Disney Skyliner – The Most Magical Flight On Earth

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On our most recent trip to the Walt Disney World Resort we got to experience the Disney Skyliner for the very first time and I loved it! As we were staying at Pop Century, it was super convenient and became our main method of transport throughout our stay. Today I am going to talk about the Disney Skyliner and share my thoughts from our experience.

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The Disney Skyliner is Walt Disney World’s newest method of transportation around the resort. The gondola system opened in September 2019 and runs within five stations connecting Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts, Caribbean Beach Resort, Riviera Resort, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The Skyliner has three lines, the Epcot line, Hollywood Studios line and Art of Animation and Pop Century line. All three lines depart from the Caribbean Beach station. The Epcot line travels to the Riviera Resort before arriving at Epcot, the Hollywood Studios line travels directly to it’s destination and the third and final line, the Art of Animation and Pop Century line travels to the floating station between the two resorts.

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Sounds confusing but the route is actually really simple. For example, if I wanted to take the Skyliner from Pop Century to Hollywood Studios, I would depart from the station between Pop and Art of Animation and would travel to Caribbean Beach. The Skyliner would disembark, I then would head to the Hollywood Studios line and that would take me directly to the park. Our room at Pop Century was in a prime location to get to the Skyliner Station and it took us just a few minutes to walk there. We love to park hop and found ourselves taking the Skyliner to or from the parks conveniently each day in a matter of minutes. We didn’t experience any delays during our trip and didn’t wait any longer than a few minutes to board our gondola, even at busy times.

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Each gondola is brightly coloured and some feature much loved attractions, movies and Disney characters. My Little Peter Pan was overjoyed at getting to fly high above Walt Disney World in a Peter Pan themed gondola! When it’s quiet, you can have a gondola to yourself and I recommend asking for one with no design on it at least once, so you can take in the breathtaking views. There is no air conditioning, but it’s very breezy inside. The only thing I could say that I didn’t like about the gondola’s, is that the rain comes through the open vents pretty quickly when it’s raining. Not great for the hair ladies, but it’s no big deal though as you can just reach up and close the vents!

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The Skyliner is a whole new experience and feels more like a ride rather than just a method of transportation! It’s definitely up there (pardon the pun!) with the Walt Disney World Monorail as my most favourite and fun way to get around the resort. I can’t wait to use the Skyliner again on our next trip and I’m holding out for a new line to Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom next!

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Do you love the Disney Skyliner too? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Alannah x

Ad – Adult Fashion Month Continues At ShopDisney

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Last week we were spoilt for choice when ShopDisney announced Adult Fashion Month and revealed the first three collections, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Marvel. This weeks focus will be on three new collections which to me are simply beautiful!

UP

Adventure really is out there with this dreamy Up collection featuring a beautiful boxed mug, a handbag, postcard and pin set and a cosy hooded sweatshirt. My favourite piece in the collection is the UP Boxed Mug. The artwork features Carl and Ellie and dons the words “Thanks for the adventure – now go have a new one! Love Ellie”. The collection ranges in price from £7.00 to £35.00.

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Castle Collection

Celebrate Disney movie magic with my favourite of the three collections, the Walt Disney Pictures Collection! This retro collection features a hooded sweatshirt, a gorgeous backpack, a water bottle and a pad folio with holographic details. I love the Walt Disney Pictures Backpack, its the perfect size for everyday wear and so pretty! I also love the Walt Disney Pictures Hooded Sweatshirt which is such a gorgeous shade of pink. The collection ranges in price from £10.00 to £35.00.

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Hercules

This classic Hercules collection definitely stands out with its cool blue shades and quirky designs. The characterful collection features a Hercules cap, sweatshirt and travel mug. My favourite piece from the collection is the Hercules Cap For Adults. The denim cap has “Zero to Hero” embroidered wording and features classic character artwork under the flat bill. Quinn loves this cap and is looking to buy one for our upcoming Walt Disney World trip this summer! The collection ranges in price from £11.00 to £30.00.

