September 5, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Villas Part 2!

Hello friends! Happy September! I’m trying not to freak out as I type that, because I get married this month! Today I’m sharing the final post in the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels series with Part 2 all about The Villas! I’ll be sharing the different room configurations, starting prices, and more! All prices listed are as of August 11th, 2018. Okay, let’s get started!

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Just a reminder that Villas are larger accommodations generally for Disney Vacation Club members. And Club Level is a special level of the resort that has a private concierge and special access lounge with food available throughout the day.

Animal Kingdom Villas: Jambo House (main building)

Located in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, transportation is available by bus, and prices start at $337/night.

  • Studio Value (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Savanna View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Value (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Savanna View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
    • Club Level: Deluxe Studio (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
    • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)

All food options are shared between Jambo House and Kidani Village. The Table Service options are Jiko, Boma and Sanaa, The Mara is the Quick Service option.

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Animal Kingdom Villas: Kidani Village

Same location as Jambo House (just beside it), and transportation is also available by bus. Room start at $397/night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Savannah View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Savanna View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King Bed, 2 queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Savanna View (1 King Bed, 2 queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)

Food options: as mentioned above, there are all shared between the two buildings.

Ethan and I have talked about making our next trip one where we stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and although I only have a bit of an idea when that would be, I think it would be great! The food is supposed to be amazing, so I know I will have to eat a lot there!

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boardwalk Villas

Located in the Epcot Resort Area, where transportation is available by boat and bus, plus you can walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios! Room prices start at $444/ night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Single pull down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa ( 1 King bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)

Food Options: all shared with the rest of the Boardwalk resort. Flying Fish, Trattoria Al Forno, Big River Grille & Brickworks , and USPN Club are the Table Service Restaurants, and Boardwalk Bakery is the Quick Service Option.

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beach club Villas

Beach Club is also located in the Epcot Resort area, and again you can get around by bus or boat (or by walking to Epcot or Hollywood Studios). Rooms start at $444/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Double Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa or 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)

Food options: all shared with the rest of Beach Club! Beaches and Cream, Cape May Cafe, Ale and Compass, and Yachtsman Steakhouse are the Table Service options, and Beach Club Marketplace is the Quick Service option.

At Beach club, the blue buildings are the “normal” Beach Club Resort, the green buildings are the Villas, and the grey ones are Yacht Club!

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wilderness lodge: boulder ridge villas

Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and transportation is available by bus and boat. Prices start at $417/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)

Food options: shared with the rest of Wilderness Lodge, Artist Point, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Geyser Point are all of the Table Service options, Roaring Fork is the Quick Service option.

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wilderness lodge: copper creek villas

Same location as Boulder Ridge Villas (just a different area of the resort). Transportation is available by boat and bus, and rooms start at $438/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio with Walk in Shower (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 3 Bedroom Grand Villa (1 King Bed, 4 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • Cabins: (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Single Pull Down Bed, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)

Food options: same as above!

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

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

 

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

The Villas: Part 1

The Villas: Part 2 (you’re here!)

Which of these resorts would you most like to stay at? Let me know in the comments below! I think my pick would be Animal Kingdom, although I’d like to eventually stay at every resort!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
August 29, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Villas Part 1!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Today I’m sharing another post in the Walt Disney World Resort post series, with Part 1 all about the Villas! I’m sharing the room configurations available, starting prices and the food options available! All prices listed are as of August 11th, 2018. Okay, let’s get started!

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The first thing to note is what makes the villas different! The Villas are larger accommodations that are generally used by Disney Vacation Club members. If you’d like to hear more about Disney Vacation Club, start with this post, then check this one about how I became a DVC member!

 

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is located in the Disney Springs Resort area, and transportation is available by boat and bus. Rooms start at $347 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Preferred Location* (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Preferred Location* (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Preferred Location* (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • Treehouse Villa (2 Queen beds, 1 Bunk Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)

*Preferred location means the room is closer to the main building, transportation and food options.

Food Options: The Artists Palette is the Table Service restaurant, and The Paddock Grill is the Quick Service restaurant.

 

Saratoga Springs is a great option if you like to spend time at Disney Springs, because you can walk there! I think it would be fun to try staying in that area of WDW.

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Old Key West

Old Key West is the original Disney Vacation Club resort! It’s located in the Disney Springs resort area, transportation is available by boat and bus, and rooms start at $347 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio (2 Queen Beds)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Chair)

Food Options: Olivia’s is the Table Service restaurant (and is supposed to be really good!), and Good’s Food to Go is the Quick Service Option.

Old Key West looks like a very relaxing resort, and again if you like Disney Springs you can walk there!

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Polynesian

The Polynesian is located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, transportation is available by bus, boat and monorail, and rooms start at $503 per night. There are specific buildings that are the villas, and are all to one side of the resort.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • Bungalow (1 King bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 2 Single Pull Down Beds)

Food Options: (all shared with the Polynesian) O’hana (Character Breakfast and all you can eat), and Kona Cafe are the Table Service option, and Capt Cook’s in the Quick Service option.

