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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Disney Fantasy Aqualab

Here is another video just showing how amazing the new Disney Fantasy is!


Once again, Disney pays so much attention to detail for their theming.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Animator's Palette on the New Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship


 When I went on the Disney Wonder all the way back in 2002 I remember how much I love Animator's Palette.It was my favorite meal on the cruise. It is amazing to see what they have done with it on the new ships. They have definitely taken it to the next level.



 I can't wait to book my next Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy!

Of course I love all the attention to detail, the paintbrushes and and cans on the tables are so fun! There is no end to the Disney magic!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Summer 2012 OPI Minnie Mouse Collection

I am kind of a nail polish geek so when I heard that OPI and Disney were teaming up this summer, I got really excited!

I love seeing this Disney/OPI display! It is so cute!


This collection comes out on June 1st and is packed with red and pinks! There is a total of 4 new colors. I think the pink and reds shout SUMMER and I live for the summer so I am a happy girl!




The name of the colors are very cute and appropriately Disney themed. 

Nothin’ Mousie ’bout It – Don’t squeak it – SHOUT IT! This confetti light pink is tops!
I’m All Ears – Tell me how much you love this magenta shimmer.
If You Moust You Moust – You gotta pink what you gotta pink.
The Color of Minnie – You had this little mouse at red.


I would love to see Disney and OPI team up together again. When I think about it I guess they have teamed up a couple times with Pirate of the Caribbean and the Muppets movie but I love to see this direct tie to Mickey/Minnie Mouse. I think it would be really neat if they continued to do this. What nail polish color would best represent your favorite Disney character?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tips for Traveling to Disney with Small Children

I often get asked "What is the best time to take my child to Disney?" and this is a hard question for me to answer. I think that you can take your child to Disney at any age and still have a great time. But what is the BEST time to take them to Disney? Well the answer to that is based on a few different factors.

It is important to realize that Walt Disney World is, for the most part, not a relaxing vacation. It can be if you want it to be, Walt Disney World has some amazing pools and water parks but if you want to visit the theme parks you will have some walking to do. Lots of walking! And if you are going during the summer, that means it will be HOT and CROWDED! Is this the best place for a small child? That is up to you. I will tell you that I have taken an eight month old and we had a blast.

You will hear people say "kids are free at Walt Disney World until 3 for a reason" and this may be the truth. Kids under 3 are free to enter the parks and you can't add them to your dining plan (but they can eat off of your plate!) Many people will tell you that the reason for this is because they can't really enjoy or ride anything until they are older but that is not really the case either.

My number one question to people who ask me when they should take their child to Disney is "Is this the only trip that you plan to take in your child's childhood?" If so, I would say wait until they are around 5. I think 5 is a perfect age to take your child. Small children can often be scared of the characters and at 5 that likely will not happen, but you don't want to wait too long to where they know the "magic" behind the characters.

If a person responds to me and says that they think they will take their child to Disney more often than a once in a lifetime trip, then it is okay to take them whenever. I can tell you that we took my daughter at 8 months and she will be going on her 2nd trip in May and she is 2 and she is beyond excited. She can tell you that she is going to Disney World to see Mickey and understands that we aren't going for a couple months. When it gets a little closer I plan on making a countdown character.

My first trip to Disney was when I was 7 and I honestly don't remember a whole lot of it. I know that I did know that the characters were people, I know that I had fun and I know that that is when I found my love for Disney and became a Disney World Lifer!

So the final word for me is, you can take your child to Disney any time and you are sure to have a good time! I also have a couple of tips for taking your small child to Disney you!


1. Take lots of breaks! Go back to your hotel and take a nap!

2. Stroller-either bring a stroller or rent one. I always bring my own so that I can take it out of the parks and it is obviously cheaper!

3. Stay DELUXE! Having to disassemble the stroller in order to get on the bus is a total pain. If you can stay somewhere (on the monorail for instance) where you can avoid having to fold up the stroller then your life will get 100% easier. I can't stress to you how great of a tip this is if you can afford it!

