Theme Park Essentials: Strollers

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Theme Park Essentials

We’ve all seen it:  the sea of strollers parked at Magic Kingdom.  While they can be a burden, they are a necessity when traveling with young kids to the Disney parks.  To ensure a stress-free trip, it’s best to know which kind of stroller will work for your needs. That’s why this installment of our Theme Park Essentials is covering Strollers.  The parks get crowded and hot  so you’ll want to make sure you have the right stroller for your trip.




1) Umbrella Stroller

We highly suggest a simple umbrella stroller.  There a few reasons these are great.  First, they easily fold up – which is huge especially when travelling to Walt Disney World.  At some point during your trip you will probably take a tram or a bus to your destination and you’ll need to fold up your stroller quickly and easily.  Second, umbrella strollers are typically cheaper than a more deluxe stroller.  Third, these strollers are easier to transport if you are flying.  Many people opt to rent strollers rather than bring their own when flying – which is a great option – but having a great umbrella stroller that you can just check for your flight and then have for your whole trip could save you money.

Here is one we highly suggest based on how easily it folds up.  Plus it only weighs 9 pounds!  If you are flying to Disney, you could either use this as a carry-on or pack it in a checked bag!  The only downside is the wheels are not as great as a jogging stroller.  However, the convenience of this stroller definitely makes up for it!  The link to Amazon below has all of the details plus check out the video below of the stroller folding up!

If you’d rather go for something less expensive, something that will just help get from point A to point B, this adorable Disney stroller is a great example of an easy to close stroller that will keep your little one from tiring out too quickly!

2) Deluxe Stroller

These types of strollers are obviously going to give you more for your money.  You get more storage, a comfortable seat, better handling, and better shading.  These are all factors that can improve your child’s and your experience in the park. If you’re going to bring a deluxe stroller, you want to keep in mind that you’ll need it to close easily.  These strollers are also great because they allow you to easily navigate the parks, even when it’s crowded.  These strollers allow you to take turns or get up and down curbs with minimal effort.  That’s important when you’re trying to squeeze through a crowd of people on Main Street U.S.A.

I can tell you from personal experience, I recently used this stroller for a day at Disney with my 8-year-old niece.  This stroller held up perfectly even though she’s older, the handling was beautiful, and she was able to have a morning at Epcot and an evening at Magic Kingdom with no meltdowns!  We even made it to fireworks after a long, hot day!  This stroller was a life-saver, so don’t overlook this option even for your older kids.  You’ll get more out of your day!




3) Double Strollers

When you’re traveling with multiple kids, double strollers are a great idea.  There are some great options for double strollers out there – we suggest using something of higher quality so your back isn’t killing you by the end of the day.  We also need to put a note of caution regarding triple strollers – don’t do it!  Double strollers are still somewhat easy to navigate through the parks but once you get into triple and beyond, the struggle begins.  Triple strollers that are three wide (side by side) get too wide to be able to easily get around the parks and crowds.  Triple strollers that are three long (one in front of the other) are just a disaster in the parks.  Most of them are not able to turn easily and just create frustration and sore muscles for the parent!

4) Stroller Accessories

No matter which stroller you choose to bring, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your child cool and out of the sun.  Orlando summers are HOT.  There are plenty of great accessories out there to enhance your stroller such as stroller fans, covers, and cooling pads.  Below are a few examples:

Stroller Sun Cover – click picture for more info!
Stroller Fan – click picture for more info!
Stroller Liner to keep cool – click picture for more info!





Have you found a great stroller to use while in the parks?  
Tell us about it below!

Be sure to check out our Theme Park Essentials:  Top Portable Fans post!

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New Updates to FastPass+ on the My Disney Experience App

My Disney Experience

It’s time to rejoice!  Disney has finally released some much needed updates to their My Disney Experience app with the updates specifically aimed at FastPass+.

With the latest app update, you are now able to add a fourth FastPass+ selection right on your phone!  Before the update, you were required to visit a FastPass+ kiosk if you wanted to add an additional attraction after using your three booked FastPasses.  For a system that is supposed to promote efficiency, having to go find a kiosk in the park and then wait in line to add an additional FastPass was not efficient.

Disney has also updated the process for booking FastPasses.  Previously, Disney would give you four different plans to choose from based on your preferred attractions.  You were not able to select specific times and you had to select three FastPasses.  That has all changed.  Now you can book less than three FastPasses for a day and you can also select a specific time.  See the screenshot below:

FastPass+

Make sure that you have the latest version of the My Disney Experience app before making your next FastPass selections!

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Theme Park Guru Quick Tips: Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

Here is our next installment of Theme Park Guru Quick Tips!

This month we’re giving you some great tips for your visit to the Magic Kingdom!




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The Confession of a Disney Fanatic – I Never Watched the Parade

Festival of Fantasy

Hey everyone, Jen here.  So let’s start this out by making something known:  I am a Disney fanatic.  I have vacationed at Walt Disney World basically since birth (sometimes staying on property for two weeks at a time) and married my best friend there in 2009.  I live and breathe Disney.  Now that we’ve established that, I have a confession to make.  Growing up and even into my adult years, I never watched the Magic Kingdom parade.

