Most people are familiar with the benefits
of upgrading their base ticket to a hopper pass but today I want to talk about
the Water Park Fun and More add-on. Let’s
start with some of the basics of pricing.
Everyone starts with the basic Magic Your Way theme park pass for as many days as you like. The price per day gets less and less the more days you add. The Hopper and
Waterpark add-ons do not work the same way.
It is a flat fee added to the cost of your base ticket. As of June 17th, the price for
adding on either the Hopper or the WPFAM is an additional $62.83 regardless of having
an adult or child ticket. And you can
add on either one without having the other. If
you decide to get both, you will save as adding both add-on’s to a ticket costs
$89.50. This is kinda big! If you normally buy the hopper pass for your
family, you would get entry into a water park for less than $27!!! A one day ticket to either water park is
$56.45! This is HUGE SAVINGS particularly for repeat guests who are looking
to do activities outside of the four main parks.
When you purchase the Water Park Fun and
More add-on, you get as many entries as you purchased days in the base
ticket. Another words if you add on
WPFAM to a 6 Day Base Ticket, you get 6 entries to any combination of the
following parks and activities:
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – This water park brings the thrills of a ski resort to
Orlando. There is something for every
age group from wild drop slides to lazy rivers.
This water park has one of my all-time favorite family rides, Teamboat
Springs! This twisting and turning raft
ride is nice and long and fits a family of six!
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – As the story goes, a typhoon struck disaster but as
the water receded, it resulted in lots of great water attractions. Typhoon Lagoon boasts the big wave pool where
every half hour waves ranging from bobbing swells to 6 foot waves delight
swimmers. You can also swim with sharks
at Shark Reef, an opportunity to snorkel across a small lagoon filled with fish
and yes even several (very passive) sharks!
An indoor interactive virtual theme park with ride simulators, high-tech games and
Two Miniature Golf Courses – Disney’s Fantasia Gardens or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
Course – Both very well themed and lots of fun.
Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – A family-friendly 9-hole, par 36 walking golf course
set in rolling greens and exciting challenges. This cooperative wildlife
sanctuary lets you test your skills with holes ranging from 132 to 517 yards
from the white tees. It’s operated by
Arnold Palmer Golf Management and features junior tees for younger golfers.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – 220 Acres of professionally run, state-of-the-art
sports facilities which hosts over 60 sports and thousands of events for
athletes of all ages and abilities.
While most families who are visiting Walt
Disney World for the first time will have more than enough to do with exploring
the four main theme parks and the amenities of their resort, anyone who is
either a repeat guest or is enjoying an extended stay should definitely
consider adding on the Water Park Fun and More to their ticket. Let’s talk about this option when I help plan
your next Disney World vacation!!
You’ve decided on the best resort for your family and budget;
you’ve figured out which park tickets to get and for how many days and now your
wonderful Disney Travel Expert (hopefully me!) has booked your package and the
deposit is paid! Now what?? Now the fun really begins as your itinerary
begins to take form and we begin choosing which restaurants you would like a
If your family is
anything like my family, food is important and so is enjoying your meal in a
venue that continues to provide the Disney magic. Dining in Disney is just as much a part of
the experience as going on Splash Mountain or watching Fantasmic and this couldn’t
be more true than at one of my family’s favorite restaurants: The Biergarten in
Epcot’s Germany pavilion!
When you walk into the restaurant you will first notice the
long tables that circle the dance floor and stage and soon you’ll realize you are
in a quaint Bavarian town square ready to celebrate Oktoberfest! Ticky tacky, ticky tacky Oy, Oy, Oy!! If your party is small, you will be seated
with other guests. This has never been a problem for us and in fact, we’ve met
some very nice people! Next it’s time to
place your drink order which could include a big beer or a huge beer or perhaps
a flight of beer samples! They also
stock some wonderful German wines. Once
the drinks are ordered it’s time to fill your plate!
An all you can eat buffet provides the opportunity to taste
dishes that perhaps you or your children are not particularly familiar
with. As you might expect to find in a
spread of Germany’s delicacies there are lots of brats and spaetzle (noodles)
and the wonderful pretzel rolls along with soup, sauerbraten and chicken schnitzel
plus a whole lot more! Hearty German
foods designed to stick to your ribs and let’s be honest, your hips if it wasn’t
for the miles of walking you’re doing every day. But hey! It’s vacation!!
Soon the band makes their way to the stage for some fun and
entertainment. Decked out in traditional
lederhosen, the musicians will draw you to the dance floor for a quick polka. I love seeing whole families dancing together
or that grey-haired couple that have obviously been polka-ing for years. The band continues to entertain demonstrating
instruments and sounds that are iconic of the culture. Everyone
from young to old are having a good time.
By the end of the meal, your belly is full and satisfied, your family
has made some magical memories and after draining your beerstein, you’re ready
to waddle out to see Illuminations or make your way around the World Showcase
with a great sense of Gemütlichkeit – (a situation
that induces a cheerful mood and peace of mind, with a connotation
of belonging and social acceptance, coziness and unhurry.)
