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Jan 21, 2016

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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. 

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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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Jan 14, 2016

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Dec 22, 2015
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Fun ways to surprise your kids (or kid at heart) with a Disney Vacation

Announcing a trip to Disney is a sure fire way to get on the parents of the century list lol! In this episode, we go over a few fun ways to surprise someone special with the ultimate gift. We love coming up with these and encourage you to share your ideas as well. We’ d love to hear them or see them! Send us photos :)

Mentioned on the show:

  • “Mystery Ride” Road Trip
  • Disney Mylar Balloons with attached envelope 
  • A Map of Florida with Disney Word circled in sharpie
  • Disney floral and gifts website
  • Homemade T shirts – (front) Get excited we are.. (back) Going to Disney World!
  • Character Call (*Disney Cruise)
  • DYI Puzzle 

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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.

Dec 10, 2015

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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. 

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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.

Dec 1, 2015

Top Mistakes to Avoid On Your Next Disney Trip

After many vacations to Walt Disney World it got us thinking... why do so many people complain that they need a "vacation from their vacation" to WDW?  Then we remembered our first fateful trip... we did so many things wrong that we swore we'd never go to Walt Disney World again- LOL! Fast forward to today, we have learned from our mistakes and try to convey our message to others.

Below is a few top mistakes to avoid..

Back to Back Parks

It is so very tempting to cram as many days in the theme parks as possible. Especially when "adding" additional park days to your "magic your way package" seems so affordable. However, this will lead to an exhausting vacation.

Even as our kids grow we find that scheduling back to back parks makes our vacation feel like a blur and our feet so achy we can't enjoy the moment. If you are still dead set on visiting the parks back to back be sure to set these two largest parks apart from your days..Animal Kingdom and Epcot. 

NOT SCHEDULING SCHEDULING DOWN TIME/relaxing AT THE RESORT

Scheduling down time is a definite must at Disney. If you are not able to schedule a day off at your resort (highly recommended) you can even slow down for a while at the parks. Relax and recharge. You might even find something you weren't looking for..

OVERPLANNING

While planning a Disney vacation is important and for me it's half the fun ;) It is also important to not get so bogged down on your plans that you fail to enjoy each moment. We also find that having a little flexibility we stumble upon things we may have missed if we stuck to a strict plan.

UNDER PLANNING

Ok, while we think that over planning is an overkill, under planning is definitely not. Disney is continuing to grow their technology to help (fast passes online etc) but it's also important for you to do your research prior to your vacation. Jot down what shows, restaurants or parks your family will like most and plan accordingly.

Another way to go about it is to make sure you have you have an idea where you will be each day of your trip wether a theme park or other and schedule dining reservations around that plan. If your heart is set on a specific restaurant be sure to begin reserving 180 days in advance. 

Park Hopping

While some families can park hop without batting an eyelash, for us it is daunting. We never quite enjoy or appreciate the park that we are visiting if we have the park hopper option. Plus, the travel time between parks (plus all the walking) is exhausting for most. 

Not preparing for Florida weather (beyond the rain gear)

Florida is called the sunshine state for a reason. Sunscreen is an absolute must even if you think you will be spending only a few minutes outdoors.

Florida can also be surprisingly chilly. During off season months you can go from wearing swimsuits to heavy winter coats in a few days. Plan accordingly so you are not stuck purchasing warm gear while on vacation. Who wants to spend their souvenir money on that anyway? lol ;)

Not going on the disney site to view restaurant options and menus

This goes along with planning. I can't tell you how many people out there don't realize the many different restaurant offerings inside Walt Disney World. If you have very picky eaters, you can easily research menus ahead of time from home and plan out your families favorites. Having at least some idea of what you might like even if you are doing only quick service options will help ease the "hangrys" lol

Not seeing the big picture

"We believed in our idea- a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."

-Walt Disney

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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. 

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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.

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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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.

Nov 12, 2015

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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. 

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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 6, 2015

The do's and don'ts about driving or flying to Disney World

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Bruce and I are constantly torn (argue lol) about whether to fly or drive when headed to Walt Disney World. Both have great pro's but they also come along come with some negatives. On this episode, we discuss our thoughts about driving or flying and hope to help with your decision.

 

What to listen for:

  • Tips for driving a long distance
  • Why we like driving sometimes over flying
  • The benefits of driving
  • What you loose when you drive 
  • The benefits of flying
  • When flying is the best idea for you
  • When driving is the better choice
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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.

Sep 30, 2015

Perfect day at the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is a remarkable park. From the moment you step upon Main street, you are taken into another world. We have been so lucky to have visited many times and are able to share some insight on what makes a great day for us.

In this episode, we give you our ideas of what makes a perfect day at the Magic Kingdom.

Some topics we discuss:

What to look for along Main Street

Where to grab lunch

How to relax and regroup

Must do attractions

The perfect way to end the evening

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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.

Sep 17, 2015

10 Things To Love About Disney’s Magic Kingdom

A vacation to Walt Disney World is not complete without visiting the Magic Kingdom. The magic can be felt as soon as stepping onto Main street when you are suddenly immersed in a land of fantasy, leaving all your worries behind. It is a place we feel that everyone of all ages should experience at least once in their lifetime and become inspired that truly anything is possible.

 

“Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney… and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney’s dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place … a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn — together”.

