Disney World: What I would do Differently.

Growing up as a Floridian I have been very fortunate to have visited Disney World almost every year or every other year up until age 25. Every trip I had ever gone to as a child up to my teenage years was preplanned by my parents or my school. When I visited Disney as a young adult, I would just show up and let the Disney magic guide me.

So decided I would do the same for my first trip with my kiddos. Ladies and gentlemen please do not make the same mistake as I did. Mid way through my time at Disney I realize winging it at Disney Work does not work with little kids. Although our trip was memorable, it could have been a lot more enjoyable had I preplanned.

Here are four thing I would do differently if I were to do Disney World again with three under three.

1. Join Disney Fan-page groups on FB.

There are many dedicated Disney fan page groups on facebook that has all the information one could ever need. They are also very helpful when I comes to answering questions you may have. Although I was part of these group I didn’t do proper reacher to help me with my day at Disney. One of the very help information leads me to my next bullet point.

2. Pre-purchase your tickets.

We decided that we would pick up our tickets the day of our trip. We woke up early but not early enough. When we got to Disney, World the lines to pick up our tickets were long and slow. It took us 3 hours from parking lot, to ticket booth, to getting into the park. My children and husband were over it before we even got into the park.

3. I would go during cooler months.

This is a personal preference. The day we visited the park it was in the end of May and the temperature was 101 degrees. My kids were hot and taking pictures outside was not enjoyable. We decided coming in a cooler month would have made our trip a little more bearable.

4. Do more character meet and greets.

Meeting Mickey and Minnie was literally the highlight of my children’s trip. To this day that is all they remember about Disney world. I wish we took the time schedule more meet and greet with the characters. My son saw Peter Pan from a distance and wanted to meet him but Peter Pan was just finishing his meet and greet so we missed the opportunity. We also saw Winnie The Pooh but he was being escorted from one place to other and wasn’t able to stop for picture.

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Coya Taco

Our meal was sponsored but the thoughts and opinions are all mine.

Coya Taco is an authentic award-winning Mexican restaurant located in heart of Palm Beach Island at The Royal Poinciana. Their food is made with locally sourced ingredients that has been humanely harvested.

Kevin and I could easily taste the difference in their organically fresh made cuisine. I was thrilled to learn that their tortillas are made from scratch and their guacamole is prepared daily in-house.

We started our afternoon at Coyo Taco with fresh guacamole and homemade tortilla chips. This delicious guacamole appetizers is made up of hand smashed Hass avocado, cilantro and pico de gallo.

For Starters

We loved their twist on the old classic corn on the cob. It was made perfectly with chipotle aioli covered in cotija cheese.

ELOTE DE CALLE

While waiting on our taco’s we sipped on their fresh Tortilla Soup a roasted tomato and tomatillo broth served over crispy tortilla strips queso fresco, avocado, cilantro and crema.

Tortilla Soup

QUESADILLA

The kids enjoyed the cheese quesadilla while Kevin and I enjoyed the Carne Asada Quesadilla: thinly sliced grilled beef, Mexican cheese blend and pico de gallo in a large flour tortilla.

Carne Asada Quesadilla

TACOS

Their hand pressed corn tortillas tacos were some of the best tacos I’ve had in long time. There were so many options to choose from. My favorites were the Grouper Frito Taco (beer battered grouper) and Carnitas de Pati Taco (a michoacana style duck confit). We also tried their delicious Al Pastor Taco (marinated pork) and the Carne Asada Taco (char-grilled certified Angus Sirloin Steak). If you want to skip the meat, make sure you try their Hongos taco which is a vegetarian option made with seasonal mushrooms.

DESSERTS

I’m sure the kids thought everything was delicious but when we asked what their favorite part of the afternoon was, they both said the popsicles. These weren’t just any popsicles but homemade Mexican ice popsicles from La Michoacana.

So if you’re looking for the perfect place to go out for a family lunch, Taco Tuesday or Ladies Night on a Thursday, Coyo Taco in Palm Beach has something for everyone.

For more about the menu, exact location and time check out their website at here. We had such a wonderful experience, we will definitely be back.

Orlando B Resort and Spa

My hotel stay was sponsored but the thoughts and opinions are all mine.

This past month we had the pleasure of staying at the B Resort and Spa. This four star resort located in heart of Central Florida offers fun for every member of your family. The B Resort and Spa is an official Walt Disney World hotel near the Disney Springs resort area. For those looking to visit the Disney parks one of the perks of this resort is that guests have access to an exclusive Walt Disney World complimentary shuttle. Shuttles visit all Walt Disney World theme parks and the Disney Springs Resort area. They also offer extended hours access to the Disney parks with Extra Magic Hours and queue jumping with FastPass+ Access.

The Lobby at the B Resort and Spa

From the moment you walk into the B Resort and Spa you get a sense of grandeur. I was greeted by a friendly front desk staff and a super chic lobby area. I really loved how everything was all white with a splash of color.

Our Room at the B Resort and Spa

What I loved about our room is that it had a touch of modern and chic mixed with comfortability. The room was spacious enough for a family of four but could totally fit a family of 6 comfortably. The kids really enjoyed hanging out on the pull-out bed/couch. The large glass patio window gave an amazing skyline view of the surrounding hotels, but if you have little ones no need to worry, there was no outdoor patio access. The bathroom was complete with modern fixtures and had a large all glass shower.

Room at the B Resort and Spa

The Pool at the B Resort and Spa

Our favorite part of our whole stay was the pool area. The pool zero entry access was perfect for our little ones. There were plenty of lounge chairs and a poolside bar offered drinks, yummy appetizers and full meal (see menu below).

