Halloween is just around the corner and while there may not be many parties or much trick or treating since we are still in a pandemic, something that is bringing me a little Halloween joy is decorating our place for the ultimate haunted holiday! Whether it’s fun inflatables for outside, a spooky doormat, a new Halloween mug or more, there’s something fun about decorating for Halloween especially now when the world seems like it needs a little fun!
☠️ Here’s my Guide To 2020 Halloween Decor – Enjoy ☠️
I’m back to reality this week after spending a magical week in Orlando at Disney World to kick off the fall season as part of #DisneyCreators! I had the amazing opportunity to hang with other influencers + experience everything new for Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort from new merchandise to tasty treats to spooky decor + more. There were so many favorites so here’s a few Halloween highlights I wanted to share with y’all!
One of my favorite parts of Halloween at Disney World are the festive decorations. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Mickey pumpkins line Main Street and this year they are back in full force along with fall leaves and adorable signage.
Since there are no character meet + greets currently at Disney World as part of their safety guidelines for COVID, there are fun character cavalcades that go around the parks at various times throughout the day. I loved the Halloween ones at Magic Kingdom like the one with Winnie the Pooh and friends dressed up in Halloween costumes or the Nightmare Before Christmas float complete with spooky music from the movie + more! This was one of my favorite parts of Magic Kingdom to keep the spooky spirit alive and well.
You know I love stocking up on new Disney merch and the new goodies didn’t disappoint from Spirit Jerseys to Popcorn buckets to Ears to Plushes, Decor + more…I love all the spooky must haves and definitely stocked up on a ton from ShopDisney and from WDW!
Villain Clue was a must have + I couldn’t wait to buy it and I can’t wait to play it!
OK, other than stocking up on merch you know one of my favorite things to enjoy during Halloween at Disney World are the yummy treats! From desserts to drinks to savory snacks + more, Disney never disappoints when it comes to the food! One of my favs? The Pumpkin Spice Milkshake – how cute is it?
I also LOVED the Pumpkin Spiced Waffle Sundae + Orange and Black Sugar Churros. Honestly all the food is way to yummy! Full food roundup on the Disney Parks Blog!
While there are more safety precautions in place this time around, it didn’t make the experience any less magical, in fact smaller crowds, more opportunities for photos + short lines for rides + food! It was pretty magical if you ask me!
P.S. I made it to the Disney Parks Blog if you want to check it out HERE!
♥ Everything You Need To Know For Disney Planning During COVID ♥
We’ve been in a pandemic for over 6 months now. Lots of unanswered questions, future unknown + moods haven’t been the best. We’ve been quarantined at home, beginning the steps of wedding planning, avoiding going out but next week that changes for me. I’ll be heading to Orlando for a press trip with Disney along with meeting with vendors for the wedding + overall planning for what’s ahead.
I’m excited to head to Orlando but also nervous. I am taking every safety precaution seriously and anxious to see the extra steps put in place at Disney to keep everyone safe, healthy + happy so I wanted to share some things to keep in mid if you are planning a Disney World trip during this uncertain time.
1. REFERENCE THE DISNEY WORLD WEBSITE FOR RESORT CLOSURES + PARK HOUR CHANGES
Currently the Walt Disney World Resort is opening limited resorts, restaurants etc so it’s important when planning your trip to see what is open, what is not + what are the new park hours given the updated park status. For example, the Polynesian Resort is closed until 2021 as it is being re-designed to be made Moana theme while other resorts are closed due to refurbishments + overall not having every resort open at once to limit overall capacity for safety pre-cautions.
2. NO PARK HOPPING
A new regulation in place at Walt Disney Resort due to COVID is that you can no longer park hop. You can only go to one park per day to prevent spreading any possible germs from location to location. No word on when park hopping will resume but for now this is the policy in place.
3. MAKE PARK RESERVATIONS AHEAD OF TIME
New Walt Disney World Resort policy is that in order to visit one of the 4 theme parks, you must purchase tickets (or have your annual pass) ahead of time and book the day and park you want to attend in advance. This policy is in place to limit park getting filled above limited capacity currently in place to keep everyone safe. If you are planning a trip it’s key to book the days at the parks in advance to assure you get to go to the park on the days you want.
4. MASKS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES IN THE PARK
I’m packing over 50 masks with me to match the looks I’m bringing to Disney given I will try to shoot some content while I am there, but overall the mask policy is while visiting any of the 4 parks you must wear a mask and you can’t take it off for pictures or any other reason other than to eat which you can’t do while walking to avoid people walking around maskless.
5. PACK YOUR SANITIZER, WIPES + ALL OTHER CLEAN ESSENTIALS TO USE THROUGHOUT THE DAY
I am going to the parks fully prepared with Clorox wipes, extra masks, plenty of sanitizer + more to make sure I have everything I need on me to keep clean. It’s important to sanitize after touching every surface and the wipes are handy for any transportation or rides you may be going on (including the airplane – I wipe down every inch of my seat, tray table, window etc to avoid any remaining bacteria. I also wipe down every piece of luggage often whether carry on or checked to make sure I am not touching what could have been touched by others.
6. PLAN YOUR MEALS AHEAD OF TIME
At the parks not every restaurant or fast service location is open so be sure to scope out the situation on the My Disney Experience app ahead of time to avoid getting hangry without knowing where to go to grab lunch or dinner.
7. ENJOY YOURSELF + BE SAFE
While we are living in a time with a lot of uncertainty, if you are planning a Disney trip make sure to be safe. Keep your distance, wear your mask, sanitize and wash your hands often, don’t touch your face, eyes or mouth until you have fully cleansed your hands etc, and most importantly think before acting – so often I will touch a surface + then out of habit go about my day…nope you must wipe down or sanitize everything to assure you avoid the spread of germs!
These dreamy Hawaiian photos were taken back in February at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki the day after Mike + I got engaged. I was in engaged bliss, excited for what’s ahead, enjoying the island breeze and looking forward to wedding planning, never thinking that COVID would get to the US or let alone impact daily life the way it has. It’s so weird to be living in this time where there is so much uncertainty, inability to really plan ahead, travel or know what’s to come.
Hawaii is one of the most gorgeous places, I am dreaming of going back for our honeymoon which still seems so far away given we are still up in the air about our wedding still happening in May of 2021 with COVID restrictions. It’s been tough, tough to know what to do, tough to know how to plan + tough to think back on simpler times.
I think we all want a sense of normalcy which is so hard to have right now, so I decided to distract myself with reminiscing of this past trip + trying to dream of where I want to travel to next once things resume to normal!
This tropical look was one of my favorites from my Hawaii trip since then I blended in with the Palm Trees haha :p I scored this dress on Amazon for under $50 + this bag is also an Amazon find – both are perfect for any tropical vacays or adventures.
This is how I am going to start thinking as we continue to navigate this pandemic…when + where will I get to wear this tropical look again. When there are no more masks, no more fears of catching the virus, no more restrictions on traveling, going out to eat, getting nails + hair done etc.