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Disney Pin Trading 101

Pin Trading at Disney World: An Overview

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Probably the most popular Disney activity is Pin Trading. If you visit Disney World, you will see many guests walking around the parks with lanyards full on pins weighing them down. Each pin with a different story of how the guest got it. Disney Pin trading started in the 1990s, and while it’s not an official disney activity it has become the most popular. It is also one that Disney supports having many cast members trading pins with guests.

The great thing about Pin trading is that you can make it what you want. Disney has so many different pins for you to collect and you can go about collecting them however you desire. If you are a fan of Star Wars, Disney Princesses, Lion King there are plenty of pins for you to collect. You can go about building your collection by simply buying the pins you want. Or you can make it a little more interesting and trade pins with other people to get your desired pins.

What is it

Pin Trading is what the name implies. You take a Disney Pin you have and trade it with another person for a pin they have that you want.   It’s really as simple as that. However it can get complicated when you are trying to decide what Pin you want to give away or what pin you are looking for. There are so many types of pins you can collect. You can collect different series of pins, favorite characters, limited edition pins, the list could go on. 

How to get started Pin Trading

In order to get started with trading, you must first have a pin you are willing to trade. The best way to get started with pin trading it so purchase a starter pack of pins. This pack will include 3-5 pins and a lanyard for you to place them on. You can either keep these pins for yourself or use them to trade for ones you see with somebody else. 

In addition to getting a starter pack, buying mystery packs are another great way to start your pin collection. In these packs you will usually get two pins. You can keep one and trade one. Once you have purchased several boxes of the same mystery set you will begin to get duplicate pins. These are the pins you want to trade.

Where to get pins

If you are looking to purchase Disney Trading Pins, you can get them almost anywhere at Disney. Most of the stores will have Disney Pins for sale. There are also designed Pin stands at the parks and Disney Springs dedicated to Pins. You can also find Pins at the Disney Outlets in Orlando and the Disney store in the Orlando Airport. 

It is possible to find Disney Pins online for purchase. If you decide to purchase them online be very careful, especially if you are wanting to use these pins for trading with other people. Without going into a lot of details about it, as it is an article in itself, many pins that you see on Amazon or EBay in large sets are almost always fake or scrapper pins.

How to trade

So how that you have your pins that you are willing to trade. You know what pins you want to add to your collection. Let the Pin Trading begin.

How does trading work. Pin Trading is very simple, just walk around the parks, resorts and even Disney Springs and look at other people wearing lanyards with Pins. If you see a person wearing a lanyard with Pins, there’s a good chance they are willing to trade them. Walk up to the person and politely ask them if they are wiling to trade pins with you. If they say yes, awesome you are off to a great start. Tell them which pin of yours you would like and show them which pins you are willing to give up. 

When trading trading with another guest you want to let them pick the pin from your collection they want. There could be a chance you have one they want. Or if they are a serious collector they will want one of equal value. There are differences between Pin Trading with guests and cast members, we will break them down in the next section. 

One important thing to remember when trading pins, is to make sure you are polite with the other person. There is no need to get upset if they don’t want to give away a particular pin.

It is good practice to make sure you have authentic pins that you are trading. If you walk up to a serious trader they will look over your pin very carefully and may reject if if they don’t find it to be authentic. With so many pins out in circulation, there is always a chance you may end up with a fake Disney Pin.

Pin Trading with Cast Members vs. Guests

There are two groups of people you can trade pins with Cast Members and Guests. Each group has different standards for trading pins.

Cast Members

Cast members throughout the parks wear lanyards with Disney pins. Certain cast members will have a pin board set up somewhere which a bunch of pins to trade with guests throughout the day. You are allowed to trade up to two pins with a cast member per day. Tell the cast member which pin of theirs you would like, they will take it off for you. Meanwhile you can take the pin you are willing to give them. Then just swap pins. Cast members normally do not inspect the pins you are giving them.

Guest

While its relatively easy to trade pins with a cast member, trading Disney pins with other guests can get complicated. While its relatively easy to walk up to a cast member, walking up to a complete stranger may be harder. Most people that are wearing the Disney lanyard with Pins on them willing to trade them. So if you see a guest with a large stash of pins on their lanyard they are probably pin traders.

Walk up to them and simply ask them if they are a pin trader and tell them you would like to trade a pin with them. Here are some rules to remember when trading pins with other guests

Disney Pins

Don’t assume they are willing to trade any pin. Tell them what Pin you are interested in and show them what pins you have to offer. There is a lot of though that can go into which pin a person is willing to accept from you in return for the pin they are giving you.  The two biggest things are what the collector is collecting and the value of the pin. A serious trader won’t accept an $9 pin for a $30 pin.

Rules of Pin trading with other Guests

  • Don’t touch their pin without asking for permission.
  • If they aren’t willing to trade, simply walk away don’t force it.
  • Understand everybody’s time is precious. 
  • Strike up a conversation about the pins, it may help make the trade easy.
  • Enjoy trading pins. 

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My recommendation is to put the pins you are willing to trade on one lanyard and your collection on another lanyard or another display. 

Cast Member Pin Board locations

You need a good eye to spot a pin on a lanyard of person walking around Disney World. However there are Cast Members throughout Disney World who have pin boards with a large variety of pins. If you are new to trading and looking for new pins, these are a great way to get some exposer trading pins.

Easiest place to find these Pin Boards are the resorts.

How to display pins

Now that you are growing your collection, you can initially display them on a lanyard. Unfortunately overtime your lanyard will run out of room and become very heavy. At some point you will have to find another way to display your amazing collection of Pins.

If you are displaying your Pins on a lanyard. I recommend you get locking back for them. You would hate to lose your favorite one.

The most common way pin traders display their pins are in Pin binders. These binders consists of heavy duty page inserts which hold your pins and allows you to carry them around. 

You can create unique display boards to hang on the wall. Pinterest has a ton of ideas on how you can display your Pin.

