• Travel

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018

    Hello VFFs! I am so exited to share my first impressions about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018. We went to the Magic Kingdom to get a good dose of Holiday cheer and to celebrate my birthday. It was as magical as you would expect it to be. So many things to do, so many things to see! If you are wanting to know more about it, here are my personal highlights and tips for you.

    First of all, let’s talk about what is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party about. This is a special ticketed event were you get to enjoy Magic Kingdom park and attractions from 7pm- 12am. During this holiday event, they have special events, specialty foods, complimentary treats and more. They decorate the park  so festive bringing everyone a great dose of Christmas cheer. Their decorations are so jolly and adorable like this gigantic red ornament. The park decorations are perfect for family pictures and for those like me who do it for the Gram! They have many photographer stations for guest to take beautiful Christmas pictures.

    Next, I will have to tell you that people were dressed up in their must festive holiday outfits. Scrolling down main street you would see all the beautiful light up Mickey ears that are exclusively from this special event. Families and friends were dressed up with matching pijamas. Yes, pijamas! Why didn’t I think of that? Ugly sweaters everywhere giving this event an extra Feliz Navidad vibes. 

    I decided to wear my EGGIE Red Romper dress with my black velvet Dr. Martens and my new Disney Tokyo Oswalt ears and passholder! 

    Now is time to talk about the free stuff! Through out the park they have giant candy canes to let guest know they can get complimentary treats. They have them station all through out the park. This is where you can get your free cookies and drinks such as hot chocolate, eggnog, apple cider and even snow cones! This year they have the cookies individually wrapped so guest have the option to save them for later. You can get as many as you want and it was nice to have the option to take it home. There is so much to do and so many treats to catch that the time for it all flies by.

    In addition to their complimentary treats, they have specialty treats available for purchase. If you are a foodie like me, I would recommend you to watch this video from DFB Guide because they share all the specialty treats and show you where to get them so you know more about what to expect.

    It’s time to talk about the shows! Disney characters come out to share their holiday spirit all over the park. They have castle shows, Tomorrow Land parties, and of course the amazing holiday parade. So much fun to watch! It’s really hard to pick what to do with so much going on. I almost forgot to tell you that they even make it snow on Main St! I want to go back and do it all over again! 

    Here is the beautiful Parade! It was so much fun to see all the characters dancing on Main St. The best spot to watch the parade is near the castle! They have two parade rounds which is perfect because you can enjoy all the other events and still see the parade. 

    I saved the best for last! The fireworks show was incredible! It felt like they were going off all night. Very Merry Disney Magic I would say. I would definitely recommend my VFFs to go experience it for yourself. The park gets very packed, but for some reason the lines to the rides are very short. We were able to ride the 7 dwarf ride with a wait of 15 minutes. The Tea Party ride had no wait time. It was just so much fun to be at Disney at night celebrating my birthday. This experience will be something I will forever be grateful for! 

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    Epcot Food and Wine Faves 2018

    Another year at the Food and Wine festival and it did not disappoint! Here are the best of the best from our visit!

    Favorite Food

    Canada

     

    It’s hard to pick a favorite with so many delicious options.I have to say  “Canada you did it again!” with their mouth watering filet mignon. “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with a truffle-butter sauce was winner!

     

     

    They also had the Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a pretzel roll. This soup is so creamy and rich in flavor. It’s perfection!

     

    China

     

    We enjoyed the Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce. The bun was fluffy and the duck was tender and juicy. I wanted to eat like three of them!

     

     

    We also tried the Xi’an Pancake with beef and it was incredible! **Disclaimer: My pictures and videos from China got deleted 🙁 so this picture is from Disneyfoodblog.com!**

     

     

    Japan

     

    I had to get the Teriyaki Chicken Bun. Looks like a pastry and tastes like heaven! I could eat like five of these. It looks as good as it tastes!

     

     

    Mexico

     

    We enjoyed Mexican cuisine from a booth just outside Mexico. It had corn tortilla tacos filled with carne asada and with a side of corn mixed with cheese and spices. It makes you feel like you actually took a trip to Mexico. It was amazing!

