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5 Ways to Experience Fall’s Finest at the Walt Disney World Resort

5 Ways to Experience Fall’s Finest at the Walt Disney World Resort

5 Ways to Experience Fall’s Finest at the Walt Disney World Resort

Apple Picking, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, … Disney World? While the temperature in Orlando doesn’t always feel like Fall come September, the creative minds at Walt Disney World prove year in and year out that fall is one of the best times of year to experience the parks. The team here at My VIP Tour can make sure you experience the best of the best with your VIP guide. From Halloween Parties, to Food & Wine, there are so many ways to build better memories with your family with a private Disney VIP tour this fall.

#1 Experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open in Hollywood Studios!

     Guests will find themselves on planet Batuu in the middle of the Star Wars galaxy! Try galactic treats such as the popular blue milk or Mustafarian Lava Rolls, build your own lightsaber (ahem, I mean “scrap metal” for the locals) and help fly new interactive ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (ask your Disney VIP guide how to get prime seating as a pilot!)

#2 The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

      Back by popular demand (for the 24th time!) Running daily through November 23rd, guests can eat and drink their way through 30 unique pop up pavilions ranging from fan favorites China and Australia, to newcomers The Alps and The Donut Box. Foodies who want the full Disney VIP experience will love culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars along with celebrity chef meet and greets as well. The Eat to the Beat Concert series which runs nightly with artists from Sugar Ray, Hanson and Boyz II Men will give you a great way to dance away those calories!

#3 Get Spooked at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

     Guests are already loving the new fireworks show “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” that was added to the party line up this year. Perennial fan favorite such as “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade”  has returned as well. Want a front row spot? Join Cruella DeVil and friends at Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way for appetizers and treats followed by reserved seating for the parade. Make sure to include this experience in your Disney VIP Tour!  Don’t forget that Mickey’s invited you to join him by wearing your best costume!

#4 Show off your dance moves as Hakuna Matata Dance Party takes its final bow at Animal Kingdom!

     Put your dancing shoes on one last time as the Hakuna Matata Dance Party ends its run this fall. The final family friendly show filled with music, dancing and games ends on September 30th 2019.

#5 Put your skills to the test at the all new NBA Experience in Disney Springs!

      This new experience is perfect for all of the future NBA & WNBA hopefuls in your family! Guests can step on the hardcourt to dribble, shoot, dunk & score. Don’t know much about basketball? That’s ok! Guests can enjoy multiple interactive displays, films & trivia to learn more about the game.

Whatever it is that you decide to experience this fall the team at My VIP Tour is dedicated to creating the best memories for you and your loved ones. Let your Disney VIP guide customize a tour just for you!

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What to Bring to Disney World Parks

What to Bring to Disney World Parks

It might surprise you that spending a day at Walt Disney World Resort requires a lot of precision planning. However, if you want to make the most of your day, packing the right things can save you money and time. It will of course all come down to your individual needs, but know what to bring to Disney World parks is essential. Below is a list of what to bring to Disney World parks.

What to Bring to Disney World Parks

 

What Bag Should I Bring?

 

The first thing is to decide what kind of bag to take. It really depends on if you are just catering to yourself, or if you need stuff for your family as well. Backpacks and fanny packs work well for this. Both bags are easy to carry and can store many items such as: a phone, wallet, and other essential items.

 

Must Haves

 

Sun block is a most in the Florida sun. Rather than toting around a big family-sized bottle, it is a good idea to use a 12-hour lotion first thing in the morning before you leave, then bring a small, travel-sized bottle in the parks with you.What to Bring to Disney World Parks

 

If you are taking kids with you, hand sanitizer and baby wipes are a must. Not only do kids have the tendency to get messy, there are so many germs that can be picked up just by touching restroom doors or handrails. Anti-bacterial wipes are great for wiping down tables, and normal baby wipes are perfect for wiping those sticky hands and faces. Tissues are also something you will need as well, or grabbing a few extra napkins from restaurants works, too.

 

A mini-first aid kit is another valuable item to have. You can carry it in a zip-lock bag or small container. In it you should include Band-aids, ibuprofen, indigestion tablets, body spray or a small deodorant to freshen up, and cleansing wipes.

