Do you have over a thousand photos on your cell phone? If so, you are like me and many others that enjoy capturing pictures of magical moments, especially while vacationing with la familia.
On this week’s “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World” video, travel expert Sonia Gil tells you everything you need to know to capture all the best recuerdos (memories) during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.
Now that you know where to take the best photos in the theme parks and where the characters are, make sure that you take advantage of everything that the Disney’s PhotoPass does, including the awesome Memory Maker feature.
And when you visit, don’t forget to find the many charging stations throughout the theme parks so you don’t miss anything just because your smartphone ran out of battery.
Are you ready for your close up? If so, sonríe (smile) and let me know what is your favorite location to snap a photo!
When “Tangled: The Musical” debuts on stage aboard the Disney Magic this November, audiences can expect to be immersed in a vibrant, Bavarian world featuring the storybook locales we know and love from the film.
The show’s set designer, Brad Kaye, is no stranger to the challenge of re-imagining an animated world for the stage; he also developed the scenery for “Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular” aboard the Disney Fantasy. In the video below, Brad tells us all about the scenic elements he is designing for this new show . . . including a first look at the forest and Snuggly Duckling scenes!
For more behind-the-scenes videos, see the rest of this series:
Walt Disney was a huge train enthusiast, which is why you can find unique railroads for all ages at every Disney Park around the world. There’s something about riding a train that seems to fascinate young children and as the parent of little ones, I appreciate the relaxing downtime a train around the park provides.
It all starts with the Monorail! When staying at some Walt Disney World Resort hotels, you can just pop outside to the Monorail to get to Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot. It’s just a convenient form of transportation, it feels like an attraction in itself.
The iconic Walt Disney World Railroad is a favorite of my family because the 20-minute, 1.5-mile trip aboard an authentic steam-powered train allows you to take in the scenery throughout Magic Kingdom Park. Trains arrive every few minutes so kids won’t need to wait long, and there are convenient nearby stroller parking areas at each stop. Check out this video with one of our preschool-aged guests as he takes his first train ride – his enthusiasm is contagious!
Also at Magic Kingdom Park, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a breezy, 10-minute tour through Tomorrowland. My kids love the birds-eye view they get from the elevated track.
Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, the Wildlife Express Train combines two things kids love – trains and animals. Board the rustic locomotive for a 1.2-mile trip to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where kids can learn more about wild animals, conservation efforts and even meet a few furry friends.
Did you know there is a multi-year project to restore the coral reef in the Bahamian waters near Castaway Cay? Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney Cruise Line are working ensure these “rainforests of the sea” will thrive for generations to come. Watch this video to learn more about how Disney is doing research to protect the reef:
At Disney Cruise Line, efforts to share our environmental programs have become an integral part of our goal to inspire others to take environmental action in their everyday lives. For more information about coral reefs and the role they play in our underwater ecosystems, visit Disney Animals.
Last week, we marked the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day, and the festivities continue with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. In the video below, Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955. Take a look!
When mi familia comes to visit, we always set one day aside to spend at Downtown Disney. Why? Because it’s a great way to have fun juntos outside of the theme parks.
As you will see in this installment of “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World,” travel expert Sonia Gil always has a great time shopping, eating, and enjoying the many things you can do at Downtown Disney.
Did you notice that there are a few new things at Downtown Disney? More stores, restaurants, and entertainment are coming to the complex that is going through its biggest expansion ever, as it transitions into Disney Springs. So there will be plenty to experience and enjoy juntos!
So no matter where you and your familia choose to go each day while vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, they are sure to have a wonderful time.
Two of the six new Main Street Enchanted Windows designed for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration are now on display at Disneyland park. In the video below, we take you behind the scenes to see how these new animated windows were created and introduce you to the talented team of artists and designers who are bringing them to life.
The first two Main Street Enchanted Windows, featuring the stories of “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella,” are open now, soon to be followed by windows featuring scenes from “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Toy Story” and “Aladdin.”
If you’ve seen “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney (the only place in the world to experience this mesmerizing show!), you’ve probably dreamed about gracefully flying through the air on red silks, or at least meeting a performer who does. In an upcoming episode of “Extreme Weight Loss”, Tiffany “Pearls” Humpert gets to do both! Check out this sneak peek:
Tune in to “Extreme Weight Loss” tonight, July 21st 9|8c on ABC to see Pearls’ story.
The Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace has been open for a little over a year now. This flexible space location is home to several unique boutiques including Cherry Tree Lane, which offers fashion accessories created especially for Disney Parks. Recently, Downtown Disney’s fashionista Isabella went on a Coolest Summer Ever shopping spree in this location to check out some of our most popular co-branded items.
In the video, Isabella mentioned that additional laser cut bags by Vera Bradley were coming to Disney Parks. I spoke with the accessories team who shared these images of the two new bags. They are the reverse colors of the current white bags with black trim featured in the video. Look for them at the Marketplace Co-Op in the coming weeks.
You can also find select items from Cherry Tree Lane online by visiting DisneyParks.com/Store.
Last night, the Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25. The torch shined brightly even in the rain, and I was encouraged to see so many guests brave the weather to watch Special Olympics athletes carry the torch down Main Street, U.S.A. to a ceremony at the Downtown Disney District.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the “Flame of Hope” represents the culmination of similar events around the world on its journey to the Special Olympics World Games. In May, the torch made its way to the Walt Disney World Resort during a Unified Relay Across America, going through Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.
More than 30,000 volunteers, including Disney VoluntEARS, will support the Special Olympics World Games. ESPN is the official broadcast partner of the Games, and will be covering the Opening Ceremonies, plus sharing highlights throughout the event.