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Which is your favourite of the three collections this week?

Alannah x

Five Reasons Why I Love The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast At 1900 Park Fare

When choosing to dine at the Walt Disney World resort, there are so many character breakfast options to choose from. A firm favourite for many years in my little family is the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and today I am going to tell you why!

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1. Character Interaction

Having eaten at almost every character dining restaurant across the resort, the one that consistently stands out to us is 1900 Park Fare. The character interactions have always been a delight each time we have eaten there and set the mood for a magical day at Disney. Although character appearances are always subject to change, you can usually expect to see Mad Hatter and Alice, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins. Each character visits your table as you dine to chat, sign autographs and to take photographs. Quinn adores meeting characters and loves eating at 1900 Park Fare due to the fun and chaos they cause together! Over the years there has been so many memories made here from making insaniTea with Hatter and giggling so much you give yourself the hiccups, to running away from kisses with Alice. Maybe for us its the variety of characters combined,  but each breakfast experience has been filled with joy and laughter!

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2. Character Photographs

As the characters move from table to table, I love that each meet is unique to them and the photos tell a story of the fun had that day! My Little Peter Pan loves to gift handmade stars to each character he meets, as for him it adds a little of his story to theirs. Sometimes it starts the conversation for him, or often he will gift a star to them as the meet comes to an end. Each day one of the characters meet with a Photopass photographer as you exit the restaurant. This allows a little more time for family pictures against a super cute backdrop. We have met Alice, Pooh and Tigger a few times here and each meet has been so memorable for both Quinn and I, with some lovely photos to take away with us.

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3. Food

The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is an all you care to enjoy buffet with so many yummy options including custom made omelettes, pastries, cereals and of course those all important Mickey Waffles. My favourite picks from the buffet would have to be the red velvet pancakes with cream, the croissants, bacon and those all important tater tots! The price of the breakfast is currently $26 for children aged 3 – 9 and $44 for adults, or 1 table service meal on the Disney Dining Plan. Gratuity is not included. Discount is available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members (10%) and Tables in Wonderland is also accepted at the restaurant (20%).

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4. Atmosphere 

I am biased as the Grand Floridian is my favourite resort on property, but I love the timeless, elegant theming of the restaurant and its surroundings. It’s classic Walt Disney World for me! The dining area is decorated in Victorian era flair and filled with pretty carousel horses. The restaurant is naturally bright and airy with it’s large glass doors, creating the perfect light for photos. A large concert organ built in France named “Big Bertha” takes pride of place towards the ceiling of the large dining room. It’s been a very long time since I heard it play, but it sounds so cute and reminds me very much of the Carrousel over in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.

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5. Location

The restaurant is conveniently located on the ground floor and is accessible from the front or back of the resort. It’s location is great if you are staying at a Monorail resort or  coming over from Magic Kingdom on the Monorail. The restaurant is also close to the boat dock if you are visiting by water taxi. If you have a reservation and are driving over to the resort, you can park for the duration of your breakfast by confirming your reservation with Disney Security at the gate. If you have a little time before or after breakfast, I would highly recommend a stroll around the resort and its perfectly landscaped garden and beach.

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Do you have a favourite character breakfast at the Walt Disney World resort?

Alannah x

Ad – February Is Adult Fashion Month At ShopDisney

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ShopDisney announced some exciting news this morning, February is going to be Adult Fashion Month at ShopDisney! For the next four weeks adult fashion will be celebrated at ShopDisney with collections featuring characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. The highlight for each collection will be a hoodie, with a whole range of accesories including bags, water bottles, hats and stationery. I am super excited for these collections and I know I am not alone in welcoming new merchandise for us Disney loving adults at ShopDisney.