 

Additional Items

 

Whether you have a scheduled Disney tour or are planning a Disney tour for your family, an autograph book is a great idea to bring with you. Make sure you bring thick sharpies since many of the characters need an easy writing utensil to use. You can find official Disney autograph books at the parks, use a regular notebook, or even create your own, personalized ones. These are one of the many great souvenirs that you can get from the park.

 

As you plan your vacation it is essential that you are looking the weather for the days you will be visiting Disney World. You might want a light jacket or cardigan for the mornings and evenings. You may eve use these items indoors, since during the summer the A/C is often kept at a cold temperature. It also may be in your best interest to bring an umbrella for two reasons: a wet, rainy day and for a bright, very sunny day. A plastic poncho may also be a great idea for rides with water or for a rainy day to help keep you dry or a stroller that you may have with you.

 

What to Bring to Disney World ParksLastly, sunglasses and hats are needed to protect your face, eyes, and head for the hot sun. Plenty of water is needed to stay hydrated, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking. You can bring one reusable bottle for each person and keep refilling them at the water fountains that you can find around the park. Snacks are also a good idea if you have little ones. Waiting in long lines can be a drag for children, so having snacks to keep them preoccupied is a great idea.

 

Hopefully you now know what to bring to Disney World Parks. With the right items on hand you are sure to have an exquisite time with whomever you go to Disney World with. If you would like more advice on what Disney World has in-store, My VIP Tour has professionals that are able to answer any of your Disney questions.

Best Order to Visit Disney World Parks

Best Order to Visit Disney World Parks

For a seamless Disney World vacation, you will need to figure out which days to visit which park and plan accordingly. A 5-day tour is the best order to visit the Disney World Parks. The itinerary is not as rushed, as in the case of 3 day or 4-day tours. You can take it easy on the first day you arrive at your Disney resort. Take time to explore your vacation home, and indulge in all that Disney has to offer. Below is the best order to visit Disney World parks.

 

Best Order to Visit Disney World Parks

 

Day 1: The Magic Kingdom

Best Order to Visit Disney World Parks

Your Disney World park tour starts in the morning with the Magic Kingdom. You will never get enough of the musical parades, the fireworks and the Disney characters walking around. This theme park, represented by a Cinderella castle, is the most visited park in the world. There are six lands in the Magic Kingdom namely the Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Main Street USA, Adventure Land and Liberty Square. You will surely be wide-eyed by the time you finish all the six.

 

Day 2: Hollywood Studios

 

Start the day with a power breakfast before heading to Hollywood Studios. Make sure you start this day early to beat all of the crows. Hollywood studios have everything from the world of movies, TV, music and theater. There are also six lands to explore here, including Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Grand Avenue, Toy Story Land, Animation Courtyard and Sunset Boulevard. Try adventures such as Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, the Great Movie Ride and the Tower of Terror.

 

Day 3: Epcot

 

Don’t worry about breakfast-just get up and go. At Epcot, you will find the best food and drinks from all around the world. Apart from satisfying your appetite, Epcot will also wow you with attractions such as Frozen Ever, Test Track and nightly illuminations to end your day in style.

 

Day 4: Shopping and Magic Kingdom at Night

 

Take the day to enjoy your resort and go for a swim, hit the streets for some shopping and have an early dinner. When night falls you will head to Magic Kingdom and enjoy everything it has to offer. To get the most from the charming creepiness, try the Haunted House and the Jungle Rides.

 

Day 5: Animal Kingdom

 

This park should always come later in your itinerary so that you can get a FastPass. Represented by the Tree of Life, the Animal Kingdom is home to real and fantasy animals including lions, dinosaurs, and dragons. The animal wanders drip with beauty in areas such as the Oasis, Discovery Island and the famous Pandora: The World of Avatar. There is also Africa, Asia, Rafiki’s Planet Watch and DinoLand USA.

 

A five-day rotation trip will be the best order to visit Disney World parks that will enable you to tour all the parks without overstretching your budget or killing the fun. Contact My VIP Tour for the best Disney Word travel deals.

