CELEBRATING VALENTINES DAY IN DISNEY WORLD

There are many absolutely romantic options to celebrate Valentines Day in one of the most magical and fun spots in the United States.  On a budget you say — never fear, there are many low or no cost options available.

Surprise your loved one with a spa treatment, or better yet, schedule a couples massage.

Dine at the California Grill and watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the observation deck.

Take a cruise aboard The Venezia, a beautiful, 40-foot Italian water taxi that launches from Disney Springs to sail the waters of Lake Buena Vista, complete with chocolate-covered strawberries and a champagne toast! 

Order flowers, champagne, or a unique Disney keepsake through the Disney Florist.

Experience a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime meal at Victoria & Albert’s.

Enjoy a specialty cruise and watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom or Epcot.

Head to Animal Kingdom Lodge for a sumptuous dinner at Jiko and then watch the animals from the viewing areas. Better yet, stay at the resort in a room overlooking the Savannah.

Order in a romantic room service meal.

Low or no cost options that are still romantic:

Stroll along the beach of the Polynesian and watch Happily Ever After fireworks.

Get a souvenir photo of the two of you.

Find a garden swing on the beach of the Grand Floridian or the Beach Club and sit and swing in the moonlight.

Walk over to the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian and reminisce about your own wedding (or planned wedding as the case may be).

Most of the resort gift shops sell more than postcards. You can often find a selection of wine that you can enjoy in your room. You can also purchase wine at the World Showcase in Epcot. (Just make sure you can open it.) Pick up some chocolates while you’re at it and you’re all set.

Instead of using the buses or water ferry from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, walk along the water’s edge to the BoardWalk.

If you’re planning to celebrate a honeymoon or romantic getaway at the Walt Disney World Resort, make it even more special with one of these limited-time Enchanted Evening Honeymoon or Romance package options now featuring the Happily Ever After Fireworks. These additional options for the Walt Disney World package include:

  • Two exclusive honeymoon or romance-themed MagicBands
  • Two exclusive romance-themed keepsake luggage tags
  • Two admissions to the Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing at Magic Kingdom Park, plus a small celebratory treat

These Enchanted Evening options are available to book through February 28, 2019. Contact your travel agent to book either of these packages!

Disney Springs offers some of the best collection of sweet treats you’ll find on Walt Disney World property such as the classic Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cupcake topped with raspberry frosting from Sprinkles through March 3, 2019. On February 13 only, Sprinkles is offering a special “off the menu” Galentine’s cupcake. You can pick up a classic box of chocolates from Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Shop in new heart-shaped box designs while Amorette’s Patisserie and The Ganachery are serving up special offerings for the occasion, too.

As you can see, there are many options available for celebrating Valentines Day.  There are so many wonderful choices!  Which one or two or more will you pick?

Happy Valentines Day!!

(Some information from wdwinfo.com)

DISNEY PARKS MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DAY

DISNEY PARKS MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DAY

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (ABC)

The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day parade once again brought the celebrations from Florida’s Walt Disney World resort directly to American television screens.

The parade traveled down Main Street, U.S.A., the first “themed land” at the park, and passed a Christmas tree that stands around 60-feet tall. Later in the evening, the iconic Disney castle was lite up prior to a huge firework display. There was also a slew of musical performances.

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The parade aired from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST) on the ABC Television Network. It is also available to watch on the ABC app on both iOS and Android devices, and will stream on ABC.com and connected devices Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

According to a press release on the Disney Parks blog, airtimes did vary.  This year, the segment was hosted by Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland. Jesse Palmer also performed co-host duties at the Christmas Day celebration.

The festivities brought together the “Christmas Day parade, musical performances, celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories”. Parade correspondents were listed as actor Trevor Jackson and Cierra Ramirez, star of upcoming series Good Trouble.

Here are the musical performances for the day:

  • Gwen Stefani performs “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album.
  • Brett Eldredge sings the holiday classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • Andrea Bocelli sings the incredibly moving “Ave Maria”; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform “White Christmas.”
  • Host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas.”
  • Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his new holiday album.
  • Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a holiday tune.
  • American Idol winner Maddie Poppe performs “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
  • Disney’s DCappella performs the popular hit “Last Christmas.”
  • Why Don’t We performs “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album.

