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This Hollywood Studios Streetmosphere performer was letting us try on his many extravagant rings!
So whether or not you're a fan of the new MagicBands, you've gotta admit that this MagicBand tee is pretty cute!
We came across some unique merchandise at the Flower and Garden Festival and were particularly taken with these cute lip balm packs! Take a look at the labels. They're themed! We really liked the Pirate Pack which reads "tell your tales with four lip liking flavors!"
What a sweet Cinderella mouse ear hat! The bow on top is the perfect touch, don't you think?
We came across this tee in Frontierland. Which mustache fits your mood?
We came across this tank at the American Adventure. Now you can be dapper and patriotic!
It would almost be wrong not to wear this to the Be Our Guest Restaurant!
Bring the style of Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival home with this clever Mickey gardening hat!
First of all, these drawstring bags are the perfect bags to use in the park; and this Flower and Garden Festival design is adorable! Just look at Minnie's bow, it's made out of Lady Bugs!
Our favorite time to ride attractions at Walt Disney World? At Night! Many attractions offer a different experience after dark, and this is usually when the lines are shorter too! So take a look at our list of Favorite Attractions to Ride at Night!
5.) Twilight Zone Tower of Terror-The walk through the winding outdoor queue in broad daylight is eerie enough; but when it's dark and you hear the screams in the distance, it's even creepier! The real highlight is when you're on the ride and the windows open up during the drop! The view of the illuminated Hollywood Studios is awesome, if you can keep your eyes open that is!
4.) Splash Mountain-This Magic Kingdom attraction takes place both indoors and outdoors; and when you ride at night, the exterior scenery is all lit up and you get the chance to cruise around Chick-a-Pin Hill under the stars, as well as portions of the park lit up for the night. We have even seen the Main Street Electrical Parade wind through the park as we floated by. The best view has to be right at the top of the big drop where, for a moment, you can see the glowing castle and the park lit up for the night!
3.) Expedition Everest-Animal Kingdom usually closes earlier than the other parks; but if it happens to open after sundown, you should definitely take advantage of it! The park is really cool at night and offers a different experience, but the real draw for us has to be a nighttime ride on Expedition Everest! The darkness only adds to exotic, adventurous atmosphere; and the nighttime view of the park is spectacular! And is it just us, or is the Yeti even scarier at night?
2.) Jungle Cruise-Since this attraction is completely outdoors, riding at night is very different than during the day. Don't worry though, all of the amusing scenery and gags are illuminated, but the dark adds to the sense of adventure and sometimes the Jungle Cruise Skippers are a little more loose with their script. As one skipper said during one our ventures, "Welcome to the Night Cruises!" Another perk of riding after dark? The line is almost always non-existent!
1.) Big Thunder Mountain-It's a family tradition for us to hop aboard the "wildest ride in the wilderness" at night during Wishes! Why? This particular attraction offers some amazing views of the display as you whiz through the canyon and climb the hills! Plus, there are new details to see at night when you ride, and it feels like it goes faster too!
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For this week's retro theme, we're bringing back a picture of the old Pixar lamp from Hollywood Studios! This lamp used to move around and even dance next to Toy Story Midway Mania years ago. We sure wish they would bring it back!
Disney has issued special MagicBands for Annual Passholders, and I just got mine in the mail today!
I was interested to see if an AP MagicBand would be different than a standard MagicBand now that the new system is available to us passholders; and in some ways it was! For one, my new band came in a special Passholder box as opposed to the standard Incredibles box. Yeah, I felt special...
Annual Passholders were given the chance to personalize our MagicBands online, which was basically selecting the color of our choice. I, of course, chose pink!
Here's what's really cool! Along with my band, Disney sent a Passholder slider! This way, Cast Members know about my ticket option and what discounts I'm eligible for!
Along with my MagicBand, I also received an Annual Passholder card. It contains my info and proof of my AP status. It's what I will use for discounts and I really like the new look! It looks so much more elegant that the old green character cards!
The Magic Kingdom is the ultimate park for parades! There are actually three parades to enjoy when visiting, such as the new Festival of Fantasy three o'clock parade, the Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! mini-parade, and the nightly, illuminated Main Street Electrical Parade. Wow! That's a lot!
Disney fans who have visited the parks before know that securing a spot to watch the parade can be quite a task consisting of holding a spot in the sun for an hour plus, dealing with pressing crowds and strollers, and fussy kids. Despite it all, a Disney parade is a vacation must-do and the smiles on your kids' faces makes it all worth it; but to make it all a little easier, we've put together a few Magic Kingdom Parade Strategies!
Main Street Strategies
Main Street Strategy #1: We prefer to watch the parade on Main Street USA because, in our opinion, the view of the castle down the street just can't be beat! Therefore, our first strategy is the traditional pick a piece of pavement at least an hour before parade time for a guaranteed view and close proximity to the characters. However, be warned that the parade ends on Main Street so you may have to wait a little longer than the schedule start time to see it. The best spot? The railing on the square looking straight down Main Street USA. This way, you can see the castle projection show, the parade, and the fireworks with the classic look down Main Street at night. But if you're trying to catch a parade during the day, and it's blistering hot, try to grab a spot in front of a store. The doors are always open and you can feel the A/C!
