What I Like More At Walt Disney World Than At Disneyland and California Adventure

I’m sure I’m biased because I visit WDW several times weekly. I’ll be as neutral as possible.

1. Magic Bands make life easier at the parks. Period.

2. Stickers. It’s a small thing but I like to score a few every visit.

3. Fast Pass + makes planning your day easy without running from ride to ride. I haven’t appreciated it enough.

4. Bathrooms. There are so many and they’re everywhere! I missed them in Disneyland.

5. Jungle Cruise. Sure, the rides are almost identical but the queue in Magic Kingdom is covered and has ceiling fans. In Disneyland, you have to go up and down stairs and in the sun. Not a fan.

Bonus – Cinderella Castle is majestic! It looms large and is the focal point of the World.

Bonus bonus – space! With 4 parks and 2 water parks, there’s room for everyone!

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What I Liked More At Disneyland and California Adventure Than Walt Disney World

I love Walt Disney World. I’m there all the time. I feel like I know it well. What I enjoy most is that it’s always changing and reinventing itself.

Now that I have visited Disneyland and California Adventure, I see the similarities and differences. There are certain things the California parks rule supreme with:

1. Character interactions. Once upon a time, you could see random characters roaming around Magic Kingdom. That’s a thing of the past. Not so in DL and DCA. Loki, Alice and friends and Pluto were free range and making memories with everyone!

2. Marvel! Captain America rides to his greeting area on a military vehicle. Spiderman is alive and well and signing autographs. Thor, Loki and Gamora are in a courtyard near the Wakanda exhibit. WDW is building a ride for Guardians of the Galaxy in Epcot and a store in Disney Springs.

3. it’s a small world. No contest. The outside of the building in DL moves. You get on the boat outside then float past animal topiaries. There are Disney characters in their perspective countries! Loved it!

4. Benches. Seems like a small thing until you’re tired. I have often said that WDW lacks seating. I now know that it’s because all of the benches are in CA! They are literally everywhere and in abundance.

5. Fuel Rod locations. Again, CA has them all over! I take tons of pictures and videos on my phone. I won’t even get into my Twitter usage. It’s so convenient to find the wonderfully themed machines and not have to search for them.

Bonus – Walt walked here. The history is in every step you take in Disneyland.

Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone At WDW

I love Walt Disney World. It’s my happy place. I love Florida and have never regretted moving here for a moment.

One difference between here and New England is the lakes. I grew up swimming in the spring fed lakes up north. I’ve fished and gone tubing and enjoyed it so much. I’m Florida, not so much. I’m not a fan of wildlife. I can handle the lizards, tolerate the love bugs and view the cranes from afar.

I thought Small World and Living With The Land were close enough for me. Then we were at the Polynesian Resort and Joe stopped and looked around the marina. He raised the challenge and I figured it was time to get out of my comfort zone.

I loved it! The sights were stunning and the different points of view were eye opening. I thought Bay Lake Tower was a round building. It’s more like a horse shoe. The Grand Floridian is truly regal and Fort Wilderness Lodge is majestic.

I’m so glad that we tried something new. It really goes to show that after countless visits to the World, there’s still something new to do. Sometimes you just need to put your fears aside.

Gina PD

Wasted Spaces at WDW – Epcot

Wasted Spaces at WDW – Epcot

Enclosed within 47 square miles, Disney World is roughly the size of San Francisco. There are 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 4 golf clubs, 2 mini golf parks and countless Disney resorts and Good Neighbors. Sounds like that space should be pretty full but there are untouched acres, empty spaces and under utilized areas in otherwise populated spots.

Epcot has room for several more countries tucked in greenery between existing sponsor countries. Rumor has it we will hear more about a new addition at the D23 Convention this year. My guess is Brazil but Joe would like Portugal.

The Wonders of Life Pavilion was home to classic attractions such as Body Wars, which was kind of like Star Tours if Yoda was a doctor and Darth Vader was an infection. The Making of Me was a film narrated by Martin Short that was literally about making babies. Sad that I missed that! Now the building is the seasonally used as the Festival Center. We saw recently it was getting a paint job. Hopefully this will be totally rehabbed.

