Replanning Our Disney Holiday

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If you are new around here you may not be aware that our Walt Disney World Holiday was cancelled due to the current circumstances. We completely agree that safety is of prime importance but I am also looking forward to replanning our Disney holiday and being there in the next year or so, whenever we are able and it is safe to do so.

Our previously planned trip included:

• Disney tickets for 14 days

• Staying off site near Universal

We were just about to book Universal Tickets before everything closed and were unsure of what may or may not be cancelled for a while.

Since Walt Disney World stated its temporary closure and then our holiday provider cancelled our holiday altogether we have been adding, changing and researching what we can’t miss and what we would love to experience on our future Florida holiday.

We have changed our plans slightly for when we rebook and this now includes staying on site in a Disney hotel. My main decision sway-ers on this were,

• Disney Magic even when you go to bed

• Extra Magic Hours

• Booking reservations and FastPass sooner

• Transport will be easier to get into the parks

• Dining plan availability

With all this in mind we decided that the price difference would be worth the extras that are available through staying on site.

I have located a few prices with different companies but due to our previous holiday provider we are unable to rebook just yet. This gives me plenty of time to find the best price offering the best package.

Once we have the holiday booked we shall keep you updated as to finalising plans and making restaurant reservations along with what FastPass is the most popular and what snacks we need to be sampling.

I am very much looking forward to the whole process and this time (without any disasters please) enjoying our Walt Disney World holiday.

Are you planning a Disney holiday?

I’m here in the comments or over on Instagram @lorenjessica_

Having Our Cancelled Disney Holiday At Home

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Today we should have been enjoying the rides and meeting characters at Walt Disney World. Like many people at this time our holiday has been cancelled for the health of hundreds. Instead of this time passing by I have decided for the next two weeks, as that would have been our holiday length, that I will carry on the Disney vibes ay home.

Our days will be filled with films on Disney+ and as much Disney style food as I can make at home in the UK with essential shopping trips, that’s the tricky one. Also I am still trying to figure out how to build a rollercoaster on the garden (don’t worry I’m only half joking).

Yesterday we kicked our ‘holiday’ off by watching Inside Out, closely followed by Riley’s First Date. We had never seen it before and the other half said it had become one of his favourites. I also posted this picture on Instagram to start the journey over there too so come and join me if you can!

So keep your eyes peeled and get in touch if your Disney holiday has also been delayed. We are definitely still going once able and with a little more saving time and planning we will hopefully be able to make our visit even better!

Planning Our Next Trip – To Where?

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I’ll start this post by saying our ‘next trip’ would have been Walt Disney World Florida and I have written plenty about that here. It is unfortunate that we can’t go as planned but we aren’t the only ones and it is for the best at this time. That does not stop us from planning our future Disney trip and plenty of others that we would love to do too.

For the last two years we have enjoyed a Winter holiday with our friends and their adorable cockapoo, Ares. At first we spent our time in Yurts in the Lake District with the second in a hotel in the Cotswolds. These breaks (as they would with dogs) are largely spent on walks or in dog friendly pubs. As the world might be back travelling come Autumn/Winter a dog friendly break will be more than welcome. I would love to see Scotland or even get on the channel tunnel and head to France depending on when and cost.

If we are not able to safely travel until next year then we will definitely be thinking about rebooking our Florida holiday. This will depend on Disney’s most popular times, (we wouldn’t want to pick a highly popular date) holidays available at work and how much flights and hotels will be in the new year.

Travelling in Derbyshire

I already know my husband really wants to get back to the Lake District. He’s a walking kinda guy and misses the great outdoors after a while. Before we drop a lot of money on a bigger holiday we may have to plan a weekend break up in the Lakes to involve plenty of walks, fresh air and good food. 

This also goes for the Peak District. We are lucky enough to live within a couple of hours drive of the Peak District so this will be a day trip for us, most likely on the motorbike as it will need a run after being stood for so long. 

That is it for now. From the above we have possible trip ideas for a day, a weekend, a week and a fortnight. When all this is over we will hopefully be healthy and in a position to travel again to one (or all) of the options above.

Do you have any travel wish lists?

Desserts I’d Love to Eat in Disney and a Disclaimer

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With the latest news being a massive blow to the population it’s hard to know what to say. Many people’s cases are different right now and I’ve been reading messages all week on Instagram posts about how many families won’t be visiting Disney parks in the near future. Family holidays that have been planned for years, birthdays that are now going to be spent at home and special once-in-a-lifetime trips having to be postponed. It’s all very sad to read about but on the other hand a holiday that won’t be going ahead at the original time planned is nothing compared to the health of many and Disney have done what they feel best. We have our trip planned in a few weeks time and the park will hopefully have re-opened by then, if not we hope to be able to reschedule another date. It’s up in the air for many Disney-goers at the minute and I hope that everyone who had planned a trip within the next couple of weeks manage to rearrange. For now keeping my chin up and looking at the positives of ‘if it helps one person stay healthy’ is helping me and keeping the worry and uncertainty at bay.

