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Attraction and activity tickets that can be purchased through WestJet Vacations are indicated below.

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Buy by calling in Can be purchased by calling 1-888-581-9499, after you complete your vacation booking.

 

Theme Park Tickets

Magic Your Way Tickets give you ultimate flexibility. Customize your vacation with Theme Park tickets that allow you to make every dream come true. Want to go to just one Theme Park per day? You can do it. Want to go back and forth from Park to Park on the same day? No problem. Want to experience other attractions like the Water Parks, Downtown Disney, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course*, or ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex? You can do it all. When we say do Disney your way, we mean it!

Decide how many days you want to visit

Magic your wayPurchase a 3 to 10 day Magic Your Way Base Ticket, which gives you admission to one Theme Park per day for each day of your ticket. And with 3 to 10 day Magic Your Way Tickets, the longer you play the less you pay per day!

Add more flexibility with the Park Hopper Option

Want to enjoy more than one Theme Park per day? Add the Park Hopper Option. With so much to see and do here, you'll love the ability to come and go from Theme Park to Theme Park on the same day.

Add even more fun with the Water Park Fun & More Option

A great way to add more Disney fun beyond the Theme Parks! This option provides a certain number of visits, based on the length of the ticket purchased. For each visit, you can choose one of the following: Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park1, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park1, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course2 (greens fees), ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex3 (includes 30-minutes of game play at The PlayStation® Pavilion4), Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course5 (before 4 p.m.) or Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course5 (before 4 p.m.).

Save even more when you bundle the Park Hopper and the Water Park Fun & More Option.

Tickets and Options are nontransferable and expire 14 days after first use of the Ticket. Does not include activities/events separately priced. Visiting multiple Theme Parks on the same day requires the Park Hopper Option.

*Tee times required and subject to availability. 1 Water Parks subject to rehabilitation, seasonal and weather closures. Age restrictions may apply for access to certain facilities. 2 Tee times required and subject to availability. 3 Valid only on event days. Some events require an additional admission charge. There are no events on certain days. Days and hours of operation of concessions, venues and attractions varies. 4 Valid on days PlayStation® Pavilion is operating. 5 Valid for one round. Only one miniature golf course visit per day.

 

Disney Dining Plans

Disney dining plans are options available exclusively to guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, with the purchase of a Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket.

How Disney Dining Plans Work

  • When booking your Disney vacation, you will need to purchase both a Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket and a Disney dining plan.
  • While vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort, choose from over 100 select restaurants available.
  • Present your Key to the World card to your server or cashier prior to ordering. The Key to the World card electronically monitors your party's allocated meals.
  • Track your meals with the easy-to-read receipt your server will provide you, which displays your remaining meal balance.
  • Redeem your meals in any order throughout your package stay until each person's meal total is complete.

Available Disney Dining Plans

To take advantage of a Disney dining plan, you must add one of the following Dining plan options, as well as a Theme Park Ticket, to your vacation package booking.

Dining Reservations

For reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. (Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.) Many table-service restaurants are quite popular and book quickly. Some may have limited or no availability when you call. We strongly suggest you make dining reservations well in advance for the best options. Reservations are accepted at most Walt Disney World table-service restaurants, Signature Restaurants, Character Dining locations and Dinner Shows up to 180 days prior to arrival. An accepted major credit card is required to guarantee reservations at certain locations. Reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours before the scheduled seating or a cancellation charge may be incurred (charge varies by location).

Additional Disney Dining Plan Details

Gratuities are not included unless otherwise indicated. An automatic 18% gratuity charge will be added to your bill for parties of 6 or more. An automatic gratuity charge may also be added to your bill for items you order that are not included in the Disney Dining Plan (for example, alcoholic beverages). Merchandise or photo-imaging products that may be offered at Character Dining Experiences are not included.

 

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

Eat at select quick-service restaurants and receive two quick-service meals and one snack per person per night of your package stay. Plus, you'll also receive a mug you can refill as often as you like at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel.

With your Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, for each night of your package, each guest in your party (ages 3 and up) will receive:

2 Quick-Service Meals

Each quick-service meal includes:

  • 1 entrée or combo meal (if available)
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage

1 Snack

Examples of snacks are:

  • 1 frozen ice cream novelty, single-serving bag of snacks, single piece of whole fruit, 20-oz. bottle of pop, 12-oz. coffee/hot tea, single-serving prepackaged milk or juice

1 Resort-Refillable Drink Mug Per Person:

Bring your Resort mug to any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel and refill it with fountain pop as often as you like! Mugs are not eligible for refills in Theme Park, Water Park or Downtown Disney locations.

Children ages 3-9 must order from a Children's Menu where available. Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay and for the entire party (ages 3+). Meals are non-transferable between party members and expire at midnight on day of check-out.

 

Disney Dining Plan

This plan offers one table-service meal, one quick-service meal and one snack per person, per night of your package stay. Over 100 select restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort – including some restaurants that feature Disney Character Dining – honour the Disney Dining Plan. Plus, you'll also receive a mug you can refill as often as you like at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel.

With your Disney Dining Plan, for each night of your package, each guest in your party (ages 3 and up) will receive:

1 Table-Service Meal

Each (adult or child) table-service meal includes:

  • 1 entrée
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage
  • Or
  • 1 full buffet

1 Quick-Service Meal

Each quick-service meal includes:

  • 1 entrée or combo meal (if available)
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage

1 Snack

Examples of snacks are:

  • 1 frozen ice cream novelty, single-serving bag of snacks, single piece of whole fruit, 20-oz. bottle of pop, 12-oz. coffee/hot tea, single-serving prepackaged milk or juice

1 Resort-Refillable Drink Mug Per Person:

Bring your Resort mug to any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel and refill it with fountain pop as often as you like! Mugs are not eligible for refills in Theme Park, Water Park or Downtown Disney locations.

Children ages 3-9 must order from a Children's Menu where available. Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay and for the entire party (ages 3+). Meals are non-transferable between party members and expire at midnight on day of check-out. Many dining locations require the redemption of two Table Service meals per Guest.

 

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

Included are three meals and two snacks per person, per night of your package stay, and the flexibility to enjoy any combination of select table-service and quick-service restaurants. Enjoy delectable dining at over 100 restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, you'll also receive a mug you can refill as often as you like at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel.