4. Figure out how tall your child is so you can discover what rides you can take them on. There are plenty of rides that you can take an infant/small child on. Especially all of the ones in Fantastyland. Your young child will definitely enjoy Fantasyland!

5. User Rider Swap, this means that you can go to the FASTPASS part of the attraction and tell the Cast Member that you are using Rider Swap, they will give you a FASTPASS and one of you can go wait in Standby while the other waits with the child. Then when you are done the other gets to go through the FASTPASS line while the other waits with the child.

6. Take advantage of the baby stations, they are awesome! They are cute, clean and inviting and can help you with all of your baby needs.


Klarabelle on her 1st trip to Walt Disney World, July 2010. She LOVED the characters and had a lot of fun! 


If you have any other questions about taking your small child to Walt Disney World, just email me, call me or leave me a comment on here! I would love to help you out!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Discussing Disney Episode 4: Journey to Marceline!

Here is our special edition of Discussing Disney where we discuss our trip to Marceline!

It goes into lots of detail about our fabulous trip! Please take a look at it!



Disney Mobile Magic App Review

Thanks to my friend Zach from discussingdisney.com I became aware that the Disney Mobile Magic App was now available for the iPhone. It has been out for awhile but only available for droid users.

I really love this app! I am not a huge "techy" so I won't get into the technicalities of the app because frankly I know nothing about it. All I know is that it is a a great app that is really helpful and fun! It has did an amazing job getting me and my daughter excited about our upcoming trip! And it is also FREE so I can't really complain!

I am definitely going to tell all of my clients who have smart phones to download the Disney Mobile Magic App.

The first thing that you do on the Disney Mobile Magic App is choose your U.S. Disney theme park. I chose Walt Disney World.
 Then you come to this screen where you can pick your park, entertainment area or your resort. I went ahead and clicked on Epcot. As you can see it has the park hours. I love this feature because if I am in Epcot and we are thinking of going to Downtown Disney later in the day I can find out what time they close so easily.

















This is what comes up when you click on a park. You can see that it has today's events with a schedule. I LOVE THIS! This way you can find out what time things are and they are the palm of your hand. I love that the Magic Kingdom schedule has things like when the Main Street Saxophone Four perform and when Push, the Talking Trash can makes an appearance. It also tells when the Casey Corner Pianist is scheduled to show up. So cool! If you click on the "Today's Events" you can set reminders to be reminded about upcoming things!

If you click on the Map, you get a map of the park that you can scroll around and then you can click list to get a list of the attractions. If you click on a specific attraction then you will get a description about the attraction  This is another absolute favorite feature of this app because it shows the wait times! I have had other wait time apps before but not one that was directly tied to Disney. When you are at home the app will just tell you "Wait: See Now" or "Wait: Moderate" or "Wait: High Demand" but when the GPS on your phone detects that you are in the park the wait times will be more specific. It also tells you if the FASTPASS is available. If you click favorite on an attraction, then you can go back to the home screen and click favorites and then you will have a list of the ones that you clicked.
 
Going back to the Epcot home screen you will see the Character button on the bottom. Did I say how much I love the Disney Mobile Magic App? You just click on "Today's Character Greetings" to discover the schedule for character appearances, you can also click on which character set you are specifically looking for.
Mickey Mouse was at the Epcot Character Spot all day yesterday from 9ish to 9:30 p.m.
 Then I decided to click on my resort for our upcoming trip which is Disney's Yacht Club Resort. It has a resort map as well as Recreation for the resort. If you click on recreation it will tell you the hours of each thing at your resort. It tells me how long the pools are open and everything about the excursions available.

 At both the parks sections as well as the resorts section there is a dining tab at the bottom. This is another useful feature. You can browse the restaurants in the specific park or resort that you are looking at or hit the "Walt Disney World Dining Guide" to do a more extensive search. You can also search and make reservations from here. This is great for those last minute people who do not wish to make reservations because then they are able to look and search while they are in the park to discover what is currently available. This is so beneficial! I can stress enough how much convenience the Mobile Magic app gives you at your fingertips!

