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Non-Park Day Activities

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Here are 10 Non-Park Day Activities you should work into your next Walt Disney World Vacation!

Walt Disney World is 27,000 acres or 40 square miles. This is the same size as San Francisco, or TWO Manhattan Islands, for perspective. In other words: Walt Disney World is BIG. There are TONS of things to see and do other than theme parks (of which there are four). How do you know what to do? You get a travel agent (aka ME) and talk about Non-Park Day Activities! Here are ten Non-Park Day Activities to think about for your next Walt Disney World Vacation!

Enjoy Your Resort

Non-Park Day Activities
Boardwalk Luna Park Pool

It’s easy to fall into the line of thinking that “I paid too much money to just sit in a hotel,” but when you go to Walt Disney World, half of your trip OR MORE is just paying for that hotel! ENJOY IT! Every single resort has at least one place to eat, and all resorts outside of the Value Category offer at least one Quick Service Restaurant and at least one Table Service Restaurant. It is not inconceivable to plan an entire day of activities JUST at your hotel.

Explore the pools! Yes, plural. There are multiple pools at each resort, and some of them are pretty awesome, with waterslides and even water playgrounds. You will also find an arcade in every resort, too. Need more? You can watch “Movies Under the Stars” on the lawns and, if you pick the right resort, catch the nightly fireworks at one of the parks WHILE you’re watching the movie! Check the lobby every day to get the list of daily activities offered at your hotel, and pricing, if necessary. And when in doubt, grab a nap! Remember, you’ll be walking 8-12 miles PER DAY. Your body, and your kids, will thank you!

Tour the Skyliner Resorts/Do the Skyliner Bar Crawl

Non-Park Day Activities

Yep: Bar Crawl. There are 4 hotels with Skyliner stops, so it has become “a thing” to Skyliner Resort-Hop. There are several ways to do this, even combining EPCOT and Hollywood Studios stops, with Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, and the Riviera. You could simply look around the resorts, do the Bar Crawl, or, even more intriguing, do a DESSERT crawl!

Tour the Monorail Resorts/Do the Monorail Bar Crawl

Non-Park Day Activities
The Contemporary

The Monorail Resorts are absolutely iconic. Even if you’ve never been to Disney World, you’ve probably at least heard the names. The Contemporary, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian are the massive, and pricy, resorts that surround the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. Even if you can’t afford to stay there, they’re worth a visit, especially at Christmas time! You could plan a bar crawl, stopping at such amazing Lounges as Steakhouse 71, Trader Sam’s, and Enchanted Rose. Maybe you like to eat? Well, from California Grille, to Kona Cafe, to Narcoossee’s, you will not be disappointed with food options at any of these resorts!

Looking for an out-of-the-box arrival day activity? Did you know that you can watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from ALL of the Magic Kingdom area resorts? Whether you choose the observation deck at the Contemporary, or the beach at the Poly, or luck into an amazing dinner seat at Narcoosee’s, enjoy the fireworks without the massive crowds. You can also take in the Electric Water Pageant, too! And there’s plenty of shopping at these massive hotels. Plenty of Non-Park Day Activities for all!

Read more about the Bar Crawls of Walt Disney World!

Visit the Wilderness Lodge

Non-Park Day Activities
Wilderness Lodge at Christmas

I will not apologize for my unabashed devotion to the Wilderness Lodge. It is my absolute favorite and I’ve yet to find a place that I love as much as this. So NATURALLY I am going to advise you to take a visit to the Lodge! Themed after the Pacific Northwest, this place has all the charm of the US National Parks, including a Geyser that does shoot water into the air on the regular! The food options here are PLENTIFUL. Starting outside with Geyser Point, this “lounge” offers amazing food and drink options in a bar setting, though technically a quick service restaurant. It’s worth the trip just to eat the Bison Burger. If you’re looking for another great lounge, head inside for the Territory Lounge!

Non-Park Day Activities

Head inside for two amazing table service options! First, if you’re into all-you-care-to-enjoy food and a fun atmosphere, Whispering Canyon Cafe is the place for you! Looking for an upscale, unique character dining experience? Try Storybook Dining at Artist Point, where you will dine with Snow White, Grumpy, Dopey, and the Evil Queen!

Non-Park Day Activities
Wilderness Lodge

Take the time to enjoy the GORGEOUS lobby. And see if you can find some of the secret, private lounging areas. And no, I won’t just tell you because I enjoy my privacy! Now, I’m going to tell you ONE semi-secret location. If you head out to the Boulder Ridge DVC Villas, and walk into the main building, you will find the Carolwood Pacific Room. Not only is this an amazing place to chill out and relax, it also has some of Walt Disney’s Trains. You simply MUST see this room! To read more about the Wilderness Lodge, click here!

Visit Fort Wilderness

Non-Park Day Activities

No, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness are NOT the same place. Fort Wilderness is a campground with tent and RV sites, plus cabins. Wilderness Lodge is a fancy hotel themed to the Wilderness. Having said that, Fort Wilderness is a vacation in and of itself! This resort by far has the most to offer its guests!

Let’s start with dining. If you’re after a dining event, look no further than the Hoop Dee Doo Revue! Returning in June 2022, this is one of the oldest dinner shows in the country! It’s menu includes all-you-care-to-enjoy chicken and ribs and more delicious “cookout” foods, INCLUDING STRAW! BERRY! SHORT! CAKE! It’s fun for kids and kids at heart! You may, instead, want something slightly less high maintenance, so head next door to dine at Trail’s End! There is also a quick service location and a “take out” restaurant, as well as a general goods store that sells kitchen necessities for the kitchens located in the cabins, or for those that are camping. You can even grab a moonshine cocktail at Crockett’s Lounge!

For a more in-depth look at the activities at the Fort, I will do a more thorough review later, but for now, some activities available include: archery, horseback riding, pony rides, fishing, bike rentals, jogging trails, canoe and kayak rentals, basketball and volleyball courts, segway tours, and more! And you can even see the Magic Kingdom fireworks and the Electric Water Pageant!

Visit the Boardwalk Area

Non-Park Day Activities
Boardwalk Area

Let’s next head over to the Boardwalk area! This is another resort-area that has a lot to offer guests that are NOT necessarily staying at these resorts. Between the Boardwalk Bakery and the pretzel cart, the pizza window to the Margarita stand, there are plenty of awesome food and beverage options! Rent a Surrey Bike (also at a discount with your Magical Extras on your vacation package – talk to me, your travel agent, for more details!) and take the scenic view of the Boardwalk! Or maybe you want to see the Harmonious fireworks while having an ice cream treat from Beaches and Cream on the Beach at Beach and Yacht Club.

