Jun 292016
 

Meet n Greet with Chewbacca

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios we went to visit Chewbacca. My son (white hat) made Chewie’s “wookie” sound. Chewie who had been interacting with my husband at the time, immediately turned around with this surprised look on his face and then proceeded to give my son a huge hug. It was definitely a magical moment! (Submitted by Lois S.)

In each issue we feature a magical memory submitted by one of our readers. We look forward to sharing your memories in upcoming issues! To submit your memory, email a photo with a short description to info@magically-speaking.com.

Jun 152016
 

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Ten years ago I met my Prince Charming. We also soon found out that we are both Disney fanatics. He is a longtime owner of 2 Disney Vacation Club resorts so over the years we have enjoyed many blended family adventures in Walt Disney World.

In March we took my 2 grandchildren for a 5 day vacation to our favorite vacation spot. On March 31st, Steve had made dinner reservations in Cinderella Castle. We had the perfect table in the window and enjoyed the amazing fireworks display from our seats. I turned to thank Steve for an amazing magical experience and realized he was on his knee next to me proposing by saying “in the happiest place on earth will you make me the happiest man”. Of course I said yes and my 2 grandchildren ages 12 & 8 were as thrilled as we were.

The staff made the occasion more amazing by presenting us with a glass slipper surrounded by rose petals and desserts of a solid chocolate slipper and strawberries and beautiful champagne glasses to toast with. We are beginning to make our wedding plans and are sure to incorporate a Disney theme! (Submitted by Nancy R.)

In each issue we feature a magical memory submitted by one of our readers. We look forward to sharing your memories in upcoming issues! To submit your memory, email a photo with a short description to info@magically-speaking.com.

Jun 012016
 

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This is from 2005 when my kids were much smaller. Everyone loved the shirts. I found them after my great grandmother passed away. She bought them in 1980. They were still in the package with the receipt. Everyone wanted to know where we got them! (Submitted by browns.525)

In each issue we feature a magical memory submitted by one of our readers. We look forward to sharing your memories in upcoming issues! To submit your memory, email a photo with a short description to info@magically-speaking.com.

Jun 012016
 

Bringing different size zip lock bags to Walt Disney World is a great idea!  You can use them to store your camera during water rides, wet ponchos after the rain or even left over snacks from the dining plan. (Submitted by Nathalie J.)

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Episode 1020 – Unofficial Guide Reader Survey Results with Len Testa

We are joined by Len Testa, author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and host of the Unofficial Guide:  Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill!  Today we go over some of the Unofficial Guide Reader Survey results for the 2017 book!   Which resorts were the highest and lowest-rated at Walt Disney World?  What about restaurants?  How about locations at Disney Springs?  Find out today!

The Be Our Guest Podcast is hosted by Disney lover Mike and co-hosted by fellow Disney aficionados Pam and Rikki. The show covers everything from listener experiences to questions about how to make the most of your dream trip to the world! We hope you will join us each week as we share our love of all things Disney and we hope you will share yours as well.

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Jun 012016
 

By Ann Dunnington

 

School’s out for summer! For many families, this means it’s time to head down to the Walt Disney World resort. Before you pack your bags and head to Florida, here are some tips to make the most of your summer vacation!

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1- Utilize Fastpass+

It’s no secret that summer is a very busy time at the Walt Disney World Resort. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait in long lines if you plan your FastPass + reservations wisely! You can reserve 3 FastPasses at a time 60 days in advance (if staying onsite, or 30 days in advance if staying off-site), and when those have been used each day, you can use your phone while in the park to reserve one additional FastPass at a time! Be sure to download the My Disney Experience app before you leave home!

 

2- Consider the Mid-Day Break

In the summer, we always like to head back to the hotel room around noon for lunch and a break to cool off. Whether it’s a swim, a trip to the laundry room, a nap, or a shower, it’s just nice to get out of the heat for a while. Then, after we have freshened up a bit, we head back out for a sit down dinner at the park of our choice and end the day riding our favorite rides when it’s a bit less humid and the crowds have thinned out a bit.

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3- Take Advantage of Extra Magic Hours

Extra Magic Hours (available to onsite guests) can be a real lifesaver in terms of touring the parks out of the heat of the day (and those pesky 4pm rain showers). If utilizing the Evening Extra Magic Hours, consider not even arriving to the park after your mid-day break until 30-60 minutes past the start time! As crazy as it may seem arriving at the Magic Kingdom at 10pm, you really can get a TON of park touring done in a short amount of time. And there’s really nothing like touring the parks at night. There’s something so magical about it!

 

4- Stay Cool

It probably goes without saying that water is the most important thing you can drink when touring the parks. But, did you know that you can get a FREE ice water from any of the counter service restaurants that offer fountain drinks? Take advantage of this! Also, be sure to bring along a wide brim hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (don’t forget to reapply), and moisture-wicking clothing. We have used cooling towels in the past, but found that they got a bit cumbersome. Now, we grab a washcloth for each person from the hotel room and put it in a zip top bag with some ice, and use that to cool down with! A swipe across the wrists, inside of the elbows, back of the neck, and back of the knees really feels amazing. We also like to bring along an umbrella- not only is it good to keep the rain off, but it’s a great tool to keep the sun off as well (especially when waiting for a parade to start, or if you’re grabbing a quick snack mid-day!)

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5- Air Conditioning

Did you know that the gift shops along Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and heading toward the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios connect? Walk through them to stay out of the heat! Walking past a gift shop on the way to your next ride? They almost always have multiple exits, so walk through them to get a blast of cool air on the way to your next attraction! Also, attractions like The Hall of Presidents, Carousel of Progress, Spaceship Earth, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Turtle Talk with Crush, Finding Nemo the Musical, and The Great Movie Ride are wonderful attractions to do mid-day, because they get you out of the sun for an extended period of time!

 

So what are your tips for surviving summer at Walt Disney World? Be sure to share them with us on our Facebook page! Happy travels!