Disney World parks


Walt Disney World® Resort will welcome so many exciting new attractions and events this summer. It is a great time to make a visit with longer operating hours and the kids out of school.

Pandora-The World of Avatar

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Pandora – The World of Avatar opens May 27th with extended hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort® , guests will be able to experience extra magic hours at this park from 11PM to 1AM from May 27th to July 4th.

In this land, you will float along through the sacred bioluminescent rainforest in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs. You can soar on the back of a mountain banshee during a thrilling ride above this vast moon and hike amid floating mountains, glowing fauna and flora, a native drum circle and many other wonders.

The Music of Pixar LIVE! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

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Starting May 26, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters.” This limited-time concert event will showcase memorable music from Pixar Animation Studios films, complete with a live orchestra and appearances by beloved Disney•Pixar characters.  The show will also feature highlights from some of Pixar’s greatest scores, from films like “Toy Story” to “Cars 3.” The show will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios following the regular daily performances of “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage”.

New Happily Ever After show at the Magic Kingdom®Park

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Beginning May 12th this 18-minute show features more lasers, lights and projections than any other fireworks spectacular in the history of Magic Kingdom® park! Throughout Happily Ever After, you’ll witness the many transformations of Cinderella Castle as it becomes a part of popular Disney stories and is brought to life with fireworks, rooftop pyrotechnics, state-of-the-art projections, brilliant lasers and immersive lighting with contemporary versions of popular Disney songs.

The stories that come to life with heart, heroism, and humor are as follows; Aladdin, Big Hero Six, Brave, Frozen, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Incredibles, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid , Moana , Mulan,Tarzan, The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story, Up, WALL-E, Wreck-It Ralph, and  Zootopia

Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon

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Gather your crew and climb aboard for a thrilling, white-water voyage you won’t want to “Miss.”

The story takes place just beyond the pineapple fields of Crush ‘n’ Gusher awaits an all-new, family-raft attraction owned by Captain Mary Oceaneer—a sea-faring treasure hunter whose haul was caught in a rogue typhoon and scattered across this tropical paradise years ago.

From your 4-person raft, feel a rush of excitement with family and friends as an aquatic conveyor belt chutes you into action. Then, hold on tight as you spy precious artifacts collected from all around the globe.

If you’re lucky enough, you may even meet the captain’s old diving partner—a talking parrot who’s still hunting for treasure

Summer 2017 is an exciting time at Walt Disney Resort®! It is time to go!

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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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5 Big Reasons to Bring Grandparents on Your Disney Vacation

We are only half joking when we say we will never vacation when the children outnumber the adults. When it comes to evening the odds, having our parents with us on our vacation brings an extra layer of magic. Nothing compares to the experience of 3 generations all together on vacation. It’s even better when we go to one of our favorite places, Walt Disney World in Florida.

Here are 5 big reasons why you should take the grandparents with you on your next Walt Disney World Vacation.

  1. It takes a village.

I heard this phrase growing up but it never really rang true for me until I had my own children. There are times that my husband and I both have responsibilities we can’t reschedule and our children need to be at an event or practice.  It’s great that one of our parents is always there to help out and make sure our daughter, Olivia, makes it to singing lessons or to robotics practice.

Our parents are an integral part of our lives and our children’s development.  So why wouldn’t we want them to be there to enjoy family vacation time too?

Grandparents experience Walt Disney World with their grandchildren differently than we do as parents.  I remember when my mom saw Olivia run into Belle’s arms for the first time. My mom recalled the stories of me playing with my dolls as a child and shared them with my daughter.  Connections and new bonds are formed as stories and experiences are shared.

  1. Family Pictures

My dad has always been the one in the background reminding us to take pictures when we are all together.  I never realized that I was the one always taking the pictures but never in any of them until I saw that there were no pictures of me and my daughter together on my first Mother’s Day.

Enter Disney’s Memory Maker.  We make sure to purchase this service for every Disney vacation. Disney’s Memory Maker allows you unlimited digital downloads of all of your Disney PhotoPass family photos and videos.

Grandma wants a picture of everyone in front of Cinderella’s Castle?  A Disney’s Photopass Photographer will capture that.

Grandma wants a picture with all of her granddaughters and Ariel?  They will capture that too.

Grandma wants a picture of her alone with Gaston?  We’ll have to ask Grandpa first (but they’ll capture it too).

  1. Space to Spread Out

At this point you are reading this, you may be realizing that you are going to be on vacation with your children and their grandparents for a week.  That is a lot of time together.  You know you love them, but do you really want to be together all day every day for a week?

