Pandora – The World of Avatar

May 19, 2017 I was able to get a two hour sneak peak of the new park in Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World Of Avatar.

Welcome to Mo’ara!

Since the park has opened to the public on May 27, 2017. The new section in Animal Kingdom may be small but it is jam packed full of things to see. After talking to a cast member, we were informed that everything that we see in Pandora is from movies 2 through 4, which is suppose to be years and years after the first movie.

There are two rides inside the new park, those are Na’vi River Journey and Flight of Passage. Just recently I rode Flight of Passage and this ride is unlike anything Disney has ever done before. Passengers sit on motorcycle-like seats and are held into place with back and leg restraints. As for the ride, visitors are taken around the Mystic Mountains with a Na’vi guide. This is something you have to experience yourself to understand. However, if are easily prone to motion sickness or have a terrible fear of heights I would go ride the River Journey! This is a ride everyone can go on! There are no drops and nothing too frightening for the little ones. Your journey beings at a nice quiet part of the river and the colors of the river progressively get bright the further into the river you venture. Another thing that happens is the sound of the Na’vi’s singing. It starts out as the sound of the animals in the environment, then it evolves to a a flute being played along to the beat. Finally after you go just around the river bend, you see the Shaman singing and touching the objects around her, creating an unforgettable memory in this Na’vi ceremony that is truly a toughing experience.

If you are interested in some of the foods and beverages you can find in Pandora, check out our food tab where you will be directed to my great friend’s cite called Kingdom Cuisine!

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Gorilla Trails in Animal Kingdom

Just off to the beaten path by the exit of Kilimanjaro Safari, trek through an animal outdoor exhibit where you can come close with Monkeys, Birds, Hippos, and Silver-back Gorilla. It isn’t cowed thankfully, but on a rainy or over-cast day, it’s a perfect place to take the little ones without them getting over heated. Check out some cool shots of the Gorillas bellow!

It’s amazing to just watch these amazing creatures just minding their own business and relaxing. There is also an enclosed encounter where you can watch baby gorillas play either early in the morning or close to closing time. They are open from park open to just before dust. Times are subject to change due to weather and animal behavior. Visit http://www.disney.com for more information.

Top 3 Favorite Disney Snacks!

I know I did an earlier post about my number one, all time favorite Disney snack, but recently I have discovered a few other Mickey treats I enjoy! After a few recent trips to Hollywood Studios, I discovered a new love for Mickey pretzels and churros!

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Of course Mickey Ear Ice Cream Bars are my number one fav, but Mickey Pretzels have grown on me! We were coming off The Great Movie ride and my stomach rumbled. I knew my usual go-too wouldn’t do the trick this time. It was the first time I bought one so I wasn’t sure if  I would like it but everyone raves how amazing it is, and IT TOTALLY WAS!!!! The cheese sauce that comes with it makes it (in my opinion) 100% times better!!!

Later that night before Fantasmic, we stopped to pick up some popcorn and there they were. Churros. I had never ever had one before and I had been desperately searching for one and there they were. After sprinting across the Hollywood Courtyard, I jumped in line and ordered my first churro EVER! And it was to die for!! Literally one of the best!

I took to Instagram and asked a few of my friends what their fav Disney Snacks are!

First up Andy from @beyond_castle_walls :

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“My top three fav snacks are Turkey Legs, Dole Whip, and Mickey Pretzels. I love the turkey legs because they are so sweet, salty, and savory. Dole Whip because it is this creamy sweet pineapple treat perfect for hot days! And Mickey Pretzels because they are heaven!! My favorite seasonal treat is a tie between Violet Lemonade from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and the Poison Apple from Mickey Not So Scary Halloween Party!”

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Wow great choices Andy! Be sure to go check out this cool cast members Instagram page and give him a follow to see all his adventures!

Next we have Doug from @dougdoesdisney:

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“Top three… Mickey Premium Bars, Dole Whip, and Corn Dog Nuggets from Casey’s Corner!! I think Mickey Bars are my thing because they are refreshing on a hot day and the chocolate ears are just too good. I like Dole Whip Floats… well if anyone questions why people like Dole Whip they need to go have one first. There is no question there. The Corn Dog Nuggets are on the line between snack and meal, something that can fill you up and it’s a sweet treat! Seasonally the Pumpkin Spice Waffles from Sleepy Hollow are EPIC!”

