Peter Pan's Flight

Your #DisneyMemory of Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

What is your favorite #DisneyMemory of Peter Pan’s Flight?

When asked, I imagine that most people would say that the main reason for going to Walt Disney World or Disneyland is to generate and remember some incredible memories.  For many of us, going to Disney invokes some great memories from when we were kids, and it also helps us to create new memories of our family, maybe our child and wife and things like that.  So today we are looking for your favorite #DisneyMemory from one of the most popular attractions at Disney: Peter Pan’s Flight.

For me, my favorite #DisneyMemory from this ride revolves around my wife and I.  As our daughter Sophie has gotten older, she has been able to experience parts of Disney with friends.  In 2014, Sophie went to one of the water parks with some friends of ours while Cindy and I enjoyed the Magic Kingdom on our own.  We had a great time, we rode Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the first time, we explored, we ate incredible cinnamon rolls from Gaston’s Tavern, and we rode Peter Pan’s Flight, just the two of us.  Of course it was a lot of fun.  What I like most about the attraction is the feeling like you really are leaving London behind as you fly off to Neverland.  I also like that you are actually hanging from the track, and that you get to explore so much of the island and see so many of the scenes from the movie.  That was a lot of fun, and I’m glad that Cindy and I are able to enjoy some of those things together as our daughter starts to get more independent and is able to do things on her own.

So tell me, what is your favorite #DisneyMemory from Peter Pan’s Flight?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!  Go out, and have a great Disney Day!

Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to an Affordable Disney World Vacation

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In Kevin Barry’s book, the Ultimate Guide to an Affordable Disney World Vacation, Barry explores the many different ways that you as a family can save money on your Disney World vacation. Captured within the 119 pages are tips on saving on flights, rental cars, park tickets, hotels, food expenses, and more.  The story is written around the quest of the Barry family in planning their next trip to Walt Disney World, and gives detailed information on how much they are saving in their planning.

For me, the book is a good read, and has a lot of great information; however, there are some tips that I prefer not to tackle, that you need to make sure you are careful about before implementing.  For me, the first is the tips that are provided for securing cheap/free air fare by getting credit cards.  I know that there are disciplined people out there that can implement this process and save a lot of money on their flights, but the key here is that you need to be very disciplined to make sure you don’t run up thousands of dollars in debt.  To his credit, Kevin talks about this in great detail.

When it comes to park tickets, the biggest question is really whether or not you and your family want to implement the park hopper add-on.  This is a significant cost, and if you plan your trip correctly, you absolutely can get away with not purchasing the park hopper because it will save you money.  In this regard, Barry does a good job against recommending it.  Additionally, he also does a good job in making sure that you know that you can’t get your park tickets at just any location.  The place to get tickets is at the Disney World website, where you will pay full price, or through select resale sites such as the Undercover Tourist website, where you can get a discount.

All in all, the Ultimate Guide does a really good job in providing tips on saving money on your next Walt Disney World vacation.  At the cost of around $12, it’s a good investment, and in this blogger’s perspective, is worth the cost to have some great detailed information that you can use to save money on your next trip.

Have you read the Ultimate Guide? What did you think of it?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Let’s Take a Virtual Disney Tour!

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Hello everyone, what better thing to do on a cold Tuesday morning than to take a few minutes and enjoy some shots taken at Walt Disney World?!  Since we can’t be there in person — at least, my family can’t be — we’ll take a virtual Disney tour of some of the great things we can find at the Walt Disney World resorts!  The picture above is looking at Saratoga Springs Resort from the Characters in Flight balloon back in 2010!  Tell me, what do you think of the shot?  My wife took the picture, and I added a tilt shift to it to make it look like a small miniature version of the resort.  I hope you like it!

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa beckons to us from the Seven Seas Lagoon!

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa beckons to us from the Seven Seas Lagoon!

If you haven't stayed here, go visit Pop Century one day -- a great resort with a great price!

If you haven’t stayed here, go visit Pop Century one day — a great resort with a great price!

As luck would have it, we were in the 1990 section -- which was Stephanie's decade!

As luck would have it, we were in the 1990 section — which was Stephanie’s decade!

Over at Port Orleans French Quarter, the Sassaguola River takes you north to Port Orleans Riverside or south to Downtown Disney!

Over at Port Orleans French Quarter, the Sassagoula River takes you north to Port Orleans Riverside or south to Downtown Disney!

The Swimming Pool is shaped like a Hidden Mickey over at Bay Lake Tower!

The Swimming Pool is shaped like a Hidden Mickey over at Bay Lake Tower!

Lastly, the Big Dig pool site at Coronado Springs Resort is a great place for a nighttime swim!

Lastly, the Big Dig pool site at Coronado Springs Resort is a great place for a nighttime swim!

I hope you have enjoyed your virtual tour of some of the resorts at Walt Disney World!  What is your favorite Disney resort?  Please let me know in the comments, as well as why it is your favorite, and thanks for stopping by! Make it a Disney Day, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Building 6, one of the Outer Buildings of the Grand Floridian Resort

July 24 – 28, my family had the opportunity to do something that my wife Cindy and I had thought we likely wouldn’t do until we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in 12 years: we were given an opportunity, along with our daughter Sophie, to stay at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the signature resort in Walt Disney World, and some would say, the signature resort at any of the Disney parks.

I’m not going to debate which resort is better than the other — although, a comparison between the Grand Floridian and the Grand Californian, which we had the pleasure to stay at in June, is in order — but for today’s post, I’m going to give you a review of room 5511, which is where we stayed for our four nights at the resort.

The picture you see above is of building 6, which is directly opposite the building we were in, which was building 5.  One of the neat things about where we were staying is it was right by the area where you could rent the boats to take on the Seven Seas Lagoon, but even cooler than that, it had a great vantage point of Cinderella Castle, and we could see the fireworks from the seating areas they have right there.