This weeks focus will be on three collections

Mickey Mouse

The mouse that everyone knows and loves! Inspired by the original Mouseketeer who has featured in over 120 short films, this new Mickey Mouse collection brings a collection of clothing that combines statement style and laidback spirit. My favourite piece in the collection is the Mickey Mouse travel mug. The stainless steel mug with sketch style Mickey Mouse artwork is perfect for staying hydrated on the go. The collection ranges in price from £18.00 to £35.00.

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Minnie Mouse

The true fashion icon herself will be celebrated in the Minnie Mouse collection with a sporty twist featuring vibrant pieces with contrasting trims. My favourite collection this week for sure! I love the Minnie Mouse Ladies Hooded Sweatshirt, it looks so cosy! I also love the Minnie Mouse Ladies Loungewear T-shirt and could definitely see myself wearing this to the Disney Parks. The collection ranges in price from £14.95 to £35.00.

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Marvel

ShopDisney has assembled the mightiest selection of clothing and accessories in the Marvel collection. My favourite piece in the collection has to be the Marvel Beanie For Adults. The knitted hat has a rubber Marvel logo and is perfect to complete your winter look. The collection ranges in price from £10.00 to £35.00.

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I am so impressed with the collections available so far in adult fashion month and its only week one! I can’t wait to see what’s to come over the next few weeks. Which collection is your favourite so far and what can’t you wait to get your hands on?

Alannah x

Spending The Holidays At Home – What Quinn Got For Christmas

AfterlightImage 2Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas, wherever you may have spent it. For the first time in three years our little family spent the holidays at home instead of at Walt Disney World. Although we missed it like crazy and spoke about what we may have been doing each day, it was lovely to spend some quality family time at home relaxing. I definitely ate far too much food and spent most of my time dressed in pyjamas, but it was exactly the break I needed to start refreshed for the New Year.

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On Christmas morning I had to wake our sleepy Little Peter Pan around 8am, which is very unusual indeed. Unsure if he has had hit a growth spurt or if it’s just his sleep pattern now, but our usual super early riser is no more! Quinn was absolutley delighted to wake up to the Lego Disney Train and Station which he has longed for since its release date back in September 2019. If you follow our daily adventures on Instagram, you will know of Quinn’s love for Lego, particularly Disney Lego. Santa brought him the Lego Disney Castle back in 2016 and its his most treasured Lego set to date. Lego sets can be quite expensive, but the creativity and problem solving skills it brings to your child as well as the years of play, make the sets one hundred percent worth it for me. You can find the Lego Disney Train and Station retailing at £299.99.

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Another toy that Quinn had his eye on for a very long time was the Buzz Lightyear Interactive Drop-Down Action Figure. This toy had a hefty price tag of £79.99, but was reduced to £55.99 in theShopDisney UK sale. Very expensive for an action figure I know, but this toy is literally the best toy I have ever seen! It has over 65 sayings and sound effects and the best part is that it responds to four different voice commands and when you say “someone’s coming!” Buzz drops to the floor! The fun Quinn has with his collection of Toy Story toys is amazing and his imagination is endless. Buzz fits right in with the gang and he is already very loved and played with. You can find the Buzz Lightyear at ShopDisney UK for £55.99.

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Staying with the Toy Story 4 theme, Quinn loves figures and received a Toy Story 4 Mega Figurine Playset from his Granny. The set was originally £40, but a now £19.99 in the ShopDisney UK sale. The box was huge and filled with figures including Forky, Gabby Gabby and Bo Peep. Also in the sale from £24.99, now £17.49 is the Mattel Duke Caboom Stunt Racer. One of Quinn’s favourite characters from the movie is Duke Caboom, so this was a great addition to his collection.

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Quinn’s love for Peter Pan overshadows everything of course and Santa brought him some Never Land soft toys. He was over the moon to unwrap Michael and John Darling and the Lost Boys Cubby and Slightly. These are quite rare finds and have been incredibly loved since they arrived on Christmas Day! 

