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Is the Disney After Hours event worth the money? Read about my experience at the Disney After Hours Event in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park to get the inside scoop. This special event ticket is available to the public and allows you to stay in the park for three extra hours with access to popular attractions with little to no wait times, character greetings and snacks.
Review ~ Disney After Hours at Animal Kingdom
While attending my daughter’s cheer competition at Disney’s ESPN Sports Complex, I decided to splurge and purchase Disney After Hours special event tickets for Animal Kingdom. At $125 per ticket, I wasn’t sure it would be worth the money, plus I already had a four day hopper pass to the Disney parks. Adding extra tickets to what I had already spent seemed like a bit much. Since I write about family travel and love anything Disney, I thought I would go ahead and pay the extra money for the tickets to see what it was like to share with you.
What does the Disney After Hours Event Include?
First of all, the Disney After Hours events are only available on certain dates and only one park at a time. The events last from 9pm-12am. When you check in, you get a special wrist band, able to ride select rides, watch select shows, get snacks and meet characters. There are a limited amount of tickets and as of now, I don’t think you need any other kind of park ticket to be allowed to purchase an after hours event ticket. Guests with Disney After Hours tickets can enter the park at 7:00 pm every event night. If you didn’t have a park ticket during the day, you can enjoy the park for a few hours before the special event starts.
What we thought of Disney After Hours at Animal Kingdom
It seems like the Disney park people are still working out the details of these After Hours Events. I found out about it by the ad on their website while I was picking out my fast passes. I wish I had known about this before buying my hopper tickets – I could have saved money and bought a 3 day pass instead of a 4 day one. I saw some of my blogger friends at one of these events, but assumed it was a special event for just for influencers and not open to the public. When I saw that there was an after hours event while I was at Disney, I jumped on the chance to get a ticket before they were sold out. Animal Kingdom is our favorite!!
What We Liked About Animal Kingdom’s After Hours Event
Here are six things we enjoyed about the After Hours event at Animal Kingdom.
1. Little to no wait times
Obviously this is the main attraction for going to a Disney After Hours event. The most popular ride, Avatar Flight of Passage, which normally has a wait time of 2 hours, only had a wait of about 15 minutes when the event started. Towards the end of the night, we walked directly on the ride with no line. We rode our other favorite ride, Expedition Everest, over and over with no line and hardly any people around us!
2. The parks at night are cooler and way less bugs
While we were in Orlando, there were “love bugs” EVERYWHERE. These bugs don’t bite or harm you in anyway, but they are annoying and you could have 5-100 bugs on and around you at a time. Apparently there is only an infestation of these bugs in Florida for two weeks, twice a year. And sure enough, while we were visiting! We began avoiding the parks during the day because of this and another reason the late night after hours event looked appealing. No love bugs out at night!
3. Endless treats
We loved the grab and go snack and drink stations around the park. I think the smartest thing Disney did was to have had Mickey ice cream, popcorn, juice bar popsicles and bottled water sitting out on a table near the Pandora entrance where you could just grab your snacks and keep walking. If you preferred a soda, you could wait in a line for one. There are other various snack carts open around the parks with snacks included in your ticket and also something for purchase. Cocktails and beer are not included in your ticket, but available for purchase the whole evening.
4. No Crowds
At times, we felt like the only people in the park! If you prefer a loud, party atmosphere, you might not like the after hours events, but we thought it was the coolest thing ever!
I think we only saw 3 strollers the whole time we were there, compared to daytime when there are numerous strollers parked at every ride entrance.
Comparing the After Hours crowd to a normal night at a park:
A few evenings before, we stayed until closing time (11pm) at Magic Kingdom and saw less strollers and people than during the day. Attractions had much longer wait times on a normal park night though. Some popular rides were still over an hour wait. I have to note the night we stayed late… it had just stormed with hail, plus it rained on and off, so that could have been a big factor for less people, less toddlers in strollers.
5. After Hours Shopping
Our favorite shop was open when we arrived and we were able buy the last few of the much sought after lollipop Mickey ears. It’s really fun to shop with little to no people in the stores!
