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24 Pages of Tips and Tricks to Rock Your Disney Trip and Stay Within Budget

After traveling to Walt Disney World® Resort almost every year for a visit, I’ve found that I enjoy our family’s trip so much more when I’m not stressed out about our budget.  I also tend to worry that we might miss something special because we just didn’t know about it, yet.  My next Disney trip is to Disneyland® Resort in November of this year. I haven’t been there since I was a kid! Not going to say how many years ago that was, but suffice it to say that the Summer Olympics were being held in Montreal at the same time. I venture to guess that things have changed a bit since then, and I’m having some anxiety about how to breathe it all in during the short time we’ll be there.
To help all of us out, I’ve reached out to some of my friends who love all things Disney like I do. I asked them to share their advice on how to spend wisely, enjoy all the behind-the-scenes tips and take advantage of the little-known tricks so we can relax and enjoy a pixie-dusted experience with our families.

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Thank you so much to my fellow bloggers who contributed to this awesome collection of tips and tricks.  I hope one or more of these pages will give you the information you need to make your next Disney trip super magical!

Amazing Brands Confirmed for #DisneySprings Town Center-Expect Lots of Exclusive Products!

As Disney Springs continues to expand and double its dining, shopping and entertainment options at Walt Disney World Resort, more exciting high-profile tenants are coming onboard, including Anthropologie, LACOSTE, Under Armour, kate spade new york, Sephora and Lucky Brand, among others.

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Disney Springs is nearing completion on its largest expansion in history and emerging as an exciting new waterfront district for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment. Inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs has four distinct outdoor neighborhoods; The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center; all interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. Guests can expect a sophisticated mix of restaurants and high-quality retailers – including premium, affordable luxury and fast fashion options.

“Disney Springs has quickly become a favorite destination for our guests and they are going to love what’s to come,” said George A. Kalogridis, president Walt Disney World Resort. “Guests will enjoy an experience unlike any other in Central Florida with even more opportunities to shop in unique and distinctive stores and enjoy world-class dining. Disney Springs offers something for everyone and does it in a way that only Disney can. It truly is the place to be.”

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TOWN CENTER RETAIL

Announced today as coming to Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney Springs are 28 new stores to be located in Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect with each other. Town Center features Spanish “Revival” style architecture, drawing from a rich history of explorers that landed in Florida centuries ago.

The following Town Center shops are slated to open in phases beginning May 15:

