Tuesday, March 16, 2021

All About Our Condo At Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek #Disney

We love staying at Club Wyndham's Bonnet Creek Resort This beautiful resort is located on Disney's property and it is a quick drive to the parks. We rented a two bedroom condo with a full kitchen. There is a washer and dryer in the condo. We had a gorgeous view of the lake and the pool.

Here is the family room

Here is the kitchen (We were unpacking when I took this photo)

The kids bedroom had 2 queen size beds

The master bedroom had a king size bed with an attached bathroom

master bathroom

Gorgeous balcony view

We were in tower #4 


One of our favorite things about Bonnet Creek Resort is the many beautiful pools, waterslides and lazy river! My kids favorite pool is the "Pirate Ship" pool which has a very fun waterslide, pool bar and beach entry pool.

The "Pirate Ship" pool is also located just beside the restaurant Back Bay Bar & Grill

We brought our own tubes for the lazy river but if you forget to bring yours they do sell them directly at the pool and they have an air pump

Complimentary mini golf located at tower #3 at the resort


We loved the food from Back Bay Bar & Grill. We ordered the kids chicken fingers and fries and the grand nacho's for a snack by the pool. My kids loved the kids meals.

We also treated the kids to the brownie sundae from Back Bay Bar & Grill 

There are pool cabanas available to rent for the day. These include a mini fridge, 2 lounge chairs, 2 regular chairs, a flat screen TV and a privacy screen. The prices range but the week we were there (early March) prices were $110/day. We did not rent a cabana. There are tons of complimentary pool chairs.

Definitely try the mud slide from the pool bar! Perfect for an afternoon snack

We just love how beautiful Wyndham's Bonnet Creek is. This resort is gated and I felt very safe here. There are 6 towers and a beautiful trail around the lake. They have very nice gas grilling stations located at each tower for guests to use. There are also picnic tables. We ordered groceries from Publix and had them delivered directly to our tower by Instacart. We grilled one night and my husband said the grills were very clean and really nice.

We enjoyed the complimentary mini golf. Just make a reservation then head to the main tower to pick up the clubs. On Tuesdays they offer glow golf. They also offer outdoor family movies a few nights a week. 

This is such a great resort and ended up costing us much less than staying in a Disney "Villa". 

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

All About Our Day At Disney's Animal Kingdom #Disney

We spent the entire day at Animal Kingdom! We arrived at 8 am and we headed straight to Avatar Land. This is such a cool section of the park. The wait times were already at 45 minutes for Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na'Vi River Journey. We decided to ride Flight of Passage first. We absolutely loved this ride! It reminds me a little of Soarin' at Epcot. I highly recommend riding this. To describe the ride, you are virtually flying through Pandora on a banshee. Guests must be 44" or taller to ride. My daughter was able to ride even though she was in a boot.


The beautiful water fall outside of Avatar Flight of Passage





My kids really love the Kilamanjaro Safari ride! We saw many animals this time. The wait time was long though. We waited about 50 minutes for the safari at 11 am. 


We found the cutest cupcakes at Zuri's Sweet Shop in the Harambe Market. This is a great place to get some special treats to take home.

We explored Gorilla Falls after riding the Safari. My daughter loves hippo's and she was SO happy to finally see a hippo up close! Definitely plan to spend at least 30 minutes exploring Gorilla Falls. This was a really cool part of Animal Kingdom that we never knew existed on our previous visit a few years ago. 

My son was really excited to see a silverback gorilla. There are actually 5 of them living here however we only saw 2.

After exploring Gorilla Falls we headed to the Wildlife Express Train located at Rafiki's Planet Watch. This is a pretty cool open air train. It takes you to the Affection Station where children can pet many animals, learn about animals and even pick up a free coloring book.



Here is the Affection Section petting zoo. They have sinks located just outside of this area.

They offer daily complimentary drawing classes here at the Conservation Station!

There is a really high tech Veterinarian surgery center here where you can view live surgeries and procedures happening.

Next up we headed to Asia to ride Expedition Everest. The wait time was only 10 minutes!! We LOVE this roller coaster and we decided to ride it twice!! 

We had a nice afternoon snack at Tamu Tamu. Then we rode Dinosaur and explored Discovery Island. Animal Kingdom closed at 5 pm however if you hop in line for a ride by 4:55 they will allow you to ride. The gift shops do stay open much longer.

Be sure to snap some photos at the entrance to Animal Kingdom. They have a really cute photo area.