     

     

    We also tried the jalapeno margarita. It has just the right amount of jalapeno to give it a kick to every sip.

     

    Light Lab Experience

     

    We had to go see the Light lab experience. It has very cool vibes and it has a/c. We tried the Playalinda Brewing Co. Red Cherry Tart and GrassLands Brewing Co. Green Kiwi Blonde.

     

     

    Honestly, everything sounds delicious so no matter your taste I am sure you will find your fave!

    Tips

    1. Go on a weekday! We have been on weekends and the lines get pretty long and it gets very packed. We went on a Monday and it was the best decision ever! We did not have to wait in line for food and we could find places to sit and enjoy the day.
    2. Take advantage of a free fast-pass! Once you purchase your ticket check out the Disney app and sign up for special perks. We took advantage of this and scored a fast pass ticket to Soarin.

     

     

  • Travel

    Fall Magic at Disney Springs!

    Fall is here! It’s my favorite time a year!! I’m falling in love with all the Autumn decorations, foods and celebrations.  Get ready to see all the Instagram picture perfect spots  for this Fall season. Fall magic is running full blast at the Disney Springs. Let me show you around all the beautiful things I found on our recent trip to Disney Springs in Orlando Florida.

     

     

    Disney Springs opens everyday from 10 am -12am. We got there before it opened and I was able to take lots of pictures without random people in them. Our game plan included taking pictures of all the Fall decorations, go shopping, and eat delicious fall festive foods. We love parking at the Lime Parking garage because it’s near all the newest shopping area.

     

     

    To reflect how obsessed I am with Fall, I wore this cute Mickey Pumpkin Hat. You can find it at the Disney parks. I saw it at the Disney stores in Magic Kingdom and also at Epcot. My cousin actually got it for me and said with her year pass account it ran at $21!! What do you think?

     

     

    Near the Disney Corner store they have the cutest Fall setup to take pictures in front of it. This would be a great spot to snap a couple family pictures and share beautiful memories with your loved ones.

     

     

    In front of the Big Disney store they have a stage where they have live bands playing. It has benches to sit if you want to rest a little in between all the magic.

     

     

    Disney Corner store it’s so adorable. All the walls in it l have cute black and white cartoon looking wall paper. I couldn’t resit taking pictures in front of them! I paired my pumpkin mickey hat with my Try Again top and White Strippes  bottoms from EGGIE Shop. Shoes are from Alegria and they are super comfortable.

     

     

    I found Mickey and Minnie looking adorable!

     

    Now, Let’s talk about Disney Halloween edition items. At the Disney Corner store they had a variety of special edition headbands. I want them all!

     

     

    Let’s talk about all things pumpkin Mickey!

     

     

    They have these  adorable mini pumpkin candy pail buckets.

     

     

    They also had ceramic pumpkin Mickey decorations.

     

    My favorite mickey mug for this season! I am currently drinking my morning coffee out of it. In the back it says Boo to You!

     

     

    My new Jack Skellington magnet! It’s a mini plush magnet of Jack Skellington character. He’s currently hanging out of my living room lamp. The magnet effect makes him look like he’s floating. Perfect Disney Magic addition to my living room decor.

     

     

    You can’t miss the pumpkin Mickey Trick or Treat basket! They go perfectly with the mini pumpkin mickey light up necklaces and these adorable mickey socks.

     

     

    I wanted to share the cute Halloween decorations at the Disney Corner store.

     

     

    After seeing all the cute pumpkin Mickeys, it was time to get some Fall treats.

     

     

    Take me to Neverland! Following the Disney Springs globe just adds to how magical this experience is.

     

     

    For the perfect Fall inspired treats, you have head down to Amorette’s Patisserie. They had displayed all their yummy treats including their seasonal Fall Harvest Petit Cake. This mini cake is made out of nutmeg cinnamon chiffon with salted caramel calvados mousse, cranberry cherry pate de fruit jelly, and roasted hazelnuts.

