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5 Facts about Mad Tea Party at Walt Disney World

5 Facts about Mad Tea Party at Walt Disney World

The Mad Tea Party attraction in Fantasyland consists of sitting in tea cups and spinning them as fast or slow as you want, while the deck also spins. This is a fun ride for all ages. As a kid, I would always try to spin the teacup as fast as I could, but that usually [...]

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5 Best Snacks at Walt Disney World

5 Best Snacks at Walt Disney World

There is so much to see and do at the parks; sometimes, we skip lunch because we are having so much fun! What do we eat instead? We snack, of course! It’s completely acceptable to snack while on vacation…or for our sake, pretend like we are on vacation. Here are our favorite on-the-go snacks for [...]

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10 Retired Rides at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

10 Retired Rides at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Present-day Magic Kingdom looks very different from the Magic Kingdom I visited as a kid. Some of my favorite childhood rides no longer exist. Was anyone else a fan of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, or the Skyway? I really miss those rides! There are many amazing attractions today, but you [...]

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Top 3 FastPass+ Selections at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Top 3 FastPass+ Selections at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of the most unique parks. The incorporation of attractions with wildlife, conservation, and environmental education sets this park out from the rest. We thoroughly enjoy walking through the sanctuaries and learning about the exotic wildlife; however, we always make time to catch a couple rides while at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! [...]

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Top 5 Ice Cream Treats at Walt Disney World

Top 5 Ice Cream Treats at Walt Disney World

I have a serious obsession with ice cream. I mean, serious. For example, I have a HUGE bowl of ice cream every night for dessert. Naturally, all I ever want is ice cream when I visit Walt Disney World. There are many delicious treats that will suit any ice cream lover. Here are our top [...]

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Monorail Restaurant Hopping at the Magic Kingdom Resorts

Monorail Restaurant Hopping at the Magic Kingdom Resorts

The monorail is a unique transportation option at Walt Disney World. It’s an easy way to see 3 Magic Kingdom resorts. Are you hungry after a day at the Magic Kingdom? Hop aboard the resort monorail and restaurant hop for the rest of the night! Be sure to book your reservations ahead of time, as [...]

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Top 6 FastPass+ Selections at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Top 6 FastPass+ Selections at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom is my favorite park. It was the park I always looked forward to the most when I was a kid. The overall park theming, rides, and shows are captivating! Now that we are Disney locals, we visit Magic Kingdom several times a month. We usually switch up our FastPass+ selections, but there are [...]

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5 Secrets of Star Tours – The Adventure Continues at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

5 Secrets of Star Tours – The Adventure Continues at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Are you a big Star Wars fan? We are! We always ride Star Tours – The Adventure Continues every visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s definitely a must-do for us. Did you know there are many unique aspects to this attraction? We’ve rounded up our top 5 secrets of Star Tours – The Adventure Continues: [...]

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2 Places to Nap at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

2 Places to Nap at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It can just get HOT walking around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We are often looking for places to sit down in the shade. In need of a nap? There are a couple places you can catch a quick snooze. Similar to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I had to get a little creative in finding some nap time [...]

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3 Places to Nap at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

3 Places to Nap at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Have you had a fun-filled morning, and need to take a quick nap before exploring the rest of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the afternoon? There is so much going on in the park, including the street entertainment, so it might not be as easy to catch a couple zzzzs as opposed to Magic Kingdom and [...]

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5 Reasons to Try Express Transportation at Walt Disney World

5 Reasons to Try Express Transportation at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has a new, faster way to get into the parks! You must have a Park Hopper ticket to take advantage of this special offer. Got those? Then you are all set to purchase these passes! You are able to skip the front entrance lines, and be dropped off right in the middle [...]

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5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

So much to do. So little time! That’s usually what we are saying when we are at the Magic Kingdom. We love trying a different quick service restaurant each visit. Here are our favorite places to snack on the go: 1. Be Our Guest Restaurant (Fantasyland) This is by far our favorite place to eat [...]

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3 Reasons to Collect Pressed Pennies from Walt Disney World

3 Reasons to Collect Pressed Pennies from Walt Disney World

Pressed pennies are an old favorite souvenir at Walt Disney World. Do you collect pressed pennies? I used to have several pressed pennies. I loved looking for the machines, as well as actually making the pressed penny. There are still numerous machines located throughout Walt Disney World. Thinking about starting up that collection? Here are [...]

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5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Disney Springs

5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Disney Springs

Disney Springs has become a shopping destination at Walt Disney World. There is so much to see and do! All that shopping can certainly make us hungry. We’ve been visiting the quick service restaurants at Disney Springs. Here are our favorite places to grab a quick bite: 1. Earl of Sandwich Head to Earl of [...]

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6 Places to Nap at Epcot at Walt Disney World

6 Places to Nap at Epcot at Walt Disney World

There is so much to see and do at Epcot. There is also a lot of walking involved. I feel like I spend more time walking longer distances in Epcot than any other park. All that walking makes me exhausted! I often need a snack or a quick nap to recharge while in Epcot. Here [...]

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5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

There are many excellent dining options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Some of our favorite restaurants are here. We usually enjoy a quick service meal for lunch, and save the fancy dining for dinner. We like to spend most of the afternoon riding as many rides as possible! Here are our favorite quick service restaurants at Hollywood [...]

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6 Reasons to Visit Disney Springs

6 Reasons to Visit Disney Springs

Downtown Disney went through a huge renovation and reopened as the new Disney Springs in 2016. There are many new offerings, as well as old favorites. What’s all the hype about Disney Springs? Here are our reasons why you should plan to visit Disney Springs on your next trip: 1. Shopping at the new Town [...]

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5 Best Shops in the World Showcase at Walt Disney World

5 Best Shops in the World Showcase at Walt Disney World

There are many shops within the World Showcase at Epcot. Have you visited them all? There are many unique items that cannot be found anywhere else on Disney property. You have to buy something as you travel the world, right?! Here are our favorite shops in the World Showcase: 1. Karamell-Kuche (Germany) You can smell [...]

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6 Places to Nap at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

6 Places to Nap at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

A day at the parks can be really fun, but also really exhausting. The Florida heat and humidity can also contribute to exhaustion. We’ve noticed waves of guests leaving the park shortly after lunch. Where do they go? Well, many guests take afternoon breaks and head back to their resorts for a nap by the [...]

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3 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Walt Disney World

3 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Walt Disney World

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is next month! It feels like the Holiday season flew by! If you are celebrating the holiday at Walt Disney World, it’s time to start booking those reservations and fast passes. There are many restaurants to choose from so you are bound to find the perfect lunch/dinner reservation [...]

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5 Best Disney Home Gifts

5 Best Disney Home Gifts

Do you have a Disney-themed room, or maybe multiple rooms? There are SO MANY incredible homegoods items available at Walt Disney World. From subtle flatware to decorative plates, there’s something for everyone. Need a few gift ideas for that Disney-loving friend? Here are our favorite items: 1. Salt and Pepper Shakers We all need salt [...]

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2 New Lands Debuting at Walt Disney World in 2017

2 New Lands Debuting at Walt Disney World in 2017

New year, new beginnings. Walt Disney World is always expanding: two new lands are scheduled to debut this year! Are you excited? We have been watching the construction for months and cannot wait to see the finished product. You can view the entire list of new 2017 offerings from Disney Parks Blog. 1. Star Wars [...]

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5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Epcot

5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Epcot

Epcot is home to many unique dining experiences throughout Future World and the World Showcase. Let’s be honest – Epcot is HUGE! There is a lot of walking involved so chances are you’ll get hungry pretty fast (we do!). There are many dining options available but sometimes we just need something quick and easy. Here [...]

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3 Best Desserts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

3 Best Desserts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It’s always acceptable to indulge while on vacation. Well, we might not be on vacation all the time when we go to Walt Disney World, but it’s still ok to indulge, right?! My weakness is for Disney desserts. Who can say no to mounds of chocolate, sugar, and anything shaped like Mickey Mouse? Not me! [...]

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5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

5 Best Quick Service Restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a fun, unique, eye-catching park. We especially look forward to seeing all the animals. There are so many fun hidden paths to explore, places to go, and food to eat. Walking around Animal Kingdom makes us hungry FAST! We’ve tried many quick service restaurants at Animal Kingdom. Here are our top [...]

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Top 5 Experiences at Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Top 5 Experiences at Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts debuts on January 13th! Are you excited? We are! We cannot wait to experience this new festival. We’ve been reading up on the Festival and are happy to share with you our top 5 things to do at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. You can read [...]

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7 Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Benefits for 2017

7 Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Benefits for 2017

Magic Kingdom celebrated its 45th anniversary on October 1, 2016. Walt Disney World annual passholders were given exclusive perks to celebrate this anniversary. These are perks that passholders do not typically have; there is usually receive a 10% discount on Disney merchandise, now passholders receive a 20% discount! These exclusive benefits are only available for the [...]

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3 Ways to Escape the Magic Kingdom

3 Ways to Escape the Magic Kingdom

No this isn’t a zombie apocalypse. In all seriousness, have you attended a special event/party/stayed until closing at the Magic Kingdom lately? It can be a nightmare getting out of the park. Did you park at the Transportation and Ticket Center parking lot? Oh boy, then you are in for an adventure! We’ve been one [...]

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Top 5 Shows at Walt Disney World

Top 5 Shows at Walt Disney World

Do you make time to see shows while at the parks? We do! We love seeing the shows! The shows add magic to our day. It’s a great way to take a break from the rides, or relive some of your favorite Disney movies. There are always new shows debuting so you’ll always have something [...]

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Top 5 Shopping Destinations at Walt Disney World

Top 5 Shopping Destinations at Walt Disney World

Shopping at Walt Disney World is fun! There is always an excellent selection of merchandise available for purchase. It can get a little overwhelming trying to find that perfect gift for yourself or someone back home. We’ve narrowed down our favorite stores to bring you our top 5 best stores to by those special souvenirs: [...]

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Top 10 Best Pin Trading Locations at Walt Disney World

Top 10 Best Pin Trading Locations at Walt Disney World

Pin trading is a great way to engage with cast members and fellow guests. It’s also a great way to pass the time between rides. We’ve recently gotten into pin trading. It’s so much fun getting new pins to add to our collection. We’ve found some pretty cool places to pin trade. Here are our [...]

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Top 10 Freebies at Walt Disney World

Top 10 Freebies at Walt Disney World

We all know that a Disney vacation can be expensive. I  always end up buying something, whether it’s a meal or a souvenir.  What if I told you there are several freebies at Walt Disney World?! I’m not kidding! There are many freebies available at Walt Disney World. Here are my top 10 free items/experiences: [...]

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Top 10 Things to Do at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Top 10 Things to Do at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Do you have a favorite resort hotel? I grew up camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. I have many fond childhood memories from that resort, so it’s pretty obvious that this resort is my favorite.  There are many unique experiences offered to guests staying at Fort Wilderness. Here are our top 10 things to do [...]

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Top 10 Things to Pack for a Day at Walt Disney World

Top 10 Things to Pack for a Day at Walt Disney World

We can’t believe it’s been over a year since we’ve moved to Central Florida! Now that we live minutes from the parks, we have the unique opportunity to visit the Mouse every few days. Sometimes, we would pack too many things. Sometimes, we were missing the essentials (like sunscreen, yikes!). We finally have a list [...]

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20 Best Classic Disney Movies

20 Best Classic Disney Movies

We like to have movie marathons, especially during the Holiday season. We’ve watched many Disney Christmas movies. Now, we are breaking out the classic, iconic movies that we grew up watching. Here are our 20 favorite classic movies. Our selections are in no particular order. 1. Pinocchio 2. Bambi 3. Sleeping Beauty 4. Alice in [...]

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3 Ways to Have a Disney-Themed Christmas

3 Ways to Have a Disney-Themed Christmas

We love the Holiday season! It’s probably obvious that we love Disney too. With Christmas around the corner (2 days to be exact!), we’ve been brainstorming more ways to incorporate Disney to celebrate the final countdown. Here are our top 3 selections:   1. Try these Disney Holiday recipes Some of our favorite gifts to [...]

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3 Disney Holiday Treats

3 Disney Holiday Treats

Some of our favorite gifts to give (and receive!) are sweet treats. We’ve gifted many cookies this year…but we’ve also eaten many too! We’ve had quite the sweet tooth lately so now it’s time to make a few more goodies to last us through these last few days. We’ve found these yummy recipes posted on [...]

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Top 5 Disney Christmas Movies

Top 5 Disney Christmas Movies

We watch Disney movies year-round but now is the best time to break out those beloved Christmas movies. Here are some of our favorites. 1. The Muppet Christmas Carol   2. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas and Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas   3. The Nightmare Before Christmas   4. The Santa Clause trilogy 5. [...]

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Nighttime Weddings at Disney World are here…for a price

Nighttime Weddings at Disney World are here…for a price

Walt Disney World has just announced their new nighttime wedding option in the Magic Kingdom. After the park closes, the lucky bride and groom will be treated to a fairytale wedding under Cinderella’s Castle with horse-carriages and a reception in Fantasyland. The price for the wedding starts at $180,000. While this price tag may seem [...]

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20 Photos of deserted Disney World completely empty during Hurricane Matthew

20 Photos of deserted Disney World completely empty during Hurricane Matthew

With Hurricane Matthew approaching Florida last week, Walt Disney World closed for only the 4th time in its history. A few hardcore Disney fans and cast members did not disappoint and stuck around until the last minute to take some amazing photos. Empty Disney Parks, completely deserted – it’s something you’ll probably never see again [...]

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Top 10 Slow-Moving Rides at Walt Disney World

Top 10 Slow-Moving Rides at Walt Disney World

There are those days that we just need to “take it easy” while at WDW. Ok, well you can’t really “take it easy” since there is just so much to see and do! Sometimes we don’t want to go to space (Mission Space), drop down a waterfall (Splash Mountain), or drop down an elevator shaft [...]

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hollywood Studios

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hollywood Studios

“Easter Egg Hunt” – Toy Story Midway Mania Are you competitive when it comes to this game? We are always trying to out-score each other. Here is a little tip to get those high scores. Look for little hidden “Easter eggs” in the game. When you hit one of these symbols, you will have the [...]

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Wilson Phillips, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos – Food and Wine Concert Series 2/4

Wilson Phillips, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos – Food and Wine Concert Series 2/4

We’re continuing our preview of upcoming music acts for the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series” for the Food and Wine Festival. All musicians are performing in the American Pavilion in the World Showcase free of charge. More information can be found here.  Cover art source Read our last review of the concert series that [...]

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Top 5 Character Dining Experiences at Walt Disney World

Top 5 Character Dining Experiences at Walt Disney World

We are kids at heart. We LOVE taking pictures and chatting with our favorite Disney characters. The characters really bring the movies to life. A great way to meet characters is through character dining. You don’t have to stand in long lines in the heat to meet them. Instead, they come to your table! Here [...]

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Top 5 Star Wars Experiences at Disney World

Top 5 Star Wars Experiences at Disney World

We are serious Star Wars fans. One of the most awesome results of Disney buying the Star Wars franchise are all the new experiences in the parks. Star Tours is still a favorite, but even more stage shows, fireworks displays, character meet and greets, and fan movies are sprinkled throughout Hollywood Studios. Disney has recently announced their [...]

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Top 5 Attractions in the World Showcase, Epcot

Top 5 Attractions in the World Showcase, Epcot

The 2016 Food and Wine Festival is here! Woohoo! Now that you will be spending even more time in the World Showcase, it might be worth checking out these attractions in-between your many mini meals (and drinks, of course).   Frozen Ever After – Norway Take a relaxing, and cooling boat ride in Norway and [...]

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Top 5 Hardest Characters to Find at Walt Disney World

Top 5 Hardest Characters to Find at Walt Disney World

We all have our favorite characters. I personally love Ariel (who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?), Belle, Marie, Mary Poppins, and Mike & Sully. I’ve often wondered what characters are the hardest to find. Here’s what I have found during my excursions to WDW:   Beast Beast from Beauty and the Beast is tricky. [...]

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Sugar Ray, Wang Chung, Air Supply – Food and Wine Concert Series 1/4

Sugar Ray, Wang Chung, Air Supply – Food and Wine Concert Series 1/4

I nearly fell over myself to write these series of posts. We are SO excited about the music lineup. They’re all amazing  bands and artists who were the soundtrack to our childhoods in the 80’s and 90’s. Disney has really outdone themselves this time. This is more impressive than many summer festival lineups. Seriously. Over the [...]

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Top 5 Iconic Rides at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Top 5 Iconic Rides at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Whether you’ve been to WDW once or go weekly like us (does that make us crazy?), there are a few rides that are iconic to the Disney brand in our very humble opinion. Let’s take a look that each one!   The Haunted Mansion The first ride that comes to mind when thinking about the Magic [...]

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Top 5 Things for a Rainy Day in Epcot WDW

Top 5 Things for a Rainy Day in Epcot WDW

It’s such a nice day. The sun is shining, people are smiling, kids are behaving. Then you feel a raindrop. Then another. Then the sky starts falling. You’re not sure if it’s a hurricane or just a Florida afternoon rain storm – there’s not a huge different (jk). At Disney World, sometimes you just have to [...]

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PinCon 2016 was awesome! Our trip to pin trading’s new frontier

PinCon 2016 was awesome! Our trip to pin trading’s new frontier

In southern Orlando, on Disney World property, deep in the bellows of the B Resort/Hotel, we attended one of the most exciting pin trading gatherings of 2016. PinCon, organized by PinPics, was a full day of presentations by pin industry leaders on the future of pin trading, giveaways and raffles of rare pins, direct purchasing [...]

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SCRAPS – Animal Kingdom – Vlog

SCRAPS – Animal Kingdom – Vlog

Random extra footage from our recent visit to Animal Kingdom. Ice cream, as well. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, Explore the Magic, to be notified the minute we upload new videos.

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Expedition Everest TWICE – Disney Vlog

Expedition Everest TWICE – Disney Vlog

We rode Expedition Everest TWICE and felt sick. It was awesome. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, Explore the Magic, to be notified the minute we upload new videos.

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Rainy Day in EPCOT – Vlog

Rainy Day in EPCOT – Vlog

Trips to Club Cool, Soaring, and Nemo. As well as a little browsing around the pin station. Rain cannot stop us!   Subscribe to our YouTube channel, Explore the Magic, to be notified the minute we upload new videos.

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Taste Testing Club Cool in EPCOT

Taste Testing Club Cool in EPCOT

We visited the Coca-Cola Club Cool in Disney World’s EPCOT to do a quick taste test. Each of these drinks are Coca-Cola products that are only sold in specific countries, not available in the US. The Japanese and SouthAfrican drinks were my favorite. Adrienne liked the Grecian cola. Most of them are pretty good, just [...]

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Our First Vlog – Morning Visit to Hollywood Studios

Our First Vlog – Morning Visit to Hollywood Studios

We were late to our first ride in Hollywood Studios, Star Tours. Then we jumped over to Tower of Terror to end our quick morning visit. New videos every week! Subscribe to our YouTube channel, Explore the Magic, to be notified the minute we upload new videos.

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