The Walt Disney World Guide – Blizzard Beach

Walt Disney’s Blizzard Beach – A Simple Guide

Many vacationers have to save quite a bit of money to take the family on a Walt Disney World vacation. So, if you are visiting Disney World in Orlando Florida, and you want some time to cool off from the heat, that is the single reason that the Walt Disney Water Parks have become a huge hit with vacationers everywhere. Walt Disney’s Blizzard Beach could be just the ticket to help you cool off, and have a blast at the same time. This is just one of the water parks that you can find at Walt Disney World, the other is Typhoon Lagoon, But in many people’s opinion Blizzard Beach is definitely the best.

Inside the water park, expect to find many different water slides to spend a fun packed afternoon, and also multiple water attractions that will keep your interest even if you don’t want to get wet, but expect to get wet for the best fun!

According to recent statistics, Walt Disney’s Blizzard Beach is the 2nd most popular water park anywhere around the globe, which means there are always plenty of people around no matter when you decide to go. So keep having fun in mind, and you will be pleasantly surprised!

Impatience and long lines. People are usually not wanting to wait lines, but when you vacation at Walt Disney World, this should be expected. However, this is not always ideal, especially if you don’t want to be waiting around for hours on end to gain access to the attractions. So keeping this in mind, it’s always a good idea to get a Fast Access Pass from Disney, so you don’t have to wait at all the attractions like everybody else. Now with the new Magic Bands from Disney, you can store all your information in one place and have that band around your wrist all the time, getting wet or not. Hotel key (on Walt Disney World grounds), attraction rides, and even a spending account.

Just be aware, that Walt Disney’s Blizzard Beach closes for approximately 2 months every single year so the theme park staff can carry out essential clean up of the water and park, but these months are usually during the winter. Typically, this is around the beginning of the year, so make sure you are fully aware of the exact dates before booking your trip to Disney World, if water parks is what you want to visit.

Some tips when visiting Blizzard Beach:

Rent a locker

Let’s face it, carrying your valuable items around all day when you want to be having fun in the water is a real hassle. This is why it’s always a good idea to rent a locker at the main entrance, so you can put items such as phone, jewelry, passports and credit cards as well as money safely away. Don’t worry, your belongings will be safe as nobody will have access to the safe other than yourself, and the key comes with a safety band, which you will wear on a wrist.

Avoid the crowds

While Blizzard Beach is busy all year round, if you want to go when there is slightly less of a crowd then it’s advisable to go earlier in the week, such as Monday or Tuesday. This ensures that you won’t have to wait for hours just to go on a water slide. Also, it’s a good idea to go first thing in the morning if you can, as the crowds do start to form around the late morning and early afternoon time period. I really don’t know why, that is usually the time that the storms roll through in Florida.

Eat with Mickey

If you want to see a look of delight on kids faces, then why not book a meal with Mickey Mouse, or any of the other popular Disney characters? This is now very possible at resturants around Disney World and Blizzard Beach, so you can get a real Disney experience and memories to last a lifetime. Just be aware that these meals must be booked 90 days in advance due to the high demand. Here are some of the restaurants that offer characters for either breakfast, lunch, and or dinner:

  • Contemporary Hotel: Chef Mickey’s
  • The Polynesian Hotel: Ohana’s Best Friends
  • The Grand Floridian Hotel: Grand Floridian Cafe
  • The Magic Kingdom: The Crystal Palace, the Cinderella Castle (character dining)

Conclusion

Walt Disney’s Blizzard Beach is a great day out for all ages, and due to the many special discounts being offered by Disney World, there has never been a better time to visit. Have fun!



Dear Matthew – Confirmation

Dear Matthew,

When I first became a father with my daughter (Janelle) I was quickly able to put what I knew to be decent fatherhood skills into effect. My daughter was warm and gentle, growing up she also needed her daddy more times than not, and a few more times than her mommy (this made me feel good). I was sure after her birth and during her early years that all I wanted to have were girls. They were cute and cuddly, and warm and I already mentioned that they needed their daddies it seemed for everything. Then, came November 10, 2000. With it came the birth of my first son, Matthew.

As a father of two now, my attention was split into two children, and I was a proud papa of a bouncing baby boy. I cannot explain in words what it felt like to have a boy. As I looked at you I often wondered if you only knew that one day you would be the head of your household, and maybe even mine. As you grew I watched you be determined, responsible, smart and a very handsome young boy. But as I reflect on your gift of life which was given to me by God and what it really meant, I only have to think back to every time you go to bed, or wake up or leave my side. You are the most affectionate, and loving son any man can ever want or hope for. Growing up my family was always very affectionate, and I can only imagine that you received that from me. I always shared a kiss and a hug with my dad. Those are things that feel good, and as parents a hug and a kiss is equally assuring for us as they are for our children and just as beneficial.

I want to take this moment to thank you for the man that you are quickly becoming. I want to thank you for all the hugs and kisses, because so many of them came at a moment in my life when that was what I needed the most. I don’t know how you knew it but you seemed to know when it was the right time for a son to hug his father. These days it seems to be what I draw strength from, I love you and who you are, and I am so proud of this next step that you are taking in your religious confirmation of faith.

Love your dad!



