Friday, September 23, 2016

Planning a Last Minute Trip to Disney!

Most often, planning a trip to Disney takes months. To get the most sought after dining reservations, you need to be prepared to book a trip to Disney more than six months in advance. Dining reservations can be booked six months out and FastPasses at 60 days out. BUT sometimes, you just HAVE to get to Disney as soon as possible! 

Wishdrawals agents posing with a Viking
after riding Frozen Ever After!
This year I have booked two last minute trips, so it can be done! Well, actually three trips if you count my last minute Disney cruise. I’m by nature a planner, but with Disney I can’t stay away, so sometimes a spur of the moment trip is just what I need!

My first trip of the year was planned in about a month, and it was to ride the brand new Frozen Ever After! The trip was well worth it; the ride did not disappoint! The next trip I planned in about three weeks, and I will be surprising my daughter right before we leave in just a few short days. These types of trips are so exciting!

Here are a few tips to plan a trip to Disney in a very short amount of time:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Fall is a fantastic time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The weather is cooler, the crowds are lower than summer, and there are lots of fun things to do! In Epcot, the Food & Wine festival is sure to please even the most sophisticated palate. The Magic Kingdom is decorated in beautiful and festive fall decorations, and, on select nights, the Magic Kingdom is transformed into Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! 

But is it worth paying an extra entry fee to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? Maybe not for all families, but certainly for many!  If you have very young children, paying for a party that takes place between 7 pm and midnight may not be worth it for you, but if your family can enjoy those hours, here are five great reasons to make time for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Helpful Tips for Jedi Training Academy

Disney's Jedi Training Academy is located in the Hollywood Studios park.  In order to participate, valid theme park admission is required.  The attraction is only for young padawans ages 4-12, and you can not make advance reservations for it. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Disproving Some Common Myths About Disney... Or Why You Should Ignore Your Facebook Friends' Advice!

So, you're ready to take the plunge--the trip to Disney World. You've done some reading online, found 8,000 chat boards, and 10,000 Pinterest boards. You posted on Facebook and all your friends have opinions and tips for you. You mentioned it at work and suddenly all your co-workers are Disney experts and so is your neighbor! Are you feeling overwhelmed yet?

Who do you trust? While they're all well-meaning, your co-workers, neighbors and Facebook friends may not be up to date on the latest at Disney... but do you know who is? A Wishdrawals vacation planner!

Not convinced yet? Have you heard any of these?

1. When you yell "Andy's coming!" while meeting Woody and Jessie, they'll stop and lie down. Well, not any more! This was cute the first few times it happened, but characters can't be constantly falling on the ground and getting back up! We can, however, tell you where to meet Woody, Jessie and Buzz and when is the best time to do that!
The Royal Sommerhus in Epcot--
where you actually find Anna & Elsa!

Friday, August 26, 2016

How To Experience Food & Wine Festival!

The Food and Wine Festival is a Disney event that is not to be missed.  If you can escape for an adults-only weekend, this is a perfect time to visit Disney.  But even if you bring the whole family, you'll have fun and enjoy trying new dishes from around the world.

Here was is our game plan for Food and Wine Festival:

Rope drop!
Arrive in Epcot as soon as the park opens and ride rides from 9am-11am.  We started with Test Track, then rode Mission Space several times (none of us struggle with motion sickness during that ride, but we did not want to push it for after we started eating and drinking). We stopped in to meet Baymax and Joy and Sadness since they are now in the character meet and greet areas at Epcot!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Five: Five Favorite Snacks at Disney World

I don’t know about you, but I like food. I especially like food at Disney World and some the yummy snacks you can find there. Disney World is packed with fabulous snack options regardless if you’re using snack credits from the dining plans or just grabbing something quick between rides! I tried to choose the top five, but it’s really hard!

5. Pretzels: You can find these at several places around the parks! I like the ones that are Mickey shaped; these are large soft pretzels! There are also harder pretzels, German style, found in Sommerfest in the Germany pavilion. 

Want to go a little crazy? Try the jalapeno cheese pretzel at Harambe Fruit Market (Animal Kingdom) or a sweet cream cheese pretzel at Lunching Pad (Magic Kingdom).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Guidelines for 2016

Many of you know, Disney has tightened up security at all of their parks in recent months which has affected what guests have been allowed to wear into the parks, in the RunDisney events, and, ultimately, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.