Vacations by Kelly

Vacations by Kelly

a proud affiliate of Academy Travel and MickeyVacations.com Specializing in Disney Destinations: Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruises, Aulani Resort in Hawaii, and Adventures by Disney around the world!

Whatever your ideal vacation may be, let's make it a REALITY! Non-Disney vacation planning services also available!

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Timeline Photos 31/12/2021

When I was growing up, my dad would cook the same meal for he and my mom every New Year's Eve: French onion soup and lobster.

Dad gives the French onion soup from Be Our Guest a thumbs up - that's high praise!!

#DisneyDining #FoodieFriday

When I was growing up, my dad would cook the same meal for he and my mom every New Year's Eve: French onion soup and lobster.

Dad gives the French onion soup from Be Our Guest a thumbs up - that's high praise!!

#DisneyDining #FoodieFriday

Timeline Photos 24/12/2021

I hope you are all finding a way to "VIER" (celebrate, in Afrikaans) with your family this holiday.

Pictured: Dessert from Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Pineapple ice cream with fresh fruit 😋

#DisneyDining #FoodieFriday

I hope you are all finding a way to "VIER" (celebrate, in Afrikaans) with your family this holiday.

Pictured: Dessert from Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Pineapple ice cream with fresh fruit 😋

#DisneyDining #FoodieFriday

Timeline Photos 17/12/2021

Every Disney podcast I listened to in the months leading up to my trip talked about the "Tot"chos from Woody's Lunchbox in Hollywood Studios. Tots and nachos are basically my favorite food groups so this instantly shot to the top of my list!

I recommend taking advantage of the mobile ordering as it gets pretty busy in Toy Story Land around lunchtime. Heads up: seating is first come first serve, so I'd suggest having one person wait in line to pick up the food and another person scout for a table!

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

Every Disney podcast I listened to in the months leading up to my trip talked about the "Tot"chos from Woody's Lunchbox in Hollywood Studios. Tots and nachos are basically my favorite food groups so this instantly shot to the top of my list!

I recommend taking advantage of the mobile ordering as it gets pretty busy in Toy Story Land around lunchtime. Heads up: seating is first come first serve, so I'd suggest having one person wait in line to pick up the food and another person scout for a table!

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

10/12/2021

I didn't find the food at Biergarten to be anything to write home about. HOWEVER - I will emphatically recommend it to my clients in the future because the atmosphere was SO FUN! We loved the live entertainment of the polka band - they were very talented but also just adorable!!

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

Timeline Photos 08/12/2021

How about a little Walt fix on this Wednesday afternoon?

Disney's new Riviera Resort has some really neat photos of Walt and Lillian Disney - some that I'd never seen before. If you're a Disney history nut like me, I encourage you to explore the resort next time you dine at Topolino's Terrace!

How about a little Walt fix on this Wednesday afternoon?

Disney's new Riviera Resort has some really neat photos of Walt and Lillian Disney - some that I'd never seen before. If you're a Disney history nut like me, I encourage you to explore the resort next time you dine at Topolino's Terrace!

Timeline Photos 06/12/2021

Did I wear my ears everywhere? Yessir, I did.

Did I feel silly? Not even for a moment.

Did I wear my ears everywhere? Yessir, I did.

Did I feel silly? Not even for a moment.

Timeline Photos 03/12/2021

Dreaming of that warm Florida sun today! Nothing quite like a Mickey pretzel (with that bright yellow cheese for dipping!) by the pool. How many days until your next trip to WDW? 🥨

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

Dreaming of that warm Florida sun today! Nothing quite like a Mickey pretzel (with that bright yellow cheese for dipping!) by the pool. How many days until your next trip to WDW? 🥨

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

Timeline Photos 01/12/2021

Dreaming of a tropical getaway as winter creeps closer? How about an escape to Los Cabos?

📸: Montage Los Cabos

Dreaming of a tropical getaway as winter creeps closer? How about an escape to Los Cabos?

📸: Montage Los Cabos

Timeline Photos 29/11/2021

When was the last time you got to visit Gertie?

When was the last time you got to visit Gertie?

