Having a Great Time at Walt Disney World for Almost Nothing

If you have ever come to Disney World and we were pretty strapped for cash, there are so many things to do for free that most people don’t even know about. The biggest and best one would have to be the Walt Disney World monorail. Guess can pay the parking fee of $20, then go to the ticket and transportation center and climb aboard the world-famous monorail. You can take it for a spin around the seven seas lagoon and even stop in and explore waltz resorts.

Next you can walk outback of those resorts and jump on a boat and go resort hopping. Doing this will get you some of the best and most beautiful views of Walt Disney world. One of my favorite stops has to be the wilderness Lodge. This resort is the closest thing to the Pacific Northwest without needing to jump on an airplane. Explore the great halls, sit by the fire or even walk out back and catch a Disney movie on an inflatable screen with the beautiful Bay Lake as your backdrop.

Next would have to be the boardwalk resort that is located behind Epcot. Here you can park in the parking lot of the resort and walk him through the hotel lobby and out onto the boardwalk. Here you will find a beautiful lake surrounded by a 30 foot wooden boardwalk peppered with restaurants and small stores. They even have a brick oven walk up pizza Rea that serves up some pretty delicious pizza slices. Walk a few more steps and you can catch a game inside the ES PN lounge while sipping on a cold brew.

If you are into Micro brewery, stop in to Disney’s own big River brewing Company for a pint of award winning Beer. When the daytime comes tonight walk over to the backside of Epcot and catch your free display of Epcot’s firework show.  I have spent many a evening with my children in tow watching illuminations reflections of earth while chowing down on a few slices of pizza.

If you want to catch another cool firework show, walk through the pathway from the boardwalk over by the Swan and dolphin hotel and continue on the path towards Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sit along the walkway in the evening and catch the all new Star Wars firework show. So it’s a little more than a parking fee or not one can have a great time at the Walt Disney World resort while saving money!

Please Pardon the Walt Disney World Pixie Dust

With Walt Disney World Resort in the biggest construction and demolition time in their life, one project stands out to me the most. What used to be called Downtown Disney has transformed into an entertainment and dining Mecca of Orlando. Its new name is now called Disney springs. It had gone to a few name changes but Disney Springs is the one that stuck to the wall. They have actually created what looks like a natural Floridian stream that is supplied by crystal blue and green water from somewhere I have yet to see yet.

One of the biggest transformations yet has to be the old Fulton’s crab House. I was just down there the other evening and the old sign in for sod has been removed and work has started in earnest.   The new name for the restaurant will now be called paddlefish. It is set to open in the fall of 2016 and will serve up fresh seafood, steaks and the catch of the day. Sticking with the seafood fair there will be such dishes like lobster corn dogs, Alaskan king and queen crab, local favorites like Florida stone crab and guacamole made right at your table with lobster, Chili’s, cilantro, lime and tortilla chips.

One of the coolest things is that you will be able to build your own boil and pick your own seasonings to your liking. Recently I was down and noticed a new fish and chips store located beside Raglan Road. Looking at what the people were eating as I walked by looked absolutely delicious. There is nothing like a good pint of Guinness Stout and some fish and chips. The Disney Springs area is probably the best new hangout for folks who like to pop in and have a drink and a small bite to eat. Disney really took care to make sure that guess enjoy their waterfront property that was solely neglected during the downtown Disney pleasure island years.

One of my favorites has to be Maury Moto’s. It’s a beautiful new restaurant that overlooks the new waterways that run through Disney springs. If you can be so lucky to sit outside on their upper deck, you will have some very beautiful scenery while you eat and drink. I think one of the coolest additions the Disney has made is to incorporate live entertainment peppered throughout the Disney Springs area. You can grab some gelato, or a cold beverage while sitting and listening to beautiful Spanish classical guitar players or sit back and be amazed by futuristic music that is being played on some of the weirdest instruments you have ever seen. This is a must stop for anybody who is visiting the Orlando area while on vacation

Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Set for Star Wars Greatness

Lately things of gotten a little bit noisy at Walt Disney World Orlando’s – Hollywood Studios in Florida. Recently the theme park has launched a new nighttime spectacular called Star Wars eclectic spectacular fireworks show. Just like at the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood studios will have nightly shows that will showcase fireworks and pyrotechnics alongside videos of the Star Wars movies as well as synchronized to music that go along with the Star Wars music.

I was able to see this from the parking lot last week and the finale was one of the best ones I’ve ever seen. Mixed with the iconic colors of Star Wars red and blue, the fireworks towered over the theme park with spot beams that created would look like light sabers in the sky. Disney has been dropping some serious money into their newly acquired Star Wars theme is at the park. Rumor is a huge expansion is coming and that is the reason why the Lights Action Motor Car show was shut down about a month ago.

