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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!

Disney World Just Got More Fun With New Wine Slushies!!

New Wine Slushies from Disney Spring

Who said Disney World was only fun for children?! A recent announcement by the Disney’s restaurant Amorette’s Patisserie located in Disney Springs is going to make your trip to Disney World a whole lot more fun!! Disney’s restaurant is now serving strawberry wine slushies!

It is a fact that Florida’s sun can be very difficult to endure during hot clear days and if you add the humid heat to the crowds that you have to maneuver through during the day, you’d certainly feel like a chilled refreshing drink and a glass of wine would help sooth your day! Well, Disney is known as the place where wishes come true and they take it seriously. Disney has indeed heard the wishes of thousands of mom’s (and all legal adults) visiting the parks every day and has decided to make it a bit more fun for them too.

The slushies are more of a wine cocktail than just chilled wine as you will be able to get a strawberry wine slushie (with red wine) or a mango slushie (with white wine)! These refreshing and tasty drink will lighten your day before you start queuing for a popular attraction. Each slushie costs $8, which isn’t so bad when you’re roasting under the sun!

This is obviously an adult-only drink to be consumed within reason!!

Celebrate World Photo Day with Disney’s PhotoPass Day!

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On August 19th the world will celebrate World Photo Day! Disney’s also keen to join the celebration by bringing back Disney PhotoPass Day! Disney PhotoPass Service will offer exclusive photo opportunities with a special emphasis on Disney Princesses!  Disney Princesses will be put on a pedestal on August 19th in honor of Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign. Guests will be able to find great photo opportunities with Disney Princesses such as, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Jasmine etc. Each park will hold different celebrations and opportunities to meet different Disney Princesses as well as other favorite Disney characters.

  • Disney Animal Kingdom: meet Pocahontas and get a Jungle Book magic shot!
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studio: meet the evil Queen from Snow White, Cruella De Vil and Maleficent and take a shot in front of the Theater of the Stars
  • Epcot: meet Princess Jasmine and take Baymax Animated Magic Shot
  • Magic Kingdom Park: meet Snow White and Dopey, and take a picture in Cinderella Coach in Fantasy land!
  • Disney Springs: get a Fairy Wing Magic Shot or get your personalized story book and become a Disney Princess yourself!

They will be many more Princesses and photo shot opportunities during Disney PhotoPass Day that you shouldn’t miss if you’re planning a day out to Disney World on August 19th! Don’t forget to share pictures taken with your Disney PhotoPass with the #DreamBigPrincess, so Disney can donate to the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign to help empowering girls around the world! If you’re going with your own little Princes and Princesses, don’t forget to rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals to have a relaxed and enjoyable day out with your family.

The Best PhotoPass Locations at Disney this Summer

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Going to Disney World this summer and want to immortalize your experience? Disney PhotoPass enables you to preserve those unforgettable moments and share them with your friends and family. Located at various stations inside the parks, the PhotoPass photographers are ready to capture your best moments at Disney.

This summer there are some brand new PhotoPass Services that must be done while you’re enjoying a vacation at Disney.

  • Magic Kingdom “Tangled” lantern prop : go to rapunzel tower after dark and find the PhotoPass photographer there to take a picture with a “Tangled” inspired lantern to illuminate your night.
  • Epcot Lotus blossom prop – this is one of the new photo props. Go to the China Pavilion after dark and find a PhotoPass photographer waiting for you with a lotus blossom prop that will bring out the magic of the moment.
  • Pandora The World of Avatar – the new park will also have PhotoPass photographers and many amazing locations to take beautiful pictures of you and your family during your visit to the park.
  • Magic Shot – once your photo has been taken you can visit one of the select photographers you can ask for your favorite Disney characters to be added to the picture with you such as Tinker Bell, Chip and many more.
  • Disney Springs Virtual backgrounds – If you go to Disney PhotoPass Studio you’ll be able to pose in front of your favorite Disney background! The virtual backgrounds place you right inside your favorite Disney story!

Take the time to stop at one of those PhotoPass photographers to make your Disney experience with your family truly memorable! Once you picture has been taken you can choose to download it, print it and share it with your loved ones!

How to Experience Disney World on a Budget

 

Disney on a budget

You’re thinking about taking your family on a vacation to Disney World, but have a tight budget? Here are a few tips on how to stay within your budget limit and still have a great time!

#1 – Drive (your own car)! Yes, this might be a long trip and it might require a stop or two in a motel… But, it will certainly be cheaper than to buy a flight ticket for each member of your family, then having to rent a car to get to Disney World!! Plus, this is a chance for your kids (and you!) to see some of the beautiful North American scenery and a road trip is always exciting for kids.

#2 – Off-season is the right time to go! Don’t plan your holiday in the peak season, prices will be more expensive everywhere and Disney resorts will be crowded! Not only will this be a cheaper option, it will also be more enjoyable for you and your kids.

#3- Budget hotel – Disney has a few budget hotels on property! They all boast free transportation to the parks and have pools! If you are happy to sleep in a Disney overdosed decor for a few nights, then this is cheaper option for you and your family!

