Friday, April 20, 2018

All About Disney's Minnie Vans

On Facebook, we've posted about the new Minnie Vans several times, but I thought maybe it was time to write a little more about them. What are they? Where are they? Who can use them? I'll answer all those questions!

First, what are these Minnie Vans? The Minnie Vans are the cutest things ever! Red minivans with white polka dots that should remind you of Minnie Mouse's traditional polka dot dress! This is a transportation option offered by Disney and operated by Disney Cast Members to get around Walt Disney World.

The next thing you should know is that the minivans really aren't minivans although the wording does make for cute marketing! They're actually Chevrolet Traverse SUVs. These mid-sized SUVs can hold up to 8 people including the driver. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Experiencing Holidays on a Disney Cruise!

Any time is a great time to do a Disney cruise! The only way to make a Disney cruise more magical is to sail on or around a holiday! Disney has designated certain sailings in the fall as Halloween on the High Seas cruises with a Halloween theme. Most cruises that sail in November and December are Very Merrytime Cruises with a distinctive holiday theme!

Some holidays don't get a lot of recognition, but they do celebrate for holidays like Easter, too. You'll mostly only see a little bit of Easter decor if your cruise actually sails during Easter.
Chocolate bunny inside a giant chocolate egg and a Happy Easter Day
message on the Disney Magic 2015.

Friday, April 6, 2018

What to Expect at Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party

To tea or not to tea — What to expect at the Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party!

As a mother of a little girl, I’ve watched my daughter be transported by her imagination into fairytales she’s read in stories or watched in movies. She is like many young girls who often play dress up and have pretend tea parties with their dolls or friends.
What better place to help foster that imagination than as a princess at Walt Disney World?
I know there are a lot of things to keep a family engaged at Disney, but I wanted a special adventure for my little princess. I discovered Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party in the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Disney Fantasy's Sweet on You

During its last drydock, the Disney Fantasy added Sweet on You to the pool deck--an (upcharge) ice cream and sweets shop! This was following in the footsteps of Vanellope's Sweets & Treats that was added on the Disney Dream a few years back. Both sweet shops are located just outside Cabanas on the pool deck.
On both ships, Disney Cruise Line replaced the existing arcade (which wasn't getting much use) with the sweet shops. In all our cruises, no one in my family had ever stepped foot in the arcade, so I don't blame Disney for replacing it with something else!

Friday, March 23, 2018

How to Choose the Right Dining Plan

We've tackled resorts and tickets; now let's figure out that dining plan!

Let’s start with a few basic facts: the dining plan is allotted based on the number of nights of your Disney resort stay.  Only guests staying in a Disney resort can purchase the dining plan, and the dining plan must be purchased for every person in the room.  If you have two families in two separate rooms, they can select different dining plans, but within one room, everyone must have the same one.  Children under the age of 3 do not get the dining plan, but are welcome to eat off of an adult’s plate.

Chicken and ribs at Flame
Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom.
One thing many people find surprising is that ALL characters meals are included in the dining plan, too!

Friday, March 16, 2018

How to Choose the Right Disney World Tickets!

When planning a trip to Disney World, lots of people have questions about ticket types and which ticket is the best fit for their family or traveling party. Hopefully this will help you determine which ticket you need!

There are four Disney World parks:
  1. Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios
  4. Animal Kingdom
And there are two water parks:
  1. Blizzard Beach
  2. Typhoon Lagoon
There are three types of tickets:

1. Base Tickets: These tickets allow you to visit one park each day. If you had a 4-day ticket, for example, you could visit any of the four theme parks on four different days. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

How to Choose the Right Disney World Resort!

Last week, we talked about beginning the process of booking a Disney vacation! Now that you've decided you're ready to visit Disney World, one of the first things we need to choose is your resort. This week we're going to explore the various resort types and pros and cons of each!

Counting all the resorts and the villas, there are 27 properties at Walt Disney World! That's a lot of resorts to explore, and it's hard to choose one! Luckily there are resorts for all budgets and needs. Maybe price is most important to you, or maybe you're willing to pay for the convenience of being close to a park. We'll find an option for you!

Let's jump right in!