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North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World June 8th 2021

In Disney World lingo, "rope drop" is when you arrive at a park before opening. People do this to walk right onto a popular ride when the park opens and to go on other attractions while crowds are fairly low. Normally, rope-dropping doesn't interest me much, but I feel much differently during the pandemic. I wanted to prioritize getting on indoor rides early in the day before there was much wait, and that's exactly what we were able to do! Magic Kingdom was scheduled to open at 8am. I read that the best way to rope drop is to be at your bus station 90 minutes early. Joanna and I got there right at 6:33. Disney isn't filling buses to capacity right now, which is nice, but it means you wait longer for buses. We didn't ... read more
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Cinnamon rolls at Gaston's
Splash Mountain!

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World June 7th 2021

Disney World offers such fabulous resorts. We've learned to always plan a "resort day" when we go to Disney World. This is a day where we get to recover a bit from all the walking (I hit over 28,000 steps yesterday!), and we can also enjoy our resort amenities. For Joanna, this meant we did a lot of swimming today! We're staying in the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, and this section has its own pool. It's smaller than The Big Blue Pool in the center of the resort. We've spent time swimming in the Little Mermaid pool already, so, this morning, after breakfast, we decided to check out The Big Blue Pool. It has a zero entry side, so it's probably a good choice for families with little kids. It also has a ... read more
The Big Blue Pool
The Floating Skyliner Station at Art of Animation Resort
Ice Cream at Beaches & Cream

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World June 6th 2021

This morning, Joanna and I were up early. We mobile ordered breakfast at our resort. I thought we'd pick it up and bring it to our room, but it's quite the hike from our room in the Little Mermaid section to the main building at Art of Animation. So, when we arrived, we opted to eat there rather than carry a tray of food all the way back. There are tables set up outside, so it's really a nice and safe place to eat. As we ate, a squirrel came right up to us. Joanna was thrilled, but I was trying to scare it away. It took a long time to be deterred! Later, a bird flew right up to us and landed on the back of my chair. I jumped in surprise, and a woman ... read more
Checking for a Hook Hand
Living with the Land
Flower & Garden Topiaries

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World June 5th 2021

In January 2020, just before the pandemic hit, my friends and I began planning a girls' weekend at Disney World for October. It was going to be us and our daughters. I was so excited for that trip, but then came COVID-19.... ...No one knew how long the pandemic would last. So, we kept our trip booked until the last day for almost-free cancelations. Disney allows people to cancel up to 30 days before a trip, and you get a full refund on your room or package. Unfortunately, we didn't purchase a package. We bought our tickets separately, and those were non-refundable. Disney extended the expiration date by nearly a year, and our tickets are set to expire in September 2021. I've since rebooked the trip a few times, but I always chickened out and canceled. ... read more
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Olaf is happy in the Florida heat

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World September 26th 2019

It was cool, but kinda scary. At the top you see the track was broken. Then it went backwards. The most terrifying part was rushing backwards really quickly. It was dark and you didn’t know where you were going. There was a big forward drop and that was pretty fun. Really wanted to get back on it but the queue was a bit big and we had to go for breakfast (don’t have food before doing this ride)... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World September 26th 2019

Today we went on a ride called dinosaur and it was amazing. On the ride you can see dinosaurs like carnotaurus and they appear to come right at you. For me this the most terrifying ride in animal kingdom. And yes, I went on it again straight away. ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World September 25th 2019

In one word....Awesome!!! We used the fast pass and jumped most of the queues. Only had to wait about 10 minutes. The ride was short but fun. All the dips and turns were the best. I did lots of yelling and screaming, but really liked it. Will do again as soon as I can!! ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World October 11th 2018

So, it's been a while and I don't think anyone reads these anymore but my kids want to start looking into what their parents got up to in the olden days so I'm going to make another effort on these pages! Quick update, surprisingly we've not had any more kids since our last blog, the big three are now all at school (p6, p4 and p1) and Martha will be two in a few weeks time. We're actually just back from another holiday (October 2019) which is the opposite of what I'm writing about here, this trip to Florida (October 2018) was a full on exhausting adventure and next month we're going to the Isle of Barra in the Scottish Outer Hebrides for some much needed unplugging off-grid time. I've been doing a lot of traveling ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 29th 2018

The one about the Disney Experience. There are no pictures in today’s blog, , not yet anyway. I have no wifi where I am writing this and I have so many pictures to edit and add here. I want to wait until I get some type of wifi signal in the next few days and will add them when I can. NOTE: I ADDED PICTURES ON THE FLY ONE DAY. SOME TURNED OUT UPSIDE DOWN AND FUNKY. YOU GET THE IDEA. Disney World is such an awesome place. It is impossible not to get wrapped up in the whole excitement of the place. On one of our tram rides someplace I spied a young couple wearing the “I Do” pin Disney provides to the “just marrieds.” They were married 2 days ago and all glowy. Cute ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World October 13th 2017

We are back! Ann, Riley and I returned from a fabulous vacation in the Caribbean and at Walt Disney World. I’ve included a couple tips for Walt Disney World at the bottom of this blog as we found them very helpful for avoiding long lines, saving money and generally feeling more efficient. We flew down on a Friday and had a full day Saturday to get acclimatised before heading to the Port Canaveral cruise terminal on Sunday. We had purchased a 5-day (for the price of 4 days) Disney World pass. Instead of trying to squeeze all 5 days at the end of our trip, we decided to use one before we cruised. We slept in after our midnight arrival then took an Uber car to Disney World Hollywood Studios. We had read that it was ... read more
Good times on the cruise ship
Largest cruise ship on the ocean
Ann and Riley in Haiti

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