I’m of the opinion that any age is the right age to go to Walt Disney World, but there is something special about a preschooler’s first trip. They’re old enough to understand more of what’s going on, and they likely have favorite characters that they can’t wait to meet. Many of these kiddos are big fans of the shows on Disney Junior, including Handy Manny, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Special Agent Oso. The stars of these shows can only be found in one park in Walt Disney World, and today I’ll tell you where.
Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Disney Junior.
1. Disney Junior—Live on Stage!
Your little ones will love this puppet show in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It currently features characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. There are no seats in the theater; everyone sits on the floor, which enables the kids to get up and dance and sing along with the show. There are also some special surprises, like bubbles and streamers, that thrill toddlers. This is one of the few attractions in Walt Disney World that I would skip if I didn’t have a child along, but if you do, it’s so much fun to watch them during the show. They just get so excited!
This Sunday is Easter, so it’s time for another holiday post. Like usual, I don’t want to list activities that are only available around that holiday; rather, I want to help you find Eastery things to do in Walt Disney World year-round. Now, if you do happen to be in Disney World during Easter, rest assured that you can visit the Easter bunny, enjoy an Easter brunch, and go to church if you’d like (check the DIS for details). Outside of the Easter season, though, there really aren’t explicit references to Easter in the parks. It’s not one of the holidays featured in Carousel of Progress, and I can’t think of any Easter decorations that can be spotted in any of the movie-based attractions. (If you think of something, let me know!) If you get creative, though, you can find things that remind you of Easter any time of year.
Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Easter.
1. Easter Bunnies
For many people, it wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter bunny! Although Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are only in Walt Disney World during Easter, you can find other rabbits there throughout the year. One is, of course, Rabbit from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Another is Bean Bunny in Muppet*Vision 3-D. And don’t forget Br’er Rabbit on Splash Mountain! You should also be able to find real bunnies in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The animal list on AllEars.Net says there are rabbits in Camp Minnie-Mickey and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
Since most of the posts here on Vacationearing are about having themed days in Walt Disney World, I usually assume that you’ll be park hopping in order to experience all the activities related to that day’s theme. But if you’re not doing a themed day, should you park hop or not?
As you might expect, the answer is “it depends.” Here are some of the pros and cons of each option.
To Park Hop
The biggest benefit of buying the Park Hopper option is maximum flexibility. If you want to spend most of the day in Magic Kingdom but have lunch in Epcot, you can. If you only have a few days in town, you can do two parks per day so you can still experience your favorite attractions. If you’re traveling with a large group and you want to split up, you could all go to different parks during the day and then meet up together in Epcot for IllumiNations at night. Even if you usually spend all day in one park, having that Park Hopper option gives you the added assurance that if you wanted to go to another park, you could.
Happy April Fools’ Day! Some of you may be the jokers today, while others are the victims. I promise I won’t be playing any jokes on you today, but if you do enjoy practical jokes, I have some experiences to recommend to you.
Here are four things to do in Walt Disney World if you love practical jokes.
1. Journey into Imagination with Figment
In the current incarnation of this attraction, guests take a tour of the Imagination Institute, narrated by Dr. Nigel Channing (played by Eric Idle). The tour is progressing in a civilized manner when Figment appears and starts causing trouble. Eventually, Dr. Channing realizes that imagination works best when it’s set free, so he ends the tour early and guests get to visit Figment’s upside-down house.
2. Stitch’s Great Escape!
Joining Figment in the pantheon of mischievous Disney characters is Stitch. I know this attraction is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you enjoy practical jokes and juvenile humor, you just might love it. It’s a show, not a roller coaster, so you might be confused by the height restriction (40 inches). The reason for the restriction is the shoulder restraints in the seats, which are used in some of the special effects. Some of the show takes place in total darkness, so kids shorter than 40 inches might find the show too scary anyway.
This September, Finding Nemo will be released in theaters in 3D. It doesn’t seem like that long since it first debuted in 2003, but in the past nine years millions have grown to love Nemo, Marlin, Dori, Crush, and their friends. Although Walt Disney World guests miss out on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage that’s only in Disneyland, they get to find Nemo in several unique ways at the Florida parks.
Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Finding Nemo.
1. Finding Nemo—The Musical
The story is touching! The costumes are great! The music is fabulous! It’s indoors and air-conditioned! What’s not to love about Finding Nemo—The Musical? This 40-minute show plays several times a day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is simply not to be missed.