WDW – Fastpass+ – Magic Kingdom

WDW March 2013

Fastpass+ is the new Fastpass System at Walt Disney World. It allows you to book 3 Fastpasses for each day of your vacation, 2 months in advance. So it takes a bit of planning on your part. I decide in advance which parks we will be going to each day. My decision is usually based on which resort we are staying at. This also helps me plan out which restaurant to have lunch and/or dinner at. So, knowing which Park I will be visiting, I can now decide which attractions I would like a Fastpass+ for!

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Magic Kingdom has the biggest selection of choices! As I mentioned, you can book 3 Fastpass+/day in advance. You will receive a 1 hour window to go to the ride and not have to wait in the Stand-by line. However, once you use up those 3 Fastpass+, you can then stop by a Fastpass+ kiosk to book another Fastpass+ for that day. This allows you to get more Fastpasses as well as to get a Fastpass+ at another park, if you are park hopping! You can no longer get a Fastpass from a machine by the ride. It is all done online!

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So what are the best choices to get a Fastpass+ for? Definitely the Rollercoasters! Space Mountain always has a pretty long stand by line!

Big Thunder Mountain

As well as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

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The Seven Dwarves Mine Train just opened earlier this year, so you will want a Fastpass+ for that one!

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Enchanted Tales With Belle is a slow moving line, so I would recommend a Fastpass+ for that attraction.

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Peter Pan’s Flight is one of my favourite attractions, and always has a 45 minute stand-by line! So I always get a Fastpass+ so I can go on it.

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The latest attraction to get a Fastpass+ is the Elsa and Anna Meet and Greet! If meeting Elsa and Anna is on your list definitely get a Fastpass+ for that!! Otherwise you may have to wait hours, or they may close the line and you may not get to meet them.

Splash Mountain

Finally, the last one I would recommend is Splash Mountain. I don’t ride this attraction, but there is usually a really long stand-by line.

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As well, if you want to have lunch at Be Our Guest, I would highly recommend the Fastpass+ for that. Recently, they were testing only allowing guest with Fastpasses to actually eat there at lunch! This is a separate Fastpass+ and you can access it at: https://beourguestlunch.disney.go.com

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Attractions that you don’t need a Fastpass+ for are: Ariel’s Grotto, the Branstormer, Buzz Lightyear, Dumbo, Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Mad Tea Party, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Monster’s Ink, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrowland Speedway, Mickey’s Meet and Greet and Under the Sea.

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You can also get Fastpass+ for the Parades and for Wishes. That isn’t something I would spend my 1 of 3 Fastpass+ on, but that is a decision you would have to make. If I would choose 1 parade it would be the Festival of Fantasy.

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Now, if you have small children and the Roller coasters aren’t your thing, then maybe get a Fastpass+ for Winnie the Pooh and Under the Sea, along with Peter Pan!

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If you aren’t travelling with little children then my tip for you is to get to the Magic Kingdom around 7pm and you can walk onto many of the rides! Gemma and I go to the Magic Kingdom from around 7pm to close and do every ride that we wish to!

What are your favourite attractions at the Magic Kingdom?

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Ep. 988 – Tim Holtz Sizzix Honeycomb Frameworks Die

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Today I am using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Honeycomb Frameworks Die! I started by adhering a collage sheet to the Grungepaper using Multi-Medium. Once the medium was dry, I cut out a pile of hexagons from the Honeycomb Frameworks Die. I also cut out some hexagons from the paper that wasn’t adhered to the Grungepaper. Originally I was going to use the pieces, as is, on my art journal page. But as my page progressed, I decided to paint over all of the hexagons and use them as texture. Some of them had raised texture that you could still see after they were painted. With the combination of the Grungepaper, flat paper and texture, it made for an interesting background. I then took a texture stamp and Black Archival Ink and stamped on the raised hexagons, just to add another layer of interest.

Scrap Time - Ep. 988 - Tim Holtz Sizzix Honeycomb Frameworks Die

This technique can be used on many projects including Art Journal Pages, Cards, Scrapbook Layouts and 3D projects! I like the Frameworks dies since you can cut multiple shapes at once, as well as they cut through many different materials!

