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Disney has made it easier to travel to Walt Disney World with preschoolers  by releasing the Disney Junior Vacation Offer. Guests can travel to Walt Disney World in early 2016 with a room and ticket package that offers great savings and a special surprise for the little ones at check-in!

Guests can enjoy a three-night, two-day room and ticket package starting at $874* for a family of three at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (valid for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights Jan. 3-6, Jan. 10-14, and Jan. 18-Feb.4, 2016 in a standard room). Guests can book this package through Dec. 23, 2015. Then, upon check-in, kids will get a great bag full of fun activities– a Disney Junior Park Pack. This bag includes fun activities inspired by favorite Disney Junior series – like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Miles from Tomorrowland. There are Disney Junior activity sheets, a special Spotify playlist featuring favorite Disney Junior songs, treats and more.

Make sure to get your fastpass for Disney Junior Live on stage at Hollywood Studios right after your Play and Dine breakfast at Hollywood and Vine! This buffet breakfast s the perfect choice for your preschooler who loves Sofia, Jake and Doc!

Your World of Magic Travel agent has all the information you need to book this great 2016 vacation package. Fastpasses, Advanced Dining Reservations and expert itinerary planning are always provided for free!

Disney wants to make your trip with young children the most magical vacation ever! Do not hesitate to contact me for more information and availability for this and other 2016 vacation package offers! kristenfuentes@worldofmagictravel.com

*Price is based on 2 adults and 1 child (ages 3-9). The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for 1 theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. One Disney Junior Park Pack per reservation, while supplies last. 3-night/2-day minimum purchase required on this offer to receive the Disney Junior Park Pack.

 

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Why Walt Disney World is Better Than Disneyland http://www.chipandco.com/walt-disney-world-disneyland-218313/ Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:00:52 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=218313 When it comes time to decide where my next Disney Vacation is going to be, I often think about doing Disneyland, or maybe a Disney Cruise. But, in the end, Walt Disney World in Florida always wins! It will forever be my “home” Park. I often see the Disney Addicts arguing over which Park is better. […]

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When it comes time to decide where my next Disney Vacation is going to be, I often think about doing Disneyland, or maybe a Disney Cruise. But, in the end, Walt Disney World in Florida always wins! It will forever be my “home” Park. I often see the Disney Addicts arguing over which Park is better. Disneyland lovers will say “their Park” is better because it was first, or because it is smaller. But we all know when it comes to Disney, bigger is always better!  I am here to set the record straight. Walt Disney World is the best.

Here are my top 10 reasons why:

10. Walt Disney World, with four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom), two water parks, and 23 hotels –has more to offer than Disneyland, with two parks and 3 hotels. You’ll need at least four days – better yet 6, to see even half of Walt Disney World, and do the water parks, and visit Disney Springs.  Disneyland and California Adventure (85 acres) can both fit inside just the Magic Kingdom in Florida (107 acres).

  1. Epcot– The best park in my opinion! Especially during the Food & Wine Festival and Flower and Garden Festival, the World Showcase is amazing. I would be sad to visit Disney and not have Epcot there.
  2. Hollywood Studios– Rockin’ Roller Coaster, The Great Movie Ride, and Beauty and the Beast Live, are  great attractions we love, and not to mention the best night time spectacular, Fantasmic!
  3. Animal Kingdom– So much more than just a zoo, it offers awesome rides like Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids and Expedition Everest and shows such as Finding Nemo the Musical and The Festival of the Lion King.

9. Water Parks and Resort area activities are endless! From Typhoon Lagoon to the Tri-Circle  Ranch, there is so much to do right on property, you could spend 2 weeks there, and not be able to do it all. You can have a camp fire and ride horses at Fort Wilderness, or see The Spirit of Aloha Luau Dinner Show at the Polynesian Resort. Parasailing, boat rentals and Segway tours are just some of the activities available. See more here: Magic Outside the Parks. Disneyland is very limited when it comes to outside the Park “Disney” activities.

8.The WDW’s Magic Kingdom is larger as far as area goes, with wider walkways, which makes it seem less crowded. Queue areas in Orlando are mostly all covered, or indoors, which is wonderful on super hot or rainy days. In California, lines form outside, including those at Space Mountain and It’s a Small World. Even the monorail is smaller at DLR,  and you can’t even stand up in it.

7. The Magic Kingdom in WDW has the new Fantasyland expansion, which includes the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Double Dumbo’s, Beast’s Castle featuring Be Our Guest, Goofy’s Barnstormer, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Under the Sea with Ariel inside Prince Eric’s seaside castle. That makes 3 castles in one Park! Take THAT DLR!

6. Disney World’s FastPass+ system, allows visitors to make up to three ride reservations months head of their visit and they are linked right to your MagicBand. Disneyland, meanwhile, has retained the old paper ticket system, with FastPass reservations available only on the day of your visit.

5. There’s a Disney Resort for everyone’s taste. At Disneyland there are 3 Resorts, one for each price level. At WDW there are over 20 Resorts,  ranging from Deluxe Villas to Values.  Experience romance at the Grand Floridian,  stay at the Wilderness Lodge if you love the outdoors, or book the Animal Kingdom Lodge to view African wildlife outside your room. Stay at the Caribbean Beach if you want a tropical feel, or Art of Animation for the young Pixar movie lovers!

4. Dining is unmatched at Walt Disney World Resort as it offers about 18 Character Meals in addition to the 200 restaurants.  Disneyland only has 5. More opportunities to meet your favorite Disney Pals and Princesses, and more restaurants to experience and menus to choose from. WDW also offers the Magic Your Way Package that includes the Disney Dining Plan, which is a prepaid meal plan that you bundle with your room and ticket package. It can save a lot of money if you like to eat at sit down restaurants versus fast food. The DDP is not available at DLR, only character breakfasts can be added to your room.

3. MagicBands.  Who doesn’t love opening their mailbox to see personalized MagicBand,  the status symbol of a WDW Vacation (don’t act like you don’t post a picture of them) It’s your hotel room key, dining plan,  Park ticket,  water park admission,  Memory Maker (another thing DLR doesn’t offer!) and your FastPasses too! Sorry Disneyland-ers, no pretty bands for you!

2. Special events that only happen at WDW are the International Food & Wine Festival, featuring food and beverages from around the world, celebrity chefs giving cooking demos, and famous bands playing for free. The Flower and Garden Festival displays amazing character topiaries and colorful gardens around the Park. Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios is exclusive to WDW! All of these events are free with admission.

1. The number one reason WDW is better than DLR is obvious. You can literally see it a mile away… The Castle!! Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland is 77 feet tall, while Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom is more than twice as tall, at 189 feet. Sorry Aurora, but Cindy’s Castle  takes the cake!

I do have respect for Disneyland (from a distance) because it is Walt’s original Park. You may find me there on my way to Aulani, the Disney  Resort in Hawai’i, but it’s not my first choice for a Disney Vacation.

Be sure to check out our article Why Disneyland is better than Disney World from our Disneyland writer Sara! 

Don’t you agree WDW rules!? If you are ready to experience all the magic listed above for yourself, contact me today! I offer free pricing and planning help for ALL of  your Disney Destinations, especially my beloved Orlando park ( I am a Walt Disney World Specialist after all!)  Email me at Summer@WorldOfMagicTravel.com to chat about your budget and ideas for the perfect Disney Trip… I will help you make that dream a reality! Follow on Instagram @summers_magical_travel and give my FB Page a Like. Team Florida Forever!

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Top 5 Places to Have Lunch at the Monorail Resorts http://www.chipandco.com/top-5-places-lunch-monorail-resorts-216680/ Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=216680 Following up on the Top 5 places for breakfast along the monorail, let’s move on to lunch! When the high noon heat is at its worst, it is a great idea to hop on the monorail and try one of these great places for a delicious lunch. A quick ride to one of the 3 monorail […]

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Following up on the Top 5 places for breakfast along the monorail, let’s move on to lunch! When the high noon heat is at its worst, it is a great idea to hop on the monorail and try one of these great places for a delicious lunch. A quick ride to one of the 3 monorail resorts will offer you plenty of options for all appetites! These restaurants are easy to get to from the Magic Kingdom and will leave you with plenty of time to hop right back on the monorail and get back to the park in time for the afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade! This is a list of my top 5 options for lunch along the monorail loop.

5. Captain Cook’s : Ok, so I may be going out on a limb here suggesting a quick service spot in a top 5, however, in my opinion there is no better place to relax than at the Polynesian Village Resort. As soon as you step off the monorail, you will feel like you are worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom. The tranquil, tropical setting instantly puts you in a great mood and just downstairs from the monorail station is Captain Cook’s. This place may surprise you with the variety of lunch options available! Items like Thai Coconut Meatballs over Rice, Pulled Pork Nachos and the Big Kahuna Sandwich are all amazing (yes, I have had almost everything on this menu!). Eat inside the air conditioned dining area or take your meal outside and sit under the palm trees overlooking Volcano Pool. you can even head to the beach and eat your sandwich in a hammock while swaying in the breeze! Have I mentioned that I love the Polynesian Village Resort? Adult beverages are also available and the kids menu is fantastic!

4.The Wave:   Located inside the Contemporary Resort, this fresh and casual lunch spot is only one stop away from the Magic Kingdom! Select from a range of robust sandwiches like the classic Reuben, fresh salads including the Mediterranean tuna, curry vegetarian stew and more.  Make sure you try the Crème Brulee for Dessert!

3.Grand Floridian Café:  The grand lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa invites you to enjoy lunch at this charming restaurant. Start of with some refreshing Chilled Shrimp and Avacodo then move on to choices like Original Cobb Salad, Rustic Chicken Sandwich or a little more adventurous like a Falafel Burger! Enjoy views of the Rose Garden while sipping a Grand Colada or sparkling wine!

2.Kona Café: This hidden gem is located steps off the monorail station inside the Lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort. The tropical ambiance surrounds you as you dine on South Seas inspired fare. Choices like Asian Noodle Bowls, Kona Surf And Turf Burger, and Grilled Steak Salad offer something for everyone. Cocktails are available as well!

1. Chef Mickey’s: Most People will agree that the best place for lunch along the monorail loop is Chef Mickey’s. Located inside the Contemporary Resort, this character restaurant just recently opened up availability for ‘brunch’. Brunch hours are 11:30 am-2:30pm so I have included it in our ‘Lunch” list! Enjoy a buffet of Classic Caesar Salads, BBQ ribs, frittatas and more while visiting with Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, and Minnie Mouse! This is a favorite among Disney -goers of all ages, it is fun and bright and the food will not disappoint! Advanced reservations are required as this is a spot that fills up very quickly!

I hope that while you are planning your trip to Walt Disney World, you and your World of Magic Travel Agent consider some of these stops along the monorail for a great dining option! They are an easy way to get out of the heat and still be able to get right back in to the park for more fun! I would love to help you plan your next visit to Walt Disney World! Contact me at kristenfuentes@worldofmagictravel.com to get started!

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Big Family? No problem! Disney Resorts Can Accommodate Families of 5 or More http://www.chipandco.com/big-family-problem-disney-resorts-accommodate-families-5-216786/ Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=216786 As a Mom of 3, I know all about vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort with a family of 5. There are resorts in every price level that have space for 5+ from Art of Animation to the Animal Kingdom Villas. Some large families prefer 2 adjoining standard rooms instead, but the price can be very comparable, or even […]

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As a Mom of 3, I know all about vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort with a family of 5. There are resorts in every price level that have space for 5+ from Art of Animation to the Animal Kingdom Villas. Some large families prefer 2 adjoining standard rooms instead, but the price can be very comparable, or even less, to stay all together.

Staying in January or February can also help cut the cost of a family vacation by a lot! Ask me for a free price quote for your large family or group and I will help you find the perfect place to stay! Just send me an email at Summer@worldofmagictravel.com to get started.

Here are my suggestions

Art of Animation Resort: Family Suites

Choose from Lion King, Cars or Finding Nemo rooms at the AoA Resort for your family of 6 or less! These family suites have 2 bathrooms, 1 master bedroom, living room with double sofa sleeper, a double pull down bed, and a kitchenette! The colorful, fun, larger than life icons and room decor at this Resort make it the most “Disney-fied” resort on property! Even the pools “The Big Blue” and the “Cozy Cone Pool”  are like being in a Disney Movie!

Caribbean Beach Resort

One of my favorites! CBR is a tropical paradise with white sand beaches and hammocks; the perfect place to retreat after a long day at the Parks. It is separated into different Caribbean island villages such as Aruba, Barbados and Martinique. It has standard rooms that accommodate 5 guests per room, and features 1 bathroom – with separate double sink vanity area, 2 queen beds, and a pull down single bunk, which is good for kids under 10.

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

These 500 square feet private cabins are a perfect mix of camping, and being at a 4 star Resort. More privacy, more amenities, and more space! These air-conditioned log cabins are great for multi-generational families bringing Grandma and Grandpa along. They have fully-equipped kitchens with utensils and appliances. They accommodate 6 guests in a bedroom with a double bed and bunk beds,  and a double sized fold-down bed. You get a private deck with a grill too!

Contemporary Resort

Stay within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom at a Disney Deluxe resort, the Contemporary. Ride the Monorail to the other Deluxes to shop and eat, or watch the Wishes Firework show from your room! The Contemporary offers rooms with 2 queens and one single day bed for a total of 5 guests. It has one bathroom and is the largest square footage found in a standard room. Staying on the Monorail gives you fast transportation, amazing theme park views, and great dining experiences such as Chef Mickey’s and California Grill.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas

This Disney Deluxe Resort offers two options for large families: one bedroom villas for 5 guests and two bedroom villas for 9 guests. You have the convenience of a full kitchen, dining room table, washer and dryer, and balcony at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas. Kidani and Jambo, the two villages of AKL offer views of the savannas where animals such as zebras and giraffes roam freely outside your window. The pools are amazing with water slides and hot tubs too.  There are 3 restaurants on-site including one of my favorites, Sanaa.

Honorable Mentions: All- Star Music Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, and Old Key West Villas.

Trying to find the most economical time to take your large family or group to Walt Disney World or on a Disney Cruise? January and February are great options! Low crowds and off-peak times make for the most affordable room rates. Ask me for a free price quote anytime!

It’s not too late to book the Fall Room Discount for select dates in October-December! I’d love to help you find a room that will accommodate your group or family. There is always the option to book two separate rooms as well. I will show you the price differences and we can compare rooms to see what fits into your budget. My help is free so you have nothing to lose!

Where have you stayed with your family of 5 or more? Do you prefer a villa or two separate rooms? Please share your tips in the comments below, and Message me anytime with your questions at Summer@worldofmagictravel.com or on my Facebook Travel Page. Do you Instagram? Follow me @summers_magical_travel. Hope to hear from you soon!

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New Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule Released for July http://www.chipandco.com/walt-disney-world-refurbishment-schedule-released-july-215827/ Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:00:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=215827 Disney has released  a new updated refurbishment schedule for resorts and parks at Walt Disney World. Check here to see if your favorite rides will be closed for your next visit! PARKS: Magic Kingdom Park Monorail: The Walt Disney World Monorail is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. Now through December […]

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Disney has released  a new updated refurbishment schedule for resorts and parks at Walt Disney World. Check here to see if your favorite rides will be closed for your next visit!

PARKS:

Magic Kingdom Park

Monorail: The Walt Disney World Monorail is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. Now through December 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean:                                                                                   June 8-September 25, 2015

Liberty Tree Tavern:                                                                                           July 6-November 19, 2015

Dream Along With Mickey                                                                                July 21-August 19, 2015

Liberty Square Riverboat                                                                                   August 4-August 10, 2015

Walt Disney World Railroad                                                                             October 12-November 20, 2015

Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour                                    October 12- November 20, 2015

Epcot

Re-Imagination of Maelstrom                                                                           Now- April 30, 2016

Living with the Land                                                                                            September 8- September 17, 2015

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Voyage of the Little Mermaid                                                                            September 7-September 10, 2015

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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Walt Disney World Resorts

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Guest room renovation: Guest rooms will be refurbished now – August 22, 2015

It is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contemporary Feature Pool                                                                 September 8-10, 2015

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort                                        July 5-October 12,2015

Fitness Center, Salon and Casitas Leisure Pool will be closed for maintenance. A temporary fitness center will be set up for guests in the Casitas area and guests can continue to visit the feature pool and the other 2 leisure pools.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa                                August 23-September 4, 2015

Gasparilla Island Grill will be closed, guests can grab breakfast at Beaches Pool Bar and Mizners will offer grab and go options during this time.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort                                       Now- Early 2016

Guests will observe general construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable. In addition, the East Pool will be closed for enhancement. Guests may use the Volcano main pool.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge                                                       October 2, 2015- 2017

Multiple resort refurbishments in various work areas. The Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground, fire pit and nature trail will be unavailable.

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel                                                Now- TBD

General renovation work scheduled between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily

Downtown Disney Area/ Disney Springs

Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive                                                         Now- March 2016

Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.

Parking Lots- Entrance 2- Lots A-G                                                  Now- August 1, 2016

Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to guest traffic and lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.

Fulton’s Crab House                                                                            January 1-April 1, 2016

Planet Hollywood                                                                                 January 1-June 1, 2016

Check back with Chip and Co. regularly for updates to the closings and refurbishments at all of the Disney Parks and resorts!

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Simple Ways to Save Money at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/simple-ways-save-money-walt-disney-world-215782/ Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=215782 A magical vacation to Walt Disney World can be more affordable than you think. There are ways to save some money during the planning process and even while you are in the most magical place on Earth. One of the most important aspects of planning your trip is flexibility. Prices at the Walt Disney World […]

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A magical vacation to Walt Disney World can be more affordable than you think. There are ways to save some money during the planning process and even while you are in the most magical place on Earth. One of the most important aspects of planning your trip is flexibility.

Prices at the Walt Disney World Resort vary throughout the year, and if you are flexible with your travel dates and even resort choices, you can save a significant amount of money. For example: a standard room at the All Star Music Resort ranges in price from $89-$176 per night depending on the time of year. Deluxe resorts like the Beach Club will vary from $356-$597 per night! That is a huge difference and those prices can be different from one week to the next! When thinking about the time of year you would like to visit, ask your travel agent what weeks offer the lowest resort prices. The agents at World of Magic Travel Services have the knowledge and experience to guide you to the best time of year and best resort to match your vacation dreams!

In addition to the varied resort prices, Disney releases many special offers throughout the year. From discounted rooms, free dining, military room discounts and more, these special offers can save you a LOT of money  if your travel dates fall within the offer dates. Again, this is where flexibility comes in to play. Be willing to shift your dates and even resort choice when special offers are released and you can end up saving hundreds of dollars on your trip.

Now that you have planned the perfect time to visit and you have arrived on site, you can continue money saving strategies while in the resorts and parks.

Bring your own snacks and bottled water in your backpack. You are allowed to bring these items in to the park so stock up before you leave the hotel. As long as there is no glass or alcohol, you can bring your own drinks in to the park. There are plenty of grocery stores a short distance off property to go and stock up on small snack items. If you do not have a car, there are delivery services like Garden Grocer, who will deliver supplies right to your resort! I have even packed a small suitcase full of dried cereal and snacks on the plane to have during my stay! If you like the bag from above you can order it here.

If you have forgotten to pack your bottled water, but do not want to spend the money buying it in the parks, head to any quick service dining location on property and ask for a cup of ice water. They will give you a free cup!

If you have little ones, bring your own stroller or rent a stroller from an outside company. There are many Orlando area stroller rental companies that will deliver and pick-up the stroller right at your resort. It will save you some money from renting a stroller right from the parks.

If having a meal with Mickey or Cinderella is on your wish list, look at booking breakfast over dinner. The breakfast prices at the character meals like Royal Table and Chef Mickeys are significantly less than the dinner prices, and you will have the same character interactions that the dinner crowd will have! One of my family’s traditions is an early morning breakfast at Crystal Palace with Winnie-the-Pooh and friends. Having a reservation before park opening grants you admission to the park before the general public, which gives you an incredible experience of walking down Main Street without crowds! This is an amazing photo op so get your camera ready!

Buy Base Tickets instead of Park Hoppers. This is another way to knock a significant amount of money off of your trip. For a large family, this can save you hundreds of dollars! Schedule your time at the parks wisely and enjoy the one park per day. There is plenty to do in each park to fill up your day!

Budget ahead of time for souvenirs! With three kids I have had to set a budget before we leave so that I do not empty my wallet in every store we pass through.  I often ask for Disney Gift Cards as gifts for my kids’ birthdays or holidays so that they have their own ‘money’ to spend while they are there! It helps a lot! Another tip I have used is telling the family that we will only buy souvenirs on the last day of our trip. That way, they are browsing all week and can narrow down what the ‘really’ want!

Use a FREE travel planner from World of Magic Travel Services! All of our services come at no additional cost to you. We take care of resorts, dining plans, fast passes and all of the magical extras that go in to making your trip a success!

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World is one of my favorite things to do! Contact me to start you planning and let me help you save some money on your trip! kristenfuentes@worldofmagictravel.com

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New Features For The 20th Anniversary of The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival http://www.chipandco.com/features-20th-anniversary-epcot-international-food-wine-festival-215416/ Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:00:54 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=215416 The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival was a soaring success, but now it is time to look forward to my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World : FALL! This fall will mark the 20th anniversary of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, full of exciting new additions! This year the festival […]

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The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival was a soaring success, but now it is time to look forward to my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World : FALL! This fall will mark the 20th anniversary of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, full of exciting new additions! This year the festival will last a remarkable 53 days, from September 25- November 16 so there is plenty of time to schedule a visit.

The Travel Channel has celebrated the event as one of America’s top food festivals, and for good reason. The festival features inspired food and drinks from around the world served at more than 25 outdoor marketplace ‘kiosks’, signature wine tasting events and a nightly concert series. Disney chefs and festival organizers are promising a feast of surprises to celebrate the 20th annual event in style. Whether you are a seasoned festival-goer or a first timer, there will be something new to experience at this year’s celebration.

Festival guests can pair wines and beers with savory and sweet dishes as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade and earn stamps on their complimentary festival passports. Champagne, cocktails and “mocktails” also will bubble up on festival menus.

In Future World, the popular Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog returns for a fourth year so that families can discover the cranberry’s rich agricultural heritage and learn fun facts about the tart fruits.

The most exciting addition to the festival is the arrival of ABC’s hit show The Chew! Hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz will tape shows Oct. 7-9 from the festival. Along with the taping of the show, “The Chew” will be featured in two marketplaces throughout the festivities.

For the first time in the festival’s history, marketplaces will expand into Future World in the new Next Eats  festival area with three delicious dishes from “The Chew” in their Sustainable Chew Marketplace: Savory Pork Spareribs with Cheesy Mascarpone Grits; Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce, and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Figs and Pistachio Brittle. (Herbs and veggies from The Land pavilion will flavor the marketplace dishes when harvested.) The eco-home-inspired marketplace will offer a chance for guests to learn more about how food is grown and the importance of sustainability.

Also in Next Eats, Disney chefs are collaborating with “The Chew” for the Chew Lab , a cutting-edge marketplace inspired by food-science labs and the hottest culinary tech trends.

Ratatouille rocks — Last years ‘Muppets Most Wanted scavenger hunt was a huge success so Disney is bringing back the fun with a new hero! Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak invites kids of all ages to join a World Showcase scavenger hunt for little Remy statuettes hidden around the park’s World Showcase while using maps and stickers to chronicle the hunt!

Festival Center gets cookin’ – Guests can join culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars and mixology seminars daily for a nominal fee. More festival fun will include the complimentary Back to Basics weekend series featuring epicurean tips and tricks from the pros.

Chase Lounge offers perks – Anyone who owns or wants to own a Chase debit or credit card will find complimentary refreshments and interactive fun at the Chase Lounge at American Adventure.

Eat To The Beat Concert Series returns to the American Gardens Theater in World Showcase. The following performers are scheduled to perform:

  • David Cook- September 25-27, 2015
  • Wilson Phillips – September 28 to 29, 2015
  • Christopher Cross – September 30 to October 1, 2015
  • STARSHIP Starring Mickey Thomas – October 2 to 4, 2015
  • Smash Mouth – October 5 to 7, 2015
  • The Pointer Sisters – October 8 to 9, 2015
  • 38 Special – October 10 to 11, 2015
  • Rick Springfield – October 12 to 13, 2015
  • Sugar Ray – October 14 to 16, 2015
  • The S.O.S. Band – October 17 to 18, 2015
  • Air Supply – October 19 to 21, 2015
  • Fuel – October 22 to 23, 2015
  • Tiffany (NEW!) – October 24 to 25, 2015
  • Dennis DeYoung (original member of STYX) – October 26 to 28, 2015
  • Jo Dee Messina – October 29 to 30, 2015
  • Everclear (NEW!) – October 31 to November 1, 2015
  • Boyz II Men – November 2 to 4, 2015
  • Sister Hazel – November 5 to 6, 2015
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – November 7 to 9, 2015
  • Hanson – November 10 to 12, 2015
  • Maxi Priest (NEW!) – November 13 to 14, 2015
  • Chaka Khan (NEW!) – November 15 to 16, 2015

Daily show times take place at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM. Entertainment and appearances are subject to change without notice.

There is so much to experience at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival and if you are a runner, the 2015 Wine And Dine Half Marathon Weekend takes place November 6-7 with the Half Marathon finish line inside of World Showcase! There is no better way to celebrate the completion of the 5K or Mickey Mile that a trip to EPCOT to experience this festival!

This event is not to be missed. Stay connected to Chip and Co. for more updates and upcoming events. If you would like to plan a trip to Orlando this fall and include a stop at the Food and Wine Festival, contact me! I would love to help you plan your magical visit to EPCOT! kristenfuentes@worldofmagictravel.com

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The Best Places to Find Great Coffee In Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/places-find-great-coffee-walt-disney-world-211358/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:16:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=211358 I need my coffee. Seriously, I need it as much as  you do too, and being on vacation is no exception. Actually, I need MORE coffee while in Walt Disney World to keep myself going from rope drop at Magic Kingdom to the finale of Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios. There are limitless options for finding coffee […]

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I need my coffee. Seriously, I need it as much as  you do too, and being on vacation is no exception. Actually, I need MORE coffee while in Walt Disney World to keep myself going from rope drop at Magic Kingdom to the finale of Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios. There are limitless options for finding coffee throughout the World but let me share some of the top spots to get you caffeine fix!

Kona Island: A stop in the lobby of Polynesian Village Resort is a must! Even if you are not staying at this resort, it is so easy to grab great coffee on your way to the Magic Kingdom. The Kona Island Coffee Stand is located just steps off the monorail inside the doors of the upper floor of the Polynesian Village lobby.  Kona Island (as well as Kona Café restaurant) serves authentic Kona coffee made from beans from one of the most fertile regions of Hawaii. The beans are flown to Central Florida where they are roasted to Disney’s strict specifications. The result is pure coffee heaven!

Starbucks: When Disney added Starbucks Coffee to their parks, it caused quite a stir. This very popular java is available in 3 of the 4 parks. In Magic Kingdom, head down Main Street to the Main Street Bakery and grab yourself a cup of your favorite latte or cappuccino. The other locations are The Trolley Car Cafe in Hollywood Studios and Fountain View in EPCOT. Animal Kingdom is set to get it’s own Starbucks this summer with the reinvention of Creature Comforts, so stay tuned! There is also a Starbucks in Downtown Disney to get you charged up for all that shopping!

Contemporary Grounds: Located inside the Contemporary Resort, this sleek coffee counter is conveniently located a short walk from the Magic Kingdom. Take a break from the crowds, take a walk and fuel up with gourmet coffees and hot cocoa before tackling the rest of your afternoon!

La Cava de Tequila: Yes, thats’s right: the tequila cave. They serve an incredible coffee margarita! Inside the Mexico Pavillion  in EPCOT’s World Showcase, the drink will certainly give you a boost for the rest of your travels!

Sunshine Tree Terrace: In Adventureland in Magic Kingdom you can find a coffee float at this counter that serves the famous Dole-whips and other iced coffees and floats.

Kusafiri Coffee Shop: Head into Africa in Animal Kingdom to grab a steamy cup of  specialty coffee or cappuccino paired with an Elephant Ear Pastry!

The Writer’s Stop: This hidden gem inside Hollywood Studios serves coffee and tea in an ‘bookstore’ setting. Think coffee shop and bookstore in one! It is a great quiet spot to relax and recharge!

If you are looking for a table service meal that offers incredible coffee, there are some great options at some of the resorts. Sanaa, Boma and Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge serve Kenyan pressed pot coffee while Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boarwalk serves robust Italian blends of pressed pot deliciousness!

While these coffee spots are great options, and some are even included in your dining plan as a snack option, there are a lot of guests who will agree that one of the best cups of coffee is the FREE kind served in your refillable resort mug! Disney’s official brand of coffee is Joffrey’s and it will certainly do the trick served up hot and steamy in a Mickey and friends plastic mug! Enjoy!

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Split Stays at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/split-stays-walt-disney-world-209458/ Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=209458 There are so many Disney World Resorts to choose from, it’s hard to decide on the perfect one… but you don’t have to just pick one for your vacation! My family always does a “split stay” between two different resorts to experience more, and to change it up a bit. We can go from the […]

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There are so many Disney World Resorts to choose from, it’s hard to decide on the perfect one… but you don’t have to just pick one for your vacation! My family always does a “split stay” between two different resorts to experience more, and to change it up a bit. We can go from the African Savanna (Animal Kingdom Lodge) to a Hawaiian Paradise (Polynesian Village Resort) in just a week! We do 4-5 days at one, then move to another.

Why book a split stay?

  •  If  there are no rooms open at your favorite resort for your entire stay,  do a week there and a week somewhere else! It opens up more room availability.
  • Stay at a Moderate to save some money, and then upgrade to a Deluxe on the days you go Magic Kingdom, and ride the Monorail there every morning! Saves time and bus rides, and you don’t have to pay the Deluxe rates the whole vacation!
  • You can cross two Disney Resorts off your bucket list in one trip!
  • If your friends or family join you for only a few days, you can switch to a resort that accommodates larger parties.
  • If your family can’t agree on one place (the boys want an AoA Cars Suite, the girls want a POR Royal Room) then a little of each!

How do I book a split stay?

Step 1.  Email me at Summer@worldofmagictravel.com and be sure to mention this article.

Step 2.  There is no step 2, it’s just that easy!

To me, there’s something comforting about planning and booking with an actual person for a trip that’s even slightly complicated, but really that’s up to you! My services are always free and I help you every step of the way. You will get two confirmation numbers, and have two deposits, one for each room. But I will take care of all those details.

What will happen when I switch Resorts?

On the morning that you’re done with your first hotel, tell the front desk that you’re going to your second Disney hotel. Bell Services will tag your bags for transfer and give you a receipt. You can then go to the Parks or Downtown while you wait for your room to be ready. They will drop your bags off, in few hours. If you have a car, just check out and drive yourself and your family to the second hotel. *We like to call a Mears Taxi and take our bags with us.*  It was only $6+tip for the 4 of us to go from Pop Century to Caribbean Beach, and took about 5 minutes!

Do my Park tickets carry over to my second resort stay?

Yep!  If your trip is 8 days long, and you are at Port Orleans for 4 days, and then the Contemporary for 4 days,  I will add  8 tickets on your first package and they will be good for all 8 days.  It is MUCH cheaper to buy an 8-day ticket rather than two 4-day tickets ($512 for two 4-day tickets vs. $298 for one eight-day ticket) 

It may sound confusing, but it’s not! I will help you plan out your split stay step-by-step. I have done it for all my personal trips, so I know firsthand how it’s done.  If you’d like free price quotes to get you started on your Walt Disney World getaway, please contact me at Summer@WorldofMagicTravel.com. I will show you how to have 2 unique experiences in one vacation! 

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Top 10 Disney World Non-Ride Experiences http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-disney-world-nonride-experiences-210778/ Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:17 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=210778 Although the rides are so fun and unique at Walt Disney World, there are many other magical things to do! Think outside the lines…. the ride lines that is!  Everyone needs a change of pace from waiting in line, and at Disney there is excitement all around you! Here are 10 non-ride experiences that I enjoy at Disney […]

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Although the rides are so fun and unique at Walt Disney World, there are many other magical things to do! Think outside the lines…. the ride lines that is!  Everyone needs a change of pace from waiting in line, and at Disney there is excitement all around you!

Here are 10 non-ride experiences that I enjoy at Disney World:

10. Meeting Characters-  an essential part of a Disney trip is getting a photo and autograph from your favorite characters and Princesses.  Collect autographs on spiral-bound notecards, an official Disney autograph book, a pillowcase, picture matte, or my favorite idea, a white Vinylmation. Check the MyDisneyExperience App to find the characters in each Park. My favorite experience was meeting Merida with my daughter. She let her touch her curly locks and shoot her bow & arrow!

9. Cinderella’s Castle- take some time to explore the iconic Castle up close. You can walk through the tunnel into Fantasyland and see the beautiful silver and gold lined Cinderella mosaic. Take a look into her Wishing Well, watch the ducks swim in the moat, and even eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table where you will meet the Princess and her friends. Photos of the Castle up close are gorgeous at night too!

8. Pin Trade- My family and I are obsessed with Pin Trading! We proudly display our pins on a lanyard and when we someone with pins, we invite them to trade. Grab a lanyard from your resort gift shop, and a starter pack of Disney Pins and you’re all set. Downtown Disney has a great store Disney Pin Traders where the Cast Members trade a wide variety of awesome pins. Try it, you’ll be hooked!

7. Catch a Show-  each Park offers some great shows to sit back and enjoy if you need to rest or get out of the heat. The shows are fabulous at Disney and some of the most memorable experience for children. Finding Nemo – the Musical, Festival of the Lion King, Dream Along with Mickey, Beauty and the Beast Live, and the Frozen Sing-a-long are some of our favorites!

