For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours. Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This offering will provide Guests with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains.
Are you ready for the first EVER Star Wars: Galactic Nights event in Disney's Hollywood Studios April 14th?!? We are excited to share more details on this new Hollywood-inspired special evening, which will include celebrity chats, behind-the-scenes looks, attractions and much more.
Traveling with a child that has a medical condition can be stressful, but it can go smoothly if you carefully prepare before leaving for your trip.
My daughter has Type One Diabetes and she wears an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor, so going through the metal detectors at the airport aren’t really an option. I learned the hard way about going to the airport without calling ahead, learn from my mistakes. Call TSA before you travel and they will alert the airport that you are coming and they will be prepared for you. When you get to the airport you can tell them that you have called ahead for TSA agent to meet you. They will then take you around the metal detectors and check your child there. This makes it less stressful on you and your child. I know my daughter gets embarrassed when she sets off the alarms, now she doesn’t have to be embarrassed.
I always pray for the best and prepare for the worst. Since my daughter has an insulin pump, which is an electronical device that can stop working at the most inopportune moments, I always pack extra insulin and syringes in case her pump stops working. I pack extra of EVERYTHING. All of her supplies goes in my carryon bag. NEVER check important medical equipment or medication, keep it with you.
Careful planning can make all the difference in the world. Here is a check list for you to help you plan,
~Pack extra supplies, at least an extra week’s worth
~Call TSA ahead of time 1-866-289-9673 and explain the situation to them. They will alert the airports, an agent from the airport will call you.
~Pack extra supplies and medication in a carryon bag, NEVER check this bag!
~Make sure your child is wearing a Medical Alert bracelet or necklace.
~Talk to your travel agent about any special requests for your room.
Being prepared is the key to a successful vacation! If you have any questions about special medical needs, talk to your agent. We are here to help you.
My husband and I decided to do our first solo vacation since having children and booked a vacation on the Disney Wonder with a day at Disney World prior. We came into Orlando and stayed at Disney’s Contemporary Bay Lake resort in deluxe studio room with a theme park view to kick start our vacation. That view is out of this world amazing and the pictures I took don’t even do it justice to how close we were to the castle. After a fun day at the parks, we retreated to our room for private dinner dining and watched the fireworks from our balcony on the 7th floor. It was a relaxing way to end our day and prepare for our cruise.
Cruising with just my husband was a great experience. Disney cruise lines offer a variety of adult only options that I was very pleased with. We attended an adult only cooking class that served a complimentary wine pairing and followed that class with another on how to fold napkins in the amazing ways that Disney does. We were given a copy of the recipe we sampled as well as a handout with instructions for napkin folding when we get home. There are adult only comedy shows, dancing, and special locations and pools reserved for just adults! Aboard, you will receive a paper navigator with an adult only section with what is going on and where. You can also check this section on the app you download prior to your vacation.
On Castaway Cay there is an amazing adult only section called Serenity Bay and it is definitely serene! There are multiple hammocks, chairs, and lounging locations. I saw many people take their chairs down to the water and stick their toes in. Cast Members come around and offer drinks and make sure you are comfortable. You can also rent a cabana which is a nice place to relax as well and includes comfortable furniture, a refrigerator stocked with drinks and fruit, and a cast member assigned to you to make sure your needs are met. It is a great place to relax as well. We enjoyed the adult only dining location at serenity bay. I loaded my plate with steak, ribs and lots of sides! Of course, I topped it all off with the unlimited soft serve ice cream cones!
We rented snorkel gear and took it over to serenity bay since it was less crowded. We saw many fish, starfish, sand dollars, and conch shells. It was so beautiful and I HIGHLY recommend trying it out. For those that wanted to relax in the water, you could rent floats and loungers. More active couples could choose to rent bikes as well. Disney even offers the opportunity to bundle it together and rent it all!
The water is so crystal clear it felt like we were in a sandy pool and you could see your feet all the way down for as far as you are allowed to venture. We enjoyed our day at Castaway and wish we could have spent forever there! We will want to return and soak up some more sun!
Adult vacationing was a lot of fun and we truly felt like we could relax and had many options to choose from that suited our vacation style. Disney thinks of it all! You can be as active or as sedative as you would like! We loved or time there together and will count down the days till we can return!
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If you have ever been to Disney, you know that one of the best parts is finding your favorite characters. Over the years, planned “meet and greets” have become more and more common and with the introduction of some of the newer princesses like Ana, Elsa and Elena some meet an degrees even require the use of a fast pass!
Having a Princess-obsessed 4 year old, these meet and greets have become a “must do” every time we visit. For our most recent trip, we did a land and sea vacation, after learning that the princess meet and greets on the Disney ship are ticketed events that you can (and definitely should) pre-register for, I decided to skip them at Disney World and check out the ship’s version.
There were two meet and meet and greets to register for with set time frames, I registered us for the Ana and Elsa event as well as the Royal Princess event for Friday morning. The day we boarded the ship, our tickets were waiting in an envelope at our cabin door.
First let me say that these events are wildly popular! The morning of our meet and greets, my daughter was feeling a little sea sick and we passed the Royal Princess gathering on our way to find some ginger ale and sea bands and I could not believe the line of little girls waiting! However, I was soon to learn just how smoothly these greetings are run! You see it took a bit for my little one to find her sea legs and we ended up deciding to pass on the Elsa and Ana meet and greet so she could sit and sip her ginger ale and make it to the other princesses. We got there right on time and were greeted very warmly, my daughter’s keepsake pillowcase given to the first princess to sign and then hugs, pictures and on to the next princess we went. It was all very quick but we did not feel rushed at any point in time. At the particular meet and greet we got to see Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel and Cinderella. My little princess was grinning from ear to ear as you can see!
Feeling bad that we missed the Ana and Elsa meeting, I went to guest services to see if there were any available times left that perhaps we could sign up for. True to Disney’s reputation for being #1 in service, they told us not to worry and that a new meeting was about to begin and to go ahead up, they’d be waiting for us.
We headed up to Animator’s Palate, one of the three rotational restaurants on the Disney Wonder, where the host greeted my daughter by name and told her the princesses were expecting her. The restaurant itself had been transformed- not just by the backdrop for the pictures with the princesses but the picture frames throughout the restaurant that normally change to different characters throughout dinner, were all snowflakes and sketches of what I would presume to be Arendelle in winter. You felt like you were in Ana’s ice castle!
My daughter was enthusiastically greeted with warm hugs and laughter by Ana and Elsa, who also called her by name. They truly made her feel special and welcome. It was amazing.
All in all, I enjoyed these meet and greets a bit more than the ones at Disney World as they were warmer and less rushed. Of course it is much easier to manage them on a ship that contains far less people than what visit Disney on a daily basis!
Will we do it again? of course! But I can say with much certainty that as long as Disney keep creating fabulous princesses we will be standing in line or using a coveted fast pass to meet whoever the next big sensation will be the next time we are in Florida too!
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