Saturday, January 28, 2012

Walt Disney World. . . with Duplos!

Just another Saturday morning in our household, creating Walt Disney World out of Duplos... 

Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Tomorrowland Speedway
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Journey into Imagination with Figment
Jungle Cruise
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Cinderella's Castle
Aerial view of the Park

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Finding the Least Expensive Disney Park Pass

If you are trying to decide which Disney park pass is best for you and your family, Touring Plan's Ticket Calculator can help you find the lease expensive ticket based on a variety of preferences/factors. 

Disney has a Joy Division-Inspired T-Shirt?!

I am totally loving this new Disney t-shirt, inspired by the cover art from Joy Division's debut album
"Unknown Pleasures." I know a lot of Joy Division fans are probably apalled, but frankly, I like it.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Disney Recipe: Tonga Toast

Okay, I admit - I have never had Tonga Toast. But man, does this look delicious. Will definitely have to make this at home - too long to wait until the next trip to WDW to get it in-person at the Polynesian Resort! You can find the full recipe on the Disney Taste website.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

President Reagan Inauguration Parade at Epcot - 1985

The president spoke today at WDW, encouraging foreign tourism to the U.S. Apparently he was just the fourth sitting president to visit WDW. In doing a little research, I came across this historical gem - President Ronald Reagan speaking at an inaugural event celebrating his second inauguration - how cool is that? If I were ever elected president, I would definitely host an event at WDW!

WDW: Driving Yourself or Using Disney Transportation

Trying to decide whether to drive to Walt Disney World or fly and rely on WDW transportation? Here are a pair of articles from Touring Plans to help you determine which option is best for you and your family.

We are from Georgia, so have the luxury of driving to WDW. While we will occasionally utilize the WDW transportation system (e.g, riding the monorail between resorts or taking the buses if we stay on-property), we really enjoy the freedom of having our own car for many of the reasons outlined in the first article above.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Disney Launches New Website for Expecting and New Parents

Disney has just launched a new website, Disney Baby, for expecting and new parents - great timing for us with a new baby on the way in March! The theme is "magical moments...happening daily" - "[f]rom feel-good products to inspired ideas, find everything you need to add a dash of magic to your everyday moments."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bringing Your Own Food into the Disney Parks

Ever thought about bringing your own own food and drinks into the Disney Parks? We bring our own snacks and drinks every time we head to the parks - you can save a lot of money by doing so, particularly with bottled water and Coca-Cola products - it's not like these particular items are any less magical than what you buy in the parks! You can put the money you save towards special Disney snacks and meals. Here is a great Q&A with the Disney Food Blog on what (very limited) restrictions exist with respect to what items you can bring into the parks - for the most part, you can bring in whatever you wish. I always find this to be a great policy.

Free Stuff at WDW!

Here's a great entry from Touring Plans on tracking down free stuff at WDW.  You'll find many of these tips individually discussed throughout our blog, but this post does a great job of summarizing many of these ideas and much more. You can also read more on the subject of free activities at WDW on our previous post, courtesy of Mousesavers. I'm particularly fond of collecting the park maps and celebration buttons - these are great, tangible items to bring home from your trip that won't cost a thing! Hey, a trip to Walt Disney World can quickly get very expensive, so any tips that help you save money are well worth a read!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Disney Pins

Never really gotten into the Disney pin-collecting craze, although always consider it when we're down at WDW. Wouldn't have a clue where to begin, though! Want to find out more? Check out the official Disney pins website. Maybe next time we're at the World, I'll have to pick-up a couple of favorite charcters/attractions to get a collection started. Or, perhaps a good idea to let the kid(s) pick-out a pin each year to start a collection and celebrate each trip to Disney with a unique souvenir. Note, we actually did find this pin stuck to the tire of our stroller on one visit, so I guess we do have a collection started - and not a bad one to start with either - the character that launched it all!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom Unveiled for Testing

It looks like Disney is now testing its new interactive Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom game. Find out more here. Touring Plans also has a great first-hand review of the new game.

Here's more from the Disney Parks Blog on the upcoming full roll-out of the new interactive experience.

map courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog

Tips for Healthy Eating at Walt Disney World

If you are anything like me, you usually throw the diet out the window when you're at WDW (or on vacation generally). However, for those of you with a stronger resolve to stick to the diet, here are some options for healthy-eating at Disney.

Friday, January 6, 2012

What's Coming to Disney World in 2012

Here's an overview from the Disney Parks Blog on some of the exciting things coming to WDW in 2012.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

One More Disney Day - Parks to Stay Open for 24 Hours on February 29th!

Disney's big New Year's Eve annoucement was that, for the first time ever, both the Magivc Kingdom a Disney World and Disneyland would remain open for 24 hours straight!Find out more details here: One More Disney Day