Category Archives: Disney Resort

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Disney World Resort Hop #7: Pop Century

A quick trip across the lake from Art of Animation brings us to Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

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We could see the giant yo-yos on our walk, so that was the first place we stopped.

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We learned some historical facts as we made our way past the 50’s and 60’s to the Hippy Dippy Pool and Classic Hall.

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My mission at Pop Century was to try their Tie Dye Cheesecake, so we headed to Everything Pop for desserts.

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Scarlett and I split the cheesecake. Pretty, bright colors with a red velvet cake base – yum!

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Tom and Luke split the Worms in Dirt pudding dessert. 
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We were all getting tired at this point so we decided to look at one more decade before returning to our car. Tom and I picked the 70’s.

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Surfin’ with Goofy
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Foosball

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Big Wheel Bike

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Mickey Phone

I would have liked to have seen the 80’s and 90’s as well as the other pools, but by this time we were just exhausted. It was a long day, but we vowed to check out the rest of the resort the next time we make it to Orlando.

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Disney World Resort Hop #6 Part 2 – More Art of Animation

After our adventure in Radiator Springs at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, we sat down for an early dinner at Landscape of Flavors.

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It was a nice (and uncrowded) atmosphere for dinner.

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Just Keep Swimming
At the food court, we ordered a large pizza to share. The box was so cute, I kind of wish we had kept it as a souvenir!
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The pizza was decent, pretty much a big version of the personal pizzas we’ve eaten all over Disney World.

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We gobbled it up – and BONUS! missed a quick rain storm – then headed back outside to explore the lands of Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.

First up was the Finding Nemo Courtyard, where we sped past the Big Blue Pool before the kids wanted to go in (Room Key required for entry) and whisked them over to the Righteous Reef playground.

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Luke and Scarlett played for while under the watchful eyes of ocean friends.

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We dragged the kids away from the slides and moved on to The Lion King.

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Simba, King of Pride Rock

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Hakuna Matata!

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Elephant Graveyard

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Scarlett and Scar

This lead us to The Little Mermaid.

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Prince Eric

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Flippin’ Fins Pool

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Sebastian and King Triton

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Ursula

This was the most fun hotel I’ve ever seen. It was a GREAT place to visit! I’m sure it’s even greater to actually stay there.

After we finished with this resort, we crossed the Generation Gap Bridge over Hourglass Lake to Pop Century. Time for a snack and some time traveling!

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Disney World Resort Hop #6: Art of Animation Part 1 – Cars!

After spending the morning at the beach, we were continued our tour of Disney Resorts with Art of Animation.

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This was a great resort for our little kids. Lots of fun from the beginning with some of our favorite cartoons on the outside of the main building.

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And even more in the lobby.

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The sketches were amazing. I could’ve sat there all day looking at them.

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But we didn’t – there was SO much more to look at!

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Welcome to Radiator Springs!

I’ve said before that our family LOVES Cars. It was pretty awesome to be able to walk around in a life-size world of Cars.

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Doc

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Ramone

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Flo
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Mater at Mater’s Towing and Salvage

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Sarge at Sarge’s Supply Hut
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Fillmore
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Luigi and Guido at Case Della Tires

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Leaning Tower of Tires at Casa Della Tires

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The Cozy Cone Motel was the entrance to the Cozy Cone Pool.

And the best part of all – The Wheel Well Motel with Lightning and Sally out front. Just unbelievably cool!

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We had the best time touring the Cars section of the resort. I hope someday we will be able to swim here.

Since it was so hot, we took a dinner break before touring the rest of the resort. On to Landscape of Flavors, then more animated fun in Part 2!

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Disney World Resort Hop #5: Yacht Club and Beach Club

After taking in the atmosphere at Disney’s Boardwalk, we decided to take a little walk to the nearby resorts: Yacht Club and Beach Club.

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The bridge to the Yacht Club had some neat sails on the sides. They looked pretty cool with the Dolphin in the background.

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The kids were pretty excited to see the little beaches.

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We were able to catch the Epcot fireworks from the sand.

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We walked through both hotels, but I forgot to take photos. They were really beautiful, though!

I wanted to stop by Beach & Cream Soda Shop to see if we could see anyone eating the Kitchen Sink sundae. It was really crowded, though, and the kids weren’t in the mood to wait.

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We hit the arcade next door instead.

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We really felt like we were at a beach resort! But it was hot and getting late, so we had to get going. We were going to a real beach the next morning.

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Disney World Resort Hop #4 – Disney’s Boardwalk

After a fun afternoon at Downtown Disney, a relaxing evening was in order. Disney’s Boardwalk was the perfect place for that!

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We arrived at the Boardwalk Inn just as the sun was beginning to set.

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We followed the sign to the Boardwalk.
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It was lovely.

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As it got darker, the lights made things even lovelier.
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As we strolled (or, in the kids’ case, ran, without shoes) along the water, we found many things to entertain us.

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We watched people win prizes at the midway games, and checked out the arcade that was also half ESPN Club gift shop.

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We watched several different “street performers.” Our favorite was the guy who spoke with a kazoo sound and shot basketballs into a hoop balanced on his head!

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We barely resisted the Oreo Mickey cupcakes at the Boardwalk Bakery and coveted the candy at Seashore Sweets. (We may have actually bought some jelly beans if the line hadn’t been about 20 people deep.)

