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How does the new Disney Fast Pass work?

August 19, 2014 in post then categories by admin


If you haven’t made a pilgrimage to the Most Magical Place on Earth recently, you may be surprised by some big changes.

The old FASTPASS system, introduced in 1999 to lessen wait times at popular attractions, was relatively straightforward. With no advance reservation system, determined park-goers would race to FASTPASS ticket machines as soon as the parks opened to secure a spot on their favorite rides.

The new FastPass+ system, which is a bit more complicated, allows for advance planning and opens up many more rides to the legacy system. We break it down for you below.

How do I get FastPass+?

By buying a ticket. FastPass+ is included in the price of admission for every day a ticket is purchased.

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How does FastPass+ work?

FastPass+ reservations can now be made way in advance… no more rope-drop runs to Space Mountain necessary. Disney Resort hotel guests can reserve FastPass+ tickets up to 60 days in advance, while all other ticket holders can do so 30 days in advance.

FastPass+ reservations can be made using the My Disney Experience planning pageor mobile app. After creating an account and linking their reservation, users can secure FastPass+ tickets for their favorite attractions.

If you don’t buy park tickets until you arrive at Disney World, or need to change your FastPass+ reservations, you can do so in two ways. Each park has a number of FastPass+ kiosks where you can make or change your reservations. Beware, the lines for these kiosks can be long. If you can, download the mobile app, which makes it possible to make and change reservations on the go, eliminating yet another line.

FastPass+ experiences work the same way as the legacy system. Each FastPass+ comes with a window of time you will be allowed to enter the ride. Arrive at the ride during that timeframe, get on the FastPass+ queue and enjoy.

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Do I need to have a MagicBand?

You can use FastPass+ without purchasing a MagicBand. The old paper park tickets have been replaced with RFID plastic, credit-card type tickets that are scanned at FastPass+ kiosks and at ride queues. MagicBands can be more convenient — no need to fish your ticket out of a wallet or pocket — but are not required. All Disney Resort hotel guests and Walt Disney World passholders are provided MagicBands.

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So, how many FastPass+ experiences do I get?

You can reserve up to three FastPass+ experiences at one theme park. That means if you plan on park-hopping, all your FastPass+ reservations can only be in one park. After using all three initial FastPass+ tickets, you can select another FastPass+ experience for the same day, based on availability. After using that one, you can select another, and so on. These additional selections must be made at a FastPass+ kiosk.


What attractions can I get a FastPass+ for?

So many! FastPass+ is now available for more attractions than ever, ensuring that guests of all ages get to experience the attractions they love. Guests can also reserve FastPass+ for parades, fireworks, character greetings and Fantasmic!, ensuring a prime spot without camping out way in advance.


How does the tier system work?

Currently, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios offer a tier system, to ensure FastPass+ tickets for extremely popular attractions are distributed evenly among park guests. For example, at Epcot, guests can choose one “Tier One” attraction and two “Tier Two” attractions. Tier One, for example, includes both Soarin’ and Test Track, so guests must choose between the two.

What about Annual Passholders?

Annual Passholders are allowed to plan seven days of FastPass+ selections within any 30-day period, applicable to one park per day. If staying at a Disney Resort hotel, Annual Passholders can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance.

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The Best Beaches On Earth See If You’ve Been To One

