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runDISNEY gift guide with Mickey and Minnie Mouse ready to run!

19 Perfect runDisney Gift Ideas and Guide

Disney Gift Guide: runDisney Gifts Edition

Do you know somebody who is a huge runDisney fan and is about to have their first race soon, or perhaps they’re a veteran on their 5th race?

Many of my close friends dedicate lots of time prepping for the races hosted through the runDisney organization. Sometimes I don’t even realize just how hard they are training for one race alone. Plus, there’s the costly financial obligation that can add up quickly to be a part of one of Disney’s famous marathons.

NikkyJ

Veterans Day at Universal Studios Florida

Happy early Veterans Day to all of our spectacular troops of America!

The 12th Annual Veterans Day Parade will take place over at Universal Studios Florida.

In honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Universal Orlando Resort’s Veterans Network, will march in a special parade at Universal Studios Florida on Veterans Day.

During the day there is a flag-raising ceremony and in previous years a private lunch for Veterans and their families was provided (please check with Universal Orlando Resort to see if it is still offered). Every year the parade begins around 11 a.m. with the flag-raising ceremony taking place in the New York area of the park.

NikkyJ
Fun & easy tips for SeaWorld Orlando. Large blue Manta roller coaster.

Super Easy First Timer Tips for SeaWorld Orlando | Episode 31

Today I have another great episode just for you! Are you ready take a trip over to Orlando’s marine-inspired park and need a few SeaWorld tips to get you started?

SeaWorld is a great Orlando theme park that is not only excellent for a family vacation, but perfect for a solo trip! Located just off Interstate 4 and the Beachline Express, you’ll be welcomed by the easy going vibe of this aquatic park.

NikkyJ
How to do Universal Halloween Horror Nights with theater monster staring at you.

13 Killer Halloween Horror Nights Tips | Episode 30

You poor unfortunate souls. Do you dare to venture out to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights? If so, you are in for more than ghostly encounters. If you’re brave enough to handle the number one horror event in the world, then I’ve gathered the best tips to help you survive Halloween Horror Nights (HHN).

But first, get the NEW ThemeParkHipster mobile app here!

If so, you are in for more than ghostly encounters. Halloween Horror Nights is an event takes place annually from September until November at Universal Studios Florida. It’s a premiere event with new levels of fear and terrifying haunted houses along with outrageous entertainment.

NikkyJ
Things to do in Orlando for adults

5 Adventurous Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

Since October hosts the National Adventure Day, I thought I’d challenge you to get out of your comfort zone yet again and discover unique things to do in Orlando besides Disney World. I didn’t want to give you the same ole touristy restaurants or attractions. I really wanted to dig deep and find some cool local spots that offer high, thrilling adventures.

These exciting experiences can be done solo or with friends!

NikkyJ
How to do Disney Hollywood Studios Solo

How to Do Disney’s Hollywood Studios Solo | 9 First Timer Tips

Disney Solo: Hollywood Studios Edition!

Is Disney World Hollywood Studios for solo travelers?

Absolutely!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a solo theme park traveler’s must!

Hollywood Studios was once known as Disney-MGM Studios when it opened in 1989. It has always been a great half-day theme park for those visiting Walt Disney World solo; however, it is now a park that is spectacular to discover for over a whole day.

The addition of Toy Story Land and the coming addition of Star Wars Land, has made Hollywood Studios a competitive theme park.

Doing Hollywood Studios solo doesn’t have to be intimidating. Since I started traveling to Disney parks alone, I’ve noticed I’m confident meeting new people.

I’m also able to let go just a little bit of my introverted side.

NikkyJ
Deserted tree in the midst of grief.

Finding Joy through the Pain: 10-07-2017 The Day My Mom Left

Happy Sunday!

You guys know me as ThemeParkHipster. I’ve been writing on this blog since 2012. It has always brought me great joy. Some people don’t understand why I do this. One person had the nerve to say to me,

“Are you still doing that little theme park thing?”

People I tell ya…

Anyways.

ThemeParkHipster has been my outlet. It has always been there in the good and bad moments of life. ThemeParkHipster has accompanied me through the great times with my Harry Potter friends. It has also pushed me through postpartum depression and the passing away of my mom.

I never talk about this kind of stuff on here, but you all are my theme park family.

NikkyJ
SeaWorld Tips and Tricks

18 Easy SeaWorld Tips to Have The Best Day Ever

Ready take a trip over to Orlando’s marine-inspired park and need a few SeaWorld tips to get you started?

SeaWorld is a great Orlando theme park that is not only excellent for a family vacation, but perfect for a solo trip! Located just off Interstate 4 and the Beachline Express, you’ll be welcomed by the easy going vibe of this aquatic park. SeaWorld will invite you in with its Caribbean, Polynesian, and even Arctic themes felt throughout the park.

Upon entering the theme park, you’ll be treated with colorful flamingos and even baby dolphins with their mothers.

This sets the tone for an amazing day ahead of you!

NikkyJ
Margaritaville Cleveland Ohio

5 Reasons You Should Visit Margaritaville Cleveland Restaurant on Your Cedar Point Trip

Can you hear that famous Jimmy Buffett jingle, Margaritaville, playing in your head? Well yeah, I might be stretching your imagination a bit, but I’m excited to tell you about my recent trip to Margaritaville in Cleveland.

While heading out to my epic Cedar Point expedition, I had to do a bit of exploring in this lovely Ohio city. One stop on my tour was at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and luckily, I was able to partner up with the amazing Margaritaville team to show you guys some of my top drinks and food selections.

NikkyJ
Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa near Disney

My Best Weekend at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa Orlando

I recently had the opportunity to stay at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in the beautiful city of Orlando, Florida. If you are not aware, then you know that on my solo travels (or sometimes my travel with friends and family) always lead to some type of staycation!

I live in the heart of the tourist capital of the world, Orlando. We have Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld and so many other attractions on International Drive and even in Downtown Orlando, that I feel like I’m on vacation all of the time.

So instead of spending a whole bunch of money and going out of the state or trying to take a flight across the world, I like to do little 3-day staycations here in Orlando, Florida.

NikkyJ