All of this comes after Disney purchased Star Wars from George Lucas a few years back. With the movie the force awakens setting box office hits records; Disney was quick to jump on the scene park in merchandise bandwagon. Anytime you go over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios you will see thousands of small children and even adults carrying their Jedi or Sith light sabers. There are a few new stores over there to purchase these items at like the new Star Wars launch bay and there is even one down at the new Disney Springs in the old downtown Disney area.

The other expansion that has been under the radar has been Toy Story. It is getting a big facelift as well and is reported to be growing in size to accommodate a whole land for itself. Not to long ago the Art of Animation studios were shut down in order for this Toy Story land to have space enough for the new land.

Disney has big pockets so I am sure that anything they bring moved to Hollywood studios is going to be absolutely amazing

Disney World Accommodations: On-Site Vs Off-Site

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

There are preferences and there are needs specific to individuals and families that determine whether a particular choice is better over the other. I think the same is true to the Disney World Lodging options as well. For some guests the decision of staying at an on-site property is more convenient, others think the off-site lodging alternatives make much better vacation deals. Either of the choice has its own advantages and disadvantages. So it’s recommended to plan out accordingly and choose the one that meets your specific vacation needs.

I’m a great fan of WDW (Walt Disney World) Resort, and it would be really special for me if I can enjoy the place in accordance with my specific vacation needs. I know that planning is essential, and along with tickets and transportation, accommodation plays an important role in deciding the fate of a Disney World Vacation. In deed it’s our choice of stay (On-Site or Off-Site, at a Disney owned property or at a hotel or villa outside the Resort) that determines the kind of vacation experience we are going to have.

Often the word convenient is associated with all the decisions taken in favor of on-site lodgings at Walt Disney World today. In fact guests staying at an on-site hotel have the advantage of extra perks, such as the Magical Express that takes care of your Airport to Disney World resort or hotel transportations, the Extra Magic Hours (that offers exclusive park hours for resort staying guests only), including Free Transportation facilities between the Parks and WDW hotels. Moreover, being a part of the Resort itself, the on-site (Disney owned and operated) lodging options seem to score an edge over their off-site counterparts when it comes to proximity, themes and the favorite dining plans as well.

On the other hand, the off-site accommodations – be it a luxurious hotel, villa or a vacation home for that matter can be very handy in many special ways. First they are mostly cheaper than a Disney owned hotel room or suite and as such help you save more on your vacation. Also staying at an off-site property is seen as a great opportunity, especially if it is not only the WDW that you are looking for. Unlike the on-site lodgings, the hotels and vacation homes outside the Resort offer much better access to other Orlando attractions as well. In fact the prospects of including Universal Studios or the SeaWorld Parks in the vacation will only doubles-up the excitement.

Whether it’s on-site or off-site, choosing the right vacation-stay is important. Families with special interest need to analyze certain factors prior to finalizing their choice of hotel. Specific vacation essentials such as the size of your budget, the total number of members and kids included in your family, hotel amenities you are looking for and more are to be considered when deciding the hotel or lodging facility.

Orlando vacations are always expensive. And tickets play a major role in influencing the same. But there are many other options available to help you stay on budget. And I suggest you to visit the authorized agents and brokers for some real savings. If you are looking for discounts on your Disney Tickets and passes to exclusive Orlando attractions and events, including discount Sea World and Universal Studios tickets and other special theme park packages you can also consult WDW recommended Kissimmee based ticket Re-Seller – The Official Ticket Center

A Special Disney Tour Can Change Our Life as a Theme Park Fan For Sure

See firsthand how thousands of dedicated Cast Members make magic happen every day at Walt Disney World Resort.

See firsthand how thousands of dedicated Cast Members make magic happen every day at Walt Disney World Resort.

Visiting the WDW (Walt Disney World) Parks in Florida is a dream come true experience for many. But what if the world-famous rides, attractions and shows are just not enough for you? You might have seen most of them already in your earlier trips. And now as a returning visitor you will be looking for something new, something more special and unique. Never mind! The excitement at WDW is always new and refreshing. In fact the fun takes the most unusual leap whenever you set onboard a special WDW trip. Truly, the unique Disney World Tours or Behind-the-Scene Tours are just the right alternatives in taking your Disney Experience to the next level. It seems as if you are in a different Disney World altogether. And after you have taken a tour, your views about the Parks will never be the same any more.

Whether it’s all about discovering the secrets behind the Magic or getting more friendly and intimate with the favorite attractions, joining the crew and cast members right on the sets or learning the truth about the various surprising aspects, the Special Tours are meant to experience the Mouse in a completely different format. There are tours that are very specific such as The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour or something broad, such as the Backstage Magic Tour that takes you all across the Disney property and enlightens you about the Company’s rich heritage and cast-member roles. There are some that give rare access, such as the Wild Africa Trek Tour that enables you to explore the most remote reaches of the Animal Kingdom Park and more.

