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Disney World Planning Challenges: Managing Your Disney Evening

by on March 24, 2015

So you’ve had a great day at Disney World! What should you do next? Follow up that great day with a fantastic evening, of course.TouringPlans logo

Whether you have a full-fledged touring plan in mind or decide to focus on more subdued activities during your evening, Disney World offers plenty of choices. This article highlights specific tips and looks at TouringPlans.com tools and information that can help make your evening a success.

An Evening in the Parks

Making a smooth transition from a day to an evening in Disney World will keep your vacation fun on track. Maybe you are just starting your vacation and planning some park time on the night of your arrival day. Or you have taken a resort break and plan to return to the parks later. Maybe you have taken the day off from the theme parks with plans to go into a park at night. Or you are extending a day already in the parks into the evening.

Great Movie Ride night by Sarah Graffam

The Great Movie Ride glows at night

In all of these cases, when planning for some park time at night, it’s important to consider factors such as what time to depart for the parks, how to get to there, whether to plan activities in advance, and—finally—when you may want to plan on heading back to your hotel. A bit of strategic planning can help you get to the fun as soon as possible.

Getting Off to a Good Start. One of the best ways to avoid feeling rushed when starting off your evening is to avoid the temptation to plan for only the most optimistic conditions in terms of timing. Instead, if it’s your arrival day, be sure to build in some extra time for getting to the World from the airport and checking into your hotel. My family generally expects to get from the airport to a park in 2.5 to 3 hours when stopping at our resort first.

If you have already started your vacation, be sure to leave time for the kids to have a last minute snack or take a final dip in the pool during an afternoon break.

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Walt Disney World General Public Discounts Start Today

by on March 23, 2015

TouringPlans logoIf you’ve been holding out for a discount before booking your Walt Disney World travel June 16 to August 27, today is your lucky day.

Discounts range from 15 to 30% with the larger discounts being for Deluxe rooms and for travel August 10 to 27.

There are exclusions for Art of Animation Mermaid rooms, Fort Wilderness Campsites, All Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, and Disney Vacation Club 3 Bedroom Grand Villas.

For travel before June 16, there are five current discounts available in addition to Florida resident rates. Discounts are similar to the above:

  • Kid-size Package offer (book by March 28) for travel though May 28
  • Late Winter room offer (book by March 25) for travel though March 28 – general public
  • Spring room offer (book by March 28) for travel through June 15 – general public
  • Late Winter Passholder offer (book by March 25) for travel though March 28 – passholders
  • Spring Passholder offer (book by June 15) for travel through June 15 – pass holders.

Contact your travel agent or Disney directly for full details or to book.

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How Many Times Do You Have to Visit Disney?

by on March 22, 2015

A Disney fan may ask, “How many times do I get to go to Walt Disney World?” For a Disney aficionado, the theme parks are a treat to be indulged in as often as possible. But for Disney-neutral or, gasp, Disney-averse folks, the question they might more reasonably pose is, “How many times do I have to go to Walt Disney World?”

I’ll get the ball rolling by saying, yes, barring major financial constraint, you do have to visit Disney World or Disneyland at least once. Why? Because experiencing a Disney theme park is the American cultural imperative akin to no other.

The Disney Parks are a must-do. But how many times must you do them?

The Disney Parks are a must-do. But how many times must you do them?

In a time when common cultural experience has eroded to the point of oblivion, a Disney parks visit is of the few remaining touchstone experiences; it’s a true American rite of passage (possibly also for other nationalities, but I’m speaking to the US for this one). A trip to a Disney theme park will put you on the fast track to pop cultural literacy, elucidating references in sources ranging from Mad Men to Modern Family.

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More 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Food Finds

by on March 21, 2015

While Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival hasn’t yet caught up with the International Food and Wine fest in edible options, there are still more items to sample than any human stomach should attempt in a single day (trust us, we’ve tried). Therefore, I recently followed up my first visit to 2015 Flower and Garden Festival with another lap around World Showcase, this time in the opposite direction. The following photos show of some of my favorite Flower and Garden food finds from the western “hemisphere” of Epcot’s promenade, along with a closer look at a few of the floral arrangements we overlooked the first time around.

2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Food Finds

Let’s start with Urban Farm Eats, home to two of my favorite dishes at this year’s festival.

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Innoventions West at Epcot to See Massive Changes

by on March 20, 2015

InnoventionsUpdated on 3/21/15 with additional information.

The rumors had been floating around this week and the Orlando Sentinel has confirmed it — Epcot is making massive changes to Innoventions West beginning this spring.

So what does this all mean? Well it means that we can say goodbye to the THINK exhibit, Where’s the Fire, and The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. (Nooo!!!  Save the piggies!!!) All three are slated to be leaving and will be replaced.

