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94: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Port Orleans Resort (Bucket List REMIX!)

Two years ago, I celebrated Mardi Gras at Port Orleans Resort for the first time. This past week, I attended the Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade for a third visit. It has become – hands down – one of my absolute favorite Disney traditions, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you once again this year.

Port Orleans Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade (7)
Each year I’m amazed by what a bunch of Port Orleans Cast Members can do with a golf cart and a given theme! The theme this year was Every Day is a Holiday. Any time I’m at Port Orleans, I feel like that’s true… but never more than at Mardi Gras!

As always, Princess Tiana led the procession (Click on any of the images to enlarge and ENJOY the details!):

Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Tiana (1)
Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Tiana (2)
Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Tiana (5)

Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Valentines Golf Cart Float (4)

Valentine’s Day Float

Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Valentines Golf Cart Float (1)

Valentine’s Day Float

Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Valentines Golf Cart Float

Valentine’s Day Float

Valentine's Day Float... with Choreography!

Valentine’s Day Float… with Choreography by the Port Orleans Training Team!

Saint Patrick's Day Float

Saint Patrick’s Day Float

Saint Patrick's Day Float

Saint Patrick’s Day Float

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Float

Cinco de Mayo Float

Earth Day Float

Earth Day Float

Easter Float

Easter Float

Easter Float

Easter Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Christmas Float

Christmas Float

Christmas Float

Christmas Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

Thanksgiving Float

Thanksgiving Float

Thanksgiving Float

Thanksgiving Float

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

"Every day is a Holiday!"

“Every day is a Holiday!”

The best Doormen on earth!

The best Doormen on earth!

The brand new Festival of Fantasy parade is making its debut at the Magic Kingdom today. I’m looking forward to catching it soon, and I’m sure it will be a great time.

Even so, the Port Orleans Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade will always be my favorite parade in all of Disney World.

98: Spend all day at a Disney Resort pool

This past summer, I had the great fortune of having my three best friends come down to Walt Disney World for a reunion weekend. We had no Park tickets. We just booked three nights at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and decided to take the days as they came. As it turned out, we all wanted to do the same thing: relax by the pool and just enjoy our time together.

Port Orleans Riverside Ol' Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol’ Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol' Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol’ Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol' Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol’ Man Island Pool

The Resort pools at Walt Disney World Resort are really attractions in and of themselves. Moderate and Deluxe Resorts feature twisty slides and hot tubs.

Caribbean Beach Resort Pool

Caribbean Beach Resort Pool

Contemporary Resort Pool

Contemporary Resort Pool

BoardWalk Resort Pool

BoardWalk Resort Pool

BoardWalk Resort "Keister Coaster" Slide

BoardWalk Resort “Keister Coaster” Slide

Old Key West Resort Pool

Old Key West Resort Pool

Port Orleans French Quarter Pool

Port Orleans French Quarter Pool

Value Resorts feature some of the largest and most fun pools on property (specifically in regards to the Art of Animation Resort’s Big Blue Pool in the Finding Nemo wing).

All Star Music Pool

All Star Music Pool

All Star Sports Baseball Pool

All Star Sports Baseball Pool

All Star Sports Baseball Pool

All Star Sports Baseball Pool

Art of Animation's "Big Blue Pool"

Art of Animation’s “Big Blue Pool”

Art of Animation's "Schoolyard Sprayground"

Art of Animation’s “Schoolyard Sprayground”

Guests at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club can enjoy Stormalong Bay which is more than a pool… it’s like having a water park at your Resort! Three acres made up of a lazy river, a 230-foot water slide (which launches from a pirate ship), a gorgeous sundeck for relaxing, and a sand-bottom pool (which — I’ll be honest — I thought might be kind of icky, but turns out it’s actually super awesome!).

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Shipwreck slide at Stormalong Bay

Shipwreck slide at Stormalong Bay

For our part, we had an excellent time going back and forth between the pool at Ol’ Man Island (as seen in the first photos) and the quiet pool beside Acadian House, our Resort building. We loved the fun slide, festivity, and music at Ol’ Man Island (the main pool), but really enjoyed having a little more quiet and some more swimming space at the quiet pool (several Resorts – primarily the Moderates due to their sprawling size — have a few “quiet pools” in addition to the main pools to accommodate more guests. While they don’t feature large slides, they are still a lovely place to relax.)

Port Orleans Riverside Quiet Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Quiet Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Quiet Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Quiet Pool

You know, the funny thing is that I’d forgotten this item was “on The List” while we were together. It just happened. I hadn’t even remembered that it was on my list until after the fact. I love planning Disney vacations and having so many interesting and fun things to do and see. But it’s always a good thing to remember that some of the best magic at Walt Disney World happens in those unplanned moments, and the best moments are those spent with people you love :) .

90: See all the Walt Disney World Resorts decorated for the Holidays

The halls have been seriously decked at Walt Disney World!

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

All Star Sports

All-Star Sports

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

And it’s allowed me to complete this item on my Disney Bucket List: seeing all of the Disney World Resorts dressed up in their holiday finery!  To see the holiday decorations at the rest of the Disney World Resorts, click here :).

Please click on any of the images below to enlarge…

You’ll notice that each Resort’s decorations reflect the theme of the Resort itself. Nowhere is that more true than at the All-Star ResortsAll-Star Sports, All Star-Music, and All-Star Movies! The bright and vibrant trees reflect the way each Value Resort does everything on a grand scale!

All Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort

All Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Sports Resort

All-Star Sports Resort

All Star Sports Christmas Holiday (5)

All-Star Sports Resort

All Star Sports Resort

All-Star Sports Resort

Pop Century Resort takes guests on a trip through the decades, so it’s fitting that its tree showcases images of Santa Claus as he’s been portrayed in American pop culture through the years.

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Oh, and you’ll find this little guy in a few places, too ;).

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Moving to the Moderate Resorts, Port Orleans – French Quarter greets guests with four trees in the courtyard decorated primarily in the signature colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green, and gold.

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

It’s sister Resort, Port Orleans – Riverside has one grand tree in its beautiful lobby, and the magnolias are a reminder of this Resort’s southern charm.

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

Upon entering Coronado Springs Resort, two trees glisten behind the fountain centerpiece.

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

But as you enter the Check-In area, there is much more to see…

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort Disney Holiday Christmas (13)

Coronado Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a Deluxe Villa, is themed after Saratoga Springs, New York — known for Saratoga Race Track. You’ll see equestrian-themed decorations all over the tree!

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort Disney Holiday Christmas (5)

Hidden Mickey :)!

I’ve saved my favorite for last… Disney’s newest Resort, Art of Animation, celebrates the process and stories of Disney animation. Color certainly plays a huge part in… well, the art of animation ;). I think it’s so cool how this white tree explodes with color through it’s ornaments, while also honoring the beginnings of the black-and-white pencil sketch.

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort Christmas Holiday (5)

Art of Animation Resort

The wall behind the Front Desk area blends from one color to the next… and so do the season’s wreaths!

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort Christmas Holiday (1)

Art of Animation Resort

There is one more place that we haven’t yet explored… but its holiday celebration is so unique that it has it’s own spot on my Disney Bucket List! #47: Visit Fort Wilderness at Christmas to see the decorated RVs. Stay tuned… and, until then, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

42: Stroll around Barefoot Bay at Caribbean Beach Resort

Welcome to Paradise :)…

1 Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (26)
2 Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (21)
3 Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (5)
4 Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (2)
5 Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (3)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (13)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (14)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (20)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (24)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (28)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (30)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (34)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (36)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (39)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (42)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (43)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (45)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (47)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (49)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (50)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (54)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (62)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (63)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (64)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (65)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (66)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (67)
Caribbean Beach Resort Barefoot Bay (68)

90 (In Progress): See all the Walt Disney World Resorts decorated for the Holidays

Welcome, one and all, to CHRISTMAS IN JULY!! I thought it might be nice for everyone to take a moment to think cool, December thoughts. And, of course, if you’re considering a trip to Walt Disney World during the Holiday season, NOW is the time to start planning! So crank up the AC and dream along with me…

Grand Floridian Christmas (2)
My Disney Bucket List goal is to see every Walt Disney World Resort decorated for the Holidays. I still have SEVERAL to go once the Holiday season rolls around this year, so I haven’t crossed this one off the ol’ List just yet… but I hope you enjoy the “tour” so far!

Every Disney World Resort has its own Icon Tree—a tree that reflects the theme and character of its Resort. I love the bright and colorful tropical trees at Disney’s Old Key West, Polynesian and Caribbean Beach Resorts!

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney's Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney's Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

The Polynesian Resort also has an incredible path lit with thousands of lights tucked beside the walkway leading to the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Luau.

Polynesian Resort Christmas Lights (8)
Polynesian Resort Christmas Lights (1)
Polynesian Resort Christmas Lights (6)
Polynesian Resort Christmas Lights (9)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas of Kidani Village have some of my favorite tree ornaments reflecting the culture and art of Africa.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas (2)
Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas (1)
Kidani Christmas (2)
Kidani Christmas (3)
Kidani Christmas (1)

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge also displays some especially unique ornaments:

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

As beautiful as the trees are, some Resorts have something even more stunning: Gingerbread MASTERPIECES that steal the show!

The spinning Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club might be my favorite.

Disney's Beach Club

Disney’s Beach Club

Disney's Beach Club

Disney’s Beach Club

Disney's Beach Club

Disney’s Beach Club

The Beach Club’s sister Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club, brings you back to nautical themes:

Disney's Yacht Club

Disney’s Yacht Club

Disney's Yacht Club

Disney’s Yacht Club

The Gingerbread display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is an adorable tribute to It’s a Small World.

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

And while it’s not gingerbread, I can’t help but love these Chocolate Monorails!

Chocolate Monorails at the Contemporary!

Chocolate Monorails at the Contemporary!

Santa Donald is stuck in the Gingerbread Chimney at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn (click image to enlarge and see Donald)!

Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort

Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort

And the granddaddy of them all… the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House!

1,050 pounds of Honey
140 pints of Egg Whites
600 pounds of Powdered Sugar
700 pounds of Chocolate
800 pounds of Flour
35 pounds of Spices
“and a little bit of Pixie Dust” combine to make THIS:

Disney's Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Disney's Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Disney's Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Disney's Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian

And there is something really special about the poinsettias sprinkling the landscaping all over the Grand Floridian grounds.

Disney's Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Hopefully I’ve provided you with at least a small glimpse of the beauty, whimsy, and magic of Walt Disney World Resorts during the Holidays. We’ll tackle this one again later this year :). Until then, keep dreaming of a Disney Christmas!

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