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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of August 25, 2016

Magic Kingdom® Park
Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available. Now through Summer 2016
Swiss Family Treehouse
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
“it’s a small world”
Jul.6 – Sep. 24, 2016
Aug. 8 – Nov. 18, 2016
Aug. 22 – Sep. 15, 2016
Epcot
None
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Pizza Planet Jan. 19 – Late 2016
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
Dinosaur
DINO Institute Shop
Jul. 25 – Oct. 16, 2016
Jul. 25 – Oct. 16, 2016
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Annual Refurbishment Oct. 23, 2016 – Dec. 24, 2016
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Annual Refurbishment Dec. 25, 2016 – Mar. 11, 2017
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Soft Goods Refurbishment Apr. 2 – Sept. 24, 2016
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Grand Slam Pool – During this time, Guests may use the Surfboard Pool located near the main lobby Oct. 10 – Dec. 2, 2016
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Soft Goods Refurbishment – This work will be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. Jul. 15, 2016 – January 2017
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Room Refurbishments – Guests may see or hear work in progress. Additionally, Guests may have an interruption to water service during the overnight hours. May 16 – Oct. 31, 2016
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
Beach Renourishment Project May 1 – Fall 2016
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Hard Goods Refurbishment – It is possible Guests may see or hear construction. To minimize any disruptions, we will attempt to limit work to 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Nov. 2, 2016 – Mar. 26, 2018
Computer Pool – Guests may use the Hippy Dippy Pool or Bowling Pool Oct. 31 – Dec. 23, 2016
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment Jul. 11 – Late Fall 2016
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
General Resort Refurbishments
Due to several refurbishment projects, Guests will very likely see and hear construction work throughout the villas, spa and dining areas. We will attempt to limit any work most likely to cause a noise impact to the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sonya’s restaurant and Bleachers Bar & Grill have permanently closed to make way for exciting new experiences. In the meantime, the table-service restaurant, Shutters, will be temporarily relocated to the nearby SeaGrape Room.
Now Through October 2016
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge & Villas
General Resort Refurbishments
Due to extensive refurbishment projects, Guests will very likely see and hear construction work in various areas throughout their stay. To minimize disruptions, we will attempt to limit work until after 9:00 a.m.
At this time, many popular areas will remained closed – including the Hidden Springs Pool (the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), beach, marina, playground and more. In addition, certain pathways, like our nature trail, will be unavailable, and surrounding views may be altered. However, the recently renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool will remain open and boat transportation to Magic Kingdom park will continue to be offered.
Oct. 2, 2015 – 2017
Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) – unavailable Jan. 3, 2016 – 2017
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Room Refurbishments
During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, we will attempt to limit work to 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 29, 2016 – Jun. 23, 2017
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center
Expansion Work
During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, we will attempt to limit work to 9:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m.
Aug. 4, 2016 – Feb. 1, 2018
Buena Vista Palace
The pool is unavailable. The spa pool, located in the main tower will remain open for all guests. Additionally, neighboring hotels on Hotel Plaza Blvd. will allow Buena Vista Palace guests to use their pools during this time. Through August 2016
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Guest Room Renovations
Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
June 2016 – September 2016
Disney Springs
Planet Hollywood Jan. 6 – Fall 2016
Fulton’s Crab House (reopening as Paddlefish) Apr. 4 – Fall 2016
Golf Courses/Miniature Golf
None

Information and dates subject to change without notice.
Last Updated August 25, 2016

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When choosing a resort for your Disney vacation, it’s important to get one that’s just right for your family’s needs. I’d like to give you 5 Reasons to choose Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for your next stay!

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  1. The Basics: This is one of Disney’s Moderate Resorts, with a Spanish Colonial Mexican theme. It’s a very large resort, with its own conference center, but it’s great for families too. There are multiple bus stops, so you won’t have to walk too far to catch transportation to the theme parks or Disney Springs. And it has a food court with a great selection, as well as two Table Service restaurants, Las Ventanas and Maya Grill.
  1. The Activities: If you’d like to take a “day off” from theme parks during your visit (which I highly recommend!) you can fill a whole day right here at the resort. There’s a large main pool with a waterslide, a small arcade, a playground, a sand volleyball court, and outdoor foosball and ping pong games. There are also three smaller pools throughout the resort. And at the Lost City of Cibola Pool in the evenings, you can roast marshmallows at the campfire, and even watch a movie under the stars.