 

The Rollicking Raglan Brunch — Disney Springs

The Rollicking Raglan Brunch — Disney Springs

When vacationing at Walt Disney World, character breakfasts and dinner reservations are usually the go-to meal options for families. However, there are some amazing Brunch options that are definitely worth checking out (and who doesn’t love a reason to have champagne at 10 o’clock in the morning?) Recently, we checked out The Rollicking Raglan Brunch at Raglan Road, located at Downtown Disney (transitioning into Disney Springs).

Upon arriving to Raglan Road, we made a quick

stop to the bar to order our first round of mimosas.

The mimosas were made with fresh Florida orange juice and sparkling wine, which came in a small bottle, but enough to fill up for a second! The bartender also gave us all complimentary homemade berry and banana smoothies that were served in large shot glasses.

After being seated, a delicious Irish soda bread was brought to the table, along with a Guinness and sugar dipping oil. A second round of complimentary smoothies were then brought to the table while the waitress explained any specials of the day.

The menu did not shy away from the items you would typically see listed in a restaurant located in Ireland. Brunch options consisted of Roastie Potatoes, Gammon and Eggs, Pancakes, Omelettes, Eggs Benedict, a Black Dog special, and more. You also have the option to order something more towards the lunch side like a Burger or Sandwich.

 What did we order??

Eggs Benedict:

A common item you will see on an Irish menu, and true to its form, this traditional meal was so tasty! The eggs come poached on top of sliced pancetta, covered with hollandaise sauce, and placed on an english muffin. The side consisted of their famous ‘Roasties’, aka potatoes covered with select herbs and spices.

Pancake Diaspora:

6 full sized pancakes were served topped with creme fraiche, fresh strawberries and blueberries, maple syrup, and garnished with mint. The pancakes were fluffy and consistent all the way through and just melt in your mouth delicious!

Full Irish Breakfast:

A favorite at Raglan Road, the Full Irish Breakfast offers everything you could expect as if you were dining in Ireland itself. This dish includes eggs, black dog, schnitzel, three times a boxty (gammon topped with cheddar), veggies, and roasties. Each of the flavors blended so perfectly together and made the experience that much better.

Burger ‘R Way:

This large beef burger was topped with a Dublin cheddar cheese, tomato chutney, and avocado. With a side of Irish style chips (steak fries), this combo was an authentic Irish taste combined with an all-American favorite.

Desserts are offered as well, which include:

Strawberry and Apple Crumble

Raspberry Pavlova

Bread and Butter Pudding

Triful Sinful

Lemon Curd Tart

Orange Pudding

Black Forest ‘Kiss’

Upon finishing our Brunch at around 12pm, the Irish band and tap dancers started to set up on the large indoor stage. The band were very interactive with the crowd, asking questions and sharing knowledge on each song they played. Irish tap dancers took turns to head up on the main stage, as well as the smaller stages in the middle of the room to perform.

All together, Raglan Road is a wonderful experience for all to enjoy, even little toddlers were clapping their hands and dancing with excitement!

Brunch at Raglan Road is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. We suggest making a reservation for around 11am-12pm since the band and tap dancers don’t set up until around then, and they are definitely worth seeing.

Prices at Raglan Road for Brunch range from approximately: $15- $30 per main course and $8.50 for all desserts.

 For more information on Raglan Road, or other brunch options at Walt Disney World, contact My VIP Tour at (407) 913-8375.

Walt Disney World’s Night Time Magic

Walt Disney World’s Night Time Magic

 

 Whether it’s your first time at Walt Disney World, or you have visited more times than you can remember, there is always something new and exciting to see and do. Getting to the parks early is a great way to see everything before the crowds come in; however, some of the most magical Disney experiences happen at night, and you sure don’t want to miss them!

Here is our list of “Late Night Must Do’s” while on your next WDW vacation:

1. Celebrate the Magic- Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom

Watch Cinderella’s Castle light up with story-telling imagery of Disney classics, such as: Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, The Lion King, Aladdin, and more! Your favorite Disney characters will take you on an exciting and breathtaking journey with movie clips, graphics, and pictures all displayed on the Castle walls.

 2. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular- Magic Kingdom

An absolute must for your whole family! This 12 minute firework show is every little piece of magic you are looking for on your Disney vacation. Tinker Bell makes a special appearance as she flies from the top of Cinderella’s Castle and starts the Wishes celebration. Make sure you take your cameras out for the finale, it’s truly breathtaking! 🙂

 3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth- Epcot

Aim to visit Epcot in the afternoon, so you can walk through the World Showcase, with enough time to see the night time show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. IllumiNations is a 3 part show which tells the story of our planet from birth, to the hope of the future. A glowing globe travels across the Lagoon showing history and achievements of our time, and ends with flames, music, and fireworks. IllumiNations can be viewed from almost anywhere around World Showcase and from select restaurants.

4. Fantasmic- Hollywood Studios

Watch all your favorite Disney Princesses, Characters and Villians perform in this beautiful 30-minute water and firework show! From Disney songs, to animation, to one million gallons of dancing water, this is definitely a must for the whole family!

5. Main Street Electrical Parade- Magic Kingdom

This amazing 20 minute music parade spectacular takes place at Magic Kingdom usually twice per day. The parade includes numerous decorated floats that adorn half a million lights and your favorite Disney characters. Tip: Find a place to stand (or sit) on Main Street about 20 minutes prior to show time for the best view!

Take advantage of our services for your evening park adventures, too! Let us take care of parade or show seating for your entire party, while you enjoy the rest of the park! Call us to book your dream vacation today: (407-913-8375).

Favorite Disney Restaurants of 2015 From My VIP Tour

Favorite Disney Restaurants of 2015 From My VIP Tour

(Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. Photo courtesy of disneyworld.disney.go.com)
(Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. Photo courtesy of disneyworld.disney.go.com)
Lets talk about one of our favorite topics: Food. Funnel Cakes, Turkey Legs and Buttered Popcorn used to be the staples of Walt Disney World Dining; however, there are currently over 300 restaurants for you and your family to choose from. When booking a Disney vacation, making reservations can be extremely overwhelming, and let’s be honest, who has time to look through 300 different menus?! From character meals to fine dining, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite Walt Disney World Dining spots for you and your party to enjoy while you’re here. Reservations are highly recommended for all of these restaurants.
Look out for our ‘My VIP Tour Price Guide’ as follows:
Price: $-$$$ (per adult)
$= $15-$29.99
$$= $30-$59.99
$$$= $60 and above
Victoria and Alberts – The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Our ultimate #1 spot will take your senses through a culinary journey with everything from Caviar, to Japanese Kobe Beef to Hawaiian Chocolate Souffle. Victoria and Alberts graces our top spot because of their impeccable service and menu items, being our favorite place for date nights or for a special occasion. Dress code and reservations required. Ages 10 and up.
Price: $$$ ($130 per guest + $65 for wine pairings)
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(Grand Floridian’s Victoria and Alberts dining room. Photo courtesy of: disneyworld.disney.go.com)

California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Placed on the 15th floor of The Contemporary, enjoy tasty Californian cuisine from sushi to goat-cheese ravioli. Yum! We love that the California Grill offers spectacular views of Cinderella’s Castle, which makes it a great place to watch Magic Kingdom’s Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.
Price: $$
  (Photo courtesy of: disneyworld.disney.go.com)
Le Cellier Steakhouse – World Showcase Epcot (Canada)
Feel like you’re dining in a Canadian Chateau with delicious cuisine that features fresh seafood and juicy steaks. If you love a good steakhouse, this place is perfect for you. Make sure you save room for their delicious Maple Creme Brulee dessert.
    Price: $$
The Hollywood Brown Derby – Hollywood Studios
In this authentic replica of the famous Brown Derby, the walls are covered in caricatures of familiar faces of Hollywood. There is something on the menu for everyone to enjoy, from a mouthwatering cobb salad to a juicy filet of beef. We love that you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and magical Disney atmosphere with a glass of wine and yummy appetizers.
    Price: $-$$ ($15-$29 — $30-$59)
 (Brown Derby Patio. Photo courtesy of: disneyworld.disney.go.com)
Tusker House (our favorite character lunch) Animal Kingdom
Donald Duck’s Dining Safari includes American Cuisine with an African flare. Your favorite Characters are dressed up in Safari gear and come to your table for pictures and autographs. We personally love the wide variety of food for all ages, including make-your-own PB&J’s for the kids, a delicious salad bar and tons of great vegetarian options. Don’t worry meat lovers, there’s a carving station and lots of chicken dishes too.
    Price: $-$$ Breakfast- $15-$29, Lunch & Dinner- $30-$59
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(photo courtesy of: disneyparks.disney.go.com)

