Change For WDW

You know how you keep putting your loose change in that jar to help save for your trip to Walt Disney World?  Well, start saving more!  It looks like the new theme is make money however we can, as WDW begins charging for things that were previously complimentary.

A $15 a day resort fee is being considered to help ‘defray’ the cost of using the pools, Magical Express, and other amenities.  So, the question I have is: Is it better to just increase the resort cost to cover these expenses, OR do we prefer the resort fee structure?  I’m not sold either way, at this time.

It looks like there may be a Preferred Parking structure at the parks beginning with The Magic Kingdom.  I have heard the initial cost will start at and additional $10.  I prefer using Disney Transport for this particular park.  Now, as it may move to the other parks, I guess it depends on how far from the entrance, and how frequent the trams are running.

The next thing we know, there will be a cost to FastPass Plus, meals won’t include soft drinks, or even the use of Disney Transport may cost an extra fee to use!

Let me be clear!  I LOVE WALT DISNEY WORLD! But, I am having to continually put off the next trip as I try to save all the money I will need to go!  I am hoping that the ladies and gentlemen making these decisions will consider how this might impact the overall Guest Experience.

Thanks for reading!  Please let me know your thoughts, as well! Have a Blessed and Magical day!

WDW Bits, Pieces, and More

We had a few pieces of news on Thursday, March 17, 2016…

  1. Adventures By Disney is will begin offering a Walt Disney World and Central Florida package.  Included in this package are some behind the scenes moments around the WDW Parks, Preferred seating for Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Festival Of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom Park, VIP access to Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train and Toy Story Midway Mania, and a private Animal Kingdom Safari.  You will also get a chance to visit a few other central Florida attractions featuring Kennedy Space Center where you will have lunch with an Astronaut! For more details, contact your favorite Authorized Disney Vacation Planner (whoever that may be) and start planning your next visit!
  2. The line-up for for the Nights of Joy concerts have been announced.  This year the concerts are being held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex!  There will be service provided by Disney Transport to and from the venue to the parks and resorts.
    • Sept. 9 – MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Francesca Battistelli, Crowder, Matthew West, Stars Go Dim, Zealand Worship
    • Sept. 10 – newsboys, for King & Country, Young & Free, Switchfoot, Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Tim Timmons

There will also be more ticket options available for this year’s event.  The options are:

  • A single-night ticket for Friday’s concerts – $39 plus tax (in advance); $45 the day of the show (if available).
  • A ticket which would include a day at one of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and the concerts for Saturday night – $99 plus tax (in advance); $114 plus tax the day of the show (if available).
  • A 2-Day ticket which includes both nights’ concerts, a day at one of the four Walt Disney world Resort theme parks – $119 plus tax (in advance).

Plus, if you purchase the 2-Day ticket before Aug. 9, 2016 will also receive one (1) admission to their choice of Disney’s Blizzard Beach® or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® Water Parks from Sept. 6-12, 2016. Group discounts also are available. Tickets will go on sale in mid-April.

DHS Open For Business

Open During Construction?????????????????

By now, nearly the entire planet is aware that there is construction taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) at Walt Disney World.  What many may be asking is: What’s Left to visit?  Today, we will look at what there is to do, and if it is still worth a visit!

First, the attractions!  Still available for your entertainment are: Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, Toy Story Midway Mania, Tower Of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, and The Great Movie Ride presented by TCM.

There are several shows to view during your visit to DHS.  Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Disney Junior Live! on Stage, and Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show (due to close on April 3, 2016.  If the schedules match up well, you could find some very enjoyable moments with some of these offerings.

There are many restaurants available at this point, as well.  Make sure to take time to try one to make your day even more delightful!  My favorite?  50s Prime Time Cafe!50s prime

So, while there will be many, MANY construction walls around DHS, there is still plenty to do during your stay.  Is it worth a One-Day ticket price?  Maybe not!  Is it worth a visit during a week-long stay with Multi-Day Magic Your Way tickets? Absolutely!

Go, Have Fun!

Until next time, have a Blessed and Magical day, my friends!

Welcomed Change WDW MagicBands

Disney has made a change to the MyDisneyExperience website that is allowing return guests to select if they want a NEW MagicBand, or to reuse a previously selected one.  If you are planning to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can now Opt-Out on a new band.

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Here are the facts…

You MUST have an active My Disney Experience account.

The existing MagicBand must be less than One Year old.  This is because of the encased battery and the odds of them remaining operational past the one year point are still unknown.

You must opt out for each reservation you make.  But, you can opt back in at anytime, if you change your mind.

The update is currently only available through the My Disney Experience website and not on the app.  There is no word, at this time, of that availability.

Thanks for reading!  Have a Blessed and Magical day

On The Road to WDW

Or, tools for travel to the Vacation Kingdom!

Some of us just don’t have the luxury of flying most of the time.  For me, a family of five gets a little expensive.  On our last visit to Walt Disney World, we spent less than $200 round trip for gasoline.  Including my Mother-In-Law on that trip, that would be about 1/6 of the cost at the best fare rate.  Since that trip on the road, I have found some cool apps to use for our next road trip to WDW, and I wanted to share a few of those with you, today.

GasBuddy Let’s start with one that most everyone is familiar with, GasBuddy.com.  Many of us might be used to using this app for our local area.  But, did you know that there is a tool on GasBuddy to help with planning travel along your route of choice?  There is a gas price map on the site that shows the ‘hot’ zones for gas prices.  All you need to do is look at the map, follow your route, and strategically plan your fuel stops along the way.  It may require an extra stop or two, but it could also save you a significant amount of money.  You can find the map at, http://www.gasbuddy.com/GasPriceMap.

