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1. Stay in a Royal Room at Port Orleans – Riverside Resort

Many people know about the famed Cinderella Suite way up high in Cinderella Castle. But if you can’t nab the special invitation from Disney that it takes to stay there, you can still indulge your inner Royalty with a stay in a Royal Room at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort!

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Upon check-in, you’re presented with a special letter from Princess Tiana, your hostess (the perfect Princess for this resort’s theme).

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Once inside, you’ll see the space is fit for royalty!

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I thought the bedding and headboard were lovely.

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Here’s a hint… if you push a button on the side of the board, you get your very own fiber-optics fireworks display!

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The room is packed to the brim with details. There are tributes to Tiana’s friends all over the room…

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There are also gifts to Tiana from her fellow Princesses. Her portrait is framed in a gift from Snow White:

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Jasmine provided a Magic Carpet

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And I’m assuming the shower curtain must be from Ariel, judging by the symbols all over the curtain ;).

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Cinderella’s Coach adorns the bag & coat hook.

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The Princes get a small nod, too!

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The more you look around, the more you’ll see… even the room border features characters from some of the Princess films!

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One of my favorite details is in the bathroom. The sink faucets are Genie lamps from Aladdin!

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I also liked the gems mixed in with the lighting fixtures.

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No stone was left unturned in the decorating of these rooms.

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Hidden Mickeys :)

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I felt most like royalty when we brought in pizza so I wouldn’t have to leave the room other than to swim :) !

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The “Royal Treatment” doesn’t end when you exit the room, though. The sections of Port Orleans – Riverside dedicated to Royal Rooms have some extra special touches including lighted fountains, beautiful rose gardens, and twinkling trees at night.

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Royal Rooms aren’t the only themed rooms in Walt Disney World. Caribbean Beach Resort features “Pirate Rooms.” So whether ye be pirate or princess ;), there is a place for you!

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Well, here we are. Staying in a Royal Room was the very first item on my Disney Bucket List. I only have one more thing left to cross off My Magic 100.

I’ll see you here next week ;) .

4: Watch a Movie Under the Stars at the Yacht and Beach Club

Sitting outside on a gorgeous Florida evening is my favorite way to enjoy classic Disney films! Outdoor movies (or “Movies Under the Stars”) are a nightly option at every single Walt Disney World Resort.

Be sure to check what’s showing at your Resort (you can grab an Activity Schedule from the front desk), or consider it a fun opportunity to visit and enjoy a Resort you haven’t seen yet. You can check out movie and activity schedules for each Resort here.

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The thing is, there isn’t much in the way of stars to be seen around Disney World…

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But I still don’t think you can beat the view :) !

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95: Check out Disney’s Art of Animation Resort upon completion

“Look at this trove, treasures untold
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Looking around here you’d think,
‘Sure, she’s got everything…’

I’ve got gadgits and gizmos a’plenty

I’ve got whoozits and whatzits galore


You want Thingamabobs? I got 20!
But who cares? No big deal, I want more…”


In May, the Finding Nemo wing opened, and in June, we welcomed Cars. August brought us The Lion King. And now, with the opening of The Little Mermaid wing, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is officially complete!





While the previously opened wings offer Value family suites, The Little Mermaid wing offers standard rooms for those who wish to enjoy this brand new, fun-filled resort but have a smaller group (standard rooms can house up to 4 guests, whereas the family suites can house up to 6). You can learn more about some of the amenities and unique features of this amazing Resort by checking out my previous posts here and here.

So at last, welcome to the Disney Resort Family, Art of Animation–we’re glad you’re here! Thanks for the magical memories you’ve already provided… Here’s to many more :)!

13: Eat an entire “Kitchen Sink” with friends at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Once you pass through this door


…there’s no turning back from THE KITCHEN SINK!!!


Ah… the legendary Kitchen Sink! What do you need for it?

