We talked a while back, about how there was very little that piglet sized kiddos can ride. In fact, they can ride almost everything! But what about the larger set? The pooh sized riders? The folks that are a little heavier? I've got good news for you as well! There is very little (if anything!) that you can't ride, too!!
Walt Disney World was created so that EVERYONE could enjoy the rides! At Walt Disney World, you will find many different styles of seats. Here's what you may run across.
You've got your bench style, like on It's A Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean. those are the style seats that allow you to have enough room comfortable, without being put into a "seat"
A lap bar style seat is typically on a bench style seat, like Peter Pan's Flight, or The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, where a safety bar is pulled up towards you. This won't be a problem if riding with a companion of the same size, or alone, but use caution if a Piglet sized rider is with you, so that they don't slip out from under that restraint, say, when flying over Neverland.
Over the Shoulders
An over the shoulder restraint would be in a ride like Primeval Whirl. A restraint bar comes down over your shoulders, and locks, keeping you from falling on a ride that might be jerkier, or spinny.
On some rides, like Star Tours, you'll have a lap bet as your restraint. While you shouldn't have a problem, belt extenders are offered, so that everyone can enjoy the ride. The seats are usually wide enough, that we've never seen a rider leave, disappointed.
In some attractions, you'll be seated in movie theater style seats. These are usual size, so if you don't have a problem back home, it's unlikely you'll have a problem here.
Now this is the trickiest style seating. A very few rides have a slightly molded seat, that while you can still fit in, might not feel too comfortable on the tush. Seven Dwarves Mine Train is one. Still doable, and luckily the ride isn't too long, but just might not be the comfiest.
As you can see, there really isn't much at all you won't be able to do. Walt Disney World can easily accommodate you, so no matter your age, or size, go enough yourself! With so much to see and do, you're going to have an amazing trip!
Have you ever noticed how there's a trash can almost everywhere you look at Walt Disney World? That's because Walt Disney was very concerned about keeping the park clean. He wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the beauty of his theme park, without unsightly garbage everywhere. He wanted children to be able to play on the grass without wrappers and cups littering the ground. Doing his own research, he discovered that 30 feet was the magic number. 30 feet was the most someone would hold their trash before throwing it on the ground.
While the Spiderman bottle above was surly an accident, the cup was not. Someone threw it away. So what does that mean?
That means a cast member has to take time from something else, to go get it and throw it out. That means some of the wild life could accidentally ingest it before it's found. That means that instead of every guest coming through the gates that day and seeing the beauty of this area by the Swiss Family Tree-house, they see trash. And once your eye sees the trash, that's all you can see. Not the beauty of the rocks, the ferns, the rippling in the pool of water. The trash. With a trash can every 30 feet, that's what...15 or so steps for you? Why not throw it away, and help keep the park beautiful for everyone?
Around the edge of the decorative fences at the Main Street Plaza Gardens, you'll find adorable little statuettes. If you aren't familiar where these gardens are, this is usually the place for the reserved viewing of Happily Ever After.
It is so easy to overlook these tiny little statues, but they are absolutely adorable, and very detailed. There are eight in all. While it was raining that day I took these, so the background is rather gloomy and raindrops decorated everything, these precious little statues brought a smile to our face. Once again, as I was taking these pictures, I noticed so many guests rushing past in their haste to get to rides, they missed out on things, like they had missed these characters strolling around interacting. Walt Disney World is an amazing place to visit, and there is so much to do, too much for one trip, but it is important to stop, and explore the details!
Here is a photo of each of the statues. Which one do you like best?
While I am a Donald fan, through and through, there is something very sweet and special about this Dumbo statuette! Next time, I'll need to get a better close up of Mr. Timothy Mouse!
Disney has had a LOT of price changes in the last few weeks. The Disney Rapid Refill Mugs are not excluded. Is it still worth it to buy one?
The price of the rapid Refills Mugs in 2017 was $17.99 for the length of your stay. 2018, it's $18.99, 2019 it has gone up to $19.99 plus resort tax. That's just a dollar and tax more, but... is it worth it?
Lets start off with a review about what the Rapid Refill Mug is.
Disney offers a really nice perk to those staying on Property. A souvenir mug that's not only solid quality but will stand up to many times in the dishwasher and many tumbles onto the floor without any fading, cracks or marks. We have a ton of these mugs and they get used more than any other cup in the house for hot or cold beverages. With the exception of, surprisingly, the 2019 mugs, none of them from 2014, 2015, or 2017 show wear.
Anyone staying at an on property resort can buy one of these refillable mugs, but those who purchased the Disney Dining Plan get to have the mug included at no extra cost. If you want to learn more about the Disney Dining Plan, click right here to read my post about it.
What is this mug?
The refillable Disney mug lets you fill up your mug as often as you want, with whatever you want in the food court area of your resort, or any other for the length of your stay. There is a RFID chip in the bottom of it, that allows the owner to fill it up. There is a small time delay between fill ups. If you tried to use a different cup, say a regular sports bottle without the RFID chip in it, the machine won't dispense the beverage.
What can you fill it up with?
Disney has Coke products, and you'll generally find the same things on tap that you would most any fast food place, Sprite, Coke, Diet Coke, Hi-C, lemonade, root beer, etc. You can also get tea from their tea machine, which usually has four different kinds available, sweetened, unsweetened, white citrus or green. If you like hot drinks, it's all you can drink hot tea, hot coffee or hot chocolate. You will not find juice or milk available to fill in the mug. There are also mug wash spots near the drink dispensers to rinse your cups so if you want to fill your mug with orange soda, the last few drops from your morning coffee won't make it taste strange.
How much does this cost?
The mug, and it's unlimited refills costs $19.99 for the length of your stay.
Where can I fill this up at?
At your resort, or any other Disney resort if you feel like carrying it around. You cannot fill it up within the Parks though. If you want to fill it up in the morning and drink it at the bus stop, be prepared to carry it with you until you get back to your room. Since parks no longer have lids or straws available when you buy a drink, it might actually be worth it.
How does this work?
After you have selected the color mug that you want, (usually available are red, green, blue, yellow, purple and pink) take it to the cashier and he or she will activate it. Go over to the drink station and follow the instructions on the digital pad. (Basically setting the cup down, waiting a few seconds, then pushing the button to dispense the beverage choice)
Why is this right for me?
This might be right for you if
Why should I skip this?
You might not want to buy the mug if
If the average person bought only three drinks a day, let's say (current prices, and subject to change) a morning coffee ($3.29), an afternoon soda ($3.99) and an evening tea ($3.29), based on food court prices it would come to $10.57. On a 3 day stay that equals $31.71. The mug is more than paid for, and it's cheaper to have the drinks, plus the mug to take home as a run reminder of your vacation. Chances are good, you'll fill your mug more than three times a day, too.
I'm on the fence as to if I should get this.
In our opinion, it's completely worth it for the mug since just three drinks in it a day and it's paid for by day three, sooner if you drink more, but I know there are people who don't drink anything other than water, so you'll need to figure out what works best for you. There is always the option of just buying one or two mugs for a family, if some are soda/tea/coffee drinkers and some are not, and sharing.
Since our family does buy the mugs, but also likes to save HUNDREDS with this super easy trick, we consider our drink savings covered.
What about you? Have you ever gotten the Refillable Mugs before? Do you like them or is it not a good buy for your family?
A few weeks back, I mentioned all of the great ways to stream FREE Disney music from the parks, and more. One of those places, Sorcerer Radio, has started playing holiday music! Right now, you've got Halloween, with constantly great music like a blend of Haunted Mansion with Thriller! It's fantastic! And every few hours, they play the Boo To You parade! Starting November 1st, it will be Christmas music. What a great way to add the Disney to your day, but also bring the holiday Spirit, ghosty or jingly!