Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Top Magic Kingdom Attractions to do BEFORE 10am

Things to do (and skip) while starting out your day in the Magic Kingdom.

Best Disney World Quick Service Restaurants to Eat Your Picnic Lunch

Spending money at Walt Disney World is incredibly easy. From souvenirs to dining, park tickets and everything in between, your budget is being stretched to places that you may not be comfortable with.

How to get Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Ever since Disney and Starbucks came together in a marriage made in an iced grande triple shot vanilla 2% extra whip extra caramel drizzle caramel macchiato, the game has changed so much!

Hidden Gems of the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is filled with more than the big E-Ticket attractions like the Haunted Mansion and the Jungle Cruise.

Hidden Gems of EPCOT

EPCOT is filled with details that allow guests to escape reality and take a wander through a theme park that spans over 300 acres! From attractions designed to make you think to experiences that will grow your understanding of the world...this is a Disney Park that will really open your eyes to the skill of Disney Imagineering.

Date Night Ideas at Disney World

I know it's super cheesy, but when you're spending 24/7 with each other during a vacation, there's a difference between a regular day at a "Date Night". This article will bring a few ideas to the forefront when you're thinking about a fun date night at Disney!

Where To Find Mickey Mouse

There are plenty of options to meet the Head Cheese, from classic meet & greets to character dining experiences and many other spots.

Top 10 Things Cast Members do on their Days Off

What do Cast Members do on their days off? Well it's more complicated than you could really imagine, as there are over 60,000 cast members and it's utterly impossible to bunch them all together in one generalized article.

Magic Kingdom Attractions That Never Change

When you're visiting Walt Disney World, the to-do list of activities and experiences that you have to accomplish during a trip could be overwhelming.

Things That Rainforest Cafe in Disney World Does Right

The Rainforest Cafe isn't a recommended stop, but what does the chain known for lacklustre food and out-of-date audio-animatronics do well that other restaurants at Disney World could learn from?

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Top 10 Jungle Cruise Puns

Let's be honest...the Jungle Cruise is so much more than a boat ride. Each trip around the river is completely unique due to the personality and story-telling ability of the Skipper.

10 Things We Will Never Do Again at Disney World

We've had quite a few curious, exciting and puzzling experiences in our visits to Disney World. Here are our top 10 things we will never do again at Disney World.

Top Ten Disney Advance Dining Reservations to get ASAP

ADRs, or Disney advance dining reservations, are one of the many steps to a successful and fun trip to Walt Disney World. Without them, you're stuck wandering around and stressing out over where you could actually eat. This is incredibly important during busier times, like every month from January through until December 🙂

Things That We Wish We Bought at Disney World

Every vacation provides an opportunity to add more souvenirs to your collection. From shirts to keepsakes and anything else you can fit in the suitcase!

Top Ten Stores to get Mickey Ears

Buying Mickey Ears at Walt Disney World requires planning and knowing which stores carry which styles.

Best Pin Trading Locations at Walt Disney World

There are over 65 merchandise locations at Walt Disney World that carry pins and pin accessories, but not every one is equal. In fact, there are only a handful...say 10...that we at Steps To Magic would suggest you visit!

10 Things We Regret Buying at Walt Disney World

As you can imagine, we've bought a few items from Walt Disney World. Some are amazing and find their way directly onto a bookshelf or beside my workstation in the office...while some stay in the packaging or don't even make it back on the plane.

Where To Get Free Stuff On Your Birthday In Orlando

Celebrating your birthday in Orlando is better when you can get free stuff.

How to get a Personalized Birthday Button

When at Walt Disney World for your birthday, you want to feel special! Anyone can get a FREE birthday button, but did you know that for a small charge...you can get a PERSONALIZED birthday button?

The Worst Disney World Advice

Making mistakes while planning a vacation to Walt Disney World can be avoided by doing research and focusing on your specific needs

Ranking EPCOT Dining

EPCOT is known as the park with awesome food, but does every restaurant match up? Not really...in fact, most of the locations can show up on a "must-eat" or a "must-avoid" list depending on the preferences of the individual who's sharing the information.