6. Stock up on Souvenirs- picking the perfect souvenir can be tough, but Disney Gift Shops and Downtown Disney offer unique items beside just tshirts. You can pick from hundreds of different Mickey Ears, customize a charm bracelet, build your own Droid or Potato Head, find something spooky at Memento Mori: the Haunted Mansion shop or  my personal favorite, The Christmas Shoppe in Magic Kingdom. They have every Disney character Christmas ornament you can think of!

5. Wine & Dine- although reservations for table service restaurants are recommended 180 days in advance, you could always walk up and ask if there are openings.  My Disney Dining Bucket List has a few good ideas! There are dinner shows too, such as Spirit of Aloha, and Hoop Dee Doo. Watch the belly dancers at Marrakesh, or go underwater with the sharks at the Coral Reef! Even if you just stop in for a glass of wine or a delicious dessert, there is always a new place to try!

4. Resort Hopping

  • Via Monorail:  Checkout the grand lobbies of the Deluxe Resorts and take pictures. They all have signature restaurants and even character dining. Take a ride through the Contemporary Resort, stop for a massage or breakfast with Mary Poppins and Alice at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  The Polynesian Village Resort offers Kona Cafe, a great spot for Sushi, and ‘Ohana, one of my faves.
  • Via ferry from Magic Kingdom: Visit Wilderness Lodge Resort where there’s an Old Faithful replica and a super popular restaurant, Whispering Canyon. Head over to the Fort Wilderness Campground for s’mores at Chip & Dale’s Campfire.
  • The kids can play at one of the Disney Kids Clubs (reservations needed, fees apply) while you dine, or ride the Magic Kingdom Monorail to the Ticket and Transportation Center and jump on the EPCOT Monorail  and take a ride around the Park.

3. Play Some Golf- Enjoy 18 holes at one of the award-winning courses such as Oak Trail,  or challenge the family to some Miniature Golf- Disney Style- at Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summer Land!

2. Splash and Slide–  There are 2 amazing Disney water parks to choose from: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach! Both are extremely fun and have areas for all ages. Relax on the sandy beaches and catch some sun. Water Park Fun & More option can be added to your ticket package which allows you to visit both water parks and DisneyQuest the Interactive Indoor Theme Park in Downtown Disney.

1. Let loose! –  Kids need space to run and play, and Disney knows that!  Tom Sawyer’s Island in Magic Kingdom has plenty of trails, caves, tunnels, and bridges to explore and climb.  Casey Jr. Splash Zone in Magic Kingdom is a water play area where the kids can cool off, splash, and run through sprinklers. Honey I Shrunk the Kids! Play Yard makes you feel smaller than ants while you and climb through nets and go down slides of giant blades of grass in Hollywood Studios. The Bone Yard is a cool archaeological playground that features dinosaur fossils, caves, rope nets, and slides in Animal Kingdom. The Resorts also have playgrounds.

It was hard to choose only 10 fun experiences at Disney outside the rides, as there are SO many great ones! What is YOUR favorite non-ride thing to do in the World?

As a Disney Vacation Planner,  I can help you fit all of these fun experiences into your next Disney World Trip! You can email me at Summer@WorldofMagicTravel.com for a free Disney price quote, tips on travelling within your budget, or coordinating large group travel! 

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6 Steps for Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation http://www.chipandco.com/6-steps-planning-walt-disney-world-vacation-210608/ Sun, 05 Apr 2015 12:00:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=210608 Ok, you have decided that you really want to go to Walt Disney World! Now how do you make that happen? Planning a trip to the most magical place on earth can be very overwhelming. Even those who have been there many times before may struggle with all of the decisions and options available. Don’t worry, I am here […]

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Ok, you have decided that you really want to go to Walt Disney World! Now how do you make that happen? Planning a trip to the most magical place on earth can be very overwhelming. Even those who have been there many times before may struggle with all of the decisions and options available. Don’t worry, I am here to help! I am going to break down your planning into 6 easy steps!

Of course my first recommendation is to contact a travel agent with World of Magic Travel who will be able to guide you through all of these decisions with ease, but take a look at these tips to get yourself ready to book your magical vacation. I also recommend trying to book your trip 6 months in advance to help guarantee your first choice for resort, dining and entertainment, however, with some flexibility, last minute trips can be the most magical of all!

Step 1:   WHEN TO VISIT

Choosing the best time of year to take your family to Walt Disney World is a very personal decision. Are your children in school? Are you willing to take them out of school for a vacation? Many factors come in to play here. Crowd levels vary greatly throughout the year and part of planning a great trip is understanding the best times of the year to visit the ‘World’. Holidays will always have much higher crowd levels. For example Christmas week and the weeks before and after Easter will see the highest crowds of the year.  September has historically much lighter crowd levels, the resorts are usually cheaper and the weather is amazing! Check the Disney website or contact your travel agent to find out if any major events are happening when you are looking to travel. Is it Marathon weekend? Star Wars weekends? These will still be great times to visit but you need to be aware of major park events that may affect your trip.

Step 2: WHERE TO STAY

When looking at a Disney World vacation, the resort possibilities seem endless. On-site Disney properties come in many shapes, sizes and designs so finding one that fits your family’s needs should be easy. Walt Disney World resorts are available in three categories:

Deluxe Villas: these larger resorts have rooms that can sleep up to 9 people and area a great options for larger families or 2 parties traveling together. They have 1 or 2 bedrooms, kitchens, laundry and a lot of space!

Deluxe Resorts: Many of the deluxe resorts like the Polynesian Village and The Beach and Yacht Club sleep up to 5 in a standard room. These resorts offer larger room size, private balconies, beautiful pools with water features and slides, and multiple transportation options. They also have more dining options including table service restaurants on site.

Moderate resorts: These resorts are a great ‘middle ground’. Most offer 2 queen beds, great amenities but slightly smaller room sizes and no outside private space.  They have amazing themes and great pools with varied dining options.

Value Resorts: These rooms will be the least expensive but still give you the magical experience you are looking for. Each has fun themes like the Art of Animation’s Little Mermaid  room or All Star Sports with, you guessed it, sports everywhere! These rooms sleep 4 with some resorts offering family suites.

You cannot go wrong choosing any level of Disney resort. From Deluxe to Value, you will experience Disney cleanliness, quality and great customer service. There are perks that come with staying on property at Walt Disney World. Transportation from the resorts to the parks and anywhere else within the ‘world’ is free an convenient. Extra Magic Hours are available for resort guests only to enjoy the parks early in the morning or late at night without the crowds. Parking is complimentary for guests staying on site, and getting the ” whole Disney experience” is the best perk of all!

Step 3:  DINING

If staying on Walt Disney World property you will have the option of a dining plan. There are different levels of plans to choose from or you can just pay as you go and not use a dining plan at all. Some plans offer 3 counter service meals a day, others 3 table service meals per day. Figuring out which dining plan (if any) is the best fit for you can be confusing. Click  here for a breakdown of the dining plans offered at Walt Disney World to help make your decision easier.

From Mickey waffles and dole-whips to 5 star, chef’s-table dinners, the food at Disney is an experience in itself.  Reservations can be made 180 days in advance of your trip and will help guarantee you get your first choice in restaurants and reservation times.

Step 4: TICKETS

Your next choice involves your park tickets. How many days do you plan on spending in the parks? Do you want to be able to have breakfast in the Magic Kingdom and dinner in EPCOT? These types of questions come in to play when choosing your tickets.  Disney calls them ‘Magic Your Way’ tickets because you can choose the way YOU want to visit the parks! Base tickets allow you to visit one park (there are 4 total) per day. You may leave and re-enter the park throughout the day but it must me the SAME park. A Park Hopper options allows you to move from park to park within the same day. This gives you a lot more flexibility for dining and event options. If you would like to fight Darth Vader in Hollywood Studios at noon but catch Wishes Spectacular in the Magic Kingdom after dinner then the Park Hopper is the option you will want! The Park Hopper is a more expensive options so if you are on a budget, keeping a Base ticket is a great way to save a little money. You also have the option to add on water park tickets. The Water Park and More option includes visits to Disney’s water parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, mini-golf visits and a trip to Disney Quest indoor interactive theme park. The water parks close during certain times in the winter months so check out the park schedules before you purchase these tickets.

Step 5: PLAN YOUR ITINERARY

This is quite possibly the most important step in your vacation planning.  Deciding what park to visit on what day, choosing your fast pass times, and coordinating your dining can be stressful! Remember to keep it fun! Try not to overextend yourself or your family. The Fastpass+ system allows you to choose 3 fast passes per day 60 days in advance. This is a great way to make sure you will be able to enjoy your favorite rides without a long wait time. If you already have your meals planned in the parks, plan your fast passes to give you ample time to include your dining plans.

