September 20, 2017

Have To’s at Magic Kingdom!

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! I have another Disney post for you today, and I’m starting a small series! If you’ve ever stayed at a Walt Disney World resort, you may have turned on the tv and found the Must Do channel. Hosted by Stacy, she goes through all of the “must do” things at each of the park. So I thought that in the next couple weeks I would share the things that I have to do in each park, and that I would want to do if I only had one day in each park. So don’t expect it to be all of the thrill rides or anything like that, but just the attractions or shows that make up my ideal day in each park. Today we are starting with Magic Kingdom! Okay, let’s get started with my have to’s at Magic Kingdom!

Have To's at Magic Kingdom

Because I don’t want these posts to be lists of every single thing, we are going to try and keep this under 10 things! I also tried to pick at least one thing from each area in the park!

Splash Mountain- I’ve mentioned before that this is my favourite attraction in Walt Disney World, so of course I want to ride it! I love the length of the ride, the characters, the big drop and the smaller ones that keep you guessing. Riding it when it’s hot is awesome, and it’s fun at night! It’s definitely my favourite mountain in the Magic Kingdom, and it’s a ride I definitely want to do every time I’m in Magic Kingdom!

It’s a Small World- A classic! This ride reminds me of my childhood, so I love revisiting it. My favourite room is the jungle, I love the winking hippo and the Elephant on the wall swinging the kids on it’s tusks. This is my must ride attraction in Fantasyland!

Have To's at Magic Kingdom

Pirates of the Caribbean- Something about walking through Adventureland I love. The way the music kicks in just tells me I’m in Disney! If I’m going to go on one ride in Adventureland, it has to be Pirates of the Caribbean! This might be weird, but I love the smell! I love how long it takes to walk up to the ride, and so many of the scenes are classics!

Have To's at Magic Kingdom

The Peoplemover- Sometimes you have to take a break, and the Peoplemover is a great was to do it! Tomorrowland has an energy to it that’s different than the other lands in Magic Kingdom and I love travelling around it on the Peoplemover! I remember seeing in the Disney community how much everyone loved it and always kind of thought it was weird, but once I went on it I got it!

Have To's at Magic Kingdom

Carousel of Progress- There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow! I love this show! The songs, the scenes, it just screams classic Disney to me. I love knowing that Walt was responsible for the creation of this show, to me it just makes it that much more special. The rotating theatre is different than any other attraction in Walt Disney World, and I like how you travel through time with each scene. Some people like Carousel of Progress because they can take a nap, but you can bet I’ll watch the whole thing.

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid- I had to mention my favourite ride in New Fantasyland! This makes my inner child so happy, because The Little Mermaid has always been my favourite! I love the “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl” scenes. On my last trip I rode it with my friend Hayley, and we were singing the whole time! After my Dad said he looked over at us laughing and singing and just knew we were having fun!

Have To's at Magic Kingdom

Haunted Mansion- Another one of my favourite rides in all of Walt Disney World! I could ride this over and over and notice something new! My favourite scene is the scene with all of the dancing ghosts, and it has been since I was a kid! I bought an eye mask with the wallpaper from Haunted Mansion on my last trip, and it makes me so happy.

Have To's at Magic Kingdom

Fireworks- A day at Magic Kingdom wouldn’t be complete without fireworks! If you were headed to MK today you would be seeing Happily Ever After (which I haven’t seen in person yet!), but a six months ago you would have seen Wishes! Disney does fireworks like no one else, and I love finishing the day with a bang! (Sorry, I had to!) And they always make me cry to, they just get to me!

That about wraps up my have to’s in Magic Kingdom! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things I like to fit into my days at Magic Kingdom!

If you were heading to Magic Kingdom today, what would you want to do? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me today as I share my have to’s at Magic Kingdom!

 

Kelsey
August 30, 2017

Fall at Walt Disney World!

Hello friends, I hope you are all well! Today I thought I would share some of the things you can look forward to at Walt Disney World this fall! I plan on doing a post like this before each season, so look for those posts over the next little while. I’ve only been to Walt Disney World twice during the fall, but one of those trips included Christmas decorations, so it doesn’t count! I will try and hunt down some pictures to put in this post. Okay, let’s get started!

fall at walt disney world

Decorations and Shows

Mickey Pumpkins are probably one of the best decorations you’ll finds throughout the parks in the Fall, and they make me so happy! Additionally the people of Main Street USA, who happen to sing and dance on the trolley change their songs and such with the seasons. Also Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire changed a little bit seasonally! The ambiance changes slightly with the seasons, and I love it!

fall at walt disney world

picture via Walt Disney World website

Seasonal Treats!

Halloween cupcakes, Spooky Cinnamon Roll and Pumpkin Ice Cream are available from Aug 25th- Nov 1st in Magic Kingdom. If you’re going to treat yourself, you might as well make it a holiday themed treat!

Special treats available during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake dome
  • Jack Skellington Panna Cotta
  • Haunted Mansion desserts
  • Pumpkin Mickey Waffle
  • Worms and Dirt
  • Halloween themes Rice Krispies and Brownies!
fall at walt disney world

picture via Disney Food Blog

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

I just did a post a few weeks ago with 10 Tips for the Food & Wine Festival, so if you are going to the festival make sure to check that out! If you’ve never heard of this festival, there are booths set-up all around World Showcase in Epcot, where you can purchase sample-sized food from all around the world! It’s one word: delicious!

Food & wine

Free Dining!

Free Dining is probably the most popular discounts you can get at Walt Disney World, and it generally happens every fall. Room rates are increased so it doesn’t really work out to “free” dining, but if you stay at a participating Walt Disney World Resort, you get the dining plan for “free”. Value Resorts & Moderates get the quick service plan for free, while Deluxe Resorts get the regular dining plan. I plan to do a post all about Free Dining at some point, but there is one thing to note. Dining reservations are going to be even harder to get during Free Dinning promotions, because the parks are BUSY. As is the promotion tends to sell out. So if you are planning on taking advantage of this promotion, you need to be prepared.