We had a great day at Animal Kingdom! I feel like it is one of the least crowded parks which makes it more enjoyable for me personally. We brought a soft cooler with our lunch and we ate in a nice shaded area in the Harambe Market. We purchased Dole Whips at Tamu Tamu and unfortunately they were extremely messy, sticky and dripping literally everywhere. We ended up throwing our daughter's away because it was just such a mess. I will stick to dole whips at Magic Kingdom from now on. Can't wait to return to Animal Kingdom. We LOVED the new Avatar Land and my kids said Avatar Flight of Passage was their favorite ride of the day. 

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

All About Our Day At Disney's Magic Kingdom #DisneyWorld


My family visited Disney World last week and we had a great time! Today I am going to share with you our day at Magic Kingdom. Be sure to read all about our day at Hollywood Studios too!

Due to Covid Disney World has reduced their theme park hours. Magic Kingdom is currently open from 9 am to 7 pm. We arrived at the transportation and ticket center around 8:15 am and rode the monorail to Magic Kingdom. The monorail is no longer being packed with tons of people. There are partitions in place and you are assigned a spot. This was actually nice. Once we arrived at Magic Kingdom we went through the temperature screening and bag check. Main Street was a little busy already for 8:30 am but it was nothing compared to the crowds I am used to seeing. We discovered that Disney is allowing guests to enter the park prior to the official opening time of 9 am. I think they are doing this to prevent crowds from gathering at rope drop. 

We headed straight to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train however we quickly discovered the ride was down. We debated if we should wait since it is such a popular ride and the line was not long. A cast member told us it was probably going to be down for a while. We decided to move along. We headed to Sleepy Hollow for some breakfast! My kids LOVE Mickey waffles and what better breakfast than a powdered sugar covered Mickey waffle?! The waffles came with whip cream and strawberries but some of us opted for them on the side. The waffles are $6 which is not bad.


YUMMY!! 

After our 'healthy' breakfast we headed to Space Mountain. Unfortunately this ride was also down. What a bummer. We ended up riding Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. There was no line at all here. Then we headed to Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid. This is such a cute ride!! Then we went to the Barnstormer. This is a great first rollercoaster for smaller children.


Barnstormer

Next up we rode Dumbo. The line is usually so long for this ride and I was shocked that it was just a 5 minute wait!! The kids were sad that the Mad Tea Party was being refurbished and we could not ride this one.  Next up we rode The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. This is another classic super cute ride. 

We headed to Liberty Square and basically walked right onto Haunted Mansion! 

My kids have always enjoyed The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

We had a delicious dole whip at Sunshine Tree Terrace directly behind the Magic Carpets.

My kids loved the raspberry dole whips!! 


After a quick 10 minute wait we were off at Tomorrowland Speedway!

We rode The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean (45 minute wait!!) and saw a very brief character parade go by. We were unable to do the Swiss Family Treehouse because my daughter had sprained her ankle 3 days prior to our Disney vacation and she had to wear a boot. She could not do the many steps required for the Treehouse. 
We rented a wheelchair for our park days. The wheelchairs are available for $12 per day. You can not take them out of the park. They do have complimentary wheelchairs located in the parking lots for you to use to get to the actual entrance of the park. Side note: the trams are not working currently. 

Around 4 pm we noticed the lines to many rides began to decrease in wait times. We did our favorite ride: Carousel of Progress! This is a great place to cool off too. After this ride we rode Splash Mountain (30 minute wait) and Thunder Mountain (20 minute wait). Then we rode Space Mountain not once but twice. Our kids LOVE Space Mountain. At 6:30 we got in the long line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The wait time was 45 minutes. This was our final ride of the day. We had a great day at our favorite place in the World, Magic Kingdom!! We did not see many characters and many of the restaurants were only available for pre orders on the app. This was a little irritating because we did not want to have to pre order food and pick a time slot for 2 pm when were hungry at 11 pm. This is why it is important to bring your own snacks and lunch if possible. Hopefully by the summer the restaurants will be open and the characters will be back.

 After riding pretty much all of the rides we had hoped to ride we went to the shops on Main Street at 7 pm. The shops stay open after park closing. Check out my Disney Souvenier Haul 

We did see Tinkerbell pass by on a treasure chest around 9 am when we were in line at Sleepy Hollow! 

Buzz Lightyear was greeting people on the stage in Tomorrowland! 


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