As we told you earlier this week, starting today, guests may stay with their dogs at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. If they choose to, they will have to adhere to the following guest policies regarding their pets:
As we told you earlier this week, starting today, guests may stay with their dogs at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. If they choose to, they will have to adhere to the following guest policies regarding their pets:
When visiting the happiest place on earth, you go in accepting the fact that you’ll be standing in line longer than you’ll be enjoying the attractions. But how much would you pay to have your group cut straight to the front? With Disneyland’s VIP Tours, guests can enjoy the most magical day ever free of lines, alongside their own “personal concierge,” and with many other perks – but with a hefty price tag, of course.
For up to a group of 10 and a minimum of six hours, a VIP Tour reservation starts at $2,400, and that doesn’t include admission to California Adventure. To see if the insane ticket price is really worth it, I spoke with a family friend who’s done the experience twice with her family and paid $3,200 for their Christmas-Day trip.
“The biggest perk is not waiting in line!” Stefanie Howarth told POPSUGAR. “Your guide will escort you through the FastPass line.”
In addition, VIP guests also get to enter the park one hour before it opens to the public – which is pretty awesome – as well as preferred VIP parade seating.
From start to finish, your guide will take you through the park and every ride and even help customize an itinerary for you beforehand.
“The guides are really your personal concierge,” Stefanie said. “They will escort you to both Disneyland and California Adventure if you have passes for both. They organize the day and tailor it to your specific wants and needs; they can make lunch reservations and recommendations.”
Stefanie shared that the best guides are also park historians who are knowledgeable about every detail, down to the hidden messages in design left by Walt Disney himself, so your experience really depends on who you get.
“I must say all guides are not created equal,” she said. “Our first year, all our guide did was get us on the rides. Last year, the guide was fantastic and was a park/ride historian.”
“Yes, it is worth it, especially if it’s a crowded time of year. If we went during an off time, we would not use one, but on Christmas, it’s a must.”
When you break it down, $2,400 for a group of 10 comes out to $240 per person, a little over $100 more than normal admission. If you and your friends are paying individually, the cost seems more manageable, especially for all the benefits included in the package. There are also plenty of ways you can save at the parks, including bringing your own food. While it’s not financially realistic for every group or family, it is an option to explore if you’re willing to drop some cash to avoid those lines.
If your postgrad plans involve sailing off into the sunset while surrounded by talking animals, fairy godmothers, and colorfully dressed royals, it’s your lucky day. Disney Cruise Line recently posted dozens of job listings online, and some of those openings involve dressing up as Disney characters while cruising around the Caribbean.
As Metro first reported, the cruise line is looking for “Cruise Staff” to “bring the magic to life to deliver exceptional guest service and create family-friendly fun,” according to the job listing. The position entails setting up, cleaning up, and participating in onboard performances, dance parties, and other activities; interacting with guests at scheduled meet and greets and elsewhere on the ship; and “displaying boundless amounts of energy, outgoing attitude, enthusiasm, and self-motivation,” all while onboard the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy cruise ships, as well as on the Castaway Cay private island. (The job, apparently, does not require you to fight evil sea witches or sail across the sea to find stuck-up demigods, so that’s a plus.)
To apply, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old, have “exceptional presentation, communication, and organizational skills,” and have at least a year of experience in PR, entertainment or a similar position that required stage experience and public speaking skills. You’ll also have to be willing to work a “seven-day, 70-84 hour week with limited time off” (yikes), and promise to “maintain Disney Character Integrity,” which we assume means staying fully in character as Moana, Tiana, or whatever other character you’re assigned to play, at all times, with no exceptions. Start practicing now.
If you’re not much of an actor, Disney is also hiring emcees, chefs, youth activities counselors, and costume specialists, among many, many more cruise line careers, so you can still fulfill your dreams of living in a simultaneous Disney movie and long-term tropical vacation. Most of the jobs are U.S.-based, and require a minimum age of 18 and a willingness to work scarily long hours, because that’s the price you pay to turn a huge, fun-filled ship into the happiest place on Earth.
A severely disabled boy with a terminal condition had his once in a lifetime trip to Disneyland Paris ruined by a booking mix-up.
Six-year-old Layton Chapman has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy and could die at any time from something as minor as a chest infection.
The brave boy’s ‘last and only wish’ saw him granted a four-day trip to Disneyland by the Make-A-Wish Foundation – a charity that arranges experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Severely disabled boy Layton Chapman, six, with a terminal condition had his once in a lifetime trip to Disneyland Paris ruined by a booking mix-up
But when Layton, his mother Danielle Huart, 32, her partner Dale Chapman and brother and his two older siblings arrived at the Sequoila Lodge in Disney Village, they were told they had arrived two days late and would have to check out the next day.