– Roy Disney October 25, 1971

 

Our Favorite Things

  • Walking slowly down Main Street
  • Astro Orbiter (preferably at night)
  • Pineapple Dole Whip
  • Liberty Tree Tavern (all you can eat at dinner time) 
  • Relaxing on Central Plaza (area between Main Street & Cinderella Castle).
  • Carousel of Progress- The classic attraction that Walt Disney himself created.
  • Dumbo ride at night. No, you are never too old for this attraction lol
  • Jungle Cruise- So entertaining!
  • Space Mountain
  • The Electrical Parade- Guaranteed to bring the out the kid in you :)

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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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Sep 1, 2015

Disney Dining Tips For Beginners

The Disney Dining Plan is such a great addition to your vacation package. We find that we are able to relax more by having our meals prepaid and have always enjoyed experiencing the many different restaurants.

However, it can be very tricky for beginners to get accustomed to using the dining plan or discovering ways to make the most out of the plan.  In this episode we discuss our 5 top Disney Dining Plan tips for beginners.

What to Listen For:

  • What's the first thing you should do
  • Who the dining plan will be good for
  • How to make advanced reservations
  • Tips for splitting up your meals
  • Using snack credits wisely

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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. 

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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Aug 25, 2015

Things We Wish We Knew On Our First Disney Trip

We have gone to Disney many times and along the way, we have learned many tricks to make our trip even better. In this episode, we talk about those things that we wish we knew way back on our first trip. 

This could be a really long episode so in order to keep things moving we just mentioned a few things each. We will continue to do episodes like this one to give you more and more ideas on how to make the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation.

What to Listen For:

  • How to get the most out of the dining plan
  • Ways to do early check in at the hotel
  • How to view other resorts
  • How to Enjoy Disney resorts... Even if your not staying there
  • How awesome the Disney's Boardwalk is
  • How much walking you are gonna do...no double that thought! 
  • Rent a car... I know this one is a shocker!

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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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Aug 20, 2015

2015 D23 Review

Some exciting news coming out of the D23 expo in Anahiem this weekend! In this episode we go over some great announcements made at this years expo. 

Big changes are in the works for some Disneyland and Disney World parks. We stay mostly on the parks in Orlando but seeing how we are a couple of Disney nerds, we can't help ourselves and get off topic a little ;) We discuss some movie announcements too!

What to Listen For:

  • Star Wars Land revealed
  • Big changes to Soaring in Epcot
  • Toy Story Land
  • Biggest change to a single Disney Park ever
  • Our favorite movie trailer
  • And oh ya, a little pirates thrown in ;)

Star Wars Land Revealed

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Toy Story Land is coming to Hollywood Studios

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Our favorite movie trailer too

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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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Aug 17, 2015

Top Places to Relax at Disney

Our first few trips to Disney World we thought that you needed to get in as much as possible. More rides more shows it was a day of going from one thing to the next, the result was a vacation needed from our vacation.

After going a few times we decided to take it easy and organize our trips better and have our trip be not about how much we could fit in to that wee but how much we could see and learn about Disney and the parks.

Doing this gave us a chance to find those perfect places to take a minute and chill. In this episode we talk about hose places we have found that you can take a break, look around a little and just enjoy the fact that you are in the most magical place. Enjoy the moment they go by way to quick.

Our Top Places to Relax

Pontoon Boat Ride

 

Walk Around the Disney's BoardWalk

 

Movie on the Beach

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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. 

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.

Aug 6, 2015

The Perfect Day at Magic Kingdom

It goes without saying that the Magic Kingdom is truly a special place. With so many things to see and do, no amount of time will allow you to visit every attraction and this can make it challenging to discover some of the best things to do.

In this show, we talk about our perfect day in the Kingdom and hope we are able to give you some ideas on how to spend time at the happiest place on earth.

What to listen for:

  • How do we start our day when we visit the Magic Kingdom
  • Where to make the first stop
  • Where we would eat 
  • Our perfect spot to take an afternoon break
  • Why we love this park at night
  • How we would end the perfect day

 

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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.

Jul 21, 2015

Top Overrated and Underrated Walt Disney World Attractions

We love Disney that's pretty obvious, that being said we don't love every ride in the parks. In this episode we go over our top underrated and overrated attractions in the parks.

It was hard to come up with some overrated attractions but some of these are not our choice because of the ride itself but it could be for the ait time, or the que. See if you agree with any of these.

What to Listen For:

  • The most overrated attraction in each park
  • Why we picked are underrated selections
  • What surprising detail Connie told us about her Soarin ride
  • Our overrated attractions at Magic Kingdom

Books That are Great about Walt and Disney

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Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day and listening to this show. We really love doing these episode and bringing the Disney magic to you where ever you are.

If you enjoyed this episode please let us know. We love hearing from you and want to make each and every episode even better than the last. Email us all your questions or comments to Connie@unlockingthemagic.com

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Jul 4, 2015

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

We recently went to visit and stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. We have been to many resorts over our years of visiting Disney World but never had a chance to visit this particular resort because we are of a family of 5 and until recently this resort could only accommodate 4 to a room for the standard rooms. 

In this episode we talk about our visit and what we thought about Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Many good things to discuss about his resort. We actually think this is a one of the nicer moderate resorts we have visitied. Sit back and enjoy this episode and let us know what you think

What to Listen For:

  • What’s the process to check in
  • Where do you check in
  • What are the rooms like
  • How is the dinning hall
  • 1 thing you should do to save time
  • Top places to relax while staying here

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Jun 12, 2015

In this episode we talk top snacks at the Magic Kingdom. There are so many things to eat while your at the parks but here are 5 things we found from going all the time tha really fly under the radar.

 

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