The links in this post take you to Simon Says Stamp. When you shop at Simon Says Stamp using our links, Scrap Time receives a percentage of the sale and we appreciate your support!

On the next episode I am showing you the Hazel and Ruby Chalk Art Kit.

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WDW – Disney Vacation Club!

Disney Balloons

After we made 3 trips to Disney within 3 years we decided to check out the Disney Vacation Club (DVC)! I had heard of it, but I was still a little confused on what it was all about! You will find DVC Kiosks all over the Parks, Downtown Disney and the Resorts! You need to set up an appointment to visit the Showroom and speak with a DVC Sales Rep which you can do at the Kiosks.

Beach Club

We set up an appointment for the following morning. Someone from DVC picks you up at your Hotel and drives you over. You can tour the showroom, which features some of the layouts of the DVC properties. And then you get down to business. Since we were pretty much sold on the idea as soon as we made the appointment, it wasn’t so much a sales pitch as it was an explanation. There is also no pressure to buy in.

Bay Lake Tower

The basics are that you buy points to use towards future vacations. The initial buy-in is a minimum of 160 points. For 160 points you can stay for at least a week, in a studio, at most of the Villas throughout the year. The Grand Californian, Grand Floridian and Bay Lake Towers need some extra points during Premier Season! You are purchasing these points for 50 years!! The DVC properties that you can buy into depends on what is currently selling. Right now it is the Grand Floridian and Aulani in Hawaii. Pretty soon the Polynesian will be coming up for sale! We initially bought 200 points for Bay Lake Towers as our Home Resort. Each year you do have to pay Condo Fees. Your fees are calculated by the number of points you own times the price per point at your Home Resort.

Relaxing

When we made our purchase, we were given a discount for our current stay. Not sure if this is something that is normally done, or an extra perk we got! As well, we got an extra discount for having someone recommend us to DVC! So, if you are thinking of signing up, mention Christine Urias to see if you can get an extra discount. Supposably we will also get an extra perk if you mention us! We then had to put a percentage down, that we put on our credit card. DVC set us up with a loan for the remainder. Once we got home, we added it to our mortgage and paid off the loan. There are no penalties for paying off the loan at once. He also back dated our start date, so we would have extra points for our first stay!

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So now that you have bought points, what do you do? Our yearly date starts on December 1st. So every December 1st we get another 200 points to use to book vacations. You can borrow points from the next year, as well as bank points to use on a future trip! It does get a little confusing. For our first DVC trip, we had 2 years worth of points so we stayed for 10 days in a 1 Bedroom at Bay Lake Towers with a Lake View and it was an amazing room! Since then, we mainly stay in Studios so we can stay longer. You will be given a chart on how many points you need to stay at each Resort throughout the year. The values for the stays will stay more or less the same for the next 50 years! So even though the price to stay at the resort will go up, you won’t need to buy more points for your stays!

Florida sun

The best value for your points is to use them at DVC resorts, including the Villas at Walt Disney World, the Grand Californian at Disneyland, the Hilton Head Island Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Aulani in Hawaii. However, you can also use them at other Disney Properties, on Disney Cruises as well as destinations around the world through RCI!! We spoke to people who have used them to stay all over Europe!

Beach Club

When can you book? You can book 11 months out for your home resort. Meaning, 11 months before I want to travel I can book a room at Bay Lake Towers. However, at the 7 month mark, you can now try booking a room at any other DVC resort! Depending on the time of year and the resort, there is a good chance to get a room somewhere else. The only one I had trouble with was an Epcot resort over New Years Eve. So, we will be at Bay Lake Towers on New Years Eve, even though we will spend New Years at Epcot. But we have stayed at the Yacht and Beach Club and have reservations for the Boardwalk, Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Floridian! We plan on staying at all the resorts at some point.

