Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_109-_Frozen_Ever_After.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.2MB) | EmbedToday’s ride is one I have been waiting for almost a year to ride.  I’m so happy to say that I had the opportunity on my recent Disney vacation to finally set sail to Arendelle.  That’s right, we got to celebrate Summer Snow Day with Anna, Elsa, and the rest of the crew as we took a boat ride on Frozen Ever After.  I’m about as excited as Anna on Coronation Day so let’s get this podcast started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in Epcot, in the Norway pavilion There is no height requirement Fastpass + is offered, and highly recommended The fright factor is 2 out of 5 Guests must transfer from a wheelchair/ECV Rider Switch is offered The ride is just over 5 minutes long The ride opened on June 21, 2016. Those are the facts, now onto the fun Frozen Ever After is a charming boat ride that brings Frozen fans closer than ever to their favorite characters.  The ride is classic Disney dark ride meets high tech modern day animatronics.  The wintery land is brought to life in some amazing ways and this is a ride you don’t want to miss.  Today we are going to talk about the story, the ride, and how to add it to your next Disney vacation. The ride takes you into the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, where you have arrived just in time for “Summer Snow Day.”  Elsa has used her magically frosty fingers to blanket the kingdom in snow, during the middle...
A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas

A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_108-_A_Pirates_Adventure_Treasures_of_the_seven_Seas.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.0MB) | EmbedOne of our favorite experiences from our recent trip to Walt Disney World was an interactive game in Adventureland called A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas.  We had never taken the time to discover what this little adventure was all about until this trip.  We knew from our Disney Cruise that our nephew James, loved the interactive game offered on the Disney Cruise Line.  So, before we went to WDW I started looking at the various games offered in the parks.  I read up on the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom,  Agent P’s Adventure in Epcot, and A Pirate’s Adventure in Adventureland.  For reasons we will discuss in just a moment, I decided the Pirate’s Adventure seemed like the best option for this trip.  However, I had no idea it would be as big of a hit as it turned out to be.  I’m so excited to tell you all about it today, so let’s get started with our… Know before you go essential facts: The adventure is located in the Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ is NOT offered The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair Handheld captioning is available There are 5 missions available Each mission takes about 20 minutes to complete, and there is no time limit on completing the missions The adventure opened on May 31, 2013 Those are the facts.  Now time for the fun! If it be adventure ye be lookin’ for, you’ve come to the right place!  A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas...
Daily Recap – Day 5 Magic Kingdom

Daily Recap – Day 5 Magic Kingdom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_Magic_Kingdom_Day_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (18.9MB) | EmbedToday is our final daily recap episode and we are back at the Magic Kingdom!  We saved the best for last and had a magical day at Walt Disney World.  In this episode we talk about an overlooked treasure known as A Pirates Adventure ~ Treasure of the Seven Seas, and how we scored seven FP+ rides in one day!  Here is the touring plan from our final day: Peter Pan’s Flight Big Thunder Mountain Railroad A Pirate’s Adventure~Treasure of the Seven Seas Pirates of the Caribbean Mickey’s PhilharMagic Lunch – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Break Splash Mountain/Haunted Mansion Tomorrowland Speedway/Space Mountain Dinner – Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe/Sleepy Hollow Carousel of Progress Mad Tea Party/Dumbo the Flying Elephant Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Jungle Cruise Splash Mountain The Haunted...
Daily Recap – Day 4 Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Daily Recap – Day 4 Disney’s Hollywood Studios

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_Hollywood_Studios.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (15.3MB) | EmbedDay 4 of our family trip took us to my favorite park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  We had a great time watching Disney Jr. Live on Stage for the first time and capped off the day with Fantasmic!  There were a lot of shows in between, but we could have used a few more rides for the little ones.  Check out the podcast for all the details!  Here was our touring plan for the day: Star Wars Launch Bay Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Voyage of The Little Mermaid Muppet Vision 3D Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Lunch – Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Break For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Toy Story Mania! Dinner – ABC Commissary Twilight Zone Tower of Terror...
Daily Recap – Day 3 Epcot

Daily Recap – Day 3 Epcot

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_-_Epcot.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (13.3MB) | EmbedDay 3 has us going to Epcot and experiencing Frozen Ever After for the first time!  We also had a surprisingly short wait to meet Anna & Elsa at their Royal Somerhaus.  It was another great day at Walt Disney World and we have the full recap for you in the...
Daily Recap – Day 2 Animal Kingdom

Daily Recap – Day 2 Animal Kingdom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap-_Animal_Kingdom.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (14.6MB) | EmbedDay 2 of our family vacation was a day of scrambling!  We arrived at the Animal Kingdom before rope drop as planned, but from there on we had to stay on our toes and make some changes to the schedule.  In this episode I talk about why you shouldn’t plan for the best case scenario, and how to make FP+ changes on the fly when necessary.  Thanks to quick thinking and some flexibility we still had an amazing day at the Animal Kingdom.  Check out our original plan below, followed by our actual touring for the day: Original Plan Kilimanjaro Safaris Festival of the Lion King Wildlife Train: Africa Conservation Station Habitat Habit! Affection Section Wildlife Train: Rafiki’s Planet Watch Lunch – Harambe Market Flights of Wonder Break Finding Nemo the Musical Maharajah Jungle Trek Dinner – Flame Tree Barbecue The Boneyard DINOSAUR Tricera Top Spin Expedition Everest River of Light Actual Touring Plan   Kilimanjaro Safaris Wilderness Explorers Festival of the Lion King Lunch – Harambe Market Break The Boneyard Tricera Top Spin Finding Nemo the Musical Dinner – Flame Tree Barbecue Rivers of Light...
Daily Recap – Day 1 Magic Kingdom

