2 Days in San Antonio

In November of last year my brother, my boyfriend, and I went to San Antonio Tx., and we spent 3 days in the city and really enjoyed it. This was our itinerary, I do hope you enjoy and can get some use out of it!

Day 1: On our first day in San Antonio we landed, checked in to our hotel, and decided to search for food. After careful consideration we found the Smoke Shack, which if you are a Food Network fan, you’ll be excited to know that Guy Fieri visited the resturant for Diners Drive-In’s and Dives. This restaurant did not disappoint, and is probably the best BBQ I’ve ever had. After this we checked out the Chinese Tea Gardens, which is a fun and free activity to do in San Antonio. They have gorgeous views of greenery, bamboo, koi fish, and waterfalls. There is a small restaurant where you can buy refreshments. Later that night, we enjoyed the San Antonio Museum of Art which was tasteful yet inexpensive. Definatly one of my favorite things we did while in San Antonio.

Day 2: On our second day we woke up and hit the famous Riverwalk! Filled with a multitude of shops and restaurants, the Riverwalk is a must see when in San Antonio. It was decorated for Christmas when we went, since it was November, the river gives a serene vibe for an afternoon walk. We got some great pictures, ate lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, and walked until we got close to the Alamo. We visited the historic Alamo, then the wax museum and Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, which is right beside the Alamo. (I don’t reccomend seeing a wax figure museum or Ripley’s if you have already seen one in the last few years, because they can be pricey and never change!). After all this, it was getting dark and our feet were getting tired so we decided to take a boat ride down the river. The host was very funny and knew quite a bit about the area, which is always nice for people who don’t know anything about where they are. To end the night we went to Lulu’s cafe which is home to the 2lb Cinnamon roll, which was so good but the three of us could not finish!

Unfortunately, this trip we only had two days to spend in San Antonio but I feel like we could have explored for a few more days. We left wishing there was more time in the day. Until next time San Antonio!

10 Tips for your Disney Trip from a Passholder

  1. Be mindful of the events they have throughout the year. Disney’s Epcot has festivals that go on through the different seasons, they include the Flower and Garden Festival, The Food and Wine Festival, and the International Festival of the Holidays. These are all really fun to attend and cost you no extra to get in, the Food and Wine Festival is my favorite! On the other hand, Magic Kingdom has a Halloween party and a Christmas party that they close the parks down early for and only the people who pay to get in are allowed in. I have been to the Christmas party and I would say it is definitely worth the money, the lines are shorter, there are free snacks at certain spots in the park, and an exclusive parade/shows. Whether you want to work around these events or attend, it’s good to know when they go on.
  2. Download the app. The Disney World app is a handy tool for making fast passes, reserving seats at restaurants, and seeing wait times. Planning out your day at Disney is huge if you are trying to see a whole park in a day. There are always certain rides, like Avatar Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom or Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom, that you’ll have to build your day around. This app comes in clutch when dealing with those situations.
  3. Bring some water bottles in the park with you. It is so important to stay hydrated when in Disney because it’s nothing but heat and walking! Water bottles in the park cost like 3.50$ a pop, which adds up when you are tired and dehydrated.
  4. If you want a nice meal, reserve your seats! Restaurants like the Beauty and the Beast’s castle in the Magic Kingdom are sometimes difficult to get seats for. Personally, I think if you have your dates you should go ahead and book your sit down restaurants and fast passes.
  5. Dress appropriately for the weather! I can’t stress this enough, Orlando (especially in the summer) is HOT! I recommend light tank tops, shorts, and a very comfortable pair of shoes. My favorite pair of shoes to wear to Disney are my Nike flip flops because they are comfortable but also allow for air flow to the feet. I’ve been miserable in a long line and wishing I had worn something else, it’s the first thing to ruin a day at Disney.
  6. Research, research, research! I recommend looking into all of the rides, shows, and eateries ahead of time. Then make a list of the sights you really want to see and rank them on what you want to do most. This, of course, all depends on your preferences. I don’t like thrill rides so my itinerary looks different than someone who’s top rides are Splash Mountain or Space Mountain. It’s easy to get caught up in lines and not get to see some of the top things on your list by the end of the day.
  7. Disney is expensive! If you have looked into Disney World for any amount of time you’ll know it is expensive. There are endless ways to spend money, and you should be prepared to spend some. However, you can often cut corners by buying your Disney shirts outside of the park, bringing in your own water bottles, and having a meal outside of the park (I always like to do a good breakfast before the park).
  8. Have a cast member take your picture with your phone. The first time I went to Disney I remember feeling pretty awkward when asking the photographer to take our picture with my phone, but they are super nice about it. Whenever I see a cast photographer who is taking pictures in a certain spot I have them take some on their camera and some on my phone. The pictures you can buy from Disney are very overpriced, so having them on your phone too is such a relief. 
  9. Celebrate with Disney! I’m sure if you have ever been to Disney you have seen people walking around with buttons on their shirts that say “1st visit” or “It’s my birthday” but it extends further than that. I have a friend that when she finished nursing school came to celebrate at Disney and mentioned it to a cast worker. They gave her a button and free parking for that day. When wearing a button the cast members will congratulate you and sometimes do things like that too. 
  10.  If you enjoy Disney and plan to go often, get a pass! The pass has a lot of perks if you plan on going multiple times throughout the year. I have the weekday pass, which really works for my work schedule. It paid for itself in no time at all. As a passholder you get 20% off things in any of the shops, select restaurants, and most places at Disney Springs. On top of that you get a discount when staying at Disney’s resorts and a free magicband.
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