11 Best Disney Tips for Dads

Disney vacations are daunting.  First, they can be incredibly expensive.  That's especially true if you want to make it the best vacation for your family, which for me translates into spending more.  Then, you have to plan to painstaking levels of detail in order to...

5 Dad’s Tips for Surviving Chef Mickey’s

Gentlemen, we all want to please our kids at Disney World and part of that will most likely include meeting characters.  You have two options to do this: stand in long lines in the parks or pay for character meals.  My advice is to pay for the character meals.  One of...

7 Must-Dos When Driving to Disney World – “Are We There Yet?!”

We have driven to Disney World more than once and for an eighteen-hour drive, it can be tedious.  That said, we actually really enjoy our road trips to Orlando.  That's because we are sure to incorporate these 7 must-dos when driving to Disney World. Make the decision...

When to Push Kids to Ride Disney Thrill Rides

I probably should have ended the title of this post with a question mark.  As you can probably tell by the main picture, I might have pushed my youngest a little fast to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  If anyone has a definitive answer to this question, it isn't me....

Discovering Disney Dining Plans

Okay, so you're going to Disney World.  You've decided when you're going, how many days you're going to the parks, and where you're staying.  Now, you have to make the all-important dining plan decision.  Today, we are going to be discovering Disney dining plans.  I...
5 Best Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World

5 Best Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World

Learn the 5 best Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World here!  After a lot of careful research (okay, that was the fun part), I’ve come to a conclusion.  These 5 resorts are tested and will not let you down.  Try one of these on your next vacation.  You will not regret it!

So, without further ado…

1. Animal Kingdom Lodge

Savannah View

View From our Room at AKL

Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the best themed resorts at Disney World.  First, from its giant foyer with authentic African art, to the incredible savannah out back, complete with its own safari with giraffes, zebras, etc., AKL has something for everyone.  Second, Boma and Jiko are phenomenal restaurants in the Lodge.  Boma is an incredible buffet with an African flare.  Jiko is an upscale restaurant with an African-inspired menu.  They are both wonderful in their own right.  Third, the AKL pool is incredible, the African staff is amazing, and there is one of the best gift shops in all of Disney World right there in the lobby.  You will not be let down when it comes to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

2. Bay Lake Tower

BLT View

View from Bay Lake Tower

BLT is the DVC tower right next to the Contemporary.  First, with views of Bay Lake or Magic Kingdom, it is at an incredible location.  It is technically on the monorail as part of the Contemporary Resort, but the best part is – you can walk to Magic Kingdom!  Second, BLT has the Top of The World Lounge on top of it.  If you or one of your friends are DVC members (you have to be one to get in), definitely check this place out.  It has an incredible view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks every night. Third, you’re also a short stroll from two of our favorite restaurants over at the Contemporary: Chef Mickey’s and California Grill.  Both are amazing in their own right.

3. Polynesian

boys in front of the poly

The Polynesian Beach & Bungalows

The Polynesian Village Resort is another very well-themed resort on the monorail loop.  First, this sits directly across the lake from the Magic Kingdom.  Second, they have one of the best restaurants on property with O’hana, which compliments one of the best bars on property with Trader Sam’s.  Visit both, you won’t regret it.  Third, the pool is incredible and well-themed for families.  If you’ve got enough money, the bungalows can be rented and you will be able to stay right on the lake and see some incredible views of the fireworks.  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to stay at the Poly.  Oh, and you can get Dole Whips here!!!!

 

 

4. Saratoga Springs

All of us at Saratoga

The Family in Front of Saratoga Springs

We absolutely LOVE Saratoga Springs.  To be fair, it is a very nice resort and has a great pool and gym.  First, it is huge.  So, there is a ton of trails to run or rent their surrey bikes.  Second, the best part about it is the fact that you can walk over to Disney Springs.  We absolutely love love love Disney Springs.  It is a great shopping district with incredible restaurants and our favorite place to hang out when we aren’t in the parks.  Third, it typically has availability, even if you have waited until the last minute.  Consider Saratoga Springs for your next stay.

 

 

5. Grand Floridian

kids in carriage

Kids in Carriage Outside of Grand Floridian

Ok, while this is not my favorite to spend a ton of time at just because of the theming (it’s a little stuffy for me), it is still awesome.  This is a great resort.  First, you have some of the best restaurants on property.  Second, it’s on the monorail in a tremendous location.  Third, the Christmas decorations are the best on property.  We’ve only stayed at this one once, but it was during Christmas.  Between the life-sized gingerbread house and the giant Christmas tree, it was truly breathtaking.  Therefore, I would suggest this one to anyone staying in the Christmas season for sure.

 

 

Hopefully, a few of these have inspired you.  They are all truly breathtaking and wonderful places to stay for your vacation.  Let us know if you have any questions or would like more information about any of these or any others.  As always, we can be reached at danandleslie@addictedtothemouse.com.  Enjoy!

5 Best Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World

5 Best Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World

Learn the 5 best Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World here!  After a lot of careful research (okay, that was the fun part), I've come to a conclusion.  These 5 resorts are tested and will not let you down.  Try one of these on your next vacation.  You will not regret...

Top 5 Places for Souvenirs in Disney World

Top 5 Places for Souvenirs in Disney World

Who doesn't like to buy souvenirs in Disney World?  My family is obsessed with finding the best souvenirs.  Not just regular Mickey ears, but we need the best souvenirs.  We've spent countless hours combing all of the shops high and low and I've come up with these top...

Disney Inspired Mickey Ears to the Rescue

Disney Inspired Mickey Ears to the Rescue

Ok, ladies....I don't know what happens to my hair when I enter Florida, but it gets a mind of its own! I am one of those girls that is lucky to just get my hair to what I can on any normal day.  Unfortunately, I never learned how to do fancy things with my hair like...

7 Best Disney Cruise Tips for Dad

7 Best Disney Cruise Tips for Dad

Gentlemen, I've got good news and bad news.  The good news is that planning a cruise is WAY less complicated than planning a Disney World trip.  There are no dining reservations to make, there are no FastPasses to try and get, and you don't have to pick and choose...

11 Best Disney Tips for Dads

11 Best Disney Tips for Dads

Disney vacations are daunting.  First, they can be incredibly expensive.  That's especially true if you want to make it the best vacation for your family, which for me translates into spending more.  Then, you have to plan to painstaking levels of detail in order to...

Disney Inspired Mickey Ears to the Rescue

Disney Inspired Mickey Ears to the Rescue

Ok, ladies....I don't know what happens to my hair when I enter Florida, but it gets a mind of its own! I am one of those girls that is lucky to just get my hair to what I can on any normal day.  Unfortunately, I never learned how to do fancy things with my hair like...

Club Villain

Club Villain

Ok guys, this place is not cheap, but it's pretty dang cool.  The cost is $129.  Each.  And that's AFTER you've paid for admission to Hollywood Studios, so we did this one without the boys.  That said if you can afford it, take your kids.  They would love it.  So,...

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