If you’re in the “selecting a resort” stage of your Disney vacation planning and are intrigued by Disney’s newest resort, I’ll offer up some insights from my stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
As part of the Disney Parks Moms Panel I was very lucky to be able to experience Disney’s Riviera Resort for a few nights in a 1-Bedroom Villa. While I loved everything about my stay and felt very pampered, this resort has some stark contrasts to others and strayed from my expectations in a few (not necessarily negative) ways.
A few years ago, when we took our oldest son to Walt Disney World for the first time, the realization quickly set in that we were in charge of the Magic. It felt a little overwhelming, but now that we are fresh on the heels from our 5th trip, I have learned a few “must-dos” in planning along the way.
Well, we did it!
After lots of questions, a lot of back and forth, we did it… became DVC members.
Animal Kingdom, expedition everest
Epcot, Future World
After we signed all the contracts, visited the notary, crossed the last T and dotted the last I, my husband asked me why I wasn’t more excited? What was wrong? Isn’t this what I wanted? The immediate answer was Yes! Of course I’m excited, but it was that kind of excitement you feel on a huge roller coaster for the first time- equal parts excitement, anticipation, and fear. I mean, fifty years of vacation points is a HUGE commitment (not to mention the money that we are forking out for said points). But, I got the welcome tote bag in the mail, so we must be official!
… lessons we are learning.
We are fresh off our Ballpark Touring and now gearing up for Disney World in October. We started planning this trip more than 9 months ago, reading more experienced blogs, watching videos on YouTube and continually checking the official website for updates. However, we are learning that all of the preparations capable from a mere mortal (and I do a LOT) still do not guarantee you a discount… even when they are released. (My blood pressure is rising even as I write this.) Continue reading