5 Reasons why I HATE Disney

Ever wonder why people visit Disney on Vacation? Why they save and save for just this one experience? 5 Reasons to hate Disney…

Hey Fans, I am always getting questions like, why Disney, why not other Theme Parks? What makes Disney so great? Is it worth the cost? So it got me thinking, why? What is the difference? Then I started to think like others, like not the Disney obsessed person that I am…so here are 5 reasons why I hate Disney (or hate to LOVE) and there are way more than 5.

Clean:

Sadly Disney Parks are just too clean. I just don’t understand it. When I go to a theme park, I like stepping in gum. I like having my shoes stick every time I walk and I love having sticky fingers after riding an attraction. What I love the most is sitting at a restaurant to eat and grabbing the table and feeling row after row of old gum stuck to the bottom of the table, my seat and sometimes…even a ride. I also enjoy sitting in someones spilled soda or getting ketchup stains on my pants from a previous guest. I am just not sure why Disney has to be so clean. Its almost like the park sparkles, its obnoxious.

Cast Members:

Cast Members are the worst, they are TOO darn helpful and friendly. I miss asking for help and having employees tell me to look at a map or point with ONE finger towards a vague direction. Or like other theme parks, act like I am interrupting their day, ruining a conversation with another employee. But the worst thing that Cast Members do is look happy and smile. Why oh why do they do that. When I arrive to the park, first thing in the morning, why are they wishing me hello or welcome. Why are they waving at me with giant mouse glove hands, don’t they know how ridiculous that is. Why aren’t they working, why are they taking time to wish me “Good Morning”? Never ask a Cast Member for help, for you might actually get the answer you were looking for. I much prefer getting a blank stare.

Garbage Cans:

Disney has WAY too many garbage cans. I feel like I am always bumping into them, always when I have food to throw out. Its like they want me to trash my trash. I miss the days when I can use my pockets as trash and find out later that the granola bar wrapper left a chocolate sticky mess inside my pant pocket. I enjoy tripping on other people’s garbage when walking around. Carrying around my kids half eaten dole whip while its dripping into my hands, down my arms is my favorite. Its just crazy to have so many garage cans AND they are themed to the land, so they aren’t ugly and ruining my pictures like I prefer. I enjoy a good selfie with trash in my shot.

Creative Displays Like NO-Other.
Atmosphere:

Disney has the worst ambiance ever. Its so cheerful. Did you know that each land has music that softly plays and it changes per the area that you are in? It’s SO annoying. I much prefer silence or the loud chatter of fellow park goers. I also don’t understand all the decorations. Every area is fitting to its theme and makes you feel like you are somewhere else. I prefer to be someplace with generic trees and buildings. And why is everything so colorful or animated? Why are the parks so festive during the Holidays? When I visit a theme park, all I care about are the rides, so they need not to be spending funds on areas that don’t matter. Did you know that certain areas even have a smell or a scent. Don’t get me started on the resorts and how they invoke a happy feeling by pumping a refreshing scent into the air.

Its Addicting:

Disney is worst for being addicting. I almost feel like people need a 12 step program after they visit. People always joke about drinking the “Disney Kool-aid” and now they are hooked. So people save and save for a Disney Vacation, then they go back home and do it ALL over again. For some reason they miss the happy, cheerful, magical nature that is Disney. Its like they enjoy themselves on a Disney Vacation? Perhaps some people like helpful Cast Members and a clean park? Not sure why, I much prefer getting ignored, tripping on empty food cartons and stepping in gum. And don’t get me started on Disney Entertainment, eek.

As you can tell I am SO not a Disney fan or am I? People usually don’t understand the draw and excitement of a Disney Vacation until they are on one. Its like no other vacation or theme park. Disney may be crowded, sometimes hot and often $$, but its always worth it. No one does Service like Disney. Down to the cleanliness of the parks, the thoughtful Cast Members and secretly additive juice they pump in the air – Disney is hands-down AMAZING.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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5 Things to REMEMBER to Pack for Vacation

Planning a Vacation? Worried you might forget something? READ and LEARN my list of things to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Hey FANS, as I have another trip planned soon, I thought I would post on a few items I (we) have forgotten and wish we didn’t. Has this happened to you? Worried you might forget something important? How about something that will COST you even more while on vacation? Or an item you can’t even purchase on location, thus putting a damper on the trip. My list of items to NOT FORGET to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Sunscreen:

So if you are off to a sunny location, sunscreen is a common packing item. Some even keep it in their toiletry kits so no matter what, its packed (little TIP). BUT if you forget this item, you might be in shock to see the price of sunscreen at your destination (upwards of $20+). Not to mention, the brands. If you wear a certain brand, have allergies or sensitivities…you might not find your brand at the quick n’ go stand. PACK now and don’t be sorry later.

Sunglasses

Another no-brainer – or is it?? I find sunglasses are a common item to forget. I keep mine in my car, if I am headed to the airport when its dark out (Hello, 6 am), then I am not wearing them. As I hop out of the car super fast to catch the airport shuttle…guess where my glasses are left?? (eek). I now keep a pair in my travel bag (at all times). You might find cheap glasses on vacation to purchase, but even those are $$ and I personally prefer my special sunglasses that I searched high and low for.

GUM:

If you are a gum chewer, PACK THIS NOW. There is NO Gum on Disney property, they 100% don’t sell it. But please, trash is properly as this is why Disney doesn’t sell this sticky, found on the bottom of guests shoes, item. Same with mints/candies…pack your favorite brands as Disney might only sell more bulk candy items.

Bathing Suit:

OK – so I never forgot a suit, but I did manage to pack one that was the wrong size. My sons suit was in our bathing suit bag, so I didn’t even think about it. Got on our cruise and it was 2 sizes too small. So while stuck at sea and having lots of beach time ahead…I had to purchase a suit on board. $50 later we had a NEW suit that was too big and didn’t exactly save me any money either. Next time – try them on before you pack.

Super Cute Disney Cruise Line Bathing Suit, but costly.
Underwear/Shorts:

Ok – so now you are wondering…who forgets to pack the single most important item over medicine – undies. Well it happens and sorry to say, hard to replace on property. Kids undies maybe (find some cute Minnie or Cars undies) but Adult undies – good luck. Grab an Uber and hop to Walmart. Shorts – now this happened to us, the husband wore pants on the plane and forgot to pack shorts for Spring Break, 85+ degree temps. So as frustrated as I was, I had to jump into action because a hot, cranky husband on vacation is NOT a pretty site. Thank goodness for Disney Springs, but it cost us $$$ for brand name shorts on vacation.

So – do you have a list? What have you forgotten? We now joke about the shorts issue, we keep sunscreen and gum in the suitcase at all times and I purchased an extra pair of sunglasses that I keep in my travel bag.

I would love to share more packing tips with you and book you a fabulous Disney Vacation. Contact me when ready and Mahalo for Reading – Nina

Disney Cruise Line – Drinking and Mixology Classes

Headed on a Disney Cruise? Want to enjoy some Adult Drinking? Thinking about Mixology Classes?  READ…

Hey Guys, back talking about Disney Cruise Line again today…answering a common question or Goal (if you will) – Drinking on a Disney Cruise.  When on Vacation, many think of 2 things: Relaxing and Enjoying an Adult Beverage.  So why not take a Mixology Class?

After I book a cruise for a client and towards the “planning” phase, beyond the date and stateroom selection…people start asking about Excursions, Adult-Only Meals (see post on Palo) and Classes (yep classes)…more specifically Mixology Classes.  Mixology Classes are so popular, some groups even arrange their own.

Mixology Class?

What is a Mixology Class you ask??  Well it is what it sounds like, you are taking a class where you LEARN how to MIX.  Mix what?  Well Mix ADULT beverages, AKA Alcohol, you silly 😉

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Ariel’s READY!!

You can sign up ahead of time (Online) or if availability…on the ship.  Of course if you wait until on the ship, like I did, you need to do it ASAP.  Its $25 per person (or that’s what I paid).  You select a time/date for your class and meet at one of the local watering-holes on the ship.  Our class was in a tiny, quaint little bar called the Skyliner.  Our “teacher” was a bartender on the ship.  I forget how long but he has been teaching this class, on the Dream, for several years and really knew his stuff.

What do you do?

The concept is simple…you learn how to mix your own drinks.  Drinks you can then make at home; host parties, take to the pool, share with friends.  But when on the ship, you are making drinks you can then DRINK.  That’s right, this class is known for getting people a little tipsy…especially if you are a light weight and/or chug these cocktails.  Same with the Wine Tasting Classes or Hard Liqueur Tastings.  So for $25 you get 5 (decent sized) drinks PLUS learn whats in them and the process.  For our class we made 2 ourselves, then the last 3 were per volunteers.  And per our “teacher”, it gets more difficult to have everyone make own after 2 cocktails, lol.

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I was Mulling – Mint, Lime, Raspberry Puree

SEE the Pictures and Captions for Drink Names:

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NOTE – I was upfront with my allergies and a few drinks were adjusted per my needs.  They were very accommodating and thoughtful…as everyone else got the volunteer made drinks, I got 2 very special drinks made by the teacher himself 🙂

Also NOTE – If you want a FULL recipe or ingredients list…you better be prepared to video this or type in your phone…as recipe cards are NOT passed out (which would have made this SO much better).

I give this class a thumbs up, especially if cruising solo (Adult Only) or with older kids (teens+).  I can’t imagine people drinking this much in the afternoon and still managing to parents small children, lol.  At least I couldn’t.  I would need a nap, lots of water and some serious junk food.

Mahalo for reading and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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