6. Fun Entertainment
We didn’t know about the entertainment as we were focused on what rides were open and where to find food. Here is what we did:
DJ Dance Party: In DinoLand U.S.A, we accidentally walked into the dance party with bubbles, fun music and a photo booth. We were the only ones dancing, but that is what we liked about it! ha!
Entertainment We Missed:
Apparently there were character greetings and shows, but we missed them all together on our race to ride the attractions and eat all the food! I’m sad we missed these things and wish I had known ahead of time to plan better:
Character greeting and photos: Meet Mickey and Minnie in Discovery Island
Rivers of Light : Show starts at 10 pm in Asia
Pandora Drummers: 10:30 pm and 11:30 pm in Pandora
What we did at the Animal Kingdom After Hours Event:
- Shopped for about 15 minutes before the event officially started.
- Walked to Pandora to be there at 9pm.
- Rode Avatar Flight of Passage 2 times in a row (about a 10-15 minute wait both times)
- Rode the Na’vi River Journey (walked right on)
- Got fruit bars and water in Pandora
- Walked towards Tree of Life and grabbed ice cream and popcorn to take on the way
- Watched the Tree of Life for a bit
- Stopped for lemonade and more popcorn on the walk to Asia
- Rode Expedition Everest 3 times in a row (walked right on)
- Stopped for more snacks and drinks in Asia
- Walked to Dinoland, rode TriceraTop Spin
- Danced and took photos at the DJ dance party
- Rode DINOSAUR (walked right on)
- Walked back to Pandora to ride Flight of Passage (walked right on)
Once we left Pandora the first time, we only saw 2-20 people at a time around the park the rest of the night.
What we did NOT like:
Don’t get me wrong, we had a blast and enjoyed the park after hours, but here are a few things I didn’t like.
Not enough time: We wish the event was at least 30-60 minutes longer so we could have done more. If they can’t make the event longer, then it would have been great to have gotten the option to skip the Avatar Flight of Passage pre-show to save time.
Not knowing what was going to happen until we got there: I wish we could have been emailed the event plans, what shops were open and the show times for the evening. I feel we missed out on activities, not being able to plan ahead.
Not many characters: I would have liked more characters around the park. Having another photo spot with a character out in the open where we could have seen them would have been great. I also wish they had a character at the dance party, especially since there was a photo booth there.
The park seemed closed: It seemed more like the park was closed and we were just there walking around as they were closing up. I would have enjoyed a more catered feeling to those of us who bought the pricey after hours tickets. I’ve been to special events at parks where we were treated like VIPS – I think Disney needs to add more of a special treatment touch. I would have liked having more cast members welcoming us and answering our questions. We would have enjoyed some fun music throughout the park so it didn’t seem closed. Special gifts such as glow stick necklaces or glowing drinks would have been nice.
Was it worth the money?
Let me break it down by what we ate and drank. Note I’m on a diet and with a 12 year old girl who doesn’t eat much. If my son was with us, he would have eaten a LOT more.
- Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar $5.75 x 2
- Mickey’s Ice Cream Sandwich $5.75 x 1
- Fruits of Mo’ara Fruit Bar 4.50 x 3
- Popcorn 4.50 x 2
- Bottled Soft Drinks 4.50 x 1
- Water: $3.50 x 5
2 tickets + tax was $266.26. Take out our total food: $61.75 and the price was actually $102.25 per ticket for no crowds and to ride our favorite rides over and over.
After experiencing high crowds, Florida heat, 2 hour wait times and the infestation of bugs, I definitely think it was worth the price of admission and would do it again next time if it was offered.
Overall, I we had a BLAST at the Disney After Hours event. It will be a memory that my daughter and I will talk about for years to come!
Tips for Riding Avatar Flight of Passage After Hours
1. Take account for time spent walking the path and the pre-show:
For those of you wanting to plan to ride Flight of Passage numerous times, take note of your time. From the ride’s gate entrance where you show your wrist band, it will take at least 5 minutes to walk the path to the ride entrance point. Then another 7 minutes to watch the two pre-show videos, 6 minutes to ride the ride and another 3-5 minutes to walk the path out of the ride and back to the main entrance. Total time for riding Avatar Flight of Passage is around 22 minutes with no wait time.
