"I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." -Walt Disney

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Disney with Boys

I was so excited to take our four year old son to Disney.  This was not our first trip with him but this was the first trip that we were making all about him.  Once I started the planning process I came to the conclusion that so families with boys come to, “What does Disney have for boys?”  I can eat with Princesses in two parks and a hotel, they are in almost every world of Epcot, they have parades all about them, and I can take my daughter to a boutique and they will call her princess and dress her up.  But what about my sweet boy, who thinks he can fly like Peter Pan and fight the bad guys like Aladdin and holds Luke Skywalker to hero status?  This was going to take some major planning! 

I first discovered that Disney offers Pirate Adventure Cruises from several of their resort locations.  Your little pirate can board a boat located at the Grand Floridian, Caribbean Beach Resort, Yacht and Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.  Your child does this adventure without you, so for that reason I picked the Grand Floridian location and followed the boat around the seven seas on the monorail so I could keep an eye on things.  And I was slightly jealous that he got to do this without me!  Each pirate gets a Mickey ear bandana, a treasure hunt and a snack.

Our next boy catered adventure awaited us in Hollywood Studios.  We knew we had to arrive at the park before opening to get our Toy Story Mania FastPass (So grateful for MagicBands so this is no longer necessary).  But we also heard we had to run to the sign in for the Jedi Training Academy because it fills up very quickly.  During this adventure your child gets to fight Darth Vader and the storm troopers.  Excitement does not begin to describe his reaction when he found out he could do this.  To this day it is still one of his favorite Disney memories.  The stunt show in Hollywood Studios was a favorite among my son and husband. 

The next few days were spent tracking down every male character in which ever park we were in.  As soon as you enter the park and go to the Character meet and greet board; you can plan your day around meeting Peter Pan, Jack Sparrow, Buzz and Woody, Mr. Incredible, Captain Hook, Turk and of course Mickey Mouse.

Over the years Disney has listened to the call of Mother’s with boys and has added several new adventures with boys in mind.  They now have the Pirates League, where your son can be dressed like a pirate and have his face painted.  The new Pirates and Pals Firework Voyage which is great fun for everyone in your party.  Disney will soon be expanding their Star Wars land in Hollywood Studios.  Of course you can always eat with the fab five of Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Pluto, at Chef Mickey.  If this meal is unavailable another boy oriented meal is located in the Polynesian at the Ohana.  This one is with Stitch and friends which are usually Mickey and Pluto, but the characters are subject to change.  For the ultimate Disney boy experiences consider booking Pirate rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort, these rooms are decorated in a pirate theme.

The next year was all for our daughter which was much easier to plan, but some of our favorite Disney memories came from this particular trip because it was a little outside the box and showed us some other sides of Disney.

 Shannon Kyle
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Alex Trebek Celebrates the Re-imagining of Disney Magic

Disney prefers the term "re-imagining," but as the Disney Magic is currently docked in Cadiz, Spain, you might call it a renovaciĆ³n. A makeover worthy of any Disney Princess, if you will. Indeed, if you have been following https://www.facebook.com/JohnsJourneys my Facebook page, you've seen the periodic updates regarding the enhancements coming to Disney Cruise Line's original classic ship: the all-newAquaDunk free-fall waterslide, a refreshing transformation of Senses Spa, as well as After Hours, the nighttime adults-only area, plus a new concept for the kids' Oceaneer Club, including Pixie Hollow and theMarvel Avengers Academy, where your little one can train to become your family's very own superhero.

So how does a company like Disney celebrate the re-launch of the re-imagined Disney Magic? They invite celebrities, of course! But, never fear. You, too, are invited to sail along when the ship returns to service in late October.

Once the Disney Magic has had the opportunity to flex her sea legs again, a little over a month after that October re-launch—on December 8th—TCM (Turner Classic Movies channel) is chartering a five-night, movie-themed voyage out of Miami. Sailing to The Bahamas will be actresses Jane Powell (Royal Wedding, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Margaret O'Brien (Meet Me In St. Louis, Jane Eyre), and Illeana Douglas (Cape Fear, Goodfellas), as well as actors Robert Wagner (Hart to Hart, Austin Powers) and Theodore Bikel (My Fair Lady, The African Queen). Joining in will be film historian, Eddie Muller. Robert Osborne, host of TCM, will of course be on hand, too.

But, perhaps one of the biggest names to join in the film fun will be Jeopardy! host, Alex Trebek. It's unclear as of yet in which events he'll be participating (perhaps movie-themed Jeopardy! contests?), but if you're a film lover, no doubt this cruise would be a great early holiday treat for you. And of course, a sailing to The Bahamas means a stop at nearly every Disney Cruise Line veteran's favorite port of call, Disney's private island,Castaway Cay. You could be lounging on Serenity Bay Beach next to Trebek!

If you'd like to be a part of this very special cruise, contact me at johnc@magicalworldvacations.net or call (407) 205-9952, or visit

Of course, I'm happy to offer complimentary vacation planning and advice on any travel plans you envision, no matter the destination. In the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this film-focused sailing. Do you watch Jeopardy!? Are you a fan? Tell me in the comments below...

John Cox
Magical World Vacations
Travel Planner

Monday, September 16, 2013

Cars Land runs out of gas in Hollywood Studios...

Why does Lightening McQueen have his mad face on???

We are hearing that the plans for Cars Land in Hollywood Studios are off the table :/  Oh that does not make us at Disney 101 very happy but Disney knows best... right?    Star Wars Land is still heading into production for Hollywood Studios but Cars Land is a no go.   It appears that they are still going to make an addition to the park but just with something else. 

What do you guys think?  What would you like to see in its place? 

I have a few ideas...  

How about a restaurant with Pixar characters :) 

How about a Monsters Inc. Ride :) 

What about a complet Pixar Land and include all the wonderful character :)