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Volcano Bay is a mysterious Island at Universal with many adventures just waiting for you! Your Key to all the fun is your Tapu Tapu!

What is a Tapu Tapu?

Tapu Tapu is a wearable interactive band much like your fitness band.

Once you scan your ticket at the park entrance, you will be given your Tapu Tapu.

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TIP: Be sure and ask for the Rubber Band, because playing in the water and sliding down slides may cause the band to come loose! If you lose your Rubber Band, just head over to the Concierge Hut for assistance!

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Where do I use Tapu Tapu?

You can use Tapu Tapu anywhere you see this Symbol.

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You can use it to access your locker, schedule rides, take photo ops, and unlock fun!

When your Tapu Tapu has been accepted, the symbol will change colors.

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How do I Schedule Rides?

At the entrance to the rides, a totem will be standing with current wait times and one or more Tapu Tapu Stations.

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Just touch your Tapu Tapu to the Symbol, and your return time will be posted.

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Now, go play in the wave pool, build sand castles or enjoy the lazy river!

Your Tapu Tapu will vibrate when it’s 15 minutes to your ride time, giving you plenty of time to get there.

If there is a ride delay, your Tapu Tapu will also let you know.

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How do I take Pictures?

Throughout the park there are unique photo opportunities. A photo totem will be standing there waiting for you!

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Just swipe your Tapu Tapu on the Symbol, stand on the other side of the Totem and a flashing light will count down to your snapshot!

Once you are done, the message screen on the totum will ask for your email address, and then you can head on over to a photography kiosk to view and purchase your pictures!

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How do I make Magic?

As you explore Volcano Bay, you will find the Tapu Tapu Symbol in surprising locations! A picture above the symbol will give you an idea of what is available at this stop. Just touch your Tapu Tapu to the Symbol and wait for the magic!

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(Just keep in mind that if you squirt on someone, Tapu Tapu will find a way to have someone squirt on you! It happened to me!)

Would you like to add paying privileges to your Tapu Tapu?

You can easily add a credit card using these steps:

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Ready to head home?

Just drop your Tapu Tapu in the receptacle on your way out!

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Volcano Bay is so much fun and an enjoyable addition to the Universal Parks. Let me create a Universal Vacation for you and your family!

Sylvia@travelwiththemagic.com

 

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WDW Refurbishments

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of June 22, 2017

Magic Kingdom® Park
Hall of Presidents
Liberty Square Riverboat
Splash Mountain


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.

