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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Why I Love Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

When you’re trying to decide where to stay at Walt Disney World, the choices can become overwhelming – they have so many great Resorts to choose from that it can be tough to narrow it down! Personally, I love Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – and here’s why:

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It’s a beautiful place – large, well-kept campsites, great pools, tons of wooded trails, and maybe best of all it’s quiet and peaceful – it’s a great place to relax and enjoy nature, and best of all you’re in the middle of all the Disney action!

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The nightly fireside sing sing along and movie is a great family activity – and oh – did I mention it’s hosted by Chip and Dale? I LOVED this as a kid – getting snacks and singing songs and then watching a Disney movie – doesn’t get any better than that!

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Fresh nature air makes me hungry – so I like to head over to Trail’s End – the on-site restaurant that serves up a delicious buffet of items like fried chicken and biscuits (there’s a lot more than that, but those are my favorites and they still make me drool to this day!)

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If you’re not sure about the whole camping/”roughing it” thing – don’t worry, Disney’s got you covered – you can stay in one of their cabins which include electricity, a TV, a bathroom, and a kitchen (utensils/cookware included!) – so you can still stay in nature, but with all the comforts of home

We stayed at Fort Wilderness a bunch of times when I was younger – I loved everything about it, and can’t wait to go back with my son when he’s older. It’s a great Resort choice for those who don’t want to stay in a traditional “hotel” room, plus you can’t beat the scenery!

TGIF!

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My List of Disney Lists

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I like to make lists. That is no secret, and I do not apologize for it. Organization is important – and it’s especially important when you’re taking your family on a vacation! Forgetting something (like your cell phone charger or spare camera battery…) can impact your entire trip, so I find its best to plan ahead as much as possible. I like to make SEVERAL different lists when preparing for my Walt Disney World vacations – here’s a rundown of them:

-Souvenir List – having been to WDW many times, I know what kinds of souvenirs they have, and what kinds of things I can actually enjoy/get a lot of use out of. Kitchen items, mugs, playing cards, pens – these are the kinds of things I like to plan to buy, and having a list of what I might want to get helps keep my budget on track. I use the Disney Store website to help ballpark costs of some of the items, which helps too!

-Budget – Ok, this one isn’t really a “list”, but its still a REALLY important part of vacation planning – knowing how much things cost and about how much you will need to save is imperative. Some things I always include in a Disney trip budget are: hotel, park tickets, food costs (don’t forget tips and “adult” drinks too!), souvenirs, transportation, and incidentals (someone loses their hat, or we run out of sunscreen, etc)

-Packing list – You HAVE to make a list of what’s going to go in your suitcase – you don’t want to forget anything important! I like to make the list a few weeks before the trip, and I do it on my phone so that I can add items as I think of them. I also like to check the weather so that I know what I can expect – things like ponchos and sunscreen are always on my list, and I like to make sure I have some snacks for traveling and all my necessary chargers too. Now that I have a son too, packing has become this HUGE undertaking –and I now need a separate list so I can make sure I have everything he needs too – so if you have kids, packing lists are even more important

-Park Items – There are some items you will want to make sure you are toting along on your Park days – sunscreen, assorted sizes of Ziploc baggies, ponchos, snacks, sunglasses, and a lightweight hoodie are some of the things that go into the backpack we bring when we head to one of the WDW theme parks

-“Must-Do’s” – Before you go to Disney World, check out their official list of rides/attractions and go over it with your family. Decide which ones are on your “must do” list and make sure you have that handy while at the Parks. This should be a pretty short list – as you don’t want to try and do too much in a day or you’ll get burnt out!

-“Must-Eat” items – Disney is a food lover’s paradise – they have all kinds of cuisine and restaurants, and it’s a good idea to know what they have and what you might want to try. This is an especially good thing to do if you have any type of special diet or food allergy – it’s good to know which places can accommodate your needs

Hopefully this “list of lists” will be helpful to you– maybe you can use some (or all!) of them to help ensure your WDW vacation goes smoothly!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Cheers!

There’s no better time to celebrate life, family and love than when you’re enjoying an amazing vacation. Personally, I would vacation at Walt Disney World every year if I could, and even though many people think Walt Disney World is mainly a place for kids/families, they do cater to the adult crowd – by offering amazing food and plenty of choice drinks too! Check out some of these awesome drinks you’ll find around Walt Disney World:

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Lime Raspberry Margarita – pair this with some chips and salsa at La Hacienda De San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

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These beers are made in house at Big River Grille & Brewing Works at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – we have been a few times, and both my husband and father have enjoyed the assortment and getting to talk to the Brewmaster and ask him questions

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Over in Epcot’s United Kingdom, you’ll find the Rose and Crown Pub – home to this drink – Strongbow Cider with a shot of Crème de Cassis, the “Cider and Dark”

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Wine fans will want to check out the extensive collection of South African wines found at Jiko – the Cooking Place – which is an amazingly innovative restaurant over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Cheers – and TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Not Your Ordinary Cupcake!

