Planning a Disney Vacation

So lately, I have been knee deep in making all the necessary reservations I can possibly think of for our trip to Disney World next month and boy has it been a whirlwind.

It can be a bit gut wrenching to strategize on which restaurants to make reservations to based on personal preference and location as well as fast passes that will help reduce traveling time to and from the parks and various Disney locations.

So let me start off by saying that I had entirely full intentions on limiting any plan making for this trip in order to not feel obligated to make any reservations I previously made. But once dinner reservation after dinner reservation was made, next thing you know, we had a schedule set up for going to specific parks each day.

It is extremely important to make any and all dinner reservations in as far of advance as possible due to them getting booked up extremely quickly.

Day 1

So for the first night, the only night I could get reservations for this particular restaurant mind you, my wife and I will be dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the castle at the Magic Kingdom which works well given we wanted to go to the Magic Kingdom first anyways. With that being said, we elected to make fast pass selections for Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Day 2

On our second day, we really wanted to go to Hollywood Studios so we elected to make fast pass selections for Star Tours, Tower of Terror and Toy Story Mania! However, at night, we will be meeting up with friends back at the Magic Kingdom for a character buffet dinner at the Crystal Palace. This shouldn’t be a problem given that we do have a park hopper option to go from park to park as many times as we would like per day.

Day 3

Our third day gets a bit more complicated. Originally we had planned on having a day at Epcot with having a little lunch followed by dinner at Chefs de France inside the France section of the world showcase. Given we have fast passes for late afternoon for Test Track, Epcot Character Spot and Spaceship Earth, our entire morning is pretty wide open. However, due to late scheduling changes, my wife and a few of her friends will be having Afternoon Tea at the Garden Room at the Grand Floridian Resort given it was the only day we could find reservations for this particular venue. With that said, I think we are going to do our best to get Animal Kingdom out of the way in the morning given we usually only spend half a day there anyways, followed by a trip to the Grand Floridian and then monorailing on over to Epcot to close out the day with rides and dinner.

Day 4

For this day, the group decided this would be the best day to take our Disney sabbatical by checking out Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. For Dinner however, we are going to take the cheaper route and cook dinner ourselves afterwards. If there is any time left at the end of the day however, we are going to check out Animal Kingdom at night considering it is a brand new concept to be open so late. So just as a precaution, we made fast passes for Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris and DINOSAUR.

Day 5

My wife and I are going to head back to Hollywood Studios where we will have lunch in the extremely cool Sci-Fi Dine-In restaurant and will enjoy the following fast pass attractions: Toy Story Mania!, Star Tours and Tower of Terror. As for dinner, we are going to meet up with friends again at Disney Springs at Raglan Road Irish Pub, mostly due to its variety of gluten free options. However, once dinner is over, and possibly a little shopping is done, we are going to head over to Magic Kingdom for the late hours of the night given that Magic Kingdom hours are extended to midnight this particular day.

Day 6

For Day 6, originally this was the day we were planning on going to Universal Studios but due to one of our friends leaving early, we rescheduled. With that being said, we had previously set up fast passes at the Magic Kingdom in the even we left Universal Early. As it sits, we currently have fast pass selections for Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train; all after 5pm. Therefore, I rescheduled a previous lunch reservation at Napoli within Italy at Epcot’s World Showcase for my all time favorite pizza! This is the one day where the first half of the day is still wide open for us to do whatever the heck we want! At night, my wife and I are scheduled for an amazing Wishes Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom for all you can eat dessert and amazing viewing angles of the Magic Kingdom’s Wishes fireworks show.

Day 7

For our final day, despite going there for the past 2 days, there is no better way to spend your last day at Disney than at the Magic Kingdom. We also have reservations for breakfast at Be Our Guest followed by fast passes for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight. We hope to eventually make dinner reservations at Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

With all of this, it is extremely difficult to pick all your dinner spots and fast passes without having a plan in motion. After lots of meticulous thinking and luck with dinner reservation times, it seems like we will make the most out of our Disney Vacation.

