I worked at Disney World for 2 years. Here are 16 things I always do when I visit the parks.


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When I go back to visit, I always make sure to ride the PeopleMover and Kilimanjaro Safaris.

I highly recommend the cheeseburger egg rolls in Magic Kingdom and the totchos in Hollywood Studios.

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I've been going to the Disney parks multiple times a year since I was literally in the womb.

As an adult, I even worked at Disney World for two years, so I have a full list of things that I always have to make time for when I visit.

Read on for all of my favorite things to do, eat, and see at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

When I first heard that Magic Kingdom offered cheeseburger egg rolls, I didn't think anything could sound more disgusting. But now they're my favorite snack across the Disney World property, so they may surprise you, too.

The stand is right outside Adventureland in Magic Kingdom.

"Festival of the Lion King," which includes amazing dancers, singers, acrobats, fire dancers, and audience participation, is in Animal Kingdom.

It's by far my favorite show on the property. The talent level of the performers is astounding.

The more time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort, the more I realize how much there is to enjoy outside the parks.

There's so much to see at the Disney resorts. If you have time on your next vacation, I recommend checking out some of their entertainment offerings, dining services, photo spots, and views.

The best part is that you can check out all the resorts for free even if you're not staying at one. You might just have to pay for parking or transportation there.

BaseLine Tap House is a nice, relaxing bar right next door to Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater at Hollywood Studios.

It offers a long list of beers and cocktails. I highly recommended the California Sunset, a vodka-based cocktail with Southern Comfort, orange juice, sweet-and-sour flavor, and pomegranate juice.

The tap house is such a nice place to sit under the twinkly lights with a good drink and ridiculously big soft pretzels.

I can ride Kilimanjaro Safaris in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom over and over again, and it never gets old.

The attraction takes you through an animal reserve, and every time I ride it, I learn or see something new.

It's different every time you ride it depending on things like the time of the day, your safari guide, which animals are out, and the weather.

"Totchos" from Woody's Lunch Box at Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios consist of tater tots, chili, shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onions.

It's one of my favorite meals in all of Walt Disney World, and no trip ever feels complete without these loaded tater tots.

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is one of those classic rides that never gets old.

It's in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom, and the ride provides a full tour of the section of the park, including most of the attractions.

It's a very relaxing ride, and it's the perfect way to catch a nice breeze on a warm day.

There are a number of entertainment offerings up and down Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom, and I've always found them extremely underrated.

On top of the big parades, there are character meet and greets, the Trolley Show where performers sing and dance on the Main Street trolley, the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet, and the roaming suffragettes who interact with guests.

I highly recommend sitting on the curb and taking in all the fun performances.

Walt Disney World has so many spots for photos, but every trip, I make sure to take one in front of all the park icons: Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom, the Spaceship Earth ball at Epcot, and the Chinese Theater at Hollywood Studios.

I love eating at Casey's, and not just because I worked there during my Disney College Program. You can never go wrong eating good comfort food right in front of Cinderella Castle.

The menu is small and mostly consists of different hot dogs and fries, but those items are done right.

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is Disney World's newest attraction, and I highly recommend riding it.

It's unlike anything I've ever experienced, from its stellar preshow and theming to its catchy song and new ride system.

I don't want to give any of the surprises away, but I promise it'll become one of your new favorites.

When Magic Kingdom opens every day, there's a short stage show in front of Cinderella Castle where the Fairy Godmother welcomes guests to the park along with a full crowd of iconic Disney characters.

The show is so magical and starts your day off on the right note.

One of my favorite things about being in Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios is how it actually feels like you're in a galaxy far, far away.

There are even characters roaming around the land who walk alongside the guests. You never know whom you're going to run into, from Rey and Chewbacca to Kylo Ren and the stormtroopers.

It makes every interaction unpredictable, and I'm always excited to see what's going to happen next time I visit.

While it's not a thrill ride or a live show, Walt Disney Presents is a little hidden gem for die-hard Disney fans.

The museum in Hollywood Studios is dedicated to Walt Disney, and guests can roam through the exhibits and learn about his life and the parks.