A ticket mix-up also meant they could not enter the park because they did not have the right pass, so for two days they were trapped inside the village instead of making the most of their experience.
Danielle, from Hull, said: ‘They were arrogant and just not helpful at all. Because of the ticket mix up we missed a lot. We couldn’t leave the village, it was like a prison.
The brave boy’s ‘last and only wish’ saw him granted a four-day trip to Disneyland by the Make-A-Wish Foundation – a charity that arranges experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions
‘I was so upset I was crying, the kids were bored, I just wanted to come home.’
Although Disney managed to sort out a room for the stay, they were not given a Genie card for access to the theme park.
To compensate for the error, they were given a fast-track pass so they could get on the rides quicker.
But when they tried to use it, staff told them the pass did not work and they were not allowed on the rides.
‘They marched us to customer services and they even turned us away,’ said Danielle.
‘It was so embarrassing getting marched past all the other families, like we’d done something wrong.’
Layton’s birthday was the next day and his mother had organised for a meal and cake to mark the occasion at Buffalow restaurant.
But, again, because of the booking mix-up, they were told they could not have a table or cake.
She spent the rest of the day complaining to hotel management instead of enjoying what should have been a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday.
That evening, the family eventually got the correct tickets and re-arranged Layton’s birthday party, giving the family a day and a half to explore the park, instead of the four they were promised.
A spokeswoman for Disneyland Paris said ‘We regret this particular wish did not meet the guest’s expectations and we are now closely working with the family to resolve the situation.’
‘Layton also got to meet a few characters, just not as many as we’d like. Donald Duck tried to give him a kiss and ended up hitting him in the head and he screamed.
‘Moana was really nice and gentle with him though.
‘He still smiled all the way through but this is probably his only chance at a holiday. This was his last and only wish he will get and it was ruined.’
A spokeswoman for Disneyland Paris said ‘We regret this particular wish did not meet the guest’s expectations and we are now closely working with the family to resolve the situation.
‘This is not something we would want them to experience and we hope they can come back to us soon.’
A spokeswoman for Make-a-Wish Foundation said ‘When guest matters arise, we work with our friends at Disney to ensure the family is supported.’
According to online sources, the Disney Dream hit a dock in Nassua, Bahamas earlier today, while maneuvering into her berth. The Disney Dream’s stern was dented above the waterline, but it does not appear to have ruptured the hull.
Below is video of the Dream actually hitting the dock. Before hitting play please be aware there is ADULT LANGUAGE in this video.
he Disney Dream is currently in the middle of a 3-Night Bahamian Cruise which departed Port Canaveral on Friday September 29th. The Disney Dream is scheduled to visit Castaway Cay on Sunday before retiring to Port Canaveral early Monday morning for the start of a 4-night Bahamian voyage.
Source/Photo Credit: Caitlin Maddaline and Disney Cruise Line Blog
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.
A 2-year-old girl was recovering Monday after deputies said she was left in an unlocked vehicle in the employee parking lot of the Grand Floridian Resort, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
Walt Disney Security told deputies at about 1:12 p.m. that the girl had been found in the vehicle unattended with the windows cracked a few inches, investigators said.
Security officers said they got the girl out of the vehicle and called 911.
“Due to the fast response of the security department at Walt Disney, the 2-year-old female was successfully transported to the nearest hospital (Celebration Hospital) where she is in stable condition,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement released to the press.
The statement did not say how long the girl had been in the vehicle when she was discovered.
Deputies made contact with Myriam Luhincadet, 37, who is accused of leaving the toddler in the vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office did not say what her relationship to the child was or if she was an employee of the resort.
Luhincadet was arrested on a charge of child neglect and was taken to the Orange County Jail without incident, deputies said.
No other information was immediately released on the incident.
You’ve seen him. You’ve already fallen in love with him. You MAY have already tried but failed to find him (because he’s selling’ out, y’all)…
It’s the Glow-in-the-Dark Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket, and he’s taking Disneyland at Halloween Time by storm! AND you may be able to find him floating around Disney World, too, where he’s exclusive to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party.
Still, Ooogie Boogie is not the only creepy collectible at Disney Parks this fall. We’ve already spotted several in Disneyland, and there’s more on the way coming to both Disneyland AND Walt Disney World! Different pieces will start arriving throughout September AND October, so you’ll have to keep your eyes
Halloween Time at Disneyland and Walt Disney World is officially in full swing!
