Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion[/caption]Be Our Guest Opening at teh New Fantasyland Expansion

Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion Be Our Guest Restaurant: Counter Service. The BEST counter service venue in Magic Kingdom, quite possibly in all the “World.”

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

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Why do I want to visit in 2012?  The new things of course.  The Fantasyland Expansion has lots of new things coming.  ToonTown is gone, but out with the old and in with the new! 

Some of the things opening in February of 2012:

Storybook Circus will have double the Dumbo fun!  There will not be just one flying Dumbo ride, but two!  Do you remember the Goofy Barnstormer roller coaster?  Well, it’s back and it’s called the Great Goofini. A great roller coaster for small kids and it stars Goofy.

Then in the late fall of 2012 there is even more fun coming to Disney.  There will be a new castle for the Beast.  Inside will be the “Be Our Guest” dining room.  Belle will have a village and will be telling stories again.  I hope Ariel’s new ride will be ready in 2012 too.  Last time I was in Walt Disney World®, I could see the stone walls being built where the ride will be. I’m so exited the new things are coming! There is a lot of cool stuff I can’t wait for. I hope you’re as excited as I am about these new attractions. So don’t wait!!! Call and book your trip today with the www.themouseexperts.com.

There is more coming in 2013 but I can’t wait that long to visit when all these exciting new things will be opening!

 Written by Kid Blogger Lydia Schulz

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Disney has just released new Military Discounts for both rooms and tickets. Once again, this is a great opportunity for those of us with a military member in our family to take advantage of this deal and head to Disney. I price these trips day in and day out and I pride myself on giving people the options that will provide them the best possible value. This, of course, is different for each family. A question we get a lot from our clients is “Isn’t it less expensive to stay at the military resort, Shades of Green?” There are a lot of factors that go into answering this question, and because we look at each family individually, we often find a different answer based on their individual needs.

 The Walt Disney World Military resort discount

 Offer Details*
•Deluxe and Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts – 40% resort discount
•Moderate Resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins – 35% resort discount
•Value Resorts – 30% resort discount
Disney’s Fort Wilderness campsites excluded

Eligible Military Branches
•Active Duty and Retired with ID

•Army   •Air Force   •Navy   •Marines   •Coast Guard   •National Guard

*Blackout dates of 11/24-11/26/10, 12/26-12/31/10, 4/17/10-4/20/11 apply. All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply.

A valid Active Duty / Spouse US Military ID will be required at resort check-in to receive the discount.

The Quick Service Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan, or Disney Deluxe Dining Plan can also be added to make this a complete package.

 •The great thing about this offer is it can be combined with the dining plan. (This cannot be done if you are staying at Shades of Green.) We have a breakdown of savings for the dining plan below. Bottom line: the dining plan is not a necessity, but if you will be eating on property, it is a great option.

•Another perk with the military discount is transportation is complimentary to and from the airport. This is not the case with Shades of Green. If you are staying there, add another cost (typically $120) for transportation. If you are driving in, Shades also charges for parking, whereas Disney does not.

 Don’t get me wrong, Shades of Green can be a great option and I have stayed there several times. But when Disney is offering a 40% discount on a Deluxe and 35% on a moderate, this is the time to take advantage of these prices. Stay at Shades of Green when discounts like this are not available. *There is one exception to this. If you are an annual pass holder, there are higher discounts than the military rate during some seasons of the year. For example, some deluxe properties are offering discounts of 45% vs. 40%. This is a numbers game where someone who knows Disney inside and out needs to run the numbers to make sure you are looking at all your options accurately. In some cases, the difference may mean a savings of $100’s of dollars.

The Walt Disney World Military Ticket discount

(Disney offers a regular military discount 365 days a year; however, this special discount (‘Salute’ to military members) is even better!)*

 Offer Details*

Disney World

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $138 each

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Parks Fun and More Option for $138 each, AND

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More Options for $165 each

From October 25, 2010 through Sept. 28, 2011 active and retired U.S. military personnel (including National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase.

