 year old daughter bought a Jessie doll from Toy Story as her special souvenir, which will help her remember how she met Jessie the day before in Magic Kingdom


We also went to a Toy Store which was fun to roam...

After shopping at Downtown Disney, we went back to our resort to swim a few hours in the pool that was very close to our room.  It was the first time any of us took a dip in a salt water pool.  

In the evening we went to Saturday Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.  It was a beautiful church and we were so busy taking pictures that we forgot to check out the church's bookstore which I heard was huge. :(  Oh well, another reason to get back to Florida! ;-)   We were also so busy taking pictures and so many of them that the security guards were ready to lock up the church so we had to leave the church.  The outside grounds were just as beautiful though.  This Basilica has a lot of history to it since it was built by tourists and an usher told me that 90% of the church attendees are tourists visiting the area. It is also not a parish church so there are no weddings and funerals that take place there.  Rather, it is a place for people from all over the world to worship our Lord when they make their way to the Florida area!  

It really was a great way to spend our last night in Florida as a family.  Attending Mass with my family is one of my favorite things to do and I appreciate this blessing and gift so much!

What a fun and blessed week we had with our family!  I hope to not only have these blog posts to remember the week, but I also plan to make a Picaboo photo album of most of the pictures we took as another way to journal our memories.  

Will we get back to Disney again?  I'm not sure, but Disney World thinks they will see us real soon and it will be nice to dream and hope for another dream come true!  :)  

Click on the links below to read more of our favorite memories during our Disney Days:

10 Things I Learned Going to Disney with My Family of 7
Disney Day 1: Magic Kingdom on Monday (5/26/14)
Disney Day 2: Hollywood Studios on Tuesday (5/27/14)
Disney Day 3: Epcot on Wednesday (5/28/14)
Disney Day 4: Animal Kingdom on Thursday (5/29/14)
Disney Day 5: Back to Magic Kingdom on Friday (5/30/14)
Disney Day 6: Downtown Disney on Saturday (5/31/14)



2 comments:

Billie Jo said...

What a wonderful vacation!
We love Mary Queen of the Universe....
Isn't it beautiful?!?
Loved sharing your magical vacation with you!

Thanks Billie Jo for stopping in to visit and comment! I'm just now making our Disney trip into a Picaboo album and thankful I wrote these Disney posts because I'm using them to put them into the album! Yes, the MQU was a beautiful church and I just wish I remembered to visit the bookstore! Grrr... It's been fun making the album as I revisit the many fun memories of Disney as I'm creating the photo book!

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