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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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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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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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Plaza Restaurant Outside Sign
Dining
Patty

Plaza Restaurant Review

The Plaza Restaurant is on the right corner of the end of Main Street USA behind the Ice Cream Parlor in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It’s a tiny little place to enjoy a sit-down meal and I feel like a lot of people miss that it is even there. It’s a very high traffic area with the popularity of the ice cream parlor to the purple wall which is a little bit further down the walkway into Tomorrowland. While this never makes a must-eat Disney dining list it’s definitely not an option to overlook. Let’s take a look at our full the Plaza restaurant review. The Plaza Quick Breakdown Service: Sit Down Type of Food: American Price: $$ Location: Magic Kingdom Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 1 Credits Discounts: Annual Passholder, DVC Good For: Fireworks, Castle View Menu: Official Disney Menu A Tour Around The Plaza A look at the inside of The Plaza restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant continues on Main Streets Victorian theming and has lots of elegant details to uncover. There is detail in everything from the lighting, carpet to the wallpaper. It can be hard to get a reservation here since the restaurant is so tiny. It’s just a small corner with probably 30 tables or less

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Disney Springs
Whitney Watts

Splitsville Luxury Lanes Review Disney Springs

Sometimes you just have to let the good times roll!  From toddlers to the young at heart, Splitsville Luxury Lanes is the place for everyone to let loose and have fun!  My family and I ventured over for dinner and bowling Sunday night (first time)!! Let’s just say this will definitely NOT be our last time, and it will probably become one of our regular go-tos!! Splitsville is located in Disney Springs, park in the Orange garage as it will take you right up to the restaurant. For reference it’s right next door to the AMC. Pricing for Splitsville Luxury Lanes Disney Springs Did you know they offer not only (the usual) Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club discounts per bowling session but also provide a military discount as well for 10% off?! They have two different pricing models early bird and walk in (both two and under are FREE).  If you are a cast member, Splitsville has bowling and dining deals too! Early bird is from 10 am M-F or 10:30 am S-S (open) to noon.  Nine and under are $10 which includes shoe rental. Adults pay only $14.  Early bird is a great way to spend a rainy morning.

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