For adult fun, you can visit AbracadaBar or Jellyrolls. Stay tuned for more Boardwalk fun, too, as the Boardwalk gets a glow up!

Visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Non-Park Day Activities
Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah

Yet ANOTHER amazing resort to visit on a non-park day: Animal Kingdom Lodge. In this instance, you can just sit in a rocking chair and watch giraffes walk by. Evidently, this is a rare thing? But that’s not all! Animal Kingdom lodge also offers some unique dining opportunities. When you visit the Lodge, plan to eat at either Jiko, Boma, or Sanaa. Here, you can enjoy African-inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting. Then, head out to watch the animals roam the savannah! You can also use night vision goggles to watch the animals at night!

Head to Disney Springs! Shopping, Eating, and MORE!

Non-Park Day Activities
Disney Springs

Disney Springs has a TON to offer, I just wish it wasn’t so far away. Here, you can eat an amazing meal at places like The Edison, the BOATHOUSE, Raglan Road, and more! The food options are vast and plentiful! My favorite? The BOATHOUSE! For those that don’t want an expensive sit-down meal, you could go to Chicken Guy, Polite Pig, D-Luxe Burger, and more!

If you’re looking for unique ways to see Disney Springs, consider a ride in an Amphicar or the Aerophile! In both instances, you can receive discounts, too! Also available, catch “Drawn to Life,” an all new Cirque du Soleil show.

Non-Park Day Activities

Additionally, you can get all (or most) of your shopping done in one convenient place! Visit the LEGO Store, World of Disney, Marketplace Co-Op, Uniqlo, Vera Bradley, and so much more, and feed your inner shop-a-holic!

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, Disney Springs, again, has you covered! Grab a cupcake from the cupcake ATM at Sprinkles! Likewise, visitors with food allergies can visit Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC for all their gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher baked goods. You could also head to Everglazed for some delectable donuts, or Gideon’s Bakehouse for half-pound cookies! Need something cold? Head to Marketplace Snacks for Dole Whip Nachos! And back from hiatus, you can ALSO Create Your OWN Treat at Goofy’s Candy Company!

Disney Springs also has bowling! Head to Splittsville, where you can bowl and dine as a family. Also, this is one of the discounts available in your Magical Extras! To see more about Disney Springs, visit here!

Waterparks and Sports

In addition to more than 25 hotels and 4 theme parks, Walt Disney World also has 2 water parks. In order to access these, you will need a ticket, which is sold as a day pass, part of the water parks and sports ticket option, or park hopper plus ticket option. There are also 2 miniature golf courses, PGA-level golf courses, and Foot Golf!

Book Character Dining or Fine Dining

Sometimes, you don’t want to give up your time for a character meal while in the parks, so what better way to get a taste of the parks by visiting a character meal at one of the Disney Resorts? All the fun, none of the heat! We recently did this very activity on our non-park day at DisneyLAND, and it was wonderful. We never felt rushed and DEFINITELY ate our money’s worth! Or maybe you want to have one night where you get all dressed up and go out for a fancy dinner. This activity is also perfect for non-park days!

What do you plan for your Non-Park Day Activities? Let me know in the comments! Are you ready to book your next Walt Disney World Vacation? Contact me today for your free vacation quote!

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Wonder of the Seas

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Join Love Travel Collection aboard the Wonder of the Seas in February 2023!

Wonder of the Seas
Photo: Royal Caribbean

Wonder of the Seas is the newest in Royal Caribbean’s Fleet, and it is the largest cruise ship in the world. Won’t you join us for a 7-Night Western Caribbean and Perfect Day sailing in February? I’m going! Let’s ALL go and take in this amazing ship for a week of relaxing fun in the sun!

Itinerary Details

The Wonder of the Seas is set to sail from Port Canaveral on February 19, 2023. This 7-Night Western Caribbean Itinerary includes 2 days at sea, Perfect Day at Coco Cay and Labadee, Haiti, both of Royal Caribbean’s private islands, and Nassau, Bahamas, and Falmouth, Jamaica. She will return to Port Canaveral on the morning of February 23.

Wonder of the Seas
Perfect Day at Coco Cay
Wonder of the Seas
Labadee, Haiti

The group rate for this cruise, based on double occupancy, for an Oceanview Room with Balcony is less than $3,000. The regular rate, by comparison, is over $4,000. That’s a no-brainer for me! GIVE ME THE GROUP RATE! Contact me today to get your quote!

What’s In It For Me?

INCLUDED IN PRICE
  • Ship Accommodations
  • Ocean Transportation
  • MOST Meals Onboard
  • SOME Beverages Onboard
  • MOST Entertainment
ADDITIONAL COSTS
  • Specialty Restaurants
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Spa & Salon
  • Gambling
  • Art Auction
  • Gift Shops
  • Shore Excursions
  • Photos
  • Video Arcade
  • Internet
  • Alcohol
  • N/A Beverages other than water, lemonade, and iced tea

The Ship

Wonder of the Seas

The Wonder of the Seas is an Oasis Class Ship and currently the largest ship in the world. It has 17 decks and seven neighborhoods, including a Central Park and Boardwalk. You will be able to enjoy the 10-story dry slide, the Abyss; The Perfect Storm waterslides; TWO FlowRider Surf Simulators; TWO Rock Climbing Walls; and MORE! There are kids and teens-only spaces in addition to adult-exclusive areas, too! This ship has so much to offer that 7-Nights might not be enough time!

As a bonus, this will be our 20th Anniversary, so EVERYONE we know should come out for this party! Contact me today to join this sailing!!

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Dream in February ’23

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This Dream in February will take you away aboard the Disney Dream for a Marvel Day at Sea!

Dream in February
Disney Dream

Next February, 2023, there will be a convergence of “holidays” that will make you want to head out to sea! What am I talking about? Well, Mardi Gras and Presidents’ Day happen at the same time. This is going to lead to a massive flux of people to Disney Theme Parks AND Universal Studios. Instead, consider a cruise! This Dream in February will take you to sunny, warm, tropical destinations with beaches and umbrella drinks. Sounds like HEAVEN to me!

Itinerary Details

Dream in February - Castaway

This sailing aboard the Disney Dream will sail from Miami on February 18, 2023. You will get two days at sea, including Marvel Day at Sea, amd stops in George Town, Grand Cayman, and Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay. This 5-Night cruise for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children under 10) in a Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Extended Verandah will run less than $6500. Contact me to get your personalized quote for your family today!!

What is Included on a Disney Cruise?

Dream in February Aquaduck

The price of a Disney Cruise seems incredibly high, I get that. But it includes SO MANY AMENITIES. It’s an all-inclusive vacation at Sea! It will truly be a Dream in February for you and your family! Relax in luxury and truly enjoy yourself!

