Monthly Archives: March 2015

Katie’s Top Ten in Magic Kingdom: #2 Disney’s Wishes

The “Wishes” fireworks spectacular is not to be missed. This is by far the best fireworks show I have ever seen! It takes place over Cinderella’s Castle, and almost any place on Main Street, USA is a good viewing spot. You can also see the show from a lookout deck at the Contemporary, the Polynesian, or the Grand Floridian Resort. I’ve only seen it from the Contemporary and the view was great, but there was no sound. I find that the music is one of the best parts of the show, so this was very disappointing. Because of this, I’d recommend some place on Main Street for viewing, and make sure you get there at least an hour before the show to reserve your spot. While your waiting is a great time to check out some of the gift shops on Main Street. The fireworks are coordinated with unique Disney music, and Jiminy Cricket narrates the show. Keep in mind that when the show finishes, there is going to be a big crowd leaving the park all at once, so keep your group together!

Watching this show always fills me with wonder, and I couldn’t go to Disney without seeing it! 

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Katie’s Top Ten in Magic Kingdom: #1 Prates of the Caribbean

My favourite attraction at Magic Kingdom has got to be the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! This is an awesome ride that’s sure to please everyone in the family. Unlike some of the other Disney rides, this attraction came before it’s movies. So the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are actually based on this ride. Keep your eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow as you go through this boat ride, all the while hearing the pirates sing their theme song “Yo Ho! A Pirates Life for Me”! There is one small drop at the beginning, but don’t worry about getting soaked, even if you are in the front of the boat. The beginning of the ride can be kind of spooky for little kids, as it starts out dark with Blackbeard appearing in the fog. If your riding with toddlers, it might be best to draw their attention to something else when you come to the first scene, as there is a mermaid’s skeleton on the beach. Then there’s the drop, (which you can’t see) and the cheery music starts to play.

This is a definite must do for everyone!!!!

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Hidden Mickeys

Hidden Mickeys are silhouettes or outlines hidden through out the Disney resorts. They’re everywhere! At the restaurants, on the rides, in your hotel room… the list goes on! When your walking down Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom, take a look at the middle of the man holes. Do you see the Mickey?

My favourite hidden Mickey is found on the Soarin’ ride in Epcot. When you get to the scene of the golf course, and the golfer hits his ball toward you, see if you can catch Mickey’s silhouette on the side of the ball.

There are so many hidden Mickeys! So keep your eyes open, and good luck!

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Hidden Mickey at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. 

 

 

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful, scenic, Deluxe resort. Based on the wild African savannah, this is the perfect place to get up close and personal with some amazing animals! All the rooms are located in one building. Some rooms have a balcony overlooking one of four stunning savannahs. These savannahs are home to over 200 live African animals and birds. The animals are free roaming, so they can get as close to your balcony as they like. (But they can’t actually get onto your balcony!) If your in a regular room, don’t worry, you can still get up close to the wildlife, as there are multiple balcony lookouts throughout the resort. There are also walkways through the savannah, so you can get down at eye level with some of the smaller animals. Check for a wildlife identification guide in your room or at the front desk, and always keep your camera handy!

*TIP: The best time to see the animals up and active is early in the morning.*

There are over 30 species of African wildlife. Among these species are warthogs, giraffes, zebras, okapi, and gazelle. If you’ve got some extra time, check out the night vision animal viewing, where you can see the animals after dark. Night vision goggles are provided. There is a pool and a water slide, along with a hot tub. There is also a flamingo exhibit across from the pool, and kids activities at Simba’s Clubhouse. Definitely check out the gift shop, as there are some African antiques and souvenirs I haven’t seen anywhere else.

This is really a beautiful resort, however you can see all the same animals at Animal Kingdom.

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Coranado Springs

Coranado Springs is a Mexican theme Moderate resort. The sections of rooms are in separate buildings, but unlike the Value hotels, there are multiple bus stops scattered around the resort. This means less walking, as you can just go to the stop nearest your building.

There’s two restaurants: The Pepper Market and The Mayan Grill. The Mayan Grill is sit down, and the Pepper Market is a cafeteria styled restaurant.

There are multiple pools throughout the resort, but make sure you get to the larger main pool. This pool has a 50 foot Mayan temple and water slide, with hot tubs not far away.

This is a great hotel, and is probably the best Moderate resort I’ve stayed at!

 

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Art of Animation

Art of Animation is currently Disney’s newest resort, and the set up is very similar to Pop Century. Like it’s neighbouring hotel, there are different sections of rooms, only instead of the different decades, the sections are based on some of Disney’s greatest movies. You can have a room themed like The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Cars, or Finding Nemo. This resort also has giant icons taken from the movie, so be sure to take a look around at all the sections. We stayed in the Little Mermaid section, but my favourite was Cars, mostly because the icons of the Cars characters were the size of actual cars. These are available for pictures, so the whole family can have a photo shoot with their favourite character with no wait. Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen are available for pictures at Hollywood Studios, however you can’t find the other cars anywhere else in the parks. There are three pools; the Cozy Cone pool at the Cars section; a pool at the Little Mermaid section; and the main pool at the Finding Nemo section. The Finding Nemo pool is the biggest pool in Walt Disney World and is equipped with underwater speakers so you can hear Disney music underwater. The Landscape of Flavours restaurant is almost identical to the cafeteria style one at Pop Century. This is a really cool resort, and I enjoyed staying here. However I did find that, being in the Little Mermaid section (the farthest away from the main building), that the walk from the bus when your tired and your feet are sore, seemed quite long compared to the other resorts. Though if you were in the closer buildings then this would not be a problem, and for die hard Little Mermaid fans, it’s probably worth the walk. Otherwise it’s a great choice for a Value hotel.