Often, clients ask me if the the Memory Maker photo package is really worth it. First, I think it's important to understand what Memory Maker really is. Memory Maker means the whole family can be in the picture, every time! Guests pre-pay for up to 30 days of unlimited photos throughout the parks. Guests also get attraction photos taken on popular rides, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Tower of Terror, which also include ride videos! Some dining experiences include special photo ops, 'Ohana or Chef Mickey. My favorite part? Unlimited digital downloads of all the photos and videos are included! So back to our original question... is Memory Maker really worth it? See for yourself!
It's time for another myth! More often than not, families think that Walt Disney World tickets are the most expensive form of entertainment for their family. I understand the sticker shock, but if you compare the cost of other forms of family entertainment on an hour-by-hour basis, you might be surprised!
Let's do some entertainment value math! We'll look at the dollar-per-hour breakdown of movie tickets for one of 2016's hottest films, Rogue One. With a run time of 2 hours and 13 minutes, the cost per hour of entertainment is $4.62. Now, let's look at a 6-day base theme park ticket for the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom can be open for 15+ hours per day during the busy season! With a 6-day ticket on these extended park hour days, the cost per hour of entertainment is $4.20! Consider the added value of the time spent with your family, the memories you'll make, and all the fun you'll have...priceless!
A few months back, my amazing team at Dream Come True Vacations started working on a project that we call, Disney Mythbusters! I thought it would be fun to showcase these myths being busted every Monday, so here we go:
Nothing for kids? At Epcot? You mean the Epcot... at Disney World, right? No way! Every park is created with families in mind, but Epcot is often perceived as being for adults only. Popular thrill rides, like Test Track and Soarin', along with seasonal festivals, like Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival and Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, can lead folks to believe the park isn't really intended for kids. But the truth is, Epcot has a lot to offer even the youngest of Disney World travelers!
One of my favorite areas for the littles is The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Everything under the sea is kid-friendly! The namesake attraction takes guests on a clamshell ride to help Marlin look for Nemo; it features all of the beloved movie characters, including Dory, Squirt and my personal favorite, Peach, the starfish. Your clamshell lets you off in the center of a 5.7 million-gallon aquarium! Guests can explore the big blue world on two floors; my daughter could spend hours watching the sea turtles, rays and sharks float by. We always try to catch a dolphin presentation and a manatee feeding, they're our favorites! You'll also find Turtle Talk with Crush, an interactive Q&A show with everyone's favorite sea turtle. Finding Dory fans will be excited to find Hank, Bailey and Destiny make surprise appearances, too!
Character meet and greets abound at every Disney park, and Epcot is no exception. Epcot's Character Spot plays host to Mickey, Minnie and Goofy, as well as Baymax (Big Hero 6), and Joy and Sadness (Inside Out).
Princess fans will love the World Showcase where they'll find all of Disney's leading ladies - Mulan, Jasmine, Belle, Aurora, Snow White, and more. Looking for something extra special for your little prince or princess? Book a princess dining experience at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway pavilion. Your little ones are treated like royalty; they even parade around the dining room in the Princess Parade!
Speaking of the World Showcase, I often find most parents are concerned that is where their kids will be... bored. Just recently, I was planning a first visit for a family with three little ones under the age of ten. They were going to skip Epcot all together for this very reason, but I encouraged them to give it a shot... and they all loved it! Every country has a touch of Disney magic that helps bring these new cultures to life right in front of your child's eyes!
There's more to see and do than I could possibly highlight here, but one my favorite new attractions is the brand new Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion, which takes guests on a boat ride to Elsa's ice palace, with special appearances from Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, Sven... and even Marshmallow. Just next door, Anna and Elsa greet their subjects at their Royal Summerhus!
Attractions, characters and cultures come to life at Epcot. There's something for kids of every age (and of course, kids at heart) to experience on your next trip to Walt Disney World!
Well... That's our first Monday Myth... busted! I hope you'll check back next week for the next myth in the series. Do you have any suggestions for future myths? Leave them in the comments!