  • Anthropologie: Anthropologie’s unique and eclectic product assortment includes women’s casual apparel and accessories, intimates, shoes, beauty, home furnishings and a diverse array of gifts and decorative items.
  • LACOSTE: Since the very first polo shirt was created in 1933, LACOSTE relies on its authentic sportive roots to spring optimism and elegance on the world thanks to a unique and original lifestyle for women, men and children and offers a range of products: apparel, leather goods, fragrances, footwear, eyewear, homewear, watches and underwear.
  • kate spade new york: Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of kate spade new york. From handbags and clothing to jewelry, fashion accessories, fragrance, eyewear, shoes, swimwear, home decor, desk accessories, stationery, tabletop and gifts, the brand’s exuberant approach to the everyday encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm.
  • Sephora: The new Disney Springs Sephora store will offer guests the opportunity to try, test, and play with thousands of products from classic and up-and-coming cosmetic and fragrance brands. Sephora at Disney Springs will feature the latest in beauty services and technology at their expanded Sephora Beauty Studio including Mini Makeovers, Sephora + Pantone Color IQ and complimentary Beauty Classes.
  • Under Armour: Covering two-stories of retail space with a large array of athletic apparel, footwear, and equipment for men, women, and youth, the Disney Springs Under Armour Brand House will have an interactive experience geared toward young athletes who want to test their skills and talents.
  • M·A·C Cosmetics: Collaborating with leading talents from fashion, art and popular culture, M·A·C is a leader in professional makeup and celebrates diversity and individuality.
  • Vince Camuto: A lifestyle brand offering a range of innovative, stylish, trendy products including footwear, handbags, sportswear and much more.
  • Vera Bradley: Celebrating the unique signature style of Vera Bradley in an exciting and modern way, this store designed just for Disney Springs, will bring to life the rich history and heritage of Vera Bradley, showcasing a wide range of their distinctive signature collections and a myriad of specially-created Disney-themed products.
  • Lucky Brand: Staying true to the rich heritage and authentic, all-American spirit of denim, Lucky Brand crafts comfortable vintage-inspired jeans and casual clothing with an irreverent rock and roll attitude.
  • Oakley: Oakley infuses technology, performance and style into eyewear, apparel and accessories for those who are passionate about sports and outdoor lifestyles.
  • Coca-Cola Store: Building on its long-standing relationship with Disney, the new store, inspired by a 1920’s-era Coca-Cola bottling plant design, will feature a wide selection of Coca-Cola merchandise, a Coca-Cola Polar Bear experience and refreshing rooftop beverage bar.
  • TROPHY ROOM: Founded by Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, TROPHY ROOM is an elevated and unique athletic retail boutique experience, inspired by the trophy room in the Jordan family estate. Opening its first location at Disney Springs, the store offers footwear, apparel, memorabilia and exclusive merchandise. 
  • ALEX AND ANI®Meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories designed to connect people. ALEX AND ANI products are proudly MADE IN AMERICA WITH LOVE®.
  • Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924: A collection of fine jewelry that captures the essence of Hawaiian and Island Lifestyle.
  • Shore: A fashionable American lifestyle brand featuring swimwear, fitness wear, everyday comfort clothing, exclusive products and a new line of limited-edition Shore Brand apparel, only available at Disney Springs.
  • American Threads: Opening a flagship location at Disney Springs, American Threads offers women’s clothing inspired by the free American spirit.
  • Volcom: Volcom was founded on the belief that there is a higher level of consciousness to be found within one’s self through the internal and external journeys that board-sports, music, art and film provide. The company prides itself on making quality apparel, outerwear, footwear and accessories that not only exemplify the lifestyle, but also enhance the ability to live it.
  • Kipling: An international accessories brand offering lightweight and ultra-functional handbags, backpacks, luggage and more to lighten one’s day.
  • francesca’s: With new merchandise arriving daily and in limited quantities, guests will find unique, fashion-forward clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry and gifts.
  • Melissa Shoes: As the pioneer in jelly shoes manufacturing, this Brazilian footwear company offers guests innovative and stylish plastic footwear.
  • UNOde50: Founded in Madrid, Spain, this jewelry retailer offers unique, highly hand-crafted designs that break away from the norm.
  • Johnston & Murphy: Known for its heritage in designing high-quality, well-crafted footwear and apparel, Johnston & Murphy offers modern classics for the new traditional customer.
  • Everything But Water: Known for providing the perfect getaway wardrobe for fashionable women, Everything But Water offers an extensive collection of designer swimwear, resortwear and accessories.
  • Free People: Free People offers a unique merchandise mix of casual women’s apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories, activewear and gifts.
  • JOHNNY WAS: Beautifully crafted bohemian womenswear brand, with a curated selection of jewelry, books, and gifts and a signature line of colorful printed silk scarves, dresses, and tunics.
  • Columbia: Creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor and fishing enthusiasts since 1938. The new store at Disney Springs will feature the Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) collection designed with fabrics and industry leading technologies that allow for comfortable wear and use for enjoying long days on the water or under the sun.
  • Sperry: From the invention of the world’s first boat shoe to a full collection of sea-tested lifestyle products, Sperry offers the tools for life’s adventures.
  • Luxury of Time by Diamonds International: An industry leader of fine timepieces and jewelry in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico, Luxury of Time by Diamonds International will feature some of the world’s most prominent designer watch brands and a large collection of fine jewelry.

TOWN CENTER DINING

Also announced today as coming to Disney Springs are several new dining venues at Town Center overlooking The Spring, the heart and soul of the property.

At D-Luxe Burger, a Disney owned and operated concept, burger aficionados are in for a treat with gourmet burgers made from a signature blend of beef, unique toppings and freshly baked buns. All-natural chicken and vegetarian burgers round out the menu with hand-cut fries and house-made dipping sauces as the perfect complement. Artisanal gelato shakes (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and floats will also be featured, as well as hard sodas, draft beer and cider.

Celebrating the art of pastry making, Amorette’s Patisserie features elements of an artist’s loft and art gallery side-by-side within the comforts of a small town patisserie. Amorette’s means “little loves,” which is evident in the care poured into creating the shop’s sweet treats. Timeless classic and contemporary pastries are the stars in this unique high-end pastry shop owned and operated by Disney. Custom cakes are truly a work of art and are available for immediate purchase or for pre-order. Champagne selections by the glass and handcrafted hot chocolates only a pastry artist could create allow for a truly indulgent experience.

