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Quick, Easy, Adorable Autograph Book That Everyone Will Fuss Over (especially the characters)

Posted on by Steph in 01) Before You Go, 02) When You're There, Autographs Leave a comment

If you have listened to the Capturing Magic podcast, you have probably heard us talk about the Chua family. Ginger is a digital scrapbooker, Jon is a super geeky tech guy, and together (along with their three kids in tow) are SUPER Disney fans! Almost a year ago, I got together with the Chua’s, Tanya Hickman (and her other half, Chris), listener/reader Tammi, and my sister for dinner in Disneyland.

Ginger had told me about her kids autograph book before, but she brought it with her, this time, to show me. She had created themed pages for every character that signs autographs and then had them printed in a photo book format.  It was such a beautiful, beautiful book and I was drooling over it!! I knew that I wanted….NEEDED a book like this for my kids for our Disney World trip. Being the lazy, yet resourceful person that I am, I enlisted my friend (and team member here), as well as digital scrapbook designer, Tanya Hickman to help. She agreed to create some print ready pages that I could upload to my favorite photo book printer AdoramaPix to create an autograph book.

I’m so excited to share with our readers these products that Tanya created, as well as an exclusive coupon code for them AND an exclusive coupon code to get them printed at Adoramapix!! I was able to get 2 autograph books uploaded and ordered in ONE HOUR!!! Everyone that saw this autograph book in the parks asked about where I got it…especially the characters! Watch Drizella in the video below (or click here if it doesn’t show up for you):

Here are the goodies!!

Grab the autograph book that Tanya created here. It is currently on sale for 20% off and our readers can get an additional 10% off using this code: ccd_signit_10CM (EXP: 8-31-14).

My favorite photo book printing company is AdoramaPix (this is after doing a thorough review of 12 different companies for The Daily Digi). I have sent many, many readers their way over the years and NEVER heard anything but praise for the extremely high quality! They are beautiful books and they WILL make you gasp (in a good way), when you see them!

You can also use the code pxautograf to get 50% off any sized photo book at AdoramaPix through 8/16/2014. Tanya’s pages are designed to go with the 6×7.5 books.

My autograph books were 56 pages each and the total was $62.40. The 50% off would make it $31.20.  It will take us a while to get them completely filled up, so they will be going on many Disney trips to come! My kids loved the books as much as the characters!!!  Totally worth it!

 


Which Characters Sign Autographs

Posted on by Heather in 02) When You're There, Autographs, Characters, Disney World, Disneyland, Star Wars Leave a comment

Most characters at Disney can sign autographs, but not all. Here’s a list of characters you will normally find at Disney, including at character meals, and if they can sign autographs. This list will be updated when characters change at either park.
(cm = found at character meal only)

Disney World

Magic Kingdom:

Aladdin – yes
Alice – yes
Anastasia – yes
Anna – yes
Ariel – yes
Aurora – yes
Belle – no, but her autograph is on the photopass card and bookmark you receive
Beast (cm) – usually doesn’t, but ask
Buzz Lightyear – doesn’t sign, but usually has a stamp
Chip – yes
Cinderella – yes
Daisy – yes
Dale – yes
Donald – yes
Drizella – yes
Eeyore (cm) – yes
Elsa – yes
Fairy Godmother – yes
Gaston – yes
Goofy – yes
Jasmine – yes
Jessie – yes
Lady Tremaine – yes
Marie – yes
Mary Poppins – yes
Merida – yes
Mickey – yes
Minnie – yes
Naveen – yes
Peter Pan – yes
Piglet (cm) – yes
Pluto – yes
Rapunzel – yes
Snow White – yes
Stitch – yes
Tiana – yes
Tigger – yes
Tinker Bell – yes
Wendy – yes
White Rabbit – yes
Winnie the Pooh – yes
Woody – yes

Characters at Dance Parties and Frontierland Hoedown do not sign.

Epcot:

Aladdin – yes
Alice – yes
Ariel (cm) – yes
Aurora – yes
Belle – yes
Chip – yes
Dale – yes
Donald – yes
Duffy – yes
Goofy – yes
Jasmine – yes
Mary Poppins – yes
Mickey – yes
Minnie – yes
Mulan – yes
Pluto – yes
Snow White – yes
Tigger – yes
Winnie the Pooh – yes

Characters found in Random/Training spots (World Showplace, International Gateway, Fountain of Nations, American Pavilion, Imagination Pavilion) usually sign.

Hollywood Studios:

Buzz Lightyear – doesn’t sign, but usually has a stamp
Chip – yes
Daisy – yes
Dale – yes
Doc McStuffins (cm) – yes
Donald – yes
Ferb – yes
Frozone – yes
Goofy – yes
Green Army Man – yes
Handy Mandy (cm) – yes
Jake – yes
Lightning McQueen – no, but you can ask to get a rub of his tires
Mater – no, but you can ask to get a rub of his tires
Mickey – yes
Mike Wazowski – no
Minnie – yes
Mr Incredible – yes
Phineas – yes
Pluto – yes
Sofia – yes
Stitch – yes
Sulley – no
Vanellope – no, but ask for an autograph photopass card
Woody – yes
Wreck-it Ralph – no, but ask for an autograph photopass card

Characters at Characterpalooza usually sign.
Characters at the Disney Jr Dance party do not sign.

Animal Kingdom:

Baloo – yes
Chip – yes
Daisy – yes
Dale – yes
Donald – yes
Dug – yes
Goofy – yes
King Louie – no, but sometimes Baloo will sign for King Louie
Mickey – yes
Minnie – yes
Pluto – yes
Pocahontas – yes
Rafiki – yes
Russell – yes

Characters at the Dinoland Dance party do not sign.

Character meals at resorts:

Alice – yes
Anastasia – yes
Cinderella – yes
Donald – yes
Drizella – yes
Goofy – yes
Lady Tremaine – yes
Lilo – yes
Mad Hatter – yes
Mary Poppins – yes
Mickey – yes
Minnie – yes
Pluto – yes
Prince Charming – yes
Stitch – yes
Tigger – yes
Winnie the Pooh – yes

Disney World Special Events

There are usually some slight changes to characters at parties and special events. I’ve listed the characters for the most recent party, and will update after the first party of the year with any changes.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

7 Dwarves – no
Abu – yes
Aladdin – yes
Alice – yes
Anastasia – yes
Ariel – yes
Aurora – yes
Belle – no, but her autograph is on the photopass card and bookmark you receive
Buzz Lightyear – doesn’t sign, but usually has a stamp
Captain Hook – no
Captain Jack Sparrow – yes
Cinderella – yes
Cruella – no
Daisy – yes
Donald – yes
Dr Facilier – no
Drizella – yes
Eeyore – no
Evil Queen – no
Flynn Rider – yes
Frollo – no
Gaston – yes
Genie – yes
Goofy – yes
Jack Skellington – no, but ask for an autograph card
Jafar – yes
Jane – yes
Jasmine – yes
Lady Tremaine – yes
Lotso – no
Mad Hatter – yes
Maleficent – no
Merida – yes
Mickey – yes
Minnie – yes
Naveen – yes
Piglet – no
Prince – yes
Prince Charming – yes
Prince Phillip – yes
Queen of Hearts – no
Rapunzel – yes
Sally – no, but ask for an autograph card
Snow White – yes
Tarzan – yes
Terk – yes
Tiana – yes
Tigger – no
Tinker Bell – yes
Winnie the Pooh – no

Characters at Dance Parties do not sign:
Woody’s Dance Party: Woody, Jessie, Bullseye
Monsters Inc Dance Party: George Sanderson, Boo, Needleman, Mike Wazowski, Sulley

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

7 Dwarves – no
Abu – yes
Aladdin – yes
Anastasia – no
Ariel – yes
Aurora – yes
Belle – no, but her autograph is on the photopass card and bookmark you receive
Captain Jack Sparrow – yes
Cinderella – no
Duffy – yes
Drizella – no
Eeyore – no
Ferb – yes
Flynn Rider – yes
Genie – yes
Jasmine – yes
Lady Tremaine – no
Merida – yes
Mickey – yes
Naveen – yes
Periwinkle – yes
Phineas – yes
Piglet – no
Prince – yes
Prince Charming – no
Prince Phillip – yes
Rapunzel – yes
Santa Claus – yes
Scrooge McDuck – yes
Snow White – yes
Tiana – yes
Tigger – no
Tinker Bell – yes
Winnie the Pooh – no

Characters at Dance Parties do not sign:
Woody’s Dance Party: Woody, Jessie, Bullseye
Monsters Inc Dance Party: George Sanderson, Boo, Needleman, Mike Wazowski, Sulley

Star Wars Weekend:

Ahsoka Tano – yes
Anakin Skywalker – yes
Asajj Ventress – yes
Aurra Sing – yes
Boba Fett – yes
C-3PO – no
Cantina Band – some sign, some don’t, you have to ask
Captain Rex – yes
Chewbacca – yes
Chip (Ewok) – yes
Clone Troopers – yes
Commander Cody – yes
Dale (Ewok) – yes
Darth Maul – yes
Darth Vader – yes
Donald (Stormtrooper) – yes
Gamorrean Guard – yes
Goofy (Vader) – yes
Greedo – yes
Jango Fett – yes
Jawas – yes
Kit Fisto – yes
Leia Organa – yes
Luke Skywalker – yes
Mace Windu – yes
Mickey (Jedi) – yes
Minnie (Leia) – yes
Queen Amidala – yes
R2-D2 – no
R2-MK – no
Shaak Ti – yes
Stormtroopers – yes
Tusken Raiders – yes
Zam Wessel – yes

Water Parks (during the summer peak season):
Goofy – yes
Lilo – yes
Stitch – yes

DISNEYLAND

Disneyland is a bit harder to make a list for than Disney World, since some characters appear more randomly. This also goes for the character meals at Disneyland and in the resorts. Here’s a list of characters that you may see.

Disneyland:

Alice – yes
Anna – yes
Ariel – yes
Aurora – yes
Belle – yes
Bert – yes
Big Al – yes
Br’er Bear – yes
Br’er Fox – yes
Captain America – yes
Captain Hook – yes
Chip – yes
Cinderella – yes
Cruella – yes
Daisy – yes
Dale – yes
Donald – yes
Eeyore – yes
Elsa – yes
Evil Queen – yes
Fairy Godmother – yes
Fawn – yes
Flynn Rider – yes
Goofy – yes
Iridessa – yes
Jack Skellington – yes
Jasmine – yes
Jessie – yes
Liver Lips – yes
Mad Hatter – yes
Mary Poppins – yes
Max – yes
Merida – yes
Mickey – yes
Minnie – yes
Mulan – yes
Perla – yes
Periwinkle – yes
Peter Pan – yes
Piglet – yes
Pinocchio – yes
Pluto – yes
Pocahontas – yes
Queen of Hearts – yes
Rabbit – yes
Rafiki – yes
Rapunzel – yes
Rosetta – yes
Sally – yes
Shaker – yes
Silvermist – yes
Snow White – yes
Stormtroopers – yes
Suzy – yes
Terrance – yes
Thor – yes
Tiana – yes
Tigger – yes
Tinker Bell – yes
Vidia – yes
Wendell – yes
White Rabbit – yes
Winnie the Pooh – yes
Woody – yes

Disney California Adventure:

Ariel (cm) – yes
Aurora (cm) – yes
Belle (cm) – yes
Buzz Lightyear – no
Chip – yes
Cinderella (cm) – yes
Dale – yes
Doc McStuffins – yes
Donald – yes
Dug – yes
Duffy – yes
Frozone – yes
Goofy – yes
Jake – yes
Jasmine (cm) – yes
Jessie – yes
Lightning McQueen – no, but you can ask to get a rub of his tires
Mater – no, but you can ask to get a rub of his tires
Mickey – yes
Mike Wazowski – no
Minnie – yes
Mr Incredible – yes
Mrs Incredible – yes
Mulan (cm) – yes
Pluto – yes
Red – no
Russell – no
Snow White (cm) – yes
Sofia – yes
Sulley – no
Woody – yes

Characters at Dance Parties do not sign.

