Monday, October 8, 2012

My Top 3 "Just For Fun" things to do at WDW

Pin It Now! I love planning Disney vacations and helping others dreams come true through all of the magical experiences Walt Disney World has to offer. There are so many things to do and experience on a Disney vacation. But sometimes it those special little moments and times when you are just hanging out and finding ways to just have fun.

Through my families many trips to Walt Disney World we have had many moments of undiscovered opportunities for fun. I always make sure to suggest them to my clients and also encourage them to seek out their own special ways to have fun (and of course share them with me)! There are many "insider tips" that I share with clients for having fun, here are my Top 3...

1. When visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios I always make sure to tell clients not to miss the Animation Academy. Located inside The Magic of Animation, this is a great experience if your looking for something different to do or are not a big fan of the rides. And it is always fun! The Animation Academy is a chance to learn to draw different Disney characters. Classes are offered every 30 minutes, I suggest that you arrive about 15-20 minutes before the next session as classes can fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons. When you enter you'll be seated at large tables with paper and a pencil. No eraser in this class! I suggest this to all if my clients as people of all ages would enjoy this. A Disney animator instructs the "class" in drawing a classic Disney character with simple shapes. My family makes sure to do this on every trip, sometimes more than once! And the best thing...you get to keep your drawing, a free Disney souvenir!

2. Another fun tip I like to pass along to clients or anyone I know who is traveling to WDW is to decorate your resort door or window. This is a simple way to add some magic to your Disney trip outside of the parks. If you stay at a Disney Value or Moderate Resort you can decorate both your door and window. At Disney Deluxe Resorts plan to take magnets to decorate your resort room door with. Use your imagination, develop a fun theme. Be sure to get the whole family involved in the planning. You can purchase some very cute magnets and decorations or better yet, have a family craft night and make your own! Just imagine coming back from a day in the parks to your own Disney magic. It's also fun to walk around and see how others have decorated their room doors and windows.

3. Interactive queues. Throughout the Disney theme parks rides are being updated with interactive elements to make your waiting time magical and fun. When planning touring plans and itineraries with clients I like to suggest that they allow time in the ride queues to explore these fun new experiences. Especially if traveling with children, and get the whole family involved! It will make your wait time more fun and create opportunities for magical memories. And as you can see from the photo below, "kids" of all ages will love this.

As a travel professional, I have so many suggestions, recommendations, and insider tips to share with clients. But as I mentioned above, my best suggestion is to just enjoy being together and making the most of those special, fun memory making moments.

Robin Fretwell (aka The Dixie Pixie)
Disney Travel Specialist

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