Changes, they are a comin’ to Walt Disney World!

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There is construction taking place at the Downtown Disney (DTD), to begin the transformation to the new Disney Springs Complex.  Parking lot “H” has been closed off, and will be followed by lots “I, J & K” to prepare for the building of a parking garage to allow more space for more guests to visit without, we hope, the congestion that has become a rite of passage to those who drive to DTD.  And even with occasional use of the Cast Member lot, there will be considerably fewer spaces, so happy hunting.  Also, the old Pleasure Island complex is being demolished to prepare for the transition.  I don’t know about others, but I can’t wait to see how this area changes and becomes an attraction worthy of the Disney name.

My Magic+ is continuing to be tested throughout the Resort.  And, it looks like the rollout could begin as early as this fall.  Now, what does this mean for you, the vacationer?  It means that the way things have been done, will no longer be the way they get done.  The elements that can be included in My Magic+ are: Resort Room key, Theme Park admission, Photopass, and Photopass+ , FASTPASS+, Disney Dining Plan, and on the spot purchases.  And, this will all be accomplished through the Magic Band!

If you like to keep track of things while you are in the park, make sure to download the My Disney Experience app to your smartphone.  This can help you keep tabs on your dining reservations, FASTPASS+ times, and a whole lot more.  It all links together with your reservations on your computer.  Just link everything together and it will show up in your app.  And, remember that park wide Wi-Fi is now free on all parks and resorts!

Let me explain a few of these terms that may be new to you…

Photopass+ is a service that makes use of in-park photographers to capture some magic that allows all of the guests to be in the picture.  It also includes many of the ride pictures and dining experience photos.

FASTPASS+ replaces the old FastPass system and will allow guests to plan ahead for some of the more popular rides and attractions.  This may include parades and fireworks.  You will be able to choose one or two attractions from different categories and the time you desire to be at the attraction.  For the Uberplanner, this is right in the wheelhouse!  For the spontaneous guest, you aren’t counted out.  Just go to the kiosks that will be located throughout each park and you can choose attractions and times when you arrive.

I’ll post more about the use of the Magic Band as we get closer to the rollout to give you the most accurate information available.  For now, testing is still being conducted, but the reviews are coming back with some positive feedback.  So, we shall see what comes next!

In our next post, we will look into the Magic Band and the accessories that are already available to make YOUR Magic Band yours.  Until next time,  may your Wishes and Dreams come true!

Author’s Note: My Magic+, FASTPASS+, FastPass, Photopass, Photopass+, Disney Dining Plan, Disney Springs and Magic Band are all trademarks of the Walt Disney Company.

How do you plan your vacation?

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I have been working to build an at-home travel business recently, and I am curious to see how you plan your vacations? I have included this poll to help with my research and decide if this is a course I wish to continue. Please feel free to share this with anyone you wish, and leave comments or questions on my blog post. Thank you for your time and God Bless You!

What is so Magical about the Most Magical Place On Earth?

What does this bring to your mind?

When you see the picture on the left, what do you think about?  For me, I remember all of the best vacations I have ever had!  My first visit was October 2, 1982 and my first park was The Magic Kingdom.  The first time I rode the Monorail, I thought I was going to the moon.  Walking toward the entrance off of the Monorail platform brought on emotions I didn’t know I was capable of experiencing.  And, to this day, all the cares of the world melt into oblivion, if just for a few days.

Visiting EPCOT Center, as it was called in 1982, was completely overwhelming.  It had the new feeling to the place, and some creative new ideas on display.  I really enjoyed the old Communicore East and West.  I especially enjoyed the little robot, I believe he went by Smart 1.  Somewhat interactive, and he had a bit of a sense of humor. The World Showcase was also a highlight of that visit.  But, the most used phrase on that trip was, “due to technical difficulties.”  Nothing could spoil my vacation, not even the broken down new things to see.

The first time taking my kids to Walt Disney World, the feeling was the same, but different.  To see the looks on their faces was indeed priceless.  And, of the three kids, two have fallen prey to my Disney addiction.  Now, we are preparing for our next journey and looking forward to what is ahead of us.  I will be taking one of the many tours offered in The Magic Kingdom, and I can honestly say that this will be a birthday I will truly enjoy!  Add to that the Candlelight Processional, a dinner at ‘Ohana, a lunch at Be Our Guest, and Osbourne Lights; this will be a week to remember.

So, what is the Magical attraction for you?  I would love to hear your stories about first trips, first experiences, best memories.  And, let’s all share our stories.  Please, leave your comments on this blog page.

Have a magical and blessed day, my friends!

Is Walt Disney World getting too expensive?

I am really beginning to become concerned with the cost of going to Walt Disney World for vacation.  For most people, it almost takes about ten percent of our income just to get there!  By the time to cost of food, souvenirs, and other assorted extras is added the dollars really begin to add up!  This has caused me to consider what next.

While we DO have a trip planned for later this year, I am strongly considering making this the last trip for me and my family. Please understand, I love Walt Disney World!  I don’t want to stop going, but as a single income earner for a family of five, I have few options in the future.  So with that said, here’s my question…

With the cost of admission to Walt Disney World Parks approaching the $100 mark, what does the future of your WDW vacation look like?

Thank you for your honesty and input!