My husband and I FINALLY got to travel after a year of cancelled trips and when you need a little joy in your life, where else do you go other than DISNEY WORLD?
We had an incredible time, even with the COVID precautions and so we wanted to bring you our thoughts and recommendations to keep in mind if you’re considering a Disney trip!
COVID Precautions you Need to Know
Ben and I picked Disney because we wanted to go somewhere that had consistent rules surrounding the pandemic and was predictable in what would be open. That consistency was one of the most incredible parts of our trip. Disney goes above and beyond to keep you safe. Since we’re both school teachers, we are both fully vaccinated, but we really appreciated the lengths Disney went to, to keep the parks safe.
To that point, you do have to wear your mask the ENTIRE time you are in the park. If you take it off to eat, you must be seated in a designated area where they can ensure you are properly distanced. The ride lines are also distanced so they look really long - but actually they’re shorter than normal in wait time, just longer in distance due to spacing. Finally, there are currently no fast passes - but we didn’t find that to be a hindrance to our experience because park capacity is capped at just over 30% and there were just less people in the park driving up wait time.
The COVID related safety measures in Disney are thorough but not annoying, in our opinion. We really can’t think of a better place to be in this weirdo pandemic world.
Where to Stay!
We were lucky enough to be hosted by the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Spring Resort Area and we are wholeheartedly recommending this incredible resort. The resort is WALKING DISTANCE from Disney Springs and less than half the cost of some other options in the area. It was seriously stunning - and though they do charge a small resort fee - the luxury experience more than paid for that fee AND we still came in significantly under budget.
It was a total treat to be greeted by R2D2 as soon as we got to our hotel and the pool area was unbelievable. The staff was also over-the-top accommodating and the rooms were massive, clean, and just the perfect place to get off our Disney feet after a LOT of walking.
I also cannot stress enough how convenient it was to not only be walking distance to all the fun at Disney Springs but ALSO have restaurants on the resort itself.
I consider this a total hack. If you’re trying to stay at Disney AND stay in a reasonable budget. This resort is for you. We’ll be returning here again and again.
Click here to check out the resort! And click here to check out my Instagram Reel all about this hotel!
We spent time at Disney Springs, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom while we were there so here are a few of the tips and tricks that served us best during our stay!
Since our hotel was walking distance from Disney Springs, we spent a ton of time there! We literally went straight from the parks to Disney Springs every night and we had an INCREDIBLE time there. It honestly shocks me that people don’t talk about it more! Here’s what you can’t miss:
Epcot was a TOTAL dream and you better believe we drank our way around the world! We had the luck to be there during the Flower and Garden Festival so we had an even more over the top incredible time!
Here’s our tips for EPCOT:
Hollywood Studios was mostly new to us since we hadn’t visited for several years so we spent the entire day just having our minds blown in various ways. The day is PACKED full of incredible experiences, but here are 3 we feel you really must not miss.
Check our our Hollywood Studios mini-vlog here!
Animal Kingdom was our very favorite day of the trip. We had amazing weather and the whole day felt calm but fun and we truly loved every minute. Here are our top 3!
Check out our Animal Kingdom mini-vlog here and thanks SO MUCH for reading our Disney tips!
And one more HUGE thanks to The Wyndham for hosting us during our stay! Don’t forget to check them out here when you start planning YOUR trip!
Spring is just around the corner!! Here are five things I think might help or just spark a little extra joy this spring season. Let me know in the comments if you have an idea to add!
1. Spring Bundle
2. How to Blow up on TpT Video Series
3. Body Percussion Video for Black History Month
4. Among Us Coding Activity
5. New Freebies!
It’s JANUARY! You have to be kidding me. Remember when all the crazy virtual learning thing started in March and we are all sure it would be over in a few weeks? I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told me we would still be stumbling through hybrid and virtual learning in the New Year but here we are.
I’m determined to approach this year with my chin up. I’m determined to find the good. SO. Let’s look at some winter activities for the music room that are going to bring us some joy in these cold months!
1. Bulletin Board REFRESH!
I recently redid my FOUR bulletin boards after a LONG stretch of procrastination and….it has been SO life giving. I used this set from Ashley Makenzie and made this set myself and I’m literally so happy with how it all is turning out! If you need some joy (and ahem, a good background for insta stories) take the time to change up those bulletin boards!
2. BOOM Cards!
Oh my gosh. How would we do virtual learning without Boom Cards! These are a lifesaver! So easy, fun for the kids, and simple to make too! I’ll link my Boom Card bundle here but there also lots of fun FREE Boom Cards on the website that could get you started.
3. Becca's Matching Game
You can literally NEVER go wrong with one of Becca’s matching games and these two in particular are ADORABLE and perfect for if you have kids in person in a hybrid or all-in model. Check it out here and here!
4. Winter Village Winter Game
This precious Google Slide resource is super easy to link to your online courses but is also just so gorgeous on your SmartBoard! I think you’ll love the way this looks in your room as much as your kids love playing it! Click here to check it out and if you want to see all my winter resources, check out my winter resources bundle to get them all at once!
5. Color-by-Note Freebie
I struggle so much sometimes with getting a good old fashioned paper and pencil activity! With that in mind, I made this resource that will literally work for any grade, can be linked in our courses or used in person, and because I love ya - it’s free! Click over the freebie page to download your copy!
Happy Winter sweet friends. Keep your chin up. We’re going to make it.
Can you even BELIEVE that 2021 is here?! This year has been a DOOZY for sure so I can’t say I’m sad to see 2020 go. BUT! One of my favorite times of the year are those first few days when I can rest and plan and dream for the year ahead. 2021 is a little bit different because I’m planning for my music teacher life, my mama life, and now, for my business life!
I was looking allll over the place for a good TpT seller’s planner and honestly, nothing was was exactly what I needed. Soooo I made one! I am seriously so proud of this planner. It is exactly what I wanted it to be and I’m just overjoyed to be planning with it.
I know you probably want a flip through, so you can either watch the video below or hop over to my Instagram page (@joyfulnoiseteaching) to check out the story highlight with even more detail.
Then when you’re done checking out all that is inside of this planner, I wanted to let you guys try it out for yourselves!
Here is a little sample of two of my favorite pages from the planner! They can be printed to use in hard copy or used in Goodnotes 5 or Noteability on your iPad. If you guys need a tutorial about how to use your iPad for digital planning - comment below or shoot me a message and I’ll put one together for you!
Happy planning friends! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome! I'm a wife, mama-to-be, foster mom, fourth year music teacher, and Jesus follower, and am chronically curious about just about everything. Join me as I explore the calling God has for my family's story.
"I am the Vine, you are the Branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."