Monday, March 25, 2019

Dose of Disney: March 2019 Trip Review


As you all know I recently came back from a trip to Walt Disney World this March! I feel like now and days there isn't really a great time to go to Disney World. It's basically always crowded, which sucks because I remember going as a kind and the parks being empty! You could walk up to any ride with little to no wait times, you didn't need dining reservations, and fast passes didn't even exist. Well, that is now a thing of the past! So, I wanted to give you the run down on my review from our time at Disney in March. 

Crowds 

March is known for being a big Spring Break month, which we did encounter a little bit. We were surprised to see how many kids were at the parks. During early March we expected to see some college students, but there were a lot of kids in grade school or middle school. THEN we realized that Mardi Gras was going on... Which, apparently means the entire state of Louisiana is out of town and on vacation. So, if you are ever planning a trip during spring I would double check the date of Mardi Gras and plan around that week. Crowds were INSANE due to this reason. Wait times were some of the highest we've seen, and there was just wall to wall people at every park. We had gone to Disney in April last year and did not encounter these issues. All of my pictures showed a relatively empty park, while this trip we resorted to using random walls as backdrops due to crowds. It was honestly pretty bad. At points we were just so tired of all of the people. 

Rides had mostly high wait times, at points flight of passage was 200+ minutes, Toy Story Land attractions were 180+ minutes, and Mine Train was around 160+ minutes. Luckily, we are planners and always have Fast Passes for these bigger attractions, but even going to rope drop there was wall to wall people. Normally, going to rope drop at each park lets us get everything done in the first 3 ish hours. But, this go around that was not the case. 

Also, during this week there were multiple groups at Disney for various events. Some including music days, cheer and dance people, and more. So, that also didn't help the crowd levels. 

Overall, the crowd were insane during our week at Disney. We were there March 2nd-10th for reference. Two years ago we were there the following week and it felt much better. I believe most of our issues were due to Mardi Gras. So, if you could avoid that week when planning your spring trip I would recommend it! 


Weather 

To say the weather was bi-polar was an understatement. One day it would be 85 degrees the next it was a high of 60 and down pouring rain. So, we had to pack a lot of different outfits for this trip. My best advice is to always pack layers no matter when you are going to Disney. Unless you are just a boss and can wear shorts even if it is 60 degrees and raining. I am not that person. So, I ended up packing 2 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of white jeans, then shorts or skirts to go with all of my outfits. Also, I always pack a rain jacket to have on hand. I also packed a lightweight quilt and jean jacket to wear depending on the weather. Honestly, I wish I had something heavier! Again, I am kind of a weeny when it comes to weather so you may be totally find in just a sweatshirt. But, i found myself cold on the 60 degree wet days. 

From all of this you can conclude that weather in March is bi-polar. We had the same issues when we went in March 2 years ago. So, bottom line pack some layers and various outfit options including jeans, shorts, and pants. That way you are prepared for whatever weather you may encounter. 


Fast Passes 

As I had mentioned earlier we are Fast Pass pros. We got our Fast Passes the first available day we could and ended up with great Fast Passes. From attractions like Slinky Dog, Flight of Passage, and Frozen we scored everything! If you are staying on property be sure to get your Fast Passes the day they open up, and if possible the exact time that they do. I may have woken up at 6am to get them, but it was so worth it. Especially with the crowd levels we dealt with, there was no way we would have waited the long waits for the rides that we did have Fast Passes for. 

During our trip we were also able to score some Fast Passes at the parks as well. We actually got our second Flight of Passage Fast Pass of the day! So, even when the parks are busy keep checking different time combinations and throughout the day for additional Fast Passes. You never know what you may get. 


That is the full review of our time at Disney in March! What has been your experience at Disney during March? I want to hear your thoughts! 
XOXO
Miranda

Friday, March 22, 2019

Dose of Disney: What I wore during my week at Disney

Hello friends! Today, I'm sharing all of my outfits I wore at a week at Walt Disney World. I shared whatever links I have to some of these items, or something similar. Most of the shirts I wore can be found at the parks whether it be at Disney Springs, World of Disney, or at the gift shops at the parks. 