This is yet another reason why Walt Disney World makes a perfect multigenerational vacation.  There is so much to do and you don’t have to do it all together.  When you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, the transportation to and from the parks is free and convenient.

When our son, Avery, is ready for a nap, my husband, Chris, and he hop on the monorail to go back to our room.  Olivia and I head over to Fantasyland to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and do a little shopping.  Grandma and Grandpa take the monorail over to EPCOT to take a Flower and Garden Tour.  Later, everyone meets back up at Chef Mickey’s for dinner with the main mouse and share stories about their afternoon adventures before heading over to watch the fireworks together.

  1. Unconnected Time

Families today are very scheduled and very connected.  We have an online calendar where we enter events and appointments for the children so we can keep track of everyone’s busy schedule.  Even though we have a family dinner night every week with my husband’s parents and family, even that is still cluttered with homework, work issues and upcoming events.

Our Disney Vacation together gives everyone a chance to disconnect so they can reconnect without all of the distractions.  While standing in line for Soaring, Grandpa can tell stories of how he lived all over the US with his dad because they were a military family.  When we’re exploring Animal Kingdom, Olivia can tell Grandma about what she learned about gorillas from her school project.  And most importantly, everyone can just be together and enjoy our time as a family without worries about what is due the next day or the next meeting we need to attend.

  1. Magical Memories

When I was pregnant with my daughter, everyone told me that time was going to fly by.  It’s true. I blinked and Olivia is 11.   There is so much we have shared, but there is a lot more I want to experience with her and teach her.

Life gets busy. We all get stressed. Some days, extra stress is added when a phone call turns into bad news. Thankfully our family has something that helps gets us through.  We rely on our Disney vacation memories to brighten those days that seem a little too difficult.  My 4-year-old son, Avery, will tell us all about Dumbo and how he flew it all by himself.  My daughter will tell the story of how the chef in Cinderella’s Castle came to our table and asked her if she “could have anything to eat, what would it be?”  (Since she had a peanut allergy, he made her favorite grilled cheese sandwich even though it wasn’t on the menu.)  My mom will tell the story of Olivia, her and me all having afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian.  These are the magical memories that help bring us together and keep us together.

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Chris and Brandy Incorvia with Ears of Experience

Chris and Brandy Incorvia have been helping families plan Disney Vacations for over 6 years. They reside in Myrtle Beach, SC with their two kids.

 

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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.

There is still time to plan a trip down to enjoy the sites. info@themouseexperts.com 877-806-6873
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A new Disney Visa Promotion just came out today. The details are below. This promotion should go live on the 9th for general public. Contact us if you want pricing at that time or now if you have a Disney Visa.

The first is called the Stay, Play, and Dine special and you can save big on an overall discount on rooms, tickets and dining.

Stay Play, and Dine is available from December 14-20 and also January 5- March 7.

There is a Minimum 3 night stay and 2 day Magic Your Way tickets are required.

In addition, Disney is offering a discount on rooms!

Room Discount:

Dates January 5-March 28

Save up to 30% at Deluxes,

up to 25% at Moderates (20% on weekends),

and up to 20% (15% on weekends) at Values.

Book through December 29

Certain resorts are excluded. Exclusions: Art of Animation Little Mermaid, VGF Villas, BLT, Polynesian Villas, Bungalows, Campsites

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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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.

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• 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
Budweiser
Cigar City Jai Alai
Cigar City Maduro Brown
Coors Light
Corona Extra
Corona Light
Heineken
Kona Longboard Island Lager
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Michelob Ultra
Miller Lite
Yeungling
O’Doul’s
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.

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Lapu Recipe:
Ingredients
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)
Directions
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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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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2014 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages have opened up.

Participating restaurants for this year are:

Biergarten Restaurant
Chefs de France
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Garden Grill
La Hacienda de San Angel
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Restaurant Marrakesh
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Teppan Edo
Tokyo Dining
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages start at $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults, include a meal at an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. It also takes two dining credits on the dining plan. You can make reservations online or at 407-939-3463. If you are a client of Ears of Experience, we will make them for you if you have booked a package with us or are a Concierge Client.

Nov 28 to Nov 29 2014: Jodi Benson
Dec 5 to Dec 6 2014: Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 15 to Dec 17 2014: Sharon Stone
Dec 18 to Dec 20 2014: Ana Gasteyer
Dec 21 to Dec 23 2014: Marlee Matlin
Dec 28 to Dec 30 2014: Steven Curtis Chapman

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