The parks have been decorated for Halloween, there are new special spooktacular food items around the parks, and there is also a new popcorn bucket Disney fans are freaking out over!
There are two special Halloween Time popcorn buckets at the parks this year: Mickey Pumpkin and Oogie Boogie from Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas.
When Oogie Boogie Popcorn Buckets are in stock 🙌🏻🎉🙏🏻 How cute are these two?! Had to add him to my collection❤️ Find them at popcorn carts at both DCA and Disneyland Park. They seem to go quick so I’d recommend getting him as soon as you see him available in the mornings. #oogieboogie #halloweentime #halloweentimeatdisneyland #disneyhalloween #disneyhalloweentime #hollywoodland
ORLANDO — There was magic in the air again Tuesday in storm-squeezed central Florida.
Walt Disney World, the mega-entertainment complex and cherished theme park billed as “the most magical place on Earth,” reopened its doors in Lake Buena Vista — two days after Hurricane Irma began its historic assault on the state.
The Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center were running their normal business hours. Also up and running: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs.
The complex’s water parks remained shut, but Disney said it hoped to reopen later this week.
On Tuesday, Disney lovers were eager to ride the dizzying Tea Cups, travel under the sea with The Little Mermaid and brave Thunder Mountain. At Space Mountain, one of the park’s most popular rides, guests only waited 10 minutes. Usually, the wait is around an hour.
Paola Pedroso, 28, traveled from Brazil to visit Disney with her bridal party. They flew into Miami on Sunday and stayed at a hotel near Universal Studios during the worst of the storm.
“But it wasn’t scary. We thought it would be,” said Pedroso, a white Mickey Mouse house hat and veil atop her head. “Our family and friends (back home) were scared more than us because everybody was talking about it. I thought it was going to be a huge thing, but it wasn’t.”
Even cooped up in a hotel before hitting the Magic Kingdom — where they took time to stop for foot-long hot dogs and gooey cheese dip — they still managed to have a good time.
“We had a lot of fun in the hotel,” Pedroso said. “The hurricane didn’t stop us.”
Pedroso was among tourists from foreign countries and the U.S. who flocked to the park in a bid for a return to normalcy after the shifting and ferocious Irma caused havoc in the central corridor of the state with potent winds and torrential rain.
Irma made its first landfall in the lower Florida Keys early Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane before striking land a second time at Marco Island in the west later in the day. The storm then shifted east, passing west of Orlando early Monday as a Category 1, with winds of 85 mph.
Disney never lost power but was slammed with winds and rain that caused trees to topple and water to seep into some buildings. Disney resort hotels remained open during Irma, but the parks were closed Sunday and Monday.
But strolling down Main Street to Cinderella’s Castle on Tuesday, you’d never know a villainous hurricane had just ripped through the state. There’s no debris on the pristine roads, no flooding near the ferry boat docks and not even a chip in Cinderella’s glass slipper or the Beast’s beloved encased rose — housed inside Disney’s crystal figure shop.
Almost all of the rides and attractions were open when the theme park began greeting guests, with the exception of the railroad. Workers were still busy clearing debris from the storm off the tracks. The railroad was expected to reopen Wednesday.
The park’s restaurant lines filled out quickly as visitors craved something besides the peanut butter sandwiches, protein bars and water they’d been living on during the storm.
Andrea Brian, who lives in Winter Garden about a half hour from Disney, said her daughters were “restless and ready to get out of the house” after hunkering down for Irma.
Since her family has annual passes to Magic Kingdom, she figured it was the perfect time to come.
“We were cooped up in the house for days, and I knew the lines wouldn’t be too long,” she said, taking a break underneath Rapunzel’s castle with her daughters Addison, 6, and Mary Kate, 4.
Faced with Irma and a spooky ride on Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion — her favorite — Addison wasn’t fazed.
“I slept through the whole thing without a peep,” she said of Irma. She managed to stay awake on the Haunted Mansion ride.
But Brian called it “the most horrifying thing I’ve ever been through,” although she’s thankful she never lost power and her house had no damage.
“I’m from Tennessee originally, and there I’ve never experienced wind like that before,” she said.
There are a million ways to do Disney. But whether you experience the most magical place on Earth the right way or the wrong way depends on how prepared you are for your trip. Without proper planning, you could make costly mistakes, turning an already pricey vacation downright unaffordable.
Of course, Mickey hats and other Disney paraphernalia will be vastly inflated on site and not worth the expense. But other lesser known mistakes are made all the time — some without knowledge you’re even committing one. Here are 10 of the costliest Disney mistakes, ranked from minor to catastrophic.
Although Disney brings out the kid in all of us, guidelines for whom it considers a true child are relatively strict. Those who are 10 and over must pay adult level admission prices, as well as adult menu food prices — even if your 12-year-old only craves Mickey waffles and orange juice.
The adult breakfast at the Be Our Guest Restaurant, for example, is a full $8 dollars more expensive than the kid breakfast option. Ticket prices for adult verses child admission also vary by $6 per day, which could get pricey depending on the day of the week and the number of days you plan on staying.
Next: Food mistakes that’ll add up quickly
Not researching your food options before entering Disney could be costly for you and your family. Walt Disney World has a variety of in-park food options that range in price from $14.99 per adult to over $60 per adult. Snacks are obviously cheaper, but it’s not uncommon to pay $5 for ice cream Mickey ears, a prerequisite vacation buy.
People with food allergies, dietary preferences, or just a hankering for savings can bring their own food into the park. Katie, the blogger behind Kitchen Stewardship, spent a whole day at the theme park and succeeded in bringing her own food.
Many guests think leaving the park for cheaper food options is smart, but they’re just wasting time and money. The most efficient savings strategy is to eat a free resort hotel breakfast first, then pack a bag of snacks for the trip.
Next: Forgetting to alert the staff of this one thing could cost you.
Celebrating another trip around the sun is definitely not something you want to keep secret at Disney World. In fact, you’d be breaking a cardinal Disney mistake by not alerting the staff of your birthday — or any other monumental celebration occurring during your stay.
Any guest armed with a celebration button will get special treatment throughout the resort. As explained in Theme Park Tourist, this button acts as a big flag for staff who are prepared to offer you anything from free desserts and Starbucks coffees to sandwiches and impromptu birthday serenades.
Next: Ticket strategies are important for your budget.
The length of your stay is what really influences your spending habits at the park, and trying to decipher among varying ticket options can get hairy. It’s best to keep it simple. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets. And the older your kids are, the more valuable a Park Hopper becomes.
The Disney Tourist Blog recommends first-timers stay for six to eight days to get the most out of their vacation. If you plan on going multiple days, bundle your day passes for super savings. For example, individual day passeswill run $99, but a six-day pass is only $65 per day.
In addition, upgrading to a six-day Park Hopper ticket is only $75 more. But buying this would be a waste of money — almost an entire Disney dinner meal — if your crowd is too young to withstand multiple parks back to back. Most people don’t recoup their value because there’s only so much time in a day.
Next: Some things are better left unplanned.
If you’re prone to upgrades and sweet-sounding deals, one of the biggest — and most expensive — mistakes you can make at Disney would be going for broke when it comes to park access. Part of Disney’s magic is the art of the upsell, meaning guests have the option to purchase ticket add-ons, such as Park Hopper and Park Hopper plus. This gives you access to the main parks, the water parks, golf courses, and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.
But it doesn’t make sense to pay for options you won’t use ahead of time. Seven days’ worth of Disney World theme park access and seven Water Parks Fun & More admissions might seem doable during planning, but actually trying to visit these in real time will feel like running an Iron Man race. Add-ons aren’t worth it if you only plan on making one visit to the other parks. And because they’re cheaper than the main park, it makes sense to purchase admission separately throughout your vacation to ensure you only pay for what you use.
Next: Perks sometimes outweigh price.
Guest who choose to stay off the Disney resort will save a bit of money, but they’ll miss out on convenient travel perks only offered to resort guests. It worth considering value when choosing accommodations, as resorts offer free entertainment, transportation, and food to hotel guests. Not only will you pass over contagious Disney magic outside the theme park, you’ll pay $20 per day to park, $50 and $70 per day in rental car fees, and likely waste money on expensive breakfasts each morning.
Planning to just sleep at your resort would be careless, as well. Many of the resorts offer free entertainment options that are instrumental in saving money on your vacation. The resort lobbies are one of the best places for character photo opportunities,and many will offer free tours to guests looking to take it all in.
Next: How much time are you wasting in line?
The biggest gripe about Disney is the “hurry up and wait” phenomenon that no park hopper or ingenious map route can seem to squander. Without proper preparation, you’ll spend the majority of your day waiting for a ride while withering away in the hot sun. But Disney didn’t achieve unprecedented success without a few tricks up its sleeve. Guests will commit a detrimental Disney mistake by ignoring simple wait-time hacks, such as Ride Switch, FastPass, and Single Rider policies.
FastPass allows riders to choose three attractions per day to jump the line into the “FastPass” lane. Some rides have an entirely separate lane for single riders who don’t mind strapping into a coaster alone. And Ride Switch is a timely solution for parents who must switch off with another parent to wait in line with a child who can’t ride. And if you’re not using Disneyland phone apps to scout the shortest lines in the park, then you’re doing Disney all wrong.
