We totally get it — Disney world is WAY expensive no matter how you shake it, so it’s hard to try and justify shelling out your hard-earned cash for something ELSE on top of the oodles of money you’re already spending. But, at least one of these options MAY make sense for you…and we’re going to take you through a few potential options that could make your trip that much more magical.
One of the most exciting things about visiting Walt Disney World Resort is that there is always something new to experience — even if you’ve been hundreds of times. Here we’ve gathered 36 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do at Walt Disney World — so let’s all go try something new!
1. Experience the Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat
This moving Magic Kingdom experience requires no Fastpass+ — just a desire to participate in a formal flag lowering ceremony held at the Magic Kingdom flagpole in front of the Walt Disney Railroad Station. The ceremony includes fanfare by trumpets, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the singing of God Bless America and the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by the philharmonic.
After the lowering and folding of the flag, a guest veteran is handed the flag and a short procession up Main Street, U.S.A., is accompanied by a medley of U.S. military songs. This event takes place daily, so check with Guest Services or the Times Guide to find out when to watch!
2. Drink up — for free!
No matter how you vacation at Walt Disney World, the primary goal is always the same: to make memories that you can cherish and share for a lifetime. And with hundreds of attractions, shows, and experiences to try, there’s no shortage of ways to make those memories.
But one of our favorite ways to make new and lasting memories is by enjoying special dining experiences in the World. So if you’re officially planning your next vacay (or just daydreaming, as you should!), here are five unique and special dining experiences sure to leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Dine Above the World
Anyone can sit at ground level and enjoy some tasty Fish and Chips or a tray of Chicken Nuggets, but if you want to elevate your dining, you gotta get above the World. And thanks to some thoughtfully placed restaurants, you can do that with ease! [Read more…]
Please welcome back guest author Alex Freeman, who’s brought us a review of the Wild Africa Trek featured at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. After getting an awesome view of the animals on the savanna, trekkers are treated to some wild eats! Jambo, Alex!
On December 27, my sisters and I took part in the Wild Africa Trek offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Some of you are probably wondering why I am writing this review for a food blog, but this Disney tour includes a wonderful treat at the end.
At least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time, you check-in at the Wild Africa Trek desk located to the left of Tusker House Restaurant. Even though I have been to Animal Kingdom many times, I did not know the area where the desk is located even exists.
There are outside tables for people who want to bring food from other quick service places and eat in a relatively quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
Once you check-in, you are reminded of the Trek conditions (you must be over the age of 8 and you must be between 45 and 310 lbs).
Also, you are given a waiver to sign, which not only covers a variety of medical situations, but also permission for Disney to use any pictures they take of you in their promotional materials.
After everyone is checked-in (which was 11 people for our tour), you are greeted by your two Trek guides. Our Trek guides were named Lonnie and Paul and they were absolutely fantastic — hilarious, informative, and very friendly.
We followed both of our guides through a gate that led us to uncharted territory for the general public.
In this area, you are given a locker to hold any of your personal belongings. You are not allowed to bring anything besides a camera (as long as it has a wrist strap that can be attached to your harness). Everything else, including your phone, must be stored in the locker.
You are then weighed and given a suitable harness, which they help attach to you. This harness includes a gear loop (which will attach you to the bridges), a souvenir water bottle (which you get to keep), and a headset so that you can hear both of the guides even when they are not right beside you. This headset was an absolute necessity when we were in the middle of a crowd.
Once you are strapped to your harness, you are asked to practice walking across a suspension bridge. This bridge is much [Read more…]
Some great food links for you this week! But first, the answers to yesterday’s photo hunt! Going clockwise from the upper left-hand corner: 1. Restaurantosaurus 2. Candy Cauldron 3. Coral Reef 4. Via Napoli 5. Diamond Horseshoe 6. Bistro de Paris! Did you get them all right? 🙂
And now, on to the round-up!
The Passporter Moms Podcast featured three Disney Food Blog contributors this week — Erin Foster, our Disney Food for Families columnist; Kim LaPaglia, Disney Food Blog contributor and behind-the-scenes superstar; and Bernie Edwards, Disney Food Blog contributor (and my Aquaduck partner)! Check out their report (including reviewing the food!) on the new Wild Africa Trek tour in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Speaking of podcasts, I had the chance to record with the WDW Today Podcast again! This week, we covered those 2011 Disney Dining Plan changes! Listen here!
WDW for Grownups shows us around Raglan Road in Downtown Disney Orlando!
Eating (and Drinking) Around WDW channels Andrew Zimmern as he makes the chef’s recipe for Black Bean Spare Ribs with Green Onion, presented at the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Main Street Gazette discovers a bit more about the recipe for coca-cola in Epcot!
Babes in Disneyland says a resounding no to the new kids meal pizzas at Disneyland’s Village Haus.
English Disney Blog reviews Walt’s Restaurant in Disneyland Paris!
Kevin Kidney reveals the authentic recipe for the original Chicken of the Sea Tunaburger in Disneyland. But the best part of the post is the picture of Kevin with said Tunaburger.
Update: Current pricing is $189 – $249.
Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster finds a surprising end to her recent Wild Africa Trek in Disney’s Animal Kingdom…
I signed up for Disney’s brand new Wild Africa Trek at the Animal Kingdom because I wanted to check out the nifty new rope bridge and get up close and personal with crocodiles and hippos; I wasn’t in it for the food. The booking agent on the phone mentioned something about a snack, but that barely registered with me. I had taken other backstage tours at the Animal Kingdom and the snack was serviceable but unremarkable granola bars and pretzels.
Because of this, I was taken by surprise when we arrived — after two hours of hiking and animal observation — at the tour break point and found a meal being set. We were on a new boma (not to be confused with the restaurant Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge) constructed in the middle of the African savanna, in full view of the Kilimanjaro Safari jeeps. The boma is a covered, stage-like private animal viewing area with bathrooms, comfortable chairs, binoculars, and best of all — amazing food.
The presentation couldn’t be lovelier. Our wonderful tour guides (thank you Megan and Laura) set our chilled metal camp cups and carafes of cool water and tropical juice. I believe this is the same blend they [Read more…]