Great Tips to Survive New Years Eve at Disney World

New years eve at Disney World

If you thought that most people would want to stay at home with their family during the Christmas holidays, think twice. Christmas and New Years are some of the most (if not the most) popular times of the year! In fact, the parks can get so overcrowded that they have to close at regular times.

So if you’re planning on spending your end of the year holidays at Disney World, then these few great tips might help you avoid melting down in the parks.

  • There is no way to avoid crowds at this time of the year! So you need to be prepared for long lines and crowded pictures. However, if you get to the park early (when it opens) and stay late (when it closes) you will be able to experience the park at its less crowded times. The earlier it opens the less busy it will be at that time and the later it closes the less busy it will be at that time too! So be prepared for early rise and late nights!
  • Have a nap!! If you’re going to follow the less crowded options, then you’re unlikely to stay out all day… Or you might die of exhaustion by the second day. To avoid this unfortunate event, go back to your hotel room and take a nap around midday.
  • If you’re planning on having lunch in the parks, then avoid normal lunch hours where you will have to queue to get to a restaurant. Eat as soon as the restaurant opens or later in the afternoon, around 3pm or 4pm.
  • Don’t to go the most obvious restrooms you find!! Unless you’re willing (and capable) of waiting in line for a good 30 minutes to go to the restrooms, it’s best to avoid going to the ‘main’ most obvious ones. Look at your map and find restrooms that are off the beaten track! These will be less crowded and quieter!
  • Hire a stroller! If you’re going with your kids, it might be quite a challenge to get through the day for both them and you! Do your kids and yourself a favor and hire a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals. You’ll be able to go in and out of the parks with the same stroller and your kids will be comfortable all day long.

Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Christmas at Hollywood Studios

The festive season is upon us and Disney World is being adorn with magical Christmas decorations! Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park is one of the best and most fun places to spend some family time during this holiday season as guests will be able to enjoy all new holiday events as well as famous returning shows such as Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM, the enchanting fireworks and nighttime projection show.

  • Enjoy a brand new Sunset Season Greetings with projections of Minnie, Mickey and many more of your favorite Disney characters in a snowy Sunset Boulevard filled with wonderful Christmas decorations. Witness the Hollywood Tower Hotel get transformed into seasonal scenes: a gingerbread house, a huge pile of Christmas presents and a frozen winter wonderland. This beautiful show runs throughout the night from November 9th to December 31st.
  • Echo Lake like you’ve never seen it before! Transformed to fit the holiday season’s spirit with a giant Christmas tree towering in the middle of the lake, Dinosaur Gertie also celebrates Christmas by wearing a dinosaur size Santa hat, and the whole place adorn with big festive ornaments and garlands!
  • Don’t forget the ever famous Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM combining projections, fireworks, special effects and a magical Disney music to make the kid inside you vibrate with the unique Disney Christmas magic!

If you think this is it, then think twice as there are plenty more festive shows, events and places to experience in Disney Hollywood Studios park this Christmas! More importantly, if you’re going with your little ones, don’t forget to rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals to make your vacation and theirs an easy and fun family time!!

Celebrate Christmas at Disney Springs!

Christmas at Disney Springs

If you thought that only the Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World was worth visiting during the Christmas holidays, then think twice!! Walt Disney World doesn’t leave any space for boredom and makes the most of the holiday season!

Disney Springs offers a array of festive activities during the holidays from November 10th to January 7th 2018. Come and feel the magic by taking the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail , a wonderful and alluring pathway with 25 festive trees and 10 new firs all decorated for Christmas and each inspired by a Disney theme or character! You will find this wonderful trail at the start of the Once Upon a Toy Marketplace, another magical activity filled with photo opportunities.

If you feel like embarking onto a ludic yet fun adventure, then why not challenge your kid to the Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt? Get your own booklet and solve ingenious clues left by the mischievous Stitch to help him recover his gifts! Visit all the 16 participating locations and solve the clues! Once your booklet is completed you and your kids can head to the redemption center to collect your Christmas reward!!

Aside from activities, Disney Springs will be filled with Christmas decorations, a wonderful atmosphere and even the traditional Santa Chalet where your kids can meet Santa until December 24th and have their picture taken for a memorable Christmas time.

Don’t forget to rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rental to make your trip easier for you and your kids!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Christmas at Disney WorldThe holiday season is getting closer and Disney World is slowly but surely transforming into a magical winter wonderland for the pleasure of everyone!

