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My Tips for Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World

 

Part of the fun of my Walt Disney World trips is looking forward to the food that I am going to get to eat.  Just as much as the rides and attractions, I look forward to the dining experiences that Disney World has to offer.  With four parks and the entire Disney Springs Area there are so many options to choice from when selecting a place to dine.

 

 

If you are a Disney Resort Hotels guest, you can start booking your dining reservations 180 days in advance of your trip and can make reservations for the entire length of your Resort stay – up to 10 days.  If you are staying off Disney property, you can still make reservations 180 days in advance of that first day of your trip and continue to make reservations as each 180 day mark arrives.

 

 

I think advance dining is great!  It guarantees that you will have your most important reservations that you want to experience.  This 180 day mark is extremely important not to miss if you have your heart set on reservations like Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant.  There are also some very popular restaurants like the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill and The Polynesians Resort’s Ohana.  These are restaurants that if you would like a reservation there I would suggest booking as soon as possible.

 

 

Now with all of that being said, I do not want to overwhelm you by thinking that you need to schedule every meal this far in advance.  Remember that this is your vacation and I do not know about you but the last thing I want to do is stress out while planning or enjoying vacation.  As I said before there are so many restaurants at Walt Disney World that even during your trip you will be able to find really good Table service dining reservations available.  When you schedule yourself out for every meal, you really lock yourself into being at a certain place at a certain time, which can add a lot of stress.  You never know what may change your plans such as the weather could be bad and you change where you want to be that day.  The last thing you want is to feel stressed because you now cannot change because you are locked into a dining reservation.  Disney does charge usually a $10 per person for no shows or reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.

 

 

My suggestion is to schedule your must have reservations and then leave some of your vacation days wide open to do whatever you wish.  There are also so many really good Quick Service Dining options at Disney that are not just your traditional burgers and fries.  In an upcoming blog, I will give you a list of some of my favorite Quick Service locations at each park.  In addition, you will want to keep in mind the time of year you are visiting because EPCOT has so many festivals involving good food offerings that if this is something you enjoy you will want to have some of the meals while eating around the World Showcase.

 

 

If hope this helps you with planning dining on your next Walt Disney World trip and if you are thinking of planning your next trip your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner will be happy to assist.

My Experience Riding the Disney Skyliner! – Video

 

Walt Disney World’s newest mode of transportation is here! The Disney Skyliner has arrived! The Skyliner has been added to the Walt Disney World Resort transportation fleet alongside, buses, boats, monorails and even Minnie Vans! The addition of the Disney Skyliner now gives guests another option for Disney transportation. This efficient system is helping to alleviate Disney bus traffic by giving resort guests and park goers another way to get around property.

 

 

Not only is the Skyliner efficient and convenient, but it is also so much fun! I rode the Skyliner for the first-time last month and truly felt that this transportation system feels more like a fun ride rather than simply a means of getting from point A to point B. With the Skyliner it feels as though your journey is already a part of the destination! The Skyliner is an attraction in itself!

 

 

For me riding the Skyliner gave me a similar feeling to riding the Disney monorail system. If you have been to Walt Disney World before, then I’m sure at some point you have experienced the famous Disney monorail. The Disney monorails are icons of the Disney Parks and Resorts and I’m sure you agree that riding the monorail is a fun form of transportation and gives you that feeling of being on a ride rather than just a transportation system. I had that same feeling while riding the Skyliner. The way I see it, I am predicting now that soon the Disney Skyliner will be just as iconic as the monorail. I see the Skyliner becoming one of those staples that you think of when you picture Walt Disney World!

 

 

Currently the Disney Skyliner takes flights to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s NEW Riviera Resort opening next month! All Disney guests are welcome to ride the Skyliner. It is not just exclusive to guests staying at the resorts that are on the Skyliner line. In fact, the Disney Skyliner now provides guests a new way to park hop between Epcot in Hollywood Studios. After using the system to park hop between these two parks last month, I would say in my opinion this is now the easiest and fastest way to get between Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

 

 

Now let’s talk about how the Skyliner works. Prior to me riding the system for myself, I didn’t fully understand how the Skyliner operated. I didn’t know if each station had direct flights to all the other stations, or if transfer flights were involved in order to get where you were going. My first day riding the Disney Skyliner I took every line available and fully experienced all aspect of the Skyliner and now I have a full understanding of how this great system operates.

