I want a magical Disney experience.
But I don’t want to experience the scorching heat, long lines and sweaty dehydrated children.
My kids are 3 and 1 now. So an entire July day of walking around a theme park in central Florida – sounds like a nightmare. (even if it’s the most perfect magical place on earth. Which Disney World is – FYI.) But my 3 yr old daughter has been wanting to see “mickeys house”. So we did a “low-cal” version of Disney in one day. It was just about all the Disney a little girl and boy could handle. AND… I didn’t break the bank. The whole trip cost under $200. That included meals and souvenirs. That didn’t include a hotel stay because we bunked with family. But honestly if you find a reasonable hotel – you can definitely do a cheap “taste of Disney Weekend” without the theme parks. And trust me, the little ones will NOT know the difference. So here we go….
Start your day off at a Character Breakfast. We had reservations at 7:45am at the Cape May Cafe in the Disney Beach Club Resort. (Parking is free if you have restaurant reservations.)
The Cape May Cafe is super cute in a New England Beach theme. We had a private side table tucked away from the incredible breakfast buffet. I have never seen a breakfast buffet like this one! Everything was fresh and delicious. There was a chef making crepes upon request with custom ingredients. It had so many gourmet items! This classy buffet was incomparable – I will go back one day just for this breakfast. Seriously! Then the characters came! The whole event is called “Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast!” So it features Minnie Mouse, Donald, and Goofy all dressed up in their beachy best! My daughter LOVED IT. My son was terrified – it was hilarious. But he warmed up towards the end.?
Then we walked out of the Cape May cafe to explore the rest of the Beach Club Resort. The resort is huge and beautiful. You might also want to check out “Storm-Along Bay pool” with sand bottom floor, a lazy river, and water slide. It’s very unique. The resort is connected to the Boardwalk and Swan & Dolphin hotel. Take a stroll down the boardwalk and check out a cool outdoor playground and ping pong table at the Swan & Dolphin that is open to the public.