A Morning Walk


Let’s go for a walk around the Grand and turn our backs on the construction…..



 I love that place…..

Happy travels!

More Miscellaneous WDW Fall Pics


Fall in the Magic


My husband and I took a last minute trip to Walt Disney World at the end of September to celebrate our 24th anniversary.  Some people that heard we were going to WDW sans kids were shocked, but if they really KNEW us, they wouldn’t be.  Walt Disney World is our happy place… our memory making wonderful escape place.  We’ve spent so many wonderful weeks there over the past 20 years it feels like a second home to us.  Walt Disney World, despite never losing the magic and that excitement, holds a comfortable familiarity for us. I still get that “I’m going to Disney World” butterfly feeling in my stomach, yet not the anxiety I develop when traveling elsewhere.  We actually honeymooned here in 1988… except we were broke-ass BROKE and stayed who knows where…I really have no clue where we spent those nights.  My uncle gave us a week at a beautiful condo on the water in Vero Beach for a wedding gift, and we loved that part of our honeymoon but figured, we are in Florida – we have to visit Disney World! Neither of us had been since the ’70s, when we were kids. So we packed up our Honda CRX and headed to Orlando!

Here are some miscellaneous pics from our most recent getaway.  Fall is such a beautiful time to visit the “world” – decoration wise, weather wise and crowd wise…AND fun wise – Food and Wine Fest at Epcot and the Halloween parties in the Magic Kingdom are amazing.  We had a magical time!  Just a few Magic Kingdom pics – we monorailed over from the Grand Floridian…


Happy travels!!

Yo ho Yo ho – A pirates life for me!


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 Disney offers several pirate adventures from their resorts.  These are available for children ages 4 to 12 years old.  At the Grand Floridian, the cruise departs Mondays through Saturdays  930am from the marina.   This is a two hour adventure.  Parents are given a pager and free time.My daughter was nervous about trying it, but she absolutely loved it.

The cost is $31.95 per child and takes a credit card to guarantee.

Call 407-WDW-PLAY to reserve up to 180 days in advance or contact us.

Children are disguised as rascals and scoundrels in striped pirate mickey bandanas, fitted with life vests, and given safety instructions.  No pirates overboard. There are at least two cast member cpr certified crew captains along for the fun.  The Lady Useppa sails on it’s quest for treasure around the Seven Seas Lagoon.  At each stop the pirates pillage for gold.  The plundering fun also includes a lunch consisting of peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables, Goldfish crackers, Rice Krispee Treat and fruit punch juice box.

We’re beggars and blighters and ne’er do-well cads,
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we’re loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.

Happy travels!

A Room With a View


, space Royal Palm club, spaceWith all the construction currently going on at the Grand Floridian, people are wondering where they can stay at the resort and not have a view of the mess, machines, and workers.  Disney takes requests for certain locations, however nothing requested is guaranteed.

If you have a garden view room category booked, Here are some views that may keep you from viewing large equipment and men in hard hats. Request Sago – either side of this building has garden view rooms – you may either face the marina  or a bit of the lagoon and the monorail.    Conch has some rooms facing the marina that are considered garden view.  Also some of the courtyard facing rooms in Conch may be far enough away from the pool that you’d be fine with that view. I would request “Conch, marina view”.   Any garden view rooms in Boca Chica or Big Pine will face the courtyard pool.  Normally a beautiful view, but right now a mess.

All of the deluxe garden view  (turret rooms) face the courtyard pool.  Usually I love these rooms because of their extra space with the little living room area in the turret.

Lagoon view & theme park view rooms are all a good bet.  You’ll be facing away from the centralized construction, with a serene view of Seven Seas Lagoon and/or the monorail and castle, and the other resorts on the monorail line.

Sugar Loaf… “Outer Lodge Club Level”… You have a 50/50 shot at a pretty view of the marina.  If you have requested one of the three turret rooms in Sugar Loaf, you may be watching the work on the pool progress during your stay.

Royal Palm Club – the club level in the main building…. Most of these rooms are “standard views”. The rooms either face the Beach Pool – and the Disney Vacation Club under construction beyond, or the courtyard pool – which is torn apart for a total redo.  The royal palm club theme park view rooms look out over the marina – however with the construction going on below these rooms in Gasparilla’s there may be excessive noise at some points during the day.

Remember, a request is only that…and often my requests seem to dissipate by the time I check in.  I’ve found from my experience it’s pretty much a waste of time requesting anything.  Or maybe I’m just unlucky, however I’ve always lucked out and got what I wanted at check in by asking for it.  So if you are assigned a room location that isn’t what you hoped for, it pays to ask what else is available.


Citricos Restaurant

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Take a peek into M. Mouse Mercantile

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The M. Mouse Mercantile at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has added some fun Halloween merchandise. Do you love Halloween at Disney? I do! So let’s go shopping!

Have a grand day!

Grand Floridian Courtyard
Grand Floridian Courtyard

Have a GRAND day!