This is THE holiday parade at the Magic Kingdom and one of the best of all the parks. Up until about a week before Christmas, this parade is shown exclusively during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — and shown at night. Then, about a week before Christmas, the parade is shown once or twice in the daytime during regular park hours. The Kringle Crew provides a “pre-parade” experience with singing and crowd interaction. The parade, itself, consists of tons of Disney characters decked out in holiday-garb, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Claus and plenty of holiday music.

Hope all readers had a wonderful Christmas!  Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

(Information from DisneyWorld.com)

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 2

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 2

 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in festive holiday clothing while standing next to a Christmas tree

Here Comes Mickey… and Santa Too!

This Christmas season, get ready for a magical holiday gathering with your loved ones—and some familiar Disney faces.When Mickey celebrates the season, Magic Kingdom Park lights up with excitement for Guests of all ages. Cinderella Castle shimmers and joyful music fills the air. Disney Characters don their most festive attire. Favorite attractions take on a holiday theme. And enchanting surprises lie around almost every turn!

During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you’re invited to share hugs, receive autographs and capture photos with over a dozen beloved Disney Characters as they spread holiday cheer around Magic Kingdom Park.

Anna & Elsa smile at one another during the Frozen Holiday Wish transformation at Magic Kingdom park

Discover dozens of iconic Magic Kingdom attractions you’re welcome to enjoy as you explore each land!

This year, many of your favorite experiences will be available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party—including one re-imagined with holiday spirit:

Frontierland

Fantasyland

Tomorrowland

Savor delicious yuletide sweets as you sip on seasonal beverages, all complimentary and available all throughout the park.

An assortment of holiday cookies and other sweet treats during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Several holiday treat locations will be open until midnight during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, serving up a variety of complimentary delights!

Please note that alternative healthy and gluten-free options are available upon request. All menus and offerings are subject to change and availability.

Schedule and Pricing
Save $10 on your tickets compared to the day-of purchase price when you buy at least a day in advance! The party takes place on the following dates:

  • November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30
  • December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21

Prices vary based on event night. $10 advance purchase discount available for all event dates except December 21, 2018, when full day-of purchase price will apply. Be sure to purchase your tickets online today!

Please note: separate theme park admission is required for this special event.

One visit to Goldwiser and you will make it your favorite place to buy and sell your precious metals!!!

(Information from DisneyWorld.com)

 

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 1

 

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in festive holiday clothing while standing next to a Christmas tree

 

This is an absolutely spectacular Christmas Parade.  This parade has it all including marching soldiers, dancing reindeer and gingerbread men, and even the big man himself, Ole Saint Nick!  Children of all ages will be amazed!!

The parade begins in the Magic Kingdom on Main Street, USA, and features the appearances of many Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto, Scrooge McDuck and Chip & Dale, as well as floats featuring celebrities.  Musical performances and marching bands from various schools and community groups across the USA are also showcased.  The parade concludes with the arrival of Santa Claus.  Most of the program is taped for television in November and early December for broadcast on Christmas Day. Until the early 1990s, the parade was broadcast live on Christmas Day!!

 

The conclusion of the nightly parade is Holiday Wishes, a nightly fireworks show.  Holiday Wishes is amazing!! It joins the fireworks with accompanying Christmas song lyrics. It is truly a spectacular Christmas fireworks show!

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and the Holiday Wishes fireworks are shown nightly and are not to be missed if you are visiting Disney World for the holidays!

Visit any of our Goldwiser locations for selling your precious metals and buying your Christmas gifts of jewelry or coins.  You won’t be disappointed!

(information obtained from disneyworld.com)

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the extremely fun, Halloween-themed party that is held at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World during the Fall every year.  The party is a special ticketed event that requires a special ticket purchase in order to attend.  There aren’t as many tickets sold to the event as what is usually sold for daily admission into the park, so that guests are able to enjoy the benefit of shorter lines and less guests to contend with in the park for shows, viewing locations, etc.  Halloween Night is the most popular night to attend the event and only guests with tickets will be able to attend the event on Halloween Night!!

