Walt Disney Wednesdays: 02. WHERE TO STAY?

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Hey Guys! It took a little while but I’m back with part 02 of the Walt Disney Wednesdays and today I want to help you pick the perfect place to stay on Disney property.

So you have chosen what time of year suits you best,  but once again depending on how many of you there are and what time of year the prices of property to stay at can fluctuate rather a lot!

Lets start with the pros and cons of staying on site first.

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The biggest benefit of staying on site is that it is convenient. The hotels are all closer to the parks, which in some cases can mean it’s as simple as taking a monorail , bus or boat from the hotel to the park and in some cases you can even walk to the parks!

This allows you to pop back in the middle of your day for a rest and freshen up without feeling guilty that you have missed a chunk of your day. Less time traveling gives you more time in the parks to get things done. It also allows you more sleep at night because there is less traveling in the mornings.

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Another aspect of that convenience is transportation. Guest’s don’t actually need a car to get around Disney World, of course you can if you want to and you will need one outside of Disney World, but if you don’t plan on leaving Walt Disney World grounds then you can save the buck and use the transport provided.  You can pick up Disney’s Magical Express from the airport (MCO only) and it will take you to your hotel, and then Disney transportation once on property to get from their hotel to the parks and other locations on property. All of this transportation is complimentary (or built into the price of their room). It’s very reliable too!

If you do decide to hire a car though the parking at the parks will be free for you (normally $20 PER DAY!)

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Another perk of staying on site is Extra Magic hours! On different days, certain parks at Walt Disney World open early or stay open late for Walt Disney World resort hotel guests only! It’s a great time to get loads done as the parks are a lot quieter. I highly recommend using the extra magic hours they are just so efficient! You can find the extra magic hours on the My Disney Experience.

The Disney dining plan is a pro on some levels. The Disney dining plan is where you pay in advance for your food. There are different options available for you and you can check those out on My Disney Experience! Right now this isn’t sounding like a pro because you have to pay for it BUT at certain times of the year they offer it to you for FREE!

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Animal Kingdom Lodge

My favourite pro of all though is the Disney theming! Disney know how to do a lot of things but their themeing is out of this world incredible. You can stay in a hotel with all of your favourite characters, or why not stay in the Caribbean? If you like animals then you would love Animal Kingdom Lodge where you can look out over the savannah from your balcony! You are immersed in the Disney bubble and it is the most incredible feeling!

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Never Mind the Ballistics

YES YES YES! I finally got my hands on a Never Mind the Ballistics so I can review it for you. I did have one from launch day but it got wet in the bag and it was a horror scene.

It is shaped like your typical bath bomb but there is nothing typical about it! It does remind me a bit of Roller which was in the LUSH Kitchen but I’m pretty sure that there’s not been anything like this in stores. It has an organic fair trade cocoa butter topping that covers half the bath bomb and melts in the warm water leaving you with moisturised and nourished skin. Which is what we all need this cold season!

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This is part of the Christmas range but like a lot of the other products released this year, it’s not very festive but honestly it’s so amazing that it doesn’t really matter. The pink and orange colour combination seens perfect for summer to me and the scent of lime and sweet wild orange oils are more fresh and zesty than festive. It also contains bananas, if I recall I’m pretty sure that the demonstrator in LUSH said that each one has 1 WHOLE banana in, which also softens the water and your skin.

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It is a very slow fizzer but I think that is down to half of it being oil based. The main colour of the water is yellow but when you get to the centre there are streams of pink that dance around the bath.

Over all I’m don’t think that this should be a Christmas product but I do love it. I think it would be perfect in the summer months. I relate warm hearty scents with Christmas and this is just a little too fresh.

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Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Fresh Banana, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol,l PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides & PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

Price: £4.25 each

Rating: ★★★★ (if it was released in summer it would get 5 ★)

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All about Disney ADR’s

If you’re a Disney fan or visit Disney World often then you probably don’t really need to know this. To be honest I learnt all of this from my first trip without adult’s (I was the adult). If you are planning your first trip or just want to know for the plan hell of it then continue reading, and maybe take notes?  So, lets get started!

What is an ADR? ADR stands for Advanced Dining Reservation and at this point you’re probably thinking, ‘well I know how to reserve a table’ but the question is do you know how to book a table at Disney World?

ADR’s are only required for table service, character dining and buffet dining, if its breakfast, lunch or diner. They are NOT require for quick service.

ADR’s are not actually ‘true’ to the reservation times that you select. Yes, you guarantee that you will be seated but it will be at the first table available after you check in at the host point. This can be anything from a couple of minutes up to half an hour, its very rare that it goes past the half hour mark though so don’t worry too much. Disney advise that you arrive about 15 minutes before your reservation time. Don’t try and turn up half an hour before your reservation time to get in dead on your reservation time because it just won’t work.

You don’t always need an ADR but it is highly advised as places get full very quickly and you risk being turned away.

When can you book ADR’s? If you are staying on site you can book all of your ADR’s 180 days in advance of your arrival. SO if you are staying for 14 days you can book all 14 table service reservations 180 days before you arrive. If you are staying off property you can also book 180 days in advance but you will have to do each day at a time.

My advice is to take full advantage of the 180 period because the slots disappear fast! I normally go on the website and have a look at whats about and scroll through the menu’s, then I decided where we will eat and on which day so I know on the 180 days in advance I can get them all done and 99.9% of the time I get everything I want.

Dining ADRs can be made from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m seven days a week

There is no limit on how many reservations you make for one day, well I guess there is because you can only fit a certain amount in a day. You cannot over lap reservations though. Disney allocate you a time slot in which you can’t make another reservation.

I would advise that you do make a plan because it can be annoying when people book 3 reservations for one day and only end up using 1. It stops other people from booking those reservations and it could be a must do on their trip.

How do I book an ADR? You can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or alternatively you can do it the more fun way, the way I do it and that is through the My Disney Experience App. It’s completely free, all you have to do is download the app and make a free account.

Once you have linked your ticked you can go to the reservations section and follow it day by day! This app if fantastic for any Disney Trip I will probably do a post just about My Disney Experience because there is loads to do on it.

You can alter your reservations as much as you like up until the night before assuming that the changes you want to make are still available.

Does this cost any extra? It doesn’t cost anything extra it is all included in your ticket but if you do not turn up for a reservation they will charge you. I think it is $20 a head, I may be wrong on that but I’m pretty sure that is what the cost was.

Oh one last thing! If you don’t get a reservation you wanted do keep checking because someone may cancel one. The best time to look if you didn’t get one on the 180 day mark is the night before you want to go because so many people book 2 or 3 and then cancel the ones they don’t want last minute. So thats a good little tip!

Thanks for reading guys! Feel free to add anything extra that you can think of in the comments below.

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