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Complete List of Iconic Disney World Photos You Need to Take on Vacation

What are some of the most iconic Disney World photos? Wondering which memories you’ll most want to capture? We have some ideas for the best Disney World photos you need to take during your vacation.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the original Walt Disney World theme park. You’ll find so many iconic attractions and photo opportunities throughout the park. As you enter the park, you can stop for a picture in front of the train station. Then, the real magic lies behind there.

As you enter the park, you’ll find Town Square Theater to your right. You can meet Mickey Mouse in his rehearsal room here. This is a great photo opportunity with him and Disney PhotoPass photographers are happy to help you capture the moment.

Of course, you’ll want to capture your family’s first reaction of Cinderella Castle as you walk down Main Street, U.S.A. You can also stop in the hub as soon as you pass under the train station for a great shot of Main Street, U.S.A AND Cinderella Castle behind you.

If you have little ones, you can’t miss the classic photo of their first ride on Dumbo (or in the extra one outside of the exit, just for photos). You’ll also want to capture the afternoon Festival of Fantasy parade in addition to the nighttime spectacular, Happily Ever After.

If you need a photo for your Instagram, don’t miss the Purple Wall at the entrance to Tomorrowland.

EPCOT

Spaceship Earth is the park icon for EPCOT so it’s a great photo spot. When there isn’t construction, you can stop for a picture in front of the fountains and/or with the planters advertising any current festivals. PhotoPass Photographers are often stationed on both sides of Spaceship Earth so you can grab a photo on the way in or out of the park.

A fun photo for kids of all ages is found in the Seas pavilion. At the exit of The Seas with Nemo and Friends attraction, you’ll find Bruce’s Shark World with a life size model of Bruce from “Finding Nemo.” You can even climb into his mouth for a fun picture.

Another Instagram-worthy destination is the Bubblegum Wall located at either exit of Spaceship Earth. We’re really hoping they aren’t affected by the planned refurbishment!

There are some amazing photo opportunities throughout the World Showcase. You can find Disney characters, topiaries during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, delicious treats during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival,

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has a replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at the center of the park. You can stop for photos as you enter with this as your background. As you get closer, you can even find some famous handprints from movie stars and even Disney characters.

If you are a Star Wars fan, you can fill your memory card with Disney World photos from Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the latest addition to Hollywood Studios and has tons of incredible photo opportunities. You can find ships and speeders, the Millennium Falcon, Savi’s Workshop, Droid Depot, Stormtroopers, and more.

Toy Story Land is such a fun and whimsical area. You can stop for a photo in front of a larger than life Woody statue as you enter Andy’s backyard. You’ll also love the popsicle stick wall, green army men, K’nex fencing, larger than life Tinker Toys, and more.

At the end of Sunset Boulevard, you’ll find Tower of Terror. You can stop for pictures down Sunset Boulevard with Tower of Terror behind you. Down Sunset Boulevard, you will also find Rock n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. It offers a fun photo op with the larger than life guitar at the entrance.

Animal Kingdom

The park icon for Animal Kingdom is the Tree of Life. Be sure to snap a family picture in front of the Tree of Life as you enter the park. The Tree of Life is full of intricate carvings so check it out as you get closer and from different angles to view the unique animals carved into it.

Over in Pandora, you can often find the Pandora ranger in his Exo-Carrier utility suit outside of Windtraders. You can ask this Pandora Conservation Initiative scientist about the otherworldly landscape around you and his conservation efforts in Pandora.

DiVine is a unique performer in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She blends in very well with the foliage and greenery around her. If you can spot her, she’s a fun and unique photo opportunity. She is usually found near the entrance of the park or on the walkway between Asia and Africa.

Donald’s Dino Bash has taken over DinoLand U.S.A. You can find some Disney friends like Chip and Dale dressed up like dinosaurs or DuckTales characters meeting guests. This colorful area has some fun photo spots you just can’t miss.

Disney Springs

The Disney PhotoPass Studios at Disney Springs is a “must do” for guests with Memory Maker! You can take FREE photos with a PhotoPass photographer in the studio that will automatically be added to your My Disney Experience account. They even have fun backgrounds and signs that you can add to your photo shoot.

The LEGO Store has some incredible creations surrounding the store. You can often find Cinderella, Snow White, BB-8, and even the Loch Ness monster in the lagoon. There’s also a life size lego creation of Woody & Buzz at the entrance which makes a great photo opportunity.

If you’re planning to pin trade, be sure to stop by Pin Traders. There’s some fun statues of Disney characters for your pictures. Plus, you can trade with the cast members and/or pin board.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, take some pictures of your resort, the pool, and even the room. You may also want to snap a photo of fun transportation methods like the monorail, Skyliner, or ferry.

If you participate in any of the resort activities like the afternoon pool party or Movie Under the Stars, be sure to capture those memories, too.

Experiences

There are some experiences that you’ll want to remember, as well. You can find many of these throughout the parks and resorts.

  • Walt Disney World “welcome” sign as you enter property
  • Meeting Characters
  • Pin Trading
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Favorite Meals
  • Disney Parks Snacks like the Dolp Whip, Mickey pretzel, cupcakes, and more

If you choose to purchase Memory Maker, Disney PhotoPass Photographers can help you capture some of these iconic Disney World photos throughout your visit. You’ll receive digital downloads of your photos and even videos in your My Disney Experience account.

You can even download our favorite Disney World photos spot checklist for your next visit here:

10 Things You Need When Visiting Disney World in Summer

Summer is one of the most popular times of year for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. With the kids off from school, summer break can be a wonderful time to enjoy a Disney World vacation. There are just a few extra things we recommend packing when visiting Disney World in summer.

Ponchos or Packable Rain Coats: Summer in Florida is notorious for an afternoon thunderstorm. They’re often quick, but come down hard so you can get wet FAST! Therefore, we recommend a sturdy poncho or packable rain coat, especially in case it gets windy!

Fans: Let’s face it… summer in Florida is HOT! So, you need easy ways to stay cool. I have found that the fan you bring varies greatly with personal preference. My kids love the spray misting fans while some guests prefer the neck fans that allow you to remain hands free. Either way, you will want a portable way to stay cool while you explore the parks.

Travel Umbrella: We choose to bring both our packable rain coats AND a small travel umbrella. Depending on how the wind is blowing or how hard the rain is coming down, you may be able to just use the umbrella or you want it in addition to the rain coats to keep as much of your body dry as possible.

Water Bottle: Did you know that you can get a FREE cup of ice water from any quick service restaurant? If you bring a reusable water bottle with you, you can refill it throughout the day from these quick service locations, water fountains or even some automatic water refill stations, like this one in Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

Sunscreen: If we’re honest, you probably need sunscreen in Florida year round, but especially when you’re visiting Disney World in summer! Please remember to bring sunscreen for the whole family. You will likely want something to throw in your park bag to be able to reapply throughout the day. We especially love the sunscreen sticks for little ones!

Cooling Towels: Cooling towels are a portable and compact way to quickly and easily cool off in the parks. We recommend a reusable cooling towel that stays cool for at least a couple hours and can be rewetted in the parks. These cooling towels even come with a carrying pouch and carabiner clip and were designed to draw the sweat away from your skin to keep you cool.

Sunglasses: It can be so important to have a pair of sunglasses for a day in the parks, even for your kids! Although you’ll likely encounter that pop up rain shower in the afternoon, you should still have plenty of sunshine to enjoy, too!

Waterproof Shoes: This is another item that can look different for each guest. I personally swear by Reef flip flops and wear them all day in the theme parks. However, some prefer a sturdier outdoor sandal like Keen sandals or even a water shoe like Crocs.

Face Wipes: If you’re visiting Disney World in summer, you’re going to get hot and sweaty visiting the parks all day. It can be so refreshing to be able to pull out a cool face wipe to wipe away the sweat and feel fresh and clean.

Stroller Cover: If you’re traveling with a stroller, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing a stroller cover. Unfortunately, we learned this the hard way when my son was little and we took our first visit. Although we were seasoned Disney Parks visitors, we had to learn all the extra things we’d need when traveling with a little one. There’s nothing worse than coming out to a soaked stroller that you’re no longer able to use for the day.

What do you need while visiting Disney World in summer? Share your tips for a summer Disney World vacation below!

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Explore the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Menus

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Are you ready to sip and savor across six continents at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE®?  I know I am! We have 129 delicious days – July 15 through November 20 – to celebrate the best of food and drink at the more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces opening this week and even more coming in the fall! In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Festival chefs always focus on authenticity through ingredients, cooking techniques, and presentation to honor the diverse cuisines. And our beverage team thoughtfully pairs wine and beer with the selections at each global marketplace, providing a fantastic variety for our guests.

Emile’s Fromage Montage is the perfect way to get your cheese fix if you are a cheese lover like I am! Check your Festival Passport for the five select marketplaces to purchase delicious cheese dishes, collect your stamps, then stroll over to Shimmering Sips marketplace for a special prize!

And kids of all ages love Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, the family fun scavenger hunt looking for the adorable Remy statuettes hidden all over the festival.

I am excited to share the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival menus so you can start planning your foodie adventure. Enjoy!

Photo: Disney

Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™ (Between Imagination! and Refreshment Port)

Food:

  • The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (plant-based)
  • Impossible Three-Bean Chili (gluten/wheat friendly; plant-based; new)

Beverages:

  • Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea (non-alcoholic; new)
  • Stephen Vincent Pinot Noir, California (new)
  • Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea with Whiskey (new)
Photo: Disney

NEW! The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)

Food:

  • Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho with Shaved Beef, Enoki Mushrooms, and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Char Siu Pork Udon with Enoki Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Soy Pickled Egg (new)
  • Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Tofu Pho with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly; plant-based; new)

Beverages:

  • Playalinda Brewing Company Yaupon Brothers Green Tea Pale Ale, Titusville, FL (new)
  • A to Z Riesling, Oregon (new)

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE (Near Port of Entry)

Food:

  • Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone
  • Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote (plant-based)

Beverages:

  • Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juices
  • Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
  • Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
  • Mimosa Flight
  • CORKCICLE Stemless Flute
Photo: Disney

Australia (Near Port of Entry)

Food:

  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad, and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries, and Lemon Myrtle Meringue (gluten/wheat friendly)

Beverages:

  • Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale                          
  • Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (new)
  • Robert Oatley Chardonnay (new)
  • Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon (new)
  • Wine Flight

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Refreshment Port hosted by Boursin® (Near Canada)

Food:             

  • Braised Beef Poutine: French Fries, Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce, Cheese Curds, and Gherkin Relish (new)
  • Maple Boursin Cheesecake with Whipped Boursin Maple Bourbon Cheese and Candied Pecans

Beverages:

  • Numanthia Termes Tinta de Toro Red Wine (new)
Photo: Disney

Ireland (Near United Kingdom) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Fisherman’s Seafood Pie
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy

Beverages:

  • Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
  • Guinness Baileys Shake
  • Bunratty Mead Honey Wine
Photo: Disney

Canada

Food:

  • Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (gluten/wheat friendly)  

Beverages:

  • Collective Arts Audio/Visual Lager, Hamilton, Ontario (new)
  • Château des Charmes Cabernet-Merlot Old Vines (new)
Photo: Disney

Appleseed Orchard (Canada Theatre)

Food:

  • Apple Crumble Tart (new)
  • Apple Chips (gluten/wheat friendly)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Apple Pie (non-alcoholic)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (non-alcoholic; new)
  • Collective Arts Brewing Circling the Sun Hard Cider, Ontario, Canada (new)
  • Original Sin Hard Cider McIntosh, New York, NY (new)
  • Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Saint Chéri Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry, Armada, MI (new)
  • Big Storm Brewing Co. Apple Blonde Ale, Clearwater, FL (new)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Apple Pecan Brown Ale, St. Petersburg, FL (new)
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Apple-y Ever After Green Apple Sour Ale, Orlando, FL (new)
  • Apple Blossom Sky: Fanta Apple, Ginger Beer, Floodwall Apple Brandy, Maple Syrup, and Mini Marshmallows
  • Beer Flight
  • Cider Flight
  • CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Photo: Disney

Brazil (Between France and Morocco) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp, and White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Onions(gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (gluten/wheat friendly)

Beverages:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company Limāo Lager, Doral, FL (new)            
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
Photo: Disney

Belgium (Between France and Morocco) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

Beverages:

  • St. Bernardus Witbier
  • Delirium Red Fruit Beer
  • Chimay Dorée Gold (new)
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Beer Flight
  • Belgian Abbey Ale (new)
Photo: Disney

NEW! Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina

Food:

  • Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce (plant-based; new)
  • Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad, and Garlic Aïoli (new)
  • Lemon-Garlic Chicken
  • Moroccan Spiced Lamb
  • Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk, and Zhoug Dips (new)
  • Pistachio Cake with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts (new)

Beverages:

  • Fresh Orange Juice (non-alcoholic; new)
  • Fresh Blood Orange Juice (non-alcoholic; new)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (new)
  • Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA (new)
  • Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT (new)
  • Fig Cocktail with White-Cranberry Juice and Fig Vodka (new)
  • Cider Flight
  • CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Photo: Disney

Greece (Near Morocco)

Food:

  • Spanakopita
  • Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten/wheat friendly; Emile’s Fromage Montage; new)
  • Lamb Moussaka (new)

Beverages:

  • Mylonas Assyrtiko White Wine (new)
  • Skouras Zoe Rosé (new)
  • Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Dry Red (new)
  • Wine Flight

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Hops & Barley (American Adventure)

Food:

  • New England Lobster Roll: Lobster with Herb Mayonnaise on a Griddled Roll
  • Hot Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Pickled Vegetables (new)
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Beverages:

  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Strawberry and Lime, Tampa, FL (new)
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Hazy IPA, Atlanta, GA (new)
  • Lord Hobo Brewing Boom Sauce DIPA, Woburn, MA (new)
  • Bold Rock Roast Coffee Hard Cider, Mills River, NC (new)
  • Longevity Chardonnay, California (new)
  • Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon, California (new)
  • Beer Flight
Photo: Disney

NEW! The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)

Food:

  • Chilled Smoked Shrimp Salad (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Wild Mushroom and Truffle Tart with Gruyère and Crème Fraîche (new)
  • Chilled Crab and Avocado Parfait with Caviar (gluten/wheat friendly; new)

Beverages:

  • Domaine Carneros Cuvée Brut Rosé, California (new)
Photo: Disney

Spain (Between Italy and Germany) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Charcuterie with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Spanish-style Paella with Rice, Chorizo, and Shrimp (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (gluten/wheat friendly)

Beverages:

  • Estrella Galicia Cerveza Especial Lager (new)
  • Avaline White Blend (new)
  • Faustino VII Rioja Rosado (new)
  • Espelt Garnacha
  • Wine Flight
Photo: Disney

Germany

Food:

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions, and Cheese(Emile’s Fromage Montage)        
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce

Beverages:

  • Gaffel Kölsch, Cologne (new)
  • Weihenstephaner Lager, Freising
  • Schöfferhofer Wild Cherry Hefeweizen, Mainz (new)
  • Selbach-Oster Riesling
  • Beer Flight
Photo: Disney

The Alps (Near Germany) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette
  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette
  • Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche 

Beverages:

  • Huber Vision Grüner Veltliner, Austria (new)
  • Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay, Romand
  • René Favre Dôle, Chamoson
  • Frozen Rosé
  • Wine Flight
Photo: Disney

Kenya (Outpost) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato & Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous

Beverages:

  • Tusker Lager

Refreshment Outpost

Food:

  • Spicy Githeri with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Ben’s Original Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley, and Kachumbari Slaw (plant-based)

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Allspice Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Photo: Disney

India (Near China) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa, and Coriander Pesto Dips
  • Korma Chicken with Basmati Rice, Crispy Chickpeas, and Spiced Yogurt Sauce (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Ben’s Original Basmati Rice (gluten/wheat friendly; plant-based)

Beverages:

  • Mango Lassi (non-alcoholic)
  • Taj Mahal Premium Lager (new)
  • Sula Brut Tropicale Sparkling Wine, Nashik (new)
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

NEW! The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)

Food:

  • Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese (gluten/wheat friendly; Emile’s Fromage Montage; new)
  • Roasted Porchetta with Pork-fat Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs with Green Onions and Peanuts (new)
  • Crispy Pig Ear Salad with Fire Roasted Tomatillo Sauce, Pickled Red Onions, Queso Fresco, Roasted Corn Salsa, and Avocado Cream (gluten/wheat friendly; new)

Beverages:

  • Parish Brewing Co. SIPS Pinot Noir Black Currant Sour, Broussard, LA (new)
  • Rombauer Zinfandel, California (new)
  • Bourbon Bloody Mary with Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (new)

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Hawaii (Near Disney Traders)

Food:

  • Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Tuna Poke with Eel Sauce, Spicy Mayonnaise, and Crispy Shrimp Chips (new)
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (Emile’s Fromage Montage)

Beverages:

  • Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, Kailua-Kona, HI (new)
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLEPineapple Juice, and Grenadine
Photo: Disney

NEW! Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience

Food:

  • Garlic-Parmesan Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Barbecue Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Teriyaki-Sesame Wings with Celery and Ranch (new)
  • Traditional Buffalo Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Mango-Habanero Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Cheese Flatbread (new)
  • Pepperoni Flatbread (new)

Beverages:

  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Pineapple Vibes Blonde Ale, Orlando, FL (new)
  • Central 28 Beer Company Groveland Road Blood Orange IPA, DeBary, FL (new)
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Watermelon Dragonfruit Session Sour, Asheville, NC (new)
  • Bold Rock Honeycrisp Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA (new)
  • Starcut Ciders Magpie Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI (new)
  • Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Apple Lantern Roasted Pumpkin, Armada, MI (new)
  • Beer Flight
  • Cider Flight
Photo: Disney

The Donut Box (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet®)

Food:

  • Candy Jar Donut made with M&M’S, SNICKERS, and TWIX (new)
  • Sriracha-glazed Donut (new)
  • Chef’s Donut of the Day (new)
  • The Donut Box: Pack of the 4 Daily Donuts
  • Crispy Chicken on a Sriracha-glazed Donut

Beverages:

  • Strawberry Smoothie (non-alcoholic)
  • Left Hand Brewing Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, Longmont, CO (new)
  • Black and White Coffee Cocktail
  • CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Photo: Disney

Flavors from Fire hosted by The NFL on ESPN presented by Chevrolet (NearTest Track)

Food:

  • The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions, and Beer-Cheese Fondue (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
  • The Chimichurri-up Offense: Charred Chimichurri Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache, and Candied Bacon

Beverages:

  • Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Beer, Douglas, MI (new)
  • Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel, California (new)
  • Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon
Photo: Disney

NEW! Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • New England Lobster Tail with Lobster Bisque Sauce (new)
  • Lobster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, Potatoes, and Oyster Crackers (new)
  • Baked Lobster Dip with Old Bay Chips (gluten/wheat friendly; new)

Beverages:

  • Coronado Brewing Co. Salty Crew Blonde Ale, San Diego, CA (new)
  • Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa (new)
  • Sean Minor Chardonnay, California (new)
  • Cape Codder: Vodka with Cranberry, Pomegranate, and Lime (new)

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

NEW! Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Traditional Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Panko
  • Truffle Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Panko (new)
  • Cowboy Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Pork Belly, Brisket Burnt Ends, Pickled Peppers, and Onion Straws (new)
  • Macaroni and Cheese with House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers (plant-based)

Beverages:

  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Lemon Hazy IPA, Tampa, FL (new)
  • L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Mexico

Food:

  • Chilaquiles con Chorizo: Crispy Corn Tortillas tossed in Salsa Verde and Monterey Jack Cheese topped with Crema Mexicana, Queso Cotija, Pickled Onions, and Ground Chorizo (new)
  • Taco de Ribeye: Shaved Ribeye, Red Onions, and Poblano Peppers on a Corn Tortilla with Ranchera Salsa, Cotija Cheese, and Chives (new)
  • Capirotada de Chocolate: Abuelita Chocolate Bread Pudding served with a Chocolate Crème Anglaise

Beverages:

  • Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater
  • El Tigre Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal with Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Pineapple, and Ginger Juices served on the rocks with a Hibiscus Salt Rim (new)
  • La Clásica Reyes Margarita: Centinela Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar served on the rocks with a Chile Piquín Salt Rim (new)
  • White Passion Fruit Sangria: White Wine, Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur, and a hint of Ilegal Mezcal (new)
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France

