Shanghai Disney Exhibit at Epcot’s China

Definitely worth a trip to China!

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Innoventions – Still Hanging In There

Although I am sure so many will agree that Innoventions is vastly underused , it’s still there for our enjoyment.  Both Innoventions East and West are wonderfully air-conditioned, offer shelter from the rain and will keep you entertained (limited time only).
Innoventions West is basically just a meet and greet for Chase Card Members. The line is usually pretty manageable and the picture is complimentary. Also in this building is a row of video games, of the assorted Disney variety.

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Innoventions East has more stuff to do, including an underrated gem. StormStruck is a walk through lessen in weathering the storm. Colortopia, sponsored by Glidden, is interactive and bright! Take a Nanooze Break has interactive learning screens.

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The gem is Sum of All Thrills, sponsored by Raytheon. This ride lets you create your own rollercoaster using math. In other words, you can’t create a ride that wouldn’t work in the real world. You go into a pod and get to experience your own design. It’s not very long but it’s a fun time!

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Of course we all have a wish list for Innoventions. I would love to see the evolution of Audio Animatronics. How about Social Media? That could use some space. Remember when sending an email from Epcot was huge? How about feeds from the other Parks? And finally, one word – Marvel.
Feel free to put together your own wish list!
Gina – Positively Disney

Am I Doing This Wrong? Everyone Does Disney Different

While scrolling through my Facebook feed in the middle of the night, I saw a family’s Disney trip perfectly outlined on a giant white board. My husband, who works at the Disney Reservation Center, told me about a woman with a four page spreadsheet.
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I put my license and debit card in my pocket, slap on my Magic Band and some Ears and I’m good to go! Sometimes I even make FP+ or ADR’s the night before but more often than not, it’s the day of, while I’m walking in the parks.
I wing it. I understand that I can do this because if I don’t do something today, there’s always tomorrow or next week or whenever. Disney World isn’t going anywhere and neither am I.
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Flashback 20 years ago and I was strategically outlining my plan of attack! This was before technology became our constant companion. Dining plans were not even an option (DDP came to be around 2005).Free dining? Nope. I had a plan of attack and fingers crossed. I was the Mom pushing a double stroller, kid on my hip, another one orbiting sround, running to Dumbo. I’m tired just thinking about it! How did we even manage it all!?
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The closest I’ll come to that now is when we have guests down from New England. I’ll make sure to get FP+ for the rides with historically long lines. Other than that, I’ll make suggestions but step back and let them vacation the way they want.
So I guess there’s no right or wrong way to enjoy Disney – just make sure you take the time to enjoy. My unsolicited advice is to take it slow, schedule in downtime and accept the fact that you can’t do it all. Tantrums will happen and your feet will hurt. It’s ok, you can always plan your next trip to finish your spreadsheet. Disney World will be here waiting and so will I!

6 Ways Disney World Ruined the Real World For Me

Visiting Disney World can be a magical experience. There is so much fun to be had, so much enjoyment and then you return to the real world. This is how Disney World has ruined the real world for me:
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1. In the real world, no one tells me to have a magical day. I wish they did, I would love to have a magical day!
2. I can’t wear my Minnie ears at work. I think it would really boost morale but it’s one of those things that is acceptable in Disney World and not in Corporate America.
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3. There’s no 3 o’clock parade in the real world. What a great way to break up a day then to find a spot sit down with some candy and wait for a fire-breathing dragon. This also does not happen in Corporate America. Unless, you count 3 o’clock break time as a parade. There are also no balloons for sale.
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4. Sonny Eclipse does not serenade me at my lunch time. There is also no fixings bar.
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5. The Confectionary has caramel apples that look like Olaf! The vending machine has egg salad sandwiches.
6. Walking around Disney World, you can hear festive happy music that will make you sing along. At work, the hold music is an instrumental version of Michael McDonald songs.
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