10 Ways to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

Walt chose Florida for his second park because of the amicable weather. While the Sunshine State does have some beautiful days, there are those moments where it’s just. plain. hot. With humidity reaching up to 9000% (may or may not be scientifically accurate), it’s a good idea to have a plan when temps, both temperatures and tempers, start to rise. Here are ten ways too keep your cool and beat the heat at Walt Disney World.

1. Dress for Success

While it’s tempting to try to look fashion forward when you’re at the most photographed place on Earth, consider your fabrics. That super adorable chiffon dress will look killer on Instagram (we’d love a follow, by the way), but how breathable will it feel six hours into a marathon day at Magic Kingdom? Those jeans that make your bootie pop are awesome, but no one likes denim after riding Kali River Rapids. Natural, breathable fabrics are best, so look at cotton and linen, or consider moisture-wicking options if you’re a dripper. And, yes, black is slimming, but opt for light, reflective colors when traipsing around the parks. But, girls, go ahead and pack that LBD for a night out at the Boardwalk. 😉

2. Get Cool from the Inside Out

Stay hydrated, stay hydrated, stay hydrated!! This cannot be stressed enough!! Free ice water is available at counter service restaurants, and fountains are located around the parks. Of course, you can purchase bottled water about every fifteen feet, too.

Once you’ve gotten a decent amount of water in you, it’s time to indulge! Head to Club Cool in Epcot (to the right of the Fountain of Nations if your back is to Spaceship Earth) and sample some cool Coca Cola beverages from around the world. Don’t forget to try the Beverly! If you’re craving something sweet, spring for a Mickey Bar or, my personal favorite, a strawberry juice bar! There’s no shortage of frozen treats at Disney World to keep your tummy happy and your insides cool.

3. Personal AC

While there are quite literally personal ACs, we haven’t tried them, but we have used the heck out of a few of these park staples. Misting fans are available for purchase all over the parks, but you can also grab one for about half the price at Target before you head out on vacation. Fill ‘er up with some icy water, pop in a fresh battery pre-trip and you’re good to go.

We also tried out cooling towels on the recommendation of a golfer friend last summer. I cannot say enough about these! Not only did they keep us cool, they kept us from burning our buns while sitting on the curb watching Festival of Fantasy on a hit August afternoon. We wore them around our necks, the small of our backs and they were great for a quick face swipe when needed. Hit your local sporting goods spot to pick these up pre-trip. We also happened to pick up a set of Disney World towels at the Character Outlet this spring break, but it was unseasonably cool, so we have yet to try them.

 

4. Spraygrounds

Spraygrounds (aka splash pads) and misters are sprinkled throughout the parks for guests, young and old alike. With the removal of the Honey, I Shrunk the Playground play area (and everything surrounding it now…wahhhhhhh!!), I’m not aware of any of these areas at Hollywood Studios (someone chime in if I’m wrong), however. I’d bet my Tables in Wonderland, though, that some form of mister or water area will surface with the opening on the two new and highly anticipated lands.

If you’re planning to utilize these, consider throwing a pair of flip-flops in your bag. No one likes wet socks. A change of clothes for the kiddos, at least, may be in order, especially at the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station in Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom: Storybook Circus, Adventureland, Tomorrowland
Epcot: Walkway between Future World and the World Showcase, walkway toward Mission:SPACE; Cool Wash near Test Track
Animal Kingdom: Lockers near Kali River Rapids

5. Climate Control

There is no shortage of indoor, climate controlled attractions at Disney World, thank goodness. If you can survive the queue elbow to elbow hundreds of your new closest friends (some of whom don’t believe in deodorant), then you’re gold! Personally, I love a show, as I’m guaranteed a good 20 minutes of AC, if not more. For unlimited (well, park hours permitting) air conditioning, step into one of the exhibits lining the World Showcase. Many offer benches and are very aesthetically pleasing. Perfect spot to escape the heat for as long as your family will let you. Star Wars Launch Bay and One Man’s Dream are great for this, too, as well as providing some interesting viewing and maybe a character encounter or two.

