Stay at any of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels and enjoy Extra Magic Hours at the Walt Disney World Parks from January 1 – December 31, 2018!*
The Extra Magic Hours program allows you to enter a specific theme park one hour before official opening on certain days of the week. On other days of the week, one of the theme parks stays open for two hours after the general public closing time. You can enjoy extra time on select attractions with smaller crowds! This benefit has been reserved for guests of the Disney-owned Walt Disney World hotels and the Swan and Dolphin, but for 2018, Disney is opening up the benefit to guests staying at hotels in the Disney Springs Resort Area!
The seven Disney Springs Resort Area hotels are considered Official Walt Disney World Hotels by Disney, and are on Disney property but not Disney-owned. They run their own bus transportation and are within walking distance of Disney Springs.
Disney Springs Resort Area hotels:
*Valid Theme Park admission and an Extra Magic Hours voucher are required. To get your Extra Magic Hours voucher, you must show your valid theme park tickets at the hotel front desk (you can purchase tickets at the hotel upon arrival, but obviously it’s cheaper to buy them in advance). When planning your schedule, please remember that to visit more than one theme park on the same day, you’ll need to purchase the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option with your theme park ticket. Extra Magic Hours must be used during the dates of your reservation. Valid through 12/31/18. Please note that not all Walt Disney World attractions are available during Extra Magic Hours. Extra Magic Hours schedule and available attractions are subject to change without notice.
60-Day Booking for FastPass+ Selections For Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel GuestsThe other big news is that guests of the Disney Springs Resort Area hotels who book a vacation will also get 60 day advance booking of their FastPass+ selections, starting January 10, 2018!
In order to book FastPass+ selections at 60 days from the arrival date, the Walt Disney Travel Company package booking number needs to be linked to the guest’s MyDisneyExperience account, and a valid theme park ticket or annual pass needs to be linked as well. (Typically the package will include a ticket, but there are ticketless packages for people who already have an annual pass or prefer to get their ticket separately.)
Anytime I have just one day to experience a Disney theme park, my philosophy is to do as much as I can while still enjoying the atmosphere and not stressing out over time.
Knowing what to expect plays a big role in ensuring you have the best day ever. Let’s get onto the itinerary!
If you only have one day at a Disney park, it’s best to go dusk-til-dawn in order to get the most out of your day. Arriving to the park at “rope drop,” or when the gates open is the best strategy to beat the crowds and get more in before the day gets too hot and crowds get too big.
You Won’t Get To Do Everything into a single park day with the correct mindset will help eliminate frustration and disappointment. Even if you use a touring plan in an attempt to hit every ride in one day, chances are it still won’t happen. Disney World crowds have been at an all time high (even in off seasons), and it’s nearly impossible to get to all corners of the park with that many people around. Anticipate riding what you can, but don’t allow yourself to be upset if you don’t make it to every ride.
What To Skip For Little Ones or Teens
If you are traveling with little ones, you may want to skip the major thrill rides. This will help you save time to focus on experiences that are more appropriate for your kids’ age level. Alternatively, if you’re traveling with older kids or teenagers, you may not feel the need to stand in character meet and greet lines or hit every attraction in Fantasyland. Do what makes sense for you and your party.
Quick Dining/Snack Spots
There are tons of great quick service dining locations that offer snacks or food on the go. If you’re trying to save time, you can always grab a quick lunch or fill up on snacks while walking to your next destination. I found out if you pack your own snacks in a cooler (small) this will save you time in the lines and money!
Also called Child Swap, this service allows parents traveling with infants or small children to “swap” or take turns riding bigger rides without having to wait in line twice. Here’s how it works: If you go on a ride with a height requirement, tell the Cast Member at the line entrance that you’d like to use Rider Switch. The Cast Member will give the waiting portion of your group a Rider Switch pass (which works like a FastPass) and the riding portion of your group will proceed through the line. Once the first riding group gets off the ride, the waiting group can then go through the FastPass+ line to ride next.
Since you’ll be at the park all day, it’s good to know your options should anything happen. There is a first aid station located on the left side of Main Street next to the Crystal Palace. Look for the red and white umbrellas. There are on-site nurses offering everything from bandages to over the counter medications.
After a quick (but not too quick) stroll down Main Street, usually with a pastry and coffee in hand, I head to Fantasyland. I always recommend hitting Fantasyland first. Since it’s in the back of the park, and most people naturally make their way from front to back and not vice versa, Fantasyland tends to be least crowded in the early part of the day. Fantasyland also has the most attractions of all the lands, so it’s nice to be able to knock some of them out early on. Fantasyland is typically going to draw families with small children who may not make it to the park until later in the morning, so if you can beat those crowds, you’ll be in good shape.
