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Disney Villains Unleashed Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The massively popular Disney Villains will take center stage for a special hard-ticketed event later this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Villains Unleashed Event at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Join hosts Hades and Meg at this year’s Disney Villains Unleashed event. There will be over 50 Disney Villains running wild throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios causing mischief and mayhem. Some of the exclusive entertainment is as follows: “Hades Hangout & Dance Party,” “Oogie Boogie’s Variety Show,” a Star Wars villain zone, a new “Villainy In The Skies” fireworks spectacular, and a villain-inspired pre-show to “Fantasmic!”. There will also be face painting, exclusive merchandise, food and beverages, and more. Guests are encouraged to dress up and show off their Disney villain side.  Select attractions will still be open for enjoyment, including The Twilight Zone – Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania! and Star Tours.

The event ‘Villains Unleashed’ will take place on Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Ticket sales begin on June 6th for Annual Pass Holders and DVC members and on June 9th for the general public. You can purchase tickets with Woodbrey Family Travel. Adult tickets cost $67 plus tax and children ages 3-9 cost $62 plus tax.

This is one of the most anticipated events of the year and tickets are expected to sell out fairly quickly. Don’t be caught without a ticket! May your night be full of Villainous activities!

– Cody Woodbrey

Creating Magical Vacations
Cell: 435-757-0838

 

Here are some of the Disney Villains you will meet at the event…

Gov. Ratcliffe - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Big Bad Wolf - Disney's Friday the 13th Event The Sherif of Nottingham - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Pain, Panic & Hades - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Captian Hook - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Maleficent - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Shan Yu - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Oogie Boogie Man - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Bowler Hat Guy - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Jafar - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Cruella De Ville - Disney's Friday the 13th Event Dr. Facilier - Mickey's No So Scary Halloween Party The Evil Queen - Mickey's No So Scary Halloween Party Queen of Hearts - Mickey's No So Scary Halloween Party Frollo - Mickey's No So Scary Halloween Party Jango Fett - Star Wars Weekends EventBoba fett - Star Wars WeekendsDarth Maul - Star Wars Weekends  Greeto - Star Wars Weekends Zam Wesell - Star Wars WeekendsStormtroopers- Star Wars WeekendsDarth Vader - Star Wars WeekendsAsajj Ventress- Star Wars Weekends Gamorrean - Star Wars Weekends Aurra - Star Wars Weekends

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Using FastPass+ Efficiently

Fastpass +

Disney’s FastPass+ allows guests to reserve select attractions, entertainment, parades, shows, Disney characters meet-and-greets and much more using the My Disney Experience website or mobile app before you check into your resort. Guests can reserve up to three FastPasses per day for one park before you even arrive. You can start making these reservation 60 days before your trip if you are staying on Disney property and 30 days if you are staying off Disney property.

Tips: When selecting your FastPasses, choose times that are in the afternoon.  If you arrive when the park OPENS, you will be able to experience most of your favorite attractions with minimal lines. If you save your FastPasses for the afternoon, it gives you a chance to repeat your favorite attractions, or skip the line for something new! Your FastPasses can be changed really anytime but they are subject to availability so be sure to book as soon as you can. Also, keep in mind to avoid selecting your FastPass+ options during or too close to shows, parades, fireworks and any dining reservations you may have. You will not want to miss out on any of the extra magic!

Once in the park you can use any of the FastPass + kiosks to change or add FastPasses. Once you have used your three Fastpasses for the day you can get an extra Fastpass at one of the kiosks but keep in mind most of the popular attractions will not be available. Actually, the popular FastPasses usually are taken before the day even starts

Below you will find the FastPass+ Priority List.  This list is created with the most popular attractions at the top and the least popular ones at the bottom of the list.

 Magic Kingdom

  1. Seven Dwarf Mine Train – 38″
  2. Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
  3. Space Mountain – 44″
  4. Peter Pan
  5. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 40″
  6. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  7. Splash Mountain – 40″
  8. Jungle Cruise
  9. Meet Cinderella and Princess Aurora at the Princess Fairytale Hall
  10. Meet Rapunzel and Princess Tiana at the Princess Fairytale Hall
  11. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  12. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  13. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  14. Tomorrowland Speedway – 32″
  15. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  16. Meet Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto
  17. Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  18. Goofy’s Barnstormer – 35″
  19. Pirates of the Caribbean
  20. Haunted Mansion
  21. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  22. Mad Tea Party (Tea Cups)
  23. it’s a small world
  24. Mickey’s Philhar Magic
  25. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

 Epcot

Choose one FastPass from Tier 1 and two from Tier 2 or three from Tier 2

  1. Frozen Ever After (Tier 1)
  2. Soarin’ – 40″ (Tier 1)
  3. Test Track – 40″ (Tier 1)
  4. Mission Space – 44″ (Tier 2)
  5. Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot (Tier 2)
  6. Spaceship Earth (Tier 2)
  7. The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Tier 2)
  8. Turtle Talk with Crush (Tier 2)
  9. Living with the Land (Tier 2)
  10. Journey Into Imagination With Figment (Tier 2)
  11. Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival (Tier 2)
  12. Illuminatinos: Reflections of Earth – World Showcase Plaza (Tier 1)

Disney Hollywood Studios

Choose one FastPass from Tier 1 and two from Tier 2 or three from Tier 2

  1. Slinky Dog Dash – 38″ (Tier 1)
  2. Alien Swirling Saucers – 32″ (Tier 1) 
  3. Toy Story Mania (Tier 1)
  4. Rock ‘n’Roller Coaster – 48″ (Tier 2)
  5. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 40″  (Tier 2)
  6. Star Tours: The Adventure Continues – 40″ (Tier 2)
  7. Fantasmic – Early entrance with priority seating (Tier 2)
  8. Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage – Early Entrance with priority seating (Tier 2)
  9. For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration  (Tier 2)
  10. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Early Entrance with priority seating  (Tier 2)
  11. Voyage of the Little Mermaid – Early Entrance  (Tier 2)
  12. Disney Junior – Live on Stage – Early Entrance with priority seating (Tier 2)
  13. Muppet Vision 3D (Tier 2)

 Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Choose one FastPass from Tier 1 and two from Tier 2 or three from Tier 2

  1. Flights of Passage – 44 (Tier 1)
  2. Navi Rive (Tier 1)
  3. Expedition Everest – 44 (Tier 2)
  4. Kilimanjaro Safari (Tier 2)
  5. Kali River Rapids – You will get wet – 38 (Tier 2)
  6. Dinosaur – 40 (Tier 2)
  7. Finding Nemo the Musical (Tier 2)
  8. Festival of the Lion Kin (Tier 2)
  9. Jungle Book: Alive with Magi (Tier 2)
  10. Meet Favorite Disney Pals at the Adventuress Outpost (Tier 2)
  11. It’s Tough to be a Bu (Tier 2)
  12. Primeval Whirl – 48 (Tier 2)

For more information on Disney’s FastPass + or to book a trip to Walt Disney World, please contact us!

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Cell: 435-757-0838

 

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Meeting Disney Characters 101

Meeting Disney Characters 101

There are several ways in which to get the most out of your “meet and greet” with your favorite Disney Characters. As a performer at Walt Disney World, I can tell you that I’ve seen and experienced it all – the good, the bad, and everything in between. I have therefore compiled some tips and information for you in order to help make this experience the best for your family. This blog post is created to help you better your experience and maximize your “meet and greet” time with the characters.

Lesson 1: Be Prepared

There are a couple of things you can do to be prepared before you ever meet the character.
1. Have your autograph books and cameras ready. This will give you more time to play and interact with the characters versus trying to get your book out or camera ready. This also helps the line go quicker.
2. Take off jackets, bags and/or ponchos. Doing this makes for better-looking pictures. Waiting until you get up to the character takes away from your time to interact with them.
3. Put down any food or drinks. The characters will not take pictures with them in the picture.

Lesson 2: The Approach

When you approach the Disney character, don’t shove your book into their hands.
1. They want to say hi first with a hug or a high five. They want to know you are there for more than just a signature.
2. Make sure the character sees you approaching. They don’t have the best eyesight, and at times they don’t even realize there is a young child by their legs.
3. Please do not jump up on them.
4. Be careful when touching their heads – it’s actually preferred that you don’t touch their heads at all.
5. Everyone must be wearing shoes unless they are being held.
6. They cannot hold your baby.
7. Don’t be rough with the characters. They can be hurt!

