August 15, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Deluxe Resorts Part 2!

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing another post in the Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Series, with part 2 all about the Deluxe Resorts! I’ll be sharing the rest of the resorts at the Deluxe level, and share the different room configurations available, as well as the food options at each resort! Okay, let’s get started!

The Deluxe Resorts Part 2

All prices are as of August 10th, 2018.

Club Level: Just as I mentioned in the last post, Club Level is a special level at the deluxe resorts that are more expensive, but come with a separate check in, concierge, as well as a special lounge with food at all meal times and snacks throughout the day.

Beach Club

Located in the Epcot Resort Area, with transportation by boat and bus, and you can even walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios! Rooms start at $401 per night.

  • Standard View ( 2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 2 Queen Beds, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed)
  • Garden or Woods View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Size Sleeper chair and 1 Day bed, 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed)
  • Water View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 Queen and 1 Twin sleeper chair and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed)
  • Deluxe Room- larger than a standard view (2 Queen beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
    • Club Level: Standard View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 2 Queen beds, or 1 King bed, or 1 Queen bed and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
    • Garden View (2 Queen beds)
    • Deluxe Room (2 Queen and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
    • Water View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin sleeper chair and 1 Day bed, or 2 Queen beds and 1 King bed)
    • 1 Bedroom Suite ( 1 King bed and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
    • 2 Bedroom Suite ( 2 Queen beds and 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
  • Food options: Yachtsman Steakhouse, Cape May Cafe (Character Dining) and Beaches & Cream are the Table Service Restaurants, and Beach Club Marketplace is the Quick Service restaurant.

We ate at Beaches & Cream on my last trip, and loved it! I would highly recommend going there even for dessert, and the No Way Jose is delicious!

The Deluxe Resorts Part 2

Contemporary Resort

Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and transportation is available by boat, bus and monorail. Rooms start at $410/night

  • Garden Wing:(located off of the A frame structure you think of when you hear the Contemporary Resort).
  • Standard View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
  • Garden View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
  • Deluxe Room (1 King bed and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Club Level Suite (1 King bed and 1 Queen sleeper sofa and 1 Twin sleeper chair)
  • Hospitality Suite ( 1 King bed and 1 Queen sleeper sofa and 1 Day bed, or 2 Queen beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa and 1 Day bed).
  • Main Tower: Lake View or Theme Park View (2 Queen best and 1 day bed, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
    • Club Level: Standard Room or Theme Park View ( 2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
    • Bay Lake View 1 Bedroom Suite (2 Queen beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
    • 2 Bedroom Suite (4 Queen beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
  • Food options: California Grill, The Wave, and Chef Mickey’s (character meal buffet) are the Table Service options, and Contempo Cafe is the Quick Service Option.

California Grill is the one restaurant I recommend to people asking me for advice, the views can’t be beat, and the food is delicious! Even if you just go for drinks or appetizers, it’s great to just see it!

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Yacht Club

Located in the Epcot Resort Area, where transportation is available by boat or bus (and you can walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios). Rooms start at $401 per night

  • Standard View ( 2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin sleeper sofa and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
  • Garden or Woods view ( 2 Queen beds, or 2 Queen beds or 1 Day bed, or 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin sleeper chair and 1 Day bed or 1 King bed)
  • Water View (2 Queen beds or 2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin sleeper chair and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
    • Club Level: Standard View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 2 Queen beds, or 1 Queen bed and 1 Twin sleeper chair and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed)
    •  Garden View (1 King bed, or 2 Queen beds, or 2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed)
    • Water View ( 1 King bed, or 2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 2 Queen beds, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
    • Deluxe Room (2 Queen beds)
    • 2 Bedroom Suite (2 King beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
  • Food options: Shared with Beach Club (above)

Yacht Club has a convention centre attached, so it’s worth noting that there can be people attending conferences and such staying there. I share a funny story about Yacht Club in the video at the bottom of the post!

The Deluxe Resorts Part 2

Boardwalk Resort

Also located in the Epcot resort area, has bus and boat transportation, and you can also walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Prices start at $439/night.

  • Standard View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed, or 2 Queen beds, or 1 king bed and 1 Day bed)
  • Garden View (1 Day bed and 2 Queen beds, or 1 King bed and 1 Day bed)
  • Water View (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 2 Queen beds, or 1 King bed)
    • Club Level: Standard Room (2 Queen beds and 1 Day bed, or 1 King bed, or 2 Queen beds)
    • Deluxe Room (2 Queen beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)
    • Outer Building Garden Room (1 King Bed)
  • Food options: Flying Fish, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, and Trattoria al Forno (character breakfast) are the Table Service options, and Boardwalk Bakery is the Quick Service restaurant. One thing to note about Boardwalk Bakery is it is on the actual Boardwalk, so you’d have to actually walk around to access it. Normally the food options are off of the lobby or in the Main Building, so Boardwalk is a little different.

