Planning your very first trip to a Disney Park is so exciting, and can also sometimes feel a little overwhelming as you try to create the perfect itinerary for your family. The Disney Parks Moms Panel to the rescue! Our panel of international moms and dads helps guests by providing personal advice and tips on every big and small detail of a trip. For Moms Panel Monday this week, we’re highlighting a great question from a first-time Walt Disney World Resort guest with tween daughters who have different interests. How do accommodate both a pirate and a princess? Read here to find out!
posted on October 19th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
posted on October 16th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
With three young daughters, Disney Junior is pretty much constantly on the TV at my house. My girls, like so many other preschoolers, absolutely adore shows like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sophia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and DocMcStuffins. The great news for parents is that there are now quite a few interactive experiences at Walt Disney World that feature these Disney Junior characters, including entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Junior themed pool parties at resorts across property.
The newest character meet and greet is with Doc McStuffins, and we caught up with a couple of her young fans as they got ready to meet her for the first time.
Fans of Disney Junior who want to make their own family memories at Walt Disney World won’t want to miss out on the new Disney Junior-themed resort offer, which can be booked now through December 23, 2015.
posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival might not immediately sound like an event for families with young children, but it is actually very kid-friendly. Epcot provides a great setting for families to explore new experiences and tastes together in a casual environment. I love taking my kids during the annual culinary festival because it gives me the chance to expose them to new foods in a low-pressure way – we don’t need to make reservations or commit to one cuisine, instead we nibble on smaller portions as we wander around the park. This way, they are much more receptive to trying a more exotic dish, and my husband and I are thrilled to be able to sample a variety of food and beverages from around the world.
This year at the festival there are some fun new additions to keep kids of all ages engaged, such as Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, a scavenger hunt with maps, stickers and prizes as kids search for little Remy statuettes hidden around World Showcase. We’ve also introduced new “taste buds” characters that represent different flavors and have names like “Sweet,” “Zesty,” and “Meaty” that can help kids select dishes they want to try. I plan to make turn it into a challenge to see how many of the taste buds my kids can conquer!
Outside of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the park is a lot of fun for families. Here’s a look at some of the other kid-friendly activities that are perfect for little ones:
posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
Parents looking for the perfect opportunity to bring their little ones to Walt Disney World Resort won’t want to miss the new bite-sized resort offer that includes a special Disney Junior Park Pack. And the early 2016 travel dates provide you the chance to surprise your kids at the holidays!
Families who book the Disney Junior offer can enjoy a three-night, two-day room and ticket package starting at $874* for a family of three at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (valid for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights January 3-6, January 10-14, and January 18-Feburary 4, 2016). Guests can book this package through December 23, 2015. Ask about other great rates at select Disney Resort hotels for travel through April 13, 2016.
This offer includes a surprise for little Disney Junior fans – a Disney Junior Park Pack, which features fun activities inspired by favorite Disney Junior shows – like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Miles from Tomorrowland. There are Disney Junior activity sheets, a special Spotify playlist featuring favorite Disney Junior songs, treats and more.
While on vacation, little ones can often get close to their favorite Disney Junior characters throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios, thanks to experiences like:
- “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” – an interactive sing-along stage show with enchanting puppets from the popular Disney Junior shows, favorite Disney Junior songs, and lots of dancing and fun for everyone.
- Disney Junior character greetings outside of “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” offer fun-filled photos, hugs and autographs with Sofia the First, Captain Jake, and Doc McStuffins.
- Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine Character Dining at Hollywood & Vine is an entertaining interactive dining experience for kids to eat, play and dance along with friends from Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny.
For more information about this Disney Junior offer, please visit disneyworld.com/DisneyJuniorOffer, or call (407) 827-7183.
*Price based on 2 adults and 1 child (ages 3-9) in a standard room. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for 1 theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. One Disney Junior Park Pack per reservation, while supplies last. 3-night/2-day minimum purchase required on this offer to receive the Disney Junior Park Pack.
posted on October 5th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
Spending the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort is a magical experience for the whole family, but for a first-time guest it can be tough to plan the perfect merry itinerary. Which parks have special events for the season? Are there holiday treats at restaurants on property? Do any of the resorts have not-to-be-missed décor?
Luckily, our Disney Parks Moms Panelists not only have great advice on what to do to get into the holiday spirit at Walt Disney World Resort, but also tips on how to make the most of your family’s time during this exciting time of year. Check out their responses here.
posted on September 26th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
While most preschoolers don’t need an excuse to dress up, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is perfect for little ones because, as the name suggests, it gives kids a chance to get in full costume and see their favorite characters in a fun and not spooky environment. In this #DisneyKids video, you can feel the excitement of the little ones as they experience Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort!
posted on September 21st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
Ever wonder about the best way to experience a Disney vacation with a baby or toddler? Recently, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has heard from several guests on this topic and have been able to offer great, real-parent advice on how to make the most of the trip.
Here, several panelists with preschoolers of their own give tips to a mom looking for the best hotel option her 3-year-old daughter’s birthday vacation. From resorts conveniently located on the monorail, to those with theming fit for a princess, check out the panel’s recommendations here.
Moms Panelists also lend their advice to a mom bringing her 8-month-old to Walt Disney World for the first time. I love that many of the panelists have visited recently with babies and can offer tips that worked for them, like utilizing the laundry service at the resorts and taking advantage of the Rider Switch option in the parks so that parents and older siblings can still experience thrill rides. For even more ideas, be sure to check out the full post on the Moms Panel site here.
posted on September 18th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
The holidays are a particularly magical time at Walt Disney World Resort, with special seasonal events that allow families to start their own traditions. The four theme parks and all of the resort hotels on property are decorated with festive décor, which not only excite the little ones, but also provide the perfect backdrop for memorable family holiday photos!
In less than two months, some of our holiday events in the parks kick off, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and get tickets now. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park begins on November 8, and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights starts November 6.
posted on September 11th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
The weather is still plenty warm here in Florida, and it is a great time to have some fun on the water. One of my family’s favorite activities is renting a boat from one of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels and cruising around property. We have enjoyed lazy afternoons on a pontoon and exhilarating zips around on a speed boat, all while taking in sights like Magic Kingdom Park and the surrounding hotels.
The little guy in this video was so excited for his adventure on one of the Sea Raycer by Sea Ray boats available to rent. Drivers must be at least 12 years old, but young children can be passengers with an adult.
Have you ever taken your little ones out for a spin on the Walt Disney World waterways? Tell us about it!
posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
At the Disney Parks Moms Panel, we often hear from parents of young children who no longer nap, but may need a midday rest to recharge after a busy morning in the parks. This week, several of our experienced panelists give their personal tips on how to manage the schedule for two little ones so they aren’t completely exhausted by the end of the day. From taking a break with a scenic tour on the Walt Disney World Railroad or the Monorail, or scheduling a table service meal during lunchtime for some fun (and air conditioning), our panelists serve up some fantastic ideas. Check out the site below for more!
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, be sure to apply at www.momspanelsearch.com from September 8-15, 2015.