Disneys Yacht Club Resort: Hotel REVIEW

Thinking about Disney World? Hoping to see Galaxy Edge? READ about this resort…Yacht Club.

Hey guys, getting lots of calls/emails/messages about the NEW Star Wars Land, Galaxys Edge. I, for sure, have lots of advice and tips but one is this resort. NOT only is it a FAVORITE of mine, but it would be the BEST place to stay if Star Wars is #1 on your list. Disney World Yacht Club:

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
The Resort:

Disney’s Yacht Club is a Deluxe resort located between both Epcot and Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. It has a sister resort, for which its connected too – Disney’s Beach Club. So this means double the eats, double the shops and double the magic. You can pop in and out of each resort just as easy as it is to walk across the street. The rooms are usually 2 queens with a sofa bed (in some rooms). The views are great, even the basic Garden View can be breathtaking. And I have watched many firework shows from the resort.

The Pool:

So the #1 reason why I LOVE this resort is the main pool, Stormalong Bay. It’s nestled between the two resorts and features a LAZY RIVER. Thats right, you heard me. I could float and spin and coast on this river ALL DAY LONG. And if that wasn’t fun enough, another pool area has a sandy bottom beach. Yep, in the actual pool. I am talking sand castle building sand. Add a few slides, a few hot tubs and LOTS of chairs with umbrellas and you have the making for the BEST pool on Disney World Property.

The Boardwalk:

Both Resorts are located on a Boardwalk (not the same as the Boardwalk Resort). Disney’s Boardwalk is what you think, its a walking path that leads to entertainment of various sorts. It also connects the 2 resorts to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. But the Boardwalk itself is filled with shops, restaurants, bars, evening entertainment and shows. You just never know what you will find on the Boardwalk. Its makes for a nice family stroll, not to mention great views.

Location, Location, Location:

As mentioned above and in the Video, I love this resort for 2 main reasons; the pool and the location. You just can’t beat the ability to WALK to 2 of the 4 Disney Parks. Walking might sound like a pain, but it beats waiting for a bus, for transportation, EVERY single time, IMO. I have even timed it, it can be faster than the boats too. Grab a coffee and walk to the parks.

Star Wars Land – Galaxy’s Edge:

So…why is this resort PERFECT for Star Wars Fans, its location. That’s right, while everyone else is stuck in traffic or trying to jump in a crowded bus…you can walk. You can walk and park hop and enjoy yourself. This is what my family is doing once Star Wars Land opens this fall and I can’t be more excited. And clearly I am not the only one planning this as Yacht Club is very much booked for many, many dates.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations – Contact me TODAY!!

Favorite Vegan Disney World Snacks

Thinking about visiting Disney, but worried about the snacks? Vegan or have Food Allergies? Read this…

Hey fans, as I sit here and book magical trips for my clients (aka you) I drool fondly over my favorite Disney snacks. Snacks I wish I could get at home and snacks I wish you all could send back home to me. Being Vegan with Food Allergies I am limited…but not as limited as you would think. My Favorite Disney World Vegan Snacks:

#1: Mickey Pretzel:

Ok – so my hands down favorite is the plain and simple pretzel. 100% vegan and dairy-free, just add mustard (or at least I do). The fact that its shaped like Mickey just makes it so much tastier. We love eating his ears, then his eyes, etc. Its like a game and treat all in one. I like mine lightly salted, so I might wipe off a few salt rocks…but this is a snack I won’t leave a park without. AND its rumored that the sugar ones are vegan too 🙂

#2: Popcorn:

Yep and I am talking about the buttered (non-dairy) popcorn that they sell all over the parks. The fresh, made daily as you are walking by, popcorn. Get it in a fancy cute character bucket or in a toss away cardboard cup…its yum!! It’s great to share or enjoy solo…either way, nothing beats this popular snack. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy. You can also find, pre-packaged, flavored popcorn as well – check the candy, snack stores.

#3: Dole Whip:

So this one isn’t usually a HUGE shock, but ALL fruit flavors are Dairy-Free. Avoid the Vanilla. You can get pineapple, lemon, lime, strawberry, mango, etc…so many flavors…it just depends on the location and what the popular treat is at the moment. Lately they have been making them character themed with decorations. If these decorations are Chocolate based, just pass on the decor and get the Frozen yumminess as is. I have been truly impressed by the lemon and the lime. And I LOVE the mix, when they mix 2 flavors – YUM!!