On my last trip to Walt Disney World we walked to the Boardwalk for the first time, and it has such a nice atmosphere! Being able to walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is so nice, and I’d love to stay here someday!

The Deluxe Resorts Part 2

If you’d like to hear more about these deluxe resorts, check out the video below!

If you’d like more information about the Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World, click here.

Other posts in the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels Series:

The Value Resorts

The Moderate Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts Part 1

The Deluxe Resorts Part 2 (you’re here!)

The Villas Part 1 (coming soon!)

The Villas Part 2 (coming after part 1!)

Which deluxe resort would you love to stay at? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me!

Kelsey
August 8, 2018

Monthly Favourites- July 2018!

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s already been another month. Today I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of July, from entertainment, to books, clothing and a recipe! Okay, let’s get started!

 

monthly favourites July 2018

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Entertainment

The Incredibles 2- I went to see this in theatres in June, and really liked it! I’ve mentioned the first movie on the blog before, so I really enjoyed getting to see a sequel. I found the plot a little predictable, but  still really enjoyed it!

monthly favourites july 2018

Ant Man and the Wasp- Ethan and I went to see this on our anniversary! I love Paul Rudd, and could honestly watch him in anything. I don’t 100% remember the first Ant Man, but enjoyed the storyline and seeing the characters again. It also fits nicely into the current Marvel timeline (I have to be vague to not give away spoilers!).

monthly favourites july 2018

The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition- I’ve been a fan of The Amazing Race for a while now, but haven’t watched a full season in a while. We were just in time to start this season of The Amazing Race Canada, and I’ve really been liking it! It’s always fun to watch and Ethan and I talk about who would do what challenge if we ever were on the show (which would be so cool!). I also hear that some Survivor cast members may be on the next season of the American edition, so I’ll most likely be watching that!

monthly favourites july 2018

 

Sharp Objects on HBO- I’ve been anxiously waiting for this show since reading the book last May, and I’ve liked it so far! It’s creepy, and very dark (so much so that I have to watch a bit of something else before falling asleep), but I still enjoy it. Amy Adams is really good in this role! Since it’s been over a year since I read the book, it’s like I don’t know what will happen next!

monthly favourites july 2018

Books

The HeirThe Crown by Kierra Cass- I finished the last two books in The Selection series in July! I would highly recommend it! It jumps ahead in time, and you get to see how characters in the first three books ended up. I really like it! I hope they make them into movies so I can see the stories come to life!

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn– My boss gave me this book to read, and I flew through it! It reminded me of The Girl on the Train and The Woman in Cabin 10, and it’s going to be a movie next year! Funnily enough Amy Adams has been cast, and I can definitely see her in this role after watching Sharp Objects!

monthly favourites july 2018

Clothing

Old Navy Lightweight Hoodie– I’ve been wearing this sweater a ton this summer, because it’s so light weight! I live in the basement, so I’m always cold, and this has been prefect without being too hot! I’ve had a hard time finding it online, so I’ve linked the closest thing I could find. Below is the sweater, and I know it’s not the greatest picture, but hopefully it gives you an idea!

monthly favourites july 2018

Seaselfie bathing suit– Since I know I’m going somewhere warm this November, I wanted to get some new bathing suits! I saw this brand first on Pinterest, and have heard through some Facebook groups that they can be a bit unreliable, so I bought through Amazon! I’ve bought three different ones, so I’ll link the tankini here and the one piece here. The one piece is by Cupshe, and the other two are by Seaselfie.

Seaselfie Women's Retro High-Waisted Push up Halter Padded Beach Bikini Bathing Suit

Recipes

Protein Pancake- I got this recipe from my boss, and I’ve been having it in the mornings for the past few months! I like to put a bit of peanut butter on top and slice up a banana. It’s 21 day fix friendly, which I’m currently doing and will share my experience in the future! Its:

  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of egg whites
  • 2 tbps PB& Me powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
    • blend all ingredients and pour in a pan!

monthly favourites july 2018

If you’d like to hear more about my favourite things from July, check out the video below!

 

What did you enjoy during the month of July? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
August 1, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Deluxes’ Part 1!

Hello everyone! Today we are continuing on in the Walt Disney World Resort Series with The Deluxe Resorts! I will be splitting the deluxe resorts and the villas into two post each, because there are more resorts at this level than any other! Today I’ll be focusing on four different Deluxe Resorts, and I’ll be sharing the different rooms available, and food options at each resort! All prices are as of July 28th, 2018. Okay, let’s get started!

Deluxe Resorts

 

Something special that is available at the Deluxe Resorts!

CLUB LEVEL. This is a special type of room and service only available at deluxe resorts. Club level is much more expensive, and is a seperate section at the resort. When staying Club Level, you have your own check-in, and concierge, as well as a special eating ares where food is available all day, and is included in the stay. Views are generally amazing from the lounge as well! I’d love to stay Club Level someday, but for now the price would not be worth it, especially because we are generally at the parks for most of the day.

Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House)

Located in the Animal Kingdom resort area (obviously!), and bus transportation gets your around Walt Disney World! Prices start at $345/night.

  • Standard or Pool views (2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed & 1 Day bed),
  • Pool view bunk bed ( 1 queen bed, 1 bunk bed)
  • Savanna view ( 2 queen beds, or 1 king bed & 1 day bed)
  • savannah view bunk bed (1 queen bed , 1 bunk bed)
    • Club Level:
    • Savannah view (2 queen beds, or 1 king bed & 1 day bed)
    • 1 bedroom suite savannah or standard view (2 queen beds and 1 queen sofa)
    • 2 bedroom suite ( 1 king bed, 2 queen beds and 1 queen sleeper sofa)

Food: Jiko: The Cooking Place, Sanaa, and Boma (buffet) are all Table Service restaurant. The Mara is the Quick Service restaurant.

 

Ethan and I are thinking of staying at Animal Kingdom on our next trip (which is a while away, and not concrete). We’d love to try all of the restaurants, and just try being in a different area of Walt Disney World!

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Polynesian Village

Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and monorail and bus are the modes of transportation. Rooms start at $485/night.

  • standard view (2 queen beds or 1 king bed & 1 daybed),
  • Lagoon View (2 queen beds and 1 daybed)
  • Theme park view (2 queen beds and 1 day bed)
  • Pool or marina view ( 2 queens and 1 day bed).
    • Club level:
    • Garden View, Lagoon view,  or theme park view (2 queen beds and 1 day bed)
    • 1 bedroom suite (2 queen beds and 1 day bed)

Food: O’hana (all you can eat, character breakfast) and Kona Cafe are the Table Service options. Capt Cooks is the Quick Service option! Also The Spirit of Aloha dinner Show (totally forgot to mention that in the video!)

I love love love the Polynesian after staying there in 2016! You can read a post just about the Polynesian here.

Grand Floridian

Located right beside the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian is also in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and monorail or bus transportation is available. Rooms start at $584/night.

  • Outer building:
  • Garden or Lagoon View (2 queen beds and 1 day bed, or 2 queen beds, or 1 king bed & 1 daybed).
  • Deluxe room garden view (2 queen beds and 1 daybed)
  • Theme Park View (2 queen beds and 1 day bed, or 2 queen, or 1 king & 1 day bed, or 1 king and 1 double sofa).
    • Club level:
    • Standard ( 2 queen beds and 1 day bed, or 2 queen beds, or 1 queen bed and 1 day bed, or 1 king and 1 double sofa).
    • 1 bedroom suite (2 queen beds, 1 double sofa),
    • 2 bedroom suite (2 queen beds and 1 king bed and 1 double sofa).
  • Main Building club level:
  • Standard room ( 2 queen beds or 2 queen beds & 1 daybed or 1 king bed)
  • Deluxe King (1 king bed, or 1 king bed & 1 daybed).
  • Theme Park view (2 queen  beds & 1 daybed)

Food: Citricos, Narcooses,  Victoria and Alberts, and 1900 park fare (Buffet and character meal) are the Table Service Options,  Grand Floridian Cafe is the Quick Service Options

I have always wanted to stay at the Grand Floridian, and I really hope I get the chance to someday! I just love the way it looks!

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Wilderness Lodge

Also located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, and bus and boat transportation are available as well. Room start at $332/ night.

  • Standard View (2 queen beds)
  • Nature view (2 queen beds or 1 king bed),
  • courtyard view (2 queen beds or 1 king bed)
  • courtyard view bunk (1 queen bed & 1 bunk bed),
  • nature fireworks view (2 queen beds or 1 king bed).
    • Club level:
    • Standard View (1 queen beds & 1 bunk bed or 2 queen beds).
    • Deluxe room ( 2 queen beds & 1 queen sofa). Both have either view of woodlands, courtyard, pool, waterfall or Bay Lake.

Food: Artist Point, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Geyser Point are the Table Service Options, and Roaring Fork is the Quick Service option.

I’d also love to stay at Wilderness Lodge! The lobby is supposed to be beautiful around Christmas, and I’d love to visit Fort Wilderness and go to Hoop De Doo Revue!

Deluxe Resorts Part 1

I’ll be back in two weeks with the rest of the deluxe resort!

If you’d like to hear more about these Deluxe Resorts, check out the video below!

Other Posts in the Walt Disney World Resorts Series:

The Value Resorts

The Moderate Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts (you’re here!)

 

Thank you so much for joining me today! For more information on the resorts mentioned today, check out the Walt Disney World website here. What is your favourite Deluxe Resort? Let me know in the comments!

 

Kelsey