Friday, March 16, 2018

How to Choose the Right Disney World Tickets!

When planning a trip to Disney World, lots of people have questions about ticket types and which ticket is the best fit for their family or traveling party. Hopefully this will help you determine which ticket you need!

There are four Disney World parks:
  1. Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios
  4. Animal Kingdom
And there are two water parks:
  1. Blizzard Beach
  2. Typhoon Lagoon
There are three types of tickets:

1. Base Tickets: These tickets allow you to visit one park each day. If you had a 4-day ticket, for example, you could visit any of the four theme parks on four different days. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

How to Choose the Right Disney World Resort!

Last week, we talked about beginning the process of booking a Disney vacation! Now that you've decided you're ready to visit Disney World, one of the first things we need to choose is your resort. This week we're going to explore the various resort types and pros and cons of each!

Counting all the resorts and the villas, there are 27 properties at Walt Disney World! That's a lot of resorts to explore, and it's hard to choose one! Luckily there are resorts for all budgets and needs. Maybe price is most important to you, or maybe you're willing to pay for the convenience of being close to a park. We'll find an option for you!

Let's jump right in!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Ready to Book Your First Disney World Trip? Here's a Few Tips!

After much thought and preparation (both mentally and financially), you're ready to book your first Disney World vacation! You contact your favorite Disney travel planner at Wishdrawals Travel (why would you go anywhere else?), and you tell them you're ready to go!

But wait...your Disney travel planner needs more information from you! She's going to ask you a bunch of questions to get you the best, most accurate quote possible.

Of course we need your traveling party make-up. Do you have kids? If so, how old are they? Do you have teenagers? Will they sleep together or do we need multiple sleeping surfaces? Are grandparents or other extended family coming, too? We usually make different resort recommendations based on your family and traveling party.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Disney After Dark

Disney World is a magical place.  That's no secret! You’d be hard-pressed to find something more magical than that feeling of anticipation and excitement that comes over you as you walk through any of the four park’s entrances.  

That being said, my favorite time in the parks is after dark when the parks come alive with special sights and sounds.  And nighttime has never been more thrilling at Disney! 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Special Holiday Events at Walt Disney World: Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom

Over the last few weeks, I've gone over holiday events at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Springs, and Disney resorts. This week I'm covering the last two parks--Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.

At Hollywood Studios, the decorations are everywhere including Gertie the dinosaur wearing a Santa hat! Around Echo Lake, you'll find jumbo sized ornaments, garland, and a giant Christmas tree set in the middle of the water! Stick around through the evening, and you may have the opportunity to watch Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and see Sunset Seasons Greetings.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

This show full of holiday magic is projected on the Chinese theater. Based on the Christmas show Prep and Landing, the story line is that Santa is missing! Full of holiday hijinks, tag along with Wayne and Lanny as they rescue Santa and save Christmas. Lots of great projections and fireworks make this fun for everyone.
Nighttime Spectacular   
Feel the warmth of holiday magic as the buildings and rooftops transform and immerse you in scenes from Mickey’s Christmas CarolBeauty and the BeastPluto’s Christmas TreeTim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and more. It all builds to a festive finale that must be seen—and heard—to be believed. It features traditional holiday tunes, projections, special effects, fireworks and even a little snow!
Sunset Seasons Greetings

When night falls on Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an unforgettable scene starts to unfold. Billboards start to change and the Hollywood Tower Hotel (The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror) magically transforms. 

The Toy Story characters guess which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene becomes covered in holiday wrapping paper. The Swedish Chef turns the scene into giant gingerbread houses. And finally, Olaf pining over his holiday wish as music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland complete with dancing Aurora Borealis lights and projected falling snow.

At Animal Kingdom, Christmas is a little more understated. You'll find lots of wreaths and garland, and some characters are dressed in their holiday finery! Animal Kingdom does have a huge Christmas decorated with traditional snowflakes and lights but also animal masks, large animal depictions, and drums! Some of the other trees may have animals like zebras, hippos, lions, giraffes, and more!

All the Disney parks are magical at Christmas! If you're visiting, make sure to see them all and find the magic of the holiday!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Special Holiday Events at Walt Disney World: Epcot

Walt Disney World is a magical place at Christmas, and there are so many things to see and do! Thus far we have covered Magic Kingdom and things to see outside the parks. Today we tackle Epcot!

Pere Noel in France Pavilion in Epcot
International Festival of the Holidays
Throughout World Showcase, each country shares its holiday heritage. Moving around World Showcase during the Holidays Around the World celebration may put you face-to-face with the (good) witch La Befana, known in Italy for filling children's shoes with treats, or the Chinese Lion Dancers who bring good fortune and happiness. In many countries, the storyteller is a representation of Santa, such as Pere Noel in France and Father Christmas in England. 

There are meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus in The American Adventure plus other holiday characters. The celebrations of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah can be found at the American Adventure.

Holiday Finale for IllumiNations
The evening is capped by the visual splendor of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the mesmerizing Epcot spectacular featuring fireworks, laser and water all spruced up for the season with a spirited holiday finale.

Illuminations finale. (Photo Credit: Disney Travel Company)

The Candlelight Processional: The beautiful Biblical story of Christmas read by featured celebrity narrators, a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra at America Gardens Theatre. Beautiful music and a great story makes for a holiday tradition. To make sure you have a seat, Candlelight Packages are available with breakfast, lunch, and dinner at select Epcot and Epcot area resort restaurants. You get a great meal and guaranteed seating for the heartfelt Candlelight Processional. Otherwise, make sure you line up early for the show; the later shows are sometimes easier to get into.

Candlelight Processional with a full orchestra and choirs!

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree
Another fun scavenger hunt has come to Epcot! Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree—and they need your help! To get started, purchase a map and sticker from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway. As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for Chip and Dale as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Then, take your completed map to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale!
Maps are $6.99 plus tax, and are available throughout Holidays Around the World at Epcot while supplies last.
JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season
Rejoice in seasonal sounds that blend inspiring gospel with jazz, R&B and more. Catch daily performances of this uplifting holiday show at the Future World Fountain Stage.

Epcot is one park not to miss during the Christmas holiday. Music, entertainment, and lots of great food means this should be on your list of places to see at Christmas.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Special Holiday Events at Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

Last week we went over holiday attractions to see at Disney Springs. This week, let's take a look at the special holidays things to do while at the Magic Kingdom!

A Frozen Holiday Wish features Anna and Elsa in an all-new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage. With special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, the show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom, transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays. "A Frozen Holiday Wish" shows every night at 6:15pm. It'll show again later during party hours on party nights, too.