June 6, 2018

Summer at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! The weather has really been heating up lately, which got me thinking about summer, and summer at Walt Disney World! Today I’ll be sharing the special events you can look forward to if you are visiting Walt Disney World this summer! Okay, let’s get started!

Summer at Walt Disney World

 

hot hot hot!

If you are visiting Walt Disney World this summer, it’s going to be hot! Make sure to check out my post with tips to staying cool in the summer!

 h20 glow parties at Typhoon Lagoon

Running select nights from June 21st to August 11th (every Thursday and Saturday from 8pm-11pm), this looks like it would be so much fun! I’ve never been to the water parks at night! Themed from the short (which you should watch if you’ve never seen it!) Rex is your Dinosaur of Ceremonies, and the party includes dance parties, special food, and fun for the whole family!

Tickets are $55 per adult and $50 per child (ages 3-9) plus tax. Guests can arrive as early as 7pm.

While it is on the expensive side, I think it’s a cool idea and it would be fun to see Typhoon Lagoon all glowed up!

Summer at Walt Disney World

incredible summer

The Incredible Tomorrowland Expo runs from May 25th to September 3rd, 2018 and takes place in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom! With character interactions, photo ops and special food, it looks like a fun place to be!

Summer at Walt Disney World

Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot

From June 9th to August 19th, 2108 the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Live! concert series will be happening at Epcot! The concerts will be taking place 5 times daily, and it looks like it would be fun! With Gamora, Starlord and a band of aliens, they will be playing classics from the 70’s and 80’s!

Summer at Walt Disney World

Donald’s Dino Bash at Animal Kingdom

Beginning May 25th, Dinoland USA is getting a party! Scrooge McDuck will greet guests as well as Launchpad McQuack and Donald himself! There’s also a dance party! I’ve seen some footage on Instagram of Chip and Dale in their dinosaur costumes dancing, and I would even visit them (considering I HATE dinosaurs). It looks like it will bring some life to a pretty boring area of Animal Kingdom (that I don’t know why it exists in the first place, but that’s a different story).

Summer at Walt Disney World

Toy Story Land!!

An exciting addition coming to Hollywood Studios coming June 30th! It’s going to be BUSY, so try and book your Fastpass+ as soon as your window opens! If that’s not possible, try to be there for park opening, and try when Fantasmic and the fireworks are going on!

Toy Story Land has 2 new rides: Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers, plus Toy Story Midway Mania and a new quick service location called Woody’s Lunch Box!

For more information on everything mentioned, visit the Walt Disney World website!

Other posts in the series:

Fall at Walt Disney World

Winter at Walt Disney World

January and February at Walt Disney World

Spring at Walt Disney World

Are you headed to Walt Disney World this summer? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
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

picture via link

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

Picture via link

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