Countdown to Disney Part 2: Dining Reservations 

Hello, Disney Friends! We reached the 180 day mark awhile ago, but of course, I have to write about the dining reservations we made for our vacation that is happening in exactly 117 days! This post is not going to be that long since we do not have many dining reservations, but let’s begin!

Tusker House(Breakfast): We have never eaten here before, and I am so excited! The food here looks amazing, plus you get to meet Mickey and the gang! What’s better than that? We also get an advantage because we get to go in the park a little early since our reservation is before the park opens.

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• Be Our Guest (Lunch): Surprisingly, it was not that hard to find a reservation for this restaurant this time! I can’t wait to eat here again, especially since I can get some Instagram worthy photos.


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Via Napoli (Lunch): We have not eaten here before but am excited to try the food! We got to peek inside the restaurant a couple trips ago, and it looked so cool!


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Ohana(Dinner): I am obsessed with this restaurant, and I miss its food so much, especially the amazing bread pudding they have there!


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Right now, I am on the lookout for a reservation for Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, but I am not sure if I will be able to get it since I have heard it can be really difficult to find a reservation. I hope I will be able to find one because the food looks good, and I love the theme of the restaurant!

Have a magical day!

Natalie

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Exploring Disney’s Hilton Head Resort 

Hello, Disney Friends! I know it has been a little while, but life has been busy! About a month ago, while I was on vacation in Hilton Head Island, I got to visit Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort for a little bit! I don’t think I have seen many posts about this resort, so I thought I would do a post about it. Before I begin, I would like to note that all the photos in this post were taken by me. 

 Disney’s Hilton Head Resort’s theme is actually kind of unique. It is fashioned after a hunting and fishing lodge from the 1940’s.  It is part of the Disney Vacation Club, but you don’t need to be a member of it to stay here. From the pictures I saw online, the rooms at this resort look really nice! 


   

This resort has its very own beach house, which is called Disney’s Beach House, not too far away from the resort, and you take a shuttle to get to it. There is a heated pool at the beach house. I didn’t get to go to beach house, but it looks really fun from the pictures I saw online! 

Back at the resort, there are two other pools. Throughout the day, there are many different activities for all ages. Around the resort, there are hammocks that you can relax in. Certain nights, I also heard that there are fireworks during the evening. 


Disney Hilton Head Resort even has its own little merchandise store near the place you can get food. There is a good selection of Disney merchandise at the store. I saw an Ariel mug I liked while looking at all the Disney merchandise and decided to get it because why not? 

Near the store, there is a little quick service restaurant that serves breakfast until a certain time and lunch until 5 p.m. I saw on the menu that they have soft-serve pineapple ice cream, which is basically Dole Whip. I saw some people with those refillable mugs that you can get at the Disney resorts at the Parks, so I thought that was cool. 

Even though it is is not merchandise, you can buy Mickey Mouse ice cream bars or Mickey Mouse ice cream sandwiches at the merchandise store. Of course, I had to get a Mickey Mouse ice cream bar while I was there. I think it is really awesome you can get some Disney treats from the Parks at this resort! 

Overall, it was really fun to look around Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, and it gave me a little bit of the Disney magic before my next trip to the Parks. I think it would be fun to stay here someday! 

Have you ever been to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort? 

Have a magical day! 

Natalie 

Countdown to Disney World Part 1: New Things I Want to Do 

I know I have mentioned it a couple other times, but it’s official… I am going back to Walt Disney World in 171 days! Our last couple of trips have been a little shorter than usual, so this time, we are staying an entire week! We are going during my spring break, and the crowds are not supposed to be that bad when we are there. Since we already  booked our dining reservations, there really is not much to plan at the moment, so I thought why not do a little countdown series? To start off the series, this post is going to be about some of the things I have never done that I want to experience during my next trip!

 Watch Happily Ever After. I’m still very upset that they took away my favorite firework show ever(aka Wishes), but I’m kind of looking forward to Happily Ever After! I bought the song on iTunes, and I have to say that it’s kind of catchy!

Ride Frozen Ever After. I know this may sound weird coming from me since I have a love-hate relationship with Frozen, but I’m actually so excited for this ride! Fingers-crossed I can find a FastPass, but I can’t get my hopes up since we aren’t staying on property.

Watch Once Upon a Time. Again, I’m still upset that they took away the old projection show, Celebrate the Magic, but I looking forward to the new projection show! I did not get to see Once Upon a Time during my weekend trip in November, so I hope to have a chance to see it.