If I was in the Magic Kingdom at 3:00, you’d find me far away from the parade route.  This was instilled in me at a young age by my very theme park-efficient dad.  It’s not that we didn’t like the parade, it was that we knew our time could be better spent hitting rides while the wait times were shorter due to the parade drawing crowds away from the rides.  This is a basic theme park tip that many people consider when trying to maximize their time in the park and for us it was a no-brainer.

As I got older, the parade did start to intrigue me but still I resisted and used that time to maximize what we like to call our “Rides Per Minute”.  All of that changed on March 9, 2014.




This was the day the new Magic Kingdom parade, Festival of Fantasy, made its debut.  This parade was clearly different.  There was so much hype around it, I couldn’t resist any longer.  I gave in and finally took the time to watch this parade.  After experiencing the parade, I can honestly say that for the first time I actually felt my time was better spent sitting on the curb of Main Street waiting an hour just to experience it than riding a few extra rides.

Everything about Festival of Fantasy is magical:  the characters, the costumes, the floats, the music.  It brings the Magic Kingdom to life every day and makes adults really feel like kids again.  Don’t believe me?  Check out these pics:

 

I will say that here at TPG we still do advise guests who do not desire to see the parade or those who have been able to experience it already to use that time to experience the rides, however I strongly feel that you should at least take the time to see this parade once during your visit.

Want to see video of Festival of Fantasy or just want to relive the magic of this parade?  Check out our full parade video below:

Which Magic Kingdom parade is your favorite?  Tell us below!  Is anyone else like me and never took the time to watch the parade?

 

 

 

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Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival Highlights




Flower & Garden Festival 2016

The 22nd Flower & Garden Festival at Disney’s Epcot is in full swing!  There are some beautiful topiaries to check out and some delicious food to try out this year!  Below are some of the amazing topiaries on display this year:




 

Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

There is also a great selection of Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise this year – especially in the Festival Center.  Here are a few pictures of the available merchandise this year:




Flower & Garden Festival Treats

There are plenty of food options to try this year at the Flower & Garden Festival.  Here are just a few of the amazing treats you can try:

Flower and Garden Festival
Pineapple Soft Serve and Violet Frozen Lemonade




Will you be heading to the Flower & Garden Festival this year?  Be sure to check out the Garden Rocks Concert lineup here – concerts happening each weekend!

Want to be prepared before heading to Epcot?  Head over to our Epcot page to read our tips and info for the park!

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Theme Park Essentials: Top 5 Portable Fans

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Theme Park Essentials

It’s that time of year again when we start to put away the winter boots and break out the flip flops!  While it’s exciting, it also means we’re heading into the “sweaty season”.  That’s why this installment of our Theme Park Essentials is covering Portable Fans. Orlando gets hot, really hot.  If you are planning a Spring Break trip or a Summer Vacation trip – we highly suggest you grab one of the fans below! We promise, you’ll be glad you did when you’re standing on Main Street waiting for the parade and you’re 5-10 degrees cooler than the sweaty guy next to you!




1) Handheld Fan

A small handheld fan is a great option to help fight the heat and humidity while waiting in line!  A little rechargeable fan like this one can be a vacation-saver!  Typically one that costs a little more should have more longevity and a nice feature with this fan is that it can be recharged with a USB cable!  There are many USB charging stations throughout the Disney parks, so you’ll be covered!

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2) Misting Fan

This is where you get the ultimate cool!  Adding the water mist to your fan will help you achieve coolation much quicker!  Fans like this one are nice because they are sleek, can easily fit into luggage and backpacks, and can be recharged with a USB cable.

(Click picture for details)




3) Stroller Fan

We can’t stress enough the importance of having a stroller fan.  Orlando gets hot and you don’t want your children to get dehydrated or worse while trying to enjoy the parks.  There are many options out there, you can go for something more expensive that should last a while or something less expensive just to cover your trip.  Here are two great options:

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4) Fans for the Whole Family/Group

These types of fans are a great option if you’re heading to the parks with a large group or several young children who will want their own fan.  These fans are no fuss, take 1 AA battery, and provide an easy way to get cool.  They are inexpensive and small, making them great for travel and theme park use.

(Click picture for details)

5) Aromatic Fan

Ever been waiting in line in a confined space on a hot day?  Didn’t you wish you had a Febreze bottle with you to clear the air of the fresh tourist sweat smell?  Fans like this one solve that problem!  Not only does this fan give you a delightful breeze, there is also a compartment to fill with your favorite aroma to be disbursed in those dire situations!  This item is theme park gold!

(Click picture for details)

 




Have you found a great fan to use while in the parks?  Tell us about it below!

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Walt Disney World Ticket Price Changes and Increase

Theme Park

As predicted, Disney Parks have announced a price increase for some of the park tickets and have introduced a tiered ticket system.

Now the price of a 1-day park ticket will depend on the day of the week you will be visiting and the time of the year.

There are three categories now:  Value, Regular, and Peak.  Here are the prices for each category:

  • Value:  from $97 + tax
  • Regular:  from $102 + tax
  • Peak:  from $114 + tax

Here is the official Disney Parks Blog announcement page.

For more information about 1-day ticket prices, you can visit the official Walt Disney World Resort page here.

 

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Duffy Bear Giveaway Celebrating 500 Instagram Followers! | Duffy Bear

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To celebrate 500 Instagram followers, we are giving away this adorable Christmas Duffy Bear! Enter below for a chance to win!
Then go follow us on Instagram and follow the instructions for another entry to win!

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