Disney for kids


 

Did you know there are 4 fun interactive games your family can enjoy in the parks that are free?   You can help save Magic Kingdom from villains, become a secret agent with Agent P, go on a scavenger hunt to earn ‘badges’ like Russell in Up or hunt hidden treasures like a pirate.   These games are fun for all ages and last anywhere between 15 minutes to 5 hours or more, depending on which game you are playing and how long you have to play it.

 

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a game where you will help save Magic Kingdom from Disney villains.  You can sign up at the Fire House on Main Street or in Liberty Square.  You receive a pack of 5 spell cards and a map of the magical portals.  You use clues on the map to find the portals and then use your spell cards to help defeat the villains.   Each mission can take 20-30 minutes to complete.   As long as you complete one portal, you are eligible to get a new pack of cards the next day or time you visit.  This is a great game for those who have more than one day in Magic Kingdom or go to Disney World often.  There is plenty of information online about game strategies for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom and you may even find others to trade cards with.

 

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Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure takes you around the world as a secret agent trying to defeat Dr. Doofenschmirtz.   You can signup at Odyssey Bridge or International Gateway.  There are missions throughout World Showcase where you help Agent P by finding and solving riddles.  Each mission takes about 30-45 minutes.  This is a great way to get your kids excited and interested in seeing the World Showcase.

 

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Wilderness Explorers is a scavenger hunt in Animal Kingdom where you earn adventure ‘badges’ as you work your way around the park, much like Russell does in the movie Up!  You can signup at the bridge between The Oasis & Discovery Island.  This is a great learning game that teaches about animals and the world they live in.  Hunts vary from 15 -30 minutes.   There are over 30 badges that can be collected, which can take 3-5 hours to complete.  Many people spread this game out over a couple of visits to collect all badges.

 

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Pirate Adventures:  Treasures of the Seven Seas is another game in Magic Kingdom but only located in Adventureland.  You can sign up near the Pirates of Caribbean attraction.   You will receive a treasure map that will take you on an adventure to find hidden treasures and help Captain Jack fend off his enemies.   The adventure takes about 30 minutes to complete and perfect for your little Pirates.

 

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Adventure is out there, my Disney fans!  Have fun exploring!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by and have a Magical Day!!

Your Mouse Expert,

Melissa Dearman

Melissa Dearman is one of our travel specialists for all Disney destinations. Contact her for your next adventure by land or by sea.

 

 

 

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Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World

Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World

A few weeks ago, we learned about a fun game at the Magic Kingdom. Every morning, cast members hide five paint brushes on Tom Sawyer Island. The lucky ones who find these brushes are rewarded with fast passes for the day for their entire family! Cool, I thought, as I started planning my ‘hunt’ around the island. How hard could it be? Right?

The first boat to the island left the dock at 10:00 this morning and we were on it. Our plan was to split up so we could cover more ground and then report back at a certain time to see who had found a brush. We hit the ground running (literally). A quick trip around the island made me realize just how hot and humid it really was, even at 10am.

I figured it would take us about 15-20 minutes of searching to find a brush. Well….it didn’t quite work out that way. After 30 minutes of intense searching in the heat and humidity, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We looked behind trash cans, throughout every nook and cranny of the fort, under chairs, and in the bushes. We even looked throughout the three caves on the island, where we had to use the light on our phone to search in the dark. Still nothing. And we weren’t the only ones having a problem. I asked several other people how they were doing and none of them had found a brush either. So much for stumbling on a brush; these were hidden well.

Hidden paintbrush on Tom Sawyer Island

After an hour of searching in the heat, we headed back to the boat without a paint brush, and more importantly, an all-day FastPass. Overall we had a lot of fun, and if nothing else, it was something different to do. We go to the park enough that I didn’t mind losing an hour where I could have been doing something else. If you don’t make it to the park often; however, I would suggest skipping this scavenger hunt and enjoying the rides instead. But….. you never know, you just might be the lucky one who finds a paintbrush and gets to enjoy FastPasses for the day. Good luck!

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Summertime at Walt Disney World

Yes it is hot in the summer. Yes it may rain briefly in the afternoon but there are many reasons to go to Disney this summer. Last June we went and we found it less crowded than our trip in October. We believe it is because so many people have been told to go in October that this has become a peak time. October is actually one of our busier months for clients now. So yes it will be hot and there will be crowds but we can help you manage those things and with all the promos Disney has come out with, there are fewer off season times than in previous years.

1. Everything is open! Attractions are not closed for refurbishments.

2. Extended hours. You can actually budget better than during other times of the year; ask us how. No matter when you decide to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, the fact is there are always going to be crowds, especially for the rides and shows. During off-peak times, Disney cuts back hours at the parks and may not have as many ride vehicles going. This allows them to reduce manning; however, wait times end up being nearly as long as they may be during the summer time. So by going when there are extended hours when all of the attractions are open and having a plan for when you travel, you will be able to enjoy more and have a more flexible vacation.

3. Break up the summer. We all start the summer refreshed, loving the pool, and spending time with friends, but soon it all comes to feel like another schedule. Break it up with a trip to Disney, either short or long. We can help you experience a little magic either way. You don’t HAVE to set an entire week aside for Mickey.

4. If you do have some extra time, Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open at Universal Studios and Sea World is offering $5.00 tickets this summer for kids! Take a day-trip to one of these fun places.

5. New things to see this summer include a new parade and new fireworks. Not to mention a dance party at Hollywood Studios and Tower of Terror has mixed it up.

6. Major airlines pricing roundtrip air in June/July from:

Huntsville, $148          Boston, $192

JFK, $238                      St Louis, $174

Detroit, $169                Chicago, $193

Charlotte, $158           Houston, $276

Atlanta, $138               Washington DC, $155

*Low-cost carrier rates may be lower. Subject to availability. Pricing at time this was published.

7. Time to get together with family and friends. We find this time of year is the easiest time friends and family can all get time off to get together. Turn it into a family reunion. There are so many things for folks to do at Disney. If you have members in your party who say they don’t like the parks, there is always golf and fishing, or even the Richard Petty race car driving experience. There is something for everyone and the summer affords the time for most to gather together and enjoy one another. Not everyone has to sit around the house all day and do the same thing together. They can all go off and do their own thing at Disney and meet up at the end of the day.

8. Throw some fun and entertainment into your summer. When I was young, my parents use to drag me to boring museums in the summer with no thrill to them. Then we would head to Cedar Point for one day of fun each summer. Why not do it all in one trip? There is so much to do at Disney; it is 47 square miles, and it is both fun and educational. You can learn about recycling while playing a game (in the AC), build a rollercoaster while doing math (in the AC), see how they are growing the next generation of plants on a boat ride (in the AC), or fly over California in a hang glider on Soarin’ (in the AC). See a theme here?

9. Savings this summer. Prices as low as $860.88 for a family of four, two adults, two kids (between the ages of 3 and 9) for four nights and five day tickets. Kids stay and Play Free, Free dining, up to 40% off resort rooms, so many ways to save money!

10. There’s no time like the present! Don’t wait any longer to head to Disney for some summer fun and excitement and to build memories you and your family will never forget. Call us today to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

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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The winner will receive a Magical Private Party for up to 12 guests in their Little Ballroom adorned with a wooden castle wall mural & chandelier 

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Tinkerbell, at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Tinkerbell, at the Walt Disney World® Resort

The Disney Fairies became extremely popular in Disney’s movie Tinker Bell. Now you can meet and talk to them, or maybe even ask them some questions! You can meet them back in Toon Town in the big tent. You need to get there early because lines can get to 45 minutes in the first 10 minutes of opening. Disney takes care of these crowds by getting you into groups before the Toon Town section opens. TIP: Make sure you grab a times guide before you enter the park, because Toon Town and the other lands don’t open the same time as the opening of the Magic Kingdom.

          When a cast member asks you to “fly with them” to meet the fairies it simply just means the fairies are ready to

Disney Fairy Fawn at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Disney Fairy Fawn at the Walt Disney World® Resort

see you. You walk down a hall and every thing gets bigger, so it seems like you are getting smaller. Once you’re down to fairy size, you go into a room with the fairies in there. All the fairies are not there at once, but Tinker Bell is always there. When you approach them, they may ask you where you flew from or ask you if they can sign your leaf journals (a.k.a. autograph books). One time Fawn told me that I was 40 seasons old! She told me to stop growing because then I will become a grown up. Meeting the Disney Fairies was a really cool experience, and I recommend it to everyone.

Written by our Kid Expert, Nattie. Check out more of what she has to say as well as more tips and tricks at her Kid’s Only Page.

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.

We just got back from a quick trip down to the Walt Disney World® Resort. It was supposed to be a relaxing, cool October visit, but it turned out to be just the opposite. Orlando had a heat wave last week and we heard the record-breaking temperatures were the hottest it’s been there in October in 150 Years. It was brutal! And….add Columbus Day weekend and the Food and Wine Festival and it all added up to a hot, crowded place. Still, we managed to have a lot of fun and we tried to stay cool wherever we could.

This visit, we stayed at the Boardwalk Resort for the first time and it was beautiful. The decor is of a turn-of-the-century boardwalk, complete with restaurants, bars, carnival games, and all of the little touches that made you feel like you were really at an old boardwalk. Our room was large and had a balcony overlooking the boardwalk. We had heard of people not liking this resort because of the noise from the boardwalk, and although we could hear a little at night, it wasn’t too bad.

The resort is split into two halves, with one side for DVC members and the other for regular guests. There are two quiet pools for those who want to relax and one larger pool with a bar, water slide, music, and games. The water slide is set up to look like a classic wooden roller coaster along the boardwalk and my daughter said it was fun. There was an activities member at the pool each day playing music and pool games for the kids. My daughter even surprised us by singing kareoke in front of everyone!

From this resort, you can either walk or ride the boat shuttle to either Hollywood Studios or EPCOT.  EPCOT was a five minute walk and Hollywood Studios was about 15-20. 

Overall, we loved this resort and would definitely stay here again. If you have a favorite resort, let us know about it. We would love to pass on any tips you may have.

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I had to write and post this to the Blog.  My three year old granddaughter, Violet, called all exited on Saturday morning.  She was talking so fast I could not understand what she was saying, but from her tone I knew it was big news.  Her Mom got on the phone and told me that they measured Violet today and she is now 40” tall, and that when we go to Disney World she is going to be able to ride Splash Mountain.  She has been measuring herself every week since July wanting to be big enough to ride some of the rides she could not last time she was at the park.  I know grandpa will be doing some park hopping to get them all in.  She will love riding Soaring, Test Track, Big Thunder Mountain, and all the other rides open to a 40” tall granddaughter.

– Gil

 PS: Remember that Ears of Experience now has an Ask Gil page on their website where I will be happy to research any questions you have on attending a Disney Park.

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