Legoland NY June 2021 HOT TIP

Legoland NY is now open to everyone but by reservations only which you can access online through their website. Legoland NY officially opens to the public I believe June 4th or June 5th.

All but 2 rides are open at Legoland NY!

It is absolutely amazing – *but be sure to pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, a sun umbrella, neck fans. spray bottle and lots of drinking water because there is no shade to be seen and it is hot! Even waiting online for the very popular Ninjago Ride was outside in the blazing sun for about 30 min. Needless to say we were all sunburned and very overheated (since I forgot to pack sunscreen).

Hopefully the long lines will calm down as they iron out their kinks but until they do definitely prepare!

For some pictures and video previews check my Instagram account at FamilyPixieDust429 and check back regularly on my YouTube Channel for a tour at Family Pixie Dust https://youtu.be/N_QAFau-jKw

https://www.youtube.com/user/vbraga429/videos

Why Disney World is NOT Your Typical Theme Park Experience:

Luxury

Oh NO – Disney is not just about rides! You have your offerings from Deluxe Resort Accommodations that offer spa treatments along with upscale dining options not found in typical theme parks; as well as dinner shows and more – during normal non-Covid times. Disney World is not just about just riding rides – it encompasses a cluster of full blown experiences to fulfill all your senses. You can take a full Disney World Vacation WITHOUT EVEN HITTING UP THE PARKS if you didn’t want to. In fact, a lot of adult-only vacationers spend the majority of their time at the resorts. Even vacationers with children like to make sure they include a lot of resort time. All Disney deluxe resort accommodations offer several restaurants, pool side grills and bars as well as inside lounges located on premises, where some Deluxe Resorts will offer you alternate modes of transportation like the monorail, skyliner or boat to the parks. Disney’s Moderate Resort accommodations will offer you a restaurant, possibly 1 or 2 lounges and always pool side bars; Caribbean Beach now offers the skyliner and Port Orleans French Resort has always had a river boat to Disney Springs as well as busing to the parks. Value Resort accommodations will offer a quick service cafeteria located inside, with outside pool bars; Art of Animation and Pop Century now offer the skyliner and busing.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Fact: A $120 bottle of water? Yes… The restaurant Victoria and Alberts, a AAA five diamond star restaurant located inside the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa sell a $120 bottle of water that contains water from a 15,000 year old glacier water from icebergs located in the remote polar region of the North Pole.

Interested in night life? Disney Springs has it all plus more. Disney Springs’ endless choice of restaurants will keep you full with countless shopping options to keep you busy all week long. Ever been in a car that doubles as a boat and drives right into the water? Springs has it! Want to take a ride in a hot air balloon? Springs has it! Rumor has it that Cirque du Soleil will be returning some time in Fall 2021.

Disney Springs at night

Sights

Oh my goodness, 🤩 everywhere you turn is a sight to be seen when you are walking around Walt Disney World! Each resort is unique themed to the extreme from the ground up with some outstanding architectural work. Whether you want to feel as though you are staying in Africa at the Savanah watching zebras and giraffes from your room’s balcony, or, maybe you want to feel like you’re in the middle of the wilderness or maybe the Caribbean, perhaps the Big Easy, to your choice of modern, or Hawaiian, to the most luxurious Victorian style elegance.

Take a tour of Disney World’s most themed resorts. Inside the parks you are encompassed with beautiful grounds, gardens, flowers, decorative architectural theming and magical sights to be seen everywhere you look.

Smells

Disney World has iconic scents and smells. Yes SMELLS.. Smells so divine! Each theme park, guest shop, resort lobbies and even RIDES and attractions have their very own unique smells. Disney World fragrances do something to your mind where you associate each smell with a memory and excitement. These smells are so wonderful that people actually buy them to smell while at home, from candles to hand sanitizers and now essential oils!

Disney even has their own line of bath products such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions and body butter. You can purchase them in the Disney Resort Gift Shops and online at ShopDisney.com.