For most of the year - unless there's a special trailer or seasonal video - the museum ends at a theater where guests can watch the "One Man's Dream" documentary about Disney's life and work. It always leaves me feeling inspired to follow what I believe in.

World of Disney in Disney Springs is the biggest store on the property, and it's where I like to do my shopping. I could spend hours in the store just browsing everything it has in stock.

It's also the perfect way to end any Disney trip because you don't have to lug your souvenirs around the parks.

"Happily Ever After" is the fireworks and projection show that's shown most nights at Magic Kingdom, and it's the experience that fills me with the most "Disney magic."

I'm always blown away by the beauty of the castle, the overwhelming nostalgia of the Disney music, and the inspiration to go after my dreams.

It's the perfect way to end any day at Magic Kingdom.

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Disney Parks Talk LIVE: Halfway to the Holidays

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Union workers plan protest against ‘corporate greed’ outside Disneyland

OCRegister 14 July, 2021 - 04:04pm

“It’s frustrating that an employer who received $1.6 billion in Trump-era tax breaks, and whose stock is hitting all-time highs, has not gotten the memo that the cost of labor — and of everything else — has gone up,” said David Huerta, president of the Service Employees International Union – United Service Workers West.

As Disneyland and California Adventure get back to full operations, 40% of the workers laid off during the pandemic have yet to be called back, Huerta said. And in contract negotiations currently underway, Disney is still coming to the table with “poverty wages,” he said.

Disney’s pay practices garnered criticism after Yeweinishet “Weini” Mesfin, a night janitor at Disneyland Resort, was found dead in her Honda Civic in 2016. She had been living in her car for years. She was 61 and making about $14 an hour.

A 2018 union-commissioned survey of 5,000 Disney employees — about one-sixth of the Anaheim resort’s workforce — found many who said they didn’t make enough to pay for food, housing and medical care. The coalition of 11 unions called on Disney to raise base wages to $20 an hour.

That hasn’t come to pass. “We’re trying to negotiate a fair agreement that represents the true costs of living in California,” Huerta said. “We’re pushing for real wage increases across the board.”

The Disneyland Resort’s lowest starting wage is $15.45 per hour, higher than the state’s minimum wage of $14 an hour, park officials said. It also has been paying for health benefits for furloughed workers for more than a year.

Spokeswoman Suzi Brown said Disney is in active bargaining with the unions’ Master Services Council. “We have a long history of successful negotiations and will continue to have direct conversations and negotiations with the union to reach a fair and equitable agreement,” she said by email.

In the meantime, the unions’ “Rally to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder for a Fair Contract and Against Corporate Greed” will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at 1560 S. Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim, across from the main park entrance.

There has been considerable confusion among some employees who eagerly await the call to return to work.

Custodial workers — the folks who keep walkways free of fallen popcorn, sanitize the park and are charged with cheerfully answering visitors’ questions — said they’ve been offered work in part-time, rather than their previous full-time, positions, at slightly lower pay and without health care and other benefits.

According to labor agreements signed last year by Disney and unions, laid-off workers have a two-year “right to recall” — meaning they get first crack at their old jobs and attendant benefits through the end of 2022. Disney must offer them the work before it can hire outsiders.

In a private Facebook group, some rejoiced that rehiring was underway — until they were warned that taking part-time positions offered might nullify their “right to recall” to their old, full-time jobs.

“It’s not the return-to-work notice,” one worker cautioned.

“What is it then?” asked another.

“Disney’s attempt to exploit impatient people who want to return for less,” the first one wrote.

“It is a sneaky way to get you to sign away your seniority and benefits,” said another.

Huerta, the union president, said the worry is unfounded: Workers who take those part-time jobs will not lose their place in line to get their old jobs back.

Some of the issues spring from Disney transferring tasks that once belonged to the “third shift” — the overnight workers who did the lion’s share of cleaning and disinfecting — to other shifts, requiring fewer overnight workers, Huerta said.

“Just think — the more temporary part-time they hire from layoff, the less of a chance of them needing to bring back full-time layoffs,” said a worker in the Facebook group.

