One of my best tips for visiting Walt Disney World is to plan a rest day. A rest day gives you a chance to move at a slower pace and recharge after a full day at the parks. Planning a rest day at Walt Disney World doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. You could actually spend a week at Walt Disney World and not even step foot in a park. Read more for my 12 favorite ways to spend a rest day at Walt Disney World.
Fall is the perfect time to connect as a family as we start the new school year and there are so many family friendly Halloween events to chose from. This year we spent the weekend visiting Hershey, Pa to attend the Hersheypark in the Dark Halloween celebration.
We have been planning a visit to Orlando in August for over a year and I was so excited to learn that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was going to have a few dates in August. At first I wasn’t sure we would enjoy a Halloween party in the summer but I knew the chances of us visiting in September or October were pretty slim. With that in mind we booked our first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Planning an Orlando Theme Park vacation is fun and exciting but all the fun and excitement can add up for your budget. One of the biggest challenges I find when taking my family to Orlando is how to stick to a budget and save money. I am always looking for Orlando family vacation saving tips. For our latest Orlando vacation, I used Undercover Tourist to help me plan and help me save. I can’t believe I didn’t start using it sooner!
Making Fastpass+ Magic Kingdom reservations can seem overwhelming because there are so many options. With a little planning and research you can be prepared for your Fastpass+ Magic Kingdom reservations and start having a magical Disney day.
Kennywood amusement park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers a glimpse back to the old days of amusement parks as well as cutting edge attractions that are great for the entire family. Opening in 1898 Kennywood is one of the oldest amusement parks in the USA. It’s nostalgic charm makes Kennywood great for families. With so many fun attractions this is our can’t miss list of family fun at Kennywood.
In early March we spent a week in Orlando. Orlando is my happy place because I love theme parks. I love the excellent entertainment and attractions. I always end up packing a lot of fun into the trip and this visit was no different. Our Orlando itinerary included 3 hotel stays, relaxed at 3 pools and visited 3 theme parks. It was busy but as always our Orlando itinerary was full of magic, fun, and excitement.
Are you looking to find the best places to take photos at Universal Orlando? Universal Orlando has so many awesome places to pose for pictures. On our last visit we tried to do them all but I am sure there are many more I need to add to our next visit. I came up with 10 unique photo-ops at Universal Orlando Resort that my family loved and are great for all ages. Find them and start capturing your amazing Universal Orlando vacation.
Walt Disney World may be in the middle of Florida but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some island life. ‘Ohana Character Dining at Walt Disney World is a family style character dining experience located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It has a Hawaiian theme and focuses around the Lilo & Stich movie. I was so happy we added this to our Disney vacation. We loved it and had a great time enjoying the food and meeting the characters at ‘Ohana.
Universal Orlando Resort is a great place for thrills and attractions but you can meet a lot of fun characters at Universal Orlando as well. The characters at Universal Orlando are engaging and you can often meet them without a long wait. They have family favorites for young and old. We had a blast meeting all the charcters. If you are planning a visit to Universal Orlando be sure to add character meet and greets into your plans.
When you walk into Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal Orlando Resort you walk into magic. From the outside, you see the smoke stacks and its steam punk factory look. As you enter the smell of sweets and the staff welcomes you. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is restaurant theming at its best.
Every year I am excited for what new attractions will be at my favorite theme parks. This year we are planning a few visits to Orlando, Florida and I wanted to share my 2017 theme park bucket list. Some of these attractions have already opened and others will be opening later this year.
Finding on-site Disney resorts on a budget can be a challenge for larger families. Most think a stay on-site at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida is out of reach. This may not always be the case. If you do a little research and planning staying on-site at Disney can happen. Here are my 5 best on-site Disney resorts on a budget for families of 5(or more).
If you ask people their opinion on staying on-site at Walt Disney World or off-site you will get a dozen different opinions. Some think it is too expensive. Some think it is too much Disney. I think it is the perfect choice for your family if you are spending most of your vacation at the parks. The perks of staying on-site at Walt Disney World are numerous and can fit into any family budget.
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On our last visit to Walt Disney World we had the opportunity to participate in the Jedi Training Academy at Disney Hollywood Studios. It is open to all visitors at Disney Hollywood Studios with an admission ticket. This was one of my kids favorite activities from our visit to Disney World and they are still talking about it. If you have a Star Wars fan in the family I highly suggest you add Jedi Training Academy to your must see list. It is a mix of show and interactive experience that your entire family will enjoy!
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is a MUST DO if you live within 4-6 hours of Hershey, PA. Even if you don’t you should add it to you bucket list! Hersheypark holidays is a great way to start celebrate with your family. We went in November of 2015 and it was a great way to welcome in the holidays.
The kids(and I!) were so excited to visit LEGOLAND Florida in late February 2016. We are a Lego family. We love building them and watching the movies and shows. When they built LEGOLAND Florida we knew we had to go the next time we were in Orlando. (They are building one in New York and we are so excited!) If you are thinking about visiting LEGOLAND Florida and have kids that love Legos you will have a blast.
Planning your first Walt Disney World visit can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to be made and dates to remember. I actually love the planning part but it takes a lot of research. For me planning a Walt Disney World vacation is part of the fun of going on a Walt Disney World vacation. Even with all the planning there are always some surprises. Combine heat and exhausted family members, and it could be a disaster. Here are my 6 tips to avoid meltdowns and prepare for your first Walt Disney World visit.