Planning a 2015 Disney World VacationAre you planning a 2015 Disney World Vacation and don’t know where to start? Believe me, you are not alone. Trips to Disney are AMAZING, but navigating through all the information out there can be difficult. That is why we have created Disney Insider Tips.

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Coronado Springs Resort

by Kristi on July 29, 2015

Coronado Springs Disney ResortTake a trip back in time to Spanish-colonial Mexico at the Coronado Springs Resort. Situated along a beautiful lake, this resort has everything you would want from a Disney Resort… nice pool & play area, wonderful onsite Mexican themed restaurant and a full service spa. It is also one of the only conference centers on Disney property.

Coronado Springs RoomRooms are pretty standard in terms of what you expect from Disney. I felt like they had more of an upscale resort feel than other Disney Moderate resorts.

Coronado Springs Bath  Room

The room & bathroom were nicely decorated with Southwest touches, but not done so much to make it too kitschy. Coronado Springs Pool (1)I have to say that the pool at Coronado Springs is one of my favorites.  You really feel like you are taken away to a tropical paradise with plenty of trees and a large replica of a Mayan Pyramid with cascading waterfall as the backdrop.

Coronado Springs Pool The pool is quite large and laid out in such a way that you don’t feel like you are on top of each other when it does get crowded.  There is also a fun slide the entire family can enjoy.

Coronado Springs ArcadeYou will find a bar, play ground, arcade and campfire site all just a few feet away from the pool. It is easy for your kids to enjoy everything at once rather than have to plan separate trip to enjoy each of these places. Coronado Springs Playground (1)

Coronado Springs Playground (2)The explores playground sticks with the Southwest theme throughout. Amongst the Mayan ruins, you will find a jungle gym, slide and much more.

Maya Grill at Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs RestaurantThe on-site full service restaurant, Maya Grill, was AMAZING.  House Guacamole did not disappoint and Shrimp tacos were very tasty. If mexcian food is not your thing, they have plenty of other options like braised short ribs and fish.

Reviews are mixed of this resort because of the fact that it does have a convention center and some guests are oftput by the idea of a family resort being overrun with business people. We have stayed there twice and never had one issue with the corporate guests.  If anything, we found that the pool was less crowded because the business folks were in meetings during the day!

 

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Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing LightsHave you been to see Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? It has been long rumored that this amazing musical light show would be ending, but it was confirmed that it will be back this year from November 6, 2015 until January 3, 2016. If you haven’t been, this might really be your last chance as Hollywood Studios will be undergoing so much change in the next several years.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing LightsWhile Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is our favorite holiday celebration at Walt Disney World, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights certainly captures the magic of Christmas as well (without having to pay an additional ticket fee).  Yes, you read that right.  You can see the show with your regular admission to Hollywood Studios!

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Streets of AmericaThe light show starts nightly at 6pm over at the Streets of America, but there is no need to rush.  The show runs on a loop, and whether you get there when it starts at 6pm or later, you will still see the same show. The only exception is that there is a “lighting ceremony” about 20 minutes before the 6pm show.

Santa Mickey Popcorn BucketYou will also find that there will be all sorts of Disney themed Christmas goodies available during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Light show.   There is everything from Santa Mickey Cupcakes to  Christmas Mickey themed popcorn buckets (which are great souvenirs to take back home and use as decoration).

What is your favorite part of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights?

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Storybook Land Canal BoatsDisneyland Paris has some great rides that you won’t find at Walt Disney World in Orlando. One that really surprised me was Le Pays des Contes de Fées (Storybook Land Canal Boat ride). When you first see this boat ride, you think that it is just for little kids.  While little kids do enjoy it, the Disney kid in all of us will appreciate all the effort it took Disney Imagineers to create a miniature Disney Utopia!

Storybook Canal Little Mermaid Castle

Storybook Land Rapunzel

Storybook Land Belle's VillageThis boat ride takes you through about a dozen minature displays based mostly on your favorite Disney movies ( with some classic stories inner-weaved).   It is fun trying to spot the details that were included in making these. For instance, you’ll find Rapunzel’s hair dangling from her tower and you can even find Belle in her village.

