On our last visit to Walt Disney World, my son was mesmerized…by the characters, the shows and also by the remote control cars. Did you know that you can build your own cars in Downtown Disney? In the back of Team Mickey is a car lover’s dream! Here you can create a model or remote control car.



Kids (and adults) can customize their own car piece by piece. Be prepared to spend some time here, parents. There are LOTS of options… In fact, there are more than 650,000,000 different ways to create your car! Once you have the pieces you want to use, a cast member will use their tools to put the cars together.


This is a great place to check out if you are traveling with that teenager who doesn’t seem interested in the “kid stuff”, but don’t be surprised when your little one wants in on the action as well. Once you create your masterpiece there is an area for you to test out your speed and check out everyone else’s ride. We watched cars drive around for what seemed like an hour. It was a great way for the kids to chat with each other and show off their cars. The final product is a little on the expensive side (few are less than $50 when put together) but the look of pride on those little faces is well worth it.


Tip: You will need to put your cars away before leaving the store. They don’t allow you to drive them around Downtown Disney.

For more information on shopping, dining, parks and more – Contact me today!

Erin Santamaria 1-877-377-0505 or erins@travelwiththemagic.com

Magical Memories; How to Build a Lightsaber

The next time you wander the streets of Downtown Disney, take a moment to visit the “Once Upon a Toy” shop. You will not be disappointed. Located in the center of the action figures and blasters, lies a neat activity – Build your own lightsaber! What child wants to pass up the opportunity to create their very own lightsaber. They have the advantage of being able to choose each and every piece. It is a lot of fun!

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My son has a blast doing this. He can choose whether he wants to build a single or double saber. He also gets to choose the color, handles, and more. There is always a cast member supervising the station, offering assistance. They are there to make sure that all of the pieces get locked into the right place.

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There are 2 locations for your child to have the chance to create their own piece of magic from your trip – Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney and at the shop in Hollywood Studios called Tatooine Traders. Tatooine Traders is shop designated strictly for the Star Wars fan on your trip. The shop is located right next to the Star Tours attraction. There is not much difference in price between a single or double saber – $21.95 for a single and $24.95 for a double. After they build weapon of destruction for battling the dark forces, they can climb on this speeder located just outside of the Tatoonine Traders.

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If you have any questions and would like to use a planner for free – contact me at Robyn@travelwiththemagic.com or call me directly at 1-800-670-4312 ext 125. I have an unexplained passion for Disney and making sure that everyone is getting the most that they can out of every visit!

Goofy’s Candy Co.


I love candy…candy, candy, candy. I am the female Willy Wonka. For this reason, Goofy’s Candy Co. is a must visit when we are exploring Downtown Disney. But this isn’t your typical candy store. Sure, they have row after row of every candy imaginable…but here they do things a little differently. Here you can make your OWN treats!



Your customized snack begins with an order slip. This is so fun! You can choose from a Caramel Apple, Rice Krispie Treat, Marshmallows, Pretzel Rods and Cookies. Sound delicious? You’re just getting started!

The next step is to choose which type of chocolate to dip it in. I go for the white chocolate – my fave! Next are the toppings. If you can think of it, it’s likely a choice. Sprinkles, M&M’s, chocolate chips, cinnamon and sugar, crushed Butterfinger…you name it! Once you’ve made this hard decision (believe me, it’s hard) it’s time for the drizzle…

Once you’ve finished your order slip and hand if off at the counter, it will be about 10-15 minutes before you have your very own, customized snack. Be prepared… you will want to make another after the first bite!


As if this candy playhouse wasn’t enough, there are also slushies here! Goofy’s Glaciers come in 8 yummy flavors AND – in keeping with the “build your own” theme- hat and feet pieces are available to customize your Glacier cup! Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Stitch or Princess…or you can mix and match. Goofy Princess, anyone?


Possibilities in this candy Heaven are endless. Looking for the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs? Look no further. There are tons of pre-packaged candies and snacks for sale here. This is also the perfect place to use those Disney Dining snack credits…You’ll find something for everyone!

For more information on shops, dining, parks and more – Contact me today!

Erin Santamaria 1-877-377-0505 or erins@travelwiththemagic.com

Port Orleans Resort – Sassagoula River Boats

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts sits on the Sassagoula River. The Sassagoula River is a 2 ½ mile river that connects Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts, Old Key West Resort and Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa to Downtown Disney. Each resort has their own boat system to take passengers to and from Downtown Disney. On our vacation in April, we stayed in a preferred room at Port Orleans Riverside. It was a quick walk to the boat dock. We waited a few minutes to board a boat and were on our way to Downtown Disney to do some shopping. It was about a 20 minute boat ride from Port Orleans Riverside to Downtown Disney. The boat from Port Orleans Riverside stops at Port Orleans French Quarter first before arriving at Downtown Disney.

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When we arrived at Downtown Disney, the boat docked right near the Rainforest Café Restaurant and Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant. The boats run from 10am – 11:30pm. If you miss the last boat, the bus systems run till 2am. It there is bad weather, they will stop running the boats.

