Podcast Episode 52: Disney For Boys

If you’ve got a boy in your life that you want to bring to Disney but you can’t think of anything to do that doesn’t have to do with princesses and fairies, then this is a must-listen for you!  We give you the low down on everything boy-centric at Walt Disney World.  We’ve got ideas for rides, shows, restaurants, and more!  Don’t miss it!

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Podcast Episode 41: Non-Park Day Activities

Join us and special guest, Lee, as we talk about all the fun things you can do on your Disney vacation that don’t require a park ticket.  It’s always a good idea to take a break from the crowds and do something a little lower key and we have plenty of tips to help you make the most of those days.

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Walt Disney World Park Tickets

There are a few choices you can make when purchasing tickets for your next Disney vacation if you are not doing a package. All tickets can be bought from a single day up to 10 days in a single ticket. All tickets must be used within 14 days of first use.

The first is the Base Ticket. This is a ticket that allows you to get into a single park per day. If you are doing a one day base ticket and wish to get to Magic Kingdom this park is slightly more expensive than Animal Kingdom, Epcot or Hollywood Studios.

A step up from the Base Ticket is the Park Hopper. The Park Hopper allows you to visit more than one park in a day. You can use it to visit all four in a single day or to just visit one. This ticket affords a lot of flexibility in your vacation. You can plan to visit one park in the morning and then go to another in the evening for dinner. Or if you aren’t sure which park your children or you will enjoy most this ticket is very helpful. If you keep finding yourself wanting to go to Magic Kingdom for a dole whip and a spin on the Haunted Mansion this ticket can make that happen.

Another option is the Water Parks Fun and More. This ticket option allows you access to Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks, Disney Quest, Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, and ESPN Sports Complex in addition to your theme park visits. If you purchase a 5 day Park Ticket with Water Parks Fun and More option you can have up to 10 days of fun. Or if you want to visit Blizzard Beach and Disney Quest in the same day this will use 2 allotments of the 5. For a little bit more of a fee you can combine the Park Hopper with the Water Parks Fun and More for a fun-filled visit.

Disney will run specials on Military Salute Tickets. Generally these are a 4 day Park Hopper ticket discounted and have to be purchased on base or at Shades of Green. These do have an expiration date as well.

Another way to get discounted tickets is by being a Florida Resident. Details can be found by signing into your Disney account for more information.

And lastly if you are planning a vacation that is over 10 day or more than one vacation within a year of each other an Annual Pass might be the correct ticket for you. With Annual Passes there may be black out dates and exclusions so it is always best to check your options before making this purchase.

Lastly if you feel you didn’t purchase the correct ticket for you there is always the option of upgrading your ticket at Guest Services in the a parks. You will pay the difference if you choose to add days or the Park Hopper option or even if you are going to upgrade all the way to an Annual Pass it is all possible so you don’t feel stuck with what you have.

Experiencing Disney Quest

Even if you’re a long time Disney vet, chances are you’ve never been to Disney Quest. Maybe you’ve never even heard of it before.  Well, my friend, you are missing out!

In case you’re not familiar, Disney Quest is a 5-story interactive theme park.  In other words, it’s a gigantic arcade!  Think arcades are a long gone relic of the 80’s? Not so at Disney Quest!

You pay one admission price and all the games are free.  You even get two free admission vouchers if you’ve purchased a Disney vacation package!  Inside you’ll find classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, BurgerTime, Centipede, and many others, but the real draw here are the interactive games.

On the second floor, you can experience Cyberspace Mountain, an interactive program where you design your own roller coaster on a computer and then enter into a simulator to ride it!  How cool is that?  You can put on a VR type mask and ride on a flying carpet through the cave of wonders in Aladdin while collecting gems.  There’s a Virtual Jungle Cruise game, and Sid’s Create-A-Toy creation game.

There are too many games to list here in this short article, but the overall gist is that Disney Quest is an attraction you should definitely make time for during your trip.  It’s located at Downtown Disney near La Nouba.  It’s perfect for a rainy day when maybe you don’t want to brave park time.

If you like games, I highly encourage you to give this hidden gem a try!

Top 5 Things to do on a Non-Park Day

Sometimes your arrival or departure day in Orlando are short enough that it isn’t worth using a park day. Or maybe you are trying to save some money or save your feet while you are visiting Walt Disney World. Here are some ideas for things to do!

5. Water Park, yes this will cost extra but it might be cheaper than a park ticket.


4. Spa, there are plenty of spas at various Disney resorts. What a way to end a great vacation by relaxing a bit.

3. Golfing, regular or mini golfing, Disney has them both! And this is a lot of fun of adults and kids.

2. Downtown Disney, Splitsville, Disney Quest, shopping, dining, entertainment, La Nouba, Characters in Flight, and a movie theater. Some things are free and others are paid but it is a great way to fill time without having to visit a park.

1. Resort Hopping, this one is free and it gives you a chance to check out other resorts that you might want to stay at for your next vacation. You can catch activities, a movie, campfire, or some entertainment if you time it just right. Just know that there is no resort to resort transportation so you will have to drive or take a bus to the nearest park then take another form of transportation to get to the resort.


Disney World Special Dole Whipped VIP Promotion


Great news…if you are a Dole Whipped fan and want to travel to Disney in October – you may be eligible for a great value on room and tickets!

This offer is exclusive to Dole Whipped clients and fans ONLY!

Special Rates are available with savings up to 35% off Disney’s rack rate. Up to 10% off theme park tickets with a free bonus visit to a Disney water park or Disney Quest…discounted tickets??? Yes, Disney purchased discounted tickets.

Also stay tuned for an extra exciting type announcement coming soon. Hint: BRRR it is still cold outside!

So if you want more info, including dates and resorts, email dolewhipped@gmail.com and let’s put for the subject line: Frozen.