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  1. The Room Types: Most of the rooms (Standard View and Water View) hold up to 4 adults, plus a child under two years old. However, they also have some Casitas and Junior Suites that can sleep up to 6 people. One of the most popular room types is the Preferred Room. These rooms have the same layout as the Standard and Water View Rooms, but are located near the Lobby, Gift Shop, and Restaurants.

But my favorite room type here is the Business Class Room. Again, these rooms have the same layout and bedding as the others, but in addition to being in the Preferred location, you’ll also have access to the Business Lounge. The Lounge serves continental breakfast in the morning, and snacks in the evening. It’s so great to have some fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee before you head out to the park for the day. Then you can use your Disney Dining Plan while you’re in the theme park, and finish up with cookies and milk before bed!

  1. The Location: This resort is near Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios, so all three are a very short bus ride away. And Magic Kingdom is just a bit farther, but still not a long ride at all. One cool thing is that you can see the fireworks from Hollywood Studios right here in the resort! And if your room happens to face that direction, you can enjoy watching right out your window!

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  1. The Perks: When you stay at any of Disney’s Resort Hotels, you get some great benefits! You won’t need to rent a car, since Disney provides free airport transfers and free transportation to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. You’ll have access to Extra Magic Hours, where a park opens early or stays open late just for Disney’s Resort Guests. You’ll be able to make dining reservations 180 days before your trip, and reserve your FastPass+ experiences 60 days before you go. And when you find that “Must Have” souvenir in the park, you can have it sent back to your resort, so you don’t even have to carry it around all day!

And one more perk for you — When you book your Disney vacation through me, I’ll take care of all the vacation details for you, at no additional cost!

My name is Brenda Arnold-Richard, and I’m a travel agent with Travel With The Magic. Let me help you find the perfect resort for your trip, and assist you with every step of the planning process! Email me at Brenda@TravelWithTheMagic.com and let’s get started making some magical memories for your family!

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Minnie’s Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine

August 23, 2016

Hollywood & Vine has long been home to the Disney Junior characters at breakfast and lunch. But you can now join Minnie and friends in a fun, festive, themed dinner buffet! Hollywood & Vine is a buffet celebrating the bounty of California. The menu includes lots of salads, fresh vegetables, savory meat dishes and more. […]

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Tips For Planning a Disney Vacation for Toddlers & Teenagers

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

August 17, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of August 16, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Universal for Families of All Ages: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

August 16, 2016

  Families are made of up of little ones, teens, tweens, and grandparents, and usually you go your separate ways once inside Universal. And as far as the Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter, the little ones can’t ride most of the attractions, and the teens aren’t interested in the Flight of the Hippogriff. However, there […]

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Extending the Magic, The Advantages of Bouncing Back to Disney World

August 11, 2016

Are you a self-professed Disney World junkie that is planning your next trip before your current trip ends or maybe a newbie that is addicted during your first visit and already planning to come back? Well you are in luck, did you know that Disney offers to book your next trip WITH a discount before […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

August 10, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of August 10, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe at Disney Parks

August 9, 2016

While we would all like to think that nothing bad could ever happen to us or our children on vacation to the happiest place on earth, unfortunately that is not the reality of the world we live in. Even in Disney, it is not safe to let your guard down or let your children wander […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

August 4, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of August 4, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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How (and When) to use Rider Switch at Walt Disney World

August 4, 2016

This free service for families with young children is often overlooked. Using it correctly can enhance your vacation and take some stress out of your park days while saving valuable time. If guests in your party can’t or don’t want to board an attraction, you don’t have to miss out! If a child does not […]

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Disney Florida Resident Passholders

August 3, 2016

My family has been Disney Florida resident passholders since 2002. We live two hours south of Walt Disney World and try to go as often as we can. Florida Residents have 6 options when it comes to annual passes; Platinum Plus, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Weekday Select, and The Epcot after 4 Pass. My family chose […]

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Universal’s Flight of the Hippogriff: Ride it or skip it?

