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
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
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