In addition to these owned and operated restaurants, we are bringing new restaurants to Town Center by award-winning celebrity chefs.

The newest contemporary Mexican-themed restaurant joining Disney Springs has a new name. Tablas Frontera will delight friends, family and food-lovers with exciting flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience. Warm colors, an open kitchen and a lively atmosphere frame an inviting exploration of the many delights from the kitchen of renowned chef Rick Bayless. The delicious, enticing presentation of grilled meats, seafood and vegetables served on planks (tablas) promote sharing and togetherness.

Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar by Chef Art Smith will showcase farm-to-fork cuisine inspired by the Sunshine State. The menu will feature Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, and fried chicken.

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS

As guests enter Town Center around The Spring area, they will be warmly greeted at theWelcome Center, a place where guests can relax and take in the beauty of the clear water with lush landscape along the water’s edge. Themed to early Florida settlements, the architecture around The Spring is based on timber frame structures that were once used in the citrus and ranching industries.

Over in the Marketplace, Fulton’s Crab House will open a new concept this fall. The re-imagined restaurant will welcome guests with a bow to stern update including interiors reflecting the crisp luxury of modern yachting, and new spaces include a lushly appointed rooftop lounge overlooking Disney Springs, outdoor waterfront bar featuring a “build your own” fish boil and private dining areas. The new menu stars fresh seafood with an oyster shucking bar, Florida stone crab and Alaskan king crab, with hearty steaks and chops, as well as classic and curated cocktails.

In addition, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will move from its current location at World of Disney into a new and expanded location near Once Upon a Toy in the Disney Springs Marketplace. Guests ages 3-12 will receive the royal treatment, getting made up like their favorite Disney princess with the help of their own Fairy Godmother-in-Training. This country parlor-inspired location will include an expanded salon to welcome royal attendees and a uniquely designed photo room to capture memories. Be among the first to experience this new location by booking your royal makeover at 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895).

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort can be easily accessed from I-4 West, Central Florida’s major thoroughfare, via a new connection that leads directly to a convenient parking garage featuring smart technology that identifies open parking spaces. Self parking is complimentary. Valet parking is also available on site.

Stay tuned for more updates on Disney Springs. Follow at @DisneySprings on Twitter and Instagram.

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Taking Your Dog to Walt Disney World Resort?

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No bones about it: Mickey Mouse’s pal Pluto loves to run and play at Walt Disney World Resort. Canine visitors deserve a tail-wagging good time as well. Guests can treat their special four-legged family member to an experience that will last a lifetime (which in dog years could be a very long time!).

 Here are a few ideas for the perfect dog day at Walt Disney World.
1. Every great day starts with a good night’s sleep. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is the only pet-friendly resort at Walt Disney World Resort where guests and pets can rest up before a day of adventures. With site-specific camping loops that welcome pets and premium, full-hookup campsites, guests and their furry buddy will both be happy campers. For more information and to book reservations, guests may call 407/W-DISNEY.
2. Once everyone is wide awake and ready for the day, it’s time for a brief morning workout. Guests can take their pups to the Waggin’ Trails Dog Park at Fort Wilderness, where dogs of all sizes can run and play leash-free during their stay at Walt Disney World Resort. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, so canine sidekicks may want to visit again in the evening.
3. While guests have a magical time exploring Walt Disney World, furry family members can enjoy a bit of the Disney magic as well. Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World Resort is a luxury, state-of-the-art pet facility that offers boarding, daycare and grooming for dogs, cats and other family pets in a safe and fun environment. Before venturing to the parks, stop by Best Friends Pet Care and let the pet professionals pamper your pooch for the day. For more information about Best Friends Pet Care, guests may call (877) 4 WDW-PETS or (877) 493-9738.
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4. As guests enjoy a day of park-hopping, doggy darlings can enjoy a relaxing day of VIP treatment in a beautiful, air-conditioned puppy suite at Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World Resort. VIP grooming packages can be purchased in advance to give your barking buddy a full-day of grooming and relaxation. For pups a bit too playful for a day at the spa, there is plenty of room to run and play at Doggy Day Camp. This fun opportunity gives dogs the chance to enjoy safe, supervised social play with certified Doggy Day Camp counselors, complete with an assortment of toys. Using the facility’s complimentary webcam, guests can even check in on their pooch throughout the day! For more information about services available at Best Friends Pet Care, guests may call (877) 4 WDW-PETS or (877) 493-9738.
5. Don’t forget to stop by Downtown Disney and visit Happy Hound before picking up your pooch. This pet accessory store has something for every dog, including trendy outfits, custom collars and one-of-a-kind squeaky toys.
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6. After a long day in the Walt Disney World theme parks, it is time to retrieve your cuddly companion. For some quality playtime before heading back to the resort, visit the Best Friends Pet Care private dog park, or take a pleasant walk around the grounds. What better way to end the perfect day than with quality time with your best pal!
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If you’re considering taking your dog to Walt Disney World Resort, don’t hesitate! They’ll take good care of your sweet baby!