August 2, 2016

  I’m a wimp when it comes to roller coasters. Let’s just get that out there. I’m not quite sure why I’ve always avoided them. I don’t remember getting sick following a ride in my childhood. I’ve just always avoided them. I’ve watched videos of rollercoaster rides and that alone puts a pit in my […]

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Planning the Ultimate Girls Trip to Disney World

July 29, 2016

This past February, my mom and I took an extra long weekend trip to Disney World to participate in RunDisney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend. This was SUCH a fun trip – not only because of the race activities throughout the weekend, but because it was a trip for just us gals! Planning a trip for […]

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Cinematic Spectacular Dining at Universal Orlando

July 27, 2016

    Universal Orlando is all about the movies. From family favorites like ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Shrek’ to action movies like the ‘Terminator’ and ‘Mummy’ films to comedies like the ‘Men in Black’ movies and the ‘Simpsons’ movie, there is a part of Universal that celebrates them all. The daily culmination of this celebration is […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

July 26, 2016

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Five Classic Must Do Magic Kingdom Attractions

July 26, 2016

The Magic Kingdom is the heart and soul of Walt Disney World. This is where you can rocket through space, hop on the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness and splash 13 stories down into a Briar Patch. You can spin on tea cups, ride a mine train to see the Seven Dwarfs and fire laser […]

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10 Tips for Your Next Road Trip with Preschoolers

July 25, 2016

  We recently drove 14 hours to Myrtle Beach for some fun in the sun. Yes… we drove… with two preschoolers… No… we are NOT crazy. Well, maybe just a little. Driving instead of flying, especially for a larger family can really save money! These tips will definitely come in handy in upcoming years when […]

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Tips for Flying with an Infant

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Walt Disney World Dining Plan Magic!

July 19, 2016

Since I live in the Western United States, we go to Disneyland much more often than we go to Walt Disney World. However, we recently had opportunity to go to Walt Disney World in Florida and to use the Disney Dining Plan. I was skeptical before the trip, but now I’m convinced that the Disney […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

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10 Things for Kids Under 10 at Universal Orlando

July 14, 2016

Heading to Universal Orlando? Wondering if there will be things to do for your Younger Ones? Never Fear – Everyone in your family can have an Epic Adventure at Universal Orlando! Universal Orlando has great themed playgrounds, requires less planning, has close, on-site resorts that are quickly accessed for those afternoon naps, and provides compact […]

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5 Reasons to Cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line

July 12, 2016

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8 Tips to Keep Your Feet Happy at Disney

July 9, 2016

You’ve spent months dreaming and planning your Walt Disney World vacation. You want to do and see it all. With 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and Disney Springs, you will be doing a lot of walking. The average guest can easily walk 10 miles a day! My feet are tired just thinking about it! […]

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Tips for Beating the Crowds at Walt Disney World

July 5, 2016

No one enjoys standing in a line. In particular, children do not enjoy standing in lines. Especially when it’s hot outside as it is most of the year in Orlando, Florida. It is a given that there will be a certain amount of waiting throughout your vacation for attractions, but there are a few tips […]

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Relaxing at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

June 28, 2016

  The spas at Aulani are luxurious and serene, as you’d probably expect, but there are a few things that make the spas at Aulani completely unique. The Laniwai Spa offers massage therapies, herbal body remedies, facials and more. They also have special treatments just for men, couples treatments and even family treatments. Family treatments […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

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What’s New at Universal – Summer 2016

June 23, 2016

Summer 2016 is going to be Epic at Universal Orlando Resort! And here’s why! The long awaited return of King Kong! Kongfrontation was an original attraction at the park when it opened it 1990. This main attraction in the park’s New York section, was amazing and state-of-the-art for the time. That ride closed in 2002, […]

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Best Restaurants for a First Time Visitor

June 21, 2016

  With 100+ restaurants on the Walt Disney World property, a first time visitor can get overwhelmed with all of the options! As a fan of Disney dining, I have a few tried and true restaurants that I suggest to all first time visitors! Chef Mickey’s Here you can dine with Mickey and the gang […]

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7 Tips For Making Your Disney Dining Reservations

June 16, 2016

  Dining reservations at popular Walt Disney World restaurants can be difficult to get. Check out the following tips to make your dining reservation experience less stressful and faster. Be prepared to make your dining reservations at 6 a.m., 180 days before your arrival date, via your mydisneyexperience.com account. You can also call Disney to […]

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The Magic of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

June 14, 2016

  Every time I mention Universal Orlando to a friend or a client, the first thing they say is, “I really want to see the Harry Potter attractions!” As a very Muggle-like Muggle, I had never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies until recently. When I found out […]

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Three things you should know about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

June 9, 2016

When you’re choosing a Disney Resort Hotel for your family, there are so many choices, it can be a little overwhelming! It can be difficult to narrow them down, so I want to give you some information that will help you. Here are three things you should consider about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside: The first […]

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Will I be Hungry on my Disney Cruise?