With your Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, for each night of your package, each guest in your party (ages 3 and up) will receive:

3 Meals

Choose from select Walt Disney World Resort table-service or quick-service restaurants for all 3 of your meals.
Each (adult or child) table-service meal includes:

  • 1 appetizer (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 entrée
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage
  • Or
  • 1 full buffet

Each quick-service meal includes:

  • 1 entrée or combo meal (if available)
  • 1 dessert (lunch and dinner only)
  • 1 single-serving, non-alcoholic beverage

2 Snacks

Examples of snacks are:

  • 1 frozen ice cream novelty, single-serving bag of snacks, single piece of whole fruit, 20-oz. bottle of pop, 12-oz. coffee/hot tea, single-serving prepackaged milk or juice

1 Resort-Refillable Drink Mug Per Person:

Bring your Resort mug to any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel and refill it with fountain pop as often as you like! Mugs are not eligible for refills in Theme Park, Water Park or Downtown Disney locations.

Children ages 3-9 must order from a Children's Menu where available. Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay and for the entire party (ages 3+). Meals are non-transferable between party members and expire at midnight on day of check-out. Many dining locations require the redemption of two Table Service meals per Guest.

 

Disney's Magical Express Transportation

Magical expressAvoid the hassle of having to find transportation and drive! Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels are offered complimentary roundtrip transportation aboard Disney's Magical Express from the Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel, and delivery of your bags to your room.

How It Works

  1. Reserve Disney's Magical Express Transportation when you book online or through the WestJet Vacations call center.
  2. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your first travel date, you will receive an Airport Transportation Booklet containing general information and luggage tags.
  3. Place luggage tags on all items you are checking with the airline. Retain the baggage claim tickets provided to you by the airline when checking in at your originating airport. These will be needed when you arrive at Orlando International Airport.
  4. Upon landing at Orlando International Airport, skip baggage claim and proceed to the Disney's Magical Express Welcome Center in the Main Terminal Building, B side, Level 1. Disney's Magical Express service will collect your luggage and deliver it directly to your Walt Disney World hotel room within 3 hours after you check in at the resort. Luggage delivery service provided by Disney's Magical Express is available for flights arriving between 5:00 am and 10:00 pm daily. For airport arrivals after 10:00 pm, Guests may collect their luggage at Baggage Claim and transport it with them on the motor coach.

    If the Orlando International Airport is your first point of entry into the United States, please follow the U.S. Customs & Border Protection process and claim your luggage upon disembarking the airplane. Once you have completed this process you will give your luggage back to the airport officials and proceed to the Disney's Magical Express Welcome Centre on B side, Level 1. Disney's Magical Express service will recollect your luggage and deliver it directly to your Walt Disney World hotel room within 3 hours after you check in at the resort.

    If you have already completed the U.S. Customs & Border Protection process in another U.S. city or before entering the U.S., proceed directly to the Disney's Magical Express Welcome Centre on B side, Level 1.

  5. Sit back and relax as Disney transports you to your Disney Resort hotel in an air-conditioned motor coach.
  6. As your vacation draws to a close, you'll receive a Transportation Notice advising you of the pick-up time and place for your motor coach ride back to Orlando International Airport. Please note that it is your responsibility to bring your luggage to the pick-up point.

Please note that you cannot reserve the luggage service exclusively. You must be present on the motor coach to have your luggage transported to a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

 

Complimentary Resort Transportation

Take advantage of various complimentary transportation options…like monorails, ferryboats and motorcoaches… throughout the Walt Disney World Resort during your entire stay. These conveniences and more (including Resort shops and restaurants, plus complimentary Theme Park parking if you're driving) help make your vacation as carefree as can be!

 

Can’t Miss Attractions

Magic Kingdom Park

New Fantasyland

New FantasylandWelcome to a place where you can be surrounded by thick forests and roaring waterfalls in one moment…immersed in the golden age of the circus in the next. Welcome to New Fantasyland––the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history! Here, you'll experience Disney storytelling like never before as you enjoy amazing new attractions and interact with characters in ways you never dreamed possible.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will take you on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine "where a million diamonds shine." The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.

The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini

In the grand tradition of classic air shows…but one you can actually be part of…get set to twist, turn and fly high above Storybook Circus aboard The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini! Run by none other than the Great Goofini himself, this captivating, kid-friendly coaster takes you on an exciting flight over New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Park.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Step right up and celebrate the golden age of the circus as you enjoy not one…but TWO Dumbo the Flying Elephant attractions in the Magic Kingdom Park! Complete with a big top tent filled with interactive fun for everyone, this fantastical flight will send you on a magical ride high in the sky over Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland.

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station

Little ones can have a big splash of fun at the new Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station in the Magic Kingdom Park. At this colourful, circus-themed play area near the New Fantasyland Train Station, water squirts from playful monkeys, elephants, camels and from Casey Jr. himself when he lets off billows of cooling "steam."

Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid

Now there's a brand-new way to become part of Ariel's world as you enter Prince Eric's stunning castle, board a giant clamshell and experience the amazing attraction that is Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid! During this musical adventure, you'll discover a world teeming with colour and characters, while enjoying high-energy songs and incredible effects that take you inside scenes from the animated classic. So pack up your dinglehoppers, tune up your snarfblatts and enjoy the ride of your sea life in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Park!

Ariel's Grotto

Now everyone's favourite undersea princess can be found in her new home in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Park! Ariel's Grotto is now nestled in a picturesque cove along the rocky shoreline of the Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction. Here, Ariel is happy to meet with her human friends, signing autographs and posing for pictures, as everyone who visits gets to experience part of her world.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Take a trip through the world of Beauty and the Beast during the captivating, new Enchanted Tales with Belle storytelling experience in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park! The adventure begins in Maurice's workshop, where a magical mirror becomes your doorway to an unforgettable adventure. After stepping through the mirror, you'll find that you've been transported to Beast's magnificent library, where Belle and Lumière invite you to become part of a lively retelling of the "tale as old as time."