How to Plan a Multigenerational Trip to Disney World

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When it comes to Disney World, the more the merrier! However, coordinating travel plans with a crew that spans generations and interests presents a unique set of challenges. Follow these steps to make the most of your multigenerational trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

A little girl sharing her ice cream with her grandparents at Walt Disney World.
Choose a Point Person

Every family or group of friends has a cruise director or battlefield general — that one person who’s great at organizing and making things happen. Let that person be in charge of the trip.

If no one wants to take on the point person duty, many specialty travel-planning services can do it for you, such as Small World Vacations. You can also get concierge help with your itinerary if you book a stay on one of the Deluxe Resorts’ concierge floors (the highest-end onsite resorts at Disney World). Concierge staff can help you plan everything down to the very last ride. They can also help you during your stay (and guests can help themselves to snacks, continental breakfast and wine in the lounge).

Consider Budgets and Travel Styles

The point person should arrange a meeting to talk through the basics. Find out what everyone can afford. Disney World can be done on a very tight budget, but there’s plenty of room to splurge on a sky’s-the-limit, once-in-a-lifetime trip, too. It’s much simpler if everyone can afford (or is willing to enjoy) the same level of accommodations and dining.

The point person will find it easy to manage payments since each family can book individually via MyMagic+, Disney World’s app that lets you make and manage all of your plans in one spot, from dinner reservations to FastPass to reminders for fireworks and other must-do events. Each family can also link to other parties’ accounts so reservations and other details can be viewed and shared by all.

You’ll need to talk about travel personality, too. Does one family go gung-ho on ensuring they’re getting a thrill every second of the trip, while the other crew wants to spend some time in the hotel pool? You’ll want to make sure both sets are pretty happy with the itinerary–even if that means you split up for most of a day. And keep in mind each person’s particular interests and what they’d love to do. That may mean that the grandparents spend a day on a behind-the-scenes tour, while the preschoolers have a ball in the Fantasyland play area.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
Consider Accommodation Styles

Choosing where to stay may be one of the toughest parts of planning a multigenerational trip to Disney World, especially if budget constraints vary wildly within the group. And there’s plenty to consider: You can stay at one of the 31 onsite hotels, which offer access to extra hours, free transportation to all of the parks, the ability to book meal plans that offer savings over buying meals a la carte, and earlier access to booking FastPasses to cut lines at in-demand rides. Or you can choose one of the countless accommodation options nearby, from the most basic motels to deluxe boutique hotels, and even tons of condos and larger homes to rent.

Onsite

Onsite, many hotel rooms can accommodate groups as large as five or six–usually with a pair of queen beds and a daybed/couch or pull-down bunk. But if you want a little more room to spread out, consider one of the multi-room suites in villa resorts. They offer shared areas, one or two bedrooms and a kitchen area. Disney’s Polynesian Resort has the very newest villas, gorgeous over-the-water bungalows and great views of Cinderella’s Castle across the lake. For a less expensive option, consider the Beach Club Villas or Boardwalk Villas, which are within walking distance of Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You could also try Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which offers themed Family Suites that can sleep up to six guests, along with connecting rooms.

For more help in finding accommodations for your crew, read How to Choose a Disney World Resort Hotel.

Offsite

Offsite, the options are practically limitless, from massive vacation homes that can host large parties to standard hotel rooms. You may need to spring for your own transport to the parks if you stay offsite, and you may want to consider getting multiple rental cars in case different groups need to break off at different times. Offsite options can often be less expensive than their onsite counterparts. The all-suite Caribe Royale Orlando may be perfect for a larger group, with one-bedroom suites that can squeeze in six, and two-bedroom villas with full kitchens that accommodate eight guests. It’s located just outside the gates to Disney World and offers a $4 shuttle service. The Embassy Suites International Drive South offers guests free shuttles to and from Disney World and free breakfast each morning. The two-room suites can sleep up to six, with two doubles in the separate bedroom and a fold-out sofa bed in the living room.

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Let each person pick one must-visit ride or experience.

Unless you’re planning a month-long sojourn in Disney World, you won’t be able to see and do everything. You’ll need to prioritize key events and rides so nobody misses that one ride they wanted to visit. In the initial planning process, find out what’s going to make or break the trip for each person in your party, and ensure those essential events are worked into the plan.

Also, be realistic about how many rides and attractions you can visit in a day, especially if you’re trying to keep the whole crew together. Depending on how busy the parks are, how mobile your party members, and which rides you’re interested in trying, you may only get on four to five rides per day.

Reserve group meals several months in advance.

Advance reservations are essential to getting tables at the restaurants, especially if you’re picking high-demand eateries like Cinderella’s Castle or planning character meals.

Make your reservations well in advance. You can book reservations via MyMagic+ or My Disney Experience on Disney World’s website (for up to 20 guests). If you have a group that’s larger than 20 people, call the dining line (407-939-1947) to request reservations. You may want to consider choosing off-peak times to eat (either early or late) to make it easier to accommodate your party. For any large-group dinners, an 18 percent tip will already be built into your bill.

Buffet restaurants can be easy for large groups–especially those not on the dining plan–as they offer single-priced meals and plenty of different dishes to accommodate a wide range of palates. Try Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort or Epcot’s Biergarten. You’ll also find great dinner-and-entertainment meals, like the country-themed Hoop-de-Doo Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort or the luau at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Reserve group rides in advance, too.

There are several attractions you can manage together–look for ones with larger capacity cars/boats, such as It’s a Small World or the Kilimanjaro Safari, or shows that offer plenty of seating, such as the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor or the Muppets 3D movie. And if your party includes kids who can’t or don’t want to ride the rides, you can take advantage of Rider Swap, where some members of your party ride, then swap spots and let the ones who were minding the kids take a turn.

Don’t dismiss experiences outside of the park either. You can rent boats or kayaks at several of the resorts–including the Grand Floridian, the Yacht Club, the Beach Club, Contemporary Resort, Wilderness Lodge and the Polynesian–to take out on the lake. You can also book a special sunset cruise for your crew. Horseback riding is available at the Wilderness Lodge, and campfires (with accompanying marshmallows) can be had at most of the resorts. If you want to see a show together, consider one of the special dessert parties, like the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Party.

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Schedule some alone time.

No matter how close you and the rest of your party are, you’ll want to part ways here and there. Breaking off into smaller groups may also make it easier to get reservations at some of those harder-to-reach attractions and events. And don’t think that you always have to break apart along party lines — perhaps all the teens (and a few adventurous adults) want to do an all roller-coaster day, while the over-21 crowd opt to sample goodies and cocktails around Epcot’s World Showcase. If your group’s especially large, it may make sense to split up during the day, then just meet up in the evening for dinner and fireworks.

Take advantage of any extra services and splurges you might need.

Memory Maker so you’ll all be able to utilize the professional photographers who are everywhere on the property, and make sure that everyone gets in the shot (you’ll want those iconic images of everyone in front of the castle!). If people in your party need a little extra help getting around, consider renting a scooter, wheelchair or stroller for the trip–you can book directly with Disney or (often for a slightly cheaper price) through an independent rental company. And look for ways to make life on the go simpler, such as arranging for your souvenir purchases to be delivered back to your resort, if you’re staying on grounds, or to the gates if you’re offsite. That’ll help ensure that no one’s left holding the bag all day long.

