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Disney Springs Town Center
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Review: Disney Springs Town Center

Updated February 6th, 2018

The new area of Disney Springs called the Town Center finally opened and it is beautiful. This is the second new area to open at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). First was The Landings which features: The Boathouse, Jock Lindsay’s Hanger Bar, STK and Morimoto Asia. Now we have the Town Center, which is the main shopping center that also has some unique dining locations.

Disney Springs Town Center

The Town Center features 23 stores and dining locations and new stores will be opening throughout the summer as well. The architecture and details in this area are amazing. It really is one of the nicest shopping centers. It is not all “Disney-ed” up, but it still has the high level of detail that Disney is known for. The buildings are styled after Spanish architecture and is bright and open. Disney also opened the second parking garage (so now there is Lime & Orange), and parking is still free! There is also valet parking (not free) if you so choose. If you are staying on property, your best bet is still to take the resort transportation because the construction makes for a lot of traffic in the area.

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EPCOT - Disney World 4 Parks in 1 Day
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Disney World Challenge: 4 Parks in 1 Day

For those who love Disney World, a popular challenge is going to all 4 parks in 1 day. While this may sound like an impossible task, with a little planning it can be done. And it is so much fun! It is important to keep in the back of your mind that you won’t be able to do everything. If possible, try to plan some Fast Passes to coincide with when you will be in the park, just to save time. Also bring some snacks like granola bars to keep the energy levels up!

Now we routinely can do 3 parks in one day (Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom). The one that can cause problems is Animal Kingdom because it is not connected to any of the other parks. You can walk/boat/bus from Hollywood Studios to EPCOT and then take the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. Because of this we suggest starting your challenge at Animal Kingdom. We also highly suggest you use Disney transportation and not your own car if you are not staying on property. The toll booth lines can get backed up and you may end up parking really far away from the entrance. You can park for free at Disney Springs and head over to Saratoga Springs to catch your first bus. (You can also try parking at a resort. If it’s not crowded they will usually let you, but don’t tell anyone that was our idea!)

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Christmas at Disney World
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Christmas at Disney World

Updated November 10, 2018

Our family has spent Christmas at Disney World for many years. It is our favorite place to spend the holidays. We love all the decorations, music, and holiday events throughout the World. Although we are sad that our beloved Osborne Light show is gone, there are still wonderful things to do. Because our family is small, we enjoy being able to go out of town to celebrate Christmas at the most magical place on Earth. When we lived in Chicago, we would exchange gifts and have our big Christmas dinner a few days early before escaping the cold weather and heading down to Orlando. Now that we live only a couple hours from Orlando, it is easier than ever for us to hop in the car and celebrate Christmas at Disney World.

Christmas at Disney World - Magic Kingdom

  • Magic Kingdom

Of course there is nowhere more magical then the Magic Kingdom. (Or more crowded.) The decorations, parade, and fireworks are definitely worth seeing. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party really is worth the money, as well. It is such a fun event and a way to experience Magic Kingdom with a little less crowds.

  • EPCOT

At EPCOT there is the Holidays Around the World (which has basically become Food & Wine Festival Part 2). This is a fun way to learn about holiday traditions in other countries around the World Showcase. You can also try different seasonal food and drink favorites. The Candlelight Processional is a beautiful retelling of the story of Christmas with celebrity narrators and a 50-piece orchestra. You also can’t miss Illuminations which has an added holiday presentation that is breathtaking.

  • Hollywood Studios

While we are very disappointed that the Osborne Lights are no longer at Hollywood Studios, they have sort of made up for it with the decorations. Sunset Seasons Greetings transforms Sunset Boulevard Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror into a very festive area. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is a definitely a must-see. New this year (2018) is holiday decorations in Toy Story Land. We still really miss the magical feeling of the Osborne Lights.

  • Animal Kingdom

New this year (2018) is UP! A Great Bird Adventure Show featuring Russell and Dug that will have a special Diwali celebration from November 8th to January 1st.

  • Disney Springs

Meet Santa Claus, explore the 27 different trees along the Christmas Tree Trail and more at Disney Springs.

Another thing you must do is go hotel hopping! The resorts all get beautifully decorated and there are some fantastic Christmas trees to see. We love Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resort, Yacht & Beach Club, and the Boardwalk. The Swan & Dolphin also has a lot of fun holiday activities. Another fan favorite is Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. The guests here go all out with decorating and it is definitely worth a stroll through to see.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday!

Do you enjoy spending the holidays at Disney World? 

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