• 06Jun

    In the film “ Zootopia ,” Judy Hopps first encounters Nick Wilde at an ice cream shop, where he’s having a bit of trouble buying his “son” a jumbo pop. Looks like they’re having a much easier time cooling down with a Mickey Premium Bar in this week’s Disney Doodle . Disney Doodle: Scuttle Checks Out Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Disney Doodle: Baloo Checks out The Country Bear Jamboree Disney Doodle: Johnny Fedora & Alice Bluebonnet Dine at Brown Derby Disney Doodle: Lost Boys Explore Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse Disney Doodle: A ‘Fairy’ Good Time in Fantasyland

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    Disney Doodle: Nick & Judy Cool Down at Magic Kingdom Park

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  • 09May

    Are you familiar with the Disney characters Johnny Fedora & Alice Bluebonnet? This two high-spirited hats appeared in the 1954 film “ Make Mine Music ,” and happened to fall in love inside a shop window. In the film, they’re sold (separately) and hope that fate will return them to one another someday. In this week’s Disney Doodle , artist Ashley Taylor images what these lovebirds would do if they could explore a Disney Park .

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    Disney Doodle: Johnny Fedora & Alice Bluebonnet Dine at Brown Derby

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  • 27Apr

    WFTV obtained information Tuesday about an accident involving a woman who was injured last Thursday when a rented two-seat motorized boat she was riding in collided a Disney ferry boat. The accident happened at the Treehouse Village on Disney property.According to documents released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the ferry driver and the driver of the two-seat boat tell different stories of what exactly happened. The captain of the Disney ferry boat, William Green, told investigators that the Sea Raycer motorized boat was driving recklessly and crashed into the ferry

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  • 13Apr

    I read this great article today from Zannaland . It is something I have been wanting to do for sometime now but could never get myself motivated to do it. Zanna breaks down the differences between all the Walt Disney World Resorts and gives us her opinion of the properties along with some interesting tips & tricks. This is just the first post in a continuing series where she will go into detail covering all the Walt Disney World Resorts. After this series is completed you will walk away with a better idea on which property to visit and make your home away from home. Here is just a sample: As a child, my family discovered the wonder of Disney Resort properties after our 2nd or 3rd visit. I was still young enough at the time to be in complete awe when we arrived from the Orlando airport at the Lake Buena Vista check-in building (now the Amateur Athletics Association building near Downtown Disney) and were given the royal treatment. It’s no surprise, given Disney’s reputation, that 20 years later I still remember the kindness and attention we received from the cast member who’s name I’ve long since forgotten. That’s the Disney experience for you. We stayed on two different occasions in the 1980’s at Disney’s Vacation Villas. These were townhouse-style villas over by the “new” Disney Marketplace. There were 3 different types of villas – The Club Lake Villas, the Fairway Villas, Vacation Villas and the Treehouse Villas. In the 1990’s, these resorts were turned into accommodations for the Disney Institute. When that didn’t quite take off as planned, Disney decided to completely tear down and rebuild the villas (except for the Treehouse Villas!) and created the Saratoga Springs Resort, part of the Disney Vacation Club ownership program. Our experiences there were so wonderful that after that, we were hooked and became Disney Resort regulars. It’s kind of hard to go back to a motel off property once you’ve been spoiled by Disney. We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter quite a bit, then moved on to Wilderness Lodge and Beach Club. When we stayed at Beach Club, we knew we’d found our home. We would also enjoy the wondrous Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, the All-Star and Pop Century properties and Port Orleans Riverside. But like I said, we found our home at Beach Club. If you try out a few Disney resorts, you will find your home too, trust me. There will be one setting that just stands out and each time you walk in the front doors, you take a deep breath, relax, and think – we’re home. This is the type of guest experience that other hotels only dream of achieving. To read the full article click here , and stay tuned for more posts from Zannaland! Trek Women Triathlon Series coming to Walt Disney World … My Magical Disney Vacation … Disney World Presents “Fall” Season of Sights, Sounds, Smells and Very Good Tastes … A Beautiful Place to Trade – Disney Pin Celebration 2010 … Share the Magic:

