10 Reasons to Resort Hop Around Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake is a hotbed of activity. There is a constant flow of guests both going to and from resorts to Epcot and Hollywood studios. The resorts around the lake are the Boardwalk, the Yacht Club and the Beach Club. Adjacent to the lake are also the Swan and the Dolphin.
I decided to begin and end my journey at the Boardwalk Resort. This is a turn of the last century themed resort. It is set on the New Jersey boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean.
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1. The Boardwalk Resort is a destination unto itself, with the shops and the multiple restaurants. It is definitely a fun spot.
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2. Belle Vue- this is a multipurpose area that just exudes charm. Currently they serve breakfast and there is even entertainment in the evening.
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3. The nightlife- with the combination of Jelly Rolls and the ESPN club, the boardwalk can be a real fun place to be at night. There are margaritas being sold on the boardwalk itself and other guests coming and going from Epcot and drinking around the world.
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4. The Yacht Club reminds me of Newport, Rhode Island. Its nautical touches and primary colors bring you to any boating town with a touch of sophistication.
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5. The Captains Grille – besides being beautifully decorated, the food is actually excellent!
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6. The Beach Club has a laid back feeling with a warm pastel pallet. Makes you want to kick off your flip flops and stay awhile.
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7. Beaches and Cream – home of the full size kitchen sink. This is a 50’s themed, doo-wop music playing, tiny oasis of yumminess.
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8. The pool area between the Yacht Club and the Beach Club is amazing! It is a fun time for both children and adults.
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9. The holidays at the Crescent Lake Resorts are incredibly beautiful. From the gingerbread store the gingerbread carousel and the mini village, it doesn’t get much better than that!
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10. Bonus resorts- The Swan and the Dolphin resorts, although not Disney, are worth a visit. They are unique from one another and have some really fine restaurants. They also offer great discounts to nurses and teachers.
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There really are endless reasons to resort hop in Walt Disney World. I like to start here because you can hit so many in one swoop. I am sure you will come up with so many more reasons also!
PD

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Walt Disney World with a Newborn

This is a wonderful article by a great young Mom to three of the cutest boys ever! Ok, busted, we are related but they truly are such a nice young family who loves Disney!

There’s is nothing more magical than taking your kids to Disney World. No matter the age. Even a newborn. They have no idea what’s going on, but you yourself are so excited for your baby’s firsts, even his first trip to the Mouse!!! We came to Disney my entire pregnancy, and lots of our pictures are me with a big ol’ belly.

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But taking Kyson to see Mickey and Minnie for the first time was so exciting to me.

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Not only is that exciting, but the parks themselves are great for newborns. Did you know that each park has a Baby Center with nursing rooms? As a mom of a nursing newborn it’s nice to go to a quiet place and relax out of the sun and heat. Now I’m not saying that they will yell at you if you nurse in the park, but knowing there is a nice place nurse is comforting. Just like going anywhere you do pack a lot of things for baby but if you do forget something the baby centers probably have them there to purchase. From diapers to baby food to even juices. There are also microwaves and bottle warmers to warm formula up. It’s such an amazing service there.

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I like to babywear my kids and with a newborn it’s so easy to do that without having to lug a stroller and their infant carseat on the tram. Its also nice to walk around the parks wearing him and being able to actually get on the rides and not have to deal with the stroller. Now I’m not saying you can get on Tower Of Terror with your newborn, but rides like Buzz and Toy Story Mania that don’t have a height restriction make it easy to be able to spend time with your family and not have to sit out of a ride. Disney really is such a magical place and the characters really enjoy seeing your baby. So if you’re planning a trip with your newborn, don’t be afraid. Just have so much fun making memories.

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Thanks for reading this!!! Have a Magical Time!!!

-Kelsey

Thanks to Kelsey, Kyle, Keaton, Karter and Kyson for sharing your story! You need to keep us updated on enjoying Disney World with three little ones in tow.