I LOVE SWEETS. It’s a fact. I love candy, sugar, and I love to bake too – I love it so much I evenBlog about it!. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to eating at Walt Disney World, I tend to gravitate towards the desserts! Lucky for me – there are PLENTY to choose from, and one of the categories in which I have performed some thorough taste testing is their cupcakes – and I can assure you they excel at these from every aspect – taste, appearance, variety, size (a huge cupcake is better than a small one, no?) – these things SERIOUSLY rock. Check out some of my faves:

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The Infamous Butterfinger Cupcake – these things are HUGE – moist chocolate cake filled with a fudgey surprise, and topped with what can only be described as a MOUNTAIN of buttercream frosting, which is then coated in a layer of chocolate and crushed Butterfingers. You can find them at Starring Roles at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and you can get the recipe Here – why not recreate DSCN3651

The Oreo Bon Bon cupcake is available at the Boardwalk Bakery at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – and it’s pretty unassuming at first glance. White cake, white frosting, cute oreo Mickey ears. But it’s what’s inside that counts – a cookies and cream mousse is tucked away in there, and that’s what makes this one an extra special treat – yum!

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This Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake combines the moist red velvet cake with that tang of cheesecake – it’s a great combo, and while I don’t really understand why there are toffee bits on the outside, I must say I don’t hate it!

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Chocolate cake that’s filled and topped with deliciously gooey chocolate peanut butter frosting, and then those giant chocolate shavings that give it such a unique look – who could say no to this? I know I can’t…

Hopefully next time you’re in WDW you will take some time to enjoy one (or all) of these super sweet treats!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Going To The (Disney!) Dogs

Today is our family dog’s birthday – Mollie is a beautiful chocolate lab celebrating her EIGHTH birthday! I can’t believe she is 8 (makes me feel old!) – she is still so puppy like in so many ways! She is full of life and love – and we are so grateful to have her in our family!

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Here she is as a little baby – giving my husband a high five

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Here she is with our other family dogs – my boy Walter on the right and his sister Lucy on the left belongs to my parents – can you tell I am holding a treat?

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And here Mollie is with her main man – my husband Andrew. She has been enamored with him since the very day she laid eyes on him. Mollie may live at my parent’s house, but her heart belongs to Andrew – they are quite the pair aren’t they?

…Clearly we are dog people, in case you couldn’t tell. Our love for dogs extends beyond our own – we love getting the chance to meet with some of our favorite Disney Dogs too!

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Mickey’s best pal Pluto is always good for a hug

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Goofy always makes me smile!

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Next up on the Disney Dog list would be to get to meet Doug from UP! Maybe I can ask him if he likes squirrels..hmm…

Happy Birthday to my girl Mollie, and Happy Friday to all! TGIF!

 

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Dining In Paradise At Disney’s Aulani Resort

I have written about Aulani before – it’s Disney’s Resort and Spa located in beautifully tropical Hawaii, and it is a place I would LOVE to go with my husband – and we are hoping to make it there for our 10 year wedding anniversary (which gives us 6 years to save up and plan for it!)

If you’re considering going, then I think you’re making a SUPER smart choice – beautiful views, clear water, plenty of activities for everyone of all ages, and then there’s the FOOD – you won’t want to miss all that they have to offer in that department either…

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Off The Hook is an open air lounge that’s located right on the beach, and they serve up plenty of tropical drinks, as well as an assortment of fresh appetizers like shrimp cocktail and beef sliders

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If you’re a fan of buffet dining, then you’ll want to check out Makahiki-The Bounty Of The Islands – where you can join your favorite Disney characters for breakfast, and enjoy a peaceful delicious dinner of seafood and asian inspired entrees

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If you’re looking for more of a gourmet experience, then Ama Ama is the place for you – contemporary Hawaiian dishes are served up here (with an oceanside view of course!) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – oh, and they make all their own desserts fresh in-house daily

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Or let’s say you are in a hurry or just looking for a quick snack to tide you over – then might I recommend you check out some of the Aulani Quick Service Dining Options – which include traditional Hawaiian shaved ice, hot dogs/chicken tenders, salads, pretzels and more!

Aulani has it all – a full service spa, amazing rooms and service, plenty of activities to keep you and your family busy and happy, amazing ocean views, and some pretty awesome FOOD too! Hope you get a chance to visit this amazing vacation spot someday and that you get to indulge in all the amazing cuisine they have to offer!

TGIF

 

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