On my trip in 2016 we stayed in the Deluxe Studio Standard view, and loved it! I couldn’t get over the location, being able to see Cinderella Castle and hear the train at Magic Kingdom!

 

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Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower is also located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, transportation is available by boat, monorail and bus (plus you can walk to Magic Kingdom!!), and rooms start at $486 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Theme Park View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Lake View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Theme Park View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Theme Park View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)

Food Options: All shared with the Contemporary Resort (connected by walkway) with the exception of Top of the World Lounge which is on the top floor of Bay Lake Tower. You can only access it if you are a Disney Vacation Club members and on July 3rd & 4th and December 31st you have to be staying at Bay Lake Tower to access the Top of the World Lounge.

I really hope to be able to stay here someday, because walking to Magic Kingdom would be so convenient! Especially with small children who need to go back to the room for a nap, it would be ideal!

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The Villas at the Grand Floridian

The Villas at the Grand Floridian is also located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and transportation is available by bus, boat and monorail. Rooms start at $569 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View ( 1 King Bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Queen sleeper sofa, and 1 single pull down bed)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King Bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Queen sleeper sofa, and 1 single pull down bed)

The villas are a separate building, and all food options are shared with the main building. To see those food options, check out the posts all about the Deluxe Resorts!

I absolutely love the Grand Floridian and hope to stay there someday! I even made a trip walking there from the Polynesian because I love it so much!

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The Video

If you’d like to hear more about these Villa Resorts, check out the video below! Also check out the Walt Disney World website for more information.

Other posts in the Walt Disney World Resorts:

The Value Resorts

The Moderate Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 1

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 2

The Villa Part 1 (you’re here!)

The Villas Part 2 (coming next week!)

 

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
August 22, 2018

Wedding Planning Update: Months 16-22

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! Today I am back with another wedding planning update! I’ll be sharing the different things we’ve done in the last little while, specifically covering months 16-22 of wedding planning! I officially get married next month, eeek! I hope you guys enjoy today’s post. I’ll be talking about everything in the video below, and listing the items below the video. I won’t be sharing any specific dates or vendors until after the wedding for privacy reasons, which I hope you’ll understand! Okay, let’s jump in!

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The Video

What we’ve done in the last few months

  • I forgot to mention this in the last update, but the week leading up to the 1 year mark, I freaked out! Just thinking of what I would be doing this time next year stressed me out!
  •  I’ve still been having wedding nightmares, but I don’t have any that I remember enough to speak of!
  • I’ve had 2 fittings for my dress, and I barely needed anything done! Just a little length taken off and I’m having some special things added that I’ll share after!
  •  I had my makeup trial before a bridal shower, and love the look! I shared that process in this weekend vlog.
  • I have all of my accessories ready to go! I have a pair of heels for the main event, and sneakers for dancing! I also have all of my jewelry ready.
  • Ethan’s suit is all ready to go, he’s picked it up and already done the alterations
  • we met with our photographer again, and can’t wait to work with her again! We’ve sent her the list of family photos we want to make sure we take already
  • our invitations have been sent out, and we are just following up with the last few RSVP’s! I talk about where we got our invitations from the in the video
  • We’ve gathered most of our decor, we’ve shopped at places like Costco, Value Village, flea markets, Ikea, and Ethan has even built some things!
  • I am making a fake wedding cake, so I’ve started making the flowers to go on it, and I’ve showed clips in some weekend vlogs
  • we’ve worked on our ceremony, and it’s almost finished!
  • I’m really starting to see everything come together, and I think it’s bringing Ethan and I closer as we work hard to get everything done!
  • bridesmaids gifts are purchased and ready to go
  • we are renting a trailer to stay on site for the weekend of the wedding, just for us to have a place to ourselves
  • We used The Knot  for our wedding website and RSVP’s- I found it was duplicating entries, but I could easily figure it out and delete the duplicates. I will do a post about the planning tools I couldn’t live without after the wedding!
  • ADVICE: leave a table open, for extra guests, even though you think it won’t happen… plus 1’s will be an issue
  • We are busy working on the favors- will do a post on how we did those
  • ADVICE: find something productive that is also relaxing- for me that was making flowers!
  • Just had my hair trial
  • had bridal showers
  • my bachelorette party is this weekend!
  • Ethan and I got cologne and perfume during the Sephora Spring Sale
  • I will be starting a spotify playlist for getting ready and keeping me calm
  • we’ve sent the music list to the DJ
  • I’ll be drinking immunity teas and do everything I can to not get sick!
  • we just started working with month-of co-ordinator, making list of seating chart (complete with dietary restrictions), vendor contact list, list of decor
  • I’m always making lists- I have a bunch of notes in my phone. I’m at the point now where if I don’t write it down I won’t be able to remember it!
  • just have to figure out the second part of our honeymoon, but everything is booked, check out this video to see where we are going!
  • and Ethan and I don’t know what we are going to do when it’s all over!

other Wedding Related posts:

We’re Engaged!

My Wedding Planning Experience so far

Wedding planning update: months 9-15

Wedding planning update: months 16-22 (you’re here!)

If there are any wedding related posts you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments below! And if you are a bride or have planned a wedding, leave some advice in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey