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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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Categories: Adult Walt Disney World, Disney Food, Disney in Pictures, Disney Resorts, Disney Restaurants, Disney Vacation Planning, Walt Disney World | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Is A Star Wars Resort Coming To Walt Disney World?

My son is pretty into Star Wars right now – he isn’t quite 3, so he doesn’t really “get” a lot of it – but he likes all the characters, and asks to watch it often (which makes my Star-Wars-Loving Husband very happy!)

So it’s no surprise that Star Wars has been on my mind lately – and apparently I am not the only one – as Star Wars was a BIG topic of conversation (and gossip!) at last month’s annual D23 Expo (where all Disney things new and exciting are revealed for the upcoming year and beyond!). I recently wrote about the Confirmation Of Star Wars Land coming to both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in 2019, but the buzz around the expo also mentioned the possibility of a star wars themed Resort Hotel to come in the future too! Check it out:

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At this point, this is mostly just rumors, and obviously the pictures above are concept art – so who knows when it will open or what the Resort will actually be like. Disney did basically Officially Announce It on their blog, so it will likely happen – but the details all remain to be revealed. Based on the pictures above and from what the blog says, the Resort will be an “immersive experience” where you actually go on a mission and dress the part as the story unfolds around you. Sounds amazing – but – I have a feeling this might end up being pretty pricy! Could be worth it for those hardcore Star Wars fans, though!

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 – 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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