There is also nothing wrong with just having quick service meals on the go while you are between fast pass rides and attractions.

Also do your research on which parks have extra magic hours every day and try to plan around that because the Magic Kingdom at midnight is one of the best times to go ever given all the children are tired and asleep and on their way back to the hotel!

My wife and I are extremely excited for this wonderful adventure and it will be even better having friends join us for the ride!

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Opened on April 22nd, 1998, Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is the newest of the four Walt Disney World Parks and by far the largest at 500 acres. That is almost 5 times the size of the Magic Kingdom!

AK Tree of life

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The Animal Kingdom features one of the most original landmarks of any of the parks, the Tree of Life (pictured above). If you look closely, you can see many animals sculpted into the Tree of Life such as Lions, Tigers and Zebras.

The Tree of Life is also home to the 3D adventure, It’s Tough to be a Bug where you can see what it is truly like to live the life of a bug!

Upon entering the Animal Kingdom, you will see nature all around you, and even animals such as monkeys, birds, etc in the Oasis part of the park.

You can then proceed to Discovery Island which is the center point of the park where you can find the Tree of Life. The park is then broken up into five parts: DinoLand U.S.A., Asia, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Africa and Camp Minnie-Mickey.

Typically when I go to the Animal Kingdom, I like to start in DinoLand which is on the right side of Discovery Island. The main attraction at that section of the park is DINOSAUR, a thrill ride where you travel back in time to the Prehistoric era to help save a Dinosaur from extinction.

After enduring DinoLand, I then make my way over to Asia to one of my favorite rides in all of the Disney World Parks, a FastPass+ must, Expedition Everest. This is a high octane roller coaster where you travel through the Himalayan mountains while trying to avoid capture of the Abominable Snowman. The best part of this roller coaster is it actually will go backwards at some points! Also, if it is a hot day and you are looking to cool off, check out Kali River Rapids, an intense white water rapid ride that is sure to soak you throughout!

expedition everest

Image courtesy of DisneyFanatic.com. Photo posted by Mike.

After wandering through Asia, I like to make my way through Rafiki’s Planet Watch and on over to Africa, home to Disney’s largest attraction, size wise, Kilimanjaro Safaris. At 110 acres, this attraction is 3 acres larger than the entire Magic Kingdom! This attraction allows you to take an African Safari right in the middle of Orlando, FL where you can see hippos, giraffes, ostriches and if your lucky, lions!

Cap off your day at the animal kingdom with the amazing Festival of the Lion King at Camp Minnie-Mickey for an awesome puppetry based show that celebrates the new king of the jungle, Simba!

Brand new this year to the Animal Kingdom, a park that typically closes earlier than any of the parks close to 6pm on a daily basis, they will now be kept open even later where you can ride Expedition Everest or take a Safari in the dark if you wish. Animal Kingdom will also be featuring a brand new nighttime water and light show that will feature all sorts of special effects in the Rivers of Light.

With all that being said, the Animal Kingdom is a park that does not feature as many attractions as the previous three Disney World parks mentioned in my four part series due to how new it is.

When I travel to Disney World, I typically make my way over to the Animal Kingdom for about half a day to give myself plenty of time to enjoy Expedition Everest and DINOSAUR.

The Animal Kingdom would definitely be my least favorite of the four Disney World Parks but still a must to check out simply for the attractions it does have to offer.

So on your next Disney World trip, set your fastpasses for Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris and DINOSAUR given those are definitely the most popular attractions of the park and typically warrant long waits as result.

In terms of needing something to eat, there aren’t really any worth while restaurants inside Animal Kingdom in my opinion but on your way out, there is a Rainforest Cafe just outside the gates of the park.

The Animal Kingdom is certainly a park that I truly do not have any tricks really but do try to get to the main attractions that interest you most there before the crowds start coming in and check out all the animals you are not used to seeing on a regular basis.

This will conclude my four part series into my in-depth look at the four Walt Disney World Parks in Orlando, FL.

