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Nov 24, 2015

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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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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 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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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.

Oct 27, 2015

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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- Unlocked

The Tower of Terror is exactly how you would expect.... absolutely terrifying LOL. The attraction, which is based on the popular television series from the late 1950's is so terrifying, that our now teenage (-eek!) daughter still won't go near it after having gone on the attraction at age 10!

The Hollywood Tower Hotel, located inside Disney's Hollywood studios, glows in the distance and seems to have a ghostly, magnetic pull that draws you inside.

 Upon "checking in" at the hotel, you feel as if time stood still during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Disney cast members "tell the story" seamlessly throughout the attraction and by the time you enter the unlucky elevator, you really feel as if you are doomed.

What to listen for:

  • Why our teenager won't go back
  • What makes this attraction so terrifying
  • Fast Pass yes or no?
  • Where is the most thrilling seat on the ride
  • The must see movie based on this attraction
  • When and where to take pictures

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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.

Oct 21, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean, located at the end of Adventure Land is one of our favorite attractions.

It is a well known "Disney Classic" and a must do at the Magic Kingdom. Believe it or not, the attraction was originally supposed to be walk through wax museum but with the success of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress at the 1964 New York World's Fair, Walt Disney decided that Audio Animatronics was the best way to have their guests immerse themselves in this fun, pirate story.

There was even a movie inspired by the attraction. Have you heard of it? ;) Be sure to visit the pirate themed gift shop at the end of your experience for some really great keepsakes to take home. Truth be told, Bruce has to drag me out every time."Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates' life for me." Ha!

Things to listen for:

  • Some differences between the attractions in DisneyLand and DisneyWorld
  • The unexpected surprise at the beginning of the ride
  • Fast pass a yes or no?

 

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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.

 

Oct 14, 2015

7 Things we love about Disney's Boardwalk

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Disney's Boardwalk is a little tucked away gem. It can be easily overlooked as there is technically no direct transportation to the Boardwalk (tips on how to get there on the show). The ambiance takes you back to a simpler time "the good old days ;) " and there is no better place to go for an evening stroll.

Things we love The Boardwalk at Walt Disney World

  1. Boardwalk atmosphere (especially at night)
  2. Surrey Bike rentals
  3. Boardwalk Bakery
  4. Seashore Sweets
  5. Hotel Exploring
  6. Wyland Galleries
  7. It's Free (bonus)

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Sep 25, 2015

Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World is an exciting time. However, with so many details to coordinate, there can be a lot of questions that are left unanswered.

In this episode we answer some great listener questions and hope it can help you with your planning.

 

Question Answered in this episode:

How far out in advance does Disney release extra magic hours?

What is our favorite moderate resort to stay at and why?
 
What to do with our luggage if we arrive early
 
What is included with your quick service meal/ table dining meal?
 
Are Deluxe Resorts worth the money
 

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Sep 22, 2015

10 Things To Love About Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios holds a special place in my heart. From the moment you step into the park, you are immersed into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's Golden age. Movie magic comes to life and the entertainment is abundant.

Although the park is currently undergoing changes, you can feel at ease knowing that Disney has always been able to undergo transformations seamlessly.

Mentioned in This Episode: 

  • 50's Prime Cafe
  • Writers Stop
  • Star Tours
  • One Mans Dream
  • Tower of Terror
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Fantasmic!
  • Strolling down Sunset Boulevard 
  • Visiting the Art Store

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Sep 15, 2015

10 Things to Love about Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a theme park unlike any other. Officially opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998, the park actually has a lot of ties to Walt Disney, and the admiration he displayed for animals throughout his life. Some of Walt’s earliest sketches were local animals.

With over 500 acres, it is super important to wear your most comfortable shoes at this park. 

What to listen for:

  • When is the best time to visit
  • What’s hidden inside the Tree of Life
  • Why you should keep a watchful eye on the park map
  • Expedition Everest, more than a roller coaster.

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Sep 11, 2015

10 things we love about Epcot

Epcot is an amazing park with many hidden gems that can take some experience to discover. In this episode, we talk about our top favorite things about Epcot and ways to get the most out of the park for yourself. 

