Cruising Disney’s Magic in search of Pompeii

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There can’t be many places in the world where you can step back 2,000 years in time and see Roman remains in every direction you look.

Perhaps that’s why, out of all the wonderful places that we would visit around the Mediterranean on the Disney’s Magic Cruise Line, Pompeii was among those I was most looking forward to. It didn’t disappoint, but the weather certainly did. The rain must have seen us coming, as the clouds looked threatening ...

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Five Tips for Your Family Vacation at Disney World

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A recent discussion with a close friend led me to start thinking about the role of vacation responsibilities and expectations in trip planning. After this friend booked her Disney trip, she immersed herself in planning. Dining reservations? Check. Park plans? Check. She had a great time creating little surprises for her daughters, reading tips and tricks online, getting outfits and swimsuits ready, making sure everything was as perfect as she could make it before they left. I was excited right ...

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Handicapped Accessible ATV’s (2024 Update)

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Handicap ATVs, also known as adaptive ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles), are specially modified vehicles designed to cater to individuals with disabilities. These modifications allow people who may have mobility restrictions to participate in off-road adventures and outdoor activities, fostering inclusivity and independence.

The design of a handicap ATV usually involves custom features that make them accessible and operable by individuals with various kinds of disabilities. These features may include:

– **Hand Controls:** Instead of traditional foot pedals, adaptive ATVs are equipped with hand-operated ...

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10 Do’s and Don’ts Planning a Disney Vacation

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My wife and I had always planned on taking our first Walt Disney World trip this year so when the New Year ball dropped and 2019 began, we decided to finally schedule our first trip to Walt Disney World. My wife had never been, and the last time I visited was during Walt Disney World was 2011, so we knew we’d need some help with planning. A friend of mine had just taken her first family trip to Walt Disney ...

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FASTPASS Tickets Disney World

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What are FASTPASS tickets?

First introduced at Disney World in July of 1999, FASTPASS is similar to making a reservation to ride an attraction and reduce your time standing in line. You place your park admission in the FASTPASS machine and receive a ticket that grants you access to the much shorter FASTPASS line.

FASTPASS is a huge hit with park guests. Savvy users of the system find that they can free up to 2 to ...

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Trip Planning Walt Disney World

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We had always planned on taking our first Walt Disney World trip this year so when the New Year ball dropped and 2019 began. We finally decided to schedule our vacation. The last time I visited the theme park was 2011. We knew we’d need some help with planning, a friend of mine had recently taken a bachelorette trip to Disney and recommended Visit Orlando for trip planning.

Each month brought us closer to the big day. I checked our ...

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Christmas Day Walt Disney World

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What to do in Walt Disney World for Christmas?

There are many things to do and many reasons why, not least the fact that Christmas almost coincides with my birthday, allowing me to spend my special day in my special place with my special husband – and a special certain donkey named Eeyore, who’s also close to my heart!

However, we love Christmas Day at Disney for so many other reasons. Firstly, there’s no thought needed, in terms of wondering which part ...

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Tips on photo opportunities in Walt Disney World

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We all know that there’s a myriad of things to discover at Walt Disney World. Even after all the time we’ve spent there, we still haven’t seen or done everything, which means we can’t have photographed everything, either. Fair enough, we have probably photographed the park icons, such as Spaceship Earth or Cinderella Castle from every conceivable angle, but there are probably lots of little nooks and crannies that we’ve never even seen, let alone taken pictures of. That’s ...

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MWR Military Discounts on Disney World and Universal Orlando Tickets

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One constant benefit that army members possess is their local foundation Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office. They provide discounted tickets for attractions local to your distinct base’s place as well as a few hotels and seasonal events, shows, hockey skating and ballet performances. Many MWR ticket offices offer Walt Disney World tickets and just some (mostly west coast bases, but a few in different regions of the country) offer Disneyland tickets in fairly great discounts. If ...

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Guide for the Handicapped and Disabled Visiting Orlando (2024 Update)

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**Pre-arrival Preparation:**

1. **Research and Plan**: Visit Universal Studios website to check the latest accessibility information. Look for ride access, show schedules, and park maps.

2. **Contact Guest Services**: Reach out to Universal Studios Guest Services for any specific questions or to request assistance ahead of your visit.

**Arriving at the Park:**

3. **Parking**: Universal Studios offers designated parking spots for guests with disabilities. These are closer to the entrance and provide ample space for vans and other accessible vehicles.

4. **Renting Mobility Scooters ...

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