Timeline Photos 26/11/2021

It is without shame that I tell you we ventured over to Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner solely for their famous "Indian-Style Bread Service" appetizer. And I'm here to say - we were NOT disappointed!

We were served five different types of naan and NINE different dipping sauces. This is my love language. 🤤

We also got to see a zebra and a giraffe just casually wandering around outside the window while we dined. Such a cool experience - well worth the trek!

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

It is without shame that I tell you we ventured over to Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner solely for their famous "Indian-Style Bread Service" appetizer. And I'm here to say - we were NOT disappointed!

We were served five different types of naan and NINE different dipping sauces. This is my love language. 🤤

We also got to see a zebra and a giraffe just casually wandering around outside the window while we dined. Such a cool experience - well worth the trek!

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

Timeline Photos 25/11/2021

Today, I'm so thankful for each and every one of my clients - past, present, and future! Thank you for supporting me on this journey and for trusting me with your vacation plans!

Today, I'm so thankful for each and every one of my clients - past, present, and future! Thank you for supporting me on this journey and for trusting me with your vacation plans!

Freestyle Cruising 24/11/2021

Freestyle Cruising

I know I've been sharing a lot (okay okay, A WHOLE LOT) of Disney content lately. But don't forget - if Disney isn't your cup of tea, I can help plan your non-Disney travel as well! Is the great wide sea calling you? Let's talk cruising!

Freestyle Cruising When you sail with Norwegian Cruise Line, you are cruising on the most innovative and accommodating fleet on the high seas. NCL’s award-winning fleet was built for Freestyle, designed to give you freedom and flexibility. Choose your ship, choose your destination and step on board for the perfect v...

'Fantasmic', 'World of Color' and 'Electrical Parade' Returning in 2022! | The Kingdom Insider 23/11/2021

'Fantasmic', 'World of Color' and 'Electrical Parade' Returning in 2022! | The Kingdom Insider

YAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS

'Fantasmic', 'World of Color' and 'Electrical Parade' Returning in 2022! | The Kingdom Insider Hold the phone, hold the phone Insiders! I’m shaking in excitement I can hardly believe the news! Fans have been waiting for what feels like an extremely long time and I can’t believe the news has finally been announced! I’m pleased to report that “World of Color”, “Fantasmic” (returni...

22/11/2021

The 220-mile lift ride up to the Space 220 Restaurant is such an awesome touch. Seeing Epcot and the ground below get smaller and smaller as the space station above comes into view - it really sets the tone for the dining experience on which you're about to embark!

Timeline Photos 19/11/2021

The theme for me on this trip was to try NEW things and if you can believe it - Dole Whips were at the top of my list. What kind of Disney fan has never had a Dole Whip? THIS GAL!

So I paid my first visit to Aloha Isle by the Enchanted Tiki (Tiki-Tiki-Tiki-Tiki) Room. I went with the Raspberry Dole Whip and Will went with the "Showtime with Jose" (Mango and Vanilla Soft-serve swirl over Pineapple Juice served with a Blue Chocolate Feather). Both were the perfect sweet snack!

Do you prefer the floats or are you a Dole Whip traditionalist?

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

The theme for me on this trip was to try NEW things and if you can believe it - Dole Whips were at the top of my list. What kind of Disney fan has never had a Dole Whip? THIS GAL!

So I paid my first visit to Aloha Isle by the Enchanted Tiki (Tiki-Tiki-Tiki-Tiki) Room. I went with the Raspberry Dole Whip and Will went with the "Showtime with Jose" (Mango and Vanilla Soft-serve swirl over Pineapple Juice served with a Blue Chocolate Feather). Both were the perfect sweet snack!

Do you prefer the floats or are you a Dole Whip traditionalist?

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

Timeline Photos 17/11/2021

In celebration of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, fifty golden statues (the "Fab 50") are sprinkled throughout each of the resort's four theme parks! Did your favorite character make the cut?

In celebration of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, fifty golden statues (the "Fab 50") are sprinkled throughout each of the resort's four theme parks! Did your favorite character make the cut?