Jan. 17 – Jun. 29, 2017
Aug. 1 – 10,  2017
Aug. 28 – Nov 16, 2017


Through Jul. 26, 2017

Epcot
Mission: SPACE
Advanced Training Lab
Coral Reef Restaurant
 Jun. 5 – TBD
Jun. 5 – TBD
Aug. 27 – 30, 2017
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
None
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
None
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
None
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
None
Weather Notification
Walt Disney World Resort hotels
Due to dry conditions, there are currently fire restrictions throughout Central Florida. As a result, campfires at our Resort hotels will not take place as scheduled. Other recreation activities will continue to be held. Additionally, charcoal grills, where available, may not be utilized at this time. Propane grills will be permitted for use.
Until further notice
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
In an effort to make future visits more magical, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is currently undergoing some refurbishment projects across the Resort. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available, including dining, merchandise and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. Ongoing until further notice
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas
In an effort to make future visits more magical, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas is currently undergoing some refurbishment projects across the Resort. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available, including dining, merchandise and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. Ongoing until further notice
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post
There will be a variety of dining options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centertown, a dining location, will serve an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast and dinner. A selection of grab-and-go meals will be conveniently available for purchase in three island markets located in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the Resort. Additional a la carte offerings will be available at mobile food vending locations. Our in-room dining will remain available. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9 am.
May 1, 2017 – Jun. 30, 2018
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Hard Goods Refurbishment
During this time, amenities including dining and merchandise locations, pools, La Vida Health Club with the spa and salon, and recreation activities such as beach volleyball, Iguana Arcade, Movies Under the Stars and more, will remain available. Please note that noise will be heard while our Resort is undergoing refurbishments, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms prior to 9:00 am daily.
Through 2017
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Fitness Center
The flooring is being replaced, but some of the equipment will be moved to Salon 9 to accommodate those Guests wanting to work out.
Jun. 12 – 16, 2017
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Exterior Maintenance and Painting – To minimize disruptions, we will attempt to limit all work until after 9:00 a.m. daily. Jan. 3 – Jul. 27, 2017
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Room Refurbishments
During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize disruptions, we will attempt to limit all work until after 9:00 a.m. daily.
Feb. 4, 2017 – May 7, 2018
In an effort to make future visits more magical, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is currently undergoing some refurbishment projects across the Resort. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available, including dining, merchandise and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m. Ongoing until further notice
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge & Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
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. In addition, certain pathways, like our nature trail, will be unavailable, and surrounding views may be altered.
Through July 17, 2017
Recreation
Teton Boat and Bike Rentals & Boulder Ridge Cove Pool
Through July 1, 2017
Roaring Fork Snacks
During this time our latest addition, Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Territory Lounge will also offer a continental-style breakfast featuring gourmet coffees, pastries and a yogurt parfait.
Feb. 13 – Jul. 1, 2017
Trout Pass Pool Bar Through Summer 2017
Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) – unavailable Closed permanently
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, work-related noise should not be audible from Guest rooms until after 9:00 a.m.
Through Summer 2017
Captain’s Grille – During refurbishments, the Captain’s Grille is relocating to the oceanic-themed Ariel’s. May 25 – Sep. 30 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, work-related noise should not be audible from Guest rooms until after 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 4, 2016 – Feb. 1, 2018
Disney Springs
Disney Quest – closing permanently Jul. 3, 2017
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria Apr. 23 – Fall 2017
Golf Courses/Miniature Golf
None

Information and dates subject to change without notice.
Last Updated June 22, 2017

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Cruising Concierge Level aboard the Disney Dream

June 22, 2017

Are you looking for the ultimate way to cruise or vacation? Then Disney Cruise Line’s Concierge Level is for you! This ultimate service standard is unlike anything else I’ve experienced and truly sets the bar high. Here are my top reasons why you need consider it on your next trip. Pre-Arrival Services – From the […]

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Tips for Getting the Most out of Volcano Bay

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Volcano Bay is an amazing water park – in fact it is probably the best water park! You can spend an entire day enjoying this attraction, and here is how to get the most out of your stay! Book Seating Chairs and umbrellas are first come-first served in the beach areas of the park. Your […]

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Cars Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Don’t Miss These 10 Things at Pandora!

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  The World of Pandora is truly larger than life! And many of the beautiful attractions are obvious such as the Floating Mountains, the Na’Vi River Journey and the Flights of Passage. However, there is so much more to see – and you don’t want to miss these 10 things! Flaska Reclinata The Valley of […]

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What You Need to Know Before Experiencing the Attractions in Pandora!

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Pandora, the world of Avatar, is a world like no other! It is beautiful and mesmerizing and full of Disney magic! Disney Imagineers have really created wonderful technology for you and your family to enjoy. But, in order to get the most out of the magic, here are some things you need to know about […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

June 15, 2017

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of June 14, 2017 Magic Kingdom® Park Hall of Presidents Liberty Square Riverboat Splash Mountain 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 […]

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5 Fun Disney Springs Activities For Kids

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  Disney Springs is a great place to head on the arrival day of your Disney World Vacation. No theme park tickets are required and is a great place for shopping, delicious food and treats and better yet, fun activities for your kids! While this list is not exhaustive of everything that you could do, […]

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Looking for a different kind of character breakfast? Then try out Chip ‘N Dale’s All-You-Care-To-Eat Harvest Feast at Epcot!

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

June 9, 2017

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of June 9, 2017 Magic Kingdom® Park Hall of Presidents Liberty Square Riverboat Splash Mountain 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 […]

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 2 Bedroom Villa

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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

June 6, 2017

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How to Handle a Not So Picture Perfect Trip to Walt Disney World

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Reason Why You Should Take a Cruise?

