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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – “Slinky Dog Dash” Takes Shape At Hollywood Studios!

Ever since the news about the opening of Toy Story Land broke earlier this summer, us Disney fans have been hungry for more details – and finally we have some!

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One of the coming attractions that will surely be VERY popular once Toy Story land opens is “Slinky Dog Dash” – a roller coaster built by Andy in his backyard – combining track pieces with other toys, too (he has QUITE the imagination – as those of us who are fans of the movies know to be true!). The track for the ride was recently completed, and just last week the rider vehicle was delivered to the coaster site!

It’s so cool looking – looks JUST like the slinky dog in the movies! Check out more info (including a video!) here

Toy Story Land is set to open to the public next summer, and I personally can’t wait to see what else Disney’s Imagineers have in store for us Park Guests!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – WDW Then And Now

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I love looking back at old photos from all the Disney trips I took as a kid – it’s fun to see what everyone wore back then, and it’s cool to see how WDW has changed and evolved through the photos too – check out these Disney “Then and Now” photos:

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Since opening back in 1971, Disney has added a TON of stuff – it used to just be the Magic Kingdom, and there were still rides under construction on opening day! Fast forward 45 years, and you’ve got 3 more Theme Parks, numerous Resort Hotels, 2 Water Parks, and a shopping/dining/entertainment district. The differences in the maps show just how much Disney World has grown

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They may have jazzed the parades up a bit over the years – with some help from technology! But the thrill of the parade is still the same – getting to see amazingly creative floats, and the chance to spot your favorite characters, too!

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Even the Mouse himself has gotten a few “facelifts” over the years – but that iconic silhouette remains the same, and is one of the most recognizable symbols on the planet – even my toddler knows what it is and can spot it from a distance

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Magic Bands

“Back In The Day” you actually needed two tickets to get into Walt Disney World – one for the transportation system, and one to allow entry into the Magic Kingdom. Once inside, you could purchase tickets for rides/attractions individually or in booklets (which saved you a bit of money). Things today are a bit more streamlined – as there is just one cost to enter the park, and that includes all of the Park’s rides/attractions, and when you purchase the ticket, all the information is stored either on a credit card-like plastic ticket, or on your Magic Band – which is basically a bracelet with an RFID chip inside that stores all the information, and the ticket/band is then scanned for entry at the Park gates

I love learning more about the history of WDW, and I can’t wait to see how things change and get even better in the years to come!

TGIF!

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My List of Disney Lists

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I like to make lists. That is no secret, and I do not apologize for it. Organization is important – and it’s especially important when you’re taking your family on a vacation! Forgetting something (like your cell phone charger or spare camera battery…) can impact your entire trip, so I find its best to plan ahead as much as possible. I like to make SEVERAL different lists when preparing for my Walt Disney World vacations – here’s a rundown of them:

-Souvenir List – having been to WDW many times, I know what kinds of souvenirs they have, and what kinds of things I can actually enjoy/get a lot of use out of. Kitchen items, mugs, playing cards, pens – these are the kinds of things I like to plan to buy, and having a list of what I might want to get helps keep my budget on track. I use the Disney Store website to help ballpark costs of some of the items, which helps too!

-Budget – Ok, this one isn’t really a “list”, but its still a REALLY important part of vacation planning – knowing how much things cost and about how much you will need to save is imperative. Some things I always include in a Disney trip budget are: hotel, park tickets, food costs (don’t forget tips and “adult” drinks too!), souvenirs, transportation, and incidentals (someone loses their hat, or we run out of sunscreen, etc)

-Packing list – You HAVE to make a list of what’s going to go in your suitcase – you don’t want to forget anything important! I like to make the list a few weeks before the trip, and I do it on my phone so that I can add items as I think of them. I also like to check the weather so that I know what I can expect – things like ponchos and sunscreen are always on my list, and I like to make sure I have some snacks for traveling and all my necessary chargers too. Now that I have a son too, packing has become this HUGE undertaking –and I now need a separate list so I can make sure I have everything he needs too – so if you have kids, packing lists are even more important

-Park Items – There are some items you will want to make sure you are toting along on your Park days – sunscreen, assorted sizes of Ziploc baggies, ponchos, snacks, sunglasses, and a lightweight hoodie are some of the things that go into the backpack we bring when we head to one of the WDW theme parks

-“Must-Do’s” – Before you go to Disney World, check out their official list of rides/attractions and go over it with your family. Decide which ones are on your “must do” list and make sure you have that handy while at the Parks. This should be a pretty short list – as you don’t want to try and do too much in a day or you’ll get burnt out!

-“Must-Eat” items – Disney is a food lover’s paradise – they have all kinds of cuisine and restaurants, and it’s a good idea to know what they have and what you might want to try. This is an especially good thing to do if you have any type of special diet or food allergy – it’s good to know which places can accommodate your needs

Hopefully this “list of lists” will be helpful to you– maybe you can use some (or all!) of them to help ensure your WDW vacation goes smoothly!

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Staying Dry At WDW

As Hurricane Sandy is currently threatening to wreak havoc on all of us living on the Eastern Seaboard, I got to thinking about the weather in Orlando, and specifically what to do when it rains while you’re at Walt Disney World (cuz chances are pretty good that it WILL rain at some point while you’re there!)

 

There are a lot of rides that are mostly indoors, so should you find yourself in the rain, head over to some of these attractions to help you stay dry (and have fun at the same time!):

 

Magic Kingdom
-Pirates Of The Caribbean
-Hall of Presidents
-The Haunted Mansion
-It’s A Small World
-Peter Pan’s Flight
-Carousel of Progress
-PeopleMover
-Space Mountain

 

Hollywood Studios
-The Great Movie Ride
-Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
-Star Tours
-Tower of Terror
-Muppet Vision 3D
-One Man’s Dream
-The Magic Of Disney Animation

 

EPCOT
-Journey Into Imagination
-Spaceship Earth
-Soarin
-The Land

 

Animal Kingdom
-It’s Tough To Be A Bug
-Dinosaur

 

Some of the above attractions have line queues that are partly outside, but most of them at least have a partially covered line, and once you get inside you can dry off!

 

Above all, be prepared – bring your ponchos with you, and remember – it will probably pass in an hour, so just tough it out! You can always run for cover into one of the MANY WDW souvenir shops if you aren’t in the mood for a ride!

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