 

 

You can refer to the map above to get more of a picture of how the system functions. All of the lines connect through the station located at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. From the Caribbean Beach station, you will find 3 lines you can go on. The first line takes a flight that stops at Disney’s Riviera Resort and then continues on to Epcot. The Second line at the Caribbean Beach station is a direct line that goes straight to Hollywood Studios. And the third line at the Caribbean Beach station goes directly over to Art of Animation and Pop Century. These two resorts share a central Skyliner Station.

 

 

Disney’s Caribbean Beach is the main hub station for the skyliner where you will catch all your connecting flights. All of the other stations have one flight option which will take you right to Caribbean Beach. With the exception of the Epcot Line because it offers the stop at Rivera prior to continuing onto Epcot. Likewise Disney’s Rivera Station since it is already on the Epcot line is another exception because you have two option here of either catching a flight to Epcot or over the other direction to Caribbean Beach.

 

 

With this knowledge in mind you can now plan out how to get from place to place. For example, if you were wanting to park hop from Hollywood Studios over to Epcot you would get on the line at Hollywood Studios which runs to Caribbean Beach and from there at the Caribbean Beach station transfer to the Epcot Line. Another example, let’s say you want to go from Art of Animation to Epcot. You would get on the skyliner at the Art of Animation station for the flight over to Caribbean Beach where you then catch your transfer flight to Epcot.

 

 

Disney has done a wonderful job with this new transportation system and the Skyliner is very easy to navigate. There are a lot of directional signs everywhere so you know exactly where you are going. And Disney Cast Members are always nearby and happy to help if you have any questions or need directions.

 

 

I have become such a big fan of the Disney Skyliner. I enjoyed my experience riding the Skyliner so much and it fills me with so much joy to know that this system is now open at Walt Disney World. I am excited for the future and what this means for new transportation or even a possible expansion of this system in the future!

 

 

Watch our new YouTube video to hear more in-depth about my experience and thoughts on riding the Disney Skyliner!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next Walt Disney World Vacation!

Epcot Construction Update Video!

 

This year I attended D23, the ultimate Disney Fan event that is hosted every other year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California. The convention center is literally right across the street from Disneyland! This event is a Disney fans paradise! This expo has so much fan anticipation every year because this is when Disney officially announces many of their plans that are coming to the Disney Parks in the future!

 

 

This year the big focus was on Epcot! Epcot is currently in the beginning stages of undergoing a massive overhaul that will be bringing many excited new changes to Epcot! We are currently seeing the walls going up already in the park! It is crazy how fast all of this is happening. The future Epcot is on its way!

 

 

I was just in Epcot the other week and I was amazed by seeing all the areas of the park that are getting work done! As a Disney Parks fan and as a huge lover of all things Epcot, I must say this makes me very excited. I stood there at D23 in complete amazement as I watched the preview video of what was coming to Epcot! Seeing these walls makes it all so real that that future is about to take place and become a reality.

 

 

Watch our newest YouTube video for a walking tour of the current construction updates in the park! Let’s get excited for the future of Epcot together!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort!

My Experience Riding the Disney Skyliner!

 

The Disney Skyliner is officially open! Walt Disney World’s newest form of transportation has arrived and so many Disney fans including myself are over the moon! This new form of Disney Transportation is truly magical and unique. I had the opportunity to travel on the Disney Skyliner this week and I am so excited to share my experience with you!

 

 

I have been excited about the Disney Skyliner since it was first announced back at the 2017 D23 Expo! Since then I have enjoyed watching the construction progress of the Disney Skyliner on each of my Disney World vacations. My excitement level would build every time Disney would release a new piece of concept art. It was safe to say I knew I was going to enjoy the Disney Skyliner!

 

 

Now that I have personally used this new form of Disney Transportation I can tell you that “enjoy” is an understatement! I am completely in love with the Disney Skyliner! As soon as I boarded my first gondola car at Epcot’s International Gateway and it took flight – I was in a state of total awe and amazement!

 

 

For me as a Walt Disney World lover, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see entirely new parts of the Walt Disney World Resort that previously guests could never see. When riding the Disney Skyliner you get a bit of a backstage look from the sky at parts of the parks and resorts that no one else gets to see. One of my favorite views was as you flew over the back of the France pavilion at Epcot. You can currently see the construction progress of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure! This exciting new attraction coming summer of 2020!

