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Top 10 Tips for First Time Walt Disney World Guests

Post by Moments of Magic Travel Concierge Jen Feener

Does the thought of a Disney vacation make you nervous? Are you worried about not knowing where to start or what to do? Nervous about where to stay or how to book a FastPass? Read on for some of our top tips for first time guests to Walt Disney World and, when you are ready- give us a call to book your magical vacation– our services are 100% complimentary!

10) Stay on property

Though this could easily be further down on the list and closer to one of the most important tips for your first visit, many of the following tips are only available to guests who stay on property, so alas, your #10 tip! Disney offers more than 25 different hotels that are broken down into various categories according to price (value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe villas). Staying on Walt Disney World property puts you that much closer to the magic, provides you with extra benefits, and presents you with even more hidden Disney magic. Each hotel is themed differently, so find the one that fits you and your party the best and book your stay!

9) Try ALL forms of Disney Transportation

In order to take full advantage of all the transportation opportunities Disney has to offer, you must be staying at a WDW resort. Rather than paying for parking and waiting in long traffic lines, opt for the complimentary buses, monorail, ferry, walkways, and magical express. Each form of travel is unique and serves as a great way to both start and end your magical days at WDW! Disney buses pick up from every resort and arrive every 15 minutes or so. They start running before parks open and drive all day until after parks close. The monorail is a must ride for your first visit as it is an attraction within itself! Another neat option is the ferry between some of the resorts and Magic Kingdom. Lastly, start your vacation the right way and let Disney’s Magical Express pick up your bags from baggage claim once you arrive at Orlando International Airport. Hop on that motor coach and head right to the parks, there’s tons to see and do!

8) Extra Magic Hours & Fast Pass

With so much to see and do, plus the benefit of being a WDW resort guest, be sure to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours and Fast Pass Times. Every day one of the four main parks either opens up to 1 hour early or stays open up to three hours late. Only guests staying in a WDW resort can take advantage of these times when crowds are minimal! Use this time to see the wild animals roaming the savannah after their morning stretches, ride the Tower of Terror before the wait time climbs to 2 hours, or stroll down Main Street USA and window shop without the crowds and endless strollers!

7) Park Hop!

Adding the Park Hopper option to your Magic Your Way Base Ticket is truly a personal preference, but I would advise that you do! When vacationing to WDW you can either plan every minute of your vacation or agree to be flexible, but either way, the ability to travel from park to park to help with either schedule will make your vacation much less stressful and far more magical! I can’t tell you how many times we woke up to catch the first Kilimanjaro Safari ride, but then wanted to see the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular before bed that same night. On a first time trip, it might seem overwhelming and you might be sitting there saying: “This is crazy- one park per day is far more than enough, Disney offers so much!”, but I find the park hopper option to be far less overwhelming. When on vacation, one is supposed to be relieved of all stress, free of all plans, and in favor of spontaneity. Be spontaneous and hop!

6) Visit the Magic Kingdom over 2 days (There’s far too much magic for only one day!)

Given that the park is broken into different lands (Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Main Street USA) it’s almost as if this park is really 5 parks in one. Thus, the more time you can spend here the better. Strolling through the shops on Main St. and watching the parade that rides down the street as well, can easily eat up a solid chunk of your afternoon. Pending ride wait times and if you enjoy a sit down meal or not, no matter how early you enter, or how late you stay, Magic Kingdom deserves at least two days. Just think, this was Walt’s dream and the very first part of the Walt Disney World grounds. Plus the castle serves as the iconic staple of all things Disney. All first-timers should truly immerse themselves in all the magic that the Magic Kingdom has to offer. Don’t rush through it!

5) Bring your own snacks and drinks but splurge on a Main Street Treat!

When you’re waiting for the parade to start (as it is suggested that you find your spot along the parade route at least thirty minutes before it is to begin) enjoy a delicious treat from one of the many shops and snack stands. Disney allows guests to bring in their own snacks and refillable water bottles, but the Mickey ice cream bars, Dole Whips, or anything from the Main Street Confectionery will appeal to your taste buds and please your tummy, just as much as a honey jar does for Winnie the Pooh!

4) Slow Down & Take Part in Character Meet and Greets

It doesn’t seem possible to visit Walt Disney World without meeting Mickey Mouse? What about his sweetheart Minnie Mouse? Or his friends Goofy, Pluto, Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, and Donald Duck? Though the lines may often seem long, there is nothing better than interacting with the characters that roam the parks—this is when the magic truly comes to life. Take a picture with Donald Duck wearing his sombrero in the Mexico pavilion of Epcot; meet Rafiki in the jungle at Animal Kingdom; high five Sully and his pal Mike Wazowski on the Laugh Floor in Hollywood Studios; or spend some time chatting with the princesses in Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom. Hugs are free, autographs are unique, and interactions with all of Disney’s characters, whether you are young or old, last a lifetime!

