March 14, 2018

Spring at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s Disney post! Today I will be sharing everything there is to do during Spring at Walt Disney World! From special events to seasonal offerings, and tips I’ve learned from trips, I’m sharing it all! Spring is one of my favourite times to visit, so writing this post was easy! Okay, let’s get started!

Spring at Walt Disney World

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Running from February 28th- May 29th, 2018, this is one of my favourite festivals at Epcot! I love seeing the different topiaries around World Showcase and sampling the food! In the last few years they’ve increased the food offerings (it’s like Food & Wine lite) and I haven’t been since 2013 but the food this year looks great! You can check out all of the food offerings for this year here. There is also a concert series just like at the Food & Wine Festival!

Spring at Walt Disney World

easter egg hunt

There is a fun activity to take part in at the Flower & Gardne festival every year, and a new addition this year! Maps and stickers are $5.99+tax, and it’s your job to find the Easter eggs hidden around World Showcase! New this year is the Spike the Honey Bee Scavenger Hunt. You can find more information about these events here.

Spring at Walt Disney World

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Chocolate Easter Eggs at The Grand Floridian

One thing I’ve never seen in person is the chocolate eggs at the Grand Floridian! One of my favourite resorts in general, and the chefs from around the resort make beautiful themed Easter Eggs!

meet the easter bunny

You can find Mr. and Mrs. Bunny in Magic Kingdom until Easter, and get your picture with them!

Star Wars RunDisney Weekend

Sure to be a busy weekend with 3 races (a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon), this takes place every year! I know some people who are running this year, and I hope to run one of these races in the future! (Mostly because it falls around my birthday that I could then be in Walt Disney World on my birthday!

seasonal shows

The Trolley show in Magic Kingdom gets a spring update, as well as Festival of Fantasy! I love how Disney makes subtle changes for the seasons 🙂

low (ish crowds)

March and April can be busy with Easter and spring break, but I’ve found May to be fairly low in crowds. It’s actually one of my favourite times to go! I’ve been to Walt Disney World in May 4 times! On my 1st trip, 2nd trip, 4th trip and 7th trip! I find the weather is perfect (hot which I like, and it’s still warming up in Canada so it still feels like a vacation to a warm destination!)

New UP! Bird show at Animal Kingdom!

Starting April 22nd, the relacement for Flights of Wonder will be showing! Featuring Dug and Russel from UP! It will premiere in Earth Day, which is also Animal Kingdom’s birthday!

If you’ve been to Walt Disney World in the Spring, let me know what one of your favourite things was! For me the Flower and Garden Festival is always fun, and I love seeing the topiaries every year!

Other Disney Seasons posts:

Fall at Walt Disney World

Winter at Walt Disney World

January/February at Walt Disney World

Spring at Walt Disney World (you’re here!)

Summer at Walt Disney World (coming soon!)

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
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
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