Discover Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney Vacation – all new 2nd edition!

Entrance to Magic Kingdom - Let the Memories Begin!

Let the Memories Begin!

I’ve taken my best selling book, Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney World Vacation and made it even better for 2014! The original 200 Disney tips have been updated to cover the changes that are constantly occurring in the Disney parks, plus for 2014 I’ve added a giant new Bonus Tips section feature 40 BRAND NEW tips! AND, I’ve added more than 20 new photos to this edition!

Disney Tips & Secrets is a compilation of tips & tricks that my family and I have gathered through our many trips to Disney parks since our first trip back in 2008. It contains lots of money saving tips and tips to save you time in the parks too!

In Disney Tips & Secrets you learn things like:

  • Disney Tips & Secrets - 2nd edition
    Disney Tips & Secrets – 2nd edition

    Where is the secret exit at Magic Kingdom to help you beat the crowds after the Wishes fireworks show? (Tip #101)

  • Where can you find the cheapest soft drinks in all of Walt Disney World? (Tip #118)
  • What’s the secret to getting a reservation as the top Disney restaurants? (Tips #235-237)
  • What can you do if you lose your park tickets? (Tip # 223)
  • What’s the one thing you don’t want to wear to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park? (Tip # 169)
  • What’s the secret to maxing out your score (999,999) on Buzz Lightyear? (Tip #104)

The 2nd edition of Disney Tips & Secrets is about 25% longer than the original. That’s 25% more magic for the same great price! Check out the 2014 edition of Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney World Vacation– and let the memories begin… TODAY!

See the magic of Cinderella Castle!

See the magic of Cinderella Castle!

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Holiday cupcakes at Hollywood Studios!

Halloween Cupcakes at Hollywood Studios

Halloween Cupcakes at Hollywood Studios

Check out the delicious holiday goodness at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park! Disney bakers have been busy as usual dreaming up these delectable baked goods for the holiday season. The sweet fun of these designer cupcakes is available exclusively at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Cupcake Mania kicked off with a yummy pumpkin cupcake with maple icing. A tiny pumpkin with mouse ears topped off the seasonal treat available in the park through November 30.

Disney Christmas Cupcake

Disney Christmas Cupcake

Disney Christmas cupcakes too!

For the Christmas holiday season, Disney bakers have dreamed up a delightful gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting, red and green sprinkles, a little red bow and “elf cap” to celebrate the winter holidays. These delicious treats will be available at specific locations at Hollywood Studios from December 2nd through January 5th to help you celebrate the season and ring in the new year.

These delicious cupcakes are available for $5.19 at ABC CommissaryPizza PlanetBacklot ExpressStudio Catering Co.Starring Rolls CafeRosie’s All-American Café and Fairfax Fare. Cupcakes are also included as a dessert on the Disney Dining Plan.

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One of the coolest new additions to Disney’s Epcot is the newly renovated Test Track (or Test Track 2.0), new for 2013! Sponsored by Chevrolet, the newly designed Test Track opens up new doors for riders of all ages. The re-imagined attraction adds exciting new elements making the new Test Track even BETTER than the original!

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Compared to the previous design of Test Track, the new design provides an exciting interaction feature: designing your own car. Riders make their way into the design lab and partner up to work at touch-screen featured design stations, where they experience the new interactive element of Test Track. From the shape of the body to spoilers and jet engines, riders can take their imaginations and create almost infinite possibilities of different test cars, and their designs are loaded from an electronic card and synchronized with the ride.

See how your car stacks up against the competition

See how your car stacks up against the competition

The cars have statistics based on Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness, and Power, and when riders get to the track itself and enter the test cars, their designs are put to the test on the new and futuristic test track. Similar to the original Test Track, the ride is broken up into different tests on the four different stats, and riders are thrown into a topsy-turvy ride of dodging trucks, speeding around curves and trees, braking hard, and most of all, intense speed. As the car goes through each test, each design is graded on a point scale from 1 to 100 in each category, and ranked among the other designs in the car with the other riders, which adds a fun element of competition within the vehicle.

The fastest ride at Walt Disney World!

The fastest ride at Walt Disney World!

Riders still get the high speed experience that Test Track is known for, riders speed around the outdoor track at speeds up to 65 mph, which makes it the fastest attraction in Walt Disney World! At the end of the high speed adventure, riders get to see the final tally of their points and how they matched up with riders of the day. The highest ranked cars are displayed on the big screen just after riders exit. After that, riders can visit the showroom where the hottest GM cars of the year are displayed for photo ops. You’ll also see information about the upcoming auto developments for Chevrolet and General Motors.

Design and test your own car!

Design and test your own car!

Another cool feature about Test Track is a mini feature with the cars riders design; after the ride, riders load their designs to a computer and race them on a mini track in a computer. All of these new features make Test Track currently the most popular ride at Epcot, so riders have to be quick to get in line or fight for their FastPasses!

Test Track design studio

Test Track design studio

There’s been much debate about whether or not Test Track 2.0 is better than the original. Many people admire the new futuristic look, but enjoyed the more realistic approach to being on a test track in the original ride. The customization of the designs of cars is hugely popular, but so was the feel of being a human crash-dummy in the original. All in all, I love the new Test Track, and I favor it over the original because of the imaginative aspects it brings to contribute to what Epcot offers. Many people commented on the design saying it resembled TRON, but the futuristic aspects make the ride way more enjoyable for me. Whichever version of the ride you prefer, riders will agree that Test Track will continue to offer thrills to riders of all ages!

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Have you checked out the new flavors at Epcot’s “Club Cool”? In case you don’t know, Club Cool is a Coca-Cola sponsored shop located in the Innoventions West Pavilion at Epcot.  They have lots of cool Coca-Cola gear, and giant soft drink machines distributing soda flavors from around the world. Best of all??? ALL the drinks are free!club-cool

Sure you can buy a bottle of your favorite soda, but the real draw are the unlimited mini-sample sizes you can get from the drink machines. This fall, Disney has replaced almost all the flavors with brand new ones including:

New Flavors at Club Cool!

New Flavors at Club Cool!

  • Fanta – Fanta debuted in Europe in the 1940s and was introduced in the U.S.A. in 1960s. It’s now available in more than 90 flavors.
  • VegitaBeta – This Japanese beverage combines apricot and passion fruit flavors.
  • Fanta (Melon Frosty) – This melon-flavored soda is number one in Thailand.
  • Bibo – This fruit-flavored juice drink originates from South Africa.
  • Sparberry – This raspberry cream-flavored soda has been a favorite in Africa since 1955.
  • Guarana Kuat – This drink, flavored after the guarana berry, is popular in Brazil.
  • Inca Kola – This Peruvian favorite offers a sweet, almost bubblegum-like taste.

The only holdout from the previous selections is everybody’s “love to hate” soft drink from Italy, Beverly!

Be sure to stop by “Club Cool” at Disney’s Epcot theme park to get your free samples!

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Boma Breakfast: A feast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Breakfast at Boma! While on our last adventure, we came across one restaurant in particular that gave us more than just your everyday breakfast buffet. Located in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boma – Flavors of Africa is a unique restaurant with an African …

 

Dinner at “Be Our Guest” restaurant in The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – Review

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Review

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Check out ‘OHana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Arriving at Walt Disney World

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We’re on our way to Disney World- woohoo! We’re pretty excited that this year’s trip will include our first stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Even more excited that we’re taking advantage of a 30% discount on our stay! Disney announced …

 

Free Disney Book – Limited Time Offer!

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