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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.

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!

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.

Toy Story Land is coming to Hollywood Studio!

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If you and your kids enjoyed (and still enjoy) the famous movie Toy Story then you will love the new Toy Story Land coming to Disney World in 2018!

You will enjoy 11 acres of land entirely dedicated to Toy Story in Disney’s Hollywood Studio! Take a step into Andy’s backyard and shrink to the size of your favorite characters, Woody and Buzz! Walk around oversized game board pieces and blocks and get a real feel for what it’s like to be the size of a toy!! You and your family will get the chance to meet your favorite characters and set off on an incredible journey in their world.

To make things even more interesting, the new land will boats two new family friendly roller coasters:

  • Slinky Dog Dash: you will ride aboard Slinky the coil dog on a track that Andy has built in his backyard. Prepare for lots of drops and turns that will make you want to ride this coaster again and again!
  • Alien Swirling Saucers: this is a toy playset featuring aliens flying around in their space saucers trying to capture your rocket vehicle with “The Claw”!

So if you and your kids fancy a bit of a Toy Story mania, make sure your plan a vacation at Disney World next year! Don’t forget to rent a stroller from Magical Stroller Rentals to make your life easier and your kids experience unforgettable!

New Disney Transportation Project Will Lift You Up!

Disney Skyliner

It has been made official that Disney is preparing for the construction of its new transportation project: Disney Skyliner!

This amazing new transportation will connect hotels and parks from Epcot International Gateway to Hollywood Studio via the Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts. These flying gondolas will revolutionize the transportation systems at Disney World. Each gondola will be able to accommodate 10 passengers and will feature some of your favorite Disney characters! Passengers will be able to experience Disney from above, giving them a stunning view of the parks and attractions. Unlike the previous Skyway ride that used to link Magic Kingdom’s Fantasy Land to Tomorrowland and which closed in 1999 after a tragic accident, these brand new gondolas will be completely enclosed, therefore ensuring everyone stays inside while being transported in the air!

Disney World is hoping to set an example for the whole of the United States with this new mode of transport which could revolutionize transportation in American cities!

Another transportation system is also about to come to Disney World, and will surely contribute to making your holiday at Disney World a unique experience: Minnie Mouse themed vans! This new point-to-point service will take guests anywhere they would like to go around Disney World Resort in a classic styled Minnie Mouse decorated car!!

No date was set for the opening of either of these two new transportation systems yet, but both the projects are well on their way.

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!

Celebrating Mother’s Day at Disney World!

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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.

New Security Arrangements at Disney World

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Disney recently announced the opening of a new screening system at Disney Magic Kingdom.

With the view of improving security and making the whole process more fluid, Walt Disney has moved its checkpoint of its most visited themed park, Magic Kingdom, from its front gate to the Transportation and Ticket center. This means that visitors will go through metal detectors as well as bag check before boarding the monorail or ferry to the Magic Kingdom park. For visitors arriving by Bus another bag check has also been created. The new security checkpoints have opened Monday 3rd April!!

These new security arrangements now make the monorail and ferry services at Magic Kingdom, part of the theme park’s secure zone. Moreover, visitors boarding at the different monorail resorts will have their own security bag checks prior boarding. This new checkpoints lay out will significantly spread the load of people coming through and thus help reduce the wait lines!

This new arrangements means that you will be able to enjoy a fully secure park with your family and spend less time waiting to have your bag checked and more time enjoying the magic of Disney. It is also worth noting that moving the security checkpoints closer to the car parks will allow you and your family to drop forbidden items back in your car, such as selfie sticks, or costumes without having to take the monorail or ferry back and go through the security wait lines all over again!

For those traveling with little ones, carrying your own or rented strollers, this is bound to be a major improvement to your holiday at Disney!

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.