Photo Pass

PhotoPass+

You never know when that perfect photo opportunity is going to take place so it’s nice to know that there are Disney PhotoPass Photographers at Disney World and Disneyland theme parks, resorts, water parks (May through September) and attractions. 

What the PhotoPass+ includes:

  • PhotoPass+ Card and Lanyard
  • Gallery CD with more than 400 Disney World stock photos
  • Code to create and order a Photo CD with all your photos online at DisneyPhotoPass.com; Print Packages at select Dining locations; Digital Downloads at select attractions (Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Twlight Zone Towner of Terror, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur.

 This link shows when you can find photographers:

http://www.disneyphotopass.com/skins/100147/help/AboutDPP-Maps-Tips.pdf

Benefits of using PhotoPass:

  • By pre-ordering you’ll save money, just let us know when you make your final payment.  Cost is $199.95 at the parks but if your pre-order the cost is $158.69 (this includes tax).
  • Professional photographers are taking the pictures; they’ll help you get just the right pose in front of those iconic spots.
  • Not fumbling for your camera when your child runs up to give their favorite character that oh so sweet hug.
  • Go online for up to 30 days after your trip to order your pictures.  I’ve ordered the calendar in the past, and loved the quality.  After the year is over I then have pictures for scrapbooking.
  • Unlimited number of photos in your account.
  • Convenience, come home and take the CD to your local photo shop and have all the pictures you want printed AND you’ve already gotten a picture for your Christmas card!!!     

What to expect:

  • Add PhotoPass+
  • Receive voucher in your Disney Documents
  • Take voucher to Photo Center in any of the Parks, they will activate it and give you your lanyard and photo pass card
  • After vacation you have 30 days to modify, edit, add borders etc.
  • Upload your own personal photos and finalize
  • Disney will send your CDs along with copy-write permission to print photos

Also for all those Disney Visa Cardholders out there go to Character Connection in Epcot, show your Disney Visa and you’ll be taken to a private area where you can meet some Disney characters.  Go to the Camera Center and you can get your free 5 x 7 photo!!

 For all of the details:

http://www.disneyphotopass.com/specialoffers/wdwlearnmore.htm

My husband’s family lives all across North America and getting everyone together once a year was turning out to be a lot of work. We had 17 people that required transportation, lodging, food and activities appropriate and enjoyable for all ages and personalities. This took hours of planning and coordination with people working to cook or clean up around the clock and not having the time to really cherish those we were supposed to be spending time with.  But then we found the magic in a family reunion at Walt Disney World and reunions turned into the highlight of our year.

On a Disney family reunion, no single person in the family is responsible for food, lodging, entertainment, nor transportation. It allows each one to enjoy their gathering to the fullest. The Magical Express and Disney busses take away any need for separate car rentals. Linked reservations allow hotel rooms close to one another for visiting. Sharing meals together are simple and uncomplicated as Walt Disney World’s restaurants are well equipped to handle very large groups and everyone, including those with food allergies and picky appetites, are able to satisfy their food cravings. Different personality types are all accommodated as rides, parades, shows and shops for all ages can be found at each park within the resort. Even more special, a Disney family reunion allows the bonding between different generations. Watch a grandparent’s eyes light up when your child asks them to be their passenger on the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway. Delight when your child overcomes some of their fears when their uncle convinces them to go on the Tower of Terror and they love it! Take the initiative and spend time with your relatives from far away and hear their stories of their first Disney related memory as you stroll around World Showcase Lagoon. Each moment will be a memory that you will treasure in years to come.  

So next time a family reunion is talked about in your family, suggest a Disney vacation. It may just be the best time you and your extended family have ever had together!

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist

When visiting Walt Disney World, Main Street U.S.A. is an area NOT to be missed.  With all the excitement of characters and rides, sometimes Main Street U.S.A. is quickly bypassed. However,  there are “magical moments” on Main Street at Walt Disney World.

One hidden treasure is the Harmony Barbershop on Main Street.  Reservations for resort guests can be made up to 180 day in advance, but walk-ins are also welcomed.  Early in the morning and during parades are a great time for walk-ins.  “First Haircuts” are their specialty, which includes a certificate to remember the experience, as well as “My 1st Haircut” mouse ears .  This package cost $18.00.  Confetti, colored hair gel and pixie dust for girls and pirate dust for boys are also available for an additional cost.  

This full-service barbershop shouldn’t be missed!  With the red and white barber pole outside to the antique cash register being used inside, the Harmony Barbershop is a treasure hidden among Main Street.  As you sit back and enjoy a haircut, a shave or a mustache trim, you may delight in seeing and hearing the Dapper Dans quartet singing outside the barbershop at various times throughout the day.

 

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

I can’t wait to experience Be Our Guest, the newest restaurant in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.  You can enjoy either a quick-service credit by day or a table-service credit at night (1 table- service credit). No reservation is needed for the daytime quick-service meal.

 The three dining areas include:

  • The Rose Gallery, where you will see figures of Belle and the Beast (this is the only dining room during lunch).
  • The West Wing, which features an enchanted rose.
  • The Ballroom, when looking up you’ll see a domed ceiling, chandeliers and softly falling snow.

 The menu at Be Our Guest is French inspired.  At lunchtime salads and sandwiches will be served.  Choices include the croquet monsier (ham and cheese sandwich); carved turkey sandwich, grilled steak sandwich with garlic butter spread and a tuna Nicoise salad.  Of course we can’t forget pommes frites, or as we Americans know them… french fries. 

At dinnertime you can expect a few heartier options like French onion soup, potato leek soup, vegetable quiche, braised pork, and grilled strip steak with pommes frites.  Another new happening at Fantasyland and in Magic Kingdom is that you can now order beer and wine.  Of course Mickey wouldn’t deny our sweet tooth in Fantasyland, where you can enjoy a variety of cupcakes and cream puffs. 

Several of us from Me and The Mouse Travel will be at Fantasyland for its official opening on December 6, so be expecting lots of fun stories and photos!

 

Can I visit Walt Disney World, enjoy all that it has to offer and still manage my child’s food allergies when it is time to eat? YES! Walt Disney World can be enjoyed and your food allergies can be easily managed while visiting the parks.

I visited Walt Disney World in May with my nephew, who has multiple severe food allergies, and found it easy to order tasty meals that he would enjoy.  Disney takes the stress and worry out of eating and snacking around the Magic Kingdom, even with a food allergy.  When making reservations at any of Disney’s table-service restaurants, it is quick and easy to note a food allergy with your reservation.  You can also contact a Dietary Specialist at (407) 824-5967 or email specialdiets@disneyworld.com about your food allergies, dining reservations and any concerns you may have in meeting your dietary restrictions.  While ordering at counter-service locations, binders are available at the cashier’s stand that show pictures of available meals and lists all of the ingredients.  Once we decided on our meal choice, the manager gladly took our order and personally supervised that our meal was cooked and made with our dietary restrictions in mind. While enjoying character meals and table-service meals, the chef joined us at our table to personally discuss my nephew’s food allergies and how he could accommodate us. 

At the Plaza Restaurant, our chef went above and beyond creating a “Mickeylodeon” ice cream treat just for my nephew to enjoy like the one that all of the other kids were enjoying. The same thing happened at the Cape May breakfast with Mickey and Friends, where our chef created the famous Mickey Mouse waffles minus the ingredients my nephew couldn’t have.

Walt Disney World serves kosher meals at table and quick-service locations.  Two days advanced notice is required for table service locations. 

Even if you have dietary restrictions, you can still enjoy all the yummy deliciousness that Walt Disney World offers at its’ numerous dining experiences.

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

So, you think you have seen and done it all at Disney?  Maybe you have… but the next time you visit,  you must try some of our Top Ten favorite treats at Disney!  

1- The Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom: The authentic Dole Whip‘s core ingredient is soft serve Pineapple Sorbet, and it can be served float-style, with pineapple juice; or all alone. No matter how you get it, you’re spending under $5.

 

2- Mickey’s Ice Cream Bar located on Main Street U.S.A. Any kid that has been to Disney remembers their first Mickey Ears ice cream, whether it be the new completely chocolate dipped version, or the original version which had Mickey’s face in chocolate ice cream mixed with the vanilla ice cream.

 

3- Kaki-Gori located in Japan at Epcot: This delicious hand shaped, enoromous snowball is so refreshing on a hot day and it’s topped with fruit syrup!

 

4- Beignet at Port Orleans French Quarter

Beignets are a New Orleans staple.  They are a rich, buttery pastry fried in hot oil until it turns into a golden brown pillow of deliciousness.

 

5- Carrot Cake Cookie at Writer’s Shop at Hollywood Studios: This super moist whoopie pie cookie is piled high with cream cheese frosting and it’s big enough to share. This is one of my favorite hidden Disney gem’s.

 

6- The Butterfinger Cupcake at Starring Rolls: This chocolate cupcake is so delicious with a suprise fudge center topped with vanilla frosting and crunched up Butterfingers.  To.Die.For.

 

7- The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream: Multiple scoops of ice cream, oreo cookies, candy bars, cake, bananas, cherries, brownies, and an entire can of whipped cream.  Need I say more?

 

8- Caramel Ginger Ice Cream located in China at Epcot:  This ice cream has a very pleasant sweetness to it, with an added “pop” from the ginger, and the two flavors melded together is just a wonderful experience. Definitely another great “cool down” treat.

 

9-  Authentic Hand Twisted Pretzel located in Germany at Epcot: Disneyuses a different recipe for the pretzels in Germany, so don’t think you are getting just your average run of the mill pretzel.  These are always freshly prepared, in high demand, and one of the best soft pretzels I have ever had.

 

10- Ghiradelli at Downtown Disney:  You have to make a trip here.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  From fudge and candy to ice cream and soda floats, this is one of my favorite places to visit at Downtown Disney.

 

 

As part of this morning’s “Limited Time Magic” announcement, Mickey and pals helped unveil a three-story castle in the heart of Times Square in New York City. The fairy-tale castle is made of 45,000 pounds of ice and will be visible for a limited time thanks to the warm Autumn weather.

So, what can you expect with “Limited Time Magic” at Disney Parks when it begins in January? Here’s an idea:

  • True Love: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet park guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine’s collectibles will be offered for the week.
  • Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.
  • Long Lost Friends Week: Lesser-known Disney characters will move from the shadows to the spotlight meet-and-greets on both coasts. Photo opps with characters that could include Flik, Clarabelle Cow, Remy, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will surprise and delight guests. And Disney guests even have the chance to vote online for which characters they want to see.
  • Pirate Week: Why talk like a pirate one day when you could celebrate these scalawags all week long? The adventures of Jack Sparrow come to life like never before during a bicoastal buccaneer bash in which Disneyland and Walt Disney World become pirate-palooza: pirate bands, pirate meet-and-greets and more.
  • Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands: The Dapper Dans, the iconic quartet from Main Street, U.S.A., will add a special finale to their show, claiming the title of the “Original Boy Band” and delivering a medley of hits from One Direction, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.
  • Unleash the Villains: Friday the 13th in September 2013 is a special day, so Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are staying open until the 13th hour (1 a.m.). Maleficent, Captain Hook, Jafar and other Disney Villains host a dance party, complete with limited-edition collectibles and other nighttime mischief.
  • Golden Horseshoe Revue: The fabled Frontierland show returns to Disneyland park for one month only, bringing back the corny jokes and enduring songs that were often enjoyed by Walt Disney himself.

There are so many fun and memorable activities to do at Walt Disney World.  But my family’s favorite of all times is the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!  It is not to be missed!

Every year, Disney continues to draw huge crowds for a little trick-or-treating, some dancing, lots of laughter, and tons of yummy candy.  Guests are greeted by Haunted Mansion organ music and creepy fog that rolls across the Train Station.  Main Street USA is  lined with Jack O’ Lanterns of all kinds.   This awesome event features a special fireworks show, a one of a kind parade, character meet-and-greets, and plenty of candy up for grabs.  This year, Phineas and Ferb joins the parade and will also have their very own meet and greet in Town Square.

My little boys just love to trick or treating around Magic Kingdom but their absolute favorite is the Headless Horseman riding down Main Street USA.

This Halloween Party has been known to sell out.  Make sure you buy your tickets in advance otherwise you will pay more at the gate.  And don’t worry about bringing your own candy bags, Disney provides them for you with the promise of you leaving with it brimming full of goodies!

Also, I would suggest eating your sit down meal for lunch that day because you may have a hard time getting your little ones to stop and eat at the party! They won’t want to miss all the fun activities going on!

Happy Halloween from Me and The Mouse Travel!

Elizabeth Hollman

Travel Specialist