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.
ICYMI Monday is May 4th and that means time to say ‘May the 4th (or force) be with YOU‘ hehe :p IDK about you but I am a big Star Wars fan after my fiance got me hooked on all the movies and I am obsessed with characters like Wicket, the Wampa + more! In honor of this special day I am rounding up some of my favorite Star Wars fashion, collectibles, home decor, toys, games + MORE…perfect for you or any Star Wars lover in your life.
It’s been a crazy month since I got back from the #DisneyCreators trip! I have begun planning my dream Disney Wedding, Disney has shut down due to Coronavirus + I have been going a little stir crazy at home practicing my best social distancing, so I figured now was as good a time as any to finally recap the entire #DisneyCreators trip!
First let’s start off with a brief overview of what this #DisneyCreators Trip was since I got a lot of questions about it on social media!
The #DisneyCreators Trip was a 8 day trip – 4 days at Walt Disney World + 4 days on the Disney Dream from Disney Cruiseline exclusively for influencers within the Disney creator network. The influencers on the trip were invited by the Disney team and what I thought was so cool is that they invited all different types of influencers who LOVE + post Disney! From mommy bloggers to travel Youtubers to Disney Style fashion influencers like me, it was awesome to meet all different types of creators + make new friends all with a common obsession – DISNEY!
Now that you are familiar with what the trip was let me break down some of my favorite moments of the trip!
First up – Recapping some of the best parts of the Disney World part of the trip based on day (figured that’s the easiest way to review!)♥
We checked in to the brand NEW Riviera Resort that was only 2 months old + beyond amazing! The resort has multiple pools, great dining + a beautiful view. I loved the French Riviera theme and one of my favorite parts of the resort is that they have their own line of merch from exclusive Minnie Ears to Hats to Luggage to Pandora Charms to Plushes, Pins + More! I stocked up on all their plushes which actually match the characters at the character dining experience they have for breakfast + dinner at Topolino’s Terrace! The food is beyond delicious + I love the character’s outfits of course.
After checking in + having breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace we relaxed for a little bit and then I headed to Epcot to kick of the #DisneyCreators Trip with a welcome dinner hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein who also plays Ahsoka in multiple Star Wars animated features. The food was delicious, we got to network with other influencers and then explore Epcot a bit before meeting up again for a dessert party later that night! We got to enjoy yummy treats while watching the Epcot Forever Fireworks show!
We started the day by heading to the Contemporary Convention Center for a day filled with informative panels, fun giveaways, sponsorship showcase + more to educate all of us Disney influencers more about upcoming Disney developments, new launches + more!
We got to meet the actor behind the voice of Mickey Mouse, learn more about how TikTok is taking over social media + tons more, it was super helpful, informative and fun.
That night we then headed to Magic Kingdom for some ride time, sweet treats + my favorite fireworks show of all, the Happily Ever After show!
OK, so Day 3 was one of my favorite days at the parks! We kicked things off with an early morning trip to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom. We got exclusive ride time before the park opened to ride Avatar Flight of Passage which was AMAZING (well worth the wait honestly, I know understand the hype) + Na’vi River Journey which was super fun. We rode the rides, snapped pics + enjoyed a yummy breakfast there in the park!
Later that day we headed to Hollywood Studios (one of my favorite parks at Disney World) + had a private party in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! We got to ride the new attraction Rise Of The Resistance which was beyond FUN + hands down the best ride I’ve ever been on and worth the boarding group process to get to ride it.
DAYS 4 + 5
Day 4 was a busy day! We checked out of the Riviera Resort + headed to the Disney Dream part of the Disney Cruise Line. We embarked on a 4 day 3 night cruise to Nassua Bahamas + Castaway Cay! It was my first time ever on a cruise so it was a whole new world for me. Unlimited EVERYTHING – I was in heaven from yummy food to dessert to all the pools + more…I couldn’t get enough of everything. I headed to the Senses Spa on board for a few treatments + relaxed in the Rainforest room that has sauna, jacuzzi + more. There’s tons of entertainment on the ship from adult only clubs to theater to movies…there’s a little something for everyone even kids with the kids club!
After boarding the ship we checked in to our stateroom + began to explore. The first night we had dinner at Animator’s Palate which was my favorite dining on the ship. They had tasty dishes + the interactive characters on screens around the dining area was super fun as well.
The next day we docked in Nassau, Bahamas where you were free to explore the island or go off on excursions to see what the island has to offer. I decided to stay on the ship to explore all the activities, dining, shopping + areas. Fun fact there’s no tax when shopping on the ship! PLUS there are tons of Disney Cruise Line exclusive merch only available on the ship like Minnie Ears, Pandora Charms, Luggage, Purses, Plushes + more…I definitely stocked up.
Day 6 was my favorite day on the cruise because we docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s own private island! You had the whole day to explore the island which had bars, tons of BBQ, shopping + a family beach and Serenity Bay which was an adult only beach if you wanted a little quiet time.
I loved being able to meet characters too that were in fun island themed outfits + snap some great pics around the island. You can rent kayaks, beach bikes + more if you are on the sporty side! There were also a lot of activities to do as well + the cutest island exclusive merch!
The next day we headed back to shore + then flew home. It was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had – I bought so much merch, ate so much yummy food + took way too many pictures hehe :p
Do you have questions for me on anything Disney World or Disney Cruise Line related?! Ask Away ♥