Disney World Height Requirements for Theme & Water Park Rides

Updated for 2019!

Many parents of small children don’t take height into consideration when planning for vacations. There are minimum height requirements for many rides at theme and water parks at Walt Disney World: if you haven’t measured your small children by now, get out that measuring tape and let’s see just who can ride what!

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How to Get a First Haircut at Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

Did you know you can get a hair cut while vacationing at Magic Kingdom? Many people don’t realize there’s a fully functioning barber shop located on Main Street, and it’s called the Harmony Barber Shop. Head to the left side as you walk through the entrance gates and look for the striped barber shop pole, close to the Firehouse and a gift shop called Disney Clothiers. Guests of all ages can get a haircut here, but they offer a special package just for first haircuts. [Read more…]

Disney Parks Launches First-Ever 360-Degree Panoramas on Google Street View

Did you know you can “explore” the Disney Parks down at the street level without ever leaving your seat, wherever that may be, by using either your phone or your computer?  [Read more…]

How to Beat the Disney Blisters: Prevention and Care

It’s a well-known fact among Orlando travelers that you are going to walk yourself every which way possible on your Disney World trip. This catches a lot of people by surprise, and that’s a set up for blister pain. The average adult walks between 7-12 miles each park day, with fewer miles for days off while you resort hop, shop, or swimming. Even if you do some pre-vacation training, that a LOT of miles to do every day, and the wear and tear on your body will be intense. Many times, blisters are just a part of the journey.

But they don’t have to wreck your trip. Check out this information on how to prevent blisters and how to deal if one pops up, literally!

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Looking Back at Disney’s Wishes: Looking Forward to Happily Ever After

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If you have watched the 10 p.m. fireworks show at Magic Kingdom since way back in 2003, then you’ve seen “Wishes.” How much longer will it be at Magic Kingdom? Not long.

In fact, it’s already gone, but it’s still fun to look back and remember.  [Read more…]

Disney Vacation Extravagance: Rent This Amazing Cinderella Carriage!

Updated for 2018!

Are you looking for the Ultimate Royal Experience for your little prince and princess on your next Disney vacation? Hold on to your wallet my friends and get ready for next-level extravagance. A Florida business called Princess Carriage Rentals offers rental strollers that are a miniature copy of a Cinderella carriage. Listen, this is not just a stroller, it’s actually called a Luxury Carriage Stroller.  [Read more…]

Over 40 Tips For a Better Disney World Trip!

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Updated for 2018!

One of our most popular articles EVER is called120 Walt Disney World DO NOTs: Tips From Real People on How NOT to Screw Up a Disney Vacation!” By popular, I mean that as of January 2018, it has been read over 2,000,000 times. This piece gets pinned like crazy on Pinterest.

We had a lot of our readers leave comments on the article, because frequent Disney visitors love to give advice to friends, family, and even strangers who are planning trips. The DO NOT comments they left on the article will certainly not RUIN a Disney vacation if you do the opposite, but they can definitely add a lot to your trip, depending on the needs and wants of your group.

Take it from our readers… there’s a lot of planning that goes into Disney vacations these days. You might as well benefit from their experience.  

Read: Disney Ticket Prices Just Went Up, So What Can You Do?

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Disney World Extravagance: A Guide to Star Wars Guided Tours

Updated for 2018!

Well, at the price we’ll discuss, this certainly isn’t for the cheapskates out there, but it has special occasion or just simply a vacation extravagance written all over it, especially if you are a Star Wars fan. Walt Disney World offers special tours and events for guests, for an additional charge in addition to your regular park admission, but you can enjoy the full Force of Star Wars fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with an all-access tour called the Star Wars Guided Tour.

Are you ready for The Power of the Park Side!  [Read more…]

Cheap Disney World Souvenirs: Where to Purchase a Silhouette

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Updated for 2018!

Simple items that can skyrocket your Disney World vacation budget are souvenirs. T-shirts for $30, sweatshirts for nearly $60, and toys that can soar into the hundreds. A small trading pin will cost $10. How can you make the most use of your money without skyrocketing your overall budget?

We’ve searched all over the “World” for the best bargains, and we’re going to suggest a silhouette…

Wait, a what?!
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MagicBand 2 at Walt Disney World… All You Need to Know!