So if you want to continue reading I am allowing myself to look forward to our Disney trip whether it happens as originally scheduled or whether it happens at a later date. I’m thinking of all the things I want to do whilst I’m there and that begins with what I’d like to eat.

Making Disney chocolate dessert shapes
Making Disney shaped chocolate treats

I mean, I’m going to try all the food in Disney World but there’s a few that made the blog post. You will be able to see from this list that I also have a big sweet tooth and I can be thankful we are staying for two weeks as I am not sure I’d be able to squeeze all of these into any less time.

The Grey Stuff – I am a big Beauty and the Beast fan so as soon as I heard that Disney serve this in their Be Our Guest restaurant I simply needed to go. I am planning for a breakfast or lunch there and this will definitely be planned for dessert.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich – oh hi dessert heaven, didn’t see you there. Cookies, tick. Ice cream, tick. It is literally all one would require from a dessert and apart from the fact it gives my bottom teeth sensitivity tingles just from the idea of biting into it I can’t wait. I’ve heard rumour this also comes with a peanut butter option *already drooling*.

Blue Milk – not entirely a dessert but it’s on the list. Now this means something entirely different to me. Growing up in Britain ‘blue milk’ translates to Whole Milk, the same going for ‘green milk’ it isn’t green like in Disney, its semi-skimmed. I really don’t know what to expect with this one but I want to try it all the same.

Carrot cake cookie sandwich – This was recommended by a friend who said that we must try it. I do love a slice of carrot cake so this will surely be a winner.

Mickey Waffle – I know what a waffle tastes like. I can probably guess what a Mickey waffles tastes like but I am still going to try that Mickey waffle because I am in Walt Disney World, simple.

Beignets – another of my favourite Disney films (yes I could say that about every one but I won’t) is The Princess and the Frog. I love the music, the story and I am hoping I will love the inspired food too.

Are there any sweet treats I should add? Let me know.

And if you want to chat/get excited for whenever your trip may be or may be rescheduled for/or to let out some worries then either pop a comment or get in touch on Instagram.

Until next time,

L x

Disney Holiday Planning

Dreaming of a Disney Holiday

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So there it is. The Disney parks have been closed for now in the interest of the nation’s health and holidays have been cancelled here, there and everywhere. We haven’t had a definitive cancellation from our holiday company yet but we won’t be surprised when it comes and at least we will know for sure and be able to take the next steps. This also doesn’t mean that we are never going to go. Whether we are offered a refund or rebook we will be heading to Walt Disney World at some point in the future and that’s why I am not going to stop planning, researching and dreaming of Disney.

From restaurants to rides and everything inbetween I want a mix of planned time and free time to roam the parks or do something we previously enjoyed. There are plenty of rides that we have been told we must go on. To name but a few they are:

  • Flights of Passage
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Space Mountain
  • Tower of Terror – (been on the Paris one which is apparently scarier?)
  • Expedition Everest
  • Test Track
  • Buzz Lightyear (this is a Paris fave so cant wait to see the difference/similarities)
  • and finally Splash Mountain

I know there are so many more but these are the ones that keep popping up. Is there any rides that you would add that we just can’t miss?

Disney holiday ride planning, Chip mug

We will be staying off park when we go and so will be booking our Fastpasses in the month before we travel. With this in mind we will have to hope that the rides we really want to go on either have Fastpass availability or have super short queues when we’re there.

As well as rides I can say that I am very excited to visit the restaurants. The sheer volume of snacks on offer amazes me and I think that Disney ‘snack’ sizes will pretty much be my lunch! There will be a Disney ‘Food I Can’t Wait to Taste’ up soon.

If you want to chat about all things Disney, come and say hello over on Instagram @lorenjessica_

Until then,

L x

Minnie Mouse inspired ears from Ears by Jade

Planning Our Florida Trip

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It’s no secret that I am super excited to be heading to Florida this Spring. It was my Christmas present from my husband last year who booked us flights, hotel and our Disney tickets. He packaged the booking confirmation up surrounded by Disney pj’s, mouse ears and in a Disney holdall, it was perfect and I thought they were my presents to begin with but nope, a holiday to boot.

Disney Epcot inspired mouse ears from Ears by Jade
Mouse Ears by Ears by Jade

There were a few things I needed to book when it was passed to me but the majority had been arranged and I was happy with that (I’m not the worlds best holiday planner!)

