Again...all of the tips below are from a book I recently purchased
The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner by Susan Vaness & Simon Vaness
I realize some of you may already be familiar with some of
these tip/secrets and that’s GREAT.But,
shame on you for not sharing it with me sooner :)
Main Street, USA
-Meet Mickey & Minnie at Town Square Theater.Go backstage for some one-on-one time as Mickey
and Minnie prepare for their next show.You can even reserve time with Mickey by using a Fastpass. ***I've always seen some characters near the entrance to Main Street, USA but had no idea you could Fastpass for Mickey & Minnie.
-A few doors down from the firehouse you’ll find Harmony Barber
Shop.For a very special memento,
toddlers can get a My First Haircut certificate when Disney cuts their hair for
the very first time! ***I hope to do this with Persephone if her locks are long enough to need a trim - ah hell, maybe I'll want to trim them anyway just to get the certificate :)
-Flag Retreat Ceremony – Each day at 5pm the Main Street
Philharmonic band plays a medley of patriotic music.You can sign up at City Hall to be chosen as the days veteran or military
-The light fixtures on Main Street progress from gas lamps to
electric lights.It’s a virtual
timeline from the 1800’s into the Industrial Revolution.
-Planning on an all-day stay at Magic Kingdom?Book a late breakfast seating for Crystal
Palace (character dining 10:30am) and you may be able to eat enough to last through to
-Tired of the hustle and bustle of Magic Kingdom?Take a boat to Fort Wilderness and enjoy a
quiet, crowd free lunch at Trail’s End then return when you’re ready.
-La Chapeau – enter the store from the door closest to Tony’s
Town Square.You’ll find a phone in a
small room on the right next to the door.Pick it up and you’ll hear a “party line” from a time when many
neighbors shared the same phone line.Stop and listen – you’ll hear gossipy conversation! ***I'm totally going to try this one!
-The Robinson Family (of Swiss Family Robinson) were chased off
course by pirates in the book - - notice their tree house is just down the way
from Pirate’s of the Caribbean.Coincidence?
-At Pirate’s of the Caribbean, check out the lava rocks to the
left of the entry.The biggest one
resembles a skull.
-Inside the POC gift shop, look for a key hanging on a Chinese
vase, just to the left of the exit leading to the restroom.You can also find a medallion stuck to another
vase, on another high shelf to the left of the entry into Pirates League.Both are original props from Pirates of the
-In the courtyard between Tortuga Tavern and Pecos Bill’s, look
for bullet holes in the wall going up a stairway.
-Stuck in Frontierland during a parade?Use the boardwalk along the river to avoid
fighting your way through people.
-The Country Bear Jamboree was one of the last things Walt
Disney saw before his death.Walt loved
the idea of musical bears. ***This is a cheesy show, but I love it, even more now that I know Walt loved the idea. It's also a great way to get out of the heat!
-The Liberty Bell hanging in Liberty Square is actually cast
from the same mold as the original bell in Philadelphia, PA.
-In 2011 The Haunted Mansion received a make-over, giving a
“ghostly bride” storyline.When you are
in the stretch room at the beginning of the attraction you’ll see a photo of a
woman holding a rose sitting atop a headstone.Notice she’s not really upset about poor George?It was this detail that inspired the idea of
a five-time, unremorseful bride. ***My all-time favorite-est WDW ride ever ever ever.
-Lots of children are afraid of the dark – One way to help them in darker rides/attractions is to give them a small light up toy that they can use.
-On the corner of Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe there’s a sign
advertising voice lessons by Ichabod Crane – directly across the street is
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments…ha!
-All the money in the bottom of It’s a Small World actually
goes to charities like Give Kids the World and Kids Miracle Network.
-Prince Charming Regal Carousel – Cinderella used to “own” the
carousel, but Prince Charming took possession of it in 2010.As part of his story, you’re involved in
medieval competitions.The horses are
all galloping instead of walking or trotting and some are wearing special gear
used in jousting.The horse wearing the
golden ribbon was never intended to be “Cinderella’s”, cast members started the
myth and it has stuck with the story.
-The sorcerer in the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Fantasia is
named Yen Sid, which is actually DISNEY spelled backwards. ***You're not a true WDW fan if you didn't already know this!! They even tell you this secret on The Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studio's.
-Don’t use a regular pen for character autographs.A fat pen/marker is easier for them to
hold.Also remember, they can sign your
t-shirt or hat, but only if you’re not wearing it.