2. Enjoy a different experience each time:
When possible, we made sure to switch up where we were in line at the pre-show. If you are with a big group, switch spots with someone else you know. We sat somewhere different each time we rode the ride and it was a totally different experience each time! When I sat on the far outside, I felt like I was flipping upside down, a feeling I didn’t get when in the middle. So be sure to try to change it up while you’re at the after hours event if you can!
3. Just for fun, shout SIVAKO!
Watch for the part during the ride where your Na’vi guide yells “SIVAKO” (see-vah-ko) meaning, rise to the challenge. Be sure to chant it back! We had fun doing that each time. LOL!
Official Disney World After Hours Event Information:
At the time of my review, you can purchase After Hours event tickets at Magic Kingdom park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park! Click here to learn more.
If your kids want to have a Toy Story Party, you’ll enjoy these fun Disney birthday party ideas featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang! Amazing cakes, free printables and games.
The Best Toy Story Party Ideas
Toy Story is one of my favorite Disney movies and I can’t wait for Toy Story 4! A Toy Story Birthday Party is a classic party idea that works wonderful for little boys or little girls.
Adorable Toy Story Party Ideas
Here are some amazing party ideas if you love Toy Story too. Find cute Woody, Buzz Light Year and the gang themed cakes, cookies, cupcakes, free party printables, party favors, crafts and kid games!
Originally published June 23, 2010
More fun party ideas:
- Disney’s Frozen Summer Party Ideas
- Lego Birthday Party
- Mermaid Birthday Party
- Minions Party Ideas
- Olaf Marshmallow Pops
- The Ultimate List of Minnie Mouse Craft Ideas!
–> Be sure to visit my party printable shop for more fun party ideas!
Toy Story Party Decorations
First, you need to think about who to invite. These free printable Toy Story Party Invitations are perfect your party!
Of course you’ll need to get cute plates, cups and napkins. This Toy Story 3 Party Pack is really fun!
Decorate with a fun Toy Story Pinata!
Get some decorating ideas from this adorable Vintage Toy party featured on Hostess with the Mostess.
Toy Story Party Food
I highly recommend you start planning your Toy Story Party with the food. There are so many great party food ideas you could try. Here are some of my favorite Toy Story party recipes.
Toy Story Birthday Cakes
Want to make your own Toy Story Cake? This is a simple, adorable Toy Story cake with Woody and the gang by Beth Kruse.
I am in love Bakerella’s Toy Story Cake Pops!! Aren’t these the cutest?
Woody Cowboy Hat Cupcakes made with just a few ingredients like a Pringles Chip, Gumdrop and a Twizzler would be so cute!
Check out this easy to make Spaceship Pizza that Jamie from Mommas Fabulous Playground made!
Simple Toy Story Army Man Cupcakes! Pipe green icing for the grass add a toy soldier on top. Use this frosting tip -> for making grass.
Terri at Crafty Working Mommy made cute cupcakes for her daughter’s party!
Toy Story Party Favor Ideas
This inspiration for Toy Story cookies by Laurie from Whimsy Cookie Co. would be fun for party favors.
This Toy Story 12 Pack of Pez is perfect for party favors!
Toy Story Free Printable Pencil Toppers make great party favors for kids!
Toy Story Party Games & Activities
Play a game of Pin the Tail on Bullseye! This free printable game of Woody’s horse is super cute!
For a fun Toy Story Birthday Party Cctivity, print some Toy Story 3 coloring pages at Cartoon Jr.
Toy Story 4 Movie Trailer
I hope you enjoyed all of these fun Toy Story Party ideas! Visit my Shop for more fun ideas and printables and don’t miss the new Toy Story 4 movie trailer!
How to make the cutest Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops! An easy Disney party dessert recipe made with OREO cookies and free printable Valentine’s Day tags. Perfect treats to make for your Valentine or any time of the year!
Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops for Valentine’s Day
With printable Happy Valentine’s Day tags, this makes the cutest Valentine’s Day gift for any Disney fan!