Costs of Pin Trading

Probably the one bugging question you have as you start your collection is how much will it cost me. The answer lies within how you want to collect pins and how large you plan to grow your collection. If you are starting out, I would tell you to expect to pay somewhere around $50 to really get started. 

Disney Pins at the Character Warehouse

A Pin Starter set will run you approximately $30 dollars and you will get a lanyard with 3-5 pins. This unfortunately isn’t enough to really begin trading. You will need to purchase some more pins. The standard pins you see around the parks will run you between $8.99 to $15.99. Speciality and limited edition pins can easy double these prices. 

One way to save some money on pins you want to trade is to purchase pins from the Disney Character Warehouses in Orlando. Here you can get guanine pins from a fraction of the price at the Parks. 

Ring in 202 at Disney World

Ring in 2020 Disney Style

2020 is quickly approaching. Have you made plans to ring in the new year? If you are looking for a spectacular way to bring in 2020, you should consider checking out some of the events planned around Disney World.

Each park will have their own unique celebrations along with many parties at the resorts.

Rooftop Celebrations

If you are looking for a great evening dinner and Firework show make sure you book your reservations at one of these 3 rooftop restaurants. Reserve early as these are great locations to watch fireworks. New Years eve fireworks at Disney will of course be over the top.

Bienvenidos 2020!

Dance the night away in Spanish flare. Enjoy a traditional Spanish cava toast as you countdown to Midnight. Savory Spanish food will be served all evening around the rooftop. At Midnight ring in 2020 with the Hollywood Studios Firework show from atop the Gran Destino Tower.

The event will run from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM and will cost you $400 plus tax and gratuity.

Mezzanotte at Topolino’s

Enjoy a European flar New Year’s Eve celebration at the Topolino’s Terrance on top of Disney’s Riviera Resort. This will be an elegant affair complete with a champagne toasts as guests ring in the new year. Guests will enjoy views of both the Epcot fireworks show and the Hollywood Studios fireworks.

For the low cost of $550 you can enjoy this evening celebration including food and drinks.

Elegant Evening Under the Stars

Enjoy elegant entertainment and food from the California Grill on top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Ring in the new year with a glass of champagne while watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

This New Years Eve treat will set you back $675 tax and gratitudes included

Pixar Party

Are you looking for a party that’s a little more family and kid friendly. You will not want to miss the Pixar Party at the Contemporary. Meet many of our favorite Pixar characters including Woody and Buzz lightyear. Enjoy some music from some of the favorite Radio Disney Hits. There will be a large family friendly buffet for the entire family to enjoy.


Fear not, if you can’t or do not want to fork out a ton of money for one of these over the top events to ring in 2020. Disney World has numerous other events and New Year’s Eve activities going on.

Ring in 2020 at each of the parks with their own unique celebrations.

Hang out at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as DJ’s keep you moving around Discovery Island and at midnight watch the Tree of Life light up.

Or you can head over to the American Garden Theater in Epcot for some live entertainment and a special New Year’s Eve fireworks show after the nightly Epcot Forever Show.

Dance the night away at Magic Kingdom with DJs throwing dance parties in Frontierland and Fantasyland. As the clock strikes midnight, look up towards the sky as Magic Kingdom lights up with a spectacular firework show.

If you are not looking to head to the parks either for New Year’s Eve. Many of the resorts will be ringing in 2020 with special celebrations.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. If you have ever visited the the Boardwalk you know it is a popular place to be and of course New Year’s Eve is no difference. Enjoy delicacies and drinks while you ring in 2020.

No matter what kind of celebration you are looking to have for New Year’s Eve, Disney World has festivities for you. .

Galaxy's Edge

Galaxy’s Edge: Hit or Miss?

So we finally were able to get around to visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios new Galaxy ‘s Edge land, a few months ago. Since it’s opening there has been a lot of of controversy over it. Some guests love the land. Some say it’s to much. There is speculation that it did not draw in the crowds that Disney World was hoping for.

I am not a diehard Star Wars fan, but I have watched most of the series. From my perspective, Disney World imagineers did an excellent job recreating the land to represent what was depicted from the movies.

If you enter Galaxy Edge through the tunnel from Grand Avenue, you will notice an instant transformation into the galaxy. However, when entering from Toy Story Land, you will feel a sense of being taken into a different world. The Imagineers did an excellent job transitioning between the lands, especially when entering from Toy Story Land. You will be drawn away from one world and into Galaxy’s Edge.

It has been said by many fans that they have submerged you so well into the land that you can forget you are at Disney.

Disney World has been improving their immersive experiences for their various lands around the parks. I do have to agree with the statement above and say that the Imagineers did an excellent job in immersing the guests into the Galaxy. Everything from the design of the structures, the attractions, displays, and cast members draw you into the Galaxy and you can forget that you are Hollywood Studios.

My first observation in the immersive experience are the cast members. They were all dressed to fit the roll. Even the managers that walk around the parks where dressed in Star Wars themed clothing. The cast members would speak to you in the native galaxy language and are more interactive in character than you sometimes notice in other parts of the parks.

Galaxy Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Crowds

The one hot button issue with Galaxy’s Edge are the crowd levels. Experts have said that the land did not bring in the crowds they are had anticipated. While there were large crowds from the opening of Star Wars, with 100s of visitors lining up the night prior to opening. It appears that they crowds have not maintained the high level Disney World was expecting.

When we visited the land last month the overall crowd levels were relatively low throughout most of the parks. We never saw unusually long wait times for rides and I would say that Star Wars wasn’t any different. While this part of the park had the most crowds, I would still say the crowds weren’t unbearable. I was able to easily walk around the galaxy with a stroller and not worry about running into other guests.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run wait time during our visit to the galaxy hovered around a 60 minute wait time. This isn’t a long wait time when you compare it to Slinky Dog and Frozen. Both of these attractions have been open for well over a year and almost always have a wait time greater than 60 minutes.

