Let's say you have picked your Fastpasses for Magic Kingdom (If you haven't then check out our previous blog post here!), and you got every ride you wanted at the perfect times! Yay you! You can stop reading here and check out our other blog posts! You should also go buy a lottery ticket because you got skills or major luck going for you. Now...if you are like every other Disney planning traveler I know, you maybe got 2 of your top rides or maybe you didn't get any of your top Fastpass choices. Its ok! In this post I'm going to walk you through how to still ride all the top attractions utilizing the worst kept, but under appreciated, secret in Disney planning - ROPE DROP!
What is "Rope Drop"??
So what is "Rope Drop"?? Rope drop is the time at which the Cast Members drop their ropes that block off the attractions and officially begin allowing guests into the line queues. Most of the time this is right on the hour the park opens to the public.
Tip 1: Plan Which Day to Rope Drop
To best utilize Rope Drop and to make sure its worth getting you and your family to the parks early, its best to preplan what day you are going to Rope Drop. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that if you are staying at Adventureland Villa or The Turquoise Palms, you could be lining up to get into a park where on-property guests have already been allowed in for the previous hour or so. You can still get some quality rides in, but it won't be the best use of your time. So take a look on the Disney website for Park Hours and make sure you are not going to be competing with those EMH guests.
Tip 2: Get There 1 Hour Earlier
Above, I mentioned that Rope Drop is the opening hour of the park. This is true, BUT, the act of being at Rope Drop begins earlier than that moment...To Rope Drop a park and best use the low crowd times, you want to make sure you are in a decent spot nearest to the rope as possible. This can mean arriving up to 1 hour before the rope actually drops! The great thing about some of the parks, such as Magic Kingdom, they allow you to enter the park well in advance of this. You can get through bag check, the turnstiles, head up Main Street, get your Starbucks, and THEN find your spot to wait.
Tip 3: Know Where You're Going!
The third tip I have is to make sure you have a plan in place. What ride didn't you get a Fastpass for or do you just have a favorite ride that you need to do to start your day OR are you attempting to get all the attractions done in one day? You really can choose whichever ride/attraction appeals to you and your family. I would recommend not using this time for the rides with short wait times. For example, I wouldn't get to the parks this early to head to the Tea Cups or to Aladdin's Magic Carpets. These are rides that you can easily wait for later in the day OR even better, grab additional fast passes for after you have used your first three. So definitely pick an attraction that your family wants to ride, but know that this strategy yields the best results when aimed at the higher wait time rides.
Tip 4: Know The Route To Get There!
Whatever that first ride you have chosen is, make sure you are at the optimal spot to most efficiently get to attraction's queue. For example, if you couldn't get FP for Seven Drawfs Mine Train, but you just have to ride it, head to the rope that is to the right of the Castle that leads guests between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. From there you will quickly be able to get around the Castle, through the Tea Cups, and land in the queue for Mine Train. (One more quick Mine Train tip here...you may see a HUGE line when this happens. It will look like its going to be an hour wait from rope drop. Most likely this is not the case and that the interior queue areas have just not been fully opened yet. Usually, rope dropping Mine Train means I am on and off within 25 minutes. So don't get thrown off by that line!)
Tip 5: What's Next?
Again, to best utilize Rope Drop, have a set plan of where you want to head next after that first ride. My suggestion is to try and hit all the top priority attractions that are right near you. For example, If you headed first to Thunder Mountain, don't try to go to Space Mountain next! Hit up Splash Mountain or Jungle Cruise, two rides that aren't too far away. You've beat the crowds, don't then waste those precious few hours in the low crowd morning walking around. Have a plan and stick to it. Leave the afternoon for impromptu choices!
Tip 6: Fastpass Times Begin at 10:30-11am
This is one of my biggest tips for hitting a park and getting as much done in a day as you can. If you rope drop a park, you can easily ride 3-4 top attractions before 10:30 am. Between 10:30 and 11am, is when the parks begin to get a little more crowded as more and more guests arrive for the day. This is when I like to schedule my FP. If you have them starting around 11, that means you have gotten in several major rides before then AND you now don't have to wait around in long queues for your next 3 attractions. By the time early afternoon hits and everyone is cranky and hot, you will have gotten in 6 -8 MAJOR attractions. You can relax. You can grab a Mickey Bar, find a shaded spot, and plan the rest of your day! Trust me when I say this is game changing.
