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Biggest, Tallest, Fastest and Best of the Best at Walt Disney World

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Biggest, Tallest, Fastest and Best of the Best at Walt Disney World

Tallest Structure at Walt Disney World? Expedition Everest 199.5 feet Tower of Terror 199 feet Fun Fact: FAA regulation states that any structure 200 feet or higher require a beacon to notify aircracfts Longest Attraction at Walt Disney World (time)? Carousel of Progress 20 minutes and 45 seconds Longest Attraction at Walt Disney World (distance)? Test Track is 5,246 feet which is just under a mile by 34 feet What is the Fastest Ride at Disney World? Test Track at 65 MPH 12 FASTEST ATTRACTIONS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD How tall is Cinderella’s Castle? 189 feet Fun Fact: Cinderella’s Castle, along with many other structures at Walt Disney World, use forced perspective to make the structure look bigger than is actually is. How big is Walt Disney World? ~27,258 Acres Fun Fact: Only about 30% of the land at Walt Disney World is actually in use. That leaves about 19,000 acres for future developments. Of the land in use there are 4 theme parks, 21 Resorts, 30,469 rooms, 2 water parks, 139 restaurants and much more. Largest attraction at Walt Disney World? Kilimanjaro Safari’s at 110 acres which means you can fit all of the 107 acres of Magic Kingdom inside Kilimanjaro Safari’s. Which Walt Disney World Resort has the most rooms? Disney’s Pop Century has 2,880 making it the resort with the most rooms at Walt Disney World. The next two closest are Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort with 2,112 rooms and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside with 2,048 rooms. Technically if you consider Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside one resort than it would have the most rooms at a combined total of 3,056 rooms. How many guests can fit into each park? Magic Kingdom has an estimated capacity of 100,000 guests. Epcot has an estimated capacity of 95,000 guests. Hollywood Studios has an estimated capacity of 75,000 guests. Animal Kingdom has an estimated capacity of 60,000 guests. It is interesting that the capacity of the park is not directly related to the size of the parks. Epcot and Animal Kingdom are both larger parks in size however Magic Kingdom can hold more guests. Fun Fact: The Walt Disney World resorts can hold approximately 160,000 guests on any given day. If you factor in the other resorts on Walt Disney World property that are not Disney owned you have room for another 50k guests which means you could potentially have approximately 210,000 guests staying in Walt Disney World on any day of the year. How many people work at Walt Disney World? Somewhere between 57k – 62k Cast Members work at Walt Disney World which makes them the largest single-site employer anywhere in the world. How much does Disney spend on fireworks every day? I was told by a tram driver at the Magic Kingdom parking lot that the Wishes fireworks show costs about $55,000 each night which about how much money is brought in by parking at Magic Kingdom each day. This may or may not be true but it is the most reliable source I have found regarding this information. What was the most expensive attraction at Walt Disney World? Test Track is reported to have cost approximately 300 million dollars. The next closest most expensive attraction at Walt Disney World would be Tower...

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8 Things That Will Make 2018 Be More Magical at Walt Disney World

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

8 Things That Will Make 2018 Be More Magical at Walt Disney World

8 Things That Will Make 2018 Be More Magical at Walt Disney World 1. Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios set to open in summer of 2018. 5 Things We Know About Toy Story Land So Far 2. Slinky Dog Dash Family Coaster Official Slinky Dog Dash Page! 3. Alien Swiling Saucers Official Alien Slirling Saucers Page! 4. A Third Track has been added to Toy Story Mania! which means shorter waiter times for this immensely popular 4D attraction See the new 3rd track at Toy Story Mania in action! 5. New dining and entertainment at Disney Springs which includes: The Edison, Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, Pizza Ponte, Tarralina Crafted Italian and more 5 New Dining Concepts Coming Soon to Disney Springs At Walt Disney World Resort 6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates 20 Years! Disney’s Animal Kingdom will officially be 20 years old on April 22nd, 2018, which is also Earth Day. Part of the 20 year celebration includes a new UP show featuring Russell and Dug. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Expanding “Party for the Planet” to Celebrate Park’s 20th Anniversary with New Food Booths, Tours, & More.” 7. An Expanded Festival of the Arts at Epcot. 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Celebrates 39 Days of Creativity January 12 to February 19. 8. New Multi-Use Venue at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex large enough to host 6 regulation sized basketball or volleyball courts and will seat more than 8,000 guests. New Arena, New Opportunites to Make Sports Dreams Come True at ESPN Wide World of Sports Official News Release from Disney “2018 Brings More Magic Than Ever to Walt Disney World Resort” When will Toy Story Land open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Summer 2018 When did Disney’s Animal Kingdom open? April 22nd, 1998 which is fittingly Earth Day as well. When is the Epcot Internation Festival of the Arts This Year (2018)? Janurary 12th – February...

