New Security at Disney World

As you may already know, Disney World recently increased security.  Some of the new safety rules are as follows:

  • Costumes and masks are now prohibited by guests ages 14 and older.
  • Disney is pulling all toy guns from shelves.
  • There has been a heavier presence of uniformed and armed police recently. Disney will also add more K-9 team patrols.
  • At AMC Disney Springs 24 theaters, bags will be subject to search and you may be asked to walk through a scanner similar to what they have at airports. There may also be searches with hand-held wands. This is a temporary change related to increased levels of caution around Star Wars.
  • Walk-through scanners are at bag check lines at Disney theme parks and water parks.

Security measures may continue to change over the next year or so.  I will continue to make updates as changes occur.

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How to use your Disney Gift Cards

Disney Gift Cards can be used in many ways when planning your next Disney Destination vacation.  This method of payment is growing in popularity in recent years.

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Here is my list of ways to use a Disney Gift Card:

1.  Disney World – Use toward vacation packages, theme park tickets, water park tickets, annual passes, hotel rooms, spa experiences, merchandise, dining, and recreation…and more.

2.  Disneyland – Use toward vacation packages, theme park tickets, annual passes, tours, stroller and wheelchair rentals, merchandise, and dining…and more.

3.  Disney Cruise Line – Used to apply payment toward your shipboard account during your cruise, so you can use it to purchase Spa Treatments, Shore Excursions, Photographs at Shutters, and onboard Merchandise.  You can also use your Disney Gift Card toward your Disney Cruise Line reservation.

4.  Aulani Resort and Spa – Use toward your Resort reservation.  Can be used for payment toward room nights or accumulated purchases on your Resort charge during your stay.  The Disney Gift Card can also be used at participating merchandise and restaurant locations.

5.  Adventures by Disney – Use to reserve your next adventure.

6.  Disney Store – Used to buy Disney merchandise at your local Disney Store.

7.  DisneyStore.com – Used to buy Disney merchandise from the online store.

8.  Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort – Use toward reservations.  Use for accumulated purchases on your Resort charge.  The Disney Gift Card can also be used at participating merchandise and restaurant locations.

9.  Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – Use toward reservations.  Use for accumulated purchases on your Resort charge.  The Disney Gift Card can also be used at participating merchandise and restaurant locations.

10. Disney’s PhotoPass – Use as a form of payment for your photo orders.

11. DisneyMusicStore.com – Use toward purchase of Disney music.

12. Disney’s Club Penguin – Become a member and have full access to all the exclusive games, parties, items, and events that make Club Penguin so much fun to explore.

How do you like to use your Disney Gift Cards?  Is there anything I forgot on my list that you would add?

My daughter and I use them for buying souvenirs while on vacation.  My daughter always gets a couple for her birthday, and she loves having her own “money” to shop with on our trips.  I’m also a fan of using them for shopping for Christmas gifts on DisneyStore.com or at my local Disney Store.

If you are a budget shopper, there are ways to get discounted gift cards from Target, Sam’s Club, and a few other places.  The savings can make using gift cards well worth it.  Where do you get your discounted Disney Gift Cards?

Day Dreaming about Disney’s Blizzard Beach

It’s hot and humid where I live, so it has me thinking about water parks.  I used to love water parks as a kid, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been to one.  One of my favorite water parks is Blizzard Beach at Disney World in Florida.

Blizzard Beach is a 66-acre themed water park.  The theme is a ski resort that didn’t do so well in the Florida heat, so it is now a watery wonderland.  The first time I went to this water park, I was only 14 years old and it had only been open for two months.  I absolutely loved it.  I even did the big attraction there, Summit Plummet.  It was fun to try when I was younger, but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to try it as an adult.  Maybe I will brave it again once my daughter is a little older and talks me into it.  I’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.  For now, I’m enjoying this short video of Blizzard Beach.  Take a look for yourself.

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Have you ever been to Blizzard Beach?  Have you been on Summit Plummet?  Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.  I’d love to hear them.