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Guest Blog - Hunt chameleons, not eggs, this Easter

Find Pascal, the chameleon from Disney’s Tangled, in the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Find Pascal, the chameleon from Disney’s Tangled, in the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Since it is Easter – here is another Disney Easter Egg Hunt – another chance to find hidden surprises within the world of Disney. This particular Easter Egg Hunt is one you can take for yourself the next time you visit Walt Disney World. Believe it or not, the details in WDW are so amazing that you can even make a trip to the restroom an adventure – especially if you visit the Tangled themed restroom area in the Magic Kingdom.

This is actually a chameleon hunt and he appears first in the movie Tangled, but has more frequent appearances in the Tangled themed follow-up films and series. As we meet Rapunzel her one true friend is her silent, color-changing sidekick, Pascal. Although just a small chameleon, he plays a big role in Rapunzel's life. Confidante, coach and cheerleader, Pascal is a driving force behind Rapunzel's decision to leave her lonely tower. This supportive and encouraging companion's true colors held a key to solving an amazing mystery.

When you visit the Tangled themed bathrooms there is a sign that alerts you that there is something to look for…and if you look closely, you will begin to find Pascal hidden throughout the carefully and creatively themed area. Included in this post are a few pictures…if you really want clues, here are a few…but not all you need to find them all

Egg Hunt or Pascal Hunt spoiler alert follows….
Find the “Look for friends of Pascal in the scenery” sign and turn your eyes to the bridge on your left. You’ll see something looking right back at you on the rock!

Look in the other side of the water, notice the rock with an indentation…there you’ll discover a set of eyes that blend in perfectly to the moss surroundings.

Look at the sign again. Straight across from you, you’ll see a boulder…on the right side is a boulder-colored Pascal hiding from everyone.

Find Momento Mori, look carefully and search until you find three flower boxes. Someone’s hiding underneath the second one.

Take a look at one of the light posts and you guessed it – Pascal is there.

On this Easter weekend, remember that each of us need friends who stick beside us, encourage us, help us, and motivate us to be more. We all need them in our lives and whether you realize it or not, you just might be the very person to make that kind of difference in the lives of others. Sometimes it is subtle, and you can bless and encourage others without being flashy, maybe even blending into the background…but never underestimate the value that you have in the lives of others and take the time to thank those who bless you!

About the Author: This article, which first appeared on Facebook, is by author Jeff Dixon. Jeff has written a series of novels set in and around Walt Disney World entitled, The Key to the Kingdom, Unlocking the Kingdom, Storming the Kingdom, and as mentioned and linked above Terror in the Kingdom. He is also the author of The Disney Driven Life, a book that draws life lessons and leadership principles from the history and life of Walt Disney. Some know Jeff as Dixon On Disney – and he resources and comments on Disney history, attractions, and news. He is a researcher that draws heavily on the incredible works of Disney historians and biographers with an attempt to understand and apply the life lessons that are uncovered. He is also a storyteller that transports readers into a world beyond their imagination.

Click here for a list of places to see or meet Rapunzel from Tangled

New Disney Policies for Strollers, Smoking & Ice

STROLLERS:

2019 Updated Disney Policies concerning Strollers, Wagons, Smoking, and Ice.

2019 Updated Disney Policies concerning Strollers, Wagons, Smoking, and Ice.

Beginning May 1, Disney is adjusting guidelines on stroller sizes, which will require them to be no larger than 31" (79cm) wide and 52" (132cm) long or smaller. The good news – many of the strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. Also, just a reminder that wagons are not permitted in the Disney parks. Beginning May 1, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted. These updates are designed to help guest flow and ease congestion, making the parks more enjoyable for everyone.

TIP: The smaller your stroller, the easier it is to navigate and maneuver the parks. At Walt Disney World Resort, you can rent a single or double stroller once you arrive, and they can be rented each day. Or, they can choose a Length of Stay Rental, which will save them time and money. While Walt Disney World already offers a double stroller rental, Disneyland Resort will soon offer one too.

SMOKING:

Also beginning May 1, smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California.

TIP: Designated smoking areas will be available outside the entrances to the areas listed above, and at Disney Springs in Florida. For guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas are also available at Disney Resort hotels.

LOOSE ICE

Beginning today, if you plan to bring a cooler or cooler bag to store snacks and drinks for theme park or water park adventures, it’s important to know that loose or dry ice are no longer permitted.

TIP: We recommend you use re-useable ice packs instead. Complimentary cups of ice are available at Food & Beverage locations inside the parks if needed.

