AdventHealth Offering Services To Walt Disney World Guests

AdventHealth 2If you visit Walt Disney World often enough or have a pre-existing condition like I do, at some point during one of your trips, you might need medical attention. Over the years my family members have visited the in park first aid centers, spoke to the on-call doctor, been seen by the on property paramedics, and been taken by ambulance to the nearby hospital. Needless to say, I was excited to hear about the new offerings to Walt Disney World guests by AdventHealth. While you always hope nothing will go wrong during your stay, it is very comforting to know you’ll be in good hands if you or a loved needs medical care. According to Disney:

For guests with health care needs ranging from the common cold to a chronic illness, AdventHealth is providing a diverse range of health care services and vacation planning tools to Walt Disney World® Resort guests, both before and during their trips.

Under a renewed alliance, AdventHealth will become the Official Health Care Provider at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as the Official Virtual Health Care Provider at Walt Disney World Resort. AdventHealth has had a relationship with the Walt Disney World Resort for more than two decades, and these enhanced resources will expand upon the organizations’ longstanding alliance.

“The health and well-being of our guests as they enjoy a visit to Walt Disney World is very important to us,” said Jeff Vahle, President, Walt Disney World Resort. “This enhanced relationship allows for access to AdventHealth’s services, as needed, should our guests have health care questions both before or during their vacation.”

Through the first-of-its-kind “AdventHealth World of Wellness,” AdventHealth will create an enhanced experience for Walt Disney World Resort guests that will make it easier for those who have pre-existing health conditions to plan their vacations and for guests to receive care during their vacations.

AdventHealth also announced it will build an emergency room located at Flamingo Crossings Town Center, which will be staffed by a comprehensive clinical team including board-certified emergency physicians and emergency nurses. The design of the facility and team member training will bring an enhanced patient experience for those who need emergency care.

“AdventHealth and Walt Disney World Resort have enjoyed a longstanding relationship and we are excited to launch this pioneering initiative, which will allow Resort guests to plan and customize their vacation around their unique health needs,” said Terry Shaw, President and CEO of AdventHealth. “Guests can experience the Walt Disney World Resort with the confidence of knowing they are supported by AdventHealth’s world-class clinical team who is dedicated to providing whole-person, compassionate care to every patient we serve.”

AdventHealth 3Additional details of the initiative include:

  • AdventHealth will create a health care ecosystem that Walt Disney World Resort guests can access as they plan their vacations. New online planning tools around health and wellness and a dedicated care experience team at AdventHealth will help meet many needs guests might have throughout their stay, such as assistance with doctor’s appointments, urgent care services, and medical equipment or prescription delivery to Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Some elements are now available while others will be phased in over time.
  • Walt Disney World Resort guests will have facilitated access to AdventHealth Virtual Care, AdventHealth’s telemedicine service. Guests will be just a few clicks away from being treated by an AdventHealth physician via their computers, tablets or smart phones.
  • Additionally, building on the current Disney touches at the Walt Disney Pavilion at AdventHealth for Children, the organizations will explore bringing AdventHealth patients and their families additional welcoming enhancements at AdventHealth for Children and other AdventHealth pediatric locations in Florida.

AdventHealth continues as the Official Health Care Provider at ESPN Wide World of Sports and provides athletic trainers for the Sports Complex and medical volunteers for runDisney events.

“From supporting athletes at runDisney events to building the hospital of the future in Celebration, AdventHealth and Walt Disney World Resort have shared a commitment to bringing innovation and inspiration to our community,” said Randy Haffner, President and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division. “The AdventHealth World of Wellness, the new ER located at Flamingo Crossings Town Center and the recommitment to the Walt Disney Pavilion at AdventHealth for Children will build on these successes and ensure every Walt Disney World Resort guest and AdventHealth for Children patient has the opportunity to experience comforting care.”

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Capture Your Moment Photo Experience Now Available At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Capture Your Moment DAK 1Exciting news for fans of Capture Your Moment at Magic Kingdom…the photo experience is now available in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, too. From first visits, graduations, engagements, baby announcements and so many more milestone moments, Disney has a way to get your entire family in the photo with Capture Your Moment. If you’re interested in a special one-of-kind photo shoot at an iconic Disney’s Animal Kingdom location, here is everything you need to know courtesy of Disney:

Reserve a personalized 20-minute photo session that captures the fun and excitement of your special day—and your own unique style! We’ll get everyone in the picture and give you lots of different shots to choose from. Then just purchase your favorites to download and share!

Want more time to strike a pose and more photo options? Book two Capture Your Moment sessions back-to-back. You’ll get 40 minutes with your photographer and the chance to visit at least two different Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park locations.

With Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a backdrop and our Disney PhotoPass photographers snapping the shots, it’s a picture-perfect way to remember your

  • Engagement
  • Honeymoon
  • Anniversary
  • Child’s Birth or Adoption
  • Birthday
  • First Walt Disney World Visit
  • Family Reunion
  • Family Portraits
  • Graduation
  • And more!

While photos are not included in the price of the session, Guests who have Memory Maker, Memory Maker One Day or a qualifying Walt Disney World Annual Pass with a Disney PhotoPass benefit can download these Capture Your Moment photos at no extra cost!

Plan to arrive at the ticket and information desk located outside of Island Mercantile at least 10 minutes prior to your reservation time. Your photographer will meet you here and escort you to the selected location. Sessions cannot be extended due to late arrival.

Capture Your Moment DAK 2Important Details

  • Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be booked online. To share details about celebrations and special occasions in advance of your session call (407) 939-7758.
  • A limited number of same-day reservations may be available. Visit a Guest Relations location inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park for same-day inquiries and booking.
  • The Capture Your Moment photo experience is only available during regular park hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
  • Valid Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park admission and park reservations are required and not included in the session price.
  • Full payment is due at time of booking.
  • No-shows or cancellations made within 24 hours of the reservation time will be charged the full price of the session.
  • Guests who wish to book time with a photographer for longer than 20 minutes must book additional 20-minute sessions in advance, with each session priced at $50.
  • Photos are not included in the price of the session. Prints and digital downloads can be purchased separately at Garden Gate Gifts or on the Disney PhotoPass web page.
  • A gratuity is not required.
  • All Capture Your Moment photo sessions offer an iconic Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park setting, including a view of The Tree of Life. Your photographer will tell you which locations are available at the start of your session. Locations are subject to change based on inclement weather and park operations.
  • Attire and Guest-supplied props must comply with Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules.
  • Guests under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older).
  • The maximum party size is 8 per session.
  • Wedding attire is not permitted.
  • Prices and services are subject to change without notice.

Have you tried Capture Your Magic in Walt Disney World?
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Create Magical Memories With Walt Disney World’s “Capture Your Moment” Photo Experience

Capture Your Magic 1Have you ever wondered how Walt Disney World guests capture some of those amazing photos you see all over social media? From first visits, graduations, engagements, baby announcements and so many more milestone moments, Disney has a way to get your entire family in the photo with Capture Your Moment. If you’re interested in a special one-of-kind photo shoot at an iconic Magic Kingdom location, here is everything you need to know courtesy of Disney:

Reserve a personalized 20-minute photo session that captures the fun and excitement of your special day—and your own unique style! We’ll get everyone in the picture and give you lots of different shots to choose from. Then just purchase your favorites to download and share!

Want more time to strike a pose and more photo options? Book 2 Capture Your Moment sessions back-to-back. You’ll get 40 minutes with your photographer and the chance to visit at least 2 different Magic Kingdom photo locations.

With Magic Kingdom park as a backdrop and our Disney PhotoPass photographers snapping the shots, it’s a picture-perfect way to remember your

  • Engagement
  • Honeymoon
  • Anniversary
  • Child’s Birth or Adoption
  • Birthday
  • First Walt Disney World Visit
  • Family Reunion
  • Family Portraits
  • Graduation
  • And more!

Capture Your Magic 2While photos are not included in the price of the session, Guests who have Memory Maker, Memory Maker One Day or a qualifying Walt Disney World Annual Pass with a Disney PhotoPass benefit can download these Capture Your Moment photos at no extra cost!

Plan to arrive at Box Office Gifts inside Town Square Theater along Main Street, U.S.A. at least 10 minutes prior to your reservation time. Your photographer will meet you here and escort you to the selected location. Sessions cannot be extended due to late arrival.

Important Details

  • Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be booked online. To share details about celebrations and special occasions in advance of your session call (407) 939-7758.
  • A limited number of same-day reservations may be available. Visit Box Office Gifts inside Magic Kingdom Park for same-day inquiries and booking.
  • The Capture Your Moment photo experience is only available during regular park hours at Magic Kingdom park.
  • Valid Magic Kingdom park admission and park reservations are required and not included in the session price.
  • Full payment is due at time of booking.
  • No-shows or cancellations made within 24 hours of the reservation time will be charged the full price of the session.
  • Guests who wish to book time with a photographer for longer than 20 minutes must book additional 20-minute sessions in advance, with each session priced at $50.
  • Photos are not included in the price of the session. Prints and digital downloads can be purchased separately at Town Square Theater or on the Disney PhotoPass web page.
  • A gratuity is not required.
  • All Capture Your Moment photo sessions offer an iconic Magic Kingdom park setting including a view of Cinderella Castle. Your photographer will tell you which locations are available at the start of your session. Locations are subject to change based on inclement weather and park operations.
  • Attire and Guest-supplied props must comply with Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules.
  • Guests under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older).
  • The maximum party size is 8 per session.
  • Wedding attire is not permitted.
  • Prices and services are subject to change without notice.