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Playstation 4 Vs. XBOX 1 Review

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OK, so as a parent of multiple kids, it was bound to happen. One was going to want the Playstation 4 and the other the XBOX 1, thanks for both companies for launching them this year, it made my gift giving easy. As a parent that tries to please his kids, so long as the boundaries of education are met and overall chores around the house as well, this is what the holidays allows us to do as parents, spoil our kids. I want to once again reiterate that the overall experience of obtaining these top of the line gaming consoles was not much of a challenge, and for the most part their numbers of people not getting them was also full of fluff, at least on the XBOX 1 side. But wanting the Playstation 4 or the XBOX 1 and getting them could have become tricky if the plan was not in place.

Gamestop Had The Plan

I would like to thank Gamestop for their consideration for their clients and faithful. Because of them I was able to get the first console which was the Playstation 4 in November and I did it with very little inconvenience. Their policy and program to get these into the hands of the consumers was extraordinary, and I believe I mentioned this already once in a previous post but it is most certainly worth stating again. So long as you were in line at a respectable 3:30 p.m. you were able to purchase one of the opening day Playstation 4 consoles. I was and I did. They sold these to the public at 6:00 p.m. and issued a number to you at that time. I was number 18. Now I could go home and know that I was guaranteed one unit. Then I returned to make the midnight line at about 11:30 p.m. and the sales commenced at midnight. The whole process for me which I had number 18 took about 30 minutes. They were extremely organized allowing three people to enter at once, purchase their consoles and other equipment and leave the store. There was security which is a big deal, and everyone was happy with their purchase.

The XBOX 1 Purchase

I purchased this console in Walmart. Now granted I never pre-ordered any of these consoles. I did not happen to regret that. I could have done this at either Gamestop or Walmart, or Best Buy for as little as $25.00. I am glad that I did not end up regretting doing that. My buddies could not guarantee the same success at Gamestop and besides every retail store that I called stated the same thing, there will not be enough XBOX 1 consoles. I cannot to this day believe that. Come Christmas Eve they were all over the place. I do not know if they simply did not sell as well, or were people trying to avoid the extra $100.00. Like I stated earlier, I had no choice because both were on the Christmas list at my home. Anyway I did what I never though I would do. Shop on Thanksgiving Day. I am glad I did, because getting the XBOX 1 when the fear was instilled in me that I would not, could not have been any easier.

Shopping At Walmart Thanksgiving Day

Walmart really outdid themselves with their master-plan design for holiday shopping. They basically broke down the store and the hottest items into different shopping times and zones within the store. The XBOX 1 was going to be a 6:00 p.m. item in the Walmart Superstore near me. The process equally simple. Be in line at 6:00 p.m. and get a wristband that the Walmart associate would place around your wrist. They basically had 150 XBOX 1 systems, and I was number 9. The wristband to prove it, I was guaranteed an XBOX 1 and my fear and beliefs that this was all a promotional hoax to get people to scatter out and purchase the XBOX 1 was confirmed when I left with my XBOX 1 there were no people left in line, and still about 100 XBOX 1′s in their own pile. Nevertheless, I was happy to have one. My list was almost complete. With not many games out by the time Christmas Eve came around, I was able to secure them all without any trouble. Below is a short list of most of the games that are out right now for both consoles.

  • Assassins Creed (Playstation 4)
  • Ghost Call Of Duty (Both)
  • NBA 2k (Both)
  • Madden NFL (Both)
  • Justice League Unlimited (Playstation 4)
  • Battlefield 4 (Both)
  • FIFA 14 (Playstation 4)
  • Dead Rising 3 (XBOX 1)

The Review XBOX 1 VS. Playstation

The XBOX 1 offers plenty of little toys and cool gadgets but to be honest there has to be some work put in to be able to actually use them. Nothing major but recording of the voice features and also visual with the camera. That brings me to the next point I wanted to make about both of these consoles. The difference in prices between the two is mostly because the XBOX 1 comes with the camera necessary to make all those fancy tools work. If you were to purchase the camera for the Playstation 4 the cost will be roughly $100.00, so there is really no difference between the two, the price holds true at about $500.00 each console if you want to even them up. So which one is right for you? I can tell you that the true gaming system appears to be the XBOX 1. I have no real bugs to report yet on either system, I really have not played them much but I can tell you that I prefer the XBOX 1 for what it is worth. The overall feel of the controller is part of the reason. Do you have an XBOX 1 or Playstation bug to report. If you send it to me, I will publish it. Feel free and keep on gaming.



Craz Loom Bands A Great Mind Pastime

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There are new looms around and they are Craz. That’s right Craz Looms. The new silicone kraze that is taking up the time of America’s youth and all over the world, and it is not a video game, go figure!

When my daughter first came home with a silicone rubber band with cool colors, I asked her “Where did you get that?”…She replied “At school it was just $2.00.” At first I was shocked, not over the $2.00 dollars. But by the fact that she had bought this from another student in her school. I was like what the heck, they should be studying not learning to sell and barter and whatever else you want to call this. But when I watched her excitement over owning one, and asking for a kit. I figured that if I get them all off of the video games and doing something exciting with their hands and creating art, something visual and special, then I figured that this could be a positive thing.

That was over three months ago, and they are still hooked. I know that this is something that will possibly fizzle out, but for the mean time, I am happy they are doing something collectively and using their brain power for something other than video games. I am including the links to the Amazon store where I purchase my supplies for the kids. It is cheap and the delivery is fast. However you do not have to use this link, you could visit stores like Toys R Us, and Walmart for supplies. I just found that most of the above listed stores issue their silicone bands on Saturdays and they were gone for the most part by the time I arrived each week. With Amazon there is no wasting of time, and more importantly for my kids disappointment. Plus which kid does not like to get a surprise in the mail every now and then.