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10 Best Disney Christmas Advent Calendars

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

10 Best Disney Christmas Advent Calendars

10 Best Disney Christmas Advent Calendars What better way to count the days until Christmas then with a Disney advent calendar! Here are the 10 best Disney Christmas advent calendars available today! Disney Frozen Advent Calendar 24 Days of Beauty Products Each day you open a different cosmetic beauty product LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar with Exclusive Hallmark R2-D2 Christmas Tree Ornament In my opinion the coolest advent ever! 292 LEGO pieces that make 24 gifts! Disney Tsum Tsum Mini Figures Exclusive Advent Calendar Kurt Adler 9.5″ Finding Dory Advent Calendar Disney Tsum Tsum Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar 18 Tsum Tsum Figures, 6 Headpieces and 6 Holiday Themed Accessories Disneys Frozen Felt Countdown to Christmas with Movable Snowflake Tsum Tsum Disney Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar Playset 18 Tsum Tsum Figures, 6 Headpieces and 6 Holiday Themed Accessories Kurt Adler 9.5″ Mickey Mouse and Friends Advent Calendar 25 Doors to Open perfect for anyone who loves Mickey and Friends Kurt Adler 9.5″ Frozen Anna and Elsa Advent Calendar Kurt Adler 9.5″ Disney Cars Advent...

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Muppets Show “Great Moments In American History” at Magic Kingdom Anniversary

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Muppets Show “Great Moments In American History” at Magic Kingdom Anniversary

Today October 2nd marks the Anniversary of the Muppets Show “Great Moments In American History” at Magic Kingdom. Development began in 2014 after Muppets Most Wanted was released. This unique attraction is held in the streets of Liberty Square where you can see the Muppets interacting through the windows of the buildings. The show involves music, crowd participation, American history and of course in Muppet style, humor. There are two different skits you can see; The Declaration of Independence and The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. What I love most about this attraction is that while there are show times, since it’s out in the streets and runs about every 35 minutes for about 10 minutes you don’t have to wait in a line to see and there’s a chance you could just be walking through that area during a show which gives it a feel do spontaneity. Today we celebrate a Muppet legacy and what I think is a great addition to Magic Kingdom. For show times be sure to check the times guide at Magic Kingdom or they can be viewed on Disney’s...

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The History of the Disney Dole Whip

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Vlogs | 0 comments

The History of the Disney Dole Whip

The snack we all love, Dole Whip! You know how delicious it is but do you know how it came to be? Find out in this video the history of the Disney Dole Whip. 

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How Much Would It Cost To Live At Walt Disney World For A Year

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Vlogs | 0 comments

How Much Would It Cost To Live At Walt Disney World For A Year

Ever wonder how much it would cost to live at Walt Disney World? This video explores three different options for living at Disney World For a year one for value, one for moderate and one for deluxe. Spoiler alert even the value option is pretty crazy.

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Least Expensive Trip to Walt Disney Worlde

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Vlogs | 0 comments

Least Expensive Trip to Walt Disney Worlde

In this video Michael Kay explores the cheapest possible way you could do a Walt Disney World vacation.

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Best Snacks At Walt Disney World

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Best of Disney, Dining, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Best Snacks At Walt Disney World

Best Snacks At Walt Disney World This is a snacking guide for begginners and Disney pros who are looking for something new to try at Walt Disney World Resort and Theme Parks.  If you have never been to Walt Disney World and are planning to these are the snacks you should be on the lookout for especially if you are doing a Disney Dining plan and are not sure which snacks you should try.  If you have been to Walt Disney World before than maybe you missed some of these snacks or have not tried or heard of some of these.  Whatever the case let us know in the comments below what snacks you like best or are most excited to try if you have not tried them yet. Make sure you get to the bottom to see the number 1 recommended best snack in all of Disney World!. Top 5 Must Have Snacks at Walt Disney World These 5 snacks may not be your favorite but they are basically a right of passage.  Talk to any frequent Walt Disney World vacationer and they will most likely tell you have to try these snacks. Dole Whip Mickey Ice Cream Bar Popcorn Churro Mickey Pretzel Iconic Walt Disney World Snacks These snacks are almost a right of passage for a Walt Disney World Vacationer.  Many of these snacks are found at many different locations throughout the parks making them a good go to snack no matter where you are in Walt Disney World.  Anyone who has been on even one Walt Disney World vacation has most likely tried a few of these and if you are a frequent visitor you have most likely tried most, if not all of these snacks. Dole Whip Popcorn Mickey Ice Cream Bar Churro Smoked Turkey Leg Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich Funnel Cake Mickey Pretzel Warm Cinnamon Roll Carrot Cake Cookie Mickey Rice Crispy Treat Best Snacks Voted By Facebook Groups Go on to any Disney Facebook group and you are going to get a combination of the items from the Iconic snack list above and the following items.  These items seem to be the classic iconic items with some of the lesser known items that you will not find at as many locations as the iconic items. Dole Whip Fresh Cotton Candy Cheese Fries – Casey’s Corner Funnel Cake Churro Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich Mickey Ice Cream Bar Mickey Pretzel Smoked Turkey Leg Mini Donuts Ice Cream and Ice Cream Sandwiches Lefse Dipped in Viking Coffee – Norway, Epcot Shaved Ice French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese Mickey Rice Crispy Treat Popcorn 20 Snacks You Have to try…According to This YouTube Video by “Disney Food Blog” (DFBGuide) ‘Ohana Bread Pudding Trambu Lounge Cinnamon Loaf Kringla Bakeri og Kafe Whoopie Pies Sweet Spells, Landscape of Flavors, Everything Pop Peanut Butter Pie Contempo Cafe Spikey Pineapple Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace Classic Poutine The Daily Poutine Hard Floats and Shakes Beaches and Cream Fresh Cut Fries with Dipping Sauce D-Luxe Burger Float Tray Coca-Cola Orlando Store Rooftop Bar Loaded Plaza Fries The Plaza Restaurant Dole Whip Aloha Isle Donut Sundae Plaza Ice Cream Parlour Maple Popcorn Frontierland Popcorn Cart Beignet Sundae Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Caramel Drizzled Rice Krispie Treat Karamell-Kuche Citrus Swirl Sunshine Tree...

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Walt Disney World Closes For The 5th Time Since Opening in 1971

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Walt Disney World Closes For The 5th Time Since Opening in 1971