June 7, 2016

If there is one thing that is certain, it is that you won’t go hungry on a Disney Cruise Line cruise. There is literally food all around you, available 24 hours a day. In this post, I will touch on a few of the different options you have on your cruise just to give you […]

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Shopping at Walt Disney World: 5 Tips from a Disney Shopaholic

June 2, 2016

I admit it: I am a shopaholic – but only at Disney. There is just something about finding the best, most unique Disney item that I cannot resist. Part of my planning for each trip involves shopping and discovering new items for sale throughout Walt Disney World. So, I thought I’d share some shopping tips […]

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Five Reasons to Visit the Enchanted Tiki Room

May 31, 2016

  The Enchanted Tiki Room is located in Adventureland at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This show is one of the all-time classics and was the first attraction to use audio-animatronics when it first opened on June 23, 1963 at Disneyland. It is believed that Walt Disney had a mechanical bird in a cage […]

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Cruising Disney Cruise Lines with Young Children

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It’s no secret that Disney knows families. So what’s the perfect family cruise? A Disney Cruise of course! With 4 ships and itineraries all over the globe, adventure is just around the corner! If you have a younger child, you may not be sure if a Disney Cruise is for you. Here are some wonderful […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 24, 2016

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Chip n’ Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe

May 24, 2016

    Going to Disneyland anytime soon? If so, you HAVE to give Chip n’ Dale’s Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Café a shot! Storytellers Café is located inside Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa. You can enter via the hotel’s main entrance, Downtown Disney, or by the private entrance from California Adventure. The setting and […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 23, 2016

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5 Reasons to Watch Festival of the Lion King

May 19, 2016

The Festival of the Lion King is a 30 minute, action packed show fun for all ages at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. While there are a lot of attractions that may divide your time while visiting this park, be sure not to miss the Festival of the Lion King. Here are five reasons why: […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 18, 2016

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Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

May 17, 2016

  Summer time in Florida is hot. There’s just no way around it. But it’s also a very popular time to visit Walt Disney World so I’m here to give you some tips on how to beat the heat when visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth in the summer months. Disney has two water […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 13, 2016

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Whispering Canyon Café, where good food meets a rootin’ tootin’ good time.

May 13, 2016

Does your family like to cut up and have good time all the while enjoying a delicious meal? Well, Disney World has the perfect restaurant that you need to try on your next visit, Whispering Canyon Café. Located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, this unique eatery serves belly laughs by the dozen complete with tears […]

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Hoop Dee Doo Revue – Frequently Asked Questions

May 11, 2016

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue is a must see Dinner Show while visiting Walt Disney World! It’s a musical, vaudeville style show featuring lovable characters:  Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy! They sing, dance and joke their way right into your heart! These larger-than-life characters directly […]

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3 Great Things About Minnie and Friends Breakfast at Disneyland’s Plaza Inn

May 9, 2016

There are three great things about eating the breakfast buffet at Disneyland Park’s Plaza Inn. There is great history in the restaurant, delicious food, and delightful characters for you to meet. History: What better place to begin your day at the Disneyland Park than at one of the original restaurants! Plaza Inn, originally named the […]

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Walt Disney World Vacation Tips for All Ages

May 6, 2016

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Disney vacation? You may think of it as a family vacation or a trip that is geared toward kids. It’s true that kids will love Walt Disney World and it is a perfect vacation for families; But it is not only […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 5, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of April 26, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available […]

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The Seasons of Walt Disney World

May 4, 2016

  “When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?” This is the question I get most often when discussing vacation plans. Usually, the answer has to do with crowd levels and the weather. The way to beat the heat and the crowds is to visit in the cooler months when school is in […]

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The Best Restaurants You Don’t Need a Reservation For

May 2, 2016

  It’s a known fact that to get the first pick of reservation times at Disney restaurants, you have to book them six months in advance. But sometimes, we don’t always have the luxury of knowing when we are going to be on vacation, which often leads to a lack of availability at table service […]

