Why You Shouldn’t Rule Out A Value Resort For Your Disney Vacation

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Orange. Today we are reviewing the value resorts at Walt Disney World.


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A Photo I had to post because well… just watch this video.

In case it wasn’t clear already, I’m a big believer in staying on property when it comes to Disney vacations. In Disneyland, it’s a little bit less important – but in Walt Disney World, there are so many hotels with awesome perks and freebies to choose from, that I don’t know what a vacation would be like if you didn’t stay in one.

If you’re looking to make your Walt Disney World vacation a bit cheaper though, I would totally recommend staying in one of the value resorts. My last trip with my former College Program friends took us to the All-Star Sports resort. And I while on said trip, I learned that cutting costs by staying at an All-Stars resort can actually add value to your vacation. So here’s what I mean:

1. It Makes Resort Hopping Easier  – While you might not get as fancy of a hotel lobby shot, all the all-stars are closer to each other than most of the Disney hotels, which allows for easier visits between the hotel pools, food courts, gift shops and more.

2. The Vibe – Don’t get me wrong, I love the fanciness of the Grand Floridian, and the bayou at Port Orleans Riverside will always have my heart, but staying at the All-Stars just feels different. Sure, it may not be a room you’re itching to spend time in, but they’re great hotels for hanging by the pool, or not feeling guilty if you aren’t spending all day in your room. (Like I sometimes feel when I pay for the nicer rooms).

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Image Thanks To Lori at Adventures In The Great Wide Somewhere

3. The Decor – While it might be cheesy, I for one, am a huge fan of being able to walk around a football larger than most goal posts, or a giant puppy from ‘101 Dalmatians’.

4. Your Saving Your Money For Other Disney Magic – I’m all about saving any and all money for Food and Wine, or a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, or any other Disney event, and staying at the value resorts is the best way to do that.

Have any other favorite things about Value resorts? Let me know what tips I may have missed!


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Wordless Wednesday – Signs From Carsland

Maybe it’s just because it’s the year of Disneyland for this blog, or maybe it’s also because I’m so close to booking a trip to California for the summer, but the second I heard that this week’s Wordless Wednesday theme from Deb at Focused On The Magic Was Looking For A Sign, I knew I was going to pay tribute to California Adventure’s Cars Land.

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I first visited Cars Land while on a trip last year with my high school friends. Frequent visitors to the blog (aka my Mom and Dad) might remember this as the #MostMagicalReunion.

And while Cars Land is great during the day – it really comes alive at night…

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Have you been to Cars Land yet? If not, I suggest you go for the neon alone!

Saying Goodbye To Main Street USA

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Green. Today we are discussing the best ways to end a Disney vacation.


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This photo was taken on my last day of my 20th birthday Trip to Disney. Besides the tips below, my favorite thing to do is just take as many photos as possible, because looking at them helps me survive between trips.

It’s not my last day at Disney unless I’ve sadly walked down Main Street USA while singing the Mickey Mouse Club theme song. But if you want a less melodramatic way to say ‘See Ya Real Soon’ To Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (or Disneyland) – here are some other great tips for a magical last day:

I tried to find a better photo of me eating Dole Whip and not looking like a crazy person, but apparently this is the face I make every time I hold that delicious soft serve.

1. Last Food – Dole Whip. Because, duh. There’s no better way to say goodbye to the Magic Kingdom than getting one last taste of that sweet, sweet pineapple ice cream you can’t find anywhere else.

2. Last Ride – This is a tough one. If I can, I love to ride Big Thunder Mountain during the fireworks to say goodbye. But if that’s not an option, I really recommend just choosing your favorite ride, because hey – it’s your last go around until who knows when? Might as well make it count.

3. Last Show – Always the fireworks. While I love Fantasmic (and would recommend that if you’re in Disneyland since you don’t have to go to another park for that), there’s something so magical about getting one last Wishes in, it’s how I ended my CP, and it’s how I’ll end every single Disney vacation of all time.