With Rise of the Resistance opening last Thursday, the crowd levels have definitely increased. The real question is whether or not the crowd levels will continue after the initial hype wears off. Boarding passes for Rise of the Resistance have been sold out before noon, everyday since opening.

What’s in the Land

Currently, there is 2 attraction, 5 dining options, and 2 interactive building stations and several stores. There are a couple store attractions which allow visitors to buy and build either a light saber or a droid. Outside of the two attractions, everything else costs money in Galaxy’s Edge. Leaving your average Disney goer wondering what is there for me to do here.

Rise of the Resistance

The newest attraction in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This has been the attraction everybody has been waiting for. The one that has been said to turn Disney World around. The first week for this attraction has overall been a success. While it has had its hiccups initially, the crowds continue to show up in droves for this attraction.

Is it a ride, show, or what. Rise of the Resistance, combines multiple elements to create this attraction, which lasts almost 15 minutes. You will first start in a virtual 3-D ride, then you thrown into an interactive walk-through area and finally you board a craft for the third part of your adventure trying to escape the First World Order.

There are a lot of moving parts with this attraction, if any one part goes down it will easily mess up the entire attraction for everyone else. This will ultimately affect a large number of guests, as this attraction can easily handle a large crowd at once.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Choose your crew and step into the cockpit of a Millennium Falcon for a daring flight. The success of the mission is up to you and your crew. You will be racing through the galaxy fighting your way through, so make sure you have a top notch crew to be successful.

Build a droid.

Probably the most expensive attraction in Galaxy’s Edge, you have the ability to build a custom droid. You walk into the warehouse and select custom parts to the droid. Once you have all the pieces you will assemble th droid at a workstation. Once it’s assembled you can purchase various accessories for your droid. One of these accessories is a computer chip which will give the droid a personality. It will be able to move around on its own and even interact with other droids. The cost to build a droid can run you around $99.

Handbuilt Lightsaber

Head over to Black Spire Outpost and get ushered into Savi’s Workshop to build your own Lightsaber. Choose 1 of 4 themes for your saber. Collect the components and walkout with a fully assembled lightsaber battle ready. This experience is expensive and will run you $199 for one fully constructed lightsaber.

Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Food Options

Oga’s Cantina- This lounge is where all the locals hangout to refuel, conduct meetings and enjoy local music. Oga’s Cantina specializes in creating drinks with ingredients from all over the galaxy. The only downside to visiting the Cantina is the limited food option. They only have 1 snack option, the Bantu Bits.

It is recommended that you make reservations at Oga’s Cantina if you are looking to dine there.

Docking Bay 7– Is the place to go for food in Galaxy’s Edge. This is a Quick Service restaurant, with Mobile Ordering.

Milk Stand– Looking to taste the popular drink of the locals. Grab a blue or green milk.

Ronto Roasters– Another quick service option with delicious grilled meat from around the galaxy.

Kat Saka’s Kettle– Enjoy sweet and savory popcorn. $6.49.

2019 Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays

Christmas is a favorite time of the year for many people. The 2019 Festival of the Holidays begins November 29 and continues through December 30th. The festival allows guest to enjoy special treats and holiday festivities from around the world. The highlight event for many guests looking to enjoy the Festival of the Holidays.

Lets dive into all that the Festival of the Holidays has to offer guest. If you have experienced the iconic Food and Wine festival, you can get a sense of what this holiday festival will have to offer. A party at Epcot would not be complete with a generous offerings of delicious foods from around the World. Its important to remember that there is so

Entertainment offerings at Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays.

Storytellers and Holiday Entertainment

International Storytellers provide guests with stories of winter traditions from their native countries. Many of the stories contain some version of Santa Clause, however some countries will recount different stories. These traditions are usually presented with entertaining performances.

The story’s are told daily during the event.

  • Mexico: Las Posadas Celebration
  • Norway: A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa
  • China: Chinese Lion Dance
  • Germany: Chilli Da Mar – NEW this year
  • Italy: La Befana
  • The American Adventure: Santa and Mrs. Clause
  • Japan: Daruma Storyteller
  • Morocco: Festivity in Morocco
  • Frnace: Pere Noel
  • United Kingdom: Father Christmas
  • Canada: Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional at the America’s Theater, is an endearing, tradition that many guest love at Disney World. Many guest make special trips to Disney World, just to enjoy the Candlelight Processional.

Celebrity Narrators will take guests through the Christmas story with a live orchestra and choir. Performances will occur nightly between November 29 through December 30 at 5:00PM, 6:45PM and 8:45PM.

If you are looking to guarantee your seat for the Candlelight Proccessinal look into the Cnadlelight Processional Dining Package.

Chip and Dale Christmas Spree

Disney World won’t give us everything for free. Pick up your map and stickers from Pin Central, Disney Traders or the World Traveler for $6.99 plus tax.

During this adventure you will head around the World helping Chip and Dale locate ornaments for their Christmas tree. Once you the ornaments from the different countries you will mark them off your map with the stickers. After you have all located all the ornaments, head over to Disney Traders or World Traveler and receive a festive surprise from Chip and Dale

Holiday Kitchens

You can’t enjoy Epcot without eating food. Just like the other festivals at Epcot, the Festival of the Holidays has numerous kitchens around the World. These kitchens are providing guest with delicious treats.