A favorite of
ours, and maybe it’s a great choice for your family too! Let’s discuss The Biergarten and other Epcot
restaurants when I book your next Walt Disney World vacation!
Today I’d like to share with you my thoughts on one of the
best themed resorts on Disney’s property – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and
Villas. This incredible resort pays
homage to the historical lodges of our Pacific Northwest National Parks. There is an amazing attention to detail and pictures
cannot do the lobby justice. It would be
difficult for first timers to walk through the doors without exclaiming “Wow!” There
is so much to take in from the towering totem poles, to the teepee chandeliers,
to the 82 foot fireplace depicting the strata of the Grand Canyon, to the
footbridge that crosses over a bubbling hot spring which “feeds” the pool at
the end of a babbling brook. There are
so many details (and hidden Mickey’s!) to find, I encourage you to pick up a
self-guided tour sheet.
This resort is a Deluxe Resort but it is typically the most
economical of the category. It’s a boat
ride to Magic Kingdom or to the nearby Contemporary Resort where you can hop on
the monorail which stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center and circles
the resorts and Magic Kingdom. It offers
several dining options: Roaring Forks, a quick service restaurant: Whispering
Canyon’s, an incredibly entertaining family restaurant (be sure to ask for
ketchup!); and Artist Point, a fine dining experience. There is also the Trout Pass Pool Bar and
Territory Lounge, which is next to Artist Point offering adult beverages and
snacks. One of our favorite things to do
is to order the cheese plate and a couple of drinks to go from Territory Lounge
and find one of several hidden fireplaces tucked away on the upper floors
overlooking the lobby! The Wilderness
Lodge sits on Bay Lake and is one of the nightly stops for the Electrical Water
Pageant. You will definitely want to
make your way down to the docks to enjoy this light and music parade that dates
back to the first days of Disney World.
And you will also want to set your clock to be sure to catch Fire Rock
Geyser, the Lodge’s version of Old Faithful which erupts every hour.
The rooms at the Wilderness Lodge can be a bit small but there
are some bunk bed rooms which provide a little better use of space than 2 queen
beds and most kids love this option. For
more space, the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge are a short walk from the lobby
and offer accommodations that include multiple sleeping areas, living rooms and
It’s easy to see why Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of the
favorite resorts at Disney World. You
will definitely want to put this amazing destination on your “to do” list. When you are ready to book your next Disney
World vacation, be sure to ask me about staying at this incredible resort.
four theme parks are certainly the cornerstone of a Disney vacation but there
is so much more to enjoy beyond the parks.
Last year I booked one of the
fishing excursions for the first time.
Now, our kids have done some local lake fishing for sunnies but those outings
usually consist of way too much time dealing with tangled lines, avoiding
getting jabbed by hooks and freak outs over getting the fish off the hook in
the event someone was actually lucky enough to catch one. So as I was planning one of our way-too-many-to-count
Disney vacations, I thought this would be the next experience for us to try. It sounded perfect – an expert would oversee
our excursion and would handle all the yucky parts of fishing while the kids
enjoyed catching something that gave a little more fight than a glorified pet goldfish. We were staying at the Beach Club Villas in
August so I thought I would make our reservation early in the day so as not to
interfere with enjoying the parks later plus, it would keep us from being under
the Florida sun during the hottest part of the day. While being at the docks before 7am was not
my teen’s and tween’s idea of vacation, it was rather magical to be out on the
boardwalk before most people received their Mickey wake-up call. The sun was just beginning to rise and we
were starting to get excited about this brand new experience. Our Disney guide was preparing our boat as we arrived and right away I knew he was going to be one of those
extra special cast members who are just fantastic at their job. He was excited for us and was ready to share
a great morning. We learned some fishing
skills along the way and while he was ready to do any part of the whole fishing
experience for us, he also allowed and encouraged the kids (and me and my
husband!) to do as much as we wanted whether it was the first time baiting live
bait or learning how to handle a rather big and slippery large-mouth bass. The joke amongst the Disney boat captains is
the presence of scuba divers under the water putting the fish on the hooks because
everyone caught enough fish to make the trip very exciting. And because it seems that on every Disney
vacation, we are touched by the occasional extra sprinkling of pixie dust when
we least expect it, there was a huge benefit that came along with an early
booking at this particular marina – we were able to go inside of Epcot before
it opened to the public!! This was just
the icing on the cake! Needless
to say that when I asked my kids what was on their priority list for this
summer’s Disney vacation, all three shouted together “fishing!”
love that Disney is a dynamic place and even after many, many visits, there is
always something new to try. I encourage
every family making their return trip to find at least one or two activities
you haven’t done before and go for it! And
when I book your next Disney vacation, let’s be sure to discuss this and other
options for your family to enjoy. As
always, my job will be to take care of the details while your job will be to
make magical memories with the people you love most!