Walt Disney World Memorial Day Trip Report


Over Memorial Day weekend, we headed down to Walt Disney World for the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Party, Star Wars Weekends, and just some general good times. During our first trip to Walt Disney World of 2014, we dined at a variety of restaurants including Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, both Star Wars Character Meals, and more! We also took a ton of photos, and tried out new-to-us things at Walt Disney World.

This trip report takes a look at our experiences during our 5-day Memorial Day weekend trip. This trip report has all of the classic elements of a Bricker trip report: little sleep, lots of photos, tons of eating, and an incredible adventure with Nicolas Cage to kill the ghost of Osama bin Laden. Okay, that reference probably only made sense to SNL fans, sorry, but it if awkward references and unfunny jokes aren’t your thing, it’s probably time to close out this browser tab!

We hope you join us on this exciting* and terrific* trip report! Bookmark this page as it will be where we organize the updates in one convenient location. Click the links below to go to each installment…

Part 1 – Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Party: The First 12 or so Hours
Part 2 – Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Party: The Second 13 or so Hours 
Part 3 – A Salute to All Things Epcot, But Mostly World Showcase
Part 4 – Star Wars Weekends PEW PEW PEW!
Part 5 – Darkside Breakfast, Princess Dinner
Part 6 – Ending at Animal Kingdom

*Both terms used liberally. We are not liable for your lost time if this trip report proves to be neither exciting nor terrific. 

If you like the photos you see in this trip report and are interested in having them as prints to hang in your house, check out our Disney Photography Print page! If you’re new to our trip reports, make sure to check out our past Walt Disney World and Disneyland Trip Reports.

For actual Walt Disney World trip planning tips and comprehensive advice beyond these quick and random tips, make sure to read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide and related articles.

As an added bonus to kick off this trip report, we’re starting the next in the series of our hotel stay giveaways at the seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. (Congrats to Caroline S., the winner of last month’s Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotel stay giveaway!) These seven official Walt Disney World hotels feature a convenient location and easy walk to the shopping, dining, and entertainment venues at Downtown Disney. In addition, the seven hotels also provide complimentary shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all Walt Disney World parks and Downtown Disney. Guests at these hotels also receive the “2014 Downtown Disney Deals” booklet that features exclusive discounts and special offers from over 30 merchants  in Downtown Disney.

This month, you can enter for the chance to win a 3-night stay at the DoubleTree Suites by HiltonThis hotel is the only all-suite resort hotel at Downtown Disney, featuring 229 suites with one and two bedrooms. The suites include separate living rooms with queen sofa sleepers, movies, workspaces, wet bars, and more. Available amenities include high-speed wireless internet, on-site car rentals by Budget, dining, and activities for kids.

Enter via the contest widget below! Completing the Downtown Disney sign-up form (on their site) is the first step, which unlocks additional entry opportunities. If you’ve already signed up there, you can simply enter your email address in that field and move on to the other entries!

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167 Responses to “Walt Disney World Memorial Day Trip Report”

  1. Martha says:

    I have actually never eaten at Earl of Sandwich! I’d certainly love to, though, since i hear good things. Perhaps if i win the giveaway (i hope i hope! but i thankfully won the lovely LeSportsac bag and LOVE IT! so my luck has most likely run out) i can eat there on my next trip :)

  2. Ashley says:

    I am so excited! I love your trip reports!

  3. Katelynne Ruel says:

    I have never eaten at Earl of Sandwich, but would love to give it a try because of all of the great things that I have heard about it! Thanks for the trip report and giveaway!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I have to chuckle–I got an email notification regarding these new comments and wondered why 2 of you mentioned Earl of Sandwich.

      Then I realized I didn’t change that field when I copied over the Rafflecopter widget from the last contest. Oops!

  4. Rachel Cooper says:

    Would be awesome to win this; thanks for the opportunity!!!!!

  5. Kristin W. says:

    Looking forward to reading it and seeing all your pictures! I would love to be able to do a 24hr event!

  6. Tara says:

    Great giveaway! I really enjoy reading the trip reports.

  7. Kristen Pearson says:

    Love your trip reports! Can’t wait to read about your experience with the 24 hour party – attending one of these events is on my dream Disney bucket list!