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Guests that attend the event are able to enter the Magic Kingdom starting at 4PM.  The party officially starts at 7PM and runs through 12AM.  There are special character meet and greets, stage shows, a parade, fireworks show and unlimited trick-or-treating around the park in special areas.  Guests are able to wear costumes (as long as they adhere to Disney’s costume rules) and the park is decked out for the occasion.  If all of this wasn’t enough, many of the rides and attractions at the park are also open for guests to enjoy!

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If you are visiting Walt Disney World and have your eye on any of the other Not So Scary Halloween Party dates, then you will want to buy your tickets soon.  Nights in October are sure to start selling out.  Who has or will attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?  It has been one of my favorite events!  My family and I have attended several times in costume and Mickey’s party is always super fun!!  I love “trick or treating” as an adult.

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 and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

 

Disney World 101–Planning Your Vacation

Disney World 101–Planning Your Vacation

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Walt Disney World Resort is “the place where dreams come true”. You’ve probably heard that statement a million times before, but there’s a reason why everyone says it. And it’s a place that caters to serve almost every dream out there, too. In other words, no two trips are the same, and there are countless ways in which you can enjoy this magical place. But where do you start?

While Disney Vacation Planners are extremely helpful, it’s a good idea to at least do some planning yourself first before setting the wheels of your adventure in motion. From preparing an itinerary to becoming familiar with the resort map, it’s always best to “be prepared”. Don’t worry – this article has your “bare necessities” covered!

What Magic Awaits

Deciding on your target attractions and experiences isn’t something that’s best left until the moment you arrive at Walt Disney World Resort. After all, not only is the resort one of the busiest places on the planet, it’s all too easy to visit the Disney Parks and miss something completely. Perhaps you’ll forget to add it to your itinerary, or maybe you simply don’t know it exists!

Start your itinerary by checking to see what’s available on the official Walt Disney World Resort website. While of course you’ll have an idea of what you want to see and do, the resort is an ever-changing place. Knowing the ins and outs of your adventure will help determine all the other facets of your trip, too, from the length of your stay to what tickets you’ll need.

How the Resort is Laid Out

Understanding how the Walt Disney World Resorts are laid out might not seem that important, but it’s actually more helpful than you realize. For starters, it could help you decide which Disney Resort Hotel is best for you, and will even influence your itinerary. Think of it as a treasure map – just one with countless “X’s” that mark the spots!

In a nutshell, the resort is home to four theme parks, two water parks and the entertainment district Disney Springs, as well as over 25 Disney Resort Hotels. There’s a transportation network to help you out, though, which includes the Walt Disney World Monorail, Disney Bus Transportation and Water Transportation. And then there’s the My Disney Experience app, which will help you navigate as you go.

How to Enhance & Maximize the Magic

There are many forms of magic available to help you plan your trip, and which are also designed to help you get the most out of it. Remember that you’ll possibly spend a lot of time waiting in line, you’ll be taking more pictures than humanly possible, and, above all, that Walt Disney World Resort is huge (don’t ever take “it’s a small world” too literally!). So it’s fair to say that you’ll need a helping hand!

From paper maps and mobile apps and PhotoPass to FastPass+, there’s a whole world of magic waiting. Navigate the parks with the My Disney Experience App and turn your wait times into play time with the Play Disney Parks app. “Dash” through those queues with FastPass+, use your MagicBand to make purchases, and let your digital downloads go “to infinity and beyond” with Memory Maker (your photos taken at Disney).

Where to Stay

There are many benefits to staying at a Disney Resort Hotel. These include being able to make FastPass+ bookings up to 60 days in advance (it’s 30 days for non-hotel guests), receiving free MagicBands, and activities like Movies Under the Stars. But two of the biggest benefits are being close to your preferred Disney Park and enjoying Extra Magic Hours.

A number of factors will determine which Disney Resort Hotel is suitable for you, such as cost, but there are plenty of Disney Value Resorts to choose from. You might also consider Universal Orlando Resort as part of your adventure, so check out Disney’s Good Neighbor Hotels, too. Whichever you choose, expect a world-class service – after all, you’ll “be their guest”!