6. Ride or Die (of heat)

Speaking of attractions, at least two attractions are guaranteed to give you a little chill. Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom and Kali River Rapids basically guarantee a little relief ranging from spray to holy crap, I shouldn’t have worn white. Like the spraygrounds, consider alternate foot wear. Kali even offers complimentary lockers to store your items while you ride, so you can easily throw tennis shoes in while you don a pair of sandals. Of course, if you didn’t remember and are absolutely miserable in wet socks and shoes, in true Disney fashion, there are kiosks hawking sandals and towels as you exit the ride. 😉

7. Belly Up to the Counter

In addition to that free ice water I mentioned earlier, quick service restaurants are a great place to beat the heat. Indoor locations are air conditioned and offer seating, while outdoor locations tend to at least offer shade from the blaring sun. This is also a great time to fuel up, as the heat can definitely take it out of you. Most restaurants offer lighter fare that will complement the heat better than a piping hot cheeseburger. Order up a turkey sandwich or a salad with that large ice water and take a breather.

8. Baby, It’s Hot Outside

Traveling with little ones? Take full advantage of each park’s baby care center! With cool and clean changing stations, nursing areas and a small room to escape the heat and overstimulation of the parks, these centers are an oasis in the desert of magic. We utilized them quite a bit when the kids were younger. The cast members even encouraged the grandparents to stay and watch cartoons with the kiddos while the rest of us rode a few more rides.

The centers also offer supplies for for purchase (diapers, baby food, OTC meds, etc.), as well as restrooms, microwaves, sinks and anything you need to care for your littlest ones while in the park.

Magic Kingdom: Near Crystal Palace (to the left of the hub when facing Cinderella Castle)
Epcot: The Odyssey (between Test Track and Mexico)
Hollywood Studios: Guest Relations (to the left when you enter the park)
Animal Kingdom: Past Pizzafari (to the left when walking toward Africa)

9. (Water) Park It

I’m not a big water park fan since I saw a band-aid floating by me in the wave pool when I was 10. However, and I know band-aids are still a possibility in Disney, I LOVE me some Disney water parks! And if the four main theme parks are scorching, consider a day or two at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. Awesome slides, great theming and a variety of options for all ages and thrill levels, you’d be hard pressed not to have a great time at the water parks.

10. Welcome Home

One of the main reasons I will only stay on property when visiting Walt Disney World is location, location, location. There’s not shame in my game. I’ll 100% skip out on the parks if the temps start climbing.  No one is making magical memories if you’re all drenched in sweat and crabby.  If you’re miserably hot and everyone is melting down, hop a monorail or bus or boat back to your room and chill. Hop in the pool, take a nap, grab a shower, whatever. Just decompress and relax. It is, after all, your vacation…

While central Florida’s steamy temps can take it out of you, especially in the summer, with a little pre-planning, you can beat the heat and have a great trip full of magic, memories and just a little mayhem. Now, share with us, how do you keep it cool at Walt Disney World?

7 Disney Autograph Book Alternatives

Autographs are a fun past time at the Disney Parks and Resorts, as well as a great way for shy fans to break the ice with their favorite character. While autographs books are plentiful, convenient and seem to reign supreme, they are often relegated to a shelf where they collect dust once you get home. Here are a few Disney autograph ideas to keep your signatures front and center (or at least off that hidden shelf) once the vacation comes to a close.

 

Disney Autograph Ideas

 

Disney Autograph Ideas

1. Wall Hangings

We haven’t done this for Disney, but this has been a great option for Stitchy’s birthday party “guestbooks.” Grab a piece of Disney wall art, a pennant or even a blank wooden letter (a letter would be super cute for a classroom, too, my fellow Disney teachers!) that’s small enough to stuff in your park bag. Remember, if your item isn’t rigid, bring something to use as a hard surface for signing.

