Just because I love Disney, it doesn’t mean I love every attraction, show, or treat Disney has to offer. My skip list is about those park attractions I’d pass up and what I’d much rather do instead. When it comes to It’s Tough to be a Bug, I’d rather do anything else. Anything. Including sitting and counting back from 7000 by 14s.
Today Disney announced a brand new resort to be built along the shores of Bay Lake, settled between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The new resort is said will be themed after the nature surrounding it (fitting with the theme of the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resorts) and is scheduled to open in 2022.
The hotel will house over 900 rooms, and will be a Disney Vacation Club property, offering a variety of room sizes and types. Disney also announced concept art for what will become the 16th DVC property.
Being a fan of Wilderness Lodge doesn’t mean I’m not incredibly excited to see this resort!
Thank you to Disney for the use of the concept art as the featured photo.
Our favorite Disney movies would be nothing without their soundtracks. What would we badly sing while cleaning the house? What rockin’ jams would fill our cars during road trips? What few pinging notes would reduce us to sobs? Ok, sure, there’s plenty of fantastic non-Disney music out in the world that could fulfill each of these roles, but Disney songs are GREAT! Making this list was a challenge because I don’t want to pick all of the “obvious” songs. Also, my list is constantly changing. Honestly, by the time this post goes live, I might disagree with myself. Since my caveats are covered, let’s get on with it!
Everybody’s got an opinion about everything and Disney is no exception. Sometimes, we all agree and the world is a happy place full of unicorns and rainbows. Other times, somebody comes along and throws a wrench into everything, making some outlandish claim that generally causes internet fury. Today, that person is me. I’ve got some pretty unpopular opinions that I stand behind wholeheartedly. Because I stand behind my arguments for these opinions, you might be left feeling a little #laywered (Marshall? How I Met Your Mother? Anybody?).
Disney, both as a film-making company and as the curator of magical amusement parks, is known for giving us mere mortals some life-changing memories. I love Disney — that’s why I write for this blog — but even I have to admit that sometimes, we end up with a swing and a miss. While I love most aspects of Walt Disney World, there are some offerings that simply fall flat for me. In hopes of keeping each of your future Disney trips as magical as possible, I’m going to take you through those I’d skip and what I’d replace them with! First flop in my books? Muppet Vision 3D.
A few months ago, I shared my favorite places to pick up some Disney art pieces to bring home (or give as gifts if you’re more selfless than I). If you want to brush up on art sources, check out that post from early in the blog’s life here! Over the past couple of years, Ben and I have picked up a few pieces of Disney art from the parks to bring some magic into our home (and my office!). I want to share with you the ones that made the cut and why.
When you live as far from the parks as I do (I know Boston isn’t THAT far, but it’s far enough), you’ll take your Disney fix however you can get it — even if that means you only get a fast weekend turnaround trip to the parks. When vacation days are limited at work and schedules are hectic, sometimes a quick trip is the only option in the cards, but of course, you still want to make the most of your trip. We all know that you can’t properly do Disney in two-and-a-half days, but I do my best to try.
Disney has announced that after the summer of 2019, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be replaced by a new nighttime entertainment show in Epcot. Having lit up World Showcase Lagoon for almost 20 years, IllumiNations is not the oldest nighttime spectacular currently showing at Disney (Fantasmic! started a year before IllumiNations, in 1998). Thankfully, Disney has given us a lot of forewarning, so make sure to get down to Disney in the next year if you want to see Illuminations again live before it goes the way of Wishes.
Epcot is currently in the middle of a multi-year transformation with new attractions anticipated across the park, including a new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster and a Ratatouille attraction in World Showcase.
I’m sad to see IllumiNations go, but I’m excited to see what’s coming!
Special thanks to @magicalshannonmarie for the use of her photography for the featured image!
About a month ago, I enjoyed my first stay at the Beach Club. One year before that (the same weekend — how funny!) I made my way to the Yacht Club, also for the first time! Since the buildings are connected, the Yacht and Beach Clubs often seem to be treated as a single resort, but is that really fair to either of these fantastic properties?
I’ve teased this coming story a number of times, but I’m done with the teasing. Last December, on the day after Christmas, Ben kicked off our Disney vacation by proposing to me. Hopefully by now this isn’t a spoiler — I said yes! For months, and I mean months, before the trip, I knew it was coming, so here’s a little peek into the most impatient 8 months of my life. Seriously. I knew for 8 months.
