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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jedi Training Academy--May the Force Be with You


Calling all Padawans....to the Jedi Training Academy at Hollywood Studios.  The Jedi Training Academy is a 30-minute session that takes place near Star Tours.  Junior Jedi knights between the ages of 4-12 learn to use the Force as they prepare to meet the Dark Side.  May the Force be with you! 
The show begins with the ever familiar Star Wars music as a robed and hooded figure emerges onto the stage.  After pacing back and forth, he throws back his hood to reveal that he is the Jedi Master.  The young Padawans have been outfitted in brown robes,  and are led onto the stage by the Master’s assistant.  The Jedi Master spends a few minutes talking about the importance of what they are about to do and has them repeat the Jedi Oath.  There is a short lesson on how to activate the light saber, followed by the Master teaching them a short light saber routine.  

All of a sudden the Jedi Master senses that there is a disturbance in the Force.  The Padawans are ushered over to the side and the doors open.  Out step two Stormtroopers—could Darth Vader himself be far behind?   Smoke billows through the doors, and out steps Darth Vader.  Vader stalks back and forth across the stage, making threats and encouraging the Padawans to join him on the Dark Side.  The Jedi Master tells Vader that the Padawans will never go to the Dark Side.  Then one by one they are given the chance to take the ultimate test to see if they can defeat the Dark Side!  The Jedi Master makes humorous comments through the different match ups and eventually the Padawans send Vader away.  The Jedi Master praises them for their bravery and each Padawan is given a certificate proclaiming that they are true Jedi Knights.  
How to Sign up:

Potential Padawans are to report to the queue outside the ABC Sound Studio at park opening. Twelve guests between the ages of 4 and 12 years of age will be selected for each show. The young Jedis-to-be are then instructed to arrive 30 minutes prior to the assigned show so that they can receive further special instructions. Be there early! The Academy has limited capacity, so it’s first come, first sabered.  You must sign up to participate in the shows.


Things to Know:
  • Be sure to check the Times Guide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the schedule and show times. 
  • Since this is an outdoor show, it is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. 
  • Show times are subject to change.
  • A PhotoPass Photographer takes a bunch of photos throughout the show and gives each child/parent a special Jedi Photo Pass Card.  You can load these to your Photo Pass account when you get home.  Or stop at a Photo Pass Location to have some printed out.



     May the Force be with you!!

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Should I do the Disney Dining Plan?

Every family I know that LOVES Disney, has a different view on just about everything that makes the "Perfect Disney Vacation!" And the same is true about the dining plan....everyone has a different reason why they LOVE it, which plan is best, and a few have reasons why they don't use it.

My family LOVES the Disney Dining Plan. Why?


1) Because we can budget every penny that our trip is going to cost ahead of time. I know before I ever leave home how much my vacation will cost. The only money that I need to take to the parks with me is the money we might need for souvenirs and for gratuity at the table service meals.


2) Convenience! Plain and simple, I like to know that if I want a snack, I can simply hand them my Key to the World Card and move on to the next great attraction.


3) Savings!!! As a family with 3 small children, we like to do as many character meals as we can. Those meals are not cheap if you pay out of pocket for them. But with the Disney Dining Plan, we can order whichever entree that we want at the table service meals, and we can do as many character meals as we want. It doesn't cost me any more money. A few restaurants require 2 table service credits, but those just come off my total meal credits and do not cost me any more money.


4) We enjoy eating a meal together, where we can sit down, relax and talk about the day.


5) We like to take advantage of eating at nice restaurants and eating nice meals. Yes, you can save money by eating quick service meals or by choosing the cheapest item on the menu...but our family likes to take this opportunity to eat things that we might not normally order if we were paying per entree.


When it comes to the Disney Dining Plan,there is more than one option! Most likely one of them will fit the needs of your family.    You must add the dining onto a Magic Your Way Vacation Package at Walt Disney World.  This means that you will be staying at a Disney owned and operated resort and that you have purchased at least a 1 day ticket for everyone in your room.





Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick Service Dining Plan

Includes Per Person, Per Night:

  • Two quick service meals (entrée or combo meal, dessert at lunch and dinner and a non-alcoholic beverage)
  • One snack
  • One Resort refillable drink mug per person, per package
You’re free to use the meal credits however you choose all on one day if you choose. Disney doesn’t care when you use them!
For 2013, $37.58 per night per adult (ages 10 and up), $14.32 per night for children (ages 3-9). This cost is added to the regular cost of a Magic Your Way Vacation Package.

Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining Plan

    Includes Per Person, Per Night:

    • One table service or buffet meal, entrée, dessert, OR full buffet, plus non-alcoholic beverage
    • One quick service meal, including entrée, dessert, plus non-alcoholic beverage, OR combo meal plus non-alcoholic beverage, dessert
    • One snack from a wide variety of options
    • One Resort refillable drink mug per person, per package
    2013 Cost:
    Value and Regular Season
    $55.59 per night ages 10 and up; $17.16 per night age 3 to 9
    Peak Season
    $56.94 per night ages 10 and up; $18.16 per night ages 3 to 9
    Peak season dates are February 14 – 23, March 8 – April 6, May 31 – August 3, and December 13 – 31, 2013.
    Other Details to Note:
    • A table service meal may be used for one Character Dining Experience (except Cinderella’s Royal Table, which will require 2 table service meals).
    • Two table service meals may be exchanged for one of the following:
      • one Signature Dining Experience
      • one Disney Dinner Show (Category 2 or 3 seating at either show, or Category 1 seating at the 9:30 pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue)
      • one room service meal
      • one Pizza Delivery – 1 pizza, 2 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverages, 2 desserts


    Magic Your Way Package with Deluxe Dining Plan

      Includes Per Person, Per Night:



      • Three table service or quick service meals:
        • table service includes entrée,  dessert, OR full buffet, plus non-alcoholic beverage
        • quick service includes entrée, dessert, plus non-alcoholic beverage, OR combo meal plus plus non-alcoholic beverage OR combo meal plus dessert and non-alcoholic beverage
      • Two snacks from a wide variety of options
      • One resort refillable mug per person, per package
      2013 Cost
      Value and Regular Season
      $99.97 per night ages 10 and up; $26.84 per night ages 3 to 9
      Peak Season
      $102.27 per night ages 10 and up; $28.91 per night ages 3 to 9
      Peak season dates are February 14 – 23, March 8 – April 6, May 31 – August 3, and December 13 – 31, 2013.


      Extra Details:
      • Everyone staying in your hotel room must be booked on the same package.
      • Kids under the age of 3 are free, and may share a meal with an adult. If your 2-yr-old wants his own meal, one can be purchased from the menu separately.
      • Kids ages 3-9 must order from a children’s menu where available.
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      Sunday, April 21, 2013

      "One Woman A Cappella Disney Medley" by @heathertraska

      This amazing 17 year old girl did this all by herself.  She sings all the songs...its all done in A Cappella!  AMAZING talent!!


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      Wednesday, April 17, 2013

      Park Ticket Options

      Planning a trip to Walt Disney World?  Overwhelmed with all the choices?  Did you know that Disney lets you customize your Vacation Package to meet the needs of your family?  One way that they do that, is to allow you to choose what type of tickets you want.



      Magic Your Way Base Ticket 
      The Magic Your Way Base Ticket is the starter ticket for Walt Disney World.  These tickets include: 
      ONE theme park admission PER DAY for the number of days on the ticket.  With these tickets you can visit any one of the 4 main parks... 
      • Magic Kingdom
      • Epcot
      • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
      • Disney's Animal Kingdom

      These tickets expire  14 days from first use and donot include park hopping or admission to other gated attractions, like Disney's Water Parks. Only one theme park admission may be used per day. 


      Park Hopper Option
      The Park Hopper Option allows you to change parks mid-day to all four Walt Disney World theme parks on the same day.  This option is available for the length of the ticket. The Park Hopper option can be added for an additional cost.  If you plan on visiting more than one park in a day, then you must add the Park Hopper option.  



      Water Park Fun & More Option 
      The Water Park Fun & More Option can be added to the Magic Your Way Base Ticket for an additional cost.  The number of visits will correspond with the total number of Theme Park Days on Guest’s Magic Your Way Tickets.

      The Water Park Fun & More Option allows Guests to also visit: 
      • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park 
      • Blizzard Beach Water Park 
      • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course 
      • Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex (excluding special events) 
      • DisneyQuest

      No Expiration Option 
      The No Expiration Option can be added to any ticket for an additional cost.  The price depends on the unused portion of your tickets.  Adding this option allows guest to save unused days for a later time or for a future visit.  The No Expiration Option applies to the unused entitlements ONLY. This must be added during the current trip or within 14 days of first usage, otherwise those unused days will be lost. 




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      Monday, April 8, 2013

      My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party

      What little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess?  What little girl doesn’t love tea parties?  My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party combines them both into a magical event that your little princess will never forget.  At the age of 3, my daughter is all about playing dress up, having tea parties, and meeting the princesses.  So it seemed to be a perfect mother-daughter outing.
      My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party takes place in the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian.  This tea party is for children ages 3-12.  The little girls are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess.  There were several girls in princess costumes, but several also just dressed up instead of taking the princess route.    They all looked beautiful and the smiles on their faces lit up the room.
      Upon checking in at the Tea Party, you are given a card with your little princess’ name on it.  The guests all anxiously wait in the lobby until it is time for the party to begin.  After an announcement they introduce Rose Petal who served as the hostess for the remainder of the party. Each girl was called one at a time by name…and that was when the magic began!  Rose Petal welcomed each little girl to the tea party by sprinkling them with rose petals and placing a beautiful tiara upon their head.  Then we were escorted to our table.
      At that point my little girl’s eyes began sparkling with excitement as she saw what was waiting for her.  There was a beautiful Disney Girl doll dressed in a princess Aurora dress sitting in her chair.  She immediately picked up her baby doll and gave her the biggest hug you can imagine.  We took our seats and sat looking at the details around the room.  We were seated right next to the piano where Baron Branch sat playing various Disney music.   Baron Branch came to our table and talked to my daughter.  He asked her what her favorite Disney movie was.  She quickly responded Beauty and the Beast.  He told her to listen carefully and at some point he would play her a song from Beauty and the Beast.
      Our table was decorated with a beautiful flower arrangement with a place card beside it announcing which princess was to sit at that table.  There were also tea cups with a folded napkin inside them.
      After all the girls are seated Rose Petal comes in and begins telling her story.  She tells about how she was once a rose, who is turned human.  She then instructs the girls to unfold their napkins and place them in their laps.  When they do this another surprise awaits them as a pretty little charm bracelet drops out.  It had a pretty little pink heart on it.  This is a special gift from Princess Aurora.
      Lunch is served.  The adults were served green tea, while the little princesses were served a special apple tea (AKA apple juice) in their very own tea pot.  The children also receive peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut in the shape of hearts, turkey and cheese sandwiches, grapes, strawberries and mickey shaped sprinkles.  The adults received an assortment of sandwiches, cheese, and fruit.
      The whole time we were eating Rose Petal entertained us with singing and stories.  She even taught the girls how to sing “Hail to the King, hail to the Queen, hail to the Princess Aurora” in sign language.  By this time almost everyone has finished eating and Rose Petal asked about birthday celebrations.  We sang Happy Birthday, and cake was served.  As Rose Petal finished up her part, she called the girls together in the center of the room to greet princess Aurora.  Princess Aurora comes in and the girls showed her the sign language song that they learned.  Then she led them in a parade around the room.
      The girls went back to their seats to finish eating while Rose Petal and Aurora make their way around the room signing autograph books and posing for pictures with each little girl.  As Aurora comes around, her Page goes with her carrying a basket of real roses.  Each little girl receives a rose from Aurora as she signs their books, and the back of their place cards.
      Aurora says good bye and the girls are told to line up for a Princess Parade through the lobby. As they walk through the lobby the employees all stop what they are doing to say hi to the princesses and to wave at them.  The girls are lead up the huge staircase to the second floor where they get their picture taken with the Aurora Doll.  They are then ushered into the gift shop where they get to name their doll, and receive a best friend certificate and scrapbook page kit.
      My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party is full of surprises and magic from the start until the final moment.  Every little girl there feels like a princess for the day and enjoys getting some royal treatment.  They also receive some amazing gifts that will serve as precious souvenirs of a magical morning spent with Princess Aurora and Rose Petal.  The only problem?  Your little girl is going to want to do it every time you go to Walt Disney World.  I know mine is wanting to do it again!
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      Monday, April 1, 2013

      Disney PhotoPass +



      If you are the photographer in your family, you often miss out on being in the photos.  I am a photography and scrapbooking nut.  I always have my camera with me.  But it never fails, when I sit down to look through the pictures, I am NEVER in them.  While this is not a problem most of the time, on FAMILY vacations I really want to have some FAMILY pictures.   Maybe this is why Disney's Photo Pass products has always appealed to me.  I can be in the photos from our vacations.



      With Disney Memory Maker, not only do I get to be in the photos....I can have the pictures from participating rides and dining locations.  I love how easy it is to use and to capture my family's magical moments.  Is it worth the cost?  Let me tell you the features:

      1.  What do I get? You get digital images of EVERY photo that is taken of your family on your magical vacation. 

      2.  Where can you use it?  ANYWHERE that you see a PhotoPass Photographer.  Smile as they snap away, let them scan your Magic Band and the photos will be uploaded to your My Disney Experience account.  Just look for the Cast Members holding cameras!

      At the select attractions, the photos are AUTOMATICALLY added to your My Diseny Experience account if you have the Memory Maker, no need to stop at the desk to add it.
      • Space Mountain
      • Splash Mountain
      • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
      • Seven Dwarfs Mine train--now includes video clips! 
      • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror--now includes video clips!
      • Rock 'n Roller Coaster
      • Expedition Everest
      • Dinosaur
      • Test Track
      • The Enchanted Tales with Belle, Jedi Training, and the Jack Sparrow attractions have PhotoPass photographers taking hundreds of pictures during the shows.  As you leave, the photographer hands you a special themed photopass card, that can be added to your account.

      Also available at these Dining Locations:
      • 1900 Park Fare
      • 'Ohana (Breakfast)
      • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
      • Chef Mickey's
      • Cinderella's Royal Table
      • Tusker House Restaurant
      • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
      • Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
      PhotoPass photographers are also at The Pirates League and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
      3.  How much does it cost?  If you pre-order it you will pay $149.  If you wait and purchase it in the parks, you will pay $199.  Which I feel is still totally worth it...but of course saving money is even better!  I can add this to your vacation package anytime before the final payment is made.

      4.  How many photos can I have on my account.....AS MANY AS YOU WANT!  If you take advantage of this service, you can come home with hundreds of photos.  My family has used the Memory Maker (and previously PhotoPass+) on several trips.  We typically average between 700-900 photos.  We look for those photographers.  It only takes a few moments to pause for the pictures, and you will cherish them for a lifetime!  An added bonus, you kids won't need to ask why you were never in the photos.

      **TIP** On rare occasions, you might still be given a PhotoPass card.  If you are given one, make sure to use your phone camera to take a photo of the code on the back.  This way, if anything happens to your card you can still access your photos. 

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