Be Our Guest Restaurant

From the mysterious gargoyles watching over you to the grand mural that transports you to a fantastical French valley, the new Be Our Guest Restaurant promises to immerse you in the story of Beauty and the Beast like never before. Here, you'll be able to feast in one of three incredible dining rooms right in the middle of Beast's Castle: the elegant Ballroom with domed ceiling; the mysterious West Wing, complete with the enchanted rose in its jar; and the Castle Gallery, featuring a statue of Belle and the Beast as well as photos of the castle and staff before the wicked curse. To be part of this "Quick-service by day/Table-service by night" dining experience, simply head to New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Park and be our Guest!

Belle's Village

Not far from Beast's Castle in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Park, you'll discover the charm of Belle's Village. Come enjoy the quaint buildings and casual atmosphere of this new area that features great shopping at Bonjour Village Gifts, refreshments and fun at Gaston's Tavern, and a grand fountain depicting Gaston himself in a heroic, manly pose with Lefou at his feet.

Gaston's Tavern

Nestled in Belle's Village in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, you'll find the manliest of manly places to sit down and grab a quick snack and drink…Gaston's Tavern. Inside this rustic, wooden watering hole, you'll find décor that reflects Gaston's love of all things masculine as you kick back and enjoy a refreshingly frothy mug of his sweet signature beverage.

Epcot

Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Get revved up for the exciting, re-imagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet—the exhilarating driving experience, now designed by YOU! Feel like you're part of the Chevrolet design studio as you create your own virtual custom-concept vehicle. Then, put your design through its paces (at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour) on the exciting hills, hairpin turns and straightaways of the Test Track circuit.

Soarin'

Take a free-flying adventure across the natural wonders of the Golden State aboard this thrilling Epcot attraction. With the wind in your hair, glide 40 feet in the air as you look down upon the breathtaking vistas of Yosemite and redwood forests. Soar as high as your imagination over a world of wonders.

Turtle Talk with Crush

Yo, Dude, come check out this totally cool interactive show. Go under the sea and have a conversation with Crush in his digital underwater world. The 152-year-old sea turtle from the Disney presentation of Pixar's "Finding Nemo" chats, jokes and even recognizes Guests. This is a first-of-its-kind live, real-time animated show you have to see to believe. It's soooo awesome! Inspired by Disney•Pixar's Finding Nemo.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Stay cool this summer at Walt Disney World Resort

For the first time in forever, some of your friends from Disney's Frozen are taking Disney’s Hollywood Studios by snowstorm during a live Frozen Summer Fun experience! Enjoy a flurry of excitement for everyone, including Character appearances, a royal procession, sing-alongs, dance parties, wintertime activities, themed fireworks and more, July 5 through September 28, 2014.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine once again to create an unforgettable new Star Wars™ adventure: Star Tours-The Adventures Continue – now in 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios! While visiting that "galaxy far, far away," experience a new story, plus a chance to fly with some favourite characters like C-3PO, R2-D2, Princess Leia and even Darth Vader! You'll never know which of these classic characters will appear during this flight to the furthest reaches of the universe. Plus, travel the galaxy like never before in the all-new Starspeeder 1000! You never know where the Force might take you. Many different Star Tours adventures await you – including multiple storylines and locations. Riding once is not enough!

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Toy Story Mania!

Step right up! This interactive, 4D attraction features the loveable cast of characters from the Disney•Pixar Toy Story films. Climb aboard a ride vehicle and play through a gallery of midway-style games designed for a raucous good time. Inspired by Disney•Pixar's Toy Story films.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Expedition Everest

Through the mists of Asia, a colossal new adventure rises. Expedition Everest! Hop on a high-speed train through the Himalayas for treacherous chasms and hair-pin turns which are just the start of the action. But beware, screams get the attention of the mountain's guardian – the dreaded Yeti. In an instant, frigid winds blast and icy tracks hurl the train forward, then backward into the abyss on a spiraling drop into the mountain. You see the beast. Trouble is, he sees you too.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Climb aboard your open-sided safari vehicle for an exciting expedition for the entire family. Animals from Africa freely roam through 110 acres of savannah, rivers and rocky hills. Look out for giraffes, hippos, elephants, rhinos, and lions!

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Shopping

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Each theme park gateway is packed with shops for those last-minute purchases. To beat the crowds, avoid them during peak times, like after parades and closing time. Expect to find unique memorabilia offered throughout all the theme parks.

Magic Kingdom

Look for great western duds in the Frontier Trading Post. Need a rubber snake or a safari hat? Have your pick at the Island Supply. The Merchant of Venus is perfect for the would-be space cadet in the family.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This is a great place to find both Disney brands and everything Hollywood-themed. You can find silver-screen memorabilia, clothing and merchandise and one-of-a-kind gems. Check out Sid Cahuenga’s One of a Kind for authentic collectables, or In Character for children’s costumes. Look for Villains in Vogue for the best selection of Disney villain clothing and jewelry, especially items from Nightmare Before Christmas and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Kids love spending their vacation coins at Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures, where there are plenty of gifts under US$10. Disney Outfitters stocks an assortment of upscale shirts.

Epcot

Epcot has a world of unique shopping experiences. In China, look for silk robes in beautiful colours. In Norway, take home a classic troll. In Canada, you can pick up that essential winter item – a toque.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney has three distinct districts within its 120 acres of boardwalks along the shoreline. The Downtown Disney West Side has big entertainment features including Cirque du Soleil, The House of Blues and DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park. But there are also quirky shops to browse. Looking to replace your lost sunglasses? Find a new pair at Sunglass Icon. In need of some art? Wander into Hoypoloi and come out with a glass frog.

Disney fanatics and children also enjoy pin trading, and Downtown Disney is the best place to go to trade your pins. There is even a store dedicated to the trinkets. Buy a lanyard, toss a few pins on and see how many people you meet throughout the parks. If a cast member walks by wearing a pin you want, unlike fellow guests, he or she is obligated to trade with you.

Pleasure Island

It is currently going through renovations, with a new look to be revealed in 2012. However, you can still buy a surfboard and all the cool clothes related to surfing at Curl By Sammy Duvall, or anything Harley (except a motorcycle) at Orlando Harley Davidson.

Marketplace

For Disney brands found in most of the theme parks, your best bet is the World of Disney store, spread out over 12 rooms. It’s the largest store of its kind in the world.

If you want something fashionable with a subtle hint of Mickey, go to the new boutique, Trend-D. Check out the Team Mickey Athletic Club for Disney logo sports gear. For something special, check out the corner where you can have customized Rawlings bats, balls, gloves and batting helmets made. Take some time to watch the bats being made from scratch.

