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Disney World Planning – Which Days?

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

I am so excited to be going to Disney World in Florida for 7 days in November.  But after the excitement, comes the planning.  I have already made my dining reservations, which you can do 180 days before your trip.

Next step, planning your Fast Pass selections, which you can do 60 days before your trip.  First, I have been researching and have determined which rides I want at each park and I wrote about that in a previous post.   Second, now I need to pick a day for each park, so I can choose the correct ride on the correct day.  It wouldn’t ruin my trip to just wing it, but this is my first trip with my new Bonus children (Hot Hubby’s children) and I am trying to look good….ha ha.

There are Four Parks.  During our visit , Epcot has the Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Marathon and the Very Merry Christmas Party is going on at Disney  World.  These are definitely something to notice and schedule around.  The Food & Wine Festival will be fun, but will make Epcot very crowded on the weekend.   Very Merry Christmas party closes Disney World early and requires a separate ticket, so we will avoid that area, except for the day we have tickets!

We are traveling with little ones, so we will plan to be at the park early, leave after lunch for nap time (not sure who will need this most the kids, or Hot Hubby).  Then return to the park for late afternoon fun.

Here is my plan:

Sunday – Animal Kingdom – 9 am – 7 pm  start small and build up

Monday – Hollywood Studios – 9 am – 8 pm

Tuesday – Magic Kingdom 9am – 9 pm Late start to see Fantasmic

Wednesday –  Epcot – Princess dinner reservations

Thursday – Magic Kingdom – Very Merry Christmas Party

Friday – Magic Kingdom

I probably need to put a day off in there, but what should I move?  I am too excited to think about a day at the pool instead of a day with MICKEY!  Maybe if I just put two late start days into the schedule, I won’t be totally exhausted by Saturday…..but if I am….i can sleep at home!

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Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

I love to plan my Disney Vacation.  I like to learn about the new rides and which ones are undergoing refurbishment.   I like to read the Blogs about 101 Things To Do, Top 10 Things to Eat and 20 Things Not To Do.  Disney is my hobby, and I like to know all that I can.

Before a Disney trip, I study the park maps.  Look over the restaurant menus and make reservations.  Talk to friends.  Schedule my Fastpasses.  Then I create a general plan for the days.  But don’t plan every minute.  Disney is magical and you will want to have time to wander.  Take those unexpected pictures.  Share those laughs and discover the magic.

At the entrance to the park, they have a free park map.  You can pick one up for your scrapbook, but I don’t think you need the paper map anymore.  We love the Disneyland App, that lets you know what rides have long lines and we zip around looking for shorter lines.  We also watch our favorites and ride them whenever their lines are less.

The best part of Disney is that everyone can be a kid again.  Believe in Fairies.  Be a Princess.  Talk like a Pirate.  Have Fun and forget being a grown up until tomorrow.075

It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World

I love the ride It’s A Small World.  It is one of my favorites.   I love both versions, the “normal” one and when they change it for the Winter holidays and all of the children sing, “Jingle Bells”.  When my children were little, they called the winter version “It’s a Snow World”.IMG_0500

One of my favorite memories on that ride, was a time when the music stopped midway through.  Our entire boat began singing the song together.  By the time, we entered the last room, all of the boats were singing together.  It made me glad that it is a Small World and one song can bring us together.

What is your favorite part of It’s a Small World?

To Whip or Not to Whip

To Whip or Not to Whip

I have been doing Disney for most of my life.  But it wasn’t until this past trip, that I actually tried a Dole Whip.   If you are like me, you always saw the long line and thought, “Nothing is that good.”

I did my research and found out that I could skip the line, by going into the Tiki Room Waiting Area, and buying my Whip there.  Okay, so now the line is no longer an excdole whipuse.

I researched the calories and according to MyFitnessPal the Dole Whip is pretty good:

Disneyland – Dole Whip
Calories 80 Sodium
Total Fat 0 g Potassium
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars
Okay, so maybe it was time to buck up and try a Whip.  It was delightful.  Cool, refreshing and so light.  The perfect snack on a hot day. I am a fan!    What do you think?  Whip or No Whip?