4. Last Experience – One your way out of the park, I highly recommend going to meet Mickey Mouse (assuming the line isn’t too long). There’s no one I’d rather say ‘see ya real soon’ to as I head home and start counting down the days to my next magical vacation. (Bonus if you’re in Orlando and you actually count the Magical Express as the last experience, because it is one of my favorite things in the world).

What are your favorite ways to say goodbye to the Magic Kingdom (or Disneyland)? Anything I should add to my list the next time I’m at Disney?


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Praying To The Gods That This Live Action Hercules Cast Happens

I’m happy to welcome my Disney loving roommate Brittany Berkowitz back to Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze for today’s guest post! Inspired by my stunt casting of Mulan, here’s the next live action movie she’d love to see…. 

SO a live action version of Hercules other than the one with “The Rock” hasn’t happened just yet. However, with Cinderella out in theaters and Beauty and The Beast confirmed for 2017, another beloved Disney cartoon is bound to come to life and we’re praying to the gods that it’s Hercules. Since the rest of the internet is doing it, here’s our dream team for who would star in this Disney fan fav!

Hercules = Channing Tatum
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Okay so Channing Tatum should be Hercules and here’s why. He’s EXTREMELY good looking, he has a child-like charm about him, He’s REALLY good looking and oh Hercules doesn’t do a drop of singing. I want to see Channing fight off titans, beat Hades and fall in love with Meg. He’s already a god to millions of girls so if the sandal fits…

Young Hercules = Hunter Parish
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Young Hercules sings the best song in the entire film “I Can Go The Distance” so whoever plays this young hero has to have some singing chops. We know Hunter Parish is a theatre pro and his physique is perfect to play a slimmer version of the buffed up hunk.

Meg = Jennifer Lawrence
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She’s a damsel, she’s in distress, J Law can handle this! Not only does Jennifer Larwence have the same look and tough girl appearance as Meg, we know she can carry a tune from her singing in Mocking Jay. While the song “The Hanging Tree” is super soft, I’m betting this girl can belt.

Zeus = Jeff Bridges
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Whenever Jeff Bridges speaks all I hear is Zeus. He’s the perfect combination of a cuddly grandfather and man who means business, he is The Dude after all! Whether he’s thrashing lighting bolts or playing with Pegasus, Jeff Bridges is the perfect fit to take on the role of Hercules’ old man.

Hera = Nicole Kidman
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Hera might be purple in the cartoon but she’s also mega hot. Nicole Kidman already looks like a goddess so she might as well be reunited with her people on Mount Olympus.

Hades = James Woods
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The Hades ruled in the 1997 film and James Woods will rule again in the 2020 live-action version. He completely transformed the role from what Disney planned so I’d love to imagine someone else playing Hades but I simply can’t. Love to babe but can’t.

Phil = Peter Dinklage
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He’s an angry elf, a determined dwarf in King’s Landing and he would make the perfect Phil.

Pain & Panic = Seth Rogen & Charlie Day
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Come on these guys are literally Pain & Panic in human form and I wouldn’t want Hades to mane anyone after his meeting other than these two!

Muses = Danielle Brooks, Zoe Saldana, Beyonce, Rosario Dawson & Montego Glover
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If a girl can dream I’m dreaming Queen Bey is head of the Muses!

Amphitryon & Alcmene = Richard Jenkins & Patricia Clarkson
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The coolest parents any god like child with super human strength could ask for!

Hermes = T.J. Miller
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Yeah….

So…what do you think? Is ‘Hercules’ next in line for the Mulan/Beauty and The Beast/Cinderella treatment? Who would you like to see star? 

Much Like The Rest Of The Internet, I’m Stunt Casting Mulan

In case you haven’t heard already, the biggest news out of the Disney Universe this week was that Disney is now developing a live action ‘Mulan’, thanks to the success of ‘Cinderella’ and what I’m sure will be the best movie ever, ‘Beauty And The Beast’. Mulan is in my top three Princesses of all time (with Belle and Pocahontas if you’re curious), so I’m wasting no time creating my dream cast for this film.

