🚨DOLE WHIP ALERT!🚨 Another One of Our Favorite Disney World Floats is BACK And We’re SO Happy We’re Ugly Crying!

Best. Day. EVER!

Aloha Isle

When Disney World first reopened, a bunch of our favorite snacks were missing from menus around the Resort. But luckily, we’ve started to see some of these treats make their triumphant return, including the recent reintroduction of the Peter Pan Float at Storybook Treats

And now, another one of our all-time favorite sweet treats is BACK on the menu! That’s right, our beloved Kakamora Float is now available on the Mobile Order menu at Aloha Isle!

The Kakamora Float is Back on the Mobile Order Menu!

Omg, we can’t wait to snag this delicious snack again!

Kakamora Float

The Kakamora Float includes coconut soft-servepineapple juice, and blue curacao syrup, and it’s garnished with an adorable chocolate Kakamora cake pop!

Kakamora Float

This is one of our FAVORITE treats in Disney World, so we’re thrilled to see it’s officially back on the menu! And we want to give a special shout-out to Instagram users kpach525 and disneyforfoodies for giving us a heads-up on the return of Kakamora Float!

The Simba soft pretzel is BACK in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

What is your favorite Disney World float? Let us know in the comments!

The Liberty Square Riverboat in Magic Kingdom is Scheduled to Close for Refurbishment in August!

The Liberty Square Riverboat will be closing for refurbishment soon!

Liberty Square Riverboat

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover was recently officially listed as “closed for refurbishment” through October after an extended downtime following the park reopening. And another Magic Kingdom attraction is also scheduled to close for refurbishment soon!

According to the Disney World park calendar, the Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed for refurbishment starting on Monday, August 24th.

Liberty Square Riverboat is Listed as Closed Beginning on August 24th

But there is some good news — this attraction isn’t scheduled to remain closed for as long as the PeopleMover! The park calendar shows the Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed from August 24th through August 30th, with the attraction currently set to become available again on Monday, August 31st.

Liberty Square Riverboat is No Longer on the Refurbishment Calendar Beginning on August 31st

The Disney World refurbishment schedule is subject to change, so be sure to keep a close eye on the calendar if you’re heading to the park later this month!

The Cinderella Castle moat has been refilled following the refurbishment!

Is the Liberty Square Riverboat a must-do attraction when you visit Magic Kingdom? Let us know in the comments!

Watch Geekly Kingdom LIVE Today at 5:00 PM (ET) For Discussion on “Mulan”, “The Proud Family”, Alan Menken, and More!

It’s about that time again, the time when we geeks crawl out from behind our computers and TV screens to bring you a brand-new episode of “Geekly Kingdom”! This week, your host Eric Wolfe will be joined by Jilly and Spencer, covering topics like Mulan coming to Disney +, Alan Menken’s most recent achievements, and the revival of “The Proud Family” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. Plus, as a special treat, we will also be fan casting a live-action […]

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PHOTOS: New Cucina Italia Kitchenwares and Gondolier Mickey Ornament at Italy Pavilion in EPCOT

For guests who want to take a piece of the Italy Pavilion in EPCOT home with them, you’re in luck! The new kitchenwares from the Cucina Italia collection will have you whipping up an Italian dinner in no time. And the new Mickey Mouse Gondolier ornament will have you fondly reminiscing of your journeys in the Italy Pavilion all year long. Let’s take a look! Cucina Italia Olive Oil Bottle — $16.99 This olive oil bottle features a hinged stopper […]

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Tips for Traveling to Walt Disney World with a Toddler in 2020

Everyone is facing their own unique challenges this year. For those with toddlers, like me, 2020 presents challenges that at times are exhausting. But last month we stole ourselves away for a quick overnight weekend for our return to Walt Disney World. There were some high points and low points, and unique moments that come from traveling with a toddler. Here are some of my tips for traveling to Walt Disney World with a toddler in 2020.

Disney with a Toddler – Animal Kingdom July 2020

Tips for Getting a Toddler to Wear a Face Mask

When I posted a few photos of our trip that included our toddler wearing his face mask, I received quite a few inquiries as to how we “got our son to wear a face mask”. So here are a couple of pointers. First, I talked with my son ahead of time. About a week or so before we headed to Walt Disney World I spoke with him a few times, setting the expectation. “When we are at Animal Kingdom and at EPCOT we will need to wear our masks,” I would say to him multiple times at various moments leading up to our trip. Like with many things, if you set the expectation and explain things ahead of time you generally make things easier on yourself.

Second, we’ve talked about the virus and health and wellness. Our toddler does not like washing his hands at all. We’ve listened to songs about washing hands. We’ve read books with characters who wash their hands. We make a game of it. We sing songs about it. It’s still not his favorite. But when I explain how germs and viruses work he tends to get it. And that helped with the mask.

Disney with a Toddler – Socially Distant Alice in Wonderland

I also looked for fun designs with familiar characters for children’s face masks. We practiced wearing them and he would even ask to wear them while at home. I will say, during our weekend at Disney, his patience and willingness to wear his mask waned towards the end. We only did 2-3 hours in the parks at a time. We committed to staying outside the entire time, as an extra precaution. And in the summer heat our energy was zapped pretty quickly. He fought wearing the mask at the end of our first evening at EPCOT, so we wrapped up our evening and headed back to our cabin at Fort Wilderness. The next day, after close to 3 hours at Animal Kingdom, he did not want to wear it any longer. We were all pretty hot and tired so we packed up the car and headed for home.

Tips for Physical Distancing with a Toddler

Similar to preparing my toddler to wear a face mask, I talk with him every so often about keeping his distance. This is not an easy concept for either of us. It’s difficult, internally, to think about having to teach your little human to keep his distance from other humans. But I go back to explaining how germs and viruses work. I also frame it up as a courtesy to other people. The same way we teach him to ask for things politely, and to say thank you, we teach him the courtesy and safety of giving other people space. It also really helps when there are markings on the ground. And if all else fails we kept him in his stroller so we could control the distance.

Disney with a Toddler – EPCOT July 2020
Disney with a Toddler – Wilderness Explorers Physically Distant

I highly recommend the Wilderness Explorers activities at Animal Kingdom if you are struggling for things to do at Disney that are outside and feel safe. We did a few of the stations and the Cast Members did an excellent job of physical distancing and being contactless. When our little Wilderness Explorer earned his badge for the activity the Cast Member would place the sticker on the table, asking him to wait, and then stepped back and invited him to step forward and take his sticker. We also stuck to pathways that had space and made it easier to distance.

Tips for Staying Overnight at Disney with a Toddler

It can be tough for kids to sleep in an unfamiliar place. This can be even more true for toddler who has just made the transition from crib to toddler bed. We stayed the night in a Fort Wilderness Cabin – we don’t quite feel comfortable staying in a traditional hotel right now, and the home away from home amenities had strong appeal. At the cabins at Fort Wilderness, there is one bedroom and it has a queen size bed as well as a set of bunk beds. Our toddler slept in the bottom bunk – because he certainly is too small for the top bunk, and the safety sign on the bunk bed explained only children over age six should be allowed on the top bunk.

Fort Wilderness Cabin Kitchen and Living Area

Prior to arrival I called the Disney Reservation Center and requested bedrails. The bedrails were not in our cabin when we arrived, which was no big deal and we were just thankful to have a cabin ready for us at 1:30 p.m. so we could take a break from the summer heat we experienced at EPCOT earlier in the day. Once inside the cabin I called the front desk and requested the bedrails. About 20 minutes later a Cast Member arrived, wearing gloves and a mask, with the bedrail in a plastic bag. He kindly offered to set it up for us, but I declined. We’d rather not take any chances. My husband was able to figure out how to set it up and voila – our toddler had a safe bed in which to sleep.

Fort Wilderness Cabin Bedroom – with bedrail on bunk bed

Our little toddler has multiple comfort items that help us at bedtime. Thankfully these items are portable and we brought them with us–we always do when we travel anywhere. We also bring along some favorite bedtime books. Anything that models the bedtime routine at home is a big help.

If you book somewhere that does not have a small bed, like bunk beds, be sure to check that they offer bedrails and check to see if they fit on whatever bed sizes are in your room. Another option is to see if they offer a rollaway bed and bedrails. Usually rollaway beds are smaller and lower to the ground than regular beds.

Other Tips and Information

  • Stroller rental is available at Disney theme parks, and extra cleaning precautions are being taken.
  • We made use of the Baby Care Center in the parks for restroom breaks with less people and a toddler-friendly environment.
  • Although there is hand sanitizer and hand washing stations readily available, we brought our own wipes and spray, which came in handy multiple times during our trip.

Have you been back to Walt Disney World since its reopening? Are you planning on going with a toddler? Got any tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments.

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PHOTOS: New “Je t’adore Paris” Envelope Bag and Love Tank Top at Souvenirs de France in EPCOT

The dulcet tones of an accordion wafting through the breeze. The smell of a fresh baguette. Love in the air. These are hallmarks of the France Pavilion at EPCOT. Guests may want to write a letter to their friends back home to capture the essence of the experience. And now, you can deliver the letter yourself, in style. A new postal envelope crossbody bag has been delivered at Souvenirs de France inside Les Halles at the France Pavilion in EPCOT. […]

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PHOTOS: Islands of the Caribbean Booth Now Only Open on Saturdays at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2020

We noticed a few days ago that the Islands of the Caribbean booth at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2020 was closed and menus were removed. However today, it was reopened. The booth windows remained curtained during the week. The utensil dispensers, registers, and cooler were also covered and the umbrellas next to the registers were folded up. Strangest of all, menus had been removed entirely. Despite Islands of Caribbean also being removed from the list […]

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Mears Transportation Has Laid Off More Employees, Including Some at Disney’s Magical Express

According to paperwork filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Mears Transportation Group in Orlando laid off an additional 104 employees in July. In June, the company laid off 72 employees at its corporate offices.

Prior to the pandemic, the company had 950 employees. The company furloughed most of its workers in April, but has since brought many back and is currently at around 650 employees.

There were three round of layoffs in July, with 74 of those employees let go at the corporate offices and 11 at another sales and customer service location. The remaining 19 worked at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) assisting with Mears shuttles and taxis, along with Disney’s Magical Express.

Mears told laid off employees that they intended to rehire positions as business returns and has set up a fast-track rehire process for affected workers.

Roger Chapin, executive vice president of public affairs, tried to stay hopeful:

We are adjusting through the environment, as businesses are today. The goal is to keep the doors open for the return of business — whenever that happens — and rehire employees as we can.

Source: Orlando Business Journal

Calling All Disney World Hotel Guests and Annual Passholders! Help Us Solve The Mystery of The NEW Baby Yoda MagicBand!

We LOVE us some Baby Yoda merch!

Baby Yoda Plush

If you’re looking for a Baby Yoda souvenir, there are plenty to choose from! We’ve seen Baby Yoda leggingsspirit jerseysplushes, and MORE! But the latest piece of Baby Yoda merch is a mystery — and we’re hoping YOU can help us solve it!

If you’ve visited Disney World recently, you may be familiar with MagicBands — the wearable bands which can serve as your room key, park ticket, contactless payment method, and more.

MagicBands

Disney World hotel guests and Annual Passholders have the ability to select and customize MagicBands within their My Disney Experience account. While guests will find MagicBands available for sale around the Resort, the online selection for hotel guests and Annual Passholders often includes exclusive pre-order designs.

MagicBand Options ©Disney

So, when we recently noticed there was a Star Wars The Child MagicBand available to order in our account, we were super excited for more Baby Yoda cuteness. Until we realized something was missing — there was no photo showing for The Child MagicBand!

There’s No Photo for The Child MagicBand!

We tried navigating to a different view to see if that would allow the photo to pop up, but still no luck!

Still No Baby Yoda Photo!

We even tried selecting the MagicBand to order to see if that would do the trick. When we were taken to the next step to personalize it, there was still no picture!

The Mystery of the Baby Yoda MagicBand!

We’re SUPER intrigued by this mysterious new Baby Yoda MagicBand, so we want to know — does the photo for this MagicBand show up on your computer?? If you’re an Annual Passholder or have an upcoming Disney World hotel stay booked, let us know if you can see the picture for The Child MagicBand in your My Disney Experience account! 

Dress up your pup as Baby Yoda with this ADORABLE Halloween costume for dogs!

Does the picture for the Baby Yoda MagicBand show up on your computer? Let us know!