10 items you must pack for a holiday at Walt Disney World

You have booked your holiday, arranged to buy Disney tickets, so chances are your bank account has taken a bit of a hammering, but there is a way of saving time and money once you get there by packing the right items. Being prepared can help make a visit to Disney World as stress-free as possible and these are my tips for must-have items. A Powerbank (or two) If you are anything like our family, you will all own a smart phone and use it for taking photo’s. When you visit Disney I recommend downloading the ‘My Disney Experience App’ …

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Walt Disney World Photo Gallery Disc

My Top 10 Days Out and Travel Posts of 2017

It was very clear to me that when doing my top posts of 2017, that, although not quite viral, there was a sudden surge in December on my toy reviews as people struggled to decide what to get their kids for Christmas. Then on Christmas day there was another surge as people wanted quick answers on how to operate the toys. My more steady traffic is always on days out and travel related posts, so I have decided to do a rundown on my most visited days out and travel posts of 2017. 1. The New LEGO® NINJAGO™ World at LEGOLAND® Windsor This year …

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Princess Elena of Avalor

10 things that happen after you come home from Walt Disney World

It as been just over a month since we returned home from Walt Disney World in Orlando and there has been a definite shift in things the kids love to do. Once they have come down from all the excitement of telling absolutely everyone about their holiday, you think it would stop………wrong! The kids are now all-things-Disney obsessed. Things that happen when you get back from Walt Disney World 1. Our 14-year-old Disney CD that has been gathering dust in the back of a cupboard is installed in the car and the kids won’t listen to anything else. I now …

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Typhoon Lagoon

Splashtastic Fun at Typhoon Lagoon

When visiting Walt Disney World the one location that filled me with dread was a visit to the water park.

I knew Hubby and the kids would love it, but as a forty-something mum of 6 my figure is not what it once was and although I love swimming, the thought of wandering around in a swimsuit filled me with dread.

Walt Disney World has two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon and we opted for the latter as didn’t have time to do both.

Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon features some of the wettest and wildest attractions at Walt Disney World but don’t let that put you off if you have a young family as there is plenty for them to do too.

Typhoon Lagoon

We started our day off in the Typhoon Lagoon Surf pool, which is the largest surf pool in North America and I needn’t of worried about the way I looked as there are people of all shapes and sizes and everyone is far to intent on having fun.

Typhoon Lagoon

The pool is set out like a large beach, with loungers on the sand where you can relax and soak up the sun. There is a thunderous sonic boom noise before they release a 6ft wave. Brave and experienced swimmers like Hubby and Isaac went in deep to catch the full force of the wave, whereas Sebby, Eliza and I stayed in the shallows and enjoyed the wave coming into shore.

Typhoon Lagoon

We played in there for some time before trying out some of the other attractions in the park.

Castaway Creek was a firm favourite with all of us as you take a tube and join the flowing river at any of the 5 landings along the 2,000-foot-long route.

Typhoon Lagoon

For little ones you can grab a rubber ring with a base, or hop into a double one or just float on a single ring along the continuous, flowing river that winds its way around all of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

Typhoon Lagoon

Safety is key at the water park and I have never seen so many lifeguards on patrol which really reassured me. We did have an incident on Miss Adventure Falls, which is a raft ride. You head up a long conveyor belt onboard a raft which holds 4 people to a large winding water chute. Isaac lost his nerve at the top and bolted out of it, so they hit the emergency stop button and had to talk him down. It was a scary moment but I am so grateful to the staff for looking after him and Eliza who then refused to ride too.

Typhoon Lagoon

Sebby on the other hand loved it so much that he insisted that Daddy take him on it again and again!

Typhoon Lagoon

Hubby is an adrenalin junkie and was keen to try out some of the more extreme rides at the park, so I took the kids to Ketchakiddie Creek, which has 10 different aquatic activities just for preschoolers and younger children.

Typhoon Lagoon

With scaled-down slides that give little kids big-kid-style thrills, interactive shallow areas with whimsical sculptures like snapping crocodiles and squirting seals and elephants inspire imaginative play.

Typhoon Lagoon

Isaac and Eliza loved the mini inner-tube rapids ride and went round and round again and again.

Typhoon Lagoon

They also enjoyed racing down the water chutes.

Typhoon Lagoon

In the meantime, Hubby was off racing down slides such as Crush ‘n’ Gusher, Gangplank Falls, Humunga Kowabunga and Mayday Falls.

Typhoon Lagoon

A visit to one of the water parks is the perfect antidote to the theme parks as, although it is busy, it has a very relaxed atmosphere and we didn’t queue for more than 10 minutes for any of the fast slides.

Typhoon Lagoon

We spent a good six hours enjoying the water before heading back to the hotel. We then changed and headed back to the Magic Kingdom to watch the evening fireworks.

Disclaimer:This post is in partnership with Walt Disney World and Mumsnet. I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity and all opinions here are my own. 

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Epcot

Can Walt Disney World keep everyone happy? – Epcot

If there is one thing that Walt Disney World is, it is fun for ALL the family. Walt Disney World is a champion of family time with four theme parks and two water parks, each with unique theming and attractions, plus dining shopping and entertainment experiences, there really is something for everyone at Walt Disney World and I have already shared my thoughts on Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Epcot Epcot is the park I was most intrigued to visit as it was the one I knew the least about, other than its iconic ball-shaped structure. Epcot consists of two distinct parts, Future …

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