 

 

I am so excited that the Walt Disney World Skyliner is now open! This is a great transportation option for so many guests at Walt Disney World! This fast form of transportation is efficient and also fun! It feels like another ride in the parks rather then a form of transportation! Be sure to check out the Walt Disney World Skyliner on your next visit to the parks! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next adventure!

Dinner at Epcot’s Teppan Edo

 

In August, I was fortunate to be in Walt Disney World for my birthday for the first time ever!  I got to wear my birthday button and I enjoyed all the birthday wishes from cast members and guests.  My parents and I spent my birthday in EPCOT and they gave me the option to pick any restaurant I wanted in EPCOT for my birthday dinner.  After contemplating the many wonderful choices, I decided on one of my favorites, Teppan Edo.

 

 

Teppan Edo is located in World Showcase at the Japan Pavilion.  Here you will experience authentic Japanese cuisine during an exciting dining experience that is part a Hibachi style meal and part show.  Here you sit around Hibachi grills where your skillful chef chops and stir-fries your food right there in front of you.  Every seat has a perfect view of the show.  I enjoyed the show that the chefs put on while making your delicious food.  This experience it great for the whole family.  It will even keep your children entertained and excited to eat their meal.

 

 

 

You can select from steak, chicken, seafood and vegetable entrees.  These entrees are served with udon noodles, stir fried vegetables and steamed rice.  Prior to the meal, you also are served a fresh garden salad with Asian dressing.  For my birthday meal I choose the scallops, my mom had the shrimp and my dad had the filet mignon.   All were prepared and served right in front of us and they were all delicious.

 

 

At the end of the dinner, the servers presented me with a surprise piece of birthday cake and a birthday song.  The cake was their green tea cake, which is layers of delicate green tea sponge cake with a fluffy green tea mousse topped with a fresh whipped cream.  All I can say is yummy!  I highly recommend Teppan Edo and look forward to returning again soon.  You can check out my video below for highlights of this birthday dinner.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to get your next Walt Disney World trip planned so you can enjoy fun experiences like this!

 

New Walt Disney World Offer! Get Free Dining For Your Kids!

 

Today Walt Disney World came out with an exciting new offer! If you have kids then this promotion is not to be missed! Your kids can receive a free dining package with this great new promotion. If you have been thinking about taking your family to Disney World, this new offer gives you that perfect opportunity.

 

You can get a FREE dining plan for your kids (ages 3 to 9) when you buy a non-discounted 3-night/3-day package for you and the kid(s) that includes a room at a select Disney Value Resort hotel, Theme Park tickets and a dining plan.

 

This promotion is valid for arrivals most night from January 1 through March 7, 2020. This offer must be booked by January 1 2020. Contact Your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel Planner today to take advantage of this great promotion!

 

 

Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019!

 

Last month while visiting Walt Disney World, I attended my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the 2019 season! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a wonderful, festive event that is sure to put you in the Halloween spirit!

 

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an extra-ticketed event that takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom Park. The event features special Halloween stage shows, dance parties, rare character meet and greets, a special Halloween Parade, exclusive Halloween fireworks show, trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom, specialty treats and merchandise for purchase, and more!

 

 

My group and I had a wonderful time attending the party this year! Here’s my list of highlights from my own experience at the event!

 

Group Costume

At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guests can choose to come dressed in Halloween costumes if they want to! I had never dressed up myself when attending the party in the past but had always wanted to. The costumes are one of my favorite parts of the party. I love walking around the park and spotting other guests costumes! Everyone gets so into it and has such a great time. It is a wonderful environment to be apart of! This year I was so thrilled to get in on the fun of wearing a costume for myself! My group and I all dressed up as Star Wars characters. It truly did add another layer of fun to the evening! We met so many great people who stopped us to comment on our costumes and even take our picture!

 

New Fireworks

 

This year Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party saw the premiere of a brand new Halloween fireworks show! I was always a fan of the previous Halloween Party fireworks but this new show definitely topped it! The special effects used in the show were outstanding! My favorite part was the projections on the castle! There was one particular part that I loved where through projection mapping they made the castle look like a haunted mansion! It was incredible!