 

 

Top 9 Ways to Have Cinderella-Inspired Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

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The magic of Cinderella plays out on a grand scale each day at Walt Disney World Resort

We’ve tried to do one or more of these each time we visit Walt Disney World Resort. My daughter and I love feeling like princesses – even though we’re a little older than the typical Cinderella!  Here are 9 ways to have a Cinderella-inspired stay at Walt Disney World Resort.
1. Dine like Royalty at Cinderella’s Royal TableMeeting Cinderella in her royal castle is a dream come true at Cinderella’s Royal Table, where you can dine with Cinderella and her royal friends. Specializing in feasts fit for royalty, this one-of-a kind dining experience will make you feel like you’re living a fairytale. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered daily. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining.The last time we visited this was being renovated, so be on the lookout for some beautiful new things at the Royal Table!2. Feel Regal and Meet Cinderella at Princess Fairytale HallElegantly finished rooms welcome you to the home for visiting royalty in the Magic Kingdom at Princess Fairytale Hall where you can meet Cinderella and other princesses. Here you can take photos, get royal autographs and hear stories from Disney princesses many adventures in a spacious gallery adorned with portraits of the princesses, and even catch a glimpse of Cinderella’s infamous glass slipper.

3. Stay in a Royal Guest Room at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside

Marvel at the magical details in one of the Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. Fit for a prince or princess, the themed rooms immerse you in favorite Disney fairytales with touches of gold and elegant crystals in the décor, as well as special headboards that create a magical “fireworks” display and special mementos left behind by Disney princesses. Reservations can be made by calling 407-939-5277 or by visiting DisneyWorld.com/resorts.

4. Get Magical Makeovers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

A Fairy Godmother-in-training will transform the little princess in your life with a wave of her magic wand. Girls ages 3-12 can select their hairstyle, make-up, nail color accessories and a Disney princess costume, if they wish, in this enchanted beauty salon. Little princes can even join in on the fun too, as Fairy Godmothers-in-training can transform them into heroic knights. There are two boutique locations to choose from, one inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom and one at Downtown Disney inside the World of Disney retail store. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895).

5.  ‘Wishes’ Come True Every Night at Cinderella Castle

Well before the clock strikes midnight, you can watch the nightly dazzling “Wishes” fireworks display at Magic Kingdom. The night sky plays host to a wish-granting fireworks spectacular synchronized to an unforgettable musical score. Brilliant colors wash over Cinderella Castle as bursts of light and pyrotechnic effects take center stage high above the castle.

We watched “Wishes” from a restaurant at the top of the Contemporary Resort for my birthday this year. I was surprised with this gorgeous (and delicious) Cinderella’s Castle cake and truly felt like a princess!

Disney World Cinderella Castle Cake

6. Kick Off the Glass Slippers and Enjoy a Pedicure at Senses Spa

Sit back, relax and choose from signature pedicures such as a 50-minute pedicure that uses organic oils to ease stress and tension at one of the Senses – A Disney Spa locations: either Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort or Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. You can enhance the rejuvenation session with add-ons such as aromatherapy oil and firming leg treatments, or go big and add on a facial or full body massage. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727).

7. Take a Stroll Through the New Central Plaza area at Magic Kingdom

Feel like a prince or princess yourself by taking a relaxing stroll or a selfie in the new Magic Kingdom Central Plaza area designed to be reminiscent of castle gardens. The sculpted gardens, charming fountains and new pathways are part of the ongoing transformation surrounding Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

8. Getting Married? Have Your Fairy Tale Wedding at Walt Disney World

Couples looking for a truly magical wedding venue can look to Disney Fairytale Weddings for the perfect backdrop to their special day. From arriving in Cinderella’s Coach to taking wedding photos in front of Cinderella Castle, the options are endless for brides looking to live out the fairy tale. Brides-to-be also can channel Cinderella’s timeless elegance in a new Cinderella-inspired gown from America’s foremost bridal company, Alfred Angelo. The new limited-edition gown is in honor of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action feature “Cinderella,” and joins the 2015 Disney Fairytale Weddings bridal collection. Brides can find the Cinderella gown starting Mid-April at Alfred Angelo stores across the U.S. and specialty retailers worldwide.

9. Spend Supper with Cinderella at Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

You’re the honored guest of Cinderella and Prince Charming at this enchanting dinner buffet at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa’s 1900 Park Fare restaurant. The Princess’ storybook friends join in the festivities as you choose from delectable seafood, salad, pasta and beef dishes, representing several “kingdoms” from around the globe, plus kid-friendly options as well. Reservations are available by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining.

