Love this Coach x Disney bag ❤️
So, you have decided to go to Disneyworld, Florida…now which park ticket do you buy? Are you just doing Disney, or do you plan on going to Universal (I would!!), Seaworld, Busch Gardens, Legoland??? The choices are endless 😊.
Living in the UK, I think this is slightly easier than if you are in the US, for Disney, at least.
Here in the UK, we have a fantastic Disney ticket option, known as an ‘Ultimate’, it is available for 7, 14 and 21 days. If you live in the states, you may think, wow! The thing is, when we come to America for our vacation (holidays) we tend to visit for at least 7 days, if not 14. We are lucky enough to have approx. 4 weeks of vacation time off work every year.
The Ultimate ticket gives you unlimited access to all four theme parks (this includes park hopper), so you can go to as many parks in one day as you like 😀, I like to aim to visit all four parks in one day, at least, on each vacation! You also have access to: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Disney’s Quest, Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. These tickets are valid for 7, 14 or 21 days from their first use.
Of course, you also benefit from Fastpass+, so you can log into your MyDisney Experience account and make your Fastpass and dining reservations before you even leave for you vacation, currently if you buy one of these tickets you also receive Memory maker FREE!! Have a look at my post for a bit more information.
If you want to visit the other theme parks in Orlando, you can buy the Orlando FlexTicket, this offers you unlimited access to 5 or 6 theme parks!
Something to consider, if you are planning in going to Discovery Cove, you also receive access to SeaWorld and Aquatica as part of you ticket:
Another offering for us here in the UK, Virgin Holidays offers some ticket bundles of their own, you do have to book you whole holiday package with them to be able to take advantage of these.
Disney’s 7-Day Ultimate Ticket
Universal Orlando® 2-Park Bonus Ticket
2-Park SeaWorld & Aquatica Ticket
Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket
Universal 3-Park Bonus Ticket
Discovery Cove Ultimate Ticket
Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket
Orlando FlexTicket Plus
FREE Admission to Virgin Holidays v-room
A relatively new area is I-Drive 360, located on International Drive, there are currently 3main atttractions: Madame Tussauds Orlando, Orlando Eye and SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium
Hope this helps and good luck!
As you probably know I love Disney and I enjoy knitting and recently I have been trying my hand at crochet. There are so many knitted and crocheted things out there I have decided to pick some of my favourite Disney related items.
I came across Ohana Craft Amigurumi which has quite a few Disney characters…I want them all!
I love this crocheted Mini Agent P from Phineas and Ferb, he is so cute 🙂
How about Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc.
This pair are super cute
I love this Bullseye from Toy Story
Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph
And finally how about a classic Mickey or Minnie Mouse.
There are so many patterns out there, people are so creative! Have a look at my Pinterest board for more inspiration. Do you have any favourite knitted or crochet characters?
On our last trip to Florida we stayed in a villa, this is a first for us as we have only ever stayed in hotels & condos. My previous experience when looking for villas were that they always tended to be quite a distance from Disney and that is my main reason for going, so I did not want to be having to travel 30+ mins to get to the parks.
Last year I was googling villas and I happened across a1villa.com. There are 2 villas that are privately owned by a family in the UK and the pictures looked fab…even better they were located very close to Disney. Their official location is a community known as Indian Wells in Kissimmee, however I would say that they are pretty much in Lake Buena Vista only 4 miles from the Disney World entrance on the Epcot Center Drive (SR536).
We found Indian Wells to be very quiet and pleasant community, this is definitely an area I would like to live in. They do have community amenities, however we did not use these so I am unable to comment on these.
So the villa…
A one storey building with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dining area, kitchen, large utility room, double garage and pool deck, it also has a large grassed area leading down to a lake.
As you enter, the kitchen is on your left, to your right is the corridor which leads to the utility room and garage. Straight ahead leads to the dining room and living room, which has patio doors out to the pool deck. Off to the right is the corridor which leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms.
The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need to cook any meals which you decide to have in the villa. There is plenty cutlery and crockery including plastic ones for use around the pool. There are lots of tupperware tubs for storing opened food. The fridge has an ice maker which can be cubed or crushed. If you like tea there is even a tea pot…luckily I had taken some PG Tips 🙂 If you fancy take out there are menus on the fridge/notice board, we had Pizza from Papa Johns a couple of times…ordered online it was a breeze.
There are 3 good sized bedrooms, all with walk-in closets, ceiling fan and TV’s. The master bedroom has an en-suite with a large shower. The main bathroom has a bath and over the bath shower.
The Living area has a comfy 3- and 2- seater sofas, large flat screen TV, Cable Box, DVD Player and CD Player. There are DVDs, Books and board games available.
