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Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we sharing tips for your first Disney vacation.


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Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail look at tips for your first Disney Vacation!  You’ve been saving your money, you’ve been paying regularly on your trip, hopefully you have been working with a travel agent to help you plan your trip and save you money, and now, it is finally here!  Your Walt Disney World vacation is about to begin!

When you arrive, though, sometimes your thoughts get the better of you.  You think to yourself, I spent so much for this trip, I’ve got to see absolutely everything in order to get my money’s worth.  That line of thinking, though, is incorrect, and hopefully in this Magical Blogorail post, I’m going to share with you some things that will help you prevent the feeling of not seeing anything and keep you from falling into that trap.

Tip 1: It’s not all about the attractions, it’s also about the memories…

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Our daughter Sophie shares a secret with Princess Jasmine!

As great as the attractions are at Walt Disney World, what will really make or break your trip is the memories that you and your family create while there.  The picture above was taken way back in 2008, and to this day, it remains one of my all time favorite Disney photos.  Let me set the scene.  We were in Morocco just wandering through the marketplace, looking at things, just browsing.  When we got to the back of the pavilion, there was a meet and greet location, with Princess Jasmine and the Genie just waiting for someone to come visit with them.  Sophie had been talking about Princess Jasmine all this time, about how she was going to get a costume just like her costume, and she was able to talk with her for what felt like an eternity!  In this picture, she was telling her that she was going to get that costume, and sure enough, she did a couple of days later.

Tip 2: Take time to relax and slow down

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Far too often, first time guests — and yes, even those that visit more regularly — are way too focused on getting from point a to point b, from getting from their last attraction to their next attraction, and they don’t really slow down to breath.  Part of the reason you are taking your Disney vacation is to take a break from everyday life, from getting away from the rat race that is the world today.  Let your vacation be just that, a break from the hustle and bustle of life, and instead, take time to enjoy everything about your trip.  The picture above was taken back in 2010, when we were leaving Test Track and heading somewhere — I don’t even remember where.  Anyway, we weren’t in a very big hurry, and if we had been, we might have missed the perfect setting of the flowers, pond, TRON Monorail, and the Imagination Pavilion in the background.  I love this photo, and hope you do as well!

Tip 3: Enjoy the little attractions as much as the big ones.

As much fun as I have riding Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and the other big attractions, I get as much fun out of the smaller attractions, the ones you can almost walk right on.  Carousel of Progress, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, it’s a small world, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, and so forth.  Don’t overlook the little attractions just so you can enjoy the big ones.  You will be doing yourself and your vacation a disservice, and you will miss out on a lot of great opportunities to let the child within out to play.

I hope that this post has been helpful to you as you plan your first Disney Vacation!  Let me know what you think in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!  Check out the rest of the posts from the Magical Blogorail writers, and then go out and make it a Disney day!

 

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Exploring Disney Hollywood Studios Shows

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In a new series, today I’m taking a look at all of the different shows throughout the Walt Disney World Parks.  In today’s episode, we’re taking a look at Disney’s Hollywood Studios shows.
For our purposes, a show is something on screen or on stage, that you watch as you would watch a movie or play.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with it’s dedication to Hollywood and the great things dedicated to movies, you will find a lot of great shows, some of which are among my favorites in all of the parks.  At Hollywood Studios, you will find the following shows:

The American Idol Experience

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I’ll admit it — I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol.  However, Scotty McCreery won American Idol, and seeing as he lives in Garner, just a stones throw from where we live, I actually found myself thinking about this show, and also thinking about watching an episode of Idol.  I haven’t done either, but that may change when we go visit Hollywood Studios during an upcoming vacation…

Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage

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Beauty and the Beast is the only Disney Movie where the stage show opened on the day that the movie was released to theaters.  Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite shows in all of Disney World, and one that I love to see.  It has it all, great music, lively entertainment, that wonderfully romantic story that I love, and a happy ending at the end!  If you’ve never seen Beauty and the Beast, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Disney Junior — Live on Stage!

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This is a new version of a show that we saw when Sophie was younger.  When we saw it, it was the Playhouse Disney show, and we had fun with it because it featured a lot of the characters that Sophie was into at the time.  We were able to see it with Sophie’s friend Sofie last July, and it was as much fun now as it was then!

Fantasmic

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As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Fantasmic is actually a show that I’ve never seen before.  From what I hear, though, it is an awesome show, and I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to see it this year.

Muppet*Vision 3-D

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Muppet*Vision 3-D is, of course, brought to you by the Muppets, and while extremely corny, I love it!  I grew up with the Muppet Show, and to see all of my favorite Muppets on the big screen, in 3-D no less, is really cool.  The only thing about it is that it is the same as it has been since the first time I saw it, and I would love it if they would upgrade it.  Still, we love it, so I can’t wait to experience it again!

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

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I’ve only seen the Voyage of the Little Mermaid a couple of times, as it’s not bad, but often has a really long line so we generally skip it.  However, Sophie likes it every now and then, so we see it every couple of years or so.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some really great shows, and there seems to be something that everyone will love, so take care, and enjoy the shows!