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Adding Magic To Your Disney Vacation

Once you have figured out where you want to stay at Walt Disney World, bought your tickets, made all your reservations, and figured out the must-do attractions for everyone, there are still amazing additional magical experiences you can add to your trip.

These are great ways to add a little extra magic to the trip.  We are going to share some of the top ways to add magic so you can determine if any of these will work for your family.   As offerings and costs are always changing, take time to look at Disney’s site to see what is available during your trip.

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Memory Maker

Memory Maker is Disney’s photo package that Guests can add to their package for an additional $169.  With this feature, Guests have access to all of the on-ride photos as well as any photos they take with the amazing Disney photographers throughout the four Disney Parks.

Personally, we don’t go to Disney without it.  I love getting our pictures taken throughout the Disney Parks.  Disney keeps adding more and more photographers as well as special effects photo spots that are super fun.

If you love photos, Memory Maker is a great way to add some photo magic to your trip.

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Capture Your Moment

A way to take photos to another level is to book a Capture Your Moment session.  These are now available at all four Disney Parks.  For $79 it gives you a thirty-minute photo session with one of Disney’s photographers.

You can pick two select spots in Disney Park to have pictures taken.  This is a great way to capture special moments such as birthdays, graduation, or engagements.  Guests will want to have Memory Maker as that is how they access the photos.

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Up Close With Rhinos and Caring for Giants

In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can have two amazing experiences with either rhinos or elephants with these magical add-on experiences.

Up Close with Rhinos is a 60-minute experience that Guests four years and older can participate in.  For $45 per person, Guests are taken backstage to see how the Disney team works to provide for these amazing rhinos that make Disney home.

Guests can also get closer to the amazing elephants that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom home.  Caring for Giants is a 60-minute experience where for $35 per person Guests are taken backstage where they get closer to the elephants.   Guests also have to be four or older for this experience.

Wild Africa Trek
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Wild Africa Trek

A three-hour experience, Wild Africa Trek is an extremely unique experience for Guests ages eight and older.  This tour takes Guests on rope bridges, and on a safari and provides delicious African foods.  This is a one-of-a-kind experience that animal lovers and adventure seekers will love.

Photos are included as Cast Members will capture your magical experiences.

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Fireworks Dessert Party

If you love fireworks but not crowds, look into adding a fireworks dessert party at Magic Kingdom.   There are a few options to choose from that can help you avoid the crowds that form for fireworks.

For desserts prior to the fireworks, Guests can enjoy the Pre Party.  Guests check in at the Tomorrowland Terrace 90 minutes before Disney Enchantment starts.  They are able to enjoy treats and drinks until they move to the Plaza Garden which has been reserved just for them.  This is $99 for adults and $59 for those 9 and under.

If you are wanting to enjoy your desserts after Disney Enchantment, look into the Post Party.  This costs the same, but Guests check in 60 minutes prior to the show and start with the designated area in the Plaza Garden.  Once the show is over, they are taken back to the terrace to enjoy desserts.

The last option is called Treats and Seats.  This experience costs $114 for adults and $69 for those under 9.  Here Guests enjoy the fireworks from seats in the Tomorrowland Terrace while enjoying desserts

All three of these options are great ways to enjoy Disney Enchantment without large crowds.

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Holiday Parties 

Are you traveling during the holiday season?  Consider adding on either Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

August 12th through October 31st on select evenings in Magic Kingdom, Guests can enjoy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Guests that attend can enjoy trick o treating throughout the Park, a fireworks spectacular, a parade, and a stage show featuring the Hocus Pocus witches.   The cost for this party ranges from $109 to $199 for adults and $99 to $189 for those 9 and under.

From November 8th through December 22nd, Guests can once again enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.   Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Minnie’s fireworks will be back.  The cost for this party ranges from $149 to $199 for adults and $139 to $189 for kids.

These holiday parties are wonderful ways to add a little extra magic to your Disney trip.

Firework Cruises

Another way to see the Disney nighttime shows without crowds is the firework cruises.  These are offered for both Harmonious at EPCOT and Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom.  For $399, 10 Guests can enjoy a private 25-foot boat together as they enjoy one of the nighttime shows from the water.

If you have a larger group traveling together this might be a fun experience.   Small snacks and drinks are included as well.

There are so many ways to add some additional magic to your Disney vacation.   These are just a few ways Disney has that Guests can add some extra magic.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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