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Updated for 2018!

Updated MagicBands arrived at Disney World as part continuing effort to innovate and personalize guest’s vacation experiences. These  called simply called “MagicBand 2.”

Read – Prisma: The FREE App You Need for Your Disney Vacation Photos

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Hanging Out at the Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge In Epcot

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Updated for 2017!

Located in the Imagination! Pavilion, Disney Vacation Club opened a DVC Member Lounge back in 2016 for members to enjoy when they visit Epcot. Who does;t need a break in the air conditioning when walking through that park – Every Person Comes Out Tired. The Lounge is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

location of the DVC Epcot Member lounge

This complimentary space was opened as part of the 25th anniversary of Disney Vacation Club, and current plans call for it to stay open through 2017 through the Membership Magic Ever After celebration.

We read about the lounge in our winter 2016 Disneyfiles Magazine. I was interested immediately because I thought the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot was the coolest place to be back in the 80s. The look of the lounge was retro and reminded me of the furniture I missed back in the 60s, since I wasn’t born until 1970.

DVC Memver Lounge in Epcot

Formerly called  The Journey Into Imagination, Imagination! is a pavilion that debuted in 1982 on the western side of Future World. I remember the movie you watched inside in 3D, which was the coolest thing ever back in the mid 80s when Kodak was the former title sponsor of the pavilion. The movie, Magic Journeys, was played along with a song of the same name by the Sherman Brothers. Those of you my age are singing the song in your head right about now…

After checking in with your membership card and photo ID, you walk upstairs to the second floor of the ImageWorks merchandise location within the pavilion.

DVC member lounge stairs

walk up the DVC member lounge stairs

In 1998, the original Journey Into Imagination was shuttered for renovations. The upstairs ImageWorks was closed, the leap-frog style fountains were reduced in size to accommodate the new gift shop at the exit of the new ride, but the glass pyramids remained intact even though the upstairs ImageWorks was closed.

The glass pyramid ceiling is of course the best part of the building.

DVC Lounge pictures

DVC Epcot Lounge

The lounge space offers many features:

  • Comfortable seating

DVC member lounge in Epcot

DVC Lounge perks at Epcot

  • Complimentary soft drinks

DVC Lounge complimentary soft drinks

  • Children’s play area

DVC Lounge children's play area

  • Wi-Fi
  • Charging stations
  • Computers with printers

DVC perks

  • Member Services Advisors

DVC Lounge at Epcot Member Services Advisors

We visited during Thanksgiving, so Christmas decorations were already on display.

DVC Christmas decorations at the Epcot member lounge

Mickey Mouse Christmas decoration

Important Details

There were a lot of rules members needed to be aware of to visit the lounge without issue.

  • Valid Membership Card and photo ID required at check-in. The name on the membership card must match the name on the photo ID.
  • Party size is limited to the member and up to five guests per membership card.
  • Guests and associates must be accompanied by a member with a valid membership card and photo ID.
  • No automatic re-entry allowed. Members and their guests who leave the space must follow the same entry policy.
  • Strollers must be parked at the attraction stroller parking outside.
  • Children may not be left unattended in the member lounge.
  • Members should remain with their guests.
  • Personal devices should not be left unattended.
  • Personal cups may not be used with the Coke Freestyle machines.
  • Access to the Member Lounge is part of Membership Extras. New purchasers after April 4, 2016, must purchase directly from Disney to have access to Membership Extras.

Was it worth paying DVC membership dues to visit the Member Lounge? No, not by a long shot as a perk by itself, but it was cool experience. DVC perks has started vanishing through the years we have been members.

It felt like sitting in a part of my childhood history. Enjoying free snacks and drinks in the air-conditioning on a hot fall day was certainly fun for 20 minutes or so.

 

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Disney World’s Memory Maker: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2017!

Pictures are priceless. They capture once in a lifetime moments, and they hold our memories for future years to come. Pictures are often the very best part of a vacation, and the photo opportunities at Disney World are completely above your normal activities.

The pictures you take during your Disney vacation are some of the greatest souvenirs you can possibly bring home. Should you take your own for free or pay for a professional service? [Read more…]