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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.

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!!

Pandora: the World of Avatar, the brand new Disney attraction!

 

Pandora: the world of Avatar

Walk into the magical universe of Pandora: the World of Avatar in May 2017 at Walt Disney World resort! This is a brand new world opening at Animal Kingdom’s park on May 27th, which will allow you to set foot into the extraordinary universe of the movie Avatar.

It is back in 2011 that the adventure starts, when Disney and James Cameron (Avatar’s movie director) join forces to bring the world of Avatar to life at Disney World Orlando. The attraction’s back story is set a generation after the movie when the indigenous population, the Na’vi, and the Resources Development Administration (DRA) were at war. In this new Pandora  at Disney World guests will be able to enjoy a conflict free planet where humans and the indigenous Na’vi live in peace. This world will transport you into a universe of bioluminescence, floating planets and alien wildlife.

Walk into the Valley of Mo’ara and discover the magnificent floating mountain ranges and enjoy its brand new rides:

  • Avatar flight of passage: learn to fly on a Mountain Banshee with a virtual simulator!!
  • Na’vi River Journey: a magical boat ride for the whole family that takes you on a gentle river where you will be able to discover the full beauty of Pandora.

This new Walt Disney experience will leave you mesmerized as you penetrate this wonderful alien world, full of colors and life, that celebrates the beauty of nature! You can purchase tickets for this new attraction now on the official Walt Disney World website. The tickets start at USD 99.50 for two days and decrease if you stay longer.

Brand new shops and restaurants are also opening at the location, making sure you never get bored! Come and taste some ‘alien’ cuisine with interesting flavors developed by Disney’s culinary team! This new attraction will bring joy to your whole family, making your holiday unforgettable.

Walt Disney Baby Care Centers: a Peaceful Haven!

 

Disney Baby Care Centre Maps

All parents traveling with little ones know that even if very gratifying, the whole expedition also comes with challenges!
Disney World Resorts are experts in making family travels as easy as possible. Therefore, if you are coming to Disney World with your baby, Baby Care Centers are your allies!

First of all, each theme park is equipped with one Baby Care Center making it practical and impractical at the same time as you could be quite far away from it even if it is within the park. However, the location of each Baby Care Center is marked on each theme park map, so you can easily plan time away from the crowd with your baby. Most Disney Baby Care Centers are located close to the First Aid Center and you can find signs directing you to them.

Each Baby Care Center is equipped with:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Private nursing room equipped with rocking chairs
  • Changing tables with unisex bathrooms
  • A feeding area equipped with highchairs
  • A kitchen with a microwave and oven and a sink.
  • A main room equipped with a television, sofa, chairs and a table.
  • An on-site shop providing various products for purchase such as, formula, diapers, wipes, baby food, sunscreen, over the counter medication, juice and clothing.

All Baby Care Centers are free to use and anyone with small children are allowed to use them.

These are real peaceful havens for you and your baby, where you can step away from the crowd, and noise, take some time to relax and take care of your little one. Baby Care Centers can make a real difference to your holiday, as you will not have to compromise between enjoying the park and being comfortable with your baby. They can transform what could be difficult times, real moments of joy.

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!

Amazing New Attractions Opening This Year

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2017 will see the opening of several new and exciting attractions at Disney World!

  1. Miss Fortune Falls
  2. Rivers of Light
  3. Pandora: The World of Avatar

Miss Fortune Falls will open at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park in Spring 2017! Typhoon Lagoon is currently closed for refurbishment  and will re-open in Spring this year boasting a thrilling new ride! Embark onto a treasure raft with Captain Mary Oceaneer and let it take you along the longest ride in history of Disney World parks.  This is bound to be an exciting and thrilling new attraction for the whole family, opening at the perfect time with the warm weather of the Spring and Summer days. You will be able to book your tickets directly on Disney website for a fun and incredible time!

Rivers of Light is a new nighttime spectacular in Disney Animal Kingdom which is announced to be opening sometime in 2017. This is going to be an amazing nighttime show where water, light and sound come together to celebrate life on Earth across all continents. You will be transported from Asia to Africa and North America in a magical water show displaying wild animals and beautiful nature in an explosion of colors, music and special effects! The opening date for this highly anticipated show is yet to be announced by Disney.

Pandora: the World of Avatar is a brand new land in Disney Animal Kingdom Park! This new attraction is based on the film Avatar and will transport you into a magical world of bioluminescence, alien wildlife and thrilling adventures!! Along with this new immersive land, you will be able to enjoy new restaurants and shops making it a place for the whole family. The opening date for this fantastic new comer is set for Summer 2017. Get ready for a magical outer space experience made for children and grown ups!

The Tree of Life Awakening!

Tree of Life Awakening

Experience the magic of winter at Disney Resort Orlando with the awakening of the Tree of Life! Situated at its center, the Tree of Life has been the icon of the Animal Kingdom Park for several years! Come and see this impressive 145 foot (44m) high wooden tree inspired by and shaped as a baobab tree, which is typically found in Africa. You will marvel at the view of its 325 carvings of existing and instinct animals on its trunk and roots, but you will have yet to witness the most incredible spectacle that the Tree of Life has to offer.
After the night falls, the Tree of Life comes alive in a captivating show of light and colors, leaving you mesmerized by its beauty. Every ten minutes sparkling fireflies appear on the tree and magically unveil the life of the wondrous animal spirits that are carved into the tree trunk and roots. The projections bring to life both the tree and its animals in a spectacle full of light, vivid colors, and enchanting music. While you watch this marvelous show, memories of some of the most famous Disney movies will surely spring back to you as the imagery has been inspired by some of the Disney classics such as Pocahontas, Bambi, Tarzan, the Jungle Book, the Lion King, and many more!

The Tree of Life awakening lets you enjoy four different story lines throughout the evening, all featuring different animal spirits and sceneries:

  • Gaze upon a charming doe as she starts her exciting adventure accompanied by a friendly hawk.
  • Marvel at two humming birds falling in love in a scenery of beautiful flowers.
  • Follow a lively fox spreading love and friendship to other forest animals in a magical winter setting.

This wonderful projection is bound to be one of your most magical and heart warming experiences at Disney and there is no better time to enjoy it than during the Christmas holiday season. Gather with your entire family and friends, and let the magic transport you on an enchanting journey of love, friendship, and adventures! This spectacular show starts after dark sets in and lasts until the park closes, therefore ensuring you get the most out of all its three thrilling and heart warming story lines.

Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom) reopens this November!

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Dinosaur is scheduled to reopen November 20, 2016.

Here are 4 interesting facts about the famous prehistoric Dinosaur Ride at Animal Kingdom:

  1. The ride was originally opened as Countdown to Extinction back in 1998.
  2. The vehicles visitors travel in are called Time Rovers.
  3. The aim of your ride is to save a dinosaur from extinction (according to their official website).
  4. There are 16 different dinosaurs featured in the prehistoric ride, including a Velociraptor, and Iguanodon, and a Styracosaurus.