3) See the Shows & Parades

Festival of Fantasy Parade, Happily Ever After Spectacular, Illuminations, and Fantasmic- just to name a few! Walt Disney World prides itself on all the intricate details it employs for the fantastic, heart-pumping, ear-to-ear smiling, sing along shows and parades throughout each park everyday. Take a break from the sun, find some shade, sit back and relax. Immerse yourself in Disney Entertainment. Without it, no first time visit is complete.

2) Timing is Everything…On many different accounts!

First things first, plan the proper length of stay for your visit. My suggestion is at least a week, but of course that decision is up to you! Don’t try to cram all four parks into a 3-day visit. It’s just not worth it. In addition, plan your first visit for the right time of year. Take into account all factors including what works best for you and your family, but also weather, crowd control, and WDW specials and promotions.

Next, once visiting WDW, timing continues to be everything. Save valuable time as you venture through the parks by using your time wisely. Eat your meals during non-meal times, either earlier than normal or after the rush; ride the most popular attractions during major parade times or fireworks shows; take breaks during the middle of the day and go swimming in your resort pools or enjoy a nap to recharge! And try not to rush through the parks. Slow down, you’re on vacation in the most magical place on earth! Enjoy every moment!

1) Allow the magic to erase your fears!

2, 10, 14, 27, 42, 60, 75…no matter your age, Walt Disney World is a place for you to always feel like a kid. Allow the magic to erase all of your fears. Celebrate your first visit, and every consecutive visit afterwards, by releasing all your fears and fully embracing the most magical place on earth! Conquer your wardrobe fears and wear something that you wouldn’t think to in your “normal” life. Embrace your inner child and break out that Goofy t-shirt. Or, buy yourself your first official pair of Mickey ears, in whatever style suits you best, and wear them around the parks for a full day, at least. Conquer your fear of heights and free fall 13 stories on Hollywood Studios’ Tower or Terror or face the Yeti on Animal Kingdom’s Everest. Conquer your fear of the dark and ride Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster at Hollywood Studios or Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom. Conquer your fear of all things haunted by gliding through the Haunted Mansion. Conquer your fear of stage fright and bright lights by volunteering to be an extra in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular show at Hollywood Studios. Conquer your fear of singing and dancing in public by singing along and dancing to the beat at Animal Kingdom’s Festival of the Lion King or any of the shows on the stage at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. Lastly, conquer your fear of the unknown by allowing the magic to take control and see what Walt Disney World has in store for your very first visit!

Most of all, get that trip booked and enjoy your magical first time at Walt Disney World! What’s your favorite tip when vacationing in Disney? Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tell us about your magical plans!

Transportation Thursday at Walt Disney World Resort and Parks

Post by Moments of Magic Travel Concierge Jen Feener-

Did you know that there many forms of transportation available to you throughout the Walt Disney World resorts and parks to help you get from Space Mountain to Expedition Everest- and everywhere in between- in magical Disney style?

✈️ Transportation actually begins right when you land at MCO airport via Disney’s Magical Express! Head to side B level 1 to catch the Magical Express coach bus to your resort.

🚌 Air-conditioned Disney Resort buses run from all Disney resorts to each of the theme parks. They begin running 1 hour before park opening to maximize your time! Keep in mind sometimes these buses will fill up so standing room may be required! Also note: strollers must be collapsed and tucked aside when riding.

🚝Disney’s monorail system can be utilized to access deluxe Magic Kingdom resorts, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and the Ticket and Transportation center. This ride is ideal for sleeping children as strollers don’t need to be put away!

⛴Disney’s Seven Seas Lagoon features boat access for transportation to and from Magic Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom Resorts. Take in the fresh water breeze to stay cool as your peaceful ride on the water takes you to even more magic that awaits.

In addition, Disney’s new Minnie Van 🚐 service takes guests anywhere on property for a minimal fee of $25 each way. This service can fit up to 6 guests, comes complete with a car seat if needed and will provide you magical door to door service with an amazing cast member as your personal guide. It is also available for an additional fee to and from MCO- Orlando International Airport!

Additional forms of transportation include the Magic Kingdom’s Railroad 🚂 to take you around this park, stroller rentals at each park, and lots of resort bikes 🚲, and resort boat rentals to keep you moving about the Walt Disney World property.

What’s your favorite way to get around when vacationing in Disney? Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tell us about your transportation plans!

 

Fall Room Discount at Walt Disney World

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Moments of Magic Travel has exciting news to light up your Monday!
You can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Aug. 26-Nov. 5, 2016 when you book by Aug. 31, 2016.
Ask us about availability for other great rates for stays most nights Aug. 1-25, 2016!

Availability of this offer is limited- call your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50 MOUSE. Visit us on Facebook and tell us about your plans to take advantage of this offer in Walt Disney World!

Booking Window:
April 25-Aug. 31, 2016

Travel Window:
Aug. 1-Nov. 5, 2016

Details and Exclusions:
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resort hotels.

 

 

Free Dining at Walt Disney World 2016

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It’s here! The most anticipated promo of the year!
Free Dining for fall 2016 Walt Disney World Travel!

