Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!!!! I may no longer be wandering the Disney Parks, but the second best thing one can do is write about them, right?!
So on our latest trip to Orlando, my daughter and I scored an incredible deal at the B Resort & Spa at Disney Springs. An “Offical Walt Disney World Hotel” AND in the Deluxe Category for only $94 a night for a standard room. Booking our trip only two weeks in advance and having limited options when it came to on-site hotels, we decided to take it! I didn’t have $1,400 a night for the Four Seasons & I detest the All-Star Disney Resorts. My only options besides B Resort if I wanted Disney transportation. Say all you want about me, the All-Star resorts just aren’t bougie enough for me, plus I refuse to stay in one since that’s where all the large groups stay lol.... don’t do it to yourself if you value your sleep.
Honestly, the fact that B Resort was one of the only properties left had me a tad bit concerned. I just kept telling myself nothing can be worse than staying at an All-Star with all the super loud high school groups. Then the day came. We showed up to B Resort and I was floored!!!!
B Resort & Spa
I couldn’t believe it!!! The resort was actually GORGEOUS for the price!!! Bougie on a budget!!! My favorite types of places. The hotel was not only insta-worthy, but totally glam. The only reason I feel B Resort was one of the few properties left when it came time for me to book our trip is the fact no one has any idea what this place is!!!! We know all the Disney theme hotels. We know what the Hilton & Westin are at Disney Springs, but who has ever heard of B Resort? Not I and I lived in Orlando for years! So I’m taking it upon myself to spread the word!
The B Resort & Spa has a total modern, Miami vibe!! Super chic. Marble everywhere which made me feel super clean while roaming the premises. They even have an official Disney Store where you can buy not only merchandise, but theme park tickets so you can skip those ridiculously long lines at the theme parks. Hungry? They have a sit down restaurant and a mini grocery story with coffee, ice cream, room snacks, drinks, beer and wine! Just expect to pay an inflated price for those items ;-)
Valet & Bell Service
That’s right!!!! Don’t feel like parking your own car or carrying your own luggage? There is help for that! While I will admit, I’m not usually not THAT person, I did have assistance this time with my luggage. Traveling with my child alone & having two suitcases, groceries, personal carry on items etc, very handy and made me feel like I was staying at the Ritz! We didn’t drive, so I have zero clue how great the valet service really is, but it’s nice to know the service is there if you are too lazy to park your own car in the parking lot which is literally two steps away.
One of my favorite hotel amenities that I’m sad to report I did not take advantage of this trip! Spas are my favorite, so when hubby is with us, you best believe I’m taking full advantage. I am also obsessed with Aveda products. Mainly because that was the “fancy” brand when I was younger and I tend to live in the past when it comes to brands... so I was pretty stoked when I realized the spa was an Aveda Exclusive!!! I will definitely be taking full advantage our next trip!
Tons of resorts have these, but this one was actually clean! My biggest pet peeve with any type of kids play areas is cleanliness. I’m not sure if it’s due to awesome hotel staff or kids not taking advantage of this fun spot, but it was as clean as a kids area could get! I also thought it was pretty sweet that the computers have gaming systems attached. Perfect for older kids who think they are too cool for a pool day with the fam.
Pools are one of the most important things to me when it comes to hotels!!! While there isn’t a mini water park or anything fancy-smancy, the pool area was pretty glam! Total South Beach vibes with a pool bar and all!!!! Towels are also provided by the hotel! The pool got two thumbs up from me! Honestly, no splash pad or slides makes the pool a way more relaxing place! Plus kids have just as much fun swimming with or without the extras. I rather lounge in style with a yummy cocktail while my child swims than chase my kid around a splash pad at the pool any day lol...
B Resort & Spa does provide FREE Disney transportation! Honestly, you won’t even need the Disney Springs transportation since you are literally minutes away. It will take you longer to wait for the bus than it would to just walk! The transportation did however come in handy when visiting the parks! Easy to find and the bus shows up like clockwork. Always there when it says it will be. Only downside, it’s a shared bus with other Disney Resorts, so you will get the scenic route. It’s included with your room, so it is what it is! Take advantage! Even if you have a vehicle, use the free transportation to avoid paying ridiculous parking fees! Worth taking the scenic route to save $20+ if you ask me!
Considering I freaking paid $94 a night, the room was gorgeous!! You can’t even get a room at our local Comfort Inn for these types of prices, so this room really was a steal. Very clean, beautiful marble bathroom. Central air and not that “fake” central air with the air unit sticking out of the wall. Mini refrigerator and even room service. I can also report that DoorDash will come right to your room if you want a mid night snack.
How Close To Disney Springs
I know, the question y’all have been waiting for. All those lights?!? That is Disney Springs! You can spot it all right from your hotel room! It is however a 5ish minute walk. You have to walk the length of the B Resort property and then the length of the Hilton next door before you reach the first Disney Springs entrance. A very easy walk that my daughter and I did several times a day. Not to shabby if you ask me!