The last feature of the Disney Mobile Magic App is the More Section. This is the list of what it has.


















 The weather obviously gives you the weather for the day, you can scroll through the days for up to 5 days.


The shopping part of the more screen tells you what shops are available in the park or resort complete with hours and descriptions. You can also click map to show you where the shop is on a map.











If you click on games you can play the Disney Parks Trivia Game which I thought is a lot of fun! You actually get to see a rank to see where you are at compared to others playing the game. This would be a perfect way to waste time while you are in the lines.







 Transportation helps tell you the best way to get where you are going.

The Guest Services tab is fantastic, you can find information about lost and found, where there is an ATM and just about anything helpful thing you need.
This may be my only complaint about the Disney Mobile Magic App, I wished that I could put in my resort confirmation number as well as all my dining confirmation numbers and get some sort of itinerary. You can't really do that here. You just put in your dates and resort.














Overall, if you can't tell I am in love with the Disney Mobile Magic App for the iPhone! I think it is very easy to use. It is a lot easier than pulling out a park map. It is like a guide book at your fingertips, except less bulky and better organized.

If you are planning on going on a Walt Disney World vacation, you MUST get this app and play around. The possibilities are endless!

Krystin Turner-Disney Trip Expert 












Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Our Journey to Marceline, Missouri

Last Wednesday, Zach Sears (DiscussingDisney.com) and I had the pleasure of going on a D23 event right here in the state of Missouri!

We traveled by bus from Kansas City to the quaint hometown of Walt Disney, Marceline.

We also recorded a special Marceline edition of Discussing Disney last night and I will let you know when it is available! It will go more into detail than my captions on the slideshow. 

We started off our morning bright and early. We left St. Joseph at around 6:15 in the morning to make the 7:30 check in at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. We didn't get back to Kansas City until around 11:15. 

I decided the best way to tell about the day is through pictures. 

Here is a slideshow of most of my pictures throughout the day, be sure to pay attention to all of the captions because they tell the story of the day! 





Like I said in the captions, my favorite part of the trip was seeing the Midget Autopia ride track that was brought in from Disneyland. I am a huge fan of the parks and that was the neatest part for me. I thought it was also neat to learn that Walt had repurchased land in Marceline and planned to build a education, rural-type theme park there. Unfortunately he died before he could get the job done and everyone in the Disney Company was so busy with other projects that they eventually sold the land back.


I would definitely recommend that any Disney Fan in the state of Missouri should make this short trip to Marceline, the people were great and there is so much Disney history to soak in! 


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Drop the blogspot!

My blog is now  www.disneytripexpert.com so update your bookmarks!

For now if you still type in the blogspot.com you will still get to my site!

Yay! I am excited for this!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I am going to Marceline!

When d23 opened up 3 years ago, I immediately became a member. I really enjoyed the magazine and the fun membership memorabilia that seemed to randomly show up at my doorstep. But I have to admit that those two things did not make me renew when the time came. I just felt that I wasn't getting the most out of my membership because all of the events were either in Florida or California and there was no way I could make them.

But then there was Marceline. 


The street that inspired Main Street U.S.A
When I heard that d23 was coming to Missouri, I thought I must have heard it wrong. MISSOURI? Really! If you don't know, I live in Missouri, I am right smack in the middle of the state. I have been to Marceline once but never get the full experience of visiting Walt's hometown and part of his inspiration. 

In order to be a part of this you had to be a d23 member so I quickly renewed my membership only to find out that the even was already sold out! I thought I would be missing my once in a lifetime opportunity to not have to leave my state to be a part of a d23 event! But luckily I was put on a wait list and eventually got a ticket!

Tomorrow is the big day and I can't wait! I will be tweeting all day long and when I get back I will definitely be posting about it on here! 