Photo by allie (@phanwiches) Walt Disney World Has Only Closed 5 Times Since It Opened Today is the day after Hurricane Irma hit Florida and the 16th anniversary of 9/11 and I can’t help but remember starting my first Disney College Program exactly 4 months after it happened.  I met a lot of full time Cast Members who told me their memories of that day.  My trainer was working that day at the Magic Kingdom when the evacuation call came through.  He told me that they evacuated the entire park in about 30 minutes.  He said the strangest thing that really hit him hard was that they turned off the area music in the parks. Cast Members are used to being the only person in an area of the park being that we open and close the parks.  I can tell you first hand that closing the Disney Parks is a magical experience.  For me, I loved closing because I’d get to see the fireworks, I would be the last person on my ride which included doing a walk through which I loved to do, and then ended with you often walking back to the tunnel all by yourself without seeing another person guest or Cast Member until you got near costuming and the locker room.  I write this to impress upon you the fact that many might think it is creepy being in Disney after hours but it is not.  It is in fact magical in a way you can only know if you have been there.  I can say that the magic is still there because the attractions are still going, the lights are on and the music is playing. On 9/11/2001 the music stopped.  My trainer said it was the eeriest thing being in Fantasyland by yourself when not only is the area music off but there are no guests in the park so it is completely quiet.  Many Cast Members I talked to who were there that day said the same thing.  I was also told that all four parks at Walt Disney World are on the terrorist top 10 hit list.  Knowing that information can be a scary thing to think about when you are one of the last people standing in the Magic Kingdom on the day of the largest attack on American soil.  Everyone was concerned that if there were more attacks coming either that same day or in the near future that Disney had a high probability of being a target. Since the day Walt Disney World opened on October 1st, 1971, Disney has only ever closed it’s doors six times.  Five times it was closed because of hurricanes and one time on 9/11. Dates Walt Disney World Has Ever Been Closed 1999 9/4 & 9/5 Category 4 Hurricane Floyd 2001 9/11 Due to the World Trade Center Attacks 2004 9/26 Category 3 Hurricane Francis & Jeanne 2016 10/7 Category 5 Hurricane Matthew 2017 9/10 & 9/11 Hurricane Irma Looking at those dates it is clear that September has the highest probability of parks closing yet even so there is almost zero chance of Walt Disney World closing at all.  After 45 years the park has only closed five times ever.  That is pretty amazing! I also find it interesting that...

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017

The Food and Wine Festival at Epcot starts tomorrow (August 31, 2017) and will be there for six weeks ending on November 13, 2017. The Food and Wine Festival is located at the World Showcase in Epcot. Not only will there be food and wine but there will also be demonstrations, seminars, talks and special guests. Check out the Food and Wine Festival Preview Festival Favorites at Epcot Global Marketplaces There will be 35 kiosks setup for the event which include countries outside of the normal 11 countries around World Showcase such as Thailand, Patagonia, Scotland, New Zealand and more. I am a chocolate lover so for me I’m most excited about The Chocolate Studio! The Chocolate Studio will have: Food Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (GF) Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust Beverages Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles Banfi Rosa Regale, Piedmont Lenotti Recioto della Valpolicella, Italy RL Buller Fine Muscat Eat to the Beat Concert Series There will be live entertainment for the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series” which includes artist such as Baha Men, Sister Hazel, Air Supply, Sugar Ray, Boys II Men and more. All-New for 2017 For those of you who have been to the Food and Wine Festival before fear not because Disney has some new things in store for 2017 to keep the festival fresh. There will be new menus, chefs, entertainment and more to make 2017 a fresh new experience. Demonstrations, Seminars & Talks Festival Center Happenings There will be many happenings during the event. Back to Basics are mini sessions given by culinary pros to help teach you how to make your meals the best tehy can be. They will be giving tips, tricks and techniques to help you be the best cook you can be. Make sure to check the dates as to which topic will be hosted on a given day as they vary from coffee, produce to chocolate. There will be book signings, bottle signings, “behind-the-vines” look at wine making, merchandise (Festival Cookbooks, apparel, artwork and more), wine shop, crash courses on culinary arts given by the pros from ABC’s The Chew, and a Ghirardelli Chocolate experience. Cheese Seminars During the cheese seminars you can learn from the pros about how cheese is made, the different aromas of cheese and sample artisanal cheeses paired with complimentary wines. This is a great way to learn about which cheeses go with what wines and why as well as learn about the various regions the cheeses come from. Check for times and dates on the cheese seminars. There is a cost (around $89 per guest) on some of these seminars. Culinary Demonstrations Take a 45 minute demonstration lesson from professional chefs for around $17 per guest. Check the official event calendar and don’t forget to make a reservation. Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Curious about mixology and how speciality drinks are made? This is the event for you. Get hands-on lessons from the pros. “What’s Cookin’ With…” This is a celebration of global cuisine showcase as you dine with various VIP’s in the culinary arts. Each chef with share their favorites as you get to listen to tips, tricks and insights from the pros. Cost is around $129 per Guest. Beverage...

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