August 19, 2014 in post then categories by admin

Let’s face it…it ain’t summertime without at least spending a few days at the beach soaking up the rays and relaxing with family and friends. In the spirit of summer, we’ve gone to the travelers community at travel community to find the best beaches from around the world, those drops of white sand paradise that we yearn for all year round. From South Pacific desert islands to the coasts of Europe and Africa, here are the 40 best beaches on Earth. 1.) Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos  2014-08-12-ProvidencialesTurksCaicosDanielEstradaCastao.jpg Everyone who sets foot on the white sands of Grace Bay comes to the same conclusion: this is paradise. Not only is the beach incredibly long and relatively crowd-free, it’s also surrounded by reefs that’ll make any avid snorkeler drool. (Photo by Daniel E. Castaño) Click here for more photos of Grace Bay 2.) Navagio Beach, Greece  2014-08-12-ShipwreckBeachGreeceTerryBamforth.jpg Surrounded by white limestone cliffs and clear blue waters, Navagio Beach on the Greek isle of Zakynthos is undoubtedly the most famous beach in Greece, and perhaps the most photographed beach on Earth. One look and it’s not hard to see why! (Photo by Terry Bamforth) Click here for more photos of Navagio Beach 3.) Isola dei Conigli, Italy  2014-08-12-IsoladeiConigliLucioSassi.jpg Isola dei Conigli, a small islet off of Lampedusa, Italy, is home to some of the Med’s most dramatically beautiful beaches. While it’s becoming increasingly popular, its relative istolation and status as a protected nature reserve means that you can enjoy this island paradise in peace. (Photo by Lucio Sassi) Click here for more photos of Isola dei Conigli 4.) Jericoacoara, Brazil  2014-08-12-JericoacoaraBeachBrazilAlohaEvelinePadilha.jpg The golden sand dunes of Jericoacoara, Brazil are worth the trip, but the real reason most tourists visit is to take a dip in the warm waters of Lagoa do Paraiso, an impossibly-clear lagoon filled with public hammocks. Can you imagine a better place for an afternoon nap? (Photo by Aloha Eveline Padilha) Click here for more photos of Jericoacoara 5.) Matira Point, French Polynesia 2014-08-12-MatiraPointFrenchPolynesiaLoStampa.jpg Though Bora Bora is usually the haunt of celebs and jetsetters lounging on idyllic private beaches, there is a public beach that’s every bit as stunning: Matira. As one traveler put it: “Heaven exists, and it’s in the middle of the South Pacific.” (Photo by Lo Stampa) Click here for more photos of Matira Point 6.) Île Plate, Mauritius 2014-08-12-lePlateMauritiusChristophePibouleau.jpg Just off the northern tip of Mauritius, Robinson Crusoe wannabes will find Île Plate, a white-sand island paradise that’s also one of the country’s top spots for snorkelers and divers due to its unique conditions which attract reef sharks and other marine life (Photo by Christophe Pibouleou) Click here for more photos of Île Plate 7.) Ko Poda Beach, Thailand  2014-08-12-KohPodaThailandNaxos.jpg The iconic karsts, photogenic long-tail boats, and crystal-clear waters of Ko Poda have made the island synonymous with tropical paradise. The abundance of rocks, reefs, and fish also assure that the underwater views are just as spectacular as those from your beach chair. (Photo by Naxos) Click here for more photos of Ko Poda 8.) San Blas Islands, Panama  2014-08-12-SanBlasIslandsPanamaLari002.jpg Sure, these beaches are beautiful, but that means they’re also crowded, right? Well, not in the case of San Blas Islands, an archipelago and natural park in the Panamanian Caribbean. With over 400 beautiful islands, you’re sure to find your very own slice of desert island paradise. (Photo by Naxos) Click here for more photos of the San Blas Islands 9.) Los Roques, Venezuela 2014-08-12-LosRoquesVenezuelaNaxos.jpg Though long popular among European and Latin American travelers, Venezuela’s Los Roques Archipelago is still one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets. The real magic happens when the tides recede and dozens of white-sand keys appear amid the colorful Caribbean reefs. (Photo by Naxos) Click here for more photos of Los Roques 10.) Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles 2014-08-12-AnseSourceDArgentSeychellesLucioSassi.jpg Anse Source D’Argent is the classic Seychelles beach, pretty much guaranteeing it’s among the most beautiful in the world. To get there, you’ll pass through vanilla plantations and giant turtle reserves before finally reaching a series of paradisaical white sand coves divided by the islands’ trademark boulders. (Photo by Lucio Sassi) Click here for more photos of Anse Source D’Argent 11.) Maya Bay, Thailand 2014-08-12-MayaBayThailandTrevi.jpg Maya Bay’s beauty is such that it managed to outshine Leonardo DiCaprio and become the real star of 2000’s The Beach. While Maya Bay has experienced a boom in recent years, visitors in the off-season will still find the sheltered paradise made famous in the film. (Photo by Trevi) Click here for more photos of Maya Bay 12.) Ari Atoll, Maldives  Ok, so Ari Atoll isn’t a beach proper, but rather a group of coral island surrounding one of the Earth’s most beautiful lagoons. Rustic bungalows, bougainvillea, and nothing to do but eat, swim, and sprawl out on the fluffy white beach. There are over 20 islands with resorts, each more beautiful than the last! (Photo by Toy76) Click here for more photos of Ari Atoll 13.) Cala Luna, Italy 2014-08-12-CalaLunaItalyNaxos.jpg Cala Luna is one of the undisputed stars of Sardinia’s already legendary coast. Nestled within the bounds of the Gennargentu National Park, this white-sand beach is surrounded by fragrant pine forests, impossibly-turquoise water, and large beach caves perfect for an afternoon snooze in the shade. (Photo by Naxos) Click here for more photos of Cala Luna 14.) Île Aux Cerfs, Mauritius 2014-08-12-IleauxCerfsMauritiusRobertoGonzalez.jpg The uninhabited private island of Île Aux Cerfs has long been a favorite of the privacy-seeking jet-set, but the sheltered beaches and teeming reefs of this untouched island paradise are also open to day-trippers on inexpensive catamaran tours from the mainland. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez) Click here for more photos of Île Aux Cerfs 15.) Sarakiniko Beach, Greece 2014-08-12-SarakinikoBeachGreeceNaxos.jpg The gleaming limestone shore of Greece’s Sarakiniko Beach makes it not only one of the prettiest beaches in Greece, but also one of the most unusual. The fact that it’s almost totally undeveloped means that you’ll also be able to enjoy the views without the crowds. (Photo by Naxos) Click here for more photos of Sarakiniko Beach 16.) Barbuda, Antigua & Barbuda 2014-08-12-BarbudaLucioSassi.jpg While neighboring Antigua usually attracts all the tourists, the small neighboring island of Barbuda is the choice for beach-lovers in the know. Why? Well, with Barbuda’s population at less than 2,000 inhabitants, visitors are sure to find plenty golden virgin sand all to themselves. (Photo by Lucio Sassi) Click here for more photos of Barbuda 17.) Bayahibe, Dominican Republic 2014-08-12-BayahibeDominicanRepublicNicolasMoreau.jpg The Dominican Republic has some of the Caribbean’s best beaches and nowhere is this more apparent than in Bayahibe, a small fishing village whose delightfully uncrowded beaches are surrounded by amazing reefs and plenty of snack bars serving up fresh lobster and coconut milk. (Photo by Nicolas Moreau) Click here for more photos of Bayahibe 18.) Oludeniz Beach, Turkey 2014-08-12-OludenizBeachTurkeyMoniqueRibeiro.jpg Looking for clean water and adventure? Then head to Oludeniz, the Turkish Riviera’s most famous stretch of sand. Oludeniz has also become popular with hang-gliders and sky-divers looking to catch a bird’s eye view of the stunning coastline and beautiful Blue Lagoon. (Photo by Monique Ribeiro) Click here for more photos of Oludeniz Beach 19.) South Beach, USA 2014-08-12-MiamiBeachUSAChiniCarpentier.jpg South Beach needs no introduction. Where else can you find a palm-lined white-sand beach backed up by the rich cultural offers and night-life of a city like Miami? Whether you want to people-watch, party, or work on your tan, South Beach is definitely the place to be. (Photo by Chini Carpenter) Click here for more photos of Miami 20.) Na Balam Beach, Mexico 2014-08-12-NaBalamMexicoMiguelEguido.jpg A good way to think of Mexico’s Na Balam Beach is as a huge natural swimming