One of the activities we enjoy at Disney World is character dining.  Away from the hustle and bustle of the parks these dining experiences are a chance to relax and create magic memories.  They are a great way to meet the most popular character’s without queuing or fast passes.   An activity the whole family can enjoy together.  There are a number of different options available throughout Walt Disney World, we rank our top 5.

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When you’re at Disney and it’s hot, and trust me it can get very, very hot, you’ll need a cool refreshing snack to keep you going.  One of my favourites in all of Disney World can be found at Sunshine Tree Terrace.  If you’ve done any research at all on Disney World then you’ve probably read about Dole Whip.  This pineapple soft serve is legendary amongst Disney fans.  The Dole Whip has its own merchandise, even a plush! But there’s another fruit flavoured soft serve at Disney World and for my money it’s even more delicious than the legendary Dole Whip itself, the Citrus Swirl.

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Satu’li Canteen

The opening of Pandora: World of Avatar has been a game changer.  Both the quality of the attractions and the overall realisation of the theme is spectacular. DIsney invested time, expertise and money, lots of money, to get Pandora right. Satu’li Canteen, a quick service restaurant, and Pongu Pongu, a counter service kiosk, was the chance to deliver an elevated food experience.

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Let’s get one thing straight. We are not really water park fans. Yes, we’ve done other water parks and we’ve been known to enjoy them at times. But we wouldn’t naturally choose a water park over other theme parks. We did visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. We haven’t repeated that experience nor felt it necessary to include Blizzard Beach in our schedule when we’ve vacationed in Disney World. So Volcano Bay opening at Universal was, for us, a bit of a puzzle.

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When creating Disneyland, and later Walt Disney World, Walt wanted a place adults could enjoy alongside children.  Where the fun would be enjoyed by everyone.  One of the keystones of Disney has always been inclusion.  In keeping with that ethos Disney tries hard to accommodate all guests and in particular those with a disability.  Of course even Disney can struggle to deliver on this every time and in every situation.  The important thing is their intention to try to achieve inclusion.  Trying to provide a magical place for those guests with a range of disabilities should be and is a priority for Disney.  Help for disabled guests is varied and sometimes tailored to suit individual needs.  For this week’s post I thought I would share our personal experience of using the Disabled Access Pass at Disney World.

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This year Walt Disney World launched their new premium transport service Minnie Vans.  The service was rolled out first at a few selected Walt Disney Resorts and now covers most of them.  Provided by Lyft the service is accessed through the Lyft app with an access code provided to Guests by Disney.  The service although at a premium price has been well received by guests.

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Yes, it’s your vacation and the last thing you want to be doing is boring Laundry. You’ve booked a Disney resort hotel and you plan to relax, take it easy, hit the parks and indulge in a cocktail or two as the sun goes down. That’s exactly what I do on my Disney vacation.  Doing the washing wasn’t top of my must do list. The thought of housework on holiday just doesn’t compute.  Not for me are the Disney gift cards which can be procured by opting out of Mousekeeping and doing the room yourself.  When I’ve saved all year for a Disney resort, relaxation is my number one goal.

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Marimoto Asia is a Pan Asian fusion restaurant headed up by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto located in Disney Springs.  There seems to be a lot of prestige given to the Iron Chef title, earned on a cookery programme aired stateside.  For those of us who aren’t familiar with the TV show suffice to say that Chef Marimoto is what we would term a Celebrity Chef.  One who has a great pedigree having been Head Chef at the famous Nobu restaurant in New York.   Not all celebrity Chef restaurants are good.  It’s not a given that having a great name associated with an eatery ensures a great dining experience.  On food, atmosphere, service and decor how would Marimoto Asia stack up? Continue Reading

Pandora: could Disney have done better?  The simple answer is no.   If you are expecting to be amazed when you visit the Valley of Mo’ara, then you won’t be disappointed.  I promise, It’s all you hope for and more.  For those who haven’t seen the Avatar movie, Pandora is so well imagined not knowing the ‘back story’ in advance doesn’t lessen the enjoyment or the experience.  Pandora is a rare thing, a place created from a movie that delivers to hard-core film fans that can also appeal to regular Disney fans.

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Universal Studios was a complete surprise to me the first time we visited.  I did not expect to love it so much, its now a favourite. We went to Orlando so we could visit Disney World, a visit to the House of Mouse had been an ambition since going to Disneyland Paris.  At the time I thought this would be our one and only trip to Florida so we added on a few days at Universal.  Experiencing the Harry Potter attractions was the reason we wanted to see Universal Studios.  As it turned out not only were we blown away by all the Potter attractions but we also loved the rest of Universal too.  Now we wouldn’t dream of a Florida holiday that didn’t include it.

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