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Five Great Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

April 29, 2016

No doubt, you’ve seen photos of this iconic Disney resort hotel. It’s a white, modern-looking A-shaped building with the monorail running through the middle of it. But here are some things you may not know, and Five reasons why this Disney hotel is a GREAT place to stay! Convenience. From this resort, you can walk […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

April 26, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of April 26, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available […]

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Sailing with Character

April 21, 2016

When you cruise with Disney Cruise Lines, you don’t just cruise, you cruise with characters. Imagine rubbing elbows with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, dancing with Princesses, chatting with Jack Sparrow, even telling Santa Claus your Christmas Wishes – all this and more can happen on a Disney Cruise. For the most part, character greetings […]

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Pros and Cons of the Disney Dining Plan

April 19, 2016

When planning for a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort, you are inundated with information. One of those things is whether or not you should add the Disney Dining Plan to your package. There are multiple variations of dining plans you can choose from, but today we are going to talk about the most […]

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10 Reasons You Why You Should Stay At Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa

April 14, 2016

Napa Rose. This beautiful restaurant has a Napa Valley theme and specializes in California cuisine. It’s 16,000-bottle wine cellar offers a selection of 80 wines by the glass and an award winning list of over 450 international wines. You can even dine in the patio with a view of California Adventure! Storytellers Café is another […]

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Aladdin’s Oasis Paint The Night Dining Package– A Review

April 12, 2016

  Disneyland has 2 amazing ways to splurge on dining and get Preferred Viewing for the Paint The Night Parade! You can dine at Blue Bayou or Aladdin’s Oasis. Blue Bayou is a nice sit down restaurant in New Orleans Square; and Aladdin’s Oasis is small café located in Adventureland. At Aladdin’s Oasis, the Paint […]

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Main Street Confectionery

April 7, 2016

The Magic Kingdom is home to many fun attractions, funny shows, and great restaurants. What many people skip as they are busily on their way towards the castle are the wonderful stores lining Main Street. One of my favorite is the Main Street Confectionary. The amazing smell coming from the shop is the first thing […]

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Should I Use Online Check-In for My Walt Disney World Resort Hotel?

April 5, 2016

Walt Disney World is always working on new ways to enhance your stay. Technology has played a big part in the most recent enhancements. One service that I often get questions about is the Online Check-In option for Walt Disney World Hotels. What is Online Check-In? Online Check-in is available to all Walt Disney World […]

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Disney Land and Sea FAQ’s

April 1, 2016

Many of you may have read my article on Planning for Your First Land and Sea Adventure in which I outlined some of the key factors in preparing for a combination Walt Disney World trip and Disney Cruise Line trip. My husband and I planned this trip to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary despite the […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

March 31, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of March 30, 2016   Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Disney Cruise Line Senses Spa & Salon

March 25, 2016

If you sail on board the Disney Fantasy, Dream, or Magic, then you will have the opportunity to visit the tranquil Senses Spa and Salon where you can relax and enjoy a variety of beauty and spa treatments. Not to mention, there is also a salon where men and women can go to get a […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

March 23, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of March 20, 2016   Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Experience Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

March 23, 2016

  Every child dreams of being a secret agent. And at Epcot, with Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, you can make that dream a reality. Dr. Doofenshmirtz, from “Phineas and Ferb” has tried to take over different countries around World Showcase. And it’s up to Agent P, with your help, to stop him. And along […]

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Fun Facts about Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

March 21, 2016

  Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is one of three amazing hotels located right at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Paradise Pier Hotel offers a beach and sand setting that makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time, but with a modern twist. It is more casual then the other two Disneyland […]

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Transportation Options at Walt Disney World

March 18, 2016

One of the many benefits to staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel is complimentary transportation between your resort and Disney theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs and other Disney resort hotels. Disney moves millions of guests each year using a very well run transportation system which includes buses, boats and monorails. While it […]

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Disney Traditions

March 16, 2016

  Disney World is a vacation that has something for everyone to enjoy and fall in love with. Once you are there, you will soon find favorite activities, rides and meals, creating your Disney Traditions! Here are 10 suggested Disney Traditions that my family enjoys each visit! #1 Magic Kingdom on Your First and Last […]