pool whose shallow crystalline waters are populated with friendly sea turtles and manta rays. Nice, huh? The fact that it’s only a short boat ride from the resorts of Cancun makes it all the better. (Photo by Miguel Eguido) Click here for more photos of Na Balam Beach 21.) White Beach, Philippines 2014-08-12-BoracayPhilippinesAngelCatalan.jpg The Philippines are experiencing a tourism boom thanks to incredible beaches like the aptly-named White Beach on the small island of Boracay. You can hit the nearby desert islands during the day and catch some of the nation’s leading DJ’s in the local clubs at night. (Photo by Angel Catalan) Click here for more photos of White Beach 22.) Anse Lazio, Seychelles 2014-08-12-AnseLazioSeychellesAntxokaGmez.jpg “This place doesn’t seem real,” is how one awe-struck traveler put it. Anse Lazio is the kind of place where time seems to stop and there’s nothing to do but take a stroll on the soft sand, lounge in the sun with a good book, or strap on the goggles and explore the crystal-blue bay. (Photo by Antxoka Gómez) Click here for more photos of Anse Lazio 23.) As Catedrais Beach, Spain 2014-08-12-CathedralBeachSpainJuanCarlosIbezEspinaco.jpg As Catedrais Beach in the Spanish region of Galicia is rightly famous for being one of the best beaches in the world. While the waters are cold, a low-tide visit to explore the rock arches, massive caves, and labyrinthine passageways is an experience you’ll never forget. (Photo by Juan Carlos Ibañez) Click here for more photos of As Catedrais Beach 24.) Nungwi Beach, Tanazania 2014-08-12-NungwiBeachTanzaniaColajet.jpg Nungwi Beach on Zanzibar’s northern coast has the perfect mix of natural beauty and culture. Aside from the gorgeous beaches and world-class reef diving, the view of the sun setting on the horizon while the tradition dhow boats bring in their catch is about as relaxing as it gets. (Photo by Colajet) Click here for more photos of Nungwi Beach 25.) Whitehaven Beach, Australia  Australia’s Whitehaven Beach is known for having pretty much the whitest sand on the planet (it’s almost pure silica, after all). As a virtually tourist-free UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also among the cleanest on the planet. This is bucket list material here, folks! (Photo by JC Mauguit) Click here for more photos of Whitehaven Beach 26.) Scala dei Turchi, Italy 2014-08-12-ScaladeiTurchiItalySilpan.jpg Sicily’s Scala dei Turchi is not your typical Mediterranean beach. Yes, it has southern Italy’s usual beautiful turquoise waters, but this particular beach is surrounded by pearly white limestone cliffs which form natural terraces. The sight when the sun hits needs to be seen to be believed. (Photo by Silpan) Click here for more photos of Scala dei Turchi 27.) Blue Lagoon, Malta  The Blue Lagoon on the Maltese island of Comino is one of those places you only thought existed in the South Pacific. The combo of white sand, clear water, and sunshine results in a huge natural swimming pool so turquoise it seems almost too good to be real (it is!). (Photo by Cristina Serrano) Click here for more photos of the Blue Lagoon 28.) Boulders Beach, South Africa 2014-08-12-BouldersBeachSouthAfricaJosemaLpez.jpg South Africa has its share of great beaches, but Boulders Beach in Table Mountain National Park is in a league of its own. Aside from the clear blue waters and namesake boulders, the beach is also home to a huge colony of playful African Penguins. (Photo by Josema Lopez) Click here for more photos of Boulders Beach 29.) Legzira Beach, Morocco 2014-08-12-LegziraBeachMoroccoZakariaAitWakrim.jpg Aside from being wind-swept and rugged, Morocco’s Altantic coast can also be striking beautiful. Just take Legzira Beach; years of heavy wind and waves have carved jaw-dropping arches and tunnels into the red cliffs and made the beach a haven for adventurous surfers. (Photo by Zakaria Ait Wakrim) Click here for more photos of Legzira Beach 30.) Vieques Island, Puerto Rico  The uninhabited island of Vieques, Puerto Rico is another of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets. An off-limits military base until recently, Vieques and its virgin beaches are still delightfully undeveloped and waiting to be discovered by beach-goers