2. Bags

This is another we haven’t tried personally, but I always thought it would be cute. Chances are you’re going to be toting some type of bag with you around the parks. Why not make it a souvenir?! Make sure your bag is light colored (or opt for metallic markers), and have the characters sign on the side you won’t  have against your body (no one wants a smeared and sweaty permanent ink mess). For Castaway Club members, I always thought the tote bag (depending on the material) you probably have duplicates of would be great for this!

Side brag: I got this hat, tags attached, for $1 at a yard sale!

3. Hats

Perfectly portable, double duty and a built in hard surface, ball caps are a great option for snagging character autographs. No need to tote this around like some of the other options, as it site perfectly atop your noggin while roaming the parks. In addition to a fun souvenir, this choice will also protect you from the sun while you search for your next meet and greet. Characters may or may not have an aversion to your sweat while signing. 😉 While characters will sign any part of the hat, the bill already has a built in hard surface to make signing easier. We only had one character, Tiana, (who was, shall we say, getting her feet wet) who signed somewhat awkwardly on my nephew’s hat choosing to sign her name in the inside of the hat rather than in a visible location. You can always specify the autograph spot if you prefer.

Bonus Tip: Classic black Mickey ear hats are a nice, clean option for autographs, too! Just be sure you grab a marker that will show up on black.

4. Greeting Cards and Post Cards

Are you or is someone at home celebrating a special event? Grab a (Disney?!) themed greeting card to throw in your bag. Or pick up a post card and send an extra special “Wish you were here!” with greetings from their favorite characters. These are super cute tacked up on your office bulletin board or your family command center for a little bit of magic in your every day.

Bonus Tip: If you’re celebrating a milestone at a Disney character dining restaurant, inquire about an autographed card. We’ve typically received these when noting birthdays and anniversaries on our dining reservations without asking, but if you don’t, don’t be shy about looking into it. They may or may not have them on hand, but there’s no harm in checking. You can then use this card to collect more autographs after your meal.

5. Picture Frames and Photo Mats

I absolutely love the frames that usually surface around graduation season (or in my case…on clearance right after)! If you don’t grab one then, you can also usually find them with wedding supplies, craft store framing departments and occasionally party stores. There is a spot for an photo, of course, but the actual frame part is much wider to accommodate the autographs of your guests and well-wishers. These, of course, are also perfect for character autographs, too! I added some scrapbook paper to this one and printed out a logo, as I wanted to use it specifically for breakfast at Crystal Palace. Photo mats offer the same look, but it looks like these are a bit more delicate than the frames.

6. Photo Albums

I saved my personal favorite for last, but if you’re a newbie headed out on your first trip, you might give this one a go in lieu of #7. I happened to stumble upon a couple of these awesome Mickey albums at the Disney Store after Independence Day one year and snagged them at a super low price (I think they were, like, $1.49 each). These were great because they had a journaling page next to each photo sleeve. The kids got autographs on the journal page, then we’d slip the picture from the meet into the sleeve facing the autograph. If you can’t find an album like this, any album will work, just slip in card stock cut (or bought) to size in the opposite sleeve. Disney Parks photo albums, like to 2010 one pictured, also tend to have branded paper in the picture sleeves that are great for autographs. If you don’t want to tote around a photo album, throw your card stock or papers into a zip top bag (hello, water proof), and assemble the album post-trip. You can also purchase official Disney autograph books that follow this same idea, but you definitely have more creativity (and probably a little more green in your wallet) if you opt to grab your own album off property.