PD

 

 

My Fast Pass – Only Rides

Rides that I won’t go on unless I have a Fast Pass

Walt Disney World is a pretty popular place. Very popular! There was once very distinct on and off seasons to visit. It now seems like it’s always hopping! I haven’t seen much off time in over a year of visiting each week.

There are also very popular rides in each of the four parks. We always joke that there can be 10 people in Magic Kingdom but the line for Peter Pan is 50 minutes! I mean, I really enjoy the ride but wow! The new queue is really fun and interactive at least.

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  1. Peter Pan’s Flight – see above
  2. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – This is a favorite ride of several generations. I just wish the queue were more entertaining.
  3. Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train – It’s the newest funnest biggest ride so it’s always got an obscenely long line.

Instead, I’ll go on:

  1. The Carousel of Progress – It’s nostalgic and campy but it’s also a great place to cool down or stay dry.
  2. Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor – This is an interactive comedy show with everyone’s favorite one eyed green monster – Mike Wazowski!
  3. The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini – This is a fast little roller coaster in the circus area near Dumbo. Always a blast!

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Hollywood Studios

  1. Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith & Tower of Terror – I have seen the lines for these rides actually meet up! Insane! I’ll just drive really fast home and then jump on a broken elevator.
  2. Toy Story Mania – As wonderful as the theming is, I can’t spend 150 minutes of my life in Andy’s room.

Instead, I’ll go on:

  1. The Great Movie Ride – The line can be long at times but it does constantly move. It’s pretty rare that they have a break down and I love the new movie at the beginning.
  2. Star Tours – Again this ride does move at a good clip. The queue is super spacey!
  3. Muppet Vision 3D – I don’t really need an excuse to see this show.

 

 

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  1. Test Track – This is a great ride. I love the remodel but not the long long lines.
  2. Soaring – Unless you run to this ride as soon as Epcot opens, you could be waiting hours. Literally.

Instead, I’ll go on:

  1. Mission: Space – The line moves. There are the Orange and Green Teams for more or less intense versions of the ride. Double the speed.
  2. Living with the Land – Or even better yet, The Behind the Seeds Tour. It’s only $20 per person and is a lot of fun and educational too!

 

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  1. Kilimanjaro Safaris – This is a great opportunity to see animals up close and personal in their own habitats.
  2. Kali River Rapids – Who can resist the chance to cool down with a good soaking?

Instead, I’ll go on:

  1. Rafiki’s Planet Watch – Hop on a slow train ride to a nature station. You even get to interact with the animals!
  2. Flights of Wonder – Birds will swoop in just inches above you! They are so well trained and entertaining. Well worth the visit.

 

Extra hint: Instead of waiting in lines for autographs, I go to character meals and get a bunch all at once. Breakfast and Lunch are not awfully expensive and the food is usually quite yummy.

3 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in February – Courtney


1.Weather: Most people imagine their Disney Vacation as a warm. There is a time of the year in Florida that the weather drops to the low 60’s. For people who hate the constant feeling of walking on the sun while in the parks, this time of year is perfect. Just don’t forget your long pants and at least a sweatshirt!

 2.Crowds: The warm times at the park also tend to be the busiest. The beginning of I February has very low crowds so the lines to your favorite rides are much shorter. Also, there is less of a struggle getting around the parks and quick service eateries. As I mentioned, it’s the beginning of February that is less crowded towards the end of the month though, the crowds pick up since Spring Break starts for much of central Florida.

 3.Valentine’s Day: I cannot think of a much more romantic thing to do on Valentine’s Day than spending the day with the one you love at Magic Kingdom. Getting a picture kissing in front of the iconic Cinderella’s Castle, wearing couple Mickey ears. You can even finish up your day with dinner at Tony’s Restaurant or Be Our Guest Restaurant, two of the more romantic venues on Disney property. If you are looking for a less expensive way to show your love a lovely stroll around Cresent Lake on one of the Boardwalk bikes would be romantic a great way to see part of Disney that most guest don’t get to see. There are also some nice sit down restaurants all around Cresent Lake.