Experiences

These just aren’t JUST rides – they are full blown experiences and shows to blow your mind! Some are shows mixed into rides! Even just talking to some of the Cast Members can make an experience. Having a boat ride back from your resort to Magic Kingdom is an experience in itself – or maybe taking the friendship boat from Yacht and Beach Club to Hollywood Studios! Inside of Disney World you will find attractions like no other in the world. You must see it to believe it.

Theatrical Themed Bars and Lounges

Disney Signature Cocktails. Where else are you going to find a bar that is themed to Indiana Jones or an elegant lounge that is Beauty and Beast Fairy-Tale themed? How about “a tropical paradise with tiki cocktails, good food and island ambiance”? That’s right – only in Walt Disney World!

List of exotic lounges to try (when things are back to normal past COVID times) while visiting WDW most located outside of the parks:

  • Jellyrolls
  • Trader Sams
  • The Enchanted Rose
  • California Grill Lounge
  • Top of the World Lounge
  • Dahlia Lounge
  • River Roost (Hopefully Disney hires back the amazing cabaret performer Yehaa Bob)
  • Oga’s Cantina at Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios (by reservation only available 60 days in advance)
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar – theming from the motion picture Indiana Jones

*Always check back on availability, hours, and what may be opening or closed during your stay even while visiting because things seem to be changing overnight these days!*

Disney Signature Dining

Some are theatrical themed and some have amazing entertainment. So much is cultural themed with dishes for the most adventurous pallet. Some restaurants are located inside the parks, some located at Disney Springs and some located at the Resorts. Yes – you don’t have to eat “theme park” food during your stay at all, or as little as you wish. You have plenty of choices. Maybe you want German cuisine and performers; or perhaps enjoy traditional Irish food while watching some amazing Riverdancing. There is just so much more.

Sounds

Everywhere you go inside of Disney World you are always hearing Disney-made and owned music themed uniquely to the very spot you happen to be standing in. If you are in a resort lobby – there is specific music for that. Walking into any of the parks you will hear music themed specifically to the type of park you are in. Each ride and attraction has it’s very own music that when you hear, will bring many memories for years to come. Stepping into a Disney bus – yep there will be Disney music played in there too and I am not talking about only Disney Movie Music but some music played by orchestras. The resorts even have their own unique music themed specifically to that type of resort. There is even music for Halloween and Christmas time only played during these times!

Back in 2017 Hollywood Studios had a live orchestra play Pixar music. It was simply fantastic

Disney World has customer service magic like no other!

Grand Floridian Society Orchestra

*Do you want culture and authentic architecture with cuisine to match? Try Epcot! Let’s not forget about Epcot’s Food and Wine Festivals where you can “eat and drink around the world”.

If you’re unsure about Disney World being just like any old typical theme park please know you’re mistaken and please go try it out- choose between more than 25 hotels to stay at. Do a little research before you go!

There are so many interesting and unique little hidden gems inside of Disney World that make it so unique and special.

Have anyone you’re trying to convince to visit Disney World?

Read about Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Review Here

Crucial Items/Tips For Packing To AVOID Heat Stroke While Traveling This Summer!

Let Me Help You Pack

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Makes It Tough To Attend Theme Parks, Zoos, And well, Anything That Requires Walking Or Standing In Heat and Humidity

How To Pack For A Vacation During Florida’s Heat And Humidity… or…well… Any Trip During The Summer

This post goes for just about anyone as most people have trouble when they are in extreme heat.

Our 10 year old son Nick suffers with a medical condition called POTS: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome which is a form of Dysautonomia; which is a glitch in the nervous system where the blood does not flow to the extremities properly causing easy dehydration, rapid heart rate, blood pressure hypotension or hypertension. We believe may have this due to having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – which he has a working diagnosis for. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, “EDS” is a joint connective tissue disorder causing joint hypermobility, frequent dislocations and pain. POTS seems to go hand-in-hand with EDS or possibly EDS causing the POTS? Both being a form of Dysautonomia and both still a lot of research being done on these chronic medical conditions. POTS also creates dizziness and for some people like my son Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It can cause him to have extreme pain at random times, while it may wake him from his sleep or we may be arriving to a breakfast reservation and he spends most of the time in the bathroom. Thankfully Nick has a more mild case so it will pass with a little time some people are more severe and some bedridden. Individuals that are more severe with mobility issues should consider speaking with their physician before their trip and possibly renting a scooter or wheelchair.