With the holiday season comes the classic Disney World festivities, Christmas shows, Christmas greetings and so on! If you think the festivities are only held at Magic Kingdom, then think twice! Epcot doesn’t evade the all powerful Disney World Christmas festivities rule! Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is showcasing 11 nations from around the world this year and is starting from November 19th to December 30th!

Previously known as the Holidays around the World, the newish Epcot festival brings back the Holiday Kitchen this year, except even bigger than last! Enjoy festive foods from all over the globe and breathe in the holiday spirit!

Don’t forget the beloved Candlelight Processional with celebrities narrating the traditional Christmas story Stars such as Whoopy Goldberg, Kurt Russel, CCH Pounder, Matt Bomer and many many more will tell you an enchanting story of Christmas accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir!! You can enjoy the Candlelight Processional 3 times per evening and the various famous artists will hold the story teller position on selected dates! What’s more is that you don’t need an extra ticket to enjoy this show!! However, if you book a diner package you will ensure to have a seated seat throughout the whole spectacle.

In order to make your time at Disney World a true holiday, don’t forget to rent a stroller for your little ones from Magical Stroller Rentals!! That way you can enjoy the shows and breathe in the holiday spirit as freely as your kids!!

 

A True Family Holiday: Bring Your Pooch to Disney World

Disney World resorts welcome dogs

Just like hundreds for families around the Unites States, you probably have an adorable family pooch that neither you or your kids want to leave behind when you go on your family holiday!

From October 15th Walt Disney World guests are allowed to bring their adorable, leash-trained, well-behaved and properly vaccinated dog with them to selected hotels within the resort for a nightly fee going towards cleaning after their stay.

  • Disney’s Art Animation Resort: $50 per night
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort: $50 per night
  • Disney’s Cabin at Ft. Wilderness Resort: $50
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: $75

Your pooch will get its perks too when checking-in at one of those resorts. Your dog will get a Pluto’s Welcome Kit offered by the hotel including a mat, dog bowls, plastic disposable bags, puppy pads, a pet ID tag, and a map with all the dog walking paths in the resort. Your pooch will even have its own “Do Not Disturb” hanger to let the hotel staff know there is a dog in the room. Each resort offers easy access specific green areas for owners to walk their dogs!

In order to avoid health issues for guests allergic to dogs or who simply do not wish to be disturbed by pets during their stay, the resorts have dedicated specific floors for pets, therefore ensuring people with allergies will never get assigned a room on that floor!

Make sure you book in advance to be allocated a pet friendly room and since you’re likely to travel with your little ones, don’t forget to rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals to make your vacation at Disney even more relaxed and enjoyable!

Disney World Swan and Dolphin Classic Returns This October!

Disney World Swan and Dolphin Classic 2017

If you are a big fan of food and wine, then you should think about attending Disney World Swan and Dolphin Classic this year! For the eighth year in a row, this is the biggest festival to date hosting more than 60 food and beverage stations as well as 11 seminars! If you fancy a bit of an adult party over Friday 27th October and Saturday 28th, then this is for you!

Why not get on a cheese and wine paring seminar, learn about pasta making or even cocktail making to impress your friends at your next dinner party? The show offers you a multitude of seminars to chose from! During the day, you will be able to taste and savor many different wines from all over the worlds as well as gourmet food from restaurants such as Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Kimonos, Shula’s Steak House and many more.

You can chose to purchase a Causeway ticket to access all seminars and have unlimited (yes, unlimited!) sample food and beverage! But you also have the choice of getting separate tickets for seminars that you prefer, as well as wine and food tasting that takes your fancy.
The Causeway ticket is $115 and you can upgrade to get access to the festival exclusive Beer Garden for $25!

Book soon as Saturday 28th is almost booked out already!

Visit the Diagon Alley At Universal Studio For Christmas

Universal Studio Harry Potter

If you are a Harry Potter fan, then this is the destination for you this winter! Universal Studio in Orlando will make your Christmas holiday a truly magical time! Spend your Christmas time in the wonderous world of Harry Potter!!

Universal Studio is lighting up Hogwarts, the Hogsmead and Diagon Alley with Christmas magic from November 18 2017 to January 6th 2018! Come and dine at the Leaky Cauldron, wonder through the Diagon Alley and purchase an interactive wand at Ollivander’s while the castle light illuminate the park with Christmas magic!!

