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Moms Panel Monday: Need Recommendations on Dining at Walt Disney World Resort?

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Food can be a big and very fun part of the Walt Disney World Resort experience, and for this issue of Moms Panel Monday our panelists offer dining suggestions to a guest who is visiting this summer.

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Each panelist provides personal insight — such as favorites of their kids’ like 50s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to signature dining establishments like California Grill and Flying Fish Cafe, and even not-to-be-missed indulgences like waffle-based sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park or the addictive Zebra Domes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Does your family have any favorite places to grab a bite at Walt Disney World Resort?

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#DisneyKids: 24-hours of Fun for Little Ones at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 17th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


If you have young kids, a 24-hour event might not seem like a natural fit for you, but there are actually a lot of activities during the 24-hour kickoff to the Coolest Summer Ever at Magic Kingdom Park that are perfect for little ones. If your kids are anything like mine, they are often awake at dawn and ready to go. Next Friday, May 22, when they’re up before the sun, you can bring them to our party – which starts at 6 a.m. at the Magic Kingdom Train Station with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf. Throughout the day, there are all kinds of special events that kids will love:

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In between all of the one-day-only fun, be sure to use the My Disney Experience app to select FastPasses for favorite attractions and character meet & greets. You can also use the app in the park to find things like attraction height requirements and even the nearest restrooms – a must for potty training parents!

If you’re going to stay for the amazing Wishes fireworks show in the evening, be sure to pack snacks and pjs to keep little ones comfortable. But don’t worry if you forget something, our Baby Care Centers are fully stocked with everything from diapers and training pants to toddler food and sunscreen.

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Stars of Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney to Kick Off ‘Coolest Summer Ever’

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


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If your kids are fans of the hit shows on Disney Channel and Disney XD, and listen to Radio Disney, they won’t want to miss these special events within the Walt Disney World Resort 24-hour Summer Kickoff on Friday, May 22. Some of the network’s most popular stars will be dropping by the party at Magic Kingdom Park throughout the day, giving fans a unique opportunity to see their favorites in person at fun themed events.

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  • Disney Channel’s Club Chill: Be sure to check out this super-cool party zone in Tomorrowland from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., where you can see a DJ spinning the latest tunes, previews of upcoming films and music videos, and more. Keep your eyes peeled because you never know if some of guests’ favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars might just stop by.
  • Grand Marshals for the 3 p.m. “Disney Festival Of Fantasy Parade“: Watch as some of your favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars kick off the 3 p.m. “Disney Festival Of Fantasy Parade.”
    • (Scheduled to Appear*)
    • Karan Brar (“Jessie“)
    • Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie” & “Descendants“)
    • Sofia Carson (“Descendants”)
    • Garrett Clayton (“Teen Beach 2“)
    • Skai Jackson (“Jessie”)
    • Peyton List (“Jessie”)
    • Ross Lynch (“Austin and Ally” and “Teen Beach 2″)
    • Laura Marano – (“Austin and Ally”)
    • Maia Mitchell (“Teen Beach 2″ and ABC Family’s “The Fosters“)
    • Bradley Steven Perry – (Disney XD’s “Mighty Med“)
    • Grace Phipps (“Teen Beach 2″)
    • Jake Short – (Disney XD’s “Mighty Med”)
    • Calum Worthy – (“Austin and Ally”)

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  • Radio Disney: Broadcasting from 8 a.m. – Midnight catch Ernie D, Brooke, Candice and Nate as they broadcast live during the event!

*Talent and entertainment subject to change

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Moms Panel Monday: Visiting Walt Disney World Resort with Kids of All Ages

posted on May 4th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Today, we’re kicking off a new weekly series “Moms Panel Monday” with one of our most popular questions – what are some great things to do at the Walt Disney World Resort when visiting with children?

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As many of you know, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online forum where you can find tips and insights for a Disney vacation from real moms, dads and grandparents who have mastered the art of planning Disney vacations. And on the site, you can ask questions to the panelists in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, as well as gain access to other vacation-planning tools for booking a Disney vacation.

For our first question, the panelists are offering their own take on what will keep children of all ages entertained:

Check back next week for our next Moms Panel Monday story. And if you have a question, feel free to ask the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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#DisneyKids: Meeting Characters at Disney Parks

posted on April 24th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


One of the most fun things to do with little ones at Walt Disney World Resort is take them to meet the characters that they enjoy from beloved stories and films. It is one of those magical moments that you never forget as a parent, and it creates a memory that kids can relive at home by looking at photos and autograph books from your trip. From Disney Junior characters and Pixar friends, to fairytale princesses and the Fab 5, there is no shortage of opportunities for kids to interact with their favorites.

Parent tips: Utilize FastPass+ to bypass lines at select locations, and have Disney Photo Pass photographers capture shots of the entire family that can be added to your My Disney Experience account via your MagicBand.

Here’s a roundup of some of our guests’ top meet and greet locations in all four theme parks.

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For Disney’s Hollywood Studios, click here. For Epcot, click here. For Disney’s Animal Kingdom, click here.

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Artist ‘Spaghetti Toes’ Depicts Kids’ Disney Parks Memories In Artwork

posted on April 21st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Our guests have been sending in adorable videos of their preschoolers sharing favorite Walt Disney World Resort memories as part of our “Kids Remember” series. It has been fun and often hilarious hearing what little ones recall from their visits. So much so, that we couldn’t resist working with artist and dad Spaghetti Toes to turn some of the cutest quotes into charming posters which you can see below.

Young Isaac remembers his ride on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom Park. Who knew marshmallows could take down Emporer Zurg?

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no match for the fearless (and curious) Arianna.

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Sweet Taryn sure got into character during Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Do your kids have any stories from your family Disney trip? You still have a chance to enter the “Kids Remember” contest by submitting a video at KidsRememberContest.com. Hurry, the last day to enter is April 30!

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#DisneyKids: Enjoying Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on April 17th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


In honor of Earth Day next week and the fact that many children have an endless fascination with animals, we wanted to focus this week’s #DisneyKids story on our furry, feathered and scaled friends at the Walt Disney World Resort. There are quite a few areas both in the theme parks and at the resorts where guests of all ages can interact with their favorite animals.

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As the name suggests, Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is home to magnificent creatures across 250 species, and is an incredible place for little ones to learn about wildlife. Even better, there are several self-guided areas where families can go at their own pace without lines – perfect for toddlers who aren’t interested in sitting still for long. Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is a favorite of my own little girls because they can decide how long we spend checking out each animal like gorillas and hippos.

For a day outside of the theme parks, another place that is a huge hit with horse lovers is the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at the laid-back Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Little ones over the age of two can enjoy pony rides, and the entire family can take a carriage or wagon ride through the beautiful resort grounds.

Check out more ideas for your little animal lovers here.

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#DisneyKids: Share Your Little Ones’ Walt Disney World Resort Memories for a Chance to Win

posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


We have shared some videos of some of our littlest guests remembering their experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and it is fun to see what sticks out in their minds, from the color of the fireworks, to outscoring mom on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. While each child has their own unique memories from their visit, they all seem to recall quite a bit of detail in their own way.

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Now we are offering your little ones the chance to share their favorite Walt Disney World Resort memories for the chance to win the Ultimate Princess and Pirate vacation! From now through April 30, parents can submit a video online on Instagram or Vine (through Twitter) with the hashtag #KidsRememberContest for a chance to win. So grab your preschooler, get out your camera and be creative! Check out KidsRememberContest.com for inspiration, details and official rules.

NO PURCH NEC. Ends 4/30/15 at 11:59:59 PM ET. 50 US or D.C., 18/age of majority +. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules.

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#DisneyKids: Action Movie Kid Visits Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 1st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


One of the coolest things about young children is their seemingly limitless imaginations. As far as a preschooler is concerned, a toy pirate sword can really fend off fierce enemies, and falling into a puddle could be a portal to a secret entrance to Walt Disney World Resort. For James, AKA Action Movie Kid, his wildest dreams come to life on film with the help of his dad, Hashi (Action Movie Dad).

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Action Movie Kid and his family recently visited Walt Disney World Resort, where the 4-year-old experienced classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Pirates of the Caribbean in a way that only he can. In true action hero style, James also had an adventure with Indiana Jones at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Luckily, Action Movie Dad was on hand to capture all of the excitement, which you can see in this video from their vacation.

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#DisneyKids: Cool Summer Thrills for Little Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


We have shared some details about how Walt Disney World Resort will be the coolest place for an unforgettable family getaway this summer, and as a mom of preschoolers, I was thrilled to see how much there is for my little ones to do! With Olaf as the host for “Coolest Summer Ever,” of course there will be lots of Frozen-inspired fun, but there is also so much more.

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Here are some highlights of just some of the activities that little ones will enjoy:

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From hugs from favorite Disney Jr. characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and royal meet & greets at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park, and of course the chance to cozy up to Mickey Mouse and pals at all four theme parks, kids will delight in hanging out with their favorites this summer.

Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
From June 17 – September 7, little ones’ Frozen dreams will come true at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

  • Where else but the magical “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” can they belt out the lyrics to all of their favorite songs from the film in a room full of other kids?
  • Kids get to feel like they’re part of the show during the daily Frozen procession, where Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and friends parade through the park and greet the citizens of “Hollywoodland.”
  • It’s worth taking a nap in order to stay up for the special Frozen Fireworks, featuring Elsa and Anna, and a dazzling fireworks display set to the music from the film.

Frozen encounters at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is a favorite for my family. There is so much to see and do, and now with FastPass+, you can reserve seating to ensure you won’t miss a moment!

Cool Off at Two Water Parks
The two water parks at Walt Disney World Resort are an ideal way for the entire family to chill out this summer.

  • At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, young children will enjoy Tike’s Peak, a play area with kid-sized versions of the attractions including slower-moving, scaled-down thrills for small fries 48 inches and under.
  • Over at Typhoon Lagoon, Ketchakiddee Creek is a play area featuring 10 different aquatic activities just for preschoolers and little kids.
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