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Rainy Day at the Animal Kingdom – What Would The DVC Duo Do?

Rainy Day at the Animal Kingdom – What Would The DVC Duo Do?

Rain, rain, go away…come again on another park day! On a rainy day at the Animal Kingdom, what would the DVC Duo do? We’re glad you ask! When the liquid sunshine starts dropping one of the more challenging parks to explore is Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. You know us though we’re not going to let a little weather slow us down. Remember the Wilderness must be explored! Umbrellas up? Animal Kingdom here we come! 

On our favorite attraction on a Rainy day at the Animal Kingdom is Dinosaur
Entrance to Dinosaur

Let’s Find that…

Good time! A rainy day at the Animal Kingdom is a wonderful opportunity to bring the fun to the drier areas of the park. Strap in we’re taking our exploration to far off land know as Dinoland USA. Dinoland is a wonderful area to explore when that water starts falling from the skies. The majority of the attractions and experiences are not exposed to the conditions and close together.

Pairing up one of our favorite shows the Finding Nemo Musical and following it up with a ride on Dinosaur is a great way to wait out those pop-up showers. Keep an eye on the My Disney Experience for showtimes for Finding Nemo the musical, as the show runs about 35 minutes in length.

Passholder Insights: When exiting the Dinosaur following the path to the right to find one a great store for finding Ducktales t-shirts.

On a rainy day at the Animal Kingdom we like to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris right after a storm.
Entrance to Kilimanjaro Safaris

Break In The Clouds

It can’t rain forever, can it? Rarely in Florida will you find a day where it rains from sun up to sundown. Those days are called hurricane days. Most of the time there’s a break in the clouds giving you the perfect opportunity to check out Kilimanjaro Safari. Just after the rain stops is the optimal time to head out on the savanna to see the animals, even the animals are not excited for a rainy day at the Animal Kingdom.

For some reason unknown to us, we’re sure National Geographic knows for sure, the animals tend to be more active right after a rainstorm. We like to think they’re celebrating Simba’s 20th anniversary. Either way, if you know a storm is going break head over to attraction a few minutes early, as the queue is undercover and look to board your vehicle as the rain subsides.

Passholder Insights: You’ll want to sit on the left-hand side of the vehicle if you’re looking to be the closest to the lions.

Mountains in Pandora World of Avatar
Pandora World of Avatar

It’s A Whole New World

No, we’re not talking about a character meet ‘n greet with Aladdin. We’re referring to the newest area of the Animal Kingdom, Pandora World of Avatar. If the weather looks like it’s going to be rainy ray at the Animal Kingdom we like to plan for a later lunch in Pandora. Besides being one of the best quick-serve locations in all of Walt Disney World, Satu’li Canteen is close to Navi River Journey. Assuming you either rope dropped Flight of Passage or snagged a FastPass for it, an afternoon shower is a great time to experience Navi River Journey. We like to head over either before or after lunch depending on the wait times.

By far on the most impressive animatronics at Disney World is located in the Navi River Journey. No matter how many times we’ve seen it, our jaws always drop. Think the Genie from Aladdin jaw-dropping.

Passholder Insights: A great way to experience Flight Passage either for the first time and squeezing in another ride is at the end of the night. Just before park-closing step in line and you’ll wait time be far less than normal.

Our Thoughts

We can plan for a lot at Disney World, but the weather is not part of it. We never let a rainy day at the Animal Kingdom slow us down it usually just means an adjustment to the plans. The last thing for us to decide is whether to see the Finding Nemo musical first or ride Dinosaur. It’s a no brainer, we’re riding Serena’s favorite!

To the Fourth FastPass and Beyond! – DVC Duo FastPass Guide

To the Fourth FastPass and Beyond! – DVC Duo FastPass Guide

Fourth FastPass, and beyond? That’s music to our ears tell us more! Oh, you know you can rely on the DVC Duo to keep you in the know, Buzz. The only thing better than three FastPass selections with your park ticket is a fourth FastPass. Let’s peel back the layers and take our FastPass knowledge to the level. Off to the parks we go!

The Baseline

Every great song has a great baseline. When we’re talking about the Walt Disney World FastPass system it means understanding the essentials and My Disney Experience. We recommend reviewing these articles first as they’ll set the stage for the rest. Don’t worry we’ll wait for you….see we told we would wait. Now that we have a sturdy base let’s take our FastPass knowledge to infinity, and maybe even beyond!

Passholder Insights: One of the big advantages of staying at a Disney resort is the ability to make your FastPass selections 60 days in advance.

Scanning in for our Fourth FastPass
FastPass In Use

How It Works

Diving into the deep end! We know why you’re here, to learn about the fourth FastPass and beyond. We’re channeling our inner Buzz and skipping the infinity and going right for the beyond. Prior to arriving at Walt Disney World, more than likely you’ve booked your three FastPass selections. Perfect! The fourth FastPass comes into after you use your initial three.

Let’s take this to the parks. After you tap your MagicBand to enter the queue for your third scheduled FastPass you become eligible to make more FastPass selections. That’s right, it’s not after your ride or experience the attraction it’s after you tap your MagicBand at the first entry of the FastPass queue.

Passholder Insights: If a member of your party decides to skip an attraction and not use one of their FastPass selections they will not be eligible for more FastPass selections. We recommend canceling the FastPass that would not be used.

Selecting our Fourth FastPass on My Disney Experience
FastPass Selection on My Disney Experience App

Add More FastPass Selections

Ding! The magical sound every Disneyphile loves to hear when entering the FastPass queue. The ding signals you’re moments away from tracking down a Yeti or experience any of the other great Disney attractions, it also means you’re able to nab a fourth FastPass (if you’re using your third). Any time after you hear the ding you can open you’re My Disney Experience App and search for any FastPass in any of the parks for any of the tiers.

What we like to do is check the My Disney Experience App right after checking in for our third FastPass. More often than not, you’ll have a few minutes prior to experiencing the attraction to do a quick search to see what’s out there. The best part is you can rinse and repeat with the process to go beyond the fourth FastPass to your fifth, etc.

Passholder Insights: Each of the parks has a FastPass location to add and modify FastPass selection if you do not have the My Disney Experience App on your smartphone.

Using our Fourth FastPass at Jungle Cruise
FastPass Entrance for Jungle Cruise

Strategy Time

There are tons of great strategies on how to deploy to use your FastPass selections. For park strategies checkout our FastPass Strategy guides for each of the parks:

What we like to do is plan our first three FastPass selections for midday (as best we can), opening us up for the fourth FastPass earlier in the afternoon. From there a lot will depend on what attractions are available, which attractions we’ve already experienced. More often than not we’ll pick the attraction based on how quickly we’re able to experience it, with the exception being a Tier 1 attraction being available.

Later in the day is a great time to use your fourth or beyond FastPass on a nighttime Spectacular. We’re excited when we can nab a Fantastic FastPass late in the day.

Passholder Insights: The modify feature on the My Disney Experience App is your best friend. If the FastPass time is not the ideal time try selecting it then modified it. We’ve had decent success using this strategy.

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, the most important thing to remember about the fourth FastPass selection and beyond is it always a surprise. Some may say a game-time decision. We’re found the best strategy is staying flexible and going with the flow. Before heading down to the parks we highly recommend becoming familiar with My Disney Experience App. Ding! We’ve got to go, it’s FastPass time!

Rainy Day at the Magic Kingdom – What Would the DVC Duo Do?

Rainy Day at the Magic Kingdom – What Would the DVC Duo Do?

Let’s embrace the wet! Florida is known for two things, world-class theme parks and out of nowhere rain showers. Preparation is the name of the game, you’ll always find an umbrella and raincoat in our theme park backpack. No pop-up shower is going to get the best of us! It’s a rainy day at the Magic Kingdom, but we’re not going to let it slow us down. With a majority of the infamous Magic Kingdom attraction located inside, we’re going off the beaten path to share our lesser-known rainy day activities at the Magic Kingdom. Our raincoats are on, let’s go dodge those raindrops! 

A great way to wait out a storm on a rainy day at the magic kingdom is Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Entrance to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Touring The Classics 

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is filled with classic attractions. In our first group of activities on this rainy day at the Magic Kingdom, we’re talking classic attractions that dawn Walt’s name. A DVC Duo all-time favorite show, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, is a fantastic show highlighting classic animatronic birds. Grab your Dole Whip of choice, Nate recommends the classic, and head inside for this classic show. That’s right you can bring your Dole Whip into the show! 