When you know you’re going to Florida during the summer heat, OR ANYWHERE DURING THE SUMMER you have a lot to consider. The Florida Heat and Humidity Season typically starts in the Spring and ends late fall. But this goes for really any trip planned during the summer months in any part of the U.S. that requires being outside, in the sun, and lots of walking.

August 2017

Keep in mind during the summer months, no matter where you go people are on vacation so it will most likely be crowded – especially in Disney World. Prepare yourself for lines and when we are post-Covid most likely being in crowds once again. A lot of this will come in handy for walking zoos, museums, boardwalks, nature trails and pretty much any outdoor activity during heat and humidity. For POTS patients this list is pretty much a daily necessity regardless of weather. You can never be too prepared.

Hot and sweaty at Hollywood Studios in August 2019

Your Packing Itinerary:

  • Your Salt Sticks and Medicine! First and foremost, do NOT forget your salt sticks and whatever medicine you use daily! It is a pill filled with electrolytes and salts to help your body retain water. Make sure you have your acetaminophen and ibuprofen with you for any unexpected headaches or muscle pain. Link provided for salt sticks:
  • Cooling towels – I know you’re not supposed to but I pack mine in zip log bags with ice… Disney won’t let you enter the park with ice but you can ask for a cup of ice at any quick service. **TIP** Grab a FREE cup of ice or ice water from any quick service. Chewing on ice helps cool your insides. Link provided for cooling towels:
  • Lightweight Sun Umbrella – for when you’re tired of feeling the heat of the sun on your body. Comes in handy for parades – hopefully we will see them again in 2022?! But during the summer it rains often in Florida, so these are nice to have in your backpack for an unexpected rain storm. Link provided – click link for umbrella:
This isn’t the exact sun umbrella I purchased, but looks close enough to what we use. Easy enough to put on side of backpack.
  • Electrolyte Water / Gatorade: PACK YOUR OWN – Shoprite now has a Bowl And Basket Brand which is much cheaper than Smart Water. Smart Water and Gatorade are ridiculous at any park! Hershey Park let us bring in our own drinks and snacks. Disney World always lets you bring in as much food as you want. Some parks will only tolerate one drink per person, but you could always leave a cooler in your car (If you have it with you) in the parking lot and run back to fill up.
  • Pack Snacks – Nick tends to have some hypoglycemic symptoms (along with my Type 1 Diabetic husband). It is always best to have some salty or healthy snacks packed to help boost energy levels and prohibit crankiness. This rule falls true for just about anyone!
  • Utilize Disney’s DAS (Disability Access System) – *if you or a member of your party has a disability or medical condition where they are not able to stand at long periods of time: Disney’s DAS gives you the freedom to not have to wait in long lines. Simply pick a ride that you are not able to stand in, and someone scans your Magic Band – giving you a return time to enter Fast Pass. So you are not cutting anyone, just giving you the freedom to sit if you need to until the time to return for the ride. You set this up when you arrive at any Disney Park and if you ask there is always a Cast Member with an IPAD around to help you get started.
  • Neck Fans! – we basically wear Neck Fans the entire time we are walking parks, nature trails, boardwalks, zoos etc. Especially with having to wear masks for a while…
  • Breathable Masks – this stands for itself! Just ordered some masks off of Shop Disney and we are hoping they are breathable and comfortable – but time will tell. A lot of people find that the simple blue disposable masks are the easiest to
  • Lightweight/ Breathable Hats / Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen – a sunburn will not help anyone feel well especially if you are affect by POTS or another form of Dysautonomia. I love an easy stick-for-the-face sunscreen.

