Recently, I read a fabulous post over at WDW Fan Zone. I commented about it a little bit on a previous post, but wanted to delve more deeply into its contents now that I have time. It outlined some of the great things that you can do to add some "pixie dust" (also known as "that Disney magic") to your vacation. Lynn gave some fabulous advice - go check out the article HERE.
Adding to Lynn's list, I'd like to add a few of my own. Some are at no additional cost, and some are a bit extra. All, in my opinion, are worth the effort. And now, I'll share my ideas ... in no particular order.
That pre-rope-drop breakfast. This is one of my daughter's FAVORITE things. There's nothing quite like waltzing past the growing crowds at the gate to the Magic Kingdom, scanning through the turnstile, and dancing like idiots on an an empty Main Street USA. If you're there early enough, you'll even meet the Mayor!
The Wishes Dessert Party. Held on the Tomorrowland Terrace, the location is king (or queen) here. The desserts are good, and they are plentiful. But if you can spare the $25ish for adults and $15ish for the kiddies ... do this. It's an exhilarating feeling, just watching Tink fly right over your head. Plus, not having to waste valuable touring time to stake out a fireworks viewing spot? Worth every penny.
Resort Hopping. Very few people really truly appreciate the resorts around The Walt Disney World complex. Take some time out of your trip to walk through some of the other resorts. Now, don't go using their pool ... that's not allowed. I'm talking about walking around the grounds at the Grand Floridian to see the landscaping. Tour the beautiful French Quarter area of Port Orleans. Go over to Pop Century and have a meal in their food court ... it's the best one, I think.
Don't Just Ride ... Crawl. One of the best bits of advice I've gotten is to try a "crawl". Get on the monorail, and stop at every resort (Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian). Check out their bars, and try the signature drink at each. Just make sure that you have a safe way to get back to your room ... I can give you first-hand advice that the Lapu-Lapu is Hawaiian for "knocks you on your arse".
Until next time ... enjoy your day!