Passholder Insights: Wrap up the experience with a spring roll! Across from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is the famous Adventureland Spring Roll Cart

Heading to the other side of the Magic Kingdom we find a true original, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Debuting at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Carousel of Progress is a wonderful attraction for a rainy at the Magic Kingdom. Located in Tomorrowland, the attraction brings you on a 30-minute journey through the 4 different moments in time for John and his family. Add in one of the most iconic Disney songs, no not Small World, A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, and you ‘ve got a great way to wait out a storm while getting in a glimpse into Walt Disney’s creative mind! 

Passholder Insights: On a rainy day at the Magic Kingdom the 3 pm parade can be delayed. Check out My Disney Experience to see if the start time has changed. 

Shopping on Main Street USA is a great way to spend a rainy day at the magic kingdom
Emporium on Main Street USA

Window Shopping   

What’s behind those well-themed windows on the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street USA? Great shops! When the rain starts falling there is no better place to go than inside. With rainstorms usually lasting around 30 to 60 minutes, it’s the perfect time to get your shop on. On a rainy day at the Magic Kingdom, we enjoying waiting out the storms on Main Street USA. Lining the street are an array of shops with everything from classic Disney souvenirs in Emporium to sweet treats in The Confectionary. We like to bebop our way through the punny t-shirts and irresistible coffee mugs in the Emporium. 

Passholder Insights: At Christmas time the windows outside the Emporium are transformed to scenes from Mickey’s Christmas Carol. 

One of the most unique shops on Disney property is located in the Magic Kingdom. Outside the Haunted Mansion is Memento Mori. With merchandise themed around the classic Disney attractions, when it’s a rainy day at the Magic Kingdom we enjoy exploring all of the one of a kind pieces. It’s the perfect place to wait out a pop-up shower. 

Passholder Insights: At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party the Haunted Mansion goes all out. Outside the attraction, you’ll find some special characters! 

Sitting done for a late lunch is a great idea to beat a rainy day at the magic kingdom
Be Our Guest

Late Lunch 

We’re late, we’re late, we’re late…wait no we’re not! One of our go-to strategies for a rainy day at the Magic Kingdom is scheduling a late lunch. On those hot humid days, you can almost predict an afternoon storm sometime between 2 and 4 pm. It’s also the hottest part of the day. We enjoy avoiding the noontime rush and plan for lunch at around 2 pm. You’ll usually find us at one of two places. If we’re in a sit-down restaurant mood, we’ll trek our way over to Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen for an adventurous meal. For quick-serve we like to hit up Be Our Guest, we’ve found that if you’re in a smaller group (4 or less) you can usually walk up for lunch towards the end of service. 

Passholder Insights: A great quick-serve option that is a little more underrated is the Tortuga Tavern across from Pirates of the Carribean.  

Our Thoughts 

We’ll never let the rain slow us down! For us, the best rainy park on Disney property is the Magic Kingdom. You’ll find us popping up our umbrellas and splashing in a puddle or two while enjoying everything the park has to offer. The only thing left to decide is whether or not to get a Dole Whip before heading into the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Who are kidding, when it comes to Dole Whip it’s always yes! 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – A DVC Duo Party Guide

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – A DVC Duo Party Guide

Boo! back at you, Mickey! With fall upon us it means only one thing, no, not pumpkin spice everything, but rather it’s Halloween season at Walt Disney World! Who else could be the headliner than Mickey, at the infamous Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. While that park up the street looks to scare everything out of you, Mickey is throwing a bash for everyone. In this DVC Duo party guide we’re diving into every you need to know about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. We’ve got our costumes and it’s time to trick or treat our way around the Magic Kingdom! 

Mickey and Minnie have special Halloween Costumes
Mickey and Minnie in Halloween Costumes

What Is It? 

A party of course! Similar to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticket event only available on certain days between August 16th and November 1. That’s right, Halloween at Walt Disney World starts as the kids grab their backpacks and pencils to head back to school. For ticket prices and exact dates please check out the following link, as pricing varies on the date. Mickey’s party begins at 7 pm and goes through 12 am with a limited number of tickets each night. 

Passholder Insights: With your ticket for the event you’re able to enter the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm if you don’t have a regular park ticket. This is a great way to get in a few of our favorite rides before all the festivities!

The Magic Kingdom is decked out for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Main Street USA at Halloween

We’re Here For The Candy!  