Location: Epcot 
Shirt: J. Crew 
Skirt: Lauren James (similar)
Ears: Disney Parks (similar)
Sneakers: Nike (similar)


Location: Epcot France Pavilion 
Shirt: Forever 21 (similar)
Skirt: Forever 21 
Ears: Disney Parks at Epcot (similar)
Shoes: Nike (similar)


Location: Epcot 
Skirt: Amazon 
Ears: Disney Parks 


Location: Magic Kingdom
Shorts: American Eagle 
Shoes: Nike (similar)


Location: Animal Kingdom 
Shirt: Disney Parks 
Jeans: Talbots 
Shoes: Nike (similar)
Ears: Disney Parks (similar)


Location: Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa 
Dress: Gal Meets Glam 
Shoes: Jack Rogers 
Bag: Disney Dooney Bourke 
Earrings: J. Crew 


Location: Epcot Bubblegum Wall 
Shirt: Uniqlo at Disney Springs 
Shorts: J. Crew 
Shoes: Nike (similar)
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Location: Epcot France Pavilion
Shorts: J. Crew 
Shoes: Nike (similar)
Sweatshirt: Primark in London
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Location: Epcot 
Shirt: Uniqlo at Disney Springs 
Shorts: Red Dress Boutique 
Shoes: Nike (similar)
Ears: Disney Parks 


Location: Tangled Bathrooms at Magic Kingdom 
Shirt: Disney Parks 
Shorts: Red Dress Boutique 
Shoes: Nike 


Location: Adventureland at Magic Kingdom 
Shirt: Jadelynn Brooke 
Shorts: Red Dress Boutique 
Shoes: Adidas 
Ears: Tokyo Disney 


Location: Popsicle Wall at Hollywood Studios 
Shirt: Lost Bros Trading Co. 
Jeans: Paige 
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Location: Muppets Area at Hollywood Studios 
Sweatshirt: Disney Parks 
Hat: Disney Parks 
Jeans: Paige 
Shoes: Nike (similar)


Location: Incredibles Celebration at Hollywood Studios 
Shirt: Shop Disney (similar)
Skirt: Topshop 
Shoes: Nike (similar)


Location: Purple Wall at Magic Kingdom 
Jeans: Ann Taylor 


Location: Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom 
Jeans: Ann Taylor 

 

Location: Tangled Bathrooms at Magic Kingdom 
Shirt: Uniqlo 
Short: Red Dress Boutique 
Shoes: Nike (similar)
Ears: Missoni sold at The Four Seasons Orlando (article)


Location: Story Book Circus at Magic Kindgom
Shirt: Disney Parks (boys section) (similar)
Shorts: Lauren James 

Those are all of my outfits for a week at Disney! I wanted to share with you all of them now so in case you wanted to pick up some of these items for your next trip you can. I try and wear a mix of old and new pieces so not everything has a link. But, you can always find similar items!
XOXO
Miranda

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dose of Disney: Do the Impossible


"It's kind of fun to do the impossible"- Walt Disney 


Walt Disney is giving me major inspo! Especially through this adorable Jadelynn Brooke tee. Jadelynn Brooke is the hidden gem when it comes to Disney tees. They have the cutest designs, plus they are super soft. I used to be a Jadelynn Brooke rep in college so I have a special place in my heart for their t-shirts! I love wearing their tees in and out of the parks. 


Also, can we talk about these shorts I picked up at Red Dress Boutique before my trip? They were on sale for $12 and they are literally my new favorite pair of shorts! I wish I bought 3 pairs of them because I have a feeling I will be wearing them on repeat. They are the perfect length, not to short where you are showing booty. But, not too long where you feel awkward. It's really a happy medium. Plus, I've never had a pair of white denim shorts, so they are super neutral and work with so many tops. 

I got asked some questions on where I got my ears, they are actually from Tokyo Disney. They were from their cherry blossom collection a while back. But, the U.S. parks are really stepping up their ear game so I anticipate we will get even more great options in the future! 


Where it's from:  
Shirt: Jadelynn Brooke 
Shorts: Red Dress Boutique 
Ears: Tokyo Disney 
Necklace: KJP 
Belt: vineyard vines 
Shoes: Nike from Nordstrom 
Bracelets: Pandora 
Location: Magic Kingdom


What is your favorite Disney quote? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Dose of Disney: Flower & Garden Festival 2019 Review

It is Flower & Garden season people! On my recent trip to Disney World I went to the opening weekend of Flower & Garden Festival, which was nuts. But, I have reviews and thoughts on everything that I want to share with you all. Whether you are planning a trip to the festival or thinking about going next year, this post will show you some of my highlights from the festival. 

Food 


I am always a huge fan of the food at the Flower & Garden Festival. I am not much of a drinker, so I cannot really speak to the alcoholic beverages, but I did get my all time favorite cocktail of course! I got some new items as well as my favorites while I was at the festival.... 

Frushi | Frushi is one of my FAVORITE things at the festival. It is so refreshing and tasty. I am a huge fruit fan so this dessert was made for me. Each frushi comes with 3 pieces and I devoured all three. In the past my mom and I would split one but we each got our own this year because we both love it so much. It has strawberry, cantaloupe, and pineapple surrounded by sweet coconut rice. So tasty! For sure one of my top picks at the festival if you want something sweet. 

Beef Tips | If you are looking for a savory steak option look no further then the beef tips in Canada. It comes with beef tips, mashed potatoes, veggies, covered in a sauce. Normally, I am not a sauce person, but this sauce didn't bother me! I ate around the veggies because I am 4 years old, but if you like veggies I'm sure you would enjoy those as well. Overall, this is a great option to fill you up, for sure less of a snack and more of a meal option.


La Vie En Rose | This is my favorite alcoholic beverage, I think ever. It's sweet without being too sweet, plus it's frozen! It's a win-win really. Plus can we talk about how perfectly pink it is. Overall, if you were to pick one alcoholic drink from the festival this would be my pick!


Orange Cream Slush | This drink for sure wins for the cuteness factor. I mean look at it!! The line for this little guy was crazy long, but it went by pretty fast. For sure would say that it is hardcore creamsicle flavor. So, if you don't like orange I would not recommend this. It was honestly super rich for a fruity style drink, but it had a lot of cream flavor to it as well. To be honest I mainly got it for the little Orange Bird sipper. But, I did enjoy the drink itself! 

Citrus Cake | At the same stand as the orange cream slush was a citrus cake which was super tasty! It was light and airy and super citrusy. Again, if you are an orange fan I would recommend this dessert!

Beef Tips and Pork Belly Slider |  This slider located in America was soooooo good! I am a huge bbq fan so I was loving this little sandwich. I ended up eating it with a fork because it was a little messy to eat as a true sandwich. It had some sort of cheese sauce along with pulled pork belly, and beef tips.

Violet Lemonade | Did you really go to the Flower & Garden Festival if you didn't have Violet Lemonade? This is by far the highlight of the festival. I don't know what is in the stuff but it is so damn good. It's a magical lemonade! This is a can't miss drink at the festival.


Topiaries 












This year the festival had some new and old topiaries for Flower & Garden Festival. My favorite new topiaries were for sure the Muppets topiaries in France. Kermit and Miss Piggy were killing the game! My two favorite returning topiaries were Belle & the Beast plus the Three Caballeros. If I'm being honest though, I did not like the butterflies at the front of the festival. I prefer last years display with all of the classic characters out front. Although the butterflies were pretty last year near the tent, I just didn't think they made for a grand entrance. I didn't even stop to take a picture in front of them or of them! I also wasn't a huge fan of the Mickey and Minnie heart topiary near the entrance to the countries. It was just kind of boring to me, and the hearts didn't really make sense to me. Plus there was another Mickey & Minnie topiary in the America Pavillion. I would have rather seen a different character represented rather then doubling up on characters. Per usual I still loved the rows of flowers near the little pond outside of the countries. I loved that there was a Mickey shape thrown in there too! It always makes for gorgeous photos. 


Gardens 

Based on the name you can conclude that there are flower and gardens at this festival, which are kind of underrated to be honest. I've always loved flowers and this festival has a ton to see! One of my favorite gardens is the tea garden in the U.K. pavilion. In this garden you can find facts about how tea is made and the ingredients that go into different Twinnings teas! Plus there are other garden areas that show off ingredients in foods around the world, a butterfly garden, and many others. Be sure to check out some of the garden exhibits to get the full Flower & Garden Festival experience. 






Merchandise 


The merchandise at this years festival was on fire!! From violet lemonade merchandise to classic garden inspired styles the merch was on point this year. One of my favorite pieces was the violet lemonade ears I'm wearing above. They feature lemon slices, purple flowers, and of course lots of glitter. I also picked up the violet lemonade jersey, which is perfect to wear around the house or at the festival on a cool day. For a more garden feel they have a Minnie Mouse range in light shades of pink and green, again I picked up the spirit jersey. I love a good spirit jersey! I also opted for the Tervis options which included a Minnie garden theme and a Figment passholder Tervis. 

There is a whole area where you can shop all of the festival merchandise, including the passholder exclusives! At the Garden Terrace you can see all of the merchandise in one place, which I loved. It made it so easy to make decisions on what I wanted to pick up. 

In terms of passholder exclusives there were quite a few offerings. There is more merchandise coming out I believe April 11th, so be sure to check back on that date to see even more merchandise from the festival. I particularly liked the limited edition pins from the festival! Again, you can find the passholder exclusive items at the Garden Terrace which is closest to the Mexico Pavilion on your way out of the future world area. 

What are your thoughts on the festival this year? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda