One of my favorite things to tell people is best said in a rhyme!
Under three, at Disney, kids are free!
That means, up til the time your little person turns three, they can enter the Disney parks for FREE, eat off of your plate, or their own at a buffet, for FREE and don't force your family of 5 immediately into a suite because they can stay for FREE as well. If you've booked a package and are getting Magic Bands, they will also get one, for FREE!
I know the Disney fans are pretty split on if you should take your toddler into Disney or not, and this isn't the post for that, but my reasoning is if they can get in for free, why not enjoy those (also free!) priceless memories that are going to be made while there?
We went twice with a toddler, and didn't regret a single second, and if I can be honest here...it was almost EASIER with a toddler who wanted naps, because then we rested mid day too! It's also fun to see things through their eyes!
Have you ever taken advantage of this under three, gets in free policy?
A few weeks back we shared a great tip for getting rides faster, even without a fastpass. Today we’re going to explain one more way, and that’s the Single Rider line.
While only offered on a few of the headliner attractions, the single rider line is a huge time saver and is pretty self explanatory. A single rider line is for a single person.
There are some rides that even have a totally separate line, just for the park goer who is solo and wants to ride, or is in a group doesn't care they might be split up from their friends or family.
Since many of Disney’s rides accommodate more than one rider, either by a bench seat or a stadium style seat, it only makes sense for Cast Members to get as many riders on as possible to keep the line moving quickly.
Single Riders have their own separate line, from the regular Standby of Fastpass lines. It's usually nearby, but if you miss the sign, just ask someone, you can point you there.
The way these lines work, is you enter the line, and when there’s a seat, you get sent through.
It’s a great way to ride quickly, and even make a new friend or two, if you freak out and start clinging to the rider next to you!
So what places have this single rider line? Here’s a list for you!
Test Track at Epcot
Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom
Rocking Rollercoaster at Hollywood Studios
Disney is always experimenting with ways to make things better, so don't be surprised if in the future other rides are added to the list!
Disney and Juicy Juice have teamed up with an "Incredible" offer! But any 3 specially marked packages of Juicy Juice Juice Boxes (easy to find, look for the ones with the Incredibles on them) then go online and enter the code to get a Fandano movie ticket good for ANY Disney movie. There are so many great Disney movies coming out this year, and as long as you use your code by March, 2019, it's good for any of them. The ticket is only valid up to $7.50, so if you have an overpriced movie theater like we do, you might still have to pay a few dollars, but it's still an awesome deal! What are you going to see? We are thinking Ant Man and the Wasp, then Mary Poppins or Wreck it Ralph this fall!
Picture from Disney.com
I love how patriotic Disney is. Every day, at 5pm at the Magic Kingdom, a special flag ceremony is held, the national anthem is played, and guests are invited to sing God Bless America. A veteran, is handed the flag to carry down Main Street U. S. A while musicians follow behind paying U.S. Military songs. It's a beautiful experience, and make's me feel proud that Disney recognizes our great Service Men and Women.
A screen shot from Disney's website is below, with their description. Click on the picture, it will take you right to the information page.
Have you ever watched the flag retreat? We've only ever caught the tail end, but one day, we hope to see the whole thing.
Now that the weather is warming up, and birds wake me up every morning, gardening has been on my mind! A few months back, we enjoyed watching the Disney special on Hulu called Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic. (It's still there if you want to see it) and it showed the incredible number of people and how much year round effort goes into into making Disney's parks so magical, but one area that really surprised me was the gardening department.
While every time we have gone to Disney, I've enjoyed the wonderful scenery, it's been just that, walking along, thinking how nice everything looks. I had no idea how LONG it takes to make it all look so wonderful!
Disney Horticulturists do so much, but today I am just focusing on the topiary.
Every Disney topiary starts with an idea, then multiple sketches. Once those are approved, a small statue is made, in the shape of the final product. Welders take over the next step, making a steel frame in the exact shape of the statue, and this part can take several months. Once the frame is made, the inside is stuffed with moss, then thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of plants are put on the frame. Once the topiary is completed, it still needs to be maintained to look it's best for guests, so they are constantly being taken care of.
Because it takes so long to make a topiary, once one is no longer on display (say, a special holiday made one), it is taken back to the Disney World Nursery, and taken good care of until it is needed again. If taken care of, the topiary can last for decades! Check out a few of my favorites!
I stumbled upon a really neat video where Martha Stewart gets taken into the Disney World Nursery, and gets to work with them to create a topiary. There you can see how it goes, from beginning with a sketch, then a statue, then a frame and the final product! For some reason, my computer is playing it funny, I have great sound, but the video is speed up a little. Hopefully it plays well for you! Here is the link.
If you'd love a few more pictures, you can visit Disney's website by clicking here, and get more information on their Flower and Garden Festival, where you can see old favorites, new creations and more flowers than you never knew, you never knew!
Stop by on facebook and share a few of your favorites, I'd love to see them!