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We are in the process of building the Lego Disney Train and Station now. Well I say we but Quinn is the builder, we help by looking out the pieces since there are so many! It’s so close to being completed and you can follow along with Quinn’s progress on Little Peter Pan. The Train and tracks are now complete as is the ground floor of the station. The Train is powered by the Lego Powered Up and it’s just magical! Quinn has played with it everyday, filling the train with Disney Minifigures. I can’t wait to see the finished product, it looks amazing already!

Alannah x

A Whirlwind Magical Stay At Disney’s Pop Century Resort

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The whirlwind dream has ended! Our most recent Walt Disney World trip is over and we are back into routine and the cold, but we have taken a lifetime of new memories home with us! I say whirlwind as this was almost the trip that never was, but I am so thankful we could make it work as boy was it was a special one! This was our first non DVC trip in a while and our first trip in such a long time that didn’t include a split stay. It was also the shortest period of time we have stayed at Walt Disney World for, but we crammed so much in we didn’t feel like we missed out on any time at all!

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We spent the duration of our stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort in a newly renovated room in the 60’s area. This was our little family’s second stay at Pop, the first being just after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 when funnily enough, we stayed in the same building, just a floor below! The location was very convenient indeed, being just a short walk from the main building, bus stop and the new Disney Skyliner station. We took great advantage of the Skyliner and used it everyday bar one during our stay. We also made good use of the resort bus times which are now available on My Disney Experience. We were able to shorten our wait time on the most part, by leaving the room when a bus was almost due. A great addition for sure!

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The room looked great since its recent refurb and was bright, airy, roomy and clean. I loved the addition of the Mickey artwork and my Little Peter Pan loved the new pull down king sized bed. If you have read my recent posts you will know that Quinn has a thing for pull down beds, he loves them! I am so glad that Disney are implementing more of these into the resorts, as they are a real big space saver. There was plenty storage space available, a new small storage area next to the fridge and a huge TV, perfect to wake up to with resort TV playing in the background! The bathroom refurb brightened up the area significantly and definitely made it feel much more spacious with the new units and shelves. I also loved the addition of the glass shower doors apposed to the usual curtain.

The room refurb is definitely a wonderful addition to the resort and reiterates why Pop Century is our favourite value resort at Walt Disney World. Do you have a stay planned at Pop Century soon?

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Our October Walt Disney World vlog series is under way over on our Youtube channel and can be found here. I would love it if you could join our little family on our adventures and please don’t forget to subscribe!

 

Alannah x

Festive Fun At The Friends Of ANCHOR Silent Disco Walking Tour

Last night Quinn and I were kindly invited to the VIP launch of the Friends of ANCHOR Silent Disco Adventure Tour at the Aberdeen Christmas Village. Friends of ANCHOR is a local cancer charity based in the North East of Scotland and are this years chosen charity for Aberdeen’s Christmas Village, which is organised by Aberdeen Inspired.

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I had never been to a silent disco prior to last night so although I had an idea, I really did not know what to fully expect. Quinn and I were each given a set of headphones at the start of the tour by the lovely Lauren from Jeff and Lauren in the Morning over on Northsound 1. Lauren started our tour off, before handing us over to our tour guide from Silent Adventures, the team that brought you this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Silent Disco. Our tour guide led us around the village for half an hour of music, dancing and festive fun! Each time I took in my surroundings, everyone involved in the tour were dancing with the biggest smiles on their faces! The most magical thing happens once you have those headphones on, you dance like no one is watching! Both Quinn and I had so much fu, we did not stop laughing throughout! There were some Disney hits of course which made our night! I would definitely recommend the tour for an evening of family fun to get you in the festive mood, all while raising funds for a precious charity.

