A Little Bit About Disney Springs Part 1

A Little Bit About Disney Springs

Part 1

Disney Springs is incredible, and it keeps getting better and better. The district has close to twice as many choices as it did when it was Downtown Disney, and they are not finished adding restaurants and entertainment yet! Parking is quite a bit easier than it was a few years ago, there are now two garages and a third one is planned. In a day and age where prices seem to keep rising, parking at Disney Springs remains free. If you haven’t stopped by Disney Springs lately, make it a part of your next Walt Disney World vacation. You will probably keep going back.

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Atmosphere

With all four lands at Disney Springs now open, it feels more like a real town than it did when it was Downtown Disney. True, it’s a town filled with over 150 shops and restaurants, but the theme makes it worth the trip. Parts of it are beautiful. Marketplace and West Side still have the same basic feel. The Landing has a more upscale tone than the area did before, and the water is incorporated into the theme. The most unique area of Disney Springs is Town Center. With Spanish architecture, you might not feel like you are still at Walt Disney World. There are some great picture opportunities, and sometimes PhotoPass photographers are on hand. If you can, visit Town Center first thing in the morning. It will be less crowded so you can take more pictures, and you’ll miss the heat of the day.

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Entertainment

There are times the family would like to take a day off from the theme parks, but yet everyone still would like to be entertained.  Sleep in, then head to Disney Springs! You can see a movie, bowl, take a balloon ride, participate in a dance party, watch a local band, attend a concert, and much more. Disney Springs may be known for shopping and dining, but there are plenty of entertainment options as well. There is always something going on.  If you have not been there, make it part of your Disney trip!!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

Tips About Bay Lake Tower Part 2

Did You Know These Tips About Bay Lake Tower At Disney’s Contemporary Resort Part 2

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Pirates & Pageants & Fireworks, Oh My!

For an unforgettable evening of fireworks and fun, you’ll want to bring your whole family on the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage.  You’ll be treated to snacks and beverages before setting sail.  During your cruise of the Seven Seas Lagoon, your captain will test your Disney knowledge, regale you with pirate tales, and will have you singing sea chanteys in no time.  There’s no closer view of the Electrical Water Pageant, but even that is nothing compared to seeing the sky explode in fireworks over Cinderella Castle!  There’s even a surprise visitor waiting for you once you arrive back at the resort.  We can’t think of a more entertaining way to experience the magic of Disney at night!

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Exclusive Viewing Areas

For even more exclusive fireworks viewing, try the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower.  It’s an excellent place for after-dinner snacks and drinks, not to mention the stunning, panoramic, roof-top view of the resort and Magic Kingdom, ideal for firework viewing.  However, access to the Top of the World Lounge is restricted to Disney Vacation Club Members staying at any resort on property.  If you’re not a DVC member, and you’re not able to wrangle an invite from someone who is, don’t despair!  You’ll also get excellent views of Bay Lake and Magic Kingdom from the Sky Bridge, on the 5th floor of Bay Lake Tower.  You’ll be able to view and photograph fireworks without braving the crowds in the park, and no DVC membership is needed.  If you are staying at Bay Lake Tower and are lucky enough to have a room facing the Magic Kingdom, your balcony is the greatest area to view the Fireworks Show!

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Frozen Fun on Floor Four

If you’re lucky enough to stay at Bay Lake Tower during the holiday season, you’re in for a real treat.  Head to the fourth floor of the Contemporary Resort to enjoy the massive, Frozen-themed gingerbread display right across from the Fantasia store.  This one is all about the treats.  Of course, Anna, Elsa and all their friends are here on display (including a special side display of Olaf in his summer fun sandcastle) but the specially-made Frozen-themed desserts are absolutely to die for.  My personal favorite?  The blue raspberry cake gelato.  It might be one of the best desserts on property, and this is from someone who has tried almost all of them!  The s’mores cup is also very tasty, and if you are in a cookie mood, the chocolate peppermint cookie was also delightful.  It’s a great way to indulge in the magic of the season just steps away from your room.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

Tips About Bay Lake Tower

Did You Know These Tips About Bay Lake Tower At Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Location, Location, Location

It’s hard to beat Disney’s Bay Lake Tower for location, specifically because it is so close to the Magic Kingdom.  The usual bus service available at all Disney resorts is an option for guests staying here, but it’s not necessarily your best option.  You may already be aware that the monorail runs directly through the Contemporary Resort, which is connected to Bay Lake Tower, making it easy to hop on a train and get to the Magic Kingdom.  But did you know that there an even better way of travelling from Bay Lake Tower to Disney’s flagship theme park (and that’s not including the standard buses offered at every Disney resort)?  It’s actually possible to walk, and the good news is that it only takes approximately ten minutes (and no waiting in line required)!  This is especially beneficial for families with young kids who will be spending most of their time in this park; you really can’t get much closer to the action than Bay Lake Tower!

Coveted Views

While many guests dismiss this resort because it doesn’t have the whimsical theming of, say, Animal Kingdom Lodge or Art of Animation, the views from this resort are truly beautiful.  Rooms with lake views have the most peaceful views on property.  The Electrical Water Pageant can be seen sailing along Bay Lake, if you have a lake or MK view.  Magic Kingdom view rooms obviously have additional appeal, especially for families with young children, and these views are among the best Magic Kingdom views of any of the resorts on the monorail.  Resort guests can watch the Fireworks Show from their balconies.  Turn your television to the resort station, and you’ll be able to hear the music while watching nightly fireworks over Cinderella Castle.  From personal experience, there is nothing like it!!  Guests and vacation club members may also go to the Top of Bay Lake Tower to watch the fireworks.

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More Than Meets the Eye

Along with the amenities and activities you’d expect at any Disney resort, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers some additional opportunities you won’t find at other resorts.  Twice a week, you can begin your day with an early morning yoga class (for all ages/ability levels) under the Skyway Bridge.  Mats are provided, and it’s a stress-free start to a fun-filled day.  If you’re in the mood for more relaxation, you can rent a private, poolside cabana for the day, half a day, or an evening. Standard cabanas with amenities can be reserved and include furniture, electronics and refreshments.  Amenities include furniture, electronics (such as cable tv and phone) and refreshments.  And the fun doesn’t end there.  Bay Lake Tower offers volleyball, fishing, jogging trails, tennis, motorized boat rentals, and a community hall with games and DVDs for rainy days.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

Walt Disney World’s New Fireworks Show “Happily Ever After”

Walt Disney World’s New Fireworks Show “Happily Ever After”

The newest fireworks show, Happily Ever After, debuted at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World on Friday, May 12, 2017.  This new show replaced Wishes, which had a 14 year run at the park.  Disney Parks Blog held a live stream of the show for guests to be a part of the big debut.  If you missed it, have no fear, as you can still catch the video online so that you can see what everyone has been talking about.

This new nighttime spectacular is presented by PANDORA jewelry and appears to have captivated guests so far.  It is the 3rd firework show to be presented in the history of the park, excluding the themed holiday shows.  Magic Kingdom was jam packed with guests there for the debut and the crowds are expected to return throughout the weekend with the park possibly closing to capacity in the evening.  It has been described as the 4th of July level of crowds.

Disney also confirmed that that Halloween and Christmas fireworks will be performed as normal this year, but with the possibility that there will be changes next year, so it may be the last year you can see the versions as they are if you are a fan of those shows.

Have you watched the video?  What do you think of Happily Ever After?

(Taken from DisDining.com)