Character Dining: Is It Worth It? - Chef Mickey's

While character dining is a lot of fun, it can also be some of the most expensive meals you’ll have at Walt Disney World. Is it worth it?

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Disney Splurges: Visiting During Peak Season - Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

Visiting Disney during peak times of year, such as 4th of July or Christmas, will increase in the cost of your vacation. While it may be tempting to visit during a less expensive time, there are so many reason why visiting during these special occasions is worth the extra costs.

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Disney Parks Around The World - Disneyland

There are so many fun and unique experiences on my Disney bucket list – dining at Club 33, visiting Walt’s Disneyland apartment, touring the Cinderella Castle Dream Suite…and the list goes on and on. At the top of my Disney bucket list is what I think may be the best way to experience all of the magic Disney has brought to the world. Someday I hope to visit all six Disney resorts around the world.

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WDW's Smallest Hidden Mickey - Adventureland

When the imagineers designed Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, they included a tribute to the mouse that started it all by hiding the classic three circle Mickey Mouse shape within many of the attractions. Let’s take a look at where you can find some of these hidden Mickeys at Magic Kingdom.

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Gifts for the Disney Fanatic

Christmas is just around the corner! We’re here to help with gift ideas sure to delight the Disney fanatic in your life!

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Fall Decorations At Walt Disney World - Mickey Jack-o-lantern

Each year as the leaves begin to change colors, the Magic Kingdom is also transformed with the colors of fall. Main Street, U.S.A. comes to life with pumpkins, scarecrows, and beautiful wreaths made from autumn leaves. A few years ago, as I celebrated my birthday at Walt Disney World, I was able to once again experience the beautiful colors of fall at the Magic Kingdom.

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Discover Future World: Test Track

Epcot’s Test Track has been delighting Future World guests since the late 1990’s and continues to do so with the 2012 overhaul of the attraction’s theme. Reaching speeds of up to 65 mph, Test Track is a must do for any thrill-seeking guest at Walt Disney World. Let’s take a look at what makes Test Track one of Epcot’s best attractions.

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The plan for the day was to visit Animal Kingdom and then park hop to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see the new Star Wars fireworks show; however, after five hours of visiting many of our favorite Animal Kingdom attractions, we decided it would be fun to visit Magic Kingdom for a while. So we headed to the bus stop, only to watch the Magic Kingdom bus pull away as we walked.

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Summer | Travel | Disney | How To Beat The Crowds At Walt Disney World

Summer is a wonderful time of year to visit Walt Disney World; however, it can also be one of the most crowded times to visit. By learning when to visit popular attractions, how to make the most of your FastPass+ selections, and which apps to utilize, you’ll become a pro at navigating the summer crowds of the Disney parks!

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The Best Shoes To Wear At Walt Disney World

A single pair of shoes is capable of changing a girl’s life, or at least that’s what Cinderella would tell you. The same could also be said of a pair of shoes and your Disney vacation. With over 47 square miles to cover at Walt Disney World, you can bet there will be a lot of walking! Chose the wrong shoe and your feet will start to feel every single step after your first day in the parks. Choosing the right pair of shoes for your vacation is essential to ensuring you will have a magical time at Walt Disney World.

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Doom Buggies of The Haunted Mansion

Even from the very first sketches of plans for Disneyland, Walt Disney always wanted to include a haunted house attraction in his park. Unlike haunted houses at other amusement parks, Walt’s haunted house would have a lighter, friendlier, comedic feel to the attraction. He originally planned to make his haunted house a walk-through attraction. Guests would stroll through at their own pace, taking in the sights and sounds of Walt’s haunted house. After further research, this walk-through attraction posed a few problems; How would the imagineers ensure a high enough capacity to allow each guest a chance to experience the attraction? How you the direct the guests’ attention to certain the elements of the attraction?