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I’d have to agree with Doug on the Dole Whip opinion! Truly a great snack that needs no questioning.

And finally we sit down with Mike and Hannah from @jollyhollanday:

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Mike- “My top three are Churros, Lefou’s Brew, and Dole Whip! I love Churros because I love everything cinnamon/sugar, and actually didn’t try them until recently and I loved them so much they bumped to the top of my list! Lefou’s Brew because it’s such a rare but delicious flavored drink! (And that toasted marshmallow foam of course!!!) And finally Dole Whip because the unique and very refreshing taste! My favorite seasonal treat is the candied strawberries at the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot!”

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Hannah- “Dole Whip Swirl, Corn Dog Nuggets, and Lefous Brew (We have a lot of the same  favorites hahaha). I loved the Dole Whip Swirl, which is sadly discontinued now, but I bypass this by getting Dole Whip and then some vanilla ice cream from Sunshine Tree Terrace. A little complicated but SO worth it. The vanilla mellows out the tartness of the pineapple. I love Casey’s Corn Dog Nuggets because Corn Dogs are my favorite fried food! But Casey’s version is so much better. And I love Lefous Brew for the same reason especially on a hot day! Finally my favorite seasonal snack is the Maple Popcorn Milkshake at the Flower and Garden Festival!”

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Maple Popcorn Milkshake via @jollyhollanday

Thank you so much Mike and Hannah for sharing your favorite foods with us! Next time you guys are in the kingdom we will have to get a round of Lefous Brew!!

 

Be sure to check out all three of these amazing Disney Instagramer’s and their many trips to the kingdom!!! So long for now folks, see ya real soon!!

Renewing Your Disney Pass

March of 2016, I became a platinum plus pass holder! It was truly the best day ever!!! Since then, I have been to Walt Disney World at least 45 times!!!!! Taking tons of pictures, riding nearly all the rides, and meeting every character I could find and meeting new disney friends!

As every pass holder knows, you have your initial monthly payment, plus the one-time down payment. (Below will be the different passes available for florida residents and the benefits they have!) So after your year is up, you can renew your pass up to one month after the expiration date before you have to pay the down payment again. For example: Since my pass expired March 21, 2017, I would have had until April 21, 2017 before Disney would take me out of their system. But since I renewed on Feb 25, 2017 and was able to get the 13 month plan, I have until April 25, 2017 to May 25, 2017 to renew.

It’s that easy!

Now, here are the different types of annual passes (Cheapest To Most Expensive):

  1. Disney Weekday Select Pass: Total Price = $269.00, Monthly Price = $14.38
  • Admission to all four of the parks, Monday through Friday only. Blackout dates can be viewed on http://www.disney.com.
  • Visit all four parks the same day.
  • Up to 20% off on selected dining and merchandise.
  • Theme park parking.

2. Disney Silver Pass: Total Price = $419.00, Monthly Price = $27.69

  • Admission during certain times of the year to all four parks. Blackout dates can be viewed on http://www.disney.com.
  • Visit all four parks on the same day.
  • Up to 20%off on selected dining and merchandise.
  • Theme park parking.

3. Disney Gold Pass: Total Price = $559.00, Monthly Price = $40.12

  • Admission during most of the year to all four parks. Blackout dates can be viewed on http://www.disney.com.
  • Visit all four parks on the same day.
  • Includes Disney PhotoPass downloads.
  • Up to 20% off on selected dining and merchandise.
  • Theme park parking.

4. Disney Platinum Pass: Total Price = $679.00, Monthly Price = $50.77

  • Admission all year to all four of the parks. No blackout dates!!
  • Visit all four parks the same day.
  • Includes Disney PhotoPass downloads.
  • Up to 20% off on selected dining and merchandise.
  • Theme park parking.

5. Disney Platinum Plus Pass: Total Price = $769.00, Monthly Price = $58.75

  • Admission all year to all four parks. No blackout dates!! ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course.
  • Visit all four parks the same day.
  • Includes Disney PhotoPass downloads.
  • Up to 20% off on selected dining and merchandise.
  • Theme park parking.