Links provided for neck fans:

I just ordered these new Neck Fans – we have yet to try them but I’ll let you know how it works out!

Hands Free Portable Neck Fan – Rechargeable Mini USB Personal Fan Battery Operated – these fans are rechargable and do not seem to hold a charge for an entire day… but you can always recharge during an afternoon break. The only concern I have is I broke one side because my hair got tangled in it.
These mini neck fans are always a must-have item in my Disney travel backpack!

You would want to consider bringing along a few pair of lightweight, supportive, breathable shoes. My son enjoys his Crocs but he also likes Under Armour Sneakers with his inserts. Everyone should bring more than 1 pair of shoes especially to Disney because you never know when you will get caught in a rain shower or down pour.

August 2019

My advice is to practice walking every day before you head out on your trip. Any vacation to any theme park, or virtually anywhere is going to be a LOT of walking. Try to get yourself in shape before you venture out. Start by trying to walk a half mile, and then after a week increase to walking a full mile each day. Not only is this beneficial for your health but you will avoid any unwanted muscle pain, blisters etc. Make sure you break-in, and wear whatever shoes you plan on bringing with you to ensure that they will be the upmost comfort.

My tip for any sore feet and muscles is this Epsom salt lotion that I purchase off Amazon as well as bringing some Magnesium supplements but please check with your physician first. Magnesium can also give you the runs, so you want to check into it prior.

Epsom Salt Lotion for aches and pains.
Amazon link below:

I also believe in soaking in Epsom salts when sore so I like to purchase Dr. Teal’s bath wash off Amazon, Walmart or Harmon’s Face Values.

Dr Teals bath wash for aches and pains.
Amazon link below:

Always soak with Epsom salts and use the Muscle It cream at night – because it does make you sleepy.

HOT TIP: if you decide to shower in the morning before you start your day, especially in Disney World, try a cool shower so you start out cool and refreshed ready for the day! Just remember not to use anything that will make you sleepy and definitely as cool of a temp that your body can handle and feel good!!

When staying in Disney World on property, try to pick a resort where you do most of the walking INSIDE.

If this is not possible financially, then try to pick a preferred room so your room is closest to the bus, food and lobby. Sometimes if you pay a little more for a better resort you do most of your walking inside the air conditioning and this is very helpful. Staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge vs staying at Art of Animation during the summer months can make a huge difference and pricing is comparable. Animal Kingdom Lodge has ALL of the rooms inside, so there is no need for extra outside walking in the heat, where Art of Animation can be a LOT of extra walking outside with no shade whatsoever. This can make a huge impact on how you’re feeling. Do not misunderstand me, Art of Animation is fabulous with fantastic Disney theming but while we stayed there in August 2016 in the Cars Section we all had heat rash from the extra walking in sun with no shade. Some of our favorite resorts with indoor rooms consolidated into 1 building, (or walk INSIDE between buildings) would be the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge. Port Orleans French Quarter is an extremely small and shady resort so this resort may be fine, where Port Orleans Riverside can be a LOT of walking if you do not have a preferred room.*

Check out my YouTube Video on Packing Tips and prepare to have a chuckle

What tips do you have for traveling during the summer or in the tropics?

August 2016 – cooling towels

What are your future plans?

I would love to hear about any tips or suggestions you may have below!

New Lego Harry Potter Fawke’s, Dumbledore’s Phoenix

Mikey completed this 597 piece Lego in 1.5 hours

Thinking of going to Legoland NY? Click here for some hot tips!

Legoland NY June 2021 HOT TIP

Legoland NY is now open to everyone but by reservations only which you can access online through their website. Legoland NY officially opens to the public I believe June 4th or June 5th.

All but 2 rides are open at Legoland NY!

It is absolutely amazing – *but be sure to pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, a sun umbrella, neck fans. spray bottle and lots of drinking water because there is no shade to be seen and it is hot! Even waiting online for the very popular Ninjago Ride was outside in the blazing sun for about 30 min. Needless to say we were all sunburned and very overheated (since I forgot to pack sunscreen).

Hopefully the long lines will calm down as they iron out their kinks but until they do definitely prepare!

For some pictures and video previews check my Instagram account at FamilyPixieDust429 and check back regularly on my YouTube Channel for a tour at Family Pixie Dust https://youtu.be/N_QAFau-jKw

https://www.youtube.com/user/vbraga429/videos

Disney Igloo Backpack – New Packing Item For Theme Parks

Trying Out a New Disney Igloo Backpack

This year I found a new bag to try – an insulated Disney Igloo “Leftover bag” backpack. It has a front compartment for smaller items which I like. I always wear a Disney Fanny-pack anyway, to my keep my phone and wallet for easy use. I like this bag because it is completely insulated – so I am figuring we will keep our waters and cooling towels in there, instead of a regular backpack. It even has pockets on both sides to hold 2 drinks! I am going to give it a try this coming weekend at Legoland NY!

I decided to add some Disney magic to it and I glued some Disney patches to it – with e6000 glue. E6000 glue seems to be the popular glue everyone is using but the fact that it says it causes cancer made me nervous. So I wore gloves and glued outside. **I took wax paper to place over them and I used full baby wipes to weigh them down while they dried.

  • e6000 glue
  • gloves
  • glue outside
  • put wax paper on top of patches
  • add weight
  • let dry overnight

Link for Disney Igloo from Amazon:

https://amzn.to/3hWqrGr

I do have a lot of Disney backpacks that I use for all trips – even road trips / hiking etc. The backpacks I purchased from Disney World back in 2017 have come in great use – they have several comparments for separating and organizing with outside pockets to hold your drinks. They have been quite sturdy.

I also have a Disney Loungefly as well as a cheaper small backpack purchased at Animal Kingdom – both are small and we cannot fit very much inside. But now that my kids are getting older we do not need to carry quite as much anymore.

What are your favorite bags to travel with??? I love to hear about bags that work well.

Here is my video on how I pack for a night out on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore!

Clothing Essentials for Summer Vacation Travel

Are You Backing Up Your Smart Phone Photos?

DISCLAIMER: I am by no means responsible for anything that may happen to your photos, your iPhone or anything associated. These are my opinions and my suggestions on ways to help.

So with the news of being able to reserve a park pass for passholders only for the soft opening of Legoland NY I became really excited this morning! With thoughts of this and summer approaching, it has been a while since I backed up the photos on my iPhone and decided now is the time to save them and clear up my phone’s capacity for even more photos! I am so excited for all the photos to come this summer!! We all know how many photos we can capture while visiting WDW and I automatically get Memory Maker being an Annual Passholder! Follow me on Instagram – familypixiedust429 for our upcoming Legoland and Disney World Adventures and Content! https://www.instagram.com/familypixiedust429/?hl=en

I decided to attack this project this morning in the midst of my daily chores. I need to vacuum every day since getting a black lab/boxer puppy mix. I love her to pieces but the amount of hair is just overwhelming. I try to brush her every day – but it is just ALL over all the time – plus it is so fine it blows around so easily. Not to mention working on the laundry, folding towels, dishes, breakfast for my kids, drop off / pick-up for my younger son who went back to in-person school and his lunch etc – being at home is much harder than being at work! I should be going back to work this fall….

A few years ago I learned a hard lesson not to just save my iPhone photos to my WD External Hard Drive because I was also using it to work inside of Photoshop and I blew its brains out – losing all of my photos along with the work I created. Luckily I had some photos saved to the computer we were using at the time but I knew from then on I needed multiple places for storing my precious photos.

Google Photos

Google Photos easily automatically backs up all of your iPhone photos just by opening the app. I believe the phone needs to stay on and the app opened to save all. I just go into the phone’s settings to Display & Brightness, then change “Auto-Lock” to NEVER. Then you can create albums to organize the photos. It also lets you share as well. Don’t forget to go back in and change the auto-lock back after you are finished. You can also upload any photos saved from your computer to Google Photos as well.

