Disney fun stuff


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.





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.





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.




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.




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.





castle holiday

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World ® between mid-November and early-January you know the Orlando theme park doesn’t spare a single garland, ribbon or twinkling light for its annual holiday decorations. But do you actually know to what extend Disney ® goes to create this gorgeous winter wonderland? It is truly my favorite time of the year! It is simply beautiful. But with that beauty, comes a lot of preparation and materials! Here are some fun surprising Disney ® Christmas facts you won’t believe:

• There are an astonishing 1,300 decorated trees throughout property.

• The Cirque du Soleil building (La Nouba) at Downtown Disney West Side spreads the holiday cheer with a wreath 25 feet in diameter

• 10 miles of twinkling rope lights go into the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios ®.

• It takes 150 semi-trailer truckloads full of decorations to decorate 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other Disney ® locations.

• 15 miles of garland strung and 1,314 wreaths hung throughout the World Disney World ®.

• There are 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows hung on Christmas trees throughout the property.

• 8.5 million lights light up Walt Disney World Resort ®.

• 100 percent of the lighting used for holiday décor is LED.

• 11 countries decorate for Holidays Around the World at Epcot ®.

• Candlelight Processional at Epcot ® welcomes more than 800 performers each night

• There are also more than 200 guest choirs that sing during the entire run of Candlelight Processional

• Magic Kingdom ® proudly displays a Christmas tree with a base 26 feet wide.

• The 70-foot-tall tree in Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby features nearly 35,800 white LED lights

•6 life-sized creations cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs, including:

•One 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and involving more than 160 hours of decorating

•One life-size gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-painted portraits of famous Disney characters

•100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, taking place on select holiday evenings in Magic Kingdom

•365 days of the year that guests can shop for holiday merchandise at the Disney’s Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney Marketplace
And if you’re taking a Disney ® cruise this season get ready for a festive trip out to sea as Disney’s ® ship, the Fantasy is adorned with 931 feet of garland, 66 sprays, 27 wreaths, 38 trees ranging from 2 feet to 20 feet and more than 17,000 individual LED lights – 11,000 of which are on the 20 foot tree in the lobby.

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santa and castle

Top Cocktails around the World

• Lava Flow is a tourist favorite. It is a combination of Pina Colada and daiquiri. These can be found at almost every pool bar at a resort.

Lava flow2

• Craft beers at the Grand Floridian pool are some of them most extensive I have seen in the area. Below is the entire beer menu at Beaches Pool Bar and Grill.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Magic Hat #9
New Belgium Fat Tire
Blue Moon
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
Bud Light
Bud Light Lime
Cigar City Jai Alai
Cigar City Maduro Brown
Coors Light
Corona Extra
Corona Light
Kona Longboard Island Lager
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Michelob Ultra
Miller Lite
Red Stripe
Stella Artois
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
New Belgium Ranger IPA
New Belgium Shift
Newcastle Brown Ale
Bluepoint White IPA
Samuel Adams Seasonal
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Left Hand Milk Stout

• The Pineapple drink at Ohana called Lapu Lapu is a tropical rum drink served in a hallowed out pineapple. Here is the recipe in case you feel like adding this to the next cookout.


Lapu Recipe:
1. One part Bacardi 151 or plain light rum
2. One part Myers dark rum
3. Two parts orange juice
4. Two parts sweet-n-sour mix
5. Pineapple (optional)
1. Combine the first four ingredients, and shake over ice
2. Serve in hollowed out pineapples (or a glass with a colorful umbrella, if no pineapple is easily accessible

• Cava de Tequila. This is tucked in the temple of Mexico at Epcot’s World showcase. There are so many varieties of drinks here. I have tried many and quite a few are sweet so if you like that, go for it as they are fresh and tasty. I like the skinny margarita. The staff is super nice and you can grab some chips and guacamole which you are at it. Don’t be fooled by the Margarite Stand in front of the temple, this is not the same.

• Grand Marnier Orange Slush in France in the Showcase. This is found at a wine kiosk by the lake. I like the other option, the Grey Goose Lemon Citron slush. You can do it as 8 oz. or 12oz (their supersize version with an extra shot).

