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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of November 4

by on November 2, 2017

The holiday season is already here at Walt Disney World! For all the holly jolly news, keep reading!

Special Events

  • The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is this weekend. Will you be participating?
  • Now until November 13th, Annual Passholders can get reserved seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Check out Rikki’s article for more details.
  • Jingle Cruise is returning to Magic Kingdom park on November 2nd. This holiday overlay includes Christmas decorations, Santa hats, and lots of festive puns.
  • Beginning November 10th, Disney Springs will look more like the North Pole than a shopping district. View 25 stunning holiday trees on the Christmas Tree Trail, bring your Christmas list (and check it twice!) to Santa’s Chalet, and take a picture with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.

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Holiday Fun Abounds at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World

by on November 1, 2017

Disney Springs

©Rikki Niblett

Well, with the passing of Halloween now, I can hear those jingle bells ringing. And beginning November 10, if you visit Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, you’ll hear them too! The entertainment district features fantastic holiday decor, incredible treats, special entertainment, and of course, lots of shopping opportunities that well help get you in the festive spirit.

To start with, Disney Springs will be expanding the Christmas Tree Trail that debuted last year. There will be 25 custom decorated trees, each one having a Disney-related theme, like The Muppets, The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, and 101 Dalmatians. There will be ten new trees this year including Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White and Dumbo.

Guests looking to meet Santa can do so at Santa’s Chalet. Here Mr. Claus is accepting Christmas wish lists in a new location near the Christmas Tree Trail. Santa will be at Disney Springs through December 24. After that, Guests will be able to meet Santa Goofy.

Also returning this year will be a fun scavenger hunt called Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt. Stop by each of the 16 stops and collect all the stickers.

Again, there will be endless shopping opportunities. Find unique apparel and gift items at UNIQLO, Under Armour Brand House, Marketplace Co-Op, PANDORA, Sephora and Sugarboo & Co, to name a few. Disney fans will also want to stop for gifts at The LEGO Store, Star Wars Galactic Outpost and World of Disney.

Guests will also be able to participate in the hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire which debuts on December 16.

Entertainment will include strolling carolers, living statues, themed stilt walkers and live music that will help to add to the festive atmosphere.

Of course, Disney Springs will be having special Black Friday offers, so make sure to stay tuned to the blog for further details on what to expect.

Celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday on November 18 at Disney Parks

by on November 1, 2017

Mickey Mouse's Birthday


It’s the big cheese’s birth month! With Mickey Mouse’s Birthday officially being on November 18, he’s going to be ready to celebrate with you!

At Walt Disney World, Guests will be able to celebrate with “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons. There will also be special merchandise and a Sorcerer Mickey Cake. During the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! street party on Main Street U.S.A., Cosmic Dance Party in Tomorrowland and also during performances by the Dapper Dans, Guests can sing“Happy Birthday.” In addition, there will be special Happy Birthday Mickey photo props Plus, birthday photo props at all four theme parks, and for those who collect their photos at the parks, they will receive a folder with a commemorative sticker.

Over at Disneyland, there will be a celebration cavalcade for Mickey Mouse, featuring some of his special friends and the Disneyland Band, starting at “it’s a small world” and pausing for a special moment at Sleeping Beauty Castle before continuing down Main Street, U.S.A., to Town Square.  And yes, Guests will be able to pick up a “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” button.

If you’re not going to be in any of the parks, you can celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday by using #HappyBirthdayMickey.

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 28

by on October 26, 2017

Happy Halloween week! Those heading to Walt Disney World will see lower crowds, beautiful weather, and THREE Halloween parties. What a treat!

Special Events

  • The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend begins Thursday, November 2nd. Will you be participating? Let us know in the comments!
  • Also starting November 2nd, Cirque du Soleil will perform twice a night (6:00pm & 9:00pm) Thursdays through December 31st. This show is found at Disney Springs.
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders. Through December 23rd, Passholders will continue to receive a 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, check out Rikki’s article.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Families

by on October 25, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Families

Welcome back to the final installment Part 7 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! I hope you’ve enjoyed the last several weeks as I’ve shared with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. We’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens, adults and seniors. Today we’re going to wrap things up with families. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored a minimum of four stars by at least half of the age groups surveyed and has no height restrictions so that everyone from baby to great grandparents can enjoy it together as a family. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast – A Review

by on October 24, 2017

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast (Photo courtesy of Disney)

I can’t begin to tell you the excitement I felt back when it was originally announced that Trattoria al Forno was going to start hosting the Bon Voyage Adventure character breakfast. Bon Voyage Adventure isn’t your run-of-the-mill character breakfast where you get to meet some of the Fab Five. (Not that they don’t rock as well, but some variety is nice!) At this particular meal you’ll get to meet none other than Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric. That was the big draw for me! (Don’t forget, the only other places you can usually meet Flynn and Eric are at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties.)

