Friday, February 14, 2020

A Look at the Updated All Star Movies Rooms

If you haven't stayed at All Star Movies lately, then you haven't experienced the fabulous room updates made in 2019.

I have stayed at All Star Movies several times most recently in September 2019. Pruir to that, I had stayed there in December 2017. Except for the bedspread, I don't think a thing had changed since our first visit in December 2003! While we still loved the theme there, it was needing a serious overhaul!

Soon after our 2017 trip, I was happy to discover that All Star Movies was scheduled for and did indeed get a huge overhaul in 2019, and those rooms are pretty amazing! Huge improvements in the room include the Murphy bed which allows the ability to have two queen beds in the rooms rather than the full-size that there there. The main bed is very comfortable, and they've made huge improvements in the linens and pillows. The bed is raised off the floor allowing plenty of room to store your luggage under the bed!

The Murphy bed is so easy to operate. I'm a petite 5'0", and I didn't have any issues pulling down the bed. The mattress is also surprisingly comfortable. With the Murphy bed down, there's not a ton of extra space to move around but it absolutely makes the sleeping arrangements better! It's a good trade off in my opinion. To open the Murphy bed, simply move the chairs away from the table and pull the bed down!

You do lose the table when you have the Murphy bed down, but it's easy enough to close and have the table back!

My silly 14-year old lounging on the Murphy bed

The room is clean and crisp with wood (or maybe "wood"!) floors and lots of extra storage areas which greatly improves the overall feel of the room and lets you unpack without clutter everywhere. A cabinet has been added with a Cuisinart pod coffee maker and a small fridge with a clear door. That clear door feels like a game changer--you can SEE what's inside your fridge. Brilliant! The drawer contains regular and decaf coffee pods along with creamer, tea bags, and sweeteners that were replenished each day.

Moving into the bathroom, there are so many updates here! First, a sliding barn door to separate bathroom from the room for a little privacy. Previously this was a curtain, so this is a huge improvement. Lots of shelving added in the bathroom providing plenty of storage.

Lovely glass shower doors have been installed along with the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash pumps. (Love them or hate them...they're here.) Huge upgrades in the towels as well. Instead of thin worn out towels, these were plush and soft!

Overall, I was blown away by the upgrades here. I think this is a great option for anyone visiting Disney. Children will love the Murphy bed and the uniqueness of its decor while parents will appreciate the upgraded linens, pillows, and storage. People traveling without children will enjoy the queen bed and table with lots of floor space and a more mature upscale feel than before.

I would recommend All Star Movies without a doubt. If you haven't been recently, give it a second chance. You'll be impressed.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Virtual Queue Procedures at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios

Photo Credit: Emily Lamb
Unless you've been off the grid for the last two months, you know that Rise of the Resistance is now open at Disney World's Hollywood Studios. This is THE attraction everyone has been waiting for, and the crowds are proving how popular it is!

One big question we keep getting is how to experience Rise of the Resistance because it has NO stand-by line! Unlike Flight of Passage and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train where people waited for hours in line (hours and hours and hours), Disney is using a virtual queue to allow as many people to ride as possible without the need to stand in line for hours.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Cruising out of Port Canaveral? What to Do When You Arrive at the Port!

Disney terminal at Port Canaveral
Cruising on a Disney Cruise Line ship out of Port Canaveral anytime soon? What do you do when you get to the port? Disney makes the check in and boarding process easy from start to finish but knowing what to expect and preparing in advance can make this process even easier.  

First, do your on-line check in in advance!  This process is so easy and will save you time dealing with paperwork at the port. You can link your credit card for on board charges, designate charging privileges to your family, update your passport information, and choose your Port Arrival Time. This can now be done on the Navigator App!  

Friday, January 24, 2020

Transportation to/from Port Canaveral and Your Disney Cruise

So you've booked your cruise and planned your Port Adventures. Maybe you've even bought plane tickets. Now, how do you get to the port? So many options!
First, there's the easy option. Disney Cruise Line offers transportation round trip or one way from the Orlando International Airport and from every Walt Disney World resort hotel. This will cost you $39 per person one way or $78 per person round trip.

At the Orlando airport, simply follow the signs to Magical Express in the Main Terminal. That's the B side, Level 1 where all ground transportation is found. There are no set times, and the buses run continuously as they fill beginning about 9:30 am. The last bus from the Orlando airport leaves around 1:30 pm. When you get to the bus check in, the Cast Members will get you checked in and put you on a bus! You don't even have to pick up your bags from baggage claim; with your transportation tags attached to your luggage, Disney will pick them up for you and deliver them outside your stateroom door on the ship! Hop on the you sit back and relax! Watch some video of the Disney ships and some Disney shorts and enjoy the ride!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Five Reasons to Book a Marvel Day at Sea Cruise!

©2019 Marvel

Disney Cruise Line recently announced the return of the Marvel Day at Sea cruises for 2021. Why should you consider taking one next year? Here are my five reasons why you should book one!

5. You get to take a Disney cruise to great ports like Cozumel, Key West, and Castaway Cay, Disney's beautiful private island BUT with Marvel characters!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Special Holiday Events at Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom

Over the last few weeks, I've gone over holiday events at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Springs, and Disney resorts. We'll wrap up with the last two parks--Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.

At Hollywood Studios, the decorations are everywhere including Gertie the dinosaur wearing a Santa hat! Around Echo Lake, you'll find jumbo sized ornaments, garland, and a giant Christmas tree set in the middle of the water! Make sure you pop over to Toy Story Land to see its special holiday decor, too.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

This show full of holiday magic is projected on the Chinese theater. Based on the Christmas show Prep and Landing, the story line is that Santa is missing! Full of holiday hijinks, tag along with Wayne and Lanny as they rescue Santa and save Christmas. Lots of great projections and fireworks make this fun for everyone.

There is also a Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party that can be booked!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Special Holiday Events at Epcot

Walt Disney World is a magical place at Christmas, and there are so many things to see and do! Thus far we have covered Magic Kingdom and things to see outside the parks. Today we tackle Epcot!

Pere Noel in France Pavilion in Epcot
International Festival of the Holidays
Throughout World Showcase, each country shares its holiday heritageMoving around World Showcase during the Festival of the Holidays celebration may put you face-to-face with the (good) witch La Befana, known in Italy for filling children's shoes with treats, or the Chinese Lion Dancers who bring good fortune and happiness. In many countries, the storyteller is a representation of Santa, such as Pere Noel in France and Father Christmas in the UK.