ENTERTAINMENT
  • Broadway-Quality Shows
  • Fireworks at Sea
  • Character Experiences
  • Movie Screenings
  • Pools, Waterslides, Splash Zones, and Wading Pools
DINING
  • Breakfast: Table Service
  • Lunch: Table Service, Quick Service, 24-HR Room Service
  • Dinner: Table Service, Quick Service, 24-HR Room Service
  • Snacks: Quick Service, Ice Cream, 24-HR Room Service
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and soda
ACCOMMODATIONS
  • Spacious Staterooms
  • Extra Storage and Closets
  • Split Bathrooms
  • TV and In-room Movies
  • In-Room Amenities: Refrigerator, Safe, Hairdryer, Toiletries (H2O products)
KIDS CLUBS
  • Oceaneer Club/Oceaneer Lab: Ages 3-12
  • Edge: Ages 11-14
  • Vibe: Ages 14-17
ADULT-EXCLUSIVES
  • Nightclubs, Lounges, and Live Music
  • Adult-Only Pool and Whirlpool Spa
  • Fitness Center
PRIVATE ISLAND
  • Family Beach
  • Adult-Exclusive Beach
  • Water Slides and Splash Zones
  • Island Gear: beach towels, umbrellas, chairs
  • Entertainment: live music, characters, kids/teen clubs
  • Fitness: walking paths, Castaway Cay 5K and medal
  • Adult-Exclusive Yoga
  • Lunch
  • Ice Cream
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and soda
  • Trams
Dream in February
Marvel Day at Sea

Disney Cruise Line and More!

Contact me today to talk more about sailing on Disney Cruise Line! Reach out for your free quote!

Dream in February
Disney Dream
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Lamplight Lounge: A Review

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Read my Review of Lamplight Lounge

Lamplight Lounge - what a view!
Dining with a View!

Unlike Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Resort does not have a massive variety of table service restaurants. But the restaurants they do have are fairly popular, and some even have a cult-like following! After spending a ton of time examining menus, we all agreed that we wanted to try the Lamplight Lounge. Inspired by Pixar, of which we are big fans, this location offers lunch and dinner daily, with a brunch added on weekends. Guests can make reservations 60 days in advance. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Hours/Offerings/Cuisine

Lamplight Lounge exterior

The Lamplight Lounge is located, appropriately, on Pixar Pier. You will need valid park admission and a park reservation in order to eat here, IN ADDITION to your dining reservation. Dine on a menu full of American cuisine, including vegetarian and plant-based options. Lunch is served 11:30-4:00 Monday through Friday, with Dinner being served from 4:00 until 8:30. Saturday and Sunday, start off with Brunch from 9:00 to 1:00, followed by Lunch from 2:00 to 4:00, and Dinner from 4:00 to 8:30.

Theming

Lamplight Lounge themed after Pixar

The theming is PERFECT. Every inch of the restaurant has touches of Pixar, both subtle and in your face. As fans of Pixar and all Pixar movies, we LOVED this. And, as it is located on the Pixar Pier, it perfectly suits the area. We ate in the outdoor part of the dining area, with an absolutely “INCREDIBLE” view! (Get it? Incredible?) Aside from it being a tiny bit chilly, it was amazing. There are shared table spaces (where we sat), sofa-seating with a large coffee table, bar seating, a tables. I didn’t think I would like the shared table but it is big enough that we were not forced into uncomfortable conversations with strangers. If ratings were based entirely on theming, I’d give this place a 15/10.

Lamplight Lounge view
INCREDIBLE View

The Food

Lamplight Lounge Lobster Nachos
Lobster Nachos

Where to start? The food is fantastic! Starting with the appetizers, which they call “Bites,” I would describe it as upscale bar food. A Caesar salad, but with Brussels sprouts. Lobster Nachos (which are definitely a meal, if you choose to do so), Salmon Poke, and more. We started off with the Potato Skins, listed on the food allergy menu as safe for gluten/wheat, fish/shellfish, and peanut/tree nut allergies.

Lamplight Lounge - potato skins

These potato skins were CHEF’S KISS! They are described as crispy Yukon Gold Potatoes with brown butter-caper yogurt, smoked paprika aïoli and manchego cheese. I have never in my life had potato skins this good. And that smoked paprika aïoli? DELISH! I definitely ordered more of that!

Regular Menu vs Food Allergy Menu

Regular Menu Left
Lamplight Lounge food allergy menus
Allergy Menu

The menus are identical, and I did not see anything that food allergy diners couldn’t order in some way. There are 2 appetizers and 3 entrees that safe for gluten/wheat allergy diners, but only one kids meal item. I honestly don’t know what they can accommodate for kids on-site, because I haven’t ordered off a kids menu in ages, but Burger Sliders are the gluten/wheat allergy item, for what it’s worth. The availability is consistent with other Disney Restaurants. Always check the menus online and on the app before you commit to a location!

The Main Course

Lamplight Lounge allergy al pastor pork chop

First up, marinated al pastor bone-in pork chop. This had oaxaca cheese polenta, pineapple relish, charred onions, roasted red chili butter, and green chili sauce. Marked as safe for gluten/wheat, egg, fish/shellfish, peanut/tree nut, and soy allergies, this was incredible. The pork chop just fell right off the bone! The flavors were amazing. And don’t get me started on the sauce. The best thing I can say is that the portion size was perfection. It was just right and I felt full, not stuffed and bloated.

Lamplight Lounge salmon PLT

The Salmon PLT is grilled salmon with crispy pancetta, lettuce, roasted plum tomato, lemon-bacon aïoli on toasted focaccia, and served with fries. Husband says the ratio of pancetta to salmon was perfect, and the sandwich was delicious. The fries were well seasoned and not too overly salty.

Cheddar Burger, plain, and fries. I mean, she’s a teenager, so you get it. “It was really good.”

Food gets a 9/10. There could stand to be a few more options to choose from, but supply chain being what it is, we really liked this restaurant.

Drink Menu

Non-Alcoholic Drink Concoctions
Cocktails

The drink menu, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, might be my favorite thing about the menu. Everything is, again, Pixar-themed, and if I could have tried everything, I certainly would have. Instead, I only had the Scream Canister, but it was just what the doctor ordered. There is also a great selection of mostly local beers and wines. You will not only leave full, but you will leave with your thirst quenched!

Final Verdict

From the setting to the decor to the food and drink, I can honestly say this was my favorite restaurant in Disneyland. I would give it 5 stars, 10/10, perfect marks! That waterfront dining was unbeatable. I highly recommend everyone eat here at least once when visiting Disneyland!