The Odessey and Inoventions are also just waiting for the next great update. I think of the endless possibilities for them. Getting off Spaceship Earth into a new area stressing our global community would be super.

What would you put in the empty or seldom used spots in Epcot?

Art Smith’s Homecoming at Disney Springs

Art Smith’s Homecoming at Disney Springs

There are countless restaurants in Disney Springs, from food stands (Poutine), to quick service (Polite Pig) to great table service (The Boathouse). You will be able to find whatever you want for whatever you are in the mood for and whatever budget you want to stay in.

We were in the mood for a good home cooked meal but it was my turn to cook thus we turned up at Disney Springs. We had heard of Homecoming and Joe is a big Art Smith fan. He follows him on Instagram. Joe’s a huge foodie.

We were not disappointed. We went for early Saturday dinner and had no reservations. We had actually figured on BBQ at the Polite Pig. We only waited 20 minutes.

The whole restaurant runs like a finely tuned machine. The staff is large and seems to work together perfectly. The tables were turned quickly but we didn’t feel rushed. The drinks were replenished and the meal was served and cleared away promptly.

I had the catfish and grits with an apple ale. It was perfect. The fish was fresh and crispy. I’m from New England, so grits aren’t really my thing but these made me change my mind. They were reminiscent of creamy polenta. I would eat them daily!

Joe had the fried chicken and mashed potatoes with sausage gravy. First of all, he couldn’t finish it. That just doesn’t happen, like ever. Joe said it was the best fried chicken he’d ever eaten. The mashed potatoes were creamy but the gravy was just perfection.

We didn’t have desert.

We highly suggest Homecoming to all the foodies out there!

There is a Passholder discount.

Gina & Joe

New Positively Disney “Totally Tubular Wish You Were Here” Subscription Boxes!

Almost 4 years ago, we moved to Central Florida. Part of the reason was to be close to the Magic. Still loving life and enjoying our Disney days and nights.

Before moving down, we followed bloggers, had favorite websites, Twitter accounts and Facebook posts that we lived vicariously through. We planned each detail of the next trip and the one after that. We fought off the Disney blues with keepsakes and more planning. One great way to keep the magic alive is through subscription boxes. I’ve watched tons and tons of unboxing on YouTube.

I love the whole concept! Some of them are so cool with souvenirs that I would love. A lot of them can be really pricey. With the Disney parks app you can now buy so many things that are in the Parks.

So we started thinking, what is missing? How can we put a Positively Disney spin on a subscription box?

Here’s what we came up with:

1. This is about you. We want to know more about you. We want to know your likes and dislikes, where you been and where you want to go and what makes your happy place happy for you.

2. Price points. We want this to be flexible to match everyone’s budget.

3. Theming. One month we could be all about Magic Kingdom, the next Star Wars and the following one it’s Port Orleans Riverside.

4. #Floridaliving. Do you want to get information and doodads from Gatorland, SeaWorld or Daytona? Sure, why not!

5. A little extra. Do you want to have all matching t-shirts for your family of 6? How about you need a special ornament to complete your collection? We could do that for you, let us shop at the parks for you.

What do you think? We value your opinion!

Courtney, Gina and Kim

Breakfast at Boma – Animal Kingdom Lodge

Breakfast at Boma

This is a buffet with a twist. Yes, there are Mickey waffles, bacon and scrambled eggs but there is so much more. There are no characters but children will still enjoy Boma.

The location is in the Jambo House of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and it is stunning. The African themed resort is colorful and is enhanced by the backdrop of the savanna. Definitely take time to walk around and spot the animals roaming around.

I give this 5 stars!

Gina

These are a Few of My Favorite (WDW) Things

These are a few of my favorite Walt Disney World things. I have made my favorites list before but these things change from time to time. It’s hard to choose when there’s so much to love but here I go.

