Cafe Orleans Review

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During my visit to Disneyland in August 2016, I made a dinner reservation for myself and my roommate.  It was a toss up for me where I was going to choose since I’d heard great things about Cafe Orleans, but also as well as Blue Bayou.  I’d heard that Cafe Orleans had the better food but Blue Bayou had the better atmosphere, overlooking the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and all. In the end, I went with Cafe Orleans because I’m all about the food.

First of all, being that I’m from Louisiana and a frequent visitor to New Orleans, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot of authenticity for the decor.  I will say that it’s very nice and homey feeling to me, which is good.  It doesn’t look unlike a cafe in New Orleans so I guess that’s saying something.

Appetizer course:

img_20160822_173627-copyTo start, my roommate and I shared an order of Pommes Frites served with a remoulade dipping sauce.  These start out as your basic Disney Parks french fries, but then they’re coated with parmesan and garlic and let me just say, all fries really should be coated with garlic and cheese.  We couldn’t stop eating them!

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Next, we thought we should probably have something green so we shared La Salade de Maison, or the house salad.  It had a raspberry vinaigrette with goat cheese and caramelized pecans.  It was delicious but I’m a huge fan of fruit dressings and candied nuts on my salad.

Entree:

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For our entree, we shared a famous Monte Cristo sandwich.  This is a ham, turkey, and swiss sandwich that’s battered and fried then topped with powdered sugar and served with berry puree.  There’s also some fruit on the side in case you care about being healthy, but let’s face it, you’re eating a fried sandwich.  You’re not being healthy.

This sandwich is obviously delicious, but it’s a very large portion.  Granted, we had fries and a salad, but my roommate and I couldn’t finish this one sandwich.  So we got dessert, of course.

Dessert:

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That is a Mickey shaped beignet with a dollop of vanilla frosting on the side.  If you don’t know what a beignet is, it’s basically a French doughnut.  Fried dough.  Because everything we eat should be fried.  In my defense, I did not order this.  Our waitperson brought this out to me (free of charge) because I was wearing my birthday button.  But me, being the kind person that I am, didn’t want to hurt her feelings so I ate it.  I’m quite familiar with beignets due to where I live, and this one did not disappoint.  It was hot, flaky, and covered in powdered sugar, just like a beignet ought to be.

Overall, I was quite pleased with my experience at Cafe Orleans.  The food was great and the atmosphere fun and laid back, just like New Orleans itself.

runDisney Playlist – Part I

If you’ve signed up for a runDisney race chances are good you are a Disney fan.  So the perfect choice to get you moving and running is some Disney music!  I am a big fan of Disney music and I listen to it frequently at home, in the car and yes while running.

 

Here is a playlist of Disney music to get you through the miles.

  1. Go the Distance- Hercules
  2. Under the Sea- The Little Mermaid
  3. I’ve Got Not Strings- Pinocchio
  4. Hakuna Matata- The Lion King
  5. I Wan’na Be Like You – The Jungle Book
  6. How Far I’ll Go –Moana
  7. Try Everything- Zootopia
  8. When Can I See You Again- Wreck-It Ralph
  9. The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers- Winnie the Pooh
  10. Gaston-Beauty and the Beast
  11. A Spoonful of Sugar-Mary Poppins
  12. Down in New Orleans-Princess and the Frog
  13. Life is a Highway- Cars
  14. Ha Mele No Lilo- Lilo and Stitch
  15. Love is an Open Door- Frozen
  16. Immortals- Big Hero 6
  17. Friend Like Me- Aladdin
  18. The Scare Floor- Monsters Inc
  19. The Bear Necessities- The Jungle Book
  20. Shiny- Moana
  21. Touch the Sky- Brave
  22. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah- Song of the South
  23. Give a Little Whistle- Pinocchio
  24. Heigh Ho- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  25. There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow- Carousel of Progress

 

I hope you can find some motivation from these songs!  Happy trails!  Don’t forget to check back for Part II of the runDisney playlist!

Disneyland Dream Suite

As you’ll recall, I had the opportunity to do an Agent Education Program at Disneyland a few months ago.  As part of the program we got to do a “Heritage Experience.”  In Disney-speak, that means “You’re going to see something really cool and exclusive.”  What we got to see is the Disneyland Dream Suite.  Let me tell you all about this amazing hidden treasure!

