Another Non Park Day in WDW

Not every Disney day needs to be in the parks. It’s fun to explore too and with so many resorts, the possibilities are endless.

One great adventure is to start your journey at Disney Springs. This alone a full fun day! With all the shopping, food and entertainment, DS is a destination hot spot.

From DS, you can take a 20 minute walk to Disney’s Old Key West. The walk will bring you along side Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.

OLW is part of Disney Vacation Club and is filled with pastel colored buildings and some beautiful tropical plantings. Themed after the Florida Keys, this resort is very laid back and peaceful.

Olivia’s is a casual dining restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends. We had their version of the Cobb Salad with crabmeat, avocado and shrimp. It was amazing! Truly the best salad in the World.

This is definitely worth a half day to see new places that you might not have visited before.


Seeing Double

I couldn’t lift either out!

Seeing Double

We recently took our first trip to Disneyland and California Adventure. We wanted to walk in Walt’s footsteps. It was amazing of course!

The buildings on Main Street felt familiar. I knew the scale of Disneyland was smaller than Magic Kingdom but the castle was much shorter than I imagined.

Cars Area in Art of Animation WDW – Cars Land in DL
POP Century’s 80’s section in WDW – Toontown in DL

Despite being on separate coasts, so much is the same. We didn’t get lost. The differences between the World and Land were fun to find. Some were easy to find like Mr. Toad still resides in California. While Rodger Rabbit is a popular guy, The Muppets are non-existents. The Haunted Mansions look so different from one another but the rides are very similar. The addition of the Hatbox Ghost in DL is the most notable. California also has Disney characters in their respective countries in small world. That was great!

Haunted Mansion DL/WDW
It’s a small world is just better at DL!
The Astro Orbiter in WDW is brighter and on top of a building!
Must have been a sale? One is in Main Street WDW and the other in the Haunted Mansion in DL.
The Castles

California Adventure feels more like a WDW park. It feels big and spread out. The tower was reimagined with Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel superheroes roam the streets! I saw Patrick in Soaring. Ariel still got her happily ever after.

I didn’t know our Lego friend had a twin!

We have a trip planned for September 2019 to Disneyland Paris. I’m looking forward to comparing three Disney parks.

Giant marbles in Tomorrowland