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Calling all Disney fanatics … The Midship Detective Agency needs your help!  You can play along with this free interactive game when cruising on either the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream. This activity will keep even the littlest passengers entertained. 

The game begins when you “sign up” at the Midship Detective Agency desk.  You then receive your detective badge card.  This card will activate the game at different locations throughout the ship.  The goal of the game is to figure out which villain has committed the crime through the process of elimination.

 Not sure your littles will be interested yet?  Here’s the best part: In order to play you must locate the Enchanted Artwork onboard.  Once you hold your badge card in front of the art the magic really begins.  The art comes to life in spectacular fashion using scenes from your favorite new and classic Disney animations!

When my family visited the Disney Dream we played this game over and over, especially on the days at sea.  It was a hit with all four of us.  I was thrilled to see the classic artwork, my husband thought the animation was amazing and our kids loved the idea of working along with Mickey to solve the crimes!  Another great feature of these activities was how quickly it helped us to learn the ship.  We went from deck to deck, forward to aft looking for the clues we needed.  The kids really enjoyed doing this even until late into the evening.

On the Dream you can choose from two different scenarios for the game.  Either “The Case of the Missing Puppies” or “The Case of the Plundered Paintings” can be played at any given time.  Once you have finished one of the games you can always go back to the desk and choose to play the other.  The game can also have a different outcome every time you play.  On the Fantasy you can play these games as well as a new game featuring the Muppets called “The Case of the Stolen Show”.

Schedule your Disney Cruise Vacation with your Me and The Mouse Agent today and start planning this and a multitude of other fun activities onboard!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly like your favorite Disney characters?  Peter Pan, Dumbo, Jasmine and Aladdin and many others?  That’s what Characters in Flight is all about!

Step aboard this hand painted, helium filled balloon for an all new view of the theme parks and Resort hotels in the distance.  You’ll get a 360-degree view of Downtown Disney from up to 400 feet in the air.  Operated by Ae’rophile S.A., the basket holds up to 29 passengers and 1 operator.  From this height you will be able to walk the entire circle of the basket to get views from every angle.  You really can see as far as 10 miles away!  It’s truly stunning at night!IMG_0080

The operators love answering questions about the balloon too so feel free to ask away.  Once you reach the maximum height you will spend about 10 minutes looking out over the Walt Disney World Resort in wonder and amazement.  It’s a great place to play “I spy”, get a beautiful picture, or take a romantic moment to kiss your sweetie while floating above the world.  Once your journey has ended you will slowly be lowered, via a cable attached to the balloon, back to the ground.

Ticket prices are $12 per child and $18 per adult.  If you are interested in experiencing this one of a kind flight contact your Me and The Mouse Agent for more information.

 

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When booking packages for clients I always mention the Memory Maker. Why? Because I personally think it is totally worth it! There are three major factors that lead me to this conclusion:

1. User Friendly

2. Photo Options

3. Budget Minded

 

1. User Friendly:

During my last trip to Disney I purchased the Memory Maker option for our vacation package. It was so incredible easy to use. After entering a park, we would look on a map to see where photographers were stationed. If we passed by one of them, we would take a few quick family photos, scan our MagicBands, and we were good to go!

Want to capture the photos taken on attractions like Splash Mountain or Buzz Light’s Space Ranger Spin? Your MagicBand automatically links these to your account. Just jump off the ride and head on your merry way!blog - Memory Maker 3a

Every evening when we were back in our room we would go to “Disney PhotoPass” online to view our photos for the day. It was awesome to immediately see photos from our trip.

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The “Disney PhotoPass” website is very easy to use. Since our trip was to Walt Disney World, our photos were organized by what park we visited.

 

With one click of a button you can automatically download a digital copy of all your photos—as long as you are within your download window of time.

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2. Photo Options

If you are interested in adding some extra Disney magic to your photo, you can ask the photographer for a Magic Shot. With Magic Shots, extra surprises will be added to your photo after it is taken, like including Tinkerbell in your hand, or Stitch busting out of the pavement in front of you!

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After photos show up in your PhotoPass account, they are also very easy to edit. Simply click on the photo you wish to edit, within My Disney PhotoPass. Choose a photo size, change orientation, make a black and white version, or add Disney borders and stickers. This makes your pictures even more special.

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Within Disney PhotoPass, there are also many different products you may purchase if you wish, including prints, greeting cards, calendars, books, ornaments, mugs, mouse pads and more!

3. Budget-Minded:

 Save $20 when you purchase Memory Maker online or with your travel agent, at least 3 days before your first photo is taken. Memory Maker cost  $149 when you purchase in advance, compared to the regular price of $169 sold at select locations at Walt Disney World Resort.

Photos remain in your account for 45 days after they are taken. During this time you may download your photos with no additional cost beyond the price of the package.

 In conclusion is the Memory Maker worth the $149? My answer is, “Yes!” Everyone gets to be in the photos, the interface is easy to use, you may customize with fun Disney extras, and you get to download digital files. This is a great deal in my family’s opinion!

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For the last 25 years, Disney guests have been splashing around at one of the greatest overlooked experiences on Disney property.  Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is home to a wide range of mild to wild water attractions, and is a great place to cool off during the hottest Disney summer months. 

Disney is known for its great theming and Typhoon Lagoon does not disappoint.  The details show evidence of the island paradise once wiped out by a typhoon; most notably, Miss Tilley’s shipwrecked shrimp boat on the top of Mount Mayday which erupts into a geyser every 30 minutes.

Typhoon Lagoon is full of attractions ranging in intensity.  At the center of the park is the surf pool, which is the largest man-made wave pool in North America.  Guests can even take surfing lessons at this wave pool when the park is closed.  The huge waves of the surf pool is one of the biggest draws to Typhoon Lagoon.  Circling the entire park is Castaway Creek, a relaxing “lazy river” loop around Typhoon Lagoon with over 2,000 feet of surf carrying you in and out of caves, shade trees and other surprises along the way.

Along with the awesome surf pool and lazy river, Typhoon Lagoon is also home to some of the most fun and thrilling body and raft slides in the world. 

*Humunga Kowabunga: Fast body slide dropping at a 60 degree angle. 

*Crush ‘n’ Gusher: Wild water coaster thrill with climbs and dips. 

*Storm Slides: 3 mild body slides winding around beautiful tropical scenery. 

*Mayday Falls and Keelhaul Falls: Raft slides from the top of Mount Mayday for 1-2 riders at a time. 

*Gangplank Falls: Bring along three other friends and make some memories on this team raft ride.   

Small guests 4′ and under have their own area with slides, wading pools and interactive water play. Ketchakiddie Creek is sure to delight your littlest swimmers!  

Typhoon Lagoon Crush N GusherWhat separates Typhoon Lagoon from all other water parks? Other than the creative theming and massive wave pool, the shark reef.  Guests can swim with sharks, stingrays and several types of tropical fish, such as the Blue Tang (like Dory).  

Because all that swimming is bound to make you hungry, Typhoon Lagoon has several options for food.  There are several counter service restaurants serving hot dogs, chicken, burgers and basic American cuisine, most of which carry Disney Dining Plan quick service and snack options.  Grab a few friends and share my personal favorite treat at Typhoon Lagoon!  The Garbage Pail Sundae found at Happy Landing Ice Cream is complete with chocolate and vanilla soft serve, waffle cone pieces, sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry layered into a sand pail to be scooped out with a shovel.  Truly, an ice-cream lover’s dream!  Typhoon Lagoon Keel Haul Falls

Want to visit Typhoon Lagoon on your next visit to Disney? Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your water park experience: 

*Add the Water Park and More option to your ticket.  A one-day ticket to Typhoon Lagoon is $54+tax.  Adding the Water Park and More option to your base ticket is $63.90 and you will get the same amount of entrances to the water parks as the amount of days you have for your base tickets.  For example, if you have a 5-day base ticket, you will get 5 entrances to the water parks.  This makes it ideal for an afternoon cooling off time or a great way to use your days off from visiting the 4 theme parks.  What a terrific value!  

*Bring your own towel and save yourself a $2 rental fee.   

*If you must bring valuables to the park, be prepared to rent a locker.  Smaller lockers are $13/day and larger lockers are $15/day.  Both require a $5 key deposit.   

*Wear bathing suits without metal or rivets. 

*Life jackets for kids are free to use.  Just be ready to leave your ID at guest services. 

*Your magic band is safe to be worn in the pools and all the slides and is extremely convenient for scanning at the food locations and with the several photographers there to add to your Memory Maker! 

Remember Typhoon Lagoon to add some wonderful magic to your family’s next Disney summer vacation.   

Julie Stewart

Travel Specialist

 

 

Club Cool

When you visit Future World in Epcot, be sure to check out Club Cool.  It’s located in Innoventions West where you’ll find Epcot’s Character Spot.  Club Cool is an air-conditioned store sponsored by Coca-Cola.  There are lots of Coca-Cola products to purchase and best of all there is FREE soda to drink.

 Disney and Coca-Cola have teamed up to offer 8 different flavors from around the world to sample. 

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 Sparberry  – This raspberry cream-flavored soda has been a favorite in Africa

since 1955.  It’s also my kids favorite.  Give it a try. 

 Inca Kola – This Peruvian favorite offers a sweet, almost bubblegum-like taste.

Beverly– a favorite among many for two reasons, it’s flavor and it’s origin, Italy.

Fanta – Fanta started in Europe in the 1950s and is now sold throughout the US in a variety of flavors. 

Guarana Kuat -This Brazilian drink is flavored with the guarana berry.  It’s surprisingly good. 

VegitaBeta – This drink is a combination of passion fruit and apricot.  It originated in Japan. 

Melon Frosty Fanta – Thailand’s favorite soda is this melon-flavored drink. This was far from my kids favorite.  It’s a unique flavor. 

Bibo –   This is a fruit flavored juice drink that comes from South Africa. 

 So If you are needing to cool down for a bit and want to quench your thirst, try Club Cool.

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Roxanne Genovese

Travel Specialist

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 10.51.47 AMI have to admit I was really skeptical about the face painting at Walt Disney World. It seemed like such a waste of money for something to last just one day. However, during my last trip to Walt Disney World I have changed my mind!

 I have two girls, ages five and two. Both of them had grandparents give them spending money at Walt Disney World, and they both began talking about how they wanted to spend their money on face painting before they even got to Disney World. I had a discussion with my girls, and we decided that we would get our faces painted at the Animal Kingdom.Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 10.52.33 AM

 We decided that first thing in the morning would be best for the experience, so we would not have to wait in line. We walked up to the booth right outside of the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Three young lady cast members were working the booth. They were very sweet with my girls. After my kids picked out their designs the artist got quickly to work. My kids held more still than I’ve ever seen them. They were so excited.

 While the artists were painting, they told me that touchups were free during the day they were purchased anywhere on Disney property, including Downtown Disney. Just show your receipt and you are good to go. This really sweetened the pot for me! We ended up having three touchups on the girls that day. We paid $16/painting and I really feel like we got our monies worth!Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 10.49.18 AM

 A couple days later, we were at Hollywood Studios during Star Wars weekend. My girls once again wanted to use their money for face painting, because they loved it so much. Since we had such a wonderful experience with it at Animal I quickly agreed. Again, I was not disappointed.Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 10.49.34 AM

 My girls had arrived in costume that day as Yoda. The face painting really completed their outfit and people oohed and aahed all day. Again, we had several touch ups with no problems, and the cast members were always happy to help.

 The thing I liked most about the face painting is it really made for some great photo ops during our trip!