So we’re home ☹ Sad times!
But we’ve been reliving all our magic by editing our video blogs and downloading all our photo pass pics 😊 And I figured I best get writing some pixie dust inspired thoughts before I’m back in the real world too long and forget that it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, there is always Disney magic somewhere close at hand.
Does anyone else suffer from Disney blues when they return from their Disney vacation? I’m already sat thinking when can I go again next? All my family and friends are probably sick to the death of me harping on about Mickey and all the gang – actually, that’s not true, most of them are proud, self-confessed, Disney nerds and are enjoying living vicariously through me and my recent WDW adventures. Anyway, I’m clinging on to even the tiniest smidge of anything related to Disney… 3 Circles… OMG Hidden Mickey! You get the picture! And I volunteered to get typing up something to go alongside our videos.
So tonight I’ve stuck on Zootropolis, my Tinkerbell slipper socks from Primark are keeping my toes cosy and you’ll come to learn (as always) I’ve got a mug of tea close to hand – Edna ‘I don’t look back darling it distracts from the now’ mug from Disney Store UK (in case you were wondering!). Now I’m ready to blog about day 1.
Here’s my disclaimer or should I say aka excuse. I’ve never blogged and I’ve certainly never vlogged before Pins Across the World was born. Our Florida Vlogs are our first of their kind and the first week or so especially are rather ropey and a little disjointed. I think we’ve learnt a lot and know in the future we need to plan a little more and keep tabs on what we’ve done, but we hope you’ll still enjoy our adventures and that we may give some useful advice, helpful hints or at least something to giggle at. In addition to our lack of experience, as we explain in the video, both Alistair and I currently work on Cruise Ships. I’ll get it correct this time and say Alistair had been in Singapore and I had been in Jamaica, we landed back in the UK from our working travels then pretty much had a day or so to turn everything around and get to Manchester ready to fly to Florida on the 13th January. For myself, I guess the jet lag wasn’t so bad as Florida and Jamaica share a time zone but I won’t even begin to guess how many hours Alistair had gone backwards and forwards within the space of a few days – next time I think we’ll plan this better too. Although in both of our defences we were originally supposed to be home for Christmas when we booked the trip!
Our travel day didn’t end up making the cut as basically all we filmed was the plane taking off and landing – and that was mainly a distraction technique by Alistair to stop me gripping the armrest for dear life and possible crushing his hand. I am not a fan of flying, and it doesn’t matter how many times I do it, it doesn’t seem to get any easier. Anyways his devilish plan worked as I was so busy concentrating on keeping the camera steady I forgot about flying; it’s probably also worth noting that I probably epically failed in steady filming which is possibly why the content will also not be included.
Day 1 saw the most magical surprise – CHRISTMAS! Such excitement managed to distract me from the initial disappointment that Alistair had booked fast passes for Disney’s Animal Kingdom when I am a firm believer that all Disney vacations should start and end with the Magic Kingdom – just because! Am I the only person who feels this way? Hypocritically I don’t really think Christmas should last as long as it seems to these days but it is a massive passion of mine, right up there with Disney; and I’ve not enjoyed the magic of Christmas and Disney hand in hand since I worked there Christmas 2007. So after arriving at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where we had fast passes booked and seeing the Christmas tree and decorations strung up everywhere you looked, I message a friend who had run in the Marathon the day before and we were reliably informed that the festivities were still decking the halls in each of the parks. As I started to stress that knowing how Disney can make decorations disappear completely overnight, Alistair, very kindly, suggested we hit all 4 parks. Mission accepted! I’ve not known Christmas remain in the parks this long before and I don’t know where you’d find out this information. Holiday celebrations at WDW are even more magical than any other time and within the category of ‘Holidays’ I’m also going to group EPCOT celebrations such as Food and Wine or Flower and Garden – we’ll come up with something going into these in more details one of these days, so keep an eye out for that touch of magic.
As it happened, 4 parks in 1 day wasn’t an overly awful idea. With the marathon weekend just closing the parks were actually quite busy, runners seemed to be everywhere you looked proudly displaying their medals, thus just checking out each of the parks and hunting decorations was much easier than facing long queues for rides especially with jet lag still setting in. This is something Alistair and I have discussed on a few occasions during the trip as we faced Marathon weekend upon our arrival, Martin Luther King weekend the second one and the Superbowl on our final weekend. Now it seems that quiet or downtime doesn’t really exist as it used to; our experience this vacation was, I’m sure, more peaceful than the summer holidays for example but it heavier traffic than I’d anticipated. So I think we feel more research is still needed from our side when plan dates to try and find the optimal quiet period – any suggestions. At the minute, we’re thinking possibly February after the Superbowl.
Back to day 1. From Disney’s Animal Kingdom we headed over to Disney’s Hollywood studio as you can see on our vlog. It was very much a flying visit to Studios and then we strolled over to EPCOT via the Boardwalk’s Bakery. In the Vlog we mention the walk is about 10 mins, realistically it’s more 15-20. We really do enjoy this mode of getting from Studios to EPCOT and vice versa, it’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the parks and both this trip and last it’s been cool to watch the construction in this area for Studios new bus parking lot and the sky ride. As for the Boardwalk Bakery – there will be more on this little patch of Heaven in later blogs. For whatever reason, we didn’t film as we walked through EPCOT – silly us! We did, however, take photos – numerous in my case! So since Alistair is the technical mastermind of all this I’m sure he’ll pop some of those merry festive shots alongside this.
We give a bit of an introduction to the Caribbean Beach Resort within this first video but we go into more detail on the resort over the three weeks so I’ll jot some more thoughts on this topic during these ponderings alongside our vlogs. I personally think Caribbean Beach is a well located Moderate Resort, it’s close to both Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s and EPCOT; it’s a rather central location so bus rides are never too long. On the topic of busses – the cut with us heading to the Magic Kingdom was again a learning curve – there’s a few more of these to come I’m afraid but hopefully, you can overlook them. One quick explanation if you watched our video – when we are outside the room and we’re laughing like idiots it’s because that was the third take… the first time I tried to open the door I literally walked into it and couldn’t get it open and on take 2 I called it something completely different… as Alistair would say ‘numpty’!
Woah I’ve just seen how much I’ve written – Alistair will roll his eyes! So I will stop my rambling babbling and sign off. If you’ve any comments, suggestions or questions please drop us a message. We love sharing Disney magic and memories. Pins Across the World is about all our travels but there is a massive focus on Disney, it’s a huge part of our lives and we know there are many fans of the Mouse out there so please join in our fun – like our posts, subscribe to our youtube channel and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.