More DIY Disney Ideas You’ll Love
- Minnie Mouse Ears Hair Clips
- Minnie Mouse Pumpkin
- Disney Frozen Summer Birthday Party Ideas
- Olaf Marshmallow Pops
- The Ultimate List of Minnie Mouse Craft Ideas!
Our Disneyland Trip
My daughter and I went to California during the holiday break. We love to travel and I especially love our mother/daughter trips, because we like doing the same things and she is the perfect age right now for being my travel buddy. We were lucky to have a few days in Disneyland and California Adventure!
Disney is pure magic at Christmas and of course we had to wait in line for a photo with Minnie Mouse!
My Favorite Disneyland Ride
One of my favorite rides at Disneyland is It’s a Small World! The best time is during Christmas when the lights are so beautiful and everything inside is decorated for Christmas. They sing Jingle Bells in every language and it’s adorable!!!
—> If you want to see it, CLICK HERE to watch my Instagram Story from our Disney trip. I share a lot of this ride on that story and I guarantee it will bring back childhood memories:-)
Minnie Mouse Cookie Pop Inspiration
Keep these treats as cookies or turn into pops. Either way, anyone would love getting a Minnie Mouse Cookie this Valentine’s Day! I made the bows this time with jumbo heart sprinkles. Then I found the cutest edible polka dot heart wafers by Wilton at Michaels to place on top of the candy hearts. I think the cookies turned out super cute!
How to Make Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops
These cute cookie pops are super easy and fun for any Disney fan! Watch my video below for directions. Be sure to watch until the end to see the fun Mickey Ears we just bought on our trip to Disneyland.
Print the Minnie Mouse Valentine’s Day Tags
Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops
Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops are an easy Disney party dessert made with OREO cookies and free printable Valentine’s Day tags.
- 12 Double Stuf OREO cookies
- 6 Mini OREO cookies
- 1/4 cup White Candy Melts
- 1/2 cup Red Candy Melts
- 1/2 cup Red, Pink and White Nonpareils
- 1/4 cup Jumbo Heart Sprinkles
- Wilton Edible Accents Hearts (optional)
- 12 Lollipop Sticks
- Wax Paper
- Printable Tags (optional)
- Gently open and remove the filling from a handful of Mini OREO cookies with a knife.
- Melt white candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until candy is smooth and creamy.
- Make Minnie’s ears by using the melted white candy as the glue to stick the mini cookies inside of the larger cookies. Let candy dry before decorating.
- In a small glass bowl, melt pink candy in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until candy is smooth and creamy.
- Dip one half of a cookie into the melted candy, gently shake cookie to smooth any rough edges and sprinkle with red, pink and white nonpareils.
- Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted candy, then gently hold it on the bottom of the cookie. You don’t need to press it into the cookie as it might break.
- Hold stick to the cookie until a bond is made, then place on a piece of wax paper to cool and harden.
- Add Minnie’s bow by placing a small bit of melted candy on two jumbo candy hearts. Gently stick them to the top of the cookie to form a bow.
- If you can find the edible polka dot heart wafers by Wilton, add them to the top of the hearts buy using melted candy as glue. This step is optional.
- Print the Valentine’s Day tags, trim and punch a hole in the top and bottom. After the candy has completely hardened on the cookies, slide the tag onto the lollipop stick. Wrap as gifts or display on your party table.
Start the school year off right with over 50 of the BEST Back to School Free Printables!
Best Back to School Free Printables for kids!
These Back to School Free Printables are just what you need to get kids ready for school. From teacher gifts, lunch box notes, tags and labels, to free weekly calendars and free printable bookmarks you’re sure to find what you need. I started this Back to School Free Printables list many years ago, and will add to it each year. FUN! It’s always nice to have a little help during the school year and these are some of the best printable ideas around.
These back to school free printables are great for the entire school year, so be sure to come back often to check for updates! If some of these printable links don’t work anymore, please let me know. Thanks and enjoy! -Amy
Originally published September 8, 2008
Enjoy these Back to School Free Printables
To help with planning ahead for school lunches, I designed a free printable lunch box weekly calendar. I also put together a free printable with 85 food ideas to add to a lunch box.
Enjoy Free Printable Morning Routine Cards to make back to school life easier with small children!
7 Back to School Free Printable Lunch Box Notes by Paper Crave
Cute Free printable school stickers from Paper Crave.
These Lunch Box Notes by a Blissful Nest are the perfect Back to School Free Printables!
Free Printable 1st Day of School Signs for each grade by A Blissful Nest!
Back to School Free Printable Teacher Gift Tags by Giggles Galore.
Out of this world customizable Free Printable Back to School Star Wars Legos Tags & Stickers.
School is Sweet Free Printable Cupcake Tags and book plates.
Print on Post-It Notes! – Free Printables for School Homework
“Welcome Back!” Free Printable Bubble Labels for Teachers.
Free Printable How Was Your Day School Notes for kids to fill out about their day.
Free Printable Personalized School Snack Labels.
The cutest free printable back to school cupcake topper and wrapper by PaperGlitter.
Back to School Time Capsule Craft with Free Printable 1st Day of School Interview by Giggles Galore.
Free Printable Teacher Thank You Notes & cute gift idea.
Happy pencil free printable circle tag from PaperGlitter.
Easy craft ideas for back to school photos with free printables!
Really cute Back to School Free Printable Photo Props via Tip Junkie.
Eighteen25 designed these cute teacher gift labels for fortune cookie containers available for downloading over on HowDoesShe.
A cute back to school printable pack by Bird Crafts.
Cute Free Printable lunch box menus by Jennifer at Classic Play.
Love these–>After School Conversation Cards from The Crafting Chicks
Janna Wilson made the cutest Free Printable Teacher Thank You labels.
And these Teacher Note Cards!
Amanda’s Parties to Go has a fun free printable back to school printable collection.
Oh my word, these school Lunch Bag Stickers from Martha Stewart are awesome!!
Here are more cute back to school school stickers and book plates from Martha Stewart!
Magnetic Lunch Chart by Martha
Make some back to school crayon pretzel treats by Gourmet Mom on the Go. Mandy even has free printable labels!
Lunch Surveys by June Pfaff.
Back To School Sticker Sheers from Kaden’s Corner
Love book plates? You’ll love Blue Bird Lucy’s Ready for Fall Bookplates.
Print these handy teacher notes by Mommypalooza. She also has a good printable calendar if you use paper organizers.
A whole list of printable Lunch Notes
Lunch box notes, tags and stickers from Cindy Hopper via Alpha Mom.
Babalisme’s cute school labels.
Kim at The TomKat Studio also has adorable Teacher Thank You cards.
You’ll also love these Fun Food and Craft Back to School Ideas!!
- Back to School Fun Food Bento Lunch.
- Back to School Keepsake Box – Kids Craft Tutorial by Kids Stuff World
- Back to School Paper Bag Album Craft
- Apple Sugar Cookies – Back to School Fun Food
Want help with ideas on how to travel cheap? Check out these 4 simple tips to save money on travel. Money saving tips for Disney World, Universal Orlando and other family vacations!
Simple Money Saving Tips for Disney, Cheap Flights and More!
We love to travel and have been all over the world! What’s even better is when we can save money on travel, so we can take more trips later. People always ask me for travel tips and ideas for saving money on family vacations, so I am happy to share some ideas with you today. We have used these tips when traveling to beaches, theme parks, national parks, and cities.
With so many great online tools to save money these days, travel can always be done on a budget. It just takes a few simple money saving tips and time! I will keep adding helpful websites and tips to save money on travel to this article as discover new ones. For now, here are my favorite tools for traveling cheap along with some time and money saving tips that will make you jump for joy the next time you plan a vacation!
1. Be Smarter When Searching for Cheap Flights
Airfare is often the most expensive part of travel, especially if you have a large family. Driving is not an option to many places I like to visit, so flying it is! Here are a few ways I save money on flights:
Finding the best deals on travel takes time. I feel like a private detective digging into the internet to find the best deals when I plan our vacations. Now I save a ton of time by using Airfarewatchdog for flights and hotels. It’s super easy to compare airfare prices on various websites all at once with Airfarewatchdog. My favorite feature of this website is you can set a low fare alert to get an email when the prices go down! If you type in your destination and dates, then scroll down the page, you will see suggested dates for the best time to travel.
Airfarewatchdog is awesome and searches for both airfare and hotel sites like Hotels.com, Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz all at once which saves a ton of time. Search for hotel deals and set alerts easily here too! I also like to search here for the best deal on Disney World Hotels.
Being flexible is a great way to travel cheap! When I feel spontaneous to travel somewhere for a long weekend and not sure where I want to go, I love using Google flights! You can enter your home airport, enter your travel dates, leave the destination blank, then click the map to see what flight prices are for any city on the map! Narrow down your search by stops, price, times, or airline.
When I entered some dates for this summer from Dallas, non-stop under $200 this is what I found. I think the beach is calling me to San Diego or Ft. Lauderdale with these flights!
2. Compare Theme Park Ticket Options
When planning a trip to a theme park, do your research and compare prices for annual passes vs daily tickets. I just got annual passes to Universal Orlando because it saved me money on our 3 day park ticket preferences! We got extra perks such as discounts at stores and restaurants, plus we could be much more flexible on the days we visited the park. It also made sense, because I feel like we are in Orlando several times a year. Now we can pop over to the park anytime we are in town!
3. Pack Your Own Drinks and Snacks
I really need to be better at doing this. It’s a no brainer that you will save money at hotels if you have snacks in your room, especially if you travel with teenagers! I have friends who will pack an entire suitcase with food when flying to expensive destinations. Then fill the suitcase with dirty clothes for the trip home! Just remember if you travel to tropical islands or southern states, pack things that won’t melt.
If you don’t trust your kids to not eat and drink the expensive items in hotel rooms, ask the hotel to remove them before you get there.
Did you know most theme parks let you bring snacks?
Disney Rules say this:
“Guests are allowed to bring food items—such as snacks or foods that do not require heating—into Disney theme parks.” Small ice chests are allowed in Disney Parks, but they have size requirements. Make sure to read the rules before you bring an ice chest with you. I suggest getting a backpack ice chest to easily carry it all.
Don’t buy water at Disney. Both Disneyland and Disney World’s counter service restaurants will give you a free cup of water or a free cup of hot water. Ask for a large cup!
Universal Orlando Rules say this:
Acceptable items: Bottled water (maximum 2 liters), Small snacks, Any food required for special dietary needs, Any food required for medical purposes and medically-indicated nutritional supplements, Baby food/baby formula and Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep.
4. Buy Souvenirs Ahead of Time
We go to theme parks a lot and I save so much money by getting t-shirts, mouse ear hats and trinkets ahead of time online. This way the kids can use their own money however they want when visiting the parks. On our last trip to Universal Orlando, my son used his park money on only food and it saved us arguing about me spending $10 on a cookie!!!
Pack a small bag full of dollar store pencils, stickers, lollipops, light up toys, etc with the park theme to hand out at the hotel when you arrive. Young kids won’t know where you got the gifts and think you bought it for them at the park!
Here is a list of popular parks and their themes to help you shop for souvenir gifts ahead of time…
Universal Studios: Minions, Harry Potter, Men in Black, Jimmy Fallon, Shrek, Simpsons, Transformers, Fast & Furious, Revenge of the Mummy, E.T., Sponge Bob, Curious George, Hello Kitty, Scooby Doo
Island of Adventures: Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, Marvel Comics (Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, X-Men, Ant-Man) King Kong, Popeye, Betty Boop
Magic Kingdom: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Disney Princesses, Finding Nemo, Peter Pan, Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh
Animal Kingdom: Safari Animals, Dinosaurs, Yeti Monster, Avatar
Hollywood Studios: Star Wars, Toy Story, Muppets, Frozen, Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones, Twilight Zone
Epcot: Frozen, Race Cars, Space, Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, America, Morocco, Canada, United Kingdom
Disneyland: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Disney Princesses, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars, Peter Pan, Toy Story, Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland
California Adventure: Cars, Toy Story, Black Panther, It’s a Bug’s Life, Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Guardians of the Galaxy
Other Theme Parks
Six Flags: DC Comics (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern) and Looney Toons (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester, Porky Pig, Tasmanian Devil)
Sea World: Shamu, Sesame Street and ocean inspired
Busch Gardens: Sesame Street, Madagascar, safari and jungle animals
Legoland: LEGO toys
Silver Dollar City: Old fashion toys and candy, mining, wild west inspired
Dollywood: Old fashion toys and candy, black bears, Smokey Mountains inspired
I hope you enjoyed these money saving tips for traveling.