Are you ready to book your next Disneyland vacation?! Contact me today!

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The Anaheim Hotel

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Read my FULL REVIEW of our recent stay at The Anaheim Hotel!

The Anaheim Hotel
The Anaheim Hotel

Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland only has 3 on-site hotels. Naturally, that does not create a ton of availability for guests. Also unlike Walt Disney World, there are a TON of Good Neighbor Hotels within walking distance of Disneyland. The Anaheim Hotel is located directly across the street from Avengers Campus, at the corner of Harbor Blvd and Disney Way. It is merely a 10 minute walk to the main gate. In fact, it’s closer than the Disneyland resorts. This hotel offers plenty of basic amenities, including on-site dining, laundry, fitness facilities, and a pool.

LOCATION

The Anaheim Hotel - Guardians of the Galaxy

Like I said, this hotel is pretty close. In fact, there are only a handful of hotels that are closer than this one. Every morning, we could see the Avengers Campus as we set out towards the park. For the price point (depending on WHEN you’re going, it’s usually between $150/$200 per night), you won’t find much better as far as location is concerned.

LOCATION: 11/10

DINING

The Anaheim Hotel - Pizza Press

To be honest, we never ate anything in our hotel. We were so close to Disneyland and Downtown Disney, so it was incredibly easy to just walk across the street. But the Pizza Press is right there in the hotel and it was ALWAYS busy. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the menu looked decent, but as someone with celiac, I don’t like to eat in places like this with shared kitchens. So we avoided it.

The Anaheim Hotel
The Front Room Lounge

Located just outside the Pizza Press, in the lobby, is the Front Room Lounge. Serving cocktails, beer, soft drinks, etc, as well as breakfast nibbles, this seemed a cozy option. But, again, we did not go there because HELLO! Disneyland is ACROSS THE STREET! They also offer in-room dining and poolside service, as well. I found it to have relatively decent offerings but nothing that said “I have GOT TO eat this.” If they offered free breakfast, my rating would be higher.

DINING: 6/10

AMENITIES

Laundry

Is this a 5-star resort? No. It’s a motel across the street from Disneyland. But the Anaheim Hotel does offer a decent amount of amenities for its guests. The on-site laundry, which was available 24-hours, is reasonably priced ($2.75 per wash $2.75 per dry) and clean. There is no detergent available in the laundry room but you can purchase it in the gift shop. Having said that, having the option to buy individual sizes would be nice. We had 2 loads of laundry and did not need a whole bottle of detergent.

fitness center

The Fitness Center is incredibly basic but it definitely has enough to get the job done. There is a good mixture of cardio machines, dumbbells, and free weights, as well as stability balls, pilates, and yoga. You will also find safety dividers between the machines.

pool

The Anaheim Hotel has a BIG pool. They claim it is the largest pool in Anaheim. I don’t know if that’s true, as places like the Howard Johnson have water parks, but nevertheless it is a large pool. They have poolside movies in the summer and the pool is heated for the “cooler” seasons. Much to our surprise, there was also a hot tub, which we happily enjoyed to soothe our sore muscles from walking 10 miles a day! There are no slides or kiddie water play areas, but the large pool gives everyone room to enjoy themselves. There are also games in the area, like ping pong tables, cornhole boards, etc, and poolside food and drink service.

We had daily housekeeping, too, which was fantastic. The room was clean, the lobby area was clean, the grounds were clean, and the staff was amazing. Nothing at all like you would expect in a motel.

AMENITIES: 8/10

ROOMS – Deluxe King Room with Two King Beds

Now for the rooms. They are not fancy. If you want fancy, this is not the hotel for you. This is a motel. BUT they were clean and updated. We were in a Deluxe King Room, so we had 2 king-sized beds. The vanity area is separate from the shower and toilet, and the double sinks were very large. We had plenty of space for everyone to get ready in a timely manner and not be in each others way.

Yes, the beds were king sized. Yes, the beds were uncomfortable. Now, if you like a soft mattress, you may like them, but I need a firm mattress. The first night I didn’t sleep that well. But the rest of the week, I was so tired, I just passed right on out! If I had it to do all over again, I probably would have booked the standard 2-queen room, if only to get the balcony. It would have been nice to enjoy the GORGEOUS California weather on a balcony and/or patio off our room.

All we used our room for was bathing and sleeping. We didn’t need to do anything else, because we were there to go to Disneyland, and that was where we spent the majority of our time. This was perfect. If you are going to be in California for an extended period of time, I would consider something nicer with more amenities, like the Disneyland Hotel or the Howard Johnson Water Park. But for just going to the parks? This is perfect.

ROOMS: 7/10

See my YouTube Review

Overall, I would give this hotel an 8/10. It served the purpose that we needed it for, and didn’t give us any problems. I would definitely consider this for future Disneyland trips!

Are YOU ready to head to Disneyland? Contact me today for more information!!

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Halloween at Disney

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All the Announcements from Today’s Halfway to Halloween for Halloween at Disney!

It’s hard to comprehend in April, but it is now Halfway to Halloween! And now, we have some idea of what to expect this fall! Let’s take a look at Halloween at Disney!!

Halloween at Disney
MNSSHP 2018

Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party will return in 2022! I always hated Halloween before I celebrated Halloween at Disney, and now, it’s my FAVORITE event! The party will run on 37 nights beginning August 12 through October 31, 2022. Tickets will range from $109-$199, and will go on sale to the public on May 18. Do you already have a reservation during this time frame? GUESS WHAT?! Your tickets go on sale on May 12! Don’t miss out! This event is awesome and, as it was missing last year, it’s sure to sell out quickly this year!

party dates
  • AUG: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • SEPT: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • OCT: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Halloween at Disney
Photo: Disney
what to expect
  • The Headless Horseman rides again! Don’t miss the Headless Horseman as he trots down Main St USA! And right after he’s finished, catch “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade!” It’s the absolute best parade! You’re going to LOVE IT!
  • Go Trick-or-Treating with a special reusable bag featuring a keepsake 50th Anniversary Celebration and Halloween Design. I may or may not have brought home whole suitcases full of candy before!
  • The return of the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” starring the Sanderson Sisters and your FAVORITE Disney Villains!
  • See you favorite Disney characters dressed up for Halloween at unique meet and greets throughout the park
  • Catch attraction overlays on the following attractions: Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
  • Jack Skellington hosts the “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular” nighttime extravaganza, featuring projections, special effects, fireworks, music, and Disney characters!
  • Special food items inspired by fall flavors and Halloween
  • much more!!
Halloween at Disney
Photo: Disney

Disneyland Resort

Halloween at Disney - DLR
Oogie Boogie Bash

Great news, West Coasters! The Oogie Boogie Bash WILL return again to Disney’s California Adventure! Stay tuned for more details to come as fall approaches. And be on the look out for Mickey and Minnie’s ALL NEW Halloween Costumes!