If anyone has any questions or needs any advice regarding the Walt Disney World Parks, please do not hesitate to reach out and I would love to help any way I can!

Hollywood/MGM Studios

Hi everyone! And welcome to my third installment of my four part series on the Wonderful World of Disney Parks!

Chinese Theater

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When you enter the amazing Hollywood Studios, previously known as MGM Studios, your eyes will first see the awesome Chinese Theater, home to The Great Movie Ride, a journey through some of the most iconic scenes from the greatest movies of all time!

In recent years, this beautiful replica theater based on the one in Hollywood, CA, was blocked by a large Mickey Fantasia Hat.

mickey fantasia hat

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Before most people can make their way to the Chinese Theater however, it is typical and highly recommended to take a quick right at the beginning of the park to enjoy the two most iconic attractions at Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock’n Roller Coaster.

It is highly recommended that you grab fast passes for these attractions due to their high popularity!

Once you are done embarking your fast limo drive through downtown Los Angeles, and if you survived your stay at the Tower of Terror, you can then make your way back to the Chinese Theater and ride the Great Movie Ride, which I highly recommend. Afterwards, you can then enjoy Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular!, an awesome stunt show based on scenes from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Beyond this incredible stunt show, due to a large amount of renovation at Hollywood Studios where Disney’s Imagineers are currently working on adding Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, there really only lies Star Tours, where you can take a tour around the galaxy with your favorite tour guides, R2-D2 & C3PO.

You can also find of my absolute favorite rides in all of Disney World, Toy Story Mania!, a fun interactive ride where you can compete with your parents, friends or significant others at an array of 3D games inspired by your favorite Toy Story characters.

I would highly suggest getting a fast pass for Toy Story Mania!, if there are any left that is…

Yes that is right, this attraction is so popular, fast passes sell out quicker than any other attraction. Without the passes, you will most likely find yourself waiting close to 2 hours.

As for dining options at Hollywood Studios, I would highly recommend, for lower cost options, The Hollywood & Vine, another awesome buffet option, or the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, a unique way to dine while inside an old style vehicle while watching trailers and scenes from old style Sci-Fi movies on the drive-in theater screen.

If you are looking for an upper end restaurant, I would strongly suggest The Hollywood Brown Derby, an excellent replica of the Hollywood, CA restaurant that features top of the line food choices.

As for my biggest secret for Hollywood Studios, I would highly recommend making reservations for either the Hollywood & Vine or the Hollywood Brown Derby with the dinner package for the great Fantasmic! show only offered on certain nights near the entrance of the Tower of Terror.

The dinner package will earn you preferred seating for this incredible water and firework show that incorporates the greatest Disney Villains and Heroes of all time while Mickey battles good and evil in his dream.

Hollywood Studios was once upon a time my second favorite park of all the Disney World parks but due to its renovations, it is hard to justify it as my second favorite at this point in time despite having Tower of Terror, Rock’n Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania! and Star Tours. However, the strides Disney is taking to incorporate a Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land could eventually make this park an extreme power house and for that, I find myself extremely excited.

In the meantime, I do recommend this wonderful park for what it has to offer despite the major renovations currently taking place because it still does offer the most thrilling rides that any of the parks have to offer.

And remember, you are always a simple boat ride away from Epcot if need be!

Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

epcot ball

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Welcome to the 2nd part of my four part series into the wonderful parks of the magical Walt Disney World!

In this post, I want to take a deep look into Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or as most people know it as, Epcot.

Epcot was Walt Disney’s prototype of what he believed could be a city or community of the future. This park was eventually opened on October 1st, 1982 with the focal point being the great Epcot Ball, home to the attraction Spaceship Earth, a journey into the past that shows us the advances and discoveries in communication and technology that we know of today.

Epcot is broken up into two themed areas, Future World and World Showcase.

Future world is where you can find most of the rides you come to Epcot for such as The Seas with Nemo & FriendsTest Track and Soarin’.

Test Track gives you the test ride of a lifetime where you can get into a test vehicle to check how well the vehicle breaks, turns and how fast it can really go.

Soarin’ is a beautiful simulation where you can hang glide over the world’s most amazing landmarks such as the Great Wall of China and even Cinderella’s castle. Soarin’ was recently shut down in January of 2016 for some refurbishments which will include a third theater, a 4K resolution experience and a new journey to fly in.

It is highly reccomended that you get fastpasses for Test Track and Soarin’ given that these attractions typically harness around a 2 hour wait time but are absolutely musts for your visit to Epcot.

Once you finish making you way through Future World, you will then find yourself in the awesome World Showcase, home to 11 pavilions inspired nations from all around the world that include:

  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

Each nation represents beautiful architecture that is extremely representative of  it’s respected country as well food and restaurants that are native to that homeland as well.

My top 5 restaurants I would recommend in the World Showcase would be:

  1. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Italy)
  2. Tutto Italia Ristorante (Italy)
  3. Rose & Crown Dining Room (UK)
  4. Chefs de France (France)
  5. La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)

Of course, one thing you cannot miss whatsoever when visiting Epcot is the amazing firework show in the middle of Epcot that can be viewed from World Showcase, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth which tend to fire off every day at 9:00 PM.

illuminations

LIGHT THE NIGHT Spectacular fireworks customized to a symphonic score burst above Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon during IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Lasers, a revolving Earth Globe and leaping flames co-star in this 13-minute spectacle. IllumiNations is the nightly finale at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Computer-generated image). (Copyright 2001. THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.). Image courtesy of DisneyWorld.com

The biggest question regarding where the best place is to watch the fireworks from is an ongoing debate, some say Japan, some say at the beginning of World Showcase. Personally, my favorite place to watch this show, and it is a little trick I picked up over the years, try to make dinner reservations at the Rose & Crown in the UK for around 8:00 PM, then you will be able to go to the waterside patio to watch an extremely unobstructed view of this wonderful firework display.

Another fun trick that not to many people are familiar with when it comes to Epcot, unlike any of the other parks, Epcot has a back entrance! If you are staying at Disney’s Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin, Yacht Club or Beach Club Resorts, you are within walking distance of Epcot and you might not have ever known it! You can take a 10 minute walk and the rear entrance will get you somewhere between the United Kingdom and France.

I highly recommending checking out Disney’s Boardwalk Resort if you are going to use that entrance/exit, it to this day is my all time favorite Disney World Resort and features plenty of awesome restaurants and bakeries. It is also a good place to watch the fireworks from Epcot. Also, if you are feeling sport deprived on your vacation, it’s also where you can find the ESPN Club.

If the Magic Kingdom is your first stop on your Walt Disney World vacation, please make Epcot your second, it is an absolute beautiful park to visit with amazing and fun attractions and incredible food. It is also connected to the Magic Kingdom via the Monorail. Live in the now in this Community of Tomorrow.

The Wonderful World of the Magic Kingdom

When traveling to Walt Disney World, one of the great adventures is entering the fairy tale world we all know as, the Magic Kingdom, home to Cinderella’s Castle.

Magic Kindom Castle

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This post will begin my four part series going into each Walt Disney World Park where I will talk about park layout, popular attractions and even tips and tricks to maximize family fun!

Once arriving at the Magic Kingdom by either via Bus, Boat or even Monorail!

Monorail

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After getting through the gates, you will first need to pass through one of two tunnels underneath the famous Walt Disney World Railroad. It is then you will now be walking down Main Street, U.S.A. where you will be able to see the signature landmark of the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Castle.

Main Street, U.S.A. consists of restaurants, shops, bakeries and even a barber shop! If you are looking for awesome Disney souvenirs, you can either wait until leaving to purchase so you are not carrying these goodies around all day, or if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, you have the option to have any souvenir you buy sent to your Resort and available for pick up at the front desk usually by the next day!