Main Street Strategy #2: Didn't want to wait an hour for a spot? You could still get a view of the parade! How? You could try the trashcan method. Sounds gross, we know, but if you stand in front of a trashcan, all of which stand on the curb, you get an unobstructed view of the parade and few people think to stand here. Another method we suggest is the tape method. As you walk along the shops before parade time, you will notice taped squares in little alcoves and in front of store windows that are out of the way of traffic. Why? These are spots where you can stand to watch the parade without being asked to move along by Cast Members. Now people are passing by in front of you, but you still get to see the parade and occasionally, an open spot on the curb will open up that you can grab!
Main Strategy #3: The hub, which is the open area in front of the castle, as well as the square where you first enter the park, are great areas to watch the parade without having to arrive early. The reason for this is that these areas are so large and spacious that you can see clearly from almost anywhere. Try the steps and porches of the buildings on the square, or stand behind a group sitting on the curb for a great view and pics. If you are at the hub, grab some railing for a seat; and if it's time for the Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! Parade, you may be able to walk right up to the street to see the characters or to join in for a dance! Lastly, for those of you wanting to see the Maleficent Dragon breath fire during the Festival of Fantasy Parade, open spaces like these are usually where it happens!
Main Street Strategy #4: Another great way to see the parade is to book a reservation at Tony's Restaurant on Main Street. This dining destination has windows facing the street, meaning that some tables will have a view of the parade as they dine! Be warned that you can't guarantee yourself one of these tables, but be sure to ask! Sometimes Cast Members can make it happen!
Alternative Parade Route Strategies
Alternative Route Strategy #1: On our last trip, we discovered a great last minute spot to watch the parade! When you visit Liberty Square, venture all the way through the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe to find an empty, secluded space next to the gazebo. From there, you can clearly see a bridge near the castle which is actually part of the parade route! While the view isn't as ideal as being right on the curb, you can clearly see the floats from a cool vantage point. We especially like seeing the dwarfs from Snow White march across and Prince Phillip fighting Maleficent on the bridge. However, do be warned that the characters on the Tangled Float can't swing out on the bridge because it's too narrow.
Alternative Route Strategy #2: Many guests prefer to watch the parades in Frontierland and Liberty Square. While you don't have the classic Main Street and Castle backdrop, the parade does begin in these areas and some say it's easier to find a spot at times. One guaranteed advantage is that you're close to some popular attractions and can hop right on as soon as the parade is over!
Alternative Route Strategy #3: Want a really cool way to see the parade? How about while on a ride? If you happen to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Splash Mountain during the parade, you may get a cool, aerial view of the illuminated Main Street Electrical floats passing by!
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This looks incredible! Walt Disney World delivers Seven Dwarfs Mine Train invitation with dedication planned for May in press preview event.
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Get caught up on all the changes around the Disney Parks with What’s New Around Disney World and Disneyland: April 1, 2014!
The new system can be a little confusing. Hopefully this helps! Making Your First FastPass+ Reservations.
Finding Nemo vs. Cars: Art of Animation Room Review, to help you decide which room to choose at the Art of Animation Resort! (We like the Cars wing best!)
New FastPass+ Changes Coming Soon to Walt Disney World, Yes! Hope these changes come into effect soon!
On our last trip to WDW, we dropped by Epcot's Via Napoli Restaurant at the Italy pavilion for a late dinner. It was actually our very first visit and we weren't sure what to expect, seeing how Epcot dining holds a pretty high standard. Our consensus? We are already looking forward to dining here again, mainly because of this pizza!
What is it? This is Via Napoli's Carciofi Signature Pie and our new favorite pizza ever! It's a white pizza with artichokes, mozzarella, and truffle oil! (truffle oil makes everything taste decadent by the way.) It comes in a variety of sizes, including a personal size for those of you whose family refuses to budge from the traditional cheese and pepperoni number; and while it may sound a little strange, just trust us. It's delicious!
If you need another reason to visit Via Napoli, check out what the Disney Food Blog said about this Epcot restaurant with The Best (and the Worst!) Pizza in Disney World.
Today we're focusing on one of our favorite little corners of Disney's Beach Club Resort, The Solarium! The Solarium is a sunlit hall filled with café tables, gorgeous paintings, and a sitting area which spans the space between the Beach Club's gift shop and the area belonging to the Beach Club Villas. Take a look!
The building connected to the gazebo is the Solarium's seating area, and the hallway behind connects to the rest of the resort has cute places to sit and some beautiful paintings! It's so airy and elegantly Victorian that you think you have walked into another century!
A look down the Solarium just after dark. It's really much sunnier and full of light during the day.Those wicker chairs and tables are the perfect place to enjoy a snack, play some cards, or even catch up on your email.
Along the walls of the Solarium are these lovely paintings recalling days gone by at seaside resorts; but what's really fun about these paintings is the nods to the Beach Club Resort itself, plus a few Hidden Mickeys.
Did you notice the balloons? They're Mickeys! How about the architecture? It looks a lot like the exterior of the Beach Club, doesn't it?
Look at that Mickey Cloud! Doesn't that cruise ship in the distance look like it belongs to the Disney Cruise Line?
This one has to be my favorite just because it looks just like the Beach Club entrance and contains tons of Hidden Mickeys! Where? Look at the back of those old fashioned cars and at those hood ornaments!
This room is the sitting area in the Solarium. It's a great place to relax or even to play a game after a long day at the parks. Few guests take the time to venture down the Solarium, so be sure to stop by during your visit to escape the crowds and appreciate all the little details!