Yukon (Canada)

Food

  • Seared Salmon with Crown Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant
  • Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup
  • Maple Buche de Noel: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble
  • Gold Chocolate Chip Cookie

Drinks

  • Frozen Coffee
  • Unibroue Ephemere Strawberry and Rhubarb
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
  • Ice Wine Flight
  • Frozen Coffee with Tape 357 Whisky

American Holiday Table Kitchen

Food

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce
  • Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce
  • Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie

Drinks

  • American Heritage Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Wondermade Marshmallows
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Cranberry Kringle Pilsner
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
  • JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout
  • Holiday Beer Flight
  • Coca Candy Cane: American Heritage Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps

Sapphire (Morocco)

Food

  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab with Whole Wheat Pita, Cucumber, Olives, Tomatoes, Mint Yogurt Sauce and Harissa-cilantro Dressing
  • Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts and Pinot Noir Glaze
  • “Sfenj” Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon Sugar, Toasted Almonds and Chocolate Sauce

Drinks

  • Casa Beer
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparkling Wine, Orange Liqueur and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water
  • Walnut Spiced Coffee with Walnut Liquer and topped with Cinnamon and Whipped Cream

Le Marche De Noel (France)

Food

  • Napoleon de Saumon Fume, Brioche a L’aneth: Smoked Salmon Napoleon in a Bill Brioche
  • Bouchee a la Reine Traditionnelle: Turkey and Mushrooms in a Veloute Cream Sauce served in a Light Puff Pastry
  • Buche de Noel au Chocolat “Christmas Log”: Chocolate Cake with Dark Choclate Caramel Ganache

Drinks

  • Spiced Rum Punch Slush: Spiced Rum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P. Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend, Chateau La Grand Moulin, Blaye, Cotes de Bordeaux
  • Holiday Kir: Sparkling wine with Monin Cranberry Syrup
  • Willm, Brut Blanc de Blanc Sparkling wine

Shanghai (China)

Food

  • Pork and Vegetable Egg Roll
  • Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie
  • Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
  • Spicy Mala Chicken with Steamed Rice and Fortune Cookie

Drinks

  • Sweetened Bubble Milk Ta: Mango Flavored Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls
  • Jasmine Beer
  • Plum Wine

Bavaria (Germany)

Food

  • Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce
  • Sauerbraten, Red Cabbage and Spatzle
  • Chese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Frest Steamed baby vegetables and Marble Potatoes
  • Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream
  • Peppermint Sugar Cookie

Drinks

  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider
  • Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider
  • Schofferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen
  • Cider Flight
  • Regional Riesling
  • Gluhwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine

Tuscany (Italy)

Food

  • Cavatappi ai Quattro Formaggi: Baked Four-cheese Pasta, Parmesan Crumble and Truffle Essence
  • Mozzarella in Carozza: Golden-crusted Fried Mozzarella Sandwich with Tomato Sauce
  • Crespelle di Mele: Cinnamon Apple Fritters and a Vanilla Sauce Drizzle with Chocolate Caramel sauce
  • Bacio al Cioccolato: Warm Hazelnut Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
  • Panettone Mignon: Miniature Traditional Italian Christmas Fruitcake

Drinks

  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato

Feast of the Three Kings

Food

  • Pastelon: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives
  • Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce
  • Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco
  • Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds
  • Green and White Sugar Cookie

Drinks

  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog
  • M.I.A Beer Company Trey Reyes Mango Golden
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Run Floater

L’Chaim

Food

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream
  • Chicken and Matzo Bell Soup
  • Black and White Cookie

Drinks

  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer
  • Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail

Holiday Sweet & Treats

Food

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy
  • Holiday Tree Sugar Cookies
  • Holiday Cooke Stroll Completer Cookie- Red and Green Mickey Sugar Cookie

Drinks

  • Hot Cocoa
  • TG Lee Eggnog
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Cordials
  • Firenog: TG Lee Eggnog with Firebal Cinnamon Whisky
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea and Butterscotch Schnapps

Las Posadas (Mexico)

Food

  • Enchilada de Pollo con Mole: Chipotle Chicken in a Corn Tortilla topped Mole Negro and garnished with Shredded Oaxaca Cheese and Sesame Seeds
  • Tamal de Camaron: Corn Tamal stuffed with Guajillo-marinated Shrimp topped with Mole Rojo and Shredded Cotija Cheese
  • Arroz Con Leche: Rice Pudding with Cranberries

Drinks

  • Cerveza Mexicana Artesanal: Allende Mexican Craft Ale served with a Floater of Kahlua
  • Noche Buena Margarita: Libelula Joven Tequila, Cranberry and Lime Juices and Agave Nectar topped with Lime Foam and Sprinkles
  • La Posada Margarita: Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Horchata-Cinnamon Liqueur, and Agua de Horchata topped with Cinnamon

Shi Wasu (Japan)

Food

  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Chicken and Spinach
  • Holiday Green Tea “Yule Log”: Delicate Spongecake rolled with Whipped Cream Filling

Drinks

  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Popping Strawberry Boba Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico
  • Sapporo Draft Beet
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider: Plum Wine, Orange Juice with Lemonade and Apples

Living with the Land: Merry and Bright Nghts

Enjoy an evening tour of Living with the Lands and view special holiday light displays located throughout the greenhouses after the sun sets each day.

Voices of Liberty

The Dickens Carolers bring the season alive with a variety of cappella holiday melodies.

Holiday Cookie Stroll

This is probably one of our favorite things to do around the World Showcase. Head around the world and retreat yourself to 5 select holiday cookies. Make sure you get your passport stamped with each purchase. After you have sampled all 5 cookies you will be able to enjoy a free 6th cookie.

The cookies for this year:

  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  • Linzer Cookie
  • Gingerbread Cookie
  • Blak and White Cookie
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
  • Complimentary Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie
Most of Disney Plus

Making the most of Disney+

It’s been a little over two weeks since the launch of Disney+. If you have not taken the plunge and have tried Disney+, what are you waiting for? While Disney+ had its growing pains the first week. Many of the bugs have been worked out and everything seems to be running. Have you been making the most of Disney+

If you are one of the over 10 million subscribers are you taking full advantage of everything Disney+ has to offer you? Chances are you have scrolled through and have found countless Disney classics you grew up on. Or maybe you have become hooked on The Imagineering Story or The Mandalorian.

