Disney Resorts

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – WDW Then And Now

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I love looking back at old photos from all the Disney trips I took as a kid – it’s fun to see what everyone wore back then, and it’s cool to see how WDW has changed and evolved through the photos too – check out these Disney “Then and Now” photos:

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Since opening back in 1971, Disney has added a TON of stuff – it used to just be the Magic Kingdom, and there were still rides under construction on opening day! Fast forward 45 years, and you’ve got 3 more Theme Parks, numerous Resort Hotels, 2 Water Parks, and a shopping/dining/entertainment district. The differences in the maps show just how much Disney World has grown

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They may have jazzed the parades up a bit over the years – with some help from technology! But the thrill of the parade is still the same – getting to see amazingly creative floats, and the chance to spot your favorite characters, too!

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Even the Mouse himself has gotten a few “facelifts” over the years – but that iconic silhouette remains the same, and is one of the most recognizable symbols on the planet – even my toddler knows what it is and can spot it from a distance

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“Back In The Day” you actually needed two tickets to get into Walt Disney World – one for the transportation system, and one to allow entry into the Magic Kingdom. Once inside, you could purchase tickets for rides/attractions individually or in booklets (which saved you a bit of money). Things today are a bit more streamlined – as there is just one cost to enter the park, and that includes all of the Park’s rides/attractions, and when you purchase the ticket, all the information is stored either on a credit card-like plastic ticket, or on your Magic Band – which is basically a bracelet with an RFID chip inside that stores all the information, and the ticket/band is then scanned for entry at the Park gates

I love learning more about the history of WDW, and I can’t wait to see how things change and get even better in the years to come!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – WDW’s Good Neighbor Hotels

Ok let me just start by saying that I am a HUGE advocate of staying on property when vacationing at Disney World, the Walt Disney World Hotels are amazing, and offer great service, food, and lodging for all. But I have to admit, as my family grows and changes, our needs when it comes to vacationing are changing too. Like – I would prefer a kitchen so I can prepare some of my own meals, and I would like a separate bedroom/sleeping area for my son – to name a few. So staying in a small hotel room with 2 double beds and no place for my son to play or my husband and I to be alone…yeah, not so attractive anymore, really

Sorry Disney – but I think it’s time I expanded my horizons and looked off site for lodging options. I know, I know – it’s crazy sounding, but believe it or not there’s a whole other world of hotels right outside the gates of Walt Disney World!

Many of these hotels are what Disney calls “Good Neighbor Hotels” – which means that they are on a short list of hotels that Disney deems worthy of associating with – they have great service, are AAA approved, are close to the Parks, and have an on-site guest services desk that can answer questions and assist with Disney ticket purchases too! Check out just of what you can expect at these Hotels:

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All these hotels offer awesome pools with tons of space for your whole family to lounge and play. Additionally, many of these hotels offer perks like shuttles to the Disney Parks, free breakfasts, game rooms, water slides, and plenty more, too!

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Many offer full kitchens with stoves, dishes and cookware – allowing you to cook your own meals, which could potentially save you a TON of money

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Oh hello separate bedroom perfect for my son (or my husband and me!)

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Another nice to have amenity is an open floor plan – a combined dining/living/kitchen area makes my life a lot easier when it comes to keeping track of little ones!

All of these are photos from some of the various WDW Good Neighbor hotels, and these are some places I will be seriously considering for my next WDW trip – more space, privacy, a kitchen, and just minutes from WDW? Sign me up! Oh – and did I mention – a much lower price than similar amenities/space at WDW Resorts? Sorry Disney – but at this stage in my life, every penny matters – which is why I am considering heading off property next time I visit. Learn more via the Official Disney Good Neighbor Hotel Website

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Adding Some Extra “Magic” To Your Magic Bands

Have you been to Disney World recently? If so, you probably have had a chance to try out their new Magic Band system – and if not, let me give you a quick rundown on what you’re missing out on: the Magic Band is essentially a bracelet that contains and electronic chip, which acts as your park ticket, your method of payment at the Parks for souvenirs/food etc, your WDW Resort room key, and it even stores your Fastpass/Dining Reservation information too. Pretty cool for a little bracelet, right? The design of the band itself is pretty basic – so of course people have come up with plenty of ways to personalize their Magic Bands:

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There are plenty of accessories available for sale at the Disney Parks

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….And then there’s the “after-market” Magic Band Accessories – many of which are available through sites like Etsy

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Or if you’re the crafty type, you can always decorate it yourself

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For those who like a little sparkle in their lives, check out this easy Magic Band Glitter DIY

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Personally I like to keep it simple – a little Muppet charm and I’m good to go!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Packing For the WDW Parks – My Top 5 “Must Haves”

