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7 Ways to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

Extra magic hours are a great reason to stay on property at Disney World.

If you are planning at trip to Walt Disney World you need to know that Orlando can be H-O-T! The average temperature in the summer months is in the mid 90’s, and the humidity can be brutal. I’ve lived in Alabama my whole life, and the summer still kicks my tail. If you are from a cooler climate, I can promise you that you will experience heat like never before if you visit Walt Disney World in the middle of August. It isn’t just the heat that is oppressive, it’s the humidity which will suck the life out of you. If you are traveling to Walt Disney World during the hotter months of the year, you need to be prepared. Here are 7 ways to beat the heat and stay cool at Walt Disney World Let’s get started!

7. Prepare before you leave home!

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Break out your walking shoes and hit the road to get used to physical exercise in the heat before you get to the parks. The average guest walks 8-10 miles a day at Walt Disney World. If you aren’t used to the heat or exercise, you are going to feel like death warmed over. If you are a professional couch surfer with the air conditioner blasting at 68 degrees, you will be in for a rude awakening at the parks. Spend some time outside just acclimating to moving around in the great (and hot) outdoors before you attempt to pull a 12 hour day at the parks. Bonus tip – make sure you are wearing comfy shoes that breathe!

6. Pack accordingly!

Visit your Walmart or sporting goods store before your visit and stock up on items that will help you stay cool. Check out frogg toggs, cooling rags that are amazing when they are wet. Whenever they start to get warm again, just run them back under some cool water, or throw some ice cubes in them, wrap them back around your neck and you will be good to go again.

Grab a few small spray bottles with cooling fans before your trip. They are usually available for purchase in the parks, but you will save tons by bringing them with you. Add some ice and water, and you will be ready to rock and roll. These are great for kids and adults, and are good at moving the hot, sticky air away from your face when the breeze has disappeared. You can even clip one on your stroller to keep your little ones comfortable. Don’t forget to throw in a hat or visor and shades in your bag to keep the sun at bay.

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When packing for your trip be sure to think carefully about the clothes you are putting in your suitcase. Avoid dark colors, and look for fabrics that breathe and dry quickly. I throw in a change of clothes in our bag for our kids because sweaty, wet clothes are miserable, and who wants a miserable and whiny kid at WDW? Not me!

Another bonus tip: throw in some diaper rash ointment and Gold Bond No Mess Powder Spray in your bag. The diaper rash ointment is great for irritated and damp skin (even for adults). The Gold Bond spray is a total game changer for anyone dealing with “chub rub”.

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5. Utilize Extra Magic Hours!

Walt Disney World Resort guests have the perk of being able to use Extra Magic Hours either in the morning or evening at the parks. The schedule is posted for the parks months in advance, and resort guests can either get into the parks before non-resort guests, or can stay later, depending on the schedule for that day. Use these hours wisely! If you get to the parks at 8:00 in the morning, you can spend several well planned hours hitting all the major attractions, eat lunch, and then take a few hours to relax during the hottest part of the day. After a break, head back to the parks for more fun. If Extra Magic Hours are offered during the evening, you can hit the parks until midnight, or even later, with the temperatures being much more manageable. 

4. Party After Hours!

Purchase Disney After Hours or Disney H20 Glow Nights tickets! Let’s start with Disney After Hours….These 3-hour nighttime events allow guests to enter the parks at 7:00 pm and enjoy attractions and experiences with little-to-no-wait time. You can find Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park! You will be able to have smaller crowds which will let you really enjoy popular attractions and Character Greetings. Ice cream, popcorn and select beverages are all included with the cost of admission! Tickets start at $125.

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At Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, guests can enjoy the H20 Glow Nights where the water park atmosphere transforms into an electric celebration overflowing with splash-tastic surprises. Along with shorter wait times for popular waterslides, you can look forward to a:

  • DJ-hosted dance party on the sandy beaches of the Surf Pool
  • Playful mix of Toy Story-themed experiences including Character Greeting with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie
  • Tempting array of limited-time food and beverage offerings
  • Special area—The Wharf—just for adult partygoers, featuring entertainment and a bar with refreshing libations available for purchase.
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Tickets for H20 Glow Nights start at $59, and are available on select nights from May to August.

3. Take a break!

Leave the parks during the hottest part of the day and spend a few hours either relaxing in your resort pool or taking a nap. You will need it because the heat just zaps energy, and the break will be well appreciated! After a few hours, you can head back to the parks and start the fun again.

Or, you can spend a day at one of Walt Disney World’s water parks, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, to beat the heat and have fun playing at the same time. Win/win!

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2. Get inside!

There are so many attractions around Walt Disney World that are inside! These are perfect for hot park days, or even for the inevitable pop-up showers that Orlando is so famous for. Plan accordingly to visit some of the most popular including Space Mountain, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, the indoor playground at Dumbo, all at Magic Kingdom. You can take time to watch stage shows like Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo at Animal Kingdom and the Frozen Sing-A-Long or Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Hollywood Studios. Plan to spend time exploring the the Living Seas Aquarium at Epcot. There are so many indoor attractions around Walt Disney World that are the perfect escape from the heat!

Taking a few minutes to pop into a quick service restaurant to have a cool drink, a scoop of ice cream or a snack is also a great way to beat the heat. Seek out the air conditioning and it will definitely improve your day!

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1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 

And by “hydrate” I mean to drink water! August in Orlando is not the time to attempt to drink your way around the World Showcase at Epcot. Tequila and 95 degree temps don’t mix well. Pack a water bottle or camelbak and drink, drink, drink! And don’t forget that all counter service restaurants will give you cups of ice water for free, so you can even save some money without purchasing bottled water. I made it a habit to get some ice water just about every time we saw a counter service restaurant, because by the time you feel thirsty, dehydration has already started. Stay ahead of it!

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So there you have it! My top 7 tips for beating the heat at Walt Disney World. Do you have any tips? Let’s chat in the comments! ~Amy ºoº

Disneyland Dole Whip Donut Review

Disneyland Dole Whip Donut

Have you ever wondered what a pineapple donut might taste like? That’s not something I’ve asked myself! Apparently, enough people have wondered since Disneyland recently came out with a Dole Whip Donut! Since this treat is only around for a short while, your trusty Disneyland contributors, Ashlee and I, made sure to check it out! I actually had no intention of trying it, but my mom (who lives in North Carolina) wanted to know how it tasted, so I had to try it!

Disneyland Dole Whip Donut

Amidst the hype of Pixar Fest, Ashlee and I made our way to the Cappuccino Cart near the castle to find the donut! Naturally, a line was already forming just 15 minutes after the park opened. Luckily, we were able to nab one of these treats! Here is our review of the Disneyland Dole Whip Donut.

Amanda’s Review

I am not a fan of Dole Whips OR donuts, so right away I had written off this snack. What I did like about it initially was how aesthetically pleasing it was! Great for those Instagram pictures, if you’re into that. I went into the whole experience not expecting to like this donut at all. Let me tell you; it was actually really good! The donut was super fresh, the meringue wasn’t overly sweet, and the pineapple jelly filling was the best part! Lesson learned; don’t judge a book by its cover! I give this treat a 4 out of 5-star rating! One star down because it was kind of messy and sticky but an excellent treat in the end!

Ashlee’s Review

Unlike Amanda, I happen to LOVE Dole Whips AND donuts! I was curious about trying it, but my inner photographer also wanted lots of pictures of it! I was a little skeptical that it might look better than it tastes, but I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food! After a mini photoshoot with the donut, I was ready to try it! Let’s just say I was not disappointed! It was absolutely delicious! I concur with Amanda it was a little too sticky for me, but the flavors were amazing! 4 out of 5 stars for me too!

Overall Thoughts

The consensus between us was two thumbs up! Disneyland has a new sweet treat! Curious about the Disneyland Dole Whip Donut? So were we! We tried it to see if it was as great as everyone says it is. Come read our review and try the Disneyland Dole Whip Donut for yourself for a limited time! #disneyland #dolewhip #dolewhipdonut #sweettreats #dessert #donut #doughnutThis limited time donut was definitely worth trying! It’s unfortunate that it won’t be something permanent, but hopefully it will make a comeback!

Many thanks to Amanda W. for this fun post! We’d like to invite you to follow along with our contributors, Amanda and Ashlee, in their new blogging venture, The Adventureland Girls! You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram!

Best Tips for Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout

Disney’s summer celebrations kicked off Memorial Day weekend, and Disney’s California Adventure got quite the treat with the grand opening of a brand new ride! On January 2, 2017, Tower of Terror had its final checkout in order to make way for Disney’s newest attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Many fans had mixed emotions about the loss of TOT. I had the pleasure of experiencing this new attraction on opening weekend and will tell you all about it!Ready to ride the newest rides at Disney's California Adventure? Read our best tips for Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout before you go!

Out With the Old, In With the New

After 5 long months, the highly anticipated ride was ready for the public! During the long wait, the hotel began to take the shape of the Collector’s fortress from Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s definitely an eye catching design! While you wait for this thrilling attraction, the ride queue comes to life with all sorts of different, unique plants and designs that’ll surely leave you in high expectations for the ride! As you approach the entry way to what used to be a hotel lobby, you are blown away by the transformation that has taken place! From the moment you walk in, you’re surrounded by glass cases with various items The Collector has collected. As you walk through the line, you enter the Collector’s private office where a very realistic animatronic Rocket explains what to expect on the ride.Best Tips for Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout

Mission: BREAKOUT!

Without giving too much away, the premise of the ride is to help Rocket as he tries to free the Guardians who were captured by Taneleer Tivan a.k.a. The Collector. Riders enter a gantry lift that takes them up and drops them down Tivan’s fortress. If you think you know what’s going to happen next, you’re wrong! The ride includes 6 different variations so each time you ride could be different from the last! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be determined to ride all 6 variations! Let me give you some tips if you’re planning to visit this ride in the coming months!Best Tips for Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout

Best Tips for Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout

Due to the popularity of Guardians of the Galaxy, the opening of this ride definitely meant LARGE crowds. I would highly suggest arriving at least an hour before the park even opens. Once my friend and I entered the park, we divided and conquered. I stayed in the standby line while my friend went to the FastPass line. Because the park hadn’t opened yet, the standby line was queued in the Hyperion Theater courtyard while the FastPass line was queued backstage. Once the park opened at 9:00 a.m., lines started moving and boy did the wait time increase! By the time my friend and I made it to the actual ride to stand in the outside queue, the wait time hit 300 minutes. After about an hour we finally made it on the ride.Best Tips for Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout

My Reaction

We had no idea what to expect, aside from lots of drops. From start to finish the ride keeps you on the edge of your seat! You truly don’t know what you’ll see or when you’ll drop next! So, which did I like better? TOT or Guardians? Well, Guardians did a great job with both the interior and exterior décor, as well as creating a completely different experience for this ride. But, I am a die hard Tower of Terror fan and that ride will always hold a special place in my heart.Best Tips for Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout

Summer of Heroes

Now if you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “this ride isn’t for me.” That’s okay! The opening of this ride coincides with California Adventure’s “Summer of Heroes” where you can meet some of your favorite Marvel characters such as Black Widow or Captain American or even have a dance party with Star-Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy! Best Tips for Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BreakoutDon’t forget to check out all the new food and merchandise options available in the Hollywood Backlot in DCA! Where will you go first this summer?

Thanks to Disneyland contributor Amanda for this photos and accompanying photos!

Episode 80: 10 Things to Pack in your Disney Parks bag

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10 Things to Pack in your Disney Parks Bag

While Amy’s living the good life at the Animal Kingdom lodge and aboard the Disney Dream, Sarah and Meredith are left chatting about what to pack in your Disney parks bag. From strollers and sunglasses to magic bands and more, we’re here to discuss it all! What’s one thing you always you always forget to bring?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Episode 79: Last Minute Packing for Disney Parks and Cruises

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Last Minute Packing for Disney Parks and Cruises

Amy’s ready to set sail on the Disney Dream after a fun stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this week. Add Meredith’s trip coming later this week, we thought it was most fitting to have a chat about last minute packing. From sunscreen to magic bands, we’re here to discuss it all! What’s one thing you always you always forget to bring?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Disneyland Gumball Rally

Have you ever wondered how many attractions you could get on in a single day? Think you can do them all? Well, thanks to Micechat’s Annual Gumball Rally, I was able to find out! What is the Disneyland Gumball Rally you might ask? It’s a competition for teams of 2, 3, or 4 to see how many attractions they can ride in Disneyland and DCA within the allotted event time. Hear all about Amanda's experience with Micechat Podcast's Disneyland Gumball Rally! It's a one day extravaganza of rides and fun. Read her first hand experience before you decide to participate in the Gumball Rally for yourself.This year marked the 11th Annual Gumball Rally, and in honor of Pirates of the Caribbean’s 50th Anniversary, the theme was Pirates! This was my first year competing in the Rally, and I would like to share my experience with you!Disneyland Gumball Rally

Disneyland Gumball Rally

On the day of the rally, my friend and I made our way to The Anaheim Hotel where the opening ceremonies would begin. Teams have the option of basic registration or VIP registration. Because it was our first year, we opted for VIP registration! This royal treatment included priority seating for the opening ceremony and awards ceremony, full breakfast and dinner, a rally t-shirt, commemorative rally pin, and access to compete in the rally!Disneyland Gumball Rally

Choosing Teams

Each team also comes up with a team name and logo. Our team name was the Bitter Bellhops in honor of our favorite ride, Tower of Terror! After breakfast and a quick run-down of the rules, everyone made their way to the parks to begin the rally! At this point, you might be asking, “How do you prove you went on the ride?” Great question! Every team is given a question booklet pertaining to the attractions they must visit. This year there were three booklets, two for Disneyland (Disneyland East/Disneyland West) and one for DCA, totaling 39 attractions.Disneyland Gumball Rally

Starting Line

Once all the teams received their booklets, we were dismissed, and the rally officially began! We chose to start our race with Disneyland East. Within the first two hours, we had already completed five attractions including Space Mountain, Star Tours, and Peter Pan. We kept this momentum going, completing 11 of the 14 rides in Book One. There comes the point where lines are just too long, and you and your team have to decide that it’s okay to not go on a ride.Disneyland Gumball Rally

Working Our Way Through the Parks

We decided to move on to Book Two, Disneyland West. Did I happen to mention the weather? Oh yes, it was in the 60s with off and on rain. You bet we embraced those water rides! By 3:30, we decided to call it quits with Book Two and make our way to DCA since we only had until 7:00 p.m. to complete the rally. At this point, we had completed 17 attractions.

Fight to the Finish Line

Toward the end, the crowds had settled in, and the lines were outrageous. We received Book Three and quickly scanned the rides we needed to go on. Radiator Springs Racers, California Screamin’, Soarin’ over the World, Midway Mania were just a few we needed to ride. Lines exceeded an hour for each of them. Time was slowly running out, exhaustion was setting in, and to say I was hangry was an understatement! Of the 11 attractions in this book, we made it through 5 bringing our grand total of attractions to 22 in 11 hours. Although we did not make the Top 10, we did make so many memories, added new friends, and made strategies to carry into the rally next year!

Thanks to Disneyland contributor Amanda for this post and photos!

Episode 76: Star Wars updates

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Star Wars updates

With all of the news that came out of Star Wars Celebration Orlando, we just couldn’t resist chatting about all the exciting Star Wars coming to both the big and silver screens as well as the Disney parks! From the Last Jedi to a Star Wars themed resort stay at Walt Disney World, we’re here to discuss it all!  What are you most looking forward to?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

The recent release of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast brought some very welcomed changes to Disneyland! The Village Haus in Fantasyland has received a complete makeover and now is home to the Red Rose Taverne, a Beauty and the Beast inspired dining experience.Try the new Red Rose Taverne at Disneyland! This limited engagement restaurant is sure to please Disneyland and Beauty and the Beast fans alike. Find out why we think you should visit!

Be Our Guest

From the moment you walk inside, you feel like you’ve stepped into the movie. The interior of the dining area is beautifully decorated with images of the classic animated film, but there are also characters from the new film represetned. When you step up to place your order, you feel as though you’re transported to the little village where Belle resides. The attention to detail is truly mind-blowing. I’m sure you are not reading this because you are oh so curious about the décor, so let’s get to the good stuff; the food!Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

Crowd Pleasing Entrees

Between the burgers, sandwiches, poutine, salad, flatbreads, and of course desserts, how could one decide what to eat?? Since this was our first visit, my friend and I made sure to divide and conquer. Altogether we tried the Beast’s Burger with Pommes Frites, Pulled Pork Flatbread, Gaston’s Famous Brew, Lemon Rose Cake and the Grey Stuff. The food is reasonably priced and being an Annual Passholder absolutely helps. I was pleasantly surprised with how delicious everything was. The burger was definitely fit for a beast as were the amount of fries you’re given. The flatbread was just enough to “hit the spot,” but still leave room for dessert. My favorite part about it was the sweet spicy BBQ sauce. I was able to wash down that slight kick with Gaston’s Famous Brew, apple-mango punch topped with passion fruit foam which can also be purchased in a souvenir mug.Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

Try the Grey Stuff, it’s Delicious!

I made sure to leave room for dessert, even though both desserts looked too beautiful to eat. The lemon rose cake was very light, lemon mousse with strawberry rose filling. I would certainly recommend if you’ve just eaten the Beast’s burger. Red Rose Taverne Restaurant ReviewNow I’ve saved the best for last, the grey stuff! The Disneyland version consists of white chocolate mousse and red velvet cake with a raspberry center. I have also had the grey stuff from Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom which is a Chocolate Shell, Cookie Crème topped with Lumière’s special “Grey Stuff.” At the end of the day, due to my partial bias towards Disneyland, I have to say the Red Rose Taverne knocked this one out of the park.Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

Food for Thought

Overall, I would highly recommend going to the Red Rose Taverne! I know I will without a doubt be returning and trying out the rest of their menu. The food and the ambiance are definitely worth your time! Next time you and your family are asking yourselves where to eat, consider the Red Rose Taverne! If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, in theaters now!

Thanks to our Disneyland contributor, Amanda, for this review and accompanying photos!

Can’t Miss Foods at Walt Disney World

Can’t Miss Foods at Walt Disney World

Even if you are not a self-proclaimed “foodie,” why not take the chance to branch out while on vacation? Not only does Disney Springs have some amazing options to try, but you might even be surprised at what you find inside the parks too. Today, we’re sharing some great options for “can’t miss” foods at Walt Disney World.

Kona Cafe

If you love bananas, strawberries, and french toast, you must try the Tonga Toast at the Kona Cafe. This quaint cafe is located at the Polynesian Village Resort. Be sure to have a healthy appetite when you visit because the Tonga Toast is HUGE. It is a slice of sourdough bread stuffed with banana, rolled in cinnamon sugar, and served with strawberry compote. This meal is sure to get anyone ready for a day at the parks.can't miss foods at walt disney world

Yak and Yeti

In Animal Kingdom, the Yak & Yeti is the place of your dreams. For sit down or counter service, Yak and Yeti will satisfy any appetite. My favorite menu item is the Wok-Fired green beans served with a soy lime dipping sauce. I never knew that fried green beans would change my world, but these sure did. During my next trip, I know that I must try the Potstickers and Dim Sum basket for two. I’m never one to order desserts at an Asian restaurant, but their Fried Wontons skewered with fresh pineapple and served with vanilla ice cream and honey vanilla drizzle is making my mouth water at just the thought of it. This is a must try for me!

Coming Soon: Satu’li and Pongu Pongu

I absolutely loved the beauty of floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests in the Avatar movie, and I’m so excited to be visiting the Pandora World of Avatar park on opening weekend. I’ve been looking over the menu for Satu’li Canteen, and these dishes look otherworldly. Satu’li is a fast casual restaurant serving everything from beef to tofu, but the most interesting thing I see are the steamed pods. If it’s anything like the Pork bao at Morimoto’s Asia, then I will be one very happy adventurer. Available in Vegetable Steamed Curry and Cheeseburger these light and fluffy looking pods do seem interesting. Pandora: The World of Avatar also offers another quick service option that will definitely quench any explorer’s thirst.

Serving bioluminescent frozen cocktails, indigenous beers, and sweet treats only available here, Pongu Pongu sounds like the perfect stand to visit on a hot day. Read our list of can't miss foods at Walt Disney World and see if you've eaten any of our favorites! What's on your "can't miss" list?I cannot wait to try all of these new, amazing looking dishes this summer! I will definitely be sharing which ones are best in another round of “Can’t Miss Foods at Walt Disney World.” Until next time, Bon Appetit!

Disneyland Planning: Best Tips from an Annual Passholder

Disneyland Planning 101 should include pin trading activities.

Disneyland Planning 101

What comes to mind when you think of Southern California? Hollywood? Beaches? Hipsters? Trendy foods? Does Disneyland make the top of your list? Growing up a Disney fanatic, Disneyland is at the top of my list. I would consider Disneyland my second home, and, since I have been an Annual Passholder for the bulk of my life, I would say I know the park fairly well. I’m happy to share my opinions about Disneyland Planning in hope that they will help you have the perfect Disneyland day.Disneyland Planning is a lot different than Disney World planning! Come read our tips before your next west coast mouse visit. Disnyeland planning can be easy and fun!

Rides

Having a plan of attack is the best way to start your Disney adventure. No matter what time of day you arrive, getting a FastPass is key! Not sure which ride you should get a FastPass for? Check out the Disneyland app for up to-date wait times and FastPass distribution times! On my perfect day, I head to Space Mountain (currently Hyperspace Mountain) to grab a FastPass and then head over to Indiana Jones. My day is not complete unless I have ridden my favorite ride, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. If a high-speed, roller coaster ride in the dark is not your thing, no problem! Disneyland has rides for all ages.Disneyland Planning 101

Food

No Disney trip is complete without food. This is an understatement for me. As a foodie, I probably know more about where to eat and what to eat than anything else. Popcorn, ice cream, churros, and the beloved Dole Whip are just a few of the many Disney must-haves! I could spend an entire post just on the numerous dining options. What I can say is I enjoy switching up where to eat every trip I go. Disneyland provides a wide variety of cuisines from American to Cajun to Italian to Mexican and everything in between.Disneyland Planning 101 includes knowing where and what to eat.

Pin Trading

I am a huge pin trading fan, and I would highly suggest everyone try it out! I find that pin trading adds a little extra variety to your day. Whenever I don’t feel like going on rides all day, I will bring my pins and trade all over the various locations in the park. You can also admire and even trade with fellow collectors in the park. If you’re not sure where to find them, they’re usually hanging out around one of the many pin stores.Disneyland Planning 101 should include pin trading activities.

Plan Another Visit

There is so much one can do in a single Disneyland trip. No two trips are the same! Between character meet and greets, parades, fireworks, rides, and shows, there are plenty of fun-filled activities to fill your day. A perfect Disneyland day is not complete without a classic castle picture to commemorate your day at the Happiest Place on Earth. Couldn’t fit it all in in your one day? That just means it’s time to plan another trip!Disneyland Planning 101 iconic castle photo.What would your perfect day at Disneyland look like?

 

Thanks to Amanda (@pandaavw) for sharing your Disneyland tips with us!

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Why We Choose a Disney Vacation

I’ve been coming across various articles and blogs lately from people who choose NOT to visit Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Usually these posts contain trite statements claiming not to judge other families who do choose to visit Disney, but then the whole post is full of judgement anyway. In our personal life, when some people find out we are planning a trip back to Walt Disney World, I hear, “Again?” Yes, again.

My love affair with Walt Disney World, and Disney in general, started as a child. A few trips to Walt Disney World, and a slightly unhealthy obsession with The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, grew my love tenfold. It grew even more when we traveled for the first time to Walt Disney World with our oldest son, Tigger, for his 6th birthday back in 2012. My husband had never been to Walt Disney World. Since that trip, our family has been hooked on “the Mouse.” We’ve had several trips to Walt Disney World (with and without children), and have our next trip planned for May 2017 to coincide with our second Disney cruise.

Why We Choose a Disney Vacation

I love Disney so much that I jumped at the opportunity to help create The Mouse & the Monorail. I even became a Disney travel planner two years ago. Our family has absolutely fallen in love with the Disney experience, and here are a few reasons why.

The Magic

From the moment that we begin planning to the moment we are packing our bags to come home, Disney makes everything magic. I like to say, “If you are celebrating at Disney, then Disney is celebrating with you!” Disneyland and Walt Disney World give out celebration buttons for free, and they love to celebrate with you. Whether you are there for a birthday, anniversary, graduation or even something small like your child losing their first tooth, Disney loves to make you feel special. We’ve been given stickers, cupcakes and even extra fast passes from cast members that go above and beyond to make the experience magical.

Speaking of magic, does it get any more magical than watching your child meet Mickey Mouse for the first time? Or watching fireworks after a long day in the parks? For us, the answer is no. Disney allows guests to get away from it all and remain blissfully happy as long as possible.

The Experience

Our family has been fortunate to visit the parks several times and cruise with Disney once. During those trips, my boys have met to countless cast members from all over the world. They have taken an art class with a Disney animator, learned about different cultures and countries in Epcot, and tested the boundaries of science and mathematics while designing a car to race in Test Track. We’ve tried foods that were way out of our comfort zones and loved them! We’ve been on a safari in Animal Kingdom and learned about colonial America in Liberty Square. Disney’s Imagineers leave no stone unturned in making each attraction as accurate as possible.

The parks and resorts are full of educational opportunities, and many of them are even free! For example, anyone can visit Animal Kingdom Lodge and participate in their activities that promote African culture and wildlife. After the activity is over, participants are given a bead to signify what the class was about. Those beads can be added to a bracelet for a fun keepsake.  There are many in-park games that encourage you to explore the parks to the fullest, and don’t cost anything! You can even participate in Kidcot Fun Stop activities at Epcot that allow kids do crafts or activities from each country. Does your child want to be a pirate? Look no further than The Pirates League at Magic Kingdom. Have a princess in your house? She might love to visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! The opportunities truly are endless!

The Fun

Simply put, Disney is fun for the whole family. It’s nice being able to disconnect from the real world of work, bills and stress to spend a few days with Mickey and friends. There is nothing more fun than seeing the smile on my kids face as they goof off with Goofy or enjoy one of the many rides and attractions around the parks. Disney celebrates exploring the ends of your imagination and having fun while doing so. Have you ever seen an elephant fly? It doesn’t stop us from having a blast on Dumbo!

Whether we are riding Space Mountain, laughing at Mickey’s PhilharMagic or enjoying fireworks while dressed up like pirates on a Disney cruise, Disney puts a smile on our face and a skip in our step. My boys are having a blast, and we are making amazing memories as a family. They won’t always be little, but I want them to have as much fun as they can while they are!

So Why Do We Do Disney?

We do Disney because it makes us happy. If you don’t get that, maybe you need a little more happy in your life!

Episode 65: What’s Coming in 2017: Movies, Parks and More!

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What’s Coming in 2017: Movies, the Parks, and More

Hey howdy hey everyone! We’re back to talk all about what’s coming in 2017 for the family of Disney companies. From tv shows and blu-ray/digital/dvd releases, to the parks and theatrical feature length releases, we’ve talking about it all! What Disney things are you looking forward to in 2017? ~Meredith ºoº

p.s. Here’s that link I said I’d include 🙂


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