  8. Jennifer W says:

    Would love to do the 24 hour party! Although we will be waiting until our kiddos are older :)

  9. Robin says:

    I know you guys own at Saratoga and I’m looking into purchasing a small number of points there, but I just don’t know if risking having to stay in the DTD area is worth it. I miss Pleasure Island. Lately I’ve been splurging on Epcot resorts, but I can’t do that forever (especially once I start a family!… Of course then, Pleasure Island will be missed for multiple reasons and it won’t matter that it isn’t there any more)

  10. Shelly H says:

    Love your trip reports! I hope there is a 24 hour party next May, I hope to be there!

  11. Jade says:

    Love that you do such great give aways!!!!

  12. Melissa says:

    Love your blog, *especially* the photos. Your restaurant reviews are spectacularly detailed and so helpful; especially love when you include pictures of your entree. I learned about the relatively unknown ‘quiet’ area in Columbia Harbour House on your blog & it was my sanctuary on a 9-crowd MK day.

    You have the best Disney blog out there. *High Five* :)

  13. Rose says:

    Never been to a 24-hour party — very interested in hearing how you stayed awake!

  14. Elizabeth Bell says:

    Comment comment.

  15. Heather B. says:

    Looking forward to the trip report!

  16. Jennifer Bowen says:

    This would be so great – thanks for offering it!

  17. Jose says:

    Really looking forward for the Chef Mickey’s and the Cinderella’s Royal Table reviews! :)

  18. Kerry says:

    Yeah for new trip reports! I’ve been wanting to hear about the 24 hr event!

  19. Lisa C. says:

    I love all of your trip reports! I hope I win! :)

  20. Liz says:

    I’ve stayed at both the DoubleTree and Hilton in Downtown Disney. I enjoyed the Hilton more, even though it’s not a “suite” hotel. And the extra magic hours certainly help. ;)

  21. Gabriele says:

    Wow Tom & Sarah! I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and to see how much you’ve grown together, how much your photography has improved, just adds to the nostalgia of taking that WDW trip with my family in Oct. of 2014. My first trip was 1988 and I love seeing the newly updated WDW through your eyes. You guys are truly a gift! Many blessings on your travels ahead. Thank you for sharing and for always being true to who you are in your blogging.

  22. May says:

    I love reading your blog. Thanks for keeping us updated on everything Disney!

  23. Marie says:

    Your blog is so informative and entertaining! Thank you for sharing your Disney passion!

  24. Andrew says:

    I always look forward to the trip reports! Keep up the good work!

  25. Mike says:

    Thanks for all you do! :D

  26. Jackson says:

    Thanks for these fun contests!

  27. Stacy says:

    Love your posts. Thanks for the great info.

  28. Becky says:

    Think Im going to add the 24-hour event to my Disney bucket list!

  29. Kathleen Lienert says:

    I would’ve to win and experience downtown Disney

  30. Kelly says:

    I would love to do a 24 hour party! I enjoyed being at Disney for Halloween as did my 7 yr. son.

  31. Melissa says:

    I love stopping by your blog and getting my Disney Fix in the morning, it brightens my day!

  32. Sarah says:

    I love reading your posts! Very helpful!!

  33. Gary Mc says:

    I need to win this trip! Job stress is getting to me and only the Disney magic can take it away.

  34. Jess says:

    That SNL reference made me laugh out loud at my desk at work! Samberg’s Nic Cage is one of my favorite SNL characters of all time. Looking forward to this trip report!!

  35. Amanda says:

    I love reading your blog – full of awesome information! Can’t wait to read the second half of your 24 hour day! I hope to go next year with my family (crossing my fingers they continue to offer the 24 hour day).

  36. Lauren says:

    The closer I can be to Marketplace Co-op, the better! Sooo many amazing new things. You will love everything, Tom! Would also like to finally give Raglan Road a try.

  37. Kelly says:

    What a great giveaway! We’re flying down to Orlando in September and this sure would beat staying with my parents…

  38. Matt S says:

    I Look forward to “reading” (aka looking at pictures. reading is un-American) your trip report.

  39. Jerrimy says:

    Would love to stay at the Double Tree! Disney Junkie since 10 years old here, 32 years later ;)

  40. Jamie says:

    I didn’t even know about the suites at DoubleTree! That sounds like exactly what I need for my family!

  41. Christine says:

    Love the review! Love your blog! Hope I win :)

  42. Liz says:

    Love trip reports, keep ‘em coming

  43. Heidi Embrey says:

    Wish upon a star me luck! Finger and toes crossed!

