Mermaid Cupcake – My Review

I sampled the new Mermaid cupcake which is available from the Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom (it debuted on June 5th).

It is a vanilla cupcake full of sprinkles of colour, topped with a sea foam green butter cream, crispy pearls and a Mermaid tail sugar cookie.

It costs $5.99 and looks awesome. The sugar cookie and butter cream are the best part of this cupcake. The cupcake is moist but I much prefer the Millennial Pink cupcake at Epcot (read my review)

I give it 10 out of 10 for looks and 8 out of 10 for taste.

Emma x

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Millennial Pink cupcake – My Review

So Millennial Pink seems to be the next big thing at Disney, although Rose Gold is still up there!

When I went in Fountain view aka Starbucks, for my daily treat, I stumbled across the millennial Pink Cupcake – it was Super Cute, so I decided I must try it.

It is a vanilla cupcake filled with Straw­berry pastry cream and topped with vanilla butter cream, with pink sprinkles and fondant Minnie ears.

This cupcake has been out Since April (2018) so I do not know how much longer it will be around.

The Cupcake was super moist and the butter cream and fondant were very tasty. I would definitely get this again. I give it 10 out of 10!

Have you tried the Millennial Pink cupcake from Epcot? What do you think?

Emma ×

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

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.

So the villa…IMG_3021-1

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

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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My favourite park…until our previous two trips 😕

Whenever on vacation at Disney, this used to be my go to park, I would go here whenever I got the chance. However, on my last two trips I just haven’t been feeling the love for DHS.

There have been many rumours about changes to DHS for a while now but they seem to be becoming a reality, have a look at this article.

So many attractions are closing and just this past week another one has been announced – The Magic of Disney Animation. I love this building as it houses several character meet and greets as well as the Animation Academy. I love going and learning how to draw the characters so I will be sad to see this attraction close. I also used to love the Backlot tour it was great being able to go backstage and see the props and ‘working’ studios.

The rumours this week further suggest a Star Wars Land and maybe Pixar Land. I look forward to these attractions coming to life however, I am intrigued to see how they manage this expansion as DHS is already a small overcrowded park.

What are your thoughts on the rumours and goings-on at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Emma x