Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Meeting Elsa & Ana from Disney's Frozen

Character meet & greets at Walt Disney World are wildly popular, but when Disney places a new character in the parks, getting to meet that character without a giant wait can take some serious thought and planning.

Such is the case with Disney's newest characters, Elsa and Ana from Disney's Frozen.  You can find Elsa and Ana in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT.

Disney allows guests to start lining up at park opening, generally 9 AM, and the meets start at 11 AM when the World Showcase officially opens.

Yes, people are happily waiting 2 hours to get a bit of face time with these two lovely ladies!

One thing many people may not know is that Disney is allowing one person to wait for the whole family.  That means one parent can take one for the team and stand in line, while the rest enjoy Soarin' or Test Track.  This is ideal if possible, but what if it's not?  Our suggestion is to head back right at park opening, or by 10:30 AM and your wait time should be manageable.  In the afternoon the wait time can soar up to four hours.

We've heard many rave reviews about the character interaction with Elsa and Ana and people say the wait is worth the time.

Thanks to MWT Agent Jeanne Simons for the advice and pictures!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Featured Agent: Jennifer Dowling

We are starting a new type of article on our blog where we feature one of our fantastic agents so you can get to know more about them!!  Feel free to post questions or comments on the blog for the agent!

Hi! I am Jen.

I have been an agent with Mouse World Travel for just under 3 years, and it was the best career move I ever made!

I am a mother of 3 children, 24, 21 and 8 years of age. I have been lucky enough to travel with all 3 of them to Disney at one point in time. My husband is a Dairy Farmer, which can make traveling a little tricky at times, but we try to find a way to get away when we can.

I took my first trip to Walt Disney World in 1974 when I was four years old. The park was still very new and I was very young, but I still have many vivid memories of that trip. I now have traveled to the "World" numerous times, with many more trips planned for the future.

I have also sailed with Disney Cruise Line for the first time in 2011. It was such an amazing trip, that I did 2 more cruises the next year! Cruising with Disney is great fun and I would love to help you plan your perfect cruise. 

I have eaten at many of the Walt Disney World Restaurants,--- experiencing most of the Character meals offered. I love staying on property at Pop Century Resort, though over the past few years I have branched out and tried many more resorts and I have a hard time picking my favorite. My youngest daughter enjoys all the large icons at Pop and the constant "Disney" feeling we get there. We also had a chance to stay at the New Art of Animation not long after it opened and it was so much fun!
Being a Mom of 3, I know how to plan a Disney vacation with a family in mind---especially traveling with young children and all the activities offered for them. I have also traveled to Walt Disney World with other adult friends and have taken a solo trip, so I know how touring plans change depending on who you travel with. I have a sailed on Disney Cruise Lines with an adults only group, as well as trips with children.

I have also sailed with Norwegian Cruise Lines twice. I am a big fan of their freestyle dining.

I am a Graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and attended the Disney Agent Education Program in 2011, which is held right at the Walt Disney World Resort for onsite training.
I am a Princess Cruise Line Commodore Graduate, a Norwegian Cruise Line Freestyle Advanced Specialist with Silver badge Certified Graduate, A Universal Specialist, A Sea World Parks and Entertainment Specialist, A Legoland Specialist, A Hotel Excellence by Marriott Graduate, an InterContinental Hotels Group Graduate, A Carnival Fun Seeker Specialist (working on advancing that degree) and Atlantis Specialist. I am currently working on my Royal Caribbean, Hilton, and Holland America Degrees. I am IATA certified and also working on my CLIA Certification.

I can also book anything that Expedia offers for you if you feel you can get a better deal through them.

I love planning trips. I will include in as much or as little of the planning as you choose. I also love to write about my trips and experiences. My blog, contains many pictures of Disney resorts and activities, as well as several of my most recent trip reports.
My facebook page is

I know the current deals and keep up with the most recent changes and Disney news.

Disney feels like "Home" to me! Let me help make it feel like your home too.
You can contact me at or 419-260-3510.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Two Disney Vacations in One!

Now you can enjoy a Disney Cruise and Walt Disney World® Resort stay – all in one vacation.

Package components include:
• 3-Night Disney Magic® sailings from Jan. 17 – Feb. 7, 2014
• 3-Night resort stay at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (other Resorts are bookable but will affect the price per person)
• 3-Day Park Hopper® Theme Park Ticket
• Transfers between Orlando International Airport, Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line® terminal

Packages start at $789 per person for a family of 4 (total package price $3,156).

To book this offer contact us by Dec. 31, 2013!

Additional Details:
• Offer valid for most Disney Magic 3-Night sailings, category 11B Stateroom, Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, 2014 and for most nights Jan. 17 to Feb 10, 2014 at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort in a standard room
• The number of staterooms and rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
• Cruise fare excludes Government Taxes and Fees of approximately $63 per person (subject to change), Gratuities and Port Adventures.
• Price based on 2 adults and 2 children ages 3-9.
• Theme Park tickets must be used within 14 Days from first use.
• No group rates or other discounts apply.
• Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Disney's Earmarked Conference 2013

Mouse World Travel owner, Michelle Adams, and manager/agent Brook Wozniak, recently attended Disney's Earmarked Conference held at Walt Disney World from September 16 to 19, 2013.  During this conference they were able to hear from and speak with Disney Executives and use Disney's newest tech, MyMagic+ and the MagicBands first-hand.

If you haven't yet heard of MyMagic+ or MagicBands, the bulk of this technology allows you to make FastPass reservations from home without having to dart to the rides first thing in the morning to obtain FastPasses.  The MagicBands are a colorful wristband that basically replace the blue Key to the World card and hold all the data for your reservations.  The MyDisneyExperience website and smartphone app let you create, see, and make changes to all your plans and reservations.

Follow me, Brook, along in this blog for a recap of the conference!

September 16 - Check-in to the conference
This day was a 'free day' and not an actual conference day, there were some optional resort tours scheduled and check-in was being held all day at the Contemporary Resort Convention Center and then you were free to enjoy the resort and/or the parks.

The conference center was decorated with large banners in the conference theme "Mission: Incredible"
Conference goodies - bag with water bottle, lanyard with credentials, PhotoPass+ CD, notebook with pen, and an "I am Incredible" t-shirt

We also received some 'bling' for our MagicBands:

The top two items on the Band are called Sliders, the Mickey Incredible Slider was for the conference, the other was given to guests at check-in.  The bottom item is called a Bandit and is much like Jibbetz for Crocs, they just pop right into the holes on the Band. This was for conference attendees. You can purchase Sliders and Banditz and more in all the resort gift shops that are participating in the MagicBand testing and in the World of Disney in Downtown Disney.
After relaxing in the room for a bit, I ran off to the Magic Kingdom for a quick lunch at Casey's Corner (anyone who knows me knows I cannot resist those Corn Dog Nuggets!) and for a spin around Tomorrowland on the Peoplemover.  Later I joined up with Michelle for some time at Epcot.  We walked around the World Showcase, sipped on American Dreams (have you had that delicious treat?) and enjoyed the American Adventure and Living with the Land.

I stayed in the park for a while longer to ride Soarin' while Michelle returned to the hotel.  Later that evening Michelle, her husband, and I all stuffed ourselves silly at Whispering Canyon Cafe.  All in all, a fun day at Walt Disney World and we were both very excited for the conference to begin!

September 17 - the conference begins!
In true Disney fashion the conference began with entertainment!  The theme was Mission: Incredible and we were all "Super Agents".

Mr & Mrs Incredible along with Ivanna Dream

Today we heard from many Disney executives, Ed Fouché, Senior Vice President, Travel Industry Sales, Americas and Craig Parsons, Vice President, Travel Agency Sales and National Accounts welcomed us.

We covered the 2014 campaign, of which we were told was TOP SECRET and was just launched yesterday!  The ads are very fun (check one out here: and Disney has some great interactive elements in store for the rest of the year.

Nick Franklin, Executive Vice President, Next Generation Experience spoke about how MyMagic+ works, the goals, and partnering with us as travel agents in using this new technology.  He also reviewed some interesting statistics showing that Walt Disney World guests that have booked through a  travel agent are prepared upon arrival with their MagicBands customized and their FastPasses selected.  Versus guests who book on their own generally not being aware of MyMagic+.  Nick Franklin also gave us a peek into what is coming down the line with MyMagic+, but again - we were asked to keep quiet about this!  One very important piece is that the MyMagic+ test will be expanded to all Walt Disney World Resorts in October.