First, a little history.  So, back in the 1950’s when Walt Disney was building and maintaining his “baby” aka Disneyland, he kept a little apartment above the fire station on Main Street USA.  At that time, the apartment was fine because it was mostly just Walt and his wife and two daughters staying there.  In the 1960’s, Walt felt like he needed a bigger space for his family and his daughters’ eventual grandchildren, and just a larger space for entertaining so he commissioned the apartment to be built right above New Orleans Square, which was already under construction.

The Royal Suite, as it was named at the time, never saw completion as Walt passed away in 1966 and several of his ongoing projects were abandoned.  The family felt too devastated by Walt’s loss to continue the construction, so even though the apartment was nearly finished, it sat vacant for nearly 20 years.

In 2007, Disney hosted their “Year of A Million Dreams” event and for that, the Dream Suite was renovated into an actual hotel room.  Winners were picked at random to spend the night in the Dream Suite for free.  As with the room in Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World, the Dream Suite cannot be booked. A stay there has to be awarded.

Now the best part!  Let’s take a look inside!

The apartment is two bedrooms, two baths, a living room and a little hallway.  We entered via the hallway.  This is right as you come up the elevator by the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean.

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The entrance door.  I loved the stained glass.

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There’s a little courtyard located between the rooms.  It was incredibly quiet in here despite the hustle and bustle of the park located below.  In fact, you couldn’t hear ANY park noise inside the suite itself!  It’s all soundproofed!

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I absolutely adored the fabric on these lounge chairs!

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As I mentioned, there are two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.  Each room in the house, including the living room are themed like a different park “land.”  The first bedroom is Adventureland themed.

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Now, it’s a beautiful room, but here’s where things get magical.  Each room has a “Goodnight Kiss” switch.  When that switch is flipped, something magical happens.  The lights dim, and music plays…it’s wonderful!  In this particular room, a Peter Pan inspired light show happens.  They wouldn’t allow us to take video of the magic and my photos didn’t come out well.  But it was so breathtaking!

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Of course, there’s magic in the bathroom as well.  When the switch is flipped here, the tub surround lights up with twinkling lights and Hidden Mickey appears spontaneously!

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Some more bathroom photos:
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The second bedroom is Frontierland themed.  It includes two beds instead of one so this is meant more for a children’s bedroom, I think.  There is also a “Goodnight Kiss” switch in here which dims the lights and sends a little train on a trip around the perimeter of the room.  You can see the tracks located on the shelf above the beds.  Each little vignette has some little touch of Disney inspiration and magic.

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This piece of artwork is a map of Disneyland park…with a bit of magic!  It looks like any ordinary map, however, when the “Goodnight Kiss” switch is flipped…

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…it lights up with twinkling lights and flowing water!

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And the theme continues on to the bathroom.

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To the living room!  Check out this fireplace. It’s not a real fireplace, but a screen with a fire video on it.  Occasionally, the sparks from the crackling fire look like fireworks!  Another interesting thing is the little birdcage on the mantel.  That is a replica of a toy Walt purchased at a flea market.  The bird inside was mechanical and when you pressed a button it would chirp.  That bird was the idea that later became Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room!

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Just like all the other rooms, there’s a special switch in this room too.  Here’s what it does to the grandfather clock!

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Possibly one of the most interesting things about this suite is the view.  It’s located right across from the Rivers of America where Fantasmic is shown nightly.  From the balcony of the suite, you get a dead center perfect view of the show.  The other thing is that you can look down upon all the park goers and get a bird’s eye view of what’s happening, but almost no one looks up.  That would have been perfect for Walt to have watched the happy folks in his park without being the center of attention.

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This insignia was inlaid into the wood of the balcony.  Just beautiful!

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And that’s a very short overview of the Dream Suite at Disneyland Park!  This is truly a Walt Disney fanatic’s delight!  So much history and so much Disney magic all in one 2200 sq ft apartment!  If you would like to see it for yourself, you can purchase a VIP tour during your stay at Disneyland.  I highly recommend it!

 

 

Paradise Pier Review

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Recently I visited the Disneyland Resort and had the opportunity to stay in all three of their onsite hotels.  In this last installment, I’ll give you my review of the Paradise Pier hotel.

Paradise Pier was previously a different brand of hotel that Disney purchased and put their own spin on.  It’s directly across the street from the Grand Californian, and while not far from the parks, is the furthest Disney property from the park gates.