Have you stayed at the B Resort & Spa?
Ahhhhhhh nothing better than fun, family friendly activities popping up during the winter. During the summer? It’s easy peasy to find good olé entertainment. In the winter however, ughhhh! I will admit, things are getting better in the winter entertainment department, but it’s nothing like glorious summertime!!!! So when we heard about Peek’n Peak Linar Lights Tubing? You best believe we hit it up opening weekend to get the full scoop on the latest winter fun here in Western New York!!
The all-new Lunar Lights Tubing will transform nighttime snow tubing into a thrilling and mesmerizing atmosphere, featuring an ever-changing light show produced by thousands of LED lights and projection lights. The lights will pulse, fade and change in coordination with an immersive sound system. On select dates, the massive sound and light program will be operated by a live DJ.
In between runs, tubers are carried to the top of the hill by a Magic Carpet Lift, which is similar to a conveyor belt. No need to struggle with hooking to a moving cable or hauling your tube to the top of the hill!
Cost ~ $20 Per Person 2hr Pass
Honestly? It was a fun evening!!! I went into this with zero expectations since I know this is Westeen New York, and boy was I blown away! Fun tunes we’re playing on a speaker the whole time! Think top 100 type songs that you would hear on the radio. The place was also ridiculously packed, yet the line moved really fast so we had minimal wait times. I couldn’t believe that! I’m guessing they really do only sell a certain amount of tickets to make wait times not a thing! You can also link your tubes together, so if you have little ones not quite ready to tube on their own. Yet link your tube to theirs before heading down!
The only disappointment I had was the fact that the rainbow LED lights didn’t shine the whole time. They would flash for about 5 minutes & then the regular lights would pop on for 5 minutes. We did go opening weekend, so this might have been a one time thing lights-wise. It made it hard for a blogger like me to snap those blog photos since I had to time things out perfectly to get those rainbow shots lol....
If you have been considering going? I totally recommend it! Totally worth the price and everyone young and old will have a fabulous time!!!
Have you ever been tubing?
It’s that time of year again!!!! The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Erie, Pennsylvania January 10th at 7pm!!!! Last year my daughter was FINALLY old enough where I was comfy taking her to such an event and the worst thing ever happened! A freaking blizzard happened the day of. With Erie Insurance Area being 45 minutes away from our house, it just wasn’t going to happen for us! As excited as we were to see all the neat tricks the Harlem Globetrotters had in store, it just want worth risking our safety heading to Erie. This basketball loving family would just have to wait another year to attend!!!! Thankfully this year there isn’t a single snowflake in site (knock on wood it stays that way) so we will be hitting up this awesome family event at 7pm on Thursday!!!!
In 1926, in Chicago, a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein formed a small basketball team called the Savoy Big Five. He was just trying to promote a nightclub called the Savoy Ballroom, but in just a few years the team had played over 1000 games around the country and become the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 1941, the Globetrotters signed Reece "Goose" Tatum, an all-time great who developed amazing comedy moves and changed the direction of the team.
Twenty years after their inception, the Globetrotters had played 3,000 games and were featured on the cover of Life magazine. Those were remarkable achievements at a time when America was deeply segregated by race.
The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe. In 1950, Globetrotter Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract.
In 1959, during the Cold War, the Globetrotters went on a sold-out tour of the Soviet Union. The also had an audience with Pope John XXIII and posted their first undefeated season, with an astonishing 441 wins.
Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents.
The line-up has included some of the greatest players ever, including Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal, and Connie Hawkins, just to name a few, and they have appeared in their own movies and TV shows.
The Harlem Globetrotters continue a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.
Erie Insurance Area
January 10, 2019
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Have you seen the Harlem Globetrotters?
I finally had the chance to see “Hamilton” Thursday!!! The battle to score two tickets was ridiculous! I had to enter a lotto system through the host theater and keep my fingers crossed my email address was even drawn to ATTEMPT to purchase tickets the day tickets were released. That’s right, the lotto didn’t guarantee anything, but the chance to be on the ticket site when tickets went on sale. Apparently having a lotto system and a 4 ticket purchase limit minimizes the chance of scalpers scoring tickets.
Since I’m obsessed with musicals & try to not miss a show at Shea’s, I obviously entered multiple emails and lucky enough, one of the three emails was drawn! After the ticket site crashing multiple times, and having to wait about 15-20 minutes to even check out once my tickets were in my cart, I was lucky enough to score two balcony tickets for the December 6th show at Shea’s in Buffalo,NY.
After all the drama to land tickets, I’m sure you are all wondering, was it worth it? Did It Live Up To The Hype? Or did all that political nonsense really lead to the ticket sales and the show was just “ok”? Keep on reading to find out!
Like every other city, Buffalo played its part in the frenzy surrounding “Hamilton.” Legacy is the central theme of Hamilton which has landed this smashing hit 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize!
Basically, the musical chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Treasury Secretary, set to a hip-hop backdrop. It sounds crazy, but it works because the show’s arsenal of effects is simply overwhelming. The lyrics drive the narrative, the rap gives energy to the lyrics, and the dancers double the effect by adding a visual complement to the pulsing soundscape.
“Hamilton" has everything: Love triangles, political intrigue, deadly duels and a petulant King George, played as a red-faced toddler on the verge of a tantrum.
Perhaps the greatest gift is how touchingly familiar and human “Hamilton” makes the men and women who helped shape America seem! So unlike the cold faces under powdered wigs in portrait galleries & our dollar bills.They were ordinary people who, against all odds, fought against the whims of a king to achieve not only a legacy, but greatness together! That's history worth remembering.
I get it!
The hype, the reviews that include words like "phenomenon," "revolutionary" and "thrilling." The crazy ticket sales and the lotto systems for a chance to score them. After seeing Thursday night's performance at Shea’s,I get it!
The show is a non-stop, electric spectacle that hits the gas immediately and doesn't take its foot off the pedal until the final curtain call. There's no dialogue, only song-after-song, rap battle after rap battle. You find yourself desperately trying to process every word before it speeds on to the next, while being captivated by the choreography that turns a simple stage with a rotating center into a front-row seat to history. The incredible structure of the show makes it feel effortless, even though I couldn't stop thinking about how much effort has to be made in order for it to have that effect.
You also find yourself forgetting you're watching the story of one of the country's founding fathers and become fixated on the story of a man battling the weight of his own pressure for greatness, while trying to fight the demons and temptations waiting to derail him along the way.
What Lin-Manuel Miranda did to a fascinating chapter in our history books is truly awe-inspiring. Taking the complexities of war, a developing nation and the interesting characters who inspired it all and telling their story through hip-hop, rap and yes, 21st century humor and lingo, takes "Hamilton" from a musical to a full-blown experience. If you have the chance to see “Hamilton”, do it! I promise it’s worth all the ticket hassle! I would do it all over in a heartbeat.
Have you had the chance to see Hamilton? What’s your favorite musical?
My family received two complimentary nights. No monetary compensation was given. All thoughts, stories and opinions, 100% my own.
Heading to Sesame Place? Need to find a chic place to stay near the park? Don’t want to break the bank? The fab news is, the official hotel of Sesame Place, Sheraton Bucks County is all of those things! For around $159 a night, that’s at least $50 cheaper than all the “suite” hotels near by like Hampton, Holiday Inn Express etc, you can feel boojie and be on a budget at the same time!!!!
Let me tell you my favorite reasons for staying at the Sheraton Bucks County!
Accross The Street From Sesame Place!
Thats right, no need to set that navigation system in your car because the hotel is literally across the street. While I would still recommend driving over to the park, or taking the complementary park shuttle Sheraton offers, you are as close to the park as you can get! Getting lost is impossible.
I know it’s silly, but it makes me happy to walk into a hotel and seeing fabulousity. Makes me feel good knowing I’m staying someplace pretty and totally insta-worthy! The lobby at Sheraton Bucks County would definitely make for fabulous backdrops for photos! You don’t get these types of views when walking into a chain suite hotel!
Free Flavored Water
I don’t know why, but my daughter and I were obsessed with the free flavored water! The only other places I know that do this are spas, so I definitely felt boojie sipping on my flavored water while walking back to my room.
If you have been a Trophy WifeStyle subscriber for awhile, then you know I’m all about the room service!!! While this was a short trip and we didn’t have time to take advantage of the luxury, I loved knowing the option was there! I even spotted a family eating room service poolside one evening. Such a genius idea. Totally doing that next time I’m on a trip longer than a day or two.
Room Service not your jam? Then eat your meal inside the actual restaurant or at the bar! Yum.
Indoor pools are an awesome perk while visiting anywhere up north. Shivering at the park? Make it a pool day! Did it start raining cats and dogs? Pool day! Indoor pools are a total lifesaver when traveling with kids, so I always look for this amenity when traveling.
TIP ~ Indoor pools also make for a great way to tire the kiddos out while you sip on that vino. That’s right, there might be wine in that Starbucks cup while my daughter is tiring herself out for bed ;-)
One of my favorite things about staying at nice hotels is the comfy bed! My hubby and I have tried so hard to make our bed at home just as comfy as a hotel bed, yet every time we stay at a nicer hotel, we want to take that bed home with us! The Sheraton Bucks County’s beds did not disappoint! So comfy that you don’t want to get up in the morning regardless of all the fun there is across the street at Sesame Place.
Planning your Sesame Place trip on a Sesame Place fireworks night? No need to beat the crowd to that perfect viewing spot in the park because you can view the fireworks from the comfort of your own hotel room! I loved that all I had to do was walk from my comfy bed to my window with a glass of vino in hand to watch the fireworks show! And in my pajamas!!! Best perk EVER!!!
What amenities do you look for when booking hotels?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.