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Luke wanted to ride one of the Surrey bikes, but the rental rates were steep – and I wasn’t confident that we wouldn’t run down some unsuspecting Disney Guests if we tried to drive one, anyway. We settled for dancing to the music wafting out of the Piano Bar.

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We decided to visit The Yacht Club and Beach Club, an easy walk from the Boardwalk, and by the time we returned, I was way too tired to go inside the Boardwalk Inn. Maybe next time!

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Disney World Resort Hop #3 – Contemporary Resort for Fireworks

Luke and Scarlett do not like fireworks. They are just too loud. Still, the 4th of July calls for fireworks, and I was hoping we could watch Disney’s Celebrate America Concert in the Sky without too much trauma. Perhaps seeing them from across the lake, where they weren’t to close, and under the monorail, which was a nice distraction, would make the experience fun – or at least tolerable – for the kids. Disney’s Contemporary Resort seemed like a good place to try.

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The Contemporary as seen from the Monorail

We fought traffic to reach the Contemporary about 20 minutes before the 9pm Fireworks show was set to begin (everyone else seemed to be headed to The Polynesian). We ended up rushing a bit to get to the fireworks viewing area on the hotel’s 4th floor and so I didn’t take any pictures. But we got there with minutes to spare and I armed the kids with glow sticks and Pop Rocks to make it more festive.
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We could see Cinderella’s Castle all lit up. Beautiful! Hard to photograph, though.

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Soon, the show started. The music and sounds from the show were played over speakers on the viewing deck. It was just like being at the Magic Kingdom! The colors exploded over Space Mountain. It was awesome!

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Luke and Scarlett were both cool, as long as Tom held them. Both. At the same time. Super Dad!

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Scarlett actually ended up really liking the show. The booms were fun when they look like stars! Luke didn’t love it, but he didn’t panic either. The monorail made it better.
Before we left the resort, we spent some time browsing at Fantasia, the hotel’s gift shop. Scarlett spent her time adoring the Princess items and Tom spent his time adoring the Star Wars items. Luke looked at every single pen and pencil (and there were a lot.) I checked out the new Magic Band merchandise.
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Fun stuff!

We also took a peek at the arcade – the first of many on this trip that ended up being sort of an arcade hop as well!

The Contemporary was cool, and definitely the fanciest hotel I’ve been to that had lots of kids running up and down the stairs! It was fun to visit one of the original hotels at Walt Disney World. It was definitely a memorable Fourth of July!

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Disney World Resort Hop #2: Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House

After visiting Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge, we drove over to Jambo House for part 2 of the AKL experience.

The lobby was amazing!

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Check out that bridge above the lobby!

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We headed straight outside to see more animals.

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My favorite animals in this section were an awesome pair of warthogs! They were too quick for me to get a pictures, but they were fun to see (one of us may have yelled Pumbaa!).

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We relaxed in the rocking chairs next to the fire pit for a bit before it just got too hot to be outside. Time for some refreshments!

I’d heard good things about Zebra Domes, so we made the trek to The Mara to have a taste.
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They came four to a pack for $3.89 in the grab & go section. I found the coffee liquor flavoring to be a little too much, but Tom thought they were excellent.

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It was nice to relax in Mara’s air conditioning, but there was more to see! We bypassed the pool to find the Hakuna Matata playground.

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We also found some flamingos! 
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Obviously, Animal Kingdom Lodge is ridiculously amazing and we were thoroughly impressed.

It was getting late and we had to get ready for 4th of July fireworks, so we left ALK to check into our (non-Disney) hotel. But we are really looking forward to getting to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge someday (hopefully soon).

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Disney World Resort Hop #1: Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village

The first stop on our July 4th Resort Hop was Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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It was about 3:30PM and the guard let us right in to look around. We first parked over at Kidani Village to see what animals we could see. Right away we saw giraffes, ostriches and ankole cattle through the window.

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We were all very excited so we went to get a closer look. We first found a balcony so we could look from outside.

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We then went through the lobby to the lower level view.

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Kidani Village Lobby

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Giraffe Facts
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We saw a total of 4 different giraffes!

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Having some fun

After all those animal sightings, we decided to head over to Jambo House to see what other adventures (and snacks) we could find at Animal Kingdom Lodge. But not before we stopped to appreciate the cool Kidani Village details.

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Hidden Mickey at Sanaa
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Bamileke Mother & Child

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Walt Disney World: Decorating the Windows at Value Resorts

When I was researching things to do at Disney World, I came across some posts about decorating doors and windows at the Disney resorts. This is right up my alley and I was SO EXCITED to find stuff to make our windows at the All Star Music Resort pretty!

I wanted to find some fun stuff for the windows in our room without spending too much money, though. Luckily in my exhaustive research on this topic, I came across this idea on pinterest. We were bringing costumes anyway, so I picked up some suction cup hangers and printed some signs to accompany our outfits and set about hanging them in the windows each day.

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Mickey and Minnie

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Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast

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Life is A Highway – Lightning McQueen

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May The Force Be With You – Star Wars

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Faith, Trust, Pixie Dust – Peter Pan
I don’t know if anyone else cared about this, but it made my day! 
I also read somewhere that the doors were metal and could be decorated with magnets. So I took a piece of magnet paper and printed out a little Mickey-inspired sign. It said “Luke & Scarlett: First Trip to Disney World.”
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Just another small way to add magic to our Disney vacation.