The Different Tickets on Offer

Once you’ve ironed out all the above, it’s time to look at what tickets are available for entry to Walt Disney World Resort. Before you do that, though, you will of course need to have a budget in mind, and an idea of how long you want to go for. But just remember – it’s cheaper to buy multi-day tickets than singles.

Want to see all four theme parks and the water parks and experiences throughout? No problem! Want a ticket that allows up to 21 days access to all the parks? You got it! Or perhaps you’ll only want to visit for just the one day. Whatever you do, don’t forget to make other bookings in advance, such as extras like Disney Dining Plans and attractions like Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.

Planning your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is all part of the fun, so by following  these tips, you may avoid getting your hair all “tangled” up in the process!

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 and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information taken from HowtoDisney.com)

 

 

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 3

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 3

 

Castle Money

Look for Toppings Bars

Eating in Disney can get pricey fast. You can get more bang for your buck by eating at locations with toppings bars. Order a burger and pile it high with whatever is on that toppings bar. You can probably make your meal big enough to share, and even if not, at least it’ll keep you full for a while longer.  From personal experience, I have done this & it has helped us share a meal!

Split Meals

Speaking of sharing meals, meal splitting is actually a great way to save money in Disney. Many places have huge portion sizes that can easily be split between two people. If you are too hungry to share one meal between two people, consider splitting two meals between three people. Another great option is to order a pizza from the hotel food court to share, or get a family fried chicken meal to-go from Fort Wilderness.  Again, my husband and I have found that the portions are large enough to split and if we’re still hungry, we just share a desert!

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Use Magical Express

If you’re flying in and staying onsite, be sure to use Magical Express. This free shuttle bus will take you from the airport to your hotel at no extra charge. This is great not only because it is free transportation, but also because it means you won’t have to pay for parking.  Another perk is that  your luggage is delivered directly to your resort room.  You do not have to wait for your luggage!!  Time saver!

Magical Express

Schedule Rest Days

Our last tip is to schedule in rest days. Park tickets are expensive, and honestly, there is plenty to do on Disney property without ever stepping foot in the parks. Therefore, you can save quite a bit of money by cutting one day off your tickets and enjoying a relaxing day by the hotel pool or exploring the many amazing Disney World resort hotels.  Also, it gives you a chance to explore Disney Springs!

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 and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 2

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 2

 

Castle Money

Are you dying to go on a Disney World vacation, but need to spend a little less this time around? Many will say it can’t be done, but I beg to differ. While Disney World will never be an inexpensive vacation option, it definitely is possible to cut corners and save a bit of money here and there—something that really adds up to a lot by the time vacation is over.

So what can you do to save a few bucks while still having a blast in your favorite theme parks in the world? Well, it all starts with planning and thoughtful decisions.

Below are some of the best money saving decisions you can make before and during your trip to ensure you spend as little as possible so you get the most bang for your buck.

Shop Beforehand

Anyone who’s ever been to Disney World can tell you that the place is packed with gift shops.  Clothing items can be pricy at Disney shops.  This is great for shoppers with money burning a hole in their pocket, but not so much for those who are trying to save money. In order to avoid spending way too much money on souvenirs, purchase some gifts beforehand and dole them out throughout the trip. These gifts can be purchased from Walmart, the Disney Store Outlet, or even the dollar store for a fraction of what you’d pay in Disney World.

Grab Cheap Starbucks Cards

Every single Disney World park has a Starbucks. Once in a while, Groupon will sell Starbucks cards at half-off.  Also, there are several on-line discount gift card companies.  Discount amounts vary, so check the websites.  Watch for these deals and snatch up those discounted cards whenever possible. The cards can then be used during your trip to buy coffee, snacks, and sandwiches.

Invest in an Annual Pass

This one might seem crazy, but it can actually save you money. If you plan to visit Disney two years in a row, plan the trips to be 11 months apart. Purchase Annual Passes for the family, and your tickets will be taken care of for both trips. Not only that, you will also receive free parking and discounts on certain food, drink, and merchandise during both visits.