A little tip, it is an eight minute walk from the margarita stand to the Grand Marnier and Lemon Citron kiosk.

drinks in france

• Testarossa – Red Head Ketel One Vodka, Grand Marnier and Crandberry Juice, muddled with Strawberries and Fresh Basil Leaves topped with Ground Pepper.. My all-time favorite Disney Drink! This is actually at Swan on Crescent Lake. It is in the bar at the entrance of the restaurant Il Milano.

strawberry testarossa

• Pineapple float with rum!!!! Found in Animal Kingdom at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. You can order it with dark rum or coconut rum. So refreshing on a hot day!

• Best places for beer at Epcot are the UK in the Showcase at Rose and Crown Pub and Germany.

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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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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.


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.

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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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Toy Story Mania!

Now that Toy Story 3 is out, it’s time to talk about my all time favorite ride at Disney; Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This attraction combines fun elements of my childhood with my competitive personality and makes me live for the one time in my bi-monthly trips I get to enjoy this ride.

When I enter this ride, I feel like I am walking into my toy closet as a child. As the line queue winds through the attraction on its way up to the beginning of the ride, I feel like I have been transported back in time. All of my favorites are here: Candy Land, Lincoln Logs, Chutes and Ladders, Mr. Potato Head, and even oversized, larger-than-life crayons. It is a kid’s (and adult’s) dream. The vibrant colors, the sheer joy of knowing I WILL beat my last score, and just enjoying the atmosphere with other people in line, puts me in a blissful place. Not every line at Disney does this for me; I can promise you that. I have, however; met some of the nicest people at this ride, and the line never seems as long as it says. With that said, there are a couple of rules to go by when going on Toy Story Mania! to make your experience the best it can be.

  1. First (and most importantly), go early in the day! I can’t stress this enough. Do not wait until later in the day to come over to Hollywood Studios thinking you will be able to hop right on and ride. This ride gets long very fast and stays long all day.
  2. Once you enter the park, go straight to this ride. Don’t even stop to Fast Pass Tower of Terror or Rock ‘n Rollercoaster. Rockin’s line moves quicker than any other and you will still be able to get a good time if you Fastpass it after Toy Story Mania! 
  3. If you are thinking of Fastpassing this ride and waiting until later to ride it, you might want to reconsider. This ride has a tendency to break down occasionally and it may take 45 minutes or longer to reset. While resetting, they typically do not allow people to wait inside the building. This means that even with a Fastpass, you may still end up waiting for a while to ride.
  4.  Do not make the mistake of thinking you are in line for the ride, only to find out 20 minutes later that you are actually in line for the Fastpass machine. Both lines can be long! You have to walk past the Fastpass booths to get to the ride line, which is to the left of the entrance as you are looking at the door.  
  5. Accuracy vs. total score. If you are going for a high score, keep pulling the trigger (string). You will not be penalized for missed shots, so keep on shooting.  
  6. Ride secrets for higher scores. Each of the arcade games has its own secret tips to release higher scoring targets. Here are a few of them.

The Barn. Shoot the fox in the lower left corner to release a flock of high-scoring chickens in the same corner.

Plate Toss. Shoot both ‘jumping’ plates to initiate a screen full of high-scoring jumping plates. Once the screen clears, four jumping plates will appear. Along with your partner, shoot these four plates. If successful, the mountain will lift to reveal a tank.

Alien Ring Toss. Put rings on all eight of the aliens in the center spaceship before they reappear. If you do, the spaceship will take off to reveal a super alien, worth a whole lot of points.

Woody’s Roundup. Shooting the bullseyes will make them blossom into a tree of targets. Shoot all of these quickly to initiate new high-value targets. Also, Shoot the small bat near the top to activate a new really high-value target.

After going on this ride, I think you will see why it is one of my favorite rides in all of Walt Disney World. Whether you are competitive like me or just there to sit back and enjoy the ride, I believe this ride will soon be in your list of top attractions too. Enjoy.

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