Day 1 of Our Disney World Vacation

Our Disney World Traditions The first day of our Disney World Vacation in Florida started on a very warm April, Florida Morning with temperatures in the upper 70’s, it was going to be a warm one. We start every Disney Vacation the same way.  On the first day, we try to get out of the resort early and we head up I-4 East and get off on the Sand Lake Rd exit to get to International Drive in Orlando.  We usually eat at the Ponderosa Steak House opposite the Castle…

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Wait, What? Magic Kingdom Airport???

Really?  Magic Kingdom has an airport?  Why have I been flying into MCO all of these years then? Not so fast, Magic Kingdom USED TO have an airport. More like a landing strip and it is still there, sort of. The Lake Buena Vista Airport (IATA:DWS) was built in 1971 as a STOLport for use by Disney Employees, Executives and guests. It had scheduled passenger service to Orlando and Tampa provided by Shawnee Airlines. The airfield is located to the East of where the current Magic Kingdom to Epcot Monorail Spur runs…

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Minor Disappointment When Entering Disney World Property

One thing that is going to be a minor disappointment to this year’s trip to Disney World in Lak e Buena Vista, FL is that visitors are no longer able to drive under the Walt Disney World Properties sign to to a major road construction project in the area.  The highway that is driven as you enter Walt Disney World Properties is being temporarily routed to the oncoming side of the road and around the entrance sign. The construction project is to build a new interchange at the toll booth…

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Goodbye Wishes…

Disney has announced that May 12, 2017 will be the last showing of the “Wishes”. Which has been the night time fireworks show at Magic Kingdom for 14 years.  It will be replaced the following night by “Happily Ever After”. It  will also feature fireworks, laser lighting and projected images on Cinderella’s Castle. HISTORY “Wishes” debuted at Magic Kingdom on October 9, 2013. It replaced the 32 year old “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks show. The show, hosted by Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy featured music and sound clips from…

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Disney Continues to Raise MORE Prices…

Several weeks ago both Disney World and Disneyland raised ticket prices on all tickets and average of 5%.  This is Disney’s annual money-grab.  But they have not just stopped there to take more money out of their guests pockets for less entertainment. It has been announced that Disney World has raised the cost of all tiers on their Meal Plans on an average of $2.50/day per adult and $1/day per child.  Disney’s Dining Plan has not been worth the cost for a while now.  Selections and restaurant choices have been…

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Disney Raises Theme Park Admission Prices Again

Almost exactly one year ago, Universal Studios bumped up theme park prices a few bucks, resulting in children’s one-day admissions hitting the $100 mark for the first time. Disney followed suit by increasing park prices a couple weeks later in February—one year after the previous previous price hike was added, like clockwork. Disney has beaten Universal Studios to the punch in 2017 by quietly increasing prices on Sunday. In most cases, one-day adult tickets are now $5 more expensive. Disney parks use a variable-pricing scheme, in which admissions to EPCOT,…

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Disney is Testing Single Day Quick Serve Dining Plans

Starting on January 12, 2017 through February 22, 2017 Guests of the Magic Kingdom will have the opportunity to purchase a one day Quick Serve Dining Plan.  At the time of this post, no prices have been announced. Guests will be able to purchase certificates to be used as follows: One lunch quick service meal that includes one entree and one non-alcoholic single-serving beverage (must be used by 4PM) One dinner quick service meal that includes one entree and one non-alcoholic single-serving beverage (can be used from 4PM until closing)…

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