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Awaken Summer offer save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels

March 14, 2016

You can save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights June 12-Aug. 25, 2016 when they book by June 10, 2016. Plus, you can receive an exclusive “Awaken Summer” graphic MagicBand when they upgrade to a room and Theme Park package with a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way® […]

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The “Grotesque Birds” of Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa

March 14, 2016

Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort is home to statues from the “The California Native” series. These pieces of art were inspired by the “Grotesque Birds” created by the Martin Brothers in England between the years of 1875 and 1920. The Grand Californian’s “Grotesque Birds,” (I also heard several cast members refer to them as Grotesqueries.) were […]

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My Disney Dining Bucket List

March 11, 2016

  You know how sometimes you form habits and you do the same things over and over again? This happens to me with my Disney trips, every time without fail! I get stuck in my ways and eat at the same restaurants because I know they are good and that I like the menu offerings! […]

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Jungle Skipper Canteen: A Quick Review of Magic Kingdom’s Newest Table Service Restaurant

March 9, 2016

Skipper Canteen (also known as it’s full name; Jungle Navigation CO. Ltd Skipper Canteen) is the newest addition to the food scene at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Many agree that the park needs more sit down dining options. So, the announcement and opening of the Skipper Canteen came with a lot of excitement […]

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5 Simple Steps to Planning Your First Land and Sea Adventure

March 7, 2016

  Have you seen the movie, Titanic?  Well, I have- probably just a few too many times.  Because I’ve seen the movie so many times, I’ve been afraid for many years of taking a cruise.  Recently, when my husband and I began talking about taking a special vacation to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, we […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

March 5, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of March 5, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure […]

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Keeping Fitness in Your Vacation

March 2, 2016

  As with everyone, keeping up with fitness at home is hard, and being on vacation, can make it seem impossible!  But you can have a balance of fun and fitness while and Disney, and here are some ways to help! Track your Steps We’ve been tracking steps at Disney for many years. Long before […]

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The One Tip To Help Avoid Rookie Mistakes on Disney Trips

February 29, 2016

A few short years ago, I was in the midst of one of the happiest – and most stressful – times of my life! I was planning a wedding AND a Disney vacation at the same time! Looking back, I think I spent more time worrying about the honeymoon at Disney World than I worried […]

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Did you know you can tour a real Gold Mine?

February 26, 2016

Did you know that there are still gold mines that you can walk through and tour today?? There is one located in the beautiful rustic town of Julian located in California called the Eagle Mining Co. The Eagle Mining Co. is open daily with very affordable rates and offers you an amazing opportunity to tour […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 25, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of February 25, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Mad Tea Party Jungle Cruise Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure […]

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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

February 24, 2016

From the moment you arrive at this resort, you’ll love it and all its retro-themed charm! When you walk into the lobby, you’ll be transported to 1950’s America. You’ll love the open spaces, bright colors, and clean lines here. And the experience is completely immersive — the theme continues throughout the resort, including the Starbucks […]

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Disney World Without Park Tickets

February 22, 2016

So you are at Disney World and don’t have a park ticket. Say what? Why would this ever happen? Well, maybe you decided four days in the parks was just enough for your family or maybe you thought a break in the middle of your family vacation was a great idea. You are up and […]

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Packing Tips for your Family Disney Trip

February 19, 2016

So much goes into planning your Disney trip including resort reservations, dining reservations, and fast passes. When you get there it is going to be a breeze, right? How many times have you gone on a family trip and everyone is trying to get ready in the morning and its rushed and crazy? Moms are usually getting everyone ready, […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 18, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of February 17, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Mad Tea Party Jungle Cruise Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure […]

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A Day at Typhoon Lagoon

February 17, 2016

  Whenever most people think about going to Disney World they usually imagine going to one of the four main parks Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. However, I would like to talk a little about one of my other favorite parks at Walt Disney World. I’m talking about Disney’s water park, Typhoon […]

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The Pirates League at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

February 15, 2016

The Pirates League at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a fun way to channel your inner pirate! Located in Adventureland near the entrance of Pirates of the Caribbean, participants will be transformed into a pirate style of their choosing and get some pirate training along the way. My husband and I purchased the package for […]

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The Most Unique Disney Souvenir!