If there is a LEGO fan in your group, head into the LEGO Imagination Center. The coolest thing there is a special mirror. Hold a LEGO box in front of it and it reads the code, then magically builds the model on the box to show you exactly what’s inside. Don’t forget the Disney Days of Christmas Store or Disney’s Design-A-Tee, where you can design a commemorative shirt, then watch it being created.

If you buy something early on in the day and don’t want to lug it through the parks, have it delivered to the merchandise pickup area located at the front entrance of each theme park. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, it can be delivered to your room the following day. Or ship gifts and souvenirs home (with applicable shipping charges applied).

If you are shopping for bargains on brand names, take a side trip into Orlando to The Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia, or to The Loop in Kissimmee less than 30 km away from the Walt Disney World Resort.

Dining guide

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Munching with Mickey and his pals (Buffet, $-$$)

Big buffet breakfasts with the larger-than-life characters are offered at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian, and Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Inside the parks, find characters in the Magic Kingdo at Cinderella Castle and The Crystal Palace. At Epcot, look for characters at Akershus in Norway and at the Garden Grill. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, find characters at Tusker House Restaurant. In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood and Vine hosts character breakfasts.

Main Street Bakery Magic Kingdom (Bakery, $)

On the way to grab your FASTPASS tickets, swing into the Main Street Bakery for a muffin and a fruit cup, or try a fresh cinnamon roll.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café Magic Kingdom (American, $)

At Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café, you can expect mouth-watering burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches and chicken wraps. It’s up to you to choose between the side of fries or apple slices. The best part of the meal is the “dressings station.” Load up on the condiments and toppings to create your own one-of-a-kind burger.

Cinderella Castle Magic Kingdom (American, $$)

Pre-book a dinner with Cinderella or any of the other Princesses at Cinderella Castle and enjoy entrées like chicken, lamb or vegetarian casserole. There are also chicken strips and mini hot dogs available. The venue is small so everyone has a chance to mingle with a Princess. Reservations are recommended.

50’s Prime Time Café

Hollywood Studios (American, $-$$)

Not only can you grab some good old American comfort food like meatloaf and pot roast, expect to be welcomed by “Mom” as you enter her diner. The wait staff is pretty particular about your manners, so keep your elbows off the table and don’t talk with your mouth full. Or you get a tongue-in-cheek finger-wagging lecture. Check out the dessert menu from a 3-D Viewfinder in front of the black and white TV at the end of your table.

Hollywood and Vine Hollywood Studios (Buffet, $-$$$)

Hollywood and Vine features a buffet, but the food is cooked fresh at on-stage cooking stations. It offers choices like herb-crusted baked salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp and mussels, and a well-stocked sundae station. It is also a part of the Fantasmic! dinner special. By dining here on show nights, you are given VIP passes to Fantasmic!

Flame Tree Barbeque Animal Kingdom (American, $)

Flame Tree Barbeque’s menu features wood-roasted pork ribs slathered in either a tomato-based sauce or a dry-rub marinade. Dine on the deck next to the river.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant Animal Kingdom (Asian, $$)

At the base of Mount Everest, you can order from a delicious menu. You have the option of a quick-service café or table service. Expect to dine on duck, tempura-battered shrimp, egg rolls and dim sum. Adults can choose from an eclectic selection of beers from Asia.

Dining around the world at Epcot (International, $-$$$)

Epcot is a celebration of what the world has to offer. With 11 nations showcasing their best, you can surprise your tastebuds with new flavours. Tutto Italia Ristorante in Italy offers fresh pasta with a wonderful selection of Italian red wines. San Angel Inn Restaurante in Mexico offers traditional dishes such as mole poblano made with chicken and cocoa. The medieval castle in Norway has the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offering Scandinavian special dishes including kjottkaker(meatballs).

In Japan, enjoy dinner with skilled chefs cooking at the tableside grill. Or maybe you’ll head to Morocco for the Restaurant Marrakesh and experience great flavours and entertainment. While dining on bastilla (a typical chicken dish), watch belly dancers jazz up the room. Le Cellier Restaurant in Canada is rated as one of the best at the Walt Disney World, especially well known for its steak.

Whispering Canyon Café Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (American, $-$$)

At this homey, rustic restaurant, you can choose from entrees or the buffet, which offers smoked pork, pulled pork, oven-roasted chicken and beef with a selection of vegetables. The main dishes are refreshing and somewhat lighter fare, including savoury dishes like chicken and penne pasta, or whiskey maple-glazed trout.

Artist Point Restaurant Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Pacific Northwest, $-$$)

Artist Point Restaurant’s food and decor are influenced by the lodges of the National Parks of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The signature dish is cedar plank-roasted Pacific salmon. At least 130 wines from the region are highlighted on the comprehensive wine list, as well as sake from Oregon.

Jiko – The Cooking Place Disney’s Animal Kingdom (International, $-$$$)

This open-concept restaurant is one of the Walt Disney World’ Resort's finest offerings. If wild boar or striped bass are not in season, the menu offers other unique entrees as well as conventional favourites like a delectable mac ’n’ cheese. The decor is soothing, the music soft and the award-winning wine selection is from South Africa.

California Grill Disney’s Contemporary Resort (American, $$$$)

California Grill has the best view of all at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you time your aperitif right, you can watch the fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle at the same time. The food is quintessentially Californian, with fresh vegetables, succinct flavours and savoury meat selections, all presented with sensational flare. Expect the best selection of Californian wines on the eastern seaboard.

Yachtsman Steakhouse Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (Steak House, $-$$$)

Don’t be fooled by the classic steak house ambiance. The Yachtsman is great for the family, with children’s entrees such as chicken noodle soup and baked fish of the day at reasonable prices. As for the adult menu, meat lovers have plenty to choose from on the menu. Choices of steaks, cod, lamb and free-range chicken are prepared, as Mary Poppins would say, “Practically perfect in every way.”

