July 4, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Moderates!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Today we are jumping back into the post series all about Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, today focusing on the Moderate resorts! I’ll be sharing the different resorts in the moderate level, sharing the starting price, room configurations, dining options, and more! If you missed the post all about the Value Resorts, you can find it here! Okay, let’s get started!

The Moderate Resorts

 

All prices are as of June 24th, 2018.

 

what is a moderate?

A moderate resort is the middle level of resort at Walt Disney World. They have more subtle Disney theming, tend to be a bit more relaxed, and have more amenities than the value resorts. They have multiple bus stops, as well as both a quick service and table service restaurant. For a little more money than a Value resort, you get a bit of a better location and a more relaxed feeling resort. I think it is well worth the money, especially if a room discount is available.

Caribbean Beach

 

Located on the Epcot resort area- you can actually see Illuminations from the main pool! Bus transportation is available to all parks, and in 2019 the gondola system will take you to Hollywood Studios and Epcot!

*CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION*- Rivera Resort (right next to Caribbean Beach), as well as the relocation of the check in building, and food court all is happening. I would not recommend staying here until the construction is completed! The different sections of the resort are named after Caribbean countries (Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, Aruba, ect.). Each country has different colour buildings,  which make getting around easy!

Rates starting at $172/night and the following room configurations are available: standard view, standard view with 5th sleeper, water view, pool view, king bed, water view with 5th sleeper, pool view with 5th sleeper, preferred room. Pirate rooms are available with preferred location or water view. The pirate rooms have a pirate theme, and look really cool!

Food: Centretown Food truck for Quick Service while under construction, and Shutters is the Table Service Restaurant is closed during renovations.

I’ve stayed at Caribbean Beach 4 times, and it’s my favourite moderate resort!

The Moderate Resorts

Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs is located in the Animal Kingdom resort area, and bus transportation is available.

*ALSO UNDER CONSTRUCTION*- but not as disruptive as Caribbean Beach (doesn’t impact the food options, and is just a new tower being built.

Rooms starting at $185/night. The following view and room configurations are available: standard view, water view, preferred view, king bed, preferred view king bed, water view king bed, Junior Suite (2 queen, 1 queen sofa), Junior Suite king (1 king, 1 queen sofa), preferred 1 bedroom suite, 1 bedroom suite with king (garden or lake view), executive suite (2 queen, 1 king).

Food: Pepper Market (Quick Service), Las Ventanas (Table Service Breakfast or Lunch), Maya Grill (Table Service Dinner).

I’ve never stayed here, but I think it would be really nice! It has a convention centre attached, so lots of business people tend to stay here.

The Moderate Resorts

Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside is located in the Disney Springs Resort Area. Bus transportation is available to all of the parks, and boat transportation is available to Disney Springs.

Rooms start at $206/night and are available in the following views and configurations: standard view, garden view, standard view with 5th sleeper, pool view, garden view (with 5th sleeper), king bed, river view, preferred room (2 queen, 1 child pull-down), and Royal Room (river view, standard view, garden view, pool view). Royal Rooms are themed to the princesses and have really neat theming! They have headboards featuring the Bayou from Princess and the Frog, and have fibre optic fireworks!

There are two sections of the resort: Magnolia Mansions (themed to Southern Plantations) and Alligator Bayou (more rustic in nature). You can request a section when making a reservation.

Food- Riverside Mill (Quick Service), Boatwright’s Dining Hall (Table Service)

Ethan and I stayed here in 2013, and we really liked it! It’s a beautiful resort, but we found it confusing! The Alligator Bayou rooms look  the same, so finding the correct building was confusing. We walked to the main building to get coffee in the morning and walked straight to the main bus stop.

The Moderate Resorts

Port orleans french quarter

Attached to Port Orleans Riverside, it’s also located in the Disney Springs area. Bus transportation is available to all parks (only 1 bus stop at the resort), and boat to Disney Springs. Sometimes shares a bus with Riverside.

Rooms starting at $206/night, and are available in the following views and room configurations: standard view, garden view, river view, pool view, and king bed.

Food: Sassagoula Floatworks (Quick Service), shared Table Service with Riverside.