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A Timeline for Your Walt Disney World Vacation

May 25, 2017

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Specialty Dining on NCL Epic

May 23, 2017

  On the NCL Epic, the Freestyle way of life really comes to life with all of the different dining options available. The Epic has 11 complimentary dining options as well as 7 specialty dining , which have a surcharge. You can purchase dining packages or in some cases, receive a dining package for free […]

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party VS Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

May 18, 2017

    Are you thinking about attending either Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) in 2017, BUT aren’t sure which to choose? Let me assist you in your decision! You will find a few main differences between the two parties… Décor! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – […]

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Making Memories at Walt Disney World

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Rainy Day Plan for Disney’s Castaway Cay

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  Just like a wedding it’s never in the plans to have rain during your vacation, however our day at Castaway Cay had both. Unlike most destinations the professional Disney staff not only made our rainy day a blast, but also pulled off a complete wedding with no hiccups. Below are some tips we learned […]

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The Rivers of Light Dining Package: A Review

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On the Rocks Poolside Bar and Grill at Saratoga Springs Resort- A Review

May 8, 2017

  If you look up a definition of “on the rocks”, you’ll find several different options. You say something is “on the rocks” if it is likely to fail. If you order a drink “on the rocks”, it means it has ice in it. But, the “On the Rocks” I want to tell you about […]

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Bon Voyage character breakfast

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Character Dining at 1900 Park Fare

May 2, 2017

  Every time I visit Walt Disney World, I try at least one new place to dine. For my last trip home, I decided one of these restaurants would be 1900 Park Fare. I had heard so many great things and wanted to experience it for myself. I couldn’t decide between breakfast and dinner, so […]

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Freestyle Complimentary Dining on NCL Epic

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Why you would visit Disneyland if you’re a Walt Disney World fan

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A Celebration of Harry Potter Packages

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Art of Animation: The Little Mermaid Room

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Yummy Alcoholic Drinks & Where to Find them

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A Great Low-Cost Disney Vacation Option

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The New MagicBand 2 : Getting the Most Out of the Magic!

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7 Ways To Cure Your Post Disney Blues

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Outdoor Kitchens at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

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Rediscover Your Inner Child in Fantasyland

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Planning Walt Disney World for Teenagers

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  Many people think that Walt Disney World is just for children and many think it’s just for girls. Well, I’ve got news for them: Walt Disney World is for all ages and genders. I’ve recently had the opportunity to plan a trip to Walt Disney World with two teenage boys in mind. It has […]

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A Celebration of Harry Potter – Universal Studios Orlando

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Star Wars at Disney Springs

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

March 10, 2017

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5 Must-Know Tips Before You Travel to Disneyland

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The Daily Poutine in Disney Springs

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3 Not to Miss Shows at SeaWorld Orlando

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Gluten Free at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World has amazing food! If you have a gluten allergy you may be wondering if you will be able to enjoy your dining experiences while visiting. The answer is YES! Disney goes above and beyond for their visitors with food allergies. Here is an overview of what to expect when vacationing at Walt […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 22, 2017

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5 All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico for Families with Young Kids

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

February 16, 2017

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

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Mermaid Makeover at Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom

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Lots of little girls want to be princesses and get a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Walt Disney World. But what if your little one isn’t into princesses? Or what if she’s outgrown the princess stage? Disney has just the thing for you: The Mermaid Makeover at Pirates League in Magic Kingdom! There are […]

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5 Epcot Flower and Garden Must-Do’s!

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  Epcot’s 2017 Flower and Garden Festival kicks off March 1st and runs until May 29th. Most of the events during the Festival are included in your Epcot theme park ticket. When planning your must-do list make sure the Festival activities on your list do not require a separate purchase or have a separate admission […]

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How to Decide Where to Go on Your Family Vacation

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  It’s time to plan a Family Vacation! But, oh, the stress that comes with deciding on where to travel! I’m here to help relieve you of some of the stress that goes along with that decision. There are several factors that might affect your choice of destination. Here are five factors that may help […]

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L’Artisan des Glaces at Epcot

February 2, 2017

L’Artisan des Glaces is a French ice cream shop found at the France pavilion in EPCOT at Walt Disney World. It is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the world showcase, but is not to be missed! Choose from 16 flavors, single or double scoop, in a cone or cup for a cool […]

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Top 5 Tips for a Large Family Disney Vacation

