Traveling to Disney Parks with multiple generations is a magical experience for everyone in the family. One of our resident grandparents on the Disney Parks Moms Panel regularly visits with her large family including her children, grandchild and her mother, so we asked for her recommendations on how to make the most of a trip with extended family. She offers some great tips like booking bigger resort villas and suites that allow everyone to sleep in the same room, memorable experiences like character dining that everyone can enjoy as a group, and even taking some time to split up into smaller groups (hello, date night for mom and dad)! Check out Anne’s video below for all six tips for having a grand adventure at Walt Disney World Resort.
posted on July 20th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
posted on July 18th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Does gliding across the lake on a peaceful morning, hiking through the wilderness, sharing stories about Disney heritage, or riding in a horse-drawn wagon sound appealing to you? The new Escape to Walt’s Wilderness offers an off-the-beaten-path experience ideal for the whole family.
The journey begins with a pontoon boat tour from Disney’s Contemporary Resort marina with a Disney guide who shares stories about Walt’s love of the outdoors and nature. He tells us we are about to “walk in Walt’s footsteps and see why he was determined to choose this place for his next Disneyland.” Unbeknownst to me, Central Florida had personal appeal to Walt as this was where his parents met many moons ago. And as we pushed off the dock to explore Bay Lake we also learned that while Walt never had the chance to see the completion of Walt Disney World Resort, he did indeed sail across this same lake before he passed.
The adventure continues with a quest for native Florida wildlife. Two pontoon boats carrying about ten guests each are equipped with wildlife guides and binoculars to seek out the many varieties that call Bay Lake home. Birds and bald eagles soar, dragonflies buzz about, fragrant moss and lily pads connect you to the surroundings and allow you to reflect on the sheer beauty of the environment. We were exploring nature, just like Walt loved to do.
Once the boat is beached, the group is welcomed by a giant bonfire and camp-style breakfast. Locally sourced citrus salad, egg frittata, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, granola, coffee and juice make for a nice feast. And what’s a campfire without marshmallows for roasting. Next, a pair of field horses pulling a wagon enter the scene for transport to an archery lesson in a woodsy field at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. A short hike in the woods past the train tracks from the former Fort Wilderness Railroad is where we discover Walt’s fascination with trains.
Next stop is Tri-Circle-D Ranch where “ranch hands” share stories about how horses have been incorporated into Disney theme parks since day one. Guests have a chance to view the horses in a natural environment, learn about how they are cared for, and get up close with these majestic animals. There’s lot of surprises throughout the immersive, half-day trek, especially the legends and tales that unfold along the way.
The program is typically offered two days a week from 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. on select days. The cost is $109, plus tax for ages 7 and older. Complimentary transportation to and from the experience is provided for guests staying at Disney owned and operated resort hotels. To book or for more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.
posted on July 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Can traveling with young kids really be enjoyable for the whole family? With us, it can be! We make it easy to sail with children by offering numerous amenities that both parents – and little ones – will love! Here’s a look at the top reasons parents agree traveling with little ones is smooth sailing aboard a Disney cruise…
Staterooms Tailored for Families
Our staterooms are designed with families in mind and have ample storage space for everyone’s essentials. Plus, most have split bathrooms to make it easy for the entire family to get ready faster, and many include bathtubs to help little ones get squeaky clean.
Diaper Genie, Pack ‘n Play and Stroller Provided
No need to worry about bringing some of the basic necessities along because we have you covered. Diaper Genies and Pack ‘n Plays are available for use and can be reserved ahead of time and delivered to your stateroom. Also, a limited number of strollers that can be used both onboard and ashore are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Guest Services.
Nursery and Kids Clubs
When it’s time for parents to enjoy some time to themselves, the nursery is the perfect soothing space for little ones age three and under to be looked after and cared for by specially trained counselors. We also have kids clubs for children ages three to 12.
24-Hour Room Service
With complimentary room service available 24 hours a day, we make it easy so there’s no need to leave your stateroom when little ones are taking a nap or when they need some late night food.
We offer a large selection of classic children’s food favorites to satisfy even the littlest of taste buds. In addition to the tasty kids’ menu, charming servers performing magic tricks throughout the meal will captivate little ones.
For more on cruising with little ones, check out these past posts:
posted on July 15th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
In honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the resort is truly sparkling–across our parks, through the Downtown Disney District and of course, throughout our three on-property hotels. In fact, you might have seen the post on the delicious Sleeping Beauty Castle cake gracing the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
If you find yourself heading to experience the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration later this summer, be sure to take advantage of our special Disneyland Resort hotel offer!
When making reservations now through September 3, 2015, you can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel and save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Offer is valid on select Sunday through Thursday nights from August 16 to September 24, 2015.
Click here to book today!
*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 08/16/15 to 9/24/15. Book from 7/15/15 through 09/03/15, with travel completed by 09/25/15. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.
posted on July 15th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager
Hola (Hello)! I’m Sarah Domenech, Public Relations manager for the Hispanic and Latin American markets. I want to welcome you to our latest series.
Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect place to bring your whole family for the vacation of a lifetime! And Latinos surely know how to make the most of their time off together. However, traveling to our parks with the whole familia (family) can be a little bit overwhelming. We know it takes a lot of time and effort to plan the perfect vacation para todos (for all).
Travel expert Sonia Gil, also known as the “Hada Madrina (Fairy Godmother) of Travel,” offers you valuable tips to plan that perfect Walt Disney World Resort vacation in a new video series called “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World.”
From where to stay, shop and eat to her favorite things to do, Sonia will show you how easy it is to plan an amazing vacation.
Be sure to visit Disneyworld.com and select your preferred language to get more information.
Do you have other tips for spending quality family time juntos (together) at Walt Disney World Resort? I would love to hear from you!
posted on July 8th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Last week I introduced a new series to tell you all there is to know about cruising with young children. As promised, today I’m sharing the top activities for little ones aboard a Disney cruise. Of course this list is just the beginning, so help me finish it by adding in the comments your child’s favorite things to do on board.
While parents enjoy some time to themselves, children can enjoy activities supervised by specially-trained Disney counselors at our way cool children’s activity centers. The youngest cruisers up to three years old can be looked after at the fancifully-themed, interactive nursery.
Disney Junior Characters and Activities
Kiddos receive hugs and autographs from favorite Disney Junior characters, like Jake and Sofia the First. In addition, the Disney Junior Dance Party will get little ones dancing and singing together!
A goofy time will be had by all at this Disney-themed miniature golf course featuring quirky golf clubs and 9 interactive holes.
Slides and Splash Zones
From whimsically themed splash zones and water play areas to a children’s pool with a twisting slide, there are so many ways little ones can safely make a splash!
Movies by the Pool
Little ones will love watching some of their favorite classic Disney animated or live-action movies poolside on a state-of-the-art jumbo LED screen.
The entire family will have fun together at our deck parties like the Sail-Away Celebration and Pirate IN the Caribbean. These open-air celebrations will have little ones meeting some of their favorite Disney characters and dancing to catchy tunes.
Up next, find out the top reasons why it’s smooth sailing on a Disney cruise with a little one!
posted on June 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
We have great news to share – the special pricing we announced last July on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty and retired U.S. military personnel at our domestic sites will be extended now through mid-December.
Now’s the perfect time to start planning your next trip to a Disney park for later this year.
Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 17 for Walt Disney World Resort, Dec. 18 for Disneyland Resort and used by Dec. 20.
As Disney fans know, support for the U.S. Armed Forces is a long-standing Disney tradition – so keep following us here on the Disney Parks Blog for the latest news on special military pricing.