willing to get off the beaten path. (Photo by Naxos) Click here for more photos of Vieques 31.) Twelve Apostles, Australia 2014-08-12-TwelveApostlesAustraliaNaxos.jpg The Twelve Apostles are rightfully one of the top spots along Australia’s Great Ocean Drive. While it’s not the ideal place to sprawl our with the sunscreen, the combination of cliffs, waves, and the 8 iconic stacks make it one the most epic beaches found anywhere. (Photo by Naxos) Click here for more photos of the Twelve Apostles 32.) Long Beach, Malaysia 2014-08-12-LongBeachRedangMalaysiaMacgreg.jpg Long Beach on the Malaysian island of Pulau Redang is the definition of tropical paradise: white sand, a bay full of sea turtles and small sharks, and plenty of flowers and palm trees. Add in inexpensive fresh fish and the fact that it’s still not thronged by tourists and yeah…paradise! (Photo by Macgreg) Click here for more photos of Long Beach 33.) Playa de Rodas, Spain 2014-08-12-PlayadeRodasSpainMachbel.jpg Despite being in the green, rainy region of Galicia, Playa de Rodas seems more like the South Pacific than Scotland. While the water is a bit chilly for those with tropical tastes, it’s perfectly transparent and surrounded by a long white-sand beach offering gorgeous views of the mainland. (Photo by Macbel) Click here for more photos of Playa de Rodas 34.) Orient Beach, Guadeloupe 2014-08-12-OrientBayGuadeloupeRobertoGonzalez.jpg Despite being one of the Caribbean’s most famous beaches, Orient Beach hasn’t lost any of its scenic charm and has managed to retain the virgin feel that earned the beach its popularity in the first place. It’s a piece of white-sand paradise wedged between the sea and sky! (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez) Click here for more photos of Orient Beach 35.) Lanikai Beach, USA 2014-08-12-LanikaiBeachHawaiiLucia.jpg You didn’t think we’d forget Hawaii, did you? Oahu’s Lanikai Beach is famous the world over for its beautiful water, laid-back atmosphere, and scenic view of the Na Mokulua islands on the horizon. Tip: visit during the week and you’ll have the place practically to yourself. (Photo by Lucia) Click here for more photos of Lanikai Beach 36.) Honeymoon Island, Cook Islands 2014-08-12-HoneymoonIslandCookIslandsUnCambioDeAires.jpg Despite the name, you don’t have to be a newlywed to enjoy this spectacular coral atoll. While the shady palms and nesting seabirds add a colorful touch, it’s the white beaches and immense mirror-like lagoon that’ll really help you forget the outside world. (Photo by Un Cambio de Aires) Click here for more photos of Honeymoon Island 37.) Byron Bay, Australia 2014-08-12-ByronBayAustraliaMarine.jpg Byron Bay in New South Wales is a place that just oozes “good vibes.” Long popular among surfers, the beach is now a haven for easy-going youth looking to relax on the sand or have a beach-side barbecue. Don’t miss the chance to kayak with the dolphins on Cape Byron. (Photo by Marine) Click here for more photos of Byron Bay 38.) Praia do Camilo, Portugal  2014-08-12-CamiloBeachPortugalFranciscoZurera.jpg When you reach the stairs leading to Praia do Camilo, it’s like stepping into a postcard. Set among the scenic cliffs and stacks of Portugal’s Algarve region, Praia do Camilo is the place to go to enjoy a quiet day in the sun or explore the famous Ponta de Piedade. (Photo by Francisco Zurera) Click here for more photos of Praia do Camilo 39.) Fernando de Noronha, Brazil 2014-08-12-FernandodeNorohaBrazilHernonLeao.jpg Simply put, the beach in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil is breathtaking: the area is a protected park (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) that’s a veritable Garden of Eden of marine and bird life. Oh, and the views of the rocky islands from the golden beaches are unbeatable. (Photo by Herlon Leao) Click here for more photos of Fernando de Noronha 40.) Calanque d’En Vau, France 2014-08-12-CalanquedEnVauFranceSophieP.jpg While not far from the ritzy resorts and packed beaches of the French Riviera, and sheltered cove of Calanque d’En Vau seems like it’s in another universe. The combination of crystal-blue Mediterranean waters, green pines, and gigantic cliffs is simple perfect. (Photo by Sophie P.)

