Disney Resorts

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Relaxing In “The Big Easy”

It’s probably not a shock that when I daydream, it’s largely of all things DISNEY – I miss the sights, sounds, smells and experiences that I can only get at the Disney Parks, and this week especially has made me want to escape the doldrums of everyday life and relax and regroup in my favorite place ever – Walt Disney World! I know it may seem weird that Disney World is a place I would choose to go to “unwind” – as the Parks are crowded, loud, and high energy – BUT – there are definitely plenty of places on WDW property where the pace slows down, and things are quiet, calm, and perfect for that vacation vibe of doing nothing at all!

One of the best places I have found to really enjoy the quaintness and splendor of Walt Disney World is at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – where the “Big Easy” New Orleans motif is really embraced and carried on throughout the grounds. Check it out:

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It’s smaller than a lot of the other WDW Resort Hotels, and the grounds are beautifully landscaped with fountains and greenery everywhere. One of the best parts about staying here is just taking a stroll around the Resort, enjoying the quiet beauty in all its glory.

You might think that since it’s Mardi Gras themed, it would be loud and crowded and just a 24/7 party – and it’s really not in my experience – it’s like a party, but a quiet, relaxed one where you can go at your own pace and enjoy the fun, sights, and food (they serve up traditional New Orleans fare – including beignets!)

This resort is definitely one of my “Happy Places” – and I can’t wait to go back and experience the feeling all over again!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – 18 Reasons To Visit Walt Disney World In 2018

As a Disney LOVER – I don’t need any excuse/reason to visit Walt Disney World – I would go anytime, anyplace, no questions asked. BUT – in case you need some convincing – check out some of these Top Reasons To Visit Walt Disney World in 2018:

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THE OPENING OF TOY STORY LAND! This is one I am personally pretty pumped about – as my family and I are headed there in September, and my son is a BIG Toy Story fan – he loves his Buzz and Woody, and he will go nuts at seeing them life size at Hollywood Studios!

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Star Wars Fans will be glad to hear that there will be TONS of new stuff themed after the franchise coming to the Parks in 2018: props from The Last Jedi will be on display at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios, an immersive virtual reality experience at Disney Springs, and two new destinations have been added to the Star Tours Ride, too!

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NEW FOOD – Disney Springs is opening EIGHT new dining locations in 2018 – to include The Edison – a restaurant/bar/lounge created from an old power plant with dazzling “Edison-Era” décor throughout –with a larger than life clock tower greeting you at the entrance

There is SO MUCH to look forward to when you’re planning a Disney World vacation – all the great things you will get to experience, see, eat, do – but in case you needed even more convincing – here’s the full list of the top 18 reasons to head there this year (courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog!)

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – But First…Let Me Take a Selfie

I was doing some Disney web browsing (as I often do because – well – Disney rules), checking out news and updates people had posted -and I stumbled across this article titled “9 “Walls” Disney Parks Super Fans Deem Instagram Worthy” – and upon further reading, I realized – it’s really an article about the best places to take selfies at Walt Disney World. Now – I understand that not everyone is super into taking selfies, but if you ARE – then these are some of the best places to do it:

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I personally LOVE all of these, and upon further inspection I found even more awesome places to pose – check out these, and even more here

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – POP Century Room Renovation Nearing Completion – Check Out The Finished Product!

A few weeks ago I wrote about the renovation that is currently underway at Disney’s Pop Century Resort (Check out the “Before” and “In Progress” Photos Here)

Looks like they are really making headway on the project – as there are some rooms that are fully done! Check it out:POPFinished

What do you think of the new design? Does it inspire you to run out and book a trip for 2018?

I personally wasn’t sure about the design at first – but I think that’s just because I was so used to the *old* room design that it was a shock to see Disney go for something this minimalist! I like it I think – and since we might stay there next year I will get to possibly check it out in person!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – POP Century Gets A Modern Update

One of the ways Disney keeps people coming back to their Parks and Resorts again and again is by keeping things fresh – changing stuff up, implementing new and exciting things for guests to experience. And over time, even hotel rooms can get stale and boring – so Disney is always continually working on remodels/refurbishments of not just rides and attractions, but of the Resort hotel rooms, too!

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Currently, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is undergoing a major re-model – and the room design is changing A LOT – above is the “Before” pic (aka how the rooms currently look), and below are some shots of a room in the process of being re-done:

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I honestly was shocked when I saw these pics – what a change from the standard Value Resort rooms we have come to know and love! The new rooms will feature laminate floors (bye, carpet!), and standard rooms will now feature a Queen bed and a pull-down full sized bed. Obviously these are “work in progress” photos – so I am sure there will be more décor and other touches to come – as they just recently started the work, and will be working on it for the next year with a target completion date of May 2018

What do you think of the new room design? Personally – I hope they add some more décor and other stuff to it – it’s SO plain as is, but I am excited to see the finished product, and I love how much effort Disney always puts into re-designing things, to make things even better for it’s guests!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Christmas Treats (Disney Style!)

Last week I shared some of the amazing Christmas décor at the WDW Parks, and it got me to thinking – decorating for the holidays is a great tradition that the whole family can participate it, and another HUGE part of the holidays (at least in my house!) is the FOOD – cookies, special meals, hot cocoa by the fire, and so much more! Well – Disney goes all out when it comes to Holiday food too – check out some of the amazing treats you can find at WDW during the Christmas season:

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Gingerbread men don familiar headwear…

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Krispie Treats get some added festive décor

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Popcorn buckets shaped like snowman Mickey are a bit pricey, but worth it!

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And you can even grab cocoa and cookies (for free!) if you attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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I love the creativity the cast members added to this gelato!

Here’s hoping your holiday prep and fun includes plenty of delicious treats, too!
TGIF!

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