One app I try to pay particular attention to is The Weather Channel. This app Weather Channelallows you to track the weather along the way.  You can plan for stops if the weather starts to look a bit dicey.  Or, maybe decide on a better time of day to travel based on temperatures or rain.  And, if you are headed to WDW, you might want to track what the weather is doing in the Orlando area.

iExitThe iExit app gives you information for exits you are going to be driving by during your trip.  As you approach an exit you can use the app to tell you what
gas stations, restaurants, stores, or hospitals within a few miles of your location.  This can help you plan where you want to stop as you travel go Orlando.  You can check iExit out at, http://iexitapp.com/features/.

Finally, I can’t let a discussion go about apps to Walt Disney World without mentioning one to use while AT Walt Disney World.  The Lines app from touring Planshttp://www.touringplans.com gives you up to the minute numbers on wait times, suggested Fastpass uses, even menus at WDW.  One of the coolest features is the timer!  You use the timer to help Lines get accurate numbers on the actual wait times vs. the times that Disney posts at each attraction.  There is a small annual fee, but if you give WDWToday a listen, you can get a discount code to save a few bucks!

Are there any apps you use during your drive to Walt Disney World?  Would you like to share with all of my readers?  Then, please respond in the blog comments section below!

Thank you for reading!  I pray you have a Blessed and Magical Weekend, my friends!

Adult Fun at WDW

This question was recently asked….What is there to do at Walt Disney World for adults with no kids?  Well…where do I begin?

The first thing to consider is which Disney Resort should these no kids adults staying at?  I have a couple of thoughts on that.  Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a beautiful resort.  It feels like a sprawling southern plantation. With paths to walk, areas to discover, and entertainment on site, you can have a little vacation within your vacation.  You can take a carriage ride that includes a tour of Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  It’s a really nice way to see both resorts and can be very romantic.  And, don’t forget Yehaa Bob Jackson!  A little laughter can be a fantastic stress reliever.

At the River Roost Lounge in the Port Orleans - Riverside Resort
At the River Roost Lounge in the Port Orleans – Riverside Resort

You could also choose one of the resorts near EPCOT.  Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts are within walking distance of World Showcase.  You can take a nice stroll from the resort into World Showcase and walk through all of the countries sampling little morsels of ‘local’ cuisine.  You enter between the UK and France pavilions, and can choose the direction of travel from that point.  You are also able to walk, or take a Friendship boat, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a ride on Tower of Terror or Rock n Roller Coaster.

Think of the rides you may have missed when you DID have the kids with you!  Time to experience them for yourselves!  Pick a park, pick the rides, go for it!  Have fun and take it all in at your own pace.  Remember to take time to look at some of the details.  Especially on Main Street U.S.A. or in World Showcase!

And, don’t forget the soon to be renamed Disney Springs!  New eating experiences, new shopping spots, and new walkways could add a little love to your vacation.  And, if you are a huge Disney fan, try not to get lost at the World of Disney store!  It’s big and has almost anything you could think of to bring home to the kids, grandkids, favorite Travel Agent.

There is so much more for adults.  Try the golf courses that are on Disney Property.  Plan an evening at a show like: La Nouba, Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, or the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  Ask your favorite Disney Travel Agent for suggestions.

Thank you for reading!  May you have a Blessed and Magical Evening!

Around the Disney World

Greetings friends!  I know it has been some time since my last post.  Truth be told, I have had a bit of a hard time finding the ability to blog, lately.  But, I am back and hoping to be back in full swing soon!

Let’s take a look at the news from around the Disney World, shall we?

I am sure that many of us are thrilled to hear that both Marvel shows on ABC have been renewed.  Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter will return to the line up!  I am especially excited about Agent Carter.  It is a brilliant show and Hayley Atwell is very good in the role.  And, she’s kind of cute!  In addition, the release date for the next film in the Captain America, Civil War, series has been announced as May 6, 2016.  This film taunts to pick up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off.  It should be an adventurous time at the theaters next year.

It appears that most, if not all, of the room refurbishments at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort have been completed.  From what I have seen through video, they look amazing.  These rooms are the same size as the Port Orleans resorts, so it’s no surprise that they look familiar!  If you want to check out the rooms go to https://youtu.be/DMYk3eMKSZY to check out the IThemePark video.

Pirates of the Caribbean Refurbishment has been delayed until June 8, 2015.  The ride will be down until about September 25, 2015.  While there is no real news on what is being done, the speculation is that the boats may be replaced, some safety barriers may be put in place, and a general cleaning and refreshing of the Audio-Animatronics will be done.  Summer may be a little different for those hoping to ride this park favorite.  The Pirates League and Jack Sparrow shows will not be affected by this schedule.  Keep up-to-date on Walt Disney World park refurbishments at https://wordpress.com/page/30334162/1120.

Rebel Hangar – A Star Wars Lounge Experience will be located in the Backlot Express area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  And will offer a menu inspired by the Star Wars movies and television shows during Star Wars Weekends, beginning on May 15, and running through June 14, 2015.  Star Wars Weekends are Fridays Saturdays and Sundays.  Reservations can be made online.  The menu looks pretty good.

And, finally, the Magic Eye Theater, which has been the home of Captain EO for what seems like forever, has been assigned the task of bringing previews of new Disney movies.  Currently, you can see a 4D preview of Tomorrowland Starring George Clooney.  And, later in May you can get a glimpse of the new Pixar movie Inside Out. Maybe it is time for Michael Jackson to stand down from his mission, but I have to admit that I’ll miss it!  No word, yet, on whether EO will return or maybe something new might slide in to this spot.  Personally, I wouldn’t mind a up-to-date reboot of Magic Journeys!

Well, that’s it for now.  As always, thank you for reading!  Have a Blessed and Magical Day, my friends!