     

     

    I decided to get the pumpkin Mickey Macaroon pop. It’s has a pumpkin creamy center with dark chocolate ears. I think it looks adorable and it tastes amazing!

     

     

    After all the sweet treats we were ready to grab lunch.  With so many options to choose from we went with Morimoto Asia restaurant.

     

     

    Their menu has a great selection of Asian fusion plates were you can find Korean, Thai, Japaneese, and many other cuisine inspiration. I personally had a hard time choosing what to eat because all the menu items sounded delicious.

     

     

    We went with their delicious pork steamed buns. Every time I have a chance to get my hands on some steam buns that’s always what I end up with.

     

     

    To pair with my pork steam buns, I got their Duck Ramen bowl. It included half a boiled egg and was garnished with cilantro. I am still dreaming about this!

     

     

    My husband got their Spicy Pork Ramen. Everything was delicious! I can’t wait to go to Morimoto Asian again!

     

     

    That concludes our Fall adventure at Disney Springs. I hope you enjoyed this post! See you on my next one!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Travel

    Cruise Travel Tips

    How to Cruise Like a Pro


    Tips and tricks that will help you look like a cruising pro on your next vacation. I’ve been to six cruises so far and I’ve picked up on a couple unexpected things that can help make your cruising vacation even better. I learned these the hard way so you don’t have to! For more information check out my latest cruise Vlog on my YouTube channel Valentin Forever Channel Here’s my list of tips and tricks for your next cruise vacation:

    Water/alcohol/snacks

    Cruises have many thing available for you to enjoy on board. Some things are not included in your vacation package. Things as crucial as water. So,  my number one tip is to check on with your cruise line to see the prices of their water package and see if it’s worth it or not. A lot of cruise lines let you bring water bottles, wine and snacks on your luggage which makes the cost of your vacation lower. I would recommend to definitely check with your cruise line to learn about their regulations for bringing your own water, wine and evern snacks. Also, if you got the cruise drinking package, make sure you ask for the fine print exclusions. I forgot to do this on our last trip and assumed it included water bottles and cappuccinos and come to find out it didn’t. That’s when we ended up paying for it separately. The last cruise I went, we paid $60 for a case of 12 (20oz) water bottles. That money we could’ve use for an excursion.

     

    Make Reservations in advance:

    Make sure you make reservations in advance (way in advance) because there’s a lot of people that would like to do the same things you do and they get filled up quickly. I would recommend making reservations for your excursions and even for your specialty dining as soon as you can so you can ensure you will be able to do them.

     

    Remember to take/bring stuff in case you get sea sick

     I get car sick so I know I would probably get sea sick. I get the patches and wear them when I go on cruises. I learned that if you want the patches to work during the cruise vacation, it’s better to put them on two days prior so the medicine it’s in your system by the time you have that Day at Sea. Believe me, being sea sick can make your vacation miserable. I also got the ginger gum or the ginger candy to help with the sea sickness. If you go on a cruise longer than 4 days, I would recommend to bring another patch with you to wear it for the other half of your trip. I went on a 7 day cruise vacation and wore it just once and when I got home I was Land Sick. I’ve never heard or ever experience that but it could happen. I felt so sick at home for tree days and I just want to save you that miserable time and advice you to take precautions when it comes to sea sickness and land sickness.

     

    Bring a Day Bag on DAY 1

     It’s important that you bring a bag or a backpack with things you need for day one. I mean bring your bathing suit, toiletries, a nice change of clothes for dinner time. Remember that they take your luggage when you enter the crusie and you have to wait for them to deliver it to your room cabin.  It happened to me twice already that I got my luggage delivered after 8pm on Day 1 of our vacation. That means I was stuck with the clothes I had on and was not able to enjoy some of the cruise activities because of my attire. I was not able to go in the pool or even go to the formal dining room because my clothes was all in my luggage.