#4 – Camping? Yes, you can go camping at Disney World! Fort Wilderness is a great campsite for you and your kids! It has free water transportation to the park, and a pool with water slides! The starting price for this option is $53!

#5 – Outside Disney. You can also stay in a hotel outside of Disney park and save quite a lot of money! Makes sure the hotel you choose has a shuttle to and from the park so you don’t have to pay for parking there.

#6 – Bring your own water and snacks! This is very important and often overlooked! Continuously brings drinks for the family under the burning Florida sun can quickly become very expensive! Refill your bottles at your hotel and bring them to the park! Bring snacks for you and your kids and avoid spending too much on extra treats.

#7 – Rain jackets – Yes in also rains in Florida! If you want to stay dry and not spend a little fortune on rain ponchos ($10 a piece) at Disney, pack your own!

#8 – Pool day? In Downtown Disney, hotels offer free access to their swimming pools! You’ll also find that your kids might enjoy playing with Legos at the Lego store in Downtown Disney.

#9 – Focus! Don’t try to do everything at once! Only buy tickets for one park and make the most of it! One park is already so big, there won’t be any time for you or your kids to get bored! One park a day, is a good way to go!

#10 – Rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals instead of Disney! Disney stroller rentals are more expensive: $15 for one day and you can’t take them back with you to your hotel at the end of your day (which is when you might need it most!!). With Magical Stroller Rentals Florida you can keep your stroller for the whole duration of your stay, and it is cheaper than Disney!!

Celebrating Mother’s Day at Disney World!

Mother's Day bouquet Disney World

Mother’s Day is getting closer, and you are short of ideas on what to do with your beloved mom? Why not spend the weekend of Mother’s Day in a magical place, Disney World?

Disney Springs is celebrating Mother’s day and has planned a mixture of activities and special deals for this occasion! Disney Springs has a plethora of restaurants to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Go to STK Orlando at Disney Springs on the morning of Sunday 14th to treat your mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch. Every mom eating at STK Orlando on Sunday will received a special ‘MOMosa’ and a delicious takeaway treat!
  • Go to Wolfgang Puck Café for a special Mother’s Day dinner. Treat you mom to their main course special on Sunday evening, creamy shrimp risotto with Parmesan!
  • If you’re lovely mom isn’t full yet, you can go to Sprinkles for desert or an afternoon treat, and pick up a MOM box full of delicious flavors such as, red velvet, dark chocolate, salty caramel and more.

On top of this delicious day, you can stop by Disney Market Co-op and pick up beautiful floral arrangements and custom made baskets specially made for Mother’s Day at the Disney Floral and Gifts booth! These will only be available until the end of Sunday 14th, so don’t miss your chance to treat your mom to a beautiful bouquet!!

Whether for the day or the full weekend, celebrating Mother’s Day at Disney World will bring warmth and joy to your mom! This is the perfect occasion to do something special, give your mom the memories of a lifetime and get closer to each other.

3 Great Tips to Make Your Disney Experience Successful with Kids

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Going on vacation to Disney World is a dream for your children, which can quickly turn into a stressful experience for parents! However, there are a few things you can do to make your life easier and your children’s experience happy and unforgettable!

  • Planning is the key.

Even if you are not a vey big planner, going to Disney with small children requires some upfront planning. Disney has tried to make it as easy as possible for you to plan your vacation ahead with a great application: My Disney Experience App, which can be installed on your smartphone or viewed directly on your computer.
My Disney Experience App enables you to explore the parks by showing you GPS-enabled maps, find Disney characters’ greeting time and place; plan your vacation by allowing you to buy tickets, make dining reservations, or buy your FastPasses for example. You can keep track of all your reservations and activities with this application.

  • When to go?

Avoid big holidays like Christmas and summer breaks as these periods are likely to bring big crowds, and long waits for rides. Going to Disney during the Fall (September to November) or during Spring (March to May) allows you to enjoy a beautiful weather while avoiding large crowds! This means you will be able to make the most out of your time in the park with your children.

  • Rent a stroller!

If you are traveling with small children, you have to bear in mind that the walks can be long within Disney parks and to and from your hotel. This might become stressful and tiresome for your children, and also for you especially if you want to carry a bag with all your children’s necessities during the day. Renting a stroller will make your life easier! You can rent a stroller from Disney itself, rental locations can be found in each park. However, Disney does not allow strollers to be taken out of its original park. This means you will have to ask for a replacement each time you switch parks, and you will not be able to take it back to your hotel.
Magical Stroller Rentals is a great alternative to renting a stroller from Disney. It offers better prices than Disney rentals, and the stroller will be yours for the whole duration of your stay at Disney World. No switching, replacing, or walking to and from your hotel. Magical Stroller Rental also offers a wide selection of single and double strollers with lots of adds-on, such as rain covers and even coolers.

Express Transportation: Get Closer and Faster to the Disney Magic!!

Express Transportation Walt Disney World

Express Transportation is a brand new feature of Disney World theme park introduced in December last year.