  • 8 scoops of ice cream (the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip, OR you can substitute with any you may prefer)
  • Angel Food Cake
  • Brownies (yes, plural :) )
  • Bundt Cake
  • Oreos
  • Milky Way Candy bars

…AND “every topping in the house!”

  • Peanut Butter, Hot Fudge, Strawberry, Butterscotch, Pineapple, and Caramel sauces
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Gummy candies
  • Sprinkles (of course!)
  • An entire can of whipped cream (yes, please!)

… pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. Oh, wait—that’s there, too!


It also doesn’t hurt to have a few friends or family members to help you finish it :)!


My Disney Bucket List requirement was to finish an entire Kitchen Sink. The menu says a Kitchen Sink “serves four” (for $26.99). Let me tell you, even with seven adults, it was STILL a challenge and required more than one group pep talk ;). But, at long last… WE DID IT!!!


Are YOU ready to take on the Kitchen Sink? Head on over to Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s beautiful Yacht & Beach Club Resorts (these resorts are connected, and Beaches & Cream is nestled right in between them, behind the amazing Stormalong Bay pool)!

If you prefer your sundaes on the smaller side ;), or if you just want to grab a burger (with fresh buns baked by the Yacht & Beach Club chefs), there are still plenty of yummy options for you. And everyone will enjoy the fun, 50s ice-cream parlor vibe.



P.S. While waiting for your order, be sure to pick out a song on this jukebox—it’s free to pick a song, it really works, and you can watch the 45 records spin… be sure to play “Earth Angel” for me :)!



95: (In Progress) Check out the Art of Animation Resort upon completion

Well, I can’t cross this item entirely off my Disney Bucket List, since Disney’s brand new Art of Animation Resort is not yet complete. But what I’ve seen so far has been so through-the-roof-AWESOME that I couldn’t resist sharing… I think you’ll want to GET ANIMATED, too :)!

The Art of Animation Resort is Walt Disney World’s newest offering in the Value Resorts category, joining the All Stars (Sports, Music, and Movies) and Pop Century. Value Resorts are the lowest price category of Disney Resort hotels, but lack nothing in the way of Disney magic :). Art of Animation celebrates the magic of Disney animation, featuring some of Disney’s most popular films: Cars, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid. Aside from theming, the primary difference is in the space for families: Art of Animation is the first Value Resort to offer more Family Suites than standard rooms. In fact, three of the four wings (Cars, The Lion King, and Finding Nemo) feature Family Suites with a master bedroom, two bathrooms, and three separate sleeping areas within the living space. The Little Mermaid wing will feature standard rooms… just enough space for all your whoozits-and-whatzits, naturally :).

Two wings have opened so far: the resort opened on May 31st, debuting the Finding Nemo section, and Cars followed on June 18th. (The Lion King will open on August 10th, and The Little Mermaid on September 15th.) But I couldn’t wait until September to share a few of my favorite things about the Art of Animation Resort!

  • The colorful, fun-filled lobby reflects the full animation process, from original character sketches, through development and story, to final film:

  • If you look at the lobby floor, you’ll notice bright, bold blocks of color, as well as teeny, tiny squares. The bold blocks represent traditional animation, like the stroke of a painter’s brush, in honor of the animation process that helped create The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. The teeny squares represent computer pixels–a nod to the process used to create Cars and Finding Nemo.

  • The pools are A!MAY!ZING!

  • The Cozy Cone Pool in the Cars section has Cone Cabanas! LOVE :)!

  • The Cars section makes you feel like you have walked into the movie itself:

  • The Landscape of Flavors food court is a stunner—not only is it somehow both lovely and fun, but it serves gelato–HELLO!!!

  • The food court also holds my new favorite Hidden Mickey. When you look up through Ariel’s skylight in The Little Mermaid section, you can spot a framed picture of Mickey among all her treasures:

There is so much more to see and explore here–these photos are just a small glimpse. Be sure to stop by or book at stay to enjoy all the colors at Disney’s Art of Animation!

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