While Disneyland in California does have this ride, the one in Disneyland Paris has some different miniature villages. Here is what you will find:

 

  • The Dwarfs’ mine and house from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The gingerbread house of Babes in the Woods
  • Rapunzel’s high tower
  • The Old Mill
  • Prince Eric’s seaside castle from The Little Mermaid
  • The Greek temple and Mount Olympus from Fantasia
  • Snow-covered landscapes from Peter and the Wolf
  • “Night on Bald Mountain” scene from Fantasia
  • Cave of Wonders from Aladdin
  • A scene from The Sword in the Stone
  • Belle’s village and the Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast
  • The Emerald City and the Witch’s Castle from The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz.

 

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

by Kristi on July 12, 2015

Disney Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Wilderness Lodge is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of a typical Disney vacation.  This deluxe resort was built to make you feel like  you are vacationing in one of the great lodges of the American Northwest.   You’ll see tall evergreen trees, a rocky landscape, waterfalls, river and even a spouting geyser!  Situated close to the Magic Kingdom, another feature of this Deluxe Resort is that it is one of the few where you can water taxi straight into the park.
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As you approach the lodge, you will notice the attention to detail. Situated in a forest, the lodge takes advantage of the surroundings by using even the natural areas to make a statement. No, you won’t find real animals here, but you will find some pretty cute animal topiaries.  You’ll also find a few Hidden Mickeys. Just ask a cast member and if they aren’t too busy, they’ll probably point them out to you. Inside Wilderness Lodge

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157Inside Wilderness Lodge is just as awe-inspiring as the outside. The atrium is built to look like a great lodge with great wood details.  You’ll find many Native American accents like totem poles, hand woven rugs, and headdresses. There is also a large stone fireplace and  a mineral spring inside the atrium!

Wilderness Lodge WaterfallThe outside of Wilderness Lodge is just as relaxing as the inside. There is plenty of open space to explore on foot or by bike.

Wilderness Lodge Pool

Wilderness Lodge Water Play Area

Wilderness Lodge BeachYou can spend time in the large heated pool, ride the rock-covered water  slide, enjoy the sandy beach or even watch a real  geyser erupt.

There is just so much to do at this resort that you could easily fill several non-park days of your vacation with the different activities. Have you stayed at Wilderness Lodge? What was your favorite part of the resort?

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Teen Beach Movie 2

by Kristi July 5, 2015

If you enjoyed Teen Beach Movie, you are going to be glad to know that you can now get Teen Beach Movie 2 on DVD! Back in the present, Mack and Brady are struggling to understand how their relationship will work once summer is over and they are back in school. Frustrated that things aren’t […]

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Must Do List for Magic Kingdom

by Kristi July 4, 2015

If you only have one day to spend it Magic Kingdom, you will want to get the most out of your experience. Plan your trip ahead of time.  First, you will want to look at crowd predictors to see which day of the week is best for the time when you are planning to vacation. […]

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Inside Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

by Kristi July 2, 2015

It is easy to walk straight through the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris, but you might want to pause while you are inside to enjoy the spectacular stained glass and beautiful tapestries.  Just like the mosaics in Cinderella’s castle tell the story of how Cinderella met her prince, Sleeping Beauty castle tells the story […]

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Pin Trading in Downtown Disney

by Kristi June 29, 2015

If you enjoy Disney Pin Trading while at Walt Disney World, you will be glad to know that you can also trade pins in Downtown Disney.   While pin trading has ended at the Downtown Disney Store, you can still trade pins at Pin Traders (when they have their Pin Trading Vault open) and you’ll find […]

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50 Disney Cruise Fish Extender Gift Ideas

by Kristi June 27, 2015

If you are going on a Disney Cruise and plan on taking part in a Fish Extender exchange group, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to prepare your gifts. While some people go all out on their gifts, you don’t have to. Honestly, some of the best fish extender gifts we’ve received […]

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Pixar Inside Out Merchandise on Sale

by Kristi June 25, 2015

If you have seen Disney Pixar’s NEW movie Inside Out, I am sure that you fell in love with their characters, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness!  Right now, Inside Out Merchandise is very popular. If you are looking for things and can’t find what you are looking for, check out Zulily.  They have a […]

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