Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up August 2, 2015

Here’s the Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up for August 2, 2015!

Latest Disney World Enthusiast Articles

Considering A Disney World Vacation

Book Your Disney VacationJennifer Hardy, a Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida, is the official travel partner of Disney World Enthusiast. She can help you book your next Disney vacation whether it is to Disney World, Disneyland, or aboard the Disney Cruise Line. Currently Jennifer has some incredible deals for discounted travel to Disney World that must be booked by August 31. For more information about Jennifer’s amazing and absolutely free services or to get a free no-obligation quote, please click here!

Tip Of The Week

Celebration ButtonsIf you are celebrating something during your Disney World vacation, be sure to stop by Guest Services at any of the theme parks or at the front desk of your Disney resort hotel to pick up a celebration button. While the options change from time to time, there are currently nine different types of buttons available: 1st Visit, Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, Just Engaged, Just Married, Happily Ever After, Family Reunion, My Magical Triumph, and I’m Celebrating. The buttons are fun to wear, because cast members and guests alike often stop you to say “Happy Birthday!” or “Congratulations!”

Tree of LifeDisney Did You Know

Disney’s Animal Kingdom encompasses 403 acres, the company’s biggest theme park. The park’s centerpiece is The Tree of Life, 14 stories high and 50 feet wide at its trunk.

Walt DisneyWalt’s Words

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”   

Pirate MagicYOURBandDisney World Enthusiast Giveaway

Look for a new giveaway, this time a set of four “Pirate” Magic YOUR Band MagicBand Skins, beginning Friday, August 7. Good luck, everyone!

Behind The Magic LogoBehind The Magic Podcast

Be sure to catch up on this week’s episodes when Zeek, Rachel, Tim and I discuss Disney news, rumors, and so much more. For more information about this week’s podcasts or to listen, please click here.

Featured Advertiser

BitbeltHave you heard of this incredible gadget – Bitbelt? If you aren’t familiar, this handy creation secures your MagicBand so that it doesn’t accidentally become lost. Anyone that carries a child, a backpack, or wears a jacket at Disney World knows how easily a MagicBand can become unclasped. That’s where this little beauty comes in! Simply place a Bitbelt on your MagicBand and save yourself the trouble of having to search for a lost band or take the time to get a replacement. Bitbelts come in a dozen different colors and in two sizes – adult and junior. They are only $4.99 each plus they offer discounted pricing when you purchase multiple Bitbelts in one order. And if you think Bitbelts are great for MagicBands, they are also available for your fitness trackers. Never lose a pricey Fitbit again! For more information about Bitbelt, please click here!

501 WaysFeatured Book

The difference between an average and an outstanding Walt Disney World trip is in the details. Kristi Fredericks helps make your dream vacation a reality with her numerous tips and tricks to save money, time, and sanity while at the happiest place on earth in her new book “501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation”. For more information, to read an excerpt, or to purchase, please click here.

You’re Invited

Next Disney VacationJennifer Hardy, from Destinations in Florida, and I have teamed up to create a brand new Facebook Group called Next Disney Vacation! It is the perfect place to talk about your next Disney vacation, voice your opinions, ask your questions, get them answered, and share the magic. Whether it’s Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, or the Disney Cruise Line, Jennifer and I are ready to help. Everyday you’ll find posts, photos, trivia, tips, and more that we find all throughout the Disney Universe. If your counting the days until your next Disney vacation or just dreaming of one, we would love to have you join in the fun and conversation! Please click here to be a part of our group!

dwe logo small size white bkgdComing Up Next Week

Next week I’ll have some fun facts about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party plus all of the latest Disney World news!

Do you have a question or article idea?
Please leave a comment!

Behind The Magic Podcast July 27 – July 31, 2015

Behind The Magic Podcast

Have you had a chance to listen to Behind The Magic Podcast yet? This “snack credit” of podcasts is a unique 15-minute daily Disney podcast hosted by Zeek, Rachel, Tim, and me. Every day Monday through Friday you can join us for entertaining Disney discussions, guests, games, and more. Tim will keep you up-to-date on Disney news with his daily “Mouse News Minute” segment and I dish on all of the latest Disney gossip with my weekly “Mouse Whispers” segment. And of course, Zeek and Rachel will be surprising you each and every day with all of their fabulous Disney insider knowledge!

Behind The Magic LogoThis Week’s Episodes

This week’s episodes include:

  • Magical Mythical DHS Improvements
  • Top Ten Things Rachel Misses At WDW
  • Behind Brittany Earns Her Ears
  • Behind Dinoland Attractions
  • Behind Patreon

For more details about each episode and to listen, please click here!

Mouse WhisperThis Week’s Mouse Whispers

In my Friday, July 31 “Mouse Whispers”, I shared the latest Disney gossip and rumors about Flamingo Crossings. Check out Friday’s full episode here!

Are you a fan of Disney podcasts? Do you love Disney gossip?
Please leave a comment!

Last Chance – Mickey And Minnie Tsum Tsum Giveaway

The Latest Disney Craze

Last Chance

Friday, July 31 is the last day to enter to win a pair of mini Mickey and Minnie Tsum Tsum!

All About Tsum Tsum

Have you heard about the latest Disney craze – Tsum Tsum? Tsum Tsum, which literally means “stack stack” in Japanese, are offered in both an app and adorable plush. The free app is available for download in the App Store or Google Play. Collect, connect, and pop the cute Disney Tsum Tsum to earn coins.

The adorable Disney plush Tsum Tsum are the hottest new collector’s item and are available in a variety of characters and sizes.

Tsum Tsum Collage

Here’s all of the important information that you’ll need to get yourself some Tsum Tsum gear:

  • Disney character Tsum Tsum are available for purchase on DisneyStore.com (affiliate link), at your local Disney Store, at Target, and at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney.
  • They come in three sizes – mini, medium, and large.
  • They also have Tsum Tsum clothing and gear available on DisneyStore.com.
  • Mini Tsum Tsum are $4.95, medium Tsum Tsum are $12.95, and large Tsum Tsum are $24.95.
  • There are many characters to choose from in a variety of sizes including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy, Chip, Dale, Dumbo, Stitch, Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, and more.
  • On the first Tuesday of every month, a brand new collection of mini Tsum Tsum plush are revealed on DisneyStore.com. On Tuesday, August 4, the Aladdin Collection will be released.

The Giveaway

Interested in getting an adorable Tsum Tsum of your own? Well, you’re in luck! From now through Friday, July 31, 2015 at midnight, please enter daily to win a pair of mini Mickey and Minnie Tsum Tsum. Just click the image below and follow the instructions to be entered into the giveaway. Be sure to take advantage of the bonus entries, and please feel free to share with your friends and family!

Mickey & Minnie Tsum Tsum

Click image to enter!

Check out this cute video featuring the Mickey and Minnie Tsum Tsum!

The Winner

Please check back on Monday, August 3, 2015 for the announcement of the winner! If you entered to win, be sure to check your email (including your Junk Folder) for a message with the subject line “Mickey & Minnie Tsum Tsum Winner”!

Can’t wait and need a Disney Tsum Tsum right away?
Please click this link to purchase one today!

Taste Track At Epcot

Taste Track 4

A Tasty New Spot

Have you tried Taste Track in Epcot’s Future World yet? If you are a grilled cheese sandwich fan, definitely stop by the next time you’re in Disney World. Here’s everything you need to know about Taste Track courtesy of Disney:


Taste Track, a new food and beverage location at Epcot, is serving up a few new twists on the favorite sandwich. These specialty grilled cheese sandwiches are as creative as the cars you can design at nearby Test Track.

For a deliciously grown-up version of the grilled cheese sandwich, try the Gruyere and Applewood smoked bacon. Elevate your sandwich with the Fontina and tomato basil version. For a sweet take on the classic sandwich, try the Canadian cheddar and apples grilled cheese sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread. The crisp apple slices perfectly complement the melty cheese.

Each sandwich comes with your choice of tomato bisque soup or a side salad. Other menu items include roasted chicken salad and a kid’s grilled cheese sandwich.


501 WaysHeading to Disney World soon?

If you are planning a vacation to Disney World, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Have you visited Taste Track yet?
Did you love it? Please leave a comment!

Movin’ With Mickey Update 1

Movin With Mickey

A few weeks ago was the official start of the Movin’ with Mickey Movement. In case you missed it, let me refresh your memory. My friend Katie over at The Most Delightful Place recently kicked off her new feature Movin’ with Mickey! She’s going to be sharing lots of great health tips and success stories twice a month as she works towards her personal goal of walking the amount of steps equal to the distance from her home in Iowa to Walt Disney World. Of course, she’ll be updating us on her progress along the way. I loved her idea and decided I would join in to improve my health before my fall Disney World vacation.

The Plan

Most Delightful PlaceI have many things to work on to improve my health. As Katie walks her way to Disney World, I’m going to make healthy changes too, and I’ll keep you posted on how I’m doing.

Every two weeks, Katie will be doing a post over on The Most Delightful Place giving us an update and sharing helpful information. I’ll post a link here at Disney World Enthusiast each time she publishes a Movin’ with Mickey article so we can keep up with her progress.

In between posts, you can catch up with Katie and I over on Facebook at Disney World Enthusiast or The Most Delightful Place, where you can let us know how you’re doing on journey as well.

Update 1

My plan was to make one healthy change per week and to begin with something that I thought would be easy; drinking eight glasses of water per day. Now three weeks into it, I should have made three healthy changes to my every day routine. Do you know what I have accomplished so far? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I drank about four glasses of water the first day, and then it all fell apart. Life got in the way. You know how that is, right? You get busy, tired, stressed, and all of your great plans just get pushed aside. It happens to all of us sometimes. But you know what? I’m going to start over. Tomorrow is a new day! This time I’m going to try a different approach to make the changes. Rather than adding one healthy habit a week, I’m going to add one a day. I tend to get discouraged if I don’t see or feel progress relatively quickly, so I’m afraid the “one change a week” method isn’t going to give me the results I’m looking for quickly enough to keep me motivated. What kind of results am I looking for, you ask? The main thing I would like to get out of these health changes is an improvement in my energy levels. I struggle a lot with fatigue due to an auto-immune disease and hypothyroidism. If just once in a while, I could get out of bed feeling refreshed and ready for the day, it would all be worth it. I’m going to need all of the energy and stamina I can get for my fall Disney World vacation!

Here are the changes I hope to put in place (in no particular order):

  • Get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.
  • Eat three meals each day.
  • Eat at least one fruit/vegetable at every meal.
  • Take all of my vitamins, thyroid, and kidney stone medications each day.
  • Drink eight glasses of water each day.
  • Reduce soda intake to once a week or less.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes per day at least 5 days per week.

It looks so simple when I see it in writing. There are only seven changes here, I can do this. By this time next week, they should all be incorporated into my every day life. Wish me luck, folks! I’ll keep you posted!

Katie’s Kick-Off and First Update

Click here to read Katie’s official kick off article for her Movin’ with Mickey feature!

Click here to read Katie’s first update that includes a great interview and some fantastic training tips!

Do you hope to improve your health before your next Disney World vacation? Are you ready to join the Movin’ with Mickey Movement? Please leave a comment and let us know what you’ll be working on.
We would love to share this journey with you!