Top 10 Must Try Foods at Walt Disney World

Although we have experienced Disney a number of times, there are still places and foods we have yet to try. We have composed a Top 10 must try foods while we are at Disney.

10) Waffle sandwich from Sleepy Hollow at Magic Kingdom.

9) Apple Strudel from Sommerfest, Germany Pavillion at Epcot

8) Cinnamon Rolls from Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom.

7) Caramel Popcorn from Karamell-Kuche, Germany Pavillion at Epcot

6) A Treat from Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom

5) Croque Glacé, L’Artisan des Glaces, French Pavillion at Epcot

4) Fried Rice, Yak and Yeti quick service, at Animal Kingdom

3) School Bread, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Norway Pavillion, at Epcot

2) Ramen, Katsura Grill, Japan Pavilion, at Epcot

1) Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar, at all parks.

No we have not tried a Premium Ice Cream Bar yet, well at least Sammie hasn’t and neither has Alice, so it is a must do on this trip. Following our trip look for our Top 5 of our Favorite 1st time snacks!

That is all for today!

Until next time Remember: The best is yet to come!

5 Reasons we think Memory Maker is worth it.

We love using the Memory Maker when we go and it isn’t for the ride photos. We love getting all the photos outside of the rides and with this upcoming trip being Alice’s first time, we wanted to make sure to get all the  photos! So here are 5 reasons we love The Memory Maker at Disney World.

  1. All the money you honestly save: The Memory Maker costs $169.00 if purchased in advance of your trip and $199.00 to start immediately if you purchase at the park. If you purchase the Memory Maker in advance but too close to your trip, the day before your trip, the first three days won’t have the Memory Maker because of processing. The cost to purchase a photo that a Photopass photographer takes, plus the ride photos, the special character meet and greets, etc… those photo costs can add up quickly. With PhotoPass you spend the $169 and you get ALL OF YOUR PHOTOS. From the day the photo was taken you have 45 days to download your photo before you lose it. We have hundreds of photos that would have cost us a lot more than the price of the Memory Maker. It may not seem like it but it does save you money, if photos are a priority to you.
  2. The Magic Shots: Disney can make Magic happen everywhere and that includes with the photos. These photos are called magic shots and they can make some of those amazing disney characters join in your photos. For example we have photos with Tinkerbell and Olaf! I have seen Stich as well and there are many different ones at each park! All those Magic shots that a photographer does are included in your Memory Maker price.
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  3. The quality of the photos: The cast members taking the photos aren’t just random teenagers that they pulled off the streets. These are legit photographers that have been trained to take these photos. We have tons of beautiful photos especially at Epcot that we wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for these amazing cast members. Great quality photos for a pretty good price. Most photo studios charge $169 for 20 photos on a CD.
  4. The ability to share the Memory Maker with your entire group. Only one person in your group has to purchase the Memory Maker. That means whether you have a group of 2 or a group of 10 you all can use the same account. You can even split the cost if you go with friends and that makes this even more affordable. This is great for families especially. We will be going with Sammie’s family next year and we will definitely be getting this so we can capture all the moments with Grammie and Papa, Uncle, and Auntie.
  5. Finally you get any character meet and greet that has a photopass photographer. This includes Mickey, Tinkerbell, Ariel, etc. There are lots of characters to meet and wonderful photographers to capture those moments. We have some amazing candid moments of use talking to Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder that we wouldn’t have gotten without the memory maker. This is a great way to capture some really amazing memories with these characters and you don’t have to fumble around with your camera.
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So there you go our Top 5 reasons we think Memory Maker is totally worth it. If you are a first timer to Disney or you are going with your child for the first time, we definitely suggest the Memory Maker just to capture those first moments. It is worth it.

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!!!!

Top 5 reasons Why We Love Magical Express

When traveling from the Orlando International Airport to Disney we always take the Magical Express. These are the Top 5 Reasons Why We Love Disney’s Magical Express.

5)   Plays Disney shorts and informative videos before you arrive. While riding on the bus you get to watch Disney shorts with old time Goofy, Mickey, and Donald. It also gives you informative information and some history about the Disney parks which we think is pretty cool; for example we learned that some Show Keepers learned to draw characters using the tools of their trade for guests in the early morning.

4) Free Luggage Delivery to your hotel. Who doesn’t like not having to worry about picking up their luggage from the carousels after arriving to go to Disney? US! We love that with the Magical Express each person in your party gets one piece of luggage delivered to your hotel and room. Fair warning, it could take up to three hours after you arrive at Disney for your luggage to arrive to your room. So make sure to have anything you need immediately with your or pick up that luggage at your carousel. How do they figure out which luggage goes to Disney and which goes to the carousel? These yellow luggage tags (pictured below). Each person in your party receives one and when the luggage comes off the plane it is pulled away from other luggage without these tags and placed on a Magical Express cart and sent off to a different location to be loaded up and sent off to Disney. For this trip we have three tags we can utilize since there are three of us. If you need more bags than a carry on and a checked bag per person, you will have to go to the carousel and pick up extra luggage. We never need more than one checked bag each so this is a huge plus for us.

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3) Allows you relax going to and leaving from Disney. After traveling to Orlando International and navigating your way from the concourse to the airport proper, its nice not having to get into a rental and driving to your hotel. Even though our flight is only a few hours and we don’t suffer from jetlag, we like the ability to nap going to and from Orlando International. We’re guaranteed not to get lost and we like being chauffeured around.

