I think I may have mentioned this before — we love Disney with our kids. However, we also love to escape for a date night, if possible. A monorail crawl is a quick getaway where we can enjoy some of the Disney spots geared towards adults. You may also know that I am mildly obsessed with Disney resorts and what they have to offer.
Maybe you are a runner… maybe you aren’t, but I still think you should pack your sneakers when you come to Orlando. Beside the obvious reasons for comfortable footwear laid out by Rad Dad, you should get your butt out of bed and run! Before you stop reading this, I want to point out that I am not fast, and what I am proposing is a 2-3 mile warm up to your day with pit stops, of course…
Where is Tom Sawyer Island? Maybe you have seen it across the way? Maybe you have wondered about the mysterious island as you bustle past to try to make your FastPass for Splash Mountain. I almost feel like I should stop writing this article because this little slice of Disney past is relatively uncrowded most of the time, like a hidden gem.
The Beach Club
The youngest Drennon has been begging us to take him to ride the pirate slide housed at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for the past several years. This kid loves a good water slide. Actually, this fact is a bit ironic since he hates all rides with any sort of drop in them… even Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean.
As you may have heard, Disney has begun to offer some free after-hours events at select parks for Annual Passholders called V.I.Passholder events. My family and I were able to attend the first V.I.Passholder night at Epcot. I am going to give you a rundown of the good, bad, and where we went wrong as guests at the event.
Its not a secret. I love to drink things out of a pineapple. Even water. It is just more fun! This is probably what drew me to the Lapu Lapu at the Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian resort. You can read about why I love that lounge here. I am going to share with you how to make this drink at home.
Trust me, I love a good Disney hotel as much as the next gal. If you have been reading any of my posts, first of all, thank you, and second, you know I love a good resort day. However, sometimes you want to hit the parks from rope drop to park close and you really just need a place to sleep. Maybe you don’t want to pay to stay on the monorail loop. Maybe (gasp!!) you want a little less Disney at your hotel. You have options.
According to Disney Parks Blog, a new dining experience is indeed coming to Artist Point. Slated to debut “this winter,” Storybook Dining will immerse guests in a forest-like setting inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. You will still enjoy the high quality food Artist Point is known for, but with a twist — a prix fixe menu including shared starters, individual entrees, and dessert. Prepare to dine with some of the characters from this story you love including Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and even the Evil Queen herself!
Check out the latest episode of the ZADD Crew Podcast, Episode 118, to see if our Crew came close with their predictions for the new re-imagining of this restaurant!
Let us know what you think in the comments. As always, stay tuned to the Blog and Podcast for more information on when reservations will be available!
Thanks to @Mickeys_photographer for the use of her photography for the featured image!
We recently spent some time at the Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. It really is a great place that may get overlooked — maybe people just don’t know it exists! As I basked in the glory of shade and fans, drinking my ice cold water, I decided that this amazing playground deserved its own post.
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again — Do not leave the resort.
Disney has so much to offer and the resorts are no exception. The Drennons are firm believers that you can’t do it all in one trip. We try to slow down and really enjoy the experiences in front of us. If you are spending the money on one of Disney’s resorts, you owe it to yourself to take some time to appreciate more than the lobby. If you missed parts one, two, or three, go back and give them a read.
Pick a festival.. any festival… food booths galore, everyone has a favorite festival. Food and Wine, Festival of the Holidays, Flower and Garden… so many festivals to choose from. When it comes time to visit the festival of the day, you will find this food allergy mom with a printed list of food, a highlighter, and a fine tooth comb.
Ok, my title may be a little dramatic. I am an over-packer. As Edna Mode says “Love favors the prepared.” I know the world won’t end if I forget something. However, I hate spending money on something that I left on the kitchen counter.
Please tell me we are not the only family with a giant coffee can full of random broken crayons? It seems like we collect crayons everywhere we go: the grocery store, restaurants, the aftermath of a 6-year-old boy’s school supplies. I am going to walk you through how to turn them into a cute and useful Disney craft.
Have you heard of Tables in Wonderland? A while back, I had heard some rumblings about it on social media and had to see for myself if it was worth the hype. “Tables in Wonderland….” even the name sounds enchanting.
Don’t leave the resort.
Disney has so much to offer and the resorts are no exception. The Drennons are firm believers that you can’t do it all in one trip. We try to slow down and really enjoy the experiences in front of us. If you are spending the money on one of these resorts, you owe it to yourself to take some time to appreciate more than the lobby, If you missed parts one and two go back and give them a read.
We have just discovered a new, fun adventure to have while at Walt Disney World. Transportation trading cards. Yes, these are just like baseball cards, but for all of your favorite forms of Disney transportation! There are so many fun reasons to love this! They are totally free! You can find these cards by asking your favorite bus driver, monorail operator, or boat captain for a trading card.
I want to share with you my latest obsession and lessons learned from the first week-long Drennon family vacation. Feeding a family of four on the road is EXPENSIVE. Duh! You knew this right? Confession: due to our son’s food allergies we don’t eat out much, like, really only at Disney World. For some tips on how to do that, see my previous post on tackling Disney with food allergies. So, this trip was a bit more expensive than I expected. Sometimes, when ordering for the little guy (who can’t eat off a typical kids menu), the cost of safety is hefty. (Picture a 4.5-year-old housing half a pound of shrimp and asking for more).
We love Disney and we also love the cocktails of Disney. We really enjoy taking our children to Disney but it’s also a great place for a date night, a weekend away, or a night out. Here are a few of our favorite spots to grab a drink and relax.
Tea in the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian is an amazing and fun Disney experience that won’t cost you the price of admission to one of the parks. If you have read any of my posts about slowing down and enjoying your resort, this experience is in line with that thinking. One of the best things about having tea at the Grand Floridian is that you don’t have to be staying at this resort to enjoy it.