This hotel overlooks Paradise Pier in California Adventure park, hence the name.  Of course, that’s only on the one side of the building, and unfortunately my room was on the opposite side.  It was still a lovely view of the city.

This hotel has a seaside feel.  The rooms were clean and comfortable, but lacked the charm of the Disneyland Hotel and the sophistication of the Grand Californian.

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One cute little thing they had off the lobby was a little room for kids to wait while the adults check in to the hotel.  There’s a screen for watching Mickey cartoons set inside a replica of a sand castle.  Cute little beach chairs made an adorable little room.

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Overall, this was my least favorite of the three Disneyland resorts.  The location isn’t great and there isn’t much of that Disney feel to me.  It is the least expensive of the three, however, for the price difference, I think the Disneyland Hotel is a better choice.

Grand Californian Review

During my recent visit to the Disneyland Resort, I had the opportunity to stay in all three of their onsite hotels.  In this post, I’ll be giving you my thoughts on the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

Let me just start by saying this is quite possibly the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever had the pleasure to stay in.  The lobby alone is incredibly impressive and gorgeous.  If you’ve ever visited Animal Kingdom Lodge or Wilderness Lodge over at Walt Disney World, the design will look familiar to you as all three were designed by the same architect.

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Though not quite as sprawling as some of the Walt Disney World resorts, this is the biggest resort on Disneyland property.  It’s home to Storyteller’s Cafe, the character meal location, as well as Napa Rose, considered one of the best restaurants in the city.  I did have breakfast at Storyteller’s and it was delicious.  Characters there included Chip and Dale, Pluto, and Koda from Brother Bear.

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The rooms were fairly standard size, though I felt they could use a bit of a refresh.  The rooms were not quite as luxurious as I thought they should be for as much as they cost per night, however, the beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean.  The nightly turn down service with chocolates on the pillows was a nice touch.

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For me, the main draw of this hotel is the gate to California Adventure located within.  In fact, my room was located just a minute’s walk from the gate so I could be inside California Adventure park within 5 minutes.  The gate location is right near Grizzly River Run Rapids and steps away from Soarin. In the mornings, only hotel guests are allowed to use the gate, so if you’re trying to beat the morning rush, this is a fantastic perk.  It’s also very convenient for a midday break if you’re so inclined.

The hotel also opens up to Downtown Disney so it’s very conveniently located for shopping.  From there, it’s just a couple more minutes walk to Disneyland Park.  This is the closest onsite property so if location is worth more to you than price, this is where you want to stay.

Overall, it’s a great resort but I don’t think it has as much charm and personality as Disneyland Hotel.  I think this hotel would be fantastic for adults only trips or couples just due to the sophisticated decor, however, the location makes it perfect for families with small kids.

 

Disneyland Hotel Review

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While I was recently at the Disneyland Resort I had the opportunity to stay in all three of their onsite resorts.  In this post, I’ll give you my thoughts on the Disneyland Hotel.

The Disneyland Hotel is the original Disney resort.  Obviously, it’s had a few facelifts in 60 years, and I have to say I’m a huge fan of the look of this resort.  It has a few fun yet modern feel.  If, like me, you’re a fan of Mary Blair’s art, you’re going to love it here.

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The rooms were decently sized and quite clean and comfortable.  I loved the overall feel of the rooms as well as that wooden carving above the bed!  Just beautiful!

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The bathroom is set up in an interesting way.  The toilet is in its own little room within the bathroom, but the sink and bath areas are open.  That probably works well for families, but for myself and my roommate, it was a little inconvenient.

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My room was in the main tower, the Fantasy Tower.  There are two other towers, Adventure and Frontier Towers.  There are also Club Level accommodations here as well as a Club Level lounge that’s wonderful for watching fireworks at night.

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You really can’t beat the location of this resort.  It’s located right at the end of the Downtown Disney area and it takes maybe 5 minutes to walk from the hotel to the park gates.  That’s so refreshing to this this girl who’s used to commute times at Walt Disney World!

The Disneyland hotel also has Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a fun cocktail bar located right outside the pool area.  We stopped in for mojitos one night, and unfortunately the main bar was completely packed so we sat out on the patio.  The drinks were great!

Also located at this resort is the Goofy’s Kitchen character meal as well as the famous Steakhouse 55.

