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WILD AFRICA TREK

WILD AFRICA TREK

This year, my boyfriend, Brandon, gave me the best gift for my birthday and took me on the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom! This has been on my bucket list for awhile and I am so glad that we finally made it happen!

Going into the trek, I had some pretty high expectations since I have been daydreaming of it for so long. However, I am pleased to report that it did NOT disappoint. Especially, for such an animal lover like myself.

It was even more special because not only was the weather lovely, but it turned out that Brandon and I were the only two guests on our tour! Needless to say, we had the ultimate VIP experience. 

Brandon & I with our amazing tour guides!

Brandon & I with our amazing tour guides!

Disclaimer: The Wild Africa Trek is a 3 hour tour that takes place in Animal Kingdom. It is an additional purchase separate from standard park admission. You can learn more about pricing & availability here.

WHAT I WORE

Top: Tan Cotton Tee

Bottom: Athletic Leggings

Shoes: Nike Running Shoes

I accessorized with a hat from Forever 21, a cheetah neckerchief, and some of my favorite safari inspired pins! 

Everything that you take on the tour must be attached to you. They provide complimentary sunglass straps for you once you arrive!

The trek starts with a stroll through the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. The tour guides provide a plethora of interesting facts about the animals seen along the way. 

After a short little walk through the trails, we took a secret pathway to the next adventure...hanging out with hungry hippos! 

Did you know that hippopotamuses are related to dolphins?! Thats one of the many fun facts that our tour guides shared!

Up next, it was time to reach new heights...literally.

Walking along this jungle suspension bridge was quite an incredible experience. It was so neat to experience the safari from a whole new perspective. I have enjoyed the Killamanjaro Safari countless of times, so it was especially exciting to be on this bridge while safari trucks drove by under us. 

It was also extremely exhilarating to walk over crocodiles while they were sleeping and relaxing by the water. Did you know they only eat once a week?! Since they send most of their days laying in the sun, they don't work up much of an appetite. What a life!

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After having some close encounters with some crocodiles, it was time to take a ride to the Savannah. Although I enjoyed every aspect of the Wild Africa Trek, the moments spent relaxing and overlooking the Savannah is my favorite memory. 

It is obvious to see that my time spent on the Wild Africa Trek was priceless to me. Asante sana (thank you in Swahili) to the tour guides and conservationists who work daily to protect this beautiful world & incredible creatures who inhabit it! 

EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

I look forward to the Epcot Food & Wine festival every year and this year's lineup of yummy eats did not disappoint! 

From Ireland's Chocolate Pudding to Morocco's Spicy Hummus Fries, my taste buds were soaring to happy places all over the world.

Since I am not of age to enjoy an acoholic beverage yet, The Food & Wine Festival is mostly just the Food Festival for me. But there is no need to complain because there is plenty of delicious food options to indulge in.

Here are some photographs of my favorite festival dishes:

GREENHOUSE GURU || Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic, Vinegar and Micro-Basil

GREENHOUSE GURU || Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic, Vinegar and Micro-Basil

MOROCCO || Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce

MOROCCO || Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce

CANADA || Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll

CANADA || Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll

CHOCOLATE STUDIO || Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel

CHOCOLATE STUDIO || Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel

What is YOUR favorite Food & Wine Festival dish or drink?! Keep living out your dreams!

CELEBRATE #NationalCoffeeDay AT DISNEY

CELEBRATE #NationalCoffeeDay AT DISNEY

Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine this. You're strolling down Main Street USA and the Dapper Dans are serenading you with every step. You smell the sweet aroma of sugar coming from The Confectionary and then you catch a whiff of some freshly brewed...COFFEE! Instantly, you have been taken to a magical coffee lovers heaven and grab your favorite caffeinated drink to fuel your day in the parks. 

Although this may not be your reality on #NationalCoffeeDay, I hope you brew up some of your own magic at home. Here are some of my personal favorite places to grab some coffee in the parks:

1. Snag some Starbucks on Main Street USA then head over to the Train Station to enjoy the most beautiful view of the castle while you sip on your coffee. 

2. Pick up a drink from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie at the France Pavilion in Epcot and then find a vacant bench or table at the pavilion to admire the Parisian atmosphere. 

3. Take a break from all the shopping at Disney Springs and relax by the outdoor fire place at one of the most beautiful Starbucks I have ever visited.

4. Snag a cup of freshly brewed coffee from Starbucks on Main Street then head to Jolly Holiday to sit at a pretty yellow table to enjoy it.

5. Grab a latte at your favorite resort then find a cozy little spot in the lobby to unwind and enjoy it.

TIP! If you happen to be in the Disney Parks today, make sure you stop by Joffrey's to get a hot (16 oz) or iced (24 oz) cup of coffee for just $1.00 to join in the coffee lovers celebration!

What's your favorite coffee drink? Keep living out your dreams!

MICKEY'S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

MICKEY'S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

The pumpkins are glowing and the autumn leaves are showing that Halloween time has come to stay. What better way to celebrate than with Mickey and The Sanderson Sisters? I attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the beginning of September and I have been smiling about it ever since.

I attended the party with a few friends who, like me, were very excited to dress up for the event. My friend Robbie dressed up as Duffy, Katie dressed up as ShellieMay, and I dressed up as Gelatoni. If you aren't familiar with Gelatoni, he is BFF's with Duffy and is popular over in Japan/DisneySea. Gelatoni entered Duffy's life when Duff & Mickey were strolling through Italy while on a spring voyage with Minnie and ShellieMay. Duffy was snacking on some gelato when he suddenly dropped it on the ground. In the midst of his disappointment, Gelatoni walked up and introduced himself and then proceeded to grab his tail and start painting with the fallen gelato and they were best friends ever since. How cute is that?!  

Since the character I decided to dress up as is not an obvious choice, many people didn't know who I was. With that being said, it was a million times more exiting when someone did recognize me. We even ran into two ladies who were visiting from Japan and one of them was even carrying a little stuffed Gelatoni with her. Needless to say, we were extremely excited when we ran into each other. It's little magical moments like that that made my night at MNSSHP so special!

Since my friends and I are lucky enough to be able to visit the parks quite frequently, we decided that we did not want to make riding rides our biggest priority. Instead, our main focus was to indulge in the entertainment and special characters. We watched the Hocus Pocus stage show and the Boo to You parade twice. We also danced the night away at the Monsters Inc Dance Party and of course we watched Hallo-Wishes. The entertainment blew me away and was definitely the highlight of the party for me. 

Here are some of my best tips for having a successful party night:

1. Take a nap before and fuel up on coffee so you'll be energized enough to spend the whole night parting like theres no tomorrow! The party starts at 7:00 PM, however, you can enter as early as 4:00 PM and then lasts until midnight.

2. If trick or treating isn't necessarily your biggest priority, I would save it until the last 15 minutes of the party. That way, there will be shorter lines (if any at all), and you won't have to carry a 5 lb bag of candy all night.

3. Dress up! Crafting up a fun little outfit to wear to the party will definitely enhance your experience. Characters will notice you and it will get you into the Halloween spirit even more.

4. Although I suggest to watch both viewings of the Boo to You parade since it is that good, if you only have time for one, the second showing tends to have less of a crowd so your chances of snagging a better spot will increase.

5. Perk up your ears right at 7:00 PM when the party starts. You will hear a spooky voice projected all throughout the kingdom that will certainly get you excited for the thrilling adventure ahead. 

Will you be attending MNSSHP this year? If so, what are you looking forward to the most?!