7. Photo Books

This is my absolute favorite method of autograph keeping! I started doing these with the kidlets on their second trip to Walt Disney World, and it was a huuuge hit with every character we’ve ever come in contact with since then. Even as they get older, the kids still enjoy these. I pull favorite character photos from past trips and place them into a photo book from Shutterfly. I designate a page or spread for each movie or character. For example, Mickey gets his own page, but the Cinderella page includes Cindy, Charming, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine, Suzy, Perla and the Fairy Godmother. I’m slightly (or heavily) OCD, so I arrange the pictures in chronological order because I like seeing how the littles changed from trip to trip.

The characters go NUTS seeing themselves, especially when we run into the same characters on multiple trips (if you catch my drift). The characters (and even attendants!) spend an above average amount of time with the kids thumbing through the books and asking questions. This has been the single best boost of character interaction throughout our Disney trips, and I don’t see it too often, so it still seems to be a bit of a novelty with the characters. And although it’s still technically a book, these aren’t relegated to the back of a shelf. They’re pulled out often to enjoy pictures and memories. <3

Some fun from one of our early trips with the autograph books. Excuse the grainy video! That was back before I invested in better gear. 😉 And pardon me while I ugly cry about how sweet and little they were…

Bonus Tips:

  1. Retractable Sharpies (affiliate link) are perfect for autograph collecting. No lids to lose, a variety of colors and larger than the average pen so characters with bulkier hands can grasp them easily.
  2. If you’re opting for a fabric autograph item that will be washed, consider fabric markers instead.
  3. Bear in mind that characters are not supposed to sign anything you are currently wearing, so make sure your hair is combed under that hat. 🙂
  4. Character attendants tend to have markers and/or pens on them, so don’t fret (or go buy new ones) if you lose or forget yours.
  5. Have fun! For us, autographs aren’t the mission but an opening act. Enjoy the interactions, play along and don’t forget to snap a few shots or roll that video!

We’d love to see your autograph alternatives! Please comment with pictures, ideas or tried and true methods, and let us know if we can share your ideas on the blog or via social media (with credit, of course!). It’s so much fun to spread pixie-dusted ideas! Happy autograph seeking!

Disney’s Salute to the Armed Forces 2017

Once again, Disney is honoring active and retired U.S. military members in 2017! Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are offering two lengths of discounted tickets, room promotions and a discount on Disney’s PhotoPass products! Read on for more details.

Walt Disney World

Specially Priced Tickets

Choose between a Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket or a Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Ticket. The Park Hopper Option is included, so you can come and go as you please at all 4 theme parks each day of your ticket!
Purchase now through December 15, 2017 and receive admission for 5 days, for just $224 plus tax, during the periods of January 1 through April 8, 2017 and April 24 through December 19, 2017. Or purchase now through December 16, 2017 and receive admission for 4 days, for just $209 plus tax, during the same period. And if you’re looking for a little extra magic, add the Water Park Fun & More Option for just $37 more plus tax.In addition, you can purchase the Memory Maker for a discounted price of $84 from January 1, 2017 through December 19, 2017.The Fine Print:Specially Priced Tickets

  • Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets outlets only by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of Military Service Members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps Members.
  • The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
  • Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
  • Subject to certain exceptions, Disney 4-Day/5-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Services Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows.
  • Tickets and options expire and may not be used after December 19, 2017. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
  • Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

Memory Maker

  • The discounted Memory Maker product can only be purchased at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Valid military identification required for purchase. Spouses of military service members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of military personnel.
  • No more than two (2) Memory Maker products may be purchased by an Eligible Service Member family at the discounted price.

Specially Priced Resort Rooms

Enjoy great rates at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when you book by December 19, 2017 for stays most nights from January 1 through April 8, 2017 and April 24 through December 19, 2017.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room. This offer is for active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)). Spouses of Military Service Members and PHS and NOAA Commissioned Corps members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of active Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps members.
The Fine Print:
  • Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Additional per-adult charges may apply if there are more than two adults per room.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Disneyland

Specially Priced Tickets

Disneyland Resort is saluting active and retired U.S. military personnel by offering Military Promotional 3-Day and 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets. You can visit both theme parks each day of your ticket!