Food:

  • Beignet aux Trois Fromages: Warm Beignet filled with Three Cheeses (new)
  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Coq au Vin, Pommes Dauphine: Chicken braised in Burgundy Wine with Bacon and Puffed Potatoes (new)
  • Crème Brûlée au Grand Mariner: Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Grand Marnier Liqueur (contains alcohol; new)

Beverages:

  • Evian Sparkling Cucumber and Mint Water with Magnesium and Zinc (non-alcoholic)
  • Strawberry Rose Mimosa: Pol Remy Sparkling Wine, Orange Juice, and Monin Strawberry Rose
  • Rosé Pétillant Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise: Rosé Sparkling Wine, Pink Flamingo
  • Chardonnay, Louis de Camponac
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend, Bordeaux, Château de Prieuré
  • La Passion Martini Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice
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Italy

Food:

  • Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy Half-moon Breaded Mozzarella-filled Ravioli with Pomodoro Sauce (new)
  • Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce, Romano Cheese, and Prezzemolo (new)
  • Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar

Beverages:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Rosa Regale
  • Moscato
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
  • Peroni Pilsner
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China

Food:

  • Pan-fried Chicken Dumplings with House-made Sweet and Spicy Sauce
  • ZiRan Beef Bao Bun: Grilled Beef with Cumin (new)
  • Crispy-fried Pepper Shrimp with Spicy Sichuan Noodles

Beverages:

  • Mango Bubble Milk Tea: Assam Black Tea, Whole Milk, and Mango Syrup (non-alcoholic)
  • ByeJoe Punch: Chinese BaiJiu Spirit, Lychee Syrup, Soda Water, and Piña Colada Mix
  • Dragonfly: Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Absolut Vodka, Orange Juice, and Mango Syrup
  • Kung Fu Master: Absolut Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup, and Orange Juice
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
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Japan

Food:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, and Teriyaki Sauce
  • Tempura Shrimp Sando: Crunchy Shrimp served with Yuzu Crab, Green Onions, and Eel Sauce served on a Bun (new)
  • Spicy Hako Sushi: Spicy Tuna and Salmon served Box-style with Red Tempura Crunch and Volcano Sauce (new)

Beverages:

  • Kochi Lemon Drop: Vodka, Yuzu, and Lemon Juice garnished with a Lemon Jelly (new)
  • Ozeki Platinum Sake: Junmai Daiginjo (Refreshingly Dry with a Fruity Flavor) (new)
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Urayasu Rice Lager, Orlando, FL (new)
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Funnel Cake

Food:

  • Mini Candied Bacon S’mores Funnel Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
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Joffrey’s

Beverages:

  • The American Adventure – Cinnamon Chai: Refreshing Iced Chai topped with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon (non-alcoholic)
  • Near Disney Traders – Double Trouble Chai: Tantalizing Iced Chai with a Single Shot of Espresso topped with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon (non-alcoholic)
  • Near Canada – Tropical Tea Breeze: Iced Tea and Frozen Lemon with a splash of Coconut Syrup (non-alcoholic)
  • Near Mission: SPACE – Cocoa Cold Brew: Kona Mocha topped with Whipped Cream and drizzled with Chocolate (non-alcoholic)

The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE is available with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. For more information, visit TasteEPCOT.com. Don’t forget to share your favorite festival dishes on social media using #TasteEPCOT.

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

The Best Places for Nap Time at Disney World in the Theme Parks

If you are traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort with an infant or toddler, you will likely need to allow time for your child to nap during your day. One popular option for families staying at a Disney resort is to go back to their resort during the day to rest and even allow older children time at the pools. However, some families may not want to leave the park during the day, especially if there are rides and attractions older children may want to see. There are plenty of places throughout the parks where you can take a break and let your little one have nap time at Disney World.

nap time at Disney World

Baby Care Center

All four of the Walt Disney World theme parks have an indoor baby care center. These offer amenities such as a private nursing room with rocking chairs, a changing room, a feeding area with highchairs, a kitchen with microwave, oven and sink, a sitting room with TV, and an on-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase. They offer a break from the heat and crowds and an area for your child to nap. The Baby Care Center at Magic Kingdom is located between the Crystal Palace and Casey’s Corner, just off of Main Street, USA. Epcot’s Baby Care Center is located between the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase and Test Track in Future World. The Baby Care Center at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is located just inside the entrance of the park, next to Guest Relations. Animal Kingdom’s Baby Care Center can be found behind the Creature Comforts store before you enter Africa. Every park also has attractions that can work well for nap time at Disney World, too.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom has many attractions for families with children of all ages. If your child is small enough to nap in your arms or lap, Tommorrowland is a great area for you to start. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a quiet Audio-Animatronics show that runs just over 20 minutes and allows guests to sit in a theater and watch 4 different scenes progressing through time. Also in Tomorrowland is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover which is a slow-moving 10 minute ride through Tomorrowland. Another perk of these two attractions is the wait is generally very reasonable. Another great option for nap time at Magic Kingdom is the Walt Disney World Railroad which is a real train that circles the entire park, making three stops along the way. You can ride as long as you like, plus you’re in the shade. Of course, you can always sit on a bench or push your child in their stroller through the shops down Main Street as well.

Epcot

nap time at Disney World

Epcot’s Spaceship Earth is a quiet, dark 16-minute ride where children can easily relax and nap. It usually doesn’t have a very long wait, either, if you can ride in the afternoon or later in the day. The World Showcase at Epcot is 1.2 miles around the countries which is a nice walk for parents with children napping in their strollers. There are a number of shops and restaurants to visit along the way. The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion is another option for parents who want to be inside with napping children as there are two floors of viewing areas inside the aquarium in addition to the ride and Turtle Talk with Crush show.

Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is full of shows that you can sit through with a napping child. The Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage 30-minute show is a great option outdoors, but in the shade. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is a great indoor option for hot or rainy days where guests can walk through a gallery exhibit and even sit through a 15-minute movie.  The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show is also outdoors, but if you are able to sit in the back, should not be too loud for your napping child. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a 20-minute show that is inside a theater and generally isn’t overly loud, if you can carry your child in. Although you may want to wait for your little ones to wake up so they can watch, other great shows include For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Beauty and the Beast- Live On Stage, and the Disney Junior Dance Party!

Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has two Broadway style shows where you can carry your napping child into- The Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo- The Musical. As far as seating, the farther back in the theater you can sit, the quieter it will be during the musical numbers. One of the best parts of Animal Kingdom with little ones is all of the walking paths where you can push your children through in their stroller. These areas are generally pretty quiet and you will get to see some animals along the way. Discovery Island Trails and the Maharajah Jungle Trek are two great walking paths during this time.

Where are your favorite spots for nap time at Disney World?

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Best Disney World Rides for Toddlers (and Shows, too!)

Although some families wait to take their children to Disney World until they are “old enough to remember,” we think you can make some pretty magical memories with little ones. Even if your toddler may not remember the trip, your photos and memories will be priceless. We hear a lot of concerns about what little ones can actually do and enjoy in the parks. So, we have compiled a list of the best Disney World rides for toddlers that we hope will help ease any concerns about traveling with a little one.

best Disney World rides for toddlers

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom truly has something for visitors of all ages. Many rides don’t have a minimum height restriction which means you can all ride together. There are, by far, the most attractions for toddlers to enjoy in the Magic Kingdom.

In Tomorrowland, your toddlers will love Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Astro Orbiter, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover, and the Tomorrowland Speedway, where they can actually drive mom and dad around!

Back in Fantasyland, you can’t miss Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Enchanted Tales with Belle, “it’s a small world,” Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. The Barnstormer is a great “first roller coaster” and has a height requirement of just 35 inches. Your kids can also cool off at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station.

Back in Adventureland, the whole family can see the eighth wonder of the world, the back side of water, on The Jungle Cruise. You can also spin around Adventureland on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin- just watch out for the spitting camel! If you’re all comfortable with heights, you can explore the Swiss Family Treehouse. Take a boat ride over to climb around and explore Tom Sawyer Island, too.

There are still even more attractions that your toddler may enjoy at Magic Kingdom that we haven’t mentioned!

best Disney World rides for toddlers

Epcot

Although Epcot isn’t often thought of for families traveling with little ones, I’d argue that there is still plenty for little ones to enjoy. Your “Frozen” fans can’t miss Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion, starring Anna and Elsa. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet Anna and Elsa in the Norway pavilion. Enjoy a quiet boat ride through Mexico on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, which often has very short wait times.

Your family can ride in a “clamobile” on The Seas with Nemo and Friends where you help find Nemo (again) under the sea. At the end of The Seas with Nemo and Friends, you can explore the incredible aquariums or stop by Turtle Talk with Crush. Spaceship Earth can be a quiet and slow-moving educational journey through human communication.

Living with the Land takes you inside some of the greenhouses where Disney grows fruits and vegetables they serve throughout the parks and resorts. You can “Journey into Imagination with Figment” to learn about the five senses. At the end of the ride, your kids can explore ImageWorks- the “What If” Labs, full of sensory activities and games that spark creativity. 

The annual festivals often bring play grounds which are a great way to let them explore and burn some energy in a confined space. Kids of all ages are encouraged to participate in the Kidcot Fun Stops where they can draw, color and collect activity cards at every country throughout World Showcase. 

best Disney World rides for toddlers

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is so much fun for toddlers! My family’s favorite Disney World attraction is Toy Story Mania. No matter how young or young at heart, you can compete against your family on five carnival style games. Hollywood Studios’ newest attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, is a fun adventure through a cartoon with Mickey and Minnie. Little ones at least 32 inches tall can spin around with the aliens from Toy Story on Alien Swirling Saucers. Slinky Dog Dash is a family friendly coaster with a height requirement of just 38 inches.

Your family can meet Disney Junior characters like Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, and Doc McStuffins in the Animation Courtyard or at Hollywood & Vine. There is also a Disney Junior Live on Stage show where your kids can dance and sing along with their Disney Junior friends. We also recommend Muppet*Vision 3D, the Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage show and Frozen Sing Along show. Little races won’t want to miss Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.

best Disney World rides for toddlers

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is Disney World’s largest theme park. Their attraction Kilimanjaro Safaris is big enough to fit the Magic Kingdom inside of it! On Kilimanjaro Safaris, you will feel like you have traveled to Africa where you can get within just feet of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions, and more. The Na’vi River Journey in Pandora is a calm boat ride through the Pandora rainforest, similar to Magic Kingdom’s “it’s a small world.” TriceraTop Spin in Dinoland allows guests of all ages to ride in a dinosaur, similar to Magic Kingdom’s “Dumbo.” Your little one can even control your up and down motion in addition to your forward and backward motion. Don’t forget to ride the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and check out the Affection Section petting zoo, too.

Aside from rides, there are two incredible Broadway style shows at Animal Kingdom that the whole family can enjoy together. You may also want to check out the Maharajah Jungle Trek where you and your family can see some incredible animals like the Sumatran tigers. Little ones can burn some energy exploring The Boneyard, a dinosaur dig site.

If you’re traveling to Disney World with a little one, don’t forget to take advantage of the rider switch service for any rides that your little one either isn’t big enough for or ins’t comfortable trying.

What do you think are the best Disney World rides for toddlers?

PS- Don’t forget these 10 items you need when traveling with a toddler!

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Best Disney World Restaurants for Kids Other than Character Dining

So, you’ve booked your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Now what? You may start thinking about where you’d like to eat! Dining reservations are currently available up to 60 days in advance. Today, we are sharing with you the best Disney World restaurants for kids, outside of character dining experiences.

Best Disney World Restaurants for Kids Other than Character Dining

Theme Parks

Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom: My kids love Be Our Guest! There’s something special about dining inside of the Beast’s castle and exploring the West Wing, Ballroom, or Rose Gallery. Plus, your kids will receive a white chocolate “Chip” that they can paint with edible paint! It’s always a hit and great way to end your special meal.

Coral Reef at EPCOT: Did you know that you can dine in front of one of the largest aquariums in the United States? Epcot is home to one of the largest aquariums in the country and part of it is surrounded by a restaurant! You may even be able to get a guide to the variety of fish you’ll see in the tanks in front of you.

Sci Fi Dine In Theater at Hollywood Studios: You’ll take a step back in time to a 1950’s drive in movie theater at Sci Fi. Your kids will have the chance to eat inside of a car while they watch short scenes from old sci-fi movies. Your kids will probably also love their classic American menu featuring macaroni and cheese, a cheeseburger, chicken strips and more.

50’s Primetime Cafe at Hollywood Studios: This is another Hollywood Studios restaurant that will take you back in time to the 1950’s. Your kids will have a chance to see what kitchens and even black and white TV’s looked like in the 1950’s during their meal. This menu is full of comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, chicken strips and more. Just be sure to remember your manners and keep your elbows off the table!

Rainforest Cafe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Your kids will love feeling like they are venturing into the jungle at Rainforest Cafe. They can watch animatronic elephants, gorillas, birds and more while they eat dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets, quesadillas, mini hot dogs and more. Rainforest Cafe does have two locations at Disney World, one inside of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and another at Disney Springs.

Best Disney World Restaurants for Kids Other than Character Dining

Disney Springs

The Boathouse: You can enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining at The Boathouse with beautiful views all around. If you’re seated outside or along the windows, your kids may even spot an amphicar driving across Lake Buena Vista. If you choose to dine inside, you may even be lucky enough to eat inside of a boat!

T-Rex Cafe: If you have a dinosaur loving child, you can’t miss T-Rex Cafe. They can be surrounded by animatronic dinosaurs, including a fifteen foot T-Rex! You’ll even get to experience a meteor shower every 20 minutes. in the gift shop, your kids can dig for hidden dinosaur fossils or build their own stuffed dinosaur. If you’re looking for a sweet way to end your meal, don’t miss the Chocolate Extinction dessert.

Planet Hollywood: You can dine among the stars at Planet Hollywood. During your meal, your kids can watch music videos and even enjoy a sing along every now and then. Some of the tables even have TV’s inside of them. You can also check out a variety of movie memorabilia throughout four floors of the restaurant.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Whispering Canyon has all you care to enjoy skillets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The servers are rather witty and interactive. You never know what might happen when you ask for a drink refill or ketchup with your meal. Although Whispering Canyon has toned down the antics they’ve always been known for, this is still a fun and interactive meal for kids of all ages.

Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village: What could be a better view than watching giraffe, zebras or gazelle walk across the savanna during your dinner? You will enjoy some spectacular views of the sunset savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge during your meal here. Plus, if you’re looking for an educational experience, you may even be able to dine with an animal specialist.

Best Disney World Restaurants for Kids Other than Character Dining

What are your kids’ favorite Disney restaurants? Do you agree with our recommendations for the best Disney World restaurants for kids? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

What You Need to Pack in Your Disney World Park Bag

Disney World park bag

What will you need for a day at Disney World? What kinds of things should you pack for in your Disney World park bag for an enjoyable day? If you’ve never been to Disney World or maybe it’s been a while, you may be unsure what you’d like to carry with you. We have some suggestions as to what we recommend that you pack in your Disney World park bag for a magical day in the parks.

For Everyone

We think the following items are useful whether you are traveling alone, as a couple, or with a family.

Hand Sanitizer: Even before the pandemic, it has always been important to have a way to clean your hands on the go. There are a lot of people touching the same rides, queues, and more so you’ll want to keep your hands clean throughout the day and before meals. We recommend bringing some travel size hand sanitizer. We especially love these alcohol free hand sanitizer wipes for kids.

Sunscreen: It’s sunny almost year round in Florida! Even if you are traveling in the winter, there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy some sunny days and will still want to have some sunscreen to apply throughout the day. It’s MUCH cheaper to bring with you than to have to purchase it from a gift shop in the parks.

Portable Phone Charger: Between taking pictures and videos of your magical memories and checking and making dining reservations and FastPass+ selections in your My Disney Experience account, there’s a good chance that your phone battery won’t last all day in the parks. We recommend a portable phone charger to keep your phone charged throughout your day. I’ve heard great things about this Anker portable charger.

Sunglasses:

Water Bottle: You can always ask for a free cup of ice water at any quick service dining location, but in the heat, it can be nice to have your own water bottle to carry with you and refill throughout the parks. If you’re sensitive to the taste of Florida tap water, you may want to bring a drink flavoring. We love collapsible water bottles to save space in your bag when not in use.

Gum: Did you know that you cannot purchase gum at Disney World? It’s true! If you want to enjoy a piece of gum during your visit, you’ll have to bring some with you! We recommend ordering a multipack from Amazon so you won’t run out.

First Aid Kit: From blisters from uncomfortable shoes to scrapes, you never know when you may need a band-aid or even some Neosporin. These Johnson & Johnson Mini First Aid Kits are the perfect size to toss in your bag and go!

Mickey (or Minnie) Ears: Is any park outfit complete without “ears?” There are SO many to choose from! You can show off your style, favorite characters, and more designs. We love these navy blue ears with pink polka dots or you’ll never go wrong with the classic Mickey ears hat. You can even order an inexpensive 3-pack of Minnie ears.

Ziploc Bags: Ziploc bags can prove useful in the parks for a number of reasons! If you have a quick rain shower and end up with wet clothes, have leftover snacks without a resealable container, or a little one with an accident, you may be thankful for carrying a few Ziploc bags in your Disney World park bag.

Lanyards: If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll receive a complimentary magic band with your reservation so you don’t have to worry about carrying a hard card ticket, but you may want to try pin trading. How cute is this Mickey Mouse lanyard or this Star Wars lanyard?

Disney World park bag

Additional Items When Traveling with Kids

We think the following items are helpful to have in your park bag when you’re traveling with kids.

Mickey Mouse Stroller Hook: Regardless of the size of your stroller, it can be helpful to have an extra place to hang things. We love this Mickey Mouse stroller hook from Petunia Pickle Bottom for hanging jackets, bags, and even the resort refillable drink mugs.

Stroller Tag: If you’ve been to the parks before, then you probably know how many strollers are in the stroller parking areas. With all those strollers so close together, it can be difficult to quickly and easily find yours (especially since cast members often move them so there aren’t open spaces). A fun activity before you go would be to make a sign to hang on your stroller. If you aren’t very crafty or are short on time, these rainbow pom poms can be great to hang on the handle.

Autograph Book (and Sharpie or pen): If you’re planning to meet any characters during your visit, you may want an autograph book for them to sign, especially during character meals. Some guests even like the Disney Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters so each character can sign their corresponding page. Don’t forget to bring a Sharpie or pen for the characters to use as many handlers don’t carry any for you.

Light Up Toys: Light up toys are SO popular in the parks! Kids love playing with these light up toys while they wait for nighttime spectaculars like Happily Ever After. This two pack of Mickey Mouse flashing wands are perfect to keep the Disney magic going. We also love this six pack of flashing Mickey Mouse necklaces or two pack of snowflake wands for any Frozen fan!

Bubble Wand: Bubble toys are another popular souvenir in the parks! These toys can set you back about $25 though so we always try to bring one with us. We love this coloring changing LED bubble wand for less than $15!

Glow Sticks: Glow sticks are a fun and inexpensive treat for the kids while you enjoy the parks at night. You can order a multi-pack of glow sticks so the kids can wear some (or even share with other kids) every night of your stay.

Reusable Straws: Disney Parks have removed plastic straws from the theme parks and resorts. They do offer paper straws at most locations, but these can be difficult for kids to use or even anyone enjoying a frozen beverage. You can bring these stainless steel straws or these collapsible silicone straws that come with a carrying case.

Additional Items When Traveling in the Summer

We think these items are extra useful when traveling in the summer or for our guests who are sensitive to the heat.

Cooling Towels: Cooling towels don’t take up a lot of space in your bag, but can really help keep you cool! These cooling towels use moisture from the towel to draw the sweat away from your skin and stay cool for up to 3 hours! You can order a four pack here.

Handheld Fan or Misting Spray Fan: A handheld fan or misting spray fan can come in handy while waiting for the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom or just walking throughout the parks. Most of the spray fans are battery operated while many of the handheld fans can be charged with a USB port so you can even use your portable charger for your fan! You can order a misting fan here or a handheld fan here.

Print your own Disney Park Bag checklist here:

Disney World park bag checklist

We also have a list of ten things to make traveling with a toddler easier.

What do you bring in your Disney World park bag?

