The Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

We spent three Christmas breaks at the Walt Disney World Resorts. Disney changes its event and attraction offerings every year for the holidays. No matter when you go, you can always expect world-class decorations and entertainment, as well as no shortage of themed merchandise. Magic Kingdom Magic Kingdom offers ticketed after-hours parties through the holiday season with themed holiday shows and parades. During our trips … Continue reading The Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

World Showcase Pavilions In Epcot

Almost any time of year Epcot is hosting a themed festival. For more info, check out My Previous Blog. NOTE: Due to COVID, many of the experiences in Epcot are currently suspended, including character meet and greets and much of the live entertainment. I’ve still included them in the blog; some specific acts will be permanently canceled, but they are reintroducing some throughout 2021 and … Continue reading World Showcase Pavilions In Epcot

Volcano Bay- Universal Orlando, May 2021

We were a bit disoriented on our first visit to Volcano Bay, so two long afternoons in the park ended up being perfect for feeling like we had really experienced all the park has to offer. Getting acquainted with the TapuTapu system was our first step, and we quickly caught on to choosing a ride, tapping in with our complimentary wristbands, and then returning when … Continue reading Volcano Bay- Universal Orlando, May 2021

Table Service Dining at Magic Kingdom

Make a reservation in advance for any of the Table Service restaurants at Magic Kingdom and take some of the stress out of your busy park day! These themed dining options each give you a chance to relax (in air conditioning) and enjoy some time away from the walking and the crowds. And as a particular bonus if you need additional help de-stressing, these restaurants … Continue reading Table Service Dining at Magic Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Lodge & Kidani Village at Walt Disney World Resort

Animal Kingdom Lodge- Rooms & Activities Animal Kingdom Lodge is the resort that our family could visit for a week, never leave, and never get bored. With two sections, Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Disney Vacation Club’s Kidani Village, guests have access to two pools and multiple onsite family activities.Disney has taken great care to represent the cultures of Africa, with art found throughout the … Continue reading Animal Kingdom Lodge & Kidani Village at Walt Disney World Resort

Universal Orlando- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, May 2021

It’s been two years since our first visit to Universal Orlando. Little has changed in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with the exception of one GIANT addition, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure The queue for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure starts just behind Hogsmeade village. During our visit we experienced both the standard wait time and the virtual visit … Continue reading Universal Orlando- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, May 2021

Universal Orlando- Cabana Bay Beach Resort, May 2021

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a prime-value level resort located directly next to Volcano Bay Waterpark (you even get a dedicated entrance)! The retro mid-century modern themed lobby and central spaces make it fun for both kids and grown-ups alike. Details like VO5 brand “cream rinse” in your room and pay phones transport you to a different time and give you tons of chances to … Continue reading Universal Orlando- Cabana Bay Beach Resort, May 2021

Universal Orlando- Lowe’s Portofino Bay Resort, May 2021

Resort Grounds Lowe’s Portofino Bay Universal Resort is a world away from the busy Universal Theme Parks. (I mean this figuratively; the location is actually conveniently close to City Walk & Park Entrances.) It is modeled after a real Italian waterfront town, with scooters for photo ops and colorful sailboats moored in the harbor. The facades of the building are painted with a trompe d’oeil … Continue reading Universal Orlando- Lowe’s Portofino Bay Resort, May 2021

Animal Kingdom- Africa

Animal Kingdom Park is divided into multiple themed areas. Each is home to attractions, animal exhibits, dining, and performances that educate about the wildlife that live in that part of the world. Additionally, the park celebrates and introduces guests to the culture and art of people that live around the world. The photos posted are from trips prior to 2020, so some experiences are currently … Continue reading Animal Kingdom- Africa

Epcot for Science Nerds

Living with the Land Obviously, as an EE professional that works at a Botanical Garden, I’m going to think Living with the Land is totally rad. However, unless they are just humoring me, the other members of my family are totally into it also. (I think) it is fascinating to learn where your food comes from, and in The Land they demonstrate that science will … Continue reading Epcot for Science Nerds

Animal Kingdom’s Pandora: The World of Avatar

When they announced that Disney World’s next expansion would be based on a more than a decade old R-rated movie, I think we were all a little skeptical. It doesn’t hurt to watch the movie in advance and to show the milder scenes to your kids. However, you can also have an immersive experience on another planet without a whole lot of prior knowledge. Mo’ara … Continue reading Animal Kingdom’s Pandora: The World of Avatar

Old Time Adventures at Magic Kingdom

Sure, you could wait in line for two hours for a 2-minute ride on 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. Or, you can explore three classic attractions in that time. An easy walk between Frontierland and Liberty Square gets you to the raft to Tom Sawyer Island, the Liberty Bell Steamboat Cruise, and the Country Bear Jamboree. Country Bear Jamboree On your way between the Liberty Belle … Continue reading Old Time Adventures at Magic Kingdom

Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios, 2019

Our first time visiting Galaxy’s Edge was for Passholder Preview in August of 2019. There were some kinks to still be worked out, and the Cast Members were still working out how they would interact as characters in the immersive story atmosphere. Instead of lining up for character meet and greets, they are acting out the story; Rey and Chewie are working on their ships … Continue reading Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios, 2019

Coronado Resort at Walt Disney World

Coronado Resort holds a special place in our hearts as the very first Disney property we ever visited. We’ve stayed at the resort on five of our trips, most recently in the new Gran Destino tower. From Coronado it is a short bus ride to Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Magic Kingdom sometimes feels like a bit of a hike by bus. One downside … Continue reading Coronado Resort at Walt Disney World

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER, Universal Orlando Resort, 2019

In May of 2019, we met a fellow Muggle Family from Ohio at Universal Orlando Resort for a three-day trip. Alice played hooky, and we visited on weekdays in May when the park was less crowded. We also stayed a a Premier Resort, the Lowe’s Royal Pacific, located within easy walking distance to the parks. Included with our stay was early admission to The Wizarding … Continue reading THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER, Universal Orlando Resort, 2019

Epcot at Walt Disney World- Festivals

International Festival of the Arts International Festival of the Arts is held in the late winter months. They brought Broadway stars to the stage to perform songs from the stage productions.We spent a large portion of our time searching for Figment, cleverly hidden in famous works of art in each country. (There is a photo of him crossing the Delaware River in the slideshow.)Photopass was … Continue reading Epcot at Walt Disney World- Festivals