The Frog Choir in Hogsmead will enchant you with a special holiday show while you treat yourself to special Christmas treats and drinks

Don’t forget to visit Gringotts and escape from its treasure filled depths on one of the most thrilling rides the park has to offer!!

On your journey to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter, make sure you rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals to your and your children’s vacation a truly relaxing experience!

Great Tips for Surviving Disney during Thanksgiving

thanksgiving at Disney

November is usually a pretty quiet time at Disney World Orlando, except for Thanksgiving week! Your kids are out of school, it’s a family holiday, so you’re thinking that planning a holiday at Disney World resorts for Thanksgiving is a great idea! Well, many other families have had the exact same idea and the parks quickly crowd up during that week.

If you don’t want your happy family time to turn into a real nightmare, here are a few survival tips for your thanksgiving trip to Disney World:

  • Arrive early: Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest time of the year for Disney, so make sure you arrive at the gate at least one hour early so you can enjoy the rides and entertainment before the crowd moves in! If you’ve never been to Disney, this will allow you to get a great feel of the place and feel more comfortable with your kids being over excited for their first Disney experience too!
  • Pick your park wisely: depending on entertainment, parks might get busier than others on different days. Try to stay alert on which day to chose a park to avoid the biggest crowds. Avoid park hoping as this will make your life hell, especially if a park gets to capacity.
  • Plan ahead: this is especially true during busy times at Disney World! The parks are huge, the entertainments, rides and shows plentiful and you can quickly end up dispersing yourself and not achieve anything. What is your (or your family’s) priority? Rides, parades, shows? Make sure you make a plan of what you absolutely want to do before you get to Disney World and stick to it once you’re in there!!
  • Dine outside meals times: restaurants during Thanksgiving week will be extra crowded and waiting times extra long! If you avoid usual meal times, you can cut your waiting time by quite a lot! Make sure you eat a big breakfast as to be able to have a late lunch, or even better, pack your lunch if you can!
  • Rent a stroller: long crowded days at Disney can be extremely tiring for the little ones! Make sure you rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals as you will get a better value than with Disney strollers. Whether you are staying in the park or outside, you won’t need to give your stroller back until the end of your stay!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Returns!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The most enjoyable spooky time of the year has come around again at Disney World resorts! If you are travelling to Disney World this September or in October, then make sure you do not miss the famous Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Unlike it’s counterpart in Universal Studio, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is meant to enchant rather than spook and is a real treat for the whole family.

This year, Disney has increased the number of nights where you can attend the magical party to 32 nights instead of 29 last year! You will be able to enjoy the park to yourself (with other ticket holders) from 7pm and enjoy the Disney Halloween magic.
Meet and greet special Disney characters, go trick or treat with your favorite Disney heroes, and put on your favorite costume to join in with the Halloween fun (be sure to review Disney’s guidelines for accepted costumes first)! This year’s “Boo to You” Parade will make you skin tingle and your heart warm as the family of the Haunted Mansion parades through Magic Kingdom!

Tickets are already on sale and we recommend you book them as early as possible as those run out quite fast! If you want to avoid crowds of Halloween day and spend $100 on a ticket, plan to join the Halloween party before Halloween as September is quieter and cheaper!

A whole day and evening in the park can be tiring for the little ones, so make sure you hire a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals to maximize your time and enjoyment in the park!!

Enjoy the Best of Disney with “Early Morning Magic” Passes

Early Morning Magic at Disney

Magic Kingdom Park is opening its doors for a very few selected guests to enjoy the most magical mornings at Disney World.

“Early Morning Magic” at Fantasyland, allows guests to taste the magic of the park at sun rise! Be among the first guests allowed in the park in the morning and enjoy a crowd free magical time at first light! This first-accessed experience will put a big smile on your face as you step into an empty park and experience a few of the most famous Fantasyland attractions such as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Peter Pan’s Flight!

Since Disney is a master at anticipating your needs, with your ticket to “Early Morning Magic” you will also be able to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus! Taste some of their delicious seasonal fruits and berries, freshly baked pastries, but also smoked bacon, sausages, French toasts and more to fill you up with goodness for your day of fun ahead!

“Disney Early Magic” starts at 7:15am and finishes at 10:00am on specially selected Sundays and Tuesdays all through September. As this is a select event, admissions are very limited so be sure to book your ticket in advance!! This event is open to guests of all ages and places can be booked alongside your regular themed park admission tickets.

If you are planning a long day out with your little ones, think about renting a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals to ensure the comfort of your kids and your peace of mind all day long!