Getting your Disney fix at home

I love Disney stuff and I always see lots in my social network feeds, here are a few of my favourites:

This is my all time favourite bedding…

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Aladdin’s Cave

And I love these car decal’s, they would look fab on my little car!

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Here in the U.K. Primark is a great shop for great priced Disney stuff, from PJs to homewares, the only trouble is you have to be quick, otherwise, they sell out!!! Here are a few of my favourites from Primark:


Cath Kidston has also teamed up with Disney for the Disney x Cath Kidston range. I completely missed out on the first one last year which was Winnie the Pooh. Earlier this year we had the Minnie &Mickey and Dalmatian ranges, the next one is due out on the 21st September and it is Peter Pan.

What are your favourite Disney things?

Emma x

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Which theme parks ticket(s) to buy ?!

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.

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Source: virginholidays.co.uk

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!

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Source: virginholidays.co.uk

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:

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Source: virginholidays.co.uk

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.

Magic Me

This includes:
Disney’s 7-Day Ultimate Ticket
Universal Orlando® 2-Park Bonus Ticket
2-Park SeaWorld & Aquatica Ticket

Splash Me

This includes:
Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket
Universal 3-Park Bonus Ticket
Discovery Cove Ultimate Ticket

Amaze Me

This includes:
Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket
Orlando FlexTicket Plus
FREE Admission to Virgin Holidays v-room

V-room is an exclusive airport lounge, available at Manchester and Gatwick airports, for customers who have booked a package through virginholidays.co.uk, check out my review.

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!

Emma x

Disney in Knitting & Crochet

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 🙂

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Image Source: Ohana Craft

How about Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc.

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Image Source: Ohana Craft

This pair are super cute

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Image Source: sunshineravioli on Craftster.org

I love this Bullseye from Toy Story

Image Source: April Daven of April Daven Designs
Image Source: April Daven of April Daven Designs

Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph

Image source: www.dendennis.nl
Image source: www.dendennis.nl

And finally how about a classic Mickey or Minnie Mouse.

Image Source: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/
Image Source: Repeat Crafter Me

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?

Emma x

A1villa – Lakeside…My review

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.

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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.

Image Source: A1villa.com

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.

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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.

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Master Bedroom
Second Double Bedroom
Second Double Bedroom
Third Twin bedroom
Third Twin bedroom

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.

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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.

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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.

Emma x

Another Disney to do list!


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.

  1. Watch Wishes & the evening Parade at Magic Kingdom
  2. Character dining at Chef Mickey’s
  3. Watch illuminations at EPCOT
  4. Visit Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends
  5. Visit all four parks in one day
  6. Watch Fantasmic

I would love to hear about your to-do/bucket lists for Disney World

Emma x

Where to Stay – On Property vs Off Property

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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!

Drawbacks

  • 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

Drawbacks

  • 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 🙂

Emma x