Follow these tips to take full advantage of Disney+

Profiles

Create a profile for every member of your family. You can create up to 7 unique profiles with tons of avatars to choose from.

disney+ avatars

Multiple Devices

You can access Disney+ on up to 10 devices. A great way to keep the kids entertained on those long car rides.

Streaming

Alright so you have just downloaded the Disney+ App on all your kids devices. Disney+ will allow you to stream on up to 4 devices at a time.

Unlimited Downloads

Download movies and series until your tablet stops you. You can download as much content as your device can hold. There is no limit to what you can download.

Combine Services

In order to save money take advantage of annual billing or bundle option. Save $13.89 by selecting the annual billing option. Bundle Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month.

Gift Disney+

Not sure what to get somebody? Sign up and pay for a subscription to Disney+ for them. There is no formal gift option. However you can use their email to sign them up. Only downside, they will find out immediately when they receive the Welcome Email.

Watch Popular Movies

Many of our favorite movies are now on Disney Plus. Have you always wanted to binge watch the Star Wars Series or the Marvel Series. Disney+ is the perfect place.

Look no further. TechRadar has the Star War movies listed in chronological order for you.

flying to disney with kids

Traveling with Kids- Everything you need to know!

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Your magical vacation is booked. The kids are excited to go. You have everything packed and are on your way. In all the hustle and bustle of planning, packing and getting ready for your vacation chances are you forgot to prepare for one important aspect of the trip. Traveling with kids in an airplane and airport can be challenging. Especially with toddlers and babies.

If you aren’t prepared for the airport or airplane ride, this can cause your trip to start off on the wrong foot. Don’t worry, with a little preparation you can make sure your family is ready to tackle the airport.

As a person who travels constantly for work, which includes making trips in and out of Orlando multiple times a weeks. I see families struggling to make it through security and get to the airplane on time. Then once on the airplane the parents struggle to keep the kids entertained or quiet.

airport terminal

Over my years of traveling around watching families struggled I have been able to develop a full proof list of tips for traveling with kids. These tips will help you navigate the airport and airplane with ease. Thus beginning your magical vacation stress free.

Tips for traveling with kids

Arriving at the Airport

The first step towards a stress free trip is to strategically book your flights. Not only consider the time it will take you to get to the airport, check your bags, go to security and get the kids ready for the flight. You also need to consider the needs of your kids. Are they morning people or are they grumpy when you wake them up early? Do they need to be laying down for a nap? Can they go without a nap? There are a lot of variables that you can and need to consider when choosing flights. It may be worth it to spend the extra 50 bucks on a later flight if it means your kids will be awake and not grumpy.

It is common to hear parents say, we will fly early in the morning so the kids will go back to sleep. Or, we will make sure the flight is during their nap time. As a parent and seasoned traveler I do not necessarily agree with those statements. Are your kids really likely to go back to sleep after being up for 2-3 hours before the flight. Can your kid nap while sitting up in the airplane seat. What will you do if the flight becomes delayed?

Get to the airport early. Ok! Most parents will laugh at this one. I know its hard enough to get them ready in the morning and get out of the house on time everyday. However with so much happening when you get to the airport, you will be thankful for this extra time. I would rather be sitting at the gate an hour early, then walking up to the gate as the airplane is pushing back.

Why arrive early? There will be extra luggage to check. You will be moving at your kids pace, which will be slower than yours. You may get additional screening going through security because of the formula you packed. This list can go on and on.

Baggage. Depending on the length of your vacation and age of kids yo may have a lot of baggage to take with you. The best thing you can do to help manage time at the airport will be to check as much luggage as possible. Only carry on what you need for sitting around the airport and airplane. This will help make everything go smoother.

Get your kids to carry or pull their own bags. Get backpacks or small roller bags your kids can pull through the airport. If you don’t they are going to want to pull yours through the airport which can be disastrous. This will help keep the contained as well. When packing the bag for your kids, make sure you have everything they will want or need during the flight in one bag that can fit under their seat.

Yes, I know most airlines charge for baggage. To help reduce this cost, use large suitcases and pack multiple family members in the same bag. Just make sure the bag weights less than 50lbs. Otherwise there will be an overweight bag fee.

While you are getting your bags checked, go ahead and get the boarding passes printed for everyone in your party. I know, you probably already have them saved on your phone. But I see it all to often that the parents are scrambling through their phones trying to find and make sure they scan the right boarding passes.

traveling with kids in the airport

Navigate Security

Yes, I know we all hate having to deal with airport security. Traveling with kids won’t make it any easier. There are several things you can do to make getting through security easier with kids. Before you head to the airport make sure you take some time to look over the Do’s and Don’ts of going through security. Know what you can and cannot take with you.

  • If you plan on traveling a lot within the next 5 years. Go ahead and sign up for TSA pre-check. It will be will worth the $85 investment. Your kids under 12 can travel through TSA pre-check for free with you.
  • Airport food can get expensive. Good news, you are allowed to bring food items through security. Just remember no liquids, keep the snack items to crackers, goldfish, fruits.
  • For parents that still have babies drinking breast milk of formula, TSA will allow those liquids through security. These liquids do not have to comply with the 3.5 ounce rule either. Just make sure you inform an officer at the beginning of the screening process. Additionally, be prepared to have an officer do a secondary search of your bag.
  • All items will have to go through the x-ray machine. Since most strollers will not fit through the scanner, an officer will conduct a visual inspection of the stroller.

Post Security

Ok, you made it through security with no issues and now have time to kill before you board your flight. This is the time you want to let your kids burn some energy. If you can go find an empty corner. Easier said than done at most airports. Or find the least crowded area in the airport. Allow them to walk or crawl around and burn that energy. Hopefully by the time you get on the airplane they will be content with just sitting there and not want to run up and down the aisles.