There are plenty of plug sockets around the villa, there is a cupboard fully stocked with towels, including beach towels. A large utility room has top loading washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board and airer – I loved that I could just pop in some washing after a hot day walking around the parks, it also meant that I didn’t need so many clothes!!
There is an awesome pool and deck, the pool is 40ft and 17ft spa sits alongside it and the deck has the sun right through to early evening. There are inflatable pool toys in the garage along with plenty of BBQ equipment if you desire.
The Surrounding Area
The traffic can be busy on SR535, however there are a couple of ways you can go depending on which park you are going to, so be sure to do some research before you go. There is a Walmart approx. 2 mins drive away, or you could head down to the intersection of SR535/US192 where there is a Publix , plus the US192 has an abundance of shops and restaurants. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores are a few minutes drive on SR535 and just a bit further you will find the Orlando Premium Outlets. If you fancy venturing onto I-Drive the start of this is a short drive away
All in all this is a fabulous villa in a great location, an ideal base for any Disney vacation. It really is a home away from home.
I would highly recommend the villa and will definitely consider staying here on future vacations.
Before we last visited Disney World I wrote a to-do list, well we’re off again this weekend (how lucky am I 😍) , there are some things I really want to do which I have not done for a long time or at all.
- Watch Wishes & the evening Parade at Magic Kingdom
- Character dining at Chef Mickey’s
- Watch illuminations at EPCOT
- Visit Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends
- Visit all four parks in one day
- Watch Fantasmic
I would love to hear about your to-do/bucket lists for Disney World
The biggest decision you need to make once you have decided you’re going to Disney World is where to stay…On or Off Property ???
Over the years we have stayed both on and off property…each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Don’t get me wrong I would stay on Disney each and every time…however this just doesn’t always work for the other half, so we have to compromise!
Benefits of staying on Disney Property
- You are staying in the heart of the ‘Magic’ – in the ‘Disney Bubble’
- Free Disney transportation for getting all around Disney – there is always a bus, boat or monorail to take you right to the parks – there is no need for a car unless you plan on leaving Disney
- Extra Magic Hours
- Great Theming in the Hotels
- Dining Plans – there are sometimes deals for free dining which could save you lots of money
- If you stay at one of the 5 EPCOT resort hotels you can even walk to 2 parks!
- Disney’s Magical Express takes you from the airport to your hotel…and back
- Any purchases made in the parks, hotels and Downtown Disney can be charged to your room (with the exception of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin)
- Purchases can be sent to your hotel so you don’t have to carry them around!
- Cost – can be extremely expensive
- Availability – holidays especially can be booked up well in advance
- Unless you have a car you are stuck with Disney food and shopping
- If you want to leave Disney, unless you have a car you will have to pay for cabs
- Location – some Disney hotels are very remote
Benefits of staying off property
- Better value, larger rooms
- More choice for self-catering
- If you choose a Villa you have your own private pool
- Easier access shopping, restaurants and Non Disney stuff
- Nowadays there are hotels in great locations, close to Disney
- Need a car as you have to drive to the parks, can become expensive for parking
- If park shuttles are provided these can be slow and inconveniently scheduled
- Can be less ‘Magical’ than staying in a Disney Hotel
- Some accommodations are a long way from Disney, do your homework
Look out for my review of Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, an Off Property apartment style suites, coming soon.
Where do you prefer to stay? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
So a few months ago I wrote a post with my Disney to do list…well I have been and come back…and its seems an age ago! How did I do?
- Visit all 4 parks in one day! – I did not manage this one…although I did do 3 parks several times
- Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Done, it is a great ride, however, it just isn’t long enough!!
- Watch Festival of Fantasy Parade – Done – I loved this parade, Maleficient the Dragon is awesome…it breathes fire!!
- Eat a French Pastry in France – Done – Chocolate Chip Brioche from Les Halles Boulangerie
- Enjoy an Ice Cream Sundae at MK – I had 2 (not on the same day though!)
- Have a Nutella, Strawberry and Banana Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow in MK – I had this twice…they were absolutely delish 🙂
- Eat a Carrot Cake Cookie from The Writer’s Stop @ Hollywood Studios – Even though I wasn’t really hungry I ate one of these whilst I waited for the Osbourne Spectacle of Lights
- Win a game on Toy Story Midway Mania! – Done, but I’m sure he let me win!!!
- Have a Hot Chocolate from Ghiradelli – Did not manage this one…due to the construction at DTD we did not spend much time there.
- See the Osborne Spectacle of Lights switch on – Done…just, I managed to make it on their last night, it was awesome…I love the music and snow it is so magical.
- Watch the Fireworks at either MK or EPCOT (ideally both!) – We watched the MK fireworks from our balcony when we stayed at the Grand Floridian
- Afternoon Tea in the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian – Done – this was amazing…we had the Princess Kate Tea, we will definitely be back
Off to plan our next trip 🙂