Upon entering our room, though, we were struck by the old world charm that the Grand Floridian gave us.  We weren’t in a hotel — in fact, the argument could be made that we weren’t even in a resort anymore.  All of a sudden, we had walked into an English bedroom, although with two queen size beds, but it had a sitting area also, and a place to work, and watch TV.

Our room came with two queen size beds, perfect for our family of 3!

Our room came with two queen size beds, perfect for our family of 3!

Although it felt to me like we had left the world of Disney and had transported back to old world England, the picture above and the two below reminded us that our Disney touches were still to be experienced!

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A closeup of our towel Mickey Mouse.

Mickey was to be found on the lamp too!

Mickey was to be found on the lamp too!

One of my favorite parts of the whole room was this wonderful chair and ottoman.  They were very comfortable, as was the bed, by the way, and I enjoyed winding down from our day in the parks by relaxing in the chair while the girls were getting ready for bed.

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This chair and ottoman were incredibly comfortable to sit in and relax, in my opinion!

The bathroom was your standard bathroom, except it had double sinks which was nice, and in a first for me, it had a phone in the bathroom by the shower!

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Sophie by the sinks.

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The door to the bathroom — plenty of mirrors for Sophie!

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The soaps and shampoo were quite nice!

One side note about the Grand Floridian — the towels were bigger than the towels that we had seen at other resorts.  They were softer than those, too, but overall, they were still just standard hotel towels in my opinion.

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The area down there is where you could see Wishes over the Castle at night. This is the view from our balcony.

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There has been some discussion about the refrigerators at the Disney resorts. Ours worked well, so I took a picture!

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If we forget where we are staying, we could look at this picture to remember! It’s better than pinching ourselves to see if we were dreaming!

In addition to the room, which was really nice, we were within a really short distance from the Gasparilla Grill, which is the equivalent of a counter service restaurant.  It’s open 24 hours a day, though, so you can go for a snack at any time!

The lobby of the Grand Floridian is absolutely incredible.  It almost is worth taking the monorail over to it just to see what it’s like.  Words don’t do justice, so I’m going to close by sharing these photos.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and that you plan on staying there once.  It’s definitely worth adding to your Disney Bucket List!

Sophie sitting at this awesome telephone table!

Sophie sitting at this awesome telephone table!

The lobby elevator that travels just to the second floor.

The lobby elevator that travels just to the second floor.

One of the chandeliers in the lobby.

One of the chandeliers in the lobby.

The intricate stained glass in the ceiling of the lobby.

The intricate stained glass in the ceiling of the lobby.

Citrico's is located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Citricos is located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Victoria & Alberts Restaurant - located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Victoria & Alberts Restaurant – located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

The orchestra performed excellently -- I loved listening to them!

The orchestra performed excellently — I loved listening to them!

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Romance at Walt Disney World!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and while many consider Disney a place for families and children, romance can be found at Walt Disney World as well.  Here are a few ideas for  experiencing Disney’s romantic side.

Characters in Flight Take in a Resort-You do not have to be staying at a resort to enjoy the ambience and theming that Disney so carefully crafts at their resorts.  Wouldn’t it be romantic to find a quiet nook at the Animal Kingdom Lodge to sit and talk?  How about looking out over the savannah with your love?  It was suggested by a fellow writer that a visit to the butterfly garden and a carriage ride at Port Orleans Dixie Landing would be a romantic resort excursion.  The Grand Floridian is so grand and beautiful, it drips of romance.  When my husband and I visited we enjoyed a young bride taking pictures with her groom on the grand staircase….so sweet.

Visit the Boardwalk-  Disney’s Boardwalk is one of my favorite places to visit.  First, one of my favorite (and romantic) restaurants is there, The Flying Fish.  After enjoying dinner, take a romantic walk along the boardwalk.  Get a balloon, visit the candy store, and enjoy a shop or two.  Just after dusk, entertainers, jugglers, magicians and street performers come out to offer entertainment right along the beautifully lit water.  Grab a funnel cake and a bench and cuddle with your darling while taking in the Coney Island feel!  When Illuminations begins at nearby EPCOT you’ll be able to see part of the show.  And, The Walt Disney World Florist is located at the Boardwalk….hint, hint.

Wishes_110_310 Stroll along the Beach- At Disney’s Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts you can take a walk along the beaches of The Seven Seas Lagoon.  Around 9pm, The Floating Electrical Pageant begins on the water.  Just after, you can watch the Wishes fireworks show from the beach where the show’s music is piped in.  Fireworks, beaches and music….romance at its finest!

Visit the Eiffel Tower-  What says romance better than Paris and the Eiffel Tower?  At the France Pavilion in EPCOT you can enjoy a sidewalk cafe, eat a French pastry and take a cheesy picture of yourself holding the Eiffel Tower in your hand with your Valentine. Don’t forget to ask a cast member how to say “I love you” in French!

See a show-  There are so many sights to see at Disney, but if you want to take in a world class show, there is no equal to Cirque du Soleil La Nouba.  It is truly a treasure to see.  And (in my opinion) worth every penny.  La Nouba is entertainment at its finest and a must see for couples!  After the show, enjoy shopping and free street entertainment at Downtown Disney or a ride on the newly reopened Characters in Flight balloon.

Take a cue from a Prince & Princess-  Walk hand in hand down Main Street.  Share a Mickey Shaped ice cream.  Take a fun picture in front of the castle at night.  Enjoy an evening boat ride.  Scream on a roller coaster.  Go horse back riding.  Bow and curtesy.  Ride a train.  Wear silly hats.  Laugh and enjoy one another.  After all you are at Disney World!

Here’s to your Happily Ever After,
Tanya