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Ask It: Which Walt Disney World Mountain Provides the Best Experience?

by on June 14, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL) 7 Comments

It’s Wednesday, and time for another Ask It. This week, we’re looking at the highest mountains in all of Florida, and asking you about your favorite. Here’s this week’s question:

Which Walt Disney World mountain provides the best experience?

  • Splash Mountain (39%, 425 Votes)
  • Expedition Everest (37%, 402 Votes)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (16%, 177 Votes)
  • Space Mountain (9%, 94 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,098

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The poll is open now here and on Twitter. We’ll have your results next week, and feel free to share what “best experience” means to you, and why you chose what you did, in the comments.

Ask It Results: How Often Do You Vacation to Walt Disney World?

by on June 14, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL) 4 Comments

Like many questions on Ask It, there really is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to questions about Disney. When it comes to deciding how often to vacation at Walt Disney World, there are so many factors that come into play, and each person has a different reason for why they vacation as frequently or infrequently as they do. Last week we asked you:

How often do you vacation to Walt Disney World?

With 2,900 votes, here’s your results.

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Dessert Party Information for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on June 13, 2017
Filed under: Magic Kingdom, Recent News 2 Comments

dessert party infoAre you excited about this year’s holiday festivities at Walt Disney World this year? If you are planning on attending either Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, then you may want to partake in their special Fireworks Dessert Party offerings.

During the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests will be able to participate in a bewitching buffet at the Tomorrowland Terrace. Guests will be able to enjoy Halloween-themed treats and then will have a private viewing area for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.

The Holiday Wishes Dessert Premium Package for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will also take place at the Tomorrowland Terrace, as Guests will be able to enjoy tantalizing treats and fantastic views of Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season.

Both parties will include the following treats: Read the rest of this entry »

Packing For Summer At Walt Disney World

by on June 12, 2017
Filed under: Trip Planning, Walt Disney World (FL), Weather 17 Comments

Being prepared means packing the essentials for your summer trip to Walt Disney World (Robert Blaszkiewicz)

Ed. – this article contains affiliate links to Amazon.

If you travel to Walt Disney World in summer, central Florida’s heat is an unavoidable factor. High temperatures in the 90s, humid conditions punctuated by afternoon storms and crowds that never abate are unavoidable realities this time of year.

I’ve learned that the heat of a Florida summer is just a minor obstacle to scaling the peaks of Expedition Everest or Splash Mountain. You can read the tips I’ve offered about surviving your summer trip to Walt Disney World here. The key to making the most of a summer trip is preparation. Touring plans and park calendars are a big part of it, but knowing how to pack for summer is also essential. To that end, I’ve compiled this list of items that are particularly essential for the summer traveler.

Essential apparel

Moisture-wicking fabric: The problem with cotton is it will soak up sweat, but won’t release it effectively. Wearing workout wear or other clothes with moisture-wicking fabric will go a long way to keeping you cooler. As a bonus, they dry off a lot quicker when you get off a water ride. And don’t forget about socks. As we’ll note below, keeping your feet dry and comfortable is key, considering the amount of walking at Disney. Unless you have access to a washer-dryer in your room (like DVC one- and tw0-bedroom villas) or plan on using the laundry facilities at your resort, you’ll want to bring extras. We often will go through two changes of clothes in a day.

Ponchos: I guarantee that if you’re traveling in the summer, it’s going to rain – hard. Rather than be chased off by the rain, you can enjoy the open walkways and lower wait times if you’re prepared with panchos. You can buy a Disney pancho at the park for about $9 or you can find a bargain at home and just keep them in the bag you bring to the parks. You want something thicker and more durable than a trash bag, but not so heavy that you’ll be sweating in it the moment you put it on.

Better to bring two pairs than one of each.

Shoes and sandals: When you’re walking 10 miles or more in a day, it’s best to be able to change up your footwear regularly. I go with a pair of sneakers and a pair of walking sandals. The variation will help avoid blisters and aches. Also, if one pair is soaked from rain or water ride, you have a dry pair to change into. Sneakers should be broken in before your trip. Sandals should be made for walking with good arch support (no cheap flip-flops). It’s also beneficial if they’re waterproof for instances when your feet might get wet. If I plan on riding Kali River Rapids, that’s going to be a sandals day. Read the rest of this entry »

The SATURDAY SIX Goes “Drinking Around The World” at Epcot

by on June 10, 2017
Filed under: Drinking, Epcot, Saturday Six 29 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX Goes “Drinking Around The World” at Epcot! Longtime SATURDAY SIX readers know we enjoy an adult drink or two on our theme park vacations. We’ve done articles on the best bars and lounges at the WDW resorts, the best theme park bars, and even Must Try individual drinks such as the Lapu Lapu, Swedish Fish, and the Nautilus. We’ve talked about popular bar crawls among property; in fact we created the worst one of all time with the Disney Value Resorts Bar Crawl. Today we are going to look at what is probably the most popular drinking “game” across all property, Drinking Around The World. It takes place in Epcot’s World Showcase, and features some of the greatest – and most unique – drinks you can get at The World. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite stops while we drink around the world, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Japan

One of our favorites stops for a cool down in Epcot is over at Kabuki Cafe in Japan. Their signature Kakigori can be a lifesaver during a Florida summer. However last year the Kabuki Cafe started offering alcoholic versions of these shaved ice treats with the Sake Mists. Available in blood orange, pineapple coconut, and blackberry flavors, the drinks are served in pretty large cups (by Disney standards) so it’s not only a refreshing drink, but one you can share.

