December 27, 2017

January and February at Walt Disney World!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! And if you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a great day with family and friends! In today’s Disney related post, I’m sharing what you can expect if you are visiting Walt Disney World during January or February! Just like I did with Fall, and Winter, I’m sharing any of the special things that happen, and what you can expect. I decided to make this post separate because it isn’t the holiday season anymore, so it’s different than what you can expect in November and December. Okay without further ado, let’s get started!

January and February at Walt Disney World

 

Training

When Ethan and I went in February 2015, we noticed a lot of Cast Members were “earning their ears”, aka training. The most annoying part? The buses. We stayed at a moderate resort that had multiple bus stops making it slower to begin with, and the training made it worse. I completely understand that Cast Members need to be trained, but it was something we didn’t expect. I suspect they do a lot of it during these months because it is a little slower. This was definitely something we didn’t think of in advance, and I want to let others know that it’s something they can expect in January and February!

The crane

This one is a bit of a joke, but it is a reality of visiting after December. You know those really beautiful lights the put on the castle? They have to come down, and a crane is used to help. That means you’ll get some pictures like the one below.

Refurbishment

The other thing we noticed were a lot of things were under refurbishment. Again, I completely understand that attractions need to be refurbished to keep them looking good, but it was sad that I wasn’t able to do some of my favourites. Ethan and I went in May 2013 less than a year after Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid opened, and less than two years later it was under refurbishment. Splash Mountain too!

Cooler weather

While there won’t be snow in Florida, you can most definitely experience cooler weather in January and February. I’ve been during both months, and have worn jeans and sweaters, and even wished I had packed more pants. Take the tip, and bring warmer clothes that you think you’ll need! It definitely cools down at night as well, so keep that in mind!

Epcot festival of the arts

A festival that started last year at Epcot is the festival of the Arts! With special art foods (a chocolate palette and “paints”), and art exhibits, it seems like a really nice way to have something going on at Epcot during these months. It’s a celebration of visual arts, food and entertainment that I think fits perfectly at Epcot. The festival is running from Jan 12th through February 19th, 2018. You can find more information on the festival here.

January and February at Walt Disney World

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Reduced hours

One thing to note is the closing hours of the parks. Most of them close at 8pm, or 9pm. But, instead of viewing this as a negative, it means you’ll have time to do things after a day in the parks! You could have a later dinner at a restaurant in a resort, head to Disney Springs, or go to a bar or lounge (my recommendation would be Trader Sam’s at The Polynesian!). Or if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, check out Extra Magic Hours to stay in the park even later! Having an adults only trip? Read this post! Wanting to know some things to do outside of the parks? Check out this post!

Visiting Walt Disney World During other seasons

Fall at Walt Disney World

Winter at Walt Disney World

January and February at Walt Disney World (you’re here!)

I think that about wraps up this post! I hope you enjoyed taking a look at the things there are to do during January and February at Walt Disney World! I hope that this post doesn’t seem like all negatives, because there are definitely positives to visiting in January and February! I’ll be back with another post in a few months for what you can expect at Walt Disney World in Spring. Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey
December 13, 2017

My Second Trip to Walt Disney World (May 2007)

Hello friends, and welcome to another Disney trip recap! Continuing on in the series I started two weeks ago, I’m sharing everything I can remember about my second trip to Walt Disney World! I’ll also be as honest as possible about the experiences we had, and share anything that I learned from that trip! It’s hard to believe that this trip was already 10 years ago! Because it was the first time we had been back since I was a child (and didn’t remember much), we went all out this trip. We did all of the thrill rides, and spent so much time in the parks! I wasn’t sure when I would be back again, so I wanted to do it all!

The basics:

  • this trip was in May 2007
  • My immediate family: Mom, Dad, sister and me!
  • my sister and I planned this trip like crazy!
  • we stayed at Caribbean Beach
  • 10 day trip!
  • used the dining plan for the first time
  • ate at California Grill, Garden Grill, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Coral Reef Restaurant, Shutters, Sci-Fi Dine In
  • first time visiting Animal Kingdom!
  • went to Typhoon Lagoon for the first time
  • first time using the old Disability Access Card
  • Tip Learned: on long trips to Walt Disney World (a week or more) TAKE A BREAK!

If you’d like to hear more about this trip and see some pictures, check out the video below! I’m also sharing at least one thing I would have done differently during this trip if I had planned it now.

Other posts in the Trip Recap series:

My 1st Trip to Walt Disney World

My 2nd Trip to Walt Disney World (you’re here!)

Thank you so much for joining me as I share everything I can remember from my second trip to Walt Disney World! I think it’s really fun to look back and see what sticks out 10 years later.

What do you remember about your second trip to Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

Kelsey
November 29, 2017

My First Trip to Walt Disney World (May 1997)

Hello friends! Today I thought I would start a new series of blog posts and videos, sharing recaps of all of the trips I’ve taken to Walt Disney World!

I’m going to try and talk about all of the things I remember, and put in pictures as well. Of course I won’t remember exactly what we did on what day with the exception of my most recent trip from last year, but I think it will be fun to share what I take from each of the different trips and what still sticks out to me. I have a feeling some of the things might seem stupid and weird that I still remember it, but visiting Walt Disney World is all about creating memories, no matter how big or small!

I’ve been to Walt Disney World 9 times, so this series will take a few months to cover all of my trips! I’m also trying to be a honest as possible, because not all of my trips have been perfect, and I’ve learned a lot along the way! I will also try and throw in some tips that I learned on each trip. I will also create a YouTube playlist where you can find all of the videos as they go up. Today I’m starting with my first trip to Walt Disney World. Okay, without further ado, let’s get started!

The basics

  • our trip was in May 1997
  • Cinderella Castle was a cake!
  • we stayed at All Star Music
  • it was a Wish trip for my sister
  • It included my Mom, Dad, sister, me and my Aunt and cousin
  • we also went to Universal Studios and Sea World
  • there were only 3 parks, as Animal Kingdom didn’t open until 1998!
  • We did the dinner show at the Polynesian!
  • I danced with Pinnochio during a parade!

Make sure to watch the video below to hear about the trip, and see some pictures! I also talk about some pretty random things that I remember 20 years later.

 

Thank you so much for joining me today as I share everything I can remember about my first trip to Walt Disney World!

I’d also love to hear about your first trip to Walt Disney World! Please share your memories in the comments!

 

Kelsey