Explore Avatar Land. I’m most excited to ride Flight of Passage, so I really hope I get a chance to ride it. It would also be nice to ride Na’vi River Journey, but Flight of Passage is definitely my top priority.

• Ride Soarin’ Around the World: I just can’t wait to ride this! I loved the old Soarin’, but this one seems better from what I have heard.

Get a picture by the “Disney walls.” I mean it is a common Disney Parks photo, so I just have to. The purple wall is the one I want to get a photo by the most.

Try a dessert at Sprinkles. If you did not know, Sprinkles is a bakery in Disney Springs. During my trip in June last year, I went in Sprinkles but didn’t get anything. Everything looked really good!

Ride Expedition Everest and Dinosaur. You may not believe this, but I have not been to Animal Kingdom since 2010! Back then, I wasn’t really into thrill rides, so I really was not interested in riding Expedition Everest or Dinosaur. For the past couple of years, I have been dying to ride those two rides, and I’m so glad I will get a chance to in March.

Eat at a new restaurant at Disney Springs. There are a lot of new restaurants in Disney Springs, so I really want to try something new. I have heard Blaze Pizza is really good, but I’m open to try anything new.

Have a magical day!

Natalie

Meeting a Famous YouTuber: My Aunt Met TheTimTracker! 


Hello, Disney Lovers! My aunt and her family just got back from a vacation at the most magical place on earth! While they were down there, they actually got to meet a well-known YouTuber, TheTimTracker!  If you didn’t know, Tim and his wife feature major Orlando attractions and restaurants from Walt Disney World, Universal, and other theme/amusement parks on their channel! They give honest feedback while still making their videos enjoyable. You can check out their YouTube channel here if you interested. 

The night before my aunt and her family’s last day in Disney, my cousin was disappointed they had not gotten a chance to meet TheTimTracker. The next day, he got what he wanted! They saw Tim (he wasn’t with his wife, though) walking around Hollywood Studios! They got to take a picture with him and talk to him for a little while. It was a great way to end their Disney vacation! They were so happy and a little shocked that they got to meet one of their favorite Disney YouTubers! 

Have you ever met a well-known YouTuber or a celebrity at the Disney Parks? 

Have a magical evening!

Natalie 

My (Late) First Impressions: Pandora, the World of Avatar 

In the past three and half months since Pandora, the World of Avatar, has been open, I have tried to stay away from as many spoilers as I can since I want to be able to fully enjoy the land during my vacation in March. I want to give my pre-thoughts before visiting the land, and then, once I actually see and experience it in person, I will give a review on it! I think this post would have been more appropriate when the land first opened, but I’m gong to be doing my first impressions, anyway. 

The Attractions:


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There are two attractions in this Avatar themed land, Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. I have heard that Flight of Passage is kind of like Soarin’, except it is a better version, but I’m not sure if I will think that. I’m guessing Flight of Passage has better technology than Soarin’. I am have heard that Na’vi River Journey is a short boat ride, but it sounds pretty cool. I am looking forward to both rides, even though that I don’t know much about them. I think they sound amazing! 

The Floating Mountains:


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I mean it looks cool, but I definitely don’t think it is the coolest thing in the world. I am not sure what to think about it.
Day vs Night: 


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Though I have been doing a good job on avoiding most spoilers, I saw a video where it showed what Pandora looked like during both the day and the night. I have to say that Pandora looks way more amazing and breaktaking at night! 

Dining:  

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There are two dining options at Pandora, Satu’li Canteen, a fast-casual restaurant, and Pongu Pongu, a drink kiosk(I mean I don’t think Pongu Pongu is technically dining, but I’m just going to call it that). Satu’li Canteen’s menu has nothing on it that stands out to me. However, at Pongu Pongu, Night Blossom, a non-alcoholic neon drink, looks really cool, and I think I will have to give it a try! 

More Thoughts:

This post is coming from the person who isn’t into Avatar. I have never seen it, and I don’t ever plan to. Despite that, Pandora seems amazing, and I can’t wait to check it out during my next trip!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and you should definitely plan on seeing  a post over my opinions about the World of Avatar after my trip in March! Let me know some of your opinions in the comment section below! I would appreciate if you didn’t give away big spoilers, but I would still like to read some of your opinions on Pandora! 

Put Our Service to the Test: Be Our Guest Restaurant Review 

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Be Our Guest Restaurant has become quite the hit in the past few years since it has been open. Reservations for this Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant can be quite difficult to find, but a lot of people wonder if Be Our Guest Restaurant is actually worth the hype. 