You can get a FREE Dining Plan when you buy a select non-discounted package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and ticket with the Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More Option for arrivals most nights Aug. 23-Oct. 1, 2016, Nov. 15-21, Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 10-Dec. 21, 2016. You must book by July 8, 2016.

When you stay at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When you stay at a select Disney Value Resort, you get the Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to enjoy a quick bite!

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Availability of this offer is limited- call your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50 MOUSE. Visit us on Facebook and tell us about your plans to take advantage of this delicious offer this fall in Walt Disney World!

Additional Details:

Booking Window:
April 25-July 8, 2016

Arrival Window:
Aug. 23-Oct. 1, 2016, Nov. 15-21, Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 10-21, 2016

Length of Stay Requirements:
Minimum – 3 nights
Maximum – 14 nights

This Offer Excludes:
Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is excluded during the following dates: November 15 to 21, November 26 to 28 and December 10 to 21, 2016.

NEW Summer Savings Landing At Walt Disney World!

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Great NEW summer savings have awakened at Walt Disney World®! You can save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights
June 12-Aug. 25, 2016 when you book by June 10, 2016.

Plus, you can receive an exclusive “Awaken Summer” graphic MagicBand when you upgrade to a room and Theme Park package with a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way® Ticket. The MagicBand will activate a surprise sound and lighting feature at select touch points throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.**

Booking Window:
March 14-June 10, 2016

Travel Window:
June 12-Aug. 25, 2016

Availability of this offer is limited- call your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50 MOUSE. Visit us on Facebook and tell us about your plans to awaken The Force this summer in Walt Disney World!

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.

** Option to choose a unique ‘Awaken Summer’ MagicBand with the purchase of a room and minimum 2-day ticket package; If Guest does not customize band, they will default to the unique band.

Spring Savings at Walt Disney World!

1913935_1061747927209742_1638119342579440510_nMoments of Magic Travel is pleased to announce a brand new discount for Walt Disney World travel! Starting today you can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights April 14-June 11, 2016 when you book by March 31, 2016! Or ask us about other great rates for stays most nights Feb. 22-April 13, 2016.
Plus, guests will receive 1 more ticket day FREE when they upgrade to a room and ticket package with a minimum 4-day Magic Your Way Ticket.

With all new Star Wars™adventures  at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme park, and these special savings, now is the time to plan the vacation of your dreams!

Disney Visa card holders have an opportunity for special savings as well! Click here for more info!

To book this offer contact your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50 MOUSE or fill out our online quote form by clicking here!

**The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required.  25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Resort exclusions: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms.

Spring Savings for Disney Visa Cardholders!

Starting today Disney Visa® Cardmembers who book their spring vacation can save 35% on room accommodations at select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts. Plus, when you purchase a Magic Your Way® room and ticket package with minimum 4-day Theme Park tickets, you can get one more ticket day FREE!*

You can choose from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. You’ll also enjoy exclusive savings just for Disney Visa Cardmembers!

To book this offer contact your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50 MOUSE or fill out our online quote form by clicking here!

This offer must be booked by Feb. 28, 2016 for travel April 3-June 30, 2016, and is subject to availability. Number of rooms allocated for these offers is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room

2016 Room Discount at Walt Disney World!

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Be sure to ask about Value and Moderate category availability as well!

Booking Window:
Sept. 28-Dec. 23, 2015

Travel Window:
Jan. 2-April 13, 2016

To book this offer contact your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50 MOUSE or fill out our online quote form by clicking here!

*Offer Exclusions: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard View Room

Play, Stay, Dine and Save 2016

45054-RTSWDW-15-Q2-WDW-Resort-Package-Offer-DTA-Header-Chip-DaleStarting today you can Play, Stay, Dine and SAVE on Walt Disney World Travel!

Your Moments of Magic Travel agent can book this offer for you when you book a room, ticket and dining plan package at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Dec. 13-19, 2015 and Jan. 2-March 7, 2016.

Booking Window:
Sept. 28-Dec. 23, 2015

Travel Window:
Dec. 13-19, 2015
Jan. 2-March 7, 2016

  • Minimum 3-night length of stay

To book this offer contact your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50 MOUSE or fill out our online quote form by clicking here!

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on a non-discounted price for the same package. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort-The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (December dates only). Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Save up to 25% at Walt Disney World

Great news! Starting today Walt Disney World is offering savings of  up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights
Oct. 4 – Nov. 24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015.*42350WDWROOfrDTA660

Booking Window: July 20 – Sept. 18, 2015
Travel Window: Oct 4 – Nov. 24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015

For Oct. 4-10, Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-31 and Nov. 8-21, 2015:

  • Save up to 10% at Select Value Resorts
  • Save up to 15% at Select Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 20% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts

For Oct. 11-15, Oct 18-22, Nov. 1-7, Nov 22-24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015:

  • Save up to 15% at Select Value Resorts
  • Save up to 20% at Select Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 25% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts

*This offer excludes: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard View Room

To book this offer contact your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50 MOUSE or fill out our online quote form by clicking here!