To read more about the experience that I will be taking click here

Storybook Circus Soft Opening

Yesterday, the new Dumbo and the Barnstormer were in soft opening at the new Storybook Circus part of the new Fantasyland expansion and it looks great! The whole area is so colorful, I love that Dumbo has fountains at it's base. I wasn't too excited about a "circus" theme, I am not a huge circus fan and I just didn't like the idea of brining the circus to Disney but I guess I can handle this. At least I haven't seen any clowns yet! Be sure to look down on while you are in the Storybook Circus section, Disney hasn't left out any details in theming and they have peanuts in the ground! The opening brings one part of the Dueling Dumbo ride, the re-themed Barnstormer with the Great Goofini and the new train station in Fantasyland.





I think it is safe to say that I will definitely spend more time here than I ever did in Mickey's Toontown Fair. Although my two year old keeps saying she is going to Disney World to see Mickey Mouse at his house. Where is Mickey's house? It isn't there anymore!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Beauty and the Beast Restaurant

It is no secret that one thing I love about Disney is the FOOD! Yummy!

The restaurants in Disney are not only about good food but also the excellent theming and beautiful atmosphere. This video proves that the Beauty and the Beast restaurant in the new Fantasyland expansion will be no exception to the magic Disney touch!

Check it out!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Royal Guest Rooms Open!

They Royal Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans-Riverside are open and they are beautiful!

Check out this video of inside of one of the rooms. I love the fireworks above the bed.

I am so in love with Disney theming.



Friday, March 9, 2012

My Top 10 Walt Disney World Snacks


Here is a list of 10 Disney snacks that I find yummy and delicious and they are all part of the Disney Dining Plan! Let me know your top snacks!

Dole Whip: The Dole Whip and Disney are famously paired together for a snack that everyone loves!
Rice Krispie Treat: These aren’t your everyday rice krispie treats (although they use the same recipe on the box.) They are HUGE and you can get them in all different kinds of shapes and sizes. You can get them in the shape of Mickey and chocolate covered! They even make all different shapes for whatever season it may be whether is be football, Halloween or Christmas! They are so much fun!
Zebra Dome: These are a little harder to find at Walt Disney World because they can only be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom lodge either at Boma (a sit-down buffet) or at Mara (a counter service restaurant.) But they are so good! Especially if you are a chocolate fan! 
Mickey Ice Cream Bar: Another classic Disney treat, there is nothing too special about this except that it is in the shape of the timeless Mickey head!
Cinnamon Roll: I LOVE cinnamon so this HUGE cinnamon roll that can be found at the Main Street bakery is wonderful. Get one right before wishes and enjoy it while the fireworks light up the nighttime sky. There is nothing better!
Frozen Lemonade: Sure, you can get frozen lemonade everywhere but it just tastes better in Walt Disney World. We usually get ours at the snack cart in Hollywood Studios and they are BIG and refreshing on a hot summer day.
Beignets: These can be found at Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter and they are yummy! They are a sweet, doughnut like treat.
Frozen Drinks: Take a trip around the world at Epcot and try some amazing frozen drinks such as the frozen margaritas at the Mexico pavilion and the orange Grand Mariner slush at the France pavilion.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths: If you are lucky enough to go to Disney during EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival there is no better way to use your snack credits. Mostly everything (besides alcoholic beverages) will count as a snack! We really enjoyed going “around the world” and sampling everything and not having to pull out any money.
Kaki-Gori: This is delicious shaved ice that can be found at the Japan pavilion in Epcot. It is kind of similar to a sno-cone but as always, anything in Disney tastes better! One great thing is that it is fat-free!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Top 10 Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World


Top 10 Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World

These are a little more based on the food rather than the "experience" and theming like the table service meals. You can definitely have some great food at quick service restaurants and they are also in some wonderful locations as well!

Once again these are in no particular order!