Step 6: ADD SOME MAGIC AND HAVE FUN!

There are a lot of magical extras you may want to include in your trip. Special fireworks viewing parties, parades, Holiday parties like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Maybe your little princess would like a make-over at the Bibbidi-Bobbidi- Boutique, or how about a pirate treasure hunt in Adventureland? While some of these activities are an extra expense, they can really add a lot of magic to your trip. The Memory Maker is another great idea to enhance your trip. This photo service gives you all of  your Disney pictures in one place for you to do with as you please. There are extra magic poses and ideas to make your pictures more special. Leave your camera at home and get photos of the whole family together!

Now that your planning is done, get ready to enjoy your incredible Walt Disney World Vacation! Soak it all in, laugh out loud and don’t forget to get a hug from Mickey Mouse!

A World of Magic Travel agent like myself can help you navigate all of your planning decisions for FREE! I love talking/planning Disney and I will be able to find you the best options to suit your vacation ideas! Contact me to turn your Disney dream into a reality! .

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Disney Cruise vs. Disney World: The Advantages of Each http://www.chipandco.com/disney-cruise-disney-world-advantages-208000/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-cruise-disney-world-advantages-208000/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=208000 Disney offers so many great vacations now that it’s hard to decide what type you should go on next! A Disney Cruise and a trip to Walt Disney World are two very different types of vacations. I hope this list of  advantages of each will help you decide what to do on your next Disney trip. […]

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Disney offers so many great vacations now that it’s hard to decide what type you should go on next! A Disney Cruise and a trip to Walt Disney World are two very different types of vacations. I hope this list of  advantages of each will help you decide what to do on your next Disney trip.

Advantages of a Disney Cruise over Disney World:

  1. Price – Increases in ticket prices, resort room rates, and food costs steer some people toward an all-inclusive Disney Cruise. Depending on the month you travel, a cruise can be less expensive. It all depends on the type of WDW package you choose too.
  2. Value – Cruising with Disney is truly luxurious. To have the same experience it at WDW, you’d have to stay at a deluxe resort, like the Grand Floridian and eat at Disney signature restaurants for twice the cost.
  3. Relaxation – WDW trips can be exhausting! All the rushing, stroller pushing and standing can really wear me out! Cruisers are more likely to be well-rested upon returning home. You also don’t have to wake up early to beat the crowds, make it to rope drop or get to your breakfast reservations early in the morning.
  4. Dining – I hear from many guests that the DCL food is excellent! Disney has quality cuisine that many foodies rave about.  Having 24-hour access to food without having to pay for it out-of-pocket makes cruising less stressful.
  5. Characters – If meeting the Princesses such as Anna and Elsa, or Disney characters is important to your children (it IS to mine!) you’ll experience more one-on-one time on a Ship than in the Parks. Character Meet & Greets  are scheduled daily in the lobby, but they also make appearances in the kid’s clubs, like the Oceaneer Club.
  6. Travel Experience – There are many ports and destinations offered by DCL now, such as Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Alaska, Panama and even Norway. You can see the world with your family and experience new cultures and beautiful landscapes.

Advantages of Walt Disney World over a Disney Cruise:

  1. Rides – If you love  the classic Disney rides or thrill rides, you’ll find them at the Parks, and obviously, not on the Ships. Although, AquaDuck is pretty thrilling!
  2. Ease of Access – No early morning exits, missing your ship due to flight delays, transportation to the Port, customs officials, passports, or birth certificates are involved with a trip to Walt Disney World.
  3. Variety – A Disney Cruise Ship has plenty of activities for all ages, but even as an annual WDW traveler, I still haven’t seen and done EVERYTHING there is to do at the Parks. Between the 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, Downtown Disney, various Restaurants, DisneyQuest and even the Resorts, there is ALWAYS something new and exciting to experience. No two trips ever have to be the same.
  4. Spaciousness – Disney ships provide the largest staterooms in the cruise industry. BUT, being in close-quarters with your family may not be ideal for some. Others feel a bit claustrophobic at the thought of being on a boat.
  5. Connectivity – You have the ability to stay connected to the “outside world”  at Walt Disney World and share your pics on Facebook. Free Wi-fi is available in all 4 Parks and you’ll be able to get cell service during your stay. Cruises experience dead zones at sea, roaming charges, and/or prices to access the internet.
  6. Availability– Disney almost always has the Resort and room types my clients desire when they book at least a few months in advance. You can choose your  own dates and  length of stay. Maybe, you want to do a “split stay” like we do, and experience two different resorts! With a Cruise, you have to choose a sail date and category listed, and Inside staterooms fill up quickly. WDW has many Resorts at all price levels, giving your flexibility with prices.

Which type of Disney Vacation do YOU like the most and why?

If you’d like free price quotes for both Disney Cruises and Walt Disney World Vacation packages to compare them, email me today  at Summer@worldofmagictravel.com. I would love to help you plan the perfect Disney Vacation for your family. And, if you can’t decide…do BOTH!!  A Land & Sea Vacation is very popular with Disney Addicts who want some variety in their travel.  Whatever type of  trip fits your family the best, it’s guaranteed to be magical with Disney!

 

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It’s not always easy being an adult Walt Disney World lover. When I tell people I am headed to Disney World on my next vacation, I get that weird look, that one that says “really? What a weirdo”…usually it only lasts a second, and they say something like “Oh, that’s nice” when what they really mean is “that’s for kids…I wouldn’t want to go there”. In these situations, I usually try and be a Disney cheerleader, rallying for Team WDW, and I have come up with this list of things that are so unique, that you can only get them at Walt Disney World:

The Service: The employees of Disney World (they call them Cast Members or CM’s) provide the highest level of service I have ever experienced. They are friendly, polite, helpful, and most of all, they actually seem to really like their jobs. They will bend over backwards to make sure you have an amazing time, and that is truly special, and something you don’t see much of these days.

The Food: Most theme parks keep it simple with burgers, fries, and other fried items. Not Walt Disney World, where you can sample authentic cuisine from 11 different countries at Epcot’s World Showcase, feast on a AAA 5 diamond rated meal at Victoria and Albert’s, or grab a giant turkey leg in the Magic Kingdom. Everything they sell tastes fresh and is prepared with meticulous attention to flavors and the result is out of this world! Oh, and in case you’re in the mood, WDW has those burgers and fries too, and they taste amazing.

The Accommodations: Disney has many different choices of places to stay, all with their own theme. From the Polynesian Resort that’s like living in a luau, to the Coronado Springs Resort where where you can swim in the shadow of a Mayan Temple, to the Boardwalk Resort-where they have a real wooden boardwalk reminiscent of Old Atlantic City (this one is my personal favorite, and is breathtaking at night!)

The Detail: Disney World pays people to create all the experiences in it’s parks and resorts, down to the chair fabrics and napkin designs (they call them Imagineers, which might just be the coolest job ever!). The themes are carried out in every ride, restaurant, hotel room, and swimming pool, and are breathtaking. My favorite example of Imagineering is the Haunted Mansion ride, where you get to ride in a “Doom Buggy” through a truly creepy haunted house (where I still find something new and scary every time I ride it!)

The Experience: This one is a bit harder to put into words, but its that feeling you get when you walk into any of the parks, for me it hits me hardest in the Magic Kingdom, when you gaze down Main Street USA and see Cinderella’s Castle up ahead…and you know that you can have a real vacation, an escape from the pressures of the real world, in a place where you can feel like a carefree kid again.

So next time a non-Disney lover gives you that weird look, let them know about what they are missing. You never know, you might actually convince them to visit the happiest place on earth, and the truth is, they won’t really know until they go.

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5 tips for making the most of your Walt Disney World Dining Experience http://www.chipandco.com/what-to-eat-5-tips-for-making-the-most-of-your-wdw-dining-experience-50848/ http://www.chipandco.com/what-to-eat-5-tips-for-making-the-most-of-your-wdw-dining-experience-50848/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 01:00:09 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=50848 There are SO MANY dining choices at Walt Disney World, it can be overwhelming and scary to try to answer the question of “what’s for dinner?” Luckily, there is help out there! Follow these tips and you will be sure to have a spectacular dining experience! Plan ahead: Do your research! I can’t stress this […]

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There are SO MANY dining choices at Walt Disney World, it can be overwhelming and scary to try to answer the question of “what’s for dinner?” Luckily, there is help out there! Follow these tips and you will be sure to have a spectacular dining experience!