Shutterfly

Although this app is a touch more difficult because it takes much longer to upload the photos – I like to have them in more than one place. To upload to Shutterfly I recommend doing this one night when going to bed. Make sure you are fully connected to the wi-fi. I would again change my iPhone’s Auto-Lock in the settings to never and then proceed into Shutterfly keeping it open. Here you can also create albums as well. This app seems to take several hours, so face your iPhone face down for the evening and let it upload from there. I also like having my pictures printed and mailed through Shutterfly as well.

WD External Hard Drive

This would be where you connect your iPhone and WD Drive to your computer. You would create files inside your WD Drive through your computer, and then access your iPhone photos (also through your computer). You highlight which photos you want to save and drag/drop to the file of your choice. I usually name the files by month and year. The problem I have been having with this method lately is that my computer loses my iPhone, or isn’t reading it correctly or does not obtain all of the photos. If anyone has any suggestions for this by all means please let me know!

Here is a link to a WD Drive on amazon – https://amzn.to/3f3tuLa

Uploading to Facebook is nice because your memories pop up – and you can make your albums viewable to you only, or specified people if you prefer. Instagram is also nice for saving photos as well.

With the thousands of pictures we are taking daily we have to make sure to keep up on saving them! I often wonder what will happen to all of the digital pictures when we are gone! AHH What a thought!

What are some ways you save your photos???

Legoland NY June 2021 HOT TIP

Legoland NY is now open to everyone but by reservations only which you can access online through their website. Legoland NY officially opens to the public I believe June 4th or June 5th.

All but 2 rides are open at Legoland NY!

It is absolutely amazing – *but be sure to pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, a sun umbrella, neck fans. spray bottle and lots of drinking water because there is no shade to be seen and it is hot! Even waiting online for the very popular Ninjago Ride was outside in the blazing sun for about 30 min. Needless to say we were all sunburned and very overheated (since I forgot to pack sunscreen).

Hopefully the long lines will calm down as they iron out their kinks but until they do definitely prepare!

For some pictures and video previews check my Instagram account at FamilyPixieDust429 and check back regularly on my YouTube Channel for a tour at Family Pixie Dust https://youtu.be/N_QAFau-jKw

https://www.youtube.com/user/vbraga429/videos

Disney Igloo Backpack – New Packing Item For Theme Parks

Trying Out a New Disney Igloo Backpack

This year I found a new bag to try – an insulated Disney Igloo “Leftover bag” backpack. It has a front compartment for smaller items which I like. I always wear a Disney Fanny-pack anyway, to my keep my phone and wallet for easy use. I like this bag because it is completely insulated – so I am figuring we will keep our waters and cooling towels in there, instead of a regular backpack. It even has pockets on both sides to hold 2 drinks! I am going to give it a try this coming weekend at Legoland NY!

I decided to add some Disney magic to it and I glued some Disney patches to it – with e6000 glue. E6000 glue seems to be the popular glue everyone is using but the fact that it says it causes cancer made me nervous. So I wore gloves and glued outside. **I took wax paper to place over them and I used full baby wipes to weigh them down while they dried.

  • e6000 glue
  • gloves
  • glue outside
  • put wax paper on top of patches
  • add weight
  • let dry overnight

Link for Disney Igloo from Amazon:

https://amzn.to/3hWqrGr

I do have a lot of Disney backpacks that I use for all trips – even road trips / hiking etc. The backpacks I purchased from Disney World back in 2017 have come in great use – they have several comparments for separating and organizing with outside pockets to hold your drinks. They have been quite sturdy.

I also have a Disney Loungefly as well as a cheaper small backpack purchased at Animal Kingdom – both are small and we cannot fit very much inside. But now that my kids are getting older we do not need to carry quite as much anymore.

What are your favorite bags to travel with??? I love to hear about bags that work well.

Here is my video on how I pack for a night out on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore!

Clothing Essentials for Summer Vacation Travel
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