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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!!

 

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!!

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!

Celebrating Spring at Disney World resort!

International Epcot Flowers and Garden Festival

Come celebrate Spring at Disney World Orlando and treat your senses to a world of beautiful sensations with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! 

The International Flower and Garden Festival takes place every year at Epcot between March and end of May. This year will boast a plethora of new gardens, new characters topiaries as well as plenty of food and drinks for your best enjoyment! Taking place from March 1st to May 29th, this famous 90 days flower and garden festival is a fantastic way to spend some time away with your whole family.

You will be able to enjoy brand new “Princess” topiaries with the welcoming a Belle topiary from the “Beauty and the Beast” as well as a newly redesigned play garden inspired from “Cars” also introducing new characters. A six-foot tall topiary of Figment, the dragon mascot, will be a first in this flower and garden festival this year! Treat yourself and your family to delicious fresh food from the farm-market and taste some of the best cooking of the festival.
Garden Rocks concerts series will also expand to four days, from Monday to Friday, so you and your family can enjoy three different concerts featuring multiple genre musicians and welcoming new acts this year, such as Simple Plan or Exposé.

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is a magical and inspiring way of spending time with your family and will leave you enchanted and light hearted.

Admission tickets to Epcot themed park are required to get access to the festival. These can be purchased directly on the official Disney World website.

‘Happily Ever After’ New Disney Nighttime Spectacular 2017

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You love Disney’s magical Nighttime Spectaculars? You would like to end your day at Disney World by a wonderful nighttime show by the Cinderella Castle? Then, you will be mesmerized by the new Nighttime Spectacular starting at Disney Magic Kingdom on May 12: ‘Happily ever after’ 

Newer, brighter, longer! The new ‘Happily ever after’ nighttime spectacular will replace the ‘Wishes’ nighttime spectacular for a more extravagant and beautiful show this year.
The story will showcase some of the most extraordinary adventures that your favorite Disney characters have lived to achieve their most passionate dreams. The villains will also be part of the show to push our heroes to the limit of their courage and faith for a more triumphant and explosive ending with fireworks!
More than just a new story, the show will also feature more projections, immersive lighting, and lasers than ever before for a more extravagant and inspiring experience.
The new ‘Happily ever after’ nighttime spectacular will also offer a longer experience for guests and will last a whole 18 minutes for your full enjoyment.

‘Happily ever after’ will feature some of the newest and dearest Disney stories and more Disney characters than ever before including:

  • Aladdin
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Moana
  • Mulan
  • Tarzan
  • Wall-E
  • Zootopia
  • Up
  • Frozen
  • The Incredibles

The new ‘Happily ever after‘ Disney nighttime show spectacular will transport you in a magical universe where a flying Tinker Bell will remind you that everyone can live happily ever after with a bit of little Disney magic. This wonderful extravaganza will be the jewel at the end of your day and will make your entire family dream of pixie dust, courage and adventure.

 

Fireworks Make Wishes Come True at Disney

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The Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Disney Magic Kingdom is all about making wishes come true!

Come and marvel at the spectacle while the most famous and beloved Disney characters invite you to sing and wish upon a star.
Jimmy Cricket, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Ariel, Peter Pan and many more invite you along to the magnificent Cinderella Castle at 8:00pm for the biggest, most magical fireworks show of all!! You will hear each of them make a wish under the stars: Cinderella wishes to go to the ball, Pinocchio wishes to become a real boy, Ariel wishes to have real legs… You will sing along the most famous Disney songs and you will too be able to wish upon the starts. Will your wish become true? There is only one way to find out!

This is an incredible show about wishes coming true, it is sang and narrated by your favorite characters and boasts spectacular, bright lights upon the Cinderella Castle.  Don’t miss out on Tinker Bell’s flight above the castle and over the park during this breath taking musical as the most extravagant fireworks illuminate the sky at the end of the night. The whole park vibrates with the rumbling thunder of the fireworks, as blazing rockets race and explode into the sky in a multitude of sparkles and glowing colors.

No matter how many times you have seen this show, the magic of it makes it a worthwhile emotional experience for the whole family every single time. Be sure to prepare tissues as it will certainly bring you tears of joy and love, and will leave you with the best kiss goodnight Disney Resort could offer you during your holiday.

It is a free activity that lasts 12 minutes. You can stand in the Cinderella forecourt or surrounded bridges for the best view of the show.