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Nov 27, 2015

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Unlocked

It's hard to imagine nowadays that the plot of land that the Grand Floridian sits on was originally intended for an Asian Themed resort.

Due to financial hurdles, the project was abandoned and the land remained empty for many years to come. When the idea for the resort finally resurfaced, Imagineers wanted to make sure that whatever they built resembled the land in the Magic Kingdom (just as the Contemporary goes with Tomorrowland and Polynesian with Adventureland).

They finally settled on a concept that would reflect the beautiful Main Street U.S.A inside the Magic Kingdom. Alas, the Grand Floridian was born.

Officially opened in 1988, The Grand Floridian was designed to resemble the beautiful beach front resorts of yesteryear with an old fashion victorian elegance that transports you back in time. Adorned with Italian marble and timeless victorian details throughout, the Grand Floridian is a luxurious resort.

Definitely with the luxury comes a hefty price tag but I strongly believe that it is something that everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime. Even if you are not staying at the resort, carve some time during your vacation to tour the grounds. The cast members are incredibly welcoming.

A few things mentioned on the show..

  • Victoria and Alberts restaurant 
  • Movies under the stars
  • Christmas time inside the Grand Floridian
  • Dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe
  • The lobby
  • Grand Floridian Society Orchestra
  • The Housekeepers parade

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Nov 24, 2015

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Nov 17, 2015

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Top places to take pictures in Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has many designated (kodak photo spots) areas to take incredible photos. The parks even list these areas on their maps for easy finding.  Of course, memory maker also takes the ease from taking photos but many just don’t have it in their budget.  

We wanted to share with you our favorite places to take pictures that are a bit more “out of the box” and are just as beautiful -if not more! Some of these require a bit of pre planning but we think the effort will definitely be worthwhile and provide you with great memories when you arrive back home.

Nov 12, 2015

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Nov 9, 2015

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Unlocking Tomorrowland 

“A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man’s achievements … a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure, and ideals: the Atomic Age, the challenge of outer space, and the hope for a peaceful and unified world.” -Walt Disney. Dedication of Tomorrowland.

 Walt Disney loved exploring and imagining what the future would hold.  Exciting innovations and progress were at the core of his heart.  Visiting Tomorrowland inside the Magic Kingdom makes us feel connected to Walt Disney. Be sure to try to visit the land both day and at night as a lot of our favorite attractions are better experienced when the sun goes down. 

Attractions in Tomorrowland:

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

This iconic attraction is our first stop when entering Tomorrowland. It sets the tone of the entire area and makes you feel like this really may be the way people travel in the future. ;)

Space Mountain 

Did you know that Space Mountain is actually astronaut approved?!!

"With help from a NASA astronaut, Space Mountain opened in January 1975 at Magic Kingdom park. The idea originated with Walt Disney in the 1960s, but the technology did not exist to bring his vision to life. Later, when the attraction was given the green light, Mercury 9 and Gemini 5 astronaut Gordon Cooper joined the Space Mountain creative team as a consultant. He wanted to make sure that the attraction incorporated information gleaned during NASA’s early space missions and that the experience felt like actual space flight"- source disneyworld.com

 This attraction is pretty intense. Made for heights 44inches or taller, if you are anything like us you will definitely breathe a sigh of  relief once the attraction comes to an end and you can see that everyone made it back alive. Ha!
 

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

A Disney Classic. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress was personally created by Walt Disney for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It takes you into the history of progress from the 1920's to the "present" (1986 lol). With each era, you will learn how the technological advances of the day have made life more convenient. Definitely makes you appreciate the every day "little things" we so take for granted.

 We guarantee you'll come out singing, "Theres' A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow!!!"

Stiches Great Escape

An under- rated attraction that my kids still enjoy. It's lighthearted fun and a unique experience.

Star Orbiter 

*Best to visit at night. It's actually waaay more thrilling than it appears from the ground below. Don't be ashamed if your rocket doesn't take the highest flight. Ha!

Buzz Light Year Space Ranger Spin

Such a fun attraction. Be sure to spin continuously to annoy your fellow space ranger LOL!

Tomorrowland Speedway

This attraction definitely tops Bruce's list as must do. There is nothing quite like this speedway and we know you will have a blast.

Monsters Inc Laugh Floor

The "Monsters" of this attraction discovered that laughter provides 10 times more energy to Monstropolis than a scream, so they put on quite an interactive show. It's hilariously fun and you just never know who they will pick in the audience to participate.

"Tomorrow is a heck of a thing to keep up with.” —Walt Disney

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Nov 5, 2015

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Rating Disney's Moderate Resorts

This is a tough show for us to do as there's much to love about each one of Disney's moderate resorts which makes them difficult to rank.

In this episode, we give a brief overview of each resort while listing our top picks from our least favorite to most. From the relaxing tropical setting at the Caribbean Beach Resort to the cobblestone streets inside New Orleans’s historic French Quarter, there are many things to love about the variety of the resorts. Which one is your favorite? ;)

  • Disney's Coronado Springs

The only moderate category resort with a full fitness center and spa, this resort tops our list as our #1 choice.

  • Caribbean Beach Resort

The only tough thing about this place is how to pronounce the name ..("ker-i-BEE-uhn"??) There are plenty of relaxing areas at this tropical resort and the pool is absolutely beautiful.

  • The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

With quaint cabins that sleep 6 adults, there is plenty of space for a big family with all the comforts of home. You can even pre-order a pantry full of fresh groceries— and housekeeping even does the dishes!!

       Port Orleans -French Quarter

The Historic French Quarter comes alive here. With beautiful wrought iron balconies some overlooking the river, there is a mystical feel throughout the resort.

  • Port Orleans- Riverside

The resort offers two very different areas... the fancy white Mansions of Magnolia Bend where you will find gorgeous landscaped grounds to the "cottages" of  the Alligator Bayou.

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Hope you enjoyed this episode! We really love doing these shows. It’s so much fun for us and we hope you like them too :) . If you could subscribe in Itunes and give us an honest review that would be awesome. 

Email us your question or suggestions for future episodes: Info@unlockingthemagic.com

Also come talk to us on Twitter & Facebook and see the photos from our recent trips on Instagram. That’s it for now! Until next time, have a great (and of course magical) day.

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