Character meals at resorts:

Stitch – yes
Mickey – yes
Daisy – yes
Pluto – yes
Minnie – yes
Koda – no
Kenai – no
Meeko – yes
Chip – yes
Dale – yes
Goofy – yes

Mickey’s Halloween Party:

Agent P – no
Aladdin – yes
Anastasia – yes
Aurora – yes
Belle – yes
Captain Jack Sparrow – yes
Captain Hook – yes
Chip – yes
Cinderella – yes
Clarabelle Cow – yes
Cruella – yes
Dale – yes
Donald – yes
Dr. Facilier – yes
Drizella – yes
Eeyore – yes
Evil Queen – yes
Fawn – yes
Ferb – yes
Frollo – yes
Genie – yes
Goofy – yes
Hades – no
Iridessa – yes
Jack Skellington – yes
Jafar – yes
Jasmine – yes
Jessie – yes
Lady Tremaine – yes
Maleficent – yes
Merida – yes
Mickey – yes
Minnie – yes
Mr Smee – yes
Peter Pan – yes
Phineas – yes
Pluto – yes
Pocahontas – yes
Queen of Hearts – yes
Rabbit – yes
Rapunzel – yes
Roger Rabbit – yes
Rosetta – yes
Sally – yes
Silvermist – yes
Stormtroopers – yes
Terrance – yes
Tigger – yes
Tinker Bell – yes
Wendy – yes
Winnie the Pooh – yes
Woody – yes

Characters at Piratepalooza (Pirate Chip, Dale, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald) and the Monsters University Dance Party (Mike & Sulley) do not sign.

Heather is an annual passholder that loves coming up with excuses to take a trip to the World. Follow her adventures at Disney on twitter and instagram. Visit her website, I Love Characters, to see pictures of the over 200 characters she’s met at Disney World and Disneyland.


Disney California Adventure Signage

Posted on by Stephanie in Electronic Die Cutting Machines, Scrapbooking (digital or paper) Leave a comment

Now that I’ve completed the signs for all the lands and the retro marquee for Disneyland it’s time to stroll across the esplanade to California Adventure.

I remember seeing all the signage when the refurbishments were under way for Buena Vista street. I loved the images with the Pie-Eyed Mickey and other vintage characters. For my first paper piecing I used those signs as the inspiration for the logo. I replaced the “O” in California with a Pie Eyed Mickey. I found the image on line and then separated the layers in Inkscape. If you can’t find a file to use you can just use the letter instead. I used the following fonts: Walt Script, Minnie, and Market Deco. For the word California I cut two layers, one regular in yellow and a shadow in black. When I adhered the yellow I placed the letters askew so more of the shadow showed through on one side. I also added a highlight with a white gel pen to the tops of the letters. When I adhere these to a scrapbook page I’ll use pop dots to add dimension.

The main gate of California Adventure is modeled after the Pan Pacific Auditorium entrance. I have the Cricut Art Deco cartridge and one of the files matches it exactly! I just cut all the layers and then added the Market Deco font for the lettering to finish it off.

I love how these both turned out. I’ll continue on with paper piecings for the lands in California Adventure. If you have any attractions in either Disneyland or California Adventure that you’d like to see recreated in paper, please leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do.

Stephanie is an avid paper crafter, scrapbooker, and lover of all things Disney. She also enjoys playing with geeky toys to create her paper creations! When not creating scrapbook pages about her husband and son, she can be found at HainingMade.com making handmade paper crafts for parties and events.

 


Celebration buttons for other parts of your trip

Posted on by Krisi in 01) Before You Go, 02) When You're There, Extra Magic 1 Comment

We are down to 75 days until our first Walt Disney World trip.  I have so many things to get done and ready.  It is just hitting me that making our Fast Pass+ reservations is in 15 days … WooHoo!! Now that is exciting — and my girls are excited about the trip, fastpasses etc. but since this comes first my girls are both REALLY excited to take their first plane trip.  Besides stocking their backpacks with fun things to do while traveling or scavenger hunts to do around the airport I wanted to make them a button for them to wear.

Custom buttons for your trip

My youngest who just turned 7 last week has NEVER been on a plane before and my oldest who will be 10 when we travel went on a plane when she was 10 months old so she doesn’t remember it (so I wrote that in small on hers).  Here is a close up of that button.

Don’t laugh at my Disney ears!  Let me tell you how I made these -

I used a blank plastic button (you can find them at Amazon – two sizes, large or small – craft stores, and maybe even WalMart). The back of them look like this:

I used the big ones – they are closer to the size of the buttons that Disney gives out.  I took the diameter of the button and created it using Photoshop and a kit from mle Card called Big Sibling Adoption Add-on but I loved the plane that came in the kit!

I can’t wait to pin these buttons on the girls as we get ready to go to the airport…. 74 days left (don’t judge – I am up late and it is after midnight now!).  Have you created something special to wear to highlight a celebration about some part of your Disney trip? I have more button blanks I can do some other ones!

Krisi is a memory keeper and Disney enthusiast, planning her first trip to
Walt Disney World after 40+ trips to Disneyland. She can be found
at Krisi’s Kreations, on Facebook, and Instagram.


Capturing the Details

Posted on by Gab in 02) When You're There, Photography 6 Comments

As many Disney fans know, it’s the details within the parks that make them special (and make them more than just amusement parks). A fun way to document your Disney trip is to try and capture some of these details. Just looking around, up and down more will help you notice these little things.

While waiting to get on Jungle Cruise on my last trip I noticed that the yellow danger/warning tape in Adventureland was not the traditional black and yellow diagonal stripe, but an animal print. Of course I had to snap a few photos of this.

To get to Tarzan’s Treehouse at Hong Kong Disneyland, you need to catch a raft across a “river” to an island. The dock at the raft uses the same animal print warning tape.

This next detail is something my 11 year old son noticed and now it’s something I point out to everyone I take to the park. We all know how good the popcorn is at a Disney Park. Did you know that there is something slightly different about each popcorn cart? And that it depends on where in the park the cart is located? Take a look at these pictures and see if you can see what I’m talking about:

Yes, it’s the little person/creature/animal that turns the popcorn around. In Tomorrowland (first pic) it’s a robot. At the end of Main Street, it’s a turn of the century man and in Grizzly Gulch it’s a bear.

The last detail I’ll talk about in this post is the Mickey face at the front of the park. Each time I go, the face is different. In autumn, it’s pumpkins:

For Chinese New Year there are lots of yellow chrysanthemums:

In April there were some pretty white flowers:

And in May there was more greenery

What are your favourite details to capture?

 

 

 

Gab has been a Disney fan and scrapbooker of sorts ever since she can remember. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband Anthony and 11 year old son Conor and has a Magic Access Pass to Hong Kong Disneyland. She can be found on Facebook and Instagram (as gabmc) where she shares Disney (and other) memories.

 

 

 


Episode 82: Updates on Magic Shots in DIsneyland and Disney World

Posted on by Wendy in 02) When You're There, 05 Podcast, Magic Shots, PhotoPass 3 Comments
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 HeatherW and Tanya join Steph in this episode to talk about Magic Shots: what they are, how to get them, and where to get them. We are sharing details about brand NEW Magic Shots including Pascal in Disneyland and Jiminy Cricket in Disney World. Also, be sure to check out the Magic Shots post where we updated it with FIVE new Frozen Magic Shots we found out about after the recording.

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Heather (heatherw25 on Twitter and Instagram)
Tanya (Tanyah666 on Twitter and Instagram)
Steph (Capturingmagic_ on Twitter and Instagram)

Show Notes

Be sure to bookmark the Magic Shots post and check back often as we continue to update it!

 

Picks With Pixie Dust

HeatherW: Disney Hidden Worlds
Tanya:
Tsum Tsum
Steph
: Oh Sew Magical


Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk

Posted on by Terri in Disney World, Entertainment, Holidays, Photography, Shows 1 Comment

Title Collage - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

I’m a firm believer in the two days on, one day off approach to Disney World planning. After two days in the park, my family needs a day to sleep in, chill out and generally relax. But that doesn’t mean we spend our off-days staring at the walls of the hotel room. Off days usually mean some low-key entertainment and a nice dinner.

My favorite location to stay in Disney World is Disney’s BoardWalk. This area is adjacent to seven resorts  - Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas, Disney’s Beach Club and Villas, Disney’s Yacht Club, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and it’s located within walking distance of both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney's Boardwalk Collage - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

Set on Crescent Lake, Disney’s BoardWalk has the look of a turn-of-the-century Atlantic City boardwalk. I love arriving at Disney World in the morning and enjoying lunch on the water to make me really feel like I’m on vacation. With Disney’s typical attention to detail, the BoardWalk provides not only entertainment but lots of wonderful photo ops, day and night.

