November 15, 2017

Winter at Walt Disney World!

Hello friends!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, it already is in Walt Disney World! Today I’m sharing all of the things that are special about visiting Walt Disney World in Winter! This time last year I had just gotten back from my trip, and while I don’t currently have a trip planned (*sniff*), I do have lots of information to share and once again my most recent pictures are relevant again!  The holiday season is magical in the parks, and it’s definitely one of my favourite times to visit! Just like I did with Fall, let’s dive in to some of the cool things available during winter at Walt Disney World!

Winter at Walt Disney World

the decorations

Disney goes ALL OUT with he decorations, and I love it! Even the background music in Magic Kingdom changes to Christmas music. From the minute you walk in to the park, you have to appreciate the holiday spirit! The massive Christmas trees, the toy soldiers, the Mickey wreaths, and the lights on the castle are all amazing to see in person! I may or may not have teared up the first time I saw the castle lighting show! Speaking of which, make sure to not miss the castle lighting! It usually takes place around 7pm, and you probably guessed it, it takes place right on the stage in front of the castle!

Winter at Walt Disney World

the treats

Who doesn’t love a special holiday treat! You can find treats in the parks and resorts starting in November. One of my favourite touches? The red and green Disney designs on the drink cups everywhere!

mickey’s very merry Christmas party

Last year I shared 10 Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so you can check that post out here! This is a special ticketed event in Magic Kingdom that runs on select nights in November and December. With free cookies and hot chocolate, to a special parade and fireworks, it’s a really fun time! I also vlogged it on our last trip, so if you want to see more you can check out the video below!

candlelight processional

This seasonal show at Epcot is hosted by celebrities *cough*Neil Patrick Harris*cough* and tells the story of Christmas with a full choir and orchestra. I’ve never seen it in person, but it sounds like it would give me goosebumps! Dining packages are available to get you reserved seating, and you can find more information about that here.

Winter at Walt Disney World

holidays around the world

In World Showcase at Epcot you can learn about the different traditions around the world while walking from country to country! It would be interesting to hear the different holiday traditions each country has, and I hope to have the chance to see these soon!

Winter at Walt Disney World

jingle bell, jingle bam!

At Hollywood Studios, this firework and projection show is themed after the cartoon Prep & Landing, and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Reserved seating is available through the dessert parties, and you can find more information here.

Winter at Walt Disney World

NEW: Sunset Season’s Greetings!

Hollywood Studios is getting even more into the spirit this year! With a new projection show on Tower of Terror, and SNOW on Sunset Blvd! This is the only place for you to experience snow outside of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! There are also special holiday treats available, and from the pictures I’ve seen this looks pretty amazing! You can find more information here.

Winter at Walt Disney World

decorations at the resorts

We just started to see the decorations going up in the resorts near the end of our trip last year. We made a special trip to the Grand Floridian to see the gingerbread house being built, and it was pretty amazing to see! Another notable resort is The Boardwalk! But all of the resorts usually get a tree, and the tree is themed to the resort! It would be fun to spend some time looking at all of the decorations.

Winter at Walt Disney World

the assembly of the gingerbread house last year!

Hollywood & Vine: Minnie’s Holiday Dine

At Hollywood Studios, head to Hollywood & Vine to dine with Minnie and friends, with a decked out holiday meal! You can enjoy this holiday meal from November 7th- January 7th, and you can find more information here! I love the outifts Mickey & friends get to wear!

Thank you for joining me today as I share some of the many things to enjoy in winter at Walt Disney World! I will do a post toward the end of next month with what you can expect at Walt Disney World in January and February, as it’s a little different from the holidays!

I enjoyed our trip in November of last year for many reasons, but getting to see the decorations at my favourite place was at the top of the list! Below is one of my favourite pictures from the trip! I have my sunglasses on because I was crying because it was our last day. But I was still happy to be standing there!

Winter at Walt Disney World

What’s your favourite thing to see during the holidays? Let me know in the comments!

Kelsey
November 1, 2017

Have To’s At Hollywood Studios!

Hello everyone! Today is the last post of my have to’s at Walt Disney World! We are finishing up with Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This park is going through a lot of changes right now, so this list will probably change in the next few years with the opening of Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! But for today I am sharing the things that make up my ideal day at Hollywood Studios. Okay, let’s get started!

Have to's at hollywood studios

 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid- This was the first thing I ever did in a Disney park! And 20 years later (am I old enough to say that now?), I still love seeing this show. As I mentioned in this post, The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney movie, so seeing something dedicated to it always makes me happy! It’s definitely something I have to do when I’m at Hollywood Studios! I’ll even wait for 30 minutes for the next show, and I’m not ashamed!

