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#NowMoreThanEver

#NowMoreThanEver

This is Walt Disney World® Resort’s signature hashtag for the summer of ’19….and for good reason.

There are so many fun things coming to the 4 parks and Disney Springs this summer.  

Hollywood Studios has a new nighttime show, and let’s not forget a little thing called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.  Have fun new snacks and a new day-time parade celebration at Magic Kingdom.  At Epcot, we’re getting ready for the new evening celebration, and Animal Kingdom offers fun dance parties and interactions with your favorite characters.

Join Karen and special guest, Lilliana Garcia as they discuss Lilliana’s recent hosted event where she was able to experience and sample some of the great new summer treats and fun.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge, Haunted Mansion, and a Trip Report

Animal Kingdom Lodge was our weekend home as Karen and Jeff got away for a few days to celebrate their upcoming wedding anniversary.

Recording live from the Lodge, complete with background noise from drums, kids, music, and doors, they reflect on their visit to the resort, the Haunted Mansion special event, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, and some restaurant reports.

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Walt Disney World Crowds Tips for Spring Break and other busy seasons

Walt Disney World crowds are probably the most mentioned concern that we hear from our guests.

Today, Karen and Jeff bring you some ideas and hacks on how to maximize your vacation pleasure, at the same time the crowds are very high.

As we enter into spring break season, the timing of this episode couldn’t be more perfect.  Although, we have found that these ideas work well all year round.

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Disney Park Tours – Beyond the Attractions

Disney Park tours are an amazing way to experience even more while on your family vacation.  Whether you are a Walt Disney history buff, enjoy behind the scenes access, or just want to experience something new, tours are a fun way to bring these to life.

In this week’s episode, I chat with my dad, Tom Wunder, about our 5 favorite tours….

  • Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Walt Disney World
  • Walk in Walt’s Footsteps at Disneyland Park
  • Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour at Walt Disney World
  • Grand Circle Tour learning about Walt’s love of trains at Disneyland.
  • VIP Tours at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park

While Disney offers these and many other tours, there are over 100 other Enchanting Extras available to make your vacation experience even more magical.

I’ve added as many pics as I could, but please keep in mind that backstage and Walt’s apartment are off limits for general public pics.

Please enjoy my conversation with my dad.

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Disney Dining for Foodies – and not so Foodies

Disney dining is such a huge part of the vacation experience, we felt it was necessary to give dining it’s own episode.  

This week, we invited Renee Burger, a trained chef as well as a Dream Designer with My Mickey Vacation Travel to discuss the elevated dining options at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Honestly, we could spend about 10 episodes on Disney dining, so today we are focusing on the “foodie” experiences…..those that would really speak to those that appreciate and have a fondness for the dining experience.

Renee brings a special perspective to the Disney dining experience as a professionally trained chef who also teaches the culinary arts to others.

In this episode we discuss the elevated experiences at Disney Springs, the resorts, and the parks.  We also spend time chatting about the ultimate foodie experience, the Epcot International Food and Wind Festival.

We hope you enjoy this episode, and please share your comments below about your favorite dining experience.

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Special Needs at Disney – A Message of Hope

Special Needs at Disney.

Many guests with a special needs family member often ask us if they can have a “magical” experience at the Disney parks.

In this episode, we are joined by Ceciley Sircy, a special needs mom as well as a Dream Designer with My Mickey Vacation Travel.

Ceciley gives us great tips on how moms and dads of special needs kids can prepare for their trip, as well great tips while at the parks and resorts.

Learn about the DAS (Disability Access Service) card at the parks for ease of access to rides; communication ideas; how to prepare for rides and attractions; and how to schedule your day.

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You can reach Ceciley at ceciley.sircy@mymickeyvacation.com

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Episode 10 – Closed Attractions at Walt Disney World We Miss the Most

Walt Disney once said, “Progress is impossible without change”.

Walt had a gift of vision, and that vision often involved change.  Over the years, we’ve seen many changes at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

In this episode, we talk about many of the attractions that were once beloved by guests that no longer exist.

Some attractions had to make way for new “lands”.  Some just wore out their welcome.  Others…..well…..we just don’t understand why they’re gone.

But one thing is for sure, these retired attractions have left great memories for all of us.

Join us as we share our favorite memories, and be sure to add yours to the comment section below

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Episode 7 – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Season Announced and Incredible Summer Opened This Weekend

In today’s episode, we discuss 2 major happenings at Walt Disney World Resort.

First, it was recently announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland in the summer of 2019, while its counterpart will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in late fall of 2019.  We discuss our expectations of the parks, as well as some strategies for getting to see Galaxy’s Edge in 2019.

Also beginning this Memorial Day weekend was Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort.  We describe all the new and fun surprises in store for the summer at all 4 parks (and a water park, too).  Yes, we talk about the special food as well.

So join us as we dig into these 2 fun announcements and events.

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Episode 5 – VIP Tours at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

VIP Tours are an amazing way to have a personalized experience at the Disney parks.  

Imagine having your own guide taking you through the parks.  Unlimited access to your favorite FastPass rides and attractions and special seating for performances highlight the benefits of a VIP tour.

In this episode, Bridget Morgan, a Dream Designer travel agent with My Mickey Vacation Travel joins us to share her expertise and experience on the VIP services offered by Disney.

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Episode 4 – Adults Only at Walt Disney World

Adults Only at Walt Disney World.  Is this really a thing?  We say YES !!!

We are often asked the question “Are there things to do at Walt Disney World just for adults?”  The answer is an astounding Yes.  In fact, we visit the parks regularly without our kiddos.  Don’t get me wrong….I love our kiddo adventures.  But sometimes, it’s great to get away with just a spouse, or even with some adult friends.  In this episode, we explore a few fun things to day for the 18+ (and in some cases, 21+)  crowd.

We explore several of our favorite “date night” restaurants and night club destinations.  

Park events such as the Epcot festivals and evening Magic Kingdom events are high on our list for adult-only adventures.

And don’t forget recreation and pampering in the spas or on the golf course.

Danny and Stacey are out of town this week, so Jeff and I explore some options, and share our favorite experiences as a couple at the parks and resorts.

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