Daily Recap – Day 1 Magic Kingdom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_Magic_Kingdom_Day_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.4MB) | EmbedWelcome to a special edition of the WDW Ride Guide!  This week we are in my favorite place, Walt Disney World.   Check in each day as we are posting a daily recap of our experiences, rides, and family fun!  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.  Be sure to listen to the episode for all the details.  Here is a recap of our touring plan: Dumbo the Flying Elephant Goofy’s Barnstormer Under the Sea Meet Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto Meet Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern Enchanted Tales with Belle It’s a Small World The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Lunch at Be Our Guest Walt Disney World Railroad: Main Street to Frontierland Country Bear Jamboree Magic Carpets of Aladdin Dinner at Columbia Harbour House Splash Mountain/Jungle Cruise Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Tomorrowland Transit Authority...
Planning to Ride: Part Two

Planning to Ride: Part Two

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode20107-20Planning20to20Ride-20Part20Two.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (17.2MB) | EmbedI am about to embark on my next family Disney vacation and we are busy planning go ride!  Last week we started my countdown of the seven steps to planning the most magical Disney vacation you can have.  We only made it through number 4 before we ran out of time so this week we are bringing you 5-7. If missed last week’s episode, be sure to go back and listen to that before proceeding with today’s podcast. Here is a quick review of all 7: 1. Select Your Dates 2. Choose Your Resort 3. Book Your Trip Early 4. Create a Touring Plan 5. Make Reservations 6. How to Pack 7. Review and Go! 5.  Make Reservations As we discussed last week, there are some distinct advantages to staying in a Disney resort hotel.  Chief among those perks are the early dates for making Advanced Dining Reservations and Fastpass+ Reservations.  Let’s tackle these one at a time and start with Advanced Dining Reservations, or ADR’s for short. Advanced Dining Reservations can be made 180 days in advance for on property guests.  While you won’t need to book every restaurant that far out, there are a few that usually require you be up bright and early on day 180.  Here are a few of the restaurants that you need to plan on booking at the 180 day mark: Cinderella’s Royal Table Be Our Guest Chef Mickey’s Victoria & Albert’s (especially the Chef’s table) Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue & Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, both at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds Spirit of Aloha...
Planning to Ride: Part One

Planning to Ride: Part One

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_106-_Planning_to_Ride-_Part_One.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (14.7MB) | EmbedNormally we bring you one ride, show, or experience from Walt Disney World in hopes of making your next Disney vacation the best it can possibly be, or just to sprinkle some pixie dust over your day until the next time you can enjoy the parks.  Today, however 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. Speaking of next Disney vacation, my next trip is just around the corner!  In fact, I fly down to Orlando next week and I can’t wait.  This trip will include my wife and her brother’s family.  We will have 1 adult, and 2 kids that are experiencing the most magical place on Earth for the very first time! It has been a lot of fun planning with them over the past few months and watching them get more and more excited as they countdown to Disney.  It has really helped me examine what rides and experiences will be best for our 4-year old nephew and 2-year old niece.  Beyond the rides, it has also been a great experience getting to plan my own Walt Disney World vacation in more than a year. As a Disney Travel Planner I get to help families plan their magical trips on a weekly basis.  One thing I love is that every trip is different.  Every family, including my own, has its own set of priorities, age ranges, and interests.  I often like to think of a Walt Disney World vacation as...
Disney’s Magical Express

Disney’s Magical Express

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_105-_Disneys_Magical_Express.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (14.6MB) | EmbedWith an upcoming family trip I’ve been thinking about what new visitors need to know before heading to Walt Disney World.  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.  Below are the essential facts and a step-by-step guide for the process. Know Before You Go Essential Facts: Complimentary bus transportation for Disney Resort guests (does not include the Swan, Dolphin, or Shades of Green) Buses run to Disney Resorts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Magical Express does NOT run to Disney Parks Magical Express only services the Orlando International Airport (MCO) Check in is located in the ground transportation area on Side B, Level 1 Magic Bands or travel vouchers are needed upon arrival at Magical Express check-in Luggage tags will be mailed 2-3 weeks in advance of your trip Luggage pickup and delivery is available from 5:00 am – 10:00 pm Luggage will arrive at your resort room separately, and may take 3-5 hours On your day of departure, Magical Express will pick you up at the resort 3 hours prior to your flight departure time, 4 hours prior for international travel Reservations can be made by calling (866) 599-0951 Disney’s Magical Express began running in 2005 Step-by- Step Book your Walt Disney World Resort and your...

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