Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Hurricane Mickey (whoops me mean Michael) Should Not Affect Disney World Vacationers

Hurricane Michael Misses Disney World

It can mean the worst case scenario for vacationers getting ready to take off for Orlando.  A tropical storm has developed into a stronger storm, is growing as it moves through the warm waters of the Carribean, and there's nothing to do but fret and keep watching the latest storm trajectories.  Will it intensify?  Will it hit Orlando?  Will our flights be able to make it in, or will our flights even make it from Orlando and be able to pick us up?  These are all questions that many would be Disney World visitors have been asking themselves these last couple of weeks. 

So, the good news... it looks like most of those questions will be returned with positive answers.  Hurricane Michael is cursing through the Gulf of Mexico, and will completely miss Florida's main coast.  However, it will be slamming into the panhandle, and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in that area.  Orlando will experience rain and clouds, and some pretty good waves on the Gulf side, but overall Mickey (we mean Michael) has avoided the theme parks.

Hurricane Michael in Florida

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Eat to the Beat Schedule of Concerts - 2018 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

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2018 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

It's pretty unbelievable, but EPCOT's International Food and Wine Festival has already returned.  For those unfamiliar, this is the holy grail of food and wine festivals.  Visitors are able to bounce around EPCOT's World Showcase, which features a number of Countries (see below)...

  • United States United States of America
  • Japan Japan
  • Morocco Morocco
  • France France
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Canada Canada
  • Mexico Mexico
  • Norway Norway
  • China China
  • Germany Germany
  • Italy Italy

...and enjoy wine and food representative of each.  It's an amazing time, it's culturally inspiring, and if you will be in Orlando then you must try and go.

Beyond the food and wine, there is also the Eat to the Beat concert series.  Each year, bigger and bigger names are coming to participate.  This year, the schedule is as follows:

  • August 30 to 31: Blue October
  • September 1 to 3: Tiffany
  • September 4 to 5: NEW! MercyMe
  • September 6 to 7: NEW! Glass Tiger
  • September 8 to 9: NEW! Tauren Wells
  • September 10 to 11: Postmodern Jukebox
  • September 12 to 13: NEW! Vertical Horizon
  • September 14 to 16: Baha Men
  • September 17 to 19: Plain White T’s
  • September 20 to 21: Living Colour
  • September 22 to 23: NEW! Sheila E
  • September 24 to 26: Sugar Ray
  • September 27 to 28: David Cook
  • September 29 to 30: Jeffrey Osborne
  • October 1 to 2: NEW! Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts
  • October 3 to 4: Everclear
  • October 5 to 7: Mark Wills
  • October 8 to 10: Air Supply
  • October 11 to 12: NEW! Anderson East
  • October 13 to 14: Smash Mouth
  • October 15 to 16: NEW! 98 Degrees
  • October 17 to 18: 38 Special
  • October 19 to 21: The Devon Allman Project
  • October 22 to 23: Kenny G
  • October 24 to 25: Billy Ocean
  • October 26 to 28: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
  • October 29 to 31: Hanson
  • November 1 to 2: NEW! High Valley
  • November 3 to 4: Taylor Dayne
  • November 5 to 7: Boyz II Men
  • November 8 to 9: The Hooters
  • November 10 to 12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

First Time Ever, 2-Day and 3-Day Disney World Tickets in DW Savers

Discount 2 Day Disney World Tickets
Discounts on 2-Day and 3-Day Disney World Tickets
We started the DW Savers program back in 2007.  It's amazing when we type it out loud, but IT's BEEN 11 YEARS.  During that time we've had tens of thousands of subscribers, thousands of posts and newsletters, and we've also offered some pretty great discounts on Orlando attraction tickets. 

The one thing we've never been able to do though, is to include any Disney World tickets below a 4-Day option.  Well, records were made to be broken, right?!

We are now offering ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS on 2-Day and 3-Day tickets as part of our DW Savers club promotion.

A full list of all included tickets can be found here - DW Savers.

And, to join DW Savers and receive our discount ticket code, please join here.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Universal Orlando patents "Fantastic Worlds"... what could it mean?

Universal Orlando

Universal is a top destination in Orlando, Florida.  But, it's not the top destination.  Disney World, with its four major theme parks, and multitude of smaller attractions, is not only Orlando's top theme park destination, but the World's.  So, how can Universal start closing the gap?  Well, just as Ray Kinsella heard this in the great film classic "Field of Dreams"... "if you build it, they will come".

We recently heard about Universal Orlando's great plan to build "Nintendo Land", which will bring all the fun and much loved characters of the Nintendo Universe to life, and transporting fans into their favorite lands from their favorite video games.  However, Universal has been busier than that, and it appears they are looking to add several other parks, or "gates".  Universal currently has three awesome gates;  Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay Water Park.  That puts them in a position to be a terrific destination for a 2-3 day period.  If they could add a couple of more successful gates, then they would become a week-long destination, and in rare company alongside the Walt Disney World Resort.

They've been acquiring hundreds of acres of land recently, and their latest patent filing has fans inquiring about "Fantastic Land".  What's super intriguing about this patent filing, is the category in which it was filed; "entertainment services in the nature of amusement park or theme park services".   While the details have yet to come out, we do know that they are preparing for a rush.  The new Aventura Hotel is opening on August 16th, which will now bring their total number of guest rooms to over 6,000.  For those keeping score, that's more than 2.5 times the amount they were able to offer just 5 years ago.

Good luck Universal.. We're rooting for you!!!

Nintendo at Universal Orlando

Monday, July 30, 2018

All Four Disney World Parks in One Day... It's Possible!

Disney World in a Day

Visiting Disney World's magical four theme parks is an adventure like no other.  The parks can seem all the same, and all so different, at the same time.  Having four glorious days, being able to devout an entire day to each magnificent park, can often seems like not enough for many people.  Many vacationers need at least two days at the Magic Kingdom, or maybe even three.  However, some DW fans don't have such luxuries when it comes to time, and they must take as much in as they can in three days.  Or two days.  Or, even one.

Disney World in a day.  Is it possible?  Should it be possible?  Some say no, but others say yes.

A few brave souls have attacked this adventure, and have produced some very impressive results.  Thankfully, they've shared their learned knowledge with us.  For example, the first thing one would want to do is to see which of the four theme parks opens early on their fateful day, and which park will stay open late.  It's best to either begin at or to end at the Magic Kingdom.  And, if entirely possible, one must drive in their own vehicle from park-to-park.

There's many more tips to help in accomplishing this monumental task.  Read the full cheat sheet here!

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