 
 
 

Disney Land in Anaheim California

Offer Dates – 3 October 2010 – 1 October 2011

Resort Discounts – 40% off Deluxe Resorts, 35% off Moderates and Fort Wilderness Cabins, and 30% off Value Resorts

With room Blackout dates of 24-26 November and 26-31 December 2010, as well as 17-30 April 2011

 

*Call us for offer details or visit our website at http://www.themouseexperts.com/ 

This new discount is a great deal if you are staying for four days, or even up to five days. For five days, you can use the four day hopper and add a one day base ticket to make the total $223 per adult and $214 per child. However, for longer stays, the regular military discounted ticket is a better deal. A ‘Salute’ ticket at $138 plus a two day base ticket would be $306 total, whereas a six day hopper ticket with the regular military discount is only $291. (A child’s would be $289 vs. $267).

So with anything above five days in tickets, you are better off buying the regular military discounted hopper tickets. And if you buy base tickets instead of hoppers, you will save even more! You can still take advantage of the military discounted rooms plus dining. Confused yet? We help all our clients who book their rooms and dining packages figure out the best tickets to purchase.

Dining Plan

Here is an example of three days on the dining plan and what you would pay out of pocket versus what you would save.

The examples below demonstrate the potential savings for a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children ages 9 and under on the standard plan, but it will give you a general idea. Please note that Disney’s restaurant pricing can change at any time and gratuities are not included in the dining plan.


Day 1 

   Breakfast – Crystal Palace

  Uses 1 Table service credit per person

  Adult #1 – Buffet 18.99

  Adult #2 – Buffet 18.99

  Child #1 – Child’s Buffet 10.99

  Child #2 - Child’s Buffet 10.99

  Meal Total with tax: $63.86

 

  Snack – Aloha Isle

  Uses 1 Snack credit per person

  Adult #1 – Pineapple Float (3.99)

  Child #1 – Pineapple Float (3.99)

 

  Snack – Ice Cream Cart

  Adult #2 – Mickey Bar (2.75)

  Child #2 – Mickey Bar (2.75)

  Snack Total with tax: $14.36

 

  Dinner – Sunshine Seasons

  Uses 1 Counter Service credit per person

  Adult #1 – Seared Tuna on Mixed Greens (9.29) Choc. Mousse Cake (3.99) iced tea (1.99)

  Adult #2 – Turkey and Monterey on focaccia (8.59) Key Lime Pie ($3.79) drink (2.19)

  Child #1 – Kid’s Sweet and Sour Chicken meal (6.49)

  Child #2 – Kid’s Make your own mini sub meal (6.49)

  Meal Total with tax: $45.60

 

  Day 1 Totals

  Total meal cost if paid out of pocket: $123.82

  Total paid if using Disney’s Dining Plan: $101.96

  Total saved by using Disney’s Dining Plan: $21.86

 

Day 2 

  Breakfast – Contempo Café

  Uses 1 Snack credit per person

  Adult Guest #1- Chocolate croissant (2.79)

  Adult Guest #2- Muffin (2.59)

  Child Guest #3- Bagel w/ cream cheese (2.29)

  Child Guest #4- Chocolate Croissant (2.79)

  Meal Total with tax: $11.14

 

  Lunch – ABC Commissary

  Uses 1 Quick Service credit per person

  Adult Guest #1- Asian salad (6.69) Strawberry Parfait dessert (3.59) drink (2.19)

  Adult Guest #2- Chicken Bleu (8.89) Choc mousse (3.59) iced tea (1.89)

  Child Guest #3- Kid’s Ham and Cheese wrap meal (4.99)

  Child Guest #4- Kid’s Chicken nugget meal (4.99)

  Meal Total with tax: $39.21

 

  Dinner – Boma

  Uses 1 Table Service credit per person

  Adult #1 –Adult Buffet (28.99)

  Adult #2 –Adult Buffet (28.99)

  Child #1-Child’s Buffet (13.99)

  Child #2 –Child’s Buffet (13.99)

  Meal Total with tax: $91.55

 

  Day 2 Totals

  Total meals cost if paid out of pocket: $141.90

  Total paid for using Disney’s Dining Plan: $101.96

  Total saved by using Disney’s Dining Plan: $39.94

 

