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Abacoa: Close to Disney World!


One of the major benefits of living in an Abacoa neighborhood, such as Mallory Creek, is that you are located so close to a ton of amazing theme parks! A renowned favorite, of course, is Disney World, just about two-and-a-half-hour drive away in Orlando.

How To Make The Most Of Your Disney Trip

One of the first things to keep in mind to ensure that your Disney trip is the best it can be? Make hotel, dining, and Fast Pass reservations as early as you can (180 days minimum, to ensure availability). If you wait until the last second, many of the more popular attractions – Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Toy Story, Peter Pan, Meet Elsa and Anna, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest, etc. – have already sold out. But fear not. If you can’t get a dining reservation or fast pass to your favorite ride, many options tend to become available the day before. This is because, in the case of dining reservations, there is a 24-hour cancellation policy, which charges you $10/guest for no-shows. The best thing to do is download your My Disney Experience App and keep an eye on the Fastpass/Dining tabs, especially a day or two before your trip. Literally, openings pop up all the time.

Once you make your ticket order and/or hotel reservations, you’ll get an e-mail from Disney asking you to name each of the people in your party and to assign a wrist band to each. This wrist band will serve as your room key, credit card, ticket to the park(s), and fast pass entry. Usually, it shows up a couple weeks prior to your trip, and it sure does make life at Disney World a lot easier.

What Are The Best Disney World Rides For Young Kids?

For those of you with preschool or elementary school children, there are so many rides and attractions that are perfect for that age group. Enchanted Tales with Belle is a must. This is one of the newer attractions, ever since Disney opened up New Fantasy Land, located right behind “old” Fantasy Land, just opposite the new Seven Dwarves Mine Train. Enchanted Tales is not a ride; it’s an experience. First, you’re taken into “Maurice’s Workshop”, where all his inventions are hanging to and fro. Then you’re magically transported back to the time Belle and Beast fell in love. It’s here that you discover, with the help of the magical talking dresser, that you’re going to help reenact Belle’s story and this will be done by assigning parts to the little ones. Each child is assigned a part to play, including the Beast, Phillip the horse, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and more. Next you’re taken into a room with Lumiere himself, who then calls Belle in, dressed beautifully in her signature golden ball gown. Each child then takes a turn interacting with Belle, going through all the key scenes from Beauty and the Beast. Afterwards, pictures with each child are taken, Belle gives a bookmark to everyone, and then off she goes to dance with the Beast. If you have a fan of Belle, this is the best place to meet her, and the kids love it. The line usually isn’t terribly long, either.

Another great ride to visit with young ones is Dumbo. But don’t be deterred by the long wait. Disney has really put their heads together on this one because part of the wait involves letting your children play in an air-conditioned indoor playground. You’re given a buzzer, much like you would at a restaurant, and are buzzed when it’s your turn to ride Dumbo. In the meantime, the playground is huge, with so many things to do and different sections for different age groups. It’s a great place to take a breather, cool off, and give your legs a break.

The Peter Pan ride has been around forever, but yet it remains a timeless favorite amongst the little ones. This is one of the rides where a fast pass is required, unless you want to wait upwards of 60 minutes. On this attraction, you’re seated in flying ships and get to travel around the different scenes from Peter Pan. We start in Wendy, John, and Michael’s home, then fly off to Neverland with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. Next it’s off to Mermaid Lagoon, followed by an encounter with none other than Captain Hook and Mister Smee (and, don’t forget, the Tick Tok Crok). Watch as Peter Pan overtakes the pirates yet again, saving Wendy and the boys and flying everyone back home. This was my six-year-old’s favorite ride, and I wished I had more fastpasses for it during our stay.

Next, of course, there is Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid in New Fantasy Land. This ride is very much like the Peter Pan ride, only instead of a flying pirate ship, you sit in a large clam and travel through the different scenes of the Little Mermaid. The ride starts with Scuttle off to the side, who says he’ll tell you Ariel’s tale. Then you’re sent under the sea into Ariel’s world, where you’ll watch favorite songs come to life, such as Part of Your World, Under the Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls, and Kiss the Girl. As this is one of the newer rides at Disney, the animatronics are really wonderful and realistic to watch. Our three-year-old’s favorite part is, of course, Under the Sea, which features Sebastian and a large room filled with singing and dancing brightly colored fish. The end scene, after The Sea Witch is defeated, is especially spectacular, with King Triton sending bursts of fireworks into the sky as Ariel and Eric wave goodbye from their wedding ship. For Little Mermaid fans, it’s definitely a must-see. And don’t forget to visit Ariel’s Grotto afterwards, just to the left of the ride, where you can meet Ariel herself in a cavern-like area.

Disney World Is A Short Drive From Your Doorstep

To sum it up, living in a Mallory Creek home in Abacoa affords the opportunity to be in “the most magical place on Earth” in only two-and-a-half hours. This is one of the major draws to our beautiful area, because what better way to spend a day, summer, spring, or even Christmas break than at Disney World? And, since Jupiter is so close, many residents opt for the annual pass, which enables you to visit Disney an unlimited number of times throughout the year.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 561-307-3860!