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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 – 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:

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There’s my adorable husband posing outside his room!

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It really lights up at night doesn’t it?

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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!

TGIF!

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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:

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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!

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

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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:

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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!)

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HUGE, beautifully decorated trees at every Park and Resort

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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!

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Characters dress up too

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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!

TGIF

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