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Archives for July 2013
I do love having an official Disney Parks poncho when it rains… however, I hate spending the money on them AND I hate looking like everyone else in the park!
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Consider buying ponchos prior to your vacation to save money. Look at drugstores, dollar stores and in the camping section of Wal-Mart. I typically buy the thin, colored, see through, plastic ponchos for $1 a piece. I buy at least 10 so we’ll have plenty.
While you’re at Wal-Mart, buy some bandaids for blisters too! The average person walks about 8 miles a day at WDW!
This week’s Must Have Monday is all about Hollywood Studios. Some of my most favorite attractions at Walt Disney World are at Hollywood Studios… which I still lovingly call MGM! Hollywood Studios also has great restaurants, shows and characters. Here are my must do experiences at DHS:
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- One of my top thrill rides at WDW. I love this ride, the atmosphere, the backstory, the cast members and everything else about it!
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith- This is my favorite roller coaster at Walt Disney World- but not at a Disney park (California Screamin’ wins that award!). The music takes me back to my high school days and the ride itself is fabulous!
- Toy Story Midway Mania- The details in this queue and attraction are outstanding. Sometimes I’d rather not get a fastpass just so I can look at all the queue details!
- Disney Jr on Stage (when my boys are with me)- Seeing my son look at his “heros” on stage makes my heart melt! Watching his eyes light up as Jake, Mickey and more take the stage is the best.
- Great Movie Ride- It’s a classic for DHS. While it is a bit outdated for some peoples taste, I still love it. I think my favorite part is all the different movie clips at the end!
- Citizens of Hollywood- If you want to laugh, engage with the characters known as Citizens of Hollywood. Enough said.
- Fantasmic- So good we also call it “Fantasimagigreat!” We love this show, but hate the wait!
- Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage- I’ll even go so far and say this stage show is actually better than the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast! The costumes, sets and lights of this stage show are awesome.
- Starring Rolls Cupcake- Yummmm…. if you have a sweet tooth, indulge.
- Magic of Disney Animation Character Meet & Greets- This is one of the best places to meet characters without a huge line and you’re indoors so you don’t have to worry about heat or rain. Many times you can find multiple characters all out at once.
I’ve shared with you many times before how Main Street USA is my favorite area of the Magic Kingdom. One of the reasons it’s my favorite is for the shopping options! I truly believe you can find something on Main Street for every person on your “I have to buy a souvenir for…” list!
A few of my favorite Main Street shopping experiences are:
- Box Office Gifts– Here you can find Disney Pins & Vinylmation, Gifts & Housewares.
- The Chapeau– Everyone who makes their first trip to WDW needs to stop by this shop to pick up their embroidered Mickey Ears!
- Crystal Arts– This is where you can find that special gift for friends who don’t want a traditional stuffed Mickey, but a glass sculpture Mickey. You can also watch a glass blower inside the shop.
- Emporium– We spend most of our time here looking at and buying toys, gifts, collectibles, clothes, pins, and stuffed animals! We could spend hours in this shop. It’s also a great place to be to wait out the rain.
- Uptown Jewelers– This is another shop for “nicer” gifts such as art, collectibles, jewelry, china, clocks and Disney figurines.
- Main Street Confectionary– When our family isn’t in the Emporium, you’ll find us picking out our favorite foods, snacks, drinks and housewares gifts here. I make at least one trip to the Confectionary each trip!
- Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square. Yes, I buy a Christmas ornament from this shop on each trip.
- Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar at the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean. This is where my son could spend the afternoon trying on all the Pirate attire. You can also experience The Pirate’s League here.
- Buzz’s Star Command in Tomorrowland at the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. We like this shop because we love Buzz and Toy Story. Plus, we like to crawl in “jail” with Zurg and get a photo!
- Tomorrowland Light and Power Company at the exit of Space Mountain. We enjoy shopping and playing the arcade here!
- Heritage House in Liberty Square beside The Hall of Presidents. My husband is a history nerd, so this is the perfect spot for him! He loves looking at all the history books about our country and presidents.
- Big Top Souvenirs in the new Fantasyland is the one shopping experience I’m most looking forward to on our next trip. It was not quite opened on our last visit. It appears that you can buy snacks AND great souvenirs here!
Schedule a wake up call each morning you are at WDW. Disney characters will “call” to wake you up! Consider choosing a time that is not on the hour, half hour or quarter hours. That will up your chances of having Mickey make the call! (At least that’s what I’ve been told!) When the call comes, make sure you answer on “speaker phone” so everyone in the room can hear who the character is on the other end of the line!