 

Live Actors in Pirates of the Caribbean

One of the many offerings during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party is attraction overlays. This is when Disney adds a bit of extra magic into a Disney ride. One of these attraction overlays takes place at Pirates of the Caribbean! When you ride this attraction during the Halloween Party you will spot real pirates on the actual ride! This overlay first premiered at last year’s Halloween Party and I am so happy that it has come back again. This year you will find even more live pirates throughout the ride!

 

Deep Space Mountain

Space Mountain is a Walt Disney World classic coaster! So many fans like myself know and love this ride! During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Space Mountain becomes Deep Space Mountain! Another exciting attraction overlay! In Deep Space Mountain you can experience riding Space Mountain completely in the pitch black! This coaster is already dark but during the party there are absolutely no lights not even in the tunnels! It makes the experience even more thrilling!

 

Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade

Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade is an exclusive Halloween Parade that takes place during Halloween Party nights! This parade received several new updates this year. There is now a show segment that represents each land in the Magic Kingdom! I love this concept! My personal favorite addition to this parade is during the Haunted Mansion segment! The bride from the haunted Mansion has been added and she actually glides down the parade route! It is something you truly have to see in person!

 

Watch our new YouTube video to see some highlights from Mickey’s not so scary Halloween Party:

 

There are so many things to enjoy at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of my favorites! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner today to plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World Baby Care Centers

 

If you are traveling to Walt Disney World with a baby or toddler, you will want to be aware that each Walt Disney World Park offers a Baby Care Center.  These centers offer so much and will make traveling with your baby so much easier.  It can get really hot in the parks and these centers offer the perfect place to cool off and take care of your little one.

 

Kitchens in these facilities have baby care items for purchase.  This makes things very convenient and a life safer if you forgot to pack an essential item.  The centers offer Carnation Good Start Formulas, Gerber foods and juices, bottles, nipples, Huggies diapers and wipes, lotions, sunscreen and some over the counter medications for children.  The kitchen area has a microwave, small sink and ample counter space.  You will also find a private nursing room with electrical outlets for the mother that needs to use a breast pump.

 

 

In these centers you will also find rocking chairs, changing tables and high chairs.  There is a television and small tables and chairs for your older children to utilize.  Each center varies in size with Disney’s Hollywood Studios being the smallest.  This center does not sell baby care needs but these items can be found for purchase at the Movieland Gift shop located to the left of Guest Relations.

 

Disney Water Parks and Disney Springs Area does not have a dedicated Baby Center, but you will find baby-changing stations in all the restrooms.

 

Parents with youngsters will find these centers a great place to stop during a hot busy day.  It is a great area to take care of your child in a cool comfortable location and get recharged for more fun in the park!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to any destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

 

 

Walt Disney World Date Night Ideas – Part 2

 

In Part 1 of my Disney date night ideas I talked about things to do at Disney Springs and on the Magic Kingdom Resort monorail loop.  Today I am going to discuss the EPCOT area and Mini Golf for a little activity and adventure!

 

EPCOT

 

 

The EPCOT Park is a great date night park!  Adults usually love this park because of the World Showcase.  Taking a stroll around the World Showcase and exploring the 11 countries is always a great time.  The food and drinks from each country along with theming and shopping make this a fantastic place to take your special someone.  One of my favorite restaurants is Tepan Edo in the Japan Pavilion.  This is a hibachi style restaurant and the food and show are so much fun!

 

EPCOT Resorts

 

 

After your stroll around World Showcase take the International Gateway over to the EPCOT area resorts.  These resorts are the Boardwalk, Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club.  You will find great restaurants in each hotel along with many different Bars and Lounges to relax.  You will also pass the Ample Hills Creamery, all I can say is yummy!! You have to stop in for a sweet treat to top off your dinner.  If your looking for a little more activity than stop in the Atlantic Dance Hall for some great music and to dance the night away.

 

Monorail Date

 

 

Also know that you can get to EPCOT from the Magic Kingdom on the monorail.  Just take the monorail from Magic Kingdom to the Ticket and Transportation Center and transfer there to the EPCOT monorail.  This gives you the option of starting your date early and playing in the Magic Kingdom for the day and then having a wonderful dinner over in the EPCOT area.  What better way to spend the day together than to park hop!

