While the Key To The Kingdom card still exists in Walt Disney World, the Magic Band is eventually expected to take its place.
The rubber bracelet embedded with an RFID chip are currently being tested at some Walt Disney a World resorts and a full rollout to all resorts is expected by Spring 2014.
Once you book your Disney vacation you can go to http://www.mydisneyexperience.com, create an account, link your reservation, and if you have a vacation package that includes park passes, you will be able to customize your Magic Band by choosing a color and adding your name ( which will be on the inside of your Magic Band).
Once you complete the customization, Disney creates your Magic Band and then ships it to your home.
You can go back to the website My Disney Experience and set up Fast Passes for the parks you’ll be visiting. And don’t worry if your plans change and you’re in a different park, because you can change your Fast Passes.
You can set up the credit card you plan to use while on vacation that will allow you to use your Magic Band for charging in the parks and restaurants. And you can even designate charging privileges, including amounts, for those in your traveling party.
For security, each person creates a 4-digit PIN number that they must enter to complete a purchase when charging with the Magic Bands.
Remember to either wear your Magic Band on your arrival day in Disney or pack them in your carry on luggage as you will use them for your Magical Express Check in at Orlando International Airport. Once you check in with Magical Express, Disney will know you’ve arrived in Orlando.
Your Magic Band will serve as your room key, park pass, Fast Pass and it will contain your dining credits if you have a dining plan.
Disney’s PhotoPass can also be linked to your Magic Band.
Yesterday I was driving to work thinking about my birthday which is in 3 weeks. With no real plans for that day I got to thinking about how great it would be to spend the weekend in Disney!
I celebrated a milestone birthday there last year and loved being there on my birthday and seeing the parks decorated for Christmas.
So as I look at airfare options, it would appear that the flights are available and are less than $200!
That was the first “sign” that I should go! Disney resort still available with the room discount!
Another sign! And the fact that I share the same birthday as Mickey Mouse is the icing on the birthday cake of reasons to celebrate the weekend in Disney!
Now I just need to clear our work schedules for a couple days and we will be good to go!
If you’ve never celebrated a birthday in Walt Disney World, there’s a lot you can do to make that day special. First, you can let Disney know you are celebrating and they will have your birthday button ready for you at check in! Wear it in the parks and all kinds of Pixie Dust can happen!
I can’t tell you details or it wouldn’t be Pixie Dust!
Make a dinner reservation at a Restaurant on Disney property and you’ll likely receive a cupcake with a candle after your meal. And if you really want to go all out, you can arrange to have your room decorated (at an additional cost) through the Disney Florist or even have a custom birthday cake made and delivered to your room or the restaurant you’re celebrating at!
So, while getting another year older is mandatory, growing up is optional!
Disney is offering up a great way to start 2014 if you’re vacationing in the first 2 months of the year by offering it’s most popular promotion – Free Dining!
It is once again being offered at Walt Disney World for most dates between Jan. 5, 2014 and March 5, 2014. Vacation packages must be booked between now and Dec. 31st. My recommendation would be book as soon as possible because this is Disney’s best promotion and is very popular!
All you need to do is book a 6 day, 5 night stay at select resorts. Those staying at Deluxe and Moderate resorts will receive the Disney Dining Plan Free, which gives each person 1 table service, one quick service and one snack for each night of stay. If you stay at a Value resort, you will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan free. That plan gives each person 2 quick service meals and a snack for each night of stay. Both meal plans include a refillable mug that can be refilled at your resort food court.
There are only a few months out of the year that I haven’t been in Walt Disney World, and October is one of them. That’s going to change in about 10 days when I take my first “Land and Sea” trip where I will spend 2 nights at Disney’s Yacht Club resort and 3 nights on the Disney Dream sailing to the Bahamas.
So many changes have occurred in Walt Disney World since my visit last November!
One of the most exciting changes is the new Magic Bands, which I will be testing during my stay.
This is an adjustable plastic bracelet that will serve as my room key and park pass. It can also be used to charge items to my room, make dining and Fast Pass reservations! This will saves lot of time since I won’t have to keep getting the card out of my purse!
Other changes include the addition and recent opening of Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom, a meet and greet location for the Disney Princesses.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is making progress and I’m hoping it will be complete when I return in May!
I’m also looking forward to the re-imagined Test Track which opened just after we left last November. And I can’t forget another great fall highlight in Epcot, the International Food and Wine Festival! This is a must see event for everyone who is a foodie. More than 25 International Marketplaces where you can taste the culinary delights of countries from around the world. There are also special ticketed events for wine and food tastings.