“I want to go back, but I can’t afford part-time with no benefits,” said another.

Brown, of Disney, said that the goal is to bring back as many people as possible, and that hundreds are returning on a weekly basis.

Huerta wants Disney to do more. “The magic at Disneyland doesn’t happen by itself,” he said. “It happens because cast members make it happen.”

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Disney World offering tickets for only $54 per day — but there’s a catch

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Disney World has announced new Summer Fun Tickets for Florida residents only, with special two-, three- and four-day ticket packages available for as low as $54 per day. (Olga Thompson/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Disney World is offering a limited-time deal on specially priced tickets, but only for certain guests.

Disney World has announced new Summer Fun Tickets for Florida residents only, with special two-, three- and four-day ticket packages available for as low as $54 per day. The news comes only one week after Disneyland Resort began offering a similar deal for California residents.

Prices start at $150 for a two-day ticket ($75 per day), $185 for three-day tickets (roughly $62 per day) and $215 for four-day tickets (less than $54 per day). All tickets are valid for admission to one park per day, although guests can add a Park-Hopper option for an additional $50, allowing admission to multiple parks on the same date. All prices exclude applicable taxes.

Summer Fun Tickets are only valid for dates through Sept. 17. Guests will also be required to have valid reservations for the dates they plan to visit. Because the offer is being extended to Florida residents, proof of residency is required upon admission to the park.

Florida residents can currently purchase the Summer Fun Tickets online or by phone. Additional details and restrictions can be found at the Disney World Resort’s official website.

Not a Florida resident? The Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, has recently extended a similar limited-time deal to California residents, with three-day passes priced at $249 — or $83 per visit.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, an extremely popular yuletide tradition, is going to be rebranded. Instead, the Magic Kingdom will host a night time show. 

The new "don't call it Christmas" event is called 'Disney Very Merriest After Hours' - a generic, holiday-themed celebration. 

Whoever came up with that idea deserves a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking. 

Disney did not provide an explanation for the change - but in recent days the woke imagineers at the Magic Kingdom have made national headlines by culturally cleansing many popular rides. 

Among the "offensive rides" that have been updated are Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain - a ride inspired by Song of the South. They also plan to update the Jungle Cruise over concerns about the depictions of natives. 

There was even controversy surrounding Prince Charming's life-saving kiss that awakened Snow White from her slumber. The #MeToo crowd took issue with the 'unwelcomed' smooch.

Disney also eliminated the words "ladies and gentlemen" and "boys and girls" from recorded greetings at its theme parks.

In April, Disney announced it was adding "Inclusion" as a key component of its customer service. "We want our guests to see their own backgrounds and traditions reflected in the stories, experiences and products they encounter in their interactions with Disney," the company said.  

The original introduction included, "Good evening, ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all ages." Now, the greeting is "Good evening, dreamers of all ages." 

And how can we forget that Disney wanted its white staffers to complete a "white privilege" training workshop. What in the name of Jiminy Cricket is going on? 

Disney fans are beyond outraged over the Cancel Christmas news, accusing the Magic Kingdom of appeasing critics. 

"We can only believe that Disney is continuing to follow the stupidity already shown in changing cast costumes so as not to offend, or erasing all gender in their traditional welcome and greeting that included both boys and girls," one angry fan wrote on Facebook. "Disney, I have been your biggest Mouseketeer fan for 46 years but you are losing many of us who actually keep your business going while you try to appeal to critics and the habitually offended. Get it together or just shut down completely, because you will NEVER make those kinds of people happy."

Another Mouseketeer noted, "I’m all for equality and respecting people’s differences, but now they’re taking away cherished traditions from the mainstream in the name of extreme political correctness."

It is not exactly clear what’s going to happen during Disney World’s After Hours show. Will there be Christmas trees? What about wreaths or a Nativity Scene? How about the beloved candlelight processional? 

We simply do not know the extent of the cultural cleansing of Disney's "holiday" celebration, but don't be surprised if it lands somebody on Santa’s naughty list. 

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