Secret Entrances to Disney World Parks

Each park has something “secret” about their entrances, which we’ll be sharing here and will allow you to...

Free Drink Refills at Disney World

At certain quick service locations at the theme parks, there are drink stations that are in the middle of the dining area. When you purchase a fountain drink, the cast member gives you a cup and then you make your way to the station to pick your drink before getting your lid & straw.

Top 10 Can’t Miss Activities at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has a number of exciting things to check out, but it's important to know before you go exactly what you should be looking for.

Which Theme Park has the most Rides at Disney World?

When you're talking about Disney World, it's important to know that each theme park is unique and completely different on many levels. One of the ways that I've seen folks differentiate the parks is by the actual number of rides.

Table Service Restaurants To Avoid At Walt Disney World

When you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World, the choices can be overwhelming at every turn. From attractions to resorts and everything in between, the one thing that may be a stress-relief is to know that you're not alone with feeling like every decision is a "make or break".

How to get the Most out of Memory Maker

Memory Maker is a product that you can buy at Walt Disney World, which gives you unlimited digital Photopass photos captured throughout the resort by way of photographers, on-ride photos and so many more opportunities.

The Best Quick Service Dining at Universal Orlando Resort

When you step into the Universal Orlando Resort, outside of attractions and meeting Woody Woodpecker...you're probably thinking about your next meal!

Best VoicePlay Disney Songs

If you've ever spent time going through Disney-Inspired music on YouTube, there's a really good chance that you've...

Top Magic Kingdom Attractions to do BEFORE 10am

Things to do (and skip) while starting out your day in the Magic Kingdom.

Top 10 Disney World Scents

There are a handful of attractions within Walt Disney World that can turn something as basic the smell of an apple pie into something that the merchandise teams can monetize;)

Secrets at Walt Disney World

There are hundreds of hidden gems at the Walt Disney World Resort. From nods to classic Disney movies to insider details put into the parks by Imagineers, you can find gold when you know where to look.

Epcot FastPass Recommendations

UPDATE: Walt Disney World has introduced a new system that has replaced FastPass called the Lightning Lane.

10 Unique Disney Springs Experiences

Experiences at Disney Springs that escape the traditional theme park checklist.

How To Work at Walt Disney World

Getting a job at Walt Disney World requires candidates understand the hiring process from start to finish, and be prepared with the right skills and insider insights. Anyone interested in working for the worldwide leader in family entertainment will benefit from the following tips.

Top Disney World Shopping Destinations

Spending money can be worth planning a full vacation around, especially if you're a fan of specific experiences.

Top 10 Candy Shops at Disney

Walking around Walt Disney World is an experience that will cause a little bit of an appetite, and you sometimes require a little extra boost to make your way from one Dole Whip to the next.

Quick Service Restaurants to Avoid at Disney World

Walt Disney World has over 300 quick service restaurants on property. You may want to skip these...

Disney Springs Counter Service Restaurants

Disney Springs is huge, which could be difficult to find a good meal if you're not prepared for the adventure! For us, we're very rarely at Disney Springs during the day because of our preference to be in the parks as much as possible - but what about arrival days, departure days or times that you just need a grab a bite to eat and find yourself at the district?

Top Tips for Leaving the Magic Kingdom After Fireworks

Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are absolutely breathtaking and magical! But as soon as the last mortar is shot into the sky...you and a sea of guests surrounding you on Main Street USA go from dreams into reality.

Overlooked Experiences at Universal Orlando

If you've spent time on our site, you're aware of the importance of tips and secrets to plan your day and spend as little time wandering as possible. Well when you go through your plans before 11am...what do you do before lunch? What do you do in the evening before dinner? What about that awkward time between 8pm and fireworks?