Halloween at Disney
Mickey and Minnie’s new Costumes

Disneyland Paris

Across the pond, they have announced dates not only for Halloween but also Christmas!! The Halloween Festival will run from October 1-November 6, with their Disney Halloween Parties on October 29 and 31. Then, Disney Enchanted Christmas will run from November 12-January 8! And not to be missed, join Disneyland Paris on December 31 for their New Year’s Eve Party!

Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas
Photo: Disney

And lastly, join one of the Halloween on the High Seas Sailings for a spooky voyage at sea! First off, an all-new character meet and greet! Meet Clarabelle Cow, Minnie Mouse, and Daisy Duck as they dress up as the Sanderson Sisters! HOW ADORABLE!!!

The ship atriums will feature enchanted pumpkin trees with a spooky twist, while “Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party” brings back a fun-filled costume party for all to enjoy!

Experience some villainous takeovers in adult-exclusive venues! And, of course, catch Halloween-themed movies on Funnel Vision! Halloween on the High Seas take place on sailings in September and October from Port Canaveral, Miami, and New York City! Contact me for sailing dates today!!

Halloween at Disney
Photo: Disney

For more information about these locations, you can visit this link! If you’d like more information on these Halloween at Disney offerings, contact me today!

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Disneyland Review

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly-My Disneyland Review: Is Disneyland the Superior US Theme Park?

Disneyland Review
One-stop Shop!

Let’s get into it, shall we? Now that I’ve returned from the West Coast, I’m ready to give my full Disneyland Review, and settle the “who does it better” debate once and for all! Well, maybe not once and for all, but at least for this moment in time. Ok, maybe you won’t be swayed until you take your own trips to compare. Whatever. So for years, I thought Disneyland was tiny and trashy and not at all interesting after visiting Walt Disney World. But we are big Avengers fans and wanted to visit Avengers Campus, so we decided to head out to Anaheim and check things out. Let’s get into it!

Disneyland Review

HOW TO GET TO CALIFORNIA

First things first, you will obviously need to get to California. You could drive, like the Griswolds, across the country, but we decided the convenience of a flight was a much more appealing option, so we booked our flights on Southwest, our preferred airline.

But first, we had to decide which airline we wanted to fly into. There are five or six viable options in Southern California: Santa Ana/Orange County/John Wayne (SNA), Los Angeles (LAX), Long Beach (LGB), LA/Ontario (ONT), and Burbank/Bob Hope (BUR). There is not really a “bad” airport, per se, but there are some that will be better for your sanity than others. Ultimately, we chose to go with John Wayne.

  1. SNA/Orange County/John Wayne: this is the only airport in Orange County, which happens to also be the home of Disneyland. It is a short 14 miles from Disneyland and, by far, the most convenient. We landed at 10:50 and were in our hotel room by 11:45. It does not get any better than that! John Wayne is smaller, easier to access, has a fast TSA checkpoint, and car rental available right at the terminal. There is also an overabundance of cabs and ride share. Disneyland is a $60 cab ride or $30 Uber/Lyft away! Two thumbs up! Highly recommend!
  2. LAX: if you like big, massive, chaotic airports, or really wanna catch the Hollywood sign, this is where you should go. Located 30 miles northwest of Disneyland, this is the number one origin and destination airport in the world. It is massive, chaotic, crowded, and you have to deal with LA traffic to get anywhere. But it may offer more flexibility with your flights. But be warned!
  3. LGB/Long Beach: a short 22 miles from Disneyland, this might be the second-best option for fans of quiet airports with fast and efficient TSA checkpoints. JetBlue usually offers great deals for LGB.
  4. ONT/LA-Ontario: 33 miles away from Disneyland, this airport is incredibly small, quiet, and, again, a fast TSA checkpoint. About 20% of the time, you will get a deal to fly into this airport, especially with Delta and Southwest.
  5. BUR/Bob Hope: if you REALLY want to see a Kardashian, this is your best bet. This airport is 40 miles away and you will have to go THROUGH the LA traffic to get to Disneyland. I would say this is the airport of last resort.

Where to Stay

While there are not as many Disney properties available, there is no shortage of hotel options. Whether you choose a Disney Resort or a Good Neighbor Hotel, you’re not likely to be disappointed.

disneyland resorts
Disneyland Review - Grand California

Disneyland has three “on site” properties: Paradise Pier, Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and the Disneyland Hotel. Paradise Pier is considered the “Value” Resort, and rumor has it, it’s being rethemed. Currently, there are no open restaurants and the pool is being refurbished. It is also the furthest from the parks. So right now? I’d say that’s a hard pass.

Up next, you have the Grand Californian. This is as Deluxe as you get at the Disneyland Resort. I would say this is the Wilderness Lodge bumped into the Grand Floridian category. You will have a private entrance into California Adventure (with valid theme park admission AND park pass reservation) and Downtown Disney. This is the closest Disneyland Resort to the theme parks. If you can afford it, I say go for it! This is also home to Princess dining, which you can, of course, attend without a resort reservation.

And finally, the Disneyland Hotel. Not gonna lie, I love it. Even with all the construction currently happening. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Even the bathrooms are perfectly themed! But, even with this being the flagship hotel and the moderate resort, it’s still a bit of a walk to the theme parks. This hotel is on the other side of Downtown Disney.

Disneyland Review: for on-site hotels, the edge is obviously with Walt Disney World. There are some 27 on-site hotels to choose from, value to Deluxe Villa. HOWEVER, with the hotels ALL within walking distance to the parks? Game changer. The edge in convenience goes to Disneyland.

good neighbor hotels

What if you can’t find a reservation at one of the Disneyland Resorts? Or what if you just can’t afford them? Not to worry, there are a TON of great hotels near Disneyland, and most of them are a short walk away.

Disneyland Review - Guardians from the Anaheim Hotel

In fact, many of the good neighbor hotels are actually CLOSER to the parks than the Disneyland Resorts. We stayed at the Anaheim Hotel, which recently went through a complete overhaul (which is still somewhat in progress) and I can honestly say it’s closer than the Contemporary is to the Magic Kingdom. You can see Guardians of the Galaxy from the hotel and it is LITERALLY across the street. We were able to take an hour break one day that was actually almost a whole hour spent in our room napping, instead of at a bus stop.

Disneyland Review - Anaheim Hotel
Front Room Lounge – Anaheim Hotel

There are literally a bunch of great hotels within the Disneyland area, and, again, many are walkable and closer than the Disneyland Resorts. There are water parks and free breakfast (locations vary, of course) and even views of the fireworks. While they are quite plentiful, they are not nearly as nice as the Disneyland Resorts. But if you’re just looking for a place to rest your head at night? They’ll do just fine.

DISNEYLAND REVIEW: the edge is obvious. With Good Neighbor Hotels, Disneyland wins. While Walt Disney World has much larger and much nicer Good Neighbor Hotels, they are not walkable, the transportation to the parks is very sketchy, and you do not feel like you are “at” Disney. For lodging overall, I put Walt Disney World as the better option. There are nicer, more affordable on-site hotels, and enough of them that you don’t actually need to consider Good Neighbor Hotels. But the WDW point only applies if you’re there for more than just theme parks!

Transportation

I don’t even need to think about it. Disneyland wins AND IT ISN’T EVEN CLOSE. Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland is a pedestrian resort. Other than to and from the airport, I didn’t get in any vehicles at all, and it was amazing. EVERYTHING is walkable. There is only ONE checkpoint to get through for both theme parks and Downtown Disney. The parks are so close to each other we saw the projections from Disneyland Park while getting off of Radiator Springs back in CarsLand. I don’t feel like any time on my vacation was wasted waiting on a bus. GAME, SET, MATCH: Disneyland.

Theme Parks and Downtown Disney

Let’s start with logistics. Disneyland is absolute PERFECTION. Completely walkable. Park Hopping takes SECONDS, not hours. If you want something to eat in Downtown Disney? 5 minute walk, tops. If you want to take a SHORT break midday for a power nap? No waiting over an hour for a shuttle bus. It’s as amazing as it sounds.

Starting with Downtown Disney, and I have no complaints. It is much, much smaller than Disney Springs, but there are plenty of options. For food options, I do give the edge to Walt Disney World, because it has the Boathouse, Erin McKenna’s, Polite Pig, and more. But the dining options in Downtown Disney are nothing to laugh at! We ate three meals here and they did not disappoint. And I don’t remember ever seeing a massive pickle dog at Disney Springs!

Downtown Disney Pickle Dog
Hand-Dipped Pickle Corn Dog

Disneyland Park. Alright, the 100% honest Disneyland Review: it’s the same but so different. But right off the bat, what is that castle? I feel like I’ve built things with legos that are more impressive. Castle hands down goes to Walt Disney World. And, again, it’s not even close. Moving on, though. My first impression was literally awe. I was walking where Walt Disney had walked and that is a bit overwhelming. Problematic as he may have been, without him, we do not have these places. So, thanks Walt.

Next up, can we talk about the SIZE of Main St? Amazing. Even when it’s packed full of people for fireworks or rope drop, YOU CAN BREATHE. It is what? Double the size of the Magic Kingdom? And, unlike Florida, it wasn’t 100% built in the sun. There is actually shade! AND TREES! There are trees in California! Magic Kingdom really lost something when they took all the trees out of the Hub area. Yes, it opened up the visuals for nighttime spectaculars, but it was visually amazing. Main St USA goes to Disneyland. It’s fantastic. All of it.

Walt's Apartment
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California Adventure gives off Hollywood Studios vibes IMMEDIATELY, which I love, because Hollywood Studios is my favorite park. But DCA was the most shocking part of the trip for me. I. Love. It. For starters, it is MUCH bigger than it looks. When you walk in the gates, it looks like it’s all squished together, but it is really quite large! Secondly, you could easily get through all the rides here in no time, but this park, like Hollywood Studios, is SO MUCH more than just the rides. Take time to explore the details, the shows, the shops, the exhibits….it’s all magnificent. CarsLand is HANDS DOWN the best land in any American Park. And, shockingly, IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE. Do NOT miss this place at night. You WILL feel like you’re in the movie. It’s incredible. For the purposes of this Disneyland Review, I was pleasantly surprised.

Lightning McQueen
How do the rides compare?

Can you have a Disneyland Review without talking about the rides? Not a chance. Everything you’ve heard is true. The duplicate rides in both parks are superior in Disneyland. Except maybe Peter Pan. It’s still overrated in BOTH parks (sorry, not sorry. It’s not worth it unless you have a lightning lane). Disneyland’s unique rides are fantastic. Things you should NOT skip: Indiana Jones, Guardians of the Galaxy, WebSlingers, IncrediCoaster, Monsters Inc, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Matterhorn, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, and Storybook Canal Boats. You can pass on Snow White, she was better when it was scary.

I think Disneyland would be PERFECT with EPCOT. That’s the only thing that is missing. The California Food & Wine Festival was delicious (AND full size drinks, not shots for $8), but EPCOT is SO much better.

Final thoughts, on this, my Disneyland Review: while both parks are amazing, I really love Disneyland. I was not run over by a stroller once. The people were so chill and nice, not overly entitled at all. When I did get hit by an ECV, the person apologized (I thought I was dreaming). Disneyland was a vacation. Yes, we were exhausted. Yes, we walked about 10 miles a day. But we were able to relax. We could sit down and enjoy ourselves. Everything being walkable is the complete difference. There’s no feeling of “IF WE DON’T GO NOW WE’LL MISS THE BUS!” I will most definitely go back!

Ready to book your trip? Contact me today!!!

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Disability Access Service

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My Personal Experience with Using Disability Access Service, DAS, Pre-Registration at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

The Disability Access Service at Disney Parks, or the DAS Pass, is available for those guests that cannot wait in traditional line queues for extended periods of time. This does not include people with mobility issues, requiring a wheelchair or ECV. Many line queues are actually ADA Compliant. This is for the Guest with cognitive disabilities, like autism or ADHD. Or diseases like Crohn’s Disease, where a Guest has to have immediate access to a restroom.

Disability Access Service
Space Mountain – Disneyland

How to Qualify for DAS

In order to qualify, you will be required to explain why you, or your child, cannot PHYSICALLY tolerate long lines. For example, a child with sensory issues may become triggered by crowds and the loud noises they come with. Or a child with ADHD may not be able to physically stand still, and could become aggressive when forced to do so. Whatever the reason, be prepared to explain it in as much detail as you feel comfortable with. Disney cannot and will not accept a Physician’s Note, so don’t waste time with that. Just kindly and clearly explain your needs. Approval and denial is entirely at cast member discretion.

What is the Difference Between DAS and Genie+? Do I Need Both?

Disability Access Service - Genie+

DAS is a free service only available to those guests with disabilities. Genie+ is a paid service that anyone can use to skip waiting in line. That’s the first difference! The second difference is how/when you obtain the return times.

Genie+ – Walt Disney World

In order to obtain a return time, or Lightning Lane, for Genie+, you need to first BUY it. Then, you need to get onto the My Disney Experience App at 7:00 am every day and start booking your Lightning Lane return times. (This is for guests that are staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort). Next, this is only for those attractions that have the Lightning Lane included in Genie+. If it is an Individual, i.e. paid, Lightning Lane, that is a different process. If the attraction doesn’t have Lightning Lane but there is a line, you just wait.

Genie+ – Disneyland Resort

Now, on the West Coast, you can only buy Individual Lightning Lanes or book Lightning Lane return times once you tap in to the park. PERSONAL OPINION: Genie+ is MUCH better on the West Coast. Don’t shoot the messenger!

do i need both?
Rise of the Resistance

The answer to this one is complicated. So, if the person that the DAS is registered to is NOT riding, and you want to ride, you will need Genie+. If the person that the DAS is registered to is fully intending to ride every single ride, you can double up with Genie+. But if the wait times and crowds are low? You might not need it. It will all depend on how much you want to do and how quickly you want to ride. We use the waits, sometimes, to sit down and rest, use the bathroom, or gets snacks and drinks. It will all be a matter of preference!

DAS Pass – Pre-Register

Before you use it, you must register for DAS and get approved. You can do this in two ways. First, you can pre-register by taking part in a video chat here for Disneyland and here for Walt Disney World. With pre-registering, you can get your pass between 2-30 days before your first PARK PASS RESERVATION (not the first day of your stay, unless that is also your first Park Pass). Once approved, you may also reserve up to two one-hour return times per day with the Cast Member on the video chat. The Attractions eligible for pre-registration are LAND and WORLD.

das pass – on-site register

You may also choose to wait until you arrive, and obtain your DAS Pass on-site. To do so, you will need to visit Guest Relations (Disneyland – City Hall, Chamber of Commerce, or any Guest Information Location. Walt Disney World – City Hall at Magic Kingdom or Guest Relations at any park). Once there, the person that needs the DAS will need to be present, you will explain why you need the pass. If approved, the Cast Member will take your (or your child’s) photo and link your party to that DAS Pass. Make sure everyone who will be in your group is all linked together. Then you can obtain your initial return time. You cannot pre-register for more than 1 attraction at that time unless you do so in advance via video chat.

Disability Access Service
DAS Return Time in Plans
DAS Return Time in Plans
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I have had the opportunity to visit both parks since DAS became available for pre-registry, so let’s talk about it. I have sat on hold for the video chat for over 6 hours 3 times and have yet to get an actual person. In both instances, though, we were able to obtain the DAS pass in the parks in under 5 minutes, and that includes the technical difficulties we temporarily experienced at Disneyland, and our first return time. I don’t know that we will ever go through with the pre-registry, simply because it is so simple to just do it in the parks, and we have become big fans of waiting until we’re there to start choosing our attractions. I’ve heard tales that if you do want to pre-register, early Sunday morning has been the most successful.

They have added the option to obtain Return Times for Disability Access Service on the My Disney Experience App, rather than running all over the park at each attraction. This was a GAME CHANGER. As soon as you tap into your return time, you can obtain the next one. It is exactly like Genie+ except that you cannot stack return times. Like I said previously, if the wait times are low, you will not likely need both. We were able to do everything at Disneyland and California Adventure, including Radiator Springs (twice), Rise of the Resistance, Web Slingers (twice), Guardians (three times), and more!

The Disability Access Service process is incredibly simple and it’s great that Disney Parks offer this option to people who cannot physically wait in line. I can’t wait to get back to Walt Disney World and use the updated service, just to see how the two locations compare! Are you ready to book your Disney Parks vacation? Contact me today!

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Cruising with Autism

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What to know about Cruising with Autism aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Line

Cruising with Autism
Royal Caribbean – Wonder of the Seas

Families traveling with Autistic family members and friends can encounter scenarios and environments that are not common in their everyday lives. And these can be incredibly stressful for individuals that thrive on the known and the routine. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Line both offer opportunities for groups cruising with Autism to cruise safely and securely, eliminating stress and worry. Well, to a certain extent! Let’s talk about what each cruise line can do for those guests cruising with Autism!

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Cruising with Autism

Royal Caribbean offers an autism friendly initiative for families living with autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. This includes sensory friendly films and toys, dietary menu options, and overall autism friendly training for Adventure Ocean staff and more.

Autism Friendly Features

families living with autism
Cruising with Autism - Coco Cay Family Cabana

Royal Caribbean provides priority check-in, boarding and departure for families with Autism, and special dietary accommodations when necessary. These are brilliant accommodations for families with autism, as waiting is oftentimes one of the most difficult tasks for Autistic individuals.

Children ages 3-11 years old can receive flexible grouping by ability and exception to the toilet-training policy in Adventure Ocean. Pagers and/or phones may be available for parents while autistic children are in the care of the Adventure Ocean Club.

Autism friendly films
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Autism Friendly Films are movie theater experiences presented in a low-lit and low volume environment. Guests are encouraged to freely talk and walk around during the film. In order for a sailing to qualify for an autism friendly film, there must be at least five autistic children onboard. They are also offered on all autism group cruises.

Autism Friendly toy lending
Cruising with Autism - Autism Friendly Toy Lending

Available on all ships as part of the Adventure Ocean Youth Program, Autism Friendly Toy Lending is a newer program. You may request the program, and Royal Caribbean will provide a tote bag of Autism friendly toys that are appropriate for your child.

autism friendly activities
Cruising with Autism - Youth Activities

Royal Caribbean offers activities for children with all abilities. Families are encouraged to communicate their child’s needs and abilities to the well-trained staff so that the staff can make the appropriate modifications to make sure the children are all able to be included! So great!

Autism Social Story

A social story is a useful tool for a lot of children. It is a written or visual guide that describes various social interactions, situations, behaviors, skills, or concepts. These social stories can be useful to help prepare autistic children for what’s to come. You can visit Royal Caribbean’s Cruising Social Story here:

Royal Caribbean Social Story
autism offerings for teens and adults

In addition to everything above, Royal Caribbean also offers Teen and Adult programs. Unlike the children’s programs, though, the adult and teen programs do not provide supervision or one on one attention.

Disney Cruise Line

Cruising With Autism Disney Cruise Line

Much like Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line also offers accommodations for Autistic guests. First off, check-in. You can actually complete the online check-in at least 72 hours prior to sailing. When you do this, you can choose your terminal arrival time. This will cut down on your wait time for security screening. You can also identify your needs for the Cast Members and they will provide assistance.

disney cruise line social story

Disney Cruise Line’s Social Story comes in a downloadable 30-page activity booklet. This booklet is great for all kids, and highlights the arrival/boarding process, muster drill, as well as fun activities for kids. You can access this booklet here:

Cruising with Autism DCL Social Story
Disney Cruise Line
theaters, movies, and restaurants

Some restaurants and shows have audio/visual experiences, like strobe lights and fog, for example, that may be frightening. You can contact Disney Cruise Line Special Services at least 60 days in advance of sailing to discuss seating options.

In addition, Cast Members will be available beginning 30 minutes before shows at the Walt Disney Theater. You may request to hold seats if someone in your party cannot wait and must arrive as close to show time as possible. Seats in the back of the theater are usually recommended for guests that may need to come and go during the performance.

Finally, the Buena Vista Theater offers Family Movie Fun Time, which is an opportunity to enjoy a family feature film in a relaxed environment. Unlike a traditional movie theater experience, some lights will be left on, the volume will be turned down, and audience members are welcome to talk, leave their seats, walk around, and have fun.

characters, water slides, and debarkation
Disney Cruise Line Characters
Mickey and Minnie enjoying Alaska

Disney Cruise Line provides the opportunity for just one person to wait in line for characters if there is a member of your family with a disability that impacts their ability to wait in line. Single parents or guardians are also given the opportunity to speak to Character Greeters for assistance. For guests who want to ride the Aquaduck/Aquadunk/Mickey Slide/Twist n Spout, etc, but cannot wait in lines, it is advised to arrive just prior to opening or near closing. Unfortunately there are no alternate entrances for these experiences.

Your family can choose Express Walk Off, Mid-Point Debarkation, or Delayed Debarkation. These options are available to decrease the stress of the debarkation process. You may contact Disney Cruise Line Special Services at (407) 566-3602 or via email at specialservices@disneycruise.com.

youth activities – disney cruise line

Unlike Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line is unable to provide one-on-one counselor care, a counselor with specialty training, or counselor-assisted medical attention. There is also no exception for older children without the capacity for toilet training. Children who attend the Kids Clubs must be toilet trained and able to participate within counselor-to-child ratio groups.

Guests with Cognitive Disabilities are encouraged to attend Open House programs to take part in Kids Club activities.

So there you have it! Cruising with Autism! Cruising is a great way to see the world and it’s so wonderful to see travel companies embracing opportunities to include all families. Have you gone cruising? Let’s hear your experiences in the comments!

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Adventures by Disney

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Adventures By Disney: Group Vacations with the Disney Difference

Delight in a dream Disney family vacation and gain a lifetime of memories with Adventures by Disney—a leader in guided group travel. Adventures by Disney offers itineraries all over the world, short, weekend escapes to add before or after a Disney Cruise, Cruise Expeditions, and MORE! Offering 40+ Adventures over 7 continents, there is surely something for everybody!

Adventures by Disney
Photo: Adventures by Disney

So What IS Adventures by Disney?

Adventures by Disney is a completely unique, one-of-a-kind, luxury vacation. These are guided group vacations with the Disney Difference! You can choose weekend getaways, or land-based trips, or River Cruises, or even upgrades to your Disney Cruise Line Vacation!

So what is the Disney Difference? It is the quality you’ve come to expect with Disney, including authenticity, quality, safety, and MAGIC! You will get to know your specially-trained Adventure Guides, who will help with everything from helping plan own time activities to ensuring your luggage makes it from destination to destination!

authenticity that is hassle free!

You will also receive a true, authentic travel experience. Every itinerary includes local experts in addition to Adventure Guides. These local experts aid in providing the local authenticity of the destination while you’re there.

Adventures by Disney - Hassle free

And your trip will be 100% hassle free! Transportation, transfers, baggage handling and activity fees during your trip are taken care of, so you and your group can relax and enjoy an amazing adventure.

magic moments and vip access
Adventures by Disney - Magical Moments
Photo: Adventures by Disney

An Adventures by Disney vacation is your “backstage pass” to the world. These guided group vacations offer insider access for unique behind-the-scenes glimpses into exotic locales and select events around the globe. An Adventures by Disney vacation is your “backstage pass” to the world. Our guided group vacations offer insider access for unique behind-the-scenes glimpses into exotic locales and select events around the globe. The true Disney Difference!

Adventures by Disney
Drakenstein Valley, South Africa – Adventure Guide Kira

But why would I do this over the other companies that offer Group Tours?

Obviously, there are many other companies that offer trips similar to this, but what sets Disney apart from other companies are the experiences only Disney can provide, like a private, after-hours tour of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, participating in an Alms offering ceremony with monks in Laos, learning the art of Peruvian weaving from master artisans, and so much more! And, of course, being Disney, these vacations cater mainly towards families. Each itinerary is appropriate for children and families, allowing the whole family to experience amazing destinations around the world together. At the end of each day of the trip, every guest receives a special Disney pin – a Disney collectible you can only get on Adventures by Disney!

Adventures by Disney
Rafting down the Colorado River – Adventure Guide Kira

Everything Included in your Adventures by Disney Itinerary

Transportation and world-class accommodations

You will be met right from the jump when you arrive at the airport! Disney organizes all of the transportation between airports and hotels, right up until your final departure.

All hotels must meet the Disney Standard on the entire Adventures by Disney vacation, meaning you will never be in a sketchy location, wondering if a serial killer is staying in the next room!

Tickets and Admissions to Events and Attractions

You will have absolutely nothing to think about except the amazing time you and your family will be having seeing the world!

Your trip will include MOST meals. While some of them will be on your own, a great many of them are included. You will also have the opportunity to dine in many spectacular dining locations that locals around the world swear by! Dreamt of dining under the stars around a campfire in Alaska? THEY CAN DO THAT!! Contact me to hear more about amazing dining opportunities and trip itineraries!! All taxes and gratuities are also included in the price of your trip.

Adventures by Disney
Antarctica – Adventure Guide Kira

Adventures by Disney offers luggage services during the entirety of your trip. Just put the Adventures by Disney tag on your suitcase and they will take care of the rest! The Adventure Guides also serve as your personal concierge. They will aid in the planning of “on your own time!”

VIP Treatment

Every trip receives 2 Disney-trained Adventure Guides. They know everything about the itinerary and locations you will be traveling to. They will arrange private events, privately-guided tours, unprecedented backstage access, bypassing lines at popular museums and attractions, special kids-only adventures, and unique cultural experiences with local experts at every site!

PENGUINS!!! – Adventure Guide Kira

Looking for even MORE information, including Destinations? Visit my Adventures by Disney site then contact me for your Adventures by Disney quote!

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