I’m a ridiculously huge fan of Rapunzel, so I knew as soon as this character meal was announced that I’d be doing my best to book it! In fact, since they started offering the Bon Voyage Adventure breakfast I’ve made two trips to Disney World. I’ve eaten there both times.

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Part 2 + Video

by on October 24, 2017

I’m back with Part 2 of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!

In this video, I’ll talk (and sing) about the pools, dining, recreation and amenities.


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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 21

by on October 19, 2017

Halloween arrives early at Disney Springs! Keep reading for more Walt Disney World details!

Special Events

  • Disney Springs is celebrating Halloween early! Enjoy PhotoPass opportunities, face painting, DJ dance parties (near Once Upon a Toy), and stilt walkers!
  • Reservations can now be made for Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise. Enjoy desserts and specialty beverages while experiencing Magic Kingdom fireworks…all from Seven Seas Lagoon! This cruise begins December 1st, so book now.
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders. Through December 23rd, Passholders will continue to receive a 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, check out Rikki’s article.

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Part 1 + Video

by on October 17, 2017

I took a week off, but I’m back in business with another resort hotel overview!

Let’s take a look at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, located in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World.


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A Doggone Good Primer to Disney’s Dog-Friendly Hotels

by on October 16, 2017


Is It Really Just for Dogs?

Sorry Figaro! At this time, the policy only applies to dogs–not cats, birds, ferrets, gerbils, snakes, miniature horses, potbellied pigs, or other pet members of families. There are no breed or weight restrictions when it comes to the dogs permitted, but only two dogs per room will be allowed in the special dog-friendly rooms.

This doesn’t mean that the entire resort is a dog-accessible area, however. Pools (and pool bars), gift shops, restaurants, recreational areas, and most other public spaces are still dog-free zones.

How Much Does This Cost and Where Is It Provided?

During the test period, only four hotels are offering this service and it does come at an added cost: Art of Animation ($50/night), The Cabins at Fort Wilderness ($50/night), Port Orleans Riverside ($50/night), and Yacht Club ($75/night).

What All Is Included?

The nightly cost covers the additional cleaning needed for a dog-friendly room, but you do get a few extras as well. At check-in you receive a mat, bowls, courtesy waste bags, puppy pads, walking maps (showing you where you can take your dogs at that resort), a pet ID tag, and a dog-specific Do Not Disturb sign.

 Does My Dog Need to be Leashed?

Yes–any time your dog is not in the room, the dog must be leashed or kept in a carrier. If your dog is off-leash, or if your dog is not well-behaved, your dog will not be allowed to stay.

What Paperwork/Vaccinations Do I Need for My Dog?

Although Disney will likely not check your dog’s paperwork at check in, they can ask for your paperwork at any time. Florida state law requires a current rabies certificate for each dog. In addition, if you are traveling in from another state, you MUST have an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued no more than 30 days before your date of travel. You can get those from your current vet in your home state. Also, if you are traveling through other states on the way here, you’ll need to check each state’s requirements for documentation to bring your dog across state lines. For instance, some states require the certificate of inspection be issued no more than 10 days before your trip. Many people do not get this paperwork, and generally, nothing happens. However, if there is an incident for your dog and you do not have your paperwork in order, you may be fined or your dog may be seized for quarantine. It’s just a good idea to have the papers in order, even though you hopefully won’t need them.

If you are flying, you’ll want to check with the individual airline for the requirements for the transport of pets.

Aside from required papers and the rabies vaccine, Florida is currently in an H3N Canine Influenza outbreak–it is in your dog’s best interest to be vaccinated for that potentially deadly virus. I’d also recommend making sure that your dog has been vaccinated for parvo, as the parvo virus can last on surfaces for up to a year. Additionally, you’ll want to ask your vet about the kennel cough vaccine to see if that is a recommendation for your pooch. And if you’re coming from a place without mosquitoes, talk to your doctor about heartworm preventative for your dog if your dog is not already on it, as heartworms are a year-round issue in Florida.

Finally, if you have not had your dog microchipped, you’ll want to do that and make sure that your contact information is correct in the system in case your dog gets loose.

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