The Perfect Walt Disney World Itinerary For First Time Visitors

There isn't a wrong way to vacation at Walt Disney World, but there's always ideas and strategies that can make your trip better.

Hidden Gems of the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is filled with more than the big E-Ticket attractions like the Haunted Mansion and the Jungle Cruise.

Top 10 Best Ways to Celebrate Birthdays at Disney World

We also believe that a birthday doesn't have to be "in your face" for it to be something celebrated. If you don't want a birthday button, don't get one. This is your day! 🙂

5 places for a Fantastic Breakfast in the Magic Kingdom

Sleepy Hallow Sleepy Hallow is the home of waffles, and they're really good at making them. The first...

Secret Music Playlist for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Although Universal doesn't have an "official" list of songs to play, there are ways to choose your soundtrack on the coaster.

Overlooked Experiences at Disney World

If you've spent time on our site, you're aware of the importance of Genie+ reservations to plan your day and spend as little time in line as possible. Well when you go through your plans before 11am...what do you do before lunch? What do you do in the evening before dinner? What about that awkward time between 8pm and fireworks?

The Best Snacks to Pack for a Day at Disney World

There are a number of snacks that you can pack for an enjoyable day at Walt Disney World,...

Disney Attractions that go Backwards

What goes up, must go down. What goes forward, must go backwards? Not sure that's the catchphrase, but in this article, my goal is to share some light onto the attractions that have a secret...and it's one that most people get surprised about.

Top Ten Quick Service Locations at Disney World

With more than 200 quick service and fast casual restaurants on property, the options are endless.

Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

The restaurants at Disney World that are worth dining at on your first vacation.

Where To Get Free Water at Disney World

Being in Florida, the Disney Parks can be incredibly hot at times and require additional planning to make sure that you're a) not becoming dehydrated and b) not paying out the nose for bottled water.

Hidden Pascals at the Magic Kingdom

Disney Imagineers are a crafty bunch of folks! When they were presented with a blank canvas for an area of Fantasyland that needed some much needed love after the Skyway building was demolished...the ideas started to run wild.

Top Ten Disappointing Situations at Disney World

Being disappointed in Disney World can be avoided by having realistic expectations and planning for your vacation dates.

Top Ten Character Meals at Disney World

Meeting your favorite Disney Character while enjoying a memorable meal is the essence of this Walt Disney World experience!

20 Things First Time Disney Visitors Don’t Know

“If you had to offer a first time visitor just one tip before they arrived, what would it be?” This list is packed with 20 things that we wished someone would have told us before our first trip to Walt Disney World! (In no particular order, although the first one does involve the possibility of getting more Dole Whips!) 

How to get from Disney World to Universal Orlando without a car

Are you looking for an answer to the question "Does anyone know how I can get from Disney World to Universal Orlando and back WITHOUT having a car?"Let's break this down to be as simple as possible:)

8 Christmas Activities at Walt Disney World You Can’t Miss

Spending the holidays at Walt Disney World in Florida can be incredibly magical if you know what to plan for.

Staying Caffeinated at Disney World

Creating memories before you've actually woken up is difficult, which is why it's important to know where you can get your first (or second, third, forth, etc) cup of coffee while on vacation.

Disney Parks Inspired Pet Names

Disney Characters are awesome inspiration for the newest member of your family. From iconic names like Mickey and...

Best Themed Restaurants in Disney World

As our friends at Disney Food Blog have stated, "Food IS a Theme Park"!This means that you should...

The Best Places to Buy Unique Gifts in Universal Orlando Resort

If you're someone like me and can see individualism and creativity as a bonus...then these shops should definitely be on your radar. With over 85 stores, there are plenty to choose from!

Fun Facts about Be Our Guest

When the New Fantasyland project was announced at the D23 Expo in 2009, the excitement hit a complete...

10 Things Not to Pack for Walt Disney World

Let's be honest, the idea of travelling to Walt Disney World for a week is a daunting task. You're trying to forecast the weather, foreshadow your mood for hats, in addition to putting your entire life in a suitcase that has to weigh less than 49.9 pounds!

The Best Disney World Jigsaw Puzzles

If you're searching for some Friday night plans that don't involve scrolling through Instagram or watching DisneyPlus, here are the best Disney World jigsaw puzzles for now and future adventures.

What You Should Know About Mobile Ordering

This is a game-changer for anyone who had ever stood in line behind guests who just didn't know what they wanted for every member of their extended family while all you wanted was a simple bacon cheeseburger meal!

What to do on your Disney Vacation Arrival Day

Let's be honest...you're excited to get your vacation started. Most of us have spent months planning the perfect experience, from amazing ADRs, to Lightning Lane Reservations, to what snacks we want to eat. 

Hidden Gems of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

When you step into Disney's Hollywood Studios, the checklist of things to accomplish are already on top of mind. From the attractions, character interactions and everything in between...a Disney Park is a living and breathing experience that you have to take in on foot and with your own eyes.

Attractions to Skip in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

From the hidden gems to the e-ticket experiences, you're able to spend hours exploring and escaping the real world in one of the most unique theme parks in the world!

Things Not to Miss at Disney World

Let's break this down into a five "must-do" things in each park, because as soon as you think about everything as a whole...it's a daunting task!

Walt Disney World’s Four Theme Parks

When we are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, the experience of knowing the key attractions and...

The Best Art of Disney Store in Walt Disney World

Prepare to be wowed by the dazzling works of art that inhabit this shop—from beautifully framed prints to figurines to souvenir postcards. Plus, renowned Disney artists often make special appearances and sign their pieces.

Top Things To Do at Pandora The World of Avatar

Disney's Animal Kingdom is home to the real-life version of James Cameron's Avatar franchise, complete with floating mountains

10 Awesome Disney YouTube Channels to Fuel your Addiction

Those of us who may not be able to be at a Disney Park daily often overlook the awesome stuff found on YouTube to supplement their daily dose of Orlando (MCO) Theme Parks!

What You Should Know about Package Pickup at Disney

There are a few things that we dislike more than having to carry bags while on vacation, let...

Where to Cool Off at Disney World

When you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you should know about the best spots to get out of the Florida heat and scorching sun!

Best Disney World Photopass Locations

Let's be real. The goal of a trip to Walt Disney World is all about having fun and...

The Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has over 370 restaurants, ranging from Quick Service to Table Service...but there's something that bring all the experiences together. Disney's culinary professionals are tasked with the day-to-day challenge of staying ahead of the game in the ever-changing theme park dining industry.

Top Ten On Ride Photos at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is full of attractions that offer on-ride photos that you're able to post on all your social media accounts. Now here's the question...what's the best?

20 Ways to have an Awesome Adult Only Disney World Trip

Having an adult-only vacation in Disney World is more than hanging out at the pool.

How to get Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Ever since Disney and Starbucks came together in a marriage made in an iced grande triple shot vanilla 2% extra whip extra caramel drizzle caramel macchiato, the game has changed so much!

Late Night Snacking at Disney World

The number of times that I've found myself a little hungry after dinner while on vacation at Disney...

Best Water Bottle for a Day at Disney World

Staying hydrated at Disney World is one of my favorite tips to share, but outside of the Free Water options...are there things that would benefit from pre-planning?

The Best Tips For Your Trip To Universal Orlando

Visiting a destination resort like Universal Orlando can be overwhelming for some. Usually, you only have a couple of days to cover everything, and want to make sure you soak it all in.

Top EPCOT Attractions to do BEFORE 10am

The concept of “Rope Drop” is second nature to many seasoned guests, but there are guests who need...

Top 15 “Must Know” Insider Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Each year, the Magic Kingdom plays host to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party which delights guests with holiday offerings that bring a smile to anyone who loves to see snow on Main Street USA!

EPCOT Guest Mistakes

When you're thinking about EPCOT, it's important to respect the size of this park! It's huge! Just to walk around the World Showcase lagoon is 1.3 miles!

Fun Things to Collect in Disney World

From free to not-so-free, my goal is to look at the things that I've bought that have evolved from a single purchase into a collection. These may be a single item to remember a specific event or a more general thing that you are able to buy online to add to a rotating item of fashion.

The 40320 Piece Ravensburger Disney Puzzle

Ravensburger Memorable Disney Moments 40,320 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - The Largest Disney Puzzle in the World

Attractions That You can get Soaked On at Disney World

Getting soaked on an attraction at Walt Disney World is refreshing and funny when you're expecting it, but...

Overpriced Items at Disney World

Taking into account that your vacation is already expensive from the moment that you start planning, there are a number of items that we've anticipated will be too pricey to justify buying at Walt Disney World.

Who are the Stitch’s of Hollywood Studios

This hidden gem in Disney's Hollywood Studios brings excitement to guests seeking something outside of the ordinary.

What to do on your Disney Vacation Departure Day

When you're winding down your time at the Walt Disney World Resort, there are a ton of things...

Best Sports Bars at Disney World

The best sports bars in Walt Disney World are filled with fans from around the world, and it gets loud and incredibly exciting! You're not in Kansas anymore Toto, surrounded by like-minded fellow fans who are die-hard Cheeseheads!

Shortest Attractions at Disney World

Disney attractions can be long or short and it's important to know where to invest your time.

The Best Places to Buy Unique Gifts in Disney World

If you're someone like me and can see individualism and creativity as a bonus...then these shops should definitely be on your radar. With over 310 stores, there are plenty to choose from!

Magic Kingdom Dining Recommendations

Every guest that goes to the Magic Kingdom has the same thought that we do.... I'm Hungry! Where should I eat?

3 tips to score a Be Our Guest Reservation

Be Our Guest is a table-service dining venue in Fantasyland themed after the animated Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.

The Best Rooftop Patios in Disney World

The best rooftop patios in Disney World provide something to sip on while gazing out over the magic of Disney, and maybe a great bite to eat too.

Top Ten Family Disney World Attractions for Kids Under 5

Walt Disney World is the place where dreams come true for people of all ages, so when you're planning your trip, it's important to know the best of the best for your family!

Walt Disney World Construction Timeline

We all have to start somewhere! With Walt Disney World, there are huge milestones between the shovels hitting the...

Fun Facts about The Incredible Hulk Coaster

When you walk through the turnstiles of Islands of Adventure, there are a number of experiences that top of mind. From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Jurassic Park and everything in between...you're going to be in awe of a coaster that you just can't help but notice.

A Review of Queen Victoria’s Room at Victoria & Albert’s

When one has the chance to check off a monumental piece of a Disney Dream Bucket List, you...

Unnecessary Walks at Disney World

Where to avoid unnecessary walks at Disney World, including transportation and theme park decisions.

Films and Shows Filmed at Walt Disney World

When you think about Disney World, the attractions and magical vacations are usually what comes to mind. Why?...

Tips to Disney World Internal Resort Bus Systems

Disney Resorts are full of secrets and tips that will make your stay even more magical, and one...

Fun Facts about the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs

Opened in July 2016, the Coca-Cola Store Orlando has blossomed into a spot that brings guests of all ages and soda preferences under one roof without over-reaching

Fun Facts about the Main Street USA Windows

Walking down Main Street USA is one of the highlights of a day at the Magic Kingdom! It...

10 Experience Gift Ideas Kids Will Love At Disney World

A growing trend is to gift kids “experiences” instead of "stuff" toys for birthdays and holidays. When you're planning a trip to Disney, why not get them excited by sharing something that they get to do.

The Best Disney Adult Coloring Books

Remember a few short years ago when you had to steal coloring sheets from Denny's, feeling a little embarrassed the entire time you're trying to stay inside the lines with crayons? Well with the current focus on relieving stress, coloring is not JUST cool...it's also a load of fun!