New stuff for Disney trip!

In preparation for our upcoming trip to Disney World, I have purchased 2 practical items to help.

The first is a mini portable charger for my phone, last time we were away my phone would constantly lose battery by the end of the day, this was due to me taking lots of photos/video and also checking and updating Fastpasses on the MDE app.

I ordered it from Amazon and at the time of purchase it was just £9.99, it came super quick (although we do have Prime so get next day delivery free) and it was nicely packaged.

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It is very compact and you get a little case to keep it in, I also liked the little booklet on how to contact them that came with it, a nice little touch 🙂

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The second item is a bum bag/waist pack/”absatch whichever terminology you prefer! Again, I got this off Amazon. It had free delivery but had quite a broad delivery window, after a few days I was a little concerned it might not arrive before we leave, however, it arrived after 1 week of being dispatched…it had in fact come from China so I was very impressed with this. When I go to the parks I also like to get a suntan, but don’t like obvious tan lines!! So I don’t really want to be carrying around a rucksack or something over my shoulders, I picked this one as it has lots of pockets which I am hoping will fit everything I need.

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Image Courtesy of Amazon.co.uk

 

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In each of the main pockets it also includes netted pockets too and a little hook which will be handy for smaller items and keys. It has 2 bottle holders, one on each side and it also has a detachable strap so it can be carried over the shoulder.

As I have not yet used these items I cannot say how good (or bad) they are, however, I will do a full review when I get home.

What useful items do you take to the park? How do you pack light?

Emma

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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

Walt Disney World Here we come…

Woohoo, we’re off to Disney World…twice 😀

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We booked a trip for June next year back in May this year…I found a fab Villa and did not want to miss out on the dates we wanted so I booked it!! It will be the first time we have stayed in a Villa…I have always been put off due to the location…miles away from Disney and everything else we enjoy, but then after some googling I found this one…perfect location, right next to Walmart and across the road from somewhere we regularly stay.

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But June….it is such a long time off, I don’t think I can wait that long…especially since we’ve not been since January 2013…it would be two and a half years…I know lets go this year …just:D

I have always wanted to go in January 2015 a it will be our 10th Wedding Anniversary whilst we are there and what better place to celebrate your wedding anniversary…after all we did get married there in the first place! We will be enjoying the delights of Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian. This will be our fourth visit to V&A’s…it is expensive but definitely worth it.

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I’m off to plan our trip 🙂 My favourites sites are DISBoards and WDW Info.

Look out for more Disney inspired posts over the coming months!

Emma x