Mentioned in this episode

  1. Illuminations
  2. Living with the land
  3. Welcome to France Movie
  4. Living with the Land
  5. Watching Connie on Mission to Mars
  6. The Food
  7. Browsing treats in Japan
  8. Christmas in Epcot
  9. Riding the Boats
  10. American Adventure

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Sep 8, 2015

Top Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World

We could literally do 5 episodes of our favorite quick service restaurants we love when visiting Walt Disney World. To narrow them down to fit into a 30 minute show was tough but we did it. 

In this episode we give you are top quick service restaurants we have to visit every time we go to Disney World in Orlando. We try new ones every time that we visit but this is the list of our favorites. 

They are spread out inside and outside of the parks, so some of these you will need a ticket to get into but not all. On your next trip visit some other resorts and check out there quick service restaurants and see what they have to offer.

Our Top Places:

  • Tangierine Cafe
  • Beach Club Marketplace
  • La Cantina De San Angel
  • Captain Cooks 
  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Be Our Guest

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Sep 3, 2015

Our favorite places to eat in Walt Disney World

There are so many dining options in Walt Disney World which can make choosing a restaurant difficult. In this episode, we talk about our favorite places to dine and some insight on each.

We know you may have your favorites so we would love to hear what you think. Where are your favorite places to eat when your at Disney World? It can be anything in the parks or resorts. Leave your comments below.

Mentioned in This Episode:

  • Liberty Tavern
  • Tangieres Cafe
  • California Grill
  • Kona Cafe
  • Sci-fi Cafe

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Aug 28, 2015

One Man's Dream: Where it all began

Walt Disney's One Man's Dream located inside Hollywood Studios, is one of our favorite attractions in all of Walt Disney World.

It is incredible to view some of the amazing prototypes that Walt Disney himself created. The short film at the end of the attraction is a documentary of Walt's life and is something that we feel everyone should see.

This is the place that completely changed the way we viewed Disney World and where essentially it all began for us...

What to Listen For:

  • What is One Man's Dream
  • Why it is so important
  • What you'll find inside
  • Why you may not get to see it
  • Our favorite part of this attraction
  • What this attraction means to us

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Aug 10, 2015

What to to on off days at Disney

When your at Disney everyone get s so excited to go to the parks, and why wouldnt you they are awesome. That being said off days and be just as awesome.

In this epsiode we talk about some of our favorite things to do on those non-park days. For us non-park days are just as exciting and we want to share how and what we plan to make those days so great.

Our Favorite things to do:

  • Resort hop around seven seas lagoon
  • Visit the boardwalk
  • Watch an outdoor movie at the Polynesian
  • Visit the Swan and Dolphin
  • Rent a pontoon boat
  • Rent bikes and ride around the boardwalk

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Connie right before we start the show


 

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Aug 4, 2015

One Day at Disney

In this episode we go over how we would spend the day if we only had one day at Disney. Most of us go on vacation to Disney and spend a lot of money and try and get the most we can for doing so.

Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about the next thing on the list or the next park we forget to just relax and enjoy the day where we are.

In this podcast episode we tell you how we would spend one day if that's all we had in Disney. We would love to here how you would spend your day. Send us an email or talk to us on twitter and tell us your perfect day. 

What to Listen For:

  • Connie's park of choice for her one day
  • What's for lunch
  • Why the fast pass for fantasia is not the best idea always
  • Where Connie would eat dinner
  • Bruce's park of choice for one day
  • What's for lunch at this park
  • Where dinner for this day

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Jul 31, 2015

Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort is a moderate category resort located just a few minutes from Disney's Main Gates and Downtown Disney. The resort is so close to Downtown Disney/ Disney Springs :) that transportation to and from is also provided via water shuttle. It's definitely a relaxing way to head back to your resort after a long evening of shopping and dining.

In this episode, we talk about our recent visit and our thoughts about Disney's Port Orleans Riverside. Many good things to discuss about this resort and some suggestions for you to keep in mind while you visit.

Sit back and enjoy this episode. Be sure to let us know what you think!

What to Listen For:

  • What's the overall feel of the resort
  • What are the rooms like 
  • How is the dining hall
  • What you should think about if considering a stay
  • What to be sure to do while at the resort

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Jun 11, 2015

Unlocking The Magic

In this episode we talk about why we started this podcast and what we want you to get out of it.

We want to help make your trip whether it's your first visit or your 5th the best one ever. We have been many times and want to bring to you where ever you are the Magic that we found and why we keep going back.

 

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