  • Strollers are everywhere in airports. For most travelers strollers only become a problem during the boarding process. Because the parents aren’t prepared to board. Airlines typically begin the boarding process 30-35 minutes prior to departure. Make sure you are at the gate before this time ready to board.
  • At one hour prior to your departure time, head over to the gate to get your stroller properly tagged. Most airlines will tag your stroller with a gate claim tag. This tag tells the ground personal to leave the stroller at the airplane and not baggage claim.
  • By ready, I mean have the kid out of the stroller or unbuckled ready to go. Go ahead and take the backpack off the stroller and empty the basket underneath. This will expedite the boarding process. You won’t be fumbling around with impatience passengers behind you at the end of the jet bridge.
  • Boarding process. Hopefully when you booked your flights you were smart enough to purchase your seats together. If you forgot, make sure you speak to the gate agent as early as possible and tell them you are traveling with your family so they can try and accommodate you all together. Don’t worry they will never make a child sit alone. It just means that Dad may have to deal with the kid the entire flight while Mom gets a nice nap in the front of the airplane.
  • Airlines have family boarding, which allows parents with small children to get on the plane early. This will give you a few extra minutes to get settled into your seats without nagging passengers. This is way you need to make sure you are at your gate early.
  • Potty Breaks are another issue parents with have to deal with. They are always unpredictable when it comes to going potty. If your kids are like mine they will tell you they need to go potty when the plane is on the runway for takeoff and they can’t hold it. Make sure you take frequent potty breaks in the airport before you board the aircraft.

On the airplane

Keeping your kids entertained on an airplane will probably be the most challenging part of your journey to Disney World. There isn’t a lot of space for the kids to run around and burn off energy. That’s why its important to make sure they can burn off their energy. Preparing specifically for the flight, can make traveling with kids much easier.

  • Potty breaks on the airplane. It will without a doubt happen. Your kids will have to go potty on the airplane. Most lavatories on aircraft are large enough for you and your toddler. Some of the smaller regional jets may be a tight squeeze. When possible always head to the potties in the aft of the aircraft. This way you can stand outside the door if you need to while your kid is going potty. You are not able to stand outside of the forward lavatory, you will have to go into the forward lavatory with your child per FAA regulations.
traveling with a kid on an airplane

The best way to keep your kids occupied and entertained while on the airplane is to have activities they can do in there seats. There are tons of activities to keep your kids busy with.

Are you looking for activities to do with your kids while traveling? Check our your activity packet, which has numerous pages of activities for kids to do. These are great to have when traveling with kids.

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It’s also a great idea to charge up your Ipad or tablet and download some movies and games for the kids to play with. Just remember to bring headphones for them. The people around you may not want to list to Frozen on repeat. Most airlines do offer free inflight entertainment for some movies, but don’t count on this. The WiFi may go down or may not be any movies you want to watch.

Having your kids snack is another way to keep them busy and quiet during the flight. They will most likely get hungry during the flight and be begging you to eat.

Post Flight

This is probably the easiest part of traveling. The hardest part of deplaning is making sure you have grabbed everything you have brought onboard with you. To help make this process even easier stay seated until the majority of the aircraft has deplaned before you get up and start assembling the troops to get off. No need to rush off, you are going to have to wait for your stroller and for the ground crew to get your bags to baggage claim. Always make sure you do one final check behind your kids for anything they may have left.

  • Ground Transportation. Before you depart on your magical vacation, make sure you have travel arrangements already figured out to get you to Disney or your resort. If you are flying into Orlando and are heading over to Disney, the Magical Express is probably your best option.
  • The transportation to your resort is the last step you have before you arrive at Disney for your magical vacation and hopefully everything has gone smoothly so far. Do not mess it up here.

How do you manage your trips when you are traveling with kids? There are many ways to make a trip go smooth.

Disney World Fun Facts

Fun Facts of Disney World

There is so much more to Disney World than Cinderella’s Castle and Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately there is still a large number of people who don’t know that there is a lot more to Disney World than Magic Kingdom. It’s amazing the number of people who will show up to Disney World, still thinking its just the one park. There are 100s of Disney World Facts. Here are the top 12 fun facts you will want to know before your next vacation

Walt Disney World in Orlando consist of 4 theme parks, (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), 2 water parks, (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon), Disney Springs, 2 miniature golf courses, 4 golf courses, ESPN Wide World of Sports and 25 plus resorts.

With all that Disney has to offer there are a lot of things to know and learn about Disney World. Here are 12 fun facts that help you realize how large Disney World in Orlando is.

1. Disney World Size

Photo showing all of Disney Worlds property

Disney World Orlando covers approximately 40 square miles, with a 1/3 of the land being designated as conservation land. When you look at a large scale map of the property you can see all the empty land around the parks and resorts. Because, Disney World was built on wetlands, Disney had to take extra care to preserve the wetlands.

2. Disney Wilderness Preserve

This is an 11,000 acre nature preserve located in Kissimmee Florida approximately 25 miles southeast of Disney. The wilderness preserve is not included in the 40 square miles classified as Disney World. There are roughly 7 miles of trails and a lot of wildlife for you to explore out here.

3. Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest of the parks at Disney, covering approximately 500 acres of land. This is large for an amusement park, but still a small portion of Disney World. It only covers a little over 1% of Disney’s Property. Kilimanjaro Safari takes up the majority of Animal Kingdom cover approximately 110 area.

Photo showing the size of Animal Kingdom

4. Disney has its own Cities

Walt Disney World created two new cities in Florida, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista to which it has built all of its attractions on.

5. The Ready Creek Improvement District (RCID)

RCID was developed by Walt Disney World to avoid the headaches of having to deal with two different counties during the construction. The RCID created the Epcot Builidng code, which has been known to be some of the strictest building standards in Florida.