 Day 3

 Breakfast – in room or quick bite at the resort or Theme Park paid for out of pocket

 Lunch – Flametree Barbecue

Adult #1 – Pork Sandwich (8.49) Key Lime Pie (3.59) Iced Tea (1.89)

Adult #2 – Smoke half chicken (9.49) Key Lime Pie (3.59) Coke(2.19)

Child #1 – Hot dog meal (4.99)

Child #2 – Baked chicken drumstick meal (4.99)

Meal Total with tax: $41.77

 

Snack

Adult#1 – Choc milkshake (3.99)

Child #1 – Choc milkshake (3.99)

Adult #2 – Yogurt parfait (3.79)

Child #2 – 2 breadsticks with marinara (2.39)

Snack Total with tax: 14.16

 

Dinner – Teppan Edo

Adult #1 – Filet mignon (29.95) chocolate ginger cake (5.50)

Adult #2 – Steak and Shrimp (29.95) chocolate cake (5.50)

Child #1 – Kids Chicken meal (12) soft serve ice cream (4.50)

Child#2 – Kids Shrimp meal (12.50) soft serve ice cream (4.50)

Meals Total with tax: $111.19

 

Day 3 Totals

Total meals cost if paid out of pocket: $167.12

Total paid for using Disney’s Dining Plan: $101.96

Total saved by using Disney’s Dining Plan: $65.16

For three days, the overall savings if using the dining plan would be $126.28

If you did none of the desserts in the meals, you would still save $82.09

 

As you can see, there is a benefit to using the Disney Dining Plan; however, since every family is different, let us help you decide if it is best for your family. Call us and let us wade through all of the details and find the best option for rooms and park tickets your family.

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 Theme Park Ticket Discounts – Up to six three-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $99.00. 

I thought I would start something different today. I’m going to post some Disney ride quizes to see just how much you know about Disney World. Some of the questions will be easy, but others will be challenging. Since some of the answers would be nearly impossible unless you had just gone on the rides, they will be multiple choice so you can guess on the ones you’re not sure about. If you’ve been to the parks recently, you should find this a little easier. However, if you’re stumped, you can probably find most of the answers with a Google search.

The first quiz will be on Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort. I will add the answers at a later time. Good Luck!

Peter Pan's Flight, Fantasyland, Walt Disney World

Peter Pan's Flight, Fantasyland, Walt Disney World

1. What classic doll is sitting in the corner as you fly through Wendy’s bedroom?   

     a. Holly Hobby     b. Raggedy Andy     c. Strawberry Shortcake

2. What name is over the door on the doghouse?

     a. Fido     b. Lucy     c. Nana

3. As you fly over London, what time is displayed on Big Ben?

     a. 9:06     b. Noon     c. 3:33

4. Which one of these items are the mermaids NOT holding?

     a. Angel Harp     b. Shell Horn     c. Clam Shell     d. Starfish

5. How many Lost Boys are sitting around the fire?

     a. Four     b. Five     c. Six

6. How many times does Captain Hook appear during the ride?

     a. Three     b. Five     c. Seven

7. Where does the final battle take place between Peter Pan and Capt Hook?

     a.  In Peter’s hideout     b. In London     c. On a ship

8. What do you sit in during the ride?

     a. A trolley car     b. A ship     c. The Lost Boys’ Express

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Best Friends Pet Care, Walt Disney World

Best Friends Pet Care, Walt Disney World

Instead of leaving your pet at home the next time you visit Disney, bring it along with you and let it stay in style. Best Friends Pet Care, the new luxury pet care facility, is now open at the Walt Disney World® Resort. The 50,000-square-foot facility boasts air-conditioned rooms, “VIP” suites, and private outdoor yards for your pet. The staff will even read bedtime stories to your pet as one of the special features.  You can choose from a list of á la carte activities for your pet, including one-on-one play time, social playgroups with other dogs, and ice cream time.

The resort’s dog park includes a fenced walking trail bordering natural wetlands around the park. Inside the trail, there are a variety of play areas, including a 3,300 square-foot area covered in artificial turf, a 4,500 square-foot area with shade trees and a 1,300 square-foot “canines only” water park.

