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Reviews & tips for traveling to Walt Disney World with young kids

Attraction Reaction: Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter

Located high above Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, you will find the Astro Orbiter.  As someone who grew up going to Disney, this was one of the few rides I had never tried, so I was excited to get to experience it for the first time with my preschooler.

On the Astro Orbiter you fly in a rocket ship in a circle around planets, and you have the ability to move your rocket ship higher or lower.  You definitely feel a bit of the whip as you go around, but you are rewarded with incredible views of Cinderella Castle and the rest of the park.

There is no height restriction for this ride, and FastPass+ is not available.

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Food Review: Restaurant Marrakesh

Restaurant Marrakesh

Since Tangierine Cafe in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion in the World Showcase has long been a family favorite counter service stop, I have been wanting to try the country’s table service restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, for some time.

Tucked at the very back of the pavilion, Restaurant Marrakesh seems to be one of the most overlooked restaurants at Epcot, but I think it’s also one of the best.  I’m not sure if it’s because it’s out of sight or because the food may seem too “exotic” (it’s not!), but it truly is a hidden gem.

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Attraction Reaction: Main Street Vehicles

Main Street Vehicles – Fire engine

Have you ever noticed those old-fashioned vehicles out in the morning on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom?  Did you know that you can ride on them?

The Main Street Vehicles usually run from park opening until only 10:15 a.m. and offer one-way rides from Town Square to Cinderella Castle, and vice versa.  Vehicles include a horse-drawn trolley (which is also used in the Main Street Trolley Show), a double-decker omnibus, an old-fashioned fire engine and an old-fashioned car.  It varies which vehicles are out each day.

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Tips for visiting Walt Disney World while pregnant

Pregnant at Walt Disney World

Sometimes you feel like you are missing out on parts of your vacation when you are pregnant, but that’s not the case at Walt Disney World.  Here are some tips for getting the most out of your vacation when visiting Walt Disney World while pregnant.

Enjoy the rides

Unlike many other theme parks, you can still enjoy the majority of rides while pregnant at Walt Disney World.  Still, there are some you should avoid.

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Walt Disney World indoor shows

Need a break without missing the magic of Disney?  Want to rest your feet and get out of the heat?  Here is a list of Walt Disney World indoor shows, complete with air conditioning and seating (unless otherwise noted).

Magic Kingdom
  • Carousel of Progress (Tomorrowland)
  • Country Bear Jamboree (Frontierland)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Fantasyland) – FP+ available; standing at the beginning of the attraction
  • Enchanted Tiki Room (Adventureland)
  • Hall of Presidents (Liberty Square)
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Fantasyland) – FP+ available
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Tomorrowland) – FP+ available

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Walt Disney World rides to avoid when pregnant

While there are still tons of rides and attractions you can enjoy, here are some Walt Disney World rides to avoid when pregnant.

According to Walt Disney World, expectant mothers should not ride the following:

Magic Kingdom
  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

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Food Review: Sleepy Hollow

Nestled in the shadow of Cinderella Castle is one of my all-time favorite Walt Disney World dining stops – Sleepy Hollow.  Located in Liberty Square, this quick service restaurant features sweet and savory waffle sandwiches, funnel cakes and pretzel dogs.  There’s even a Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwich available until noon.

The Food

While the Sleepy Hollow menu has a number of sweet treats, like Mickey waffles or funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar or strawberries and whipped cream, my family makes a meal out of the tasty waffle sandwiches.

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15 things to do on Main Street, U.S.A.

While many Walt Disney World guests rush through Main Street, U.S.A. to get to the Cinderella Castle and all the rides, there are quite a few things to do on this quaint turn-of-the-century American thoroughfare.  On your next trip to the Magic Kingdom, take some time to explore and enjoy these top 15 things to do on Main Street, U.S.A.

1. Ride the Main Street Vehicles

One of my preschooler’s favorite things to do at the Magic Kingdom is ride in these classic, turn-of-the-century vehicles. The Main Street Vehicles include a horse-drawn trolley, a roofless jitney, an old-fashioned fire engine and a two-story omnibus, and they provide one-way rides from Town Square to Cinderella Castle and Cinderella Castle to Town Square. There’s hardly ever a wait for rides, but you have to get there early – the Main Street vehicles usually only run until 10:15 a.m.

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Parents Guide to Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is a fully immersive experience and fun for the whole family.

As you set out to explore this new land, here’s everything you need to know, from kid-focused ride, food and shopping reviews to where to find changing tables, stroller parking and interactive activities.

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Windtraders at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Windtraders is the main gift shop in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Instead of Mickey Mouse merchandise, here you will find some special items unique to Pandora, including the very popular banshee.

Banshee – Windtraders – Pandora – The World of Avatar

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