Have you ever traveled to Epcot with a toddler? If not, check out my list of things to do at Epcot with your little one over at Chip & Co!
Archives for May 2013
“With WAIT TIMES, Interactive MAPS, DINING, Park Hours, MENU ITEMS, Favorites, Parade and Event Times, Attractions, Restaurants, hundreds of pages of helpful information complete with more than 600 original photos and much more, the new “Disney World Mobile Guide” iPhone app is one of the most comprehensive vacation planners and in-park guides available for Walt Disney World today.”
- Over 600 original photos – Notice that these are large images and not just thumbnails of an attraction sign, which you will sometimes find in WDW apps.
- This is the only WDW related app, save for our Notescast title, which contains over 300 pages of trip-planning and in-park information. It includes hotel descriptions and photos, parade descriptions, tour information, Disney’s Magical Express info and photos, trip planning tips, WDW tips, toddler tips, important phone numbers, annual event dates, Guests with Disabilities information and on and on and on.
- Guests will also find all the critical tools needed to get the most from their WDW vacation…Wait Times in 3 places, including on the maps, Park Hours, Interactive Maps, Dining Info with Menus, Parade & Event Times, etc.
On May 7, 1950 Walt Disney ran the official first engine on the Carolwood Pacific Railroad – his backyard train at his Carolwood Drive home in Holmby Hills, California. The 2,615 feet of track includes a 46 foot long trestle and a 90 foot long tunnel under his wife Lillian’s flower bed! Walt controlled the track from a special barn that acts as a central headquarters for the railroad’s operations.
|image from The Seattle Times
Mark Eades/ McClatchy Newspapers
- My personal items: ID, cash, credit cards, iPhone, glasses, sunglasses, passport (if needed), camera, laptop and snacks
- 1 complete change of clothes for everyone in your party including underwear and socks
- 1 lightweight jacket/ sweater for each person, no matter what the weather is outside
- travel toothbrush and toothpaste for each person
- travel deodorant for those who need it
- wash cloths and a hand towel- to wash and dry your face
- small travel size soap- to wash your face
- small pillow and light weight blanket for each person
- ear plugs for those who can wear them
- travel lotion
- medicines- over the counter and prescriptions
- hair ties
- hair brush or comb
- hand sanitizer
- magazines or books
- any expensive items I don’t want in my checked luggage.
What are your must have items in your carryon bag when you travel?
Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.
|Amy is on the right! 🙂|
I am an Account Coordinator at blr|further, an advertising agency in Birmingham and have been there for about four months now. I’m also uniquely a graduate of both Auburn University and the University of Alabama … although orange and blue run through my veins (War Eagle!).
I applied for the Disney College Program while I was a sophomore at Auburn and was accepted to begin in Fall 2009. The program gives you a few options of what you can do like Attractions, Food & Beverage, Merchandise, etc. but that’s really the only say so I had in the matter. My second day there I learned that I was assigned to the Star Tours ride which initially was a disappointment because I had never seen a single Star Wars movie (To this day, I still haven’t seen one from start to finish!). But after a few days into it, I slowly began to love it.
Who is your favorite Star Wars character and why?
What was your favorite part of working at Star Tours?
I can’t pick just one. I had least have three favorites:
1. Photocell – which is the position where you send people to a certain sim; one of the positions where you ask “How Many?”. For some reason that was so fun to me. If I was lucky, I’d have my friends working the sims next to me, and we could chit chat in between rounds.
2. Tower– the little bitty room with all the cameras. You sit and watch the monitors and make sure everything is okay and that no one is taking video or making out in the sim or throwing up. Tower is where all the lost and found articles would go. It’s where you reboot sims when they break down. When you’re in Tower, it’s like your controlling the whole operation. It’s awesome. Such a powerful feeling.
3. Greeter – standing outside of the ride and “greeting” guests in. It was that position where I got all the same questions every single day: Where’s the closet bathroom? What time is the 3 o’clock parade? Is this going to make me throw up? What is this ride? How long’s the wait? Where are the fastpasses? Is it really a 45 minute wait?. Yup, but again … I loved having all the answers and meeting new people and being outside (although I will say I’ve never been so hot in my entire life. Parachute pants and Florida heat don’t mix real well)
What is your favorite memory of that job?
I was working the Jedi Training Show one afternoon … in the show, the Jedi Master picks a handful of kids to come up on stage and learn how to become a Jedi. When it comes time to choose them, all the kids jump up and down and wave their arms in the air to be chosen. But I had noticed over time that the kids who simply raised their hand and didn’t act crazy were oftentimes the ones that got picked the most.
I was making conversation with a sweet family right before a show started. They had a little boy dressed in Star Wars gear and a little girl dressed like a Princess who couldn’t care less about the show. She was more into her baby doll. But I got down face to face with the little boy and told him that when it comes time to be picked, he just needs to raise his hand and don’t jump and down and he’ll get picked. Probably shouldn’t have promised him that, looking back on it. But low and behold … the Jedi Master chose him to participate and the little boy learned how to become a Jedi that day.
After the show was over, the parents approached me and hugged me, wished me luck with the rest of my college career, and told me they’d remember what I did for their little boy for the rest of their lives.
Hands Down. Favorite Memory.
Did you ever work a Star Wars Weekend? What was it like?
Never got to. I was there from August – January and Star Wars Weekend is in May. I have been to one before … it’s insane. Absolutely insane.
What tips do you have for Star Wars fans headed to Hollywood Studios or Star Wars Weekend?
Be prepared to meet thousands of your best friends who honestly might be bigger Star Wars fans that you are. There are some extremely dedicated Star Wars people out there. It’s borderline frightening.
And if you have kids who want to participate in the Jedi show, there’s always raising your hand quietly tip 🙂
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magik Mouse.
Recently I’ve shared several tips for Saving for a Disney Vacation. Today I’m sharing a tip for saving money while AT Disney! One thing our family has done several times is purchased gift certificates from restaurant.com prior to our vacation. If you are diligent enough, you can find $25 gift certificates for $10 a piece for restaurants on Disney property! All you have to do is enter zip code 32830 and search for restaurants on property. Consider purchasing 2 $25 gift certificates for only $20! What a saving!
You do need to be familiar with restaurants on property if you want to stay on property for all your meals. We have used gift certificates for House of Blues at Downtown Disney twice. We almost purchased certificates for the character meal at Garden Grove at the Swan and Dolphin. If you have your own car or a rental car and can travel off Disney property, you can find some other fun, close restaurants with discount gift certificates.
Here are some other Disney saving ideas: