The introduction of My Magic+ and the My Disney Experience app was the end of park touring as we previously knew it. No more running around the entire park to collect fast passes at rope drop and keeping your fingers crossed that you get the time you want. Now we can sign up for 3 fast passes 60 days in advance if you stay on Disney property and 30 days in advance for off property guests. But once you use those 3 you now jump on your app to sign up for a 4th. We also use our smartphones to check on our dining reservations, Photopass photos show up almost right after they are taken and the app will now give you exact walking/transportation directions to anywhere on property. But having the app open on your phone will drain the battery like no other app I have used. For the past couple years I have been hauling around a huge external battery pack to the parks. It was about $30 on Amazon. One night I forgot to charge the battery pack and my phone battery died in the parks the next day. What are my fast passes? What time are my dining reservations? How can I take photos of my kids!?! The drama!
Enter the FuelRod battery exchange kiosk. You purchase the battery on site with a major credit card, it comes with all the cords you need for any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. Simply plug it in, use it and then return it to the kiosk for a fully charged battery! Genius! They are lightweight and not much larger than a AA battery. Several Ears of Experience agents and I enjoyed using this new feature in the parks this weekend and I am a huge fan. Check out our little how to video.
Taking your child on his or her first trip to Walt Disney World just isn't complete without getting them their first pair of Mickey ears. There are so many choices out there! You can choose to make your own pair from tutorials on Pinterest, or even buy them from DisneyStore.com, but there is something to be said for waiting until you get to Walt Disney World and creating an entire event out of the purchase!
As soon as you pass under the train depot at Magic Kingdom and head to the right you see the Town Square theater where you can meet the Mouse himself and to the right of that is a small gift shop called Curtain Call Collectibles. This is actually part of the exit after you meet Mickey and Tinker Bell, so you could go meet Mickey and then pick out your Ears. The selections change often and the prices start at $13.95. There are infant and junior hats, as well as adult.
You can buy the hat as is or add a little personalized flair to it! You can add a name for $3.00 or even write a saying (for example, "Happily Ever After" for honeymooners) for $7.00 per line. Then choose your thread color and font.
After you purchase it the personalization will begin! If there are no hats waiting to be embroidered they can do yours right before your eyes and have it ready within about 5 minutes. If they are backed up you can leave it there and pick it up within a few hours.
Then take your brand new ear hat for a ride on It's a Small World!
Other Walt Disney World locations to get personalized ears: The Five and Dime at Hollywood Studios or Mouse Gears at Epcot. So get out there are get your Ears on!
Did summertime creep up on you like it did me? Did you realize you will soon have a hundred or so days to fill with non-stop activity and excitement for the kids? Did you forget to plan your summer vacation even though you requested off work months ago? No fear! That's why I am here! Whether you are looking to sail away on a Disney Cruise Line vacation or spend the week enjoying all the fun new things Walt Disney World has to offer, I am here to help! I promise it's not too late.
There are a number of deals currently out for Walt Disney World, but to sweeten the deal I am offering personalized, handmade T-Shirts from Handmade by Hilary for up to 3 people per room. Minimum package requirements apply: a minimum of 3 nights and 4 park days in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Upgrade to a deluxe resort and you can cool down with up to 4 free water park tickets as well! You must book by July 15th and complete travel by August 30th, 2016 for the T-shirt offer and by September 30th for the water park tickets offer.
Disney Cruise Line continues to sail 3, 4, or 7-night tropical itineraries out of Port Canaveral and visits Alaska and Europe over the summer as well. In some cases it is actually less expensive to sail this summer versus booking now for next summer. And all new bookings for 4 nights or more receive onboard credit as well as up to 3 customized shirts per stateroom.
Fill out a quote request HERE and let's start planning your summer family fun today!
Free dining is back by popular demand!
Get a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and theme park ticket with Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option. If you book package at a value resort, you get a free Quick-Service Dining Plan. If you book at a Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa property you get a free Disney Dining Plan.
Offer valid at select Disney Resort hotels for arrivals most nights:
Availability for this offer is VERY limited, so request a quote here now if you are interested.
If you are a client traveling within these dates I am already working on adjusting your package. You will be notified later today via email if there was availability at your resort during your travel dates.
Resorts excluded in this promotion: Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, 3 bedroom villas, campsites, Disney's Art of Animation Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Cannot be combined with other discounts, including the military discount. Port Orleans Resort Riverside is only included for arrivals August 23rd to October 1st.
Disney Cruise Line is ready for you to plan your 2017 summer vacation!
This week, announcements were made regarding some new, exciting itineraries for Disney Cruise Line's four ships. From Europe to Alaska to the Caribbean there is something for every traveler. Sailings are open to the public beginning today, April 14th.
The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for 5, 7, and 9 night sailings visiting glaciers, fjords and national parks. A new stop, Icy Straight Point offers an interesting port adventure to guests who want to experience Alaska in a new way- by zip line!
The Disney Magic will return to Europe next summer adding some new destinations to her passport: Amsterdam and Stonehenge. Amsterdam can be visited as part of the 10-night sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark to Dover, England.
The Disney Fantasy will continue 7 night sailings from Port Canaveral, Florida, but is adding 10 and 11 night itineraries to the Southern Caribbean voyages.
The Disney Dream will continue her signature 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, but has also added several 5 night sailings in June and early July. The most notable feature of these sailings is that guests will get to visit Castaway Cay, Disney's private island TWICE during their vacation.
People often ask me what's the secret to finding an affordable Disney Cruise Line vacation and my answer is the same every time- book early! Cruises prices fluctuate based on demand and once categories start to sell out prices actually go up. Booking the day an itinerary is announced locks you in at a less expensive rate for these sailings.
If you are interested in a quote for a Disney Cruise Line vacation for anytime now through summer 2017 fill out a quote request form at MamaKnowsMickey.com or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sailings booked as a result of a quote this week will get an additional $25 onboard credit per stateroom!