Disney World family trip

After work last Tuesday, I flew to Orlando for the family trip to Disney World. I was (mostly) dreading it because extended time spent (really, any time spent) with my parents is always stressful. Still, I was looking forward to spending time with my siblings. We stayed at the Disney Wilderness Lodge, which is a nice hotel with a log cabin motif.

On Wednesday, we did brunch at the Lodge, then took a boat to Magic Kingdom.

Boat from the Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom.

Boat from the Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom. 07.31.13.

It was hot as hell that day (and for most of the trip).

Magic Kingdom. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

Magic Kingdom. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

Two of my favorite people — my siblings.

Raf & Brie. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

Raf & Brie. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

One of Brie’s favorite rides.

It's a Small World ride. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

It’s a Small World ride. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

The Aladdin section of Magic Kingdom.

Camel in the Aladdin section. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

Camel in the Aladdin section. Orlando, Florida. 07.30.13.

Later, Raf and I went to Hollywood Studios.

Streets of America. Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

Streets of America. Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

After dinner with the family, I met up with my friend Michele! We hadn’t seen each other in three years, when we worked together at a crazy nonprofit. It was awesome to catch up while sipping delicious cocktails at the hotel bar.

Michele, my long-lost friend, at the Territory Lounge. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

Michele, my long-lost friend, at the Territory Lounge. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

On Thursday and Friday, Raf and I went back to Hollywood Studios and also went to Epcot.

The chicken coop from the Hannah Montana movie. Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 08.01.13.

The chicken coop from the Hannah Montana movie. Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 08.01.13.

Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 08.01.13.

Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 07.31.13.

Raf at Epcot. Orlando, Florida. 08.01.13.

Raf at Epcot. Orlando, Florida. 08.01.13.

Inspiration from Walt Disney. Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 08.02.13.

Inspiration from Walt Disney. Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 08.02.13.

Beauty & the Beast: Live. Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 08.02.13.

Beauty & the Beast: Live. Hollywood Studios. Orlando, Florida. 08.02.13.

By Saturday, everyone was ready to go home. After a long car ride back and dinner in Alpharetta, I made it back to Atlanta. I was happy to have sibling bonding time with Brie and Raf, but relieved to be back home. Next time, we’ll just have to plan a siblings trip, instead.

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