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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – More Of The Gorgeous Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Last week I showed you a bit what you might see when you stay at Port Orleans Riverside Resort – where my husband was lucky enough to stay earlier this month for a work conference. Today, I wanted to show you just how amazing the rest of the Resort is:


There’s my adorable husband posing outside his room!


It really lights up at night doesn’t it?






Seriously loving all the “riverside” and boating touches here – the theme is amazing!

After checking out all his pictures, I can definitely say I can’t WAIT to plan my next WDW trip so that I can book a room at Port Orleans Riverside – what a great place to stay!


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Inside WDW’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort

I recently wrote/lamented about how my husband was headed to WDW for a work conference – and as you may or may not have been able to guess from that post, I was more than a little jealous of his trip. He didn’t get to do much touring of the Parks though – as they were at conference sessions all day every day – but he DID get to stay in the gorgeous Port Orleans Riverside Resort – and today I am sharing with you some of the things he saw inside the Resort:



Here’s the hotel lobby – the word I could use to best describe it would be “grand” – the tall ceilings, ornate light fixtures, and regal colors are all very aesthetically pleasing!


Here’s his room – spacious, well decorated, clean, and he had it all to himself!



He arrived the day after Halloween and the pumpkins from the staff pumpkin decorating contest were still up – aren’t they great? I love seeing stuff like this at Disney!

Next week, we will be taking a look at all the outdoor beauty at Port Orleans Riverside
Until then…TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My (Other) Favorite Time Of The Year To Visit WDW

I wrote recently about why Halloween is the Perfect time to visit WDW – and while I totally stand behind all my reasons, I must admit – I have a real soft spot for Disney at Christmastime, too – they start the evening of Halloween and work through the night to remove the fall and pumpkin décor and get right into that Christmas spirit starting November 1st. Here’s some highlights of what you will see at Christmastime at Disney World:



First of all, there’s gingerbread everywhere – literally. Houses made of it, displays – and don’t worry – they sell it to eat too (otherwise that would just be cruel!)




HUGE, beautifully decorated trees at every Park and Resort



And lights GALORE – display after display, and the castle gets a little sprucing up for the season too – in the form of 200,000 LED lights that change color and create an amazing sight!


Characters dress up too


And it’s always good to have an accurate Christmas countdown, too (1 day until Santa!)

Why isn’t Christmastime my #1 FAVORITE time to visit WDW, you might ask? Well – the main reason is that it is SUPER CROWDED during the weekends and the week of Christmas – and while I loved it, I can see why it would NOT be ideal for most people with families/kids, or anyone traveling there for the first time. Also, holiday Resort room rates tend to be higher…not exactly budget friendly. But it sure is pretty, isn’t it? It’s a truly magical, special experience that is worth the extra money and braving the crowds at least once in your lifetime – trust me!


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Halloween = Spooky = Haunted Mansion Fun!

Last weekend was Halloween, and my mind is still stuck on all things spooky/creepy. One of my most favorite spooky things is definitely Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. It has always been one of my favorite rides at Walt Disney World, and I love to ride it multiple times per trip (as many as I can fit in!). I love it all – the creepy intro, the “doom buggies”, the hitchhiking ghosts, the “room for one more” – it’s all so kitschy and amazing, and over the past few years, the ride has become even more popular, gaining somewhat of a cult-like following, which Disney has OF COURSE capitalized on:



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There’s now a Haunted Mansion themed store right by the ride’s entrance

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The shop offers tons of great merchandise – but if you’re not going to WDW anytime soon, you can also purchase some of the merchandise online

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Hmm…this is already inspiring ideas for next year’s Halloween costume…I could be a corpse bride, or maybe a hitchhiking ghost?


“We have 999 happy haunts here, but there’s room for 1000. Any volunteers, hmmm? If you should decide to join us, final arrangements may be made at the end of the tour…”

Check out some fun behind the scenes secrets about the Haunted Mansion here

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Why Halloween Is The PERFECT Time To Visit WDW

While every day at WDW is sure to be an amazing one, there are certain days/times of the year that are more magical than others. Personally, I LOVE Disney at Christmastime – the decorations, the food, the sounds, the smells – it’s all amazing! BUT – it is also one of the BUSIEST times of the year at the Parks, with crowds so thick that the wait time for Space Mountain is 2.5 hours or more…so understandably, not everyone would jump at the chance to head there in late December.

All things considered, the perfect time of year for visiting WDW is really around Halloween time – the crowds are lighter, the weather cooler, and the décor and atmosphere is just as amazing (if not more so!) than at Christmas! Check out these shots of Halloween at WDW:

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Trick or treat, meet and greet with characters, and enjoy an exclusive parade – all of this and more can be found at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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The décor is really amazing at this time of year – they go all out with pumpkins and fall theming everywhere!

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And what would a Halloween celebration be without themed treats? Decorated and delicious – these will delight those of all ages (not to mention make me drool all over my keyboard…)

I can’t WAIT to bring my son to experience Halloween at Walt Disney World – I just know he will find it as amazingly magical as I do!


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Port Orleans Riverside Resort

I recently wrote about how my husband is going to Disney without me – and not only does that suck (for me), but he is also staying at one of the WDW Resorts that I haven’t really gotten a chance to explore or stay at yet – Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort – which is themed after the rural Louisiana Bayou, and has a great “Southern Hospitality” air to it. Check out what it has to offer:

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…Needless to say, I am SO JEALOUS of my husband’s trip, and of the amazing place he gets to stay, too! Port Orleans Riverside offers amazing rooms, beautiful pools, delicious food, and some awesome views too – what more could you ask for? Can’t wait to hear what he thinks of this amazing Resort


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