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10 Reasons to Get Up Early and Arrive at Rope Drop

“Rope drop” is just another term for park opening, but arriving for rope drop doesn’t mean you are getting off your Disney bus at 9:05 when the park opens at 9:00. You want to be waiting for the park to open at least 30 minutes before it actually does (even longer in peak seasons). This is the one time during ...

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12 Simple Tips For Having An Awesome Disney World Vacation

There are many things that go into a successful Disney vacation. With some planning and preparation, you can make sure you make the most out of every moment during your trip. Here Are 12 simple tips to help you do just that! 1. Get to the park for rope drop “Rope drop” is another term for park opening. If the ...

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‘Time Wasters’ at Walt Disney World You Might Want To Avoid

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Your time at Walt Disney World is precious, especially if you aren’t an Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member who attends the resort frequently. Only you can decide how you want to spend your time; however, here are some things you may want to avoid spending time on during your Disney vacation.   1. Going To Other Parks This ...

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25 Hard to Find Characters at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, & Animal Kingdom

King Louie and Balloo

Some characters are relatively easy to find in Disney parks. Though their lines might be long, you’ll never struggle to find favorites like Chip and Dale, Donald, Mickey, Pluto, and Goofy across the parks. There are some characters, however, who regularly appear in only one park. Some keen readers have noted in previous articles that there are exceptions to information ...

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Magic Kingdom Meeting & Greeting – 24 Characters You Won’t Want To Miss

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The Magic Kingdom has more meet and greet opportunities than any of the other parks. There are also plenty of characters here that can’t be found in other park locations. You may not agree, but I consider “circus performer/poodle trainer Minnie Mouse” different than the typical Minnie you see elsewhere. In no particular order, here are the characters that meet ...

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7 Disney Films You Must Watch Before Your Trip, Part 2

Cinderella's Castle

(And Where to Find Their Stars in the Parks) If you haven’t already read Part 1 of “14 Disney Films You Must Watch Before Your Trip”, you can find it here. Join us now as we conclude our list of 14 films that you should watch before your Walt Disney World vacation! 8. Snow White Snow White was the film ...

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7 Sensational Facts About The World Showcase

World Showcase

1. Despite original intentions, most of the pavilions are not funded by their home countries. Walt Disney World intended for countries to pay for the construction and maintenance of World Showcase pavilions for a 10-year land lease period. Disney suggested that it would be beneficial to countries to sponsor the pavilions because they would see increases in tourism. However, they ...

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Wild about Characters: 10 Meet & Greets You Must Do at Animal Kingdom

You’ve heard the “Animal Kingdom is a half day park” claim time and time again, right? Well, if you’re looking for extra amusements to fill out your day there, be sure to check out their wide selection of character greeting opportunities. Animal Kingdom boasts several that are exclusive to that park- Baloo, King Louie, Dug, Russell, Pocahontas, and Rafiki. If ...

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10 Amazing Facts About Disney Parks

Facts, figures, history… there’s so much to be learned about Disney’s global network of theme parks. While there’s no particular rhyme or reason to the combination of facts on this list, I hope you find them as interesting as I do! 10. The biggest park: Animal Kingdom Animal Kingdom is the biggest Disney park, at 500 acres. In fact, Animal ...

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8 Great Character Interactions You May Be Missing at Epcot

Belle And Child

There’s a lot of love about Epcot, but one activity that may be slightly overlooked there is character greeting. This isn’t to say that meeting characters at Epcot isn’t popular, and that the characters don’t accumulate lines. However, the lines at Epcot to meet characters don’t seem to be as exceedingly long as they sometimes get at the Magic Kingdom ...

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