Well, it’s been a whole year since I started the ole travel blog and I decided to reflect on the last year of travel. I am going to talk about the best place(s) we ate (sometimes it is too hard to choose one), the best place(s) we visited, the best place(s) we hoteled, and the best thing(s) we did. Of course, I will give you an overall snapshot of our travels at the end of the post, so you can get some travel inspiration. Sit back, relax, and make 2017 the year you get out there and travel in those vacation pants!!! Hope you start planning that next vacay, stat! Continue reading
I remember when I discovered tripadvisor.com. It was early 2011 and I was planning a trip down route 66. I was visiting family in Colorado and after that we decided to drive out to Chicago, Illinois, the place where the famous route 66 begins. I was so excited to plan our hotel stays along the way and I came across this fantastic travel website. I looked up all the cities we were planning on staying in along the route. The site gave me the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do in every place. I was so excited that most of the # 1 rated hotels were dirt cheap compared to California hotels, and we got to stay in highly rated hotels along our entire trip. Tripadvisor did not disappoint. This post will give you some tips on using this amazing website and app. You won’t want to plan another trip without consulting Tripadvisor first. Then, after your trip, you’ll want to come back and do some reviews of your own, so you can advise future travelers.
Off Season at Typhoon Lagoon means NO LINES!
Part 6 is here!!! I will discuss one of the water parks at Disney World called Typhoon Lagoon and I will also talk about Disney Springs. Both places add a little extra pizzazz to an already amazing trip. Read on to find out how you can have an amazing trip to these places as well.
Walt Disney World, Family Edition, Part 1
Walt Disney World, Family Edition, Part 2
Walt Disney World, Family Edition, Part 3
Walt Disney World, Family Edition, Part 4
Walt Disney World, Family Edition, Part 5
This particular trip to Disney World we did some things differently. First of all, this is by the far the longest trip we have ever taken to the park, and we loved it. We stayed for 8 nights, and played for 9 days, so we really got to experience many things we have never experienced before. One of which was a water park at the resort called Typhoon Lagoon. We also went to a restaurant at Disney Springs called T-Rex. Although we had been to Disney Springs before, this was a new restaurant, and it was not something we usually have time to do, but with such an extended trip, we really got to see and do everything. Read on to find out how you can make the most of your trips to both these areas. Again, I would only do these things if you have a truly extended trip. These places will really add to the experience.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we bought our tickets through a university to attend a graduation at the resort. We were given a special link to order the tickets. One of the perks was a pretty nice discount on park tickets AND it included an extra ticket to one of the Disney water parks. We were spending 9 days at the resort, so we took a day off from the big parks and spent an awesome day at Typhoon Lagoon. They do have a waterpark option when you buy the tickets. If you do plan on doing the water park, make sure you add it in when you purchase the tickets to the park, because you get a discount as opposed to paying full price at the gate.
Tips and Tricks
MVP (My Vacation Pants) Tip: The water parks are open year round and it is always pretty warmish in Florida. Escape the crowds by going to the water parks in the winter months. They tend to be very busy in the Spring and Summer, so even if it seems weird to visit a water park in January you may want to hit it up anyway.
Disney Springs is basically an outdoor marketplace with restaurants and shops. They have everything you ever wanted to buy Disney. You can’t help but get caught up in the cuteness. On this trip, we got done with Typhoon Lagoon at 5:00 and had definitely worked up an appetite playing in the sun and water all day. We took the shuttle from the hotel to Disney Springs for dinner. I believe they have put in a parking structure since we have been. Parking is complimentary.
Tips and Tricks
I know you’ll have enough to do on this fantastic trip, but if you have time, these two stops will pizazz up your visit even more during your stay. I have truly enjoyed taking you on this wild Walt Disney World journey. Hope you found these posts helpful in planning your future trips. Please use the links below to let me know how your trip was. Would love to hear from some vacation pantsers!!! Have a great trip and Walt Disney World on.
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