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7 Tips for a rainy day at Walt Disney World


Florida weather can be quite the fickle thing – one minute there could be a cloudless sky, the next minute there’s a torrential downpour! As we all know, weather forecasts don’t stop just for a family vacation, so here are a few essential tips to touring a Disney park when the weatherman is calling for rain! - A no brainer but sometimes a rather forgettable item when packing is a poncho! Purchase ponchos prior to traveling (or bring rain jackets!) [...]

7 Tips for a rainy day at Walt Disney World2015-07-17T11:31:43-04:00

Disney Pin Trading 101


Pin trading! What the heck is pin trading? I get this question a TON from my Disney first timers. This blog will give you the run down on pin trading and how to start your pin trading experience at Disney World. DEFINITION: pin trading (verb) 1. to trade Disney themed “pins” with Disney cast members Before you start trading, one must purchase a lanyard and pins. Disney makes this very easy for you by selling pin trading “starter sets” at [...]

Disney Pin Trading 1012015-05-28T09:50:05-04:00

Outside of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks


One of the great things about staying at the Walt Disney World Resort is you are in the middle of the magic. While we all love the theme parks did you know there’s plenty to keep you busy outside of the parks as well? Rent a boat! Many of the Disney resorts offer a marina with boat rentals. Take some time to explore one of the many waterways at Walt Disney World. Experienced boater or not, there’s something for everyone [...]

Outside of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks2015-01-03T15:26:52-05:00

How to Souvenir Shop at Disney World


  How unfair is it that while on vacation you have to shop for presents for other people? Fret not at Disney World, because they took out all of the stress for you! Here is your guide on how to efficiently and smartly pick out the perfect present for everyone back home (and maybe something or two for yourself!) The days of lugging your bags of goodies around the parks are officially over. Here are your options for hassle-free shopping: [...]

How to Souvenir Shop at Disney World2014-12-31T09:34:21-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule


Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of December 9, 2014 Magic Kingdom® Park Haunted MansionSplash MountainCinderella's Royal TableLiberty Square RiverboatUnder the Sea ~ Journey of the Little MermaidHarmony Barber Shop "it's a small world" Dec. 1 - 19, 2014Jan. 5 - 31, 2015Jan. 5 - Mar. 6, 2015Jan. 23 - 27, 2015Feb. 2 - Mar. 6, 2015Feb. 2 - Mar. 30, 2015 Mar. 10 - 13, 2015 Epcot None Disney's Hollywood Studios None Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Kali River [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule2014-12-10T13:03:28-05:00

Disney World travel tips for the parks


Looking for tips and strategies to make your trip smoother? Here are some ideas to help you out! · If you are traveling on a cruise with a medical condition, I do recommend getting passports. If you were to have a medical emergency at sea, there is a fully functioning hospital on deck 1 of every Disney cruise ship. If you have to be airlifted for additional medical attention, you will be taken to the closest hospital and that could [...]

Disney World travel tips for the parks2014-10-02T15:54:41-04:00

8 Tips for Night Owls at Disney World


Are you a self confessed night owl and wondering if you will be able to feed your late night tendencies while on your magical Disney vacation? Check out this list for ideas! 1. Probably one of the more obvious things to do at Disney at night is to check out the parks. Take note of the late extra magic hours for your trip. The parks at night are beautifully lit often accentuating their mystery and romance. 2. Shop until you [...]

8 Tips for Night Owls at Disney World2014-08-26T12:28:18-04:00

Disneyland Hotel


The Disneyland Hotel is the classic hotel of the Disneyland Resort. It was originally opened as a motor inn and was the first to operate under the Disney name. The main lobby is filled with Disney nostalgia including Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, and it’s a small world. The hotel has 990 rooms divided into 3 Towers - Adventure, Fantasy and Frontier. The “lobby” in each tower includes nods to attractions in that land at the Disneyland park. The hotel has [...]