 

Mini Golf

 

 

Another activity that many couples enjoy is mini golf and Disney has some of the best courses I have played on.  The theming is great at each.  There is the Winter/Summer course, which is located near the Blizzard Beach Water Park.  The winter course is themed to Christmas and Summer is very beachy.  Then across from the Swan and Dolphin hotel you will find the Fantasia Gardens with two courses both based on the movie Fantasia.  The one course is your traditional mini golf course and the other is based more on a professional golf course but in miniature scale.  This course emphasizes on skill versus chance.  You can actually walk here from the EPCOT resorts.  Just head toward the Swan and Dolphin and walk through their grounds and across the street you will find the mini golf courses.

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about these date night ideas and it has gotten you excited to plan your next night out!  Check out our YouTube Channel to see the video on Part 2 of Disney date night ideas.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to start planning your next visit!

 

Walt Disney World Date Night Ideas – Part 1

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

 

Walt Disney World is not just a great place for families it is also a great place for couples.  With so many things to do and places to go the ideas for a great date night and endless.  In Part 1 I will discuss two areas in Walt Disney World that I think have wonderful opportunities for a fantastic date night.  So let’s get started!

 

Disney Springs

 

 

Disney Springs is a shopping, dining and entertainment mecca.  You will have a fantastic time if you pick Disney Springs for your date night.  There are just so many choices of things to do.  The great thing about this area is you can find something to fit your likes and your budget.  First, let’s look at some things you can do for an Economic date night.  My picks for great places to eat that won’t break the budget would be Wolfgang Puck Express, Deluxe Burger, Blaze Pizza or even the Food Trucks.  All of these choices have really good food at the great price.

For a special occasion date or when you just want to splurge a bit there any many choices to pick from.  Boathouse and Paddlefish have great seafood choices, Morimoto Asia is outstanding with cuisine from the great Iron Chef himself.  Try Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for delicious Southern comfort foods.  Head to STK for a fantastic steak.  These are just some of my favorites, the list goes on and on. Your sure to find something you will love.

If you would like to hang out after dinner for a nice drink let me suggest two that I enjoy.  Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is inspired by the Indiana Jones movie and the theming and drinks are so good or stop by Wine Bar George for the most incredible wine list you will ever see.  I personally like to go to the 2nd floor and head out to the patio where you can relax with your drink and take in the sights of Disney Springs.

If you want a unique experience head to The Edison after 10:00 when it becomes adults only for a burlesque style show.  Or you can catch a movie at the AMC theater.  If you like to bowl you will want to check out Splitsville for some fun and try their sushi, it is excellent!  Then there is the obvious thing to do and that is to stroll from store to store checking out so many different shops!

 

Monorail Loop

 

 

Okay, so what is the Monorail Loop?  This would be the stops the monorail makes besides the obvious stop at the Magic Kingdom.  The monorail stops at three Disney hotels, which are The Contemporary, The Polynesian and The Grand Floridian.  Looking for a great meal with a breathtaking view than you will want to head to the California Grill at The Contemporary.  This restaurant is at the top of the hotel with stunning views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom and you won’t want to miss the fireworks from this restaurant.  The fireworks view from the outside terraces are incredible and the music is pumped in for your enjoyment.  Head over to the Polynesian hotel for a tropical feel.  There are great restaurants and bars and the beach is a wonderful place to put your feet in the sand and watch the fireworks together, very romantic!  Head to Grand Floridian and enjoy the beautiful Victorian lobby while listening to the piano player or band.  For a very special occasion you might want to try Victoria & Albert’s which is a AAA Five Diamond Award winning restaurant.  For something more economic you can’t beat the Grand Floridan Café.

 

Hope you enjoyed part one of my Disney date night ideas.  To hear more about it check out our YouTube video below:

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner today so you can take your special someone on a magical date night!

 

Traveling With Your Pet To Walt Disney World!

 

We all love our furry friends and the thought of leaving them behind when we travel is sometime not what we want to do or we just do not have other arrangements we can make for them.  Well, if you are planning to travel to Walt Disney World you will have some options to bring your pet along with you.

 

The first option is to book your stay at one of the Disney Resort hotels that have designated dog-friendly accommodations.  The resorts that you can choose are:

-Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

-Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

-Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

-The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

 

 

All of the rooms at these resorts will have easy access to outdoor walkways to exercise your dog and green spaces with pet relief areas.  When you arrive at your resort, you will be welcomed with a complimentary Pluto’s Welcome kit.

