Extra Fee for Extra Magic?

extra-magic-hours-logoThe Mature Mouse™ plans well in order to make the most of my time in the parks. I will use extra magic hour(s) whenever possible. Walt Disney World is now offering extra time in the parks for an extra fee.

According to the Walt Disney World website, for $149.00 –  “Enjoy Magic Kingdom park in the dark at an after-hours special event featuring many of your favorite attractions and Characters.” For now, this is a limited time offer.

It is being reported, on various websites, that there are plans in the works for a pre-park opening hard ticket, called  DISNEY EARLY MORNING MAGIC – FANTASYLAND. Nothing is official, but this event was recently seen on the Disney World websdisney_fantasylandite for a few hours. It quickly disappeared, so everyone is wondering when this option will be available. This extra perk will offer select guests an extra 90 minutes in the Magic Kingdom, specifically Fantasyland, for the low price of $69 for adults, and $49 for children. Reports also state that this event will include breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus.

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Would you pay extra for extra time in the parks?

 

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The Mature Mouse™ had the great pleasure of talking Disney with Jesse Barrett and Heath Jarvis, podcasters from WDW Through Jesse’s Eyes.  I appreciate your feedback, so please leave a comment below.

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A Disney World Vacation is the best

With so much to do and see at Walt Disney World, The Mature Mouse™ cannot understand why people choose to go anywhere else. This sentiment does not only apply to families; a Disney World vacation is a great choice for the more mature empty-nester. One does not need to have children in tow to enjoy all that Disney World has to offer.

Yes, Walt Disney World has attractions, rides, appropriate for all ages. However, as I have pointed out in numerous post, the resort also offers much more. There are fine-dining restaurants, and first-class hotels. There are first-class golf courses, and miniature golf courses. There are educational experiences, and cultural influences. There is a lot for vacationers, guests, to be thankful for at Walt Disney World.

Disney Questions has created a list of the top 10 things to be thankful for at Disney World. This list is not all inclusive, but it offers the non-Disney fan clear reasons why they should consider a vacation at the resort. I especially agree with number 7 on the list: The Cast Members. I make an effort to acknowledge those cast members who go above and beyond their role by handing them a thank you card during my visit.

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A travel agent who specializes in booking Disney Vacations is a valuable free resource when planning your next trip. I started planning my next Disney World Vacation by calling Jennie Nowers. When the Cool Summer Savings were released, Jennie was up early applying these savings to my trip, which saved me 15% on the price of my resort stay. I did not need to do a thing. Tell her that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift from Jennie with your next booking.

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Top 10 Backstage Experiences at Walt Disney World

Disney Dining has posted their top 10 ways to get a look behind the scenes, or backstage, at Disney World. The Mature Mouse™ will be taking the Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour during my solo trip in June. I am not sure what I am more excited about, getting a closeup look at the Magic Kingdom, or being in the Magic Kingdom an hour earlier than anyone else. Have you taken this tour? If so, please let me know what you thought of your experience. What other things on this list have you done to get a behind-the-scenes look at Disney World or Disneyland? Is there something you have done that is not on this list?

A travel agent who specializes in booking Disney Vacations is a valuable free resource when planning your next trip. I started planning my next Disney World Vacation by calling Jennie Nowers. When the Cool Summer Savings were released, Jennie was up early applying these savings to my trip, which saved me 15% on the price of my resort stay. I did not need to do a thing. Tell her that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift from Jennie with your next booking.

Please visit The Mature Mouse™ store for logo merchandise. Many of the items would make outstanding additions to your vacation gear and attire.

  

Night Rider

Magic Kingdom takes on a whole new vibe at night, and many attractions become new experiences. The Mature Mouse™ is planning a few evenings in this park on his next trip. How do you prefer to experience Magic Kingdom, during the day or in the evening? What is your favorite attraction to ride at night? Have you ever used extra magic hours to stay late in the parks?

I started planning my next Disney World Vacation by calling Jennie Nowers. When the Cool Summer Savings were released, Jennie was up early applying these savings to my trip, which saved me 15% on the price of my resort stay. I did not need to do a thing. Tell her that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift from Jennie with your next booking.

Please visit The Mature Mouse™ store for logo merchandise. Many of the items would make outstanding additions to your vacation gear and attire.

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Many people are familiar with the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom. It’s a classic attraction, one of the oldest rides in the park, and it’s well known for its (obviously) animatronic animals and the skipper’s playful pun-filled patter. It’s bright, it’s cheerful, and it’s funny, from the smiling elephant playing in the water to the happy tribesman trying to sell you shrunken heads.

At night, though, Jungle Cruise turns into something a bit… creepier. There’s very little man-made lighting on the ride, so once the sun goes down the jungle becomes much darker and your visibility into the trees is cut way down. Animals are hidden in shadows, sometimes harder to see until you’re right next to them, and some of the details can be lost in the dark. As a result they can look much less (charmingly) fake, and even that goofy tribesman becomes a bit more menacing.

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How to avoid following big Walt Disney World crowds

recently posted their suggestions for avoiding the crowds while in the parks at Walt Disney World. Do you agree with their suggestions? Besides staying out of the parks, and away from WDW during peak seasons, what are your strategies for avoiding the crowds?

As a teacher, my trips to Disney World are limited to school vacations and summer break. Most of these times of the year will bring a horde of guests to the parks. I go when I can, regardless of the crowds. I do check various crowd calendars, especially those at Touring Plans. Here is a calendar for several days at the end of June 2015. Besides the data from Touring Plans, you will see recommendations from EasyWDW and WDW Prep SchoolScreen Shot 2015-03-15 at 3.51.57 PM

Touring Plans takes data collected over many years, inputs into a specific algorithm, and determines a forecast of crowd levels for months in advance. Their track record is excellent.

I also refer to EasyWDW for their suggestions for dealing with the crowds, how to plan for various parks, and their interpretation of events that can impact crowds in the parks each day.

If you are indeed a mature fan of Disney, a mature mouse, please use the link to visit The Mature Mouse™ store for logo merchandise. And, do not forget to consult Jennie Nowers about your next Disney vacation. Tell her that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift from Jennie with your next booking.

How to use your Extra Magic Hour

The Extra Magic Hour offered at Disney World Parks seems like a great opportunity to tour the parks without the crowds. The Mature Mouse™ has not had an opportunity to enter a park early, or stay late. I’m planning on taking advantage of the extra hour(s) during my next trip. I especially want to experience the Magic Kingdom after normal hours. What about you? Have you used extra hours offered to guest staying on property? Or, do you stay away from the parks on those days extra hours are offered? I would love to hear from you.



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Extra Magic HourYour “Extra Magic Hour” at Disney World is your admission into a designated theme park one hour before it opens to the public or up to two hours after a park closes to the public. How do you get this privilege? Easy – you simply stay on Disney property, the Hilton by Downtown Disney, or Shades of Green Resort.

You’ll likely hear mixed reviews of the Extra Magic Hour- some say avoid the parks on days that offer the Extra Magic Hour(s), but I disagree. That extra time is very valuable and a lot can be done during an hour with no crowds. In fact, on a recent trip to Disneyland, my family was able to pretty much do every ride offered in Fantasyland during the Extra Magic Hour. I can agree, however, that if you do not have the Extra Magic Hour privilege (due to not staying on Disney property)…

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