Disneyland Hotel2014-07-29T19:00:20-04:00

OLIVIA’S: A Relaxing, Hidden Gem at Disney’s Old Key West


On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I discovered a hidden gem of a restaurant that I want to share with you. But, please don’t tell TOO many people….this is like one of those local places you love that you want to keep small and not too crowded! A few months ago we drove down to Walt Disney World for a quick trip and stayed at Old Key West, which is Disney’s first Vacation Club resort. Anyone can stay [...]

OLIVIA’S: A Relaxing, Hidden Gem at Disney’s Old Key West2020-05-13T15:22:13-04:00

YAY for Downtown Disney


People often ask me, “Downtown Disney, YAY or NAY?” Let me take a moment to explain why Downtown Disney is definitely a YAY for your Disney Trip. 1. No admission fee! No tickets are needed to enter and explore the marketplace. Downtown Disney is always the first excursion we take during our Disney trips because the low-key atmosphere is perfect after a long day of traveling. 2. Parking is FREE! Not driving? No worries. Downtown Disney is a stop of [...]

YAY for Downtown Disney2014-02-27T19:34:05-05:00

Disneyland Hotel Club Level


I just returned home from a trip to Disneyland in California, where I was able to spend one night at the Disneyland Hotel and take advantage of their club level services with the concierge room I booked. The Club level here is in the Adventure Tower, and is on the top (11th) floor of the hotel. Our room was on the tenth floor, so it was east to get to the lounge, which is called the “E-Ticket Club”. The lounge [...]

Disneyland Hotel Club Level2014-02-03T13:53:28-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments


  Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments Magic Kingdom® Park Casey's Corner Tomorrowland Speedway Splash Mountain The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Liberty Square Riverboat Agrabah Bazaar Barnstormer 01/06/14 - 02/15/14 01/06/14 - 01/12/14 01/06/14 - 03/21/14 01/06/14 - 2/3/14 01/13/14 - 01/16/14 01/21/14 - 01/30/14 02/03/14 - 02/05/14 Disney's Hollywood Studios® Monsters, Inc Meet & Greet 01/05/14 - 01/19/14 Disney's Animal Kingdom® Kali River Rapids Festival of the Lion King Camp Minnie-Mickey 12/02/13 - 12/13/13 01/06/2014 01/06/2014 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments2013-12-16T11:02:39-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments


Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments   Magic Kingdom® Park "it's a small world" Casey's Corner Tomorrowland Speedway Splash Mountain The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Liberty Square Riverboat 12/02/13 - 12/12/13 01/06/14 - 02/15/14 01/06/14 - 01/12/14 01/06/2014 - 03/21/14 01/13/14 - 01/16/14 01/21/14 - 01/30/14 Disney's Hollywood Studios® Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground Lights. Motors, Action! 09/03/13 - 11/19/13 11/18/13 - 11/22/13 Disney's Animal Kingdom® Kali River Rapids 12/02/13 - 12/13/13 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Annual Refurbishment 10/27/13 [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments2013-12-16T10:31:40-05:00

Attention Tables in Wonderland Members!


If you are a member of Tables in Wonderland then there is some exciting Holiday Season news for you! As a special treat, Tables in Wonderland Members may now enjoy Complimentary Valet Parking at Downtown Disney® Area through January 1, 2014! Here are some things you need to know about valet parking at Downtown Disney® Area, as terms and conditions do apply: - Complimentary valet parking is for the sole purpose of dining at one of the participating restaurants at Downtown Disney® area. - One vehicle [...]

Attention Tables in Wonderland Members!2013-11-14T10:28:44-05:00

Sofia the First Makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique


In July, Disney debuted a new makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Downtown Disney based on Disney’s newest little Princess – Sofia the First. The Sofia package includes "Sofia the First" hairstyling, shimmering makeup, nail polish, face gem, Princess sash, Princess cinch bag, a crown and hair bow. Currently, the Sofia package is available only at the Downtown Disney location. When we first checked in, my girls were given a royal notification of their appointment (it was as surprise!) [...]

