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Friday, June 13, 2014

Epcot - Fast Tips


Epcot, at almost twice the size of Magic Kingdom, was Disney’s vision of a future of innovation and dreams paired with an international bazaar. The front half of the Park, Future World, consists of large themed pavilions centered around an attraction. Each pavilion contains the main attraction with smaller themed areas to explore and learn. Here is a list of the pavilions:
  • Spaceship Earth – a ride through the history of human communication and knowledge inside the big “golf ball”
  • The Seas with Nemo – a huge aquarium merged with Nemo and his friends
  • The Land – an exploration of man’s use of his environments and farming – Ride Soarin’ (FP+)
  • Journey into Your Imagination – join a purple dragon for a ride through your imagination
  • Universe of Energy – learn about the creation of fossil fuels on this moving theater ride with life size animatronic dinosaurs
  • Mission Space – train to pilot a mission to mars on this space simulator (FP+)
  • Test Track – design a custom vehicle and ride in through a test course (FP+)
  • Innoventions – two pavilions dedicated to rotating exhibits of various themes
The back section of the Park is the World Showcase. This is a collection of pavilions representing 11 different countries including America, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, Italy, Germany, Norway, China, and Mexico. This half of the Park opens at 11am, although you can eat breakfast in France starting at 9. Each location is beautifully detailed with architectural styles representing its region. Every section has a restaurant featuring great foods and drink found in the Country that has been recreated. Several Countries have attractions, live bands, and street performers that are not to be missed.
 

Tips:
  • Spend the morning exploring Future World and the evening strolling around the World Showcase
  • Get a FP+ for Soarin’ and ride Test Track first thing to beat the rush
  • Visit Turtle Talk with Crush for an interactive visit with Nemo’s sea turtle friend
  • Innoventions is a great place to visit during a rainy afternoon
  • See the Voices of Liberty and watch the American Adventure for a dose of Patriotism
  • Great sit down restaurants: Coral Reef, Le Cellier, Via Napoli, and La Hacienda de San Angel
  • Make sure a stay for the nighttime show around the World Showcase Lagoon, Illuminations
  • Starbucks is adjacent to the fountains behind Spaceship Earth
  • Play the Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. Pick up a secret phone to follow clues to save the Tri State Area from the evil Dr Doofenshmirtz. You are sent throughout the various countries on this interactive scavenger hunt.
  • There are great street performers and musical acts everywhere grab a beer in Germany of wine in Italy and watch.
  • Use rider swap when you have children who don’t meet the height requirements. See the cast member at the attraction entrance and request a rider swap pass, send the older kids with one parent and wait for their return. Once they are back, switch out and enter the FastPass line. Your pass is good for 4 people so the big kids can ride twice! (rider swap is available at all the Disney Parks)
*FP+ - These are rides I recommend using FastPass+ for.

Check back soon to see Fast Tips for the other parks! If you liked this article please read Epcot Quick Service Restaurants.
 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Fast Tips

Often, people who have never visited Walt Disney World ask me for trip planning help in 30 seconds or less. As most of you know a great Disney trip can take hours of planning, but I wrote up a short summary of each Park to share my tips in 30 seconds or less.

Magic Kingdom



A classic Disney theme park, it has castles, pirates, princesses, parades, and seven separate lands to explore. When you mention Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom is the first thing that comes to mind. This park has the most attractions of any of the four parks at WDW. A few highlights are:
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (FP+)
  • Space Mountain (FP+)
  • Splash Mountain (FP+)
  • Big Thunder Mountain (FP+)
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a Small World
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (FP+)

7D Mine Train is MK's newest attraction.
Tips:
  • To tour the Magic Kingdom properly, I advise at least 2 full days at the Park
  • Arrive prior to Park opening and see a special welcome show then explore the park before the crowds arrive
  • The best eats are at Be Our Guest restaurant, Cosmic Rays Starlight CafĂ©, or Pecos Bill’s.
  • Visit Gaston’s Tavern for a LeFou’s brew and a cinnamon roll
  • Recommend watching the Main Street Electrical Parade (night time), Celebrate the Magic (nighttime show projected on the Castle), Wishes (nightly fireworks)
  • There is a Starbucks in the Main Street Bakery
  • Always go to Fantasyland first. Kids can ride everything there and crowds get larger as the day goes on
  • Cool off in the Circus tent at Dumbo, it’s an indoor playground for all ages
  • Tom Sawyer Island is not usually crowded and a big space for kids to run and explore, visit here in the afternoon when the crowd is highest
  • Play the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game. You can sign up at the Fire Station and get a new pack of trading cards each day.
*FP+ - These are rides I recommend using FastPass+ for.

Check back soon to see Fast Tips for the other parks! If you liked this article please read Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants.

Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 Disney Free Dining Offer


Disney has released their FREE DINING offer today for Disney Visa Rewards cardholders. This is one of the best discounts available for any WDW vacation. The dates available have greatly increaesed from last year. You will receive a free Quick Service (for stays at Value Resorts) or Standard Dining plan (for stays at a moderate, deluxe, or deluxe villa resort) with a non-discounted room rate at a Disney Resort. This deal excludes the following resorts: Port Orleans, All-Star Movies, Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, and the Grand Villas at Grand Floridian.

Here are the dates available: 9/13-10/3/2014, 10/26-11/1/2014 and 11/9-11/20/2014.

The offer will be available to the public on May 7th. This promotion is very popular and very limited in number of rooms available. Remember you only have to check in on one of the days shown above and you will recieve the diing plan your entire visit. We highly recommend the Disney Dining plan. We have traveled with the dining plan every visit since 2006. Please review my previous post about using the Disney Dining Plan. Book today!

See additional information in the link below.

Disney Visa Free Dining Offer



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

European Mickey Bathings Masks

Check out this vintage ad promoting Mickey bathing masks:

Photo courtesy of D23.com
Produced and sold in Europe in 1936. The company created an official Mickey version (looks more like a cat) and a long nosed "Country" Mickey version. Bathing masks were very popular in Europe at the time and used in lieu of sunscreen. Wouldn't it be awesome to see a bunch of these at a popular Florida beach today?