 

mickey’s not so scary Halloween party

I’ve actually never been to a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but I hope to soon! (I should have had that in my Disney Bucket List!) When I do go, you can expect a blog post sharing some tips :). It’s a special ticketed event held on specific nights at Magic Kingdom, where the whole family can dress up and trick-or-treat in the park! With a special parade and firework show, it’s a full night of fun! For more information, click here.

fall at Walt Disney World

The only Fall picture I have! Via my blackberry in 2011!

I know it might not seem like a lot when listed in a blog post, but Disney goes all out for Fall! I love how they decorate for the seasons, and I hope to go back in the fall soon. Ethan and my wedding anniversary will be in the fall, so potentially we may visit often in the fall! Not that I’ve thought about that or anything.. 🙂

Lastly I just wanted to say my thoughts are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and I hope that any of my readers and their families are safe! If you want to help you can donate to the American Red Cross, and locals can donate. Stay safe everyone!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I definitely love Fall at Walt Disney World! When it starts to get colder here, it’s nice to get a bit more summer, because it’s still hot in Florida! Look forward to posts for each of the different season within the next while!

Kelsey
August 16, 2017

10 Tips for Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

Hello friends! I can’t believe it’s almost that time in Walt Disney World once again, and even earlier than ever! We are just about two weeks away from the start of the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot! It’s one of my favourite times to visit Walt Disney World, so I thought I would share ten tips and things I’ve learned after attending the festival a few times! If you’re heading to Walt Disney World in November, check out my 10 Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as well! Okay, let’s get started!

The Food & Wine Festival runs from August 31st- November 13th, 2017.

Food & Wine Festival

1. get a passport

These handy little things list all of the dishes that are available at the festival, and list them by country (or booth). The idea behind it is you sample everything then stamp (a sticker that comes in the book) the country once you have completed it. it’s really nice to see everything in one place and get organized. The passports are free and are available at most if not all, booths. The passport will also list if a dish is vegetarian which I found really helpful!

2. know what you want to try

Lines can get long, and it can definitely get busy, so it’s nice to have an idea of what you want to try! Whether you put a star next to the item, or just make a mental note, it’s nice to know what is a priority!

3. if from Canada (or another country) take picture of actual passport

We learned this the hard way at our hotel when we went to go to Trader Sam’s, and even though Ethan, his brother and I are all over 21 by at least a few years, we needed to show our passport or a picture of it (not drivers licence) to get in. I don’t want to have to carry my passport around the parks, so I took a picture and used that when buying my margarita at F&W (yum!). Just make sure to delete the picture after your trip!Food & Wine Festival

4. avoid on weekends

If I lived in Florida, I would visit the Food & Wine Festival all the time! So you can imagine, weekends are busy at Epcot! I made sure that we hit Epcot before the weekend at first, and then only spend a few hours there on the Friday morning before we hopped to Hollywood Studios. You could definitely tell the difference in crowds between the Tuesday and Friday!

5. gift card or certain amount of cash

With so many things to try, the Food & Wine Festival samples can add up fast. In World Showcase you can purchase Disney gift cards that come with a wristband to 1) limit spending and 2) be easily accessible on your hand! I would purchase a gift card for a certain amount, and when that runs out I’d be done! But you would be surprised how quickly it can add up!

6. spend an afternoon or two, hopefully Monday-Thursday

I think one of the best ways to do Food & Wine is in small portions (just like the samples!;) ) Spending an afternoon during the week wandering World Showcase is a perfect way to spend a day at Disney in my opinion! I love spending time wander World Showcase any time of year, but something about Food & Wine holds a special place in my heart.

7. Booth open at 11am!

Booths get busy, so don’t forget that World Showcase opens at 11sm! Beat the lunch rush by heading to some booths early, and you won’t regret it!Food & wine

8. Other offerings

Eat to the Beat concert series, and seminars, and tastings! There is actually much more to the Food & Wine festival. From the Eat to the Beat concert series (where I’ve seen Boyz II Men), to seminars and tastings, there is tons to do! Seminars and tastings you can book in advance here, and there are dining packages available that provide reserved seating for the evening show. Also there’s the Remy’s Hide and Squeak Challenge that is back this year! For $8.99+tax you get a map and have to find the Remy statues around World Showcase! Once completed you get a special edition pin.

9. be smart in using snack credits!

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, the Food & Wine Festival can be a great use of snack credits! Just look for the dining plan symbol beside items on the menu. Try to use your credits for the most expensive items (like the lobster roll) to get the most out of it!

10. Booths everywhere!

The number of booths increases every year, and they are getting closer and closer to being through the entire park, not just World Showcase! Don’t forget the booths that are near the entrance to world Showcase, and actually in Future World!

Food & Wine

The items I sampled last year!

Since I’m not going to the Food & Wine Festival this year, I thought it would be nice to reminisce on what I tried last year and what I thought of it! You can see a list of the items available this year here.

The Chew Collective Booth

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce*

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mouse with Caramel Drizzle

Refreshment Port

Cronut* (available here year round)

Mexico

Taco de Camaron: Battered Shrimp Taco with purple cabbage and chipotle mayo

Hops & Barley

New England Lobster Roll*

Carrot Cake*

Morocco

Spicy Hummus Fries*- the highlight for me last year! Definitely give it a try!

*also available this year.

 

If you want to hear about the 10 tips instead of reading, check out the co-ordiating video below!

What are you looking forward to at the Food & Wine Festival this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey