Disney Rides, KID Approved – Epcot

Got kids? Wondering which rides are best to enjoy and fastpass AND are kid approved? Read on for our Epcot list.

Hey guys, here you go. Another installment of…what my kids want to fastpass. As you might know…I recently had to make fastpasses for my family’s BIG Disney World Vacation. This time around I asked my kids to take control. They picked the dining locations AND the rides. But more specifically which rides I was to fastpass. They had to follow the guidelines set by Disney, per the Tiered System but got to pick whatever they wanted. My kids are not dare-devils but they are very Disney experienced…so basically these are rides picked by kid experts. Epcot Rides for Kids…

The BIG 3:

The BIG 3 as I call them are the 3 more “thrilling” rides that Epcot has to offer. Of course the kicker is, you can only fastpass ONE and my kids put all 3 on the list. So this is where major planning comes to play. I was able to pass 2 of the 3 and the 3rd we will be “running” too first thing in the morning. Those 3 rides are of course Soarin, Test Track and Frozen Ever After. All are amazing, which is why they are all my kids favorite. Test Track was the front runner for this trip since we just got back from riding Soarin‘ at Disneyland. And who isn’t tired of Olaf, right?!?!

Spaceship Earth:

We LOVE this ride!! Its a little dated, but that’s part of its charm. Its a ride throughout the ages, learning and witnessing the creation of communication. Of Technology. Watch man go from cave drawings to scrolls. See the written word get etched into time in books. Learn about the first computers and see how it all began. The best part, IMO, is the corny outfits and facial expressions on the characters faces. Its a great, slow moving, family friendly ride complete with some education. You can even create a futuristic, environmental home on the screen of your vehicle. This I am sure. is my kids favorite part. I can’t wait, especially as rumor has it….its getting a refurbishment soon.

Spaceship Earth at Night
Living with the Land:

So this is probably one of my least favorite rides, but most love it. Its Epcot, so of course this is an educational one. Its a slow moving boat ride, kinda like Its a Small World but without the intoxicating singing, lol. The best part of this ride is the garden area, in fact I could hang out in this section and skip the rest. You get to watch and be amazed by soil-free growing of all sorts of plants. Veggies growing from above, not in the ground, with recycled water that feeds plant after plant. And since I mentioned it, the part I don’t like is the tanks. They show you fish and other sea life and mention how the fish help feed the plants, but they also say how those fish also fed the surrounding restaurants. Being Vegan, that part isn’t my cup of tea.

So…whats on your kids list? Have you ever thought of letting the kids control the trip? Within reason, of course. My kids never know when we are going, but they know its booked and help plan when asked. This trip will be extra special as I am just the Travel Agent on this one, the rest is on them. They even picked the Resort.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Disney+ What the Heck?

Did you get a subscription for Disney+? Or are you on the fence, still considering? Read on…Disney+ Streaming.

Hey Fans, sorry its been a few days, life got a little crazy and by little crazy, I mean I was sick. Well today Nov 12 was the BIG Day!! Big Day for what you might ask? It was the launch of the LONG awaited Disney+ Streaming Service. That’s right, Disney ALL THE TIME, on your devices!!! And I must say…we were VERY excited at my house.

The Wait:

This service has been in the works for longer than I can mention and was finally announced a few months back with the ability to purchase. Advance purchase was cheaper but you ran the risk of getting something without the complete and total knowledge of what you would see and how you could see it. But its Disney, so of course they say “jump” and you say “how high”. Being D23, I got a sweet deal, but it was a 3 YEAR (pay now) deal. Again its Disney so I just jumped on board. So for months we waited and waited, slowly getting more highly guarded info; new programs, specially created content and potential movies from the past.

Nov 12 – The Launch:

So the day finally came, kids were home from school (snow day) so having this to explore and enjoy all day was a huge bonus. We turn the TV on and…no Disney+ app. Idiot me thought since we have a Smart TV (Samsung) that I just needed to turn on the TV and BOOM instant magic, as I do with Netflix or Amazon. Nope. Apparently our TV is NOT compatible. Of course this was the worst time to realize this. Snow knee deep and 2 kids so excited they can’t function. MOM FAIL. Why didn’t I research this? Why didn’t I expect this? Either way, we needed Disney+ and we needed it NOW.