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Overall, this resort has a fun and laid back feel.  This resort is great for families, couples, and anyone looking for that quintessential Disney feel.  I really thought that Grand Californian was going to be my favorite of the three, but I was quite surprised to find that Disneyland Hotel was my preference!  I really loved this resort and I can’t wait to stay here again with my family!

 

A First Timer’s Review of Disneyland Resort

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an Agent Education Program at Disneyland in California.  I’d never been there before (in fact, I’d never been to California before), despite having been to Walt Disney World in Florida numerous times.  While I knew things were similar between the two parks, I wasn’t prepared for what was different.

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Weather

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World in August, you know that just saying “it’s hot” is kind of an understatement.  Not only is it hot, it’s extremely humid and that can make you quite uncomfortable.  It also rains a lot in Florida in summer.  Not so in California.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  Because there’s relatively low humidity in that part of the country, the breezes were cool and refreshing.  It did get quite warm in the late parts of the day but overall the temperatures were great.  It was sunny, not at all rainy, and generally perfect park weather.

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Tickets and Fast Passes

Disneyland still uses paper tickets and Fast Passes.  I’m quite used to Magic Bands in Florida so it was a little jarring going back to using paper for everything.  You have to make sure you hang onto your paper ticket at Disneyland at all times.  If you lose it, you’re out of luck.

Smaller Parks and Locations

The absolute BEST thing about Disneyland and California Adventure parks are how condensed and close they are to each other.  It’s amazing to walk around Disneyland Park and see how close and tightly packed with attractions it is.  It’s so nice not to have to do quite as much walking as you would have to do at Walt Disney World.  Plus, if you like to park hop, you can exit one park and be inside the other in less than 5 minutes.  It’s amazing!  With their Downtown Disney location being so close, it’s easy to leave a crowded park for lunch and head back in later.  You definitely don’t have the insane commuting times like you do at Walt Disney World.  It’s pretty awesome!

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Fewer onsite resort options

One thing I do think Disneyland lacks over Walt Disney World is their onsite resort options.  Disneyland has three onsite hotels, Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian, and Paradise Pier.  While all three of them are nice hotels, they are quite expensive compared to the offsite Good Neighbor hotels in the proximity.  I wish Disneyland had a Value resort option, but they don’t.  Stay tuned for more blog posts soon for my review of all three Disneyland resort hotels!

Attractions, shows, and characters

Since I was there for such a limited amount of time, I didn’t get to do all the attractions and see all the shows I wanted.  What I did see was fantastic and I love that Disneyland has some of the heritage options that Walt Disney World no longer has, like the trolley rides down Main Street, and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (now rebranded as Finding Nemo, but still the same general concept).

The other really cool thing that Disneyland does well is spontaneous character interaction.  I was sitting in the Corner Cafe having a snack when Alice and the Mad Hatter walk up (sans handlers, by the way!) and start playing musical chairs with all the kids in the restaurant.  While that was happening, Genie from Aladdin is just strolling down Main Street like that was just a regular thing that happens.  It was really cool and lent such a great vibe to the whole place.

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General Atmosphere

I think Disneyland has a great, fun, laid-back atmosphere that is definitely not the same as Walt Disney World.  Since Disneyland is such a local’s park, I think there’s not the same need to keep up such a frantic pace, like you might see in Florida.  The locals have been there so many times and come back whenever they want so they’re not in such a rush to make sure they see everything all at one time.  That’s not to say that Disneyland isn’t just as full of tourists as Walt Disney World, just that it doesn’t seem to be so do-or-die in California.

Overall, I don’t think it’s really fair to compare Disneyland to Walt Disney World because they each stand alone.  Yes, they have similarities, but they each have their own history and their own way of doing things.  I greatly enjoyed my time at Disneyland and I truly can’t wait to go back with my family!

Education on a Disney Vacation

We all know that taking kids on a vacation will lead to a lot of fun, but sometimes we encounter some education along the way.  Walt Disney said “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” All of us agree with that philosophy that you can learn a lot and still have fun.  Some of us have done this and probably will again but sometimes we have to take our kids out of school for a vacation.  While you have the make this personal decision based on your own situation we are not here to judge either way!  But we do know that when kids miss school they sometimes have to make up that missed time with what they learned while away from school, so I wanted to give some ideas of where your kids could learn while on a Disney vacation.

You will be able to do some first hand research and experiencing and then when you are finished with your vacation your student will be able to do the research that will help them put together a report.