2) Convenience: The convenience of the Magical Express is a huge plus too. Being located at the airport, and not needing to worry about renting a car is always awesome. It picks you up at the hotel at the end of the trip and you don’t have to worry about returning the car with a full tank of gas. This also allows us to leave the carseat at home, super convenient! The bus drivers are always kind and willing to help load the bags you do have on the bottom of the bus and are there when you exit to help you off.

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1)It is Free!!!! Our number one reason we love Disney Magical Express is that it is FREE! Yes that’s right you read that correctly: F-R-E-E!!! When you stay on site it costs nothing extra you just sign up with your package and give them your flight information and then when you get off your flight it is off to the buses.  Sometimes there is some wait for your bus to be ready but it is 100% worth it.

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We have attached images of what we were sent from Magical express in the mail, to help give you more information incase you’re interested. We hope this helps you!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

(Featured image Credit to Google)

Top 5 Perks of Staying at Disney World

When we go to Walt Disney World we always stay on site. We love the vacation packages available to those who stay at the resorts and we love a lot of the perks that come with staying at Disney.

Perk 1: Free transportation from the Orlando International Airport. This may not be a big deal to everyone but for us we don’t like renting a car. Walt Disney World offers the Magical Express, a free bus service that transports you from the Orlando International Airport to your resort. We love not having to worry about a car rental or figuring out how to get to Disney. Now a big con we have heard of is that the Magical Express can take longer than actually driving to your resort and thus wise, This can be true as one bus can stop at up to four resorts. We still feel that the magical express service still as a whole with all that is offered with it does out weigh this con but that is just our opinion.

Perk 2: Being able to book our Fast Passes 60 days before our trip. When you stay on site you get to book your fast passes 60 days before your trip. When you don’t stay on site you can book 30 days before. Having the extra 30 days will help you get some of the harder to get fast passes such as Frozen Ever after, Soarin, Flight of Passage, and Navi’s river Journey. Now we will say this, we booked our fast passes right at 7 AM when you are allowed to 60 days out and we still couldn’t get Flight of Passage, with that being said though we did get Frozen and Navi’s River Journey. It does help having the extra days because you have a higher chance of getting your top choices for rides.

Perk 3: Bus transportation from the resorts to the Parks and back again. Disney has its very own internal bus system. Having the ability to wake up and go to the bus stop to catch a bus is nice. Buses run roughly every 15 to 20 minutes and in early morning we have noticed they run more often especially to Magic Kingdom. The buses also allow for you to park hop really easily. We can grab a bus at Magic Kingdom to go over to Animal Kingdom if we wanted to. The only thing the bus system doesn’t do is resort to resort. So if you wanted to go to another resort you have two options: Take a bus to a park and then switch buses to go to another resort, or call a taxi or Lyft. We have not taken either with a child but the taxi is great at the end of the night without kids to get back to the resort and costs roughly $10 to go anywhere on Disney property.  Disney is now also partnered with Lyft, and although we have not taken it ourselves, we have heard great things about Lyft. We will say though Lyft is a little higher in price at $20 per ride but you can have up to 6 people and they have car seats available upon request. For now though we will stick with the bus.

Perk 4: Magic Bands! When we stay on site you get a magic band as part of your My Disney Experience package. This has all your information on it, your fast passes, tickets, your memory maker, dining reservation, and even your dining package. You can also hook up a credit card to the band to make purchases easily. Now we don’t hook our card up on the magic band because we buy gift cards before we go to make sure we stay on budget, but for some this is a great perk, not having to carry as much into the park. There are 8 colors to choose and you can customize your bands through My Disney Experience on the Walt Disney World website. You can even add your name or a fun nickname to your band.

Perk 5: Dining Plans. Okay now we have seen a lot of negatives about the dining plan, it’s a waste of money, don’t bother, but hear us out. We love the Disney Dining Plan and there is a plan for just about every type of family, person and need. When we went on our honeymoon we splurged and got the Deluxe dinning plan, three meals either all sit down, quick service or any combination of the two, plus two snacks per night you are at the resort. I will say this it was A LOT OF FOOD. When it was the two of us though and we did Epcot we did a lot of sit down restaurants and loved every minute of it. Now the next dinning plan down from that is the Disney dining plan which includes one quick service and one sit down, plus two snacks per night you are at the resort. This is a great package as long as you are actually going to use it. We love that we can do one sit down restaurant a day and then do a quick service for another meal. They also have a quick service plan which gives you two quick service meals a day. We haven’t used this one because we do enjoy doing sit down restaurants. The other great thing about Disney Dinning plan is there are no restrictions on how many meals you can use a day. In other words, your meals and snacks are given to you first day and you have to use them by the time you leave. There is no limit that you must use x amount each day. You could use all your quick services in one day if you really want to. At the end of the day we find the dining plan gives us the freedom in our budget to eat at some of the restaurants and enjoy more expensive meals that we wouldn’t normally get if we were paying out of pocket. Just understand that tips for your waiters/ waitresses are not included in your dining plan so you still need to budget those into your expenses. If you want to look more into the dining plan here is the website from Disney itself:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/plans/#

Now these are the perks we love about staying on site. We also do love being so close to the parks that if we needed to go back to the room, especially with an infant, we are able to.

Not everyone feels the same as we do about staying on site. There are tons of blogs out there that go more in depth into the pros and cons of staying on and off site. So always do your research and consider what is best for your family.

That is all for now until next time remember: the best is yet to come!