October 21, 2015

So You’re Thinking About Going To Walt Disney World…

First of all, I’m jealous. Planning a Walt Disney World vacation is so much fun! I just went in February and I already wish I was planning another vacation, it might as well have been a year ago. Not that I didn’t have fun, it just already feels like it was a long time. (The goal for my next trip is November 2016, I just have to convince my family Dad).

There are a lot of decisions to make when booking a vacation to Walt Disney World, and the first piece advice I can give is use the Walt Disney World website. It has the most detailed information and is very helpful when booking a trip!

This post will serve as sort of a dashboard for lots of information you would need when planning a Disney Vacation. All of the things that you need to consider when thinking about visiting Walt Disney World, and links to other posts here on the blog that expand on those topics. I will continue to update this post as other topics are posted so everything is easy to find! Let’s get started!

Length of your stay

There are so many things to see and do at Walt Disney World! That’s why I would suggest dedicating an entire vacation to it, especially if it is your first time! A 5 night, 6 day trip is usually enough time to see most of what Walt Disney World has to offer, but I’ve been seven times and still experience new things each trip! A week is generally enough time, and a lot of deals are geared towards staying this long. It sounds like a long time to be there at first, but once you go you will be glad you were there for a week!

Anyone recognize this carriage?

Anyone recognize this carriage?

Where To Stay

Disney owns a bunch of restarts on property, and I have done a post all about it! You can read that here. I break down everything you need to know about where to stay, and give my opinion on whether or not it’s worth it to stay on site. It is a different decision for everyone, but the post shows where I stand!

Dining Plan

If you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan! This post goes through the different “levels” of the dining plan and talks a little bit about if it is worth it or not. During my last trip I did not purchase the Dining Plan, but I have on previous trips so I could compare.

Who would believe this is in Orlando?!

Who would believe this is in Orlando?!

Dining Reservations

Walt Disney World has amazing food! As I explain in my Disney Dining Post, there are two types of food service in WDW. Quick service, where you order at a counter (like McDonald’s) and Table Service meals, where you are served at a table (like Boston Pizza). If you are looking for a sit down meal, you should make a reservation. You can make dining reservations up to 180 days before the first day of your trip if you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel. If you are staying off site, you can make a reservation 180 days in advance of the day you are booking for. Obviously Disney gives you a slight “advantage” if you are staying on site, but it is something you should plan for because you need to eat while you are there! Disney restaurants can be found on the Walt Disney World Website and can be made from there as well, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Trust me, the food in Walt Disney World is different than anything you have had at a theme park!

Disney’s Magical Express

Look for a post all about Disney’s Magical Express coming soon! This service is free, and available to guests staying at Disney Resort Hotels. You receive luggage tags before your trip, and when you arrive at Orlando International Airport you don’t need to pick up your bags! You just head to the bus that takes you straight to your resort an get your vacation started!

Eric's Castle

Park Tickets

There are a few different types of tickets that are available when visiting Walt Disney World. In a future post I will break down all of the different types and which I think are worth the extra money. You have your basic ticket, a special ticket if you want to visit the water parks, and if you want to visit more than one park in a day. You don’t want to be spending money on something that you aren’t utilizing, so it’s important to know the difference!

Which park to visit on which day?

This point applies more to guests staying at Disney Resort Hotels because of Extra Magic Hours, but it is still something to think about when planning your vacation! If you are staying off site but eating at a Walt Disney World restaurant, you are going to want to go to a park on the day with the longest hours, to get the most out of it! Park Hours are available months in advance on the Walt Disney World website, so it is definitely something to check out!

My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience is the dashboard of your vacation. I wrote a post with everything you need to know! Even if you are not staying on site, it’s something you will want to check out! You can read that post here.

The FountainWhat sort of things do you think about when booking a trip to Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

Kelsey
October 14, 2015

Check In: A Little About Me

I thought it would be nice to change it up a little, and tell you about myself. It’s hard to read a blog and not know anything about the person who is doing all the writing. I figured I could do this every once in a while, and share any life updates with all of you. I want this blog to be about my life as well, not just about Disney (although that it a big part of my life). So here’s a little bit about me.

