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Traveling the World Showcase with Kid – 8 Kid-Approved Activities to Enjoy

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People often think that Epcot, especially the World Showcase half of the park, is not the most kid-friendly place.  The World Showcase is home to many festivals, most of which emphasize delicious and unique food and drinks.  While it’s true that the World Showcase may not rank as a favorite for children when competing against rides in the Magic Kingdom, ...

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Stuck at Home?  11 Ways to Bring the Disney Magic to You 

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Puzzles & Games Finally- time to do that huge Disney puzzle that’s been sitting on your shelf, unopened!  Clear off some counter or table space and work on a puzzle with your family to pass the time and keep everyone calm.  Disney games are also widely available, even on Amazon. Some are great for little ones, while others will appeal ...

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Stuck at Home?  11 Ways to Bring the Disney Magic to You 

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We’re living in an unprecedented time right now, and many of us are missing Walt Disney World more than ever before.  Most of us are staying home for an undetermined amount of time, and very possibly feeling like Rapunzel in Mother Gothel’s tower (in the kingdom of Corona, no less).  If you’re in need of cheering up and want to ...

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6 Sensational Things You’ll Love About Disney’s NEW Riviera Resort

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4. Access to the Disney Skyliner
 One of the biggest advantages of staying at Riviera is the park access.  Disney busses are usually great, but resorts with alternate transportation options like monorail and boat access have always been desirable to guests. The Skyliner gives guests easy access to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (via a transfer at the Caribbean ...

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6 Sensational Things You’ll Love About Disney’s NEW Riviera Resort

Riviera Resort

New offerings- whether rides, resorts, or even cute snacks- often get lots of hype.  Disney’s Riviera Resort is no exception. The Riviera is Disney Vacation Club’s 15th resort, and it has taken its place among the most luxurious resorts on property.  Are you curious about Disney’s new Riviera Resort and whether the hype is deserved? Read on to learn about ...

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Tackling Disney Parks Without FastPasses or Dining Reservations

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Find a Dining Reservation or Use Mobile Ordering!  No reservations? No problem!  Same-day reservations are often available in My Disney Experience and walk-ups are sometimes accommodated as well.  You can’t count on finding prime meal times at the most popular locations, but it’s fairly likely that some sit-down restaurants will have availability.  We recently tried to dine at Sci-Fi Dine ...

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Tackling Disney Parks Without FastPasses or Dining Reservations

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My family was recently surprised by unexpected crowds on our February trip.  One day in particular, we arrived at the Magic Kingdom early in the afternoon after using our FastPasses in another park.  Without any reservations or Fast Passes, we were faced with what many guests experience as the norm – huge crowds, long lines for even non-headliners, and no ...

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A 7-Day Plan For Families at Disney World Resort

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Day 6: Magic Kingdom Assuming you’ve already done what you wanted in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, it’s time to head to the left side of the park. If you’re rope dropping, you’ll want to target popular attractions first. Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, both in Frontierland, see huge lines mid-day. Try to enjoy those first, or use a FastPass. ...

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A 7-Day Plan For Families at Disney World Resort

Hollywood Studios

Day 3: Hollywood Studios Hollywood Studios is very important to rope drop if you want to avoid long waits. If you plan to ride Rise of the Resistance, you’ll need to be in the park when it opens to attempt to secure a boarding group. Then, prioritize one of the park’s headliners, like Slinky Dog Dash, Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, ...

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A 7-Day Plan For Families at Disney World Resort

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There’s no right or wrong way to plan your Walt Disney World vacation. Still, the prospect of mapping out a dream vacation from scratch can be a bit overwhelming. Each family has to take their own travel style into account, including budget, age/energy/ability levels of those vacationing, and many other factors. What follows is a sample plan for a 7-day ...

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