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Tours take place in the Aberdeen Christmas Village and surrounding area and tickets can be pre booked by emailing info@friendsofanchor.org. A limited number of tickets can also be purchased on the day from the ticket booth at the Christmas Village. The attraction is suitable for ages five and over, but babies in arms are welcome at no charge. Unfortunately prams cannot be accommodated for on the tour.

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Tickets are priced at £10 per adult, £7.50 per child (age 5 to 12) or £25 for a family of four (two adults and two children). By supporting this festive, fundraising campaign, you will be supporting the thousands of people affected by cancer or haematology diagnosis, who receive treatment in the North East of Scotland. All profits go directly to Friends of ANCHOR which is amazing!

Alannah x

Some items in this post are gifted. As always all views and experiences are my own.

Walt Disney World Mobile Ordering Explained

One of the greatest recent changes to come to the Walt Disney World Resort is the ability to order and pay for your food ahead on the My Disney Experience mobile app. With most Quick Service restaurant locations now participating throughout the resort, you can now spend less time in line ordering and more time making those precious Disney memories! Today I’m going to talk about how you can place your order and the experience we had with mobile ordering on our most recent Walt Disney World tripWalt Disney World trip.

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Although we love eating at table service locations throughout the resort, its not always feasible or time effective to eat at these restaurants on a daily basis. Often we enjoy taking food back to our room after a busy day, or eating lunch in the parks and that is where mobile ordering has saved us lots of vacation time indeed! During our stay at the Polynesian Resort, Captain Cooks participated in the service as well as Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and we took advantage of the mobile ordering at these locations every day. On every occasion apart from one, our order was ready within a minimal wait time. On the occasion that it wasn’t, we had to wait just as long as waiting in line to order would, but the restaurant was exceptionally busy and management at the location did apologise for the delay.

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To start a mobile order, you first need to ensure that you have downloaded the My Disney Experience app to your mobile device, which can be found in the app store or Google store. Next you can either tap the + icon and select “Order Food”, or by selecting Dining in the drop down menu when using the map of the location you are in. From there, you can select the restaurant and tap on “Order Food”. The next page that opens up will allow you to build your order, listing the food and drinks available at that location. You can also customise certain menu items to your liking. Once you have selected your items, tap the basket icon at the top right of the page which takes you to your order summery. If you have a card linked to your My Disney Experience account it will show up here as a payment method, or you can add a new card as payment. Currently, you can only pay for your order using a credit card, debit card or Disney Dining Plan.

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Once you arrive at the restaurant, tap on “I’m Here, Prepare My Order”. A notification will then be sent to the app when your food is ready to collect from the window and enjoy!

All this talk of Disney food is making me hungry for sure!

Alannah x

 

 

 

A Magical Surprise Stay At Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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The biggest surprise of our last Walt Disney World trip was of course Quinn finding out about our stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Today I’m going to talk about how we managed to keep it a surprise and what magical little treat was waiting for us at Orlando International Airport.

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Our Little Peter Pan’s favourite resort is the Polynesian and last time we stayed there, he got sick and we spent two days in our hotel room. Not the best memory to have of your favourite place, so Kevin and I really wanted to make it up to him. We told him that we were going to stay at Pop Century, not a total lie as we were for the last two nights until we swapped it out for Grand Destino at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!

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As we were staying on the Monorail loop for most of our trip, we didn’t hire a car and booked Disney’s Magical Express to take us to the Polynesian. Our plan was to check in at the Magical Express desk and when we got in line, point out to Quinn that our bus wasn’t going to Pop Century but Polynesian instead!

