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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Garden Grill in Epcot to Serve Breakfast and Lunch

This incredibly popular character dinner location has just announced they will begin serving breakfast and lunch starting November 8th, 2015. Now you can enjoy all 3 meals with Chip 'n Dale, Pluto and farmer Mickey Mouse!

The restaurant, located on the upper level of The Land Pavillon, is Disney's only revolving dining local. It slowly revolves a full 360ยบ as guests dine on their meals allowing the scenery of the The Living with the Land boat ride below to change throughout a meal. 

At breakfast guests will enjoy the new Chip 'n Dale's Breakfast Harvest Feast served all you-care-to-enjoy family style. Yummy items will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles, and their signature item, Chip's Sticky Bun Bake. 

At lunch guests can expect a meal very similar to dinner. Served all-you-care-to-enjoy family style, except the ever popular "Living with the Land" Harvest Salad which features ingredients grown in the Land Pavilion's green houses below. Other items include filet of beef, roasted turkey, freshly harvested vegetables, and an array of side dishes. 

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fall room rate promotion for Walt Disney World announced. Save up to 25%.

Disney has announced it's Fall room rate promotion.
If your trip is already booked, you can have the discount applied. You can only have 1 promotions, so if you have FREE dining, simply call and ask a cast member to determine which is the better deal and they will do the math and give you the best deal. (Usually Free dining, but if you have a small party, or an expensive resort, the room rate may be better for you.) Call 407-827-7180 to speak with a Disney cast member to book or modify your trip. 
The dates included for the Fall promotion are: 
October 4th - November 24th, 2015
November 28th - December 23rd, 2015
Must be booked by August 18th
Traveling before these dates? There is another offer for up to 30% for dates
August 15th - October 3rd (Book by August 7th, 2015) click HERE to view more info.
Here is some info for the Fall promotion from the Walt Disney World website
See the table below for room savings by Resort hotel and date.

Resort CategoryResort Savings

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings is based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply. Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.
The fine print from Disney's website: 
Book Through
September 18, 2015
Valid Travel Dates
October 4 through November 24, 2015 and November 28 through December 23, 2015. 
Important Details
  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Savings is based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
  • Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.
Offer Restrictions
  • Length of stay requirements may apply.
  • Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas and campsites.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom Reopening July 1st.

After a lengthy refurbishment, Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom is finally reopening this Wednesday, July 1st. This is by far one of our favorite quick service dining locations.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Selfie Sticks to be completely banned from all four Walt Disney World parks.

NOTE: This has been confirmed by a Disney spokesperson. 

My inside sources have revealed that Disney will be banning selfie sticks from it's Walt Disney World parks entirely, not just on rides. You can expect these changes to come into effect very soon. Probably by the  end of this July, 2015

UPDATE: The ban will go into affect June 30th, 2015 and will also include both water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. 

UPDATE: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure will also have a ban in affect beginning June 30th, 2015.

Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disney will begin a ban on July 1st. No official word about Tokyo Disneyland, although signs are leaning toward a future ban as well. 

Disney had made a huge push to remind guests that selfie stick use was not permitted on rides with new signage around the parks. Cast members have also been reminding guests to store the items while on rides. Either this approach is not working, OR too many people are being selfish and not paying attention when using their selfie sticks throughout the parks. I have often seen people walk right into others as they record themselves walking around Disney. It was also a huge pain the butt to get good pictures on our last visit because of all the selfie sticks in the way. Perhaps selfie sticks finally disrupted the magic enough to have them completely banned all together. 

Security will be checking guests and their bags for selfie sticks upon entering the parks. Guest that have selfie sticks will have the option to return it to their cars or resort or given the opportunity to hand it over where it will be kept be guest relations. Guests will be given a ticket to use to retrieve their selfie sticks once they exit the park. 

So what are your thoughts? Are you happy to see a selfie stick free Disney? Leave your comments below. 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

10 Tips to Help you Survive and Enjoy a Walt Disney World Parade.

  • Get your Fast pass.  Fast pass+ is recommended if a particular parade is a high priority of yours. I highly recommend it for the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Not only will you not have to fight the crowd for some space, but you will have a fantastic viewing spot. (Not all parades have fast passes, but major ones such as Festival of Fantasy Parade and The Main Street Electrical Parade do.)

  • Know where to go.  Preferred viewing for fast pass+ is temporarily being moved from in front of the castle to down by the flag pole during the Hub refurbishment construction. Be sure to ask where it is during your visit. 

  • Arrive early.  People will start to grab spots for the parade up to two hours early (and more). Even if you use fast pass+ you will want to arrive to the designated preferred viewing area at least 30 minutes ahead of time to get a good spot within the area. 

  • Pay attention to the details.  There is so much to see on all the floats and costumes. Disney crams a TON of magic into its parades. It tough to catch it all in one viewing. We often watch a parade more than once on our trips.

  • Interact with the characters. Not only will they wave and talk to you from the floats, but those dancing and walking along the street just may come up and interact with you. We had the pleasure of Dopey and the other dwarfs coming up and tickling my daughter and poking fun at my sons. 

  • Take pictures. We got a lot of memorable pictures. Most of the time if a character saw we were snapping a pic they would pose or do something funny. We snapped many awesome pictures to help us capture our trip during the parades. 

  • Grab a snack and drink. Kids (and adults) are much happier when they are fed and not too thirsty from the Florida sun and heat. Not only will it keep you from getting cranky, but it will help pass the time while you wait for the parade to start.

  • Go Potty. Yes I said it. Nothing spoils a parade like having to leave and fight the crowd to take a 3 year old to find a potty. It is also just as miserable to have to sit there while you yourself are about to burst. If you have little ones in the Magic Kingdom, there is a baby care center next to The Crystal Palace for them and you to go potty in. If you don't have little ones, there are plenty of restrooms nearby. 

  • Wear sunscreen.  I have to admit I am not a big sunscreen wearer. That being said, the daytime parades are the one time I apply it to myself and family at Disney. The sun will be directly above you and you will be standing still with very little shade. Some of the worst (and only) sunburns we have gotten at Disney were because of the parades. Even my family that lives there and have annual passes have made the mistake of not applying sunscreen and getting completely burnt. Not only will you be miserable and sore the rest of your trip, but you may even develop sun poisoning that leaves you feeling like you have the flu. Apply liberally and don't forget your ears and back of shoulders and neck. 

  • Glow Sticks/jewelry. In the evening when crowds gather for parades and fireworks, and the lights are dimmed it can be hard to spot your little ones (or spouse! lol). A good trick is to stock up on glow necklaces and bracelets before your trip and wear them to help spot your family members. I like to buy a bunch at my local dollar store and keep them in my backpack on our trip. 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

2016 Walt Disney World vacations will be available to book June 22nd.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World next year? 2016's packages will be available June 22nd. 

To book a trip, visit the Walt Disney World website or call 407-939-5277 to speak to a cast member directly. 

If you have a trusted travel agent, they will also be able to book your trip June 22nd. 

When booking packages in advance, remember you only need a $200.00 refundable down payment (per room booked). You may pay down as much as you like as often as you like with the total balance due 45 days before your check-in date. 

To learn more about how to save on your trip, check out our post on how we save up for a trip, CLICK HERE.

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