When you’re getting ready to leave your WDW Resort hotel room and head to the Disney Parks for the day, there are some items you will DEFINITELY want to make sure you bring along with you:

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PONCHOS are super essential – as it can (and likely will) rain while you’re at the Parks

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Sunscreen – apply it often, and be liberal with it. No one wants to get burned as red as Sebastian the crab on your first day at WDW. See how white me and my family are? Well – sunscreen helps us stay that way

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Water bottles – fill them up with water and ice before you head out, and be sure to drink a LOT and refill as needed when at the Parks – as that Florida sun can be brutal, and dehydration is no fun

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Ziploc baggies in assorted sizes – they come in handy for a LOT of things, trust me

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Multiple cameras – because you’ll want to capture all the great parts of this vacation, trust me. And yes that is a Mickey film camera – cool, right?

Moral of the story? Be prepared, and you will spend more time having fun on your WDW vacation

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week: “Larger Than Life” Fun Awaits You At The WDW Value Resorts

There are tons of places to stay in and around Walt Disney World – and when it comes to narrowing it down to which one I want to book, I have to say I am partial to the Value Resorts – not only are they the most wallet-friendly (as the name implies!), but they are also really great places to spend some time with your family too – they are all intricately themed, and the décor is really enjoyable too. Check out some of the BIG FUN that awaits you at the WDW Value Resorts:

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Now I realize that not everyone is into giant Mr Potato Heads or Mickey Mouse pool fountains, but I think they are great, and I can bet your kids would love them – so why not save some money and stay someplace fun and family friendly like the WDW Value Resorts? I have stayed at them all, and loved every one!

TGIF

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My Top 5 MUST PACK Items For WDW

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I have been lucky enough to get to travel to Walt Disney World many times as a kid, and a handful of times as an adult as well, and after all those years of packing (with blunders along the way – overpacking, underpacking, forgetting things) – I have come up with this list of items that I will absolutely not travel to WDW without:

Sunscreen: That Florida sun can be brutal – and even if the sky seems partly cloudy, you could end up with a bad sunburn – which is why I make sure I bring plenty of sunscreen along with me in my suitcase and in my bag I pack for the Parks, too. You can put it on as you’re waiting in line for the bus/monorail/boat to the Parks in the morning, and you’ll want to make sure you reapply every few hours too (every few hours as in every 2 – not every 4-6 – yes, the sun is that strong there). You can purchase sunscreen at the Parks/Resorts of course, but it’s very expensive, and the selection is limited, so I recommend you plan ahead and purchase a few bottles of your preferred brand/SPF to bring along with you

Sneakers: And not just any sneakers, I specifically make sure I bring new-ish sneakers that have been well broken in but that aren’t totally worn out/worn down. Yes, this is oddly specific – and for a good reason – you will do a TON of walking on your Disney vacation – like multiple miles a day. So while those flip flops may seem like a great idea because the temperature is already over 80 before breakfast time, trust me – that is one decision you will regret, as most flip flops/sandals offer little to no support for your feet – which will be poor and aching feet by the end of a day spent in sandals at Disney, for sure. So bring sneakers, ones that are broken in (so that they are comfortable), but ones that are new enough to still offer decent support for all that walking you’ll be doing

Ziploc Baggies: This may seem like a strange one to have on the list, but they come in so handy and have SO many uses. I bring assorted sizes, and use them for storing partially eaten snacks, park maps, autograph books, wet ponchos, batteries, chargers; and I also use them to store my electronics (cell phone, camera, etc) when I go on rides where I might get wet – like Splash Mountain

Water Bottle: With all that walking and the hot sun and temperatures, it can be easy to get dehydrated while at Walt Disney World – so I like to make sure I am drinking a LOT of water. I bring along a big 32 oz water bottle and I fill it with ice and water every morning before I leave for the Parks, and I make sure I refill it frequently throughout the day as well. Not only is staying hydrated super important, but saving money is too –and if you plan to just buy bottled water whenever you need it, you will spend a LOT of money unnecessarily, so bring your own bottle along and you’ll ensure you aren’t passing out from heatstroke, while saving money at the same time!

Ponchos: Of course Disney sells them, but not only are they costly, but I can never seem to find them when I need them – like when it starts pouring. So bring your own along instead – you can buy them at Target/Walmart – they sell nicer ones that run about $9 each, or you can buy smaller disposable ones at the dollar store. Either way – you will be well prepared for the (sometimes very sudden!) rainfall that tends to happen almost daily at Disney World

Hopefully you will include some (or all!) of these items in your suitcase next time you head to WDW – and that you find them as useful/helpful as I do!

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