Golf and Spa

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Spas at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa ($$$)

The Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa embraces the wisdom of Solas per Aqua (Latin for “health through water”). It offers many treatments focused on the therapeutic benefits of water. Body treatments include marine algae wraps and hydrotherapy treatments featuring various herbs, salt scrubs and essential oils. The Mystical Forest Facial is a 50-minute treatment costing US$130 as of May 2011. Hydro massages were US$115.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa ($$$)

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the philosophy centres on elevating your spirit while relaxing the body. There are plenty of massages to choose from, including a sports massage or a soothing face and hot oil scalp massage. Pick up some of the spa products from the boutique. Many feature citrus fragrances like grapefruit.

Several of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels also offer fitness centres. Check out the full-service spas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa and Health Club.

There are even pampering services offered to children ages four to 12 including My First Manicure and My First Pedicure treatments. You might, however, want to sign up your tween or teen for My First Facial. Having them hear from a pro how to take care of their skin may be the best spa treatment ever. Expect to pay US$35 for My First Manicure and up to US$70 for My First Facial at either resort.

Golf at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Palm Golf Course

This 7,015-yard course is rated by Golf Digest among the top 25 resort courses in the U.S. and is deemed a “classic” Florida course.

At Disney's Palm Golf Course, many of the hazards on the par-72 course are water. And it’s no more apparent than on hole 6. Play your line perfectly on this 412-yard par 4 because there is water to the left and water fronting the green. If you go wide to the right, it’s a thick, wet forest.

Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course

At Disney's Osprey Ridge Golf Course, the first three holes may be easy, but don’t let your game down. The last three holes are a true test of talent. The par-72 course opened in 1992 under the watchful eye of course architect Tom Fazio. He designed the 7,101-yard course to capture the lay of the land, preserving all the adjacent wetlands and rolling hills. That spells out golf ball-swallowing foliage and swirling winds.

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course

Bulldogs may not be big but they are tough, and Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is just that. Short and tough is what you can expect on this par-72 course measuring 6,829 yards from the pro tees.

Designed in 1972 and reworked in 1994, this course is full of demands like the island green on hole 16, or the nasty dog leg on the finishing hole. This golf course has been used numerous times for PGA and LPGA tournaments.

Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course

Save this course for a day when you are at your best. This is the longest and perhaps the most challenging of the courses. It is 7,516 yards from the pro tees and offers beautiful scenery. More than 1,500 magnolia trees line this course which has hosted a PGA tour every year since 1971.

Stephen Ames of Calgary won the PGA Children's Miracle Network Classic here in 2007. If you are golfing at the Walt Disney World Resort, you really have to play the iconic par-3 sixth hole, fronted by the famous “mouse trap.”

Green fees vary depending on the course and time of day. As of May 2011, golf rates for resort guests at Disney’s Palm, Magnolia, Osprey Ridge or Lake Buena Vista Golf Courses before 3 p.m. were US$89 for nine holes or 18 holes for US$140. After 3 p.m. the cost was US$49 for nine holes.

Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course

Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course is a great place to take the family. The family-play par-36 layout is 2,913 yards from the back tees. Nine holes, small challenging greens and two of the best par fives on the property make it a great learning course. As of May 2011, resort guests paid US$38 for adults for nine holes; juniors (17 and under) paid US$20.

Golfers staying at any of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels are treated like pros. Complementary transportation to and from the golf course is available. If another round of golf is reserved for the following day at a different course, the golf service staff can move your clubs to the other course and store them until your arrival. If you decide not to bring your own clubs, complimentary Titleist and Cobra clubs are available when non-discounted rounds of golf are reserved.

Watch for the “9 By 11” special, allowing you to get the back nine in by 11 a.m., and for holiday weekend specials offering play-all-day rates. (Offers may be revised after December 31, 2011.)

Need a little help with your game? The Disney PGA professionals offer year-round lessons to golfers looking to improve their scores. Private lessons include one-on-one instruction with a video analysis of where your swing broke down. Pros give advice on everything from club selection to game skills.

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Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” This is true with all the Disney properties, and Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort proves there is no shortage of imagination here.

What’s New in Toontown

Toontown was tucked away in January 2010 for renovations and to make room for the biggest renovation ever seen in the Magic Kingdom. Scheduled to open in phases beginning in late 2012, the expansion offers new attractions including:

  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid – Travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves. Watch out for the eels Flotsam and Jetsam, as they are sure to make an appearance.
  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Guests take a musical ride on a roller-coaster that will be the first of its kind to swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track.
  • The Barnstormer – This roller-coaster at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm is returning bigger and better as The Great Goofini.

Pleasure Island makeover

Pleasure Island is going through a transformation, and when it’s all said and done, the new area called Hyperion Wharf will be two different experiences. During the day, check out the bustling port district’s new boutiques and innovative restaurants. By night, in honour of Hyperion, the Greek god of light, thousands of lights transform the area into an electric wonderland. Coincidentally, Hyperion is also the name of the street on which Walt Disney built his first animation studio.

Learn to fight like a pirate in Adventureland

The Pirates League in Adventureland is an interactive activity at the Magic Kingdom for kids over the age of three. It’s hilarious to watch your family turn into notorious pirates with the assistance of Jack Sparrow and his motley crew. Each buccaneer is outfitted with scars, tattoos, swords and an adventure into the Caribbean. Packages are US$30 and reservations are a must.

Fly aboard the Starspeeder at Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

The Star Tours attraction reopened in May 2011 as Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, with a 3-D experience like no other. Each time you step aboard the Starspeeder 1000, it has the capacity to be one of 50 different stories and scenarios. The first time, you may be speeding to the jungle planet of Kashyyyk with the help of Yoda. Or you may end up on the icy planet of Hoth with Darth Vader on your next visit.

Toy Story Mania! is a ride and a game for the whole family

A life-sized Mr. Potato Head stands at the entrance to Toy Story Mania! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The big talking spud is the first Audio-Animatronics figure whose lips move and eyes really follow you as he speaks directly to you. If you mumble a response, he pulls his ear out and holds it closer to hear you better.

Once inside the attraction, you slip into a carnival-themed midway tram and wear 3-D glasses. As the tram moves through the midway, take aim by pulling a string-action laser shooter at the virtual plates, ducks, bulls-eyes and Toy Story pals. This is a FASTPASS sell-out every day so don’t miss it.