One thing left to organise being our tickets to Universal. I couldn’t go to Florida and be in Orlando without visiting Universal and the Harry Potter attractions. I visited the Harry Potter studios in London a few years ago (before all of the updates and more) and enjoyed that so I am very excited to see a whole replica of magic. Now I just have to catch my husband up on all of the films, it’ll only take a few *days* surely.

Of course being the money saving, budget analysing person that I am I had to do my research before jumping into a sale. I had heard of Attraction Tickets just before Christmas and thankfully had only heard good things. They can provide tickets to the major theme parks including Disney, Universal and even the Kennedy Space Center which is where we are also hoping to visit. After a bit of searching online Attraction Tickets were also the best value for money for the whole two weeks. At the time of publishing the tickets priced at £278 per person, the deal being that adult tickets cost the same as a child ticket. This also included the three Universal parks which is great because my husband is very excited about the water parks whilst we are away. I keep telling myself that the water slides won’t be as scary as rollercoasters but we will find out when we get there I guess!

The other things that we have left to book are our ride fast passes and restaurant reservations so if you’ve got any recommendations of places we must go let us know and I will add it to my Disney checklist.

Until next time,

L x

Walt Disney World Epcot inspired mouse ears by Ears by Jade

Disney Planning – Making a checklist

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As you may or may not know we myself and the hubs are going to Walt Disney World in Spring this year. With January gone the holiday is slowly creeping up on us and before we know it it’ll be time to go and I won’t have prepared anything. Side note: On two occasions now I have found myself in the queue to board a plane and have been purchasing travel insurance, I know right. 

This time it has to change as our holiday to Florida is a. more expensive b. not part of europe for medical care and c. further away if anything was to happen. Hence why we need travel insurance as soon as possible and why I am making this list where it will be top priority. 

  1. Travel Insurance. For all the reasons above. 
  2. Visa. We can do this up until 72 hours before we go but the sooner it’s ticked the better. 
  3. FastPass booking. Because we are staying offsite we can do this 30 days before and organise our days. 
  4. Restaurant planning. Again so we can organise our days to get the max amount of time enjoying ourselves and not choosing where to eat for an hour, yes I can get hangry. 
  5. Packing. Clothes, shoes, toiletries. You name it I will have to make a list for it before I end up in Florida heat wearing jeans and a hoody because I don’t have enough shorts and need to go shopping. 
  6. Hand luggage organisation. To include all documents, tech, plane entertainment and anything I tend to pick up leaving the house. 

If you are a seasoned Disney-goer and notice that I have missed something let me know. We want to make as much of our two weeks as humanly possible and need to remember all the important bits too so add them below or get in touch on Instagram/email. 

Until next time, 

L x

Bakewell, Derbyshire

My 2020 Travel Plans

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This year I have been very excited about planning holidays, getting destination inspiration and making packing lists for trips that are months away. You may have read my previous post on how travel plans can give me the fear most of the time but I am really trying to take those nerves and turn it excitement. I heard once that these feelings give the same reaction in the body and you can decide which to feel. Whether it is true or not I’m running with that.

So let’s begin…

Soon I’m going to Birmingham. The city is calling me and I love heading to Brindley Place for a nice lunch, going shopping in the Bullring and maybe even a little visit to the Disney section in Primark to get ready for our big holiday this year.

Birmingham, Brindley Place, Travel Plans

Next on the list is somewhere we have been before, read more here, but Camber Sands is a lovely beach, quiet early on in the year and the nearby town of Rye, featured quite heavily on Instagram lately is a lovely place to visit. A beautiful historic town with cobbled streets and picturesque cafes is exactly what I’ll be looking forward to in the next few months.

Chocolate Labrador, Beach Trip

Our big holiday this year is to go to Florida. This was my Christmas present from my husband and it is one of my dreams to spend two weeks in the Disney parks, Universal Studios and enjoying that Florida sunshine. We will be doing lots of saving up and I can’t stop talking about it to my friends and family and watching all the tip videos on YouTube.

I think then we’ll take quite a break from travelling. Summer should be good in the UK if it’s anything like it was last year and we can enjoy our garden with bbqs with friends and family and I am determined to do a car boot this year. If the weather is good too we shall also be doing a lot of dog walks. Our favourite places to go are in the Peak District or up in the Lake District so we might fit in a night away somewhere, maybe even go camping.

Millers Dale, Chee Dale,  Monsal Trail, Derbyshire

Our last plan is to go to the Canary Islands on a family holiday later in the year. We’ve been somewhere with my parents for the last two years so we shan’t stop now.

That’s all for the moment. I’m looking forward to each trip and using that excitement rather than the nerves that usually rear their heads. We’ve got something to save and work hard for this year and I’m using each one for drive. We are also super lucky to have all these plans and have family that won’t get sick of us for a whole week!

Have you got any travel plans this year?

Until next time,

L x