Dole Whip!!
#4: Candied Almonds:

Sorry no-nut families, but I LOVE this snack. And they are vegan!! Always double check the ingredients…but I love these SO much I am known to get them every-time I see the stand, using several snack credits and keeping them in our bags. They usually last a few days, with us taking a few handfuls as desired. The nut carts aren’t everywhere, so you have to score when you can. We have seen Almonds, Cashews and Pecans…but the almonds have my heart.

#5: Erin McKenna Bakery:

So this place is located in Disney Springs and the ENTIRE place is Vegan and Gluten Free. Many of the items are to-die-for…but its the donuts that get me drooling. Another item I will purchase SEVERAL of and enjoy for several days during our vacation. I will even place an order for delivery. But the HUGE perk of this place is getting to pick your own cupcake or cookie, from the case. No waiting for a special one from the back, you can order just like everyone else – and thats the TRUE treat.

Erin McKenna DONUT!!
#6: Fruit/Veggies:

Just adding this as a side note – obviously these items are vegan, but noting as you can find fruit cups and veggie sticks in the parks. Toss the Ranch and you are good to go! Sometimes you can spot hummus or Sabra Pretzels/Hummus snack packs.

I would love to hear your list. I know there are other Vegan treats in the parks, but my faves are the ones I can get almost anywhere. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations – Contact me TODAY!!

Mickeys Very MERRY Christmas Party – Disney World

Thinking about visiting Disney World over the Holidays? Wondering if the Christmas Party is right for you? READ on…

Hey fans, as I know its TOO early to talk Christmas, in Disney terms…its not. Welcome to Christmas in July where we discuss the Holidays 6 months early. I am, of course, referring to the Holiday Party – Mickeys Very MERRY Christmas Party. It happens every Nov/Dec and is the BEST way to bring on your Christmas Spirit or is it?

Mickey’s Very MERRY Christmas Party
IS it RIGHT for me:

Deciding to do or not to do the Holiday party, either Holiday Party, is a common question and its usually something I discuss on a case by case basis. Families with young kids, people who sleep early, people who have an already active trip might want to think carefully about this. People who love late nights, who have a few extra $$…this is definitely a good option.

What IS the Party:

In basic terms, the party is ringing in the Holiday season with Disney cheer. Parades, Fireworks, Holiday dressed Characters, Holiday music and Dance Parties, Holiday treats, Hot Chocolate and Rides. Don’t forget that the rides are also open. AND…if in the right spot, it will snow on Main Street as Santa joins the parade towards the finale. Nothing beats snow in the Magic Kingdom 🙂 WATCH the PARADE live…

The Skinny:

The party usually starts at 7pm and runs until Midnight or so. General guests get kicked out (ok escorted out) at 6pm, which gives Party people 1 hour to roam the parks with only other party guests. Each party guest is given a special wristband and you are welcomed by Holiday clad Cast Members with Cookies and Treats. Lots of photo opportunities with backdrops, characters and decor. NOTE: Think your Holiday Card. Many comes dressed to celebrate; some in matching outfits, some in Holiday PJs and some with festive sweaters and Mouse Ears. Its a LONG, LATE Magical Night.

Is it Worth the Price:

So its no secret, this party is $$$, easily about $100+ per person. But the answer is YES, YES its worth the cost. But its only worth it, if you will enjoy it. If you aren’t dragging tired kids along. If you aren’t being a Grinch yourself due to the long park day you have already encountered. I mention the negative side as I have seen some things, let me tell you. Not everyone is in the Christmas Spirit and that goes for the kids and some adults. BUT if you are looking for a way to ring in the Holidays, LOVE parades and Disney Characters…then this could be the party for you.

Like I said, I help my clients with this, and other concerns/questions on a case by case basis. Only you can determine if this is the right fit for your family and your pocketbook. It was YEARS before I took my own kids as I wanted them to get the FULL enjoyment out of the party. But once my daughter saw it, she made it to about 10:30 and LOVED it. She always asks to do it again.

Hope this helped. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina