Disney Springs to replace Downtown Disney

The much tinkered with Downtown Disney has seen expansions (West Side), closures (Virgin Store), changes of direction (killed the nightclubs), half completed projects (Hyperion Wharf), but now at long last, Disney seem to be committing themselves big style.

Work commenced in April of 2013 to create a vast 1900s style Disney Springs retail and entertainment centre like no other in Orlando.

The scale is huge and will eventually create over 4000 permanent jobs when completed in 2016.  In the meantime, most of the existing stores, restaurants and highlights will remain as the imagineers construct the bulk of the development around the car park 3 area of Downtown Disney.

For the official Disney Announcement visit the Disney Blog here.

No date for the name change has yet been set, but we will keep you posted!!


Choosing the best Disney Ticket Options!

If you’ve ever stood at the Disney Ticket Booth, desperate to head into the theme parks, always bear one simple fact in mind. It could help save you a fortune!

Adults are at their most vulnerable when they are excited!

We aren’t in the ‘knock Disney’ brigade, far from it, we love the Magic like most people.
However, Disney must be very aware of the fact that parents want to make the Magical vacation as special as they possibly can, which in turn often triggers spontaneous purchases, way over the budget!

Bearing in mind that Disney Tickets are most likely going to be the single biggest ‘Orlando based’ purchase transaction during a vacation, guests are well advised to stay calm and purchase with care.

Do your research as much as possible, and whatever you do, treat those upgrades to the Magic Your Way base tickets with fearful caution! So easy is it to get carried away in the heat of the moment and max out your options, that you could practically end up doubling your ticket prices within the space of a few ‘yeses’. Seriously, that is how bad it can get for your wallet!

Some great Disney Ticket advice;

  1. Research the best prices
  2. Visit plenty of Disney Guides and Forums
  3. Read this honest article about Disney Tickets
  4. Never buy upgrades on the spur of the moment
  5. Ask for advice from reputable Disney Ticket approved vendors
  6. Take your time! Don’t rush into buying anywhere!
  7. Try to avoid buying tickets on the morning of you first park visit
  8. Don’t expect discounts over a few %, they don’t exist!!!!

Our final point is perhaps the most important for you to grasp.
There’s loads of ticket vendors out there, but we’ve not seen a single source of genuine tickets that offer much more than a couple of percent. If you do find something offering 25%, please, take our word for it, it has to be a fraud or a time share trap.

Can you take our word for it?
If you find a genuine retailer that offers such reductions, please let us know and we will publish their name here!

That’s how confident we are that they don’t exist!

Welcome to our new and very different sort of Disney Blog!

We look more into the workings and background to the most magical place on earth!

How could 30,080 acres of land become so magic?
To find out, we need to look at some Walt Disney World History!

It’s no secret that Walt Disney had vision and dreams, like no other.
The ultimate imagineer or motion picture maker?  Perhaps a social architect that could ultimately make a whole community, nation and world think a little differently!

Despite the creation of a very successful Disneyland California, Walt had learned lessons.
The biggest frustration of all, being the fact that the Anaheim park was ‘landlocked’ by non Disney developments, much in the same way that Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are steadily becoming of late.

During the 60s, Walt set away a vast secretive team in motion.
Parcel by parcel, acre by acre, the land was bought up by ‘independent’ secret businesses, with the prime aim of making sure that the word didn’t get out about his grand vision.
With the cat out of the bag about Walt Disney World, real estate prices would soar, no doubt placing delays and the risk of failure between his vision of what we now see today.

Looking back in time, it seems impossible to imagine that a real estate ‘buy up’ of this gigantic scale could take place without leaking to the press somehow.  The WDW project was no different and the Orlando Sentinel got hold of the project in 1965 just as the vast majority of the land had been purchased.

On October 1st 1971, at 10am, the first WDW theme park opened.  The Magic Kingdom’s gates opened and both officially and unofficially became known as the “Most Magical Place on Earth”.

If you’d like to read more about the Magic Kingdom’s first day, please check out this article by Jim Korkis for USA Today.

If you’d prefer to see what’s going on right now in the Magic Kingdom, this TotalOrlando site has a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the Magic Kingdom and other Orlando theme parks.

We hope you have a Magical Day!

Welcome to our brand new Orlando Attraction Ticket Blog!

Each month we will keep you posted with the latest information and advice about those Orlando attraction tickets!

As one of the most expensive parts of a vacation in Orlando, visitors work hard to seek out the very latest information about the best deals.
What shocks most people is that they quickly realize that those theme park tickets quickly add up to several hundred dollars per person, just for a 10 day stay.

A family of four can easily expect to run up $3000 or more if they want to spend a reasonable amount of time in the Disney and Universal theme parks.
More disturbingly, guests also soon realise that discounts are pretty much impossible to find over the ‘few percent’ barrier.

We’ve got a few words of caution to help you on your way!

  1. Don’t expect big discounts, they simply don’t exist.
  2. If you do find big discounts, they are certainly a concern!
  3. Don’t buy from unofficially approved ticket vendors
  4. Do seek advice from the better ticket vendors
  5. Never buy second hand tickets (they are not transferable!)
  6. Never try to share tickets – the parks use finger print checking!

Always allow yourself a good week of research before buying your family a load of Disney tickets!  (An old, wise boss of mine once said;  “Always allow one full day of work to every $1000 you spend!”)
Not bad advice when it comes to finding the best tickets!

Check out the Orlando Guides and Orlando Forums for the best Disney Ticket Advice and always use several sources to ensure that you’ve not read an out of date post or article!

Our final words of advice;  Theme Parks are expensive to build and operate, so if you find an amazing deal, be suspicious straight away!  It’s either going to be a time-share trap, or, worse still a fraudulent gang that is selling off part used tickets.
Those part used tickets will turn your dream vacation into a nightmare if you get turned away from the turnstiles, simply because your fingerprints didn’t match the original user!