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Disneyland
California Adventure Park: Learn about the history of California on the basis of the different lands such as Paradise Pier, Grizzly Peaks, Buena Vista Street or Hollywood Land.  These lands are themed around real places in California.

Disneyland Railroad: Check out the original steam trains and Presidential Train Car the Lilly Belle.

Sleeping Beauty Castle: Enjoy this walk through attraction of the story of Sleeping Beauty.  A fun way to compare would be to read other versions and see how they compare

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: This attraction has nothing but history in it from the 1964 World’s Fare to the subject itself, Abraham Lincoln.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters: If you want something really modern check out this trackless attraction.  How do the cars move?  Where do they get commands?  These are just a couple questions you can find out on this attraction.

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Walt Disney World
Animal Kingdom
Wilderness Explorers: Learn all about different animals and explore the entire park with this fun scavenger hunt!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch: You can watch veterinarians at work here, not to mention get up close to a few animals. This is a great opportunity for those kids that are wild about animals.

Kilimanjaro Safari’s: This is another obvious choice, but you can see so many unusual animals that could spark an interest in one and then lead to a fact finding mission about a species.

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Hollywood Studios
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular: It will give you a very basic idea of how movies are made.  This is great for young kids since they will love the special effects and they way you feel like you are looking backstage.

Epcot
World Showcase: This entire part of the park is a learning experience.  Talk to Cast Members from all over the world, try new foods, listen to new music.  The possibilities are endless whether you choose one of many countries to explore.

The Land: Take the Behind the Seeds tour in the Land Pavilion and you can find out some really interesting things about greenhouses, growing crops and even where those plants grown there end up!

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The Seas: This pavilion is similar to the Kilimanjaro Safari as you can learn to much about many types of fish or larger sea life.  If you are old enough you can even swim with dolphins!

Spaceship Earth: This classic attraction takes you through communication in world history from caves to computers.  You are sure to learn something new along the way.

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Hall of Presidents: Like Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln this is definitely the place to get a presidential history lesson.

The Haunted Mansion: Pepper’s Ghost is the main attraction here, not it isn’t a real ghost but an effect that is used and it is really fascinating.  If your student is one who always wants to know “how do they do that” this is a great subject to study.  You’ll need to ride more than once of course.

People Mover:  Did you know this has a real life application at the George Bush Airport in Houston?  That is the only other place in the world this technology is used for the people mover.

Sword in the Stone: Do you have a kid interested in stories and fairy tales?  This a great place for them to research the stories of King Arthur.  And if you have to rewatch Sword in the Stone that wouldn’t be too bad either.

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Swiss Family Robinson and Tom Sawyer’s Island: Again if you have a reader they will love to do a report on either of these stories and how they are portrayed at Walt Disney World.

Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel: This carousel is something special.  Originally called Liberty with an Americana theme it was lovingly restored by the Walt Disney World Company.  Check out the history of carousel and you will have plenty of research fodder to write a paper on!

Adventures by Disney
This entire vacation will be a learning experience, particularly if you are traveling to a foreign country.  So many new things to experience even if you travel on an Adventure by Disney within the United States.  New cultures, foods and experiences will be everything here.  For instance if you travel to Italy you can learn to make pasta, in Germany, pretzels. You will tour castles and historic sites.  Meet amazing local guides who can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about the country you are visiting.

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Like Adventures by Disney this entire experience can be one big learning experience while having so much fun.  In port you can take excursions of the historic, foodie and adventurer types.  Or you can check out local museums, forts, ruins, or cultural centers.

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There is plenty of edutainment to be had on any Disney vacation so we hope this article can help get the creative process moving in choosing something to research.  And who know, this may be the start of the next Disney Imagineer career!

 

 

Awaken Summer: EPCOT

Thanks to Disney Travel Professionals for the photo.

Thanks to Disney Travel Professionals for the photo.

Yes, Awaken Summer is almost here and so many changes and fun events and new stuff is coming to Disney! It is going to be fantastic. Who is more excited than me? Probably someone going soon. I turned in my WDW card for a DCL card for the Summer and starting to question it with all the new comings (and goings!) But, hey it will still be there in the Fall – I hope!

So, for EPCOT they are going to have a few MASSIVE things to celebrate Awaken Summer!

First, Soarin’ is about to re-open. Now, they did refurbish the Soarin’ ride in two ways – first IMG_3179they added an extra theater and so that is going to help the lines tremendosly. Second, they changed the movie from Soarin’ Over California to Soarin’ Over the World. If you have been missing the old Cali version you can watch that up until June 17th when the brand new Soarin’ Over the World debuts at Disneyland in California and Epcot at Walt Disney World. For this attraction we are giving the premiere not to our friends at Shanghai Disneyland and letting them show it first on their grand opening June 16th! Watch out for some new smells and all new video. Very Exciting!

Speaking of helping Soarin’ lines, one thing that is not going to help the lines is the opening of the new Frozen Ever After ride in Norway. Reason this will change the lines at Soarin’ is it is a new ride that is another Tier 1 – so choose new Soarin’ or new Frozen? EEK! This ride in Norway is taking place in Arendale and replaces a crowd favorite Maelstrom – so big shoes to fill!

Another Frozen addition (because how can you have too much Frozen? Well, let me show you how…nope never mind!) You can not meet and greet with Anna and Elsa at Epcot at the Royal Sommerhus, also in Norway. There are no fastpass+ available for this meet and greet. Oh, and I guess I should add since Anna and Elsa are going to be in Epcot they will no longer be in Walt Disney World for meet and greets – well, clearly they can not be in two places at once?!

 

Disney Visa Perks

You have maybe heard about the Disney Visa before, particularly when promotions are released.  On occasion Disney Visa cardholder have been granted early access to these discounts for booking a Walt Disney World vacation.

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So what do you get with your Disney Visa?  How much does it cost?

There are two types of Disney Visa cards a free one and the Premier which is an annual fee applied directly to your card of $49.

One of the perks of having either card is the 10% off any purchase of $50 or more at Disney stores and Disneystore.com.  Which as we know doesn’t take long to get past that $50 price tag. 

A 10% discount is also available at dining locations in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

Points can also be earned on purchases made with the Disney Visa.  These points can then be turned into a Disney Visa Rewards redemption card. You can earn up to 2% in rewards dollars at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, and Disney locations.  Also you can earn 1% everywhere else. These points can be used for booking Disney vacations, spending at Disney parks, and Disney stores.  You earn points after you have paid on the card.  The points never expire but your card can be inactive so be sure to check on this before leaving home and making purchases.

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Disney Vacation discounts are also available at times with this card.  It will be similar to the discounts and promotions that Disney offers to the general public such as a room only discounts or dining promotions.  On occasion these promotions are offered prior to general public sales allowing the cardholders a couple of days head start.

Discounts on tours are another great perk.  You can save 15%!  At Disneyland you can try out Welcome to Disneyland, A Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps, Discover the Magic, Cultivating the Magic and Disney California Story.  At Walt Disney World you can try out: Disney’s Family Magic, Keys the Kingdom, The Magic Behind our Steam Trains, Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom, Gardens of the World, Undiscovered Future World, Behind the Seeds, DiveQuest, Seas Aqua Tour, Backstage Tales, Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP, Day for Young Families VIP, Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Backstage Magic, Holiday D-Lights, Yuletide Fantasy, Wilderness Back Trail Adventure.

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In Disneyland and Walt Disney World you can present your card for a private meet and greet with Disney characters.  At Walt Disney World it is located in Epcot, Innoventions West daily from 1-7pm.  You will receive downloads of the pictures onto your MagicBand.  In Disneyland Resort go to Disney’s California Adventure Park next to Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sully to the rescue, daily from 10:30am-1:30pm.  Downloads are also available here.

For Food and Wine at Epcot there is the Chase Visa lounge with free soft drinks, water and a place to have a break and charge your phone.

10% off select recreation experiences at Walt Disney World are available such as carriage rides or horseback trail rides.

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For those that want pampering there is a 15% discount for salon treatments valued at $45 or greater or any 50 minutes or longer spa treatments at Walt Disney World.

For Disney Cruise Line you can get at $50 onboard credit when you pay for your Disney Cruise Line vacation in full with your Disney Visa card.

You can also check out the full printable guide here https://disneydebit.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/07/9392_WDW_Debit_ThemeParkPerks_PocketGuide_02.pdf

If you are like me, you probably learned a little bit about a card you already hold!  I didn’t know about many of these discounts, which means my Disney Visa may get a workout next time I am at Disney, for the perks of course!