Hidden Mickey

Searching for the Hidden Mickey at Walt Disney World

Hidden Mickey
Find the Hidden Mickey — it’s easy to spot!

Where is the Hidden Mickey?

Good morning, everyone, and thanks for stopping by! Today I thought we’d take a look at some of the fun things that you can do at Walt Disney World that don’t cost anything! Specifically, let’s look for the elusive Hidden Mickey!

Hidden Mickey’s, for those that don’t know, are little additions at Walt Disney World, where someone, somewhere has created a Mickey Ears design — perhaps on a painting, or in the rocks, or somewhere else altogether. It is a fun little past-time to look for these hidden gems when you are navigating the parks, or waiting in line, or even sometimes find them while you are on the ride itself!

Periodically we are going to share some Hidden Mickey’s that we’ve found in our days at the parks, and we welcome you to share your favorites as well on our Facebook page. For now, though, here’s a few of our favorites from through the years. Special thanks to all of my friends for contributing some of these over the years!

Of course, we’ve had opportunities before to talk about Hidden Mickey’s — this is by no means a new concept for us. Some of our favorite discussions, in fact, have centered around them! If you want a refresher, take a look at our Haunted Mansion Hidden Mickey’s post from 2012!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

under-appreciated attractions

Our Under-Appreciated Attractions at Hollywood Studios

Under-Appreciated Attractions at Hollywood Studios

Today we complete our look at our list of under-appreciated attractions at Walt Disney World. We’ve selected Hollywood Studios as our last park to explore in part because it is a harder park to select (primarily because there are fewer smaller attractions). You may remember we started with the Magic Kingdom, then progressed over to Epcot and Animal Kingdom.

under-appreciated attractions

For Sophie, her choice for Hollywood Studios was the Animation Academy, the attraction where a creative genius like Sophie could draw out her favorite Disney characters. I’d say that as a younger kid, this attraction may have been one of the things that sparked an interest in animation for her, which has led to her following her dream into college. So, with all that said, Sophie has missed not having the animation academy around, but is very excited that it is being re-established as the Animation Experience over at Animal Kingdom!

under-appreciated attractions

For Cindy, the choice was simple — the collection of exhibits and films that makes up One Man’s Dream. I know, I know — you tell me that this attraction is closed! Well, technically you are right, but it re-opened as Walt Disney Presents, and from looking at it on the Disney website, the idea is similar to what it was before.

under-appreciated attractions

Being a kid of the 70s predominantly, when I was a child there was no show I liked better then the Muppet Show. So, on my first visit to what was then Disney’s MGM Studios, one of my favorite attractions was Muppet*Vision 3D.

Although the attraction is dated, it is still one of my favorites, and when I’m in a nostalgic mood, it’s a great way to remember those days of yesteryear.

What are you under-appreciated attractions for Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Travel Agent

Using a Travel Agent when going to Walt Disney World

Travel Agent

Using a Travel Agent

Recently on Facebook, I created a poll. You can vote on it below. The question was simple, and I was a little bit surprised on why the answers were not more evenly split. Here’s the poll:

As you can see, there is only a day or so left in this poll, and the overwhelming number of answers to the question “When you book your Disney trips, do you a) use a travel agent, or b) book it on your own” is very much in favor of booking it on their own. If you wish to vote, go ahead and do so until the poll closes.

Why you should use a Travel Agent for Disney trips

As many of you know, I am a travel consultant for Pixie Vacations. I’ve been one for over six years now, and obviously, I would be one that would vote that you should use a travel agent when booking your Disney trips — whether that agent is myself, another Pixie travel agent, or someone from a competitor. I have a great many reasons why, which I’ll expand on below, and would love to talk with anyone that does not normally use a travel agent about why you should.