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Upon arrival at Orlando International Airport, we collected our luggage (after an hour delay due to lightening!) and made our way down to ground transportation. As we approached the desk Quinn called out to Boomer, a Minnie Van cast member who had driven us around Walt Disney World! He came over and gave us the best news, he was driving us straight to the Polynesian in his Minnie Van! We were all very surprised and extremely grateful! The Minnie Van Service Airport Shuttle picks up or drops off between Orlando International Airport and any Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

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This was our first experience in a Minnie Van outwith Walt Disney World and it was magical! Boomer helped us with our bags, made us feel comfortable and best of all, was in on the surprise for Quinn! Inside the Minnie Van, Boomer put on the TV which was showing movie shorts for Quinn to watch. There was a selection of super cute Disney World books for us to read including It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion. Snacks and drinks were plentiful and included a selection of coke products, Smart Water and Ghiradelli chocolates and candy. Boomer spoke about the upcoming attractions and what is new to the Walt Disney World Resort since our trip in January. Quinn’s little face was a picture when we pulled into the Polynesian and he discovered we were staying there! You can watch his reaction here and subscribe to my Youtube channel Pixie Planner to watch our current vlog series from the trip. A new video is uploaded each Sunday at 7pm UK time. We can’t thank Disney enough for gifting us this extra pixie dust to our trip!

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In true Polynesian style we were greeted with some leis and stopped by the front desk to collect our Annual Pass Magicbands that had been delivered. Our room was located in the Pago Pago building which we love as its next to the pathway to the Transport and Ticket Centre making it easy to get back from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The new East Pool is right around the corner with the pool bar and soda machines which we use a lot. The DVC studio rooms in Polynesian are our favourite as a family as there is so much space and make us feel so comfortable. Quinn visited the Lava Pool and Kiki Tiki’s Splash Play, we ate dinner in Ohana’s and brought back a Captain Cook’s to our room each night. We had the most wonderful four night stay!

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Is Polynesian your favourite Walt Disney World Resort hotel? I would love to hear all about your Disney Resort adventures!

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Some items in this post are gifted, as stated. As always all views and experiences are my own.

Alannah x

 

 

A Room With The Most Magical View At Bay Lake Tower

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Now that my Little Peter Pan is back off to school, I have a little more time to write about our wonderful experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort last month. Today I’m going to talk about our seven  night stay in Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which included a Lake View and a Theme Park View Studio.

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Bay Lake Tower is fastly becoming our little family’s favourite Disney Vacation Club Resort to stay at each trip and although it’s not one of our home resorts, I really hope it will become one in the future! Our stays are becoming much more frequent and we love it’s close proximity to Magic Kingdom and the ease of walking to and fro there. The views are second to none, if like me you could admire Cinderella Castle all day and take in the bustle of Seven Seas Lagoon. As if being located right next to your favourite theme park isn’t enough, its also the resort that Quinn’s favourite, the Monorail passes through and there’s also plenty of entertainment on offer.

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On this trip, Quinn enjoyed taking a lot more time than usual to unwind in the Community Hall drawing, playing with the toys available and watching a Disney movie. We also took the time to experience table tennis, mini golf and some courtyard games out by the pool. Kevin and Quinn hired a Sea Raycer to explore Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon for an hour while I watched from the balcony which was wonderful. A little down time for me while the boys were having fun! We visited our favourite, Top of The World Lounge to watch Happily Ever After which was as magical as ever and as it was so hot, Quinn cooled down in the pool almost everyday.

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For the first four nights we stayed in a Lake View Studio which was located on the eleventh floor of the inner rim. We requested a high floor and fell in love with our view of the pool, Bay Lake and the Orlando Skyline which lit up beautifully at night. The best part about our entire stay this trip was of course the Theme Park View Studio that we moved to from our fifth night onwards. Of course I cried as it was another Disney dream of mine to stay in a room with such a magical view!

 

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Our room was located on the seventh floor, giving us views across Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon, the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts. Quinn spent our entire stay waving to the Monorail which was magic in itself! As well as taking in the sights of Magic Kingdom, we could also hear the sounds coming from Main Street, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire and Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Watching Happily Ever After from a different perspective on our balcony is an experience I will never forget and the best part of course was being able to tuck Quinn into bed a few minutes later!

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Do you have a favourite resort? I would love to hear all about it!

Alannah x