Tag: Disney World

To Match or Not To Match?

To Match or Not To Match?

There is a recent trend with families visiting Disney World.  They like to have matching shirts.  Now some groups go to extremes, with matching outfits for every day of their trip.  Then there are the more subtle, who only match for one or two days.  Finally, there are the anti-matchers who wear matching shirts saying, “I don’t do matching shirts.”

I am of the matching shirt brigade.  Hot Hubby is not.  My bonus daughter and her husband painstakingly designed and made us matching shirts for one day of our trip.  We all wore them proudly, except for Hot Hubby, who kept his underneath his “normal” shirt.  He would occasionally open the top shirt for pictures, but mostly, he did not match.

I think there are three great reasons to match:

1)  It is easier to locate the people in your party.  Since most of your trip is spent separating and reuniting, I am all for anything that makes that easier.

2)  It helps me decide what to wear.  For one day, I am free of the burden of picking out my outfit and I just get to wear what I am instructed to wear.

3)  It makes for color-coordinated, great pictures.  Especially if there is red or green in your matching shirts, the Christmas card photo is handled.

What do you think?  To match or not to match?

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

What is better than a visit to the Magic Kingdom?   A special Christmas party with Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom!  Disney offers this with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which is offered on available nights and has a special charge of $89.  So is it worth an extra $89?  

1)  The park closes at 6 pm on the night of the party, but ticket holders can enter the park at 4 pm and usually the party ends at midnight or later.   

2)  Most attractions are still open during the event, so you can ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train without a 90 minute wait.

3)  The number of tickets is limited, so the crowds are less once the party starts at 7 pm.

4)  There are over a dozen beloved Disney Characters wearing their holiday attire spread around the park for hugs, autoographs and photos.  This year we enjoyed rare appearances with Jack Skellington, Scrooge McDuck and Captain Jack Sparrow.

5)  The night begins with an extravagant show where Mickey invites his friends to the party.  Then Elsa transforms the castle.  Next is the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade which features new Disney Carols, magic and cheer.  There are dance parties in Tomorrowland and at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

6) There are complimentary, delicious yuletide sweets and season beverages.  We loved the Snowman shaped soft pretzel and snow cone.  Hot Hubby was crazy about the Ginger cookie and Eggnog.

7)  The grand finale is Holiday Wishes fireworks over the Cinderella Castle.   This was the biggest and most spectacular fireworks I have seen.  It was worth the ticket price.

We added dessert at the Be Our Guest Restaurant and had the best night of our trip!IMG_3278

Is it too early for Christmas?

Is it too early for Christmas?

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Hot Hubby and I just returned from a week in Orlando.  We met our daughter and son-in-law and two granddaughters for a week of adventure, thrills, sites, sounds and Christmas.  Disney is decorated for Christmas and looks more magical than eveIMG_2644r!

I know, you are probably thinking, isn’t it too early for Christmas?  Disney is designed to be the happiest place on earth, so what makes you happier than Christmas carols, Gingerbread houses, toy soldiers, Christmas decorations and Santa Claus.  I think it is never to early for Christmas!  And seeing Mickey dressed in red plaid, just makes me even happier!

What do you think?  Too early for Christmas?  Check out the pictures and tell me it doesn’t make you smile!

 

Why Use Rider Switch?

Why Use Rider Switch?

Are you traveling to Disney World with young children or someone who is only semi-brave?  Perhaps someone from  your group won’t meet the height requirements for every ride?   What is a family to do?   Disown the shortcake?  Bully the chicken into riding? No!  Use the Rider Switch Program!

If Guests in your party can’t or don’t want to board an attraction, you don’t have to miss out!

If a child does not meet the height requirement or a Guest does not wish to board a particular attraction, no problem! With Rider Switch, one adult can wait with the non-rider (or riders) while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, they can supervise the non-riding Guests, and the waiting adult can board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again!

Rider Switch is available at select attractions at all 4 Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.  I will tell you how this worked for Hot Hubby and me.

1. First check with a Cast member to see if Rider Switch is offered at the attraction in question.

2. Once at the attraction, approach the greeting Cast Member with your entire party.  Hot Hubby and I (who are not riding) were given a Ride Switch pass and asked to wait with our young granddaughter in a designated area (usually outside of the attraction). This group is “Party B.”

3. The other party members (“Party A”) ride the attraction.

4. After riding the attraction, Party A locates Party B and gives the Rider Switch pass to Hot Hubby and I who will be riding. Party A takes over supervision of the non-riding granddaughter.

