Travel agent specializing in Disney vacation planning for Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, Aulani and Adventures by Disney. Also specializing in Universal Studios, Cruises, and Sandals resorts.
The benefits of using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for promotions, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part? It’s totally FREE! I’ll take away the stress and confusion (it's a big place!) of planning a Disney vacation!
Today, May 1st, Hollywood Studios celebrates 25 years. The first 2 times I visited the park, it was still Disney’s MGM Studios and I call it that a lot still to this day.
On our last trip, this park became a favorite of my boys. They are getting older and having a few more thrilling rides was a big plus. We all love Toy Story Mania, but Rock N Rollercoaster became the boy’s new favorite. They even got me on it, and I had never been on a coaster that went upside down before then. I rode it at least 5 times and I am screaming and look like a dork in the picture on every single ride. It was fun though!
My favorite ride though at Hollywood Studio’s has to be the Tower of Terror. Enter the Twilight Zone!
I am not crazy about the drops, especially when they do a lot, every ride is a different sequence. But I love seeing the park out the window for a few seconds before the drop and I love the old dilapidated hotel. The theme design at this attraction is just spot on! Right down to the Cast Members and their attitudes.
What’s your favorite attraction at Hollywood Studios?
One of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts is the Yacht and Beach Club, two distinct hotels that share some recreational facilities.
The Yacht Club is a circa 1870’s mid-Atlantic themed hotel. Think Jersey Shore, Atlantic City or even New England.
Standard rooms are comfortable and offer all the amenities. All Yacht Club rooms have a balcony, 2 queen or 1 king bed, many with an additional daybed. View options include Standard, Garden or Water. Club Level is offered at the Regatta Club with concierge service and a lounge serving continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening wine, finger foods, cordials and dessert.
The centerpiece of the hotel is the shared pool. Except, it can barely be called a simple pool. Arguably the best pool on-site, Stormalong Bay, as it’s called is a three acre aquatic playground for young and young at heart. A pirate ship water slide, sand-bottom zero entry pool, lazy river with tubes (which are free to use), whirlpools and plenty of space to lounge. At night you can see some of the higher fireworks from Illuminations right from the pool.
The hotel offers the Sandcastle Club for the kids if parents want a night out alone. A lovely white sand beach for movies on the beach nightly. There is a quiet pool with a whirlpool and tennis courts as well.
The Yacht Club features several dining options. Top tier dining at one of Disney’s Signature restaurants, Yachtsman Steakhouse is right in the hotel. A more casual Captain’s Grille serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The lobby lounge, Crew’s Cup, offers coffee and some pastries in the mornings for a quick bite. The Ale and Compass Lounge offers lite fare in the afternoons and evenings.
Venture outside to Beaches & Cream Soda Shop for ice cream and burgers for lunch or dinner, overlooking Stormalong Bay. Of course, poolside dining and adult beverages are available for lunch and dinner at Hurricane Hanna’s, where kid’s meals come in a bucket with a shovel for playing in the sand later!
Additional close by options are restaurants inside the adjacent Beach Club Resort including their Marketplace for quick service meals and grab and go items. Or a stroll around the lake to the Boardwalk where there are more restaurant and quick service options. Or if you have Park Hopper, a must if you are staying in this resort location, you can hop into World Showcase at Epcot for dinner in the country of your choice or even grab breakfast in France in the mornings!
This location is optimal! A short 5 minute stroll brings you into the International Gateway at Epcot. This is located by the United Kingdom pavilion. A slightly longer walk, about 20 minutes, will take you to Hollywood Studios. Friendship Boats are also available for traveling to and from Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Buses to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom as well as Downtown Disney, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon pick up just outside the lobby of the hotel.
These photos are from our last family vacation to Disney World where we called the Yacht Club Resort home. My boys loved the pool and often chose the pool over more park time. We loved the convenience of getting to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom bus was quick.
What’s your favorite Walt Disney World Resort? Where do you want to stay next?
How do you preserve your treasured vacation memories? My tried and true top 3 methods make it super easy to relive the memories quickly and easily whenever I want to.
1. Make a video
This is our last Disney vacation video, I make one for every trip, so much fun to watch and relive the trip.
2. Make a Photobook
There are plenty of photo printing sites and always deals available to make it an affordable option. A “coffee table” photobook makes it easy to view the fun photos anytime.
3. Photo Collage
This is my favorite way to get a bunch of my best most meaningful moments on display. I can’t display 20 pictures from each trip around the house, but I can blend them together into one photo. I usually have this printed on a Desktop Plaque and they look fabulous!
It’s the Summer of Dragons with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Set sail with Hiccup and Toothless
Enjoy dragon-themed activities and family fun!
Summer of Dragons kids’ parade
Movie trivia, dragon school and cupcake decorating classes
All-new summer themed photo opportunities
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – releasing on-board the same day as theaters
Enjoy all this and much more during Summer of Dragons. Just imagine all the fun you’ll have! The Summer of Dragons starts this summer onboard Liberty of the Seas®, Allure of the Seas®, Oasis of the Seas®, Mariner of the Seas®, Freedom of the Seas® and Voyager of the Seas® for sailings departing June 7 – August 3, 2014.
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Epcot is one of my favorite parks, but a lot of people tend to skip it thinking there isn’t that much to do there. Okay who am I kidding, I love all the parks, but some of my favorite things are at Epcot. Illuminations is my favorite nighttime spectacular, Soarin and Test Track are great, the Living Seas, I love strolling through the countries in World Showcase and they have Grand Marnier Slushies, I mean HELLO!
Anna and Elsa, the sisters from “Frozen,” made their official debut appearance at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park this week! Elsa and Anna will appear together each day until the early evening.
More walls are coming down and a commercial is being filmed this week for the much anticipated Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This new family roller coaster should be opening soon!
Registration is now open for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon. Marathon Weekend is January 7-11, 2015. Magic Your Way Packages are available.