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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In the pursuit of the ‘perfect’ Disney World trip I wanted to make sure that we spent enough time enjoying our very favourite attractions.  Being experienced Disney World visitors we know which attractions we want to spend time on and those we don’t.  We don’t have to rush around trying to make the most of our precious days in the parks by squeezing in all the attractions.  You could call us very lucky.  Deciding which favourite attractions to focus on is a great problem to have. Continue Reading

When we visit Disney World we always visit Universal Studios too.  Though my Grumpy Husband is a reluctant Disney fan he is an out of the closet Universal lover.  The bigger and bolder attractions at the two Universal parks suit him perfectly, he absolutely knows no fear and will try any ride, at least once.   Continue Reading

My Husband was a reluctant Disney visitor, in common with many men, he thought Disney World was going to be his idea of a nightmare.  Filled with uncontrollable over-excited kids, long lines for rides and forced to eat theme park food, overpriced and tasteless.  Continue Reading

It’s been quite a wait but finally the opening date of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest attraction, Pandora World of Avatar, has been announced.

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