Planning a 2015 Disney World VacationAre you planning a 2015 Disney World Vacation and don’t know where to start? Believe me, you are not alone. Trips to Disney are AMAZING, but navigating through all the information out there can be difficult. That is why we have created Disney Insider Tips.

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Current Disney World Ticket Prices

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How MagicBands Work

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What you want to know about the Disney Dining Plan

Packing List for a Disney Vacation

Packing List for a Day at the Parks

Best Shoes to Wear to Disney

Free Disney World Souvenirs

Disney Character Meet & Greets

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Rides & Attractions at Magic KingdomIf you only have one day to spend it Magic Kingdom, you will want to get the most out of your experience. Plan your trip ahead of time.  First, you will want to look at crowd predictors to see which day of the week is best for the time when you are planning to vacation. I would suggest avoiding Friday, Saturday & Sunday altogether. Those are usually the busiest days of the week because you have locals as well as vacationers.  If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you will also want to see which day you can get early access to the park.  Usually, resort guests get extra hours at each of the four parks once per week. Take advantage of this so you can ride some of the more popular rides early in the day before the general public get to arrive.

This is my list of top 10 rides and experiences everyone needs to experience at Magic Kingdom:

  1. Rope Drop Ceremony
  2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  3. Splash Mountian
  4. Thunder Mountain Railroad
  5. Pirates of Caribbean
  6. It’s a Small World
  7. Space Mountain
  8. Haunted Mansion
  9. Festival of Fantasy Parade
  10. Fireworks Show

Aside from these, my list of personal favorites includes:

11. Philharmagic
12. Enchanted Tales with Belle (f you have kids)
13. Dumbo or Aladdin’s Magic Carpets (because they are pretty much the same)
14. Barnstormer
15. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
16. Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
17. Carousel of Progress
18. People Mover
19. Journey of the Little Mermaid
20. Tea Cups

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Inside Sleeping Beauty CastleIt is easy to walk straight through the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris, but you might want to pause while you are inside to enjoy the spectacular stained glass and beautiful tapestries.  Just like the mosaics in Cinderella’s castle tell the story of how Cinderella met her prince, Sleeping Beauty castle tells the story of Aurora’s life.  Just take the stairs  in the center of the castle.  Here are a  few of the beautiful windows you will see:

Disneyland Paris Sleeping Beauty Castle Stained Glass Window

Disneyland Paris Sleeping Beauty Castle Malificient Stained Glass WindowDon’t just look at the walls and windows. If you do, you will miss on seeing this beautiful sculpture of Aurora and Prince Phillip:

Aurora Statue

 

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Downtown Disney Pin TradingIf you enjoy Disney Pin Trading while at Walt Disney World, you will be glad to know that you can also trade pins in Downtown Disney.   While pin trading has ended at the Downtown Disney Store, you can still trade pins at Pin Traders (when they have their Pin Trading Vault open) and you’ll find a pin board at D Street on the West Side of Downtown Disney.

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Fish Extender GiftsIf you are going on a Disney Cruise and plan on taking part in a Fish Extender exchange group, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to prepare your gifts. While some people go all out on their gifts, you don’t have to. Honestly, some of the best fish extender gifts we’ve received were either handmade or something from the Dollar Store. Here are some great ideas for Fish Extender Gifts (keep in mind that these things should be Disney themed):

  1. Stickers
  2. tattoos
  3. hand sanitizer
  4. square wash clothes
  5. pens & pencils
  6. toothbrushes
  7. notepad
  8. journal
  9. sand shovel
  10. kleenex packets
  11. chapstick
  12. magnets
  13. dry erase board (& markers)
  14. hair bows, elastics
  15. jewelry
  16. coozie
  17. key chain
  18. candy
  19. cookie cutter
  20. glow sticks/bracelets/necklaces
  21. coloring packs w/ crayons
  22. ornament
  23. music cds
  24. luggage tags
  25. powder drink mixes
  26. deck of cards
  27. eye patch (for pirate night)
  28. clip on hoop earring (for pirate night)
  29. sunscreen sticks
  30. nail polish
  31. mini bubbles
  32. bath salts
  33. activity books
  34. lanyard
  35. coin purse
  36. reusable tote bag
  37. picture frame
  38. sprinkles or other ice cream topping
  39. night light
  40. ear buds
  41. Sunglasses holder
  42. Bandaids
  43. coasters
  44. nail file
  45. wet wipes
  46. pillow case (& sharpie) to get autographs
  47. bookmark
  48. window decal
  49. hand soap
  50. photo mat & pens (for autographs)

You can find even more ideas on our Fish Extender Gift Pinterest page.

What other Fish Extender Gifts have you given or received?

 

 

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Pixar Inside Out Merchandise on Sale

by Kristi June 25, 2015

If you have seen Disney Pixar’s NEW movie Inside Out, I am sure that you fell in love with their characters, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness!  Right now, Inside Out Merchandise is very popular. If you are looking for things and can’t find what you are looking for, check out Zulily.  They have a […]

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Pocahontas is Back at Animal Kingdom

by Kristi June 24, 2015

Disney announced today that they have brought Pocahontas back to Animal Kingdom! Until about 2008, you used to get the chance to meet her at Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends Show at the outdoor theater (which is no longer there). I really wish they would bring back the show because it had a wonderful message […]

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5 Things Kids under 8 Love at Epcot

by Kristi June 22, 2015

Are you planning on taking your small kids to Epcot? Many parents choose to skip Epcot all together because they believe this Disney park is geared more toward adults and older children with little for younger kids to do.  Don’t make this mistake.  Disney really has made an effort to make Epcot fun for young […]

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The Many Problems with Disneyland Paris

by Kristi June 18, 2015

I would love to say that Disneyland Paris is a great Disney park. The rides are fantastic.  Some of my FAVORITE rides are even at Disneyland Paris! When Disney built this park, you can tell that they looked at what worked and didn’t at Walt Disney World and Disneyland California.  They made rides longer (like […]

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Disney’s McFarland USA on Blu-ray Giveaway

by Kristi June 4, 2015

Are you someone who likes rooting for the underdogs? If so, you won’t want to miss out on seeing Disney’s McFarland USA.  This movie brings to life the heartwarming (and true) story of a group of young Latino students who overcome obstacles  to achieve their American Dream.  Kevin Costner stars as Coach Jim White, who […]

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Marvel Avengers BuildaBear Deal

by Kristi May 30, 2015

Have you seen the NEW Avengers: Age of Ultron Build-a-Bears? Talk about cute! They have Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man, plus their outfits!  Take 40% of the Avengers Collection when you buy Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man bears. The purchase of all four Avengers is required to qualify for the discount. […]

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