Disney Vacation Planning

Living Next To The Magic – Pros And Cons

I know a woman – who I met through an online Disney World forum (gotta love technology, right?) – who I originally connected with because our sons are very close in age (within days of each other), and it has been fun to see them sort of “grow up” alongside each other. They both LOVE Disney of course – but the big difference between them is that he is lucky enough to get to go to Walt Disney World all the time – as his parents moved to central Florida about a year ago.

They aren’t alone – plenty of people are purposely making the trek to the promised lane (ie – Disney) – picking up their lives and families, packing up and selling their houses, leaving jobs and friends behind – all for the chance to be nearer to Walt Disney World. And it really got me thinking – what about us – should we move to Florida in pursuit of a more Disney-fied life? So I decided, as is my nature, to weigh out the pros and cons of it all:

Pros:
-The sheer closeness of the Magic: I mean – obviously the main/most influential perk would be having Walt Disney World as close to you as your local Walmart or dry cleaner – to be able to just hop in the car, drive for a few minutes, and then be at WDW – that is literally a dream come true – and a MAJOR driving force for many people’s decision to move there
-Money Saver: Sure, we would have to purchase annual passholder tickets, which are NOT cheap – but – overall, they would be cheaper than a trip to Disney World is for us right now when you factor in plane tickets, hotel, park tickets, food, etc – not to mention the cost of our time that it takes to pack/prep/travel
-No More SNOW: Florida is in the South – therefore – no blizzards! Upstate NY sees it’s fair share of snow every year – and right about this time of year – mid January – is when it starts to get REAL old – the shoveling, plowing, salt everywhere, the below freezing temps…Florida might see colder days, and may even see a snowflake or two on occasion, but overall it is worlds warmer than what we are used to, that’s for sure!
-My Son Would LOVE It: What parent wouldn’t want to give their kids the chance to experience Disney World on a semi-regular basis? Kids love it there, and parents scrape and save to be able to go there – so if I could live near it, I would be giving him some of the best childhood memories ever – ones that he would cherish for years to come

Cons:
-Florida Ain’t Cheap: The cost of living in Florida would be higher for us than where we currently are in Upstate New York – which doesn’t necessarily take Disney living completely off the table for us, but it’s just something to consider – the fact that we would want to save up some money beforehand, as well as ensure we are diligent with our job search so that we find positions that will help us shoulder those higher costs
-The Heat: Sure, it’s nice to get to wear shorts 80% of the time – but – Florida can get oppressively hot – especially during the summer months when it feels like you could literally cut the humidity with a knife. I could probably learn to adapt to it – but I really don’t know if my husband could – he was shocked at the humidity in June when we went for our Honeymoon to WDW, and he doesn’t deal well with the extreme heat
-Weather overall – hurricanes/tropical storms galore, and rain ALL the time during hurricane season, not to mention the lack of snow – and ok I know I cited “no more snow” as a pro – but the snow is pretty (at Christmastime anyway) – and it does allow me to appreciate the Spring thaw, and the other seasons too. The threat of hurricanes and having to deal with that is just a lot to handle especially when you have kids to think about too – and I just don’t know if I could handle that stress (bless those who can, truly some strong and brave folks!)
-It Would Get Lonely: Sure, I would have Mickey Mouse to keep me company (ha ha), but we would be leaving my entire family and my husband’s, and all of our friends and colleagues – it would be hard to be in a place where we didn’t know anyone or have that network of support in place at all

It feels really good to weigh out the good and bad on this – I have been mulling it over for a while and after looking at it on paper I know that we definitely will NOT be moving to Florida anytime soon. While being closer to Disney World is something I have always wanted, I realize that our life here is pretty great, and maybe someday we will have the time/money/means to move or to travel to WDW more – but for now – we will have to settle for visiting once in a while – and that is ok with me – gives me something to look forward to!

What about you – would you ever consider moving to be closer to Disney?

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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 – What I Miss The Most

I cannot WAIT to head to Walt Disney World in September – not only will it be my son’s first trip there, but it will be our first time going since Christmas 2013. Yeah – it will have been over FIVE YEARS since we have been to WDW – and there are SO MANY things I miss about it – but here are the things I miss the most:

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The Characters – I don’t care how old you are, a hug from your favorite Disney character is always a great feeling!

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The Shopping: Ears galore, shirts, bags, mugs, magnets – and about a million other awesome Disney themed souvenirs to browse and buy

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The FOOD: Sweet, savory, and everything in between – Disney has the BEST FOOD EVER ON THE PLANET – I love it all – but I am particularly partial to the baked goods – cupcakes, cake pops, breakfast pastries, funnel cakes, churros – you name it, I miss it and can’t wait to eat one (or more!) of everything!

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The MAGIC: It’s hard to put into words, but this is definitely the thing I miss most – that feeling you get when you walk down Main Street, or when you notice a hidden Mickey in the sidewalk stones – if you’re never experienced it, you should – it’s worth waiting for, and it’s worth every penny and hour spent planning and traveling. It’s worth it ALL and then some

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – New Year’s Resolutions – Getting Healthy With RUNDisney

For many, a healthier lifestyle is part of their New Years Resolutions – which makes sense – what better time than after the always food-heavy holidays to get fit? New Year, fresh start, clean slate and all that. It’s harder than it sounds though – eating healthy is hard, and finding time to work out can be a challenge, too! But – luckily – Disney is here for you – with motivation in the form of RunDisney – believe it or not, the Disney Parks host MANY races each year – here are just a few you can start prepping for:

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The Disney Princess Half Marathon is held in February, and it is actually a whole weekend full of fun – there’s the ½ marathon, 10k, 5k, and children’s races – and a health and fitness expo, VIP Race Retreat package, and much more!

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There’s also a Star Wars themed half marathon too – held in April, similar structure to the Princess Half Marathon where there’s runs of different lengths and for those of all ages

What better way to follow through on those New Year’s Resolutions than to start training for a RunDisney event? Getting healthy, staying fit, and a visit to Walt Disney World? Sign me up! No ok don’t actually sign me up as I am a terrible runner – but maybe someday ha

If you need some help getting started, check out the RunDisney Training Page and Blog for tips and much more

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 – My (Disney!) New Year’s Resolutions

2017 is rapidly coming to an end – and with a new year upon us, it’s customary for some to resolve to better themselves. I personally enjoy the idea of New Year’s Resolutions (even if I am not always the best at following through on them – oops!), and have decided that this year I will make them more fun by adding a bit of a Disney Twist to them! Since we are headed to Walt Disney World next fall, I have some things on my “Disney Resolutions” List to take care of before/during that time:

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Read This Book from cover to cover. A LOT has changed since the last time I went to Disney World – and I want to be sure I am up to date on all the changes and what to expect when we head there in September. It’s a daunting task – at 864 pages, it will certainly take some time to complete – but it’s very thorough and detailed, and I know I can get it done! If you’re looking for something a bit shorter then check out these Other Disney Guidebooks

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Decide if we are going to Bring a Stroller to Disney World with us or not – seems like an easy decision, you either do or you don’t, right? But it’s a bit more involved than that for us – and I am hoping we can decide what to do and ultimately that that decision will help us make the most out of our trip!

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Above all – my top “Disney New Years Resolution” is to prepare my little man as best I can for what will hopefully be the first of many amazing trips to Walt Disney World! I want to be well packed, well equipped, and well prepared to handle a toddler on a Disney World Vacation. Toddlers can be tricky – but I think I got this!

What about you – are you making any New Year’s Resolutions as we head into 2018?
TGIF!

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