  44. Kayla says:

    Yay for trip reports! Would love to win to add on 3 more days to an already planned Disney trip. :)

  45. Jami says:

    would LOVE to win!!!!

  46. Tara says:

    I love your blog and your photography is amazing. Thank you for all that you do!

  47. Alisa Clifford says:

    I am so glad you are writting another trip report for Walt Disney World…. missed these kinds!

  48. Jon says:

    Would love to win, thank you!

  49. Tony says:

    This is another great trip report. I always look forward to your new articles and check in several time a week.

  50. Kristina S says:

    Love your blog!

  51. Sarah says:

    I was one of those photographers on the Liberty Square bridge! I spotted you taking some photos a little ways back from the horde and wanted to say hello, but you were off before I had the chance. I’ve been looking forward to seeing your shots since then, and needless to say, they’re awesome!

  52. Christi says:

    Reading your blog *almost* makes up for the fact that I can’t visit Disney for at least another year! Thanks for all the hard work from a fellow Indy fan :)

  53. Connie says:

    Awesome giveaway!! Love your blog can’t wait to read more!

  54. Matt says:

    Neeehaw!

  55. Laura B says:

    I’m excited to hear about your 24-hr adventures! I’m about to purchase an AP for the first time in my life, and one of the things I’m already planning is next year’s event (along with many other trips, of course!).

  56. Bernie says:

    I love reading your posts!!! Keep up the good work!

  57. Bernadette says:

    Would love to win – fingers crossed!

  58. Kalie Talbot says:

    Love these trip give a ways! I’m also a huge fan of the blog! Thanks :)

  59. Hailey says:

    These give aways are great!

  60. Electra Young says:

    I have never been to downtown Disney. We are taking a trip to Disney in October!

  61. Becca Hodgdon says:

    Thanks for such an amazing blog. I visit almost everyday. I’m planning for a trip to Disney this fall to do my first RunDisney race, and your blog has been my number one resource!!!

  62. Becca Hodgdon says:

    Thanks for such an amazing blog. I visit almost everyday. I’m planning a trip to Disney this fall for my first RunDisney race, and your blog has been my number one resource!!!

  63. Lindsay G. says:

    Did you see any of the cute new Orange Bird merchandise on your most recent trip?

  64. Shae622 says:

    Love the new Fantasyland, wish we could have made the 24hour party!

  65. We had a blast at the 24 hour event. We got to ride the 7 dwarfs mine train and got to a ton of stuff all in one day. We didn’t manage the whole night but my DD 10 and I made it until 2:30am

  66. Austinite says:

    Thanks for your blog reports!

  67. Amanda says:

    I was at the Coronado Springs Resort during Memorial Day Weekend!

  68. Jeff Thomas says:

    I find your reviews, and the information that you provide interesting and entertaining.

  69. Katie Clark says:

    We’re going this fall, and we can’t wait. Thanks for your very helpful info!!!

  70. will says:

    your trip reports and photos are always exciting posts to read!

  71. quin a says:

    I love DTD!

  72. Angela says:

    Love your trip reports!

  73. Pamela Gerdes says:

    I like your trip reports! Thanks for them!

  74. Syd says:

    So excited to see a new WDW Trip Report!! I love reading about all of your adventures, but, like you, WDW is my “home park” and I enjoy reading about it the most.

  75. Debbie says:

    I just recently found your site and love it!

  76. Alexis says:

    Downtown disney is a great location to stay!

  77. M says:

    I’ve never stayed at one of the Downtown Disney Hotels, it would be cool to try out that part or the world!

  78. Sophia F says:

    I always love your trip reports- so excited to see a new one!

  79. Chronic Gin Deficiency says:

    I understand how you’ve made travel a priority. Not to sound accusatory, but how are you able to take so much time off? If I remember what you said about your careers, neither you nor your wife are in jobs known for their leisurely hours.

  80. Stacy says:

    I’m soooo behind on your trip reports….. slowly catching up.

    Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  81. Angel says:

    Always love your trip reports! I would love to do a 24hr event. Maybe one day when I live in Florida,and the kids are older. Gorgeous photos,as usual. :)

  82. Ryan says:

    Was there that weekend too, so looking forward to the full report.

  83. Krys says:

    Love your trip reports!

  84. Tommy says:

    Thanks for another report!