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Disney Family Culinary Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort

The Disney Family Culinary Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort allows guests to go backstage, step into the kitchen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and work alongside a Disney Chef.

Ever wonder how to make a buttery pasta noodle or fork-tender filet mignon? Beginning July 8, the new “Disney Family Culinary Adventure” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort whisks guests backstage for a fun, interactive evening that includes plenty of time with the Disney chefs, hands-on cooking and a festive, five-course dinner with beer and wine served in the kitchen by the professional catering staff.

Aimed at guests 9 and older, the evening starts at 5 p.m. with a friendly introduction to the massive catering kitchen. A maximum of 30 guests put on aprons, hats and gloves and are divided into five cooking groups. And every station has a wow technique, from the ease of making homemade butter (equal parts buttermilk and heavy cream) to a fresh pasta with just three ingredients.

“We want to show them the tricks of the trade,” says Chef Frank Brough. “It’s a guided experience but they do everything from making cheese and butter to rolling out pasta and breaking down a whole beef tenderloin.”

The five stations:

  • Garde manger, is the French term for food produced in the cold kitchen, where guests learn how to make farmer cheese, farmer cheese, from-scratch butter, and how to plate a gourmet salad on a rapidly moving electric belt in the professional kitchen.
  • Sushi, with sushi chefs teaching the art of rolling sushi and sashimi. (This station may rotate with other culinary ideas.)
  • Boucherie, or butcher station, where guests learn how to trim a beef tenderloin to make the perfect filet mignon.
  • Pasta, with just three ingredients (semolina, olive oil and egg), guests learn to make tender noodles from scratch, along with fresh basil pesto.
  • Patisserie, or bakery, where guests get to play with chocolate, mousse and other sweet endings.


Once the food prep is complete, guests move freely about the big kitchen to chat with the chefs – no culinary question goes unanswered. It takes about an hour for all the prep work, then everyone is seated at a long table in the center of the kitchen to enjoy the five-course meal they’ve just prepared. (Vegetarian, vegan and selections for guests with allergies are options for dinner.)

Lights are dimmed, background music plays, and a toast begins the special meal, where each course is served with wine and beer. At the meal’s end a special molecular gastronomy demonstration wows guests (we’ll keep that a secret), and they receive a special toque (chef’s hat) to take home, along with a Disney cookbook signed by the chefs. A Disney PhotoPass photographer will be on hand to capture photos of the group during the experience, and the photos will be available to view and purchase on DisneyPhotoPass.com.

“We really want them to leave the kitchen with ideas for a spectacular dinner party that they can do at home without opening a can or reaching for something frozen,” says Chef Brough.

The program is planned two evenings a week (days vary), starting at 5 p.m. Cost is $175 plus tax, $125 plus tax for ages 9 to 12. (Younger guests may have their own cooking station.) Complimentary transportation is provided for Walt Disney Resort hotel guests. To book or for more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.

Frosty Treats to Beat the Summer Heat at Walt Disney World Resort #CoolestSummerEver

Disney Summer Treats

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month throughout July at the Walt Disney World Resort

Nothing tastes better than a delectable frozen treat while exploring the parks during the “Coolest Summer Ever.” With an abundance of food and beverage locations serving ice cream snacks across property, these are a few of the must-try chilled treats at Walt Disney World this summer.

Magic Kingdom
While strolling down Main Street U.S.A., the smell of freshly baked waffle cones wafts through the air. Follow the delicious scent and you will find the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. This is the home of many delectable ice cream delicacies, but one in particular takes the top scoop – the ice cream cookie sandwich. Two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies served with your choice of hand-scooped ice cream in the middle, creating the sweetest sandwich you will ever taste!

The other must-stop shop at Magic Kingdom is Aloha Isle, home of the legendary Dole Whip. This scrumptious soft-serve delight is a refreshing frozen treat blended in pineapple, vanilla or swirled flavors. For the more exotic palettes, try the Pineapple Dole Whip Float with Dole Pineapple Juice, as it will surely make you dole out a smile! Dole Whip also can be found at Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Epcot
Ciao, gelato! Experience the sweet indulgence of Italian gelato at Gelati, the delectable dessert kiosk at the Epcot World Showcase Italy Pavilion. With a variety of tempting gelato flavors and ice cream specialties, the possibilities are endless. One of the fanciful “Gelato Creations” is the Coppa Amicizia, a blend of cookies and cream, strawberry, Fior di Latte (milk-flavored gelato), strawberry sauce, whole strawberries and whipped cream.

Fresh brioche bread and chilled ice cream – two of the world’s most delightful delicacies. L’Artisan des Glaces at Epcot’s France Pavilion combines these two treats into a heavenly combination with its Croque Glacé. Choose any one of this authentic French ice cream shop’s unique flavors, perhaps the coco-white chocolate ice cream, before it is sealed in a warm brioche with rich chocolate or raspberry sauce. This ice cream pastry is inspired by the tastes of Paris and will have guests saying “Bonjour!”

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Still have a passion for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Have no shame because this special Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake at 50’s Prime Time Café will help rekindle that passion for peanut butter and relive those tasty childhood memories. The ingredients are simple – peanut butter and jelly with milk and ice cream – but the flavor is indescribably bold and indulgently satisfying.
What is the last shop seen before and the first thing thought of after falling down an elevator shaft? That would be the delicious treats at Hollywood Scoops, the ice cream kiosk near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. But not just any ice cream treat will do – Apple Crisp à la Mode is the must-try delight. This cinnamon apple dessert topped with old-fashioned vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and streusel is a perfect way to conclude a haunted stay at The Hollywood Hotel.

Disney World Summer
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
In the heart of Harambe Village is the home of Tamu Tamu Refreshments, where hungry travelers can find unique frozen treats and refreshments for even the wildest of safaris. The most popular treat is the Pineapple Whip Soft-serve with Coconut or Dark Rum, a truly tantalizing tropical treat.
An old-fashioned root beer float is a classic ice cream novelty and a fantastic way to beat the heat. Try one of the soft-serve soda floats from the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck while trekking through Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Downtown Disney
Strike gold with the Gold Rush ice cream sundae at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. It starts with a fresh waffle cone hand-dipped in rich Ghirardelli chocolate, filled with vanilla ice cream, and then covered in homemade hot fudge and peanut butter, whipped cream, chopped almonds, a cherry, and a Ghirardelli SQUARES Milk Chocolate. For those with a taste for milkshakes, the Sea Salt Caramel Banana Quake Shake is also an enticing option at this amazing ice cream haven.

For a photo-worthy, gargantuan treat, nothing tops the Gibsons S’mores Baked Alaska at The BOATHOUSE. This unbelievably sweet and visually breathtaking dessert is made with Häagan-Dazs rocky road ice cream, cascaded in marshmallow, then toasted with pieces of rich dark chocolate surrounding the outside. This is a four-person dessert, so be prepared for a larger-than-life serving.

Ever dreamed of traveling to Italy? Good news – there is no need to venture across the globe to taste the delicious flavors of Florence thanks to the new Vivoli Gelateria in Downtown Disney. This family-run shop was founded in 1932 in Florence, which means the flavors have been mastered to perfection. One of the guest favorites is the Caramello Salato, or salted caramel. Made with fresh, top-quality ingredients, this flavorful treat is adorned with a soft ribbon of caramel flavor, complete with crunchy salted caramel bits. For chocolate enthusiasts, the classic Cioccolato chocolate gelato will certainly satisfy any sweet tooth!

Disney’s Water Parks
Imagine a bright green sand pail and try to keep from smiling. Now picture a bright green sand pail filled to the brim with chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream, waffle cone pieces, cookie pieces, hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. And don’t forget the sprinkles! This sunny snack can be found at Happy Landings Ice Cream at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and at I.C. Expeditions at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
“Everything but the kitchen sink.” Well this massive ice cream treat includes that, too. The Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a one-of-a-kind ice cream challenge with eight scoops of ice cream, every topping in the house, and a whole can of whipped cream. This dessert serves four people with an appetite, so bring family and friends and get those spoons in the air – it’s going to get a little sticky!

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Mickey Premium Bars are the classic Walt Disney World ice cream novelty treat and can be found at many food and beverage locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort, including many quick service restaurants and snack carts in both the theme parks and resort hotels. Alongside the Mickey Premium Bar is a delicious gluten-free frozen fruit bar so that all guests can enjoy a frozen treat while celebrating the “Coolest Summer Ever.”
Select ice cream treats can be purchased using the Disney Dining Plans. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/DisneyDiningPlan.

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