Have you tried Capture Your Magic in Walt Disney World?
Please leave a comment; I would love to hear from you!

Disney World Thanksgiving

Helpful Information For Your November 2020 Disney World Vacation

So you are planning a vacation to Disney World in November 2020?
November is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World!

Weather

The weather in Disney World during November is mild and mostly dry. The average high is about 78 degrees, the average low is about 58 degrees and the average rainfall is about 2.14 inches. The evenings can get a little chilly, so be sure to pack a few clothes for cooler weather, too.

Crowds

The crowds in November are fairly moderate with the exception of Thanksgiving week.

Magic Kingdom Welcome ShowNovember 1 – November 7
Average Crowd Level 6.4 out of 10
November 8 – November 14
Average Crowd Level 6.6 out of 10
November 15 – November 21
Average Crowd Level 5.6 out of 10
November 22 – November 28
Average Crowd Level 9.7 out of 10
November 29 – November 30
Average Crowd Level 4.0 out of 10

Magic Kingdom ClockPark Hours

Magic Kingdom
Open most days from 9am – 8pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Epcot
Open most days from 9am – 9pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Hollywood Studios
Open most days from 9am – 8pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Animal Kingdom
Open most days from 9am – 8pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)

For specific hours on each day during November, please click this link. Remember that park hours are subject to change and are often adjusted two weeks prior.

Events

Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalOne of the best things about visiting Disney World in November is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Last year’s festival featured featured 197 chefs and included more than 35 food and beverage marketplaces scattered around World Showcase, signature dining experiences, food and beverage demonstrations and music concerts.

Very Merry Christmas Party Gingerbread MenOn select nights in November and December 2020, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be held at Magic Kingdom. This party is a festive and heart warming experience for the entire family. There is a special holiday parade, entertaining shows, spectacular fireworks, hot chocolate and cookies, character dance parties, and even snow on Main Street!

Turkey LegFor Thanksgiving, several Disney World restaurants serve a traditional holiday feast. If you have your heart set on eating at a particular restaurant for Thanksgiving, be sure to make your dining reservation right away, because holidays do fill up quickly. Disney World dining reservations can be made by clicking here.

Holidays Around the World — Mexico PavilionEvery year at Epcot, the holiday season is celebrated with the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. This year’s event will be held from late November through December 30. It is filled with yummy food, joyful music and wonderful traditions from countries around the globe.

Refurbishments

Periodically throughout the year, Disney closes attractions for refurbishments and enhancements. Here are the currently scheduled closures during November (subject to change without notice):

Magic Kingdom
Tron Themed Attraction: Opening in 2021
Walt Disney World Railroad: December 2018 – TBD

Epcot
Fountain View Dining: TBD
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: Opening in 2021
Journey of Water: Opening in 2021
La Creperie de Paris: Opening in 2020
Mary Poppins Attraction: TBD
PLAY! Pavilion: Opening in 2021
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: Opening in 2020
Space 220: Opening in 2020
Spaceship Earth: May 26, 2020 – TBD
Wondrous China: Opening in 2021

Hollywood Studios
Roundup Rodeo BBQ: Opening in 2020

Animal Kingdom
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Water Parks
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Disney Springs
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Planning Tips

If you are traveling to Disney World in November 2020, your planning is probably well under way at this point. Here’s a checklist to make sure you are on track:

  • Make sure you have created your My Disney Experience account. If you haven’t, click here to sign up now.
  • If you haven’t already made your dining reservations, be sure to make them now by clicking here.
  • If you are staying on site, be sure to customize your MagicBand on your My Disney Experience account by picking the color and adding your name. And if you really want to make your MagicBand special, personalize it with your own custom designed MagicBand Skin from Magic YOUR Band. Click here to get started!
  • Now is a great time to research what attractions you and your family would like to see at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Because Walt Disney World is so large, it is very difficult to see everything during one trip, so be sure to get everyone’s top priorities. This is also a great time to begin looking at menus for counter service restaurants so that you have an idea of which locations serve foods that your entire family will enjoy.
  • Whether you are staying on site or off-property, be sure to purchase your admission tickets and link them to your My Disney Experience account.
  • 501 WaysOnce your tickets are linked and at exactly 60 days in advance of your check in date (7am EST time) if you are staying on site or 30 days in advance for all other guests, login to your My Disney Experience account and book your Fastpass+ reservations.
  • If you are staying on site, be sure to check in online at 60 days out from your arrival date.
  • Double check your flight times and if you will be using Disney’s Magical Express for your airport transportation make your reservation at least 60 days in advance by clicking here.
  • It’s never too early to start creating a packing list so that you don’t forget anything.
  • Need more help planning? Please check out my book UPDATED FOR 2020 501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation, for hundreds of insider tips and secrets for having the most magical Disney World vacation possible!

