Friday, August 18, 2017

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

So, you're ready to take the plunge and take that 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 and Buzz and when is the best time to do that! Jessie is currently not in the parks.
The Royal Sommerhus in Epcot--
where you actually find Anna & Elsa!

Friday, August 11, 2017

10 Things to Take into the Parks!

So, you’re planning your family’s first trip to Walt Disney World. You’ve got your matching shirts purchased and your swimsuits packed, but you’re just not sure what to bring with you into the theme parks? Read on to learn about the essentials you need as well as some helpful suggestions to help you survive a day in the Disney parks!
My park backpack (and Marie from Aristocats!)
First things first, you'll need a bag to carry all of your stuff! I personally prefer a backpack since they have plenty of room to carry everything as well as pockets to make organization a little easier. Plus backpacks are hands-free which is a major plus! If you're not a backpack person, you could consider bringing a tote bag, a sling bag, or even a waist pack if you don't plan on bringing everything on this list.

Friday, August 4, 2017

When You Can't Get That High Demand FastPass...

Anyone who has ever booked a last-minute trip to Disney knows the risks of finding  high-demand dining and FastPasses. Shoot, for Disney, a "last minute trip" is anything inside of 60 days! Hardly last minute for many other places, but with the FastPass window opening 30 or 60 days out, it's last minute here!

So, what do you do when you've booked last minute and there are no more FastPasses for THE ride your family must ride? Here are a couple of options:

1. Keep checking before you go! Don't give up just because you can't find those FastPasses right away. People change their plans all the time, and they might become available later. Granted this is easier for a party of 2-4 than a party of 12, but keep checking. Remember that Disney allows you to cancel a package up to 30 days in advance and a room only reservation up to 5 days in advance. If someone makes a very last minute change to their trip, those FastPasses are up for grabs!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Animal Encounters at Wild Africa Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Getting up close to alligators, hippos and giraffes is not the first thing many people think of when you say Walt Disney World, but that's just what we did! The Wild Africa Trek is a 3-hour VIP tour through the African Safaris of Animal Kingdom Park. If you’ve even been on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, then you might remember seeing people walking over the alligators on a wooden bridge tethered to a cable above them. Or maybe you saw people feeding hippos watermelon super close to the edge of the water hole.  Those are just some of the experiences while on the trek.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Delicious Experience at Epcot's Tokyo Dining

On my most recent Disney World trip, I wanted to try a new restaurant at Epcot. This was really hard for me because I love so many restaurants at Epcot, and I would have loved to visit some again...Coral Reef, Via Napoli, La Hacienda. But, for the sake of research, I must visit somewhere new!

For this trip, I took my 12-year old son, my sister and my 7-year old niece. We were trying to work with everyone's tastes and experiences. My sister's husband is from Mexico, so authentic Mexican food is really any night in their house! We nixed San Angel. That left us with restaurants in the China and Japan pavilions and Monsieur Paul's in France. Since Monsieur Paul's is a signature and we were already eating at California Grill one night, we finally settled on Tokyo Dining.

I initially wasn't very excited about this option. Most of us who live in or near cities have a sushi place nearby, but after looking over the menu, I was intrigued.

Tokyo Dining is located on the second floor above one of the shops. The entrance to both Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining are in the same place; you just choose the host stand you need when you enter. There were three ladies working the hostess stand at Tokyo dining. They were all very prompt and polite. I loved their uniforms, too! They were all wearing pretty traditional kimonos and getas (the elevated wooden sandal that is traditional footwear in Japan).

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Rootin' Tootin' Good Time at Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue!

During our most recent visit to Disney World, we tried our first dinner show! The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (often shortened to HDDR) has been one of the longest running dinner shows at Walt Disney World and is located at Fort Wilderness. If you have a car, you can drive to the main building and then catch the internal bus, or you can take any park bus to Fort Wilderness or even the boat from Magic Kingdom.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Impressions of Happily Ever After!

Unlike some of my colleagues, I was excited when Disney announced that they would be replacing Wishes fireworks at Magic Kingdom with a new show they called Happily Ever After. It's easy to feel nostalgic and love something familiar--something we sometimes feel is already great--and to fret when it's being replaced.

Disney promised that this would be a new show--something we hadn't seen before--combining fireworks with state of the art new technology using something called projection mapping technology. They were creating a new musical score and using the latest in fireworks, lasers and pyrotechnics.

On the Disney Parks Blog, they said, "The show will take guests on an emotional journey as favorite Disney characters set out to pursue their dreams, encounter obstacles (and villains!) to ultimately prevail and find their 'happily ever afters.'"