We’ll have an update on 2016 soon!
posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing
Celebrating a birthday at Walt Disney World Resort is an unforgettable experience, and there are so many great options on how to personalize for the guest(s) of honor. So much so, that it can be tough to decide what’s the best fit for your group! The real parents who make up the Disney Parks Moms Panel can give tips and advice on how to make special arrangements, and in this edition of Moms Panel Monday several panelists help a guest who wants to plan a birthday celebration for teens who happen to have a strict diet. From private surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon to a vegan-friendly meal at Sanaa, they provide ideas that will make the special day even more memorable!
posted on June 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
When planning for a Disney cruise, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is an excellent resource. Each of the Disney Cruise Line specialists have sailed with us numerous times and have so much knowledge to share. Here are their answers to some of the most asked questions to the panel.
Q1: How do you pre-book excursions once your cruise is paid for?
A1: Marcy G: If this is your first cruise, book all those fun extras at 75 days prior to sailing when your online check-in begins. For guests who have cruised with Disney before, book at 90 or more days prior to sail date.
Q2: What documents do we need to bring with us to board the ship/check-in at the port?
A2: Diane W: When you check in at the cruise terminal, you’ll need to bring along:
- Completed and signed cruise documents from the Disney Cruise Line Guest Ticket Booklet or a printed and signed Online Cruise Contract
- Signed Payment Authorization Form
- Passport/proof of citizenship
Q3: What is the most affordable time of the year to cruise?
A3: Diane W.: Disney offers cruises at significantly reduced rates during the off-season. If you’re looking to save some money, fall and early spring are your best bets.
Q4: When in port for souvenirs, is it better to take cash or traveler’s checks?
A4: Dolly M.: Souvenir shops and merchants are pretty accustomed to accepting credit cards. It’s the most convenient and widely accepted (next to cash) method of payment for goods & services.
Q5: Should I pre-order a photo package or do I just get it on board?
A5: Diane W.: You can now order photo packages and prints before you sail at a discounted price. If you choose not to pre-order, you can always stop by Shutters, the Onboard Photography Shop, to view and purchase your photos.
A6: Marcy G.: Many guests bring their own pirate costumes from home, but you may purchase new Pirate attire and accessories at Mickey’s Mainsail gift shop onboard.
Q7: Is Wi-Fi service available and how much does it cost?
A7: Marcy G.: Disney Cruise Line offers Wi-Fi service for an additional fee. If you’d like to purchase a package, just stop by Guest Services and they’ll set you up.
posted on June 16th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
One of the many joys of a family vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i is that there is something for every type of adventure seeker. The little ones are swept away by the magic of Aunty’s Beach House, while tweens wander the Menehune Adventure Trail and adults explore the world of rejuvenation and relaxing at the Laniwai Spa. In addition, Aulani offers excursions designed to embrace the adventurous spirit and create lasting family memories as you explore some of the best sights and experiences of O’ahu. Our island excursions feature interactive storytelling and unique insights from local experts. Guests at Aulani can choose from a variety of exciting adventures that include:
- Catamaran Experience: Cruise the Pacific Ocean along Oʻahu’s Leeward Coast on the 53-foot Gold Coast Catamaran “Honi Olani.” Your ‘ohana won’t forget the up-close views of native sea creatures such as spinner dolphins, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and humpback whales (seasonally).
- Waimea Falls – North Shore Experience: Enjoy a guided walking tour through the tranquil botanical gardens of the lush Waimea Valley. Learn about the history, spirituality and traditions of this beautiful region. Throughout the walk, your little keiki will also enjoy a variety of games inspired by ancient Hawaiian islanders.
- Kualoa Ranch Experience: Ride horseback along one of Oʻahu’s most beautiful coastlines and valleys. If you are a television or movie buff, take notice of the northern lush valley, as it may look familiar! You’ll also enjoy Kualoa Ranch’s picture-perfect beach and a traditional barbeque lunch!
Are you ready to book your excursion today? Click here to learn how.
How do you choose your adventure while on vacation at Aulani? Tell us in the comments below!