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Other People’s Vacations

Other People’s Vacations
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Since moving to Florida last year, I feel like I am living in other people’s vacations. When I go to the parks, I am surrounded by people enjoying their vacations. When we have company from New England we are enjoying their vacations with them. I work at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, so I actually walk through Terminal B to get to my office.
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I am surrounded by travelers all the time and living in Central Florida now, there is no escaping people on vacation.
I have made some observations and have pieces of advice for people on vacation. Take it for what it is worth but I see that the same things over and over.
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1. Stop over-planning – definitely have a game plan but do not have every minute of your vacation planned ahead of time. There are always going to be circumstances beyond your control and that’s okay. Plan for downtime. Tantrums will happen (for both children and adults). Go with the flow.
2. Do not buy new shoes for your vacation. Wear some broken in already and very comfortable. On any given day you can walk up to 10 miles in Walt Disney World! It’s not a bad idea to shove a pair of cheap flip flops in your bag as a back up.
3. Check out the weather ahead of time and dress appropriately. It is not always 95 degrees in Florida and when it is, remember a hat. Bring a poncho or umbrella. You will get wet but you will dry. It can feel chilly at night after the sun goes down, you may want a sweatshirt in the “winter”.
4. Stay hydrated! Quick service restaurants all have free ice water. When the real-feel temp is over 100, you will sweat!
5. Be respectful of the cast members and other travelers. Nothing can make or break a vacation like a bad attitude. Also you never know when your next magical moment can happen!
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Finally, enjoy yourself. Enjoy people watching and sitting on the grass and doing nothing sometimes. Some of your best memories can be made at the resort pools just being silly.

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Five Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in January

There is never a bad time to visit Walt Disney World. Every month has wonderful reasons to come. Here are January’s:

1. The Christmas decorations are still up until around the 10th at the parks and resorts. Disney knows how to decorate!

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2. Speaking of Christmas, now is a great time to spend those gift cards you got because anyone who knows you, knows you wanted Disney gift cards!
3. The weather in Florida’s winter is warmer than the rest of the US. There are times when you’ll need a sweatshirt but it probably won’t snow!

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Voices of Liberty in winter gear

4. Marathon Weekend is a fun filled time for those so inclined. Seems like a bonding experience.
5. Start off the new year on the right foot – in the happiest place on Earth!

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Happy New Year

Rainforest Cafe Breakfast


My family has been to Rainforest Cafe every vacation we have been on to Disney and and handful of times since we have moved down here so it was weird to me that we had never done the breakfast option there. Finally, with a little bit of time in before our fastpasses began at Animal Kingdom we decided to try it out.

I’ll start out by saying that the service was top notch. Our waitress was a New England native like we were so she was easy to talk and reminisce with. Also, management came over to our table multiple times to make sure everything was going well. Our drinks were filled and any request made met right away.

The atmosphere was just incredible. The animals and plants seemed real. About once every half hour to an hour, storm takes over the restaurant making you feel like you are in the middle of the rainforest.

Now, on to the food. The food was edible, not great but not gross either. I had the breakfast sliders and I just wasn’t a huge fan. It was eggs  and cheese on an English muffin with a side of breakfast potatoes. The sliders were just lacking flavor but the potatoes were actually very good. Luckily I enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant to make up for a not stellar meal. Next time I go I will know to order something different.

Saying goodbye to Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

  
We went to Hollywood Studios to view Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights before they are taken down for a final time after 20 years. It’s kind of a bitter sweet moment. As a family, we truly have enjoyed the many times we were lucky enough to view this amazing light show during our December trips. Being a Florida resident these past two Christmases has aloud us to soak them in from the first night to the last.

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Of course, with all things Disney, there are many rumors dancing around about where, when or if ever we will see this show again. That’s not what matters now. To me it’s more about appreciation for what was and the many memories of family and friends standing and looking up in amazement at moments  that will always leave a smile on all of our faces. 

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So even though I will welcome the new things to come to my favorite Disney park, I’m glad I have these memories to look back at and remember,  with a smile,  what was truly a wonderful expression Disney magic.

PD