 

There is a maximum of two dogs permitted per guest room.  Your dogs are expected to be well behaved, properly vaccinated and when in public areas they must be leased.  Other than service animals, your dog will not be allowed into any theme park, water park, pools or restaurants.

 

Your second option would be to board your pet at the Best Friends Pet Care.  The staff here are highly trained pet care providers and they all love animals.  The facility has 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and area to play, plus a 25,000 square foot dog park.  The facility is open one hour before the theme parks open through one hour after closing.

 

Overnight accommodations for multi day trips are also available.  This is a luxury resort for your pet.  There are different levels you can pick.  From the top of the line 226 square-foot suite including things such as potty walks, playgroups, flat screen TV, webcam, bedtime story and a bath at the end of the stay to a more basic level including 36 square-foot suite with potty walks.  There is also 2 and 4 level condos for your cat with activities for them too!

 

Grooming services are also available to pamper your pet.

 

Other small pets are accepted such as birds, reptiles and rodents but you must provide your own enclosure.

 

Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Check out the Best Friends Pet Care website to see all the options and pricing.  There is never a need to worry about leaving your pets behind while traveling to Walt Disney World!  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to start planning your next trip with your furry friend!

 

 

 

Everything you need to know about First Aid at Walt Disney World

 

You never want to think that you will need First Aid care while on vacation at Walt Disney World but it is good to know what is offered and where to find it if the need arises.  First Aid Stations located in the Walt Disney World parks are not just for you basic band aids.  Let me tell you about some of the things that the First Aid Stations can do for you.

 

Say you are in the park and your child is not feeling well and you think they may have a fever, you can just stop in and check.  They have thermometer strips available to give you.  There is an area in the back with beds where someone can lie down for a while if they do not feel well.

 

The First Aid stations will also have samples of medicine for many things that can come up while traveling.  They will have things for colds such as cold medicine, cough drops and even packets of tissues.  If you get a bad headache that you just cannot shake, they can give you samples of Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  If the headache is coming on because of the start of dehydration then you can get some powerade, damp cloths and a cool spot to rest until you are feeling better.  All first aid stations are equipped with Epipens for insect bites and allergic reactions.

 

While on vacation, you may not be eating the same way you would at home which can lead to an upset stomach or indigestion.  The stations will have samples of medicines to help relieve your symptoms.

 

If you get something in your eye someone at the station can help you flush your eye out.  If you are having an issue with your contacts they will also have contact solution for you to use.

 

Probably one of the biggest things you could encounter while in Disney World is blisters from all the walking!  Just stop in if this happens and they will have band-aids and bandages available.

 

 

These first aid stations also offer some special services that might be of use to some people.  Did you know that these stations will store refrigerated medication for you.  That will save you from having to go all the way back to your resort to take your medicine.  You can also come here to do your breathing treatments for things such as asthma, just bring your nebulizer to First Aid and you have a nice private cool place to administer your treatment.

 

If you are a diabetic or require any daily injections a First Aid Station is the place you will want to go.  They will even have special containers for disposal of your needles.

 

 

On my most recent visit I needed to visit the First Aid Station.  I was taking an antibiotic that made me more susceptible to sun exposure.  I had a reaction on my feet that made them so itchy.  I was getting really miserable and happen to be walking by the First Aid Station.  I walked in, they had me sign in, I showed them what I was experiencing, and they handed me a few packets of ointment that made me feel so much better.  It saved the rest of my day!  The staff and facilities were so great!

 

 

Now that you know what is available at the First Aid Stations let me tell you where you can locate each station at each park:

-Magic Kingdom – Located between Crystal Palace Restaurant and Casey’s Corner Restaurant near the restrooms as you are heading toward Adventureland.

-Epcot – Located in the Odyssey Center between Future World and the World Showcase.

-Hollywood Studios – Located in the Guest Relations building on Hollywood Boulevard near the front entrance.

-Animal Kingdom – Located at Discovery Island next to Creature Comforts/Starbucks location.

-Typhoon Lagoonlocated just behind Leaning Palms.

-Blizzard Beach, located beside Lottawatta Lodge.

 

Hope this information helps you if you ever find yourself or a family member in need of a little medical assistance.

If you are ready to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation then contact one of our knowledgeable Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planners who will be happy to help you plan your trip!