Look for hidden Mickeys

Mickey Mouse is hiding everywhere at the Walt Disney World Resort – in attractions, on streetlamps, in rugs, wallpaper and murals. The unplanned and ever-changing appearances started with the Imagineers in Epcot. According to Dr. Steven Barrett, the un-authorized authority on hidden Mickeys, when Epcot was under construction, the management wanted the characters to stay in the Magic Kingdom. The Imagineers decided to hide an image of Mickey Mouse as an inside joke in Epcot. The phenomenon then spread to all Disney properties.

Look for the classic, three-circle head hiding on the golf ball at Soarin’ in Epcot, or on the dinner settings on the table in The Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom. Mickey may even show up as a mud island at the flamingo’s habitat on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He also hides in a sand trap at Disney’s Osprey Ridge golf course and in the art in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. There are thousands of them, so make your own game of finding Mickey when you visit.

Fascinating Facts about the Walt Disney World Resort

Who has a bigger wardrobe – Mickey or Minnie? Surprisingly, it’s Mickey, with more than 290 outfits, ranging from his classic red pants and black tux to a scuba suit and safari wear. Minnie has roughly 200 ensembles, including evening gowns and her iconic red and white polka-dot dress.

With millions of visitors annually, it’s no wonder the Disney parks are among the most photographed places in the United States. On any given day, Disney’s PhotoPass photographers take between 100,000 and 200,000 photos of guests. Photographers are positioned everywhere to capture your perfect moment. The PhotoPass service allows you to view, share and order your Disney photos online and to create Disney products such as photo books and mugs.

The Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is over 1,000 metres long, and each Limotrain features a different Aerosmith song re-recorded with custom lyrics and riffs for each song so that it relates to the ride.

They include “Love In A Roller Coaster” (“Love In An Elevator”) and “What Kind of Ride Are You On?” (“What Kind of Love Are You On?”). But how can you tell when you are screaming during the two upside-down loops?

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Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba (Live show, $$$)

La Nouba takes place under the big white tent at Downtown Disney. The show is filled with clowns, acrobats, gymnasts and musicians. Characters like the scary muscle-man Le Titan, the fanciful Green Bird and the nutty Les Cons (The Nuts) help tie the scenes together to create a high-energy, sometimes unbelievable, show for the entire family.

Fantasmic! (Live show, free with admission)

The Fantasmic! fireworks and water show is still wowing the crowds over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In the 25-minute show, Mickey Mouse brings images to life as he dreams of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. More than one million gallons of water are sprayed and 50 costumed performers fill the stage.

Mickey happily brings favourite Disney classics to life on sprays of water but, as usual, there is always a party-pooper. The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs conjures up a nightmare scene. But in true Disney fashion, good wins over bad. Fantasmic! runs select nights, so check the listings before you go.

The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Live show, free with admission)

Cinderella Castle is now an astounding mix of old and new technology. The castle, built in 1971, is a fairytale icon used as a backdrop framed in countless black and white, Polaroid, video and digital photos of many family memories.

Each day, more than 500 images and videos taken by park guests are blended with 5,000 other images into a 10-minute presentation called, “The Magic, The Memories, and You!”

Using 16 projectors, the castle becomes a canvas for the images and animation. Vines loop around turrets, the seven dwarfs find ways to march up the exterior, and fireworks, both real and animated, are part of the spectacle. For Disney and technology fans, it’s an emotional moment.

Wishes (Live show, free with admission)

Need more fireworks? Every night at 10 p.m., exactly 683 pyrotechnics are blasted off in Wishes, another emotional tale of making a wish come true. Watch for Tinker Bell as the brave little fairy flies from atop Cinderella Castle.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (Live show, free with admission)

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth uses the waters of Epcot as the stage. Every inch of shoreline can be your front-row seat to a spectacular show of fireworks, leaping water fountains, a parade of brilliantly lit barges and videos shown on an enormous sphere.

More than 180,000 LEDs on the sphere are used to create visions of the earth to celebrate its diversity. The finale of the 13-minute show uses torches of fire encircling the lagoon and one big barge blasting propane-lit flames through 37 nozzles into the darkened sky. Combine that with all the lasers beaming from the buildings nearby and it is a brilliant symphony of light and magic.

Extra Magic Hours

As a bonus perk for guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, extended park hours are offered at one of the four Disney theme parks before or after regular park hours. Guests are invited to check the daily schedule at their hotel to find out which parks are open for Extra Magic Hours.

With a flash of your resort ID and theme park ticket, you can slip through the gates an hour early to beat the morning rush for many of the favourite attractions. Or, as the crowds depart for the day, you have the luxury of enjoying up to three extra hours of fun. At select times of the year, the Disney water theme parks also offer Extra Magic Hours.

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Extra Magic Hours

Check that little map in your pocket and find out which of the theme parks is offering Extra Magic Hours for guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. This is your chance to be the first at the popular attractions, an hour before the crowds hit the pavement.

Or, you can enjoy the designated park for up to three hours after the crowds have departed. Each day, it’s a different park, so plan accordingly. Your entire party needs to show their valid theme park ticket and resort ID to use the Extra Magic Hours.

FASTPASS lets you cut down long lineups

Get your FASTPASS as early as possible, as some attractions like Toy Story Mania! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios run out of passes early. The park map shows you which attractions are on the FASTPASS system. With FASTPASS, you can either stand in line for the most popular attractions or – better yet – virtually stand there.

Decide which attraction is the “must-do” and head directly to it. Look for the FASTPASS ticket dispensers and insert your park main entrance ticket in the machine. A FASTPASS ticket and your main entry ticket are printed. The FASTPASS has a time window printed on it suggesting when you should return. Come back during that designated period and stroll up the FASTPASS line, usually all the way to the front.

Plan your day with the informative maps

While checking into your hotel, take a free map available on the counter. There is a lot of information about the theme parks, including which are open for Extra Magic Hours, parade and show times, what attractions are not open due to maintenance and, of course, where the attractions are.

Play games at DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park

DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park in Downtown Disney is so much fun, you may have trouble dragging the whole family away. As long as everyone meets the height requirement, there are five floors of fun fuelled by Disney’s innovation and imagination.

Plan to be there all day to enjoy the Animation Academy, where you learn to draw like a pro. There’s also a life-size pinball game, where you become part of the action, and a virtual raft ride that takes you swiftly down a mountain river. One false move and you will get really wet.