6. No structure is taller than 200 feet.

The tallest structure at Disney is Mount Everest which is inches shy of the 200 ft mark. Any structures taller than 200ft are required to have an aviation red beacon. We all know how hard Disney works at hard preserving the look and feel of every aspect of Disney World, and having red aviation beacons all over the park would definitely take away from the look and feel Disney has and wants for many of their attractions at night.

Mount Everest

7. The Magic Kingdom parking lot

Also know as the Ticket and Transportation Center is the 4th largest parking lot in the world with approximately 11,000 parking spots. Better make sure you write down what row you are in. It will be easy to forget at the end of a long day at the parks.

Magic Kingdom Parking Lot

8. Disney’s Transportation

Disney has the 3rd largest bus fleet in Florida with more than 350 buses. Jacksonville and Miami are the only two fleets that are larger than Disney. In additional to a large bus fleet, Disney has a large fleet of boats, monorails, trams and gondolas to transport people around Walt Disney World. The best part, its all free for guests traveling around Disney World

9. Epcot Aquarium

The aquarium in Epcot has over 5.7 million gallons of water, making it the 2nd largest aquarium in the U.S. The aquarium is home to The Seas with Nemo and Friends

10. Number of Attractions

10. Between the 4 parks there are over 40 rides and many other attractions and experiences for guests to enjoy while at Disney World.

11. Celebration Disney’s Residential City

Walt Disney had a residential city known as Celebration developed just south of Disney World. The Walt Disney company is still the largest landowner entity in Celebration.

12. Disney hardly ever closes

In the 50 years Disney has been around, they have only ever closed for a full day 5 times.

  • Sept 15, 1999 hurricanes Floyd
  • Aug 14, 2004 hurricanes Charley *Not all parks where closed
  • Sept 26, 2004 hurricane Jeanne
  • Oct 7, 2016- hurricane Matthew
  • Sept 10 and 11, 2017- hurricane Irma.

What is your favorite fun facts about Disney World?

Christmas Gift Ideas

Disney Christmas Gift Ideas

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Christmas is getting closer and the stresses of finishing your Christmas shopping is increasing. Christmas shopping in your family is becoming more difficult as we all seem to have everything we need. Do you know have somebody like that in your family? Or are people bugging you for gift ideas. I know for me, coming up with Christmas Gift Ideas is difficult. After a recent trip through the shops of Main Street, I realized the amount of gifts right in front of me.

Is there a person on your Christmas shopping list who loves Disney? Chances are there is at least one person on your list who enjoys Disney to some extent. There are so much Disney related merchandise it can be overwhelming trying to know what to get that Disney person on your Christmas list.

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Here are the top Disney Gift Ideas for that Disney fanatic on your Christmas shopping list.

Clothing

Most people probably aren’t to thrilled about getting clothes for Christmas. This is not the case for your Disney fanatic. Most Disney fan will tell you they do not have enough Disney clothing.

Shirts are the most common purchase, but there are many other clothing options. Shorts, Pants, Jackets, Socks, Shoes, etc. One of my favorite non shirt items I have gotten from Disney World are a pair of flip flops. I forgot to pack flip flops for the pool on a trip to Disney, so I bought myself a pair and I always find myself wearing them all the time.

Jewelry

For the ladies on your list, Jewelry is always an excellent gift idea. There is a wide variety of jewelry you can gift. If you have ever walked into a store at Disney World, you will have seen jewelry of some sorts available for sale. Disney has a large collection of jewelry available including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. You can purchase jewelry that screams Disney World. Or you can find jewelry that have only subtle touches of Disney, giving you an elegant piece but also has the Disney touch to.

A lot of designers have teamed with Disney World and have created unique collections such as Pandora or Alex n’ Ani. If you are looking for Jewelry, make sure you head over to Disney Springs. There are lots of jewelry options at Disney Springs.

An excellent gift idea for the girls will be to purchase a charm bracket. This will let the girls add charms to their bracelet every time they visit Disney World.

MagicBands

Do you know people that are preparing for an upcoming trip to Disney World or who are new annual passholders? You can get them a specialty MagicBand.

MagicBands probably won’t be a good gift idea for Disney fans who have already been going for years as they probably already have a dozen magicBands. However if you can get a limited edition MagicBand you will probably be alright.

The price of Magic Bands begins at $14.99 and goes up. The average price for specialty Magic Bands ranges around $24.99

Backpack

Any person that spends any time at Disney World will need a backpack or bag to carry items around while exploring Disney World. Having a backpack is a great way to carry the essentials for a trip to Disney World. When picking out a backpack make sure you get them a Disney themed backpack. There are 100s of designs to choose from.

Want to take the backpack a step further, go ahead and fill it up with all the essentials needed for a day at the parks.

Games

Do your kids love playing games, why not get them a game depicting their favorite Disney characters. Many of our favorite classic games, have a Disney twist and make for an Christmas gift.

Gift Cards

OK, most people don’t like getting gift cards for Christmas. They aren’t very fun. But they are however a good idea for people who are planning a trip to Disney. With the costs of visiting Disney World so expensive people will be grateful to have gift cards to use throughout the parks and resorts.

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If you are going to go and purchase Gift cards, make sure you check out Sam’s Club or similar store and get discounts on your gift cards. Here you save a few dollars on the Gift cards. At Sam’s club you can buy $75 dollar worth of gift cards for $71.98 plus tax.

Mickey Ears/Mickey Ear Hats

Your little girls heading to Disney World will love having Mickey Ears to wear on their next adventure to Disney World. Disney has a large variety of different Mickey Ears to choose from. So you can’t go wrong with purchasing Mickey Ears.

Mickey Ear hats are a perfect alternative to the mickey ears for little boys. Mickey Ear hats, are very similar to the Mickey Ears we see all over the parks. They just have a solid hat on which the ears will be on. These can easily be customized with the child’s name on it.

