How to have FUN at Disney

Wondering how to have FUN at Disney – READ and Learn these basic Planning Tips.

Hey guys, thought I would touch base on a topic that seems easy enough, but really takes some thought. Having FUN at Disney is something everyone can achieve, but oddly…some have a hard time. You’re probably thinking, HELLO, just enjoy yourself, ride the rides, eat the treats and meet Mickey…is there really is more to it than that. This is something I coach my clients on when they ask as who wants to ruin a fabulous trip with the wrong mind-set.

Being Silly outside of Dinosaur. Take time to explore and be a kid!

Planning:

It all starts in the planning. Choosing the RIGHT resort for you is HUGE. Its not just about the beds and where everyone is sleeping (although that is important)…it can be about types of pools, atmosphere, LOCATION and to me, most important…EASE of getting to the parks. Some people are raising human fish and really need that top end pool. Some people are bring 3 kids under the age of 8, thus location and types of transportation are KEY.

Stormalong Bay – Yacht & Beach Club Resort Hotel

Following the Steps:

Most Disney Vacations, Walt Disney World especially, have set dates to accomplish a task. It surprises me when I have clients still tell me, they want to wing it. That’s really opening your trip to disaster, unless you are a Disney Parks pro and go often and aren’t trying to cram weeks worth of entertainment into 3-5 park days…you might be ok. But for those that are saving and saving and have once chance at doing this right…you 100% want fastpasses and 100% want to book your dining on time. Which, of course, makes staying on property KEY as they get first dibs.

Fastpasses:

Now carefully choosing your fastpasses can 100% matter. Especially if you are going at a High Crowd time, have young kids or are trying to master the skill of doing all the coasters on the same day with little line waits. Deciding the times to do these passes and making sure you SCORE the best ones are KEY and can be a HUGE part of your trip success. Think about it, who wants to be a human ping pong ball and go from here to there and back and forth when they could carefully plan it all out.

Go with the Flow:

Ok – so now I lost you right…how can you plan and schedule yet, go with the flow. Well I am here to tell you, you can. You want to plan it ALL out as carefully as you can, but be open to change. What if your kids love a ride and want to ride it over and over again. Or you forget to plan to see the parade and find yourself wanting to watch it? And the most common, those angels you planned all of this for, decided to act like kids and get tired and cranky…thus you missed the fireworks.

Basically you want to learn as much as you can, be educated, seek out an expert for assistance and plan it the best you can. But also remember your kids, they love to throw in kinks to parents plans and be prepared for that. I pack snacks, extra batteries, download new games on my phone, etc to keep those little ones happy and content. I also don’t sweat the small stuff, missing 1 ride or a certain Character Meal isn’t going to ruin your trip. But having a “hard to please” attitude will. Be open for magic, but don’t expect it. Take time out for pictures and slow down to see the Disney details. Be excited for your kids, but don’t expect them to change. And please, oh please…enjoy yourself. Eat that treat, ride that ride you were looking forward too and remember at Disney…we are all kids at heart.

Beaches & Cream Allergy Cupcake

I am looking forward to helping you with your trip, I am the expert and can help you achieve having the most magical trip ever. Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING this Blog – Nina

Disney Cruise Line – After Dark

Wondering what to do on a Cruise when its Night Time, any evening activities?  READ to find out.

Hey guys, today I wanted to talk about a Disney Cruise in the evening, you know after dinner, but before bed 😉  So you had your dinner, you saw the evening entertainment show…now what?  Drinking at the bar, evening cocktails in a lounge with soft LIVE music, Adult Trivia or Game Shows…or my NEW favorite (Silent DJ Party).

For those with kids, young kids…you might just be heading to bed, having a cocktail on your balcony while the kids sleep or you might be passed out from all the sun, fun and entertainment during the day.  BUT for those with older kids or those cruising without kids…there is a whole mess of fun in the evening that I only recently got to enjoy as I left the kiddies at home.  OR you could cruise with another family and have ladies night and guys night, swapping off with each other.

Games and Trivia:

So for those who can manage it…there is usually a game or two going on in the evening.  Think 80’s trivia or a Match Your Mate game.  Perhaps Dream Quest is more your speed?  The “Quest” game is like a scavenger hunt using items currently ON the people in the Game Room – like a key or a coin, etc.  This can be quite funny, but depending on the items they ask for…a little crazy for some.