Spend a day away from the theme parks

If you want a break from the theme parks at Walt Disney World, spend a day at other attractions in the area. Weather permitting, head to Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Each waterpark offers different experiences. At Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, snorkel at Shark Reef, or play in the crashing waves in the world’s largest wave pool.

At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, ride chairlifts to the top of the snow-covered mountain to plunge 12 storeys down on the Summit Plummet! There are also plenty of miniature golf courses and horseback rides at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Transportation

Walt Disney World offers guests staying at its resort hotels free transfers to and from the airport. Once you are at the Walt Disney World Resort, the bus service is free. Boats and monorails round out the ways you can move from the parks to the hotels.

Combine dinner with Fantasmic!

Want to treat the family to a dinner and the best seats in the house for Fantasmic? Make lunch or dinner reservations at The Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano or dinner only at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After you dine, pick up the VIP voucher for Fantasmic! and follow the directions to your special entrance.

Best spots to watch the parade

Everyone loves a parade, and Disney is the best in the business. The characters and dancers mix and mingle and make everyone feel special. Instead of staking a claim at the popular spots (especially Main Street U.S.A), find out from either your trusty park map or a cast member where the parade starts. Walk in that direction. As soon as the gate opens, the parade is in full colour and the dancers are looking for toddlers to tickle.

Beating the crowds

The main routes are packed after a show, so if you want to move swiftly, walk single-file and snake through the crowd. Your kids may be amazed that you came up with such a fun way to exit the park.

If you are at the back of Magic Kingdom, look for the Walt Disney World Railroad stations. Every 10 minutes, one of four trains stops to pick up the crowd-avoiders and takes them to the main gates.

While the parade-lovers are waving and singing along with the music, take advantage of the situation by heading for the popular attractions. There will still be lineups but the wait time is much shorter. This is true especially in the evenings when parades and fireworks are drawing people to the front of the park.

Travelling with small children

If you are travelling with little children, rent a stroller. Dress them in bright non-Disney apparel while at the theme parks. It’s far easier to find your child in a lone Saskatchewan Roughriders shirt than in the latest Mickey Mouse shirt. As you enter each park, there is a Lost Parents Center. If your kids lose you, a cast member will take them there to find you.

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Enjoy the action day and night at Downtown Disney

During the day, the 120-acre Downtown Disney is a wonderful mix of stores, restaurants and entertainment. As the sun sets and the kids go back to their hotels, it’s a whole new world of pubs and nightlife.

Day or night, there are more than 70 shops open that offer unique souvenirs, gifts and art. Adults with a love of motorcycles should drop by the Orlando Harley-Davidson store. The dining experiences are plentiful here. Try the Earl of Sandwich for lunch, or indulge in a super chocolate-y milkshake at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.

Head to Downtown Disney West Side after dark

One of the most popular evening attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort is La Nouba, Cirque du Soleil’s mesmerizing show featuring 65 artists and athletes. The show is breathtaking, amusing and inspirational. After the show, cap off the evening with a cocktail and live music at The House of Blues.

Or you can relax with a movie at the AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theatres Complex. The large screens in the theatres are designed to capture the grandeur of the art deco movie houses of the 1920s.

Dance and dine on Pleasure Island

While Pleasure Island gets renovated through 2011, there is still an opportunity to kick up your heels. While the band plays music from the “homeland,” Raglan Road Irish Pub and Bar serves up traditional Irish pub grub.

Paradiso 37 has a great patio overlooking the waterfront and offers cuisine inspired by all 37 countries of the Americas. There are more than 37 different types of tequila to choose from here.

Enjoy the nightlife at Disney’s BoardWalk

Disney’s Boardwalk has a few stellar places to kick back without the kids. The most popular is the duelling piano bar at Jellyrolls. Just follow the music and sounds of laughter. Arrive early, as it’s a popular spot. Across the promenade is the Atlantic Dance Hall. If you like to dance, prepare to tango and boogie the night away in a stunning art deco ballroom.

Hire a babysitter for the night

If you need a break from the kids, don’t worry. The Walt Disney World Resort has a babysitting service on call around the clock. There are also resort-based child-care programs such as Mouseketeer Clubhouse or The Neverland Club.

Get on the fast track and race with Richard Petty

If you have a need for speed, prepare to scratch “drive a race car” off your wish list. At the Richard Petty Driving Experience, you can feel the sensation of racing around an official NASCAR oval. On this exhilarating adventure, you can either be a passenger alongside a professional driver for a few breath-taking laps, or sign on for the chance to drive your own racecar for 18 to 30 laps.

Enjoy sporting events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a sports fan oasis. More than 300 events are held here each year, from Chelsea football to Super Bowl football. If you enjoy running, you can also take part in the many marathons hosted here, including the Wine & Dine Half Marathon every fall. After the run, you can enjoy plenty of tasty drinks and treats – Epcot-style.

Catch the Atlanta Braves during spring training

Head to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World and watch the Atlanta Braves during spring training. Champion Stadium has 9,500 seats for fans to fill. This is your chance to see veteran Braves play alongside rising stars as they “Play ball!” against other Major League Baseball teams.

If you’re looking for a double header, less than 20 minutes away in Kissimmee, you can cheer on the Houston Astros as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Take a swing at any of five golf courses at the Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World offers 81 holes on four 18-hole championship courses, with a nine-hole family-play course tossed in for a quick round (ideal for beginners or families). Check exclusive offers for free transportation and discount rates when checking in at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Go fishing at the Walt Disney World Resort

With all that water surrounding the resorts, there are plenty of opportunities to drop a line in search of largemouth bass – 70,000 to be exact and up to eight pounds each.

In the 1960s, the Seven Seas Lagoon was stocked and the fish have flourished. Now, Disney offers a catch-and-release fishing experience. You can get a guide and a boat to the lakes, or go on your own along the shores of the Fort Wilderness canals.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (January)

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend kicks off every January with the half-marathon on Saturday and the full-marathon on Sunday. It’s a flat course lined with entertainment and music to help move you through the theme parks.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March to May)

Check out the more than 70 character topiaries from different Disney films arranged across 299 acres of gardens. More than 500,000 plants, trees and shrubs are planted, along with 120 floating gardens in the waters of Epcot. There are also hands-on demonstrations and tours included with admission.