Mulan, mulan movie, mulan stunt casting, arden cho1. Mulan // Arden Cho – If you haven’t been watching ‘Teen Wolf’ on MTV you probably don’t know how Arden is, but trust me, the girl would make a great Mulan. Not only does she have the acting chops, but she’s also a singer/song writer, which makes me feel pretty confident that she could give even Christina Aguilera a run for her ‘Reflection’ based money.

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2. Mushu // Kevin Hart – This is pretty straight forward. Because as much as I don’t want to admit that Eddie Murphy isn’t this generation’s Eddie Murphy… Kevin Hart is this generation’s Eddie Murphy.

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3. Shang // Harry Shum Jr. – You probably know him from Glee, if you know him from anything at all… but again, that just means he’s proven he can sing. Give him a few months in the gym, and I’m 100% sure he can pass as a army captain who can also belt a show tune.

What do you think of my choices? Who would you cast in the upcoming ‘Mulan’?

[Adrien Cho Image / Kevin Hart Image / Harry Shum Jr. Image/ All ‘Mulan’ Images]

Freebies From Your Disney Resort Hotel

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Orange. Today we are discussing freebies at the Disney Parks.

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When it comes to Disney vacations, I’m a border line hoarder. I save anything and everything. Once time, back when Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! was in it’s prime at Disneyland, I took enough confetti from the parade that I have a purse I occasionally still find some in. Over the years, however – I’ve found the best free stuff comes from your Disney Resort Hotel (with a few exceptions). Don’t believe me? Here’s what I’m talking about…

1. Toiletries – Nothing makes your shower more magical than a Mickey soap bar, or what’s left of your Mickey shampoo. (I’ve also been known to reuse the bottles on other vacations since they’re so freakin’ cute).

2. Hotel Maps – I keep a running scrapbook of events in my life. From movie tickets to Disney Trips, everything gets a page. And for those Disney Tip pages, most have the hotel map serving as the background. It’s fun to remember how long of a trek your room was to the bus stop, or alternatively, how close you were to the pool. Those are the little things that make a Disney vacation that much more magical, and they’re perfectly represented by the sharpie based diagram a concierge draws for you when you check in.

My favorite towel creation to date. Where else are you going to get a memory like this? No where that’s what.

3. Hotel Keys – These may now be a thing of the past, but in that case your magic band can take their place. I’ll miss the keys to the world though, they were always such a good memory of the vacation (especially with the addition of your trip dates on the bottom).

4.  The Experiences – Okay, so maybe this is a little bit of a cop out – but I don’t know of any other hotels that will do any (much less all) of the following: build you a towel animal in your bathroom at the end of every night, have headboards that give a firework show on demand, feature greetings from animated characters (both Princesses and mice) or any of the 100 other things you can get to experience at any given resort hotel. Plus, you get even more opportunities for free photo shoots, for example, here’s a lovely photo my girlfriend and I took in front of the Grand Floridian Christmas tree:

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is This Roller Coaster Called Life.

Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – Dad for Disney – Free Water at Walt Disney World Counter Service Locations 

2nd Stop – For the Love of Disney – Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

3rd Stop – Superheroes and Teacups – Free Fun at Epcot’s Club Cool

4th Stop – Adventureland Pam – My 5 Favorite Free Things to Do at Disney World

5th Stop – Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze – Freebies From Your Disney Resort Hotel 

Final Stop – This Roller Coaster Called Life – Freebies at the Disney Parks: Park Maps

Wordless Wednesday – Photo Flashback

Another week, another link up with Deb over at Focused On The Magic for Wordless Wednesday! This week’s theme is: Photo Flashback.

I’ve already shared what I believe is the earliest picture of me on Disney property (you can find it on my about page), but – here’s a totally tiggeriffic 90s flashback that I think is just as well… terrific:

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That’s me in the sick yellow sandals, and my younger sister in the skit. Anyone know where this was? Because I sure don’t.

I’ve got a lot of great photos like this… I’ve even shared my meet and greet with Winnie the Pooh around the same time, but I think I might want to compile them all into one mega post some day soon!

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