I think it’s safe to say we all know Walt Disney World is massive and ever-changing. As a result, it feels as though there’s always something new to do — even if it’s just new to you! As I continue to feed my ever-growing Disney obsession, I’ve realized there’s so much WDW offers that I’ve never gotten to do! These aren’t those pipe dream, probably-never-gonna-happen items (like visiting Club 33 — anybody want to take me?), but are “available-to-everybody” things that I have on my long-form to-do list.
Last December, I got to cash in my dating anniversary gift from Ben by enjoying a massage at the Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort. Want to talk about really feeling like a princess? This was heaven.
For me, meeting characters is a huge part of the Disney experience. I understand that’s not an opinion shared by all (if character meet and greets aren’t your thing, join Team Beth, here — nothing but love for ya, girl!), but for me, meeting characters is the closest I get to believing I’m in the world of Disney stories — and I love it! There are some characters, though, who I’d love to meet, but who don’t come out to play. Here are my top picks…
I really like to pack light when it comes to walking around the parks all day. Living in Boston, my trips to Disney aren’t nearly as frequent as I wish they could be, so when I go, I like to make the absolute most of my trip. When the trips are only weekend trips, that means no visits back to the hotel — we’re going strong from rope drop to park close. There’s no way I want to carry a massive bag like a pack mule without a break in sight. At the same time, I want to make sure I have what I need for a great park visit! Since I’ve got a trip to Florida coming up very soon, I wanted to share what I always carry with me.
When you’re not a Florida or SoCal local, you’ve got to find ways to keep the Disney alive from home. One of my favorite ways is to see Disney musicals live. With how they make the magic come alive, I can’t believe pixie dust isn’t involved. Last Saturday, my fiancé and I went to see Aladdin the musical live in Boston with some friends, and we were not disappointed.
This morning, the Walt Disney Company has announced a number of eco-friendly initiatives aimed at reducing plastic waste from all of its properties worldwide. The Company has announced a number of programs, to be implemented over time, starting with the elimination of all single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at owned and operated properties worldwide by mid-2019. Visitors of Walt Disney World know Disney already only offers paper straws at Animal Kingdom.
Over the next few years, Disney also vows to transition to refillable in-room amenities (think: shampoo and conditioner) in hotels and on cruise ships and to begin offering reusable shopping bags for purchase in parks and on the cruise line. Disney will work to fully eliminate polystyrene cups at global owned and operated businesses. All of these programs aim to vastly reduce plastic waste from Disney guests and help our planet!
A special thanks to @magicalshannonmarie for the use of her photography for the featured image!
We’ve all got our favorite attractions at each Disney park, but I wanted to list out my absolute favorites, figuring it would be an easy task. I was WRONG.
Here is part 2 of the series of Disney-inspired summer hairstyles! Again, these are meant to be easy, fun hair styles that anyone can use to show off her inner princess (or Pixie!) while keeping her hair out of the way on a scorching day, but these hairstyles can be a little trickier than those shown in part 1. As always, please reach out if you have any questions or if you’re having trouble with a style. I’m here to help!
Summer is HOT, especially down in the Sunshine State. That won’t deter us die-hard Disney fans from running around the parks from sunrise to sunset, but we should still do our best to stay cool. I’m going to help in that endeavor by sharing some summer hairdos inspired by some of Disney’s leading ladies.
Get excited, Passholders!! About a month ago, we told you that select Passholders were going to get exclusive access to Toy Story Land after its grand opening (check out the news drop here), and the TIME. HAS. COME. Emails have begun going out to some Passholders, announcing the opening of registration for exclusive “Passholder Play Time” in Toy Story Land.
On Tuesdays through Saturdays from September 4 through September 29 from either 7am-8am or 8am-9am, registered Passholders can enjoy access to all three Toy Story Land attractions and food at Woody’s Lunch Box. Passholders can only register for ONE Passholder Play Time slot.
Registration is limited, and reservations are available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you don’t get an email, don’t worry. Reach out to your Passholder friends and offer an appropriate bribe. Each invitation admits the invitee, and three Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus, or Premier Passholders who are linked in the invitee’s friends and family list.
Thanks, @Dizdad for the use of his photography for our featured image!