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Mama Monday : Speciality Cruises at Walt Disney World

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Hi Disney friends, Today we are going on a speciality cruise at Disney. You have the option to do one near the Magic Kingdom or near Epcot. I have clients who have done both but I have only done the one near Magic Kingdom personally. These are a great option to book for a special celebration or just as a way to do something fun without the crowds. Disney’s fine print will say that the fireworks are not guaranteed to be seen from the boat. They have to say that because they can’t control the weather, clouds, etc and there are rare cases where there’s no fireworks at Disney for a night.(I’ve never experienced that personally). In most cases, you will see Wishes(pictured below on the left compliments of www.allears.net )or Illuminations(pictured below on the right).

Here’s the nitty gritty. You will be on a 21 foot to 25 foot pontoon Suntracker depending upon the number of people.

You can depart from The Contemporary, The Grand Floridian, The Polynesian, or The Wilderness Lodge for the one that will see Wishes. You depart from the Yacht and Beach Club for the Illuminations Cruise.

If fireworks are scheduled for 9pm, you will meet at the boat dock at 8pm and be ready to depart at 8:30pm. You are usually on the boat for about an hour or so. Included in the price is your boat captain and snacks, sodas, and waters. You can order extra snacks/beverages like beer and wine from Private Dining at each of the resorts. It has been my experience that the boat captain is a wealth of information. If you are into Disney trivia or wanting to know how things like the Lagoon were made, etc, your captain will share all of this with you. You can also ask questions. It is really a cool experience just for that aspect alone. Then your captain positions the boat just right and you have the most incredible view of Wishes or Illuminations. It’s amazing. You do not have the Wishes music piped in but you can usually hear the Illuminations music from your boat.

These cruises can be romantic for a party of two or family oriented with up to ten people. It is good for all ages. Life jackets are provided for the children. We did ours in December which is why we are bundled up. It was definitely cold the night we went out but it was still a great time.

For the Wishes departures the price is going to range from $292 – $346 plus tax. For the Illuminations departure it is going to be $325 plus tax.  These prices do change periodically. Gratuity is not included and I would strongly recommend that you tip your captain. They really do go above and beyond in my opinion. To book one of these you call 407-WDW-PLAY OR if you are booked with me, I can take care of this for you.

Mama, that was so cool! Please take me on a fireworks cruise again!
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Mama Monday : Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot

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Hi Mamas! Today we are checking out one of many ways that Epcot is educational for you and your children. One of the most informational and educational tours at Walt Disney World is the Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot. Here you will go backstage to explore experimental plant growing techniques. Currently hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil, is being used for a lot of the plants here. You will get to learn how this works. You will even learn some techniques that you can use at home in your garden. Disney grows a lot of their own vegetables that are served in the restaurants. There’s also a fish and alligator portion of the tour as well.  You will see The Land Greenhouses at Epcot. And you will be shown some record breaking crops including a gigantic tomato plant that produces thousands and thousands of tomatoes.
Who can do this tour? It is great for all ages!
How long does it last? One hour
Can strollers and wheelchairs go on the tour?  YES! You will be provided a small stroller for children and it is wheelchair accessible. It is a walking tour though so the rest of the family will need to be able to walk.
How much does this tour cost? $18 for age 10 and up and $14 for 3-9. Anyone under 3 is complimentary.
How often is the tour? Every day starting at 10:30 and the last tour is at 4:30.
You go to the desk next to Soarin’ in the Land to sign up. You can also call 407-WDW-TOUR if you prefer to book in advance.
I have personally taken this tour and it is really interesting. I think any age would love this tour because at all ages you will learn something.  It moves quickly enough to hold everyone’s attention. One of the fun parts for kids is to look for the veggies that are being grown in the shape of Mickey heads. You will want to definitely take what you learn and apply it at home in your own garden.

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