The Rip-offs of Disney World

As the 'Vacation Kingdom' continues to shift from a place for everyone to catering to a select few, there is still a discussion to be had around getting to experience Walt Disney World without being subjected to being priced-out.

Walt Disney World Golf: A Comprehensive Overview

Explore Walt Disney World Resort Golf's four championship courses, renowned amenities, and storied hosting legacy.

Introduction to Disney Funko Pop! Vinyl

If you're like me, a Disney fan and collector of obscure stuff that looks great on your office bookshelf, this is the post for you. Let's look at the magical world of Disney Funko Pop! Vinyls.

Underrated Attractions at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal has some amazing attractions that folks may undervalue, underestimate and flat out sell short...so let's take a look at them!

Quick Service Restaurants at Disney World We Plan to Visit, But Always Change Our Minds

Honesty is the best policy, so when we plan to visit Walt Disney World, we don't have the time (or the stomach space) to eat at every single restaurant on our list.

Exploring Las Vegas Through a Disney Lens

When you think about Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind is the entertainment offerings. Then the food. And finally the fact that there is so much of Vegas that can be compared to Disney World.

The Worst FOMO Moments at Disney World

Disney World is 25,000 acres, which means that you're always going to be missing out on something.

Expensive Disney World Fandoms

Disney World fandoms are not only about making magical memories but also about embracing expensive obsessions. Whether it's collecting charms, indulging in fine dining, or hoarding collectibles, these fandoms showcase the lengths Disney enthusiasts are willing to go to be part of the magic. Just remember to budget wisely as you navigate these enchanting worlds of Disney extravagance.

Under-Utilized Disney World Experiences

While there's lots of discussions about the future of theme parks and IP-infused attractions at Walt Disney World, it's impossible to overlook the present areas and activities that often remain under-utilized. From overlooked attractions to dormant buildings, WDW holds untapped potential that could enhance the overall guest experience.

The Top 10 Disney World Mugs You Must Get and Where to Find Them

Whether you prefer spooky mansions, intergalactic adventures, or classic Disney characters, there's a perfect Disney World mug waiting for you to take it home as a delightful keepsake of your unforgettable trip.

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Top Ten Disney Advance Dining Reservations to get ASAP

Discover the essential Disney advance dining reservations for an awesome Walt Disney World experience.

Top 10 Hilarious Jungle Cruise Puns

Embark on a pun-filled adventure! Discover the top 10 Jungle Cruise puns that will make you laugh, groan, and fall in love with Disney humor.

10 Things We Will Never Do Again at Disney World

Learn from our mistakes! Uncover the 10 things we vow never to do again at Disney World for a smoother, happier vacation experience.

Where To Get Free Stuff On Your Birthday In Orlando

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

Top Ten Stores to get Mickey Ears at Walt Disney World

Capture the magic on your head! Explore the top 10 stores to buy iconic Mickey Ears, enhancing your Disney experience one sparkle at a time.

Things That We Wish We Bought at Disney World

Shop smarter, not harder! Read about the items we regret not purchasing at Disney World to make your next trip's shopping spree guilt-free.

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!

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?

10 Things We Regret Buying at Walt Disney World

Avoid buyer's remorse! Learn about the '10 Things We Regret Buying at Walt Disney World' before your next trip.

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.

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

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.

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 head start on having fun.

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.

How to get the Most out of Memory Maker at Disney World

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.

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 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.

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".

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;)

Top Magic Kingdom Attractions to do BEFORE 10am

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

Overlooked Experiences at Universal Orlando

Hidden Treasures at Universal Orlando You Might Miss

Epcot FastPass Recommendations

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

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 Disney World Shopping Destinations

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

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!

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.

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.

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...

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! 🙂

10 Unique Disney Springs Experiences

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

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.

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...

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.

Disney’s Surprising Snack: Exploring the Pickle-in-a-Pouch

Uncover the magical benefits of having a pickle-in-a-pouch at Walt Disney World! From energy-boosting properties to refreshing chills, learn why this affordable snack is a must-have!

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.

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.

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.

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,...

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.

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

Celebrate Christmas in Disney style! Uncover '8 Christmas Activities at Walt Disney World You Can’t Miss' for holiday magic.

Disney Parks Inspired Pet Names

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

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!

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.

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!

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?

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...

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.

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!

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.

Fun Facts about Be Our Guest

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

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!) 

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.

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.

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!

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:)

Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

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

Top Ten Quick Service Locations at Disney World

Satisfy your cravings! Discover the 'Top Ten Quick Service Locations at Disney World' for a delightful dining experience on the go.

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...

Shortest Attractions at Disney World

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

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!

Keys to the Kingdom Tour Fun Facts and Tips

There are plenty of ways to find out about the inner workings of Walt Disney World. From the...

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.

Top Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions To Do BEFORE 10am

Starting early morning at Disney's Animal Kingdom is more than an idea to think about, it's a concept that you'll want to plan around. Rope Drop is integral for the opportunity to experience a living and breathing theme park that needs to be explored without thousands of people around you.

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...

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...

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

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. 

Colossal Money Wasters at Disney World

Walt Disney World can be incredibly expensive, but there are things that you can skip without having a huge impact on your vacation. These may be activities, transportation, dining or souvenirs...the end goal is to keep extra cash in your pocket for experiences that will be memorable!

20 Unbeatable Ways to Experience an Adult-Only Disney World Trip

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

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?

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!

EPCOT Acronym

The park's name, Epcot, was previously an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city of the future planned by Walt Disney, often interchanging "city" and "community."

Best Disney World Photopass Locations

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

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!

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...

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...

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.

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.

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!

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...

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 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?

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...

Walt Disney World Construction Timeline

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

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.

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!

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!

Things to Avoid at Disney World if You’re Scared of Heights

Looking at experiences at Walt Disney World that can be troublesome for someone who is afraid of heights.

5 Disney Character Autograph Tips

When you're planning on meeting a character at Walt Disney World, you should know beforehand that there are...

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.

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...

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?...

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?

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!

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.

3 Tips to Secure 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.

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.

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...