Monday, May 28, 2018

Hollywood Studios May 2018 Construction Update

There are SO many changes in progress at Disney's Hollywood Studios right now. It was crazy to see all the construction during our recent trip and try to imagine what everything will be like when it's finished...gondolas zipping through the air, new lands to explore with Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land.

We passed the Skyliner station and saw all the new pylons out in front of the park.  The new mountains of Batuu were rising in the distance...still surrounded by construction cranes of course. 😉 Also got a glimpse of Woody over the wall - Toy Story Land will be open in less than a month now!

What updates at Hollywood Studios are you most excited for?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Disneyland Trip Report & Vlogs

Last summer my family was planning a big trip out West, and while the main attractions were going to be the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone and different national parks (I've been sharing those vlogs over on my Patreon page!), we realized that we could squeeze in a quick Disneyland jaunt at the beginning!

I've just finished posting all the vlogs over on my YouTube channel. 😄 Our arrival day was July Fourth, and we got to see the Independence Day fireworks from the E Ticket Club on the top floor of the Disneyland Hotel. The desserts were amazing too. 🍰

The next day we were up early to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hour for resort guests - we had Disney's California Adventure all to ourselves! It's so crazy to look back at these and realized that Paradise Pier is now going to be PIXAR Pier...just another reason to plan another trip. 😉 We really enjoyed the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT!

I was SO excited to be reunited with the Motorama Girls at Flo's! Carsland blew me away just like it did on our last trip - Radiator Springs Racers is so great, and the shops and restaurants are so well themed and immersive. 😍

One amazing thing about Disneyland is how close the parks and hotels are to each other - we were able to pop back over to the Grand Californian for brunch at Storyteller's Cafe. the characters were fantastic!

The afternoon was dedicated to the park that started it all...DISNEYLAND! Although the crowds were insane and we had some snafus (like the monorail going down and almost missing our Space Mountain Fastpass!), we still had such a fun time. The highlight was getting stuck on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and having to walk out through...nowhere in particular... 😂

I really wanted to see World of Color - it's one of my favorite Disney nighttime shows - and it was SO much fun to watch it from the viewing deck for resort guests at the Grand Californian rather than having to fight through the crowds to see it from inside the park. I really liked the slightly elevated view too - you really got a panoramic view of California Adventure!

Our last morning was spent soaking in the Disneyland hotels. It was a very quick trip, but SUCH a fun one! ✨

Monday, May 7, 2018

April 2018 Reading Highlights

"Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime."

Shakespeare's Sonnets

I had a lovely reading month in April dipping into Shakespeare's Sonnets - I think they're perfect for the spring. 😊 Another old favorite I revisited were Emily Dickinson's Letters! If you're intimidated by her poems, these are the perfect introduction - sometimes beautifully peculiar, always interesting reflections...

"There is a tall - pale snow storm stalking through the filed, and bowing here, at my window - shan't let the fellow in!"

"The world is just a little place, just the red in the sky, before the sun rises, so let us keep fast hold of hands, that when the birds begin, none of us be missing."

I also finally finished rereading Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe which has been on my TBR for ages. Full of adventure on the high seas, and I love his descriptions of how he sustains himself on the island, both in practical ways and in more spiritual ways...

“I ought never more to repine at my condition, but to rejoice and to give daily thanks for that daily bread which nothing but a crowd of wonders could have brought.”

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Hotels

The Walt Disney World resort hotels are one of the highlights of our Disney vacations. Whether you're staying at them or not - the detailed theming, incredible restaurants, relaxing ambiance - they're SO much fun to explore and enjoy. 😊

I've posted about the individual resorts - the dining, the pools, the rooms - in many blog posts and videos before, but never had I attempted a complete overview...until now!

My mom and my brother Dart recently helped me tackle the letter R for Resorts over on my podcast, Disney World A to Z. We went through ALL the hotels and our highlights of each - from food to photo spots. 📸

We split it into two episodes - one for the deluxe resorts and one for values & moderates - and while we managed to keep each episode under an hour, it was SO hard to fit everything in!

What are YOUR favorites at Disney World's resorts?