Feline guests can spend visits in a separate “Kitty City” pavilion (away from dogs) in two and four-room condos. And there’s even a special facility for the boarding of “pocket pets,” such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets.

So, no matter what type of pet you own, rest assured they will enjoy their trip to Disney almost as much as you, while staying at Disney’s new luxury pet care facility.

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Manta roller coaster, at Sea World, Orlando, Florida

Manta roller coaster, at Sea World, Orlando, Florida

This ride is fantastic! It is located in SeaWorld Orlando, not too far from the Walt Disney World Resort. Personally I think it was extremely well-done, the whole scenario is great. The cue line has many aquariums so you can watch the fish and other creatures. Boarding the ride, you pull the harness down and then an employee comes and secures your feet so they don’t dangle. The car suddenly tilts back until you are hanging “superman” position. That way it feels as if you are gliding like a manta. The ride takes off and you go up an incline. Looking down, you see the park way below. If you are afraid of heights, I do not recommend it! Looking down you see the trees and it gives you a weird feeling inside. Then you go, flying down the hill and going into a complete flip. It feels odd doing a flip because you are hanging, so at one point you are on your back. You then do lots of turns and go into a few corkscrews and flips. The ride is intense, and if you thought Expedition Everest or Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster were intense, watch this one “fly” through the air.         

Manta roller coaster water splash at Sea World. Orlando, Florida

Manta roller coaster water splash at Sea World. Orlando, Florida

On most rides, they take a picture of you screaming your head off so you can see it after the ride. On Rockin’ Rollercoaster it is right when you take off and on Everest it is when you go down the side of the mountain. Manta has one too…but I had a tough time trying to figure out where it was.

Near the end, the ride dips down very close to the water. It goes on its side and the manta’s fin almost touches the water as a spray squirts. This is a really fun ride, but I think only thrill-seekers should ride it! 

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My wife surprised me on our trip to Disney last week with a tour around EPCOT on a Segway transport. I had seen people riding these around on previous trips and commented on how fun it looked. I was excited to finally get a chance to ride one.

My day started early, as the tour began at 8:30am. I walked from the Beach Club Resort to the back entrance of EPCOT before the park opened. Once inside, I headed over to guest relations to sign in. It was odd walking through the park before any guests were there. The only people around were a few gardeners and some maintenance workers. After I checked in and signed a quick liability release, we walked with our guide over to the training area at Innovations West. We started by picking out our helmets and watching a short video on some safety features. Once that was over, our guide rolled out a SEGWAY and showed us how to turn it on, how to get on and off, and how to make it move. Then, we each got to practice ourselves.

SEGWAY tour at EPCOT

Getting on was easy enough. Just hold it level until you see a green light (you will see red lights if it’s not level) and step on one foot at a time. It’s a little shaky at first, but it really only takes about 5 or 10 seconds to get the hang of it. A computer and gyros in the base help to stabilize it and your body movement forward or backward makes it move in that direction. It’s very sensitive and only takes a small amount of leaning to make it move. The sensors under your feet feel every move you make and react in that direction. To make it turn. You lean the bar in the direction you want to turn. If it sounds difficult, it really isn’t. There were six adults and two teenagers in our group and we all picked it up easily.

After our training session inside, we headed out to the park for a trip around the World Showcase. Along the trip, we stopped in several of the countries where our instructor gave us a little information on the country and also took us through some ‘challenge’ courses. We rode down a ramp in China, through the miniature train village next to Germany, in and out of the columns in Italy, and through France. Half way around, we had some free time to ride around within a coned-off area and have our pictures taken by the lake. Once we got back to Future World, we had to weave through people, as the park had opened while we were on our ride.

My daughter was bummed that she couldn’t take the tour, but you have to be 16 or older to ride. There is also a weight limit for riding, which is 100-250 pounds.

If you ever get the chance to take this tour, I highly recommend it. It is a two hour tour, including the instruction time. The SEGWAY is easy to ride, and I can’t think of a better place to ride than at the Walt Disney World resort.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® Family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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