Disney's Boardwalk at Night - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

Editor’s Note: Check out this post from Katrina on capturing photos in low light. 

Disney’s BoardWalk

The actual BoardWalk runs for a quarter mile in front of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and includes shops, midway games, entertainers, nightlife and restaurants.

My family’s favorite part of Disney’s BoardWalk is definitely the live entertainment. Entertainers can vary but include musicians, jugglers, acrobats and a magician. My son is a huge fan of the magician and has often participated in the show. The one catch is that the entertainment is only available on Thursday-Saturday nights from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. We often stop to see the shows on our way back from Epcot. In the event of rain, you can often find the magician in the lobby of the BoardWalk Inn.

Magician - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

If you’re a sports fan, the ESPN Club provides a fun break. This is a typical sports-themed restaurant with plenty of television screens, video games and interactive sporting games. The ESPN Club is also equipped with a television and radio broadcast booth that supports many popular ESPN shows and sometimes features live interviews with sports celebrities. During one of our trips, the BoardWalk was actually hosting a college football awards show.

College Football Awards Show -Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

The BoardWalk also includes some adult nightlife. Jellyrolls is a dueling piano bar, open from 7pm to 2am. Guests must be 21 and over and there is a $10 cover charge. The Atlantic Dance Hall calls to mind the dancing of an older era, but it’s really a nightclub with a DJ that plays songs from the ’80s, ’90s and today. The Dance Hall is open from 9pm to 2am Tuesday through Saturday. Guests must be 21 and over but there is no cover charge. During low-crowd periods on weeknights, these venues can be pretty quiet, though the ESPN Club can get quite crowded during sporting events.

Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

The BoardWalk has a variety of options for shopping. The Screen Door General Store is a typical resort shop including gifts, sundries and groceries. Disney’s Character Carnival has golf apparel and accessories. Thimbles and Threads has clothing and Disney character toys. Wyland Galleries features marine life art. The Yard, next to the ESPN Club, has ESPN merchandise. There is also a Pin Station for Disney pin collectors.

Thimbles and Threads - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

The BoardWalk has four table-service restaurants: ESPN Club, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Flying Fish Cafe and Cat Cora’s Kouzzina. Flying Fish Cafe is, hands-down, our favorite Disney World restaurant, but I also love just sitting outside at Big River Grille for a leisurely lunch. A Disney trip can be fast-paced and over-stimulating and this seashore retreat can be a great reminder to relax and enjoy our vacation.

Food Collage - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

For a lighter snack or a sweet treat, the BoardWalk also includes:

  • Boardwalk Bakery,
  • BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas,
  • Seashore Sweets,
  • a Funnel Cake Cart, and
  • the Pizza Window.

Note: Kouzzina will be closing at the end of September; no word yet on what will replace it. 

One of my favorite places on the BoardWalk is the old-time photo booth. There’s a fun aspect to the photo booth experience that just can’t be replicated on a phone app.

Photo Booth Strip

Other entertainments on the BoardWalk includes caricature artists, midway games and Surrey bike rentals. At night you can even see the fireworks from Illuminations from this area.

Surrey Bikes - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

If you’re really interested in the history, art work and architecture of the BoardWalk, try the BoardWalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour. This tour runs every Wednesday through Saturday for 45 minutes, starting at 9am. The tour is free; just check in at the BoardWalk Inn’s Belle Vue Lounge by 8:45am.

Around the BoardWalk

The wooden Boardwalk itself is anchored by the ESPN Club and The Atlantic Dance Hall. However, the path continues in a circle around Crescent Lake, making it easy to enjoy the themes, shopping, restaurants and entertainments of the other resorts.

If you continue walking past the ESPN Club, counter-clockwise around the lake, you’ll find the path that leads to Epcot’s International Gateway.

Path to Epcot - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

Keep walking around the lake and you’ll find a sandy beach in front of Disney’s Beach Club resort. Check the resort activities flyer for specific activities, but this beach is often host to volleyball, campfire sing-alongs or Movies Under the Stars. Note: Swimming in Crescent Lake is prohibited.

