Jan 082014

In each issue we like to highlight tips and tidbits from our readers. If you have a tip to share, send it to us at magicallyspeaking@themouseforless.com.

Published on Jan 9, 2014

Winter is here and the air isn’t always super warm in Florida or in California.  Be sure to send your best tips for dealing with the cooler weather to info@magically-speaking.com

When you arrive at the theme parks during the winter, make sure to plan your schedule accordingly. Try to plan to visit indoor attractions in the either the  morning or in the evening, when temperatures are the coldest. Then, as the day gradually warms up, spend your outdoor time with a bit more warmth.

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From Episodes 644: Looking Back on 2013 and Looking Forward to 2014

It’s time to take a look back at 2013 and all the fun that happened at Walt Disney World.  This was the year that brought us the MagicBands, MyMagic+, and Limited Time Magic.  We also look forward to what we hope will happen in 2014, like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

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Jan 082014

By Rikki Niblett


I kinda want to still buy this coconut...

I kinda want to still buy this coconut…

The past couple of days arctic cold has been rushing through the country.  It’s been so frigid everywhere, yep, even in Florida, with lows dipping into the 30s!  (Somebody go find Elsa please and help change this winter back to summer).  While most people know how to better handle the heat in Florida, oftentimes, people forget about the cold.  Trust me, it can be quite difficult to navigate the parks when it’s this chilly out.

My first piece of advice is the most obvious.  Make sure to bundle up in layers.  This is especially true if you aren’t going to be returning back to your hotel before night sets in.  The layers will be key because they will keep you warmer.  Then, if by chance you do end up getting too warm, you can just take a layer off and put it in a bag.  (PS: make sure to bring a bag).  Then when it does get cold again, you can quickly remedy it.  I usually bring a hoodie that I can wear on top of my many layers.  That way I don’t need to wear a big, bulky coat, but I am still protected from the frigid temps.

Also, you really want to consider bringing scarves and gloves (And maybe a hat too.  Gotta keep those ears warm!).  Having these items with you is critical because there is nothing worse than being down there and realizing you really need them and then have to pay Disney prices for something that you already own  (Unless, of course, you want to bring those items back as a souvenir!).

My warm purchase...my expensive warm purchase

My warm purchase…my expensive warm purchase

I can’t tell you how important it is to be prepared.  When I visited Disneyland a few summers ago, I thought, oh…it’s summer…a dress will be fine.  That is until the evening started to hit.  Then, I was the one guilty of buying a sweatshirt, since I absolutely didn’t know that it gets cold in California in the summer.

Something else I like to suggest is to bring those hand warmers that you shake up and then can wear in your gloves or other places.  Seriously, those suckers are amazing!  One of the best inventions ever!  These have helped me in situations both at Walt Disney World and at home.  Such a lifesaver!

For those with kids, especially of the younger set, don’t forget to keep them warm too.  Consider bringing a little fleece blanket with you to keep them warm.  You can bundle them up when they are in a stroller and keep them content.  Also, this way they (or even you) can try to cuddle up in it while you’re waiting for a parade or a fireworks show.

You may also consider grabbing a hot beverage.   Many counter service locations will serve up hot chocolate as the temps dip, or you can always stop at Starbucks for a warm beverage to help!


Daisy should be wearing a coat! Short sleeves….

The best thing about the parks when it’s freezing out, is that you can really manage most aspects of touring the parks without being forced into the elements for too terribly long.  Since most of the parks attractions are housed all indoors, you won’t have to remain outside for very long.  Also, when it gets colder, many people opt to stay away from the parks.  So it’s your opportunity to experience the parks with minimal crowds.

Alas, there is a worse thing though about touring the parks when it’s cold and that’s nightfall.  The daytime is usually fine.  Things tend to be more bearable because the sun is usually warming your body.  But once night falls and that sun disappears, the temps drop rapidly.  It can be hard to stay motivated to remain in the parks.  If you come prepared though and can stick it out, once again, you will likely experience the parks with lower crowds.

One way of working around the nighttime cool down is to make an later evening table service dining reservation.  This way you are still in the parks, but you aren’t outside in the nippy atmosphere.

My last tip is if you just can’t stand being outside in the elements when it’s this cold, I suggest heading over to the Wilderness Lodge and sitting by the fireplace, soaking up the atmosphere.  This resort just screams a homey feeling and there is nothing better than sitting by a warming fire in the arctic temps.

While the cold can put a bit of a damper on your vacation (especially considering Florida is the land of fun in the sun), if you take the right precautions, you can have a great time.  Because a cold day in Florida is still better than a cold day at home.

Jan 092013

In each issue we like to highlight tips and tidbits from our readers. If you have a tip to share, send it to us at magicallyspeaking@themouseforless.com.

Published on Jan 10, 2013

Looking to dine with the Princesses, but don’t want to pay quite that much or can’t get a reservation for Cinderella’s Royal Table?  Consider dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.  Here guests get to dine with many of the Disney Princesses and the cost is quite a bit less, plus it can be a bit easier to obtain a reservation here.

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From Episode 504:  Crystal Palace

Looking to get into the Magic Kingdom with minimal crowds?  Consider scheduling an early morning, before the park opens, Advanced Dining Reservation at Crystal Palace!  You’ll be able to get access to a relatively empty park and have a great breakfast with Winnie the Pooh and his 100 Acre Woods pals!

Want more tips on dining at this fabulous restaurant, listen to this episode of the podcast!

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Jun 272012

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! – Jiminy Cricket


Q.  We’re hoping to do a trip in October/November with our new daughter (who will then be approximately 15 months).  On previous trips, we always included trips to California Grill, O’hana, Le Cellier, Cinderella’s Royal Table, etc.  Will these still be doable with a toddler?  Will she have to order off the menu?  (Submitted by Leslie L.)

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May 022012

By: Dena Burkett


On a recent trip to Florida to meet my parents for a Spring Training baseball game in Tampa, we decided to make a last minute trip to Walt Disney World to spend a half day and have dinner. One thing to keep in mind is that I am a huge Disney planner so I was beside myself about going to Disney without any sort of plan.

We arrived on property at 4:00 pm and since we could only pick one park we decided on the Magic Kingdom (my favorite!). First things first, when we entered the park, we decided to watch the flag ceremony which is something that I had heard about but had never before seen. (Editor’s Note:  The Flag Retreat, in our opinion, is a must do for all guests.  It takes place daily at 5:00 pm on Main Street USA and involves a Veteran from a branch of the Armed Forces).

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