Timeline Photos 15/11/2021

I take for granted that I get to live here, where we have such distinct and beautiful seasons. What's your favorite season to enjoy in New England? 🍂

📸: Ali Dee Photography

I take for granted that I get to live here, where we have such distinct and beautiful seasons. What's your favorite season to enjoy in New England? 🍂

📸: Ali Dee Photography

Timeline Photos 12/11/2021

Allow me to introduce to you: The Widowmaker. My husband was so excited about the tiramisu from Tutto Italia but that thick top layer of cocoa powder sent him into a coughing fit that I really thought was going to end it all.

But that didn't stop him from going back to it again and again! The rest of our table was in TEARS laughing every time he'd take a bite.

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

Allow me to introduce to you: The Widowmaker. My husband was so excited about the tiramisu from Tutto Italia but that thick top layer of cocoa powder sent him into a coughing fit that I really thought was going to end it all.

But that didn't stop him from going back to it again and again! The rest of our table was in TEARS laughing every time he'd take a bite.

#FoodieFriday #DisneyDining

10/11/2021

When you ride the Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios, you get to pick the soundtrack.

I went with "Devil Went Down to Georgia" - which song would you pick for your ride?

Timeline Photos 08/11/2021

When the pandemic hit and Disney had to close their parks, cast members found their own ways to keep the magic alive. If you're like me, and have been a fan of Jellyrolls (the dueling piano bar at the Boardwalk), Scott Kilwein's live streams were probably a regular part of your quarantine life. It was so nice to see him back HOME where he belongs!

Jellyrolls officially reopened on the Boardwalk on October 15, 2021. Photo taken: October 24, 2021. 🎹🎶

When the pandemic hit and Disney had to close their parks, cast members found their own ways to keep the magic alive. If you're like me, and have been a fan of Jellyrolls (the dueling piano bar at the Boardwalk), Scott Kilwein's live streams were probably a regular part of your quarantine life. It was so nice to see him back HOME where he belongs!

Jellyrolls officially reopened on the Boardwalk on October 15, 2021. Photo taken: October 24, 2021. 🎹🎶

Timeline Photos 05/11/2021

Is there any better way to start a day than with a Mickey (and Minnie!) waffle?? I attest there is NOT.

I'll be sharing lotssss of food pictures from my recent visit to WDW in the coming weeks. Make sure you're following along for #FoodieFriday! (Likewise, make sure you're following @vacationsby_kelly on IG for my #ThirstyThursday series!)

What's your favorite breakfast at WDW?

Is there any better way to start a day than with a Mickey (and Minnie!) waffle?? I attest there is NOT.

I'll be sharing lotssss of food pictures from my recent visit to WDW in the coming weeks. Make sure you're following along for #FoodieFriday! (Likewise, make sure you're following @vacationsby_kelly on IG for my #ThirstyThursday series!)

What's your favorite breakfast at WDW?

Timeline Photos 03/11/2021

It's been a full week since I've returned (begrudgingly) back to reality. And like any Disney addict, I'm already craving my next fix. I really made a conscious effort to stay off my phone during this trip. I didn't want to feel pressured to constantly post and check in and keep up with comments while I was supposed to be enjoying the time with my family. But now that I'm home and missing Disney, all bets are off! Be sure to follow along here on FB and over on Instagram @vacationsby_kelly for all the best moments from my trip!

It's been a full week since I've returned (begrudgingly) back to reality. And like any Disney addict, I'm already craving my next fix. I really made a conscious effort to stay off my phone during this trip. I didn't want to feel pressured to constantly post and check in and keep up with comments while I was supposed to be enjoying the time with my family. But now that I'm home and missing Disney, all bets are off! Be sure to follow along here on FB and over on Instagram @vacationsby_kelly for all the best moments from my trip!

Timeline Photos 12/10/2021

I've got all the details on the new Disney Genie service coming to WDW and Disneyland next week. Happy to answer any questions you may have! I've also put together a handy reference guide to help get you acquainted with the new features: https://www.hadtobethere.net/blog/disney-genie/

I've got all the details on the new Disney Genie service coming to WDW and Disneyland next week. Happy to answer any questions you may have! I've also put together a handy reference guide to help get you acquainted with the new features: https://www.hadtobethere.net/blog/disney-genie/

Timeline Photos 09/10/2021

Destination Spotlight: Hawaii⁠

Kaanapali is on the island of Maui 🏝️ and its beaches are world-famous and certainly bucketlist-worthy! I mean, c'mon - that view??