Pool at the B Resort and Spa

The Restaurant the B Resort and Spa

American Kitchen Bar and Grill is the resort’s onsite restaurant. They offer a verity of American cuisine made with with locally sourced ingredients. We enjoyed their full breakfast buffet which had all of our favorites breakfast food (eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, fruits and more). My son especially loved the Mickey Mouse waffles.

Extra fun at the B Resort and Spa

Outdoor Fun

Kids Zone

24 Hour Fitness Center

The Pick-Up ( On location store)

Our stay at the B Resort and Spa was very fun but way too short, we loved every moment of it. Everything was super clean and all the staff were helpful and attentive. We will definitely be back soon. To book your stay or for more information check out their website here.

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa Review

My hotel stay was sponsored but the thoughts and opinions are all mine.

Going to Disney World is such an exciting feeling but finding the perfect accommodations can be just as exciting. As a family of five we take up a lot of room so we knew whatever resort we decided to stay for the week needed to be big and spacious. We were invited to check out Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. The apartment style accommodation had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The location of the resort is ideal for those looking to visit the parks. It takes about 15 minutes by car to get to Disney World and SeaWorld and about 25 minutes to Universal Studios.

Our room at the resort had everything a big family could want from a full kitchen with updated appliances to a washer and dryer. We were in a two bedroom, two bathroom hotel room with a big spacious balcony that had a pool view.

Our Kitchen in our hotel room at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
The Kitchen in our hotel room at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Bedroom at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Traveling with two toddlers and a baby and being in the same bedroom can be tough.  Since my toddlers are usually in bed hours before my husband and I go to sleep, being able to put my children in their own bedroom for bedtime was a big plus.

The master suite had everything we could dream of. We had a king size bed, a jacuzzi style bathtub and a rainforest type shower. We had a lot fun in our jetted bathtub after we would come in from an evening of swimming. It seems like our kids loved our bedroom more than their room.

Jet tub in Master Bedroom at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Shower and Jetted tub in Master Bedroom at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Second Bedroom in our hotel room at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Pirates Plunge Pool at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Our favorite part of our entire stay was lounging around the pool area with the big pirate ship. My children loved the beach style pool because they were able to go very far in shallow waters. My husband and I enjoyed the drinks we ordered at the pool bar while relaxing poolside.

Family photo by the pool at the Pirates Plunge Pool

Stay Reflections Spa & Salon

Although the pool was nice nothing topped my 50 minute full body massage at the Stay Reflection Spa and Salon the spa is conveniently located on the sixth floor of the resort’s lobby building. My day there was nothing short of glorious, after my massage I had a cool glass of fresh orange juice and champagne waiting for me. I enjoyed my yummy Mimosa in their peaceful common area while admiring the in-house aquarium. 

Relaxing at Stay Reflection Spa and Salon at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

There’s also something for your little ones at the spa. Your children can enjoy a hair and makeup makeover catered to them. It’s a great option for the budget conscious family looking give the princess and/or pirate in their life a fun makeover without breaking the bank. Bring your costume and they’ll take care of the rest.

Visit here to plan you next stay or check out more of what this beautiful resort has to offer.

Residence Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista Review

Pool area at Residence Inn Orlando lake buena vista

Traveling with Toddlers

Before marriage and children, as a single growing up in South Florida and living only three hours away from Orlando, I’ve had my fair share of travels and stays at various hotels and motels in Orlando.
From 5 star hotels to sketchy motels there is something for everyone and every price budget in the beautiful city of Orlando.
Traveling with two toddlers and finding the perfect hotel in Orlando that is comfortable, safe, and affordable can be a bit of task with so many options. Location is also a big deal, especially if your hotel doesn’t offer a shuttle to the theme park you are trying to visit.
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Finding the Best Accommodations

On this trip we were visiting Sea World in Orlando, so hotel location was our number one priority. Equal to location was cleanliness, because if your toddlers are anything like mine, they’re still eating off the floor. A hot, free breakfast was also top on our list. When traveling with toddlers ones, you soon realize that the cost of things add up quickly in Orlando.  Not having to worry about breakfast was one less expense to take off our plate (pun intended).
Luckily, we were able to find everything that fit all our needs for this trip at Residence Inn by Marriott.
Just 15 minutes from Sea World, our hotel was very easy to find and thankfully at 12 am we were able to easily find parking. Check-in was seamless and the front desk staff was extra friendly.  The best part was they had freshly baked cookies waiting for us. (Parking was $10 a night.)

Hotel Room at Residence Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Kids Jumping on our Bed in our Hotel Room

Our Hotel Room

It was super nice to find out our room was actually a suite with a full kitchen and living room. We had a bedroom with a king sized bed, which the kids almost enjoyed more than my husband and I 😉  Our room and the entire hotel was very clean and spacious, and the staff was very responsive to our housekeeping requests.
We can’t say enough about how much fun our kids had the hotel.  Our son sprawled out on the pullout couch in the living room and was so happy he had a hug bed. My daughter slept in a pack and play provided by the hotel (no mattress), but brand new clean sheets were provided. My husband and I slept in our own bedroom in the comfy king sized bed.
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Free Hotel Breakfast

Breakfast was super busy being a holiday weekend, and it was almost impossible to find a table. Although it was crazy it was so worth it! The food was actually really good. They had pretty much everything you could desire for a yummy breakfast, eggs, sausage, hash potatoes, waffles, you name it. My husband who has to eat gluten free and eats a lot found plenty of great options.  For those on the go, there were a lot of continental options.
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Relaxing by the Pool

The pool area was perfect to relax after getting worn out at Sea World or enough fun for a pool day for the kids.  There were waterfalls and even a kiddie-sized pool that we could relax by and not worry about the kids’ safety.
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