February 12, 2016

No matter where I travel, I am always looking for that unique, one-of- a-kind memento to bring home with me. I’ve been to Disneyland and Walt Disney World countless times and have done my fair share of shopping! I am always looking for something unique to remember that specific trip. When we decided to take […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 11, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of February 11, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Mad Tea Party Jungle Cruise Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation […]

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Beyond the Autograph Book

February 11, 2016

No matter where the destination, one essential tool for each Disney vacation is something for your favorite characters to sign. While the gift stores offer many standard autograph books, I found myself trying to think of something different so we didn’t have a shelf devoted to them. So like many Moms I went to my […]

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Star Wars Launch Bay

February 10, 2016

  During our recent trip to Hollywood Studios we got the chance to check out the new Stars Wars Launch Bay. It is located where The Magic of Disney Animation was formally located. Star Wars Launch Bay is a walk through attraction featuring movie props, character meet and greets, video games, Star Wars artifacts, and […]

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What to Bring on Your Disney Cruise!

February 9, 2016

When you’re traveling on Disney Cruise Line, you’re traveling on a sailing that was made with families in mind. From large staterooms with bathtubs to amazing Broadway style entertainment, there truly is something for everyone on a Disney Cruise. When you’re packing your bags, don’t forget these important items. Costumes – If your sailing is […]

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An Amazing runDisney Year Ahead!

February 8, 2016

This year has started off to be an amazing runDisney year for me! I just finished the second annual Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort! runDisney is already a family-friendly event, with Kids Races and Family 5Ks, but adding a Star Wars theme was the epitome of an ideal race for all […]

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Hollywood Studios: Things to Do During the Changes

February 5, 2016

With all the changes and closings happening at Hollywood Studios, you may be wondering if it’s worth spending your time at this park. There is still so much there to enjoy while they make room for the new Star Wars and Toy Story Lands. Here are some of the highlights of things to do while […]

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New Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

February 3, 2016

New Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Enjoy the delights of afternoon tea at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort.  Served in the comfortably elegant Crescent Solarium, overlooking Crescent Gardens, you will enjoy classic afternoon tea savories and sweets.  You can choose from a list of loose-leaf teas–black, herbal, […]

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Parades at Disneyland

February 3, 2016

There’s an old song from the 1930’s called, “I Love a Parade”. It talks about the marching feet and the beat of the drum and how much the writer loves just being there for the parade. Well, that pretty much sums up how I feel about the parades at the Disneyland Resort, both at Disneyland […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 2, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of February 1, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Magic Carpets of Aladdin Mad Tea Party Jungle Cruise Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use […]

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Star Wars Days at Sea

February 1, 2016

I just got off of the Disney Fantasy, on a week long cruise to the Caribbean. Not only was it a seven night cruise, but it was the inaugural Star Wars Day at Sea cruise. Without giving away too much, I wanted to highlight some of the surprises and “extras” that happened during that day, […]

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

January 29, 2016

You probably know that there are four theme parks at Walt Disney World in Florida: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But did you know that Disney also has two water parks? Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are part of Walt Disney World’s property, and you can add water park access […]

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Cruising with Carnival

January 28, 2016

Often times when I tell people that I can help them with their travel reservations the response I get is “but we’re not going to Disney World”. I suppose because Disney World is one of my favorite places to travel to people assume that Travel with the Magic only does Disney trips. However, this is […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 27, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 26, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Magic Carpets of Aladdin Mad Tea Party Jungle Cruise Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use […]

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The BEST Chocolate at Disney???

January 27, 2016

Do you love chocolate? Do you love Disney? Do you want your own personal chocolatier? Then, PLEASE, for the love of chocolate and all things Disney, do yourself a favor and visit the Ganachery, where the slogan is “the cure for the common chocolate.” Read on for more info about my visit to this brand […]

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Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets

January 25, 2016

From the magic of meeting your favorite characters, to the smallest little detail in attraction décor, Disney is never short on making magic happen no matter where you are in the parks! Here are a few of my must-do’s every trip that are little known… but not for long, now that I’m sharing my four […]

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Disneyland versus Disney World – The 6 major differences

January 22, 2016

    Disneyland versus Disney World, some may think the two are one in the same, but they couldn’t be more wrong. While these two share many characteristics, in other ways they couldn’t be more opposite, starting with their location. Disney World is located in Orlando, Florida but you’ll have to travel 2,496 miles West […]

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