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Resort Hopping - Magic Kingdom Resorts

Do you ever want a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks but still want to be doing something  and feeling Disney along the way?  Resort hopping is one of my favorite ways to spend the time outside of the parks and get a change of scenery and try some new things.  There are 4 (maybe 5) resorts in the Magic Kingdom area that are super easy to get to and each have something unique to offer.  Here are some ideas of things you can do at each resort, whether you want to spend a few minutes to a whole day.  I highly recommend the atmosphere at all of the resorts which is free to enjoy, but most of the recommended activities do come with a small cost associated (grab a snack, drink etc). Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa The Grand Floridian is the flagship resort of Walt Disney World.  It is full of elegance and has much to offer, even has its very own wedding pavilion.  You can arrive here via walking path from the Magic Kingdom, Monorail or Resort Launch. 

Kona Cafe Dinner

 The Polynesian Resort has been a long-time family favorite, so when all of my family was together in Walt Disney World I knew we had to have a meal here and we were able to find an ADR (Advance Dining Reservation) for Kona CafĂ©.  I've eaten here many times over the years, and it is one of my favorites.  I just love their appetizers and the atmosphere, but tonight our meal was great from start to finish and our server was wonderful with our larger party.   For larger parties dining together, we often recommend making two reservations around the same time as that is typically a bit easier to obtain, so that's what we had but when we checked in we were happy to hear they were able to accommodate us at one large table! We started with some drinks in the Tambu Tambu Lounge next door while waiting for our entire party to arrive. I went with the fan-favorite Lapu Lapu, served in a pineapple, but the Backscratcher is also a favorite and there were many Mai Tais ordered throughout the

Ears the News: July 3 2021 Edition

 Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com Reopening Date set for Disney's Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World Good news!  Disney's Polynesian Resort will reopen to guests on July 19, 2021.  Disney refurbished guest rooms and the Great Ceremonial House. The resort will be opening, however, the new monorail station will not be completed yet.  The front-desk will reopen in the Great Ceremonial House and 'Ohana will reopen on July 9, 2021. Photo courtesy of  WDWMagic.com The new guest rooms will be ready starting July 19.  The standard view room is currently starting at $595 plus tax.  The new rooms will feature a new color palette inspired by the Pacific Ocean and its many islands and also inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios film, "Moana." Photo courtesy of  WDWMagic.com Disney World Cast Members can go maskless indoors and handle guest items including cameras Disney has once again updated its mask policy beginning today for Wa

Ears the News: May 15, 2021 Edition

Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com Stage shows are back at Walt Disney World! Stage shows are back at Walt Disney World with the opening of 'A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King'. It is now playing at Disney's Animal Kingdom with showtimes available in My Disney Experience.  Most days, you will find 6 performances at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm. This is a big step forward towards reopening of Walt Disney World. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com A look at the monorail station at the Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Work has continued on the monorail station at Disney's Polynesian Resort to meet the late July deadline.  The new arrival experience will have guests pull up to its Great Ceremonial House.  The design will feature color, four chandeliers inspired by glass floats, fishing nets and oversized bamboo elements mirroring the chandelier inside the lobby.   Photo courtesy of  WDWMagic.com Harmonious show programming beg

Ears the News: April 17, 2021 Edition

 Ears the News Brought to you by our Friends at WDWMagic.com Disney World's 50th spruce up continues with the rooftops of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Work for the upcoming 50th anniversary on October 1st has continued in Fantasyland. Paint crews are also working on the rooftops in Fantasyland. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Disney's Animal Kingdom mandrill birth is another success for Disney's breeding of endangered species Disney is celebrating the birth of a female baby mandrill.  First time mom, Hazel, gave birth to Ivy on April 10, 2021.This will make the four generations of mandrills from the same family which mirrors the social system of mandrills found in the wild.  You will see Hazel and Ivy in the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction at Animal Kingdom. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Disney World Cast Members can now have visible tattoos among other changes to the 'Disney Look' as the company shifts to a policy of inclusion Josh D'Amaro stated, "The w