  85. Katie says:

    Excited to see another trip report. I would love to make it to Star Wars weekends one year…

  86. Debra says:

    Love reading your site and I’m always SO inspired by your photography!! Thanks, and keep up the great work!

  87. Mary says:

    Thanks for all the great info and photos! Would love to go back to Disney.

  88. Angela says:

    We are planning our Disneymoon!
    Even though I’ve followed your blog
    all along…I’ve enjoyed going back
    and re-reading sections that might
    apply to the January trip!
    Thanks !

  89. Heather S says:

    I’d love to take my nephew and kiddos later this year, this would be fabulous to win! Thanks :)

  90. Mike says:

    We made our first ever trip to WDW that day. I saw your posts in the airport while waiting to get on our plane to Orlando. Wanted to run into you just to say thanks for all the tips, info and great reads.

  91. Thanks for sharing your trip with us Tom and Sarah. I look forward to reading more about your trips as always.

  92. Kristal says:

    Never been to Disney World, I would love to go!

  93. Alex says:

    Love your trip reports Tom, can’t wait to read the rest of this one! Always find good tips and ideas when going through these, and the visuals are amazing.

    Love the site in general, keep up the good work!

  94. Michelle V says:

    We are planning a trip next year with our kids, it’ll be there first time and I’m so excited!

  95. Christi P says:

    What a great giveaway, I have never stayed at one of the downtown disney resorts!

  96. Cassie says:

    love your blog – great disneyland info!!! And WDW of course!

  97. Eliza says:

    This is the first time I’ve found your blog, so I’ve been avidly reading every entry. I’m quite excited to see the rest of your entries for your most recent trip. Reading a seasoned WDW veteran’s experiences has been lovely. Your photos are fantastic as well.

  98. mariah says:

    I am dying to win this contest to get a much needed, Long overdue, disney fix during college break! I miss everything about disney so much

  99. Mark says:

    Always enjoy your trip reports. Would love to win the contest.

  100. Cristi says:

    Love the detail in the trip reports!

  101. Samantha says:

    It’s wonderful to read your trip reports, I’ve been before to Disney with my kids but with 4 kids it was a whirlwind, I didn’t get to “see” much. I love your photos and all the interesting details you put into your reports, hopefully we get to go back soon so I can really enjoy everything.

  102. Elyssa says:

    I would love to go to Disney World again this year since I have a Premier Pass!

  103. Elyssa says:

    I would love to go to Disney World again this year since I have a Premier Pass!

  104. Samantha says:

    The 24 hour party sounds like fun! I’m looking forward to seeing the Epcot photos. You got some great sunrise/sunset shots at MK.

  105. nalini says:

    Thank you for this! Love Love this Blog

  106. Jamie says:

    Thanks for the report! Love all the photos.

  107. Maria Mounsey says:

    Love Memorial Day/Star Wars weekend trips…can’t wait to hear more!

  108. Brian Stanco says:

    I could comment about the awesome giveaway I hope to win or how cool the 24 hour party must have been, but what I choose to say is, that was a great SNL reference and you made at least one person laugh, because…that’s high praise!

  109. James Phillips says:

    Would be a great get away with the fam. Thanks for the chance to win!

  110. Lauren G says:

    I love that you embrace every hotel in disney parks, not just the ones that are the expensive hotels! Great report!

  111. samantha says:

    Awesome blog. Great giveaway.

  112. Madison says:

    Love your blog and photos! Best WDW info on the web! ;)

  113. Valerie says:

    Would love to win! So happy you posted a trip report, can’t wait to start reading!

  114. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Can’t get enough of trip reports!!

  115. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    We would love to take a trip to Disney!!!

  116. Rachel says:

    I can’t wait to read your trip report! Your awesome photos are really the next best thing to being there and never fail to transport me to my happy place when I can’t be there in person. Thanks for sharing the magic!

  117. cortney says:

    New to your trip reports but looking forward to reading it!!

  118. Cami says:

    Love the Disney Tourist Blog! Thanks for all the great info.

  119. Andrea says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  120. Yay, trip reports are the best! Especially the food parts, for some reason.

  121. Deb says:

    I can’t wait for the revamped Downtown Disney. I heard about a Morimoto restaurant coming in as well. Psyched! :)

  122. Michele Oliver says:

    Dream about going, Everyday, at work.

  123. Kim says:

    I love your trip reports =)

  124. Donna Morrill says:

    One day I’m going to one of these 24-hour events.

