Friday, January 30, 2015

A Guide to Walt Disney World Height Requirements

It's what you look forward to as a kid.  You want to ride your first roller coaster.  You've wait for this moment to arrive.  But oh no! You are asked to step up to the attraction's height indicator.  You just hit below the cannot ride.  And you then must walk away, upset, knowing you won't get to ride the attraction you were so hoping to get on.

It's the saddest moment as a kid, and I've been there multiple times as a kid myself.  (Being short stinks guys.)  But know that these height requirements are all set for a very good reason.

As someone who has worked in a theme park and had to turn guests away because they were too short, I know how disheartening it can be to turn the child away, but these measures are put in place so your child is safe.  You don't want to have an incident happen where your child sneaks on a ride and then god forbid, something goes wrong.

So, I'm here to give you a guide as to which attractions you child can ride at each individual height level at the four Walt Disney World theme parks:

I really do hope that this guide helps you as you plan your trips in the future to Walt Disney World.  Knowing what your child can ride before you get to the parks can really help to minimize disappointment in the future.  Because, I can tell you, no one takes pleasure in turning a child away from an attraction they were so looking forward to riding. This is one of those instances where the more you know is better for all.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 1/19/15 - 1/25/15

News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.


Disney Springs

  • A few of the stores have been released for Disney Springs.  They include: 
    • APEX by Sunglass Hut - Range of high end sunglasses with a focus on sports from the Luxotica group, including Ray-Ban ,Oakley, Maui Jim and more
    • Havaianas - Designer flip-flops, including a station where Guests can create their own flip-flops.
    • Art of Shaving - A high end shaving supply store.
    • Sanuk - Creatively inspired shoes.
    • Chapel Hats - Hats and headwear.
    • Sound Lion - Digital music products.
    • Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC - A gluten-free, vegan bakery from BabyCakes NYC. 
General Walt Disney World News
  • New Starbucks cups are available that are inspired by each of the four theme parks. 


  • The "For the First Time in Forever - A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" show could move to the former American Idol Theater as early as February at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Starbucks at Disney's Hollywood Studios should open on February 3. 
  • Ticket prices could increase at some point in February.  Rumors indicate that the "No Expiration" ticket could be disappearing for good at this time.
  • Olaf is rumored to be coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, taking the place of Hiro and Baymax when they eventually leave. (They are rumored to leave sometime in March.)

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Walt Disney World Travel Tips: The Great Piggy Bank Adventure

Epcot is known as the edu-tainment park.  It's filled with lots of fun and practical bits that guests can take into their own lives.  This edu-tainment works for both adults, as well as children.  While many of the edu-tainment aspects of Future World no longer exist, there is one such edu-tainment area that guests can visit which teaches all.  I'm talking about Innoventions. 

Innoventions is often overlooked by both newbies, as well as regular park-goers.  I know...I'm guilty of walking right past the entrance to either side (there are two sections of Innoventions, East and West) and moseying on down to either Test Track or Soarin'.  Worse yet, I'll use the areas as air conditioned means to an end. 

This is exactly what happened on my last trip...I walked into Epcot and started towards Innoventions West  where I was just going to simply walk through on my way to Soarin', Living with the Land, and The Seas with Nemo and Friends. On my way over though, I passed by The Great Piggy Bank Adventure and I thought, I've always heard this was fun...I'm gonna do it!  (I was by myself at the time, so I could freely decide to do what I wanted!)

This game, which is presented by T. Rowe Price allows guests to learn the importance of financial planning to help us get what we want from our money. In the game, guests will play three interactive games where they attempt to save up enough money (loading up a piggy bank in the process...yes you are given a piggy bank to carry and yes, he is darn adorable!) and avoiding the wolf who is there to attempt to stop you from achieving your goals.  The attraction/game is designed with kids/families in mind, but I'm gonna be honest...even as a 30 year old adult, I had fun! 

I immediately got in line, where the story began to unfold. There are portraits of the Pig family, as well as enjoying some of the activities and perks you will be attempting to save up for in the process of the game.  After waiting just a few minutes was escorted into the first section.

Here, you interact with a touch screen, giving you an explanation of the game, asking how many players, and you are asked to pick your goal.  You can choose from a bedroom remodel, college education, retirement, or a vacation.  Of course, I'm always looking for vacation, so that's the one I chose!

Once all these questions have been answered, you are surprised with your very own piggy bank (called PIG, which stands for personal investment guides) that will be utilized to help you play the game!  Oh my god! He's so stinking cute! 

The next station we come across teaches us about the importance of saving money.  If we don't have any money to save, well, we can't make our goals come to reality. You place the pig on a conveyer belt, where he then comes to live on a touch screen, and he asks you to help him save.  You do so by watching as coins fall from the sky and you are given the task of making sure they fall into the savings buckets.  Be aware though that this isn't a set it up and leave it alone type game.  You remember how I mentioned that there was a wolf?  Well the wolf comes into play as he switches your savings buckets around for things like candy and clothes, meaning you aren't saving anything!  You must change things around so that your money is being saved, not spent! At the conclusion of the game, our pig is returned to us with the "money" in his belly. (Shake'll hear it!)