Sofia the First Makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique2013-09-30T20:53:36-04:00

Expansion coming to Downtown Disney


Walt Disney World® Resort will soon break ground on a multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney, representing the largest expansion in its history. Downtown Disney will be transformed into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat you to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment offerings amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm.           Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix of offerings from Disney and other noteworthy brands. From boutique shops to [...]

Expansion coming to Downtown Disney2013-03-14T14:27:51-04:00

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day at Downtown Disney


 "Wearin of the Green" at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island March 8-10 & 14-17 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Wearin’ of the green is encouraged, but not mandatory during the most authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration in town March 8-10 and 14-17 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and across Downtown Disney Pleasure Island. More than 10 top Irish bands will perform on select days during the festivities. ©Disney                 The [...]

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day at Downtown Disney2013-02-28T17:39:12-05:00

Day 3 Splitsville at Downtown Disney


I had a meeting this morning til around 12:15pm and then had a short break before we headed down to Splitsville at Downtown Disney.  I had not been bowling in years and this was a blast!  I came in second during the first game but was awful during the second game. I did not have much to eat but I did try the pizza and it was pretty good. The staff was attentive and I could see going here with [...]

Day 3 Splitsville at Downtown Disney2012-12-13T14:06:46-05:00

Little Chefs take over Downtown Disney


LITTLE CHEFS TAKE OVER DOWNTOWN DISNEY Levy Restaurants Hosts Kid-Friendly Cooking Classes This Summer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 10, 2012) – Levy Restaurants has just the thing for the burgeoning chef in your family this summer. Located in Downtown Disney® at Walt Disney World Resort, a three-part Kids Cooking Class is being offered on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11 AM until 3 PM at Levy’s three locations. These classes will feature fun and unique cooking skills and make memories that [...]

Little Chefs take over Downtown Disney2012-05-11T02:17:03-04:00

La Nouba at Downtown Disney in FL


La Nouba performed by Cirque du Soleil exclusively at the Downtown Disney West Side area at Walt Disney World Resort. I loved this when I saw it and I had the pleasure of seeing Cirque du Soleil perform in Boston many years ago. Performance Times Tuesday through Saturday, 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. There are no performances on Sunday and Monday, or on the following dates: January 17 to 21, 2012 March 20, 2012 May 15 to 26, 2012 July [...]

La Nouba at Downtown Disney in FL2012-01-21T20:54:21-05:00

Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney Nov. 12-14, 2010


Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney Nov. 12-14, 2010 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Approximately 145 award-winning fine artists, 200 chalk artists and 40 folk artists will showcase their one-of-a-kind and limited-edition painting, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more at Festival of the Masters presented by Sharpie® Nov. 12-14, 2010, at Downtown Disney. One of the Southeast’s most highly regarded juried art festivals since 1975, Festival of the Masters features live entertainment and family-friendly activities each day. Admission and parking [...]

Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney Nov. 12-14, 20102010-11-13T02:00:22-05:00

New hours for Downtown Disney common areas


For the latest Disney news check out Downtown Disney now has set hours for all common areas, including walkways, restrooms and green areas. Individual stores and restaurants may have different hours however. The hours are: Downtown Disney Marketplace: 8:00am - 1:00am Downtown Disney Pleasure Island and West Side: 8:00am - 2:00am

New hours for Downtown Disney common areas2019-06-21T13:01:21-04:00

Downtown Disney is Expanding


Downtown Disney Expands Retail, Dining and Entertainment Offerings with Two New Stores, 3-D Theater Technology and Restaurant LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Downtown Disney, the 120-acre entertainment-shopping-dining complex at Walt Disney World Resort, welcomed several additions as part of its overall revitalization plan including two new stores, a quick-service restaurant and 3-D technology to the AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theatre Complex. “We’re excited to build upon our existing portfolio of unique offerings and are committed to bringing guests even more [...]

Downtown Disney is Expanding2010-07-05T09:24:36-04:00