‘Ohaha – Polynesian Resort
If you’re looking for a night of great food and entertainment then look no more. Delicious skewers of sweet and sour pork loin, oak-grille shrimp and steak are brought to your table in addition to dumplings, stir-fried vegetables, lo-mein noodles and more.  Be entertained as your little ones partake in the coconut races, show off their hula-hoop skills and dance to the island music as you sip a mai tai or other tropical drink from the full liquor bar.  This is definitely a place that’s fun for the whole  “ohana”.
   Price: $$
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Citricos – Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
A beautiful American style restaurant with Mediterranean flare. Whether you’re enjoying mouthwatering veal shank, roasted chicken, filet of beef, or choosing a glass from their award winning wine list you will love every part of your dining experience. Just one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom this restaurant is the perfect place to go before the parade and other evening entertainment.
Price: $$
La Hacienda – Epcot World Showcase (Mexico)
If you’re planning a night at Epcot with the family this is the perfect dinner spot. With tall windows and waterfront views, you can watch Epcot’s fireworks while enjoying a freshly made authentic Mexican dish. Try the shrimp tacos and wash them down with a guava infused handcrafted margarita from the bar.
    Price: $
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 (Photo courtesy of: the disneydiningblog.com)
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom
The perfect place for your little princess. Meet Cinderella and other Disney Princesses as you dine inside of Cinderella’s Castle. Large, colorful Banners, a suit of armor, and elegantly painted windows make this a truly royal dining experience. This is a prepaid experience and should be booked months in advance.
    Price: $$
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 (Photo credit: www.bestoforlando.com)
Teppan Edo – Epcot World Showcase (Japan)
A great dinner and show all-in-one for the whole family. Have your choice of chicken, steak, seafood, and vegetarian items as your chef cooks Teppan-Yaki style right at your table.
    Price: $
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Monsier Paul – Epcot World Showcase (France)
With stunning views of the World Showcase, Monsieur Paul is the perfect place to dine for a special occasion. Enjoy gourmet french cuisine and feel as if you have been whisked away to Paris for the night. This restaurant does not have a kids menu so keep that in mind if you have young children.
    Price: $$
Jiko – Animal Kingdom Lodge
If you have an adventurous palette, you will love this place. Jiko offers a large selection of delicious cuisine including African, Indian, and Mediterranean menu items. With a beautiful, bright ambiance, Jiko is a great place to get the whole family together and enjoy a delicious dinner after a long day at the parks. Also look out for the South African Jiko wine tasting.
    Price: $$
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 (Photo courtesy of: disneyworld.disney.go.com)
Via Napoli – Epcot World Showcase (Italy)
Sometimes, we just need a good slice of pizza and what better place to find it than the heart of Southern Italy. Pizza, fresh salads, and authentic Italian desserts will keep you coming back for more. Via Napoli was voted Critic’s Choice for “Best Theme Park Restaurant” by Orlando Sentinel.
    Price: $
Flying Fish Cafe – Disney’s Boardwalk
For the surf and turf lover, The Flying Fish offers an eccentric menu of sizzling steaks and scrumptious seafood. Watch the chef’s cook in an open kitchen as they use only the freshest ingredients. Fun décor and the lively atmosphere make this a great family dinner spot.
    Price: $-$$ ($15-$29 — $30-$59)
Okay, now we’re hungry 🙂 When booking your next Walt Disney World Vacation, remember to refer back to this list to help make your Disney dining decisions a little easier. We are happy to recommend other restaurants that will be the best fit your family and can book all your dining reservations for you.
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