Walt Disney World Resort Spotlight: Port Orleans French Quarter

Just reblogging since so many of you have asked about POFQ!

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by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 20, 2017

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We tell our Mad Hatter family all the time that yes, we really do live Disney. We have stayed at nearly all of the resorts and have experienced the good, the bad, and even the ugly from time to time.  We always enjoy our time at Port Orleans French Quarter resort, however.

Disney describes this resort as a place with cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms that evoke the Antebellum era with colorful Mardi Gras characters and jazz to keep things lively.  We have found this to be the case, and we love the details that make this moderate level resort so lovely.

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The pools are amazing- so many fun things to see and do both in and out of the water!

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You’re Going to Disney- AGAIN?!?! Why?

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    Reposting January 17, 2018

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A lovely Spring morning at the Magic Kingdom, WDW.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

We’ve all heard it, right? That one question, usually spoken by a friend or relative that just has no idea what the Disney “spark” is all about. Yes, they ultimately exhale a long (or short) sigh, roll their eyes, and utter those familiar words….

You’re going to Disney….AGAIN?!!

If you are anything like me, you simply grin (the bigger the better) and retort a “you bet I am!” as a reply. I have noticed that the happier I sound when I answer, the more aggravated the other individual becomes, however. My bad.  🙂

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Have you seen this look before?

What makes us return to a Disney park so often? What is it that reaches into our hearts, touches us, and inspires us year after year? It certainly isn’t the cost of a Disney vacation (although that is the very reason I do what I do- to make these expeditions as affordable as possible for our clients). It is not the crowd level on a busy day, or avoiding strollers and scooters that stop suddenly in front of us while we are walking with a Mickey ice cream bar in hand. It isn’t the parents that let their kids run wild, throw tantrums without remorse, and climb on the railings and dividers in a queue. So what is it?

In both Disneyland and in Walt Disney World, where we go most often, I have noticed that it is simply the beauty of the parks that appeals to me the most. I realize that this beauty transcends in different ways to different people, which is fantastic and curious at the same time. For myself, it is inspirational beauty. Yes, I love the attractions and the fun with my friends and family, but it is something much more than that which reaches out to me.

Witnessing Walt and Roy Disney’s first foray into the huge undertaking that became Disneyland is nothing short of amazing. How tenacious they must have been to overcome the naysayers of their era to bring the beloved park into existence for all of us! Seeing Walt Disney World, the fruition of Walt’s dream of plenty of space and the culmination of learning from all of the difficulties while building Disneyland, is nothing short of amazing. I still get a kick out of explaining to people that only want to go to Walt Disney World for a day or two that there is no way to see everything in such a short amount of time. It actually saddens me a bit when someone is not prepared for the sheer size of Walt Disney World, then they go and have less than a magical time. This is yet another reason I became a Disney travel planner- not on my watch. I make sure each of my clients is totally prepared before they go. I would want someone to do the same for me.

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The Moffits, EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, 2017.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

It isn’t hard to see the beauty. It’s everywhere. From the tiniest detail around the ceiling perimeter in a Disneyland Main Street shop to the most amazing fireworks spectacle at Cinderella’s Castle. Inside a Disney dining location or a resort hotel, it’s a feast for the soul as much as for the eyes.

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort, May 2017. Admiring Mary Blair’s artistic influence.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

From the flowers at EPCOT or around the Magic Kingdom on any given morning to the lush flora and fauna at Animal Kingdom, this priceless beauty inspires us to create magical moments for ourselves and others.

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Even the new Satu’li Canteen in Pandora-World of Avatar exhibits the level of detail and beauty that was so important to Walt Disney.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

So the next time you hear those familiar words, hear a sigh, or see an eye roll- just grin as big as you can, and know that you share something very special with other Disney fans that the person you are looking at just doesn’t get at all.  ºoº

Do you have this problem with anyone you know? Why do you return to Disney? Share with us and leave a comment below!

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Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning agency, such as Mad Hatter Adventures. We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book Disney, we LIVE it!

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Disney is Pulling FROZEN Short (Olaf’s Frozen Adventure) from Coco in Theaters? Why?

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By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  December 4, 2017

Editorial:

Many things have developed recently dealing with the Walt Disney Company, and while transformations of beloved scenes in Disney attractions is creating quite a stir the latest change from the company is to remove the 21 minute short, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” from showing before it’s latest release, “Coco”.  Theaters were recently sent this message:

Please note that the run of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure playing before COCO will end after 12/7. Starting on Friday 12/8 no more Olaf shorts should be up on screen. With the extra 22 minutes of running time back, we would appreciate if you could get in an extra show if possible.