Plan ahead: Do your research! I can’t stress this one enough, there are tons of books and websites that have restaurant descriptions, menus, and even pictures so you can know what to expect when you go. Another part of planning ahead would be to make your ADR’s in advance (ADR = Advance Dining Reservations, and Disney allows you to make them up to 180 days prior to your trip). So go online, figure out places you might like to eat, and make a tentative itinerary based on that. A tip on ADR’s would be to have backup choices, and don’t be disappointed if you don’t get every single one of your top picks, chances are very good that you will still enjoy whatever you end up eating!

Please note you will need a Credit Card to Make your ADR’s.

Don’t overload: 3 buffets in 1 day? Sounds like a deliciously horrible idea…but I have seen it done (I have personally only done 2 buffets in one day, and even that was too much!). There are a lot of options, and a lot of them are buffets or all you can eat meals, so you will want to take this into consideration when planning your meals. My personal rule of thumb is to book 1 ‘special’ meal per day (be it a buffet or other sit down restaurant), and then let the other meals fall as they may and grab a quick snack or counter service meal whenever we need a break

Ask yourself “Who am I eating with?”: Whether you are dining alone or with a party of 10 people, it’s always important to take people’s tastes into consideration. If you know your father hates seafood, or your kids won’t eat anything other than chicken nuggets, you will want to pick places that accommodate those tastes. Obviously you can’t please everyone all the time, but you can come pretty darn close at Disney – especially with their large number of buffets that offer a large variety of food, where everyone is sure to find something they like

Try something new: Never had *real* French food? Been thinking about giving sushi a try? Go for it, you are on vacation, and Walt Disney World has it all, from the authentic cuisines from countries around the world at Epcot’s World Showcase, to plenty of seafood, American, steak, and barbeque options all over the World. And when you go to these new restaurants, don’t be tempted to order the burger or steak just because it’s safe, order that new item whose description intrigued you. No matter what you order, you won’t be sorry

Consider the Disney Dining Plan: It’s easy to use, convenient, and can save you some money if you really use it to its fullest advantage. The snack items you can use it for are marked with a special dining plan symbol at most locations, and as for sit down restaurants, almost all of them in the World participate. The regular dining plan includes 1 Table Service, 1 Counter Service, and 1 Snack per person for each night of your stay. All you have to do is swipe your room key at the checkout, and you’re done, just like that! It is a genius idea, and I am a firm believer in the Disney Dining Plan (check it out for yourself here, and check Disney’s website for participating restaurants and information)

Dining in Disney World is a truly special experience, and if you follow these tips, the food you eat on your WDW vacation won’t serve as mere fuel to keep you going as you tour the parks, but it will be a highlight of your trip and something that keeps you coming back again and again!

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History Of Disney: Would you like some tea? http://www.chipandco.com/history-disney-tea-195204/ http://www.chipandco.com/history-disney-tea-195204/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=195204 This is the first of a weekly column that you will see here at Chip and Co. I will be exploring the history behind the rides of the Disney Theme Parks,  the Resorts, Restaurants and even the Special Events. When trying to decide where to start I had many people say I should start with […]

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This is the first of a weekly column that you will see here at Chip and Co. I will be exploring the history behind the rides of the Disney Theme Parks,  the Resorts, Restaurants and even the Special Events. When trying to decide where to start I had many people say I should start with the “mountains”. That seemed to me to be something that would be expected as those are fan favorites. I instead decided I would try to think of a ride that is an icon of the Disney Theme Parks and a ride that is in every Disney Theme Park. It is a ride that I remember seeing on TV in commercials and a ride that I knew I always wanted to ride. It is a ride that I have had fun on but have also gotten sick on (it all depends on who you ride it with).

That ride would be the Mad Tea Party.

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Walt Disney riding the Tea Cups at Disneyland on opening day. Photo Credit: goldcountrygirls.blogspot.com

The Tea Cups as most people refer to them were at Disneyland on opening day it is one of the few remaining attractions from 1955. The ride itself  has undergone several refurbishments and changes since its inception. Each one has only made the ride a little bit better. To give you an idea of what the ride has looked like over the years here are a few pictures these images were taken from the amazing Disney History site Yesterland.com

The original floor of the mad tea party before the swirl pattern was painted on it. The floor with it's new paint job. The Tea Cups in their original position. King Arthur's Carousel is now where the Tea Cups are in this image.

The ride is now in a different place than it was opening day and it also has been given a make over. You may be more familiar with this version of the Mad Tea Party.

Mad Tea Party Disneyland

 

The ride is basically the same at all the Disney Theme Parks but the one in Disneyland is the only one that is not covered with some sort of roof. This makes it not operable in inclement weather but it does give it a beautiful look. All of the Mad Tea Party attractions were opening day attractions except for at Tokyo Disneyland.

The system of the ride is very basic. There are three turntables that each have 6 teacups on it. This turntable spins clockwise. All three of these turntables are on another turntable that holds the entire ride and it spins counter clockwise.

There were several versions of this ride that were on the drawing board…the one I found most interesting was it to be sort of like a race track with the tea cups. That might have made for an interesting ride.

The basic premise of the ride is that you have shrunk yourself similar to the way that Alice does in the film and you end up pouring yourself into a tea cup at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. It does not surprise me that Walt Disney would pick to have a ride based on Alice in Wonderland since had such a connection with the story for his entire career.

Another interesting fact about this ride is that the name for it is not the same at all the theme parks. The USA parks share the same name of Mad Tea Party however, at Tokyo Disneyland it is known as Alice’s Tea Party, at Disneyland Paris it is known as Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and lastly at Hong Kong Disneyland it is Mad Hatter Tea Cups. I was unable to find the reasoning as to why there is a difference in the names from a credible source so I will not venture a guess.

When doing my research on the ride I decided to see if the tradition of having it in every Disney park would carry over into the not yet open Shanghai Disneyland and it looks as if it will not. There will be a ride of similar mechanics but it will be themed around Winnie the Pooh. Instead of Tea Cups guests will spin in Hunny (using the Winnie the Pooh Spelling) Pots. This struck me as interesting but I came to realize that Shanghai Disneyland is doing lots of things differently than the traditional Disney Theme Park.

Have you ever ridden the tea cups? Have you ever gotten motion sickness on the tea cups?  Here are a few tips to help you prevent that. First do not close your eyes, instead pick a point perhaps the center of the spinning wheel in the middle of your cup and keep your eyes on it. Doing this will cause you to not get dizzy or at least minimize how dizzy you get. Do not try to take pictures or video you will end up nauseous after. Make this one of the first or last rides you do if you are prone to motion sickness.

Believe it or not I have been to Walt Disney World and Disneyland and I have only ridden the tea cups at Magic Kingdom. I am not sure why I did not ride them at Disneyland when I was there. I do rather enjoy the tea cups but it is not a ride I do every time I am there. What about you?

Riding the Tea Cups At Magic Kingdom

Me and my Disney Husband riding the Tea Cups with a good friend on our 1 year anniversary

Until next time, May the Force Be With You,

Teresa

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Disney World Quick Tip for Families of 5 or more: Family Suite, Connecting Rooms, or DVC Villa? http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tip-families-5-family-suite-connecting-rooms-dvc-villa-193658/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-world-quick-tip-families-5-family-suite-connecting-rooms-dvc-villa-193658/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=193658 This Disney World Quick Tip goes out to all those families trying to book their Walt Disney World Resort with 5 or more people… Do you have a family of five or bigger? As you may know, many of the rooms at the Walt Disney Resorts only accommodate four people, thereby it becomes more of […]

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This Disney World Quick Tip goes out to all those families trying to book their Walt Disney World Resort with 5 or more people…

Do you have a family of five or bigger? As you may know, many of the rooms at the Walt Disney Resorts only accommodate four people, thereby it becomes more of a challenge to find a room or combination of rooms to hold your larger family. There are three main categories that you can compare.

1. A Family Suite at All Star Movies or Art of Animation: these sleep up to six people and provide a kitchenette. At least half of the sleeping accommodations are pull out sofas, not beds.

2. Connecting Rooms: you can book 2 regular rooms at any of the resorts and request that they connect. This offers four beds and two bathrooms.

3. A Disney Vacation Club Villa: Villas at DVC resorts sleep anywhere from 4 to 12 people. Some of the studio villas sleep five. You don’t have to be a DVC member to get one of these villas. You can rent points for a very good price from our friends at David’s Vacation Club Rentals!

Planning my next trip, I compared the prices of these three options. For my family of six, it is the most economical for us to rent two studios at Boardwalk Villas through David’s DVC Rentals. The price was cheaper than 2 rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter and a family suite at Art of Animation. Two suites allows us lots of space, two bathrooms, and deluxe accommodations.

If you have a big family, make sure you compare different room options to make sure you are getting the best set-up for the best price. Do you have a tip for families of five or more? Share it with us!

