|Earliest: May 30, 2003||Latest: December 25, 2017||Total: 118|
|August 22, 2016|
Disney provides locker rentals at each of the major parks in Walt Disney World. These are for storing personal items for a single day trip. The lockers will get clean out every night.
At the theme parks the lockers are controlled by a key, and you can open and close it anytime you want all day. At the water parks, the lockers are controlled by a keyless entry. (This way you don't have to worry about losing the key in the pool)
To use the lockers, a $5 refundable deposit is required for the locker key. (When you return the key, you could always use the $5 to get some popcorn for the ride home.)
Credit Cards and Debit cards are accepted for these lockers.
|Small||11" x 9" x 16"||$8/day|
|Large||17.5" x 12" x 16"||$10/day|
There is a single-use locker at Epcot, which measures 23" x 16" x 29". The locker cost $1 per use. This is perfect if you plan on staying late at Epcot and want to bring evening clothes for a nice dinner.
At the Disney Hollywood Studios location, there are 2 single-use locker sizes: 12" x 24" x 28" for $1, and 4" x 5.5" x 6" for $.50.
Cash is only accepted at the "Bonus Lockers."
Yes, you are allowed to bring snacks into the park, from the Disney website:
Guests are allowed to bring food items--such as snacks or foods that do not require heating--into Disney theme parks. Inform a Security Cast Member of any food items when you enter the park.
Do you use the lockers?
|August 15, 2016|
One of the exciting rides of New Fantasyland is Barnstormer - located near the Fantasyland train station in Storybook circus. Barnstormer isn't new to Disneyworld as the ride been there since October 1, 1996. The ride has gone through different names over the year. The ride closed in February 2011, and then reopened in March 2012 with a new look and featuring the Great Goofini theme.
The Barnstormer is a junior roller coaster type of ride. Riders must be 2/ 11" (121 CM) tall to ride.
History of the roller coaster ride at this location:
|June 18, 1988 - October 1,1996||Grandma Duck's Petting Farm as part of Mickey's Birthdayland|
|October 1, 1996 - February 1, 2011||Barnstormer at Wiseacre Farm|
|March 12, 2012 - Present Day||Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini in the Storybook Circus section of New Fantasyland|
Some Interesting Trivia about the Barnstormer
|August 8, 2016|
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a magical beauty salon where little girls and boys can get princess and knight makeovers. There are two locations to choose from in Disneyworld; Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs.
Children, from 3 to 12, get transform to be their favorite princess and knight from Disney's own Fairy Godmothers-in-Training. It's certainly one way to make a Disney Vacation very magical.
The salon is located inside Cinderella Castle. You enter the magical beauty salon via Fantasyland. The entrance door is located directly across Cinderella's Royal Table entrance.
The Magic Kingdom salon is very popular and reservations should be made at least 90 days before arrival.
The salon at Disney Springs is located in "Once Upon a Story." This is something different to do if you're looking for something to do on an off day at the park. The "Once Upon a Story" is located in the center of Disney Springs - look for the large Mr. Potato head.
If your unable to get a reservation at the Magic Kingdom's Bibbidi Bobbed Boutique try Disney Springs.
The Crown Package (starting at $59.95 plus tax)
The Courtyard Package (starting at $99.95 plus tax)
The Castle Package (starting at $199.95 plus tax)
|August 1, 2016|
At Aloha Isle in Adventureland is the place to get a special treat on a hot day in the Magic Kingdom:
Dole out a smile with the much sought-after soft-serve delight known as the Dole Whip(R)--a popular frozen treat blended in pineapple, vanilla or swirled flavors. Frosty floats, fresh pineapple spears, and soft drinks are also available.
Sunshine Tree Terrace is another place in Adventureland that carries the full Dole Whip line.
You can also get a Dole Whip at Captain Cook's in the Polynesian Resort and for a limited time, during Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival, you can find Dole Whips (including a spiced rum version) along the World Showcase promenade!
At Animal Kingdom you can find "Pineapple Whips" Tamu Tamu in Africa. These are very much like the Dole Whips, even the same signature swirl.
Dole Whip is a vegan treat and contains only 90 calories!
|July 25, 2016|
When Disney's Art of Animation resort opened in May of 2012, it became the 26th Disney resort at Walt Disney World. The resort features 1120 family suites themed around such Disney animated classics as Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King. The Little Mermaid building houses an additional 864 standard guest rooms.
You will need a magic band with Art of Animation hotel privileges to access any of the pools on the property. Visitors to Disney's All Star Resorts (All Star Sports, All Star Music and All Star Movies) are able to enjoy the pools at any of the other All-Stars.
There are three pools at the Art of Animation in Walt Disney World:
There is a children's splash area near the "Big Blue" pool for little kids that might be afraid to go in the water.
|July 18, 2016|
This is very addictive and a great summer drink, when ready to serve, use crushed ice for a refreshing summer cooler. Disney hasn't provided the actual recipe, but this is a very good duplicate of what you get at the Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland:
Dissolve sugar into soda water. Add lime juice and lemonade and bring to boil. Remove from heat and add Creme De Menthe. Chill.
To serve, combine 3 parts syrup to 5 parts water.
Yield: Approve 2/3 gallons
|July 11, 2016|
The Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom has changed a lot since it opened on October 1, 1971. Just about every land had major changes. Liberty Square is the only land which didn't have any major changes.
According to the latest calculations, the current geographic center of the Magic Kingdom is right here:
The Geographic Center of the Magic Kingdome is directly opposite of the ?Tips and Show Times? information center as you leave Main Street USA and walk towards the castle.
This is based on the actual park area, and does not include any administrative areas the are just outside the park that the public doesn?t have access to.
In Disneyland, there use to be a marker to indicate where the Geographical Center of Disneyland was when the park first opened. The marker was just inside the Fantasyland entrance of Snow White's castle. There is no such marker in Walt Disney World.
What do you think? Do you agree with my findings? Should Disney have some "Hidden Mickey" type of marker to indicate the Geographic Center of the kingdom?
|July 4, 2016|
When your walking around Liberty Square Disney Imagineers wanted you to feel that you're stepping around colonial America.
Note: There were no public bathrooms in Colonial America, so you won't find any in Liberty Square. The nearest bathrooms would be on the other side of the Memento Mori, between the Haunted Mansion at It's a Small World.
The house numbers of each building in Liberty Square represent the year in which the style of architecture of that particular building was popular. If you see a house number with only two digits, simply add an 18 in front of the house number for that year architecture style.
Check out the shutters on the houses, they look a little off? That's intentional! In colonial America, the Minuteman would use the metal in nails for their guns. They use leather to hold the shutters and over time the leather would stretch causing the shutters to slant a little.
The Liberty Tree in Liberty Square is based on the famous Boston's Liberty Tree. This is where the "Son's of Liberty" would hang their hung lanterns on an evening during festival occasions. (They also hung lights on the Great Elm on the Boston Commons.)
There are 13 lights on the "Tree of Liberty" to represent the original 13 colonies.
The Liberty tree was originally located on the outer perimeter of the Walt Disney World property. It was moved by digging it out and then drilling horizontal holes through it so steel rods could be inserted and attached to a crane.
The tree that moved was a 35-ton 135-year-old oak tree. Today the tree is 180 years old. The tree was planted in sometime in 1836. This was right around the time of the first Seminole War.
You can find all the flags from the original 13 colonies next to the tree.
Disney has removed the Georgia flag from its "Liberty Flag Plaza" (Where they display the flags from the 13 original colonies) and have replaced it with the "Don't Tread on Me" Colonial Flag. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that the Georgia flag contains the Confederate Battle Flag.
Sign at the site reads:
Thirteen proud and colorful flags fly high today to honor the original states which became our country first constitution. A replica of the first national flag used in 1787 symbolizes the joining of the states to form our first union.
Right in the middle of Liberty Square is a replica of The Liberty Bell. If you reach into the bell and swing the clapper, the bell rings very LOUD!
Some Liberty Square sites claim that the Disney's Liberty Bell is from 1976 when every state got a replica copy, and Disney got Pennsylvania. However, if you read the inscription at the site, you'll discover that the bell didn't appear in Liberty Square until 1989.
Around the corner to the left of the front entrance to the Hall of Presidents, is a small worn marble step. That step is actually from Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's house). There was a plaque identifying the piece at the upper right, but now only its frame remains. The identifying information has been removed.
|June 27, 2016|
Hollywood and Dine is a character breakfast/lunch buffet restaurant in Disney Hollywood Studios. You'll encounter some popular Disney Junior's characters.
Characters that appear here:
Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.
|June 20, 2016|
If you're looking for some good ice cream at an old time type of soda shop, check out the "Beaches & Cream Soda Shop" at the Disney Beach Club. Anyone can visit this restaurant, it's a bit out of the way for those that are not staying at the Beach Club resort, but worth the visit if you're into a real ice cream treat.
This place may be known for their ice cream, but don't skip their regular menu, they have a selection to please any appetite. Lots of great comfort foods.
When we ate here back on November 5th, 2015. I had the Ruben Sandwich. I remember it being really good. I ate the whole sandwich and most of the french fries. Probably wasn't the best Ruben Sandwich I had, but certainly in the top 5, and something that I would order again.
I added a twist to my sandwich and got a Sprite with a Raspberry Syrup. If you feel the need to order a fountain drink what syrups they have available that would make your drink different.
There two "special" ice cream dishes you can get here.
Souvenir Mickey's Kitchen Sink $29...
Hot Fudge, Strawberry, and Caramel topping served over hand scooped Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Ice Cream with Whipped Cream, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips, Sprinkles, and Cherries - $22.99
Kitchen Sink Sundae - 8 scoops of ice cream -- including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip; Angel Food Cake, Bundt Cake, Brownies, Oreos, Milky Way Candy bar pieces; Peanut Butter, Hot Fudge, Strawberry, Butterscotch, and Caramel sauces; Bananas, Cherries, and Sprinkles; and a whole can of whipped cream.
Watch out when you order the Kitchen Sink Sundae before it gets place on your table, the lights turn off and everyone will be drawn attention to the order coming to your table.
You can actually order the Kitchen Sink Sundae unassembled, rather than it all mix in one bowl! This way people at the table can make their own Sundae and avoid some of the things that they may not like. (Think Gluten Free!)
If your not into the big treat and want to try the Souvenir Mickey's Kitchen Sink at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street USA.