Category Archives: Other Parks and Entertainment

New Restaurant on Disney’s Boardwalk

Disney announced, yesterday, through it’s Disney Parks Blog what restaurant will be replacing Kouzzina.  Kouzzina will be closing up shop at the end of September.  In December, Trattoria al Forno will be opening its doors to guests.  What to expect from Trattoria al Forno: the restaurant will highlight Neapolitan pizza making in wood burning ovens, seasonal risottos, Italian cuisine from throughout Italy, Italian desserts, and 100% Italian wines (60 by the bottle and another 25 by the glass).

Looking the entire picture of the EPCOT/Hollywood Studios corridor, Trattoria will become the fifth Italian restaurant in this area join Via Napoli and Tutto Italia in EPCOT, Il Mulano in the Swan Hotel, and Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios.

That leads me to today’s question, does this restaurant create an overload of Italian restaurants in this area?

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Disney Transportation or Rental Car

A question that always comes up when planning a Disney vacation is: do we need to get a rental car or could we rely solely on Disney transportation?  It’s a question that doesn’t have a right answer because every vacation is different.  You need to look at your vacation plans and decide for yourself whether or not you need a rental car or night.

One guest may need to rent a car during their vacation while another vacation may not.  It’s one of the fun things about vacations.  There are like snowflakes – it’s hard to find two that are the same.

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Are There Too Many Hard Ticket Events at Disney?

For the longest time, Disney only had two hard ticket events: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  For the spring, Disney announced three new hard events:

  • Villains Unleashed – August 23rd
  • Harambe Nights – select nights
  • EPCOT After Hours Wind Down – select night until mid-September

The question that needs to be asked is: Are there now too many hard ticket events at Disney?  These events all provide special experiences to guests.  However, these experiences all come with an extra cost.  With single-day park tickets now approaching $100, how much extra cost is too much?  I’ll take a look at all three of these events and take a look at the added value of the events.

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Surviving a Rainy Day at Disney

The saying goes that a rainy day at Disney is better than a sunny day at home.  However, you still get wet and you have to deal with wet clothes when you get back to the room.  There is always that chance you get caught out unprepared and come back to the room soaked.

This happened to my family once.  We were trying to ride out what we thought was going to be a passing sprinkle.  We went on It’s A Small World hoping the rain would stop.  It didn’t.  It was coming down even harder.  We made the long walk through the Magic Kingdom.  Thankfully, we were staying at the Contemporary so we had a quick walk back to our room.  But we were still soaked.  The hardest thing to dry out were our shoes.  Some of us, namely me, still had damp shoes the next day.

What can you do to reduce your chances of getting soaked at Disney?

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Cooling Off at a Disney Water Park

With the weather warming up in Florida and cast members handing out free water (picture courtesy of the Touring Plans twitter feed):

CMs handing out water

What can guests do to cool off if they don’t want be in the parks and hit up the “Cool Attractions:

Disney has two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, where guests can go and cool off.  These water parks are not included in the standard park ticket unless guests choose the “Water Parks and More” option when purchasing their tickets.  One-day, one-park tickets can be purchased as well.  Tickets cost $53 for ages 10 and up and $45 for ages 3-9.

What do you get at these parks?

Each park has a very similar set-up which fit into the theme of the park.  Typhoon Lagoon’s theme is storm-ravaged tropical bay and Blizzard Beach has a “melting” ski resort theme.  There are three attraction areas in each park.

Typhoon Lagoon has a shark reef area which has two saltwater reefs where guests can snorkel through stingrays, sharks, and tropical fish.  This is included in the park admission.

The marquee attraction at Blizzard Beach is the Summit Plummet which features a 120-foot drop where guests can reach speeds approaching 60 miles per hour.

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