Lesson 3: Helping Unsure Kids

I’ve seen hundreds of families that wait in long lines to see the characters only to get up to them and find that their child no longer wants to see them or is crying. These tips will help you get those pictures without the big hassle or need for convincing.
1. Let them watch the character interact with the other families and talk to them about all the fun the other families are having.
2. Holding the child or getting down to the child’s level helps the child feel safe and protected.
3. Hold the child’s hand while walking up to the character.
4. Ask someone to take the picture for you so you can stay with your child. I usually ask the family behind me to do it just in case there isn’t someone at the front of the line to do it. Always check the photo before moving on, as not everyone knows how to use a camera correctly.
5. When taking a picture with your child, put them on the outside shoulder away from the character. By doing this you will help keep them from looking at the camera instead of at the character and/or help them stop crying.
6. If the opposite shoulder strategy doesn’t work, take several steps in front of the character, get their attention to look at the camera, and take the picture. This helps because the child is far enough away that they feel a bit safer and you still get a picture with the character.

Lesson 4: Writing Material for Autographs

By having the right kind of writing utensils it will help you get the best signature possible.
1. Even before you hand the character the autograph books, make sure you use the words “Please” and “Thank You”. These words are often forgotten, but greatly appreciated!
1 – 2-inch pens are hard for anyone to write with, and with a paw it is even harder.
2. Light ink pens or coloring utensils make it hard for the characters to see what they are signing. Use dark ink or colors for signing. When the character can see what they are signing you will get a great signature.
3. Larger-than-life pens are also not the easiest to write with for the characters. The thickness of the pen does make it a bit hard to get a good grip for a great signature.
4. Disney characters’ favorite type of writing utensil is a regular-sized SHARPIE. The inks are thick and they are extremely easy to hold.
5. Characters love it when you use different colors – For example: Tigger loves using Orange colors, whereas The Green Army Man loves using Green to write.
6. The characters also love writing with the fun different Disney pens. They love tickling your faces with the ones with the fuzz on the ends or twirling the character on the end of the pen. They especially love pens with themselves on them.
7. 2-inch size papers or loose papers without something hard behind them are hard to sign on. If you are going to have the papers loose, then use a small clip board. Doing this will help you get the best quality of signatures possible.

Lesson 5: What Characters Can Write On

Disney characters love to sign their name on things, but there are a few things they cannot sign.
1. They cannot sign currency, checks, receipts, other important documents, or things with inappropriate materials on them.
2. They can sign shirts, hats, toys, blankets, and things like that
3. They can’t sign anything while it is being worn. You can take the item off only if it doesn’t reveal skin or undergarments.
4. They can sign the cast of a broken arm or leg – this is the only exception to the previous rule. (Signing  casts at the Walt Disney World parks is allowed but NOT at Disneyland parks)

Lesson 6: Creating a Little Bit of Extra Magic

1. The characters love holding, signing, and playing with things that have them on it. Buzz Lightyear loves pretending to fly with his action figure… Or should I say, “Falling with style.”
2. They love giving hugs and high fives
3. Be creative with your pictures. Don’t just stand there; strike a pose! They take thousands of pictures a day with guests posing the same way and they are eager to do something different. Go with the flow – If they want you to pose a certain way, do it. They do some great poses. You can even ask them, “What pose should we make today?” and they will respond with some great ideas. If you have some ideas, they will also join in, as long as it is appropriate.
4. Use more than just your phone camera – you will get better pictures using a real camera.
5. Take a “Selfie” with the characters.
6. Share with the characters why you love them and are there to see them.

Lesson 7: Leaving

When you leave, make sure you thank the Disney characters and the character attendants for letting you come and see them. It’s not easy standing out in the heat all day, but it’s worth it when they feel appreciated and loved. Give last minute high fives and hugs!

If you are planning a trip to one of Disney’s theme parks or a Disney Cruise, please contact me for more information.

– Cody Woodbrey

Specializing in Disney Vacations
Creating Magical Vacations
Cell: 435-757-0838