Park Tickets

If you know people that are planning a trip to Disney World, or would like to take a trip to Disney World. Why not go ahead and purchase park tickets for them. If you purchase the tickets online, just select “This Order will be a Gift”

For those us that have annual passes, a renewal would be a awesome gift. Disney makes it possible check out how to give an annual pass.

Disney Trading Pins

Trading Pins are a popular collector items for Disney Fans and can be a great stocking stuffer. There are hundreds of different pins to choose from. Disney World is always changing and creating new pins, so it will be easy to get trading pins they don’t have in their collection. Pins will range in price from $8 to $30.

In addition to the the pins themselves you can get lanyards and organizing binders. There are endless options when it comes to designs on the lanyards. Don’t worry your Pin collector will not be mad for getting more lanyards. They will need them as they expand their collection.

Kitchen and Home Accessories

Getting one or two accessories for the person on your Christmas list will suffice the average person. However we all have that one friend who has Disney everywhere in their house. Or maybe they are a camper, and need accessories for their RV. Disney World has a large collection of Kitchen and Home Accessories.

Kitchen Accessories

Walk into a store at Disney World and you can find almost everything you need for a kitchen. You will be able to find everything you need for your kitchen except for the appliances themselves. That’s what your silhouette is for.

Some of the most common kitchen accessories are:

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Waffle Makers
  • Mickey Shaped Cutters
  • Aprons
  • Cookware. You can find all sorts of different cookware throughout Disney World
  • Kitchen Towels

Home Accessories

While home accessories are not as common and popular as kitchen accessories there still a large selection. Disney makes it easy to bring Disney into you home.

Picture frames, clocks and blankets are probably the top 3 Disney home accessories people will have.

Souvenirs

  • Beach Towel
  • Crocs
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Autograph Booking
  • Keychains
  • Ornaments

What is one Disney themed Christmas Gift you would want to have this year for Christmas?

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Address/Phone:
2901/3701 Osceola Parkway
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 938-3000

Check-in: 4pm
Check-out: 11am
Resort Area: Animal Kingdom
Category: Delux Villa


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a Disney Vacation Club Resort. The resort is divided into two areas, Kidani Village and Jambo House The resort sits on its own 40+ acre reserve, which is home to over 30 species of wildlife. You will have sweeping views of the wildlife from every part of the resort.

Jambo House is the first area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge guest will encounter after passing through the security gates for the resort. The Jambo House consists of your standard hotel style rooms, club level concierge rooms and handful “Villa” style rooms.

The Kidani Village adjacent to the Jambo House with its own entrance boast homelike features, which include a kitchen, living and dining areas. Which makes them a great option for larger families or guests looking to spend more time in their hotel room. Wait why would you do that?


Recreation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

OK, you may want to spend time at the resort because of all the recreation activities that are available to the guests. Guests will have access to two large swimming pools, a community center and a nice arcade.

Uzima Springs Pool. The Uzima Springs pool is a gorgeous 11,000sqft tropical oasis facing the Savanna. Located at the Jambo Housee. The pool includes a gentle sloping entrance and a 67 foot long water slide. Additionally, a lounge and bar nearby offer snacks and drinks.

Samawati Springs Pool. The Samawati Springs Pool, located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani!, features a 128- too waterslide dropping guests into an 118,000 gallon pool.

Uwanja Camp is included in this area, which offers a water playground for kids of all ages to play in.

Community Hall. One of the few resorts to have a community Hall. Guests staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge have access to a community hall which is a fun-filled space to relax and unwind.

Activities in these halls include games such as fooseball, air hockey, pool, ping pong, darts, etc. There are also craft stations and dvd’s for rent.

Safari So Good Arcade. Do you love video games, then you must check out the Arcade and challenge your friends to a game of basketball. You can find an arcade at the Jambo House and the Kidani Village.

Movies Under the Stars. Check the current movie schedule.


Dining

Jiko $$$($35 to $99 per adult)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
African Cuisine
Signature Dining

Boma- Flavors of Africa $$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
African, American Cuisine
Buffet Style, Themed Dining

The Mara $($14.99 and under per adult)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
African, American Cuisine
Quick Service

Maji Pool Bar $($14.99 and under per adult)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village
African, American Cuisine
Quick Service, Pool Bar

Sanaa $$($15 to 34.99 per adult)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village
African, Indian Cuisine
Themed Dining
Enjoy views of the safari, while your family dines on African and Indian inspired cuisine.

Sanaa Lounge $($14.00 ad under)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village
African, Indian Cuisine


Amenities

Disney’s Animal Kindgom Lodge has a large number of onsite amenities. All designed to help make your stay more magical.

  • In room Celebrations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
  • Parking
  • Online Check-in
  • Resort Airline Check-in
  • Childcare Services
  • Mail Services
  • Merchandise Delivery and Pickup
  • Bus Transportation
  • Disney’s Magical Express
  • Disney Minnie Van Service
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  • Locker Rentals
  • Disney Signature Services
  • Spa & Fitness
  • Resort Conierge

Have you ever stayed at the Villas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? What was your favorite part of the resort?

Reviews of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

We recently stayed at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge- Jambo House. This was a spur of the moment adjustment to our trip after our schedules would not allow us the time to head to Ft. Wilderness Campground. We booked a standard view room in the Jambo House for my birthday. Our day started at the parks while waiting for the room, once we got the room notification we knew that our room was upgraded. Always a plus. But we were not expecting the amazing service that we received when we entered the resort. We were met at main entrance by a concierge and taken up to the concierge floor to be checked-in. Now we had already done online check-in, had magicbands and our room number; so we could have easily ignored her and headed straight to our room.

We were given a club level savanna view room for the night. An upgrade worth almost $300. This alone may have spoiled us, with the concierge club amenities ad the view. Having club access is definitely a plus, we didn’t spend nearly as much as we normally do on food and drinks because of this.

This visit we didn’t spend nearly as much time as we should have at the Resort, there is so much to do at the resorts in Disney World. Overall this was an excellent stay for us.