Doom Buggies

In their search for an efficient way to guide guests through Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction, the imagineers turned to a ride system which had previously proven itself on Adventure Through Space – the omnimover. This type of attraction vehicle consisted of a continuous chain of ride vehicles which would move throughout the attraction as one unit. The individual vehicles would be able to turn in any direction.  The Haunted Mansion’s onmimover vehicles, affectionately called Doom Buggies, are the perfect ride vehicle for directing guests’ attention throughout the attraction and enhancing the eeriness of the Haunted Mansion.

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Vintage Disney: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

I remember walking through Fantasyland, and there it was – an abandoned lagoon. I had never seen a submarine sail through its waters, and I never would. How could what must have once been a fascinating excursion into the deep now sit off-limits, never to be experienced by another guest?

The Story

The story of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Submarine Voyage began long before any Disney parks were constructed. In fact, it began many years prior to Walt Disney’s birth. In March of 1869 author Jules Verne introduced the world to the story of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. The story was serialized in a French publication and ran until June 1870.

Verne’s description of the Nautilus was well ahead of its time, accurately describing many features of modern submarines. Because of this, the story has stood the test of time. In the late 1930s, when many Hollywood film studios were looking to create new Technicolor films based on classic novels, Disney secured the rights to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold due to World War I. The project was resumed years after the war ended and the completed film released in 1954, just one year prior to the opening of Disneyland.

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Sports And Recreation At Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is filled with all sorts of sports and recreational activities. No matter which sport you are interested in, chances are there is probably a way to enjoy it at Disney. Many of the resorts at Disney World are home to popular athletic activities such as running, volleyball, tennis and more. You can also find more unique sports, such as surfing and watersports at Walt Disney World. Here are just a few of the many ways to participate in sports at Disney.

Sports At Your Resort

Many resorts at Walt Disney World have sports activities readily available for willing guests. Resorts such as Port Orleans – Riverside offer bike rentals, including the ever-popular surrey bike rentals. My parents rented a surrey bike on their last vacation and loved the experience. One of my favorite sports, tennis, can be found at several of the deluxe Walt Disney World Resorts, including Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Sand volleyball courts can be also found at multiple Disney resorts, such as Disney’s Beach Club. Basketball courts are readily available to guests at 5 Walt Disney World resorts, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. With Disney hosting numerous runDisney events each year, it’s only natural to have running trails at many of the resorts. Guests at resorts in the Magic Kingdom area can take advantage of jogging trails providing scenic views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom, while guests staying near Epcot can jog on trails around Crescent Lake and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.

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Spending The Holidays At Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing the best resorts to spend the holidays at Walt Disney World. Christmas at Walt Disney World is a magical experience. Perhaps you’ve seen photos or even visited the parks during the holidays. Beautiful Christmas decorations are everywhere! This is not limited to the parks […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Disney History Fans

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through these links.  Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing our holiday gift guides. The holiday season is quickly approaching! In preparation for Christmas, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite gift ideas for […]

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Disney 101 - Meeting The Characters - Stitch

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing some tips to help you plan your Disney vacation. My family searched the entire Magic Kingdom for him with no luck. We even recruited a cast member to help. Donald Duck just had to be there somewhere, and I was determined to meet him. […]

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing some of the fun you can find at Disney during the holidays. In 1986, Jennings Osborne’s daughter, Breezy, asked her father if they could decorate the family’s Little Rock, Arkansas home with lights for Christmas. Jennings’ first Christmas light display featured about 1,000 sparkling […]

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Rainy Day Attractions At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing the best Disney attractions to visit if it’s a rainy day at Disney. While each Disney park has some great attractions to help avoid rain, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is my favorite park to visit on a particularly rainy Disney day. The majority of the […]

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Exploring The Unknown: Expedition Everest - Frontierland Station

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing little known facts about some of our favorite Disney attractions. Since opening in 2006, Expedition Everest has been thrilling guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This massive attraction takes guests on an exciting runaway train excursion and even brings them to a close encounter with […]

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Walt Disney World vs. Disneyland: The Castles

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are comparing Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Both Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World are a magical sight to see. For many park guests, this sight alone lets them know they have finally returned “home” to the Magic Kingdom. For […]

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