Earl of Sandwich (Downtown Disney): This place almost has a cult following, people are in love with this place and that is always good for business! It is not your traditional sandwich shop, it is excellent! 
Beaches n' Cream (At the Beach Club): This is one quick service restaurant with great theming. It is a burger joint set in an old diner like atmosphere. You can have milkshakes and other ice cream treats. Of course we can't forget the infamous Kitchen Sink! 
Casey's Corner (Inside the Magic Kingdom on Main Street): I love the theming of this one and my favorite is the corn dog nuggets. You also can't beat this restaurants location! 
Sunshine Seasons (Epcot): This is all about freshness! This place has a tons of options and most of them are healthy! This is kind of like a food court and it offers different sections for different types of cuisine like Asian, soups and salad bar, grilled items and sandwiches. The best thing is you can eat here while you are waiting for your FASTPASS time for Soarin'
Wolfgang Puck (Dowtown Disney): This place is great! You will get A LOT of good food! It has great pasta dishes and is an excellent choice for your Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit. This place feels like a Table Service restaurant! 
Flame Tree Barbeque (Disney's Animal Kingdom): Being from the midwest makes me love some BBQ! This is an outdoor location where you can get A LOT of food! This place just smells amazing! This is said to be the absolute best barbecue on property.
Cosmic Rays (Magic Kingdom): This is a classic Disney Quick Service restaurant and serves traditional American food. It is a really big location!
Mara (Disney's Animal Kingdom):You can't beat a place where you can get the infamous Zebra Domes. This is a unique dining experience in a great location!
Peco's Bill's (Magic Kingdom): This is a quick service restaurant with an excellent theme as well! This is a another big location. 
Tangerine Cafe (EPCOT): This is where you can break away from the traditional American fare. This place is not something that I really eat but people LOVE IT! So I thought it should be included. 

You can't go wrong with any dining at Disney! 
All of this talk about food sure makes me want to book FREE DINING! Call me for details or shoot me an email! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

MY Top 10 Favorite Walt Disney World Table Service Restaurants!


MY Top 10 Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

I am going to take you through a list of my Top 10 favorite Restaurant at Walt Disney World. Are they the best to everyone else who experiences Walt Disney World? Probably not, but they are my family's favorite! If you looked at 1,000 different Walt Disney World fans, I can guarantee you that they wouldn't come up with the same 10.These are the places that we return to almost every trip. Another thing you will notice is that I like the experiences of the dining. My choices are based on the fun that we had as well as the food. 

I have said it many times, if it wasn't for the yummy food I am not sure I could get my husband to keep going back to Walt Disney World. I think eating at Walt Disney World is so much fun! You can't find theming as detailed and exciting as you will find in these restaurants and there is so much variety, you get a taste of everything.

So let's check out the Top 10. These are really in no particular order. I don't have one favorite, I enjoy all of these.

Sci-Fi Dine In: Remember what I said about theming? It doesn't get any better than the theming at the Sci-Fi Dine In theatre! You get to set in a dark, theatre like room and eat in a car! I believe this is the most fun of any theme at Walt Disney World!

50's Prime Time: This place is packed with the comfort of home as well as some comfort food. The best part about this place is their staff, they are in on the fun! 

Jiko: Anyone who knows me knows that I am a picky eater and I am not that adventurous so they are surprised to discover that I love the African themed menu here at Jiko but honestly the meal we get consists of pizza, steak and macaroni! But it is possibly the best TASTING meal we had. The filet is so tender you can cut it when a spoon!

California Grill: Nothing beats the view from this restaurant. Schedule your reservation around the time of Wishes and enjoy the music being piped in as well as the amazing fireworks show. The food is amazing as well. Try the famous goat cheese ravioli for an appetizer.

Mickey's Backyard Barbecue: I think that this meal has the best character interaction of any character meal that I have seen. This is an old fashioned barbequeque and you get on picnic tables. It is very informal and tons of fun.

Hoop Dee Doo: This is a classic and is an absolute blast! The food is good and the show is awesome. Now, just try and get those songs out of your head for the rest of your trip! The show never gets old. 
Crystal Palace: This is another restaurant with a great view! It is right near Cinderella Castle and so enchanting. Not to mention that you get to meet Pooh and Friends! This is my husband's favorite breakfast. He loves Pooh's Puff French Toast!