The Lookout

If you don’t already know, I’m Kelsey. I’m in my early twenties and I still live at home, because my family situation is a little different. As I’ve mentioned in some previous posts my sister Alexandra has a disability. She has Cerebral Palsy, and is in a wheelchair. Part of the reason I still live at home is to help my parents with my sister. We also have a dog Mandy (named after Mandy Moore, she’s 12).  You may also know (or seen pictures) of my boyfriend Ethan. He lives with us too! We are in the process of doing some renovations at my house, building a room and bathroom in our basement, eventually for Alex but for now for Ethan and I. So, because our room is being drywalled right now we are living in my old room. Long story short, everything from my old room is currently in the dining room, making it difficult to schedule posts when some things I need are in the mess of the dining room! So I’ve moved some posts around a little and am excited for what it coming up! So there’s a little bit of background on my home life. I’m also working full time and do cakes in my spare time (you can see an example of one of my cakes on my About Me page).

This is from my graduation from Small Business Entrepreneurship

This is from my graduation from Small Business Entrepreneurship

My puppy!

My puppy!

Now having this blog, working and baking does take up a lot of my time, but I still am happy to relax a bit every night.  I’ve recently gotten into watching YouTube, it started before my last trip to Walt Disney World. I would watch people Vlogging from Walt Disney World and started watching their other vlogs. I watch four channels regularly. Gillianathome because she loves Disney, and is from Toronto (yay Canadians!), Kyleandcourt because there family is awesome, and they love Disney, Beingmommywithstyle because she loves Disney, and her youngest daughter Natalie is hilarious, and Seeyareelsoon because Joe and Ashley are entertaining and most of their vlogs happen while they are in Disney. The names of the YouTube channels I watch are listed just as that, in case you want to check them out! 🙂 YouTube really is a community, like blogging, so it’s always fun to see what’s new. I also love to read and watch a few tv shows regularly. Right now I watch Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris because of NPH, Survivor (yes I still watch it, and LOVE it), Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, and The Walking Dead. Watching YouTube for me is like watching aTV show so I feel like I have more on the go than I do. Ethan and I are trying to get into the habit of being more active, and taking pictures more often! Some of the above pictures were taken on a recent trip to Huntsville for a wedding, in which we hiked to the Lookout.

I couldn't help but put a Disney picture in here!

I couldn’t help but put a Disney picture in here!

Also, in case anyone would like to be pen pals, I have a PO box for the blog!

A Disney Obsession

PO Box 18203

Steeple Hill Postal Outlet PO

Pickering, Ontario, Canada

L1V 0B8

I hope this post has given you a little insight into my life, and let me know if you like posts like this! I’m also always thinking of blog post ideas so if there is something you would like to see on the blog let me know in the comments!

As always, thank you for reading!

Kelsey
October 7, 2015

Festival of Fantasy Parade

This is the newest parade at Walt Disney World, and I love it! It was really fun for me following along with Disney Parks Blog, to see the parade from when it was first announced in April 2013, and finally seeing it in person this past February. You can check the announcement post out here. I’ve never experienced something from concept sketches to seeing it in real life , so it was something very special for me. I ended up watching the parade sort of by fluke, saying “I don’t really need to see it” for almost two days in Magic Kingdom. Ethan and I were in Tomorrowland and started to see crowds lining up by the curbs of the hub and Main Street U.S.A.  It was one of those conflicting moments; do we go on rides while the crowds are lower? Or do we watch the newest parade in Walt Disney World. PARADE!! I’m so glad I saw it, and I took A LOT of pictures. I took so many pictures that I could basically replay the parade in pictures, but I don’t want to ruin it so I will only put some pictures in. Enjoy!

Beauty and the Beast

Anna and Elsa

Tangled Dress

It is such a bright, colourful parade, and I loved the music. It showcases a lot of the newer movies but doesn’t forget the classics, The costumes are so detailed I just couldn’t stop taking pictures!

Under the Sea

I think my favourite part was Maleficent in dragon form. It was amazing to see up close!

Maleficent

Breathing Fire

The parade is available as a Fastpass+ (reserved seating in a great spot) so if you are a parade lover I would suggest using a Fastpass+ for it. If not, you can stake out a spot 1 hour to 45 minutes before the parade. Ethan and I walked up about 10 minutes before it started, and were standing behind people who were sitting on the curb of Main Street.

Balloon Dress

Smiling and Dancing

Mickey and Minnie

I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them, and I hope you will want to see the Festival of Fantasy Parade next time you are in Walt Disney World!

Have you see Festival of Fantasy? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Kelsey