This exciting new service enables you to enjoy the best out of all 4 theme parks at Disney World Orlando. It is a non-stop service that allows you to travel between all 4 theme parks and avoid queuing at the gate of each park for security checks! As a matter of facts, this new service picks you up at the designated Express Transportation location and transports you directly to the drop-off location inside the gate of which ever park you would like to go to. No queuing, no waiting! The fun and magic of Disney can be reached within a few minutes!

In order to get access to the Express Transportation tickets, you need to hold a Park Hopper Option or a Walt Disney World annual pass. A single day ticket costs as little as USD15 and a multi-day pass costs USD24. The multi-day pass is valid for 7 consecutive days so you can make the best out of your family holiday!
The Express Transportation service starts everyday at 10:00 am and runs until the park closes. It runs every 30 minutes to and from the designated pick-up/drop-off locations.

To check-in you have several options:

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – near the exit.
  • Epcot: Spaceship Earth – on the east side.
  • Hollywood Studios: in front of Rock n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
  • Animal Kingdom Park: Kilimanjaro Safaris – near the entrance.

You can buy the Express Transportation tickets in various locations:

  • Ticket window at Express Transportation check-in locations.
  • Guest Relations and ticket windows at all theme parks.
  • Ticket window at Disney Springs.
  • Concierge location of the Disney resort hotels.
  • Ticket desks: Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel and Walt Disney World Swan hotel.

Once you are at the Express Transportation check-in place, just wait for a Cast Member to come and take you directly to your next destination.

This is an amazing new feature at Disney World. You will be able to enjoy more of the theme parks by traveling by Express Transportation for the fun and enjoyment of your whole family!

Pro Bowl Arrives at Disney World in 2017

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Pro Bowl players will meet Mickey Mouse in 2017!

Big news in the world of football as the joint press conference in June 2016 with Disney, ESPN and NFL revealed that the Pro Bowl would move from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii to Orlando in Florida from 2017! The NFL declared they had made a multi year deal to move the game to Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Furthermore, the NFL announced that the Pro Bowl game will change from the ‘drafted’ format used these previous years and now return to the ‘conferenced’ format, matching up AFC and NFC players.
This is your chance to witness and experience one of the most exciting events of the year, as many NFL superstars will arrive at Disney World Orlando the week of January 24th 2017 for the Pro Bowl taking place on January 29th.

Festivities will start on Tuesday January 24th at the Wide World of Sports Complex where team practices will be held as well as other exciting events such as a free football themed festival tailored for the whole family, and youth football events.
On January 26th the ‘Pro Bowl Skills Showdown’ will also be taped at the Wide World of Sports Complex and thrilling activities will be help at Disney Springs and Epcot such as the Pro Bowl 5K run.
Hold you breath for the most magical and exhilarating event of all on January 27th as Pro Bowl players, and NFL cheerleaders along with community groups will celebrate the start of the Pro Bowl game 2017 at Disney by marching in an incredible parade down Main Street, U.S.A in the Magic Kingdom Park.

Come and celebrate this once in a lifetime event at Disney World Orlando and combine the magic of Disney with the thrill of Pro Bowl! This is the perfect celebration for the whole family and a fantastic start of this New Year 2017. This is your chance to approach NFL football superstars as well as your favorite Disney characters at the same time in a family friendly, adventurous, and enchanting environment. In addition to buying your Disney World passes for this exciting week, you can buy your Pro Bowl game tickets on the NFL website and make this holiday complete and an unforgettable event for your whole family.

Amazing Holiday Show Drone Performances at Disney Springs

Amazing Holiday Show Drone Performances at Disney Springs

Drones. Thanks to the amazing progress in technology, they are nowadays used for deliveries (by some of the biggest shipping and online shopping companies), monitoring, in photography and videography (getting stunning shots on a low budget), capturing live events (concerts, sports events), etc. Now, Disney has found an amazing way to make them a part of the holiday spirit at Disney Springs!

Using innovative technologies, the Disney holiday show drones are the “star” of the new holiday show you can enjoy till 8th January 2017. More than 300 drones are in charge of amazing Disney Springs visitors, magically illuminating the sky during the nightly show performances.

“Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration”, as the show is called, is just one of the special Disney holiday experiences visitors can enjoy this holiday season at Disney Springs. There will be also a brand-new Christmas Tree Trail, traditional seasonal entertainment, colorful festive décor, and, of course, the long-expected meet and greets with Santa!

No reservations are needed for the drone show and the nightly performances take place at Disney Springs at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. from Nov. 20 – Jan 8. This drone show performance, accompanied by an original Disney arrangement of classic holiday songs (recorded by a full orchestra!), is a must see as a show of this scale and grandeur has never been performed in the United States before.

The perfect viewing area for Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration

The best viewing area for the holiday drone show is on the West Side at Disney Springs. To be more precise, you will find the perfect viewing spot at the waterfront area on the West Side, right behind Bongos and the House of Blues.

Here’s a teaser of what to expect if you attend the holiday show drone performance at Disney Springs: