Ideas for Making the Trek to Disney More Fun (aka less of a headache for you!)

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Yes, everyone is over the top excited to go to Disney (be it Disneyland, Disney World, or even one of the overseas Disney Parks) but getting there and back can be daunting for little ones, big ones, and all in between. So, whether you are flying or driving here are some ideas to help pass the time.

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The first idea takes a bit of pre-trip work and a few dollars but I would think it could be well worth it. Purchase Disney books, crafts (that can be done easy in a car or plane, movies, etc.) and wrap them up – one for every hour. So, if you have a three hour plane ride you would need 3 gifts, if you have a 14 hour drive it is time to hit the Dollar Store but you would bring along 14 gifts. Also, you can find some really fun “free” stuff out there – like check out Crayola’s website and print some of the Disney Coloring pages and put your own little book together. Check it out HERE. Let the kids know they are going to get a surprise every hour and you can always add a clause that they only get the gift if they are “good”. Then set a timer or alarm and every hour hand over the wrapped gift for them to open and spend the next hour or more playing with or watching, etc. Make sure if the gift needs batteries or crayons that those are ready to go!

Second, play games in the car or on the plane (quietly). I know times have changed but kids have not. I loved playing iSpy or a trivia type game with my parents on the way to some vacation. Half the fun was interacting with my family and laughing along the way.

Be ready with a sing along playlist. Now depending on the ages of your offspring you may want to ask them to help you so that you make sure you have songs that they will enjoy. I watch the Honda commercials and tear up thinking of singing Weezer with my big family on the way to a vacation (okay I realize I have no offspring but I can see my husband, friends, and kitties definitely belting out tunes with me!) I mean there is nothing like your 10 year old singing the lyrics “what’s with these homies dissing my girl” but you need to stay in the game parents! If you are not sure what commercial I am talking about – Click HERE.

$_58Last idea for now – the DVD player, the iPad downloaded movies from wherever, etc. Just make sure it works without needing to live stream and then plug them in to TV, movies, etc. and let them drift off into movie land for a few hours. It will all be worth it once you get there, my signal for knowing I am finally there is when I hear my favorite Disney quote “por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas”.

Drinking Around the World: Part I

Who said Disney World as an adult isn’t as fun? While us Disney fanatics know that Disney World can be magical at absolutely any age, we also know that sometimes adults just need to have a little bit of grown up fun. The drinking around the world showcase challenge is one way to do that! The goal is simple: have one drink at each of the showcase’s 11 countries. In Part I of this 3 part series we’ll discuss the best drinks in the first four countries of the world showcase. Please remember to drink responsibly, no one said the challenge needed to be completed in two hours, or even two days :) Consider starting at 11am and finishing when the park closes, or completing the challenge over the course of your vacation. Share drinks with your friends and family, and know your limits!

If we’re starting our challenge in the most typical location our first drink will be in Mexico. The most popular drink in Mexico is the frozen margarita located at the aptly named Margarita Stand. This location offers 3 flavors of frozen margarita: lime, strawberry or mango, OR you can go all out and get a mix of all three flavors in one cup. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can head over to La Cava del Tequila for their uniquely flavored margaritas. With options like jalepeno, avocado, blood orange, pomegranate, passion fruit, cucumber, pineapple and many more, La Cava del Tequila is your opportunity to try something that you might not find at home. This location is also home to an extensive list of straight tequilas, so if you’re an aficionado this is place is an absolute must visit!

Avocado and Blood Orange Margaritas at La Cava del Tequila: Photo courtesy of Yelp user Annie N.

Avocado and Blood Orange Margaritas at La Cava del Tequila: Photo courtesy of Yelp user Annie N.

Unfortunately our next stop in the Norway pavilion is not nearly as exciting as Mexico. You’ll have two options for your drink in Norway at the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. For an authentic beverage from Norway you’ll have to go with a shot of Linie Aquavit Glacier. We have to warn you though, this drink is pretty much universally regarded as… gross. Sorry! If you’re not too worried about the authentic part you can grab yourself a First is the “Viking Coffee” which is just coffee flavored with Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream or a Carlsburg beer, both sold at the Kringla location. Not related to drinking but maybe if you’re interested in grabbing a little snack to soak up all that alcohol you can try the School Bread. It’s one of the world showcase’s most popular snacks.

Third on our list is China, and luckily we’re back to having lots of options for our drink of choice in this country. The two most popular choices are the Mango Gingerita with vodka and rum and the Green Tea Plum Slush, both located at the Joy of Tea kiosk. For something really special, though, you must try the Tipsy Ducks in Love also from the Joy of Tea. This drink is a combination of iced coffee and tea blended with bourbon whisky and chocolate. Topped with whipped cream. So yummy! This drink is incredibly popular, and has almost reached cult status within the adult Disney fan set. If you’re looking for something more simple you can also grab some chilled plum wine at either the Joy of Tea or the Lotus Blossom Cafe. Both of those locations also carry Tsing Tao beer.

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Art T.

Tipsy Ducks in Love : Photo courtesy of Yelp user Art T.

For this leg of our tour the final stop is Germany. Not at all surprisingly the drink of choice in Germany is going to be beer. Sadly this Dole Whippie has little to no knowledge of beer, but the two most common choices are Altenmunster Oktoberfest and Radeberger Pilsner (with the option for a souvenir mug!) located at several carts throughout this country. In Germany you will also find shots of Jagermeister or the apple Berentzen Apfel if beer isn’t your thing. If you’re hungry for another snack by now the bratwurst or hand twisted pretzel are both good choices.

Stay tuned for Part II of the series where we’ll discuss the best options in Italy, The American Adventure, Japan and Morocco.

Our Favorite Character Meets

Recently we had Dustin, the Character Queen, on our podcast, you can listen here!  We wanted to share our favorite character meets!

Here is Jamie’s:
My favorite character meet was in March 2011. We had waited in line for my 3 year old nieces to meet the princesses and a few other characters and it didn’t go well. Everyone was too shy, so we figured we’d wait it out and not push the character thing this visit so the girls weren’t traumatized. Well, we took a ride on Dumbo and as soon as we got off spotted Pinocchio. My niece Maia took a deep breath and ran as fast as her little legs could carry her… Right into poor Pinocchio! She didn’t let go for a good minute or two. It was so sweet, and the start of no more shyness when it came to meeting characters!

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Shannon’s:
My youngest daughter Allie tends to be very shy, especially with face characters but she loves the soft characters like Stitch. She and Stitch have a lot in common so here they are sharing a moment and a hug.
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Tara’s:
One of my favorite character interactions was during Star Wars Weekend with Darth Vader and my husband, Scott. He is a huge Star Wars fan so we waited in quite the line to meet Darth Vader. We watched others go before him and just smile while DV was giving them the force choke. So, everyone in line was a little stunned and then laughing when Scott went into full choking mode. I personally would not go near Darth Vader as I was a bit afraid of him!

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And finally, Jillian’s:
My favorite meet was also involving Stitch.  It was my first visit with my own family to Walt Disney World.  We had breakfast at ‘Ohana and had recently discovered Lilo and Stitch so this was a must do for our family.  Stitch and Pluto were in full force and acting so silly.  Lilo grabbed my daughter’s hand and lead her on the parade around the restaurant.  There is no doubt that this is my favorite Disney moment of all time.

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Do you have a favorite character meet moment?  If so, share it with us!

Summer Tips and Tricks to Enjoy Your Disney Vacation Even More!

There are lots of tips and tricks to keeping cool while touring Disney (be it Walt Disney World or Disneyland or if you are extra lucky one of the overseas Disney Parks). I came up with the top ones that have worked for me and my family over the years! In no way is this “list” finished or probably will never be but I can vouch for each of these as I personally have tried them out and they have been successful in keeping cool (and calm) during the hottest months.

First, keep hydrated and when I say that I mean more water than you can imagine. Skip IMG_5180the sodas or even sports drinks (unless you let yourself get very dehydrated and then a water or drink with extra electrolytes can help). I did not follow my own rule that well last July and did drink a water or two in July at Epcot but also had a soda and went a few hours with nothing to drink. By 1:00pm I had a bad headache, fatigue and just a few chills. So, we went over to the First Aid Station and I was given some ibuprofen and a bottle of water and instructed to relax on a chair in the air conditioning and had a cold towel placed on my head for about 10 minutes. It was magical and did the trick! The advice I was given there was drink 1 bottle of water every hour and no other drinks in between. I started following this rule and never felt thirsty or tired. So, drink 1 bottle of water every hour.

About that water and where you can get it or how to make sure you get enough without breaking the bank? One idea is to bring a case with you, order via Amazon or Garden Grocer or pick up at a store in the area. In your room you can keep a few cold and if you have the option to freeze then do that overnight and keep them in your backpack the next day and it will melt so you can drink it and keep your back cold as you carry around your backpack.

You also can get a cup with ice at any counter service and put water from a fountain in them and that is a no cost option!

71qJw0OaHmL._SL1500_Another great way to keep cool is to bring the popular Frogg Toggs (or other brand). These cooling towels are the bomb. They do not drip and you can keep rewetting them throughout the day to wear around your neck or on your head and they work like a charm.

Take advantage of early hours and then in the heat of the day during the afternoon go back to your resort for a nap in the air conditioning or swimming in the pool. Then after a refreshing afternoon head back for the nighttime shows and dinner!

Lastly, eat a Dole Whip (or ice cream) refreshing treats like this eaten in the shade are a great way to reboot and enjoy your magical trip!IMG_0175 (1)

Podcast Episode 59: Movies That Get Us Ready For A Disney Vacation

As you know, we love Disney parks and we adore Disney movies, so what happens when you combine the two?  You have movies that get us revved up for a Disney vacation!  We tell you which ones we love and which ones best remind us of the four WDW parks.

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Imagineer for the Day- Animal Kingdom

I love to play “If I were an Imagineer” and I know a lot of you Disney fans do the same. These aren’t all original ideas, but the ideas I would implement in the park if I had the power and budget.

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Animal Kingdom is the park I can see that has the most room for improvement because there is the space and the need for some more to do here. With Avatarland coming it will alleviate some of this need, but we shall see how it is when it is full open.

Dark rides- A Jungle book dark ride would be perfect in this park. If fits the theme of the park and is a ready-made story line. Or even a boat dark ride through the film Pocahontas or Tarzan. I think there are so many films that would work in this park and fill the void of attractions that appeal to families while also getting you out of the hot sun for a little while.

Night time show- Something along the lines of the World of Color. This would allow the park to stay open later but not be loud in the way fireworks are.

Another rollercoaster- somewhere along the lines of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, fun but not huge thrills like Expedition Everest. This attraction would appeal to a wide range of people. I could see an Indiana Jones theme go over well here!

Water Taxi/Boat Ride- A attraction that also doubles as transportation that goes around the waterways of Animal Kingdom. Imagine you can take it round trip but there are also stops along the way. You can easily walk the park but why not sit down and enjoy the view as get from one side of the park to another.

Stay tuned for the next installation of Imagineer for the day. But while you are waiting you can check out Tara’s series on the same subject!

Wilderness Lodge Major Refurbishment Announcement

Thanks to Disneyworld.go.com for the great picture!

Thanks to Disneyworld.go.com for the great picture!

We posted a refurbishment list yesterday but one that has just come to light and is a major one is the upcoming renovations for Wilderness Lodge Resort.

You may have heard some grumblings and may have even read some rumors and information but now Disney has made it official (so now we will address and talk about it!)

Yes, Wilderness Lodge is going under major renovations (or refurbishment – whichever makes you less sad). The renovations are starting October 26, 2015 and will run through 2017.

The multiple refurbishment is beginning with the Hidden Springs pool, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, as well as the resort beach, playground and recreation fire pit.

There are rumors and talks of other things that are going to happen so as Disney announces it we will keep you informed!

Walt Disney World Refurbishments July 2015

Magic Kingdom

Pirates of the Caribbean June 8 – Sep 25, 2015

Liberty Square Riverboat- Aug- 4-10, 2015

Walt Disney World Railroad October 12-Nov 20, 2015

Dream Along with Mickey- July 21 – Aug 19, 2015

Liberty Tree Tavern- Jul 6 – Nov 5, 2015

The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour- October 12-November 20, 2015

Epcot

Living with the Land- September 8-17, 2015

Reimagination of Maelstrom- to open April 30, 2016

Hollywood Studios

Voyage of the Little Mermaid- September 7-10, 2015

Magic of Disney Animation- July 12, 2015

Animal Kingdom
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Transportation
Monorail Now to December 2015 is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If you plan to use this please be sure to check the best options for available for travel.

Resorts

Wilderness Lodge October 2, 2015 – 2017
Hidden Springs leisure pool area, resort beach, playground, fire pit, and nature trail will be closed.  Noise may be heard but construction will not begin until after 9 am.

Coronado Springs- Fitness Center, Salon, Casitas Leisure Pool- July 5-October 12, 2015

Grand Floridian Resort- Gasparilla Island Grill—August 23-Septmber 4, 2015

Contemporary Feature Pool Sep 8-10, 2015

Beach Club Resort- Guest Room Renovations-Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily). Oct 13, 2014 – Aug 22, 2015

Polynesian Village Resort- General Construction through early 2016

East Pool- late spring- Early 2016

East Pool construction-late spring through early 2016

Disney’s Swan Hotel- Guest Room Renovations- Work is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience. Aug. 20, 2014 – TBD

Downtown Disney
Fulton’s Crab House- January 1-April 1, 2016

Plant Hollywood- January 1- June 1, 2016

As always this is subject to change so check back for the most up to date information!

Special Monthly Giveaway and New Podcast Interaction

We want you to be a part of our show each week! If you have not listened yet to our weekly podcast DoleWhipped : Dishing on Disney what are you waiting for? Are you waiting to be invited to be a part of the show? Well consider yourself invited.

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We get asked questions about Disney all the time and we want to help you and others that have the same questions! So, email us your questions and each week we will pick one to read on air and answer. If your question gets picked to be read your name will go in to a raffle and each MONTH we will pick one name to win a prize. Just think if your question is picked you have a 1 in 4 chance (on average) of winning. So, some great prizes will be given away and all you have to do is let us help you (does this seem backwards?!) But, we love you so much and love giving Disney prizes and Disney advice or answers that this is one way we thought of to share that Disney love.

So, email us a question at dolewhipped@gmail.com and listen each week to see if you are a winner. If you are a winner we will let you know! All you need to put in your email to us is your name, where you are from and your one question. If you have multiple questions, then send all of them, just one question per email though (and that ups your chances anyway!)

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Podcast Episode 58: Summer Touring Tips

If going to WDW in the summer is your jam you need to listen to this week’s episode!  We give you  lots of great tips on how you can make the most of your summer time vacation at Disney World.  We tell you how to keep hydrated and how to find the coolest spots in The World.  Don’t miss it!

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