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Places to Meet Santa at Disney World

Where to find Santa at Disney World - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney Springs.

Where to find Santa at Disney World - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney Springs.

Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses are great, of course, but sometimes we just need to get a word in with Santa before he checks the naughty and nice list for the last time before making his rounds. Here are the places you can meet Santa Clause at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom - Meet Santa Claus in Town Square daily from 10AM to 5PM daily during posted times, typically at 12. Santa also appears in the Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Epcot - Meet both Santa and Mrs. Claus daily in the American Adventure pavilion during posted 70-minute intervals, typically at 11:45AM, 1:45, 3:45, and 5:45PM.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios - Meet Santa Claus from November 9 to December 24 and Santa Goofy from December 25 to December 31, 2018.

Santa’s Chalet in Disney Springs - November 8 - December 24, 2018 from 11AM to 11PM. You’ll find Santa’s cottage near the Christmas Tree Trail close to the Once Upon A Toy store in the Disney Springs Marketplace area. Here’s how it works:

  • Check in at the podium.

  • Give your mobile phone number to one of Santa’s helpers

  • Shop, eat and enjoy the hustle ‘n’ bustle of the Marketplace

  • Upon receiving a text message from Santa’s helpers, return to the podium within 10 minutes

  • Take your place in line to meet Santa!

  • Photos with Santa are included in the Disney PhotoPass Memory Maker package or you can bring your own camera.

Disney Springs - Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Clause at T-Rex on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2018 with seatings at 8AM, 8:15AM and 8:30AM. Cost: $32 for age 10 - Adult, $20.50 for children ages 3 - 9; price includes tax and gratuity. Call 407-939-3463 to make your reservation.

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Don't Miss Out On Great Experiences At Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities. That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.

2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.

3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.

4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us. You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer. You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency.

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Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial Is Gone - Magic Kingdom

Captain Jack’s Pirate Tutorial ended its twelve year run on September 29, 2018 in Adventureland, in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. This was a cute show offered near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride where Captain Jack and his mate Mack invited some children from the crowd to join them in learning some pirate skills.

Click here for a list of pirate experiences at Disney World.

Click here for a list of Disney World ride closures and refurbishments during your visit.

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial ended permanently on September 29, 2019 / Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World Resort. #DisneyWorld #MagicKingdom #Disneyparks #Adventureland #PiratesoftheCaribbean #BuildaBetterMouseTrip

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Disney's Festival of Fantasy Afternoon Parade Returns to 3PM on January 1, 2018

The Festival of Fantasy parade schedule changes from 2:00PM to 3:00PM daily on January 1, 2018 / Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. 

The Festival of Fantasy parade schedule changes from 2:00PM to 3:00PM daily on January 1, 2018 / Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. 

Festival of Fantasy, the Magic Kingdom's afternoon parade will change from 2:00PM to 3:00PM daily on January 1, 2018.  

This change does not appear to affect seating times for Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package at Tony's Town Square (extra cost). Click here for more information.

Tiana's Riverboat Party - Ice Cream Social and Viewing Party will change accordingly.  There is an extra charge for this experience which is offered on select days during the week.  Advance reservations required.  Click here for more information. 

Disney Trivia - What time is the 3 o'clock parade? 

Did you know that "What time is the 3 o'clock parade?" is actually an important training question for Disney Cast Members?  It turns out that you're not supposed to just stare incredulously at the guest for a moment before responding "3 o'clock...duh."  Cast Members are taught to ask additional questions to find out what information the guest is really seeking with such an obvious question.  For example, they may be wondering when it actually passes through a particular section of the Magic Kingdom.   Cast members are taught that they can either give a blunt answer that will end a conversation in a way that embarrasses or disappoints the guest or they can use it as an opportunity to exceed the guest's expectation and begin a quest for richer discovery. 

Click here to read more about this in the Disney Institute blog

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

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"Happily Ever After" Nighttime Spectacular to Debut May 12

Disney World:   Wishes Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom will be ending May on May 11th and will be replaced on May 12th with   “Happily Ever After,”

Disney World:  Wishes Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom will be ending May on May 11th and will be replaced on May 12th with “Happily Ever After,”

Disney has announced that the Wishes Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom will be ending May on May 11th and will be replaced on May 12th with “Happily Ever After,” a new nighttime spectacular that will combine the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and so much more.

According to Disney, "The spectacular will inspire guests to seek out and find their own “Happily Ever After” by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. The show will feature the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score. And thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show, including moments from “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin” and many others."

The Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace will continue to offer up a scrumptious way to view the nighttime fun as “Happily Ever After” makes its debut.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

Our “Quote Request” form is the easiest way to start planning your trip. Just fill in as much or as little information as you know at this time and one of our agents will be in touch soon. There’s never any pressure or obligation.

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New! Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package Introduced at Magic Kingdom

New! Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package Introduced at Magic Kingdom

The Festival of Fantasy Parade lunch package is a wonderful new dining option for guests at the Magic Kingdom beginning October 10, 2016.   With this package, you enjoy a prix fixe lunch at Tony's Town Square restaurant and you receive a voucher that allows you to watch the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade from a reserved area in front of the flagpole on Main Street USA.  This is a fantastic spot to watch the parade you see the castle in the background as the colorful and whimsical floats come towards you and it also provides a great view of the side of the floats as they make their turn before exiting the park.   I also love that this eliminates the need to stake out a spot early to see this delightful Disney World parade.

Your lunch will include a three-course meal: appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage).  Cost: $45 per adult / $17 per child (age 3 - 9), plus tax and gratuity.   This is a great value for anyone on a Disney Dining plan as this experience only costs one table-service meal credit per person.  

Advance reservations are required.  If you've booked your Disney vacation through us, your Build A Better Mouse Trip travel agent can make reservations on your behalf - subject to availability.   If not, you can call Disney dining reservations at 407-WDW-DINE.  This can now be booked online through the end of February, 2017; look for "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package". There are several block-out dates: Nov. 11 & 12, Nov. 20 - 26, Dec. 18, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 and Feb. 18 - 20, 2017.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us. You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

Our “Quote Request” form is the easiest way to start planning your trip. Just fill in as much or as little information as you know at this time and one of our agents will be in touch soon. There’s never any pressure or obligation.

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Disney World Secret - Free Hair Glitter

Here's a great tip for your Disney trip - Castle Couture and Sir Mickeys are two gift shops in the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom that will often have people 0n hand to sprinkle pixie dust (glitter) in your hair for free. Both of these gift shops are charming. Castle Couture has Aurora's ball gown and the pink dress the mice helped Cinderella make on display. Sir Mickey's is themed after Mickey and the beanstalk and you'll see the giant reaching inside.

Disney World Tips & Secrets - Get free hair glitter (pixie dust) in Sir Mickey or Castle Couture in the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom. 

Disney World Tips & Secrets - Get free hair glitter (pixie dust) in Sir Mickey or Castle Couture in the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom. 

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Save Time by Pre-Ordering Food at Be Our Guest (Breakfast & Lunch)

Pre-order your breakfast or lunch at Be Our Guest, a re. taurant in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, to save a lot of wasted time.

Be Our Guest is a beautiful and very popular restaurant in the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom.  The restaurant is a table-service location during dining but is a Disney quick-service location at breakfast and lunch.   It is so popular and the lines were getting so long that Disney has made this one of only two quick-service location that accepts advance reservations; the other quick-service restaurant that accepts reservations is ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  You can check availability and make reservations by logging into your "MyDisneyExperience" (MDE) account on a computer or by using the MDE app on your phone or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).   If you booked your trip through us, your agent will be happy to take care of this for you, subject to availability.   

Once you have a quick-service reservation at Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom, you'll definitely want to take advantage of the option to pre-order your food prior to your vacation. Several of my clients have reported really long waits (up to 40-minutes) just to get to order. Pre-ordering takes a little time and thought at home but cuts one line and a lot of wasted time out of your Magic Kingdom experience.  You can pre-order food up to 180 days prior to arrival by logging into your "MyDisneyExperience" (MDE) account on a computer or by using the MDE app on your phone.  This restaurant is a table-service location at dinner so your server will take your order once you are seated.

TIP 1: It is easy to forget what everyone picked when you order your meal weeks in advance so you may want to set up some kind of reminder for yourself.   Some ideas I've heard are to use the appointments or notes function of your smart phone or to schedule an email for delivery on the day of your reservation to an email address you receive on your phone.   If you're using a printed touring plan, you may want to write down the list of who ordered what on that.   You could also write down everyone's name next to their order and take a photo with your phone so that you can just look at that if there are questions and confusion.   

Tip 2: If your party is in more than one room and is on a dining plan, you'll want to book as many reservations as rooms.  You'll probably be able to sit together but all of the dining credits for the group will be taken from the account of the reservation of the person who booked the reservation if you don't break it up by room.   They cannot split the credits up by room when you arrive. 

Click here for full instructions on ordering your Be Our Guest meals in advance.

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