Is there anything better than free food? Well, if you’re Nate then yes, free candy! You’ve heard right, there’s free candy at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Spread around the different lands of the Magic Kingdom are treat trails, where kids and kids at heart can get their candy on. Using a complimentary bag, you’ll head down the treat trails where cast members fill your bag with the good stuff. The complimentary bags come in two options, standard and allergy-free. With an allergy-free bag, you’ll receive teal tokens that are redeemable at the allergy-friendly centers for a special treat. 

New this year will be the Monsters, Inc interactive treat trail! Head over to Tomorrowland to check out the Halloween version of Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. 

Passholder Insights: Candy and Florida heat are not the best of friends. We recommend putting your candy collection in the refrigerator in your room when you get back from the party. 

Sanderson Sisters at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Sanderson Sister Stage Show

Places! It’s Showtime

What’s a party without a show? No party we want to go to, that’s for sure! Similar to the Villains After Hours event, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party turns the castle stage over to the Disney Villains. Hosted by none other than the Sanderson Sisters from the DVC Duo’s favorite Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus, the stage show is a true Disney classic! The show goes off a variety of times throughout the night, with the first show tending to be the busiest. 

Wait, there’s more to see. Over in Frontierland the Dapper Dans from Main Street USA, are switching it up both in location and name. Say hello to the Cadaver Dans! Singing our villain favorites like Cruella De Vil and The Oogie Boogie Song, the Cadaver Dans add a melodious backdrop for the event. We usually enjoy listening to a song or two. 

Passholder Insights: The last show from the Sanderson Sisters is usually the best if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. It’s a great way to cap off the night! 

New Nighttime Spectacular concept art
Concept Art for New Nighttime Spectacular

Welcome To The Party!  

Whate are we welcoming? The new fireworks spectacular for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. As we discussed in a previous article, Walt Disney World is switching up this year with a new fireworks spectacular. Disney World has kept a lot of the details close to the chest, but what we do know is the new show will be hosted by none other than the confused master of ceremonies himself, Jack Skellington. Rumor has it we may have an appearance from Jack’s cute pup Zero. Make sure to keep your eyes to the sky, you never know when Zero may fly by!

Passholder Insights: Similar to Happily Ever After, we recommend finding a spot in front of the castle. A lot of the new show will take place on and above Cinderella’s home. 

Boo to You Parade at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Goofy in the Boo to You Parade

Boo’s All Around!  

It’s what we’re all here for, the parade! With a music track you’ll be humming for the next week, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party parade called Boo to You is amazing! The truly unique parade travels from Frontierland, through Liberty Square, before heading down Main Street USA. There is no bad place to watch, but for a few of our favorite viewing spots, check out the following article. The parade goes off twice a night, once at 8:30 pm and again at 11:00 pm. 

In a fabulous surprise, Disney Parks announced the Boo to You parade would be expanding this year to include appearances from the Haunted Mansion’s spectral bride, as well as some of our Pixar favorites with the Incredibles and Buzz Lightyear! 

Passholder Insights: Over the years we’ve found the later parade as the best option for lower crowds. Many guests will leave the party after the fireworks. 

Special ticket event Cruella's Hideaway
Cruella’s Hideaway Party

Events, In An Event? 

No this is not a dream, or dream within a dream. Sorry, Leo. Brand new to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are events within the event. With the success of the dessert parties, Disney World is extending the parties to the special events. As an add-on to your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket, you can add a dessert party with a reserved viewing area for the new holiday nighttime spectacular. They will be two options to choose from, the Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace and Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing. For pricing please check out the following link

Beyond the dessert parties, Cruella De Vil is throwing her own party with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, called Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way. The new hard ticket event is an add-on takes place at Tony’s Town Square and will include reserved seating for the 11 pm Boo to You parade. Kicking-off at 9:30 pm, the 3-hour event offers up a buffet of both savory and sweet hors d’ oeuvres to enjoy while you meet the dog fan herself Cruella De Vil. You can wash it all down with either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. For more information on pricing please visit the following link

Guests can come and as they please during the 3-hour event. 

Passholder Insights: Guests of the event will have an extra 30 minutes in the Magic Kingdom after Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ends. 

Certain rides at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party get a special overlay
Halloween Overlay for Mad Tea Pary Attraction

The Extras! Rides

Oh yeah, with all the excitement we almost forgot! The majority of the rides and attractions are also open during the party! It’s a great time to find shorter lines for the more popular attractions. For the event, select classic attractions will have special Halloween themed experiences. Head over to Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain for the unique experiences.