  125. Tiffini says:

    I love your trip reports! Thanks for making an otherwise loooong afternoon much more enjoyable!

  126. Dave says:

    Looking forward to reading this trip report. Love the site and Tom’s photography.

  127. Stephanie says:

    Was also at the Disney 24 hour party and had an amazing time! This is my favorite Disney blog – I’m a first time commenter but many time reader!

  128. Mary says:

    Thanks for your posts re:24 hour Disney party. Great shots!

  129. Brandi Duden says:

    I always love reading your trip reports. As always, your photos are fantastic. I have never done a 24-hour day, but it looks like tons of fun!

  130. christi says:

    great trip report! thanks Tom and Sarah!

  131. Priscilla says:

    Long time follower, first time commenting…I so enjoy reading your reviews and living vicariously through all of your Disney travels. I am also a Disney fanatic who feels home whenever I see the Cinderella Castle, and I’m also a fellow Hoosier. I have to admit: I feel as though I somehow know you and your lovely wife, purely because of the two facts mentioned above. Now, if I could only get my husband to be as ecstatic about Disney as the three of us. Ahh…someday, perhaps.

    Thanks so much for all of your amazing photography and thoughts!

  132. Crystal says:

    Your blog was very helpful for my trip to Disney over Memorial Day weekend. Would love to visit again soon!

  133. Crystal says:

    Your blog was very helpful for my trip to Disney over Memorial Day weekend. I would love to visit again soon!

  134. Amanda says:

    Love this website! Thanks for the giveaway!

  135. Anna says:

    I am so happy that you did another Disney World trip report! Thanks for taking the time to do it.

  136. Niki says:

    Would love to win!

  137. Matt says:

    Can’t get enough of the blog. Really makes me miss the parks! Keep it up!

  138. Rebecca says:

    We were just there the Monday after Memorial Day, for the first time. I followed so many of your tips and suggestions, it was the best time of are lives! I owe so much of it to you…Thank you for this wonderful blog.

  139. Joan says:

    Thanks for all your terrific Disney advice. It helped so much on our recent trip and we can’t wait to go again.

  140. Jamie says:

    We were at the 24 hour party at Disneyland! So much fun :-)

  141. I LOVE the photos from your trip. I’m not sure I’d make it 24 hours, though! LOL

  142. Chantelle Walker says:

    would be AMAZING!! Can’t afford Disney so this would be awesome to win :) thanks!!

  143. Michael says:

    A friend referred me to this blog a week ago. I have spent hours and hours reading all the great info and looking at the gorgeous photos. I’m even thinking about doing that airfare hack/Pacific Disney tour. Please send help. ;)

  144. Alex Turner says:

    Always love reading the trip reports here!

  145. Andrea says:

    My husband and I haven’t stayed in the Downtown Disney area since our honeymoon 3 years ago!

  146. Matthew DiGiacomo says:

    Wow thanks so much for the chance to win! Long time lurker of this website! Thanks again!

  147. Karl says:

    It would be awesome to win this! We went to disney world for our honeymoom! We’d love to go back for our 1 year anniversary!

  148. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    thank you for the chance

  149. Pierre says:

    Awesome, thanks!

  150. Megan says:

    Thanks for all the great tips & advice!

  151. Jenny says:

    I love your blog! You and your wife are adorable! Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world.

  152. Lizz says:

    Thank you for such a great blog. I love to read all of the restaurant reviews. :)

  153. Nikki says:

    We love all things Disney! This site has been very helpful!

  154. Brittani says:

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  155. claudia solis senz says:

    I’m from Mexico but I have all my papers to travel to Disney, can I still win?

  156. amanda whiltey says:

    i am planning a trip this October. would love to stay at the doubletree.

  157. Jeni Leckliter says:

    We loved downtown Disney during our first Disney stay! Would love to go back!

  158. Gilly says:

    Sounds like a great time!

  159. Elizabeth says:

    LOVE your blog. Frankly, I’m a little addicted :)

  160. g. song says:

    Would love to win!

  161. Kevin S. says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! Sounds great!

  162. stephanie archibald says:

    need a Disney fix!

  163. Jacob says:

    As long as they don’t touch Tomorrowland Transit Authority, I’m fine with these changes to the park – can’t wait to check them out.

  164. rosita says:

    Thanks for all the great tips!

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