Parasailing in Walt Disney World

In July my daughter and I were able to go parasailing on Bay Lake.

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Sammy Duvall’s Watersports is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. They offer more than just parasailing; they also offer water skiing, personal water crafts & tubing

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We had the deluxe package flying 600 foot above the World. We were on Bay Lake on a state of the art parasailing boat. The boat allowed us to take off and land right on the back of the boat. We flew the tandem flight. This allowed us to see Cinderella’s Castle, The Polynesian, the Grand Floridian and the surrounding area, with a bird’s eye view. This was so peaceful and intoxicating. The 10-12 minutes flying like a bird with the wind in my face with my daughter next to me, was one of the most amazing things we have ever done together.

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When we arrived, we signed in and filled out our Liability Forms. All minors need to have a parent or guardian to sign them in. My husband was also able to sign a Liability Form so that he could ride the boat with us. He didn’t get to fly, however he was there cheering us on. To fly tandem you must be between 130 and 330 lbs. Thank goodness we made it.

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The Captain and the First Mate prepared the boat and we headed out. Wearing exactly what we had on in the parks, we were fitted for a harnesses and life jacket. The First Mate gave us our safety rules and guides so that we were safe for the entire experience. The First Mate secured us into our harness and off we went. It was smooth rising into the air. When we reached 600 foot, the Captain drove us around Bay Lake and we were truly amazed. We giggled and laughed like two school girls. Pointing out everything we saw. When it was time to come down it was just as smooth as the takeoff.

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I would totally suggest this to anyone who has 30 minutes to spare during your vacation. By purchasing the photography package, I received a memory card with the entire experience to share with everyone.

Allison King ~Travel Agent

If you are interested in booking you next family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort, I would love to help you. Contact me at Allison@Travelwiththemagic.com or 1-800-670-4312 ext. 134

Children Only Pirate Cruises at Disney World

Looking for that extra pixie dust or a little quiet time on your Disney World vacation, then this might be the perfect adventure for your child. This is a must do for any child that has every dreamed of being a pirate. Disney offers two-hour cruises for children between the ages of 4 to 12 to sail the high seas.

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Upon arrival, each child will be suited up in a life vest and receive his/her very own pirate bandana. Scallywags will board a pirate pontoon boat and be lead by at least two Disney cast members on a treasure hunt at various Disney resort ports. Young buccaneers will enjoy hearing pirate legends and discovering pirate treasures based on various clues along the way. Each child will receive a bag of treasures to keep.

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Disney has four different pirate cruises to choose from. Reservations are highly recommended for this cruise due to a limited amount of space. All pirate adventures take place from 9:30am to 11:30am weather permitting and include a snack. The cost ranges from $28-$36 per child. Because this adventure is for children only, it is more suitable for those that are comfortable being away from parents for at least 2 hours. Children must also be potty trained.

Albatross Treasure CruiseYacht and Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Pirate AdventureGrand Floridian Resort & Spa

Island of the Caribbean Pirate CruiseCaribbean Beach Resort

Bayou Pirate CruisePort Orleans Riverside Resort

I would love to help you plan your next magical vacation to Disney World. Contact me today for a no obligation quote.

Michelle Terry

MichelleT@travelwiththemagic.com

1-866-Hi-Miki-2

Disney World Resorts for a Family of 5

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Do you have a family of 5? If so, then this article is for you. Traveling with a party of more than 4 does require a bit of extra planning when visiting Disney World. Thankfully, you do have options and there are options for every budget too. I hope this list is helpful in helping you choose the Disney Resort that is right for your family. (This list does NOT include the properties that are Deluxe Villas or Disney Vacation Club properties such as Saratoga Springs, the Boardwalk Villas, Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort and others).

First up are the Deluxe properties. Nearly all of the Deluxe properties have the ability to sleep 5 to a room. From the Grand Floridian to the Animal Kingdom Lodge, there are deluxe properties in a variety of different themes and pricing. The properties are: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club Resort, BoardWalk Inn, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Wilderness Lodge and the Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.. Most of the Deluxe properties have rooms with a day bed or a suite configuration to sleep a family of 5. (Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge have some rooms with bunk beds too). The Deluxe properties are located in close proximity to parks. The BoardWalk area resorts are within walking distance to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. The monorail resorts are located a hop, skip and a jump away from the Magic Kingdom! These resorts offer more recreation options such as boat rentals, a gym, a pool waterslide and more. They also have multiple restaurants (table service and quick service) on property (with the exception of the BoardWalk Inn which has the entire BoardWalk area at its feet). These resorts are generally more expensive properties. But oftentimes if there is a room rate discount available, these resorts can provide a wonderful option for larger families.

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Day bed in room at Yacht Club Resort

Next are the Moderate Resorts. This list includes Port Orleans – Riverside and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. Port Orleans – Riverside has rooms with a small murphy bed to accommodate a party of 5. The Cabins can sleep 6 with a double bed and bunk beds in the bedroom and a Murphy bed in the living area. Both of these resorts offer some great features not found in the value resorts. Port Orleans has bus transportation to all parks and boat transportation to Downtown Disney. You can share amenities at its sister resort – Port Orleans French Quarter, giving you access to 2 pools, 1 table service restaurant and 2 food courts! Fort Wilderness is almost an experience of its own. There is boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom and bus transportation to all other parks. There are 2 restaurants, 2 dinner shows and snack bars available. Fort Wilderness is also home to horseback riding, bike rentals and more. AND it is the only pet friendly resort on property.

Murphy bed in Alligator Bayou room at Port Orleans Riverside

Cabins at Fort Wilderness

The last resorts with rooms for families of up to 6 people are the Value Resorts – the family suites at All-Star Music and Art of Animation. The family suites at All-Star Music have a bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a mini-kitchenette and a sleeper sofa and sleeper chair. The family suites at Art of Animation are set up slightly differently with a bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a mini-kitchenette and a sleeper sofa and a table that turns into a bed (Murphy bed style). Both of these resorts provide bus transportation to all parks. Also, no table service restaurant is available on property. But they both have great quick service food courts. The suites at All-Star Music are located in the first two buildings on either side of the guitar shaped pool, giving you quick access to the main building and the bus stops. There are two pools – the main guitar shaped family pool and the piano shaped quiet pool as well as a kiddie pool near the guitar pool. There is also a playground available. The suites at Art of Animation are themed – Cars, Finding Nemo or Lion King. The Finding Nemo wing has the main attraction pool but there is also a pool in the Cars wing, the Little Mermaid wing and a play area in the Lion King wing. There is also a splash area near the Finding Nemo pool.

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Cars themed Murphy bed

So just because you have a larger family doesn’t mean that staying on property at Disney World is impossible! I’d love to help you and your family find the best resort for you. Please email me at Amy@TravelwiththeMagic.com or you can find me on Facebook. You can also call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to plan your family’s MAGICAL vacation!

Watching dreams come true at Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

 

As a little girl my dream to meet Cinderella was real, but just that a dream. It wasn’t until I was married with children of my own that I was able to meet Cinderella in a tearful introduction. Yes, I did say tearful and my first words to her were “I have been waiting for this my whole life”. In her delicate, bright and cheerful manner, she responded “Well I hope it was worth the wait”, and indeed it was. When we arrived home I shared this story with my Mother and my Sister, they both shared with me that they to have that same dream, it was then that we put plans in motion for me to introduce them to my new friend Cinderella.  After a year of planning a once in a lifetime trip for them, the day had finally arrived.

As we entered 1900 Park Fare we were immediately directed to a photographer who captured our event. We were then taken to our table which was perfectly placed towards the back of the restaurant, very personnel and warm, it felt as if we were the only guests joining Cinderella for dinner. With the sounds of a trumpet we were first introduced to Cinderella’s Stepmother Lady Tremaine who was grumpy and stout, true to character, and so much fun to watch. Then came the two darling step sisters, now bare with me I say that with mixed emotion. Drusilla and Anastasia were by far the best characters I have ever interacted with at Disney. They were excellent and spot on with their portrayal of the nasty step sisters who didn’t miss a beat with descriptions of their relationship with Cinderella and not missing a chance to holler for their “Mother” when a guest would do or say something that they did not like.

These interactions were so good I had almost forgotten the reason I had brought my Mother and Sister to this restaurant was to make their dreams come true. It was at that moment that the trumpet sounded again and we were introduced to Cinderella and Prince Charming, although I had met her just a year before, I had that same emotion as I watched my Mother and Sister take it all in. As Cinderella approached the table I couldn’t help but tear up as I watched amazingly at the expression of my Mom and Sister. It’s amazing what the magic of Disney can do. Even for adult princesses! As the characters made their way to other tables we were able to enjoy the delicious buffet that was truly magnificent, starting with a chilled strawberry soup, mixed greens a tomato and mozzarella salad and the list goes on. We were then given the choice of prime rib, salmon, chicken, potatoes, pastas and finish with several exquisite desserts such as key lime tarts, lemon cheese cake, ice cream, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. As we left the restaurant my Mom became overwhelmed as she truly couldn’t explain the feeling of sharing a dream come true with her daughters.

This character meal has become one of my favorites and I recommend it to all of my clients who have little princesses waiting for their dreams to come true. Don’t miss a chance to dine at 1900 park fare where many dreams come true.

 

Amy Blades

amyb@travelwiththemagic.com