How do you save money on vacations?
Let me know in the comments below.
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Learn about the best Orlando day trips that are perfect for your family vacation with these five day trips from Disney World. Enjoy these Disney family travel tips and fun excursions to do with kids.
Best Orlando Day Trips To Take From Disney World
We are huge Disney World fans, but I’m always looking for fun Orlando day trips. Because, face it, Disney World vacations can be a ton of fun, but after a few days in a row of experiencing the parks, your family – and your wallet – might need a break. Whether you’re planning your very first trip to Disney World or you’re an experienced Disney visitor, you should consider what Florida has to offer beyond the parks. From inland springs to coastal towns, here are some favorite day trips to take from Disney World!
St. Augustine is a small seaside town situated on Florida’s east coast, located roughly two hours northeast of Disney World and the Orlando metro area. It holds the honor of being the oldest city in America, and for many folks, that’s enough of a reason to plan a day to see what St. Augustine has to offer. It’s home to Castillo de San Marcos, an old fort built by early Spanish settlers, as well as a number of family-friendly attractions to keep your crew entertained. Explore the city by trolley or take to the cobblestone streets and see what you can find on foot.
The closest beach to Disney World, Cape Canaveral is an hour’s drive straight east from Orlando. Spend the day soaking up the sun or head a few minutes north to Kennedy Space Center – a must-see for anyone who’s interested in space or science! You can take tours to view shuttle launchpads, view exhibits you won’t find anywhere else, and experience a shuttle launch simulator. Don’t forget to treat the kids to some Dippin’ Dots while you’re there!
Ponce De Leon Springs
Ponce De Leon Springs is a natural spring located approximately one hour northeast of Orlando. If your family is dying to spend some time in the water surrounded by nature, this is a great stop to add to your itinerary. You can swim or explore the water by kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade or grab a bite to eat at the Sugar Mill Restaurant, known for tables with built-in griddles that let you make your own pancakes.
Two hours southwest of Orlando, it’s easy to spend a fun-filled day in Tampa. Experience marine life up close at the Florida Aquarium, explore the Lowry Park Zoo, or check out one of the multiple museums in the area. Head across the bay and into St. Petersburg to visit the , Salvador Dali Museum, home to one of the largest Dali collections in the world. You’ll find beautiful beaches all around Tampa!
If you want to add another theme park to your plan, you can always pick up tickets for Busch Gardens. While this theme park has attractions and activities for people of all ages, it’s best suited for adults or older kids who love thrill rides – especially roller coasters.
Feel the need for speed? Head to Daytona Beach, roughly an hour and a half northeast of Orlando, to experience the Daytona International Speedway – home of the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. If fast cars aren’t your thing, no need to worry! There are plenty of fun things to do and see in Daytona Beach. Stroll along the pier and you’ll find everything from thrill rides and snack bars to souvenir shops and arcades. Claim a spot on the beach and splash around in the water, or cross the street and have a blast at Daytona Lagoon, the local water park.
What day trips from Disney have you taken? Which were your favorite? Share your ideas in the comment section!
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Pixar Fest is the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks! Celebrate all things Pixar for a limited time. Pixar Fest begins April 13, 2018 and runs through September 3, 2018. With the release of “Incredibles 2” in June 2018, even more exciting floats and fun will be added to Pixar Fest. With so much to be enjoyed, we wanted to highlight 3 of our favorite MUST-DO’s while visitng Disneyland Resorts during Pixar Fest.