  1. A travel agent that specializes in Disney travel is an expert in the field, and knows Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and other Disney destinations like the back of their hand.
  2. When I price out vacations for clients, I see the same pricing that you see when you price it out for yourself.
  3. Although the price is the same as what you would pay yourself, I offer concierge level service that you will not get if you book directly with Disney. Here is a list of some of the things you receive if you book with me:
    • Depending on the amount of your vacation package, you will receive a $25, $50, or $75 Disney Gift Card as a thank you gift from me to you. For more information on that program, look at my link at Disney’s Cheapskate Princess.
    • In addition, every new booking of $2,000 or more will receive a special Scentsy Bundle from me!
    • As your travel agent, I will monitor the Disney promotions, and if a promotion is released that will save you some money, I’ll apply it for you automatically. If you book your own Disney trip, you would need to take care of that yourself, which might result in hours spent on the phone calling Disney.
    • I will take care of working with you on selecting any dining reservations you wish to make, and unless you direct me otherwise, I will take care of making those reservations for you at 6:00AM on the day you are eligible to make dining reservations for your trip.
    • Same thing for FastPass selections; I will work with you on which FastPass selections you want to make, and I’ll take care of them for you at 7:00AM on the day you are eligible to book those.
    • If you need help figuring out your payment process, I can assist you with that. I’ve had several clients that I’ve created a payment plan with them that helps them pay off their Disney trip in a way that they can afford.
    • Lastly, all of my expertise is free of charge to you. Do you have questions about how to get from All Star Movies to the Caribbean Beach Resort for a dining reservation? I can assist with that. Are you not sure how much time you should plan on for getting from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort to your table service reservation at Be Our Guest? I can help with that as well. Do you have a special celebration you want to remember at Disney? Perhaps a 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner at Victoria & Alberts? I can book that for you.

Perhaps the best advantage of working with a travel agent in booking your trip is just knowing that you have an expert to bounce ideas off with and to take away any stress that comes from planning a Disney trip. Also, if you love planning Disney vacations for your family, well, so do I! That’s why I decided to investigate being a travel agent all those years ago. If you prefer to make your own reservations, that’s okay too. I’m here to assist you as much or as little as you prefer — and regardless of how much you have me take care of, the other extras are still yours to enjoy when you book with me.

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Splash Mountain

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain
The 52′ Drop from the top of Splash Mountain!

Attraction Name: Splash Mountain
Attraction Type: Boat Ride, drops, wet
Height Requirements: 40″
Location: Frontierland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Book early

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Splash Mountain

With Summer just around the corner, it seemed like a fitting time to talk about one of my (and Sophie’s, too!) absolute favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain!

This attraction is a slow moving raft ride that walks us through the story of Brier Rabbit in the Disney moving Song of the South. With incredibly detailed scenes, wonderful music, and a bit of thrill added in, this attraction is not only a great way to get away from the heat of the day, but it’s also a relaxing ride — to a point, anyway — that will give you a chance to rest your weary feet.

Although this attraction accepts FastPass reservations, I have known times when I’ve not needed a FastPass to get a quick entrance to the ride. Typically, though, that involves riding very early in your day, not at 3PM on a hot summer afternoon. Also, be very aware that you will probably get very wet on this ride. Sometimes I don’t get very wet, but my wife, she almost always is drenched. Lastly, if you have little ones, remember that there are several small drops that can startle you and then, of course, the 52′ drop that you see as you approach the ride — so if you or your little ones are nervous about such things, you may want to wait a year and try it out next year. If you wish, you can watch the video below from iThemePark to get an idea for yourself!

Splash Mountain is a great attraction, and one of my favorites at Magic Kingdom. Is it one of your favorites as well? Let me know, and thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment below!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Disney History: Port Orleans French Quarter Opens!

Port Orleans French Quarter

May 17, 1991: Port Orleans French Quarter Opens

Today in 1991, Walt Disney World opened up the newly created Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter! This charming resort is the smallest of the Moderate resorts to be found at Walt Disney World, and is a re-creation of the streets and row houses of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

This resort is one of my favorites on property because it generally is one of the quietest resorts at Disney, at least to me it is. It has a great pool area, water taxi transportation up the river to Port Orleans Riverside or down the river to Disney Springs, and, of course, wonderful beignets!

It’s a short walk up the path to get to Riverside if you prefer to do that, and one of the things you can do there is rent one of the Surrey Bikes to have a little fun at your resort. For a romantic feel, you can also arrange to have a horse drawn carriage ride. That starts up at Riverside.

One of the nice things about this resort as well as Port Orleans Riverside is that you can take advantage of all of the pools at both resorts. So, for your non-park day, if you have one, that gives you plenty of options to enjoy while at French Quarter.

Overall, I really enjoy Port Orleans French Quarter. It’s a great resort with nice amenities and a unique charm that is all it’s own. If you are interested in learning more about this resort, or wish to look at pricing for a package and staying here, please let me know! I’d be happy to assist you in your planning! Click here to submit a vacation quote request today, or send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com!