     

    Cabin items you need to bring:

    1. Extension Cord: Cabins have limited plugs to charge your phone, etc. On our last cruise we had ONE plug in our cabin. This is why it’s important know that you have to bring your own power strip. I got one on amazon that we were able to use in our Europe cruise and our Mexico Cruise. This one has the converter to be able to use in international plugs. Kind of like this one Power/converter on Amazon.
    2. Alarm clock: I don’t use an alarm clock at home. I just use my phone. However, when you are in a cruise vacation sometimes they go through time zone changes and because of poor phone signal you may not be able to know what time it is. We learned this the hard way and had to go find out the time on the T.V.s they had on the halls. It’s a great way to ensure you know what time it is specially when you have to go to an excursion.
    3. Noise machine: I personally have not been clever enough to bring this on my cruise voyages. Cabin walls are so thin and you can hear everything (people passing by, people from the rooms next to you, etc.). On our last cruise I couldn’t sleep because of this and a noise machine would’ve been awesome to have. The people in the room next to us kept coughing and we could hear them as loud as if they were in the room with us. That brings me to the next point.
    4. Clorox wipes & hand sanitizes: I am a germophobe and I cannot recommend bringing cleaning supplies with you enough. Like I mentioned, the people next to our cabin were coughing up a lung and getting sick would have ruined our vacation. As soon as they let us in our cabin I clean all the surfaces and handles to ensure the people that were there before us didn’t leave any trace. I got the To-go package so it didn’t take much space to pack.
    5. Playing Cards/Journal/Book: There is a lot of down time when you are on your day at sea. I never thought about bringing my own entertainment, but I definitely recommended! I usually bring a book and my Bullet journal to spend a relaxing afternoon in while the ship sails through the ocean. I would also say bring a deck of cards to play when you run out of money at the casino. Also,  Netflix has the option to download episodes. This way you don’t spend a fortune on the wifi the cruise has to offer and enjoy your favorite shows while you sip on a piña colada.
    6. Bring a cardigan or jacket: Cruising can get pretty chili out in the ocean. I always recommend bringing a light cardigan and a jacket to wear.
    7. Door Decoration: Cruise cabin doors all look the same and an easy way to spot your door is to decorate it with magnets. We got ours from the dollar store. Check your cruise line to see if they have restrictions. I know some cabin doors are magnetic and some are not. This could be a way to celebrate someone’s birthday, bride to-be, anniversary, sportsfan, or even a holiday (we did Easter decorations).
    8. White board: Since phone signal is limited in the cruise ship,having a whiteboard on the door can help when you are with a group and want to let people know where you’ll be so they can find you. We also used our white board for people passing by would write us messages. It was such a fun surprise every time we went back to our cabin. People also use walkies to avoid getting lost in the cruise ship.

     

    Items to bring when you get down on ports and go on your excursions

    1. Lanyard: Your keycard is what you use to get in and out of your cabin, to get in/out of the ship and to purchase items inside the cruise. A lanyard could save you from losing your key card which it crucial since it’s linked to your credit card and it’s your way in/out to the ports. I know this can easily make you look dorky, but get creative and find some cute ones on Etsy.
    2. Binoculars: This was such a good item to bring specially to see dolphins swimming along with the cruise ship. It’s just an easy way to enjoy the beauty nature has to offer while you sip on your margaritas.
    3. Bag: This was a hassle but at the same time a saver. Some cruise line let you bring their beach towels so a bag comes in handy to pack those along with snacks and a water bottle.
    4. Ziploc bags: They help keep you valuables safe especially when you are going on a tropical cruise vacation. This way if you go to the beach or go to any water excursion it will keep your key card, wallet and ever phone safe from water damage.
    5. Towel clips: I know it sounds like this is not a thing but believe me when you are trying to lay out at the pool deck and the wind is blowing full blast you will be thanking me for this one. I saw a lot of people with cute towel clips special just for deck chairs. I didn’t have those cute ones so I use binder clips instead and it worked!

    Thank you so much for stopping by! Do you have any cruise tips to add to this list? I would love to hear about it! Feel free to leave me a comment!

    xoxo

    Laura Valentin

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