4 New Things to do in Walt Disney World

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This past week I visited my favorite place in the whole world: Walt Disney World. I had not been in almost 3 years, and when I found out I was going, I was so excited. My mom and I got to experience Disney in a whole new way, and we learned so much about the resort (in only two days). We were lucky enough to have a VIP tour guide to show us around the parks, and we rode over 30 rides in 3 days!  My mom asked me if I would write a guest blog post about my experience, and I thought it would be a great idea to share the fun, new things to do in Walt Disney World!

 

New Fantasyland-Fantasyland has almost doubled in size and was the largest expansion to Magic Kingdom since it opened. There are two new castles: Beauty and the Beast’s castle and Eric’s castle. It also features two new rides. One is from The Little Mermaid, and it takes riders under the sea and into Ariel’s journey to fall in love. The other new ride is called the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and this fast pace ride goes straight through the Seven Dwarfs’ mine. Inside Beauty and the Beast’s castle is a new restaurant called Be Our Guest. The beautiful atmosphere of Be Our Guest paired with the amazing food creates a perfectly magical experience. The new Fantasyland greatly adds to the magic of Walt Disney World. Here are 4 things not to miss:

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New Technology-With Disney’s newly introduced My Disney Experience app, along with new Magic Bands and Fast pass +, it is easier than ever to be apart of the magic. Disney’s Magic Bands come with a vacation to a Walt Disney World resort hotel. These bracelets act as a room key, credit card, ticket into the park, and fast pass. The My Disney Experience mobile app allows guests to add fast passes to Magic Bands at the touch of a finger. The app also has ride wait times, park maps, and any other needed information about Walt Disney World.

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New Festival of Fantasy Parade-The new Festival of Fantasy parade is more magical than ever. Anna and Elsa, and many other newly added characters, ride by in beautifully elaborate floats. There is much more color and fun, and it is sure to put a smile on any child’s face.

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Frozen Summer at Hollywood Studios-From now until September 1st, Hollywood Studios is all dressed up for Frozen Summer. Frozen has been an extremely popular movie with people of all ages, and Frozen Summer at Hollywood Studios has done a great job bringing the movie to life. Not only is there sing-a-longs all day, there is also a whole winter wonderland set up in the park. There is an ice skating rink and a “build-a-snowman” station with real snow. There are also Frozen-themed cupcakes and many other delicious treats to add to the magic. To end a great day at Hollywood Studios, there is a Frozen Firework Show. Frozen Summer at Hollywood Studios will make any person— child or adult —feel the magic of Disney.

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Food Blog Forum Orlando: Disney Fun

I had the best time this past weekend at Food Blog Forum in Orlando, Florida in Walt Disney World. I was so fortunate to get to share a round table speaking with the amazingly talented, humble and genuine, Angie of Bakerella. We spoke on “Writing a Cookbook From Two Perspectives” to four different groups.

Food Blog Forum was founded by Jaden and Scott Hair of Steamy Kitchen and Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple. This one day conference is always so inspiring (this was my 3rd event), and this is the most wonderful, sharing, open and welcoming group of speakers and food bloggers. I must give a shout out to the fantastic staff at Walt Disney World for their incredible hospitality and generosity as well as to Julie, from The Little Kitchen, and Dawn Viola for coordinating this event. One the big themes of the weekend which spoke to me is: “Dream big and share your dream with others” via the man himself, Walt Disney.

Of course, there was food to be had at a “Food Blog Conference.” We had the most incredible parties, including Friday night by the beach at the Grand Floridian, lunch by a multitude of top Disney’s chefs (see above), and a wonderful Irish dessert party while watching fireworks in Epcot on Saint Patrick’s Day.

I met so many new fabulous food bloggers, and I had the pleasure to connect with old friends as well. (See Kelly, from “Just a Taste”, and me at Epcot, above).

I also had the chance to check out some of the best Disney attractions. The Epcot “International Flower and Garden Festival” (above) was this month. It was unreal!

This shot (above) from Animal Kingdom is the mountain of Expedition Everest. Doesn’t this look like I could actually be at Mount Everest?

We went on the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride (above) in Animal Kingdom, and we saw so many rare, beautiful animals. I can’t believe how close this giraffe got to our jeep.

Downtown Disney is always a blast. You never know what you might find in Disney World. Did I mention that my kids came along as well? They haven’t been there in seven years, so it was quite a treat. My son, Zachary, was a little timid of her (above).

My daughter, Leigh, (above) told me she wanted a picture with Mickey and Minnie. Honestly I wasn’t sure that it would be possible, but if there is a will, there is a way.

We loved staying at the convenient, and very, fun Polynesian Resort. Their beach (above) was so pretty, and their water slide in the pool was a hit with the kids. It’s a perfect way to spend time outside of the parks for some down-time.

Disney World For Food Blog Forum Orlando 2012

I couldn’t be more excited to attend and speak at my 3rd Food Blog Forum, but this time in Disney World in Orlando. It is a great line up produced by White On Rice Couple, Steamy Kitchen, The Little Kitchen and Dawn Viola. The line-up looks amazing with too many incredible people to name. I am thrilled and honored to be speaking on a roundtable with the talented, Angie of Bakerella on “Writing a Cookbook from Two Perspectives.”  I am jumping up and down typing this. Have a great weekend!

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