Toy Story Midway Mania- I’m a little competitive. So I love this ride! I can never beat Ethan, but I sure love to try. I also love this ride for the accessible car that my sister can ride in (you can see a good look at the vehicle in the Disney vlog below). It just reinforces how great Disney is at accommodating those with disabilities! If you want to read more about accessibility in Walt Disney World, check out this post, and this post series! Toy Story Midway Mania is a fun ride, and it has me excited for what is to come with Toy Story Land!

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- This ride might be my favorite thing in Hollywood Studios! I love the theming, and how spooky it is! I’m usually a wimp when it comes to scary things, but I LOVE this ride! It’s unpredictable, and so much fun! I especially love when the doors open and you can see out into the park! Ethan doesn’t like this ride very much, but it’s one of the only rides I will go on by myself because I have to ride it that much!

What's Accessible at Hollywood Studios

Rock’n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith- The other thrill ride at the end of Sunset Blvd. and I’ve always love this ride! I think every time I ride it I have the same face! I love the fast start and the fact that the rollercoaster is in the dark makes it that much more fun! I love hearing the songs that are in the ride in regular life, because you can bet the first thing I think of!

Fantasmic!- A day at Hollywood Studios has to end with Fantasmic! The music always brings a smile to my face, and is some of my favourite music in all of Walt Disney World. While the show might be a little outdated, I still love it and always want to see it!

Muppetvision 3D- Lastly I love Muppetvision! I remember seeing it on my first trip, and the little purple guy (I don’t know how else to describe him) I was convinced he was looking at ME! And I was sure that he wasn’t looking at my Mom! We had a little argument, and years later I realized that it was just the 3D :). I still like to see the Muppets, and I like the pre-show that plays on the tv! I always try to see this when I can!

Have To's at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is going through a lot of changes right now, so without mentioning every attraction or show that it open, this list is bound to be a little shorter. Like I mentioned I’m sure this list will grow with the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land! But there is definitely a piece of my heart that loves Hollywood Studios!

Other posts in the Have To series:

Have To’s at Magic Kingdom

Have To’s at Epcot

Have To’s at Animal Kingdom

Have To’s at Hollywood Studios (you’re here!)

What are your have to’s at Hollywood Studios? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey
October 18, 2017

Have To’s At Animal Kingdom!

Hello friends, I hope you are all well and ready for another Disney post today! Continuing on in the post series I started a few weeks ago, I’m sharing my  Have To’s at Animal Kingdom! Keep in mind that I have not yet seen Pandora: The World of Avatar, so those attractions won’t be on the list right now, but most likely will be eventually. Okay, let’s jump in!

Have To's At Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest- I love hitting Animal Kingdom right at park opening and heading straight for Expedition Everest! I get a few rides in and then I’m good. While sometimes I still have to close my eyes when it comes to the Yeti, I love this ride! The speed, change in direction, the views from the top, I love it all!

Expedition Everest

Kilimajaros Safaris- I love going on the safari! It’s always different because you never know what animals you might see, and the cast member drivers are always great! We usually go in the morning when it’s said the animals are more active, and we usually have pretty good luck! I also love taking pictures of the animals, although it can be tricky with how bumpy the ride is!

This guy came up right beside the truck, you never know what you will see!

It’s Tough to be a Bug- I generally do this so I can get up close to the Tree of Life, because I always like to find new animal carvings! This is something fun to do with someone who has never done it before, and might not be aware of some of the special effects ;).

Tree of Life Awakenings- I saw these for the first time on our last trip (which was also my first time seeing Animal Kingdom after dark) and I really thought it was a great way to end the day. Animal Kingdom got a lot of slack for being a half day park, but something about seeing the crowds stop and watch these little shows made me really happy! If you want to see what I’m talking about, check out the Disney Vlog below!

The Festival of The Lion King- I love this show! The “Can You Feel the Love Tonght” scenes always makes me cry, but this show is such a good time! I grew up with The Lion King, so it’s fun to jam out to the songs and watch the different performers!

Wandering the Park!- Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a ton of attractions, so it’s definitely one of the parks I love to wander. I feel like every time I’m there I find a new path to walk down, and I love seeing the animals up close!

Accessibility at Animal Kingdom

More posts in the Have To’s series:

Have To’s at Magic Kingdom

Have To’s at Epcot

Have To’s at Animal Kingdom (you’re here!)

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my have to’s at Animal Kingdom today! I love spending time at Animal Kingdom, because it is such a unique park! I feel like it is also one of the most detailed parks, so I enjoy walking around and soaking it all in. It used to be a half day park in my opinion, but now I enjoy spending the full day there!

What are your have to’s at Animal Kingdom? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey