ADRs are BOOKED

180 days hit this week and I am very pleased that we managed to get everything that we wanted – phew. I love it when a plan comes together.

What do you think?

Sunday 3rd May EPCOT and Akershus for breakfast

Monday 4th May MK Crystal Palace for brunch

Tuesday 5th May Disney Springs Terralina for lunch (although hoping to change this for House of Blues instead)

Wednesday 6th May AK Rainforest Cafe for dinner

Thursday 7th May DHS Sci-Fi Dine In for lunch

Friday 8th May MK BOG for breakfast then CRT for dinner

Saturday 9th May Blizzard Beach then Whispering Canyon for lunch

Sunday 10th May Chef Mickey’s for lunch then MK

Monday 11th May EPCOT then Via Napoli for dinner

Tuesday 12th May DHS Hollywood & Vine for dinner with Fantasmic

Wednesday 13th May AK and Tusker House for lunch

Thursday 14th May ‘Ohana for brunch then MK

Friday 15th May MK BOG lunch then 1900 Park Fayre for last dinner 😦

Felicity is most looking forward to CRT and ‘Ohana, Steve loves Tusker House and Rainforest Cafe. Me, I love them all. But I can not wait for the breakfast lasagna at CP and dining with the princesses.

See ya real soon!!!

Guest post – What I am MOST looking forward to when I go to WDW.

What I’m most looking forward to when I go to Walt Disney World

BY Jamie Humphreys-Stone (age 11).

Firstly, I am looking forward to the very highly anticipated Galaxy’s Edge and all the attractions that are in it. Galaxy’s Edge is supposedly meant to feature ground breaking technology in both two rides not including the rest of Blackspire Outpost (the fictional location of the area at Galaxy’s Edge).

Visitors to the planet Batuu peruse dolls, vehicles and other fun novelties at the Toydarian Toymaker
Photo from Disney

Secondly, I am looking forward to the meet and greets as I haven’t done them since I was young. So, it’s exciting that I get to experience them especially the Mickey Mouse one.

Felicity with The Main Mouse at Tusker House, AK

Third, I’m looking forward to going to Hollywood Studios as there is so much more open. Toy Story Land being one of them and as I love the Toy Story films, I’m sure I’m going to have a great time there.

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My photo from Slinky Dog Dash in 2018

Fourth, I’m looking forward to visiting Pandora located in the B park as it is my favourite ride ever. I also love the beautiful landscape, especially the luscious, floating mountains.

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View of Pandora from our trip in 2018

Finally, I am looking forward to conquering my fear by going on Summit Plummet in Blizzard Beach. Blizzard Beach is a water-park that is themed to a dessert that went through a blizzard. Summit Plummet is a ride that drops straight down in a thrilling rush.

The iconic Summit Plummet on Mount Gushmore with the sun rising on the horizon
Photo from Disney

Thank you so much to Jamie for contributing to the blog again. You can find the link to his last post here .

What are YOUR favourite things that you are MOST looking forward to doing on your next trip to Walt Disney World?

Comment below and let us know.

Until next time …..

AMAZING NEWS

Hello everyone.

It has been a little while since I have had a chance to sit down and do some writing.

A few things have happened in that time. Sadly, my job came to an end in July, and I was truly spoiled by the kids and parents that I worked with. Although I will miss it, most of ‘my’ kids have moved on to Yr7, and I have been very lucky to have become good friends with several of the mums, who I have already enjoyed coffee with since the summer holiday began a couple of weeks ago.

We went to France for a week with family (not DLP) and had a lovely time. As I had been so down about work, and the fact that we are both celebrating turning 40 this year, we decided that a WDW holiday was indeed in order to cheer everyone up and give us all something to plan and look forward to.

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As soon as we were home, I was on the phone to https://www.floridatix.com/ and https://www.chartertravel.co.uk/ and I am thrilled to announce that we will be returning to our favourite Port Orleans Riverside (POR) resort next May. As of writing, it is 254 days and I’m not sure if I could be more excited right now.

So far we have sorted:

Flights – VA from LGW to MCO

Hotel – POR garden view for 14 nights

Tickets – 14 day WDW Ultimate

Dining – Full DDP for the 2 weeks

We have decided to do JUST WDW and for the first time, we don’t have a car. This means I get to use Magical Express which I am obviously totes excited about.

We already know some of the ADRs we’d like to book again.

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Felicity wants to do CRT, ‘Ohana and Chef Mickey’s, Steve wants to try Rainforest Cafe in AK and House of Blues and I’d like to return to Crystal Palace and Akershus and maybe try Garden Grill?

Tusker House and 1900 Park Fayre are also strong possibilities …

FPs will be hopefully obtained for all the famously hard to get i.e. FoP, Slinky and of course, the new SW stuff which will be open by then. Thank goodness we have the 60 day window to book them.