-Tomorrowland Transit Authority (The people mover) – with Walt’s
recognition of “green” before it become popular; the people mover is powered by
linear induction using electromagnetic energy. ***I rode this ride for the first time EVER in 2012 - - I can't believe I waited so long, I just never noticed it. I love it :)
-Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – you don’t have to keep
pulling the trigger to shoot at the targets.Just hold the trigger in and the blaster will shoot continuously.
-Have children afraid of fireworks?You can watch WISHES from the beach at Polynesian Resort. ***Hmmm....I'm thinking of using this tactic - wonder how many other people know about it? lol.
-The Resort-Only monorail out of Magic Kingdom stops at the
Transportation and Ticket Center at the end of the day.Use it if the regular monorail has a long
-Mickey’s Halloween & Christmas parties start at 7pm, but
you can enter the park at 4pm using your special party ticket.You should be given a wristband allowing you
to remain in the park when everyone else is asked to leave. ***I would LOVE to do Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, but it isn't going on during Thanksgiving - BUMMER.
Hardy and I love Barnes & Noble. They always have some awesome deals on
books, even hardback versions. This
past weekend I found a Disney book for only $5.98! It’s titled; The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner
(A complete organizer, journal and keepsake for your unforgettable vacation) by
Susan Veness and Simon Veness.
I started flipping through it the same day; I couldn’t help
myself. And to my amazement, there are
MANY tips/tricks/secrets I never thought or knew about. I thought I would share some of these with
you since most of you like or love Disney as much as I do. If you don’t like Disney…maybe this will
change your mind and inspire you to book yours. Let me know if you do – I’m interested in becoming a travel
This first post will be about random tips for visiting Walt
Disney World (WDW for short).
-STAY COOL - The two best parks to avoid the heat are
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s, which have the highest percentage of
-Baby Care Center’s - are available in Magic Kingdom,
Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
They provide Carnation baby formulas (for free) as well as diapers,
sunscreen and some otc medications.
It’s also a great way to take a break from the sun/crowd with your
-Rider Swap – I haven’t personally tried this, but
according to this guide if you are traveling with a small child who doesn’t
meet the rides requirements or is uninterested – ask about Rider Swap. One adult can stay with a nonrider while the
rest of the group rides, then another adult can wait with the nonrider while
the first adults goes straight to the front of the line. This means you only stand in line once. Ask the ride attendant about Rider Swap
before getting in line.
-Fastpass – IT’S FREE so use it when you can. Go to the attraction, look for the
Fastpass distribution boxes (or ask an attendant where they are), put in your
park ticket and a Fastpass will be distributed (unless all of them have been
given for the day). You’ll have to do
this for everyone in your party at the same time so you can all return to the
ride together. You can get a Fastpass
every two hours and immediately after your time slot starts.
ATTRACTIONS RECOMMENDED FOR FASTPASS
Peter Pan’s Flight
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Mania!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Voyage of The Little Mermaid
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids
It’s Tough To Be a Bug!
***Fastpass of course if only available if there’s a long
wait for the attraction.
If the wait is
short, most Fastpass distribution boxes will be closed.
-Apps – there are several Disney apps available for your
oIPhone, iPod, iPad
oDisney World Park Hours
oDisney World Wait Times
oDisney World Dining
oDisney World Park Maps
oHidden Mickeys – Disney World
oDisney World Vacation Countdown
oMy Disney Experience – you can connect your current
Disney reservation with this app.
Everyone likes to believe their child will be the next prodigy. I'm most certain ours will be.
Mimi & Pops sent Persephone this walker a few weeks ago and she's been having a blast in it. Between the walker and her urge to pull up, she hardly ever wants to be set down any more. She still army crawls, but she's got a newfound love for standing. So why don't we just skip crawling?!? Yea right.
Here are some pics too cute not to share.
Is that...is that a door? To the outside?
Oh my gosh, IT IS! Let me out!!
Haha! Just kidding Mom
Gimmie that camera...
Seriously, I asked for the camera...give it to me.
Based on a recent GOOGLE search, these are the three items that are "recommended" for your third wedding anniversary. I guess I'll take the leather.
Three years ago today I married my one and only, my better half (hahaha joke)
Flashing back to the big day...
-We got married at the pavilion at Gainesville Marina
-I walked down the isle to Bella's Lullaby by Carter Burwell
-We opted for a sand ceremony instead of the traditional candle lighting
-After we were pronounced husband and wife we walked back up the isle to Top of The World by Van Halen
-We had a wonderful turn out of friends and family, I'm still so thankful to every one who made it