Jedi Training Academy: A How To Guide

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A long, long time ago (well, today, and yesterday, and tomorrow and every day after that) in a galaxy far, far away (actually right next to Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios), children between the ages of 4 and 12 are given the opportunity to hone their lightsaber skills at Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple!

This unique Star Wars show occurs multiple times a day (times listed on every park map and the My Disney Experience app) and it's quite the experience for young Padawans.

To get some advice on how your kid is sure to be a part of Jedi Training, I've teamed up with my good friend Janel (@wdw_mom on Instagram!) to bring you some tips and tricks to find out if your kid has what it takes to be part of the Rebel Alliance!
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A Review of Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland

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This is a guest post from Sarah Tavares. Follow her on Instagram. Here’s Sarah…

Walt Disney World recently introduced two Early Morning Magic ticketed events – one at Magic Kingdom, and the other at Hollywood Studios. Both include a buffet breakfast and pre-park opening access to select attractions.

I recently decided to try out the Fantasyland Early Morning Magic, which includes unlimited access to three rides – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh from 7:45 to 9 a.m., followed by breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Here's how it went...

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Thanksgiving at Disney World in 2016

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Thanksgiving at Disney WorldWith mild temps, holiday decor, and not-as-busy-as-other-holidays crowds, spending Thanksgiving at Disney World is a great idea for many people.

Here's some advice, including where to spend your Thanksgiving meal and how to handle the crowds.

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Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2016

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(Article last updated: September 15, 2016)

Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyThere are several special events offered throughout the year at Disney World and 1 of those is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) where people get dressed up in costume and attend special activities that are only offered at this party.

I've got info for you on the details of what takes place at the party, how much it costs, when it's held and thoughts on how to create a touring plan to use during the party.

Let's get started...

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The Character Queen’s favorite special event character meets at WDW

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The holiday season is fast approaching at Walt Disney World. The best part about the holiday season in the place Where Dreams Come True is the fact that Halloween get more than just one day of celebration; They each get two whole months of their own!

With the holiday season comes something you don't get throughout the rest of the year: Special meet and greets at the hard ticketed events! I'm here today to tell you about a few of my favorite meets during the season and how to strategize the best ways to meet these characters with minimal time in line.

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Dining with the Character Queen: Garden Grill at Epcot

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When people think of Epcot, they tend to think of a few things: Test Track, Soarin', and drinking around the world. While Epcot is renowned for all of these things, one of the best things you can do while visiting is enjoying a meal at the Garden Grill at The Land.

The Garden Grill is located on the top floor of the Land pavilion in Future World. This restaurant is unique for a number of things: its family-style service, its character interaction, and being the only revolving restaurant on Walt Disney World property.

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Comparing Orlando airport pickup options

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If you plan to fly into Orlando International Airport, you'll have to figure out how to get from there to your resort. In this post, I compare many good options (from free to pricey) to help you decide what makes the most sense for your trip.

Let's take a look at some good options...

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Dining with the Character Queen: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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imageIt's no secret I love princesses. It's also no secret that I really love food. Recently, I got to experience the two of these things together when I had lunch at Epcot in Norway at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall's Princess Storybook Dining!

Here's how it went...

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How runDisney races work

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This is a guest post from Cheryl Koren, one of the co-owners of Key to the World Travel. She has participated in 13 runDisney events so far and is already signed up for 5 more. Now, here's Cheryl...

runDisney races are some of the most popular weekend events at the Walt Disney World Resort, but what are they all about?

Let’s me fill you in on how to sign up, where to stay, and how they work.

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Magic Kingdom touring plans for 2016

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(Article last checked: September 5, 2016)

Magic Kingdom touring planHaving well-organized touring plans that make good use of FastPasses is key to avoiding long line waits during your Disney World trip.

The old paper-based FastPass system has been replaced by the new digital FastPass+ system which is a little hard to understand at first, but I have an explanation on that, plus advice to help you create your own Magic Kingdom touring plan.

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