Friday, July 30, 2010

An Ah-ha moment.

I had a great thought the other day. That thought was to create a running post of Disney terms to help you enjoy Disney to its fullest. I have decided to call it the DIS-tionary. If you come across a term in your research, planning, or at Disney World please send it to me in a comment and I will add it to the list. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I just want everyone to love Disney World as much as I do!
:) Ashley

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fantasyland Expansion : details!

Fantasyland Expansion details are finally on
Disney Done Right!

Okay, so as I mentioned in my last (albeit very brief) blog post, I am SUPER excited about expansions being made in the Magic Kingdom. When I went to Disney World in May I snapped a few pictures of the wall marking the site of the expansions to Fantasyland (I mean expansion! Fantasyland will double in size by the end of the construction!). I have searched all over the Internet and I have pulled together some pretty great information. Many of the sites I found include sketches and video so check out the links I post at the bottom of the page! Putting pictures up on this blog is ANNOYING so, I put together the pictures I found on a slide show at the bottom of the page. I found the pictures on

What I found out. It is good stuff.
Expansions to Fantasyland include:

  • A LITTLE MERMAID RIDE: (ahh-hemm...cue Kiss the Girl) I think I might be most excited about this ride. The ride, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, takes riders under the sea and into the world of Ariel. The sketches I have seen of the ride show guests traveling in Clammobiles (the design is similar to that of Finding Nemo in the Seas at Epcot).

  • NEW PRINCESS AND PIXIE ATTRACTIONS: reports that the expansions include castle/chateau/cottage/hollow and meet and greet areas for the following characters :

*Ariel: Not sure if this will be a new location for Ariel's grotto? Makes sense to me!

*Aurora : Watch and help Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather prepare for Aurora's 16th birthday. Maybe they will make a dress. Make it PINK...make BLUE! Oh, I hope they make the cake and fold in the eggs. That was always my favorite part!

*Belle: Enjoy a walk through Belle's cottage and listen to a story from Belle too.

*Cinderella: Yeah, she already has her castle but you can visit Cinderella at her chateau. I read on one site that there will be shows from the Fairy Godmother and possibly a show on how to be a knight?

*Tinker Bell and friends: Meet Tink and all her friends at Pixie Hollow!

  • BE OUR GUEST RESTAURANT: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we proudly present...your dinner. This restaurant looks SO cool! Be a guest at the Beast's castle and enjoy a lively dinner...I bet this place will book up fast!

  • NEW DUMBO ATTRACTION: The Dumbo ride will reportedly be surrounded by a circus tent (to create a more pleasant ride line for this popular ride).

Expansions to Fantasyland are expected to open in two phases starting in 2012 and continuing into 2013. YAY! I cannot wait!

Check out this delicious bookmark page I created!

Slide show of sketches for Fantasyland expansions!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ode to the Premium Mickey Bar

Today I was talking with friends about my most recent Disney trip and I noticed that about 92% of my input revolved around the Premium Mickey Ice Cream bar. If it were "normal" ice cream, I would feel dumb for talking about it so much BUT, it is not. I feel a small poem would best describe the way I feel about Premium Mickey Bars.

I stinkin' love Premium Mickey Bars. I know that I will probably end up posting on them many times but, I figured a good light hearted poem (I teach kindergarten after all) would convey just how much I love this park/cruise exclusive. Anyway, I am pretty sure that there are no calories in this ice cream anyway, and I think they serve them in heaven. Humor me friends.

$3.50 of the best money every spent.
One bite and you'll know they are heaven sent.

A delightful ice cream confection.
a 3 dollar and 5o cent love connection.

I munch down on them, not an ear left in sight.
You might start with the left ear. You might start with the right.
Even without thinking, I'd eat two or three of them for lunch.
Chocolaty goodness. A cool, indulgent crunch.

Oh Mickey!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer Nightastic!....what's the celebration all about?

