Friday, January 18, 2019

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa Deluxe Studio Review

When you visit Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, you're absolutely transported to magical place! Not only is there the Disney customer service, some Disney characters, and great pools, but a world class spa, beaches, and restaurants!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fitting Fitness into Your Disney Vacations

As we roll into a new year filled with resolutions like getting fit and travelling more often, it can be hard to manage both, but it is possible. Taking a Disney vacation may seem like a potential roadblock when getting on track with fitness, but it doesn’t have to be.
For anyone interested in going to Walt Disney World, you can be sure a day at any of the theme parks will help you log thousands of steps. (I’ve tracked more than 17,000 in one day). If that isn’t enough, most resorts have walking/jogging trails and many of the resorts in the deluxe category have fitness centers.

Friday, December 21, 2018

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. We'll wrap up with 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! Make sure you pop over to Toy Story Land to see its special holiday decor, too.

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.

Friday, December 14, 2018

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 heritageMoving around World Showcase during the Festival of the Holidays 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 the UK. 

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.

Pick up a Festival Passport, too, so you won't miss a moment of the fun in World Showcase and know where to find the local holiday flavors and tastings in each country!

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 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 7, 2018

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.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Special Holiday Events at Disney World: Outside the Parks

We all know that even a "bad" day at Disney is better than good day at home, but really, we all know that some times are just better than others at Disney World. Visiting around the Christmas holidays is one of those good times!

Friday, October 19, 2018

19 New Experiences Coming to Walt Disney World in 2019

Now is the time to start planning that 2019 Disney World vacation! There are so many exciting things coming to the parks in are just 19 reasons to visit in 2019 and this doesn't even include Star Wars Land or some of the other attractions set to open!

Starting Jan. 18…
  1. To honor THE Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will bring music, dancing and fun to Magic Kingdom.
  2. The new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” at Magic Kingdom will have you dancing with Mickey, Minnie and their pals in front of Cinderella Castle. Live singers will be presenting new arrangements of classic “Mickey Mouse Club” songs! Just love!
  3. The Dapper Dans and other entertainers on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom will sing songs in honor of our favorite mouse, Mickey.
  4. Look for special Mickey- and Minnie-themed merchandise and food!
  5. And this is a Surprise watch for more special Limited-Time Magic entertainment and other experiences to pop up periodically around Magic Kingdom.