As I mentioned Friday, I’ve spent all weekend at Disney World. We hit up Magic Kingdom Saturday and Hollywood Studios/Downtown Disney on Sunday.
And today… EMILY AND JAMIE ARE GETTING MARRIED. Okay, you may or may not know who Emily and Jamie are, but let’s just say that they’re awesome people and it’s awesome that they’re getting married in an awesome place like Disney World.
Okay, so, it’s been a good 15 years (am I that old??) since I’ve been to Disney World, I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. So I thought I’d share, since this place is incredibly overwhelming.
1. Forget actual tickets. You have Magic Bands now. Oh, and you can leave your credit card back at the hotel room too (unless you want to bring it “just in case”). Those magic bands do everything now. They get you into the park, they are your fast passes, they keep track of your photopass Memory Maker ($$$), they pay for souvenirs, food, and they open your hotel room door. Just make sure you don’t lose it. Or if you do lose it (like me), make sure you deactivate it ASAP. You can get a replacement one easily, so try not to get too upset about it (like me).
2. It’s all about the app. Disney has their own app now, where you can choose your fast passes, make dinner reservations, and keep an itinerary. You can also check on wait times for those popular rides and stalk your favorite characters so you can force them to give you their autograph. You can even search for the nearest restroom with this thing. Just be aware that this app is fairly new and it needs some improvements and still has some bugs.
3. You need reservations. You just can’t expect to sit down and eat dinner anywhere without reservations. These places were so crowded that it gave me a little bit of anxiety.
4. Plan everything ahead of time. You’ll want to mostly plan your day to get the most out of your park experience! We were able to use five fast passes in Magic Kingdom because we planned our three ahead of time (for early in the day), then chose one more at a time after the first three were used up. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of time to catch a bus to your dinner reservations or back to your room to freshen up. No, really. MAKE SURE YOU GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME TO CATCH THE BUS.
5. The best thing at Hollywood Studios is (in my opinion) Star Tours. Neither Tim nor I are big on huge drops or long wait times, so Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror weren’t on our to do list (although I probably would have been willing to go on Tower of Terror once), so we searched for other things to do. Most of the attractions there are shows of some sort, but Star Tours was the most fun for us. It might have helped that I’m kind of a Star Wars fan.
Have you been to Disney World before? How was your experience?
You recently did a re-launch of your blog with a brand new design and new name! What made you decide on “Adventures of a Dream Catcher”?
I made a big move across the country, so I decided that my blog needed to change in order to better reflect where I was at in life. Also, my former blog name, Ameliorer la Vie, was just harder to remember.
Why did you choose teaching as your career?
When I taught in Korea for three years, I ended up really loving it! Yes, it had its challenges, but overall, I looked forward to working with and getting to know all of my students. We had a lot of fun together, so when I came back to the States I knew that teaching was something I wanted to pursue.
How many countries have you visited? Which was your favorite?
I never actually counted up all of the countries I’ve traveled to, but let’s just say over 30. :) I’m biased in my answer because the countries I loved the most were the ones I spent the most time in: Italy, South Korea, and France.
What gif best describes your blog?
Hahaha…this one was tough, but there’s no denying I like to treat myself to trips, desserts, and shopping sprees! Plus, Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows.
My favorite posts by Lisa:
What I’m not good at
Savannah Bucket List
Stages of Unemployment