At Walt Disney World, we love the great job the housekeepers do in keeping our room clean and stocked up while we’re away enjoy our days in the Disney parks. Coming back from the parks to a clean room, empty trash, new towels, and a freshly-made bed is wonderful, but did you know can decline housekeeping for an e-gift card? The program is called “Service Your Way” and can be declined when you check in to your resort.
Disney Fun Runs are activities at some of the Walt Disney World Resorts that allows guests to walk or run between one and two miles in the morning around the resort to earn a prize. The prizes vary from water bottles to headphones to pins to beignets (yes, that does say beignets), and the fun runs are some of the funnest activities we’ve done at the resorts. There are signs and cast members throughout the course showing which way to go, and the cast members cheer you on at each point. It’s such a fun way to start the day and see how pretty the resorts are in the morning.
Everyone loves the idea of the holidays at The Most Magical Place on Earth, but many never get to enjoy the holidays here or have to choose which one to celebrate at Disney World. As we’ve spent our year living here in the Walt Disney World Resorts, we of course have been able to celebrate each holiday here. Some we’ve enjoyed more than others, but the most recent one we celebrated was Thanksgiving. We enjoyed the day and went to Magic Kingdom to see the crowd levels and find out if there were any special things going on for the holiday.
At some of the Walt Disney World Resorts, there are scavenger hunts guests can do for free and win a prize. The prizes all vary based on the resort, but these are always fun and a great activity to do on a relaxing resort day, especially if it’s raining. When you’re finished with the scavenger hunt, you return to the front desk to claim your prize.
Every major holiday is celebrated in some way by each of the Walt Disney World resorts. Some have activities as simple as having holiday-themed games while others go all out with decorations, costume contests, and free candy and prizes. Halloween is no exception to this tradition, and we went to every Disney resort to find out what they were doing to celebrate this fun, candy-filled day. We’ll start with the Value Resorts and go up from there, ending with the villas.
The Villains After Hours event is a special summer event at Magic Kingdom that transforms the park into a villains paradise with a special villains stage show, unique villains Magic Shots, scary desserts, dragon Maleficent roaming the park breathing fire, face painting, and rides slightly changed for the evening. There’s also all-you-can-eat Mickey bars, ice cream sandwiches, bottled soda, and popcorn. You’ll definitely want to read more about this unique summer event.
Many of you know that we have gone to every Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party this year thanks to the new MNSSHP Season Pass Disney offered for guests. This pass was $300 and allowed access to every MNSSHP except Halloween night. We have just a few left before this year’s Halloween party season is over, but we wanted to talk a little about why we’ve enjoyed having this as an option and hope Disney offers this again in future years.
At Walt Disney World, there are club level lounges at many of the Disney resorts for guests who book these specific room types. Club Level gets you quite a few perks as well as unlimited food and snacks in the lounge during your stay. We’ve had a lot of questions about our club level stays, so we wanted to help answer as many questions as we can in this blog post.
At Animal Kingdom Lodge: Jambo House and Animal Kingdom Lodge: Kidani Village, there are a series of activities where guests can earn “beads” to have a special keepsake to take home at the end of your trip. There are many free activities at the Walt Disney World Resorts, but none are as educational as the ones that correspond with the bead activity at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This fun and educational series of games and learning are done at both Jambo House and Kidani Village. When you check in to either, you can ask for the activity guide showing the times of each or ask any recreations cast member for one during one of the activities.
Club Level 90-day FastPass+ is an option provided to guests staying in a club level room at one of the Walt Disney World resorts that has a club level room option. With booking 90 days in advance, you are almost guaranteed the rides you want, when you want them. You cannot do this booking online: you have to call Signature Services, and they’ll make the FastPass+ selections for you. It’s super simple and easy. Club Level 90-day FastPass+ are not free and do cost $50 per person per day with a 3-day minimum. Keep reading to find out more details and what we learned from our days using our 90-day FastPass+.