So after squeezing all this into 2 days, I will be transported by Disney to Port Canaveral where I will board the Disney Dream, one of Disney’s newest and largest ships. High on my must do list there is the AquaDuck, a clear tube water slide on the ship. I’m also looking forward to great Disney entertainment and service that Disney is famous for!
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What would you do if you found out you were going to Walt Disney World for just one day?
Go to just one park? Or maybe you’d be adventurous and try to get to all four!
While most people plan their Disney vacations for a week, sometimes an opportunity comes up to squeeze in just one day. For those of us who love all things Disney, we look at a trip to Florida for any reason, as an opening to fit in some Disney parks time.
It looks like I will have the opportunity to spend one day in Disney prior to sailing a 3 night Bahamas cruise on the Disney Dream this fall.
Being adventurous, I will want to visit all four parks into one day. The challenge will be narrowing down my favorite rides in each park! Fortunately, some rides have single rider lines that move faster than the regular line, and Disney’s Fast Pass allows you to pre-reserve a time to come back and get in a shorter and faster moving Fast Pass line.
I’m looking forward to this fun-filled busy day, even if I’ll spend more time planning it, than the time I will be there!
First-time visitors to Walt Disney World may think that it’s all about the rides and attractions, but there is so much more going on throughout the parks. When you walk through the parks, you never know what you may stumble upon.
As you walk from Africa to Asia in Animal Kingdom, DiVine — a walking vine that blends into the tree line — could wrap herself around you, while on your way to Kilimanjaro Safaris, you may see an acrobat troupe performing or even hear the sounds of a drum band.
In Disney Studios, there is always something happening along the Streets of America. Cast members
dressed as Hollywood actors from the 1930s and 1940s engage with willing guests on the streets in hilarious skits. At night, the cover band Mulch, Sweat and Shears puts their own spin on popular party rock tunes.
While you may find some entertainment in Future World at Epcot, most of the performances can be found at the pavilions in the World Showcase. In China, you may be lucky enough to be walking past when Chinese acrobats take the stage. Or be strolling through the United Kingdom when the World Showcase Players act out their own version of a Shakespeare classic. Or catch the band Off Kilter playing rock and roll in Canada.
One of my favorite performances is in France, where Serveur Amusant entertains onlookers. A short description of the show, from the Walt Disney World website: French acrobats enthrall audiences with
their astonishing acts of balance and coordination.
And the World Showcase is a great place to get character autographs, too.
Over in the Magic Kingdom, most of the street entertainment occurs on Main Street, U.S.A. There is a trolley show several times in the morning and singers stroll along the street throughout the day.
During the afternoon, you may witness several performances by the Main Street Philharmonic as they parade from Main Street, USA into Liberty Square.
This is just a sample of some of the happenings away from the rides and attractions at Walt Disney World. Check them out on your next visit.
There’s no denying that Florida summers are hot. And if you’re like many families who need to take their Disney vacation in June, July or August, you need a plan to deal with the heat.
If your in the planning stages, heat and sun play a role in my resort choice in the summer. Disney’s value resorts don’t really have shelter from the sun at the bus stop at the resort. We realized this in July 2007 when we stayed at the Pop Century resort. And because the value resorts are so large, often times a bus to a park would arrive, fill with people, leaving a line of guests still waiting in the hot sun for the next bus. And even at 8 am, the sun is hot. For this reason alone I prefer a moderate resort over a value in the summer. The moderate resorts have shelter from the sun at the bus stops.
But if you’ve already planned your trip, regardless of where you’re staying, you need a plan for when you’re in the parks.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do. And if those water bottles in the parks are too expensive, then arrange for a case of bottled water to be delivered to your resort and fill up the mini refrigerator in your room. I did this in November when I spent 10 nights in Walt Disney World. Cost was under $10 for the case.
Wearing a hat can also keep the hot sun from beating down on you.
Taking a midday pool break back at the resort during the hottest part of the afternoon was also a big help. You can also head to Disney’s two water parks – Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach – to cool off. Just remember that this is what a lot of people do in the afternoon so the water parks get crowded then.
The New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom has a new water play area called Casey Jr. It’s themed after the friendly train in the movie Dumbo. There is no age restriction to this area located near the train station in the New Fantasyland.
Epcot has an area on the walkway from Future World to the World Showcase where water shoots out from the ground in random increments. This is a popular place for kids to get soaked during the hot summer months.
If you’re in Animal Kingdom on a hot day, just head over to Kali River Rapids to cool off. I’ve never seen anyone come off this attraction dry!
And in conclusion, my best advice is to give yourself enough time during your Disney vacation to take it a little slower in the parks during the summer heat. That way you won’t feel rushed.