How to Stay Cool At Walt Disney World! – Part 2 – Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom

 

This week I’m excited to continue with part 2 of how to stay cool at Walt Disney World! Last week I covered attractions to head to to get out of the heat in both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Today I will be sharing the best places to head to escape the high temperatures when visiting Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom!

 

The following list feature wonderful attractions that typically have a low wait time making them great attractions to head for when you are looking to get out of the heat, sit down and cool off! Let’s begin over at Hollywood Studios!

 

Hollywood Studios has been going through a transition period at the moment in anticipation of many new and exciting openings! The biggest new expansion being Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge that opens on August 29th! So this list might change in the future as we get new lands and attractions added to this park. However this is the current list when visiting the park today and these attractions will remain great spots to beat the heat as long as they are still open at this park!

 

Hollywood Studios

 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is an adorable live stage show! It is a personal favorite of mine because Ariel happens to be my favorite princess! This show happens continually during the day and because of this there is typically never a very long wait. The show is roughly 20 minutes and is a great spot to sit down in air conditioning!

 

For the First Time in Forever – Frozen Sing Along

If you are a Frozen fan then this sing along stage show is a can’t miss! The show is hosted by 2 hilarious narrators and features Anna, Elsa and Kristof themselves!! This show is another great one to head to when looking to escape the heat.

 

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars Launch Bay is located in what use to be the Animation building. The Star Wars Launch Bay is the current hub for all things Star Wars. The whole building is filled with great air conditioning and in here Star Wars fans will find tons of things to do! You can enjoy seeing movie props and displays, watch a movie about Star Wars and more! This is also the location where you will find Star Wars character meet and greets!

 

One Man’s Dream

One Man’s Dream is an incredible walk through exhibit that includes piece of History from the life of Walt Disney as well as the Disney company. There is also always a movie that you can watch in here. Sometimes it’s the One Man’s Dream film which shares the very inspirational story of Walt Disney’s life and career and sometimes it is an exclusive preview for a new Disney film coming the theaters. This exhibit is a great place to cool off inside

 

Muppet-Vision 3D

Muppet-Vision 3D is a continual show that typically has a low wait and you can get right into the next showing. It has comfy seats and provides a great spot to get out of the sun.

 

Now let’s head over to Animal Kingdom!

 

Animal Kingdom

 

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

While in Animal Kingdom you can take a train over to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where you will find many incredible exhibits all indoors in the air conditioning. Throughout the day, they do really awesome animal encounters in here and presentation about conservation. It is a great spot to check out.

 

Finding Nemo – The Musical

If you are a fan of Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo then this is the show for you! Experience the story of Finding Nemo told as a musical adventure! This is a fun 40-minute-long show that gets you out of the sun and the chance to sit down and recharge.

 

Festival of the Lion King

This is another breathtaking show that is a celebration of the music and story of The Lion King! This show is 30 minutes long so it provides you with a great break from the heat. This show I very popular however so try to get a fastpass for this one in advance so you can avoid the main queue line which is partly out in the sun.

 

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

This 3D film can be found inside the heart of Animal Kingdom’s icon, the Tree of Life! You get to feel like you are the size of a bug yourself and through special effects get to experience what life is like as a bug! It is a cute show and typically has a low wait time, making it a great place to head to when looking to escape the sun!

 

We’ve done it! We have covered places to stay cool at all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks! I hope that my lists gave you some ideas for the next time you visit the Disney Parks! When you are ready to plan your Walt Disney World vacation be sure to contact our team of Travel Planners here at Kingdom Magic Vacations. They are excited to make your travel dreams a reality!

 

Everything You Need To Know About Walt Disney World Transportation!

 

If you have finally booked that Walt Disney World vacation for the first time and are feeling a little overwhelmed by the size of the property and wondering how you are going to get around to all the things you want to see then this is the article for you.  I will discuss all your options for getting from place to place without needing a rental car.  Let Disney transportation take all the stress away from you worrying about how to get around!

 

First, you will want to make sure that you are staying on property at one of the many wonderful Disney Resorts.  Disney has three categories of hotels, which are Deluxe, Moderate and Value so you can find a price that will fit your vacation budget.  With a booking at any of these resorts, you will now have access to all the Disney transportation options.

