Walt Disney World Fun When it’s Raining

Posted by disneyvisitorblog on Friday, 27 November 2015 in Walt Disney World Fun When it’s Raining | 1 comments

It rains in central Florida, home to the Walt Disney World resort. June and July typically see the most rainfall, averaging seven or more inches of rain for each month. It’s not uncommon for rain to be in the forecast for the entire week you’re scheduled to be at Disney. Don’t panic.

First, it’s typical for rainstorms to pass through central Florida quickly so if the forecast says 80-percent chance of rain in the afternoon, don’t cancel your plans to visit the Magic Kingdom. Second, even if the rain does linger, there are dozens of ways to do Disney in the rain.

Do Indoor or Enclosed Rides and Attractions

All four Disney parks have multiple rides and attractions that are not affected when it’s raining, even in a torrential downpour or thunderstorm. At the Magic Kingdom, head for the Haunted Mansion, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Pirates of the Caribbean or Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. All three are indoor rides and the majority of their queue lines are enclosed or under cover. Toy Story Midway Mania! in Disney Hollywood Studios also is a good choice in the rain.

At Epcot in Future World, it’s easy to escape the rain by visiting The Land where you can ride Soarin’, Living with the Land and enjoy the film The Circle of Life. The Seas also is indoors and home to Turtle Talk with Crush, the Seas with Nemo and Friends ride and a spectacular aquarium all ages will enjoy. Don’t forget about Mission: SPACE, Spaceship Earth and Ellen’s Energy Adventure, all indoor attractions that are not affected by rain.

See a Show

Take some time to enjoy Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in the Magic Kingdom or catch a performance of the Country Bear Jamboree. In the Animal Kingdom, the Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo—The Musical are indoor performances ideal for raining days.

Indulge in Shopping

While rain often prompts many park guests to funnel into the various shops, it really can be a great time to browse for that perfect souvenir or just take some time to window shop. The shops along Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom are linked so it’s possible to venture from one shop to the next without having to step out into the rain or crowds hanging around under the different store awnings.

Enjoy Activities in the Resort

Each of the themed Disney resorts offer different free activities during the day, including arts-and-crafts or games for kids. Check with the resort concierge for information on these activities.

Tip: Pack a lightweight, plastic poncho for each member of your group to avoid having to purchase these at the resort or parks when a downpour does hit.

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6 Romantic Things to Do at Walt Disney World

Posted by disneyvisitorblog on Friday, 20 November 2015 in 6 Romantic Things to Do at Walt Disney World | 1 comments

Romance may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. However, the expansive resort actually has many romantic things to do ideal for couples on a honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or anyone who simply wants to create some very special memories at one of the most magical places on earth.

  1. Book a room at a luxury resort.

The Grand Floridian resort is the height of luxury and a great choice when planning a romantic getaway to Disney. All Walt Disney World resorts are themed, and the Grand Floridian is no exception. Enjoy Victorian elegance combined exquisite modern sophistication and luxurious amenities that celebrate Palm Beach’s golden days.

  1. Book a couple’s massage.

The Walt Disney World resort is home to several spas, so consider booking a couple’s massage as a romantic way to relax and unwind after spending some time in the parks. The Madara Spa at the Dolphin Hotel features an 80-minute couple’s Retreat Ritual that includes a relaxing soak together in a hydrotherapy tub plus a side-by-side massage.

  1. Take a carriage ride.

Spend some quiet time together enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride along the scenic bank of the Sassagoula River at Disney’s Port Orleans — Riverside resort. Another option is to journey by horse-drawn carriage through the lush Fort Wilderness resort.

  1. Share a romantic meal.

Book a window-view table at the California Grill, atop of the Contemporary resort to enjoy a delicious meal followed by the perfect view of the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. Indulge in an elegant meal at Monsieur Paul in the France pavilion at Epcot and feel like you’ve been whisked away on a Parisian dream. For something truly special, arrange for the ultimate in elegant dining at Victoria & Albert’s in the Queen Victoria’s Room. This specialty dining room contains only four tables and features a special 10-course meal chosen by the chef.

  1. Watch fireworks together.

Find a cozy spot and watch the Wishes fireworks display in the Magic Kingdom or catch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the spectacular fireworks display held each night in Epcot.

  1. Watch the sunset from the resort beach.

The white sands beaches at the different Walt Disney World themed resorts are the ideal place to enjoy a quiet, romantic sunset with someone special. From the gorgeous shores Barefoot Bay at the Caribbean Beach resort to Disney’s Beach Club resort, there’s a beautiful spot just waiting for you and your sweetie as the Florida sun begins to set.

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Things That You Don’t Want to Miss at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Posted by Disney Visitor Blog on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 in Things That You Don’t Want to Miss at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party | 1 comments

The Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park is one of the most popular ticketed events in Orlando. It offers the ultimate cheer and joy to fans and families in search of a Christmas celebration never experienced before. The special event comes with 20 special and colorful nights of unlimited fun and festive moments.  Whether it’s the incredible shows or the ever-cheering Disney characters, the sights of wonderful wintry settings or the towering Christmas trees it’s a must visit occasion to experience the best of the season.

Being a premier Christmas event, it’s packed with a host of unique and cheerful holiday experiences, including special seasonal attractions, shows and many other unique festivities. A visit to such a magical Party is a rare opportunity. However, it’s important that you should not miss a single bit of the fun while at the Party. And to ensure that you will need information on all the exclusive offerings during the occasion.

First, to start with, I think it’s important to refer the Party guide-map. The exclusive guide-map will tell all about the entertainments, including schedules and other special festive treats in offer. One of the foremost attractions at the Party is the ever-green Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade.  It’s a must see Disney Procession that leaves guests spell-bound every time it makes its grand appearance. The special holiday Parade is also a unique way to celebrate the occasion with tons of Disney characters, all greeting and cheering against a lively festive environment with plenty of great holiday scores.

For Magic Kingdom fans, a walk down the Main Street USA is always a dream treat. And the experience goes even further given the company of hot cocoa and complementary cookies against a breath-taking snowy backdrop at the special Christmas Party. One should also remember to watch the all exclusive Castle show – A Frozen Holiday Wish that lights up the Castle Dream Lights into a glistening ice palace of Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen. Truly, a great opportunity to experience the Castle in a different and more impressive format altogether.

The Holiday Wishes Fireworks show on the other hand presents a spectacular display of fireworks.  It brightens up the night sky with some truly mesmerizing soundtracks that you never want to miss. At TomorrowlandA Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show is again an incredible fun experience with the likes of Stitch and the characters from Monsters, Inc., including Buzz and others. Also the presence of the all new cappella group VoicePlay will ensure a totally unforgettable concert experience at the special show.

If you really want to see the characters acting funny and dancing in special holiday costumes than make sure you visit the Celebrate the Season Stage Show. Watching the characters play in such baffling way is really a great fun. Again the Character Meet & Greets is another special area, where you have the opportunity to meet Disney favorites like Jack Skellington, the seven dwarfs and many more.

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Essential Walt Disney World Packing List

Posted by disneyvisitorblog on Friday, 13 November 2015 in Essential Walt Disney World Packing List | 1 comments

The first time packing for a Walt Disney World vacation can seem overwhelming. Every packing list will vary by person and family, but there are certain essentials everyone should remember to bring for a magical and stress-free Disney vacation.

Important Note: This list in no is meant to be comprehensive. Your individual or family packing list will vary depending on the number of vacation days, if you’re traveling by air or by car, if you’re traveling with an infant or anyone with special needs and the time of year traveling.

Walt Disney World Packing Essentials

Everyone visiting and staying at the Walt Disney World resort for any length of stay needs to bring the following items.

Comfortable shoes: If you walk around just the perimeter of each of the four main Disney theme parks, you’ll travel 8.51 miles. A visit to Disney World means a lot of walking so a comfortable pair of walking shoes are essential.

Clothing to fit the weather: April through September are the warmest months in Central Florida. In July and August it’s not uncommon for temperatures to soar into the upper 90s and higher. The warm temperatures plus high humidity levels can make for a very sticky day when visiting the Disney parks. Before packing your bags for Disney, check the forecast and pack accordingly. Months like November can be a bit trickier. It can be in the 80s during the day, ideal for tees and shorts, but at night drop down into the 50s at night making it essential to have a light sweater or jacket.

Toiletries: Each of the Disney World resorts do provide little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, tissues and hand soap. However, you’ll need to pack essentials like toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, personal care products like hair spray, gel, razors, shaving cream, cotton swabs, make-up remover, deodorant, lip balm and other similar items.

Bathing suits: Every resort at Disney has its own themed pool(s) plus there are two themed water parks. Spending an hour or two at the resort pool in the middle of a hot afternoon is a great way to relax before heading back to spend an evening in one of the parks or exploring Disney Springs.

Medications: When packing for any trip, it’s important to pack any necessary prescription medications as well as items such as non-prescription pain relievers, allergy meds, aloe (to treat sunburn), antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, moleskin (for treating blisters), eye drops, contact lens solution, antacids, vitamins and cough drops/throat lozenges. Some of these items may be available for purchase at your resort gift shop if you forget something or run out.

Electronics and Miscellaneous: Don’t forget to pack chargers for cell phones and other devices as well as extra batteries if needed. Cell phones, a camera, memory cards, credit cards/cash, large plastic zip-close baggies (ideal for wet items), sunscreen, hand sanitizer and a day-bag/pack to carry essentials into the parks. Please note that selfie sticks are no longer permitted in the Disney parks.

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