Today we visited the Magic Kingdom and introduced our niece and nephew to the most magical place on Earth. They loved it! We didn’t wait more than 15 minutes for any ride, took a 3 hour break and the afternoon, and still managed to do a whole lot.
This week we finish our two week series on Planning to Ride. Steps 5-7 take you through making reservations, how to pack, and what to review before you go on vacation. Ben will be in Walt Disney World this week so be sure to follow the Ride Guide at www.Facebook.com/wdwrideguide and www.pinterest.com/wdwrideguide.
Today we are going to take a broader view of Walt Disney World and talk about the best ways to plan for your next Disney vacation. We don’t have Know Before You Go Essential Facts today, but instead let’s get started with my 7 Steps For Planning to Ride.
As a Disney travel planner, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is about Disney’s Magical Express. What is it? Does it cost extra? How does it work? Well, we answer all of those questions in this week’s podcast. Be sure to listen for details on how this complimentary service for Disney resort guests works.
I’m very excited about today as we are kicking off a brand new series called Ride Report. This will be similar to our Ride Roundtable episodes, but only include one guest and be focused on reports from the parks. I had the idea a few weeks ago when my good friend Darrell Darnell came back from his first visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We got to talking about his day trip to the park, and I realized his experience was a little different from anything we have reported here on the Ride Guide.
For the very first time on the WDW Ride Guide we are going to relax, pull up a chair, and let the dining room proudly present… our dinner. Actually, our breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and snack in between. I’m referring to two unique eateries inside the Magic Kingdom.
The first is the arguably the best themed restaurant inside Walt Disney World, Be our Guest. This elaborate dining venue offers guests a chance to step inside the Beast’s castle and soak up rich surroundings inspired by the animated film. The second stop on our culinary tour today will be Gaston’s Tavern. Although much smaller in scale, this macho retreat is full of rip roaring fun.
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage tells the entire story from the 1991 animated film in a lively, 25 minute broadway-style show. As you can imagine, condensing an 84 minute animated classic into a 25 minute show isn’t easy. However, the highlights of the story, and more importantly, the well loved musical numbers, are represented. That, of course, includes my favorite Gaston!
Today, we are talking about another backstage tour, this one in the Magic Kingdom. You may have heard of the Keys to the Kingdom tour before, it is one of the most well known tours offered. Even so, I had a lot of questions about this tour before embarking down Main Street U.S.A. Questions like, will this spoil the magic? What backstage areas are included? What’s for lunch? And is it worth the extra money? Well, today we will answer all of those questions and more.
In a little over a week Epcot begins hosting the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This annual event is a treat for the senses. The park is in full bloom and there is so much to see and do at Epcot during the spring. Last year we covered everything you can find at this colorful springtime event over the course of two episodes. If you haven’t listened to those podcasts I encourage you to go back and listen to both before moving forward with today’s episode. We aren’t going to repeat the same information here. Instead, this will be a companion episode to update you on everything new for the festival in 2017.