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Walt Disney World here we come!

1 weekIt’s been a year since we went to Disney World and this trip is going to be pretty different from our other trips.

We will be staying at Disney’s Beach Club Villas and we plan on doing some things we’ve never done before.  We plan on going canoeing at Fort Wilderness, bowling at Splitsville at Disney Springs, fishing at Port Orleans and miniature golfing at Winter Summerland Mini Golf.

You can also join us for the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP tour.

Hang on to your hats during an unforgettable ride aboard some of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World Resort! With the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour, you’re guaranteed an action-packed experience with expedited access to all of the attractions from one exhilarating moment after another across multiple parks.

Our day begins at Magic Kingdom park, where we’ll brave the excitement of select attractions such as:

A little later in the day, we’ll treat our taste buds to a pleasurable occasion, courtesy of a scrumptious lunch at a Walt Disney World restaurant—which comes included with our VIP Tour.

Then, we’ll delight in the adventurous spirit of Epcot where we’ll take flight to view breathtaking wonders on Soarin’!

Finally, brace yourself—this adrenaline rush continues with gusto! At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, be amazed by incredible attractions such as:

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Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Review

IMG_1030Quiet, peaceful, serene – those thoughts come to mind as I recall We Travelers Three six night stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  Themed after New Orleans’s historic French Quarter, one might expect a daily Mardi Gras parade complete with flying beads and jazz bands sauntering through the cobblestone streets.  This may be a Mardi Gras week event, but in early June the resort epitomizes the easy pace of the southern bayou.IMG_1032

We Travelers Three (WT3) recommends taking a day off between park visits for the family to recharge so resort amenities and convenient access to other Disney World attractions are important to us.  Including our six year old’s perspective, WT3 evaluates the pool, dining options, transportation, and service.

IMG_0978For most kids any pool is great because retrieving dive sticks and doing cannonballs is always fun.  Our daughter is no exception so she rates pools based solely on their water slide using a scale of Lame, Okay and Awesome.  King Neptune’s slide is Lame.  “It’s for little kids because it’s too short and too slow”.  Her parents felt the pool was clean and big enough so we weren’t constantly bumping into other swimmers.  General tip:  WT3 avoids resort pools after 4 PM because that’s when sweaty, sunblock cover guests overtake the pool after returning from the parks.

IMG_0955The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is one of the better quick service restaurants WT3 has experienced.  It’s spacious and offers a nice variety of standards (burgers, mac and cheese, and pizza), alongside Creole selections like Po’ Boys, gumbo and muffaletta.  I ordered the buffalo chicken po’ boy sandwich with a side of gumbo.  My wife used a snack option for her bowl of gumbo.  We decided to split the HUGE po’ boy which saved a quick service meal.  For dessert we ordered beignets but be warned, every serving is buried under a mountain of powdered sugar.  Messy, but really good.  French Quarter doesn’t have a table service restaurant.IMG_0972

WT3 never waited more than thirteen minutes for a bus (we time the buses, it’s our job) including the crowded morning and evening park routes.  The longest wait was when we left Epcot around 8 PM trying to avoid a nasty thunderstorm.  The corral was full but two buses quickly cleared the queue.  French Quarter also has convenient boat access to the Pleasure Island dock in Downtown Disney.  However, due to limited bridge clearance along the Sassagoula River, boats will stop running during periods of high winds, which is anything over 10 mph; seriously.

IMG_1038WT3 received great service at French Quarter.  Example 1 – we were advised to pay for our beignets with the rest of our lunch but too place the order later because they taste better warm.  Example 2 – after hearing our daughter’s post card was going overseas, the gift shop cashier informed us they sell international stamps and we could use the mail box in the lobby.  Example 3 – we appreciated the maintenance team most of all because they fished out three of my wife’s beloved charms after her bracelet exploded over the bathroom sink.

On the whole, French Quarter receives four out of five stars.  The staff was welcoming and helpful and the design invokes the old charm of the southern bayou.  The water slide and lack of a sit down restaurant were the only negatives.  Luckily both those features can be found a short ten minute walk away at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.

Dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Announced

DSCF0035 Don your favorite costume and get ready to trick-or-treat at this Halloween-themed event held inside Magic Kingdom park.

This special event will be held on September: 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and October: 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31 — separate event tickets can be purchased in advance. The tone of the party is “not-so-scary,” which means children of all ages can enjoy it.

Photo0070FourBySixTrick-or-Treat Fun for Everyone
Dress up in your favorite costume to collect candy throughout Magic Kingdom park. You’ll soon discover all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows! Many favorite Disney Characters are dressed in Halloween costumes, too. So come celebrate and scare up a good time!

You will receive a Trick or Treat Bag to be used at the candy stations found throughout the Magic Kingdom.  Some cast members will give more than others, but there’s no limit to how many times you can go back to the same location for more.

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  • Adventureland:  Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean queue
  • Liberty Square:  Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Fantasyland:  Peter Pan’s Flight queue, Pinocchio Village Haus, Storybook Circus, near Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland:  Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, Stitch’s Great Escape!

Trick or Treat Trails

  • Frontierland :  Near Splash Mountain queue
  • Tomorrowland:  Enter near Space Mountain and exit at Storybook Circus

Options for guests with food allergies are available upon request at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A.

DSCF0047Eerie Entertainment
The night howls with excitement at this spook-tacular party for all little ghouls and boys. Unearth some of the great entertainment that awaits you at this ghastly bash:

Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle!
Some of your favorite baddies from Disney films rock you with this thrilling opening number in front of a ghostly Cinderella Castle. When the number is over, the villains veer into the crowds for meet and greets.

Frontierland
Venture into Frontierland where you might even meet a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. They like “axing” Guests questions and answering with puns as part of their “dead pan” humor.

Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
The grandmaster of this bone-rattling parade has truly lost his head! A hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself begins the festivities, followed by a collection of frightful floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. Get ready for the grave diggers! The Haunted Mansion stars in this delightful parade. It’s really not so scary—just fiendish fun!

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The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with fireworks and wicked remixes of their theme songs. Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie are just some of the scoundrels who croon their spooky tunes. Feel a chill as creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle. The finale casts a spell you will never forget!

DSCF0036General Pricing
September 2014
September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 2014

  • Advance Purchase:  Adult: $62.00 + tax, Child: $57.00 + tax

October 2014
October 2, 3, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 2014

 

  • Advance Purchase:  Adult: $67.00 + tax, Child: $62.00 + tax

October 10, 17, 24, 30, 2014

  • Advance Purchase:  Adult: $71.00 + tax, Child: $66.00 + tax

October 31, 2013

  • Advance Purchase:  Adult: $77.00 + tax, Child: $72.00 + tax

Tickets can be ordered by calling We Travelers Three at 614-458-8617 or through your We Travelers Three as part of your package/room reservation.

 

The Wilderness Must Be Explored!

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Wilderness Explorers Base Camp

In 2013, the amazing folks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park opened a new interactive experience for guests of all ages, The Wilderness Explorers!

Just like in the Disney•Pixar film, Up, young Wilderness Explorers  can complete challenges to earn badge stickers for their Wilderness Explorer Handbook – there’s 30 different challenges in all. Each hands-on activity teaches kids something new about the wild animals and wild places inside the Park, including:

  • Veterinary Badge – Help diagnose a sea turtle’s health issue
  • Dinosaur Badge – Join in the exploration for dinosaur fossils
  • Animal Find Badge – Check off each of the animals you see
  • Music Badge – Learn how to play an African drum pattern
  • Yeti Badge – Find Yeti artifacts and hear about the folklore

Participation is included in Park admission and timing for the experience depends on how many badge challenges you wish to complete.

I was lucky enough in August of 2013 to be able to experience it for myself.  I had a fabulous time!

To get started I grabbed a field guide from headquarters—located on the bridge between the Oasis and Discovery Island—or drop by Wilderness Explorer stops in Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and Dinoland U.S.A. to pick one up there.

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My first task was to learn the Wilderness Explorer call…

Next I headed toward the Expedition Everest challenge.  On my way to to attraction I came across a Wilderness Explorer Wildlife Field Station.

Here I was able to earn my Animal Call badge by identifying specific calls.

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Then it was on to Everest.  My Wilderness Explorer handbook instructed me to set a telescope to a certain elevation and record my findings.  If my finding were correct I earned my badge.

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I had so much fun wandering around Animal Kingdom looking for WE outposts and earning my badges.  Not only saws it fun but it was also educational.  In order to get my Yeti badge I had to ask the cast member near the outpost to share stories from his native land about the Yeti.  It was fascinating.

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Learning about Dinosaur bones.

It was such a fun day and such a great way to see and experience Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

I highly recommend it.  By the way, don’t forget to stop by and meet Russell and Dug!

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School’s Out for Summer!

100_4213Summer vacation is quickly approaching and We Travelers Three have been booking a lot of family vacations to Walt Disney World.  Since WT3 has a wonderful relationship with the Mouse, and we are excited about our own upcoming trip to Disney World, over the next several weeks I will be sharing some posts about different things that you can enjoy at the Happiest Place on Earth.

From resort hotels, to interactive experiences at the parks to some of our favorite things, join WT3 for an amazing adventure around Walt Disney World.

New Wilderness Explorer Experience Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

A new Wilderness Explorers experience is now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, themed to the Disney•Pixar film, “Up.” Just like in the movie, young Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park can complete challenges to earn badge stickers for their Wilderness Explorer Handbook – there’s 30 different challenges in all. Each hands-on activity teaches kids something new about the wild animals and wild places inside the Park.

