These Disney World Hacks Can Save You Some Magic
Kids and adults alike love Disney World. Parents, make the trip even more magical by saving some $$$.
Disney World has long been called “The Happiest Place On Earth.” We’re sure that if you pulled a Bill Murray in “Ground Hog’s Day,” it would take you decades to come across a disappointing day in the park. I mean really, who could tire of this place? Childhood characters (heroes) roam freely, there are rides for every age, Main Street is always full of excitement (cough parades cough), there are tons of unhealthy treats that are oh so delicious, and the fact that everyone is treated like a Prince and Princess is the icing on the cake. Literally, this place is practically perfect. Well, almost. The Happiest Place On Earth does demand a healthy investment for a weekend vacation. Still, we found four tips to help you save some magic to truly spend on more memorable aspects of your visit.
Like many of our online purchases today, online discount codes are available at seemingly every turn. However, there’s a trick when it comes to Disney coupon codes. It may take a few attempts, but we suggest you create a “few” Disney accounts to ensure their algorithm picks up your interest and intent on booking a vacation in one of their parks. Surely, their online computer systems will give you some sort of offer code or automatically provide a discount when they feel you’re locked-in to book.
Florida is hot. Depending on what time of year you decide to stay, it may be really hot… and muggy. So play it smart when it comes to hydration. Rather than paying a premium for Disney-branded water bottles sold in the park, bring your own reusable bottles. Each park has ice water dispensers scattered everywhere. Additionally, service counters in restaurants will always offer you a small free cup of ice water, with or without a purchase
Don’t fall victim to the incessant fees of the cravable Disney souvenirs. Say what you want, but they are typically overpriced, no matter how much you love Disney. With that in mind, head to the Character Warehouse, located at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets shopping center. Yes, the items sold here are from last season, but they typically see a 50% discount. And don’t worry, they’re all official items. Nearby hotels even offer free shuttle service to this shopping center.
Disney World and its properties are magical. There’s no denying that. But again, Disney charges a premium for a stellar hotel experience. Sadly, rates can start around $350 a night. Therefore, save a buck and spend most of your time as a super nearby Value Resort. Take the savings and go all-out by spending a final night or two at the Grand Floridian or the Polynesian Resort.
These tips may be simple but they are successful.
Tokyo Disney Will Soon Feature “Tangled” And “Frozen” Villages
Tokyo Disneyland will soon feature entire villages dedicated to Tangled and Frozen.
If you haven’t really ever considered taking a trip to Tokyo and checking out Tokyo Disneyland… it’s time to start considering it. Disney fans were dancing in the streets when they heard the latest news: Tokyo Disneyland will soon feature entire villages dedicated to Tangled and Frozen! Yeah. You heard me right.
The scheduled open date is for some time in 2022. It comes as part of a complete overhaul of their DisneySea attraction and will also include an extensive Peter Pan experience. Here’s a closer look at what they’re planning.
For those that are still missing out and haven’t yet seen Tangled, it’s a new take on the famous story of Rapunzel. The Tokyo Disneyland Tangled Village will include Rapunzel’s tower, the nearby forest, and the restaurant where Rapunzel and her prince, Flynn, dine and sing the wonderful song “I’ve Got a Dream.” And yes, the restaurant will be a fully functional restaurant where you can get a delicious meal. So fun!
PETER PAN VILLAGE
Tokyo Disneyland is also just straight up adding Neverland. So cool. Naturally, you’ll get to meet Tinkerbell and Captain Hook while you’re there. And there will also be a functional restaurant inspired by the Lost Boys and their famous hideout. If you’re like me and never want to grow up, this will be the place for you.
Frozen is one of the biggest Disney hits in a very, very long time. We still can’t go a week without hearing some version of “Let It Go,” whether it be the real, recorded version or just some adorable kid belting it out while their parents roll their eyes.
From the official statement from Disney, the Frozen village will be “a heartwarming new attraction that will take guests by boat to experience the story of Elsa and Anna while enjoying iconic songs from the hit film, and a new restaurant will be located inside Arendelle Castle.” Yeah. They’re building the castle. I can’t wait!
A NEW LUXURY HOTEL
The renovation will also include a brand new amazing luxury hotel. It will reportedly be “themed to Disney fantasy” and will offer amazing views of all the different areas of the new development. It will also include 475 rooms, two restaurants, and a shop where you can grab all the Disney gear your heart desires.
THE WHOLE SHEBANG
I mean COME ON! Doesn’t that just look magical! I guess we shouldn’t expect any less from Disney. I just wish 2022 wasn’t so far away. But make no mistake… I’ll be there!
