• On Feb 4, 2020
    Krista from PE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I know this may seem like a crazy question, because Disney already is the most magical place....however I want to make this the most magical trip ever for my best friend. Any tips or ideas to surprise her with while in the parks?

    Hi Krista!

    I love that you're looking to sprinkle a little extra Pixie Dust on your best friend! Walt Disney World is a magical place, but it is also a place full of surprises!

    One of my favorite ways to add pixie dust is a special event or tour at the parks. While every park has fun offerings, one of my favorites places for a tour is Disney's Animal Kingdom. The Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience is a unique way to enjoy the savanna in a private and relaxing way. Start off in Harambe Village and then enjoy a guided experience where you'll learn little known facts about the animals and environment. End your tour with African-inspired cuisine and beverages. You'll even receive a special memento to bring home!

    The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival overlaps your trip dates, too! A little known fact is that this event also features a number of special tours that are only offered this time of year. If either of you enjoy tea, you have two great options for tours in the World Showcase. The English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London is a complimentary guided tour featuring the tea gardens and tea samples. For an extra plus, the Royal Tea Garden Tour is a value-priced option that is a hidden gem. Not only will you tour the tea gardens, but you'll enter World Showcase at about 9:30am, which is before it officially opens for the day. Enjoy a quiet stroll through the English tea garden and top it off with delicious scones. Now that's a magical touch!

    If you are interested in any of these special experiences or tours, be sure to make reservations in advance, as they do often sell out. You can reserve your spot by calling (407) 939-8687.

    For a bit of off-beat fun at a Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to check out Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Resort. From erupting volcanos to shrinking bar stools to tiki surprises, you're in for an experience of a lifetime! Enjoy a tropical drink or snack while channeling some Jungle Cruise vibes!

    I hope these ideas help you plan some extra magical moments! If you're interested in any other ideas, be sure to let the Disney Parks Moms Panel know! We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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