November 6, 2016

What I’m Taking to Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a bonus post of what I’m taking to Walt Disney World! As you are reading this, I am officially on my way! If you missed Wednesday’s post make sure to check it out, and let me know if there is something you want me to capture. Yesterday I decided to get my camera out and show you what I’m bringing with me, so check out the video below:

Below are some links to the shops were I bought some of the items I’m bringing with me. Not everything is here because some things I’ve had for a while, but most of the Disney-themed stuff is below.

Happily Ever Tees (Wishes Raglan, and Tangled tank)

Shop Catherine Mason (coffee cozy)

Café Forty Seven (The Disney Life Tank)

Ears (Bibbidi Bobbidi Brooke, and Oh Yeah Ears, and A Disney Obsession Ears aka me!)

I wanted to share a packing video without taking up a week in the schedule, so I thought this would fit the bill. Wednesday’s post is all ready to go, so I will see all of you when I am back from Walt Disney World!

I hope you all have a wonderful week, I know I will! 🙂

Kelsey
November 2, 2016

DISNEY TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT!!

IT’S FINALLY HERE GUYS!!! I’m so excited to announce that I am going to Walt Disney World on Sunday! I have been counting down the days for what seems like forever, and it’s finally almost here! Check out trip announcement video below (because I’ve been waiting to film it for over 200 days):

I will be in Walt Disney World from Sunday November 6th- Saturday November 12th, and I can’t wait! Don’t worry, because you are coming too! I will be bringing my camera and vlogging the whole time. I plan on filming a room tour of my room, as well as my sister’s accessible room, and sharing that with you when I get back!

There are 9 of us going, so I will be sharing different opinions, and lots of food! My whole family is going (Me, my Mom, Dad, and sister) plus a worker for my sister, and Ethan’s family (Ethan, his Mom, his Dad, and his brother). You probably know how long I’ve been looking forward to this, so hopefully you can feel my excitement! 🙂

As I mentioned in my what I can’t wait for post, I’m excited to be doing some things I’ve never done before! We are heading to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party one night, eating around the world at the Food & Wine Festival, and going to some new restaurants! If you want to see some of the places we will be eating at, check out this post.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see some live updates! You can find a quick link at the top of the sidebar, here, or I’m ObsessedwDisney 🙂 And if you happen to see me in Disney, come say hi! I’d love to meet you.

 

If there is something you’d like me to capture, please let me know in the comments here, or in the video! I cannot wait to share my trip with you, and all of the information I come back with. If you have a request for a post that I would need information actually from Walt Disney World, let me know that as well!

I have a bonus post for you guys on Sunday, and there will still be a post next Wednesday as normal. It’s already scheduled, so I will see you all when I get back!

 

Thank you so much for reading, and I’m off to the Happiest Place on Earth!

Kelsey
August 17, 2016

Why We Don’t Do Universal

Hello everyone! I thought this week I would talk a little about our family vacations, and why we do Disney so much. I’ve mentioned before about how I like to stay on site, and why I think it’s worth it, but I thought I would expand a little today. We go to Orlando fairly frequently, but we mainly visit Walt Disney World. So why don’t we do Universal?

Why We Don't Do Universal

I’ve mentioned previously that my sister Alexandra is in a wheelchair, but not really in depth. She has Cerebral Palsy, and understands everything you say to her. She requires full time care, and has a custom wheelchair. She can’t use her arms to push herself, or feed herself. She can’t hold her head up or use her hands to grab onto something for a long period of time. Why is this important to talk about? It’s Universal’s policy for people with disabilities. Did we know this before we went in 2012? Nope. My family is full of Harry Potter fans, and on our 10 day trip to Orlando in May 2012 we tried to see a lot. We visited Sea World, Kennedy Space Center, Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, and Walt Disney World. The day at Universal Studios was the absolute worst of the trip.

Our day at Islands of Adventure was one that I wanted to forget. We headed straight to Hogsmeade at the back of the park and Ethan and I rode Dueling Dragons. From there we headed to Hogwarts to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. As we approached the entrance, the staff there asked if Alex could hold her head up or hold onto the handrail, to which we answered “no”. She couldn’t ride. We ended up using rider swap so my parents and Ethan and I could ride. While one pair waited with Alex in the loading area, the other pair rode, then we switched.

I won’t go into detail of every ride we went up to, but this happened at every single ride. By lunch time, I was so upset. I didn’t want to do anything that Alex couldn’t, and because she is non-verbal I felt like I needed to express my anger and frustration for her. I was in tears, which upset her even more. We had just ridden the Spider Man ride when a manager saw how upset we were. I was ready to leave. She expressed her apologies for how we had spent our day and gave us a few options. We could be refunded for our tickets, or get admission to Universal Orlando where the Shrek 4-D show was, which was the only thing Alex could do because she could stay in her chair. We decided to go to the other park. Before we left, Alex got a treat. We got to go into Ollivander’s just the 5 of us, and a wand chose Alex! It was the highlight of her day.

I did really appreciate how that manager did her best to turn our day around, but our experience still was upsetting. We spent a few hours at Universal Orlando before calling it a day. I think the whole experience was exhausting. I decided to film a video about our experience to help spread awareness about Universal’s policies. I explain a little more about our day in the video below:

 

I decided to write this post not to bash Universal, but to raise awareness of their policies. I think that if we had know that Alex wasn’t going to be able to do anything, we most likely wouldn’t have visited. We are spoiled from spending so much time at Disney where everything is so accommodating, so it definitely opened our eyes to what else is out there, and why Disney is so great. I think that I would visit Universal Orlando again, just not with my family. After some searching I did find some information on Universal’s policy for people with disabilities. To see their policies, click here. It wasn’t where I thought it should be, and definitely not obvious!

I asked Alex to write a sentence or two for me explaining how she felt that day. She uses a communication device to speak, and because it can be so time consuming to build sentences, they aren’t always grammatically correct.  Here is what she said:

“I was feeling very sad why I could not went on the rides”

I know this post has been a bit of a downer, but I always want to be honest about my experiences, whether they are good or bad. We learned a lot by visiting Universal Orlando that day, and I hope people can learn about their policies and think about that before visiting. I think part of it was our fault for not reading up about it before, but part of it is on Universal. It just doesn’t sit right with me that people can pay for tickets and go into the park with someone who can’t do anything. Having worked at a camp full of individuals like Alex, I couldn’t imagine those kids going through the same thing. Please help me by spreading the word!

 

As always, thank you for reading!

Kelsey