Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pros & Cons of Disney World Resort Hopping

If you're in the process of planning a Walt Disney World vacation then you probably know that you have lots of options. Not just in terms of what parks to visit, what rides to ride, and what restaurants to eat at but also in terms of resorts. There are so many amazing different Disney World hotels, you might want to pack more than one into your trip!


I recently posted a new video where we weighed the pros and cons of resort hopping or planning a split stay at Disney World...

PRO: You get to experience more than one Disney resort during your trip - that means multiple pools, multiple locations, multiple themes to enjoy.
CON: If the parks are your priority and you're only going to be in your room to sleep at night, you might not have time for the different resort amenities.

PRO: When you move to a new resort, it feels like your vacation is starting over again!
CON: Transferring between resorts can be time-consuming, getting everything packed up and moved, and you never know when your new room will be ready.

PRO: You can stretch your budget further by staying just a few nights at a deluxe resort and then staying the rest of the trip at a moderate/value.
CON: If you want to save your budget to spend in the parks, you probably just want to find the cheapest hotel possible.

For my family, the hassle is definitely worth it, and we've hopped between 3 or even 4 different hotels on trips in the past. But for some Disney fans, the parks are where it's at! Is resort hopping worth it for you?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Bullet Journal: October/Halloween Plan with Me

Throughout the month of September, I generally try to keep my Halloween spirit to a minimum - but once October hits I'm in full-on pumpkin mode!


So it's no surprise that my bullet journal spreads this month are extra spooky... 🎃

Friday, October 6, 2017

Oh to Be in England: Travel Vlogs!

One of the things I've really loved about blogging and vlogging over the years is that it's like digital scrapbooking. I try to capture plenty of videos and photos when I'm on vacation and traveling, and it usually takes me awhile to get them all sorted and to actually sit down and edit them - but when I do, I relive the magic of a magical trip, whether it's to Disney World or (as in today's post!) ENGLAND.


I already shared the "snapchat vlogs" from London and Ely, but those weren't the only places we went to during our jaunt to the UK! Windsor and Oxford were also just marvellous - I had been dreaming of visiting Oxford's dreaming spires for a long time, and it was amazing to wander the streets and explore the Bodelian Library...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September 2017 Quote Collection

"There's nothing so steadying, when you're in pieces, as reading something fine that you know very well."

A City of Bells by Elizabeth Goudge


I'm back with yet another round of favorite lines from my reading this month! There were lots of good books, and so lots of good quotes. In fact, A City of Bells, has so many amazing thoughts in it I could make up this whole blog post just from its pages....but I'll resist and only give you one more!

"But mind you do think. Don't just take out your feelings and look at them, which is what passes for thought with most of us pitiful, self-centered creatures. Look at the question from everyone's point of view."

A City of Bells by Elizabeth Goudge

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"If the ancestors that we carry shut up inside us take turns in dictating to us our actions and our state of mind, undoubtedly Grandmother Stark was empress of Molly's spirits on this Monday."

"Why, he [Shakespeare] makes men talk the way they do in life. I reckon he couldn't get printed to-day."

The Virginian by Owen Wister

(This book was so good it also deserved two quotations! I can't recommend this enough - Western adventure, a great romance, thought-provoking observations - just amazing!)

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"I can't help listening to speaking as though it were writing and thus the flowers which she brandished now and again looked terribly artificial."

A Writer's Diary by Virginia Woolf

(Another favorite! Just love these reflections on writing and living.)

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"Sometimes a word, a sentence or a poem or a story, is so resonant, so right, it causes su to remember, at least for an instant, what substance we are really made from, and where is our true home."

Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

(This book was recommended to me in the comments of one of my youtube videos, and I'm so grateful because it's poetic and practical and refreshing and just incredible!)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Mission: Space Green Adventure at Epcot

I have to admit it guys, Mission: Space at Epcot is one of those rides I tend to skip.

My stomach can be a bit particular about thrill rides, and the orange level has definitely made me queasy in the past.  I'm also not a fan of dark, enclosed spaces (I mean, who is?) - or maybe it's just the hundred and one warning signs telling you "IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO TURN BACK!!" that freak me out.


So it had been awhile since I last joined the Mission: Space team, but on our most recent trip my family dragged me on the green side because there was a brand new sequence! Previously you would blast off to Mars - now on the green level you're just taking a leisurely trip orbiting Earth.

I did enjoy the new pre-show and actual show inside the rocket - it was fun to see the northern lights and different countries. It wasn't blow-you-away graphics or anything, but it was fun - and it didn't make me at all motion sick which was lovely. I was realizing as I got off that not having 3D glasses probably helped my stomach - I know the 3D on Flights of Passage made everything worse motion-sickness wise.

Will you be trying the new Mission:Space adventure on your next trip?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Disney Trading Pins Minnie Mouse Display DIY

Raise your hand if you've ever had this problem: you have a ton of adorable Disney pins, but you have no idea how to display them so they just sit in a box in your closet. 😐


I finally have figured out a fun way to display some of my favorite Disney pins - I did a DIY Minnie Mouse shadow box! I really love how it came out, and it's so fun to have these pins out to enjoy now.

Are you into Disney pins or Disney pin trading? Tell me about your displays and favorites in the comments!

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Minnie Van Service at Walt Disney World

I've always thought the Walt Disney World monorail was very sleek and stylish, but there's a new mode of transportation on the block that takes vehicle fashion to a whole new level...


...it's the MINNIE VAN! This just debuted at Walt Disney World this summer and has been rolled out at only a few resorts: the Boardwalk, the Beach & Yacht, and just recently it was extended to the Wilderness Lodge. It sounds like they'll be rolling it out at more resorts soon, but you don't actually have to be a resort guest to use the Minnie Van!

Monday, September 4, 2017

The E Ticket Club at the Disneyland Hotel

I've done many posts on this blog about club levels at the Walt Disney World resorts, but the club levels at Disneyland's resort hotels have been more of a mystery to me.


We had never even stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, let alone explored its E Ticket Club Level, but this summer that all changed!
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