Tip 7: Don't Overtire Yourself
My final tip is that unless you are a super early morning family and just love to go hard core ALL THE TIME, don't try to rope drop every day of your trip. While Rope Dropping can mean really optimizing your time in the parks, if overused, it can be exhausting and leading to complete Disney fatigue. No need for that! Disney World is for fun and vacation...don't overwork yourself by trying to use this every day. (This is a tip I would do well to follow myself some trips....)
Well thats it! Those are our top Tips for how to Rope Drop a park at Walt Disney World. I hope you found them helpful and let me know if you tried them out! We'd love to hear from you in the comments. And if you like reading our tips and tricks for Disney World, check out our blog post on our best tips for Relaxing at Disney World here!
There are two distinct types of Disney travelers: The Type A travelers has every meal and fastpass planned out at least 180 days ahead of arrival and the Type B well doesn't. Either they are more of the go with the flow kind of traveler or just haven't realized how much you can fit into your Disney day with a bit of fore planning. Whether you are an A or B, if you are heading to the Magic Kingdom at any time in the near future, understanding what the best Fastpasses are to maximize your enjoyment and minimize your queue time is just smart Disneying! So with that, I wanted to share what my top 5 fastness selections are for the Magic Kingdom, and why!
#1 - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train gets the top spot just purely because its the newest coaster in the Magic Kingdom and the wait times for this ride are usually always over 60 minutes. On the Mine Train you travel on a mine cart through the Seven Dwarfs Gem Mine and out into the open air before coming to a halt along side the dwarfs cottage. The Mine Train is a fun "beginner" coaster since its extremely smooth and has a lower height requirement than the other coasters in the MK.
A quick reason why not to choose the Mine Train as a fastpass is that this is a ride that has an excellent interactive queue. There are several little "games" along the way to entertain the kids and provide a break from the wait time. If you do want to see the full queue, then I would head to this ride right at rope drop. Be at the rope to the right of Cinderella's Castle and be ready to make the quick walk along side the tea cups into the line. If you are there early enough you can be in line maybe 25 minutes. Definitely worth getting up for rope drop!
#2 - Peter Pan
The Peter Pan ride for me is a conundrum. While it has great nostalgia and I love the story and characters, WHY is the ride queue so long??? Logically, I know that its because it has a low capacity seating and high demand from guests. So it is what it is...So I highly highly recommend nabbing a Fastpass for this ride because a typical wait time for Peter Pan is easily between 55-70 minutes. Now, the queue for this ride has greatly improved with the renovations that occurred a few years ago and its certainly entertaining. However, I am convinced that the 90 second ride is just not worth the 60+ minute wait. Get the Fastpass.
#3 - Space Mountain
Really Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain could all be in the same spot on this list just depending on your taste in coaster. Im a Space Mountain girl, so its always one for me to grab. I also tend to FP Space Mountain, because I like to rope drop Thunder Mountain and quickly ride Splash Mountain right after. If you are early enough you can get both of those rides in quickly and still have a ton fo early hours to ride other things. But ,on the other hand, Thunder Mountain has an outdoor queue so on a hot summer day, it might be the right choice to use the Fast Pass on. If you do Fastpass either of the Mountains, I would think about scheduling them for 11 - 3 pm when the crowds will be at their height. Save those FP for when the stand by line will be the WORST.
#4 - Thunder Mountain
#5 - Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion is a bit like Peter Pan for me. In some ways I don't understand the demand to ride this, BUT its a cult favorite and everyone in my family loves it too. The reason I choose to FP this ride is simply because of the outdoor queue. By the time we are ready to ride this, its hot and someone in our family is cranky. Having this fastpass is usually such a blessing! Ive even have my baby fall asleep on this slow moving dark ride...perfect spot for a nap!
What do you use your Fastpasses for??
If you'd like a bit more help choosing fast passes or just have a quick questions, message me! You can reach me at email@example.com or on Instagram at @glam_disney_vacay. I'm always happy to help!
So far this year, I have heard so many guests comment on how cold it is! And its true. The past few weeks have dealt Central Florida some truly cold temperatures. And this can easily come as a surprise since most people escape to Florida for the sun and palm trees. So ok, its cold or raining (or both!) what do you do now?
1. Buy the Right Clothes
One of the first things you can do is make sure you have enough layers. One trip we took in February, we were woefully under-packed. And while it was pricey, we hit up the Gift Shops at the Polynesian and the Emporium at Disney Springs for sweatshirts. My youngest has also been known to buy a blanket which doubles as warm gear at the parks and a great souvenir for home. Another option if you have a car or more time on your trip is to check out the local Walmart and Target. They will have much more affordable options and still have a lot of Disney themed gear if that is what you are looking for. I think the main thing here is, if you are going to go to the parks in the rain/cold, get yourself in the right clothes. If you don't, it can be miserable and you will have spent money and time on a trip that is just not going to live up to your expectation. Do yourself the favor and buy the sweatshirt or the hat or whatever it takes!
2. Stick to the Shows at the Parks
If you are braving the elements (and I mean why wouldn't you? How often are you at Disney?), then I would look for some of the great shows that each park offers. At Magic Kingdom I would look for Country Bear Jamboree or the Carousel of Progress are great options. For Epcot several pavilions have wonderful movies such as China and France. Hollywood Studios has the Launch Bay with a Star Wars Movie and Character Meets plus there is also the Frozen Show. Animal Kingdom has the Festival of the Lion King. All of these shows provide both great entertainment but also a significant respite from the cold and rain.
3. Use the Amenities at Adventureland Villa or your Resort
4. Make Table Service Reservations
This tip comes from personal experience and from Disneyland! If its raining (and even more so if its cold) see what table service restaurant reservation you can grab. Most table service restaurants are indoors and take some time to complete the full meal. These can be a great way to dry off and warm up before heading back out. One of my favorite spots for this is Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom. Usually last minute reservations are available and they even serve beer.
Overall, Disney World (and actually any vacation in my opinion) is what you make of it. Ok, so its cold and/or raining. You can either wait it out in your rooms or complain about it, or you can saddle up and figure out how to best manage the day. With some thought, you can still enjoy the day and hey! Its still Disney World! I'd pick a cold and rainy day near that castle over most any day!
Have you ever had trouble getting the ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation) you want? Maybe you missed the 180 day window or are planning a last minute trip or maybe you just changed your mind. No matter how you got here, you now find yourself without that ADR for Cinderella's Royal Table or Be Our Guest or 'Ohana. That happens to me all the time! So what do I do? Well, I have a 2-pronged approach. First, pull yourself together and book a close substitute. Second, keep watching the My Disney Experience Website or App for a miracle. They happen! While I cannot help you with the miracle step, I can help with suggesting some substitutes to the most popular ADRs. Since there are so many hard to get ADRs I'm going to break this down into several posts. Today's: What to do when Cinderella's Royal Table is Booked!
No Cinderella's Royal Table?
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
The first great substitute is Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Akershus is located inside the Norway Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase. The breakfast menu is an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet, while the lunch and dinner menus have a Norwegian flare. The kid's menus are standard Disney kid options of pizza, mac & cheese for example. However, if you have any picky eaters in your group, you may want to steer clear and look at 1900 Park Fare (see below). The real draw here as a substitute for Cindy's is the Princesses. While certain characters are not guaranteed, the usual princess are Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora, and Ariel. The decor inside Akserhus is also a great substitute as it mimics that of a German Castle (not sure why this is in Norway except for the food). So at Akserhus the food is not as good, BUT the characters and atmosphere are an almost perfect match for The Royal Table.
Bon Voyage Breakfast
So your family may not find the Norwegian cuisine to be enticing, or perhaps even this ADR is booked at well (it is also very popular, or Epcot may not fit into your trip planning, what then?? If any of those are the case, don't fret, there is still another great newer option at the Bon Voyage Breakfast. It is newer and therefore still popular. You may have a more difficult time finding an ADR here than at Akershus, but it is another one to keep in mind when booking those ADRs.
Located on the Boardwalk at Trattoria al Forno, the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast features Rapunzel, Flynn Rider (EUGENE!), Ariel, and Eric. The breakfast runs from 7:30am - 11am and offers a menu of prix fixe options. While the restaurant is definitely Italian in decor, the menu is not. However, it is also not a standard Disney character buffet! The options include several egg dishes, but the most enticing to me is the Royale Breakfast of steak, cheesy-egg torte, roasted potatoes and crispy onions! Oh and did I mention the adorable pasty basket? So at Bon Voyage you get two princesses and their princes with above average food, but definitely miss out on the regal decor and ambience of The Royal Table or Akershus. But you also get to be on the Boardwalk which is one of my favorite areas outside of the parks!
1900 Park Fare
So if somehow none of the above fit your needs or maybe they are ALL booked, there is still a great character option at 1900 Park Fare. Located in the Grand Floridian, it is a short monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom. In my opinion the atmosphere is a less than magical, but the characters can make up for that. At 1900 the characters vary depending on the meal. For breakfast you may meet the characters from Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, and Winnie the Pooh. Dinner is a bit fancier with the characters from Cinderella making an appearance. Both meals are buffet and are nothing amazing. BUT if you care about characters over all else, this is a good option.
Overall, if there is an ADR that you just have to have to make your holiday magical, then certainly plan well ahead! Know which days your want them and be ready at 6am EST on the 180 day mark. If that can't happen, be flexible. There are so many great hidden gems to discover. And lastly, keep checking. Look every single day if its that important. It might just work. How do I know? Because I just cancelled a coveted reservation at 'Ohana because I realized it just didn't work for our day's plan. Someone else probably got to nab that! So stay positive, keep checking for what you want, and book a substitute!
Anyone else crave a good breakfast on vacation? Sometimes when I'm at Disney World, I want something fast and easy on my wait to rope drop, but other days I desperately want a leisurely, delicious breakfast that will fill me up for most of the day. This post is about those days when a granola bar will not do, and I want eggs, bacon, the whole shebang. Well then comes the inevitable question of where...So here are my favorite spots for grabbing the perfect big breakfast at Disney World:
Table Service: Narcoossee's
If your family is not feeling a character meal, or perhaps its just an adult's only trip (you really should take one of these in your lifetime!), then I highly recommend the Sunday Narcoossee's. First of, its location at the Grand Floridian means it has a breathtaking panoramic view of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Especially at breakfast, with the sun coming up over the water, its just peaceful and beautiful.
Second, the food is really good. There is a fixed menu that begins with a cocktail choice of Prosecco, Mimosa, or Bloody Mary then follows that up with a wonderful pastry bowl for the table to share. The appetizers could be entrees themselves! The Shrimp and Grits was a big hit at our table. Our top favorite entree's are the Brioche French Toast and the Eggs Benedict. At this point you will be remarkably full! And then the desserts arrive.
Character Meals: Cinderella's Royal Table
First, the location of being inside Cinderella's Castle is magical. From the rich tapestries hung from the ceiling to the beautiful place settings on the table to the spectacular view of Fantasyland, nothing beats the atmosphere of The Royal Table.
But what really sings is the food. Despite being a busy character restaurant, the food is really quite good. Like other Table Service Breakfasts you start with a great pastry plate, but the entree's are amazing. My favorite is the Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast. My husband was part to the Shrimp and Grits, but he ate them before I could get a picture...
Quick Service: Sleepy Hollow
Lastly, not all delicious, filling breakfasts require reservations! If you are hungry for a great breakfast (or 3pm snack for me usually) head to Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom. It is located right at the entrance of Liberty Square with two windows that you walk to for ordering and picking up. The lines can get long, but they are very manageable. So what do you get there? The Nutella and Strawberry Waffle, of course!
Last week I posted some of my top tips for getting the most out of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and promised to share my game plan for the upcoming year. While we are not scheduled to go for another few weeks, it always helps to be prepared! So here is our tentative game plan:
Up to 4pm: Have an restful day with perhaps a bit of swimming for the kids. Around 2:30pm we begin to get ready and in costume.
4:00pm: Arrive at the Magic Kingdom to pick up wristbands. Head immediately to either Cosmic Rays or Pecos Bill's for an early, light dinner.
5:00 - 5:30pm: Pick one or two rides to entertain the kids and then make our way to meet Jack Skellington and Sally.
5:30pm: One of the adults will be in line for Jack and Sally at this point. The other will take the kids for rides or just walking around and admiring other costumes.
The waiting can take a while...
6:45pm: This is usually when these top characters start to meet and greet with guests. Hopefully we are far enough in front that we are out of line by 7:30pm.
7:30pm: Grab a quick specialty snack (Like those Jack Pops from Sleepy Hollow!) and pick another character or two meet. We tend to like Villains, but have met most of them by now. Ill let the kids pick this one usually that morning. If we have time, we'll fit in a ride or two!
8:45pm: Find a good spot for the Boo to You Parade. While one adult waits, the other may help the kids grab another snack or ride one more ride.
9:15pm: Boo To You Parade! Easily one of my favorite entertainment events at Disney...
9:45pm: With about 30 minutes before the fireworks, this is usually when we start to hit some candy stations for the trick or treating. The lines will be much shorter now. We also usually try to make our way to the Haunted Mansion, but the lines for this ride can get quite long...
10:15pm: Happy Hallowishes Fireworks! Again, a true highlight of the party and should not be missed. The view for this is pretty good almost everywhere in the park and so we don't tend to stake out a spot like we do for the Parade.
10:45 - 12:00: If anyone is awake and still going, this is when we ride some rides, meet another character or two and grab that last bit of candy. After the fireworks show the crowds tend to really thin out! SO if you've got the energy, this can be a truly great time to be in the parks!
Have you created your game plan yet??
One of my absolute favorite things to do at Disney World in the Fall is the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. If you've never heard of it, the Halloween party is a special event that occurs on select nights in September - October at the Magic Kingdom. It does require a separate ticket, but it is so much fun that it is honestly worth every penny! Having been to the Halloween party several years now, I have a few tips to help you get the most out of your time at the party!
Costumes are by no means mandatory at the Halloween Party, but man, do you have more fun in them! The planning and making our costumes builds the excitement in our house and we usually begin the brainstorming as early as July! The vast majority of guests do wear costumes. Some are in simple t-shirts, some are in costumes straight from the Disney store, and some are in full cosplay glory. It doesn't matter what your level of costuming is, but I highly recommend joining in the fun!
*Bonus Tip - I always try to stick with lightweight, cotton fabrics! It might be very hot in which case the last thing you want is for your costume to ruin your evening! This goes for shoes as well...Also, Disney World has very strict rules about costumes for guest safety, such as no masks or capes that touch the ground. I highly suggest giving these a read when you are planning out your costumes.*
2. Enter at 4pm and Eat Before 7pm
The Halloween Party technically begins at 7pm. This is the time when non-party guests will be quietly escorted to the exits, the lights will lower, and you are welcomed by your Ghost Host. However, what most people dont know is that with a Party Ticket you can begin entering the park at 4pm. And you don't need a park ticket in addition to your Party ticket.
Because there is so much to do during the Halloween Party, you don't want to waste those precious moments waiting for your check at a table-service restaurant! So we recommend eating a light dinner between 4:30-5pm at one of the quick service restaurants such as Pecos Bill or Cosmic Rays. Then when you are finished, you can get your game plan out and ready to go. This is also usually when I recommend getting in a line for the top character meets.
But what if you get hungry? Another reason I recommend a light dinner is that the Halloween Party has lots of candy and specialty treats available in addition to the normal ice cream and popcorn stations open. So save some room in there for the extra good stuff!
3. Have a Game Plan
4. Try the Treats!
Every year there are some delicious limited time treats served only during the Halloween Party. This year you can try the Jack Skellington dessert served push pop-style, Haunted Mansion themed treats, a Pumpkin Cheesecake dome or the candy corn ice cream. In addition the spooktacular desserts, there is also special edition merchandise for sale at various locations including: pins, pumpkin-shaped popcorn buckets, and orange Mickey ears. The popcorn bucket is $13.50 found in Frontierland. This popcorn bucket gets the $1.50 refills.
The Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome can be found at Main Street Bakery and Gaston's Tavern.