Once getting to the end of Main Street, after dodging as many families having their pictures taken by Disney Photo Pass cast members in front of the castle as humanly possible, you can decide to go to any of the many wonderful lands the Magic Kingdom has to offer:

  • Tomorrowland
  • Frontierland
  • Adventureland
  • New Fantasyland
Magic Kingdom Map

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As you can see, the park is designed where you can enter any land via one of the 4 bridges located at the center of the park.

I typically like to start at my absolute favorite land, Tomorrowland (purple colored land), and work my way around the other lands counter clockwise.

Tomorrowland features my absolute favorite and Disney Classic ride, Space Mountain (23). This is a fun and exciting roller coaster that takes place in space! Well not really but it is a ride through pitch black with subtle lights and stars surrounding you.

However, most people to smart small and ride the famous People Mover (24) where you can take a futuristic ride throughout all of Tomorrowland.

Once finishing exploring the rest of Tomorrowland and riding Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (27) or watching Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor (26), I then head over to the New Fantasyland.

Fantasyland is home to the famous Mad Tea Party (19), “it’s a small world” (12) and Peter Pan Flight (11). However, after major renovations a few years ago, and a re-branding of “New Fantasyland”, it is now home to the Beast’s Castle from beauty and the beast which features one of my all time favorite restaurants inside, Be Our Guest. Another major addition in which I have not yet had the pleasure of riding yet is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a Snow White inspired Roller Coaster in the heart of New Fantasyland.

After moving on from New Fantasyland, you can find yourself in Frontierland, which ranks as my second favorite land in Magic Kingdom thanks in large part to attractions such as the Haunted Mansion (10) which is really in Liberty Square, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (5), and of course, Splash Mountain (6).

Splash Mountain

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As for the final land, Adventureland, this is probably my least favorite of all the lands despite having not only the Jungle Cruise (2) but also the ride that inspired the movie, but then the movie inspired the ride, Pirates of the Caribbean (3) where you can sail with Captain Jack Sparrow!

After a long day at the Magic Kingdom, three restaurants I would highly recommend would be Be Our Guest, as mentioned previously, The Crystal Palace (left of 28), which is a buffet styled meal with Winnie the Pooh characters, or Cinderella’s Royal Table which is inside the Castle itself. Please bear in mind, these three restaurants are among the most popular in all of Disney so please try to book reservations in as far in advance as possible.

Nothing however can top ending your day but with the wonderful fireworks at the Magic Kingdom!

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

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One extremely fun and exciting way to enjoy these fireworks is the prepaid event, Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party where you can view the fireworks from a private area near Tomorrowland (right of 28) and have all the Dessert you can imagine! This is something that also will require reservations and is roughly $50 per adult.

As for any tips I may have for the park, I would highly recommend trying to arrive early and going for Space Mountain first, that tends to have one of the longer waits out of any of the rides at the park. Also, try to save Splash Mountain for mid to late afternoon just in case you get to wet on the ride, a hot sun later in the day will help dry you off.

If you are setting up FastPass+, given you are only allowed three FastPass+ selections per day, I would recommend setting them for either: Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Mine Train or Peter Pan, those tend to be the most popular rides. The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion are also popular but they usually float around the 20-40 minute wait time which is manageable compared to Space Mountain that can be as high as 180 minutes!

Also, when leaving, if you are caught in the middle of a fireworks show or parade, given the streets are usually packed with people or blocked off due to a parade, one of the best tricks to avoid all the foot traffic is to walk through the stores on Main Street. All the stores and bakeries are connected giving you the ability to walk through it all to eventually get back to the front of the park  in time to beat everyone else trying to leave to catch a Bus, Boat or Monorail.

There is nothing better than an absolute wonderful day at the Magic Kingdom where dreams always come true, the cast members are the most polite people in the entire world and the food and rides are absolutely exceptional.

Please visit this park at least once in your life for one of the best experiences you can ever imagine!

First Post Ever!

Hey Everyone and Welcome!

Wasn’t to sure exactly what blog about for my first blog post of all time so I thought I would just chit chat about being in this Disney Frame of Mind as of late.