French Quarter is the smallest moderate resort, and is very nice if you don’t want to walk far between your room and the main building. I’ve never stayed there, but it looked nice from what I saw when the bus stopped there on the way to the parks!

 

The Moderate Resorts

the cabins at fort wilderness

Fort Wilderness is located in the Magic kingdom area, and you can take a boat to Magic Kingdom and bus everywhere else,

All cabins come with 1 queen bed, 1 bunk bed, and 1 double sleeper sofa. The rooms come with more amenities, like a full size fridge, dishwasher, microwave oven and stove.

These cabins are a great option if you want to do more cooking in the room, and sleep more in the room than the other moderate resorts. Plus, it has more dining options, and is the closest moderate resort to Magic Kingdom!

Food: Trails End (Table Service), The Chuck Wagon (food truck), P & J’s Southern Takeout (Quick Service), Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Dinner show and 2 meal credits on the dining plan), Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (Table Service Character Meal).

I’ve never stayed here, but my family has looked at the cabins before. It would be fun to “glamp” and stay in Walt Disney World!

The Moderate Resorts

If you’d like to hear more about the Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World, check out the video below!

 

Have you ever stayed at a moderate resort? Tell me about it in the comments below!

For more information on the Walt Disney World moderate resorts, check out the WDW website here.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
July 1, 2018

A Disney Obsession Turns 3!

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but A Disney Obsession is 3! Here’s to celebrating another year of blogging! It’s hard to believe that three years ago today this blog went live! It feels like it’s been a long time, but also it feels like just yesterday that I started this thing.

A Disney Obsession Turns 3!

I cringe a little when looking back at what it fist looked like… remember the pink?

I feel like the layout now suits me SO much better! And I feel like I’ve really found my groove with posting and filming. I plan on doing some behind the scenes blogging/ filming type posts that go more into how I’ve found that balance and routine.

Newsletter

Make sure to sign up for my newsletter, because on Saturday I’ll be sending out a special email with some of my favourite blog posts from the last year! I have plans for the newsletter as well, so make sure to sign up if you haven’t already!



Speaking of my newsletter, if you’ve signed up, what would you like to see? I’ve been neglecting it for a very long time, but really want to be more consistent! I think I’ll start with monthly emails recapping posts, plus extra Disney tips and any news! Let me know what you think!

Looking Back

As usual I will have a post in the coming weeks with some things I learned in my 3rd year of blogging for the other bloggers out there!

I’m excited for the future of the blog, especially with my wedding coming up and a house being built! I have so many ideas for posts, that I’m working into 2019! But if there’s something you’d like to see on the blog, please let me know! I am always open to changing the schedule! 🙂

I feel like I have come a long way since starting the blog. I’m much more confident! Even though it is nice to hide behind my computer sometimes, I’ve become a lot more confident in my writing, my content, and especially filming! It’s hard to believe I just posted Weekend Vlog #66 two days ago! If you aren’t subscribed to my YouTube channel yet, click here! I still feel self conscious filming in public, by I’m trying not to worry about it! I’m happy to have all of the memories from vlogging, and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.

A Disney Obsession

THANK YOU!

This blog would not be where it is today (nor do I think it would still exist) without you! It means the world to me that you read and follow and support everything I’ve started here! I hope you enjoy what I have to share with you. It’s hard to put into words just how much your support means to me, but just know that it is what keeps me going when it’s late at night and a blog post isn’t quite finished yet, or when I don’t feel like setting up my lights and camera, it’s all worth it!

 

Thank you so much for your support in (my) A Disney Obsession!

Kelsey
June 27, 2018

Drunk Elephant Skincare Review: Is It Worth The Money?

Hello friends, I hope you are well! I recently picked up some Drunk Elephant products during the Sephora Spring Sale, and I thought I would show you how they are working for me! I’m going to share the products I have currently, and how I use them, as well as what I think of them and if I would repurchase them. I’ve been using them for just over 9 weeks, so I’ll also share what products have stuck around the longest! Drunk Elephant skincare is expensive, so I’m also sharing if I think it’s worth the money! Okay, let’s get started!

drunk elephant skincare review

So to start I thought I should mention the products I purchased. I bought The Littles, which come with 8 different products, as well as the travel pack of the bar cleansers.

