Friday, February 22, 2019

Yummy Foods at Festival of the Arts at Epcot

I recently had an opportunity to make a quick trip to Disney World with some of of the best travel planners at Wishdrawals!

Traveling with a group of adults is such a different experience, and we're here to check out a number of things around the parks--Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom, and seeing Mickey and Minnie in their special birthday costumes for 2019!

Today I'm focusing on the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, so sit back and enjoy some great food pictures and some uber fun activities!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Top Five Attractions You Can Skip at Disney World

I recently conducted a very official certified survey of a large pool of Disney World fans to determine the top five attractions you can skip at Disney World. OK, it was just a poll from our Wishdrawals travel agents, but they are some of the best experts I know!

So, grab a churro or a Mickey pretzel and read on to see what five attractions we think you can skip at Disney World!

5. This is actually a tie between Prince Charming Regal Carousel and Astro Orbiter. There's nothing wrong with the Prince Charming Regal Carousel...just why? Why spend your time riding a carousel in the middle of Fantasyland with so many other great attractions nearby? It's slow to load and unload and just goes in a circle! We get it though...everyone loves a carousel and even little kids can ride. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

What's New at Disney World in 2019

So many new things to experience in 2019...I could spend an hour listing out all the great new things attractions to see, characters to meet, resort updates and refurbishments, new resorts nearing completion, but how about just the highlights?

Friday, February 1, 2019

Experiencing Disney DiveQuest at Epcot

Last summer, my 14-year-old son asked if we could do a dive in an aquarium such as the Tennessee Aquarium or Georgia Aquarium for his birthday. My wife and I have been fortunate that he prefers experiences over things when it comes to birthday and Christmas requests. This was not that strange of a request for us since he and I are both rated Master SCUBA Divers. However, I quickly learned that the only aquarium in the Southeast that still allows SCUBA diving is the Georgia Aquarium. Unfortunately, it is very costly for just one dive and is popular enough that signing up involves a long waiting list.

We had pretty much given up on being able to do an aquarium dive until a serendipitous introduction that occurred during a dive trip off Anna Maria Island, Florida. My son had tagged along with me on this trip while I was assisting our local dive shop with an open water certification class. On the last day of the trip we had the adult son of two of our students join us so that he could dive with his parents. During the introductions, I learned that he was employed as a full-time diver with Disney World's Epcot at the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion.

The Seas Pavilion at Epcot. Photo Credit: Walt Disney World

Friday, January 25, 2019

The All New Disney Junior Dance Party at Hollywood Studios

Previously in Animation Courtyard was the Disney Junior Live on Stage show which featured puppets from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. While this was cute, it was time for an overhaul of this show.
The all new Disney Junior Dance Party features the newer Disney Junior Characters like Vampirina, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Doc McStuffins and Timon from Lion Guard. I love the new show; it's high energy and super fun!

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.