Top Ten Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World NOW
Last year we gave you a list of the top ten reasons to visit Walt Disney World immediately. Since Disney is always changing and trying to improve, we figured that the list needed to be updated. Some of the items may remain the same, but new ones have been included. There has never been a better time to take a Walt Disney World vacation.
While much of the United States is complaining about snow and longing for spring, people in Florida are enjoying comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The summer rainstorms have not yet hit, meaning that there are plenty of dry days and cool evenings. With Daylight Savings Time, it does not get dark until well after 7:00pm. The weather in Orlando right now is as close to perfect as possible.
For years people have complained that there was no good place to get coffee at Walt Disney World. That is no longer the case. There are now two Starbucks locations, with two more coming in the future at Downtown Disney. Joffrey’s Coffee has also arrived. It is now served in several of the restaurants and there are two Joffrey’s kiosks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney is finally starting to take offering a good cup of coffee a little more seriously.
It is easier than ever to make reservations through MyDisneyExperience. You can link your tickets with someone else if you need to. The ability to make FastPass+ selections ahead of time (not available to all) can help you to better plan your vacation. MyDisneyExperience allows you to make and change reservations online or with the mobile app. Find out which restaurants have last minute reservations available or check to see what the current wait times are while you are in a park. MyDisneyExperience, if used correctly, can help you waste less time on your vacation.
7) Splittsville Luxury Lanes
This Downtown Disney attraction isn’t just a bowling alley, it is a bowling experience. There are 30 lanes. There’s live music and, of course, dancing. It’s a great experience for the entire family. Dining is a big part of the experience at Splittsville, with a menu created by celebrity chef Tim Cushman. The menu has gotten even better, especially if you need to avoid gluten. There are now 16 gluten-free options, and they are all clearly marked. They are so delicious that you’ll want to try them even if you don’t avoid gluten in your diet.
6) Memory Maker
Like to have plenty of pictures from your vacation but don’t like having to pick and choose which ones you want to pay for? Love the ride photos but can’t keep track of all of them? There’s a new solution, Memory Maker. With Memory Maker you and your party can get all of your PhotoPass pictures for one low price. This even includes the ride photos! You can buy Memory Maker at the parks, or buy it online at disneyworld.disney.go.com/memory-maker and save. Some restrictions may apply.
5) Gardens Kiosks
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Traditional theme park food may not be right for people who follow special diets. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, people can learn what they can and can’t eat at any of the park’s restaurants by heading to Gardens Kiosk. They sell gluten-free and vegan snacks, and they also have information on every restaurant in the park. You will be able to know what foods you can and can’t order ahead of time.
4) Spice Road Table
There’s a great new casual dining option in Morocco at Epcot. Spice Table Road serves dishes like Moroccan Merguez Sausage and Hummus and Imported Olives. You can enjoy a Mediterranean beer, champagne, or a specialty drink. You’ll also want to check out the view. It is a coveted spot for IllumiNations!
3) Food Trucks
If you’re looking for a quick option that’s a little bit different while you’re at Downtown Disney, you might want to check out the new Food Trucks. They feature foods from Disney theme parks, including Disneyland in California and Hong Kong Disneyland. Flavors from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival are available at one of the four trucks. The trucks are located behind the Cirque du Soliel building.
Even though most of New Fantasyland has been open for over a year, it the area is still worth some time. The theming is incredible. There are now more character than ever in Fantasyland, including an opportunity for more princess greetings. If you’ve ever wondered what Cinderella’s glass slipper really looks like you can finally see it for yourself. In Storybook Circus you can enjoy live entertainment and meet ever more classic Disney characters. Enchanted Forest is a must visit for anyone who is a romantic at heart. The best part about Fantasyland is that the classic like Peter Pan’s Flight and It’s a Small World are there as well. With a new family coaster almost completed, Fantasyland is going to soon be even better than ever.
1) Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
The best reason to drop everything and visit Walt Disney World right now is because the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Presented by HGTV is in full swing. It will run until May 18, 2014. You can see incredible topiaries of your favorite Disney characters, attend a workshop led by an HGTV star, or taste some fresh, delicious treats that are not normally offered at the park. Don’t forget to make time for the Flower Power Concert Series. Shows run three times nightly and feature some great acts from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a lot of fun and it’s something that you don’t want to miss.