Purchase from November 1, 2016 through December 16, 2017, and receive admission for 3 days for just $156 or 4 days for $181 from January 1 through April 8 and April 24 through December 19, 2017.Plus, you can purchase the new Disney PhotoPass Collection product for a discounted price of $49 plus tax from January 1, 2017 – December 19, 2017.The Disney PhotoPass Collection product includes:

  • Digital downloads of all Disney PhotoPass photos in your account at time of redemption
  • A voucher for a Dining Print Package (Voucher may not be redeemed online. See voucher for restrictions.)
  • A Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc, featuring more than 350 high-resolution professional photos from around Disneyland Resort
The Fine Print:Specially Priced Tickets
  • Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets only by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of military service members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of military personnel.
  • The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
  • Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
  • Tickets expire and may not be used after December 19, 2017. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • No more than six(6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
  • Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.
  • Tickets are not valid for Magic Morning early entry admission.
  • May not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions.
  • Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes.
  • Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Disney PhotoPass Collection

  • The Disney PhotoPass Collection product can only be purchased at the following Disneyland Resort merchandise locations by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses: Main Street Photo Supply Co. at Disneyland Park and Kingswell Camera Shop at Disney California Adventure Park.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Valid military identification required for purchase. Spouses of Military Service Members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of Military Personnel.
  • No more than two (2) Disney PhotoPass+ Collection products may be purchased by an Eligible Service Member family at the discounted price.

Specially Priced Resort Rooms

Enjoy great rates on select rooms at the Disneyland Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights from January 1 through April 8, 2017 and April 24 through December 19, 2017.

The Fine Print:

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • May not be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • This offer is valid for active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of military service members and PHS and NOAA Commissioned Corps members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of active military personnel or Commissioned Corps members.
  • Offer excludes suites.
  • Not valid on previously booked rooms.
  • Excludes applicable taxes and fees.
  • Offer is nontransferable.
  • Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room.
  • Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
  • Separate theme park admission required to enjoy the parks
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Valid military ID will be required upon check-in and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room.

GIVEAWAY!! A Walt Disney World Bag-O-Goodies Could Be Yours!

It’s time for a giveaway!! After spending my “summer off” in class and professional development, this teacher has two weeks before it’s time to head right back to school. What do we do…

Walt Disney World Giveaway

We’re going to Disney World!!  A spur of the moment (literally planned last week) trip to Walt Disney World commences TOMORROW, and so does this super fun giveaway!!

Here’s the deal, I’ve got this super fun Thirty-One Cinch Sack filled with a few goodies already like The Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom to study before your next trip, a phone sleeve to stash your smart phone, a Star Wars storm trooper journal perfect for jotting your magical reflections (or plots to take over the galaxy), Hawaiian Tropic SPF 45 Lip Balm for that brutal Florida sun and a Walt Disney World water-resistant card case lanyard to keep your ID and cash close at hand when roaming the water parks or hanging pool side. If that’s not enough fun for you, I’ll be picking up something each day of our nine-day vacation to add to the pot! It might be a Mickey sticker, it might be a sweet treat, it might be a million dollars!!  Ok, probably not a million dollars. I’ll be posting the item I’ve picked up each day on the Magic, Memories, Mayhem Facebook page so you can watch the prize grow!

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Check out Magic, Memories, Mayhem’s fine print here! Good luck!

Ten Places to Find PhotoPass Photographers at Walt Disney World

Disney’s PhotoPass is the complimentary photography service at Walt Disney World.  Hundreds of photographers are stationed around the Walt Disney World parks and resorts on any given day, and if you want to prove you were on the vacation (because, if you’re here planning, you’re probably behind the lens most of the time, am I right?), they’ll be your new best friends.  If you purchase Memory Maker, you’ll also want to get as many pictures taken as possible to make it worth your while.  With that in mind, here are the top ten places to find PhotoPass photographers and show off the kids’ customs, the matching tie-dye and, of course, your dazzling smile.