*A note if you have small children: Fantasyland rides get long lines fast. I recommend getting FastPass+ reservations for the attractions in this land, particularly for the Anna and Elsa meet and greet if your little ones are interested in that. The line for this character meet can easily surpass 5 hours.
Lands To Experience: Main Street, USA, Fantasyland
Where To Eat: Main Street Bakery, The Plaza Restaurant, Carnation Cafe, Crystal Palace (Character Dining)
BarnstormerPeter Pan’s Flight*
Dumbo the Flying ElephantPrince Charming Regal Carrousel
Enchanted Tales with Belle*Princess Fairytale Hall
It’s a Small World*Seven Dwarfs Mine Train*
Journey of the Little Mermaid*Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea PartyMickey’s PhilharMagic*
Meet Anna and ElsaFastPass+ Priorities: Peter Pan’s Flight, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Meet Anna and Elsa
Shows To See: Enchanted Tales with Belle, Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Quiet Spots To Enjoy: Main Street Train Station Steps and/or benches, Inside Casey’s Corner, Tabletops on the right side of Main Street next to the Mercantile, Tangled Bathrooms
As I continue to make my way around the park, I tend to go to the left and hit Frontierland first, simply because I think Tomorrowland is cooler at night. If I’m feeling hungry, I like to hit Sleepy Hollow for a snack and maybe a cappuccino. If it’s a particularly hot day, Sleepy Hollow also has a great shaded seating area to provide a little relief and rest from the sun.
At this point in the day, lines might start to expand, but shouldn’t be too bad yet. I like to catch Haunted Mansion and take the standby line, and save my FastPass+ reservations for Big Thunder and/or Splash Mountain to get to a little later. Mid-morning is also a great time to take the Liberty Square Riverboat.
Lands To Enjoy: Liberty Square/Frontierland
Where To Eat: Sleepy Hollow, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn
Liberty Square and Frontierland Attractions:
The Hall of PresidentsBig Thunder Mountain*
Liberty Square Riverboat*Splash Mountain*
Haunted Mansion*Country Bear Jamboree
Tom Sawyer Island
FastPass+ Priorities: Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain
Shows To See: Muppet Show at the Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree
Quiet Spots To Enjoy: Tom Sawyer Island, Columbia Harbour House second floor, Sleepy Hollow seating
Columbia Harbour HouseWhile I’m in the Liberty Square/Frontierland area, I love to hit up the Columbia Harbour House for lunch. It’s some of the best quick service food in the park (Pecos Bill’s is also great), and has a relatively unknown second floor that is generally next to empty. The food is Americana inspired famous for soups, sandwiches, and other light dishes.
After lunch I make my way toward Adventureland. This land will complete the left half of the park, so I’ll eventually end up back on Main Street to move toward Tomorrowland. Adventureland is a great land to explore in the midst of mid-afternoon crowds because all the attractions are so close together, making it easier to hit as many rides as possible. I recommend getting a FastPass+ reservation for Jungle Cruise; Pirates of the Caribbean can have a long line, but the ride capacity is quite high, so the line tends to move faster than that of the Jungle Cruise.
After a bit of time in Adventureland, I’ll probably start to feel a little tired and maybe hungry again, so I like to swing by the Enchanted Tiki Room. One of my absolute favorite things to do in Disney is to grab a Dole Whip at Aloha Isle and enjoy it while sitting in the outdoor waiting area for the show. It just completes that Polynesian experience, and bonus – you can take your snack into the theater!
Land to Experience: Adventureland
Where To Eat: Aloha Isle, Tortuga Tavern, Skipper’s Canteen
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room*Swiss Family Treehouse
Jungle Cruise*Pirates of the Caribbean*
The Magic Carpets of AladdinFastPass+ Priorities: Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise
Shows To See:Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
LATE AFTERNOONIf you’re like me, by this point in the day, you’ll probably be fighting tired feet and exhaustion. After my breather at the Tiki Room, I’ll head to Tomorrowland. It’s a good land for the heat of the day since there aren’t a ton of attractions and there is quite a lot of shade. Plus, all of the rides are indoors.
If you’re especially in need of a break, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority or TTA is an awesome little ride that leisurely cruises you throughout the land. If you visit during off season times, cast members have been known to let guests continually ride the attraction without having to get off and get back in line. Another great “restful” option is to the take the Magic Kingdom Railway from the Tomorrowland station and ride around the park for a bit.
