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Disney Dining Tips

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                                                   DISNEY DINING TIPS Top 10 Facts to Know Eating at Disney is just as much fun as going on the attractions! There's counter (quick) service, casual dining, fine/signature dining, and even a few rooftop experiences. You can eat your way around the world at Epcot, sit courtside at certain nighttime spectaculars and enjoy dessert with your fireworks (subject to weather, health and safety concerns) or pose with Disney characters. Here are a few tips for your trip: Check the Disney website for official information. 1. Fine dining is hot at Disney. They say reservations are recommended but it may seem like they are required. Download the  My Disney Experience App  or make them on the  Disney website . TIP: Use the filters to narrow down your location. 2. You can  order your fast food for pick-up  on the app for many places in the parks. Not only can you order what and where, but you can pick a time and actually tell them when to start prep

A Whole New World at Morocco, Epcot

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 The New Morocco at Epcot The Morocco Pavilion at Epcot, Disney World The Morocco Pavilion opened in 1984, two years after Epcot opened up in 1982. The Moroccan government took art in the design of the area, resulting in a very realistic representation of Marakesh and other cities of Morocco. There is a souk (bazaar), three eateries, a revolving exhibit and a representation of a house in Fes. Marrakesh's presence is strong with the replica of the Koutoubia mosque. Big changes are coming to the Morocco Pavilion in Epcot. First of all, the ownership of the area is now in Disney's hands. Morocco will continue to provide cultural consultation. As avid Epcot fans know, not all of the pavilions offer the passholders or Disney Vacation Club discount. Now, hopefully, it will be available here as well. The real Koutoubia in Marrakesh, Morocco The original design included a much-maligned and ridiculed chimney-like structure, unfortunately. Since the Morocco pavilion was known to play dow

Top 10 Facts About Universal

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 Top 10 Facts to Know Before You Go to  Universal Resort, Orlando Florida As much as it seems that Disney Parks are more popular, Universal is actually older in concept. Universal Studios in Hollywood offered tours of its backlots as early as 1915. From 1964 on, the tour started including staged events with the first attraction opening in 1965, after the 1955 opening of Disneyland. Universal Studios Hollywood only has the theme park and CityWalk, but it still has the backlot tour and the theme park is actually part of the real Universal film studios. Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990, followed by Islands of Adventure and CityWalk in 1999 and Volcano Bay in 2017.  So, what should you know and expect? 1. There are 4 basic areas: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (theme parks), the water park Volcano Bay and the shopping-dining-restaurant area, CityWalk. CItyWalk (after paying for parking) is free of charge but each park has an admission price. You can buy a combo ticket a

10 Things to Know for Disney 2021

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Your 2021 Disney Vacation New Feature Announced: Disney Genie and Genie +   Move over Fast Pass and hello to the Lightning Lane: a new paid service to get to the attractions at a specified time. All attractions will not be included in Lightning Lane. Those attractions will be available for a separate price. Or you could stand on line in the traditional way, for free. There are so many other details, so click the link above to the Disney website. We will be experiencing it first hand when it rolls out, so we'll give you a report when we do. Face Masks are required for indoor attractions , only. You should practice social distancing but the queue marks are currently gone.  Top 10 Facts To Know Before You Go 2020 was an unusual year for travel, to say the least. In fact, you can say it was catastrophic. Less than two weeks after Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival kicked off, Disney World (along with the rest of the world), closed down for months.  Disney World in Fl

Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

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Flowers, Food and Fun Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival  Click here to Take a video tour It's the oldest of Epcot's Festivals and it set the tone for other theme park festivals (in this blogger's opinion!). Welcome to the greatest Flower and Garden Show on earth! Why should you tiptoe through the tulips at Epcot? Here are some reasons why: 1. What are topiaries: Shrubs in the shape of Disney characters, placed all over Epcot. Grown and shaped by Disney gardeners and landscapers, they add great decor to the festival ambience. Miss Piggy topiary 2. Extra kiosks: In addition to the 11 permanent pavilions in the World Showcase, extra booths, kiosks and carts are throughout the park with added treats and garden merchandise. Booths that are normally there add in festival related items to get in the spring spirit. Kiosk near Test Track in Future World 3. Little gardens: Learn how, what and where to plant foliage to create great gardens. The Tea Garden in the UK pavili

NYC Traveler: Future of Disney's Magic Bands

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INTRO TO...DISNEY MAGIC BANDS NEWS FLASH!!! Is it the end of the Magic Bands?? Disney has rolled out extra features on the My Disney Experience App:  You can set up your app to function like the Magic Band. You can already unlock your Disney resort door with your smartphone. Now, you can scan into the park and connect PhotoPass. With the PhotoPass, the photographer will scan your phone instead of the Magic Band. Also, you can touch the icon under your photo at the end of some rides and attractions, just like you did with the Magic Band.  Currently, this feature is only on IOS phones. Also, not everyone has a smartphone, so the bands just might stay around a while longer. Stay tuned!! DISNEY WORLD UPDATES 1.  What are Magic Bands?  The Magic Bands, introduced in 2013 and updated in 2015,  are waterproof wristbands with a chip using RFID technology inside that can function as your admission ticket, your annual pass, your hotel key and form of payment if you are staying in a Disney resort