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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!

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!

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.

Get Excited for the New Star Wars: Galxay’s Edge!

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Rumors were spread earlier this year about what features the new Star Wars land in Disney’s Hollywood Studio would include… Some of the mysteries surrounding this new land were revealed at Disney run 23D Expo that just ended.

First of all, the new Star Wars land finally has a name and it is: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! The new lands (yes, lands) will open in 2019 starting first in Disneyland in California, then in Disney World in Orlando, Florida! Both lands will encompass about 14 acres of pure excitement!

As far as attractions go, the Star Wars fans will not be disappointed:

  • The Millennium Falcon: take control of this famous “hunk of junk”, accompanied by Han Solo and Chewbacca who will help you navigate your through the Galaxy!
  • The Star Wars battle: fight amidst a major battle between the Resistance and the First Order! Guests will feel as if they were inside a Star Destroyer and take full part in the action! It is going to be an attraction like never seen before.

A Star Wars hotel will also be part of the new park in Disney’s Hollywood Studio! This hotel will provide a complete 100% immersive experience! From start to finish, guests will take part in unique personalized adventures, talking to famous Star Wars characters and even dressing up accordingly!

All Star Wars fans, big or small, young or old, will marvel at the perspective of spending time in this new and exciting park to open in both Disneyland and Disney World in 2019!

Taste the World with Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

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This year’s International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot is going to be the longest ever! Starting on August 31st until November 13th, the festival will be a record 75 days long!! Moreover, celebrating the 35th Epcot anniversary, the festival will count 35 marketplaces as opposed to 25 global marketplaces in 2016. More to enjoy for your palate!

Disney World has recently released this year’s menu and it will make your mouth water! Come and enjoy food from all over the world coming from places such as Africa, Australia, France, Greece, and even South Korea! You will be able to try out delicious eats, and attend numerous food shows and food and wine related entertainments! Moreover, this year’s bulk of the festival is included in the general park admission; all you need to do is cover the cost of your delicious treats! There are lots of free things to do also if you would like to get your favorite cook book signed or meet culinary experts for example!

You’re a fan of cheese? Attend a cheese seminar and learn about the texture and awesome drink combinations for the perfect cheese plateau! Attend an alcoholic beverages seminar (for adults only..!) and sample the best wines, spirits and beers while learning more about wine making, beer brewing and distilling techniques.

This is a very popular event and hotel spaces book out very quickly, so you’ll need to plan a bit in advanced! Coming with you kids and make them discover a piece of the world through their taste buds is a fantastic idea, but think about renting a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals to make your experience and that of your children more enjoyable!

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!

Why Getting Married at Disney is Both a Magical and Practical Choice?

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Getting hitch at Disney World might be a childhood princess dream, or to some it might seem like a completely immature ‘adult’ choice to make. Whatever your vision, there are in fact a few practicalities to getting married at Disney World worth thinking about.

#1 – The location! Most couples who are getting married come from different home towns, sometimes each located on the opposite side of the country, meaning that family would need plane tickets anyway. Orlando offers cheap flight deals all year round as it is a popular touristic destination and is easy to get to from anywhere!
Most cities are crowded making finding a wedding venue and places for your guests to stay expensive and very challenging! Orlando has a plethora of hotels to choose from, and most of them will offer a shuttle service to and from the Disney parks!
The climate is also something to consider! Orland has a warm and forgiving climate making the chances of your wedding day being sunny and warm incredibly high!

#2 – Entertainment! Having you wedding at Disney World also means that you guests will have plenty of opportunities to entertain themselves when you’re not available to them! That way you can spend time with different group of family and friends without anyone getting bored and resentful!

#3 – The Legendary Disney hospitality – It is a well-known fact that Disney knows hospitality and is a master at it! Disney’s service is impeccable, and they will take care of everything if you require so (catering, cake and flowers, photographers, wedding band etc.). They provide wedding planners free of charge and they are prepare to help you out all the way!

#4 – Price – Getting married at Disney doesn’t need to be the price of a small castle! Aside from getting married at the Magic Kingdom in front of the Cinderella Castle, Disney offers a very tasteful wedding venue called the Victorian Pavillion. Packages for this venue and a small guest list start just under $3,000!!

How to Experience Disney World on a Budget

 

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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!!

World Ocean Day: Get Closer to Wildlife at Epcot

 

World Ocean Day: Epcot

If you live in Florida or going on holiday there, you will most likely marvel at its beautiful beaches and diverse marine life! Thursday 8th, June, 2017 is World Ocean Day and if you are visiting Disney World then, make sure you go to Epcot park to spend sometime learning about, and marveling at the beautiful sea creatures at ‘the Seas with Nemo and Friends’!

Disney World has planned for you a full day of fun and educational activities! You and your family will be able to ask all the questions you might have about the marine ecosystem in Florida, and all the endangered (or not) species you can find along the coast! Sharks, turtles, sting rays, you will be able to see it all, and learn how you and your children can help protecting these incredible creatures and their environment!

A team of education instructors and conservation specialists will be there all day to guide you through the marine wildlife ecosystem and provide fun and educational activities around the park for you and your kids.

If you get hungry, make sure you go to the Coral Reef Restaurant and order the special World Ocean Day dessert, specially made for the occasion! Indulge yourself and your kids with a delicious ocean designed white chocolate dessert. 

Make sure to rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals if you’re going with your little ones to ensure your day and theirs is as perfect as it should be!