10 Activities and Ideas to Countdown to Disney Vacations

You’ve booked your family’s Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line vacation! Now what? How will you pass the coming weeks and months before your magical adventure? There are so many fun ways to countdown to Disney vacations! You can get the whole family involved to build excitement for your visit.

Take a Virtual Disney Vacation

We recently wrote a whole list of ideas about how you can take a virtual Disney vacation. Some kids like to be prepared to know what to expect so you can watch YouTube videos. We also love making Disney Parks treats at home when we can’t visit the parks in person.

Have a Very Merry Unbirthday Party or Tea Party

Start by watching “Alice in Wonderland” and then celebrate your un-birthday! Set the scene and decorate your table with these colorful flowers. For dessert, make these Cheshire Cat cupcakes or a Cheshire Cat cake roll. A fun activity for the kids is to make their own talking doorknob.

While you’re on the “Alice in Wonderland” theme, you can have a tea party! You can make your own edible tea cups out of ice cream cones. Disney Family even has a mad tea party mousse recipe. The kids can even make and decorate their own tea pots with this template.

Make and Decorate Mickey Cookies

What better way to get some quality time than to bake cookies? You can bake and decorate Disney cookies while you countdown to Disney! Get as creative as you can.

You can find an inexpensive five pack of Mickey Mouse cookie cutters or this 11 piece set including Mickey heads, glove, and more. Don’t forget fun sprinkles like these red, white and black Mickey sprinkles or these pink, purple and green Mickey sprinkles.

Make a Countdown Chain

A countdown chain can be both a fun visual for the kids as you count down the days until your vacation and a great activity to keep them busy! Depending on how early you begin your countdown to Disney, you can count down the number of weeks to go or the number of days to go. Or, make a combination of both! We have a PDF version of the countdown chain that you can print at the bottom.

Have a Disney Movie Marathon

There are so many attractions and shows inspired by Disney movies. Make some time to catch up on any you may have missed. Disney+ has a great selection or you can always order some relatively inexpensively from Amazon.

We recommend the animated classics for Magic Kingdom, Frozen for Epcot, Toy Story and the Star Wars trilogies for Hollywood Studios, and Avatar for Animal Kingdom, just to name a few.

Coloring Books

If you have little ones, you can pick up Disney coloring books from your local dollar store. They can color pictures of their favorite characters that they hope to meet during your vacation. We also love Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring for little ones, even to occupy them on the airplane.

For adults, there are some amazing Disney coloring books! Some of our favorites include Art of Coloring: Disney Animals, Art of Coloring: Disney Villains, Disney Dreams Collection from Thomas Kinkade Studios, Art of Coloring: Disney Princess, Art of Coloring: Mickey & Minnie and Art of Coloring: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

You can even sign up for a FREE Disney World coloring book to get started ASAP here.

Read a Disney Themed Book Series

Kingdom Keepers

From TheKingdomKeepers.com, “In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park “guides” find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI–which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging–Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming? Finn’s confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney’s beloved realm, and maybe more. This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.”

You can start with the Kingdom Keepers Boxed Set which includes the first three books of the series. This is perfect for older kids to read on their own or mom and dad to read together with younger ones.

A Twisted Tale

For adult readers, you could try the “A Twisted Tale” series. This series will “reintroduce fans to their favorite worlds and stories – with game-changing twists that have readers feverishly turning pages to follow their heroes and heroines into all-new adventures.”

We recommend starting with A Twisted Tale Collection: A Boxed Set of three books.

Make Mickey or Minnie Ears

The Disney Family site has a ton of fun DIY projects to make your own pair of ears. For most of these, you’ll just need some felt, a headband, scissors, and glue. Some of our favorite projects include traditional Mickey and Minnie ears, Stitch ears, Yoda ears, and Marie ears.

Or, if you just want to decorate the ears, you can order a set of plain ears and add ribbons, sequins, and more. This will really help you show off your unique Disney style!

Host a Pirate Dinner

Prepare to ride Pirates of the Caribbean with a pirate night celebration. If you want to look the part, check out this Jack Sparrow Dress Up Kit or make your own eye patches.

For dessert, you can make cookies decorated with these skull and sword stencils. Or, make these adorable baby croc cupcakes.

If you are planning a surprise trip and looking for a big reveal, this would be a great way to do it! You can end the night with a treasure hunt. You can even print these Pirates of the Caribbean clue cards and map to add to the fun!

Planning Books

It can be fun to get the whole family involved in planning your Disney World vacation. You can read together about which attractions you just can’t miss. It can help to get the kids involved so you know their interests and “must do’s.” We recommend Birnbaum’s 2021 Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide or The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2021.

We think you’ll also love the behind the scenes look at how Disney creates magic for guests in Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real.

Bonus: We also love playing Disney music at home and in the car while we countdown to Disney! There are some great (free) Disney stations on Pandora or you can order a CD, like the Disney Theme Park Classics or the Walt Disney World Official Album.

How do you plan to countdown to Disney?

Print your own DIY countdown to Disney vacations chain here:

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Celebrate Earth Day 2021 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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Earth Month is a great time to reflect on our personal relationship with our beautiful planet and how we can all care for the world we share. Whether it’s reducing your own ecological footprint, planting a tree, creating a butterfly garden or learning more about wildlife and conservation, all of these efforts unite us as we do our part to protect nature’s treasures. And while Disney theme parks celebrate all living things every day, during the annual Earth Day 2021 Celebration there’s an added opportunity for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park guests to connect with the magic of nature through engaging activities designed to educate and inspire the whole family.

From April 18 to 24, 2021, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host limited-time experiences including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity and more. Here’s a look at what’s in store to spark your curiosity about wildlife and inspire your own conservation efforts:

  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station shows how Disney Artists bring favorite characters to life by using animals for inspiration. For the Earth Day Celebration and the month of April, you can learn to draw characters – including Dumbo, Terk, Squirt, Shere Khan, Simba and Scar – whose real-life counterparts represent amazing stories of conservation work around the globe.
  • Catch a glimpse of some special characters who will join other favorite Disney pals on Discovery River Character Cruises.
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Snack around the park sampling Earth Day eats, including a selection of limited-time specialty cupcakes: the Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake, the strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue, or the Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake (plus the Crave the Wave cocktail!) at Restaurantosaurus Lounge. Be sure to dig in soon because the treats are only available for a limited time.

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  • Set out on a series of self-guided, nature-themed challenges and earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.
  • Hunt for an Earth Day 2021 limited-edition Te Fiti Moana trading pin. You can also support the Disney Conservation Fund by purchasing a cuddly plush inspired by species that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home; or check out Island Mercantile’s eco-friendly water bottles, tumblers and reusable bags that promote sustainability.
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Any time you visit the park, marvel at unique animals and meet the newest arrivals. Most recently, the park welcomed the birth of Ranger, and you can get a glimpse of the rambunctious five-month-old white rhino calf and his crash on your journey aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris. While on safari, also keep an eye out for two young Masai giraffe who were born a few months ago, and playful Nigerian dwarf goats that hang out at the warden’s outpost.