5. Hot Hubby and I entered and boarded the attraction without having to wait in the regular queue a second time. The Rider Switch Pass must be presented to a Cast Member at this time.

It gives us alone time with our granddaughter, and then we can give her back to her rider switchparents, before we get to ride the attraction.  It is win-win!

 

Walt’s Good Night Kiss

Walt’s Good Night Kiss

If you are like Hot Hubby and I, you have never witnessed Walt Disney’s Kiss Goodnight.  Did you know that at the end of every day, Magic Kingdom has a special treat to say goodbye to all of the guests in the park.  It is a two minute message that runs every 30 minutes after the park has officially closed.  Because Main Street is open for an hour after the park closes, the kiss can be heard up to three times a night.

The “kiss” starts with Cinderella Castle “sparkling” as the music from When You Wish Upon a Star slowly builds.  A narrator then greets the last of the guests in the Magic Kingdom, saying:

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, on behalf of everyone here at the Magic Kingdom, we thank you for joining us today for a magic gathering of family, friends, fun, and fantasy. We hope your magical journey with us has created wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Walt Disney said that the Magic Kingdom is a world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, magic and make believe are reborn, and fairy tales come true. The Magic Kingdom is a place for the young and the young at heart. A special place where when you wish upon a star, your dreams can come true. Until we see you again, have a safe trip home. Thank you, and goodnight.”

This is listed on some lists as a must see, but so far, we have never been able to stay up that late.   We are heading back in November, so maybe this will be the trip, we finally get a kiss from  Walt.

Have you ever seen this amazing “kiss” from Walt Disney?IMG_1580

Good Bye Old Friend

Good Bye Old Friend

This week was the last trip through The Great Movie Ride.   If you haven’t been to Hollywood Studios, this is a movie-themed ride that took you through the best scenes of classic movies.  The ride officially closed on August 17, 2017, to be replaced with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

The Ride has animatronic figures, live actors, special effects, movie sets and projections to create iconic scenes from twelve classic films throughout motion picture history.  The outside of the ride was styled to look like the Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, one of Hollywood’s most famous movie palaces.  It even had handprints in cement, which is just like Grauman’s.disney handprints

Inside the ride featured scenes from famous movies such as  Gene Kelly swinging from a lamp post from Singin’ in the Rain, followed by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke singing on the rooftops of London from Mary Poppins.  There was a Western, a Gangster movie, Casablanca was featured as well as The Wizard of Oz.  It was a great ride, but the most current movie featured, Raiders of the Lost Ark was released in the 1981.

Disney fans are always split when this happens.  Half are extremely sad and don’t want any changes to ever come to Disney World.   Others are eagerly awaiting the new ride and can’t wait to see what the Imagineers have created for us.   I love tradition, but The Great Movie Ride felt old-fashioned and out of date to me. I am definitely in the second crowd.  Hot Hubby does not like change and he is still pouting.

Are you on Team Change or Team Pout?Grauman's theatre

 

 

 

 

Battle of the Lands – Disneyland vs Disney World

Battle of the Lands – Disneyland vs Disney World

Hot Hubby and I were having dinner with friends last night and the question came up, “What is the difference between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.”  Once, I got over the shock that there were grown ups, who did not know the answer…I decided to answer the question on this blog.

First:   Disneyland is in California.  Disney World is in Florida

Second:  Disneyland is the original, opened in 1955.  People say it is more magical, because it is the park that Walt Disney built.  Walt lived at Disneyland during construction and his apartment keeps a light on in tribute to his genius…but I digress.

Disney World did not open until 1971 and it is newer, bigger and closer to Floridians.

Third:  Disneyland consists of two major Parks – Disneyland and California Adventure which have their own flare and rides.   Disneyland is broken into 8 majors lands: Adventureland, Critter Country,  Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main Street USA, Mickey’s Toon Town, New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland.  Soon there will be 9 when Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019 at Disneyland (first).  Disneyland can be conquered in a day but Hot Hubby prefers the two-day approach.

Disney World has 4 Major Parks and 2 Water Parks:  Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.   The Disney Company learned a lot when building Disneyland and they secretly bought millions of acres for the Disney World Development.  So there is a lot more walking and  you can easily fill a week in Florida with everything there is to do.

Florida’s Magic Kingdom most closely matches Disneyland with seven lands:  Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Main Street USA, Liberty Square, MickHot hubby and castleey’s Toontown Fair and Tomorrowland.   Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is also opening in 2019, but after the Disneyland one opens.

Finally, the most important detail:   The center of Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Cinderella’s Castle is the center of Magic Kingdom.

Hot Hubby and I are standing in front of one of the castles, do you know which one?  Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella?