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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Disney’s March of the FIRST ORDER – REVIEW

Love Star Wars?  How about the Stormtrooper March, known as March of the First Order.

Hey guys, today we will talk about one of my FAVORITE things at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the Stormtrooper March, also known as March of the First Order.  This is a totally cool, semi-intimidating “parade” like event that happens daily, every hour, on the hour, in the daytime AND perfect for ANY Star Wars Fan.

I remember when I first saw it, it was a few years back, the kids were SO much younger and very new to the world known as Star Wars.  We were waiting for our late breakfast reservations at Hollywood & Vine and sitting on a bench when I start hearing the “March” music…you know the tune when Darth Vader is entering a room.  I ran to the center of the park with my camera ready for action and was amazed.  I think I even cried.  How did I not know this was happening…turns out it was NEW, very, very NEW…I witnessed one of the first shows they ever did.  It was so amazing, thrilling and a bit scary…I mean this was before Stormtroopers were walking the park searching for the Resistance.  To see them ALL march like that, to music…Dark Side music…I mean you skip a beat a little.

The kids, of course, wondered why mom ran away and they join me…front and center.  We were hooked.  I had to hold my youngest hand, but he (secretly) loved it too.  WE saw it 3 times that day, lol.

What is it?  Basically it is what it sounds like…it’s Stormtroppers marching.  They march down Hollywood Boulevard towards the stage that is center to the park, directly in front of the Chinese Theater.  They march like they do in the movies, like when they are following a Dark leader AND in this case…they are following the leadership of Captain Phasma – eek.  She actually speaks and commands that people give up Resistance followers and join the First Order.  Between her voice, the music and the sounds of several marching Stormtroppers…you step back a little.  They march to the stage, do a little show (which has changed a few times).  I won’t spoil it, but the mini show is a nice way to complete the march and even see a few surprise characters.

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The March of the First Order

If you want to see the show, up front and close…wait near the stage.  If you want a clear view of the march, watch from the street, store front on Hollywood Boulevard.  Watch it a few times, watch it every hour if you want…but if you are a STAR WARS FANATIC like me, you will WATCH, CRY and Repeat!

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Watch out…the First Order is coming.

NOTE – if you have young padawans or kids who aren’t into Star Wars or on the intimidated side…you might want to watch it first before inviting them…or just skip it.  I have heard from a few clients that it was too “intense” for their younglings.  Just a heads-up.  But my growing Star Wars Nerds love it and at this point follow Stormtroppers around the park hoping they will arrest them for being “good”.  Kids, lol.

Let me know what you think of the show and ENJOY!!  I would love to talk Star Wars some more (I can’t wait for Galaxy’s Edge), contact me for a quote if looking to vacation at Disney.  Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING along.  Did you know you can sign up for Blog Emails?  Nina