I think it’s worth spending a little extra for your favorite Disney Tour. All that you need to do is a little research before choosing the right one for your family. It’s to be noted that specific Tour has specific requirements, including age restrictions and more. Also reservation is mandatory to avail most of the Tours and the same can be done by a phone call to 1-407-WDW-TOUR (1-407-939-8687).

The Special Tours are also seen as great marketing opportunities by many theme park businesses today, especially in spreading the message with a more personal touch. And indeed how inspiring it’s to hear such wonderful things straight from the mouth of those passionate and knowledgeable keepers (from Imaginneers to Disney Historians to Animal Experts) of the Magic. Thanks to all the exclusive WDW undertakings in making our life as a theme-park visitor so special.

Orlando vacations are always expensive. And tickets play a major role in influencing the same. But there are many other options available to help you stay on budget. And I suggest you to visit the authorized agents and brokers for some real savings. If you are looking for discounts on your Disney Tickets and passes to exclusive Orlando attractions and events, including discount Sea World and Universal Studios tickets and other special theme park packages you can also consult WDW recommended Kissimmee based ticket Re-Seller – The Official Ticket Center.

Fort Wilderness Resort – A Camping Experience Unlike Any Other

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Camp Amid the Magic of the Great Outdoors

If you are a Disney camper, the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is the place that you must consider. I think it’s more than just a unique camping delight, nestled amidst acres of awe-inspiring woodlands, dotted with pine and cypress greens on the bank of a lake so scenic and so serene. Away from the theme park fun and fantasies, the Fort is a great relaxing alternative for Disney vacationers. Whether it’s the pristine landscapes or the awe-inspiring campsites, the unique boat rides or the trips to neighboring theme parks, staying at the Fort is always a special treat for all.

Imagine taking a soothing motor launch from the beautiful boat docks to the Magic Kingdom with the sun rising over a misty Bay Lake. Imagine eating lunch on the sunny deck or just think about cozying up in your bunk bed. Imagine enjoying the great water slide at the Meadows Pool or go zipping in and out of the lovely woods onboard the golf carts so peaceful and look so cute. I think the Fort is a great way to experience the Mouse in its rustic best. It brings to you the authentic Florida on a platter- both relaxing and entertaining right in the middle of world’s most coveted nature.

Since the beginning of the WDW (Walt Disney World), the Fort has been a special choice for fans who visited the Resort and want to explore the great Florida Outdoors without missing the Disney experience. There are also many different reasons as to why the Place has been so close to the heart of many. Some say it’s the rich storied history associated with it, others believe the attractions and the activities it offers are just amazing. I think the Fort is a great place to create memories that never perish.

WDW is definitely known for its magical rides and attractions, but there are also other things outside the parks that equally inspire us. And the Fort is one such destination that we must try. Where else one can have such diverse relaxing options then what the rustic woodland has to offer. Where else one can go biking day or night, or enjoy a horse ride or a wagon ride for that matter. I just wonder how it feels like watching the herons fly across the lagoon or the sights of those mysterious little islands. And as the canoe passes through those tall cypress trees how inspiring it’s getting lost in the quiet old days of a Florida and a Vacation Kingdom that keeps visiting us in memories since long.

Orlando vacations are always expensive. And tickets play a major role in influencing the same. But there are many other options available to help you stay on budget. And I suggest you to visit the authorized agents and brokers for some real savings. If you are looking for discounts on your Disney Tickets and passes to exclusive Orlando attractions and events, including discount Sea World and Universal Studios tickets or other special theme park packages you can also consult WDW recommended Kissimmee based ticket Re-Seller – The Official Ticket Center. Need inside information about the parks or could use a hand in creating an itinerary? Then check out our friends over at http://www.getdowntodisness.com/ for a helping hand in planning your vacation to the Disney theme parks!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2015

The Festival will run from March 4, 2015 until May 17, 2015

The Festival will run from March 4, 2015 until May 17, 2015

Refresh your sense of spring at the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival—with fresh seasonal dishes, enchanting Disney character topiaries, complimentary presentations and more!

Discover dazzling gardens, seasonal cooking and high-energy entertainment at this spectacular springtime event. Sprouting once again in March, the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be budding with fresh experiences for every age and interest.