 

Disney also offers some water park passes and Epcot passes!

  1. Epcot after 4 Annual Pass: Total Price = $259.00, Monthly Price = $13.49
  • Admission for a year to Epcot after 4 pm.
  • Invitations to Epcot events and festivals.
  • Up to 20% off on select dining and merchandise.
  • Theme park parking.

2. Water Park Annual Pass: Total Price = $125.00

  • Enjoy one year  of admission to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. During normal operating hours.

3. Water Parks After 2 Annual Pass: Total Price = $75.00

  • Enjoy one year of admission to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, any day after 2pm. During normal operating hours.

 

If you have any other questions about renewing your pass or questions about the passes themselves, head over to the Contact Us tab and we will be more than happy to answer any questions!!!

Dinning Review:Crystal Palace

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Valentine’s Day, 2017. I ate at the Crystal Palace for breakfast. It is a buffet style dinning experience including some fan favorites like, omelets, sausage, breakfast lasagna, breakfast pizza, and Mickey waffles!!! The Crystal Palace is also a character style dinning, where guest have the opportunity to meet four friends from the Hundred Acre Woods!

Winnie the Pooh

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Piglet

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Tigger

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Eeyore

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Over all the restaurant, in our opinion war five stars. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive, the cooks and people behind the buffet bar all had smiling faces and greeted us, dirty dishes were picked up quite fast so the table was clutter free. And the characters were very interactive as well. We will defiantly be going back!

Mickey Bars

Every that visits one of the many Walt Disney parks, has gotten at least something Mickey shaped. Whether it be chicken nuggets, a cheeseburger, or my personal favorite, ice cream Mickey bars! This cute Mickey-vanilla ice cream patty dipped in hard chocolate is always a must when we are at the parks. If you want to see how to make this magical snack and tons of other Disney dishes, head on over to http://www.kingdomcuisine.com

 

 

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Tale As Old As Time: Beauty And The Beast LIVE!

On Hollywood Blvd, you’ll discover an outdoor amphitheater with giant banners showing our beloved friends from Beauty And The Beast. Park guest file into the huge seating area and patiently await the starting of the show. The opening number from the movie echoes throughout the theatre and fog fills the stage floor.

The whole movie is condensed into a roughly 35 minute show. There are a lot of musical numbers, dancing, vibrant colors, a handsome prince, and of course our beautiful Belle!

Take a look below at some pictures from the show! You can catch this amazing show everyday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Just check your My Disney Experience app for daily show times, as they are subject to change at any time!

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Happy Dapper Days

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Here is a little number we put together for the upcoming dapper day this year at the Walt Disney World resort! Personally we love the lacy gloves and umbrella! Such a cute dress and shoes as well. Stopping at your local Goodwill, or second hand shop, is the perfect place to uncover all these hidden treasures. Plus the vintage look is def in right now!

Epcot’s Internation Festival Of the Arts Merch!

Hiya pals! Here is a look at all the cool things available for purchase at Epcots Inaugural International Festival Of the Arts!

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These items can be found in all of the country pavilions. More products can be found in the main gift shops located in future world:

  • Art of Disney, located in Future World West: Check out the Park’s dedicated art shop, featuring art reproductions, original works of art and Festival Merchandise.
  • Mouse Gear, located in Future World East: Don’t miss this one-stop shop, featuring Festival Merchandise.
  • Merchandise Tents, located throughout World Showcase: Visit over 15 locations featuring Disney and visiting artists. Be sure to check back each weekend for new art! Just look for the the orange circle with a white shopping bag in the middle.

National Polka Dot Day

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Hiya pals! Happy National Polka Dot Day!! Here is a Minnie Mouse inspired Disney Bound to help you ‘Rock the Dots’! A great way to great ready for the day is to stop at your local thrift shop. Search for a fun summer red dress. If it doesn’t have dots already thats ok, DIY it with some white craft paint and small circle stencils. Adding a small white belt can be a cute touch too. For the shoes, white or black flats are perfect! You can even add a little bow to the back. Top off the look with a pair of classic Minnie ears, a light peach colored blush and some false lashes to add to the ‘Minnie make-up’!