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.
Part 2: Vero Beach.
I know what you are thinking … “Vero Beach isn’t even Disney, right?”… Wrong! I like to think of it as Disney “light.” Vero has all the amenities, service, and little Disney touches you want without the hustle and bustle and characters in your face. I mean this in the best way (not to offend those who love the fast pace of chasing down characters). Have you ever faced the tough decision of coming to Florida and deciding between Disney or the beach? Or trying to squeeze them both into one trip? (Of course, you have or you wouldn’t be reading this.) Now, you don’t have to decide. Vero Beach Resort is the perfect solution to getting both your Disney fix and your beach fix.
Pick up your Donald Duck Passholder Magnet at Epcot starting June 8th and running through June 29th. The magnets will be available at Mouse Gear Shop in Future World. Remember to bring your annual pass in order to pick it up!
Thanks to @Magicalshannonmarie for the use of her feature photo!
What is rider swap and how do you take advantage of it?
Rider swap is a way for groups with small children to ride the “bigger” rides while someone waits with the smaller child. In our case, we have one kiddo who meets the height requirement and one who does not (he is also currently afraid of every ride).
The final performance of Disney Junior Live on stage will take place September 1, 2018 to make way for a new show. The show originally debuted in 2001 under a different name and has undergone various updates. The new show taking its place, ” Disney Junior Dance Party” will include some new characters from current shows including “Vampirina”. This show is located in Hollywood studios next to Star Wars Launch Bay.
The Drennons are looking forward to an update to this show. Its a great spot to take a break from the heat and get your wiggles out too!
Thank you to @thezipadeedocrew for the use of the featured picture.
My little Star Wars loving heart is so happy. The location of the proposed Star Wars hotel has been been revealed! The hotel will be built on the south side of Hollywood Studios, east of World Drive, and close to the main entrance to the park. Time to start saving your pennies for this fully immersive hotel.
Thanks to @magicalshannonmarie for the use of their photo for the featured picture.
We all love visiting our favorite mouse, but it can be expensive. Here at the Drennon house I am in charge of planning our trips (because I love it) and finding all the deals and coupons to make my plans happen. I am going to share just a few of my favorite, easy ways to save some money when it comes to planning a vacation in my favorite place.
It is looking incredible in Tomorrowland…literally! Overlays can now be seen throughout Tomorrowland ahead of the opening on the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo coming May 25th.
Wondering if you’re ever going to get dates for passholder previews of Toy Story Land? Can’t wait another minute to get more details about what this awesome land is going to look like? Tune in to ABC on May 23 and watch Toy Story 3 from 8 PM to 10 PM (EST) when actors Zach Braff and Eden Sher will give you a sneak peak of Toy Story Land. This may not be as great as a passholder preview, but at least our curiosity will be satisfied a bit! Toy Story Land is set to open for all on June 30th.
A special thanks to Disney for the use of their photography for our featured image.
Hitting the parks last minute? Couldn’t get the fast passes you want? Want to try something new? Here is our list of fun things our kids love that don’t require a FastPass. Just remember, you can have some good quality family fun even if you aren’t riding Splash Mountain.
Ever think about renting a cabana by the pool? Jealous of the limitless shade? Me, too.
Do not leave the resort
This is one family’s opinion on how to Disney. Over the next few weeks I will outline some of our favorite spots and why you should dedicate at least some time to enjoying them.
Many times, when people visit Disney, they are so consumed with going to the parks they come home exhausted. The resorts are amazing and have a lot to offer on their own. Consider saving some money on park tickets and spending that extra time enjoying a resort vacation. At the very least, consider spending at least a few days enjoying what the resort has to offer. If you are paying to stay on Disney property, remember that you paid for the amenities and enjoy them!