A few highlights coming into bloom include:

  • Locally grown topiaries featuring Disney characters
  • Outdoor Kitchens with spring-inspired dishes
  • A variety of vibrant entertainment offerings
  • Freshly picked music at the Garden Rocks™ Concert Series
  • Opportunities to learn how to bring spring at Epcot home

Plus, with so much to see and do, you can return again and again, and find something new every time… ‘cause in 2015, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is so much more than flower and gardens! Continue reading

A Look Back at the 2014 Theme Park Highlights

Looking Back in Retrospect

Looking Back in Retrospect

For Orlando Theme Park fans, the Year 2014 is unique in many exciting ways. I think the world-famous Parks here had taken some impressive leaps in making our dream vacations even more special and memorable. 2014 is the Year when for the first time muggles at Universal Orlando were able to experience the iconic multi-park ride-adventure onboard the famous Hoghwart Express. And this is also the Year when visitors at WDW (Walt Disney World) had the opportunity to use the most magical wristbands offered by the Company as part of the billion dollar NextGen Theme Park Experience and Ride Reservation System.

Moreover, among the many great events and attractions that had joined the Parks in 2014, I think first it was the advent of The Disney Festival of Fantassy Parade that had changed the way we look at Disney Parades. The new Parade came as a replacement of the old Celebrate a Dream Come True Procession in Magic Kingdom and becomes the most sought-after attraction in no time, celebrating the stories and characters of New Fantasyland with the all new floats, costumes, music and much more. The family coaster-train Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is another unique New Fantasyland attraction that had unleashed an entirely new kind of ride experience for fans and families.

The phase-wise launched of MyMagic+ and FastPass+ Program is perhaps the biggest experience that WDW fans had come across in 2014. The new initiative is aimed at enhancing vacation experiences like never before. One of the most important components of the Program is the MagicBand which serves as your ticket, room keys, credit cards and more.

Another 2014 highlight is the Frozen attraction that had gripped almost all of WDW. Started just as a meet and greet prelude to the release of Disney’s blockbuster animation, Frozen breaks all records in no time. And the excitement and popularity of Anna & Elsa is such that their presence becomes a craze everywhere across the Parks, be it at the Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom or at the Epcot for that matter.

Again at Universal Orlando Resort it was like the whole world is waiting for the birth of another most incredible theme park experience ever. And when Diagon Alley opens in the summer of 2014, fans’ excitements touch a new height. And the record crowd as sighted around the new attraction since the launch tells it all.

Whether it’s the grand opening of the most anticipated Diagon Alley with attractions such as The Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts Ride or the completion of WDW’s epic expansion of New Fantassyland with first of its kind dark-rides such as the legendary Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride as the last of the expansion activities or more, 2014 is a year full of great anticipations and surprises that brings to life a new era of theme park experience.

Orlando theme park tickets play a major role in influencing your vacation expenses. But there are many options available to help you stay on budget. If you are looking for discounts on your Disney Tickets and passes to exclusive Orlando attractions and events, including discount SeaWorld tickets, Universal Studios tickets or other special park packages, you can also consult WDW recommended Kissimmee based ticket Re-Seller ~ The Official Ticket Center

Is Now The Right Time For You To Travel To Orlando?

Get the Vacation Ball Rolling

Get the Vacation Ball Rolling

Now that all of the holiday crowds have gone back to their homes and all of the children are back in school, is now the best time to plan that vacation to Orlando that you have been putting off? Well, lets take a look at what might make you think about booking that trip. First the parks are getting back to a normal flow of travelers from around the world and ride time are down to minutes, not hours like in the holiday months. The temperature is in the cool 60’s and 70’s during the days and theme parks are running specials on the tickets enticing travelers to come fill their parks. During this season, travel is at a all time low and flights through booking sites can be quite cheap if planned accordingly. Hotels and vacation rental homes are always running deals during this time so take the time to compare prices. Don’t be afraid to ask if they can meet or beat prices! You would be amazed! Car rentals are at a all time low here in Orlando with the average daily price running you $25 a day. If you want to skip the car, ask the place where you are staying if they provide transportation to the parks. Theme park tickets are the big items here, but can be bought through a discount theme park ticket vendor like The Official Ticket Center when you are in town or prior online. Selling everything from Disney Tickets to Universal Studios tickets, discount are sure to save you time and money. Ask about ticket specials and bogo offers they are offering. With all of these savings and no lines at the parks, now is a great time to book that vacation you have been thinking about!

Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat Gone But Not Forgotten

Today, Disney fans from around the world said goodbye to a iconic landmark in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. Construction crews began tearing down Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat after the park closed last night and what is to replace it is still a mystery. This 122 foot tall structure was added back in 2001 and was the center piece to guests entering the park. It served as a beacon to guests entering the park as well as a stage at time to host performances of all types. The hat was designed to showcase Mickey’s magical sorcerer’s hat for the cult classic Disney movie, “Fantasia.” To this day Disney has not said how long it will take to fully remove the hat and there has not been any word on if the hat will be moved to any other part of the Walt Disney World Resort. This removal of such a iconic symbol is just one of many that Disney Hollywood Studios has encountered over the past year like the American Idol Experience, the Legend of Jack Sparrow and most recently the Studio Backlot Tour.