While most of the rides and shows at Walt Disney World offer detailed, immersive experiences and magical memories, not all Disney attractions are created equal. This is especially true of the park attractions which haven’t really changed after a decade or so of operation.
Now in Disney’s defense, there are a lot of rides and shows to keep up with; and Disney often refurbishes and updates when they can, but there are a few that seem to slip through the cracks which I think Disney could really do a lot with.
5. Ellen’s Universe of Energy-This Epcot Future World attraction has been outdated and a bit of snooze for quite sometime. I think that when Disney guests begin to consider this ride as a prime napping spot when visiting the parks, it’s time for a change. Epcot’s Future World is in need of TLC and renewed creativity; and I say the Universe of Energy would be a great place to start. Maybe they could incorporate some of Walt’s original vision of Epcot into an attraction? What do you think?
Tired of the crowds and long lines? Ever wish you can experience Walt Disney World like a VIP? You can! I’ve got five ways for how you can experience some special treatment at WDW; but let’s just keep this between us, okay?
5. Go When Crowds are Low-Many Disney regulars will tell you that the best, and sometimes only, time to visit Walt Disney World is when the crowd levels are low, such as mid-January to Spring Break, post-Spring Break to June, and after school starts to about the second week of December. During these times, the lines are almost non-existent, you find yourself with more time and less stress, and it’s a great feeling not to shuffle through crowds. You really do feel like a VIP! However, many families don’t have the flexibility of being able to travel at the low attendance times; and if you’re one of them, you can still experience what it’s like to have a non-crowded, almost private park! How? For one, I suggest arriving before rope drop at the parks. The parks usually don’t get crowded until an hour or two after opening; and the first hours of the day offer extra experiences and little to no waits. You can also tour the parks at night during one of the fireworks displays and parades. Lines and crowds are fewer because guests are all on Main Street or on the curb waiting for the show! Lastly, if you’re a Disney Resort guest, take advantage of Extra Magic Hours! These are reserved only for Disney Resorts guests and let you get in the parks earlier or stay later.
I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for summer! Now summertime at Disney can get pretty intense. After all, Florida is known for its infamous humidity; but there is a cure: The Disney Water Parks!
Walt Disney World is home to two themed water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach; but today, we are focusing on Disney’s Blizzard Beach, which is probably the most unique water park on the planet! The story behind Blizzard Beach is that there was a freak snowstorm which hit Central Florida and thus Florida’s first ski-resort was born! However, the weather phenomenon was only temporary and soon the ski-resort began to melt, turning ski runs and water slides and snow drifts into pools! That’s when the whole idea was transformed into a water park, but remnants of the ski-resort still exist from a working ski-lift to snow plows to icicles! There’s lots of snow left too!
So if you’re looking to cool off, there’s no better cure than a snow day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach; and to know how to do it right, check out my Top 5 Things To Do at this unique, family friendly water park!
5. Ride the Ski Lift-Most of Blizzard Beach’s slides are located on a snow covered hill; and while you can take the maze of steps up to the snowy peak, we recommend the ski lift! Not only is it the more relaxing of the two, it’s also an entertaining, leisurely ride that enables you to see the other slides and guests enjoying themselves down below. You also get a really great view of Blizzard Beach’s icon, the dizzying Summit Plummet!
4. Check out the Ski Patrol Training Camp & Tikes Peak with Your Kids-Let the kids run and enjoy at these two awesome kid designed play areas! The Ski Patrol Training Camp is for kids and pre-teens and offers several kid friendly slides, a zip-line, and training course where kids must balance their way across floating ice bergs! Little princes and princesses can run and splash in their own area, Tikes Peak, which offers mini-slides that small versions of the actual slides found in the park. There’s also a melting snow castle and snow structures, Ice Gator friends, and even a sandy shore to enjoy. Even if you’re not traveling with kids, these adorable areas are worth seeing!
3. Ride Teamboat Springs-This family raft ride is one of the longest in the world! This means that you get a nice, long ride which is well worth the wait. Also, these rafts are huge as they seat up to six guests, meaning the whole family can ride together and watch their faces as they slip, slide, tilt, and get splashed!
2. Float Around Cross Country Creek-This lazy river is fun for the whole family and offers both relaxation, some excitement, and even a few surprises such as a dark cave dripping icy cold water, frozen, leaky pipes, and even the Ice Gator’s House! Cross Country Creek encircles the park and offers several stops, making it a much better alternative to getting around the park compared to walking!
1. Brave Summit Plummet-This slide is the centerpiece of the water park and probably one of the most intense attractions on property! This steep, 12 story, free-fall water slide resembles a ski jump and takes you from the platform, through a dark tunnel, and finally back out into the light as you come to a splashing stop at the bottom. It’s very fast and is sure to test your nerve!
Bonus: Be sure to get your picture made with the Disney Snowman family towards the front of the park! They are dressed for a day at the Disney parks, including Mouse Ears!
So I want to know, who’s a fan of Blizzard Beach? What’s your favorite thing to do when you visit?
- Blizzard Beach: A Walk Around Blizzard Beach (aglassslippervacation.com)
- What to Pack for the Disney Water Parks (chipandco.com)
Disney World fans know that Dining at Disney can be as much of a magical experience as the characters and attractions; but with so many restaurants to choose from, dining plans to consider, menus, prices, and more, where do you start?
That’s what today’s post is all about, giving you that head start when tackling the Disney Dining world. So keep reading to learn the top 10 things you need to know about dining at WDW!
10. Use the Dining Plan-I’m a big believer in the Disney Dining Plan and never visit without it! First of all, it offers me an all inclusive vacation, which makes Disney less stressful. Secondly, I believe it does save you cash. Dining at Disney is pricey, and this applies to drinks and snacks; and trust us, you’re going to be stopping by those snack carts and restaurants pretty regularly, especially if you have kids. It’s a good possibility that you will go over your dining budget; and it’s no fun to haul around sandwiches and snacks in that heavy backpack on a hot, humid Florida afternoon. So with the Standard Dining Plan, you don’t have to count cash and you get to enjoy a nice, sit down meal every day, along with one counter service meal and snack credits. (This is the one that I always choose because I like to abuse it and dine at as many expensive restaurants as possible without paying the hefty bill!) Tip: The Dining Plan doesn’t include tips, so be sure to include this cost in your Disney budget! But if you would rather eat and run back to the rides, the Quick Service Dining Plan will definitely save you money.
9. Allow Time for Transportation-Did you book a character meal at the Polynesian for dinner, but you’re at Hollywood Studios today? In that case, you need to allow about an hour cushion for you to get from the park to the resort. Buses aren’t always as prompt as guests prefer, especially if you just left before you reached the bus stop; and you also have to account for the time it takes to leave the park and to walk through the resort to make it to your restaurant. Traveling by Monorail? The same rule applies! Monorails can get backed up and even stop on the tracks in certain situations. So don’t miss your reservation, plan ahead!
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