Next: Why it’s an expensive mistake to spend all your days at Disney
There’s no need to splurge on five days’ worth of passes if you know you can hit everything the Magic Kingdom and Epcot have to offer in three. An adult one-day ticket is $107, all of which will go to waste if you’re stuck catching Z’s at the hotel room. It’s best to spread your Disney trip across all attractions to save money. As mentioned earlier, Water Park tickets are $45 cheaper than a theme park pass and could prove to be more relaxing than navigating a crowd at Hollywood Studios.
Disney Tourist Blog suggests that you buy one day fewer worth of tickets to enjoy other amenities available to you for less money. Visitors on the WDWinfo blog advise vacationers to take a breather with an off day. For example, take a leisurely ride on the Monorail to check out nearby Disney resorts, or wander around the Disney campgrounds.
Next: Suppress your desire to splurge.
Amid all the magic and music, it can be tempting to indulge in a few lavish Disney-related activities. And though they might make for an unforgettable trip, they’ll definitely be costly.
Disney Fanatic breaks down a few of Disney’s most extravagant activities, including princess teas, backstage private tours, and dolphin encounters. But if your children want to have tea with a princess, expect to pay over $300 for the royal treatment.
Next: Should you really bring the kids?
We hate to say it, but towing young children to Disney World or Disneyland might be your most costly Disney mistake ever. Florida weather is brutal in the summer, and trudging through all 27,000 acres of the park in search for Minnie Mouse is exhausting for little legs. In fact, some would say Disney is no place for children — at least those who wouldn’t appreciate it.
What’s abundantly clear is a Disney vacation is expensive. And a toddler who cries through a character dining meal or spends afternoons and evenings napping (the prime show times) is wasting their price of admission. It’s best to wait until your child is a bit older to enjoy all the sights.
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Fourth of July and fireworks. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Walt Disney World is ready to celebrate the good old red, white, and blue in fantastic fashion. So, if you are wanting to salute all nations, but mostly America, they have some great ways to do it!
Celebrate with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky which commemorates the Fourth with brilliant fireworks that are all choreographed to patriotic music. The best part about this fireworks spectacular is that they are shown on two nights – July 3 and July 4 at 9:00 p.m. So you have two chances to catch this unique and special show.
You also don’t want to miss The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History. During the show, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history all in a fun manner. This is a live show that is performed daily in Liberty Square.
Another must see during the holiday is the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.
The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice on both July 3 and 4 – once at 12:00 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m.
At Epcot, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will add a patriotic twist to the show, with a special finale tag that celebrates America. Illuminations takes place at 9:00 p.m.
Guests will absolutely not want to miss performances by the talented Voices of Liberty. This is an a cappella group who perform traditional Americana tunes during a 4th of July Concert at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. During the day, catch American Music Machine on the America Gardens Theater stage, as they perform pop hits, at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.
Guests who love to meet characters can meet Disney favorites all dressed up to celebrate America’s birthday throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion.
Finally, Guests do not want to miss the American Adventure show which is a journey through important moments in America’s history narrated by Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Prior to the show, make sure to stop in the American Heritage Gallery for “The Kinsey Collection.” This exhibit showcases 400 years of African-American achievement through rare art, documents, books and artifacts.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
What’s more American than Star Wars? Celebrate this great icon of our culture with the “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks spectacular. This show takes place nightly at 9:30 p.m. The show dazzles with themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the Star Wars saga, all set to that unforgettable film score.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
For the first time ever, Guests can experience a nighttime show on the Fourth of July at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The new nighttime show celebrates a connection with nature through fire, water and light. Rivers of Light is shown twice nightly at 9:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort & Spa
The resort will be hosting an All-American July 4 cookout from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a meal of grilled steak and shrimp, hot dogs, baked beans, sides, plus specialty drinks, beer and wine. There will be a live DJ on hand and fun crafts for kids. Once dinner is over, Guests will be able to head to the Grand Floridian Marina for sweets, as well as a view of the Magic Kingdom Fourth of July fireworks. This special experience costs $120 plus tax for adults ages 10 and up, and $59 ages 3 to 11. Gratuity is included. For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.
I will make sure to update this post as additional Fourth of July events for the resorts get announced!
As a reminder, the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World. Make sure you come prepared with a plan and pack your patience. (Oh and be prepared for the heat!)
Fourth of July is a fun experience no matter where you are, but Disney certainly goes all out to celebrate America’s birthday.