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Cinderella’s Royal Table Closing for Lengthy Refurbishment http://www.chipandco.com/cinderellas-royal-table-closing-refurbishment-193384/ http://www.chipandco.com/cinderellas-royal-table-closing-refurbishment-193384/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:30:37 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=193384 One of Walt Disney World’s most popular dining establishments “Cinderella’s Royal Table” is scheduled to be closing for refurbishment in January. The very beloved character dining experience located inside the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Castle is expected to be closing on January 5, 2015. A lengthy refurbishment is expected to last until March 6th, 2015 with a reopen date of […]

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One of Walt Disney World’s most popular dining establishments “Cinderella’s Royal Table” is scheduled to be closing for refurbishment in January.

The very beloved character dining experience located inside the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Castle is expected to be closing on January 5, 2015. A lengthy refurbishment is expected to last until March 6th, 2015 with a reopen date of March 7th, 2015.

Dates and Schedules are subject to change, but in the mean time you can get your princess dining fix with Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot, or the Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare.

I can’t wait to see what the updates bring for such an iconic hot spot in Walt Disney World.

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Disney Parks’ Candy Apple vs. Rice Crispy Treat http://www.chipandco.com/disney-parks-candy-apple-rice-crispy-treat-191786/ Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:00:39 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=191786   One thing Disney parks are known for is the treats! The Candy Apple and Rice Crispy Treat rank high on many people’s list. Which one is the superior snack though? Each of them has their virtues, and each has their not so favorite parts as well.  Both are pretty delicious, and come in a variety […]

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The Candied Apple vs. Rice Crispy Treat showdown!

The Candied Apple vs. Rice Crispy Treat showdown!

 

One thing Disney parks are known for is the treats! The Candy Apple and Rice Crispy Treat rank high on many people’s list. Which one is the superior snack though?

Each of them has their virtues, and each has their not so favorite parts as well.  Both are pretty delicious, and come in a variety of decorations. They can also be made with your toppings of choice at places like Goofy’s Candy Co. Each has a nifty stick to hold them and keep your fingers clean, but that’s where the similarities begin to drift apart.

First let’s discuss the Candy Apple. This gem is large, bold, and dripping with sweet delights. This treat has the added bonus of the cold and crisp fruit to help keep you cool in the outdoor sun. The apple also adds a nice contrast of texture from the candies and coatings wrapping around it. I feel this is a great choice for leisure time, you’ll want to sit and enjoy while taking in a parade or watching fireworks. Disney uses large beautiful apples, so this is an easy snack to share. The Candy Apple is divine but, it’s a bit hard to eat while touring the parks, and has a higher price point than our friend the Rice Crispy Treat.

Now for the Rice Crispy Treat. This option is easy to handle and not very messy. The crispy treat is great for small hands to hold while avoiding any oopsies. If you have a sweet tooth this is a great option, lots of gooey marshmallow flowing through the sweet cereal. This is a hearty snack that holds up well, so you can make your way through the crowds with little worries of losing it. Since the crispy treat holds up so well, it’s also a great snack you can bring home with you, which is a nice way to bring back Disney memories once you are home. While this is a cheaper option than the candy apple, it’s much smaller so not as share able. You also won’t get a refreshing feeling like you would from the cool apple on a hot day in the parks.

So in the end it comes down to which option works best for you. For me the apple is great while taking a break on Main Street, for my toddler the crispy treat is his favorite memento to bring home. I don’t feel either is superior, simply different. They both have their merits depending on how you like to snack. Both will also check off a notch on our Disney Foods to try challenge! Which one do you prefer?

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What is Disney Bounding? How do you do it? http://www.chipandco.com/disney-bounding-190410/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-bounding-190410/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 12:05:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=190410   First of all, a word of caution! Disney Bounding can be very addicting! Got that?  Now that you’ve been warned, let’s explore what Disney Bounding is. So what is this crazy Disney Bound thing we keep hearing about?  Easily put, it’s an amalgamation of Disney and fashion. This is a great way to rock […]

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First of all, a word of caution! Disney Bounding can be very addicting! Got that?  Now that you’ve been warned, let’s explore what Disney Bounding is.

So what is this crazy Disney Bound thing we keep hearing about?  Easily put, it’s an amalgamation of Disney and fashion. This is a great way to rock your DisneySide at the parks, or even in your everyday life. Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe or your usual retailers.

Now that we know what it is, how can we do it? Easy! Find a character that inspires you and let your creative juices flow. Look for clothing that has a matching color to your character, or even a similar style. Mix them up with playful accessories that embody your character’s muse.  Going as Merida? Try finding a bow and arrow necklace and maybe even a plaid scarf to emblazon her Celtic pride. The best part is you can dress as casual or fancy as you want. A casual princess Day can be a cute tank top, with shorts that match the colors of her dress. A Disney Addict will know exactly who you are spot lighting, while a casual observer will have no idea you are channeling your inner hero or villain. The possibilities are endless! If you need some help, try checking out Google, Pinterest, or Instagram for ideas.

You can be as obvious or demure about it as you like. A great way to really have your character shine through is by wearing accessories with images featuring them. Custom painted shoes can especially be a great addition to any Disney Bounding outfit. The best part is that with a custom item you know you’ll be unique! Even if you lose your shoe while dancing with Prince Charming at Midnight, you know he’ll be able to find you with your matching one.

 

Now that we know how to do it, I can’t wait to see your creations! Check out some of ours below if you would like more inspiration. Who do you want to Disney Bound as? Make sure to tell us in the comments!

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Top 10 Adult Activites at Walt Disney World http://www.chipandco.com/top-10-activities-adults-walt-disney-world-98157/ Sat, 21 Dec 2013 22:30:39 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=98157 For those of you who think Walt Disney World is “just for kids”, thank again! There is plenty to do for adults too, including: Water sports: You can go water skiing, jet-skiing, rent a boat (motorboats, or pedal boats and canoes for the more physically inclined), and even go para-sailing at several WDW resorts Sample […]

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For those of you who think Walt Disney World is “just for kids”, thank again! There is plenty to do for adults too, including:

  1. Water sports: You can go water skiing, jet-skiing, rent a boat (motorboats, or pedal boats and canoes for the more physically inclined), and even go para-sailing at several WDW resorts
  2. Sample some world-class cuisine: WDW has become very famous for it’s food, from delicious pastries and baked goods to 5 star cuisine and foods from all over the world, it truly is a dining experience like no other (It’s not just burgers and fries like you might expect at a theme park, although if you really want a burger, they have some super delicious ones!)
  3. Go on a “Beer Tour” around Epcot: The Epcot World Showcase features countries and their cultures, traditions, foods, and drinks. Each country serves ‘adult beverages’ you would find if you were actually visiting that country, and going from place to place sampling the native drinks is a great way to spend an afternoon. Or try our Disney Around the World Showcase Challenge.
  4. Nightlife: Catch some live music at the House of Blues, take in La Nouba (Disney’s exclusive Cirque Du Soleil show), or just stroll along the paths of Downtown Disney at night.
  5. Shopping: Downtown Disney is the home to a large number of stores (many of which are non Disney related, so if you are in the market for a souvenir without the Mouse on it, this is the place for you!). It’s a great place to visit because you don’t need a park ticket for it, and there are tons of great restaurants should you get hungry from all the shopping!
  6. Golf: WDW is home to 5 golf courses (three of which are PGA courses), so if golf is your thing they’ve got you covered
  7. Spa Treatments: 3 full service spas insure that you will be relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on all that Disney has to offer.
  8. Thrill rides: Each of the 4 parks offer rides that are perfect for the adrenaline junkie in your family; Magic Kingdom has Space Mountain, Hollywood Studios has the Rock’N’Roller Coaster, Epcot has Soarin’, and Animal Kingdom has Expedition Everest (among others!)
  9. Enjoying the resort offerings: All of the WDW resorts offer beautiful pools, many have sit down restaurants, bike rentals, walking/jogging paths, and much more, and a bonus here is that during the day while most folks are away at the parks, these activities may be virtually empty and ready for you to enjoy
  10. Beyond WDW: I know, I am supposed to be talking about what the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer for adults (which is a LOT!), but I really want to mention that beyond the Disney walls lies even more for you to enjoy, like other theme parks, more shopping and restaurants, beaches, art/history/culture galore, and so much more. Consider renting a car and spending a day away, not only will this allow you to save some money on WDW park tickets, but it will give you a chance to experience more, and after all, isn’t that what a vacation is all about?

The great minds behind WDW work very hard to make sure that there is something for those of all ages to enjoy, it truly is the place “Where Dreams Come True” for everyone (adults included!)

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