Celebrate Your Super Disney Side with a Walt Disney World Vacation in 2014

Photo: PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney World

Photo: PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney World

My favorite Super Bowl ad is always the one where some revered player says “I’m going to Disney World! (or Land as the case may be). The folks at Disney sure know what they’re doing because that is always the time of year that I most want to be in a Disney park or resort. Well, okay, I always want to be in a Disney park or resort, but that’s beside the point. I say, if Super Bowl stars get to go to Disney, so should I. With summer vacation right around the corner (yes, it is there, have faith cold-weather friends), now is the perfect time to start turning those daydreams into a plan.

Walt Disney World has recently rolled out a new kid-perfect vacation package that will even please the grown-ups in the group. Starting at $899, a family of three (two adults, one child ages 3 to 9) can get a three-night, two-day package that includes two-day theme park tickets, three nights in a standard room at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Guests will also receive free “Memory Maker.” Memory Maker is a photo product that makes it easy to capture magical moments and first-time experiences, and it allows everybody to be in the picture (no more missing mom or dad because they are always snapping the shots). Guests get unlimited digital photos at hundreds of Disney PhotoPass locations and the ability to download the photos to share with friends and family. All photos taken of guests by Disney PhotoPass photographers, including those taken on attractions, are available. Memory Maker is normally $149 (purchased in advance).

This new Disney World package is good for stays most nights from April 27 through June 15 and August 15 through September 30, 2014. Packages must be booked by April 20, 2014. For more information or to book a package, please visit DisneyWorld.com or call 407-939-7606.

Just a few highlights of a Walt Disney World resort vacation that will thrill pirates, pixies, and princesses of all ages:

Theme Parks:

Magic Kingdom – Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Princess Fairytale Hall, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Jungle Cruise, character dining, Cinderella Castle, New Fantasyland, Mad Tea Party, Tomorrowland Speedway, It’s a Small World

Cinderella's Castle.

Cinderella’s Castle.

Rapunzel's Tower in New Fantasyland.

Rapunzel’s Tower in New Fantasyland.

Ariel's Grotto in New Fantasyland.

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland.

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland.

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland.

Lots of caves and grottoes lead the way under the sea.

Lots of caves and grottoes lead the way under the sea.

There are all kinds of treasures to see in the queue.

There are all kinds of treasures to see in the Under the Sea queue.

It's a dinglehopper.

It’s the dinglehopper.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Cave will soon be opening in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Cave will soon be opening in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

It's a Small World.

It’s a Small World.

Carousel

Carousel

Epcot – The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, character dining

Snow White in topiary form.

Snow White in topiary form.

Karamel Kuche in the  Germany area of Epcot.

Karamell Kuche in the Germany area of Epcot – just one of many delicious stops in the World Showcase.

Norway pavilion at Epcot.

Norway pavilion at Epcot.

Figment's

Figment and Journey into Imagination.

Ostriches in topiary form.

Ostriches in topiary form.

Tutto Italia - one of our favorite full service restaurants at Epcot.

Tutto Italia – one of our favorite table service restaurants at Epcot. And they have wine. The lasagna is perfecto. And did I mention they have wine?

Tutto Italia in Italy.

Tutto Italia in Italy.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safari, DinoLand U.S.A., animal encounters, Conservation Station, It’s Tough to be a Bug show, TriceraTop Spin

Animal Kingdom safari.

Animal Kingdom safari.

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Animal Kingdom safari.

Jiminy Cricket guides your conscience at the Conservation Station.

Jiminy Cricket helps guides your conscience at the Conservation Station.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Disney Junior: Live on Stage!, Toy Story Midway Mania, Muppet Vision 3D, Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

HSMonkeysCrop

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach – water park fun

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park

Resort Hotels:

Walt Disney World resort hotels are among the best-themed and activity-filled of any I have ever visited. Pools, peaceful paths, Movies Under the Stars (and pool-side) give little ones lots to do during down time. Also, the shampoo bottles have Mickey ears. How cute is that? Deluxe, moderate, and value resorts provide a wide level of price ranges to suit most any budget.

Mickey shampoo is just one of the fun amenities at a Disney resort.

Mickey shampoo and soap are just a few of the fun amenities at a Disney resort.

All Star Music Resort - a Value resort.

All Star Music Resort – a Value resort.

Five of the WDW resort hotels have Children’s Activity Centers, which provide supervised childcare for children ages 3-12. Centers have enough arts and crafts, video games, and board games, Disney movies, dinner, and activities to keep the kids busy while mom and dad have a night out.

Restaurants:

There are some people that would visit WDW just for the food. I may or may not be one of them. Themed dining, world class chefs, and exceptional hospitality make Disney dining an experience all its own. Epcot offers choices from around the world, and lots of quick service and table service restaurants can be found throughout all of the parks and the resorts. WDW restaurants offer children’s menus, crayons, and coloring books to keep the kids entertained.

Character dining is always a favorite. I particularly love the character breakfast at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian resort. Mickey waffles in the company of Marry Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and Tigger make a great start to the day. Oh, and don’t miss the strawberry soup.

Mickey waffles on a Mickey plate. What a way to start the morning.

Mickey waffles on a Mickey plate. What a way to start the morning.

While it’s not a character dining experience, Tony’s at the Magic Kingdom is quite full of character.

Tony's Italian restaurant at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Tony’s Italian restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Can you tell we were there at Christmas time?

Even statues get into the spirit at Walt Disney World.

Kid-approved pasta in Mickey shapes.

Kid-approved pasta in Mickey shapes.

You can't not order spaghetti at Tony's.

You can’t not order spaghetti at Tony’s.

A special birthday dessert for the young one's birthday.

A special birthday dessert for the youngster’s birthday. Disney does it up right.

So, you’ve just read this super blog post. What are you going to do next?

P.S. Be aware that some of the above photos were taken during seasonal time frames. I hold no responsibility if you think that Lady and the Tramp wear Santa hats and red ribbons all year round. They do not.

Comments

  1. My favorite character interaction was with the Mad Hatter at 1900 Park Fare. He is HYSTERICAL. Additionally, their strawberry soup AND their Eggs Benedict with Lobster Sauce are so amazingly yummy.

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