To make way for this massive overhaul of Innoventions West, the area’s last day of operation will be on April 29.

It does appear that the Disney Visa Cardmember character meet and greet will be staying, though no word on if it will be moved to a different location during the closure of the space or if it will also temporarily close while work is being done.

In addition, another attraction is closing in Innoventions East — the Vision House, which will no longer be available starting April 22.

Innoventions has always been a place where Guests could learn and discover amazing technologies and how those technologies are making life better through hands-on, walk-through exhibits that are sponsored by corporations. The various exhibits found inside the pavilion have been known to rotate periodically.

There is no word on what exactly will replace these exhibits. Innoventions East (which houses Sum of All Thrills, StormStruck, and Habit Heroes) will remain open.

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Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party Will Change to Wishes Dessert Party

by on March 19, 2015

©Disney

©Disney

A few years ago, the Magic Kingdom rolled out the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party, which takes place at the Tomorrowland Terrace on select nights. The party offers Guests the opportunity to enjoy delicious treats and beverages in a buffet setting, as well as having a private viewing area to in which to catch Wishes. (Before the dessert party took over, this was always a favorite spot of mine to view Wishes from.)

Guess I’m not getting my favorite spot back any time soon because beginning July 5, Disney is revamping and enhancing this special dessert party, renaming it the Wishes Dessert Party. (Gotta make it simple.) The party will include desserts such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, seasonal fruits and cheeses, Disney character-themed cupcakes, ice cream and more. Guests can also enjoy hot chocolate, signature lemonades, coffee, and tea.  Then as the fireworks begin, there will be a sparkling cider toast.

Also changing…the cost. The price will double, with it now costing $49.00 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $29.00 per child (ages 3-9) and includes tax. (Previous cost of the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party was $25.99 for adults and $13.99 for kids.)

Reservations for the Wishes Dessert Party can begin to be made tomorrow, March 20 at DisneyWorld.com/Dine.

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For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Will Be Moving and More Frozen Summer Fun LIVE News

by on March 19, 2015

Last week, I let you all know about Frozen Summer Fun LIVE returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Well, now it’s been released that as part of the extremely popular event returning, the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” show will be moving!

The fun show will be relocated to the newly named Hyperion Theater (formerly known as the Superstar Television Theater and the previous location of the American Idol Experience) just in time for the special summer event.  “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” features the Royal Historians of Arendelle retelling the story of Frozen in a comedic way, mixed with sing-along portions from the audience, as well as appearances by Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa. The move to the new theater will also allow for new in-theater effects!

For the First Time in Forever-A Frozen Sing Along Celebration

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Be Our Guest Lunch Preorder and MDE: A First-Hand Report

by on March 19, 2015

Be our guest lunch preorder

Enjoy enchanted eats with less anxiety using Be Our Guest lunch preordering though My Disney Experience (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Believe it or not, it’s now been over two years since we first began reporting on FastPass+ lunch reservations at the Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest restaurant. In that time, we’ve covered the seemingly never ending saga of Disney’s experiments with managing demand for the popular venue, and now they finally seem to have settled on a (hopefully?) long-term solution. On March 12, the My Disney Experience (MDE) app for iOS devices was updated to accommodate Be Our Guest lunch preordering for guests making dining reservations, and I was among the first wave of guests to take advantage of this newly streamlined process.

To begin, make sure that the MDE app on your mobile device is updated to the latest version.

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Disney Visa Discount for WDW Travel June 16 to August 27

by on March 19, 2015

Disney Reward VISA Card does not have an annual fee. But do the perks and rewards balance our the interest rate?

Discounts for Walt Disney World travel are available for Disney Visa card holders

Thanks to Tammy Whiting of Storybook Destinations and Sue Pisaturo of Small World Vacations for both letting us know this morning about new Disney Visa discounts on Walt Disney World travel June 16 to August 27, 2015. The discounts are released today for Disney Visa cardholders and expected to be released to the general public Monday.

Discounts range from 15 to 30% with the larger discounts being for Deluxe rooms and for travel August 10 to 27.

There are exclusions for Art of Animation Mermaid rooms, Fort Wilderness Campsites, All Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, and Disney Vacation Club 3 Bedroom Grand Villas.

Contact your travel agent or Disney directly for full details or to book.

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: March 19, 2015

by on March 19, 2015

Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. This week we’re visiting the  Magic Kingdom, making a quick stop at Downtown Disney, and spending an evening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not to mention we’re enjoying a quiet dinner at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano! Who is ready for some fun?

I normally try to put things in order, but this week I decided to start with this killer sunset instead! From all the way in Tomorrowland I had no idea the sky was lighting up until we breezed by on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Luckily, I managed to snap this one shot! It seemed like the perfect way to start this week. :)

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Want to see what other trouble we got into? Be sure to click to read more!

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