January 31, 2017

Disney Vacations can sometimes be a once in a lifetime ordeal for a large, extended family. And these types of trips aren’t a walk in the park to plan! Especially if Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins are all involved!  Personally, I’ve been on multiple extended family Disney Vacations since I was a young child. Today […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 30, 2017

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Walt Disney World: Common Questions Answered

January 27, 2017

  Planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming and leave you with many questions. Every Disney vacation should be magical from start to finish! I’m here to give you answers to common questions and help put your mind at ease as you start planning your Walt Disney World vacation! Booking My Vacation When should I […]

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Karamell-Küche – Epcot’s Caramel Kitchen

January 25, 2017

Snacks. We all love snacks, especially Disney World snacks. Epcot is definitely not lacking in the snack department. I’ve noticed recently many Disney lovers I know are quick to name France as their favorite Epcot snack destination, but today I implore you to give the Germany pavilion a chance. The Germany pavilion is located in […]

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Why I Loved Tiana’s Riverboat Party – Ice Cream Social and Viewing Party

January 23, 2017

There’s a new Dessert Party in the Magic Kingdom and it’s hosted by Princess Tiana and Naveen! Having been to Dessert Parties for special viewing of parades and fireworks in the past, I thought Tiana’s Party was extra special and was well worth the money! And Here’s Why! Two-Part Dessert Party! You have 2 chances […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 20, 2017

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Puerto Vallarta-A Great Family Vacation Destination

January 20, 2017

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a wonderful destination for a family looking for a warm destination to travel to during the winter months.   The friendly people, amazing weather, beautiful resorts and good food make it a great place to visit for all ages. Resorts: Resorts can be found in 4 different locations-downtown Puerto Vallarta, the Puerto […]

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Fun Facts about SkyPark at Santa’s Village

January 18, 2017

Have you heard the news?? SkyPark Santa’s Village is now open!! Yes, that is correct Santa’s Village located in Lake Arrowhead, California has finally reopened after 20 long years of waiting. Phase 1 is currently up and running, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the next stages to be complete. SkyPark at Santa’s Village is open […]

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The 5 Hotels at Universal Orlando- An Overview

January 16, 2017

Many travelers go to Orlando to visit Disney World and include a day at Universal Orlando. What many people don’t know is that Universal Orlando has its’ own set of amazing hotels and theme parks. You might find that the adventurous spirit at Universal Orlando appeals to your family better than other theme parks if […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 13, 2017

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 12, 2017 Magic Kingdom® Park The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents 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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Tips from a Mom: Traveling to Disney with Infants and Toddlers

January 13, 2017

I cannot tell you how many people have said to me that they want to wait until their babies are old enough to remember their Disney Vacations before they plan a trip. While I understand the sentiment, I also want to reply with “you do things for your babies every single day that they won’t […]

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Finding a Quiet Spot on a Disney Cruise

January 11, 2017

Everyone has heard (or even experienced) how wonderful a Disney cruise is. It has something to offer everyone: families, singles, couples, grandparents – every age group, every vacation style. There is something magical about a Disney cruise. But with all of those people on board how do you find any quiet time? There’s always the […]

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Unique Photo Spots around Disney World

January 9, 2017

If you’re anything like me then when you think of your Disney World vacation, you instantly start imagining all the different photo possibilities that you’re able to create while there! I tend to go a little extreme with photos, but because of this, I have found fun and very different from the usual spots for […]

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Reasons to Love Port Orleans French Quarter

January 5, 2017

At Walt Disney World you can choose from 5 moderate resorts when choosing on-property accommodations: Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, The Cabins at Fort Wilderness, Port Orleans – Riverside, and Port Orleans – French Quarter. Each of these resorts has unique theming and offer a different experience. I’ve had the privilege of staying at 3 of […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 3, 2017

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 3, 2017 Magic Kingdom® Park The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents 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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Chef Mickey’s Brunch

January 3, 2017

Chef Mickey’s is located at Disney’s Contemporary resort, which is on the monorail near the Magic Kingdom theme park. My favorite thing about this buffet is not that you get to see five characters all at once (although that is amazing), but it’s that you get to eat a mixture of breakfast and lunch foods. […]

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My 5 Favorite Things About Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

December 28, 2016

Location – This seems obvious, right? Aulani is in Hawaii, so how could it be anything less than fantastic. To me, one of the best things about Aulani, is that it is Ko’Olina. This is on the less touristy, less busy side of Oahu. You’re 27 miles away from Waikiki, 26 miles from North Shore, […]

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Four Parks in one day: A Disney Challenge!