Disaster That Can Occur When Traveling And How You Can Respond
The lockdowns due to the pandemic have led people to travel at massive rates. This summer is going to be full of travel despite prices going up for everything worldwide. Gas prices are something that are crippling some families as prices have doubled in some locations in the US. There are issues that can arise when traveling that you might have to deal with. Most people have had to deal with one or more of these situations when traveling during their lifetime. The following are typical disasters that can occur while traveling and how to respond.
Involved In A Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident then you need to contact a local attorney. Finding out what to do when involved in car accidents in Georgia or your location is very important. Driving in a new city can be overwhelming as some locations are known for extremely aggressive driving. Taking an Uber or taxi is another option but this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of an accident but could reduce it.
Flights Delayed For Days Or Completely Cancelled
Flights getting delayed due to weather is something that happens around the world. What has been happening domestically is a shortage of airline workers is leading to cancellations unexpectedly. Some airlines have more flights canceled than others which you need to keep in mind. The tough aspect of this is that it could be days until there is another flight that will reach your ultimate destination. Take the time to look at options like that of a train as this can be a convenient option with less of a chance of a delay.
Getting Sick While Traveling Abroad
Getting sick while traveling abroad is something that people have nightmares about. These can be a huge issue especially when the rest of your party has left the country. You want to ensure you are going to travel in good health as a long flight while under the weather can be disastrous. Food poisoning is quite common for travelers that are trying new foods that might not agree with their stomachs. You want to ensure you are getting enough rest and washing your hands regularly. You do not want a preventable sickness to arise just before you are about to head back home.
Arrested Due To A Cultural Misunderstanding
The most important thing that you can do when traveling abroad is to look up local laws and customs. You do not want to be arrested due to a misunderstanding. You also should realize that some police might be looking for a bribe as this is common in some foreign countries like Brazil where the police force is notoriously corrupt. Certain countries are governed by religious governments so something that is not remotely illegal domestically could land you in prison internationally.
Traveling can allow you to broaden your horizons and see all the world has to offer. Plan what you can as luck will always play a role in having what you deem as a successful trip.
How To Do Napa Valley Right
If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying a perfect weekend in Napa Valley, you’re missing out. Let this article be your guide once you do!
Whether you’re going for a romantic getaway, a girls weekend, or some quality mother-daughter time, Napa Valley in California wine country can be a perfect weekend vacation. As an experienced Napa-head myself, let me teach you how to do Napa right!
STAY AT A B&B OR DON’T STAY AT ALL
Come on now, people. We’re talking a weekend in wine country here. There’s no place for hotels! A charming Bed & Breakfast will only amplify the quaintness of the whole experience. There are plenty of reasonably priced options available in the area. And if you can sneak out on a Friday, it always makes for a better weekend if you can wake up at your B&B on Saturday morning.
I know it’s hard to believe and potentially even unnecessary to mention, but there are plenty of great activities in Napa Valley that don’t involve wine tasting. I know, I know. What’s the point, right? Well, some people like a little variety, OK? So if that’s you continue reading. If you only care about the wine maybe skip the next few paragraphs.
Oxbow Public Market: This lively market is perfectly nestled right against the Napa River. It’s full of plenty of vendors selling all sorts of fresh produce and also contains numerous delicious restaurants. So this is a great place to grab a quick lunch or get some ingredients to make your own lunch later.
The Silverado Trail: This beautiful trail just about runs the entire length of Napa Valley. It has amazing views and can be a perfect place to clear your head and get your calm on. And if you’re more of the active type, it’s great for biking!
Greenhaus Day Spa: What’s a weekend getaway without a trip to the spa? Greenhaus Day Spa in downtown Napa is widely considered the best spa in the area. Get the full treatment with a relaxing massage, a cleansing facial, and the all-important mani-pedi combo.
WINERIES ON WINERIES
Now, let’s get down to why we’re really here. If we’re talking about Napa Valley, we’re talking about wine. There are plenty of amazing wineries and vineyards in Napa, but here are our personal favorites.
O’Brien Estate: This is one of the most popular wineries in all of Napa and actually requires booking your tasting in advance. But trust me, it’s worth it! Make sure you try the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon as they are just to die for.
Pride Mountain Vineyards: This vineyard requires a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it. The whole property covers about 235 acres and has gorgeous views in every direction. When it comes to wine, their claims to fame are their Cabernet Sauvignon and their Merlot.
V. Sattui Winery: While the wine her is truly excellent, this spot is also great for a picnic lunch. You can grab everything you need in-house: the cheeses, the fresh bread, the antipasto spreads, and a nice bottle of wine and then grab one of the many picnic tables outside and take it all in.
OK, is anyone as excited as me to head back to Napa? How’s next weekend look for you? Great! See you there.
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