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  • 06Apr

    From Denise O.:  My family and I are doing one day in the Magic Kingdom this Saturday.  None of us have ever been.  Kids are 18 and 13 years of age. They will be most interested in fast/roller coaster type rides.  What should we NOT miss. We only have the one day.  I till take any advise I can get. Thank you in Advance.  Hi, Denise.  I love this question because I’ve done it myself.  It’s exhausting but a lot of fun.  So here’s the bad news:  The day you’re going is the end of spring break.  It’s going to be busy and hot.  The good news is you can make the most out of your trip by doing a couple of really simple things. I know from taking to you that you won’t be purchasing park hoppers, so you’ll be spending the entire day in the Magic Kingdom (MK).  Saturday’s hours are  from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.  It’s an extra magic hours morning, which means that resort guests will be allowed to enter the park an hour prior to day guests.  This will add to some of the crowding in the MK that day.   Hopefully, that also means that at least some resort guests will be exhausted by early afternoon and return to their rooms for a break, giving you a least a little relief from the crowds.  With that in mind, here are the basics: Getting There is Half the Fun :  Parking on site is $14 a day.  Getting to the MK is a little involved; it’s designed to heighten your sense of anticipation by delaying your arrival and then showing you glimpses of the park as you travel either by monorail or by ferry.   You’ll park in the MK parking lot. At this point, you’ll have the option of taking a tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) or walking to it.  Save your feet and take the tram unless you’re really close.  At the TTC, you’ll have a choice of taking the monorail or the ferry. The express monorail goes directly to the MK; while on the express you’ll  ride thru the Contemporary Resort, which is kind of an iconic experience.  The resort monorail stops at the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian before it gets to the Magic Kingdom.   If the line for the express monorail looks long, try the resort monorail, as the lines are almost always shorter. The ferry takes a few minutes longer than either monorail, but it’s a very scenic route and it can also hold many more people, so again, if there’s a long line this can be a good bet.  Three ferries run between the MK and the TTC. One important thing:  Give yourself at least an hour to get from the TTC to the MK if you want to be there at rope drop (Disney language for when the park opens).  Once you’re there, you’ll go thru security and they’ll check your bags. A good way to save time is to not carry a handbag or backback.  You’ll be waived thru a special line with no security check.  Next, you’ll go to one of many turnstiles, which  usually  quickly. If you can, avoid lines with lots of strollers.    And There It Is:  Cinderella Castle .   Next, you’ll enter Town Square and beyond that, Main Street and Cinderella Castle (Quick trivia:  no apostrophe S).  Behind you is the railroad station; there’s a train that goes around the park with stops in Frontierland and Toontown.  The Magic Kingdom is easy to get around in and well-designed in a hub and spoke pattern mimicked by other theme parks.  The worst bottlenecks are in Tomorrowland and Frontierland.  Pathways extend from the hub to the various lands:  Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Main Street USA, and Adventureland. Touring the Parks .  While the Magic Kingdom is the quintessential WDW experience, it lacks thrill rides.  In fact, Disney thrill rides are divided among the four parks, so without a park hopper, you won’t experience all of them.  Still, there is plenty to do in the MK and your boys won’t be disappointed.  There’s actually a whole body of knowledge devoted to touring the parks in a way that maximizes your experience and minimizes your wait times; I’ll talk more about this at the end. Roughly what this entails is getting to the parks when they open, using fastpasses, and visiting the busiest attractions early in the day.  In case you’re not aware, a fastpass (FP) is your friend.  You’ll go get your FP right when the park opens for the busiest rides. In the MK, these are the “mountains,”, Splash, Big Thunder, and Space as well as attractions like Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin and the Haunted Mansion, both of which your boys and you  will love.   Just take your ticket and put it in a FP machine at the attraction you’re interested in. It will give you a return time a bit later (sometimes a lot later) and you’ll go ride something else while you wait.  Notice on the FP that you can get another FP for another attraction an hour or so before your return times.  Also, if you don’t make your return time, you’ll still be allowed in. So this is what I would do.  When the park opens, head toward Tomorrowland and get a FP for Space Mountain.  If the line isn’t too long, ride it, giving you a minimum of two rides on Space Mountain that day (now and when you use your FP).  Then head over to Splash Mountain and ride that, …

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