While at Downtown Disney, you will see other boats. You can tell the difference by the flags that are flown on the front of the boats. The yellow flag is for the boats that go to and from Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts. The other color flags are: red, blue and green. The red flags are for the boats that take you from the marketplace to the west side (near Cirque de Soleil). I would suggest taking the boat one night so you can see the lights at Downtown Disney. The blue flag boats depart the Pleasure Island dock to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. The green flag boats also depart the Pleasure Island dock and take you to Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

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If you would like to sit back, relax and enjoy a cruise down the Sassagoula River, contact me at: Karen@travelwiththemagic.com or my facebook page.

Bowling at DisneyWorld

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 Who would have thought of this, right?  Well, if you run in to a situation where you are looking for something to do, and still enjoy the Disney Magic, then make sure you check out Splitsville at Downtown Disney’s West Side.

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If you are familiar with the West Side, you might recall a really large building on a corner that was home to Virgin Music.  Well, this building has been turned in to a two-story retro-classic bowling show place.  There are all kinds of other bars, restaurants and entertainment options on the West Side, but this is the first sports bar to arrive.  In addition to the bowling, there are billiards, over 60 flat screen TVs, and even a dance floor.

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There are 30 lanes in all, scattered all over the two stories with four here, six there, you name it.  Your lanes are all set up beautifully with tables and chairs right at your lane so you can take in a snack or meal while you bowl as well.  Food options include pizza to steak and even sushi!  There is even a “lane concierge” that delivers your bowling shoes right to you.

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Splitsville is the place to go and have a great time with your family, group or just the two of you.   Splitsville is also Handicap accessible as there are elevators to the second floor.   Splitsville is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day.  Be sure and check it out.  You’ll definitely enjoy all the fun is has to offer.

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If you’d like more information on great things to do at Disney, or a free quote for an upcoming trip, feel free to contact me at cindy@travelwiththemagic.com.  Also, follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TravelwiththeMagicCindyPresley .

The best place to conquer your cravings while visiting Disney World.

It never fails, that when we visit Disney, we have to visit Downtown Disney as well.  Not only is the shopping there terrific, the snacks you can find are pretty awesome as well.  My family’s favorite place is none other than Goofy’s Candy Co.  This great find is located on the east end of Downtown Disney, near the Rainforest Café.

 If you want something sour, sugary, salty, gooey, this store has the ingredients to calm any craving you may have.  It’s usually the sugary pick-me up that my family is looking for about half way through our trip.  Having gone non-stop enjoying all the parks, we always find the time to take a trip to Goofy’s Candy Co. and get our snack on!


To make things even more exciting, they offer self serve for several different items in the store.  Mix up a bag of those special jelly bean flavors, or combine all the gooey goodness of their other candies to mix as well.  And, for those who enjoy the pixie stick sugar thrill, you can even custom fill your own pixie stick right there for yourself.

Our favorite, is designing our own sweet attack.  Mmm, delicious.  All you need to do is pick up an order form, fill out your delicious requests and a Goofy’s Candy Co. cast member is there to design it right before your eyes.

All the dipping of chocolate, dunking in crushed oreos, mini M&Ms, Reese’s chips, sprinkles, and then drizzling some more chocolate over top.  Oh yeah.  And then, it goes in to the deep freeze for a few minutes to make sure all that gooeyness stays in tack while you attempt to eat it in one sitting.

These delicious goodies make for a great snack on plane rides home too.  It definitely gets the looks from the stewardesses as they pass on by with peanuts and cookies!

So next time you are visiting Disney World, make sure to take a side trip to Downtown Disney on the east end to Goofy’s Candy Co. and create your own mouthwatering sensation to enjoy.

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Cindy Presley  cindy@travelwiththemagic.com   https://www.facebook.com/TravelwiththeMagicCindyPresley

Cupcakes that are healthy…. sign me up!

On my recent trip to Walt Disney World to see the new Art of Animation resort, I had to take a pit stop to try a cupcake at the famous “babycakes nyc”.

What you might ask is “babycakes nyc”? That to was my question when my son told me we had to go to try this new concoction. Sweet treats that are made from all organic ingredients. Free from eggs, dairy, gluten and carein. There are no toxic chemicals or sugar. The sweets were also recently certified kosher,parve and vegan.

When he explained this to me, my thoughts were how in the world can something without all of that be at Walt Disney World…I mean I’m not sure about you but I like sugar in my cupcakes and prefer not to know what else is in them.

In order to show that I could be a team player and a team sport I made my selection of what cupcake to try. They looked like normal cupcakes, full, creamy and delicious so I did what every Mom would do and dug in to my Red velvet cupcake…the result, spectacular. The cupcake was moist and tasty so good in fact I figured I should take one for team and try another , this time my choice was the “French Toast” Cupcake. My 7 year old asked for a bite and was hooked immediately. I had to tell my son he was right which is not always easy but in this case true. His favorite flavors were the carrot cake as well as the mint. He also really liked the brownie.

When you are on your vacation at Walt Disney World it is a must to take a pit stop to Downtown Disney so you to can enjoy this incredible invention!

If you or a friend are planning a trip to Disney please contact me to help plan your vacation at amyb@travelwiththemagic.com . My service is FREE.

Amy Blades