Fantasia Mini GOlf

Being a DVC Member comes with extra perks as well!! You get a 10-15% discount on purchases made at Disney Stores and other shopping spots on property; as well as 10-20% discounts at a lot of Table Service Restaurants! They offer limited time special pricing on Tickets and Season Passes! You get discounts on some of the Tours and for Cirque de Soleil’s La Nouba! Plus discounts for Boat Rentals, Richard Petty’s Driving Experience, Mini Golf, Regular Golf, Disney Quest, Bike Rentals, Horseback Riding, Archery, the Children’s Activity Centres and the Spas! Plus lot’s more!!

Splitsville

They have also started a DVC Membership Magic Exclusive activities. Gemma and I took part in the DVC Member Night at Splitsville Bowling event. It was a great time to meet other DVC members. Ironically we bowled with a family from Ontario!

DVC Welcome Home

Every Wednesday they have a Welcome Home Party at the Boardwalk Atlantic Hall! Gemma and I went last year and I won a year membership to the Owner’s Locker. They also hand out swag and you get some snacks.

Beach Club

Is DVC right for you? If you are dreaming about your next trip while you are still at Disney then I would say YES!! If you go at least once every 18 months then YES!! If you read this whole blog post then I would say YES!!

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Gemma and I go to Disney more than Mark. We love to plan where we want to stay, what we are going to do and where we are going to eat! If we weren’t DVC members, I couldn’t afford to go every year and I definitely wouldn’t be staying at the Deluxe Resorts! DVC has given us the freedom to come back year after year and enjoy our time there! Gemma has basically grown up going to Disney! She is even planning her Fairytale Wedding there!!

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Ep. 987 – Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern Die

Scrap Time - Ep. 987 - Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern Die

Today I am showing you the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Triangle Pattern die! This is part of their October Release! Simon Says Stamp has a huge assortment of Exclusive Products, Dies and Stamps! If you aren’t familiar with them you should definitely check them out! I decided to cut the Exclusive Triangle Pattern die from Black Cardstock. The die fits an A2 card. I adhered it over top of cards that I had previously sprayed with Dylusions Ink Sprays, using Multi-Medium! You can see the colours peeking through the patterns.

Scrap Time - Ep. 987 - Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern Die

I then did the same thing with white cardstock. When I applied the Multi-Medium it activated the Dylusions Ink Sprays. The colour from the card then coloured the white cardstock. I liked that it turned the starkness of the white cardstock into a tone on tone pattern! I demo this in the video!

On the next episode the Tim Holtz Frameworks Honeycomb die!

Thanks for watching!

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WDW – Transportation Around the Parks

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One thing I love about staying on Disney Property is that I don’t have to worry about renting a car! It all starts at the Airport! First off, be sure to add the Yellow Tags to your luggage! This allows you to get off the plane and head straight for the Magical Express! Disney will get your bags from baggage claim and they will show up in your room later that day!

While on the Magical Express, you will watch a video. This is a fun, informative video filled with information. They have updated the video recently so be sure to listen to the new information!

Waiting for a bus

All of the Hotels will have Bus Service to each of the Parks. So make sure you are getting on the correct bus!

Monorail

If you are staying at Bay Lake Towers, the Contemporary, Polynesian or the Grand Floridian you will be taking the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom and to Epcot!

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Even better, you can walk to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary and Bay Lake Towers!

On the way to the Poly

Fort Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian also off a boat service to the Magic Kingdom.

Epcot

If you are staying at the Beach and Yacht Club or the Boardwalk, you will be walking to Epcot!

Hollywood Studios

As well, you can either walk to Hollywood Studios or take the Boat Shuttle.

Downtown Disney Boat

Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter also offer boat service to Downtown Disney!

Beignets

We will sometimes take the boat from Downtown Disney to the French Quarter, stop for Beignets, then take the bus to the Magic Kingdom and walk back to Bay Lake Towers. Sounds like a trip, but it is better than waiting for the Downtown Disney bus. With all of the construction going on, it can take a while to get out of there!!

Even if you aren’t staying at the resorts, you can still ride the Monorail and the boats! The kids will love going on all of the different modes of transportation! And you will love not having to drive and pay for parking!! So sit back, you will be there soon!!

Do you have any tips for getting around Walt Disney World?

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