The Walt Disney World Resort, better known as Disney World is a magical and genuinely enchanting world for all ages. The various themed worlds and resorts offer so much in the form of collectible gifts, and it may be hard to pick just what the best Disney World souvenirs for adults are. The challenge with adults is not only picking souvenirs from the vast collections, but also finding ones an adult would treasure without thinking that they’re too childish. These are a few ideas for the next time you visit Disney World and want to bring home something to remember for someone.
Best Disney World Souvenirs for Adults
1. Magic Bands
Magic bands are one of the most eye-catching items you get pretty early on, especially if you are staying at the Disney World resort. They are ideally an accessory which stores all the crucial information for your stay from reservations and receipts to passes, hotel details, and even your shopping. Not only are they handy to save you from a lot of paperwork, they are also well designed and available in many colors.
2. Ghost Pictures from the Haunted Mansion
These photos are a work of art with an added playful element to it. You get to have your photograph taken and then finished off in a hologram style on a larger portrait surface. Depending on the angle you are standing at when facing the photos, the face goes from that of a normal person to that of a ghost in seconds. It makes a great addition to your dining room or walls.
3. Fine Art
You do not have to rely on shifting photos alone. There is indeed fine art on canvas and print based on your favorite characters, as well as stories that have been featured in Disney products over the years. Most of the items are limited releases, and there are also plenty of galleries in Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Visiting these places during art festivals is a great time to do so if you are looking for truly unique items.
4. Genie Lamp
This is a souvenir that will serve as an ode to your childhood and still fulfill décor duties. On the Moroccan side of the resort, you can get your genie lamp among other things like jewelry, textiles, and lamps. These are all items that can add a touch of magic to your room.
5. African Handmade Wood Carving
Souvenirs for your home should not be limited to just paintings and jewelry. Carvings count too and have a more authentic feel than the rest of the items. The Animal Kingdom is the place to go to for excellent wood carved pieces, whether it is statutes or other décor pieces.
Don’t be afraid to go for items with a few child-like aspects because all adults cherish childhood memories and fun too.
Disney has held a special place in our hearts since the debut of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs back in 1937. So, building a memorable experience at the parks is one thing we here at, My VIP Tour, treasure. However, with making those memories calls for planning. How to plan a trip to Disney involves a lot of critical thinking. Although it may seem like a lot of work, there are simple things you can take into consideration when making sure you have the Dream Vacation you’ve been saving up for.
Pick a Park
Disney itself has 11 parks throughout the World, so once you have narrowed the numbers down or have chose a place closer to home, that’s when the real planning begins. Whether you’re having Breakfast with Chip and Dale in Disneyland, Anaheim or trying some slimy, yet, satisfying bugs with Simba in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Florida. The possibilities are endless with the experiences and adventures you can have.
Shows and Parades
Special Events in Disney Parks never run thin. Whether it be a Pirates & Princess parade down Main Street or Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween in October, there are shows and parades for all ages and all characters! Daily events are available within the map they provide you once you enter the Magical World and with Fast Passes, it makes planning around those shows easy when you obviously want to see what Captain Jack Sparrow is up to within The Pirates of the Caribbean!
The most convenient way of riding your favorite rides, without that 50-minute wait time.
With Fast Passes at Disney Parks, you can reserve a time at which you would like to ride that ride. If Hyperspace Mountain is standing at a 40 to 60-minute wait, like it always is, then run to their fast pass area and grab yourself a ticket for the next available time. Obtaining a Fast Pass can cut your line wait down anywhere from 20 to about 35minutes! Sometimes, you can even have some of that Disney magic and walk on to your favorite ride! However, you’ll want to get the rides with the longest wait times, like the Cars ride in Disney California Adventure or newer more “popular” rides, right as you enter the park.
Disney only produces so many fast passes for certain times and certain rides for the day! So, if you had your eye on Tower of Terror or the new Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout, make like the Flash to the fast pass line!
Secrets and Tours
A lot of Disney fans or Disney Vacationers don’t really know how much magic is truly behind those walls. From hidden Mickeys throughout the parks or secret Club 33 entrances, with the help from Cast Members or Disney Tours those secrets can be shared with those who truly have a love for all things Disney and not just the rides and beloved Characters. Disney has always been a fan of what they call “Easter Eggs”. You never know what Characters you’ll see outside of their story book! For Example, I’m sure you can catch Ariel, from The Little Mermaid, taking a dip with the other Mermaids in Peter Pans Flight! The list goes on to Infinity and Beyond!
Disney will forever keep our hearts and minds young. How to plan a trip to Disney is more of an exciting task then daunting. Whether you are more of a go-with-the-flow type of Vacationer or someone with a novel length itinerary. There will always be someone available at the park or even over the phone to possibly help you with those ends you can quite tie together. All in all, Disney is the Happiest Place on Earth, so, no matter what park you may choose. The magic will always be remembered.
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??
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.
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
Bread and Butter Pudding
Lemon Curd Tart
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.
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).
Four Seasons Orlando
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The one and only Four Seasons brand has brought their unique luxury to Walt Disney World. Located within the residential community Golden Oak, just a few minutes from our favorite parks, the lakeside Four Seasons Resort Orlando sets the bar high for Central Florida’s hospitality. The 444-room resort features 5 on-property restaurants, pools, full service spa, 18-hole golf course, and offers unique benefits of staying at Walt Disney World property.
Here are a few of our favorite luxuries:1) Goofy Dining – Ravello, a modern Italian restaurant at the new Four Seasons offers a “Goofy & Pals” Disney character breakfast on Thursdays and Saturdays (and select Tuesdays on peak school breaks). Start your day with a “Good morning” from Mickey, Minnie and Goofy! Reservations must be booked well in advance. We can help!
2) Magical Moments – Now your little ones can be pampered at Four Seasons’ take on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Magic Moments will offer 8 different princess options for girls and the Shining Knight package for boys.
3) Spectacular Views – The breath-taking nighttime fireworks are just as big of an attraction as the parks themselves. Guests staying at the Four Seasons will have VIP viewing of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from furnished balconies of the resort’s park view guest rooms. You can also enjoy the fireworks while enjoying tapas and steaks at the rooftop restaurant, Capa.
4) Four Seasons Spa – After a long day at the park, guests can relax at this world class spa inspired by Central Florida’s flora and fauna. It features 2 coed relaxation lounges, locker rooms with external seating and whirlpool area, “experience shower”, 18 treatment rooms, 6
couples rooms, and 2 private spa bungalows.
5) Fine Dining – The property features five restaurants with glorious food
o Capa – Romantic rooftop Spanish steakhouse located on the 17th floor
o Plancha – Daytime Cuban-American fare in a lakeside setting
o Ravello – Italian cuisine in a sleek, urban atmosphere with a fresh-food philosophy
o PB&G – (Pool, Bar & Grill) Enjoy your favorite Premium American BBQ dish at this pool-side dining experience or cool down with their signature cocktails
o Lickety-Split – Coffee bar and gelateria that serves delicious pastries and quick bites throughout the day
Get a detailed scoop inside the delicious menu items at the Disney Food Blog
Of course, we saved the best for last…
6) Explorer Island – Five acres of packed fun for everyone! Enjoy the massive 7,590 square foot family pool, beach volleyball, lazy river, splash zone with dozens of choreographed water jets, waterslides, and a video gaming centre.
“It’s the kind of place kids will never want to leave, and grown-ups will love for the chance to join in the excitement and indulge their inner child,” predicts Director of Public Relations Dana Berry. “Explorer Island offers fun for all ages!”
Want to wind down at the spa and leave your little ones safely entertained? You got it! The fully-supervised Kids for All Seasons program is a complimentary camp for younger guests ages 4 to 12. You can also take a little break and indulge in the adult-only Oasis pool that is packed with sophistication to heighten your relaxation.
Take a look inside and see it for yourself!
Four Seasons Orlando