Special Offers

If you haven’t already made your November 2020 reservations, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save money:

Have a magical vacation!

Halloween Party

Helpful Information For Your October 2020 Disney World Vacation

So you are planning a vacation to Disney World in October 2020?
October is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World!

Weather

The weather in Disney World during October is mild and mostly dry. The average high is about 84 degrees, the average low is about 66 degrees and the average rainfall is about 2.52 inches. The evenings can get a little chilly, so be sure to pack a few of your favorite Disney hoodies!

Crowds

The crowds in October remain low to moderate as kids are back in school. However, several school districts throughout the US have a fall break during the month of October that can sometimes cause the crowd levels to rise slightly especially over the weekends and Columbus Day week. Throughout the month, expect heavier than normal crowds at Epcot due to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

October 1 – October 3
Average Crowd Level 3.3 out of 10
October 4 – October 10
Average Crowd Level 5.3 out of 10
October 11 – October 17
Average Crowd Level 7.1 out of 10
October 18 – October 24
Average Crowd Level 4.4 out of 10
October 25 – October 31
Average Crowd Level 6.0 out of 10

Magic Kingdom ClockPark Hours

Magic Kingdom
Open most days from 9am – 8pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Epcot
Open most days from 9am – 9pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Hollywood Studios
Open most days from 9am – 8pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Animal Kingdom
Open most days from 9am – 8pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)

For specific hours on each day during October, please click this link. Remember that park hours are subject to change and are often adjusted two weeks prior.

Events

On select nights in October, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is held at Magic Kingdom. This party is a lively, light-hearted, family friendly event. There are special parades, exciting dance parties, stunning fireworks and tons of trick-or-treating stations filled with candy for everyone! Adults and children alike really get into the spirit of the event by dressing in costume, trick-or-treating and dancing the night away with all of the characters. For more information, please click here.

Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalOne of the best things about visiting Disney World in October is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Last year’s festival featured featured 197 chefs and included more than 35 food and beverage marketplaces scattered around World Showcase, signature dining experiences, food and beverage demonstrations and music concerts.

Refurbishments

Periodically throughout the year, Disney closes attractions for refurbishments and enhancements. Here are the currently scheduled closures during October (subject to change without notice):

Magic Kingdom
Tron Themed Attraction: Opening in 2021
Walt Disney World Railroad: December 2018 – TBD

Happy HalloWishes Fireworks ShowEpcot
Fountain View Dining: TBD
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: Opening in 2021
Journey of Water: Opening in 2021
La Creperie de Paris: Opening in 2020
Mary Poppins Attraction: TBD
PLAY! Pavilion: Opening in 2021
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: Opening in 2020
Space 220: Opening in 2020
Spaceship Earth: May 26, 2020 – TBD
Wondrous China: Opening in 2021

Hollywood Studios
Roundup Rodeo BBQ: Opening in 2020

Animal Kingdom
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Water Parks
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Disney Springs
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Planning Tips

If you are traveling to Disney World in October 2020, your planning is probably well under way at this point. Here’s a checklist to make sure you are on track:

  • Make sure you have created your My Disney Experience account. If you haven’t, click here to sign up now.
  • If you haven’t already made your dining reservations, be sure to make them now by clicking here.
  • If you are staying on site, be sure to customize your MagicBand on your My Disney Experience account by picking the color and adding your name. And if you really want to make your MagicBand special, personalize it with your own custom designed MagicBand Skin from Magic YOUR Band. Click here to get started!
  • Now is a great time to research what attractions you and your family would like to see at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Because Walt Disney World is so large, it is very difficult to see everything during one trip, so be sure to get everyone’s top priorities. This is also a great time to begin looking at menus for counter service restaurants so that you have an idea of which locations serve foods that your entire family will enjoy.
  • Whether you are staying on site or off-property, be sure to purchase your admission tickets and link them to your My Disney Experience account.
  • 501 WaysOnce your tickets are linked and at exactly 60 days in advance of your check in date (7am EST time) if you are staying on site or 30 days in advance for all other guests, login to your My Disney Experience account and book your Fastpass+ reservations.
  • If you are staying on site, be sure to check in online at 60 days out from your arrival date.
  • Double check your flight times and if you will be using Disney’s Magical Express for your airport transportation make your reservation at least 60 days in advance by clicking here.
  • It’s never too early to start creating a packing list so that you don’t forget anything.
  • Need more help planning? Please check out my book UPDATED FOR 2020 501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation, for hundreds of insider tips and secrets for having the most magical Disney World vacation possible!

Special Offers

If you haven’t already made your October 2020 reservations, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save money:

Have a magical vacation!