Be Our Guest is located in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Both breakfast and lunch are quick service, but unlike other quick service restaurants, they bring your food to your table after you order your food. Even though breakfast and lunch is quick service, you still HAVE to get dining reservations. For dinner, Be Our Guest becomes a table service restaurant, and you can even get the chance to meet the master of the castle(aka the Beast).


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The Food:
I have only been able to eat lunch at Be Our Guest, so I can really only share my opinion on lunch. For lunch, there are not many entrées to choose from. They have sandwiches, salads, and quiche. They also have a couple soups. My favorite thing to get at Be Our Guest is Croque Monsieur(a grilled sandwich of ham and gruyere cheese). I tried the French Onion Soup, and I didn’t really like it, but the Potato Leek Soup is good. If you want a variety of options to choose from, I would suggest you eat dinner at Be Our Guest, but I still think lunch is still really good there.

They have the same desserts for both lunch and dinner, and the cupcakes are good(I think you can order dessert for breakfast, but that would be kind of weird if you ask me). Breakfast is actually more expensive than lunch. Some dinner items are more expensive than breakfast and visa versa. If you want to check out the menu of Be Our Guest, click here! I think the food here is really good, and it is better quality food than most quick service restaurants.

The Atmosphere and the Rooms:  

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As you enter Be Our Guest Restaurant, you feel as if you were transported into Beauty and the Beast. You hear Beauty and the Beast instrumental music in the background, and it just gives you this wonderful, magical feeling.  For people who cherish Beauty and the Beast, this is quite the experience. 

You can eat in three themed rooms at Be Our Guest, the West Wing, the Rose Gallery, and my personal favorite, the ballroom. Disney did such a wonderful job on every single detail to make it feel like you are in the movie. 

The Service:

For lunch(and I am assuming breakfast, too), you can quickly get in and out of the restaurant in no time. It doesn’t take much time for them to prepare your food. I am not sure how fast or slow dinner is, though. 

Is Be Our Guest Restaurant Worth All the Hype-Overall Thoughts: 

The food is great, the atmosphere is very different than other restaurants at Disney, and the service is good and quick. This restaurant is definitely worth all the hype it gets. Even though that the food is good, I think it is so popular mostly because it is feels like you have stepped into the movie. Be Our Guest is so unique, and it is no doubt one of my favorite restaurants to eat at during a Walt Disney World vacation! 
 

High School Musical vs Real Life High School 

I feel like people dream about high school like it is this place where people just burst into a musical number whenever they feel like it, and everyone is having the absolute time of their life. Do you know where I am heading? “High School Musical! Who said we had to let it go?” Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but anyway… Of course, you know high school is not all fun and games like the trilogy claims it it be. There’s a big difference between High School Musical and real life high school school. Shall we begin? 

You can’t sing a musical numbers at school. During class, during lunch, why not burst out into a song? It’s completely normal to stand on the cafeteria tables and sing a song! *Not*


You can’t have a double pink locker that is practically a mini closet to help all your fashion needs. As much as I would like to have a double pink locker, no, you, sadly, can’t have this locker in high school. You are just stuck with a regular one that everyone else has, bummer. 


Singing to your fellow teammates about how “you gotta get your head it the game” is not going to help your team practice. They are just going to be confused. Like hello? I thought we were supposed to be playing basketball… Is this musical theater? 


• “We’re all in this together!” Um… Not. Not everyone in high school is going to like you and not everyone is going to get along. Sharpay did like to pick on people, but why was she singing this song, then? 

You don’t have an unlimited passing period. It seemed in High School Musical that they had so much time to get to class, but that’s not the case. Yeah, let’s just dance while we are supposed to be heading to class.  


The only thing that is realistic about High School Musical is that even if you think you are pretty, that doesn’t mean the hot guy in school will go out with you. I am talking about you, Sharpay. 

How To Save Money During a Disney Vacation

Disney vacations aren’t cheap. If you are planning a trip to the most magical place on earth, don’t be surprised when you see the total cost of your trip. However, there are some ways to save some money on your Walt Disney World vacation! 

Skip the park hopper tickets and just buy the regular tickets. Unless you are going on a very short Disney World vacation, I would recommend to skip the park hopper tickets.  A one day park hopper ticket costs 162 dollars, while a regular one day ticket for Magic Kingdom costs 107 dollars and a regular ticket for the other three Parks costs 99 dollars. If you are traveling with a large group, it will be difficult to travel from park to park. Because of this, you probably won’t get your money’s worth since you most likely won’t be able to ride all the rides you could if you only stayed in one park all day.  

