Disney Tips

Disney PhotoPass Tells Your Super Hero Origin Story During Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park

This summer the best place on Terra to enjoy heroic encounters is at Disney California Adventure park. During the Summer of Heroes, you’re placed in the center of the action in Hollywood Land, where some of the greatest heroes from across the cosmos have gathered. You’ll not only have the opportunity to meet your favorite heroes during this epic event – you can also unleash YOUR inner hero. Every Super Hero has an origin story, so Disney PhotoPass Service is here to tell yours! Whether you’re breaking out of a…
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Enjoy Special Character Experiences and Photo Opportunities During Disney PhotoPass Day

August 19 marks World Photo Day, and we’re excited to celebrate the occasion with the return of Disney PhotoPass Day at Walt Disney World Resort! During this event, Disney PhotoPass Service will offer a number of exclusive photo opportunities that will let you take home even more picture-perfect memories of your visit. You can also celebrate Disney Princesses during Disney PhotoPass Day! In honor of Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign, you’ll find photo opportunities focused on some of your favorite Disney Princesses. Check out all of the special opportunities that…
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Best Tips, Tricks and Locations to Capture Stunning Photos of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It’s National Camera Day – and to celebrate the occasion, two of Nikon USA’s best eagle-eyed professional photographers are exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and offering tips to help you capture your own award-winning images in our new spectacular world. Regular Disney Parks Blog readers know that in Pandora – The World of Avatar, the land is an attraction to explore in itself with a lush and vibrant landscape that boasts interactive Pandoran flora, pouring waterfalls and flowing streams – both day and night!…
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Book your Disney Dining Reservations Early!

Book your Disney Dining Reservations Early! You can book up to 180 days in advance of your arrival date and make dining reservations for up to 10 days.  So technically you can book out 190 days. These spots GO FAST! Even if you wait even a few hours into the day and you may be have a hard time getting the best time at the best restaurants.  Most of reservations do not require a credit card hold. 407-WDW-Dine

Power Up Your Disney Vacation!

In today’s world, everything needs power. This is no truer than when you are on your dream Disney vacation.  Your phones need power, your camera needs power, your tablets need power. The last thing you want is for your phone battery to die so you can’t find the rest of your party, or your camera battery to die, and you miss that perfect picture!  So what do you do?  What we do is we carry our power into the parks with us.  We have a portable charger that can easily…
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Stroller Advice for Walt Disney World

Strollers at Walt Disney World

Here is what we tell people when they ask what we do for strollers when we go to Walt Disney World. First, you have options – some you may not even realize you have. You can bring your own stroller, rent a stroller from Disney, or even rent a stroller from an external company. Each family is different, so there isn’t a single answer for everyone. Some people would rather bring their own stroller, while others don’t want the hassle. Some families have one child, while others have 3 or more. …
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Disney’s Memory Maker Photo Package

Update December 2015: The price for the advance-purchase Memory Maker product (which does not include photos taken within three days of purchase) is now $149. The price for the standard Memory Maker product (which can be used immediately upon purchase) is now $169. On our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we decided to purchase Disney’s Memory Maker Photo Package. This package gives you access to all your photos taken at Walt Disney World that Disney PhotoPass photographers take.  It also gives you photos and videos from several attractions…
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Magic Shots with Disney’s PhotoPass Service

On our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we decided to buy the Disney’s Memory Maker photo package (read all about Memory Maker) which gives you all your photos digitally. One of the most fun things we did this time with the Disney PhotoPass (learn all about Disney PhotoPass) team was to take Magic Shots. Magic Shots are images that the PhotoPass team take and then they add a little magic.  Our kids didn’t want to take pictures at Disney World, which wasn’t an option after paying over $169 for…
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How much do you walk at Walt Disney World?

What park do you think you walk the most while at Walt Disney World?  I always assumed it was probably Epcot. I decided on my last trip to Orlando I would record my steps/miles walked using the Health App on my Apple iPhone.  It turns out that of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, I walked the most at Hollywood Studios, with nearly 23,000 steps and almost 10.5 miles walked!  I would have never guessed that. A close second was Epcot and then Magic Kingdom.  I walked the least…
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Disneyland now has a smartphone app

The Disneyland Resort has released a new official smartphone app.  The Disneyland app will allow you to access current wait times, show you where characters are located in the park, check park hours and more.  The new app is not connected to Walt Disney World‘s MyDisneyExperience. Guests can also link their existing tickets and Annual Passes through the app, allowing them to present a barcode on their smartphone at the turnstiles, rather than a paper or plastic ticket.  New tickets can also be purchased through the app. Dining information is available…
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Disney PhotoPass

Update December 2015: The price for the advance-purchase Memory Maker product (which does not include photos taken within three days of purchase) is now $149. The price for the standard Memory Maker product (which can be used immediately upon purchase) is now $169. If you do not want to take your expensive camera to Disney or want to be in that special family picture, make sure that you take advantage of the Disney PhotoPass photographers. You will see the Disney PhotoPass photographers wearing dark blue and beige outfits.  They can be found in the parks…
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Where to meet Sorcerer Mickey

The one character everyone wants to see at Walt Disney World is Mickey. One of his most popular costumes is that of the Sorcerer from Fantasia. You can find Sorcerer Mickey only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and he is hidden away at that.  You will need to really study your map to find him and a few other characters hidden in this spot. You won’t just walk up on them. The line for Mickey is usually the shortest of all the Mickey lines in all of Walt Disney World, simply because he…
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List of attractions that will be closed for refurbishment this spring (WDW)

We know that a lot of you are planning on going to Walt Disney World for Spring break or over the summer.  Make sure that you check the list of attractions that will be closed for refurbishment, so that you are not disappointed while you are there. The list is always changing so make sure to check before you leave.  Not all closures are scheduled, and there are countless reasons why an attraction might suddenly close. Below are the current lists. Magic Kingdom:  Liberty Square Riverboat – August 04, 2015 to…
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Walt Disney World Toll Roads with a rental car

So how does $6 in toll road charges become $30.75? With PlatePass®!  On our last trip to Disney I flew down with youngest son and we rented a car from Hertz.  Before we left, I had called Hertz to see how paying for the tolls worked with the rental car since it was our first time renting a car.  We have a SunPass (Florida’s toll road easy pay system) device that we could have brought with us if need be.  Hertz told me that there was a system in the car that would automatically pay for the…
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Disney Tip: Bring Your Own Glow Sticks

One way to save money at Disney is to buy Glow Stick Bracelets before leaving home. You can get a pack of 100 Glow Stick Bracelets from Amazon for around $10. Each night, crack 2-5 of them for each of your children to enjoy for less than $1 per child. Disney is very good at marketing, and as soon as it starts getting dark, they bring out toys that light up. These toys can be quite expensive and if you can hand your child(ren) several glow sticks as soon as…
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