What a great day. After running around Hollywood Studios the previously, we realised there was still a lot that we wanted to do in this park (anyone who says it’s a half-day park is wrong) so we ticked everything off our list and waved goodbye. This one has always been a favourite of mine, and I particularly enjoyed it this trip with all the new character meet and greets they’ve set up. It’s going to be amazing once the Toy Story and Star Wars lands open in a few years.

Once we were finished, we headed over to Magic Kingdom once again. There was a definite sprinkling of magic for us here. We ate delicious hot dogs at Casey’s Corner then took our desserts onto the hub grass. The castle show started and it felt pretty perfect. To complete the picture, Mary Poppins wanders out and stands near us on the grass to take pictures. Does life get better?

Since we were in the Magic Kingdom and it was the afternoon, we absolutely had to catch Festival of Fantasy. I love this parade so much and I always watch it from Frontierland. It’s become a bit of a tradition nowt. I love watching it there partly because the crowds are smaller than on Main Street, but mostly because I’m impatient. The parade sets off through the gates by Splash Mountain at three o’clock on the dot. If you’re sat waiting at the top of Main Street, it won’t arrive until at least 3.20pm and I don’t want to wait an extra twenty minutes. Call me lazy, but that’s how I like it!

We also got to catch the Muppets Show for the first time. It sounds bizarre, but it was so cool to see the Muppets in real life. Even in the MuppetVision Show in Hollywood Studios they’re just on a screen. I think they’re hilarious and I loved the new show. Before this, I hadn’t even realised that there was a second-story to the buildings in Liberty Square. I hope the show stays for a long time.

Watch the video below to see what else we got up to!

 

 

Food. Wine. Two of my favourite things. Disney had the great idea to put both together and turn it into a festival quite a few years ago, and now the Epcot Food & Wine Festival draws thousands of people everyday. It runs for several months in the autumn, and is particularly busy on weekends as the locals come to Disney World to taste their way around the world. We had a great afternoon of choosing dishes.

Also on Day 9, we went for a long walk around the Boardwalk. This is another place that is more popular on evenings and weekends, but it’s a lovely and peaceful place to be at any time of the day or week.

To wrap up the day, we ticked a dining experience off our Disney bucket list and ate next to the water at the San Angel Inn at the Mexico Pavillion.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at my new vlog and then come back for my tips and tricks below.

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Day three already! This one was not the greatest for me, as I found myself on the brink of sunstroke after being in the oppressive afternoon sun. Queuing and exploring in the baking 35 degree sun got the better of me, but thankfully I managed to gulp down a few bottles of water, eat an emergency hot dog and stayed out of the sun for the rest of the day, and I escaped being seriously ill. It was a slightly concerning few hours, though.

We did a lot when the sun wasn’t quite so intense, including going into the incredibly iconic colosseum. We managed to get in for free, and I’ll explain how you can as well. I also have tips for visiting the Roman Forum, and can recommend a beautiful free sunset spot with a great atmosphere.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy vlog number three in Rome, and read on for my recommendations.

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Today is the day – Disney dining reservation day! When visiting Walt Disney World, you are able to book dining reservations in the Disney restaurants up to 180 days in advance. And, even better, if you’re staying in a Disney resort you can book reservations on your 180 day date, plus the next ten days of your stay. Since we’re staying in Disney for ten nights, I was able to book all of our restaurants today.

I’m going to talk you through both the reservation process (so hopefully you will be able to navigate it a lot better than I did) and also the restaurants we have chosen and why they made it into our top 10.

I was very excited about being able to book advance dining reservations (ADRs) from 11am on Thursday, but it quickly turned to stress when the website was basically unusable. Everything I was clicking resulted in an error message, complete with a photo of Lady and the Tramp. Let me tell you, after an hour of trying an failing to book times, I was sick to death of those dogs!

Read on to find out which restaurants I managed to get…

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