1900 Park Fare: This is another place where you can see Cinderella (for Dinner only) and you won't have to fight as hard for a reservation. Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins are there in the morning and the Mad Hatter is always a blast! It is also inside the beautiful Disney's Grand Floridian which also holds a special place in my heart as we stayed there for a family trip when I was younger.  The food is also wonderful, for some reason I think that they have the best fruit!

Chef Mickey's: If you have never been inside Disney's Contemporary Resort, you are definitely missing out! The resort is amazing in itself, with it's A-Shape frame and the monorail whizzing by, it is a memorable favorite of mine! You also get to meet Mickey and his friends here! You can't miss out on the twirlin' napkin fun! This is always a must see for families of small children!

Cinderella's Royal Table: It is every princesses' dream to get to eat in a castle! This is the hardest reservation to get on property so you need to take advantage of the 180 day booking window. This will also cost you 2 table service credits on the dining plan.

Honorable Mention: Trail's End: We used to love the buffet at lunch but it has been taken away. Although I have read that the dinner is just as good we haven't tried it yet. This is a really affordable buffet on property and I really love the atmosphere at Fort Wilderness so it is always a win!

We also really like Whispering Canyon.


All of these meals are on the Disney Dining Plan. If you have any questions or want to make a reservation, just give me a call or shoot me an email. 

I would love to hear your favorite meals!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fantasyland and Costumes

Even the costumes are a part of the magic when it comes to Walt Disney World and the new Fantasyland Expansion!





It is no secret that every Disney "land" has their own costume and it is a huge "no-no" to be found in costume in the wrong location. (For example, you shouldn't see a Jungle Cruise skipper walking through Fantasyland.) This is just one of the reasons that I love Disney! I love how involved they get with every last detail of everything that they do. It is awesome to hear them speak about the thoughts and reasons behind the costumes that they chose.

I am so excited for the Fantasyland expansion!

Monday, March 5, 2012

FREE DINING IS HERE!

Free Dining has been announced for the general public on select dates in August-September!!

Contact me at 816-294-3988 or disneytripexpert@gmail.com.

Look at my post last week to see more details about FREE DINING!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Disney Housewives

Did you guys see the Real Housewives of Disney sketch on Saturday Night Live last night?

It was pretty funny! If you didn't see it, check it out here!

Disney Housewives

As for the rest of Lindsay Lohan's "comeback" I was pretty disappointed. I was rooting for her, I have always liked her since she is a redhead like me! But I thought she did pretty poorly. I could tell she was reading off cue cards most of the time and she was never the star of any sketch.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Is "FREE DINING" too good to be true?

A lot of people who hear "FREE DINING" and Disney want to know what exactly that means and "Is it really FREE?" Well the answer depends on what Dining Plan you are used to as well as where you plan to stay. It also means if you are going during FREE DINING, you will pay full price for your room and you will ABSOLUTELY have to make your dining reservations ASAP because they will go FAST!

Disney has just released FREE DINING for Disney Visa holders during stays in September. Historically, a general public FREE DINING discount will be offered soon but I can't say that 100% for sure.

So what exactly does the FREE DINING mean? Well if you are staying in a Disney Value Resort you will get the QUICK SERVICE DINING PLAN FREE, if you are staying in a Value or Moderate resort you get the BASIC DINING PLAN MEAL FREE. If you are staying in a Value Resort and want the BASIC DINING PLAN, you will only have to pay the difference in price which is about $20 per adult, for each night of your stay and about $5 for each child each night of your stay. So you are still getting a discount. If you are DELUXE DINING PLAN lovers then it is the same case, you will be paying the difference between the REGULAR DINING PLAN and the DELUXE DINING PLAN, depending on where you are staying.

Currently Disney has released FREE DINING for Disney Visa cardholders only, the rumor is March 5th will be the day it opens for the General Public!

If you have any more questions about FREE DINING or would like a FREE, NO-OBLIGATION QUOTE, contact me today! 816-294-3988, disneytripexpert@gmail.com.