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Are you planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday week? The week between Christmas and New Years is one of the busiest times at Disney World so here are a few tips if you are visiting Disney World during the holidays.

Preparing For & Traveling To Walt Disney World Resort

  • Use the on-property resort buses, boats and Monorails to avoid traffic and parking fees.
  • Valet parking is now available at Downtown Disney near La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
  • When utilizing your own car, plan for additional travel time.
  • Limit your time at theme park bag check by traveling light. Bags can also be checked at Bell Services at resorts or at lockers within theme parks.
  • If staying at an on-property Disney resort, don’t forget about Extra Magic Hours. Different theme parks offer Extra Magic Hours on different days, so check the calendar here for more.
  • Want to stay longer or visit more than one park in a day? Visit Guest Relations or a ticketing window to modify your tickets.
  • Designate a spot inside the park for your party to meet, should someone get separated. Lost and Founds are located at park Guest Relations.
  • Grab a Times Guide on your way into the park to stay informed on showtimes, character greeting locations and more.

Attractions & Entertainment Tips

  • Download the My Disney Experience app for your smartphone. This vacation-planning tool can help you access current attraction wait times, find the nearest entertainment and more. Or visit the Tip Board at the center of each park to see which attractions have the shortest wait times.
  • Utilize the park’s FastPass options. Don’t forget that in addition to attractions, FastPasses also may be available for some character meet and greets, such as Town Square Theater and Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Catch a show in the middle of the day when attraction wait times are typically longer.
  • Some extra performances have been added to the calendar to accommodate our holiday guests. Pick up a Times Guide on your way into the park to see your options.

Dining Tips

  • Avoid crowded restaurants by grabbing a snack from quick service carts located throughout the parks.
  • Use the My Disney Experience app, visit Guest Relations or call 407-WDW-CNCL to modify dining reservations.

Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for sharing tips for visiting Disney World during the holidays with us!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist who would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

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Spend the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

by siera on November 19, 2014

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If you are thinking about planning a vacation with your family this year, Universal Orlando offers a variety of events and activities to help you enjoy the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. Along with the exciting attractions in the parks like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can enjoy holiday events like Grinchmas and Macy’s Holiday Parade.The Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will begin on December 6, 2014 and run every day through January 3, 2015.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is home to Grinchmas, a wintery wonderland throughout Seuss Landing. You can enjoy a live retelling of the classic Seuss story in “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” complete with the Whos from Who-ville and an original music score from Manheim Steamroller. You can even meet The Grinch and the Whos!

At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade runs down the streets every evening with the same larger-than-life balloons that are used in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This year will feature a new addition, Chloe The Clown “Balloonicle,” that combines a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle that roams the streets of Universal Studios. You can also see colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus.

Mannheim Steamroller, the masters of modern Christmas music, will return to the stage at Universal Studios to spread Christmas cheer. They will perform holiday hits at the Music Plaza stage on December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

All of the incredible holiday entertainment inside the parks—including Mannheim Steamroller—is included with regular Park-to-Park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

If you’ll be around for New Year’s Eve, Universal CityWalk is the place to be! You can enjoy “a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration which includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones—each with their own entertainment and signature drinks—along with six different clubs with live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine, and Orlando’s largest dance floor.”

If you are planning a Universal Orlando vacation, you can save up to 30% off one of the four on-site hotels. Plus, you can take advantage of great perks like early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and complimentary transportation to the parks. You will also receive complimentary unlimited express passes if you stay at one of the deluxe on-site hotels.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Orlando’s agency of the year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

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