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 Animal Kingdom

Under-Appreciated Attractions

Under-Appreciated Attractions at Animal Kingdom

Today we are continuing our look at our picks for the most under-appreciated attractions at each of the Walt Disney World parks. Our last post was on the under-appreciated attractions at Epcot. Today, we look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

under-appreciated attractions

As always, today Sophie starts us out. Picking an attraction that is under appreciated at Animal Kingdom to me is kind of hard, and I think it was for Sophie as well, because she chose Festival of the Lion King. This is one of the incredible shows that you can see at Walt Disney World, and this one has almost a Cirque-du-SoleisĀ® feel to it! The performers, the trampolines, and so on really give this a positive, excited feel. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out!

under-appreciated attractions
Pocahontas with Sophie at Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

For Cindy, her choice was Rafiki’s Planet Watch. When we visited last November, we were saddened because we knew that the attraction had been closed down. However, we learned on March 19th that Rafiki’s Planet Watch was going to re-open! Not only that, in the Conversation Station, they are putting in The Animation Experience! All of this opens up on July 11, 2019! This is very exciting for us because we hated that the Animation Experience was leaving Hollywood Studios, so knowing that it is being moved over here is a big deal for our family!

under-appreciated attractions

Lastly, my choice for most under-appreciated attraction goes to Primeval Whirl. This spinning roller-coaster is a lot of fun, like Goofy’s Flight School out at Disney’s California Adventure park, and I think the reason I like it is because it took a long time before Sophie was tall enough to ride it. She waited so patiently to be tall enough, and finally when we were able to ride it, we really enjoyed it. The unpredictable nature of the way the car spins and all the dips just makes it a great ride for us!

So tell me, what are your choices for under-appreciated attractions? Let us know in the comments, and if you are interested in finding out more information on what a Walt Disney World vacation would cost for your family, read below. Thanks for stopping by!

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 Epcot

Under-Appreciated Attractions

Under-Appreciated Attractions at Epcot

Last week, we shared our most under-appreciated attractions at the Magic Kingdom. Today we continue that look by taking a look at our most under-appreciated attractions at Epcot. Later this week we’ll look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios with our lists for those parks.

Under-Appreciated Attractions

For Sophie her choice for Epcot as her most under-appreciated attraction is The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This attraction is a great one for many reasons:

  1. First, it is never busy so you don’t need to use a FastPass for it.
  2. On a hot summer day, coming into this pavilion is great to beat the heat.
  3. It’s a nice, slow ride and brings back memories from the movie, and it feels faster than it is.
  4. Also, after your trip, you can enjoy looking at the other sites in the pavilion!
Under-Appreciated Attractions

Cindy chose another attraction that doesn’t have much of a need for a FastPass — Journey into Imagination with Figment! For years, we didn’t really have anything to do with this attraction; for whatever reason, it just wasn’t on our radar when we would go to Epcot. One year, though, we corrected that oversight, and it was like we had seen it for the first time, and it became an instant classic for us. Like Nemo, it doesn’t need a FastPass, it’s often a walk right on type of ride, it’s imaginative, fun, and just a blast for our whole family. Check it out again if you’ve been missing it your past few trips!

under-appreciated attractions

My choice for under-appreciated attraction at Epcot is the singing group Voices of Liberty! Always a wonderful pre-show concert, the Voices of Liberty can be seen at the American Adventure pavilion in the World Showcase. They can be seen and heard before the showing of the American Adventure movie. The a capella music style, patriotic songs, and period costumes, like we see above, really makes this an under-appreciated attraction in my mind.

Where do these attractions stack up with your choices for under-appreciated attractions at Epcot? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

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!

Our most Under-Appreciated Attractions at Walt Disney World

Under-Appreciated Attractions

The other night at dinner, I asked my wife Cindy and daughter Sophie what the most under-appreciated attractions were at each of the four main Walt Disney World Parks. These are attractions or shows that a lot of people seem to forget about seeing or riding, but are ones that we almost always experience during our trip. What do you think your list would look like? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks! For now, though, take a look at our list and let us know if you agree or disagree with them!

Magic Kingdom

We start our trip at the Magic Kingdom. There are so many great attractions here that it’s hard to come up with just one, but we’ve worked it out.

Hall of Presidents
The Hall of Presidents

Sophie’s choice for the Magic Kingdom is the Hall of Presidents. This attraction is a great show that reminds us all of the history of our country, but it seems to be an under-appreciated attraction. This may be changing, though, with the elections of President Obama in 2008 and 2012, and then President Trump in 2016.

For Cindy, her most under-appreciated attraction is the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor. As a family, we (ok, me if I must be honest) have always liked the corny jokes and the way the camera shines on unsuspecting guests in the audience. In fact, we even texted in a joke that was said during the show! Here is the joke, for those that want a groan (or a laugh):

Why did the chicken cross the road? Answer: To get away from KFC!

Not sure why no one laughed but me…

Swiss Family Treehouse
Swiss Family Treehouse shot of the water transport system.

For me, my under-appreciated attraction is the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. The only thing that this thing has going against it is that it is not ADA-compliant, which is a shame for wheelchair bound guests. This attraction is a favorite of mine because it has such great views of other areas of the park, and I can imagine sleeping here at night if I were allowed to spend the night in the park. What fun that would be!

Later on, we’ll take a look at our under-appreciated attractions at Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. For now, though, we’re going to stop at the Magic Kingdom. Let me know what your selections are, and thanks for stopping by!

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!