Tag: Downtown Disney

The Disneyland Difference – A Walk in the Park!

April 17, 2014

Like most people living on the East Coast I’ve visited Walt Disney World in Florida… um, several times…ok, more like a dozen and a half times. I’ve done the 18+ hour drive more often than the 2 hour flight, but I’m crazy like that. I can’t get enough of those four glorious theme parks, two outstanding water parks, enormous Downtown Disney area, and perhaps best of all the amazing variety of resorts – none of them ever a disappointment!

I’m different than many of my fellow Disney nuts from the I-95 corridor in that I’ve been to Disneyland Resort in California a bunch of times as well, thanks mostly to my sister who lives just about an hour away from Anaheim. Going regularly to the two Disney Resorts in the USA has opened my eyes to both the big and little differences between these two parks. Plenty of debates have been made of which is better, but really they are just different. In this series I’ll highlight some of the things I love about Disneyland that are different than Walt Disney World.

Downtown Disney

The biggest and best thing that Disneyland has over Walt Disney World is the fact that everything is close together. Walt Disney himself lamented how disappointing it was to have such limited space and made very sure the “Florida Project” did not have that problem. But where Mr. Disney found frustration many guests, myself included, are delighted. Why? Because it’s so EASY! Easy to walk (yes, folks walk) from one park to another and to Downtown Disney… and usually your resort. A short walk gets you from Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland to Buena Vista Street in Disney’s California Adventure. Park Hopping could not be easier than it is in California.

Buena Vista Street

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Contemporary or Bay Lake Towers and were able to take the 10-minute path to the Magic Kingdom? Or stayed in the Boardwalk area and walked to Epcot? You wouldn’t believe how amazingly easy it feels to get around everywhere by foot in Disneyland! This is especially true for those of us who have done these trips with small children and strollers. No busses to fold the strollers up and a short walk from the park to your hotel room makes naptime a breeze to keep… as long as you can pull yourself away from the fun!

Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World are beloved to me and I’m glad I don’t have to select just one to go to. We have another family trip to Disneyland planned for this December and will be back to Walt Disney World a few months after that. Now if I can just get my other sister to move near Disneyland Paris or Tokyo Disneyland…

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Donna Rossi
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Disney World and Disneyland Celebrations

March 19, 2014

What better way to make your birthday special than to spend it at the happiest place on Earth!  At Disneyland and Disney World Resort you’ll find everything you need to make your birthday magical.

Start your day by stopping by City Hall for a complimentary birthday button and you’ll get birthday wishes all day long. There are other celebration buttons available to celebrate first time Disney visitors, anniversaries, proposals, family reunions, and more!
family reunionsOf course, every birthday needs a cake! Guests can order custom cakes through Disney dining to be delivered to any full-service theme park restaurant. Choices include Mickey or Minnie Mouse, Disney Princess, or Disney signature cakes. Choose from a variety of cakes, fillings, and frostings and personalize it with a message to make any birthday complete. Another option is a personal mini cake just for the birthday boy or girl, a Disney princess jewelry box or a pirate treasure chest. This treat can also be delivered to any restaurant, character dining locations, or via Disney hotel room service.
anniversariesDisney is also happy to help you host your own birthday party from in room visits from Mickey and the gang to Goofy’s Candy Co. Birthday Parties celebrated in a private play room in Downtown Disney. Guests can also request rooms to be decorated in true Disney style for a birthday surprise! There are so many ways to celebrate with Disney and the cast will do anything to make the birthday guest have a magical day!

Let MickeyTravels’ FREE Disney vacation planning services help you plan your special day! Visit our website or give us a ring at 888-812-8750 for details.

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Erin Breen
MickeyTravels Guest Blogger

Modes of Transportation at Disney World

February 28, 2013

There are many ways to get around the Walt Disney World Resort.   I suppose I should start with Disney’s Magical Express which takes its guests from the Orlando International Airport to the individual Disney resorts.   That is a fun bus ride with the video that gets everyone all excited about their upcoming vacation.

Magical Express

Once on property, there are the Disney buses which run all day and into the evening, transporting its guests to the different theme parks and resorts as well the water parks and Downtown Disney.   These buses are always available and are a great way to get around.    They are clearly marked as to their destination and easy to find them.   The Disney buses run from theme park to theme park and theme park to resort.   They also run to Downtown Disney and back to the resorts/theme parks.

Anyone who knows and loves Disney has a soft spot for the beloved monorail system.   There are 2 monorail lines that guests can ride.   One is the Magic Kingdom monorail line which runs in a constant circle from the Ticket and Transportation Center, to Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa then to the Magic Kingdom, through Disney’s Contemporary Resort and finally back to the Ticket and Transportation Center.   We all love this mode of transportation and who could forget…..”mantengase alejado de la puerta.”    There is a 2nd monorail line running from the Ticket and Transportation Center to EPCOT and back.   This is about a 10-15 ride which is quite relaxing and fun.

ferry rides

There are also ferry rides from the Disney “Magic Kingdom” resorts to the Magic Kingdom and from the Downtown Disney resorts over to Downtown Disney.   This is another relaxing and fun way to get where you want to go using another mode of transportation.

When you stay on property at a Disney-owned resort, all of these modes of transportation are available to its guests all day, every day.   You can decide on the spur of the moment which suits you best and perhaps use another mode of transportation later that day to change it up a bit.   Whatever mode you choose, you will have fun getting around the Walt Disney World Resort and make it a trip to remember forever.

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Elyssa Antonelle
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
MickeyTravels, LLC

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