Our Thoughts 

By far one of our favorite events of the year, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween is a total blast. From seeing both characters and guests don their Halloween costumes, to the array of villains in the park, you can’t go wrong with this event. We’re excited to see all the new aspects of the party this year. There’s one thing left to do, get our treat bags! 

Rainy Day at Epcot – What Would The DVC Duo Do?

Rainy Day at Epcot – What Would The DVC Duo Do?

Grab your poncho! We’re talking all about a rainy day at Epcot. When the clouds get dark it doesn’t mean the fun has to end at Epcot. For the DVC Duo, it means pulling out our raincoats and taking our exploring inside. Walt Disney World is very familiar with the unpredictable weather of central Florida, and many of Epcot’s famed attractions are inside. In today’s article, we’re sharing our rainy day activities at Epcot that are a little lesser-known. We’re geared up; let’s go splash in the puddles!

Rainy day at Epcot head over to land and check out Living with the Land
Hidden Mickey at Living with the Land

Landing Time!

On our first stop on a rainy day at Epcot, we’re landing at Future World’s Land Pavilion. The pavilion is the perfect place for waiting out any Florida liquid sunshine moment. Known for Soarin’ Around the World, the Land Pavilion is much more than just one attraction. The lesser-famed attraction, Living with the Land, is a wonderful ride and great example of the edutainment (education + entertainment) Epcot is built around.

The attraction brings you through the greenhouses where Disney horticulturists are creating new and advanced growing techniques for a more sustainable growing environment. For a deeper dive into the Disney greenhouses, check out the Behind the Seeds tour.

Our fun doesn’t end with the rides. There’s no better way to enjoy a rainy day, than sitting down for a great meal. The Land pavilion has two solid options. One of our favorite spots for a healthier breakfast or lunch is Sunshine Seasons, or you can never go wrong dining with Mickey and friends at the Garden Grill.

Passholder Insights: Coming soon the Land pavilion will have more to check out with Awesome Planet being added to the theater.

Enjoying food around world showcase is a great way to spend a rainy day at Epcot
Tangierine Cafe Dining Area

Dine and Dash!

No, we’re not talking about skipping out on your bill. One of our favorite things to do on a rainy day at Epcot is creating our own food tour. Epcot is known for its festivals where the food booths take center stage. A rainy day is a great opportunity to duck into the World Showcase countries to taste what the quick-serve locations are offering up.

We like to order up a meal from a quick-serve location like the Tangierine Café or Les Halles Boulangerie to split. Then it’s time to dash and dodge the raindrops as we make our way to our next dining locations. It’s a great way to taste a variety of options while staying relatively dry.

Passholder Insights: Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion is a great addition to the food tour if you’re looking for a sit-down location, as they are serving up tapas.

Shopping at Mouse Gear is a fun way to spend a rainy day at Epcot
Entrance to Mouse Gear

Shop A Way!

No better time to search for that perfect souvenir than when the rain starts falling. On a rainy day at Epcot enjoy exploring all the fantastic shops. Future World is home to one of the best shops in all of Walt Disney World, Mouse Gear. From puny t-shirts to quirky mugs, you’ll find it in Mouse Gear.

To kick your shopping excursion into high gear stroll or light jog to avoid the rain, to the World Showcase. All of the countries have unique shopping experiences with offerings from native cultures. Home to some of the best popcorn on Disney property, the shops in the Germany pavilion a must on every time for us. 

If Japanese pop-culture is your thing you’ll want to check out the Mitsukoshi store. Attached to the new Japanese restaurant, Takumi-Tei, the shop is filled with the Japanese keepsakes we all know and love.

Passholder Insights: When Walt Disney World begins Epcot’s Spine update, Mouse Gear will be relocated to a new area of the park. 

Our Thoughts

Rainy days are a great opportunity to take a break in the parks. For us, a rainy day at Epcot is a time to splash around the park and enjoy the lesser-known activities. You’ll find us dawning our flip-flops and puddle jumping around the World Showcase. Throw in a margarita from La Cava del Tequila and we’ve got ourselves a perfect little rainy day at Epcot. The only thing left to decide is whether to head right or left when entering the World Showcase. We’re turning left!