Hello everyone! I did the Disney College Program at the end of January of last year. I was so busy with work and the parks that I was not able to make time to make my monthly tips, tricks, and try its. So here we are now. I have made a yearly round up for the year 2017 with all my tips and tricks for both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Studios. I hope these are helpful 🙂 Enjoy!
- One way to meet Rapunzel is at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom) You can get a fast pass to see both her and Tiana.
- To try to get a characters attention during a parade try waving or blowing them a kiss!
- You can meet Chip ‘n’ Dale and other Disney characters at the Garden Grill in Epcot. A cool thing about the restaurant is that it slowly revolves so that you can see different scenes from the Land attraction.
- You can meet her at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom). ✨You can talk to her about the chocolate from Avalor or maybe you can ask her what she does as the Princess of Avalor
- Rivers of Light is a beautiful show. ✨ If you don’t have a fast pass, watching this show on the bridge to Dinoland is a great spot to watch it. You can see the show perfectly. You have to go 30-45 minutes before though, that spot does fill up quickly.
- If anyone has the chance to go to Animal Kingdom, visit Pandora. It’s beautiful. Or if you want to avoid large crowds, wait a while. I suggest going park opening or one hour before park close. Try to take advantage of the extra magic hours.
- If you only had time to ride one Pandora ride, I would say choose Flights of Passage. I love both, but Flights of Passage is breathtaking.
- It was fun meeting Merida! Such an awesome character interaction! If you want to meet her, I suggest waiting in line 15 minutes before she comes out because the line is usually long.
- Make sure to do what the cast members say when you’re with Madam Wardrobe during Enchanted Tales with Belle. You could get awesome parts like playing the part of the Beast! Trust me, you wanna be the Beast. A special moment happens during the show. I don’t wanna spoil too much.
- Try getting a dinner reservation before a park opens or near the time that a park closes. You can experience the park almost empty if you do! It’s pretty cool! And you can also take cool photos without any crowds!
- There’s a ton of cool things to look at during Christmas time at WDW. You don’t have to go to Magic Kingdom to celebrate the holidays. Most Disney hotels put up decorations around Christmas time. Keep an eye out for all the different Christmas trees that are in the parks and the resorts. You can see giant gingerbread houses if you visit the Grand Floridian. Just take a monorail from Magic Kingdom to get there.
- WDW during the holidays can get pretty busy. Remember to book hotels, fast passes, and dinner reservations way ahead of time. Try to go 45 minutes before park opening so avoid some crowds. And if you haven’t already check out the Jingle Bells, Jingle Bam! Show at Hollywood Studios. I’ll be watching it this month for the first time!
- If you planning on going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, make sure to check out their exclusive holiday treats! Make sure to plan ahead because there are many activities to do or see!
Tricks and Fun Facts:
- Have your friend/family member take a picture of you on the Mad Tea Party ride.
- Keep an eye out for this horse at Prince Charming Regal Carousel. Cinderella’s horse is the one with the yellow ribbon tied around its tail. So next time you’re on this ride, try finding her horse ✨
- Make sure you look all around Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. There are house elves around each park.
- You can meet Stitch at Hollywood Studios in front of the Great Movie Ride. Normally you don’t have to wait long to meet him!
- You can meet Flik at Animal Kingdom near Starbucks! He’s so cute and funny!
- Besides Dumbo, who was silent in his movie, Aurora has the fewest lines of any Disney main character. ✨
- Walt Disney was Peter Pan one time in a play.
- The model for Star Wars Land at WDW has been revealed. You can find a video of it on YouTube! So cool ✨
- In WDW Frontierland train station, you can see a wooden leg named Smith. This is a reference to the movie Mary Poppins.
Bert – “Speakin’ o’ names, I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith.” Uncle Albert – “What’s the name of his other leg?”
- At the Disney Wedding Pavillion near the Grand Floridian Resort, the Bride and Groom have a great view of Cinderella’s Castle while they are saying there vows.
- Stitch’s greatest weakness is water. He’s so dense that he can’t float or swim. He just sinks like a rock.
- The Pizza Planet truck makes an appearance in the movie Brave. Have you spotted it?
- Characters from Alice in Wonderland often meet around this attraction. Sometimes magical moments can happen and you can ride with them!