The Jack Skellington Dessert is located at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square.
The Haunted Mansion Desserts are located at Aloha Isle, Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies, Liberty Square Market, and Storybook Treats.
Pumpkin Mickey Wafles with Ice Cream are at Sleepy Hollow.
The Worms and Dirt are located at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.
5. Bring Your Own Trick or Treat Bags
6. Choose Your Parade Location Ahead of Time!
Boo To You Parade! While there are two parade showings, most people go to the earlier one so this will be the most crowded. If you your game plan from above includes watching the first Parade, then stake out your spot early! The Boo to You Parade is not to be missed. Ill be honest that I usually pass up the daily parades at the parks, but not this one. The focus on villains, the music, and the rare characters are so fun. But our absolutely favorite part is that the parade is rung in by the Headless Horseman riding down the parade route on horseback. HOW DOES HE DO THAT? We typically like to watch the parade from Frontierland. There are crowds there and you are closer to rides and characters to get to as soon as the parade is over. But many people prefer the Castle as a backdrop and choose Main Street.
Some logistics: The Parade is about 20 minutes long and follows the traditional parade route beginning in Frontierland near Splash Mountain, comes through Liberty Square to the front of the Castle, and then down Main Street and around the Flag Pole in Town Square. So the closer to the entrance of the park you are, the longer you are going to wait for the parade, but perhaps the better overall ambience.
7. Do NOT Miss Hallowishes
In addition to the Boo toYour Parade, Hallowishes is a CANNOT MISS part of the Halloween Party. Magic Kingdom's new firework show, Happily Ever After, is amazing. But Hallowishes is designed around the more spooky, villainous Disney characters. It rivals the July 4th Fireworks show in pyrotechnic display, but I like it more because of the music! Hallowishes only happens once per night, so this is something to plan around and make sure you have a great spot to take it in! Try to get a spot between 15 -30 minutes before they start. But the park is much less crowded, so its easy to get a good viewing spot without staking ground 2 hours before!
8. Bring Extra Clothes
It is Central Florida. So your guess is as good as mine as to what the weather will bring. We have been to the Halloween Party in Early October and it is very hot all night long. Usually the kids stay in costume for about the first two hours and are then ready to change clothes. We have also been in late October and it can get pretty chilly by 11pm. In this case its always nice to have a sweater or just a pair of pants to throw on. Either way, Id think ahead about bringing in an extra set of clothing. You can always store them in a locker or stick them under a stroller.
9. PhotoPass Magic Shots
For many Party goers the central draw is the characters. During the Halloween Party you can meet some very rare characters, villains, and characters in costume. For the characters in costume, they don't tend to have the long lines, but they are so fun! This year Goofy is dressed up like a pirate, Donald Duck is a jack o'lantern, and the entire Winnie the Pooh Gang are in costumes as well.
For the Villains, you can meet Jafar, Cruella DeVil, the Evil Witch from Snow White, Gaston, and Lotso Hugging Bear. All are really fun and have great interactions with the guests. The lines for these characters can range from 25 - 45 minutes each, so definitely pick your favorites and know their locations!
For the rare character seekers Jack Skellington and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, the Seven Dwarfs, and Moana all will have VERY LONG LINES ranging from 90 minutes to over 2 hours. These characters I highly recommend choosing one and getting to their locations well before 6pm. Sometimes they may even come out a bit early such as Moana has been coming out at 6:45, but her line starting forming at 5pm!
One more character to mention is that Prince Eric is now meeting with Ariel over near the Market area in Fantasyland and because he does not appear often, he is considered rare and their line will be longer than normal.
In addition to the shows (I havent even mentioned the Hocus Pocus Show!), the attractions, the Characters, and the Food, the Halloween Party also have a few other additional little touches that make this Part so much fun. First, the Cadaver Dans are a Halloween rendition of the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet. The Cadaver Dans' repertoire centers on the more Villainous songs such as "Curella DeVil", "The Oogie Boogie Song", etc. They can be found in Frontierland near the Country Bear Jamboree.
The second are what most refer to as the Madams. Madam Carlotta and Madam Renata are two of the ghostly inhabitants of the Haunted Mansion. During the Party they can be found at the Haunted Mansion sharing ghost stories and interacting with guests.