Beach Club Collage - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

While you’re at the Beach Club, don’t forget to stop and enjoy a giant ice cream sundae at the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop.

Beaches and Cream - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

Continue further and you’ll come to Disney’s Yacht Club resort and the Bayside Marina.

Yacht Club - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

Here you can rent motorboats, rent bicycles and arrange fishing excursions. The Bayside Marina is also the starting location of the Albatross Treasure Cruise, one of four pirate adventure cruises for kids ages 4-10. This cruise can be booked in advance at 407-WDW-PLAY.

Continue walking counter-clockwise around the lake and you’ll come back to the Atlantic Dance Hall and the other end of the BoardWalk. Take the path around and behind the Dance Hall and you’ll find the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts, as well as the path to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Atlantic Dance Hall and Dolphin Resort - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

If you walk to Hollywood Studios early in the morning you’ll often see people fishing in the canal. My son really wanted to try this, so on one of our off-days my parents brought their fishing poles. Unfortunately, we went rather late in the day and nothing was biting, but my son still loves to talk about the time he went fishing with his Pap at Disney World.

Fishing at Disney World - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

I should also mention that the Disney Friendship Boats circle through this area. It is almost always faster to walk around the lake and to the parks than it is to take the boat. However, if you’re not in a hurry or if you’ve just ended a busy day in the parks, the boat ride can be quite relaxing.

Friendship Boats - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

The Friendship Boats run from outside Epcot’s International Gateway to Disney’s BoardWalk resort to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts to WDW Swan and Dolphin resorts to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Then it runs back to WDW Swan and Dolphin, Yacht and Beach Club, BoardWalk and Epcot.

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf

If you want to venture a little farther, but still within walking distance, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is located across the street from the Walt Disney World Swan hotel. This venue has two 18-hole courses. The Fantasia Gardens course is designed for families and includes 5 scenes from the movie. If you haven’t seen Fantasia, or if it’s been a long time, I highly recommend watching it before you go. The course is filled with lots of fun little details from the film.

Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

The Fantasia Fairways course is designed to look like a traditional golf course, only smaller, and requires more skill. This course includes sand traps, water hazards and sloping greens. Fantasia Gardens and Fairways is open 10am to 11pm, seven days a week. Telephone reservations are not accepted. Annual Passholder’s currently receive a 50% discount.

Mini Golf Scorecard - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

Christmas on the BoardWalk

If you’re going to Disney World for the Christmas holiday, plan to spend extra time exploring the resorts around the BoardWalk. Displays can vary from year to year, but in recent years the BoardWalk Inn has had a life-size gingerbread house.

Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Display - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

Beach Club resort has had a giant chocolate carousel display.

Beach Club Chocolate Carousel - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

And the Yacht Club has had a miniature train display with lots of Disney details.

Yacht Club Train Display - Capturing Magic on the BoardWalk - capturingmagic.me

If you’re a pin collector, there are sometimes limited edition pins available to commemorate these displays.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort also has numerous holiday displays and events, including classic Christmas movies, a nightly tree lighting and pictures with Santa Claus.

There are, of course, unlimited options in Walt Disney World for spending a day outside the parks – hanging at the pool, exploring themed resorts, shopping and entertainment at Downtown Disney, just to name a few. See more ideas from Beth’s post, Capturing Magic Outside the Theme Parks and share with us your favorite ideas for relaxing and spending time outside the parks at Disney World.


Last Minute Prep for Capturing Magic

Posted on by Aaron in 01) Before You Go 1 Comment

 

As of right now, I am about a month out before my next trip to Disney World. As I’m sure many of you know, this is both and exciting and nerve wracking time. My days are filled with getting things ready to take, getting things ready to pack, making sure everything will be taken care of while I’m away and lists. Lots and lots of lists. Just as I make lists of things we need to pack, or things I need to pick up before the trip, I’ve made a list of things I need to do to make sure I’m prepared to capture all of our magical memories while we are away.
These are the things I typically do right before a trip to ready myself to capture magic.
  1. Download the Capturing Magic App, set up my desired photos – Have you tried out the Capturing Magic app? It’s great, it lets me set up the photos I want to make sure to capture, and then using GPS, it reminds me when I am near the location to take the pictures.
  2. Decide upon a hashtag to share with the family and friends- The last few trips I’ve had to keep a little secret because we were taking time off from work. This time around, we can share our trip publicly so I plan on using Instagram and other social media outlets to document our time. I’d like to decide upon a hashtag so that my family and friends can easily find my posts from the trip.
  3. Clean Up my Phone and Camera – I find before a big trip like this, it’s always good to take a little time to clean up my files on my phone and camera. I delete photos that I’ve already transferred to my computer, I delete unused apps that are lingering on my phone, and I clean up my music files.
  4. Make sure I have additional supplies – I often check to make sure I have multiple SD cards for my camera, and this year I purchased an external charger for my phone, upon the recommendations from my last post. Last year, I purchased my Black Rapid strap and a camera bag.
These are the few key things I do before I leave for a Disney trip, so that I am totally ready to capture all the magical memories my family and I will make.
What are the things I do right before a trip to ready myself to capture magic?

Booking’ It in the Parks

Posted on by Alison in 02) When You're There, Extra Magic 4 Comments

On our next trip we are going to be “booking” it through the parks.  Nope, and I am not referring to running.  (Although, I need to take up that hobby, and do some RunDisney).

I am referring to reliving a great story by visiting all the landmarks possible.

Many books have been written on Disney World.  Most of these are geared towards planning, but there are a few that are fiction works.  Ridley Pearson has written a seven book series called Kingdom Keepers, about ‘virtual’ and often real adventures that five young adults have at the parks (and on a Disney Cruise ship…)

We will be taking pictures at the park at special places that are milestones in the book, documenting our own little Kingdom Keeper adventure in photos.  My daughter and I are also planning on taking a Disney Tour “Backstage Magic” to get an inside look at how the magic is made!  And see how that matches up to the books.  We know that there are differences between the books and the parks and we are hoping to take pictures of that as well.  For example, if Mr. Toads Wild Ride is mentioned, we are going to get shots of the family in front of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the ride that replaced Mr. Toad.

My daughter is planning on keeping a Smash book while we are there and help me with a photo album to recap our adventures when we get home.  The first book in the series was published in 2009, and while that isn’t too old in “life” time, much time has passed in “Disney Time” so be keen that the parks have changed a bit.  The final book in the Kingdom Keepers Series, Kingdom Keepers VII:  The Insider was released just this April, and we can’t wait to read it.

Book 1, Disney after Dark begins in a dream… near the Flag pole in Town Square in Magic Kingdom.  (Isn’t that what you dream about?) So our first picture would be at that Flag Pole.

The Kingdom Keepers are great, but just might not be your cup of tea. There are other fiction books as well as historical, documentary accounts of Walt Disney and the parks.  If you are interested in how the parks were created, try Project Future:  The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World, by Chad Emerson.

If you love One Man’s Dream in Hollywood Studios and want to learn more about the man behind the magic read Walt Disney: An American Original, by Bob Thomas.

Sound like Fun?  Join us.  Better yet, let me know if you have ‘Booked it’ through the park!!

 

 

 

PS… if you love to read, check out the Writer’s Stop, a quaint little bookstore in Hollywood Studios.  You can have a good cup of coffee and check out some wonderful Disney works.

 


Check out the new Magic Shots

Posted on by Steph in 02) When You're There, Magic Shots, MemoryMaker, Photography, PhotoPass 3 Comments

Heather and I have been working together to keep her original “Magic Shots” post updated with what is currently available in the parks. A lot of changes were made recently at Disney World, so bookmark that post (or pin it, if you are like me) and check back often.

Remember, all Magic Shots are included in your purchase of Memory Maker, which I highly recommend! Just ask a PhotoPass Photographer if they can add some magic to your photos, and if they can, I’m sure they would love to help. After telling a PhotoPass Photographer in Animal Kingdom how much my youngest daughter was loving Magic Shots this trip, he surprised us both and quickly did all of the Magic Shots he had available at the time in just a couple of minutes (no one was waiting behind us). She was so excited and giggled with delight! If I wasn’t sold on Magic Shots before, I am now!


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