Things TO DO Before Vacation: Packing for Disney

Headed out on vacation and afraid you will forget something? READ this list: Packing for Disney World & Beyond.

Hey guys, I am headed on vacation here in a few weeks. And one thing I always worry about is forgetting something. And I don’t mean, just packing items. I know many of you also have “nightmare” like dreams before a trip. READ this list of things not to forget to do BEFORE vacation: Packing for Disney World.

Hair and Nails:

I find this to be a COMMON item that people want to do before a trip, but often forget as time draws closer. So ladies don’t forget to spruce up your color, get those “Disney” nails and make sure those feet are cute shoes ready. Guys – don’t forget to trim your hairs too. And don’t forget the kids, they need beauty maintenance too. Now for those that might be wondering, why?? Why do I need to get my hair done – PICTURES. Most people on vacation take TONS of pictures and often are seeking out that amazing family pic.

My Disney Toes. Sorry if toes gross you out – eek.
Toiletry Shopping:

I can NOT tell you how many times I ask my husband if he needs anything at the store…just to have him write items on the list AFTER I went shopping. As annoying as this is on a week basis…its very, very frustrating ONE day before your trip. So make sure EVERYONE looks in their toiletry bags, bathroom cabinets, etc and shop for all your beauty items BEFORE you go. These “oops” I forgot to pack items can be costly. This majorly includes Sunscreen, Aloe and Deodorant. So make a list, check all your bags and shop ahead.

Clothes:

So I don’t just mean packing clothes…I mean making sure you have the right clothes for the right vacation. AND I also mean, clothes that fit. I have this issue every trip. Based on temps, location, style of trip and if I added a pound or two, certain items might need to be replaced. And KIDS, make them try on their summer shorts (especially if winter) and see if you need to purchase the next size up. Bathing suites and shoes too. Do this in advance, 2 days before your trip just adds more stress than needed.

Park Bags:

I find it VERY helpful to pack my “park” bag BEFORE the trip. I do this for a few reasons. 1 – make sure you OWN everything you need. 2 – helps you see if you are bringing too much and perhaps need 2 backpacks. 3 – it prevents you from forgetting something at the last minute. Rushing to the parks in the morning it tough enough, but finding you forgot an item is worse. Practice and pack ahead.

RANDOM:

I get many emails about people forgetting certain things…so to prevent vacation “nightmares” and I mean during sleep time. Label your suitcases NOW. Add your luggage tags NOW. Pack your swimsuits, sunscreen and such items NOW. Put your Magicbands in your bags NOW. Make lists and cross of items as you pack.

Hope this helps prevent any packing drama incidences. I have become a PRO at packing, travel in general and traveling with kids.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Disney Spring Amphicar Experience

Headed to Disney and looking for something new to do? Perhaps you are celebrating and want something special? READ to learn about the Amphicar…

Hey guys, thought I would take a break from Epcot and discuss one our favorite hidden gems – the Amphicar at Disney Springs in Disney World. Its the perfect experience for a family, couple or anyone celebrating. Its kinda pricey, but worth it for this once in a lifetime experience.

Amphicar – Disney Spring
Location:

They are located in Disney Springs, previously known at Downtown Disney. You will find them NEXT door to The Boathouse, a nice restaurant located along the water front. You can’t miss them, just look for the classic looking cars that drive into the water. There is often a crowd of people near-by watching as some lucky family gets to take the tour of a lifetime.

What are they:

An Amphilcar is what it sounds like, its a boat-car. It can drive on the road like a car and ALSO drive in the water like a boat. Its the best of both worlds 😉 Created in Germany in the 1960’s, with just under 4,000 created they are a rare treat. Even more rare as only about 400 exist today with Disney owning 8 of them.

The Skinny:

So…I will not lie, this experience is not cheap…but it is worth it. For $125 (plus tip for the Captain), you can take a 25 min tour around Disney Springs in the lagoon/lake. It fits about 3-4 people and you can get a $25 discount if also dining at The Boathouse restaurant, as we did. Grab your camera, grab some loved ones and enjoy. Our Captain was very chatty with lots of great tips and info and yes, he was actually a Captain. Not just anyone can drive these babies, not at Disney anyways. Watch the video and see what I mean.

The Experience:

AS soon as these came out, I knew we just HAD to do it. How cool is it to say you were on water, in a CAR?!?! The kids loved it, I loved it and hubby enjoyed learning all the mechanical stuff behind the classic boat/car. TIP: Make sure to have the memory maker as they took super cool pics of us in the Amphicar and I got them ALL for FREE. Others were paying for the pictures. WE would totally do this again and also found The Boathouse to be yummy, service was rough the night we went, but thats how it goes sometimes. We give it an A+ expereince, perfect for a celebration or for the family that is looking for something NEW to do at Disney.

AS always, I love talking Disney and have the most up to date info and planning advise…it is what I do 🙂 If looking to book a trip, let me know.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along on my Blog – Nina

Frozen Ever After, Ride at Epcot

Thinking about visiting Epcot? Worried there isn’t enough to do? How about Frozen Ever After in Epcot?

Hey guys, it seems I often get families worried there isn’t enough for kids to do at Epcot 🙁 READ and FOLLOW along as I post about all the fun Epcot has to offer, including the attraction, Frozen Ever After. This ride is so popular its actually a TOP Tier ride and more often than not, a super long line. Sing with Elsa, Anna and Olaf and take a boat ride thru Arendelle.

Frozen Ever After – Epcot
Location:

This attraction is located in Epcot, at Walt Disney World. It’s in the World Showcase, in Norway. It’s easy to spot as once in the Norway area you start seeing glimpses of Frozen everywhere. In Norway you can actually meet Elsa and Anna and get lots of cool Frozen merchandise and with the NEW movie coming out this Nov…just wait. You can also enjoy a fun Princess Meal in Norway as well.

The Queue:

As I am sure you have been reading all my other ride posts, you would know that most rides have a queue, a holding area (so to speak) that is basically the pre-ride. Frozen Ever After has a semi decent queue, its feels like you are in the village surrounding the castle, complete with Oaken’s Trading Post. When in that area, listen closely. Its a fun way to pass the time before the ride begins. Look around at the shop and see what you can spot on the shelves.

The Ride:

So the ride itself is inside a Viking Boat and for those that remember the original ride in that area, Maelstrom, its the SAME boats. Its actually also the same ride track. So you board a boat, in water, and coast away into Arendelle. You meet Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the gang and “let it go”. The ride features a decent drop, but nothing to scary. The big surprise about this ride is…it goes backwards. Yep, there is a part in the ride where you are rushing backwards. And if in the front row…you might get a splash during the drop, which is towards the end of the ride.

The Tech:

So, as you saw in the video…the technology in this ride is pretty cool. It was actually quiet hard for the imagineers to figure out and accomplish. When on the ride and you look really, really close you will notice that the figures, specifically the girls are like sculptures where a projection is on the face area that make them animate. It gives them the appearance as if they are singing and talking. This is totally new tech and very different from the original animatronic characters on earlier rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact this new tech was also used on Lightning McQueen (in Hollywood Studios).

All in all, I love this ride and never miss it. I love the thrill of going backwards and I love trying to figure out the tech, its the artist in me. And, believe it or not, I have not lost the Frozen appeal. I want to note that this is not a princess ride, so please don’t skip it because you have boys, this is a family friendly, ALL ages/genders ride. My son LOVES it. So give Epcot a try, Fastpass Frozen Ever After and enjoy!

I would love to help you plan your Disney Vacation, it is my FULL TIME job after all. I am the Expert 😉 Mahalo for Reading and Following along with my blog & vlog – Nina