Now forgive me, but I am going to present you with something to ponder.

Why are they not removing some of the previews that are shown prior to the main events? Answer= revenue. Why are they wanting the theaters to squeeze in more viewings of Coco? Answer= revenue. I do not blame them from a business standpoint here, but it does remind this author that once upon a time films had entire newsreels, a full length cartoon, and sometimes a double feature included. Now with shorter attention spans and a digital on demand age- we can not sit through a mere 21 minute short film after some previews? Really?

I saw many people complain or comment on social media prior to taking my own family to see Coco this past weekend. We were anxious to see what all the fuss was about. I enjoyed the short film a great deal more than the previews, that is for certain. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure takes place during the holiday season in Arendelle, focusing on Olaf helping Anna and Elsa design a festive celebration and develop traditions for themselves- family values and traditions is something I enjoy, personally. While the film features four new songs and the original cast members, I do agree that it could easily have been cut to two new songs. Yes, it is longer than what the Disney/Pixar audience has come to expect, but for us it was certainly not a big enough deal to actually complain about. If this is what someone has to complain about in life, they must be doing very well in my humble opinion.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was originally intended to be a television special, but it has become critically panned, with audiences terribly annoyed that they had to wait for an additional 20 minutes before getting to the main film. Our family was not annoyed, but rather enjoyed the short film to kick off the holiday season and get us all in the mood for family and holiday fun- and traditions. We love nearly all things Disney. It was a lovely and lighthearted short film, and even for those who are not Frozen fans it delivers some beautiful animation. It is not hard to appreciate the labor that went into the creation- very well done.

Many are beginning to wonder why Disney is altering anything such as omitting this short film, classic attraction scenes, etc- simply to appease anyone who might complain as opposed to so many more who do not take exception. Walt Disney did what he believed in and stuck to those beliefs, even refusing entry to his park to some that went against his personal values. We wonder what he would say about these sorts of changes. If you enjoy Frozen, be sure to get to the theater before the short is pulled.  😦

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Disney’s Magical Express Now Picking Up Guests Four Hours Before Flights

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By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  November 16, 2017

Plan accordingly Disney fans and Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures client family- due to an increase in security screenings at Orlando International Airport by the Transportation Security Administration, Disney’s Magical Express will now pick up all guests from their respective Walt Disney World resort four hours before the scheduled flight time. This policy will go into effect on November 17, 2017.

Disney says that the policy will be re-evaluated in January, 2018, after the holiday season rush is over. While this policy is mainly due to the increase in security by the TSA, it is also a precautionary measure as holiday travel increases. Stay tuned to our blog for updates and changes.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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Disney Giddy in November!

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By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  November 7, 2017

It’s November and we are positively giddy here at Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures. Why? Well because it is the holiday season at the Disney parks, of course.

There are so many things to see and do at the Disney parks all over the world right now- what do you most look forward to? We love Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party and the projection lights being used at Disney Hollywood Studios, too. Of course, Cinderella’s Castle and the Main Street decorations are fabulous as well!

It’s November, but we will soon share some of our favorite holiday pics and images on the blog just for you, so keep your eyes open for them.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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ABC Will Film Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Special Beginning November 3rd

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  October 12, 2017

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Are you ready for the holidays- Disney style? ABC will be doing holiday special and parade taping in November and December for the air dates nearer to Christmas.  There will be multiple shows that will be taped during this time.

The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade filming at Walt Disney World Resort is scheduled to take place starting the weekend of November 3rd and will run through the 7th. This activity will not include a parade but instead will include stage show performances and musical acts.  Much the same as last year, the parade will be recorded at Disneyland Resort. There is no official word on Disneyland’s schedule as of yet.

The taping events are non-ticketed with cast members typically filling in the immediate stage area as the audience.  It is worth nothing that if you will be present in the park on these days it is possible to view the action from many areas.

We have already informed our Mad Hatter Adventures clients that will be visiting during the week of November 3rd that they should expect potential disruptions such as  walkway closures, etc,  as Disney closes off areas for the various productions.

We will update you will further details as we get the official word.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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Heading Back to the World!

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  September 25, 2017

To all of our friends and client family, we are heading back to the WORLD- Walt Disney World, at the end of this week. We can’t wait to share some of the amazing images and fun things to do.

These images were taken at the very first viewing of “Happily Ever After”, and on this trip we will see a special version of Illuminations for EPCOT’S 35th Anniversary among a ton of other events!

Thanks for following our adventures- and we’ll see ya real soon.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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