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Ultimate Disney Planning Resource 10
First Time Planning
Courtney Derqu

Disney Monorail Map and Route Guide

Ah, the monorail: the unofficial, official transportation of Walt Disney World. The monorail system first opened up at Disney World in 1971 with two routes: one to Magic Kingdom and an express route. In the years since, this amazing “Highway in the Sky” went from being a prototype thought in Walt Disney’s head to one of the most popular forms of transportation around Disney property, connecting several deluxe resorts, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot.  What is the Monorail?  The monorail at Disney World is a public transit monorail system that transports guests to various areas around the property. While the monorail has become synonymous with Walt Disney World, the monorail system as a whole has been around since the 1800s. Henry Robinson Palmer, an inventor popular in the 1900s, filed a patent dated November 22, 1821, for “a single line of rail, supported at such height from the ground as to allow the center of gravity of the carriages to be below the upper surface of the rail.”  This patent is often cited as the first idea for a monorail system, however, it wouldn’t be until the 1950s that a popular animator and visionary by the name of Walt Disney would literally

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Ultimate Disney Planning Resource 11
Magic Kingdom
Courtney Derqu

This Disney World Park Has The Most Rides

Even though all Disney World parks are magical, they each have something unique to offer that may not be for everybody. For example, if you or anyone in your party is obsessed with rides, they may not get the most out of a park like Animal Kingdom, which is focused more on interactive experiences than thrill rides (excluding Expedition Everest, that’s the exception).  So if you’re wondering which Disney World park has the most rides, it’s definitely Magic Kingdom. Here’s how many rides Magic Kingdom has, where they are, and what our top picks are for everyone in your party.  How Many Rides Does Magic Kingdom Have?  Magic Kingdom has 23 rides. While you will encounter a few thrill rides such as Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, the majority of the rides here are slower-paced and family-friendly. Here are all the rides in Magic Kingdom and where to find them:  “it’s a small world” – Fantasyland Astro Orbiter – Tomorrowland Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Frontierland Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Tomorrowland Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Fantasyland Jungle Cruise – Adventureland Mad Tea Party – Fantasyland Peter Pan’s Flight – Fantasyland Pirates of the Caribbean – Adventureland Prince

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Pin Drum at Rock n Roller Coaster
First Time Planning
Courtney Derqu

The Ultimate Guide to Disney Pin Trading

If you’ve ever visited Walt Disney World, chances are you’re familiar with pin trading. Disney pins are located pretty much everywhere around the parks and resorts. On my recent trip to Disney Springs, I finally decided to buy a few for myself and have gone down the rabbit hole of pin trading. If you’re looking to get started on Disney pin trading, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading for the ultimate guide to Disney pin trading.  What is Disney Pin Trading?  Disney pin trading is an interactive experience that allows guests to swap their pins with other guests and even Cast Members. Pin trading was first introduced in the parks in October of 1999 as part of the Millennium Celebration. More than 20 years later, pin trading has become more popular than ever, with events taking place on Disney property and off it. In fact, there’s an entire website dedicated to it called Disney Pins Blog, which provides a list of all upcoming pin-trading events.  How to Pin Trade at Disney World  There are countless pin trading stations scattered throughout the parks, so your first step will be knowing where to look. When you see a Cast Member wearing a pin

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Ultimate Disney Planning Resource 12
Dining
Courtney Derqu

Underrated Disney World Restaurants

I guess I’m a stickler for tradition. I always turn left off Main Street, U.S.A. and start my day in Adventureland. I always stop for a dole whip and make the same expression as I plummet down Splash Mountain. While I guess it’s fine and perfectly normal to enjoy certain traditions at the Most Magical Place on Earth, I do crave something different every now and again – especially when it comes to restaurants. While Be Our Guest, California Grill, and ‘Ohana remain some of the most popular restaurants on property, there are a few hidden gems you should try.  Here are the most underrated Disney World restaurants (and of course, what we love about them!) 1. Sanaa  Let’s start off strong with Sanaa in the Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Having recently visited this resort for the first time, I was blown away by everything the resort had to offer and Sanaa was no different.  Sanaa offers spectacular views of the savannah that’s located on the property. This includes zebras, giraffes, cranes, ostriches, and gazelles. For the longest time, I didn’t really see the big deal about this resort because I’ve been to the zoo – I

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Ultimate Disney Planning Resource 13
Dining
Patty

Backside of Water Floats into Magic Kingdom

If you have been on the World Famous Jungle Cruise then you already have heard the World famous backside of water joke. It’s the 8th wonder of the world it’s the backside of water, as your boat floats behind a waterfall. Kids for your safety do not try this trick at home you will hit your head on the back of the sink. Backside of Water Float O2H, O2H, O2H, O2H, O2H, O2H!!! Let me hear you say it! Found at the Sunshine Tree Terrace at the Magic Kingdom float consists of cotton candy and vanilla soft serve, Sprite, and a blue sour belt. Don’t want to wait in line? No problem you can use mobile order to pick up your treat, no need to stand in a long line in the Florida sun. It was a perfect refreshing drink for the hot summer day that we were there. I was skeptical about the cotton candy flavor but it was perfect. To me, it didn’t have too much of a fake flavoring taste and it was pretty subtle overall. The drink we release in timing with the movie Jungle Cruise that debuted on Disney+. The movie is a fantastic nod

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Dining
Patty

Steakhouse 71 Dinner Review

The former location of the Wave of American Flavors has transformed into Steakhouse 71 for the 50th anniversary in 2021. Located on the first floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Today we are just going to take a look at our experience of coming here for dinner. Steakhouse 71 is named for the year Disney’s Contemporary Resort first opened, Steakhouse 71 harkens back to the design style of the 1970s, reimagined in a contemporary, comfortable and sleek way. Throughout the restaurant, you will notice some Florida flair, such as Orange Bird and citrus groves. Quick Breakdown Service: Table-Service Type of Food: Steak, Allergy Options Price: $$ Location: Contemporary Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 1 Credits Discounts: Annual Passholder Features: Reservations, Alcohol Good For: Casual Dining Menu: Official Disney Dinner Menu Tour Around Steakhouse 71 Steakhouse 71, which gets its name from the year the resort opened, has a sleek yet comfortable décor with fun design elements from the ‘70s and hints of our Florida heritage with subtle sightings of the beloved Orange Bird and citrus groves. The entrance to Steakhouse 71 does have steakhouse vibes with the rich stained wood but the stark bright white contrast gives it a very

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