Safety First

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It really is a commentary on the state of the world when metal detectors are needed to get into the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

But, the fact of the matter is that I feel better knowing they are there and they are keeping my family safe. I am so thankful for the security guards that work hard each day to keep everyone safe and I am sure having to deal with their own share of people trying to give them flack because they snuck in a selfi-stick and got caught.

In order to make the security process a little easier Disney has been rolling out some changes that were announced earlier this week.

According to several sources, including the Disney fan website, Inside the Magic, that these new measures will include new security checks at the Transportation and Ticket Center. This means and those who enter the Magic Kingdom through ferry or monorail will be able to skip the bag check and metal detectors at the gate.

Also, those who are staying at one of the resorts on the monorail loop (Grand Floridian, Poly and Contemporary) will be checked at the resort monorail stations and will be able to enter without going through the security check point at the gate,

Those guests arriving on buses at this time will still use the current security setup.

These changes are scheduled to take place April 3.

 



Toddling Plans: Tomorrowland

One of the reasons why some trips to Walt Disney World don’t live up to a person’s expectations is because they fail to plan.

“The World” is not like another vacation where you can go with the flow, you have to have some kind of plan under your belt.

Whether that is everything planned out from hour to hour or just a plan on what park you are going to visit each day.

This is especially true when you have a little one in tow.

Just like in the plan for New Fantasyland it is important to try and get to the park as early as rope drop.

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Getting there?

Tomorrowland is located right off the main spoke of the Magic Kingdom. It is directly to the area right off of Main Street U.S.A.

I would recommend that you just walk to the right of the hub as soon as the rope drops.

Fastpass + selections

Like I had mentioned in the New Fantasyland tour, you need to make your fast pass selections based on the personality of your toddler.

If they dream of going to infinity and beyond, then you will want to get Fastpass+ for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

If your Mousekatot is always telling knock-knock jokes, then check out the Monster Inc. Laugh Floor.

But not all attractions need a Fastpass+. Here are my suggestions of attractions you would want to get passes for:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Space Mountain (if your Mousekatot is over 44 inches tall or you are planning on using rider swap)

Lots of the other attractions in Tomorrowland are able to be visited without needing a Fastpass+.

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Where to grab a bite to eat

If you want to find something quick to eat you will want to check out Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

You can find something for pretty much everyone in your party here including cheeseburgers, falafel burger, a half of a rotisserie chicken, greek salad with chicken, barbecued pork sandwich and even s’mores.

It is also a big place to grab a table there is a cute show that is performed by a character named Sonny Eclipse.

What is your favorite thing to do in Tomorrowland? Leave your comments below.


The Bite: Cheshire Café

 

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Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

The Magic Kingdom has several charming places that are hidden away in plain sight.

One such place is nestled in Fantasyland near the boarder between this land and Tomorrowland.

It is called Cheshire Café and looks like something straight out of a storybook.

This little kiosk, that resembles a little cottage complete with sundae shop chairs and decorative umbrellas offers an assortment of light breakfast options and quick grab and go snacks.

This location does not participate in the Disney Dining Plan, but nothing is more than $5.

This restaurant would be the perfect place to grab a quick, toddler friendly breakfast before you take on the attractions in Fantasyland.

Menu items include:

  • Assorted Cereals with Milk
  • Muffins
  • Whole Fruit
  • Simply Orange Orange Juice
  • Minute Maid Raspberry-Lemonade Slushy
  • Mocha Iced Coffee
  • Hot Tea
  • Smartwater
  • Minute Maid Lemonade Slushy
  • French Vanilla Iced Coffee
  • Nestle Hot Cocoa
  • Coffee (regular and decaf)
  • Dasani Bottled Water

 

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For more tips about other restaurants that would be a good fit for your Toddler as well as to what attractions will be a hit with your Mouskatot, pick up a copy of Mousekatots today.

They make wonderful Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.

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Get away from the crowds in style

The Walt Disney World Resort is known for offering their guests the best experience as possible.

High end dinners, luxurious spas and the commitment to provide the best experience as possible are some of the things that sets Disney apart from the competition.

Recently, the resort announced they will offer guests the option to rent a family  cabana in the Tomorrowland section of the Magic Kingdom.

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Photo courtesy of BlogMickey.com.

These four cabanas, that look like mini reception tents, have accommodations for about eight adults.

Inside, the cabana is equipped with a storage locker, couches and a charging section for electronics.

In addition to the furniture and charging station, the cabana also has personalized Mickey ears, beverages, snacks and one ice cream delivery. You can also order additional snacks, for another charge, and you are guaranteed primo seating for the fireworks.

But, like Rumple says on “Once Upon a Time,” “All magic comes with a price, Dearie!”

To rent one of four of these cabanas in Tomorrowland it costs about $649 per day.

Do you think it is worth the hefty price tag for this high-end home away from home for the day? Maybe this video by Attractions Magazine will help you decide.

Leave your comments below.


Huge Discount on WDW Park Tickets

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This is a pretty big deal!

Disney just announced Thursday that they are going to be offering a huge discount on park tickets for certain days.

The “4 Park Magic Ticket” allows guests one admission to each of the four theme parks on four separate days for only $70 per day plus tax.

The window to use the ticket is now through May 26, 2017. Block out days are Dec. 17-Jan. 2 and April 10-21.

This is an amazing deal considering tickets are well over $100 and their isn’t an upcharge for the Magic Kingdom.

It also sounds like these tickets will be available during the RunDisney Marathon weekend in January and the Princess Half Marathon weekend in February.

If you can pair this with a room discount, you can really have a great bargain on your hands.

The “4 Park Magic Ticket” is on sale now and can be purchased at Disneyworld.com/tickets or by calling 407-939-5277.

Does this low ticket price entice you to visit Walt Disney World toward the beginning of 2017? Leave your comments below.


Season’s Eatings

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Photo courtesy of WDWinfo

The halls are decked and now guests will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the special, hard ticket events that Walt Disney World has to offer this time of year.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, at the Magic Kingdom, offers guests the chance to watch special Christmas shows, fireworks performances and even witness snow falling on main street.

While Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween has trick or treat stops, there are special cookie and hot chocolate stops at the Christmas party.

In the past, you could go to one of the many treat stops to receive a snickerdoodle cookie and hot chocolate in addition to allergy safe treats.

This year Disney decided to mix things up by offering different treats at the various stops.

Here is a list of treats that have been added at the different treat stops:

  • Snow cone and snowman sugar cookie –Friar’s Nook, Fantasyland
  • Eggnog and gingersnap molasses cookie — Heritage House, Liberty Square
  • Spiced apple cider and snowman sugar cookie– Pete’s Silly Sideshow, Storybook Circus
  • Hot chocolate and peppermint bark cookie–The Launching Pad at Tomorrowland.

As it was in the past, for those who have a food allergy can also opt for apple slices, gluten free cookies or juice.

There are also additional snacks available for purchase that are also full of holiday cheer.

The Main Street Bakery have a peppermint cupcake and a Holiday Wish Cupcake.

Gaston’s Tavern doesn’t want to be left out in the cold. The eatery will have a Holiday Tree Cupcake (with spiced cinnamon, clove and star anise), Sleepy Hollow, in Liberty Square, will have a pumpkin spice waffle with ice cream.

 

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Photo courtesy of WDWinfo

 

To help wash down all of the cupcakes Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is offering Very Merry Strawberry Lemonade Slush.

Which treat would you be more excited to try at this year’s “Very Merry Christmas Party?” Leave your answer in the comments below.