- The Schweitzer Slush at Skippers Canteen (Magic Kingdom). It’s Frozen Apple Juice and Passion Fruit topped with Green Apple Boba Balls. Super yummy and refreshing.
- Samosa from the Mr. Kamal stand in Asia and the Korean Beef from Yak and Yeti.
- I love the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Fun thing to do: Participate in the Easter egg scavenger hunt. There are giant character themed eggs all over the world showcase. You can purchase a map to participate and after you find all the eggs, you get a surprise gift.
- Try the Mo’ara Margarita ❤Its a blood orange Margarita with strawberry boba balls. It’s so delicious and refreshing.
- Tried the Grey Stuff at the Be Our Guest restaurant at Magic Kingdom. So good. Highlight of that dinner: meeting Beasty ❤
- And this is called the “Tower of Pancakes” at the new character breakfast at Disney’s Boardwalk called Trattoria al Forno. I recommend this meal and their iced coffee. It’s soooooo good.
- 50’s Primetime Cafe ❤ Ask for a cherry coke float so good.
- La Vie en Rose drinks from the France pop up stand during the Flower and Garden Festival is so delicious and pretty to look at.
- Recommend: Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom. It was such an awesome experience. You’re able to see animals up close like the crocs and the hippos, enjoy yummy food with a gorgeous view of the savannah, and learn about wild animals and the importance of conservation.
- Tropical Snow Storm at the Polynesian Resort. A festive drink to celebrate the holidays. It’s a must try! (During the holiday season).
- Make sure to go to Epcot to explore the festival of the holidays. There is a bunch of holiday inspired food and they are so delicious! My favorite stand? The Cookie Nook Holiday Kitchen! They have so much different types of cookies. I tried the double chocolate peppermint and the ginger snap with cranberry and cream cheese frosting. I highly recommend both.
Universal Tips and Try Its:
- Try Butterbeer. It’s amazing
- Next time you’re in Universal, take a video of you going through the “wall” to Hogwarts Express.
- These interactive wands are so cool. Go to Diagon Alley and try to watch the wand experience. Each time a lucky person gets to have the wand choose them. It’s pretty awesome!
- The milkshakes from the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium (City Walk) are so good. I had the chocolate hazelnut shake and my friend had the marshmallow rice crispy shake.
- There’s a phone booth just outside King’s Cross Station in Universal Studios. If you pick up the phone and dial (62442), you’ll be directed to the Ministry of Magic. Try it out!
- Next time you stop by Hogwarts, check out the Beauxbaton Ladies and the Durmstrang men. Such great dancing and acrobatics! (While sipping a Butterbeer of course! Recipe to make your own version is on my blog if you want to check it out. Search Butterbeer and you’ll find my recipe! ❤
Halloween Horror Nights tip:
- If you want to attempt to see all the houses, make sure to get to the park an hour before it opens.
- The no melt ice cream at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is so good. I recommend give it a try! ❤
- One big tip would be to do the Stay and Scream if you have a universal ticket for that day. You can go to several houses before the park actually opens.
- Favorite Scare zone? Trick ‘R Treat (and the Purge). Favorite scare actor? This guy! Or girl? Or it?
- The best time to get good pictures of the scare actors is right when HHN open. I did the Stay and Scream, so I was already inside universal before HHN opened so I had plenty of time to take pictures and go to the haunted houses and scare zones! What’s your favorite scare zone this year?
- At this year’s Horror Nights, they sell two Halloween themed alcoholic beverages. Liquid Courage and Liquid Fear. And if you want both at the same time it’s called Liquid Madness. I prefer Liquid Fear though!
- From my experience, the beginning to mid October is the time to go if you want to go to all the houses and scare zones. Eventually the lines will get longer as the night goes on, but you can get to at least three houses with less than a 20 minute wait if you get there early. Another tip: check out Diagon Alley if you have some time. It’s pretty empty during HHN.
- I finally watched Trick ‘R Treat and I love the movie. I suggest you watch it before you go to Halloween horror nights so you can understand the scare zone! It all makes sense now!
- Usually the very last night gets pretty full, but it’s fun because that’s when all the scare actors could get there last good scares in.