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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Toy Story Land opening date announced!!!

The date of Toy Story Land at Disney Hollywood Studios was announced live on Good Morning America on Friday, February 16th…June 30th, 2018. Disney even brought a piece of the land to New York City’s Times Square – Slinky Dog 🐕. Slinky Dog Dash is one of the new attractions, along with Alien Swirling Saucers. The ever-popular Toy Story Midway Mania has been open since 2008 and will receive a new entrance within the land once the land opens.

Image source: Walt Disney World

How exciting, but at the same time how frustrating…we will be in Walt Disney World from June 1st thru’ 15th 🙁. On the bright side more reason to go again…soon!

Are you excited about Toy Story Land, or are you waiting for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?

Emma x

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

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

My Disney Experience & Fastpass+

When we visited Disney in January it was our first trip where the new My Disney Experience and Fastpass+ system was in place (it had been 2 years since out last trip!)

Before our trip I wasn’t sure if I was going to like FP+ as it requires planning…which to be fair I do lots of, but sometimes we just want to be spontaneous too.

As we were there for 2 weeks I purchased a 14 day ultimate ticket (We live in the UK), this is a great ticket as it gives 14 days (from first day of use) access to all four parks (including park hopping), 2 water parks, Disney Quest and a round of mini golf a day.

Firstly, I linked my ticket to my Disney account, I did have some issues with this as I was trying to link it from within the app on my phone…after a post on the Disboards I discovered that you needed to do this via the website…sure enough it worked straight away and was a pretty easy task. I also linked my DH’s ticket to my account so I was able to book Fastpasses for us both at the same time.

The website and app are both pretty easy to use, although I do like the way your plans show on the iPad app (it can sometimes be a little slow loading though).

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As we weren’t staying on site for the whole trip we could book our Fastpasses 30 days in advance (If you stay onsite you can book them 60 days in advance), so for 2 weeks each morning I logged onto the My Disney Experience App and booked our Fastpasses.

If you are staying on site and you book far enough in advance you receive Magic Bands in the mail and you can pick the color…otherwise you will just get boring grey ones. However, you can purchase all sorts of different designs in the parks…then have the cast member link up your ticket and you’re good to go. I have a Minnie Mouse one 🙂

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Any dining reservations booked online/through the app will show up in you plan and you can also add other non-Fastpass/entertainment to your plan, so you can add the parades and Character meets. It is a great place to put all your plans throughout the resort.

The app is great for using in the parks, however in January I did experience some connection issues to the Wifi (I seem to recall reading somewhere that this has been updated since our last trip so I will see how it copes this time).

I also had the Memory Maker which works great with your Magic Band, you also get some extras, such as ride videos.

Have you experienced Fastpasses+? What are your thoughts; do you love it or hate it?

Emma x