Toy Story Land Tips

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By now you have probably heard TOY STORY LAND is open!  If you haven’t…you know now.  Unboxing day was June 30th with a soft opening June 29th.  If you didn’t arrive early and I mean early; the park surprised guests with a 6 am opening on Saturday; then you were stuck waiting in a very long queue.  Crowds waited 90 minutes and longer just to enter the land.  The line for Slinky Dog Dash wrapped around the old Toy Story Mania queue, The Great Movie Ride Queue, and ended near ABC Commissary.  Waiting nearly 6 hours!  I decided to play it safe and wait til the hype ended…I didn’t attempt visiting the new attractions til the day after it originally opened.  Here are my thoughts about Toy Story Land:

IMG_4471Be prepared to wait in long lines for all three rides.  When we entered the queue for Slinky Dog Dash we were informed it was a 265 minute wait (only 10 minutes after park opening- to the general public.)  Yes! This was an extra magic hour morning for resort guests.  HOWEVER, the queue moved quickly and we waited only 110 minutes.  Definitely worth the wait.  Most of the queue is open with minimal coverage.  I would recommend bringing an umbrella, wearing a hat and lots of sunscreen for protection from the sun and other elements.  This ride is perfect for kids of all ages with a minimum height requirement of 38″.

IMG_4376Toy Story Mania is the same ride and still holds an extensive wait time.  The queue now begins inside Toy Story Land.  As you exit the ride keep your eyes open for the NEW Popsicle Wall and Checker Wall.  We waited 65 minutes to ride. Of course if you download the NEW Disney Play app for Android and iPhone the wait time flies by. This app is interactive with games, trivia, and music.

Alien Swirling Saucer is the third ride in the all new Toy Story Land and had a wait of 75 minutes.  Due to the heat (there is like no shade in this area of the park) we decided to wait til next week to ride when we can utilize our FastPasses.

NOW how do you score a fast pass?  Book a resort stay and you can reserve your FastPass 60 days in advance.  Resort guests have a better chance of grabbing a FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash.  If it is not available definitely grab one for the Alien Swirling Saucer.  FastPasses are a little more difficult to get for Annual Passholders, as we can only reserve 30 days in advance.  Remember FastPasses open at 7am 30 days out.  It is possible to get FP’s for Alien Swirling Saucer or Toy Story Mania 30 days in advance.  But not both as all rides in TSL are Tier 1.  I have yet to see one available for Slinky Dog Dash.

There is so much to see as you meander through Andy’s backyard.  New Disney Walls, Green Army Men, Over-sized Toys, and more magic then you can ever imagine.  And don’t forget to enjoy a special treat at Woody’s Lunchbox.  This is where you can try the new S’mores French Toast Breakfast Sandwich.

Remember Buzz and Woody are always looking for new recruits and you are on their radar!  I hope these tips help you.  If you would like to book your future resort stay at WDW please send me a direct message.  I am a Pixie Planner and I can’t wait to sprinkle some pixie dust on your next vacation.

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Crayola Experience salutes True Blue Heroes this 4th of July

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Crayola Experience salutes True Blue Heroes with FREE Admission

ORLANDO, Fla – Crayola Experience salutes active, veteran and retired military personnel* and invites them to enjoy a free day of hands-on, creative fun through the family destination’s True Blue Heroes Program. Additionally, their immediate family (spouse, children, and grandparents) will receive 25% off General Admission.

Regular admission to Crayola Experience is $24.99 at the door or $21.99 online. Children under 3 are free. Annual Passes are now $30.99. Families of four can take advantage of Crayola Experience’s Annual Pass sale: 4 Annual Passes for $104. For tickets and info go to CrayolaExperience.com

*with valid I.D.; Wednesday, July 4, 2018 through Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Get Your Party On This Summer!

 

This summers hottest party are exclusively at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  WDW is hosting not just one but two hip hopping parties (included with regular park admission.)

ddDonald’s Dino Bash:  Donald is taking over DinoLAND U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a  prehistoric party that is a rip roaring dino thrill.  Come celebrate Donald’s recent discovery that ducks are actually descendants of dinosaurs.  With special appearances by  Donald himself, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Launchpad McQuack, your favorite uncle- Scrooge McDuck, and Chip ‘n Dale!

 

iIncredible Summer Dance Party:  The Incredibles takeover Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom with a “Super” dance party.  Special guest appearances by:  Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Frozone, and Edna Mode.  Don’t forget to stop by PhotoPass for your chance to be in the movie with backdrops from this summer’s biggest SMASH hit!

 

 

 

 

 

Dads Get in FREE to Crayola Experience on Father’s Day

5PlayGround-2989lightboxORLANDO, Fla. –  Crayola Experience has a gift for dads this Sunday: A free ticket and a day of creating unforgettable family memories.  This Father’s Day, June 17, all dads will receive free admission to the family destination (with the purchase of a child’s admission.)  “Families are the base of our Crayola world and dads are a huge part of that world – especially when it comes to creative development,” Marketing and Sales Manager Jackie Vasquez said. “We’re so excited to provide this small token of our appreciation, and we hope they make amazing memories that will last forever!”

Regular admission to Crayola Experience is $23.99 at the door or $20.99 online. Children under 3 are free. Annual Passes are now $30.99. Families of four can take advantage of Crayola Experience’s Annual Pass sale: 4 Annual Passes for $104. For tickets and info go to CrayolaExperience.com

 

Adventures by Disney Announces Expanded Cruise Vacation Options for 2019

All-New Seine River Cruise Vacation Offers Engaging Roundtrip Sailings from Paris to Normandy; New Southern California Land Tour Provides the Ideal Sea Cruise Add-On

BURBANK, Calif. – Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide, revealed today new cruise vacations for 2019, offering more European river cruise sailings than ever before, including all-new sailings down France’s Seine River. New Southern California land packages were also announced, which can be added on to 2018 Disney Cruise Line vacations setting sail from San Diego.

All-New European River Cruises on France’s Seine River

Adventures by Disney Seine River CruisesIn 2019, Adventures by Disney guests will set sail on a record breaking 21 river cruise departures on three European rivers – the Danube, Rhine and, new for this year, the Seine River in France.

The new 10-day, 9-night Seine river cruise vacation combines two days exploring Paris on land, followed by eight days of cruising to picturesque French destinations such as Conflans, Vernon and more. Sailing with AmaWaterways, a premier luxury river cruise line, the popular Adventures by Disney river cruises allow families to explore the heart of Europe in a way that’s active, immersive and easy.

Highlights of this new Seine River vacation include:

  • Interactive culinary experiences, including a gourmet food tasting tour, regional wine and cheese sampling and hands-on macaron making demonstration.
  • Guided tours of Paris icons, including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
  • Active excursion options for the whole family, including biking, canoeing, horseback riding, a ropes course and hiking on the stunning cliffs of Etretat.
  • Immersive local experiences, including a visit to Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny, a hands-on painting workshop, an apple orchard visit with Calvados tastings and more.
  • Enriching visit to the Normandy American Cemetery.
  • Engaging castle tours and rich historical storytelling at Chateau de Bizy, Chateau Malmaison and Chateau Gaillard.

Adventures by Disney Seine River CruisesAdventures by Disney guests can also add on an extension package at Disneyland Paris Resort to complete their vacation.

This new Seine itinerary will include two Summer 2019 departures, offering enchanting activities for families, as well as two Fall 2019 epicurean sailings, which will be held exclusively for adults. The latter will offer a wide range of special food and wine themed experiences both on and off the ship.

“Adventures by Disney river cruising continues to be an immensely popular vacation option for families, as well as adults looking for an exhilarating and immeasurably charming way to experience the rich culture of Europe,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “In 2019, we’re thinking bigger, expanding our river cruise offerings to include more departures than ever before. With the addition of new sailings along the Seine River, our guests now have a wealth of new destinations and experiences to enjoy in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world, France.”

Each Adventures by Disney river cruise sailing focuses on variety and flexibility, allowing travelers to customize their trip by choosing from a wealth of carefully curated activity options. 

Popular Rhine and Danube River Cruises Return

Adventures by Disney will also offer a mix of family and adult-only departures of their popular Danube and Rhine river cruises in 2019.

Adventures by Disney Rhine river cruises give travelers the opportunity to delight in the beauty of four countries – France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. From riding a toboggan in the Black Forest to exploring the storybook Heidelberg Castle, these eight-day, seven-night vacations pair unforgettable adventures in port with luxurious river cruise accommodations and amenities onboard.

Eight summer departures in 2019 offer experiences designed with families in mind, while two adult-exclusive epicurean sailings will take place during the Fall, serving up extraordinary food and beverage experiences both on and off the ship.

Also in 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer seven departures of their Danube river cruise, including five family departures during the summer, a family holiday themed sailing in December and an adult-exclusive Oktoberfest-themed sailing in September. These eight-day, seven-night vacations will visit iconic locations and hidden gems in Germany, Austria and Hungary. Climb above the German treetops, try your hand at Austrian strudel making, stroll charming towns and villages, and more on these scenic adventures.

New 4-Day, 3-Night Southern California Adventure Offered in Conjunction with
Disney Cruise Line Sailings from San Diego

Adventures by Disney also launched a new four-day, three-night Southern California land tour that can be booked as a stand-alone vacation, or in conjunction with Disney Cruise Line sailings departing from the port of San Diego. This guided group vacation allows travelers to revel in a behind-the-scenes look at places where Disney magic is made, including rare private tours of The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, VIP experiences at Disneyland Resort, an exclusive visit to Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment, a sneak peek at props and costumes from beloved Disney films at the Disney Archives, and more.

This new Southern California Short Escape package is available on select dates in Spring and Fall 2018, making it an ideal pre-cruise option for Disney Cruise Line guests sailing during this time period.

Bookings for all of these new vacations open on Jan. 25, 2018. Email me at holly@pixiedustbyus.com to book your next Disney Adventure!