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WDW Every Ride Kids Challenge Part One

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MISSION COMPLETE!
The time is 11:43 pm and after waiting nervously for 46 minutes, thinking the whole time “please don’t break down on us now” John, aka Little Dude, and I were next to load onto the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. A journey that had started at 7 am that morning was about to end in celebration. We sat down, strapped ourselves in, and took our 40th and final on-ride photo of the day. As the train left the station, I looked at John. His infectious smile that never wavered the entire day was bigger than ever. I put my arm around my son and screamed, “we did it John!” Without missing a beat, he looked up at me and said, “I knew we were going to complete it!” At that moment we threw our hands in the air and I let out the biggest Ric Flair “woooooooooooo” I could muster up. Upon entering the mine, we sang along to Dig-A-Dig Dig and Heigh Ho capping off our Singing Challenge (Thank you @CheshAndTigg & @DisneyBerg), which earned donations for our Give Kids The Rides page. As we exited…

Traveling to Disney Outnumbered by Kids

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We all know that Ohana means family, but in my family, the adults are outnumbered! On our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, there were 5 kids and 2 adults. The kids ranged in ages of 10 years old to just a year old, and to say that my FiancĂ© and I were a little stressed out about it would be an understatement. Booking a room for 7 can sometimes be a challenge in and ofitself. We decided the best plan for us was to book two separate but adjoining rooms at All Star Sports. The older kids loved the fact that they were able to have their “own” room, even if we never shut the adjoining door. Plus, it also allowed us enough room to store all of our luggage and since there was double the space, we had double some of the items that you need when traveling with toddlers and young children - like the pack n play. Trouble can also arise once you get to the parks and are looking to ride some rides. Many times, not everyone wants to ride - Haunted Mansion might be too scary for little ones - a…

Meet Me Monday: Julie Boardman

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We’re kicking off the summer by welcoming a new team member to the On The Road Travel family.  Julie Boardman is the newest member of our team and we are excited to introduce her to you! Julie’s love for Disney started back in 1986, when she was only 6 months old. That Christmas, her Mom took her to Walt Disney World for the very first time, and from that point on she was hooked! Julie and her family visited Disney World at least once a year up until she graduated high school. In addition to visiting Walt Disney World often, Julie and her family also visited Disneyland and sailed on Disney Cruise Line. Julie estimates her total number of Walt Disney World visits are in the hundreds and she will forever choose Disney as her #1 vacation spot! Julie has helped many friends and family members book their vacations over the years and is excited to start doing it as a career! Julie went to college at Indiana University, majoring in Paralegal Studies, but decided after two years that she was re…

Getting Home After a Disney Day

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So your Magical Disney Park Day is over and you need to leave the park!
Let’s talk about what COULD be the least magical time of day at Disney. Leaving when it is time for bed!
You have options:
Leave the park early and beat the rush---(For die hards like me and so many others--that is NOT an option!) OR Stay enjoy the FULL day and all it entails!~ Regardless of which park you are at, the end of the night is full of magic!

My suggestion is stay, enjoy every moment of the end of the day!
That said, there are a few choices of how to handle the end of the day crowds!  
You will see people leaving the park - as if there is a fire - trying to beat the crowds to the busses, the boats, the monorail, to personal vehicles...There WILL be a line for transportation no matter what you choose, but there are LOTS of transportation options and offerings!
However, instead of rushing out to to a line---Chill on the bench with a delicious Disney treat.  My family and I have learned that it is much more magical…

24 Hours in Disney World!

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“I wish we could go to Disney right now!”  I can’t count the number of times I’ve made that statement.  On a recent Friday in, I was looking at park hours and saw that Magic Kingdom would be open until midnight that Sunday.  The next thing I knew I was booking a room and flights for a spontaneous visit! Doing all this with only 36 hours until my flight took off had me excited and nervous all at once.  It took a minute to clear my thoughts so I could figure out what needed to be done in such a short period of time. I immediately logged into My Disney Experience and linked the trip to my account so that I could try for FastPasses.  I was lucky enough to get 3 that I wanted – no Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but I expected as much only two days out. I then wrote a list of the things that I absolutely needed to bring, and checked into the resort online.  The next morning, I checked in for the flight, printed boarding passes, and packed a small carry-on bag with the help of my list. I was sur…

Disney for Adults

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Disney vacations are certainly one of the first options many consider for family vacation, but Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, and Adventures By Disney are vacations that should be on the short list for adult-only vacations, too! Many of these highlights are not strictly “adults only,” but they are little things you might miss-out on when bringing along the whole fam.

Special Events:Ever wanted to run around Magic Kingdom (almost) all by yourself? With Disney After Hoursyou get run of one of your favorite WDW parks after normal park hours have ended. There are also events like H2O Glow Nights, a multitude of RunDisneychoices,  or you could take a specialty cruise around the 7 Seas Lagoon.

Food and Drink:Don’t let Disney’s reputation for Mickey pretzels and Dole Whips fool you: truly fine culinary pursuits are also in no short supply. Victoria & Albert'sin the Grand Floridian at Disney World is a AAA, five star dining experience. Palo and Remyoffer fine ad…

Universal Express

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Wouldn’t it be dreamy to have front of the line access to nearly EVERY attraction while visiting a theme park? Of course it would and it IS possible! Universal Express allows you to skip the lines at most Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure attractions. This even includes all Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides!
If you have purchased Universal Express, when you approach a ride with Universal Express, show your pass to the attendant. They will scan it and let you enter the Express Pass queue. Closer to the ride loading area, the Universal Express Pass queue will merge with the regular line. At this point, your pass will be scanned again. You will still likely wait at this point, but it is usually only 5 to 10 minutes, which can save a huge amount of time throughout your day at the Universal Resort! Universal Express Pass is not a group pass, so everyone in your party will need their own Universal Express Pass. The passes are also non-transferrable. It i…