After lunch we were let loose in the parks to test and explore MyMagic+ and the MagicBands.  Since both Michelle and I had used them the previous day (and Michelle for a few days prior as well), we were pros by now!  We easily made on the fly changes to our FastPasses both online and on the MyDisneyExperience app and highly enjoyed our time in the Magic Kingdom.  That evening we attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Hilarious entertainer at the Haunted Mansion during Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party
HalloWishes - the unique fireworks show for the Halloween Party
September 18 - full conference day
The next day started bright and early.  After breakfast we almost immediately went into breakout sessions.

My favorite of the three breakout sessions was "Building 21st Century Relationships" by Terry Jones.  Terry Jones created Travelocity and Kyak.  He prepped us by telling us he knows we despise him.  Ha!  However, Terry is one very, very smart man.  His session was motivating, full of great ideas and it ended with him giving each of us a copy of his book On Innovation.  He also explained that he uses travel agents!  And his daughter IS a travel agent!  He loves to use a travel agent, a specialist, a destination pro, for many of his trips because they know tips and hints that would take him mounds of research to learn.  He cheered us on and was incredibly encouraging.

One session was also focused on MyMagic+.  This covered a few items coming down the line, including a booklet that will be sent to guests and the new "Thank You" postcards Disney will be sending that will interact with your smartphone/tablet.  Very cool.

I was able to sneak in a few "hot" questions about MyMagic+ after this session and while I did get a deeper understanding of things, quite a few things were still in testing and being worked on at this point.  However, if you are one who has encountered problems, be assured Disney is still working on the MyMagic+ program and making many, many tweaks.  We are all learning as we are going.  Your travel agent at Mouse World Travel is here to assist you every step of the way!  We are all plugged in to the latest news regarding MyMagic+ and working with the technology to make the best possible experience for your vacation!

After the breakout sessions we moved back into the main conference room for a review on Disney Cruise Line and the Disneyland Resort.  And our last session was “Disney Parks: A Look Ahead" with Scott Trowbridge, Vice President Research & Development, Walt Disney Imagineering.  This session was fantastic - it was so much fun to see what Disney has in store and get a peek into their ideas!  The conference ended with 600 travel agents donning "Glow with the Show Ears" and them dancing away to the music.  Unfortunately Fantasmic! wasn't quite ready to have the Ears (debuts on October 15), but it was still a thrill to experience it for a few moments!

That evening Disney took us to Hollywood Studios for a closing event.  We had dinner with a DJ on the set of Lights! Motors! Action! followed by dessert on the Streets of America with the Pointer Sisters live!  And they finished the conference with a bang with a personal fireworks show over Mickey's Sorcerer Hat at the front of the park.

All in all, it was a very fun conference.  We learned, we networked, we were encouraged.  Disney has a lot in store for us that will change how we work with our clients, and how we tour the parks; however, we are excited for this change and face it head-on.

Both Michelle and I found the MagicBands to be an excellent tool!  We were able to make and adjust our FastPasses on the fly using both the website and the smartphone app.  There are still a few kinks to be worked out; however, we are both confident this will greatly enhance your next next Walt Disney World vacation.  For a couple days after the conference I spent time with my family and it was pure bliss not having to run for FastPasses, we slept in and strolled through the park knowing we already had reservations for our favorite rides.

Leave a comment below or contact your Mouse World Travel Agent if you have any questions, otherwise stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on MyMagic+!

Michelle & Brook enjoying the conference

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Aulani, Disney's Hawaii'an Paradise

Disney’s Aulani resort is like a Hawaiian tropical paradise nestled amongst the ocean and beautiful sand beaches on the island of Oahu. Disney truly has given this resort its own special touches of magic and beauty that it is known for worldwide.

This resort can be for everyone, Disney lovers and Hawaii lovers alike. It is a special bonus if you are like myself and prefer both. If you look hard enough, there are touches of Disney whimsy everywhere you look, but not so much to be overbearing or obvious to those who aren’t seeking it. That is one of the benefits to staying at a Disney resort, the special touches, magic and service standards that only Disney can provide, with a location that can give everyone chances for many other non-Disney things that Hawaii has to experience. We originally had a split stay planned, with 4 nights at Aulani and 2 nights at a resort along the Waikiki beach. We cancelled the 2 nights at Waikiki and just stayed at Aulani all week and making it our home base. Even while there, we found ourselves mostly wanting to stay put at this Hawaiian paradise, not wanting to venture out into traffic and crowds, just to enjoy our own little piece of heaven. With SO many activities for all ages to do, it makes it very hard to have TIME to go and do anything else while staying at Aulani. I am a true believer now and huge fan of Aulani! It is now my favorite destination to vacation to.

Here is my top ten list of activities and experiences at Aulani that I personally LOVED: (There are so many other activities to do while there, but these were the ones that I was the most surprised with and exceeded my expectations.) All the pictures in this article do NOT do justice to the resort and surroundings in real life, but I tried to capture them the best I could.

1.     The Starlit Hui:
This night time entertainment show is FREE and available to all registered resort guests. It is only offered on certain nights of the week depending on the season. It was such a pleasant experience and much better than I was expecting. The music, the dancing, the storytelling was all out of Hawaiian stories and folklore.
A pre-show features traditional Hawaiian games as well as local artisans teaching and exhibiting popular Hawaiian crafts. I was also happy that all the females in the show were dressed modestly. The characters come out at the end and are available for pictures.

You can watch it HERE:

2.     The Rainbow Reef:
This snorkeling lagoon is located right in the middle of Aulani and is the only private snorkel lagoon in Oahu. It does cost for the entrance fee, but your snorkel equipment can be used for the rest of the day at the beach and reefs nearby Aulani as well. At first look, I thought the lagoon was MUCH smaller than I had thought and even thought it was lame because of its size. We had rented snorkel equipment for the day and thought we would give it a try since it was included. There are never many people in it and we had the wide array of fish almost to ourselves. Once inside, the lagoon didn’t seem so small at all and was rather breathtaking. It had the best array of fish that I have ever seen or snorkeled with. Some were quite large and were everywhere! It was clean, clear and beautiful. This lagoon is meant to be a safe environment where there are no waves or currents to hinder the snorkeling experience, or great for beginners or children. While I was there, I even was able to take part of an experiment they were doing by training the fish by feeding them. It was very neat and something that I never would have been able to do anywhere else. It definitely exceeded my expectations and was such a pleasant surprise.


3.     Aunty’s Beach House and activities for kids:
Aunty’s Beach House is a fabulous Kids’ Club that is available to children ages 3-12. What a beautiful, themed space for the kids, and it is complimentary for registered resort guests! This surprised me, I thought it would cost money like at the theme park resorts. It has a lot of activities for kids to do (like on Disney cruises) from computer consoles, to dress up areas, large craft rooms, age appropriate spaces and TV/Movie room. It looks like you stepped into someone’s private beach house! It has everything for younger guests to explore Hawaiian culture, art and music through complimentary activities and Premium Experiences (which may include a fee)

4.     Snorkeling along their own beach and reefs:
We looked up the best snorkeling spots on Oahu and several of the top 10 happened to be right in Aulani’s own backyard! Aulani’s own beach has rock reefs that have angel fish, parrot fish, sergeant fish and a resident sea turtle that seems to stay in the area. There are other reefs that are next door to Aulani and easy to walk to that have a lot of wildlife as well. Some of the areas are quite shallow with jagged rocks that can be easy to cut yourself on. It was definitely better than we thought it would be at first glance since it was just off of a beach, but once near the rocks, there were a lot of things to see! (They do have the areas where the currents are strong roped off for safety.)

5.     Lei greeting and outside refreshment stand:
Right when you arrive at the Aulani resort, you are welcomed with fruit infused ice water (look close for the hidden Mickey’s!) and a resort welcome guide waiting for you with a friendly greeting and flower and shell leis. They take you on a brief tour in the lobby pointing out where things are and activities that can be done. It just builds the excitement!!

6.     The Waikolohe Valley: This is the large area in between the 2 resort towers that has all the water fun! Water slides, a lazy river, The Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, pools, winding streams, interactive play areas, this is where it’s at! The water slides were so much fun! In Waikolohe Valley, 2 unique waterslides offer thrills galore:

Volcanic Vertical: An enclosed, extreme body slide that plunges you into Waikolohe Pool.
Tubestone Curl: An open-air twisting and turning tube adventure with single and double tubes that eventually launches you into Waikolohe Stream.

I was scared to try the Volcanic Vertical slide because I knew I would suddenly get fast water gushed up my nose, but when they told me that even little kids go down it and loved it, I figured that I better at least try it once. It actually wasn’t that bad and I went many times. As long as I was prepared and plugged my nose and braced myself as soon as I started seeing daylight, I was fine.


The Tubestone Curl was always lots of fun, but tended to have a longer line, unless earlier in the morning close to when it opened. (The rafts can also be all gone in the busiest times of the day.) My biggest pleasure was the Waikolohe Stream lazy river that ran all around the valley and along beautiful Hawaiian landscapes. It was calm, it was peaceful, it was relaxing. We mostly went in the mornings when hardly anyone would be in it. There were caverns to go through with waterfalls, there were winding curves and stone bridges, it was all just immensely beautiful. When I left, I had the hardest time leaving my Waikolohe valley, especially the Waikolohe Stream lazy river.


And don’t forget the Menehune Bridge where little ones will love this interactive play area that features 3 slides, a play structure and more!
Guests will need to get a new wrist band that is issued in a different color every day of their stay to get into this fun filled Waikolohe Valley. It also includes all the usage of chair and umbrellas in the pool area and down at the beach. This is also where towels are picked up.

7.     The shaved ice shack!! Yummmm!
By Mama’s snack shop, there is the Papalua Shaved Ice stand that sells the most delicious shaved ice! You can order one in 4  different ways and each one can be with up to 3 flavors. You can get a regular shaved ice, a shaved ice with ice cream in the bottom, or MY favorite, shaved ice with condensed milk poured all on top. Or you can get one with everything--- ice cream in the bottom AND condensed milk on top. When I got my first one, I didn’t know I ordered it with condensed milk on top, I thought it would just have the ice cream in the bottom. I wasn’t happy when they started pouring stuff on top of it, but I decided to try it and then I never got another one without. What a difference it makes!! These combinations range from $3.75 and up. Yummy!!


8.     The music:
One of the things that I noticed and loved as soon as I stepped into the beautiful and stunning Maka’ala Lobby, was the music! It was specially written and recorded for the resort by one of Hawaii’s most popular singers and songwriters, Keali‘i Reichel, and Grammy Award-winning composer Mark Mancina. This music is used in the main Maka’ala lobby and all throughout the resort. The resort even had Disney classic songs sung in Hawaiian (even in the elevators!!). It really added to the experience for me.


9.     The Iwa Vacation Daily Planner:
With so much to see and do in a day, there has to be a convenient way for guests to have access to all of it. This where the Iwa daily planner comes into use. These are available every day down at the towel and wristband station where guests have to go and get a new wristband every day. They have them available for free for anyone that wants one. Sometimes due to the wind, they have them put away where they won’t get blown away and guests have to ask for one.


10.  Hunting for Menehune!
One of the best activities to do for kids or adults, is keeping an eye out for all the hidden Menehune (think hidden Mickeys) throughout the resort.

These Menehune are legendary in Hawaii as tiny little mischief makers that stay up all night building great inventions and then during the day, they sleep. They tend to cause a little havoc as well… Lose your keys? It’s the Menehune. Misplace something important? The Menehune. So take time for the Menehune hunt to try and find as many as you can. They say there are more than 200, and you might be surprised at where you might find them!!

Things to be prepared for:

1.     The cost of parking:
Guests pay through the nose for parking anywhere in Hawaii and especially in resorts near the beaches. Aulani guests who are not DVC members will pay $35.00 per night in parking fees! It is still worth it to have a car though. The price is the same for both self-park, or valet, so we figured we would just do valet. But be prepared for this huge fee in your vacation budget.

2.     The cost of food:
All of Aulani’s food is very expensive! We usually either shared food, or ordered the kids meals. We found a lot of inexpensive places to eat across the street, and also down the road in a new shopping area. They have Target, Denny’s, and many other more places that people can take advantage of cheaper places to eat.

3.     Hawaii can be windy, like MOST of the time:
It was nice and warm, but also annoyingly windy for most of the time we were in Hawaii. Some water sports and attrations (like Pearl Harbor’s Arizona Memorial) can be closed for days due to the winds.

4.     Traffic into Honolulu can be a beast no matter what time of day.
Every time we tried to venture into Waikiki or any other tourist attrations in Oahu, we had to deal with awful traffic on the freeway. No matter what time it was, it was always bumper to bumper, and at times, stop and go traffic. Every time we tried to venture into Waikiki beach or Pearl Harbor or anywhere else Oahu had to offer, we wished we would have just stayed at the resort because the traffic was so bad….. The locals tell us that it is like that all the time no matter what day, and no matter what time.

All in all, this was a fabulous trip filled with wonderful surprises in such a beautiful atmosphere. For me, having the combination of Disney quality and attention to detail combined with the beaches, ocean, and relaxing tropical beauty of Hawaii, it is a perfect fit for me and my family. We will be back soon!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Special Events

Phone lines will open at 7 a.m. Eastern on August. 13 to book reservations for premium events for the 18th annual Epcot®International Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 27-Nov. 11, at the Walt Disney World® Resort!

From the over-the-top Party for the Senses grand tasting experience on select Saturday nights to a new taste of Scottish cuisine, there are lots of opportunities. Price per ticket:
  • New Scotland, Land of Food And Drink (Sept. 28), $95 or $115
  • New Spirits Confidential (Nov. 1), $80 or $95
  • New Parisian Breakfast (Saturdays), $37
  • New Hibachi Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5), $120
  • “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (Oct. 4, 11 and 25), $55 or $90
  • Epcot Wine Schools (Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 3), $135 per person
  • Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (more than 25 dinners throughout the festival; prices vary)
  • Mixology Series: Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French (Saturdays), $65
  • Kitchen Memories (Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8), from $110-$170
  • Cheese Seminars (Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9), $80
  • Party for the Senses (Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2), $145, $180 or $285
  • Food & Wine Pairings (Tuesdays, Thursdays), $55
  • Sweet Sundays (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10), $99
  • The Discovery of Chocolate (Oct. 13 and 27), $75

Additional events include Italian and French pairings and lunches, and a Mexican tequila lunch. You can book special festival experiences including daily Culinary Demonstrations ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15) and Wine, Beer or Spirit Seminars ($14). Inside-the-park festival dining experiences, as well as culinary and beverage programs, require Park admission.

Contact Mouse World Travel today for more information if you are interested in booking any of these wonderful events!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

While Mouse World Travel is a Disney focused travel agency, we also like to highlight other vacation destinations.  Today we bring you an overview of Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

I was lucky enough to make a trip to Williamsburg, VA this past spring. When planning this trip I knew I needed to visit Busch Gardens as well as learning the history of our country at Colonial Williamsburg.
Busch Gardens is not open year round and in the Spring it has limited hours due to the weather. For our trip, it was mainly open on weekends, so we chose our first full day of the trip, a Sunday, to head over to the park and check it out.

This park is beautiful. They had flowers blooming all over, and coming from Ohio, it was a nice sight for eyes that had seen so much brown (& white) for the last few months!

We tried to explore as much of the park as possible. The park is divided into different countries. My thought was it would be like Epcot, but it really isn't. The countries are much bigger in size, though I did not think many offered much of the actual culture from it's homeland. Each country did have rides with names themed to the country, but not really having anything to do with the country itself.

Sadly we did not ride many rides. This park is not for the faint of heart. It is roller coaster city. If you love roller coasters, this is the place for you! They had several to choose from. 

For the little ones they had a very popular area called "Sesame Street Forest of Fun". For those who are not wild at heart, or little in age and size, there isn't a lot left to ride. This was my biggest complaint about the park. We just don't care for coasters, so most of our day was spent exploring the countries. Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed doing that, but it would've been nice to have a few more ride options as well.

We did watch a few shows. The one in Germany in the Festhuas was a pretty corny take on the Snow White story, but my daughter who is 8, just loved it.

We also watched an animal show, but honestly compared to it's sister parks in Orlando, this show was very lacking. Don't expect to see lot of animals at this version of Busch Gardens.

A highlight for my daughter was painting pottery in France. The price was reasonable. She was able to pick out a piece to paint and then they would glaze and fire it for her and it was sent to our home address. It arrived less than 2 weeks after she painted it.

Another highlight were the Black Clydesdales. These animals are just beautiful to watch. We were lucky enough to see a young one out training in the afternoon.

We enjoyed our day at Busch Gardens and I am glad we had the opportunity to see this park. If you love wild rides and coasters, this is a must do park for you. If you are expecting more Disney type rides, you will be disappointed in that respect. Be prepared for a lot of walking as well. The park is built on very hilly land. There was a lot of going up and down for us, which we didn't mind, but for some it could be an issue.

If you are interested in going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, contact your Mouse World Travel Agent for tickets and accommodations. 1 day tickets are $70 for adults and $60 for children.

by Jennifer Dowling