LIVE Lounge/DJ:

This is what it sounds like…the Crew Staff DJ will often go from bar, to lounge to pub and play music.  The Ship’s LIVE band will do the same.  Think soft singing, gentle music and often times an impressive instrument solo.  Its a peaceful way to end the evening with a glass of wine and soft chatting with your partner.  On the Dream we also heard a wonderful pianist.

Silent DJ Party:

This FUN event was amazingly entertaining, for both the participants and the viewers.  It involves participants wearing headphones and listening to music while dancing.  ONLY they can hear what is playing, but YOU, as the viewer can hear them “lip sing” and watch them dance.  Partners can be listening to 2 different songs, while singing (usually out loud) and trying to also dance with each other.  One could be Latin Dance tunes and the other could be Country.  Its hysterical to watch and fun to participate in.  Many times I thought to myself…I want what he is having as some cruisers were really having a good time.  Don’t miss this activity.  I noticed many young adults doing this as well.

Movies:

And for those who want something a little less dance party and perhaps more (the kids are awake)…there are late night movies playing as well.  Usually one movie is playing in the theater and one is playing on the pool deck (grab a sweater).  Both are a great way to end the night if the kids aren’t tired and you still want some Disney fun.

Enjoy the VIEW:

My personal way to end the night is to WALK the top decks of the ship.  Feel the soft breeze of the night on your face, enjoy a cocktail and stroll.  Watch the waves as they crash against the ship under the moon light.  Witness the calm of the ship in its nighttime spender.  The lights of the pool area are beautiful in the dark night.  So peaceful and elegant.  I could sit and enjoy that for hours.

So as most people think about what they can do during the day and rushing to this activity to the next…sometimes its nice to enjoy the night with some soft music, a Disney Movie or a the night sky glowing on the ship.  Either way, its just the beginning of another beautiful day…so enjoy the night and plan for the next day ahead!

WE love our Disney Cruises in my house and I would love to book you a fabulous Cruise.  Contact me if looking to Sail with Mickey on the High Seas – Mahalo for FOLLOWING, Nina

Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Hotel REVIEW

Come LEARN and SEE why I LOVE Disney’s Polynesian Resort with this Hotel Review:

Hey guys and gals, thought I would post about my FAVORITE HOTEL, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  This is the perfect Home away from Home when looking for a Disney Vacation Resort.  (Resort/Room TOUR)

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Why oh why do I LOVE the Polynesian Village Resort, let me count the ways…

Breakdown of Reasons:
  1. Vibe – Paradise, Carefree, Tropical…the lush, peaceful, atmosphere.
  2. The People, that’s right…talking about Poly Cast Members…they make my Trip every.single.time.  So happy, helpful, friendly…and some have been there since day one, when the resort first opened.  The love felt from the CM’s does shine through.
  3. LOCATION – HELLO Monorail, Firework View, Walking Path to Epcot to a name a few.
  4. TIKI, TIKI, TIKI – love me some tiki culture – walk the resort and explore.dscn4219-e1560479570657.jpg
  5. Dole Whips (Mic Drop! Right?!?!)
  6. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (Polynesian Tiki Bar filled with Magic, Mystery and Delight)
  7. Club Level – lets talk about this when ready to book (love Club Level here)
  8. Evening Torch Lighting Ceremony
  9. Getting Lei’d, Making Leis, Hair Flowers and other Handmade Floral items
  10. Spirit of Aloha Show – can’t wait to do this again
  11. And my favorite and most important reason why…it makes me HAPPY, it makes me cry happy tears when I walk through the doors.  I cry when I see the lobby, get welcomed home and get my lei.  Underneath my Sunglasses (which I keep on for a reason)..this travel agent is crying, mascara running, face turning flush crying.
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Its the little things…I didn’t want to sleep and ruin my Mickey Towels

My posts end with Mahalo and I start my Videos with Aloha…I have drunk the Poly “Kool-aid” and I like it.  My entire house is Polynesian themed AND I might have a problem actually…the tikis are taking over and its paradise.

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Looks like Paradise, Sounds like Paradise & Smells Like Paradise!

I would LOVE to help you PLAN your DREAM Disney Vacation at the Polynesian…let me know how I can book you the most Magical Vacation ever!  As a thank you (to me), you can enjoy a Dole Whip in my honor, on the terrace, at sunset while watching the Resort go from Day to Night by the tranquil lighting of the tiki lights 🙂

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING Along – Nina