So why should you try to plan a Disney World trip before the end of the summer? Because Disney World is awesome, yes. But, especially because Summer Nightastic is almost over and you don't want to miss out on a chance to experience all of the special events! Summer nightastic gives summer at Disney a new level of magic and fun! I especially like the events going on at the Magic Kingdom for Summer Nightastic! Hurry up and check it out because the magic of Summer

::Magic Kingdom::

  • Main Street Electrical Parade: So, I am a HUGE fan of Spectromagic (the "normal" light parade for Disney World) and I have to say that I really, really liked the Main Street Electrical parade. This is an upbeat, colorful parade that adds to the magic of summer at Magic Kingdom. Led by Tinkerbell, this parade includes Disney classics like Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and Pete's Dragon and also includes Disney Favorites like Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, and of course Mickey and his gang! I found this great video spot from Attractions Magazines on Youtube. With two shows nightly, you are sure to get a great spot for viewing the parade!

    This is a movie of photographs I took of the Main Street Electrical Parade video

    • Summer Nightastic firework show: Imagine this, you are standing in the Magic Kingdom completely surrounded by a brilliant display of color, light, music, and of course Disney magic. The Summer Nightastic firework show is the ultimate experience. With the Fairy Godmother as your narrator, and a storyline that brings Disney magic to life, you are sure to be pleased. I know that sitting at my favorite firework spot put me in the mix like I have never been before. If you are a fan of Wishes! Nighttime Spectacular you will love this upbeat summer tissue needed (I get a bit emotional at the ending of Wishes!...all the kids singing and whatnot. Trust me it is just a moving thing!). This is another great Youtube video posted by Attractions Magazine!
    • Summer Nightastic nights at Club 626: I had a BLAST dancing with Stitch, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale at the Summer Nightastic version of club 626. Located in Tommorowland (just between Space Mountain and Carousel of Progress), the DJ gets the party going under the magical Disney Summer Nightastic sky!

    ::Disney's Hollywood Studios ::

    • Rock n Glow Dance Party: This dance party rocks out nightly (with the exception of Monday and Wednesday nights). Join the Landscape Crew for a night of music, lights, and dancing!

    • Summer Nightastic has taken over the Tower of Terror: With new drop sequences and special lighting effects, this ride is guaranteed to be a summer thrill!

    ::Epcot Center::

    • Sounds like Summer Concert Series: Live from the American Adventure Pavilion at the America Gardens Theater Epcot brings to you a sizzling summer concert series. There are a variety of tribute bands scheduled to perform nightly at 5:45, 7:00, and 8:45.

    ::Disney's Animal Kingdom::

    • Extended evening hours: Enjoy more time at Animal Kingdom with the park open to 7 or 8pm for the general public (this is pretty good because this park usually closes around 5 pm).

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010

    So, what can the mouse do for you?

    Planning on making a Disney World trip soon but still back and forth on where to say. On property or off? I know initially you might see the prices for an on property hotel and think, "not a chance!" but, before you write off a Disney hotel because it looks too expensive consider these pros and cons, compiled by yours truly.

    pros to staying on Disney property:

    • You are guaranteed a nice stay
    Disney has a reputation for pleasing their guests and believe me your resort stay experience will be magical. Rooms are clean and the cast is friendly. In fact, upon arrival to your home for the week cast members will welcome you "home" and as dumb as it sounds it really does become your home. Its little Disney touches like this that make your trip worthwhile!
    • Disney hotels are available at different price classes: Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, Disney Deluxe Resorts, Disney Deluxe Villas, and the always fun Disney Campgrounds.
    The great thing about the Disney World website is that you can look at your options. Once you select a week and resort the website will show you what you could get for a bit more or a bit less. I really enjoy this feature because it helps you get the very best for your money!
    • Resort Guest Perks
    There are a lot of perks to staying on property at Disney World. This list gets my vote for a Disney resort all by itself!
    -enjoy extra magic hours in the theme parks (during extra magic hours, resort guests are allowed extra "private" hours at designated theme parks. Hours are offered each day at different parks, sometimes there will be early morning extra magic hours (usually about an hour before the park opens to the general public). All you have to do is present your room key, more affectionately known as your Key to the World, at the gate and the park is your until its regular opening. Sometimes there will be late extra magic hours where the park "closes" to the general public . The way late extra magic works is, cast members will ask to see your Key to the World to board rides. Late magic hours are a bit longer usually about 2 or so hours extra.

