Walt Disney World
Where Dreams Come True
Walt Disney World is a magical place where dreams come true everyday. Here at Dad's Guide to WDW, we want to help you make your Walt Disney World vacation dreams come true...
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Hi, my name is Carl Trent, but around here I'm know as Dad. I love Walt Disney World. It's my favorite place and I look forward to sharing my passion for the Most Magical Place on Earth with you.
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Inside Dad's Guide to WDW
THE DISNEY PARKS
Walt Disney World Parks are the main reason to visit. These are the most attended theme parks in the world. They have some of the best entertainment on the planet. The four theme parks produce some of the most imaginative family entertainment you will find anywhere. There are also 2 of the most innovative water parks in the world.
THE MAGIC KINGDOM
Uncle Walt's last big project. Magic is the perfect word for this park. From the first view of Cinderella Castle to the Magical Kiss Goodnight, the Magic Kingdom is the perfect place to spend a day or three. The Magic Kingdom is divided up into 5 lands centered around the castle.
The Magic Kingdom continues to be the number one tourist destination in the world. You don't want to miss it.
Epcot is two theme parks in one. There is the thrilling, special effect laden, science educational Future World. In the other part of Epcot you can take a trip around the world in the World Showcase.
From a blastoff to Mars to the serenity of a Japanese garden Epcot has something for everyone and the food is incredible.
Don't tell anyone, but you can get quite an education in Epcot.
DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
See how movies are made ... or just see how the movies come to life in Disney Hollywood Studios.
This used to be a working movie studio, but now it's a theme park that shows how movies are made. From the grand old days of Hollywood seen in The Great Movie Ride to the blockbuster George Lucas Corner, the Studios has a bit of everything.
(Oh, yeah, that new Toy Story Mania ride is pretty mindblowing.
Animal Kingdom, is it a zoo or a theme park? Yes it is.
Animal Kingdom is both the best zoo in the world and a pretty good theme park. There are some mind blowing rides and some great animal exhibits. Elephants and tigers, yetis and dinosaurs, Nemo and The Lion King. What could be better?
(Maybe a land modeled after Avatar. Yep, that would be better.)
THE WATER PARKS
Walt Disney World has two of the most interesting water parks anywhere. The themeing and storytelling create a wonderful experience even if you never get in the water.
- Blizzard Beach - a freak snowstorm hits Orlando and a silly gator builds a ski resort. Now that's a believable story. But it makes for one of the "coolest" water parks anywhere.
- Typhoon Lagoon - another believable story, a hurricane hits and throws a shrimp boat up to the top of a mountain and someone builds a water park around it. Silly story, great waterpark. You gotta see this.
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AROUND THE RESORT
The Walt Disney World Resort is a whole lot more than just the Parks. There are hotels, restaurants, shopping areas and much more. Things are always going on. See for yourself.
Walt Disney World is home to some of the most beautiful resorts in the world. (Disney hotels are called resorts.) There are 25 magically themed Disney Resorts where you can have the Perfect Disney Vacation. All of them are well designed, well maintained, clean, and a great place to sleep at night.
The hotels range from small rooms at the Disney Value Resorts, which are affordable for everyone, all the way up to the Grand Villas at one of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts which are bigger than most houses.
DISNEY WORLD RESTAURANTS
The Disney World restaurants at are as much a part of the whole "Disney" experience as the Resorts. It's amazing to see fast food restaurants that are themed to match the area that they are in. There are some amazing restaurants in the parks especially in Epcot where the decor is all part of the show.
The hotels have some very unique and top notched restaurants. You'll also find good places to eat at Downtown Disney and on the Disney Boardwalk.
EVENTS AROUND THE RESORT
The one thing that sets Disney World apart from all the other theme parks is their special events. Walt Disney World is almost always having a special event. Find out about the FREE concerts, the special shows, and all the events that Disney schedules throughout the year.
CHRISTMAS AT DISNEY WORLD
Christmas is a very special time of year. It's a time when everyone is dreaming of something. Disney knows how to put on a show, and they put on some of their best at Christmas time. Let the dreams begin. Christmas is the Perfect time for a Perfect Disney vacation.
Every Perfect Walt Disney World Vacation comes with reservations. That sounds bad, but you know what I mean. For your trip, you'll need a hotel, tickets, transportation and more. Dad can help. He's kinda an expert at this stuff.
At some point, you're going to need some kind of package for your Perfect Vacation. You can put it together yourself, or have someone do it for you, but you will have some kind of package. Dad can show you all the details.
Dad is an expert on Disney World Tickets. (Someone needs to be.) Disney has numerous ticket options, some of which are very confusing. Let Dad help you sort out the best ticket option for your Disney vacation. .
Adding a Disney Cruise to your Walt Disney World vacation plans is a really good idea. Even Dad is doing it in 2012. Check it out.
INFORMATION ABOUT WDW
Here are some of Dad's favorite pages. There's lots of good information and fun on each one.
See the Latest
Exclusive Merchandise Announced for Food & Wine Festival
If you like unique and commemorative souvenirs, you are not going to want to miss the 20th anniversary of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Does Disney take Visa Debit or prepaid cards for Hotels?
Hi dad,great website been a fan for a bit and needed to ask you a few questions if you could help us out...1st do you have to have a Visa or Mastercard
Bay Lake Tower - The best looking Disney Vacation Club Resort
Bay Lake Tower is the Disney Vacation Club Resort with the best view. Just think DVC and walking to the Magic Kingdom. Sweet.
Changes Appearing at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios
Coming to Epcot… According to WDW News Today, Innoventions at Epcot will receive a new exhibit this fall called Colortopia, which will feature fun hands-on
Shanghai Disney Resort Set to Open Spring 2016
Dad's Bucket List grew a bit this week. My list includes visiting all the Disney Parks worldwide. Check this out. Bob Iger shows the Shanghai Disneyland
WDW MAGAZINE - THE PERFECT COMPANION
Have I got the perfect companion to Dad's Guide to WDW. You're gonna love this.
A few months ago Dad got a hairbrained idea to publish a magazine all about Walt Disney World. What a great idea right? And with that WDW Magazine was born.
WDW Magazine is full of some really great content. Each month we choose a topic and cover it in depth. We also have a section just for first time visitors.
It's full of lots of helpful hints, insights and just a lot of fun. Along the way we've found some great photographers who provide amazing pictures. You'll think your right there at WDW.
You don't want to miss this. Trust me.
TALK TO DAD
Dad loves to hear from you. Tell Dad what's going on. If you are going soon, are there now, or if you're dreaming of Walt Disney World (Dad does that all the time) tell us about it. We all love hearing stories, answering questions, and just talking about Perfect Vacations.
Dad's Facebook Page - Dad's Facebook page is a happening place. There is always some new picture, story or even the latest thing Dad and his crew are working on. You gotta check this out every day.
Dad's Blog - Dad has a blog. (Doesn't everyone?) Dad's blog talks about the latest happenings at WDW and whatever strikes Dad's fancy. It's fun, and educational.
If everything else fails, you can always Contact Dad through the Contact Dad page. Cool.