 

 

If you are flying into Orlando International Airport (MCO) your Disney transportation experience will start here.  Upon arriving in MCO you will head to the Disney Magical Express pickup.  Here you will board your complimentary motorcoach that will transport you to the Walt Disney World Resort that you have booked.  Disney will provide you prior to your leaving with Magical Express tags for your bags.  Once you arrive there is no need to retrieve your bags.  They will be waiting for you in your room at the Resort.

Now that you have arrived on property you will want to know how to get to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs.  Let’s take a look at some of your options.

 

Buses

Buses run from each hotel to directly to the four theme parks, two water parks and Disney Springs.  All you have to do it go to the bus stop at your hotel and a bus will be there shortly to take you to the Disney Park.  All buses are clearly marked with location that they are going.  When you leave the park to go back to your hotel you will find your hotel bus stop and wait for the bus to take you back.  It’s that easy.

 

Monorail

If you are staying at a hotel on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop such as the Polynesian, Grand Floridian or Contemporary you will be able to take the monorail from the resort right over to the Magic Kingdom or to EPCOT by just making one monorail transfer.

 

Boats

 

 

The resorts on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop also have boats that go directly to the Magic Kingdom.  There are also boats to take you to EPCOT or Hollywood Studios if you are staying at the Boardwalk Resort, Yatch Club, Beach Club or Swan and Dolphin.  There are boats at Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter and Sartoga Springs that you can take directly to Disney Springs.

 

Skyliner Gondolas

The Disney Skyliner Gondola System will be the newest transportation system.  The skyliner is set to open on September 29, 2019 and will carry guests from some hotels to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios as an alternative to the Disney bus system.  The Skyliner will give you a bird’s eye view of the resort that has never been seen before.  The Skyliner will link EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

 

Minnie Vans

Disney Minnie Vans can be used to get around anywhere you want to go on Disney Property.  This is Disney’s version of an Uber/Lyft type service but only on Disney Property or to get to the airport.  Download the Lyft app on your phone and you can use this to order your Minnie van.  There is a cost for this service and it is based on the distance traveled on property.  It usually totals more than $25 a trip.  But it is a direct trip to where you need to go so it can save you time if you want to get somewhere on property the quickest way possible.  The Minnie Vans are driven by wonderful Disney Cast Members.

Check out our new YouTube video to experience some of the breathtaking views you can enjoy while taking Walt Disney World Transportation!

 

Hope this helps you with getting around on your Walt Disney World Vacation.  As you can see once you are in the Disney bubble as we like to call it, all the stress of getting around is lifted and you can sit back and relax and let someone else get you to where you need to go.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to make you next trip a reality.

New Attraction Overlays Coming to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

 

It’s time to talk about the most magical time of the year, Christmas time! We all know Walt Disney World is the most magical place on Earth and during the holidays they go all out with decorations and special events that celebrate the spirit of the season! One of Disney World’s premier Christmas events is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

 

This extra ticketed event take place on select nights in the Magic Kingdom Park! The party includes complimentary snacks, treats and hot coco! Guest at the party will get to experience a wide array of special offerings that take place exclusively during these special Christmas parties. Offerings include a special Christmas parade, a Christmas version of the fireworks, rare character meet and greets, festive stage shows and more!

 

Tickets Now Available For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Visits

 

Another amazing perk of attending a separately ticketed party such as this one is that there are a limited number of tickets sold for each event evening. This means guests at the party can enjoy the park with very limited crowds. In turn this means you will get to enjoy shorter attraction wait times and get to see and do more during your time in the parks.

 

An exciting experience during the party is the attraction overlays that Disney puts on! This is when Disney will add exciting festive elements to an attraction to give it a new theme or exciting enhancement! This first started being seen during the parties at last year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! It was an instant hit with guests and in response this year Disney will be introducing some attraction overlays to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! That’s right Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will offer brand-new overlays to many Magic Kingdom attractions this year! Here are a few of the exciting overlays you can look forward to experiencing at the event!

 

Over in Tomorrowland, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor will feature a new holiday show! Space Mountain will be filled with lighting and up-beat holiday music! The Tomorrowland Speedway will be filled with thousands of lights and stylized décor.

 

 

Over in Fantasyland, the Mad Tea Party will feature four new holiday combinations of lights and festive music!

 

This year Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights from November 8 through December 22, 2019! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your holiday visit to the most magical place on Earth!

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