Favorite Resort – I’m going with the Yacht Club Resort. It’s location on Crescent Lake so close to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios make it so desirable. The neighboring resorts are great for a meal or just a visit. The Yachtsman Steakhouse has fine dining and impeccable service. The rooms were recently remodeled and have clean classic lines. Always a pleasure.

Favorite Character Dining – This one was close but I’m going with the Garden Grill in the Land at Epcot. The food is served family style. I like that the menu changes with the seasons and some ingredients are grown right on site. The characters come to visit each table for pictures and autographs. Oh yeah, the restaurant spins so your view changes throughout the meal.

Favorite Holiday – another tough one. Disney makes all year feel like a holiday but Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party blew me away! We got enough candy to last a month. The parade was beyond what I’ve come to expect. The character interaction was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Favorite Show – For the First Time in Forever: a Frozen Sing Along Celebration is a must do each time I visit Hollywood Studios. Sometimes I go in just to see Ben playing Eric, a royal historian.

Favorite Epcot Festival – Festival of the Arts is the most understated of the festivals. It doesn’t draw as many people as the Flower & Garden or Food & Wine. I feel like I can enjoy it more with additional elbow room. The Odyssey building really shines with the vintage style artwork. The food and wine are still there but it’s just got style!

This list will always be evolving just like Walt Disney World does.

Gina

Feeling Fancy at WDW – the Waldorf Astoria

Feeling Fancy at WDW – the Waldorf Astoria

Joe and I have a goal to stay in all the resorts in Walt Disney World. We have stayed at All Star Music and Movies, POP Century, Art of Animation, Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter, Coronado Springs, Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Yacht Club. We have also stayed Good Neighbor resorts – Hilton Buena Vista Palace, Hilton Bonnet Creek and now the Waldorf Astoria. There are aspects of each resort that we love!

The Waldorf Astoria is Amazing! The name alone evokes vintage charm and decadence. Though the original opened in New York in 1893, this version was completed in 2010 and has a Florida flare. There are just under 500 rooms and it’s sister resort, Hilton Bonnet Creek, has about 1000. They are connected by convention space. The pools are reciprocal and incredible. The Hilton’s has a lazy river and the Waldorf’s is super elegant and serene.

There are several different options for dining. We kept it simple with evening drinks and a light breakfast at Peacock Alley. We also enjoyed the food and service at Oscar’s.

Joe and I stayed in a Deluxe King Room. The bathroom was huge and so well set up with a deep tub and separate shower. There was a comfortable sitting area with a sofa (pull out bed), chair with ottoman and great glass coffee table.

The touches like the crown molding, super lux bedding and great artwork made us feel like we had really moved up in the world. There is nothing I would change about the room. Even the view, facing Orlando, was perfect!

The guests were very varied with young families, business travels and all aged couples. There is a spa, fitness center and golf course onsite so there seems to be a lot of activity going on all the time.

It was great! It was a nice treat that I would love to repeat. It’s nice to see how the 1% vacation!

Gina PD

Living the #WaltLife

Living the #WaltLife or #DisneyLife means different things to different people. To some, it’s just puzzling.

To so many, it means that you grew up watching Disney movies, the Disney Channel and maybe even the Mickey Mouse Club. Add in some visits to Walt Disney World or Disneyland and some ears and it’s magic.

You may get the people that will bring you down. They will question why you are going to the same place year after year. They don’t see the magic. They may not know that this is your happy place. You can go there and have the best day ever – every single day! You can go to a Disney cartoon movie even if you don’t have small (or big) children.

To me, it’s knowing that I will spend each weekend with Dumbo or Olaf. I’m lucky enough that I can stop and see fireworks on my way home from work on any given night. I decorate in Disney, I have over 10 pairs of Minnie Mouse ears, I have the Dooney & Bourke purses and even wear Laila perfume from Norway. Date night is always at the Parks or Resorts.

Joe, my husband once said that Disney World was just a theme park, but it’s so much more. FYI he no longer feels that way. He works at the reservation center and can spout off more facts than anyone I know.

Enjoy the Magic!

Gina