When it comes to sake at WDW, you also have to make a trip into Teppan Edo. Come for the entertaining chefs slicing and dicing your meal in front of you, stay for the sake flights, and swordfish. Pace yourself though, because a couple too many drinks in Japan may lead you to buying some rather strange items at the Mitsukoshi Department Store (in our defense, you can never have too many personal massagers.)

Blood Orange Sake Mist. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Sake flight at Teppan Edo. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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10 Decisions You Will Need to Make Before Your Disney Cruise

by on June 9, 2017
Filed under: Disney Cruise Line 13 Comments

A Disney cruise is a pretty stress-free vacation, but there are still some decisions you need to make before you even sail.  Here are 10 of them!

1. Itinerary vs Ship – The first decision you will have to make is which is more important to you – the ship or the destination? If you want to be on one of the newer ships, with a couple of exceptions, you’ll be doing a 3-, 4-, or 5-night cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream, or a 7-night cruise to the Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy. Both out of Port Canaveral.  If you love the classic ships, or don’t care which ship you’re on, you’ll have a lot more choices of both departure port and destinations.  You could depart from Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York City, Barcelona, Copenhagen, etc.  You could go to Alaska, Europe, Canada, Bermuda, etc., etc.  To be honest, I don’t think there’s a bad answer here.  I’ve picked a cruise based on the ship before, and I’ve booked based on the destination.  There’s valid reasons for both! Read the rest of this entry »

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of June 9, 2017

by on June 9, 2017
Filed under: In Case You Missed It 2 Comments

In Case You Missed It

Wow….I know that summer hasn’t even officially happened, but does any one else feel like it’s already whizzing by? I feel like before I know it, I’ll be back to buying Halloween candy and well, pumpkin everything. Better make sure I enjoy things while I can!

This week, we get to learn some money saving tips, see which treats are totally Instagram favorites, and learn more about Universal’s next attractions. Oh, plus a lot of other really great tidbits too! There’s so much great news this week! What did you miss?

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

Were you looking to get a pet banshee from Pandora? Looks like you may have to wait a while. Is this something you are interested in?

If you’re went to a Disney park last year, it may have felt quieter than usual. (I don’t know about you, but it sure didn’t seem quieter to me! According to the stats, it was though!) Read the rest of this entry »

Julia’s Best Week Ever, June 8, 2017: Birthday Girl Weekend Requests

by on June 8, 2017
Filed under: Best Week Ever, Disney Springs, Walt Disney World (FL) 3 Comments

Our little girl is growing up so fast. Unfortunately, the week before her seventh birthday, she ended up breaking her glasses and catching a cold, so we pushed her actual birthday celebrating back a couple weeks. She had a couple unusual requests: another round of mini-golf at Winter Summerland (but this time on the Summer course), and a meal at Rainforest Café (a restaurant where we’ve never dined). Ah, the wants of a seven-year-old, eh?

Winter Summerland, the mini golf course next to Blizzard Beach, had a decent crowd when we arrived shortly after opening. Still, it was less than a 20 minute wait before our “tee time” came up.

 

Many of the holes have themes that are similar to its winter counterpart, but looking at the fun themes, poems, and décor for each hole still makes for an amusing time out.

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Memory Maker Price Increase

by on June 7, 2017
Filed under: Recent News, Walt Disney World (FL) 18 Comments

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Memory Maker is one of the great options that the Walt Disney World Resort offers its Guests that allows them to take great family photos with everyone included in the pictures. With Memory Maker, Guests can get digital copies of every photo taken, instead of having to purchase each image individually.

Well beginning today, Guests looking to purchase Memory Maker are now going to have to pay a little more. The price for purchasing Memory Maker in advance has increased from $149 to $169. (Guests who purchase the photo package in advance must do so at least three days prior to their trip because the Advance Purchase option doesn’t include photos taken within three days of purchase.) For those who purchase Memory Maker on property (which is active immediately after purchase), it will now cost $199, an increase from $169.

Guests who purchase Memory Maker receive access to download, print, and share all of their Walt Disney World vacation memories that were taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers.  Guests who purchase this package also receive access to photos taken on select attractions, as well as at select dining locations and it also gives Guests access to magical extras like special on-ride videos from select attractions and Animated Magic Shots!

For those who want to be able to have access to some great vacation memories, this option is really a great way to do it.

Ask It: How Often Do You Vacation to Walt Disney World?

by on June 7, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL) 17 Comments

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As the old saying goes, the best cure for the post-Disney vacation blues is setting a date for the next Disney vacation. Many factors can contribute to how soon that next vacation will come, however. Cost, vacation time, life circumstances, desire to see other places, and more mean that your next trip may or may not be right around the corner. This week, we’re asking:

How often do you vacation to Walt Disney World?

  • Every 2-4 years (41%, 569 Votes)
  • Once a year (31%, 434 Votes)
  • More than once a year (20%, 278 Votes)
  • Every 5+ years (8%, 109 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,390

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Posting is live here and on Twitter, and feel free to share what helps you determine how often you make a Walt Disney World vacation happen in the comments.