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Mexico’s Horrific Island Of Dolls Will Haunt You

August 14, 2014 in post then categories by admin

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On a visit to Isla de las Munecas, you’ll see dolls — Barbies, babies, and mangled soft bodies — strewn from trees and fences, surrounding a small cabin where a photo of the late Santana hangs on a wall. Locals say the dolls sometimes move their eyes or swivel their heads, a sign of the young girl’s spirit coming back to life.

See for yourself by taking a ferry or gondola to the island from one of the wharfs in Mexico City. You’ll most likely have to ask your hired boat to make a stop there, as it’s not included on typical tour routes.

And when a tour is THIS eerie, we can understand why here at






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Unexpectedly Awesome Places In Florida

August 7, 2014 in post then categories by admin

There’s a lot you probably don’t know about America’s 27th state. Sure, there are the usual stomping grounds of Disney World, St. Augustine, Miami and Daytona, but there are, surprisingly, still some spots that are relatively under-the-radar in the Sunshine State. So if you’re looking to add a little variety to your next vacation — whether it’s going to be about beach time or outdoor activities — we’ve got some options for you here at 1. Explore the totally awesome and gorgeous Ocala National Forest. ocala national forest Close to Orlando, Ocala offers over 600 lakes, streams, rivers and springs — the springs are perfect to swim, snorkel and dive in. 2. Try snorkeling in Molasses Reef. florida keys Make like the Beach Boys and head to Key Largo, where you can spot cool fish in North America’s only living coral reef. 3. Head to Mosquito Lagoon, formerly a prime viewing spot for space shuttle launches. mosquito lagoon florida 4. Drive over nothing but ocean on Florida’s 113-mile highway. the overseas highway Yes, you can get stuck in some traffic, but take a gander at those ocean views! 5. And check out some of the coolest graffiti street art while you’re in Miami. wynwood walls miami Basically the perfect minivan photo opp! 6. Soar into the sky in Pensacola. blue angels florida Watching the Blue Angels fly at breakneck speeds, incredibly low to the ground, ALL while upside down is something you’ll truly never forget. 7. Make like Cap’n Jack and set sail for Tortuga.  dry tortugas Dry Tortugas that is. You’ll have to use a pirate ship or plane to get to the islandsnestled just off the coast of Key West, which are the perfect spot for camping, snorkeling, or bird-watching. 8. Float on through Ichetucknee Springs. ichetucknee springs With super clear water and a pretty strong current, you don’t have to make any effort tubing or canoeing these waters. PERFECTION. 9. Stay in Mount Dora and paddle through Dora Canal. mount dora florida It’s the super cute Victorian town you never expected to see (or paddle through) in Florida. 10. Hang with some manatees in Crystal River.  crystal river florida If you’re looking to swim or snorkel with manatees, the only place in Florida to legally do so is Crystal River. Added bonus? It’s not Sea World. 11. Get your golf on in Fort Walton Beach.  fort walton beach Known for being “no fuss,” Fort Walton Beach has such pretty beaches, golf courses and emerald waters you’ll be left wondering where all the tourists are. 12. Hunt for treasure on the Space Coast. Read the rest of this entry →

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