Buy groceries. I know… Who wants to go shopping while on vacation? If you are not the type of person who wants to, you can actually buy groceries online and not have to shop at a store. Garden Grocer delivers groceries to most hotels in Orlando, even Disney resorts. If you want to pay a little less on groceries, then, just go to Publix or another grocery store not too far from your resort. Even though that you are probably going to be eating most of your meals at Disney, buying groceries will still save you money. I would recommend to buy a big packet of water bottles(because water bottles at Disney are expensive), some breakfast items, some snacks, and maybe some lunch items.

Don’t always eat at table service restaurant. Just eating at one table service restaurant per day or maybe  not eating at a table service restaurant every single day of your vacation will save you a lot money. 

Spilt a meal  or order from the kids’ menu. Even quick service restaurants are expensive at Disney, so if you and one of your family members aren’t feeling that hungry, just spilt a meal. Another way you can save money at a quick service restaurant is if you aren’t that hungry, order off of the kids’ menu. I have only heard of adults ordering off of the kids’ menu at a quick service restaurant, though. 

Do you know any other ways to save money during a Disney vacation? Share your tips in the comments! 

Confessions of a Disney Freak, Part 2

Last year, I did a post about my Disney confessions, and since I have some more confessions, I have a part two to the post! If you would like to read part one, click here! Anyway, let’s begin! 

•  I think Illuminations is boring. I’ve never been a fan of Illuminations, but it’s not the worst show in the world. I do find it kind of boring, though, so I would rather go do something else (like go ride Test Track again) than see this show. 

• I think the ‘Disney walls’ are overrated. You know… The purple wall near Tomorrowland, the bubblegum wall that you see when you exit Spaceship Earth, and pretty much any wall someone thinks would look good with his or her Disney outfit. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you have been living under a rock these past few months. Even though that I want to get a photo by the famous purple wall on my next vacation, I do have to admit the walls are kind of overrated. People just can’t stop posting their Disney wall photos on social media, so it gets a little old. 

• I have never seen Fantasmic. Nope, never seen it. My family was going to watch it one evening a few years ago. However, we had awful seats, so we decided to skip the show. I really want to see Fantasmic because I think it sounds amazing! 



 • I would rather have LeFou’s Brew than a Dole Whip. I tried a Dole Whip once, and I thought it was okay. I am not a huge fan of pineapples, so that may be the reason. I am obsessed with LeFou’s Brew, and without a doubt, I like it better than Dole Whips.  Okay, my opinion probably isn’t too popular because most people like Dole Whips better, but seriously, go try LeFou’s Brew if you haven’t! 

• As much as I love watching Disney movies at home, I get distracted. Somedays, all you want to do is watch Disney movies. However, if you are addicted to your  iPhone like I am, it can be hard to watch a Disney movie. The only way I can actually watch all of a Disney movie at home without getting distracting is leaving my phone in another room.  I don’t get distracted at the theaters, of course, but it does happen at home a lot, unless the movie just came out on DVD. 


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• I disliked the Maelstrom. I think Disney made a GREAT decision replacing it with Frozen Ever After. I   just thought the Maelstrom wasn’t Disney enough, and it didn’t give me a happy feeling like most Disney attractions do. 

• I get shy around the Disney characters during meet and greets. Don’t get me wrong. I love meeting Disney characters, but I always get a little shy around them. I always think it looks fun when people are having a conversation with the characters, but sometimes, I just don’t know what to say.

• I love Carousel of Progress.  My dad can’t stand this attraction, but I think it is a unique! I love how you see how things have changed over the years, and I love the song! Also, it is one of the few attractions left that Walt Disney made, so I think it’s very special. 

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• I could care less that Ellen’s Energy Adventure closed. I don’t recall ever riding it, but I know that I wouldn’t have enjoyed this attraction because I’m not a fan of Ellen DeGeneres (I love Dory, though) or Bill Nye, and most importantly, it’s 45 minutes long! 

I hope you enjoyed reading more of my Disney confessions! I would love to read some of your Disney confessions, so please, tell me in the comments!

A Letter to The Most Underrated Ride at Disney 

   

Dear Great Movie Ride, 

I can’t believe you are closing, today. I have so many amazing memories riding you. I wish you could stay, but you are being replaced. I didn’t get to say goodbye, so that’s why I’m writing this letter to you. 

You didn’t always get the attention you deserved. I thought you were so unique. I always did. Ever since I was a little kid, you have been one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World.

I loved your Hollywood theme. I loved how you had a variety of different types of movies. I loved the tour guides; they were so funny. I loved how it felt like I was in the movies. 

Goodbye to the most underrated attraction at Walt Disney World. I will always miss you and remember the memories I have riding you. 

Natalie