Participation is included in Park admission and timing for the experience depends on how many badge challenges your Clients wish to complete.

Learn more in this video!

A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas now opet at Magic Kingdom Park

A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas is now open at Magic Kingdom® Park.

Inspired by the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, this interactive quest allows you to turn into one of Captain Jack’s pirate recruits, arms you with magic talismans and treasure maps, and lets you embark on one of five different pirate raids throughout Adventureland. You can prove your pirate worth by collecting valuable treasures while fending off some of Captain Jack’s enemies, including the Royal Navy and Captain Barbossa.

The quest is included in Theme Park admission and guests can embark on more than one raid if they wish.

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Adventures By Disney announces new 2014 itineraries

On an Adventures by Disney trip you’re a traveler and an adventurer, not a tourist.  You and your family of all ages become active participants in incredible stories, experiences and cultures through immersive activities only Disney can bring you and new for 2014, Adventures by Disney® will offer a new vacation to Central Europe.

The 9-day, 8-night vacation invites you to uncover the hidden treasures of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, traveling off the beaten path in the enchanting cities of Prague, Salzburg and Vienna and spending three nights at a majestic resort in the Alps. Also new for 2014, Adventures by Disney will enhance its current Italy itinerary and add teen-focused activities to existing journeys.

2014 itineraries are now available to book for those who are Adventure Insiders (those who have traveled with Adventures by Disney in the past). Bookings for all other Guests open on May 23, 2013.

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Photo provided by Adventures By Disney

New Itinerary: “Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic”
Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Vienna – The journey begins in Prague and Cesky Krumlov, where parents and children alike will make their very own marionettes with local craftsmen and embark on a picturesque walking tour of the city’s most historical landmarks. In Germany, soak in the scenic Bavarian Alps and visit the Ice Cave of Eishole before slipping into a village bakery to make pretzels. Guests take in the sights and sounds of Salzburg with a tour of Hellbrunn Castle and a performance from Duo Mozart Violinists. As the trip concludes in Vienna, families partake in private Quadrille lessons, learning the timeless art of waltzing from those who know it best. Finally, Guests will enjoy a private dinner at an emperor’s pavilion in the Vienna Zoo.

Enhanced Itinerary: “Viva Italia”
Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany – This enhanced itinerary is perfect for families looking to explore the splendor of one of Europe’s most iconic destinations, with newly added VIP experiences. The journey begins in Rome with a private experience at the Colosseum and a rare after-hours visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel and a stop in Tuscany to learn the art of pasta in a private cooking class. Become immersed in the city with a step back in time to the wonders of the Renaissance on a special tour of the secret passages of the Palazzo Vecchio. Finally, unmask the mysteries of Venice with Carnevale, a mask-making activity and a detective game at the Doge’s Palace.

Special Teen-Focused Departures in 2014:
• Peru: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lima – This South American adventure will now include authentic experiences for teens including taking a spin at salsa dancing with the locals and horseback riding through the rugged  landscape. The tales of ancient civilizations will come alive during a bonfire and stargazing.
• Costa Rica: San José, Tortuguero, Arenal National Park, and Guanacaste – An exotic journey through the lush rainforests and thrilling wildlife of Costa Rica are enhanced with a teen-centric beach party on the country’s pristine sands. The jungles, volcanoes and waters of the region will be forever with families as teens partake in photography classes.
• Arizona & Utah: Sedona, Grand Canyon, Arches National Park and Moab – Venture into the heart of the Southwest with a bike ride through Boynton Canyon in Sedona and an exhilarating hike through the Grand Canyon at sunset.

Across six continents, Adventures by Disney takes you on vacations you never dreamed possible, fostering an adventurous environment to build everlasting bonds and heartwarming memories.

For a full list of 2014 itineraries, departure dates and a free, no obligation quote, contact us at kelly@wetravelersthree.com.

Summer Savings at Disney World

With summer right around the corner it is not to late to save on a family vacation to the most magical place on earth… Walt Disney World.  In addition to hotel discounts Disney is now offering a rare discount on theme park tickets of 4-days or longer when booked as part of a vacation package with travel dates between June 13 – August 14.

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Room Discounts available this summer

Offer Details:

Disney Value and Moderate Resorts
For stays most nights Aug. 15 – Sept. 28, 2013:

• Save up to 25% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins
• Save up to 20% at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort
• Save up to 15% at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites

Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts
For stays most nights Aug. 15 – Sept. 28, 2013:

• Save up to 30% at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Beach Club Resort Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard/pool view rooms), Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort (standard/lake view rooms) and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort (including Villas)
• Save up to 20% at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Just add tickets to take advantage of all the Theme Park fun!

Booking Window:
• Book May 9 – July 31, 2013

Contact us today for your free, no obligation quote and to book your magical Disney vacation.

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.  Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid rooms.