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The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

FEATURED The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

The Thinking Fan’s Guide is different kind of guidebook for a different kind of theme park experience. Aaron Wallace avoids the ephemera of prices and menus to explore the heart of the Disney experience, the attractions themselves. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the history, lore, and literature that inform the designs and storylines of every ride and attraction in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, as well as the

Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game

FEATURED Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game

As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew.

Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live. The Fantasy is now the most advanced cruise ship in the world.

But all is not right belowdecks. Strange things

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Birnbaum’s Disneyland Resort 2014 (Birnbaum Guides) Review

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars

Birnbaum's Disneyland Resort 2014 (Birnbaum Guides)

The specs of ‘Birnbaum’s Disneyland Resort 2014 (Birnbaum Guides)’ are:

  • Publisher: Disney Editions (2013-09-24)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423169387
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8×6.9×0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

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“A good book for novices or veterans”

This is a very concise and workable book to look thru. I have a tour book that is many more pages and is extraordinarily detailed, but to get thru it is really tough. This is interesting reading, with good information to help with our trip (this is our… Read more

“Don’t leave home without this guide!”

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What to Do on Your Down Day at Walt Disney World

From Micechat.com  Great site recommend it for all Disney Fans

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If you’ve been reading over the last year, you know I’m a fan of taking a day off from the hustle and bustle of the parks during your Disney World trip.  After all, this is a vacation, you should at least have one relaxing day, right?  If you’re like me, though, you can’t spend your whole day lounging in the room when there’s so much to do outside your door.  Here are a few fun activities to try on your down day at Walt Disney World.

1. Explore Your Resort

Spend the morning sunning in a lounger.  Check out the activities being offered in the common areas.  Join in on the afternoon pool party.  Walk around aimlessly taking in the sights, sounds and feel of the Disney hotels in motion.  If your cash is burning a hole in your pocket, peruse the gift shop(s) or patronize the restaurants.  There’s so much to do at each Disney resort that you could easily fill a day.

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                    Get Resort Wise: Some resorts offer free guided tours of the hotel and grounds.  Check with the concierge or front desk to see if your resort hosts a tour and for the most up-to-date times and days.  These are open to anyone, so if you’re a fan of, say, Wilderness Lodge, you are more than welcome to hop on the tour whether or not you’re a guest of the resort.

2. Visit Downtown Disney

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After sleeping in, head over to Downtown Disney for brunch (or lunch depending on how late you slept) and shopping.  There are a wide variety of restaurants from Cuban to comfort food.  If you’re feeling adventurous, you can grab a bite in the rainforest or surrounded by dinos!  World of Disney is a favorite shopping stop, but there are a plethora of other retailers in the shopping and entertainment district to appease almost any shopper.  As the day goes on, you can usually catch live music or other performances.  Be sure to top off your visit with your free sample at the Ghiradelli.  Who am I kidding?  Go for the sundae.

3. Resort Hopping

We love to visit other resorts for meals, shopping and atmosphere.  Each resort offers its own distinct feel and flavor, so take some time to explore.  Grab a dessert at each of the hotels on the monorail line. Get one of every pressed penny at both Port Orleans resorts. See who can get the most creative pictures using the larger than life icons at the values.  Or just take your time and wander through the grounds.  We could probably spend a week at Disney World just visiting all of the hotels, particularly during the holidays.

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Get Resort Wise: Don’t have your own wheels?  Each resort can be accessed via Disney transportation using a park or Downtown Disney as a transfer point.  Of course, cabs are readily available if you prefer a more direct line.

4. Recreation and Spa

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There’s no shortage of recreation opportunities at Walt Disney World.  Consider renting a boat for the afternoon and drift along the lagoon, or rent a couple of Sea Raycers and zoom around (carefully, of course!) with the family.  Water not your thing?  Consider pedaling a surrey bike around Crescent Lake or visit one of Disney’s world class golf courses.  For the ultimate relaxation, book a treatment (or a day) at one of the many lovely spas or salons on property.

5. An Actual Down Day

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Sleep ’til noon, call room service or pizza delivery and nurse your aching feet while reading your travel guide or catching some daytime TV.  If you need to get outside, float around the pool for a while.  If you have a balcony or patio, crack the door a bit and let the ambient music waft in while you lay back and relax.

 

About Jessica Ma’ilo

Jessica is a special education teacher by day and blogger and Fairy Godmother Travel agent by evening. When not supervising play dates or sleepovers, she can be found creating, sewing or singing. She loves hitting the Disney Parks, and she and her family escape to the World and Land as often as they can. She can be contacted at Jessica@FairyGodmotherTravel.com
, and you can also check out her family blog, Magic, Memories, Mayhem.

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Two Free Days and Two Free Nights at Walt Disney World(R) Resort With Southwest Vacations

ORLANDO, FL, Jan 15, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Southwest Airlines Vacations is offering travelers two free days and two free nights when booking vacation packages to select hotels* at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Enjoy magical savings with an exciting trip to Walt Disney World® Resort. Guests can spend their days exploring the theme parks, and spend their evenings enjoying the comfort of their wonderful accommodations. Satisfy your appetite with award winning cuisine at any one of Walt Disney World® Resort’s fine dining restaurants.

Guests can enhance their theme park fun by adding Park Hopper® and the Water Park Fun & More Options. By adding a Disney Dining Plan to their package, guests can save on a variety of delicious dining options.

Travelers who book a flight plus Walt Disney World® Resort hotel plus theme park ticket vacation package of seven nights or more, will get two nights free at onsite Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels. Plus, they will get two days free at Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks when purchasing any seven day theme park ticket.

**Plus, save up to $140 ($20 per night with a maximum of seven nights) when using the promotion code VACA2014 at the time of booking.

To take advantage of this Walt Disney World® Resort vacation deal, travelers must book their packages between January 14, 2014 and January 27, 2014 by 6:00 p.m. Central Time for travel February 24, 2014 through June 15, 2014. Restrictions and exclusions may apply.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Avatar Land breaks Ground

Avatarland officially broke ground this week.  The new land is expected to be finished by 2017 in the former location of Camp Minnie-Mickey.

 

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The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2014 Review

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2014

 

The specs of ‘The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2014’ are:

  • Publisher: Unofficial Guides (2013-09-17)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628090065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9×5.1×1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

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“good”

Pared down by aprox 400 pages from the Unofficial Guide to Disney. This one tells what you need to know if you are traveling w/ kids to Disney. The other guide is great but if time is limited read this one. Great guide. We are planning to do Disney 1… Read more

“Great for preparing for a trip with kids.”

We have been to Disney World many times, but this will be our first trip with our preschool age children. Both girls are pretty sensitive to scary and dramatic shows. I bought this guide to get some ideas about which rides and shows they will enjoy. The… Read more

“Worth it just to save time in the lines”

Ok, wow. Returning to Disney with my 2 and 4 year old for the first time since I was about 20 myself (so, almost 20 years), this was an essential refresher on all that is new and old at the Mouse. Simple explanations of the parks, the rides, the rides’… Read more

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