Have I mentioned lately that I'm a Hawaii Destinations specialist? 💁🏻

Destination Spotlight: Hawaii⁠

Kaanapali is on the island of Maui 🏝️ and its beaches are world-famous and certainly bucketlist-worthy! I mean, c'mon - that view??

Have I mentioned lately that I'm a Hawaii Destinations specialist? 💁🏻

Timeline Photos 08/10/2021

Let's talk about the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser. This is a brand new completely immersive experience unlike anything you've ever seen. Guests will spend 2 nights in a Star Wars themed resort and be an integral part of an exciting adventure.

If you are an Annual Pass holder or DVC member, you have a special early booking window RIGHT NOW - but it ends TOMORROW (10/9) so don't drag your feet on this. There are only 150 rooms on the Starcruiser so they are expected to fill up FAST! Disney Visa cardholders will have a few days next week (10/12-10/16) for early booking before they open reservations to the general public on 10/28.

BUT GUESS WHAT! As a Diamond level Earmarked agency, Academy Travel agents (LIKE MYSELF) will be able to start bookings for the general public two full days earlier! So contact me today for all the details!!

Let's talk about the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser. This is a brand new completely immersive experience unlike anything you've ever seen. Guests will spend 2 nights in a Star Wars themed resort and be an integral part of an exciting adventure.

If you are an Annual Pass holder or DVC member, you have a special early booking window RIGHT NOW - but it ends TOMORROW (10/9) so don't drag your feet on this. There are only 150 rooms on the Starcruiser so they are expected to fill up FAST! Disney Visa cardholders will have a few days next week (10/12-10/16) for early booking before they open reservations to the general public on 10/28.

BUT GUESS WHAT! As a Diamond level Earmarked agency, Academy Travel agents (LIKE MYSELF) will be able to start bookings for the general public two full days earlier! So contact me today for all the details!!

First Look - First Sculptures In Disney Fab 50 Character Collection Unveiled | Magic Kingdom Park 07/10/2021

First Look - First Sculptures In Disney Fab 50 Character Collection Unveiled | Magic Kingdom Park

There is SO much news coming out of Walt Disney World lately - just in time for the 50th anniversary celebration (which is going on NOW)!! Disney's Genie+ service will be dropping any day now, new MagicBand+ coming in 2022, new nighttime spectaculars in the theme parks, Cinderella Castle's EARidescent makeover, and so much more.

I'm loving the Fab 50 golden statues that have popped up in each theme park! Which one is your favorite? Are there any you feel don't belong? Or any characters you feel were snubbed??

First Look - First Sculptures In Disney Fab 50 Character Collection Unveiled | Magic Kingdom Park The first Disney Fab 50 sculptures are in their place to share in the festivities of the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort. Y...

05/10/2021

Happy National Rhode Island Day!

Rhode Island may be small, but it packs a cultural and scenic punch. Within Rhode Island's borders is one of the largest concentrations of historic landmarks in the nation, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, miles of pristine coastline and some of the most acclaimed dining establishments in the country.

Providence is never more than a 30-minute drive from anywhere in the state — from the beaches of Narragansett to the City-by-the-Sea, Newport, to the farms and bucolic beauty of Northwestern Rhode Island.

Timeline Photos 01/10/2021

On THIS very day 50 years ago, the Walt Disney World Resort officially opened. WDW on October 1, 1971 included Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Happy anniversary, Walt Disney World! 🥳

On THIS very day 50 years ago, the Walt Disney World Resort officially opened. WDW on October 1, 1971 included Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Happy anniversary, Walt Disney World! 🥳

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I have been helping to plan my friends’ vacations for years and finally decided to take the plunge and become an independent travel consultant. I have been so lucky to find an incredible host agency in Academy Travel (MickeyVacations.com) whose support I am forever grateful for. I specializing in Disney Destinations: Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruises, Aulani Resort in Hawaii, and Adventures by Disney around the world. I’m also available to book your trip to any non-Disney Destination as well. So, whatever your ideal vacation may be, let's make it a REALITY!

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