Star Wars Weekends (May/June)

Is there an aspiring Jedi warrior in your house? Your little Skywalkers can get up-close-and-personal with stars and characters from the Star Wars movies. Better yet, learn to use those light sabres by participating in the Jedi Training Academy. Register when the park opens, as it’s a popular program.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September to November)

Wine and dine during the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and follow the aromas from special kiosks along the World Showcase Promenade. You can taste small portions along the way and experience wines and beers from around the world.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (September/October)

Dressed in their best ghoul and goblin costumes, Disney villains are joined by characters parading through the darkened streets. Sparks fly from the Haunted Mansion’s gravedigger’s shovels as they drag them while dancing through the parade. Come dressed in costume and explore the Magic Kingdom while candy is handed out. Tickets sell out fast for this event, so buy online.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (November/December)

Visit the Magic Kingdom during the day so you see the park transformed into a winter wonderland. On special nights, you are treated to cookies and hot chocolate and exclusive events. They include holiday fireworks, a light show on Cinderella Castle, and the Once Upon A Christmas Parade with Mickey and Santa. Don’t miss a magical snowfall on Main Street U.S.A. Also watch for Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park held daily throughout the festive season.

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Go on classic rides at the Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain in Frontierland certainly lives up to its name – put the kids on the right side of the log so they get the wettest! If you like roller-coasters, try to get a seat at the back of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad train. Tuck away your hats and glasses because this coaster quickly dips and rumbles through the gold-splattered mountain town of Tumbleweed.

If you love the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, experience the attraction that started it all in Adventureland. Look for Captain Sparrow to appear at least three times throughout the eight-minute boat ride.

Over in Tomorrowland, make sure to try the video-game inspired ride, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. If you hold your trigger down continuously and aim for the targets far away, you might have a chance to get the highest score.

Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland is also worth the wait. The artist behind the attraction did a wonderful job of engineering the perspective so you fly over scenes from the movie.

Explore Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you like Aerosmith and roller-coasters, head to this corner of the park. The Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is the fastest roller-coaster at the Walt Disney World Resort. Make sure your head is against the headrest as your “limo” goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds.

Then, head over to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to take the scariest elevator ride of your life. You are strapped into a seat in an elevator that goes to the top of the building to free-fall as many times as the randomly set program determines.

Visit Toy Story Mania! where Mr. Potato Head is the carnie inviting you in. Be careful while standing in line as the overgrown spud is really watching you and actually talks to the people in line. Once inside, the 3-D glasses create a wonderful amusement park full of targets to shoot.

Get a little wild at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Take your time walking past the Tree of Life, or go under it for It’s Tough To Be a Bug! Look for the incredible artistry in the tree trunk – more than 325 animals are carved into it.

If you ride the big trucks on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, the kids get an opportunity to see small herds of zebras, hippos, elephants and warthogs, as well as pass by many other African animals. Or the whole family can get wet riding through a rapids-filled rainforest on the Kali River Rapids.

From the rainforest, stroll over to the mountains to ride Expedition Everest. Take time to check out the exhibits during the long lineup. (Even the FASTPASS line is lengthy.) Disney Imagineers have done an excellent job of bringing the legends and lore of the Yeti to life.

Let the kids explore The Boneyard in DinoLand U.S.A. It’s an amazing playground with ropes for the kids to climb.

Take flight at Epcot

Test your space-worthiness by stepping up to be an astronaut on Mission: Space. This is the only attraction in the theme park’s history equipped with motion-sickness bags. A far gentler flight is over at Soarin’. The IMAX presentation has you virtually soaring in a hang glider over California as you fly over pine forests and orange groves.

Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

This shortened version of the animated feature, Beauty and the Beast, invites the audience to “Be Our Guest,” then springs into a lively stage show. Everyone in your party will be impressed by the musical extravaganza. The props, costumes and special effects are stunning. By the time Belle and her handsome prince dance at the finale, you may fall back in love with the classic tale. Check the park’s Times Guide for the daily list of performances at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Watch the stage version of Finding Nemo

This stage production of Finding Nemo – The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park brings the animated movie to life with huge puppets. Brilliant set design, bold colours, special effects and animated projections help draw you into the inspirational tale of discovery. The 30-minute show repeats throughout the day, and performances are held indoors. Check the park Times Guide for dates and times.

Dine with your favourite Disney characters

Instead of standing in line at the theme parks, let the Disney characters come to you. They visit during breakfast at many of the hotels, or in the parks at special locations for lunch and dinner.

As the sun rises, Goofy and friends make their way to Disney's Beach Club Resort, and Mary Poppins may have you all stepping in time at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Meanwhile, chef Mickey and his gang are cooking every morning at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The breakfasts are buffet-style, with a good array of fruit and healthy choices. Don’t forget to try the Mickey-shaped waffles.

At noon, find Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table in her castle at the Magic Kingdom. This is a hit with little girls. If you can’t get reservations there, head to Epcot for the Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus in the Norway Pavilion. At least five princesses are there for every meal.

Visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Harmony Barbershop

Little girls can transform themselves into beautiful princesses at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It has two locations: Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney. Throughout the parks, you’ll see little girls walking a little taller as they show off their lovely new hairstyle, makeup, tiara or maybe a new dress.

If your aspiring “knight in shining armour” needs a trim, he can get the royal treatment, too. After his haircut, he is awarded a mighty sword and shield. For a true barbershop experience, he should head to Harmony Barbershop on Main Street U.S.A.

Play miniature golf at the Walt Disney World Resort

The Disney Fantasia Gardens and the Fantasia Fairways feature scenes from the Disney classic animated film, Fantasia. Each course offers 18 holes lined with dancing hippos and marching broomsticks. Watch out for the tricky hole called “The Dance of the Hours,” where skill and timing are important.

The Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course, located next to Blizzard Beach Water Park, offers two courses – one set in winter and the other in summer. The wintery course features a snowman that squirts water on unsuspecting guests. The summer course celebrates the holidays with decorations dangling from palm trees and a surfing Santa.

Play games at DisneyQuest

At DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, there are five floors of electronic Disney innovations. The real, virtual and 3-D experiences include jumping into a raft with a paddle to virtually ride rapids down a jungle river. As you paddle, you direct the boat. Hit an obstacle and prepare to get splashed. At the Animation Academy, instructors teach you how to draw Disney characters.