In less than two months, headed back for another journey to the most magical place on Earth and this time will be a very special occasion: It will be the first time going for me with my Wife!

I know one of the most common dilemmas when arriving at Disney World is, what park do I go to first?!

Growing up, my family always loved doing Epcot on the very first day given we were usually arriving by afternoon or so and wanted to reserve the Magic Kingdom to a day in its entirety.

Now that I am married, my wife want to start our very own family tradition by beginning our trip regardless of when we get in at the house Walt built, the Magic Kingdom.

We are truly excited for what is yet to come of our week adventure in the WDW. With that being said, a lot of planning usually is required when expecting the very greatest time imaginable when visiting this lovely destination.

After I determine how many days exactly we will be spending in the parks, I like to determine the best resort to stay at. I am a huge fan of staying on Disney Property, granted it may cost a little more but you will receive that amazing Disney Experience every second of the trip as well be provided with complimentary transportation not only throughout the property but to and from the airport as well. With that being said, here is a list of my all time favorite resorts to reserve:

  1. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  2. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  3. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  5. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  6. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  7. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  8. Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  9. Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  10. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Please feel free to click on any of the above resorts to get very in depth and detailed information on all WDW Resorts at www.wdwinfo.com!

Please bear in mind that Disney offers many more incredible Resort Options, these are just my personal top 10 favorite resorts that I have personally stayed.

Once I select the perfect resort for me based on my personal interest as well as price, its very important that I plan out at least a few Restaurants that are highly recommended to make reservations for. With staying on Disney Property, you are typically given roughly 180 days in advance to create dining reservations via phone or online.

With that being said, here is a list of my top 8 favorite sit down restaurants at Walt Disney World that I have actually eaten at:

  1. Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland)
  2. Crystal Place (Magic Kingdom’s Main Street USA)
  3. Via Napoli (Epcot’s World Showcase: Italy)
  4. Tutto Italia Ristorante (Epcot’s World Showcase: Italy)
  5. Hollywood and Vine (Hollywood Studios)
  6. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (Hollywood Studios)
  7. The Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios)
  8. Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room (Epcot’s World Showcase: United Kingdom)

Once again, please feel free to click on any of the above restaurants for more information via www.wdwinfo.com.

Typically when traveling to Disney, we don’t like to do too many sit down restaurants due to price and time restraints, hence why the list is a bit short. However, in our upcoming trip we are extremely excited to be trying out Chefs de France in Epcot’s World Showcase: France as well as Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom inside Cinerella’s Castle!

Now that the resort is taken care of as well as any necessary dining reservations, all that is left to do is set up FastPass+ through the My Disney Experience. With this new feature, you will now be allowed up to 30 days in advance to set up up to 3 FastPass+ selections for your favorite Disney Rides and Attractions per day. If you do decide to stay on Disney Property, you will be given 60 days in advance to do so. So which attractions will be the most ideal? Here are my top 5 favorite rides and attractions at each Disney Park:

Magic Kingdom Epcot
1: Space Mountain 1: Soarin’
2: Splash Mountain 2: Test Track
3: Big Thunder Mountain 3: Spaceship Earth
4: Haunted Mansion 4: Mission: SPACE
5: Pirates of the Caribbean 5: The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Hollywood Studios Animal Kingdom
1: Toy Story Mania! 1: Expedition Everest
2: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster 2: DINOSAUR
3: Tower of Terror 3: Kilimanjaro Safaris
4: Star Tours 4: Kali River Rapids
5: The Great Movie Ride 5: It’s Tough to be a Bug!

By all means, please do not limit yourself to the wonderful rides at Walt Disney World. I highly recommend amazing firework shows such as ‘Illuminations’ at Epcot or ‘Wishes’ at the Magic Kingdom as well as beautiful water and firework show ‘Fantasmic’ at Hollywood Studios.

Signing off for now but stay tuned for some of my sweet tips and tricks to WDW in future blog posts to come!