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  • Disney PhotoPass Service captures magical memories with special in-park Earth Day 2021 backgrounds and Magic Shots, including an all-new photo opportunity. In addition, Earth Day 2021 screen savers and Zoom backgrounds can be downloaded from the My Disney Experience PhotoPass gallery.
  • Beginning April 2, you can watch as artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales,” an original series streaming on Disney+ on Earth Day. The intricate sculpted masterpiece will be located on the Discovery Island Stage until April 30.

For more information on how Disney cares for animals and helps protect species in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com, check out “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on Disney+, streaming now, Disney Park Wild Sights, a short form video mini-series exclusive to the My Disney Experience app, or follow along on Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Instagram (@DrMarkAtDisney) and Facebook (@DisneyASE) pages.

What are your plans for Earth Day 2021?

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Sweet Treats to Celebrate Easter 2021 at Walt Disney World

Easter 2021 at Disney World

Ready to hop into Easter 2021 with some deliciously adorable offerings from Disney Parks? You’ll find everything from cute Easter cupcakes, mini bunny cakes, and chocolate-covered eggs to a list of Easter brunches at Walt Disney World Resort! Happy Easter!

Easter 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort

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Creature Comforts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)

Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)

Restaurantosaurus, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)

  • Thumper Cupcake – Carrot cupcake with cream cheese filling, caramel buttercream, and a chocolate “Thumper” (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 5)

Tiffins Restaurant, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Easter Basket – Mango and mixed berry cake, lemon cheesecake, vanilla meringue, marshmallow variations, Kataifi, berry coulis, and mango chantilly (available Apr. 25)
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Coral Reef Restaurant, EPCOT

  • Easter Brookie Basket – Easter brookie basket with white chocolate ganache, buttercream, and chocolate eggs (available Apr. 4)

Le Cellier Steakhouse, EPCOT

  • Key Lime Robin Egg – Key lime mascarpone cheesecake with blueberry gelée, crème fraîche whipped cream, graham cracker shortbread, and key lime powder (available Apr. 4)
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Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs

  • Bunny Mini Dome Cake – Coconut ice cream mousse with caramel cream cheese center and carrot cake (available Mar. 28 through Apr. 4)
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The Ganachery, Disney Springs

  • Easter Minnie Bunny Piñata – Milk chocolate sphere filled with marshmallow treats (available Mar. 21 through Apr. 4)
  • Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Bunnies – Milk chocolate bunnies filled with bourbon chocolate drink (available Mar. 21 through Apr. 4)
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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, Disney Springs

  • Fill your Easter basket with the classic Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Bunny and Mini Milk Chocolate Caramel Bunnies (available through Apr. 4 while supplies last)
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World Premiere Food Court, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort (mobile order available)

Landscape of Flavors, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (mobile order available)

Everything Pop Shopping and Dining, Disney’s Pop Century Resort (mobile order available)

  • EGGStraordinare Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with lemon filling, vanilla buttercream, and sugar eggs (available Apr. 14)
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Contempo Café. Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Mini Bunny Cake – Mini carrot cake filled with cream cheese icing decorated with fondant and buttercream (available Apr. 2 4)
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Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (mobile order available)

  • Carrot Blondie Pop – Buttery brown sugar cake bar on a lollipop stick decorated like a carrot (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 4)
  • Bunny Box – Dark chocolate bunny with Easter egg petit cake and foil-wrapped chocolate eggs (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 4)
  • Marshmallow Bunny Tail Pops – Jumbo marshmallows dipped in pastel chocolate with spring sprinkles (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 4)
  • The Grand Egg – White chocolate egg filled with jelly beans (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 4)
  • Miniature Bunny Cake – Individual serving sized bunny confetti cake with vanilla buttercream (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 4)
  • Pastel Mickey Whoopie Pie – Buttery pastel vanilla sponge cake with spring colored vanilla icing (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 4)
  • Easter Egg Hunt Cupcake – Carrot cake cupcake with marshmallow filling topped with buttercream, jelly beans, and chocolate bunny (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 4)
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The Artist Palette, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort (mobile order available)

  • Easter Cake – Layers of lemon sponge cake and strawberry buttercream, fresh diced strawberries, and decorative Easter touches (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 5)

Good’s to Go, Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Easter Cupcake – Lemon sponge cake filled with a strawberry compote topped with vanilla buttercream and garnished with decorative Easter touches (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 5)

Topolino’s Terrace  Flavors of the Riviera, Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • Spring Garden Dessert – Pistachio cake, caramel cream, brown butter crumble, and blood orange-carrot sorbet (available Apr. 4)
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Roaring Forks, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (mobile order available)

  • Key Lime Easter Cupcake – Key lime cupcake with butter cream icing, and Easter décor (available Apr. 14)
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The Market at Ale & Compass, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort (mobile order available)

The Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort (mobile order available)

  • Mickey Chocolate Easter Egg (available Mar. 14 through Apr. 4)
  • Minnie Chocolate  Easter Egg (available Mar. 14 through Apr. 4)
  • Robin’s Egg Blueberry Macarons –Three blue-speckled macarons filled with blueberry ganache and blueberry jam sitting on chocolate crunch “nest”  (available Mar. 14- through Apr. 4)
  • Easter Bunny Strawberry Cheesecake – Strawberry cheesecake with lemon crust with velvet white chocolate and decorated with a ruby red glitter glaze and fondant (available Mar. 14- through Apr. 4)
  • Easter Cookies n’ Cream Bonbons – Cookies n’ Cream bonbons with cookies ‘n cream mousse and cookies ‘n cream base covered in chocolate (available Mar. 14 through Apr. 4)
  • Easter Carrot Cupcake – Carrot cake cupcake with a cream cheese icing decorated chocolate ganache, cookies ‘n cream crumbs, buttercream, and wildflower quins (available Mar. 14 through Apr. 4)
  • Lemon Crinkle Cookies – A pack of three brightly colored lemon-flavored crinkle cookies (available Mar. 14 through Apr. 4)
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Resort Easter Egg Displays

Our talented pastry chefs have created eggs-travagantly detailed pieces of sweet edible art that will be on display at various resort locations.

  • Disney’s BoardWalk Resort – Lobby area (available for viewing Mar. 26-April 4)
  • Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort & Spa – Lobby area, concierge level, and Grand Floridian Café lobby (available for viewing Mar. 15-April 4)
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – Carriage House (available for viewing Apr. 1-11)
  • Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort – Beach Club lobby, Yacht Club lobby, Ale & Compass Restaurant, The Market at Ale & Compass (available for viewing Mar. 18-Apr. 4)
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You can enjoy Easter brunch at these Walt Disney World Resort restaurants:

  • Olivia’s Café, Disney’s Old Key West Resort – View brunch menu and make reservations here.
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant – View Easter brunch menu and make reservations here.
  • Whispering Canyon Café – View Easter brunch menu and make reservations here.

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