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Walt Disney World

Imagine you are walking through one of the Walt Disney World parks on a hot day – or maybe it’s not so hot (there are a few months where that is true!) but the crowds are heavy.  You get on a few rides, you take in a stage show, and now you need to take a breather.  Where do you go to cool down or to just get a minute to sit, recharge, and get (some) quiet before heading back out for more fun?  Here is a list of some of our favorite spots to refresh while in the Walt Disney World parks.

Places to Rest in Walt Disney World Parks

  1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority (PeopleMover); Magic Kingdom – This has got to be one of the top places to take a seat and take a breath.  There is typically only a short line for this attraction which makes it an easy go-to when you need a break but still want to feel like you are experiencing the park.  Countless children have fallen asleep on this ride and probably a few adults too.  This is one of our favorite ways to take a break at the Magic Kingdom.
  2. Spaceship Earth; Epcot – Our love for this attraction runs deep.  It is a slow-moving ride through the history of man and technology.  The narration is soothing, yet interesting.  The lighting is low and calming.  It’s the perfect place to just sit and let your head chill while not having to deal with the noise of crowds. This ride does sometimes have a line, but the line can be deceiving.  The ride is constantly moving so it moves the  line pretty quickly.  This is a definite must-do if you’re at Epcot looking for a breather.
  3. ABC Commissary; Hollywood Studios –  This restaurant has always been a favorite place to stop and cool off or to take cover when it’s raining.  It is pretty large, so you’ll rarely have to fight for seating.  There are also TV’s where you can watch clips of the popular shows currently airing on ABC.  It’s also situated at an in-between point from the front of the park to the back, so it’s a perfect midway stopping point.
  1. Carousel of Progress; Magic Kingdom – This is another great attraction that never has a long line.  Plus you get to go inside and sit on comfy seats.  You could actually take a short nap in there, but why would you want to?  We never get tired of watching this attraction’s family venture through time while singing about it! This ride is especially great on those unbearably hot days and you just need to get some sweet A/C.
  2. O Canada!; Epcot – This is a Circle-Vision 360 movie where you learn all about Canada with Martin Short. The downfall with this one is that there is no seating, but you do get to soak in some A/C and take a break from the crowds for a bit.  Another upside – there is never a line for this.
  3. Walt Disney Presents; Hollywood Studios – If you are looking to find a quiet setting to just mosey rather than a ride, this is the place.  Here you can walk at your own pace through an air-conditioned building while viewing the timeline of Walt’s life and artifacts from the rise of the Disney franchise.  Crowds are usually low here, so it can be a nice little escape in between attractions.
  1. The Hall of Presidents; Magic Kingdom – This attraction is in an auditorium which means comfy seats and air conditioning. There’s a bonus with this one because you’re basically sitting in a movie theater.  Everyone is quiet, it’s dark, and it’s the perfect temperature.  You can get a solid nap in here or just chill out and recharge. And bonus! You might learn a little while you’re in there!
  2. The Seas with Nemo & Friends; Epcot – Another great place to relax, especially with all of the underwater scenes.  Another slow moving ride which gives you time to rest and just take it all in.  Or you can just close your eyes and listen to the characters sing about the “Big Blue World”.  Once you exit the ride, you can go chill and watch the dolphins swim around while you recharge!
  3. Finding Nemo The Musical; Animal Kingdom – This is an adorable and visually stunning musical version of the Finding Nemo story.  It is held in a large auditorium with seats which makes it a great place to sit down, cool off, and rest while taking in a great show!
  4. Old Innoventions Building; Epcot – If you are really just looking for a cool place to sit and people watch, the old Innoventions building is the place for you.  There are tables and chairs to sit and eat a snack plus there are pretty comfy couches to sit and relax while you listen to the greatest theme park music on loop.  There are also charging stations on the side of the couches!
  1. Upstairs at Pinocchio Village Haus; Magic Kingdom – We recently discovered this little gem.  If you are grabbing a bite to eat and don’t want to squeeze into a tiny table downstairs, check to see if the upstairs is open here. There are some tables inside, but there are also tables outside and people rarely use them.  Now if you are looking to cool off and it’s the middle of July, don’t go sit out there.  But if it is a cooler day in October or November and you desire to have some peace and breathing room, scope this spot out. It gives you a chance to stare at the back of Cinderella’s Castle and people watch while taking a break.
  2. Star Wars Launch Bay; Hollywood Studios – While this area won’t necessarily give you a break from the crowds, it will get you out of the outdoor elements. The nice thing about this spot is there are Stormtroopers walking around and interacting with guests, meet and greets with Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, and pretty neat Star Wars props and art to check out!
  3. The American Adventure; Epcot – This show has a similar feel to the Hall of Presidents except the show runs almost 30 minutes.  You could easily get a solid 20 minute nap in and the seats are pretty comfortable too!  Now, we actually suggest watching this show because the animatronics are pretty great and the show is really well done.  Either way, it’s a really nice way to get off your feet while experiencing a bit of classic Epcot.

These are our favorite resting spots in Walt Disney World.  Do you have one we didn’t list?  Comment below!

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Our Favorite Disney Shirts Right Now!

If you’ve been to the Disney parks lately, you’ve noticed that Disney style is a big thing right now.  Minnie Ears, Spirit Jerseys, and clever Disney-themed tees are super popular!  Basically, if you go to Disney and don’t sport an awesome Disney outfit – did you really have a Disney vacation?

Don’t worry, though!  We’ve got you covered.  Here are some of our favorite Disney tees out there right now!

DISNEY FOOD TEES

Half of your Disney vaca is filled with food adventures and Mickey-shaped snacks, so why not profess it to the “World”?



I’m Here For the Snacks | Disney Food Shirt

SIMPLE TEES

Basic tees and classic Mickey and Minnie tees never go out of style.  These tees will stand the test of time and be great for multiple Disney trips!

Mickey Mouse Love. Hand Screen Printed With Eco Water Based Ink Crew-Neck Shirt.

Disney Womens Minnie Mouse Varsity Football Tee

STRAIGHT FACTS TEES

This shirt doesn’t really need an explanation.

Disney Life = Happy Wife = Happy Life.  (fyi my husband 100% owns this)


Disney Life Happy Wife 3001 Premium Crewneck T-Shirt Slogan Humorous Dark Gray


Disney Life Happy Wife 6005 Womens Premium V-Neck T-Shirt Humorous T



 

ATTRACTIONS TEES

There are some great shirts out there paying tribute to our favorite attractions!  We love these two below – especially the “Salute” shirt.  If you know which attraction this shirt represents – we need to be friends.


Men’s Sleeveless T Shirt A Salute to All Nations 100% Cotton Bodybuilding T Shirt


Mountains Are Calling, Disney Tee, Disney Vacation Tee

 

HALLOWEEN TEES

Halloween time at Disney is truly magical!  The Mickey pumpkins, the Halloween parties, the fall treats!  These shirts are great for a park visit or they are great to wear to the Halloween Party if you don’t want to sweat under a full costume!


Vaise Women It’s JUST A Bunch of Hocus Pocus Letter Print Shirts Cute T-Shirt Tops Funny Tees (M, Dark Grey)


Disney Women’s Fashion Raglan Top

 

OBSCURE DISNEY MOVIE TEES

We love seeing less-recognized Disney movies being represented by awesome tees.  The Emperor’s New Groove is such an underrated Disney movie, so we love seeing it get some tee action.  Same goes for this Powerline Concert tee from A Goofy Movie!


Disney Emperor’s New Groove Kronk Squeakin’ Squeaker T-Shirt

Vintage Powerline T Shirt Concert Logo 



CHRISTMAS TEES

I have a serious problem.  I would wear Disney Christmas tees all year-round if it was socially acceptable.  But, seriously.  How perfect are these?  Again, they are great for a normal park day during the Christmas season or they are great if you’ll be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!  They are also a good option because it usually does not get too cold in Orlando during the Christmas season, so you can feel festive without being a sweaty mess!


Disney Mickey Mouse Christmas Sweater Pose T Shirt

Disney Christmas Raglan Tee from Bucketlist Narratives

(Click on the picture above to visit store)

 

We hope you love these tees as much as we do!  Do you have a go-to Disney tee when you’re visiting Walt Disney World?

 

 

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Theme Park Essentials: Strollers

disney stroller

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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Universal Orlando Announces New Dining Experience at CityWalk

Universal Orlando

It was announced today on Universal Orlando’s official blog that there will be a new dining experience coming to Universal’s CityWalk.  Replacing the now-closed NBA City restaurant will be the Toothsome Chocolate Factory.  According to the blog, the theme of the restaurant will be a 19th century Steampunk chocolate factory.

A full menu will be offered including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and an all-day brunch.  The main feature, however, appears to be the desserts they will offer.  There will be a variety of unique milkshakes and ice cream sundaes to choose from.

An exact opening date for the restaurant has not been announced yet, but Universal has stated the restaurant is due to open later this year.

You can read the full blog post from Universal Orlando here.

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Disney’s Frozen Ride at Epcot Update

Disney's Frozen

Disney’s Frozen Ride

Here is our latest update Disney’s Frozen Ride at Epcot!  There have been some improvements, but not as much as we had hoped – apparently due to a problem at the construction site.  Check out our video for more details!

 

Be sure to check out our other videos by heading to our Media Page!




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