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

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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

Should I PACK my Camera for Disney, for vacation?

Headed to Disney? Wondering if you need to bring your REAL camera, Memory Maker? READ this and see…

Hey guys, thought I would answer a common question I get. Cameras, to bring or not to bring, that is the question?? Sadly this isn’t an easy answer and 100% dependent on your type of vacation and the type of pictures you want. It also matters if you are getting the Memory Maker (Disney World) or another Disney picture package. Should I pack my Camera for Disney?

YES:

So, yes, PACK your camera if you are a photographer. 100%!! People who are actually trained, do for a living photographers will not be happy or content without their vices, aka camera. This is where I fall as well, not only do I have professional camera training but per my job…I take THOUSANDS of images and video on vacation, its a MUST to pack. In fact, crazy me packs 2-4 cameras with backup batteries. I have special lenses, a camera backpack and a few tri-pods. Only a “crazy” person needs to bring this, and by crazy I mean devoted 😉

NO:

For those who are staying for a few days, who have the Memory Maker package AND for those who are happy with cell phone images, you can leave your camera at home. Cameras are bulky, add another item to carry and can be annoying to remember to charge. Even a smaller Point & Shoot can be a pain. I mean you have your phone in hand, use that. Need to quickly capture some Magic…you need to have that camera at the ready (as I do). For those just wanting to enjoy, your cell is fine.

Maybe:

So the maybe is for the in-between people. Perhaps you love your camera, take it everywhere and plan on capturing images that the Disney photographers can’t. Or for whatever reason need a camera. I urge people to remember the heat and how heavy a camera can feel after a few hours. So for those who want to take GOOD images, I usually suggest a nice “Point & Shoot” verses bringing the DSLR (the Big Boy as I call them). I think in “normal” situations they aren’t needed and just become another thing to protect against the rain, heat and water rides.

So as I am the worst person to ask, this is my advice. Do as I suggest, not as I do. I am rarely without a camera. Different ones are used for different reasons and when one has died, I move the next one. I use my cell on water rides as its waterproof and pack special bags for the others. Its alot going on. My kids and husband even joke when we are in the park and see something I didn’t photograph as they still think I am silly for taking a picture of garbage cans, lol. “Mom, did you see that vent or sewer cover?” They think they are SO funny.

“Incredible” Garage Cans!!

Anyways, I hope this helped. Cameras are great but add an extra layer of packing and something to remember. If you can, go light and get the Memory Maker. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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