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12 Terrific Facts About the Magic Kingdom Utilidors

Utilidors

Since discovering Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has utilidors, I have been very interested in what exactly goes on down there. This area, known as the utilidors, is a series of tunnels that makes it possible for Cast Members to move between lands and across the Park in an efficient, covert manner. Thanks to the utilidors, Guests don’t watch dumpsters ...

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8 Items to Add to Your Disney Park Bag ASAP

If you’re anything like me, you probably think a lot about what to pack for your vacation, but don’t necessarily always bring the items you actually need into the parks. I have a thorough Disney packing list saved in my phone and rarely forget something we need for vacation. On the other hand, I often find myself hustling out of ...

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Top 10 Classic Disney Attractions of All Time

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What Makes a Classic? There are some Walt Disney World Rides, past and present, that most folks would consider true classics. Attractions come and go over the years, and a few of the Parks’ classic attractions no longer exist in their original forms, but they still hold a special spot in history. What makes us think of an attraction as ...

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Get Your Disney Shopping Fix in the Magic Kingdom

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Whether we like it or not, shopping does end up becoming a part of our Walt Disney World Resort vacations more often than not. Who can resist the lure of a souvenir shop? Certainly not me! Sure, you can take a trip over to Disney Springs to visit the huge World of Disney Store, but with all the great smaller ...

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15 Inventions Walt Disney Missed That We Wish He Could See

There’s no doubt that the world lost a true innovator, dreamer, and pioneer on December 15 ,1966, when Walter Elias Disney died.  Walt was infinitely passionate about innovation, and I often find myself wondering what he would think about the world we live in now.  Would he love his theme parks and marvel at the modern-day technological wonders of the ...

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Disneyfy Your Holidays- How to Bring the Disney Magic into Your Home

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As any Disney parks fan knows, going to the parks is a multi-sensory experience.  Part of what makes Disney so magical is the fact that all of your senses are engaged by the experience of being in the theme parks.  The sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and yes, even the touch and feel of the park elements really envelope us in ...

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Flying with Kids: How to Keep Them Happy on the Plane

I remember the first time we flew with our then 17-month old. I was a complete ball of nerves, and I remember being so focused on hoping he wouldn’t cry and “bother people” that I couldn’t think of anything else. As it turns out, traveling with a toddler, then pre-schooler, and now an elementary school student (cue tears) isn’t as ...

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Worth the Splurge? Why Disney Deluxe Resorts Stand Out

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Walt Disney World Resort is home to many amazing Resort hotels. The Resorts are categorized into three tiers: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. All of them have convenient transportation to the Parks, fun themes, and fun touches in their decor. You probably don’t need too much convincing to want to stay in the top-tier Deluxe accommodations, but the decision of whether ...

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A Survival Guide for “Jersey Week” at Walt Disney World

Have you ever heard the term “Jersey Week” in reference to the Walt Disney World Resort?  If you’re not familiar with what it is, you might think it’s something official on the Disney calendar (it’s not). Or, that it has to do with wearing a sports jersey or spirit jersey (it doesn’t).  No, we’re talking about “Jersey” as in the ...

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Cute Disney Dogs: Costume Edition

Feeling excited about Halloween? Or, perhaps your dog has a dress-up trunk (like any typical non-fur child would, right?) and you’re looking for your next purchase for it. Either way, animals in clothing is a top 5 cute thing to look up on the Internet, wouldn’t you agree? There’s no better way to infuse a smile or laugh into your ...

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