    -transportation to parks is included in your stay...look at it as a streeeeetchhhhed limo...bus...with a chauffeur who magically shows up at your bus stop to take you to whatever park you want to visit and is available to pick you up throughout the day. Buses are continuously running, there will be a wait of course and sometimes you might have to stand while you ride but hey, just think of it as "teen wolfing it".

    -Disney resort amenities. Pools, game rooms, entertainment, restaurants, gift shops, oh my! If you are like me, you will NOT be at your resort very much (I am a park girl of course). But, especially if you have children you will want to hang out by the pool at your resort...they. are. awesome.
    - Three words: Disney Dining Plan. Only resort guests have access to the great deals offered on Dinsey Dining plans. This will eventually be a post but, the last time we went to Disney World they were offering the quickservice dining plan (2 quick service meals and 2 snacks a day) and we upgraded to the Dining Plan (1 quickservice, 1 snack, and 1 table meal) for a grand total of (DRUMMMM ROLLLLL PLEASE!) 10$ a person/day. Lunch would have been 15$ alone by the way!

    -The convenience of staying on resort is unbeatable. With all of the traffic in Orlando and the toll roads...the toll roads...ugh! You just can't do it any easier than staying on resort. Not to mention parking per day for the theme parks is 14$ if you aren't staying on resort. And a the end of a long day of play it is so nice to know that you are no more than 20 minutes away from your hotel. your shower. your bed!

    The cons of staying on Disney property :
    • The cost...
    It is no secret that a Disney trip is going to cost you. But hey, live a little. With all the perks to staying on property I think you will find that you actually come out pretty close with money spent as you would if you stayed in a hotel, condo, or rental property. But, just when things look bad, fate steps in to see you through... don't ever write off Disney for being too expensive because, you can always find a special deal or two on their web page...

    So what are your thoughts. Have you stayed on resort and loved it, hated it (I highly doubt it), or do you have more tips and advice. Comment below I would love to hear what you have to say. Remember I am only a novice with a knack of knowing a thing or two about DW so any thoughts or opinions would be welcomed!

    Saturday, July 3, 2010

    Happy 25th to Tink's Nighttime Flight

    This is a really great article and even better video I saw on Disney Parks Blog. Tinkerbell's Nighttime Flight adds to the Magic created by Disney. Here are some photographs of the flight I have snapped. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

    You can watch Tinkerbell take her nighttime flight each night during Wishes! (and during the summer Nightastic! firework show June 6-August 14th)

    Friday, July 2, 2010

    The magic of planning

    I am a planner....I know shocker. I guess it is the type A or the teacher in me that loves the smell of fresh post its and the feel of an untainted plastic sleeve...mmmm. I like to know what my options are (down to the time, event,location, duration, etc.) so, when I plan for Disney World trips there is a lot of thought that goes into the preparation. I suppose some people will want to still wing it when it comes to their vacation but, I know about your options when it comes to planning for a purely magical visit to Disney. One tool that I have found to be most helpful is Disney World web page.
    The web page offers a variety of planning tools including itinerary making tools, calendars, maps, events and so much more during the days of your stay for FREE. And all you have to do to create an account is sign up. To sign up use the following quick and easy steps:
    1. go to the Disney homepage
    2. click on the yellow Mickey suitcase labeled "My Disney Vacation"
    3. from here click "sign in or create an account"
    4. create your account (this is quick and will pay off in the end)
    After you have created your account you have access to a variety of perks including free park maps, tips, and the planning tools mentioned above. Also, you can download a desktop planner for your computer the program is called Disney Vacation Connection and lets face it, it is pretty amazing too. All of these great planning tools are going to get you ready for a fun stay at Disney World. You are going to love least if you are type A like me...hey I put the fun in functional!
    One other tool I like to use to find out specific times for shows, parades, and park hours is the calendar function. Calendars are broken down by park and list most everything you could need to know about the park you are visiting by date of visit. Here is a link to the calendar page for the Magic Kingdom .
    While on the calendar page notice the column to the right of the daily break down for park specific news and announcements.

    Once you are at the park you can pick up a Times Guide & New Announcements flyer for the week of your visit. Take a look at a Times Guide & New Information from my last stay at Disney World. You can also check the tip boards located in every park and have the most current wait times and show times for all your favorite attractions. A high tech alternative to the good old tip board would be any number of awesome Disney apps for your phone. Now, which one to choose...that is another post.