 

Top Ten Places to Find PhotoPass Photographers at Walt Disney World

 

Where to Find PhotoPass Photographers at Walt Disney World

1. Almost Anywhere Within View of the Front Gate

Park entrances, icons (Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, etc.) and main drags (Main Street USA, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard, etc.) are pretty much guaranteed spots to find a host of photographers ready to take pictures of your gorgeous face.

2. Characters

Characters are your next best bet.  Photogs are available for several but not all character meet and greets.  Most established spots (Epcot Character Spot, Town Square Theatre, etc.) will have PhotoPass available.

3. The World Showcase in Epcot

Epcot's World Showcase is chock full of wandering and fixed photographers and is usually home to our absolute favorite photog, Louis!

4. Interactive Photo Ops

Keep an eye out for "props" with which you can interact.  There are often photogs stationed here, too.

5. Special Event and Seasonal Set-Ups

Special Events (Star Wars Weekends, Mickey's parties, etc.) and seasonal backdrops and photo ops bring out more photogs, too.

 

6. Anywhere Guests Take Center Stage

Performance opportunities (Jedi Training Academy, Enchanted Tales with Belle, etc.) and makeover spots (Pirates League, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) also offer PhotoPass for participants.

 

7. Disney Owned and Operated Resort Hotels

Photographers can occasionally be found at the resorts (only deluxe that I've experienced), too.  They tend to show up around the holidays and hang out near the decorations, but we've also spotted them other times of year.

8. On Select Rides

Your photos are also taken on select rides for you to cringe at or cherish and share on social media.  Prepare yourself on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom.  At Epcot, you only have to be ready for your close-up on Test Track.  Say "AHHHH!!!" on Rock 'n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.  Expedition Everest and Dinosaur capture your looks of concern or fear in Animal Kingdom.

 

9. Attraction Exteriors

More photogenic rides also have photogs stationed to grab a shot of your mug with the attraction looming ominously behind you.

10. Select Dining Locations

Select dining locations offer backdrops or characters and a PhotoPass photographer.  All but Be Our Guest offer photos before you eat, so no worries about having your spilled dinner immortalized.  At least not in your PhotoPass photo.  Optional pics are offered at 'Ohana (breakfast), 1900 Park Fare (breakfast and dinner), Akershus (all meals), Be Our Guest (dinner), Chef Mickey's (all meals), Cinderella's Royal Table (all meals), Tusker House (all meals) and the three dinner shows: Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, Mickey's Backyard BBQ and Spirit of Aloha.  Photos area also taken at Hollywood and Vine and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater during special Star Wars Weekend meals.

11. BONUS: Water Parks

Here's an extra one for ya!  Did you notice a few pics up there had us sporting swimsuits?  The PhotoPass crew is also at the water parks!  Sometimes they are literally in the water with you, which I think is awesome!  This may strike fear in the hearts of some of you, but embrace it.  Years from now when the kiddos look back on the pics, they're not gonna care what you look like in a swimsuit.  Say cheese!

In addition to these fairly established photog spots, you can often find them roaming the parks.  If you see someone with a camera and a snazzy PhotoPass vest they'll likely snap a pic for you, so don't be afraid to ask.  And now that you know where to find them, go practice your poses!

Let's start planning your trip full of Magic, Memories and maybe even a little Mayhem!

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runDisney’s Frozen (seriously) 5K 2015

After my first taste of runDisney in 2013, I knew I had to do come back for more. I had full intentions of making 2014 another runDisney year, but life and schedules conspired against me, and it wasn’t until Princess Half Marathon weekend 2015 that I could get together with my girls and make it happen. But boy did it!! For an amazing girls’ weekend this past February, eight of us took on the Frozen (literally!!) 5K, and we had a blast!!

runDisney Frozen 5K 2015

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