December 26, 2016

If you’ve visited Walt Disney World more than once, and are looking for something new and exciting to try for your next trip, I’ve got the perfect idea for you! All Four Walt Disney World Parks in ONE Day! First, a few caveats: I wouldn’t recommend this for your first trip to Disney. If it’s […]

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The Best Hotels at Disney for Infants and Toddlers

December 23, 2016

Last month I posted tips on visiting Disney as an Expectant Mother. This month we fast-forward to taking those sweet babies on a Disney vacation. This is the first in a series of blog posts with some simple tips for traveling to Disney with an infant or young toddler. Today we tackle one the hardest […]

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Updated for 2017: Do You Have What It Takes To Become a Jedi?

December 21, 2016

Just as Ezra met his trials at the Lothal Jedi Temple, so must you at the Mysterious Jedi Temple in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The Temple is a place where Jedi Masters take their young Padawans to determine if they are ready to become Jedi. Jedi Training is for all Padawans ages 4 through 12 who […]

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10 Reasons to Sail on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class Ships

December 19, 2016

Have you ever found yourself looking for the perfect family vacation with enough activities for the kids and family but with plenty to do for the adults too? Look no further than the Oasis Class Ships on Royal Caribbean.   The Oasis, Allure and Harmony of the Seas are the largest cruise ships at sea and […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

December 16, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of December 14, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents 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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5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

December 16, 2016

There are so many resorts to choose from at Walt Disney World! There are 3 levels of resorts- Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. How do you choose? You have to decide what is important to you and what your budget will allow. I say that if you can make a Deluxe Resort fit into your budget, […]

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Beyond the Autograph Book

December 14, 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 an entire shelf devoted to them. So like many Moms I went […]

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What Age Should You Take Your Kids To Disney?

December 12, 2016

  One question that I get asked frequently when discussing Disney vacations is, “What’s a good age to take my kids to Disney?” and I’m here to break down that answer for you. The one thing to remember is all families are different; they vary in size, income, and ages. I know, the idea of […]

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Saratoga Springs with Kids

December 9, 2016

Saratoga Springs often gets overlooked as a great resort to stay in because it is a couple minutes farther from the parks. In my opinion, there are more pros than cons and what is five more minutes of a drive or bus ride? Here are some reasons why Saratoga Springs is a great place to […]

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Which Good Neighbor Hotel is best for you?

December 7, 2016

Are you traveling to Disneyland or California Adventure theme parks soon and are you trying to find the best place for you to stay? If there are no rooms available at one of the fabulous Disney Hotels: Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, or Californian Grand, then a good neighbor hotel is the next best choice. There […]

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12 Holiday Activities for Your Winter Disney World Vacation

December 5, 2016

Do you have a holiday vacation planned to Walt Disney World? First, man you are lucky! Secondly make sure to add some of these holiday activities to your tip! Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine! From November 7th until January 6th join Minnie and friends for a festive holiday dinner party. Delicious food and […]

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Holiday Magic at Disney Springs

December 1, 2016

    There is nothing more magical than Walt Disney World during the holiday season! There are so many wonderful things to do and see at the theme parks, it is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. If you are wondering what to do when you are not visiting a park, let me […]

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Don’t Make these 5 Fastpass+ mistakes!

November 29, 2016

Fastpasses are a great way to enjoy Walt Disney World at a faster pace without having to stand in as many lines. There are many tips and tricks that will help you know what you SHOULD do with your fastpasses, but here are five things you SHOULDN’T do. Make sure not to make these mistakes […]

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Once Upon a Dream…. In Disneyland Paris

November 22, 2016

I felt like Aurora! Disneyland Paris was a beautiful Dream! Tucked just outside the city, Disneyland Paris has two theme parks just waiting to whisk you away into the Magical World of Disney! Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios bring the best of Disney’s American parks to Europe with a Parisian Twist! Next year will […]

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Boatwright’s Dining Hall – A Disney Dining Hidden Gem

November 17, 2016

One of the many great things about staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside resort is the boat to Disney Springs where you will find dozens of dining options. But you don’t have to leave the resort to find one of the hidden gems of Disney dining – Boatwright’s Dining Hall. While most Disney restaurants require […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

November 16, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of November 16, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to […]

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What to Expect When You are Expecting at Disney!

