I just arrived to Disney, now what??

So you are headed to Disney, you just got off the bus and NOW?? What to do next? READ ON and see what I do once I arrive.

Hey Fans, I get this question alot too. Many who are new to Disney are often worried they might forget something, miss something or do it wrong. These are things I help with and coach my peeps on. But one question I always get is…what should I do once I arrive? So Enjoy…

Check-IN:

So this is a no-brainer – once you arrive to your resort, you should check-in. But perhaps you didn’t realize that this is also a good time to ask questions. Ask questions about your room, your resort and perhaps what is happening in the parks while you are there. This is also the BEST time to make sure your Magicbands (Disney World) work, as in…are synced up and will open your resort room. Disney, sadly, frequents glitches in the system – so making sure your bands are all set can save lots of hassle and time in the parks.

MAPS:

I 100% always grab maps. You can ask for maps at check-in OR find them on display somewhere in your resort. You will want to grab several maps for each park. Pass them around to husbands/kids/etc. Pack a marker and a highlighter and circle/mark ALL your eats locations and fastpasses. This helps visualize your day. It also helps you figure out where you are going before you arrive – to prevent that “deer in headlights” experience. When at rope drop, the last thing you want to do is pull out a map. You will want to run, aka walk fast, to your destination and know if you need to turn left or right.

Time Guide:

While grabbing those maps or chatting with your check-in Cast Member, make sure to grab a Times Guide. This is the CURRENT and most updated list of ALL timed activities. Think parades, special shows, entertainment and park hours. Make sure to also grab your resort calendar in case you have time to hang at your resort and enjoy an activity.

Unpack:

Again, another NO-Brainer. But, I don’t just unpack, in fact I actually don’t unpack my clothes (I live out of my suitcase)…I just unpack my toiletries and my needed items for the following day. What I really like to do is get my park bags and everything I might need for the next day OUT and ready. This means I transition my airplane bag into my park bag. I make sure I have out the sunscreen, sunglasses, character books, etc. I get out all the snacks, breakfast items, etc. So the next morning is less stressful and more organized. Everything is out, packed and ready for park fun.

Resort Exploration:

And…I like to explore my resort (assuming its a NEW one). Walk the paths, get an idea of where to catch the bus, see where to grab a snack and visit the pools. I make sure I know where I need to go the following day. AND I always shop the Sundries shop and make sure we have everything we need for breakfast the next morning. Purchase juice, cereal, bars, etc. Grab bowls, spoons, napkins and such so morning can be as smooth as possible.

And if you haven’t noticed I am very Type A, beyond organized. I travel the same way. I make sure I am always set for the next day. Last thing I want to do is walk 10 mins within my resort to find a spoon or purchase juice when I could do it the night before and wake up to a smooth day. Crazy? Yes, I know. Its how I roll 🙂

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Disneys Animal Kingdom Rides for Motion Sickness Issues

Headed to Disney World and have Motion Sickness concerns? Wondering what rides would be best for you and kids? READ ON about Animal Kingdom…

Hey Fans, after getting a call (from one of you) I was inspired to write this post. When asked what your FAVORITE ride at Disneys Animal Kingdom Park is, many will say Flights of Passage. But this isn’t always the case. Some people experience issues with motion, are worried about simulated rides and/or are little kids. So here is my list for people like me, perhaps so-called ride chickens or those with motion sickness issues – Enjoy.

Kilimanjaro Safaris:

So in FULL disclosure this ride does have a warning on it, for motion and other health issues. But in ride terms, I don’t find this experience to be all that bad for motion sickness. You are in a Jeep like vehicle and drive over dirt/mud/chained roads…so of course there is some bumping. But nothing like a large hill or motion simulated rides. Other than some huge bumps (road divots), this ride is a NON-issue for me. Expect bumps, hold tight to your camera and enjoy! Look out for the NEW babies recently born.

Kilimanjaro Safaris
Park Shows:

So this is an easy one. Of course shows don’t have any motion issues. But what many don’t realize is the 2 main shows at Animal Kingdom Park are hands-down amazing. They might even be award winning. The Festival of the Lion King is amazing; complete with puppetry, acrobatic monkeys, flying “birds” and fire dancing. I mean it screams, come have a good time. The Finding Nemo show is just as spectacular. Jaw dropping puppetry acting, fun story-line, amazing sets and interactive actors that perform in the seating areas.

Kali River Rapids:

Water Ride AHEAD – so this ride can be a little motion induced, but nothing I can’t handle once. For sure not over and over again. You board a GIANT pool inter-tube that can spin and bump and dip in rushing, splashing waters. There are a few little hills or dips, but nothing to intense. The worse part of this experience is “who is gonna get wet” or wait…that is also the FUN part of the ride 😉 Pop on a poncho, wrap your gear in a bag and enjoy.

Na’vi River Journey:

This is the “other” ride in the Pandora area. Not many talk about this one as the other one gets all the fame. But this little boat ride (considered a Disney “Dark” ride) is very calm, peaceful and beyond colorful. My kids love it and its something we can ride over and over again. If you haven’t seen the Avatar movies, its ok. The bright colors, moving creatures are very imaginative and creative and keep you intrigued. The Shaman in the end might seem a little strange if you haven’t seen the movie, but the peaceful chats and music help smooth that over. Great for kids!

So if you have kiddies, ride chickens or experience Motion Sickness, I hope this list helped. Not all rides are for everyone and we all have our favorites.

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!!

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!!