Drink Free Water

When on vacation, it can be tempting to treat yourself to lots of soda and alcoholic beverages. However, when you’re walking all day in the Florida heat, what your body really needs is water. Rather than opting for sweet drinks, stay hydrated and save some serious dough by drinking the free cups of water found at counter-service locations.  Another option is to buy bottled water at a local grocery store or through one of the grocery delivery services.  You can bring your own bottled water into the parks and save money by not having to purchase bottled water in the parks!

I agree that Disney World will never be an inexpensive vacation option but it definitely is possible to cut corners.  Yes, you can afford a trip by using most if not all of these money saving tips.  Have a great Disney vacation!!

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 and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Stay tuned for more tips in Part 3 of this series!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

 

 

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 1

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 1

 

Castle Money

Are you dying to go on a Disney World vacation, but need to spend a little less this time around? Many will say it can’t be done, but I beg to differ. While Disney World will never be an inexpensivevacation option, it definitely is possible to cut corners and save a bit of money here and there—something that really adds up to a lot by the time vacation is over.

So what can you do to save a few bucks while still having a blast in your favorite theme parks in the world? Well, it all starts with planning and thoughtful decisions.

Below are some suggestions of the best money saving decisions you can make before and during your trip to ensure you spend as little as possible so you get the most bang for your buck.

Go During Off Season

First and foremost, it’s important to note that prices for rooms will be significantly cheaper during the off season. Additionally, crowd levels will be lower, meaning shorter waits and thus a smaller amount of time spent in the parks (if the budget requires it). Therefore, an off-season trip is the easiest on the wallet.

Pitch a Tent

Can’t afford a room even during the off season? You might consider camping in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. This option is great because you get all the benefits of staying on Disney property for a much smaller price. Of course, if you don’t own an RV or know anyone who’d let you borrow theirs, staying here would also mean sleeping in a tent, so depending on how you feel about that, this may or may not work for you.

Pack Food

Pack food in your suitcases, or order it to be delivered from Garden Grocers. Use this food to prepare breakfast in your room before leaving in the mornings. Additionally, pack some snacks to take with you into the parks and eat throughout the day. This will save you a significant amount of money on all those meals at Disney restaurants.

I agree that Disney World will never be an inexpensive vacation option but it definitely is possible to cut corners.  Yes, you can afford a trip by using most if not all of these money saving tips.  Have a great Disney vacation!!

Stay tuned for more tips in Part 2 of this series!

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 and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

Experiences Worth Repeating At Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Part 4

Experiences Worth Repeating At Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Part 4

As a person who has experienced the Disney parks multiple times, I often get asked if I ever get tired of visiting the Magic Kingdom. My answer is always, “No way! I’m ready to go again right now!” Here are some of the experiences that I love and will continue to visit again and again.

Enjoying some Dole Whip

There’s a reason Dole Whip has something of a cult following. Pineapple-flavored soft serve? Who could resist, especially in the summertime? This is a must do every time I’m at the Magic Kingdom!  With this delicious treat in hand, head on over to…….

Dole Whip

Visiting the Enchanted Tiki Room

Ah, the Enchanted Tiki Room. Yet another way to get out of the heat (yes, this is indoors, cool and comfortable) and enjoy a little Disney nostalgia. Sing along as the birds, flowers, and tikis put on a show that never fails to put smiles on everyone’s faces.  Although this attraction has been around a while, it’s always a “must see”.

Enchanted Tiki Room

Doing Something “Magical” for a Stranger

Who says you have to leave all the magic to Disney? You can add a little “pixie dust” to the visits of your fellow guests by handing out extra glow sticks to kids who don’t have any, or using your left-over Dining Plan points at the end of your trip to buy treats for another family. Get creative, pay it forward!

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Watching Fireworks

A visit to the Magic Kingdom just wouldn’t be the same without experiencing one of their nighttime spectaculars. The current one, “Happily Ever After”, is an unforgettable mix of fireworks and projections that transform Cinderella’s Castle into a dazzling array of classic Disney and Pixar films. It’s enough to take one’s breath away every time.  I try to watch several times while visiting Disney!

Carrousel Night

As you can see, the Magic Kingdom has no shortage of experiences worth revisiting year after year. With time, you’ll find out which of them—whether they’re listed here or not—are even more special to you.

Have a magical trip to Disney!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)