There is always a ton of new stuff to look forward to. When people say, why do you go back to the same place, time and time again, I do wonder if they know just how much stuff there actually is to do there? This will be my 9th trip and I have in no way done it all. There are always things to see and food to try.

I will most definitely have Snack Goals and aim to take A LOT of photos for future blog posts. I post reviews on other people’s pages, but I would like to more for myself too.

Clothes also is an exciting part of the planning process. Now that Felicity fits into small adult t-shirts, there will be much matching to be done. She may be 9, but she is still my little princess, and thankfully she still wants to do Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique and eat with the princesses :-).

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Touring Plans (https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/crowd-calendar) is looking pretty good, with lots of days under 5 for crowds.

It is still ages until we can actually book anything else, but that time will fly by I am sure.

In my next post, I shall write about the new things (to us) that we hope to do.

See ya real soon!!!

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Top Ten Best Walt Disney World Rides – in the opinion of an 11 year old.

Welcome to my very first Guest Post! This is an amazing piece written by the son of a good friend of mine who is just as Disney mad as me.

Top Ten Best Walt Disney World Rides from the perspective of Jamie Humphreys-Stone a 11-year-old boy.

This is all my opinion, and this is based off what rides I’ve experienced.

Number 10: Mission Space

I like Mission Space as although it’s a bit rough but then again, what do you expect, you’re going to Mars. This ride uses high tech to make you feel like you’re right in the driver’s seat of a space craft. Depending on what seat your sat on, your either an Engineer, Pilot, Commander or Navigator. Overall, I think this a fun and clever experience that you’ll never forget.

Number 9: Big Thunder Mountain

I like Big Thunder Mountain as: there is an interesting story that submerges you in the Wild West. The general rollercoaster is fun and exhilarating too it is always sure to give you a WILD RIDE!!!

Number 8: Splash Mountain

I like Splash Mountain as it tells the story of the classic live action/cartoon Song of The South film (like Bed-knobs And Broomsticks) through many twists, turns, drops and most of all audio animatronics. I like most of all the final drop at the end. But BEWARE you may GET WET!

FUN FACT:

95,000 gallons of water are used in Splash Mountain!

Number 7: Peter Pan’s Flight

I like Peter Pan’s Flight as Peter Pan is a classic Disney film and the ride does a fantastic job of telling the story. When it was opened in 1971 it was ahead of its time, other then the version of itself in California, although some think that Walt Disney World version is better. The ride itself does justice to the film as you set sail to NEVERLAND!

Number 6: Test Track

I like Test Track as it is the fastest ride in Walt Disney World, and you get to design a car and then test it hence the attractions name. You vigorously test your vehicle in this simulator on the road, off road, in cold weather conditions and in hot weather. You’ll be racing at a top speed of 64.9 miles per hour!

Number 5: Expedition Everest

I like Expedition Everest as you go on train journey to the top of a mountain and according to the story of the ride to try and find a yeti that apparently lives up there. This ride is based on a myth/legend which in this ride is true, you encounter the yeti many times in this ride and he even rips up the track! Causing you to roll backwards!

Number 4: Soarin’

I like Soarin’ as it takes you on a magical trip that really submerges you in the action of a flight. It allows you to smell things through a pod that dispenses different smells depending were you are in the world on the ride. Which makes the experience even better then just being raised up and staring at the screen.

Number 3: Navi River Journey

I like Navi River Journey as it is incredibly colourful and is based on one of my favourite film franchises Avatar. Pandora is the magical world in which it takes place.  There is a very good animatronic at the end of the ride of an Avatar, which is one of its kind. This ride is very good for kids, much like Pirates of The Caribbean as anyone can go on it and in my option is one of the best Disney creations.

 Number 2: Rock’n Roller Coaster

I like Rock’n Roller Coaster as I love music and this ride focuses on this, especially a band called Aerosmith. The ride launches you in a super stretch limo going fast and going upside-down 3 times. But, this is not for the faint-hearted as it is flooring it to get you to the concert on time.

Number 1: Avatar Flight of Passage  

I love Avatar Flight of Passage so much I can’t express it in words… But I’ll try, you link with an Avatar, then your banshee (the creature you ride on) in the story. It all starts in the queue where you enter an abandoned lab that’s being reused by us. You see many cool things there, including an animatronic Avatar floating in a preservation tank, before you enter the preshow. After that you sit on your ride vehicle and it starts, you ride across the land swooping, diving and rolling across Pandora smelling all the wonderful smells it has to offer.

In conclusion to this I do believe all these rides are amazing and, in my opinion, if you are looking to get the best out of your trip, even if you’re not a kid maybe prioritise these rides.

Thank you so much Jamie!!!

I would love to hear from anyone else who would like to collaborate and/or guest post on this blog.

First time in Florida – thinking about The Magic Kingdom.

When I first decided to start this blog, I asked some friends what would be helpful for them to read about in relation to WDW. There are so many websites already out there. I myself write about top tips for Floridatix and Felicity is an Unofficial WDW Kid. So what aspect of Disney could I write about that might appeal to a UK readership? The feedback I received was ‘tell us all about WDW and how to plan it from the UK‘.

People wanted to know more about what Disney is. It is a total mine-field of information and they felt even the official site was too wordy. Break it down for us they said. Make it easy to understand. Tell ME what to do to plan a WDW holiday.

I will break this up into various sections. There is a LOT of information to take in but hopefully I can make it into bite sized palatable pieces.

For me, it would make sense to start by talking about the parks themselves. Some people may have already been to DLP, and others might have never stepped foot on Disney property.

Whether you have been to Paris or not, WDW is so different.

Let’s start with the 4 main parks in WDW.

As I mentioned in my first post (you can find it here), the Magic Kingdom was the first of the WDW parks to open.

Magic Kingdom is broken up into several differently themed lands. You walk up Main Street USA towards Cinderella Castle and an area called The Hub. Think of it as a bicycle wheel with spokes coming off.

The lands that come off from The Hub are:

Tomorrowland,

New Fantasyland (including Storybook Circus),

Adventureland,

Frontierland and

Liberty Square – which is one of my favourite places in the whole of WDW.

There are different attractions, rides, shows, restaurants and shops within these lands.

Each land has at least one headliner attraction. Those in bold are FASTPASS attractions which means they are likely to be more popular, I will explain the process of obtaining these later.

Tomorrowland has Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Monster’s Inc Laughter Floor, Caroseul of Progress, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Astro Orbiter, Speedway and now only open seasonally, Stitches Great Escape

Fantasyland has Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mickey’s Philharmagic, It’s a Small World, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, the Barnstormer, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak station and the Barnstormer.

Adventureland has Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Room, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Swiss Family Treehouse and Tom Sawyer Island.

Frontierland has Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Country Bear Jamboree.

Liberty Square has the Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents and the Liberty Belle Riverboat .

And that is before you add in any of the character meet and greets or the restaurants. Or the shops which you can spend hours in just by themselves.

As I go through this blog, I will also do a quick breakdown of each attraction. I have an expert with me for this, as Felicity reviews attractions from a kids point of view for the Unofficial Guide to WDW for Kids.

https://www.facebook.com/TheUnofficialGuideToWaltDisneyWorldWithKids/.

Be my guest …

Welcome back!!!

I thought that I would spend a little bit of time in this post explaining who I am (just in case there happens to be someone out there who is reading this who doesn’t already know me …).

My name is Janine. I am 39 years old and have been lucky enough to visit WDW 8 times since 2001. That first trip when I was just 21, was a graduation present from my now in-laws. The 4 of us stayed in a lovely villa in Clermont and somehow managed to do all the parks and more in a thoroughly jam-packed 2 weeks. I married my lovely husband Steve in 2004, and we went back to Florida on our own in 2006 and 2008.

In 2009, my father-in-law treated us to another family stay in a villa, where we took along a lovely surprise as I was pregnant! This made for a very different type of trip.

Felicity was born in January 2010, and our life would never be the same. It sounds corny and cliche, but becoming a mum really was the best feeling in the entire world. She is amazing and my very best friend.

Next was our first trip with Felicity, in 2012. She was 2 and a 1/2 and I think this might be my favourite trip, although it is hard to chose between them. For the first time, we only did WDW so that we could take our time with her being so young. We took it slowly, had lots of breaks and spread the parks out over the 2 weeks. It was amazing.

We returned in 2013, again with Steve’s parents as they wanted to experience the Magic of Disney with their granddaughter. We had another first that changed our lives on this trip, we stayed on-site, in Port Orleans Riverside resort. For us, being in The Disney Bubble for a full 2 weeks was just incredible, we loved all the extras it allowed us.

We saved super hard and were able to stay in POR again in 2016 and 2018, both with the free Disney Dining Plan. In 2016 we had the Quick Service Dining Plan and in 2018, the full Dining Plan. These were amazing, and almost made the extra cost of staying in WDW justifiable cost-wise. I will talk more about the benefits of staying on-site and the ins and outs of the DDP later.

We do not have a trip planned currently. I would have loved to have visited this year, as we both have big birthdays and a decent wedding anniversary, but unfortunately I lost my job and my current zero hour contract isn’t bringing in enough to allow us to splurge on a Florida holiday 😦

I am trying to focus more on my writing now that I have an abundance of free time, and have been lucky enough to write for several theme park based blogs as well as Floridatix.

My 3 biggest passions in life are my family, Disney and writing. I am hoping that this blog will embody this. I want to help people plan, talk about my own trips, explain the way WDW works, review things and above all, provide just a little bit of Pixie Dust and Magic to anyone who is reading.

Until next time …