The next game teaches us about inflation and the dangers that inflation pose.  Here, your pig floats from balloons as he attempts to manage the up and down wind drafts. Your goal is to collect money by utilizing both a lever and the drafts to get you where you want to go. Be aware that the wolf is there with obstacles that will get in your way. (Inflation.)  Your pig is then returned to you and you head to the third and final game.

The final game is all about diversification.  You should never put all your eggs in one basket, and this game teaches you all about that.  On the touch screen in front of you, you'll see different areas labeled with a growth factor.  That is how much your money can grow by.  One would think it would be the smart thing to just put all your money in the highest grossing area.  But that's not the best option.  You see, every so often, the wolf will come in and steal money from some of your hiding areas.  If you put all your money in one spot and he steals all your money, you are left with nothing. You have no idea where the wolf will decide to take the money from, so it's best to spread it around the room and keep it safe.  (Diversify your money into different assets and if one area tanks, you'll still have money growing in the other areas.)

From there, it's time to see how we did.  At this point, you must say good bye to your piggy bank.  You'll put him in the weigh station and see if you succeeded in the game, or if you failed to save enough money to achieve your goal.  The good news for me, I achieved my goal!  Disney Dream cruise here I come!  (If only that money were real...darn!)

The best part is that the game can continue once you return home!  You'll be able to play various games by heading to

Also, did you know you can now purchase a piggy bank that looks exactly like your pig from the game?! 

The Great Piggy Bank Adventure really is a fun game for all ages to enjoy.  I personally love that it's got that edu-tainment factor that's missing in so much of Epcot nowadays.  Don't pass this attraction next time your visiting Epcot.  You'll have a blast doing it too! 

What are your thoughts? Have you played this game in Innoventions?  Have you taken part in any of the fun that Innoventions has to offer?  Let me know in the comments or on Facebook. 

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 1/12/15 - 1/18/15


Magic Kingdom

  • A new FastPass+ viewing location will be available for guests at the Town Square area, near the flag pole on Main Street USA.  This will replace the one in the main hub.


  • A new building is being constructed for the Norway Pavilion on the site of one of the former "future country" locations (located between Mexico and Norway). The building will house a meet and greet, as well as women's restrooms. 
  • The Epcot Food and Wine Festival dates have been announced.  They are September 25 through November 16.  
  • The Garden Rocks Concert Series artists have been announced for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.  (The concert series was formerly called the Flower Power Concert Series).  The line up for this year is: 
    • March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
    • March 13-15: Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
    • March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”
    • March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”
    • April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
    • April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
    • April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
    • April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
    • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
    • May 8-10: Little River Band “Lady”
    • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”


  • Could there be more changes in the characters that meet at the Art of Disney Animation? Seeing that The Incredibles could be leaving there area. 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean may be going down for a lengthy refurbishment beginning in the summer and lasting until around the Thanksgiving/Christmas season. 

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 1/5/15 - 1/11/15


Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Guests will be able to catch a sneak peek of Cinderella from January 17 until March 21 at the ABC Sound Studio. In addition, guests will be able to take photographs with the coach from the movie on the Streets of America from February 1 through April 11.
  • Wondering Oaken's Trading Post has closed.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • During Flame Tree Barbeque's refurbishment, guests can pick up the treats sold at this location normally in other areas around the park. 
    • Jumbo Turkey Legs and Pork Sandwich are available at Trilo-Bites
    • Half Chicken, St. Louis Style Ribs can be found at Beastly Kiosk and the Garden Kiosk 

Disney Resorts

  • The Disney Vacation Club property located at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort will go on sale beginning January 12 for current DVC Members and on February 9 for all other guests.  The first phase of the DVC will open April 1. 
General Walt Disney World News
  • The print photo packages have been discontinued now at Cinderella's Royal Table and Akershus.  Guests will now receive their photos online in their My Disney Experience account, since these photos will be associated with a guest's MagicBand or RFID enabled card. 

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 12/29/14 - 1/4/15

News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.


Magic Kingdom
  • A Frozen Holiday Wish has been extended to last until January 12. The show takes places at 6:30 p.m. each night.
  • Jungle Cruise will see a refurbishment from April 13 through May 8.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will have a lengthy refurbishment From July 6 through November 20. 
  • Dream Along With Mickey will not be performed from April 13 through May 20.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The Sorcerer's Hat will begin being dismantled on January 7.  No word on how long the demolition will take, not whether there will be any other enhancements made to the area.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • An updated tour is being introduced called Backstage Tales. (It will be replacing the Backstage Safari.)  The tour will take guests backstage to experience animal housing, the nutrition center, and the veterinarian facilities. The Backstage Safari tour will last through to February 27 and the new Backstage Tales tour available from March 1.


  • Baymax could only be meeting until sometime in March. 

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