Let’s not forget about Space Mountain! If you plan on waiting until this late in the day to ride, make sure you have a FastPass+ reservation for it. Hopefully you’ll be rejuvenated and can finish off with a bang in the highest thrill ride in the park!
Land To Enjoy: Tomorrowland
Where To Eat: Casey's Corner
Astro OrbiterStitch’s Great Escape!
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin*Tomorrowland Speedway
Carousel of Progress*Tomorrowland Transit Authority*
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor*Space Mountain*FastPass+ Priorities: Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Shows To See: Incredibles Super Dance Party
Quiet Spots To Enjoy: Sitting next to Sonny Eclipse in Cosmic Ray’s
Be Our GuestBe Our Guest Restaurant is themed as a replica of Beast’s Castle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The attention to detail and amazing design are truly transformative, and you really feel like you are in the middle of the Enchanted Forest dining on “Gray Stuff” (it’s delicious!).
You need a reservation for the full service dinner, but can also opt for the quick service lunch menu.
The twilight hours are my favorite time of day at the Disney parks. There is something undeniably magical about walking around and seeing all the lights of Main Street, USA turn on at once. I like to take the time after dinner to simply stroll and enjoy the atmosphere of the park. I also might catch a ride or two that I missed earlier in the day. Many people will begin to line up for the nighttime parade and fireworks, so there will be somewhat smaller crowds elsewhere in the park. If you’re satisfied with the attractions you were able to get to during the day, this is a great time to stake a spot for the evening entertainment. The most coveted areas are right in front of the Castle, by the Partners statue. However, a lesser known hot spot is the balcony on the Main Street Train Station. You’ll still have to get there pretty early (about 1.5 to 2 hours in advance) to get a great seat for the parade, but I promise you, it’s worth it. And by this time of day, it’s likely that your feet will be ready for a long break anyway.
I like to grab a churro from a street vendor on Main Street, wander the shops, maybe get an ice cream or popcorn, and set up shop for the evening in my chosen parade spot. If you stay long enough after the fireworks, you’ll even get to experience the Kiss Goodnight!
Spring is my favorite time of year. The trees are turning green, the flowers are blooming, and everyone seems to be outside enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather. I love watching the entire world start to come back to life after a long, cold winter!
But there’s one thing that I don’t love about spring, and that’s the transition from the thick, cozy clothing of winter to lighter warm-weather clothes that tend to show a bit of skin. If you’re anything like me, your winter skin is dry, flaky, and pale—and don’t even get me started on my frizzy, dull locks! Luckily, with a bit of at home beauty TLC, you can bring your skin and hair back to life just in time to bury your tights in the back of your drawer and pull out the sleeveless shirts!
Here are my 4 favorite DIY, all-natural beauty treatments for a spring makeover:
Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
The first step to spring-ready skin is to literally shed you winter skin! This exfoliating scrub does a great job, plus it incorporates natural beauty superstar, coconut oil. Mix 3 tablespoons of virgin, unrefined coconut oil with ½ cup sugar. I use this evaporated cane juice organic sugar , In the shower, use your hands to scrub the mixture vigorously all over your body. Rinse off that beautiful skin of yours with warm water then towel dry. Your skin will feel silky smooth and hydrated, as some of the coconut oil will stay on your skin and act as an intensive moisturizer.
Dry Brushing That Glam Hair
This is a great daily tip to carry with you from winter to spring. Purchase a special brush made for dry brushing, and gently run it over your entire body every morning. This will help remove dead skin cells, which contribute to dry, flaky skin. It will also give your body a chance to detox daily. Another tip for the hair use Hair, Skin & Nail Vitamins
Nourishing That Glam Hair Mask
Your hair might just be the biggest victim of winter weather! It’s been exposed to harsh elements for months and is probably looking pretty dry and lifeless. To help it out, massage a few teaspoons of olive oil, combined with 2 or 3 drops of tea tree essential oil, into your scalp. Leave it in for 20 to 30 minutes, and then wash out using your regular shampoo followed by conditioner. Do this one or two times a week for healthy, shiny hair!
Nighttime Hot Foot Mask
Don’t overlook your feet as you get your skin and body ready for spring. They are about to make their annual sandal debut after all! I like to use a thick salve like Bag Balm, or even plain old Vaseline, a couple times a week to soften the skin on my feet and moisturize them to prevent cracked heels. Just apply a thick layer to both feet, slip on some thick (and preferably very fuzzy) socks, and hit the sack. Trust me it works like wonders!!! In the morning, your feet will feel brand new!
Do you have any natural at home beauty tricks that you turn to as you prepare for warmer weather? Tell us in the comments!
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