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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!!

‘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.

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.

Free and cheap activities at Disney you don’t want to miss

happy kids roasting marshmallows on campfire

 

There are hundreds of free and cheap activities you can enjoy on your Disney trip. You certainly don’t have to spend a small fortune at Disney and the following Disney activities on a budget are here to prove it:

Go swimming! Almost all Orlando-area hotels will have some kind of pool. All of the Moderate and Deluxe Disney resort hotels include wonderful themed elements, water slides or other features. Some non-Disney hotels, such as Radisson Resort Orlando – Celebration, Swan/Dolphin and Caribe Royale, also have elaborate waterfall pools and slides. Cost: FREE to guests of the hotel.

Play miniature golf. There are two courses: Fantasia Gardens, near Disney’s Hollywood Studios; and Winter Summerland, near Blizzard Beach Water Park.

Go fishing. This is strictly “catch and release.” There are two places to rent cane poles (worms also provided): Port Orleans Riverside (near Ol’ Man Island) or Ft. Wilderness (at the Bike Barn).
Rent a boat! Most of Disney’s Moderate, Deluxe and DVC resorts have a marina where you can rent various types of watercraft.

Visit Tri-Circle D Ranch (home of the draft horses used to pull the trolleys down Main Street at the Magic Kingdom) at Ft. Wilderness. There are a few farm animals to see and pony rides for very small children from 10 am to 5 pm. There is FREE day parking at Ft. Wilderness and you can get from the day guest parking to the farm area by special buses that run only in the “Settlement.”

Sing around the campfire and watch a FREE Disney movie. The campfire program at Ft. Wilderness is open to all Walt Disney World resort guests. It is held every evening, at about 7:00 pm in fall and winter and about 8:00 pm in spring and summer, near the Meadow Trading Post. The program starts with a sing-a-long and marshmallow roast. You can bring your own food or buy it from the Chuckwagon, which sells S’more kits and also offers other food such as pizza and hot dogs. Chip and Dale meet the guests and sign autographs. Then a Disney movie is shown on a large outdoor screen. There is some seating on bleachers and benches, or you can lay out a blanket. No reservations necessary — just show up. Cost: FREE to all Disney resort guests.

A similar outdoor campfire and movie program is offered at Beach Club Resort and at the Grand Floridian Resort. There is a campfire sing-along on the beach, followed by a Disney movie. (No characters attend this one.) Ask at the front desk for a schedule. S’more kits that make enough for about 4 people are sold there. No reservations necessary — just show up. Cost: FREE to all Disney resort guests.

Port Orleans-Riverside offers a seasonal “Campfire on de’ Bayou” with stories and sing-alongs around a fire at the Ol’ Man Island Fishin’ Hole. (No characters attend this one.) It usually runs in the winter, from Halloween through sometime in March, and only a couple of nights a week (most recently, Sunday and Thursday), weather permitting. Ask at the front desk for a schedule. S’more kits that make enough for about 4 people are sold there. No reservations necessary — just show up. Cost: FREE to all Disney resort guests.

Take a stroll. There are lovely walkways or nature trails around almost all of the resorts.

At night you can wander along the Polynesian’s beach, sit in a cabana and watch the Electrical Water Pageant and the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. Walk through the tiki-torchlit gardens between the Great Ceremonial House and the beach. It’s all very romantic. (Please keep in mind that the beach and particularly the cabanas are primarily intended for guests of the Polynesian, though there is nothing to prevent the general public from using them.)

Watch the Wishes Fireworks from the Grand Floridian boat dock. Narcoossees restaurant is nearby and receives the audio soundtrack from the Magic Kingdom, so you can enjoy the fireworks synchronized to the music. There’s a little bit of delay due to the distance, but it still works. Seeing the fireworks reflect off of the lake is beautiful.

From the Boardwalk, meander up to the back gate of Epcot, or over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios around closing time and enjoy the music and perhaps a glimpse of IllumiNations or Fantasmic!. The bridge that goes over to the Swan and Dolphin sometimes has nice views at that time.

During the day, explore the woods from the Wilderness Lodge to Ft. Wilderness.
Stroll from the Grand Floridian to the Wedding Pavilion and poke your head in. (Unless there’s a wedding in progress, of course!)

At Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can walk out to the viewing areas and see the exotic African animals roaming free. Note that the animals come out around dusk — you won’t see any during the day. (Please keep in mind that hotel guests’ rooms open right out onto the viewing areas, so quiet is very much appreciated.)

Visit the Butterfly Garden located behind Acadian House in Port Orleans Riverside’s Magnolia Bend section.
Cost for all of the above ideas: FREE.

Rent a bike and explore the trails around one of the resorts. Every Disney resort hotel has some kind of trail, but the trails around Wilderness Lodge and Ft. Wilderness are especially nice.

Rent an old-fashioned fringe-topped surrey at Disney’s BoardWalk. Bicycle around the pier and visit Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts and the Swan and Dolphin. Also available for rent at Old Key West. Surreys can accommodate two to four people.

Watch the Electrical Water Pageant. This floating parade is visible nightly, usually starting at 9:00, from Disney’s Magic Kingdom-area resort hotel docks and beaches. The pageant takes about an hour to move slowly around the lake, stopping at each resort in order: Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Ft. Wilderness and Contemporary. Cost: FREE.

Make the rounds of the Disney resorts and collect something! You can make your own scavenger hunt for little or nothing:
Make a list of every Hidden Mickey you can find
Get a pressed penny or a pin for each resort.
Have a drink in the lounges and save the swizzle sticks (some of them have fun themed designs).
Go on a bargain hunt. Most of the resort hotel shops have at least one shelf or table of marked-down items. You might find a great deal.

Investigate special kids’ programs at your Disney resort hotel. The Deluxe resorts usually have kids’ recreation programs such as coloring, crafts, pool games, Hidden Mickey searches, and storytelling at various times. Cost: FREE to guests of the hotel.