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Envision this: A “magical” trip to Disney with your toddler. Nothing but smiles and tears of joy. The outbursts are non-existent, your child’s patience are at an all time high, and waiting doesn’t evoke a concern in the world. These are the trips that I envisioned, strives for, and dreamed of. Now don’t get me wrong; our trips have been incredibly magical and filled with amazing memories that are sure to last more than a lifetime. However reality reared it’s ugly head early on in our trips. I am hoping that you are able to use my experiences to help you plan and understand what traveling to the most magical place on earth could entail!
I will start by saying not every child is the same. You may have a prince or princess that is happy to sit in their carriage and relax while they are pushed around by you. Then there is my child. Jr doesn’t sit…ever! He loves to run and jump and skip along. We must have been delusional thinking that his behavior was going to be any different in Disney. John found joy dodging and weaving in and out of groups of people and running from mommy and daddy. He refused to sit in the stroller and refused to hold anyone’s hand. The minute I grabbed for his hand he went into fish mode…you all know that mode when they literally go limp and start flopping around on the ground like a fish out of water…but now add in the screams, yes friends we were “those people.” I was so desperate to try to find solutions I walked into a store and asked if they had a Mickey backpack with a leash attached to it. Yes I contemplated putting him on a leash. I started to brainstorm and one solution that I have come up with since it to put a little ribbon or handle on the side of the stroller for him to hold on to. This way he is close to us without us making him feel like he is out of control. I also give him ample warnings and reminders that he MUST sit in the stroller from the bus to the entrance of the park and vice versa.
Tony Baxter, Senior VP of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering, is stepping down from leading up the team that comes up with all of our favorite rides and attractions. Baxter has had a rich 47 year history with Disneyland from scooping ice cream to creating some of the park’s most famous rides like Big Thunder Mountain.
“It has been a wondrous 47 years,” Baxter said in a statement. “The Imagineers I have known and shared these times with have provided invaluable experiences not to be found anywhere else on Earth. The future of Imagineering and Disney Parks is incredibly bright.”
Baxter got to do and see it all in his tenure with the Walt Disney Company. At Disneyland, Baxter led the creation of some of Disneyland’s major rides, including Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Abroad, Baxter also was the foreman for the development of Disneyland Paris and worked on the creation of Walt Disney World.
Baxter does not want to be too far from Disney and has offered himself up as a mentor to current imagineers. He will be greatly missed and gets many thanks from all his friends at Disney.
“Like so many Imagineering greats before him, his creativity, passion and knowledge will have a remarkable impact on the next generations of (Disney) dreamers and doers,” said Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, in a statement. “We thank Tony for his immeasurable contributions to the Disney legacy so far, and look forward to the next chapter of his Disney story.”
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Let’s face it: all of the rides in Disney World are awesome. However, some rides are just better experienced at night. Below, I have made a list of ten rides that I think provide a better experience in the evenings. Do you agree with my suggestions?
One of the classic rides in the Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain is considered the best ride to experience at night. Why? That pivotal moment before your car plunges 50ft below, the view of Cinderella Castle is exquisite. Not to mention, the darkness adds quite the thrill to your drop.
Another Magic Kingdom classic, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a runaway train that whisks you through mines and canyons. Since this ride is set outdoors, the thrill factor increases in the darkness of the night especially with the rickety sounds of the out of control train ringing in your ears.
What is scarier than random free fall drops in the warped Hollywood Hotel? Darkness. The drops are already dark but when the doors open at the top of the elevator shaft and Hollywood Studios sits before you eyes in a nighttime setting, the view is breathtaking and creepy all at the same time.
Touring plans, which comes from the people who bring your The Unofficial Guide each year, is perhaps one of the best tools out there for planning your Disney Vacation. If you are planning your first or hundredth trip to the Disney World or Disneyland you need to check out www.touringplans.com.
To subscribe it is $11.95 for the year, but there are always coupon codes available it seems. I happen to think this is the best use of your vacation money and here is why.
When you are touring the parks your time is valuable. You do not need to waste precious time in line. Touring plans not only provides you with a crowd calendar and suggests which parks to attend and which to avoid on any given day of the year, but they also help you out with what attractions you should see and when.
You can look up their pre-designed touring plans and follow the step by step plan that will save you time and a lot of hassle. Many plans are included for parents with small children, Parents with tweens, plans for adults, plans for seniors, and plans for the whole family. Even better, if you do not like the plans they provide, you can create a plan by entering the day you are going to be at the park and which attractions you would like to experience. Their computer will optimize it for you, spitting out a plan of action specifically designed for you!
New Disney Photopass Service - Disney Attractions+ now available at Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts. With Attractions+ you can take home all your Attraction images, taken within a 14 day visit to the parks, for $44.95.
How does it work?
- RIDE: Ride one of the participating Attractions
- ASSOCIATE: Present your Attractions+ card at the Attraction Imaging Sales Center within 24 hours of riding to associate your photo.
- CLAIM: Visit DisneyPhotoPass.com and enter the ID on the back of the card.
- DOWNLOAD: Go to “My Downloads” to access your Attractions+ photo downloads.
Disney Attractions+ is available for purchase at any of the participating Attractions.
Walt Disney World Participating Attractions: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, Test Track
Disneyland Participating Attractions: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, California Screamin, Radiator Springs Racers, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
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