November 15, 2016

Is it worth it to go on a Disney vacation while pregnant? Can you really enjoy it? Will you be able to ride any rides? Expectant mothers often ask me for advice when planning for Disney. Most of their questions and concerns are about what to expect. So, whether you are planning a family vacation […]

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Planning A Disney Wedding Series – Part One

November 10, 2016

Most of us, or us Disney-fanatic women, have dreamed of a being a Disney bride since we were little girls. That magical picture of our grown up selves in a big, white, puffy dress in front of the Cinderella Castle danced carelessly around our minds. That was until we were actually old enough to learn […]

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Early Morning Magic Hour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

November 8, 2016

  What is Early Morning Magic Hour? Walt Disney World offers an extra hour in various parks for Disney Resort guests. It’s a perk of paying that little extra to stay at a Disney Resort to get into the Magic Kingdom or one of the other three parks an hour before all the other guests […]

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What Not to Forget When Packing for Disney

November 3, 2016

Your vacation is paid off, your MagicBands have arrived and now it is time to start packing. You don’t want to forget a thing. You’ve read about what clothes to pack, to bring ponchos for those rainy days and not to forget your sunscreen. Here are some things that you may have forgotten to add […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

November 2, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of November 2, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to […]

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Epcot’s Frozen Attractions: The Royal Sommerhus & Frozen Ever After

November 1, 2016

Frozen lovers unite! In early Summer 2016, Walt Disney World opened the much anticipated Royal Sommerhus AND Frozen Ever After attractions. These two Frozen fan must-dos are located in Epcot’s Norway pavilion. The Royal Sommerhus, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa’s summer home, is adorable. The inside of the Royal Sommerhus is decorated with beautiful woodwork […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 26, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 26, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 20, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 19, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Swiss Family Treehouse Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If […]

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All the Medals!

October 20, 2016

Grabbing All The Medals was a goal I set out to obtain in 2015 when a series of exciting races were announced: runDisney’s Kessel Run Challenge and Castle to Chateau Challenge! If you know me, you know that I’ve been a Big Star Wars Fan since it all began. I saw Star Wars: A New […]

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Baby’s 1st Haircut at Magic Kingdom!

October 18, 2016

I am always looking for something new to include in each of my own Disney vacations. Now that I am a mom, I have a whole new list of experiences on my Disney “bucket list” and this experience has been on my list long before I became a mom. It’s been so fun to see […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 14, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 12, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Swiss Family Treehouse Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If […]

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Minnie’s Halloween Dine

October 13, 2016

Are you looking for a little Halloween fun for your next Disney trip? Make sure to add Minnie’s Halloween Dine to your fall bucket list! The Hollywood and Vine restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts this special seasonal character dining experience from September 12 until November 6th. Join Minnie and friends for a frightfully fun […]

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8 Things to do on a Port Day with Disney Cruise Line

October 11, 2016

Everyone assumes that on a port day, you should get off the ship for as long as you can. While I do recommend getting off at least for a few minutes to put your feet on steady ground, there are certain ports where we would much rather stay onboard and enjoy an “empty” ship. Not […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 10, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 10, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Swiss Family Treehouse Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

October 7, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of October 7, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to […]

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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa: A First Timer’s Guide

October 6, 2016

  So, you’ve decided to go to Disneyland with your family and you’re trying to select the right hotel for you. Your travel agent (that’s me, Jeri May) sends you pricing for several different hotels and the most expensive one on the list is Disney’s Grand Californian. Why would you choose the most expensive property […]

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Save up to 25% on Rooms at select Disney World Hotels this Winter

October 5, 2016

Save up to 25% on Rooms at select Disney World Hotels this Winter! You can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Dec. 15 – 23, 2016 and Jan. 1 – April 8, 2017 when they book Oct. 3 – Dec. 21, 2016. Booking Window: Oct. 3 […]

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