Pixar Play Parade
For the first time ever, the Pixar Play Parade will make its way through Disneyland Park. Just as Pixar began with the cutest lamp ever, the Play Parade will do the same! You’ll enjoy whimsical and laughable favorites from your favorite Pixar films. Keven, the friendly bird from “Up”, makes an appearance. You won’t be able to miss this 12 foot beauty!
“Paint the Night” Parade
1 million brilliant lights return after 2 years! This time, experience the dazzling lights in Disney California Adventure. This parade gets an extra boost of awesome in June 2018 when it will add new floats inspired by “The Incredibles” and “The Incredibles 2”.
“Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” Fireworks Show and More!
This brand new multimedia show immerses guests into the story of friendship feature your favorite Pixar characters. Your eyes will light up as you watch the shops on Main Street, USA and Sleeping Beauty Castle dance with colors and designs. (Make sure you keep your eye near the tip top of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle…you may just see Buzz Lightyear!)
Be sure to check out Pixar Fest’s yummiest NEW foods. Only available through September 3, 2018!
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Disneyland Resort’s first ever Pixar Fest brings the world of Pixar films to life in countless ways. But there’s only way to let your belly join in on the festivities–FOOD!! Sure Disneyland has rides and surreal sights to see, but you need to plan at least one day just to take in all the scrumptious food! Disneyland Resort Pixar Fest offers fun and delicious eats and treats with a sweet Pixar theme. Pixar Fest arrived at Disneyland Resorts April 13, 2018 and will run for only a limited time. You won’t want to miss these creatively themed food and beverages available only until September 3, 2018. Here’s our favorites from Pixar Fest (but trust me when I say there’s so much more!)
Fried Bologna Sandwich
Inspired by the film “Up”, you can find this yummy fried bologna sandwich on Main Street inside Disneyland, at the Carnation Cafe. (Even the President of Disneyland Resorts was surprised at just how yummy this was!)
Inside Disneyland, walk your way over to Frontierland and enjoy a “Coco” inspired chocolate churro! This fried yummy goodness is rolled in rich chocolate powder, vanilla bean and salted cinnamon sugar served with spiced, Mexican chocolate dipping sauce.
“Toy Story” Root Beer Boot Float
“Monsters, Inc.” Chilled Noodle Salad
Use the special sauce to activate these monster noodle colors! With mint, thai basil, shredded daikon and tofu you’ll be happy you stopped at the Lucky Fortune Cookery in Disney California Adventure Park for this cool salad.
Pixar Fest Celebration Cake
This vibrant Pixar Fest celebration cake can’t help but bring a bright smile to your face. Found in both parks, you can’t miss this gorgeous treat. If in Disneyland, head over to the Plaza Inn. If visiting Disney California Adventure, visit Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Paradise Garden Grill and Pacific Wharf Cafe.
“Toy Story” Alien Macaron
Need I say more? Your kids (or maybe you?!) will be bouncing these little aliens around the table. I’d pay you $5 if you can get through eating them without someone saying “THE CLAW!!”. These cuties will be found in Disneyland at the Alien Pizza Planet in Tomorrowland (along with quite a few other Pixar inspired food such as the Green Star Pesto Pasta and Cheeseburger Pizza).
Pixar Themed Cake Pops
Found throughout Disneyland Resort in any bakery or candy kitchen, you’ll be enamored by these adorable cake pops. You’ll want to be sure to stop in every bakery to find your favorite characters. We couldn’t get enough of Nemo and Lightning McQueen.
“Cars” Habanero Meatball Cone
Drive over to the Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure Park for some spicy treats! Try this Habanero Meatball cone with turkey meatballs in a habanero derby sauce with a cheese crisp and spiral pasta “smoke stacks”.
While these are just a few of our favorites, both Disneyland Resort theme parks have endless Pixar themed food to help you enjoy this special time at Pixar Fest. For a more complete list of all the Pixar Foods, click here. You’ll definitely want to map out your favorites ahead of time. The food is so good, but you won’t be able to eat it all. Or will you? Challenge accepted? Share your favorite Disneyland foods by commenting below.
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