The Solution:

So with 2 sad kids I did some quick research, called a few people and took my sad (snow day) kids to the store to purchase our Life Saver, the Roku Express ($24.99). So for those in the same situation, here you go. Apparently Fire Stick and Chromecast were also options, but I went with the cheapest, hehe. Just plug in, sign up (no more fees) and BOOM Disney+. Sadly Disney+ was so dang popular (duh) that there were some streaming issues, but we just waited again. Being a Travel Agent, the streaming issues weren’t a shock, have you ever seen a Disney Deal Day (aka Free Dining), lol. After-all, at least mom got the app to appear.

Roku for the WIN!!!
The Shows:

Then, just when I started to suggest they watch Netflix, it worked. It was glorious. The kids were jumping, screaming and all I could think was, shhhh don’t scare it, lol. So much magic, so many options, what to watch first. Being the Disney Parks freaks that we are, we went with the Imagineer Series, OMG so good. And so informative. Of course they did such a good job that they made my youngest cry when mentioning the death of Walt. As my son said, I never like hearing that he died 🙁 Next it was a new series with Forky, then some Pixar shorts, then…the Mandalorian. Eek…a Star Wars Series with human actors (as in NOT animated). All I can say is WOW and OMG the ending. We were screaming, yelling at the TV and can’t wait for Episode 2. Then the kids watched “Steam Boat Willie” and a few other vintage shorts. We have a whole list for next time.

The Skinny:

If you love Disney, this is a given. But with the addition of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic…please how can you not purchase. Sure, there are some shows and movies that didn’t make the cut, but the current line-up FAR out-weighs that, IMO. And there was and probably will be streaming issues…but when it worked, it was glorious. So will you take the leap? Or did you?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Snacks with Character – Vegan & Food Allergies

Headed to the parks with Food Allergies or Vegan? Visiting Disneyland or Disney World and worried about snacks? Read ON about Snacks with Character.

Hey Guys, as I finish editing ALL of my Disneyland VLOGS I am remembering a few things I discovered OR REdiscovered at BOTH Disney Theme Parks. Snacks with Character, perfect for vegans and those with Food Allergies. Anyone know what I am talking about? These treats were once available and then mysteriously disappeared. Many speculated as to why, but I am HAPPY to announce they are back – Both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Snacks with Character:

These are pre-packaged snacks that are sold in the Parks/Resorts. They are designed for people with Food Allergies or have dietary restrictions. So when the rest of park goers are eating cute cupcakes with Mouse Ears…we get Snacks with Character. As they aren’t the same as a Cupcake, it is nice to have an option. And to have a package with characters on it, kids don’t feel so left out.

Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars
Food Labeling with the Enjoy Life Logo
Enjoy Life:

If you have Food Allergies, you know this company. You have heard of them before and most are able to enjoy. They are usually free of the Top 8 Allergens, almost always Vegan (+/- Honey) and are the main brand behind Snacks with Character. I LOVE this. Even though I can purchase Enjoy Life at home (and safe a few $$), I don’t always want to pack EVERY snack ever when on vacation. PLUS being able to give your kids a SAFE chocolate Bar or FUN snack is HUGE. And if you are on the Meal Plan at WDW, this is a great way to use those credits. Enjoy while in the parks and grab a few more for the ride home.

Options:

I am sure I missed a few varieties and I am sure some come and go…but in general you can enjoy most of Enjoy Life’s products, Disney Style. My favorite are the Chocolate bars. I have a major sweet tooth and sometimes after eating a hearty meal…I WANT chocolate. These bars fit that craving, especially the RICE Crunch, yum!! They also have cookies, morning like grain/seed bars, Trail mix and healthy protein bites (little balls of heaven). Snacks with Character also have other varieties; cookies, chips, pretzels and such. Not all are Enjoy Life brand, but all are labeled per allergies. I found a few Gluten Free options as well.

So if you are headed to the parks with an Allergy or Dietary Need, make sure to look out for Snacks with Character. They can be found in the snack section of most stores/resorts and are also located in the Candy area in Ice Cream/ Dessert restaurants.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!