 

before pictures

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Morning

Pekee Bar Cleanser– The first thing I use when getting ready in the morning is the Pekee cleanser. It lathers up really well and leaves my face feeling clean and ready for the day. I puchased the travel pack of this and the juju (mentioned later), and they are holding up really well. I think they will last close to six months. I would repurchase it, possibly even in the larger size because it would last probably a year or more.

C-Firma Day Serum– After my face is dry, I apply the C-Firma Day Serum that is fairly liquidy. This is one product that I’ve read you should not stock up on, because it changes in color and you don’t want to use it when it does. It starts as a honey-ish yellowy orange (the technical name lol), and if it becomes orange you should stop using it. I’ve liked using this serum, and would repurchase it.

Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defence SPF– Next I apply some SPF! This mineral sunscreen doesn’t leave a white residue on my skin which it nice. I find it’s a little goopy with the twist cap at the bottom, and a bit of it hardens (like toothpaste on the cap or a pump bottle of lotion), which is a little annoying. The full size has a different cap so I might be willing to try it, but I’d also be open to trying another brand.

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel– I finish up with this moisture gel. It’s not a moisturizer, but I was surprised with how much I loved it! It’s clear, hydrating, and goes on really nicely! It was the first product to run out (after just more than 7 weeks) and I was surprisingly sad! I will definitely be repurchasing this in the full size.

Sephora Spring Sale 2018 Haul

 

Night

Juju Bar Cleanser– I generally shower at night, so if I do I use this exfoliating cleanser. It’s so gentle! It’s like a fine grit sand, but it feels so nice on my face! It’s in a bar form as well, and has held up really nicely. I would repurchase it, and again potentially in the larger size because I could see it lasting up to a year.

Best No. 9 Jelly Cleanser– I use this cleanser if I don’t shower. This is the one product that I am not a fan of. I don’t like the way it lathers, and I don’t think it does a great job taking off my makeup which it is supposed to do. I won’t repurchase it, and will use the pekee bar morning and night instead. I also don’t like the twist cap, because it leaks a lot!

TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum– Once my face is clean and dry, I put the Night Syrum on. It’s acid based and I thought I would have to ease into using it, but I went straight to using it every night! A little goes a long way, and I only need one pump from the small bottle. I would re-purchase this!

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial oil– Next I go in with the Maurla oil. It’s the first oil I’ve used and my face, and I though it would leave my face feeling greasy. It doesn’t! It soaks up really nicely. This was the second bottle I used up in just under 8 weeks. I would repurchase this, and even the smaller size available at Sephora I think would last quite a while!

Shaba Complex Eye Serum– My Second last step is the eye serum! I’ve actually noticed a big difference with the bags under my eyes! I use maybe half a pump of this and it’s more than enough. I think the small bottle will last me a while still!

Lala Retro Whipped Cream– Lastly I go in with even more moisture, the whipped moisturizer! I love this product. My skin feels so nice after using it! It’s very light, and a little goes a long way. The small pot will last a while still (even though I’m now using in mornings because the B Hydra ran out). I will purchase the full size, which has a neat dispensing mechanism!

Sephora Spring Sale 2018 Haul

 

Whew! That was a lot. Now for the grand reveal! Here is my skin after using these products for nine weeks.

after pictures

 

Let’s look at the before and after side by side!

what I will purchase next

I’m trying to hold off on purchasing the full sizes until the next Sephora sale in November, and get the most for my money until then. Because I ran out of the B-Hydra first (and because it might be my favourite product in the line) I will purchase the full size. I’m also looking at purchasing the Acid Trip Kit from Sephora, which has the C Fima and TLC Framboos in larger size than the littles, but not the full size, plus the little size of the Marula Oil. From there, I will slowly work my way up to the full size as I run out of the other products!

Overall thoughts

Overall I am really happy with the results I’ve seen! I’m happy I invested in my skincare, and I will continue to do so! If you would like to try Drunk Elephant products, I think The Littles are a great place to start! And you can see a difference even in the amount of time you go through the small sizes!

 

If you’d like to hear more about each of the products mentioned, check out the video below!

Have you ever used any Drunk Elephant products? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey