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Throughout the Disney parks you will find several Face Painting Stations. Recently I took my son to get his face painted at WDW and wanted to share some Tips & Tricks with you to help make your experience more magical!
1.Each face painting station offers the same selection of about a dozen faces you can choose from. These are your only choices and range from flowers and princess inspired faces, to dogs and pirates.
2. You should expect to pay around $15 for the face. We chose a Pirate face that was $12, but others ran a little more or about the same.
Today I’d like to give a shout out to an unsung hero of Walt Disney World. (And, I’m not talking about Chip.) I’m talking about the Magic Kingdom Newsstand located just inside the turnstiles in the Magic Kingdom. Most people just walk past this little shop, but I think it’s one of the most important places in the Magic Kingdom.
Let’s start our story way back in the 20th century, when I was a college student working on the Walt Disney World College Program. (Was it awesome working at Disney World, you ask? It was beyond awesome.) I worked in merchandise in the Magic Kingdom, and, yes, you guessed it, my main shop was the Newsstand.
This little shop carries everything one might need entering the park that they forgot from home, like fans, film (do people still use that?), and batteries. Did you forget sunscreen or hats? The Newsstand has got you covered. It also carries everything you might need on the way out. Did you forget a snack for the ride home or a gift for a friend? Did you remember to buy postcards and stamps? The Newsstand has got you covered.
As a cast member in the shop, I got to see everyone coming and going from the parks. Thrilled in the morning and thrilled and exhausted in the evening. And, we had everything people might need to help make their vacations a bit easier and more magical.
So the next time you run into or out of the Magic Kingdom, take a moment to share some love with the Newsstand. It’s there to help and just wants a bit of attention.
Lots of hugs (to the Newsstand),
- Getting Around Disney – An Overview of Disney World Transportation (chipandco.com)
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When Walt Disney World travelers envision their trips they think of perfect weather, smiling children, wonderful food, characters surrounding them. While all of these things can be true when traveling to Disney World, a trip to Disney can be tiring, stressful and a little bit of work. There are plenty of ways that to alleviate stress on your Walt Disney World Vacation.
Understand the size
Walt Disney World covers 46 square miles of property, has 4 main theme parks 2 water parks and Downtown Disney. In addition, there are 19 resort hotels on Disney property. Basically, Disney World is HUGE! It is important to understand the size before you travel so that you can accurately plan out your days and times.
It is very important to know the time of year you plan to travel. Crowds, weather and prices vary for different times of year and can greatly impact many of the factors of your trip. In order to help you plan you may want to pick up a few Walt Disney World vacation guide books such as Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World 2011. These books are designed to give you a lot of information about Walt Disney World. Another option would be to visit touringplans.com, this site is devoted to helping you design a step by step plan to the most magical vacation ever!
People ask me all the time what is a Disney Pin Code? The second question in that sequence is usually How do I get one? While the first question is pretty easy the 2nd one takes a little work, but here goes…
A Disney Pin Code is a special discount Disney sends to you to entice you to book a Disney Vacation. Most Pin Code deals start rolling out when Disney is running a special promotion (like now). Usually the deals are better than the offers that are out there to make it hard not to want to book a vacation. I know the ones I have received in the past have been room-only discounts, room upgrades or free dining offers.
Keep in mind with these special discounts that Disney sends out at random they are stickily for YOU! They come with a special code at the bottom that only you can use.
I have yet to figure out WHO or WHY people receive them. For the longest time I thought it was people who haven’t been to Disney in a while. But that was debunked by some friends that goto Disney all the time. While there is no sure-fire way to get a Disney Pin Code I am going to offer up a few tricks I have done that I think has nabbed me several Disney Pin codes in my email & snail mail box over the years.
Tipping is an important part of my Walt Disney World budget planning. I budget for Mousekeeping, bell service, and food servers at all my favorite table service restaurants. Each day, I leave a special Mousekeeping envelope with a few dollars inside when we leave for the day, and I have been blessed with awesome mousekeeping staff when I have traveled.
Now, making towel animals is not a prerequisite for landing a job with the Disney mousekeeping department, but I wanted to share the treasures that Susan and I found waiting for us after long days in the parks. Our special room attendant, Gilma, at the Port Orleans Riverside left us these special mood boosters each day of our stay.
On Thursday, we received a rose.