Here are a few extra things to know before you go.
1. Not every attraction is open during the party. The ones that are available are:
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One of the questions I hear most from my friends and other Disney-lovers is why should we stay in a vacation rental like Adventureland Villa instead of on Disney property. And this is a great question. One I struggle myself depending on the trip and I LOVE Adventureland Villa! So I thought today I would break down what are some of the pros and cons of staying at Adventureland Villa vs. Staying On Property. And I promise to try and stay as neutral as I can, but please know I recognize my bias. I hope this helps anyone out there struggling with the same decision!
Staying on Property
SO WHICH IS BETTER?
Well, it completely depends on the length of the trip, how many people are going and how is it that you want to spend your vacation. If you are on a short 4 day trip with just your family of 4 and want to spend as many waking hours in the parks as possible: Then stay on property. The perks they offer will help you get the most out of your short trip. But if you are looking at taking more than 4 people, want space to spread out and relax during your vacation, and want to save some money, too, then check out Adventureland Villa! We would love to have you stay here!
While this is a challenge that I have yet to accept, mainly because I'm pretty sure you need at least 10 adults (or teenage boys!) to fully tackle it, the latest challenge at Pecos Bill in the Magic Kingdom is becoming very popular! We've been hearing a lot about this "secret" challenge and decided to give it a quick look.
Located between Frontierland and Adventureland, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe is a huge favorite for a good, quick service restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. Their menu is has a great Southwestern/Mexican cuisine feel, and just a few months ago they added a secret menu item: Secret Nachos Rio Grande!
The rules of this challenge are:
1. Must arrive between 3-6pm.
2. Order the "Secret Nachos Rio Grande" with a Cast Member.
3. Eat everything on the plate!
Thats it! But according to the brave souls who have tried it, it is not for the faint at heart!
Are you up for the Secret Nachos Challenge? If so, all you have to do is arrive at Pecos Bill between 3pm-6pm, head to a CM and tell them you would like to try the Secret Nachos Rio Grande. They will then lead you to a special, reserved table. You will also then get the VIP treatment of having the Nachos arrive at your table via a covered wagon! OH and Im not sure if I have mentioned how much this universal glory costs - $90. That seems like a lot for nachos, but when you think that it feeds 8-10 people, you are coming out pretty good!
Have you tried it? If so let us know! And who knows, maybe we'll be taking that challenge on our next trip!
Here's an unnecessary confession for you: I love food! I love Disney! And as a result I particularly love food at Disney World. But sometimes reservations at certain restaurants are just too hard to come by. Here are 5 of my favorite restaurants with 'hard to get' reservations:
1. Victoria and Albert's at the Grand Floridian
Ok. Ok. I have eaten here. Twice actually. It's the pinnacle of dining at Walt Disney World. With its limited seating, this reservation is near impossible. But keep trying! This is a restaurant that you will not soon forget...if ever. Take a look at our most recent trip here.
2. Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom
While Breakfast and Lunch reservations are easier to snag, dinner at Be Our Guest and the opportunity to meet the Beast is a hard to snag reservation. I would also say that the quality of food for dinner is much higher than during Breakfast and Lunch when BOG is considered quick service. Now if you've never been inside and you just want the opportunity to see the restaurant itself, grab those other mealtime. But if you truly want to enjoy your experience and meal, grab that dinner reservation! You can check out our latest review of BOG here.
3. Le Cellier at Epcot
4. Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom
A huge hit with both adults and kids alike, Cinderella's Royal Table offers a phenomenal atmosphere, princess characters, and delectable food. This restaurant is so popular that it does have to be paid for in advance, so be forewarned. Also beware of the chocolate dessert. Its amazing..
5. 'Ohana at the Polynesian
Last on our list, but still ridiculously hard to get, are reservations at 'Ohana at the Polynesian Villa Resort. This restaurant serves both dinner and breakfast. The Breakfast is a character meal with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. And while that is a difficult reservation to get, its the dinner at 'Ohana that is surging in popularity. Most guests rave about the pineapple-coconut bread and the pork pot stickers. Another bonus of 'Ohana is that there is live music and sometimes a hula teacher.
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!