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NEWS: Disney World Announces Plans to Makeover Iconic Entrance Signs

Now that Cinderella Castle’s Royal Makeover is complete, Walt Disney World is moving on to sprucing up the iconic welcome signs at the entrances. Learn more about these upgrades below!


Here are the details from Disney Cast Member Jeremy Schoolfield:

“Are we there yet?”

If you’ve ever traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with children – or maybe even adults! – I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase once or a hundred times. Everyone’s just so excited to experience their favorite attraction or grab their best bite to eat, the trip can feel like it takes FOREVER.

When you stop and think about it for a moment, though, the very first bit of magic you experience is actually driving underneath the Walt Disney World gateways – those grand arches stretching over the roadways that tell you, yes, you’ve finally arrived at The Most Magical Place on Earth. You are here!

Credit: Disney

Starting today, these gateways to a Disney vacation are about to get some pixie dust as we begin to adorn them with a new color palette that complements the recent royal makeover of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park (see below). The rendering above gives you a first glimpse at what the entrances will look like when they’re finished; in addition, you’ll see these colors appear on the Magic Kingdom Park Auto Plaza as we bring a new shimmer to that iconic entryway.

These refreshed gateways will continue to set the tone for all the stories you’ll tell and the memories you’ll cherish long after your visit. They’re also part of the broad tapestry of new experiences happening across Walt Disney World as part of the resort’s historic transformation that includes expansive themed lands like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, new attractions like Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and new places to stay like Disney’s Riviera Resort.


RELATED ARTICLE: 8 Reasons to Take A Long Trip to Walt Disney World

by Christy Caby

Our favorite way to vacation to Walt Disney World is to go for at least 9 days or longer.  It may seem like a really long vacation and like a lot of vacation time used for one trip, but it is so worth it!  Even if that would mean we could only go every other year, we would always prefer the longer trip based on the quality of the vacation that we get!  Here are 8 reasons to take a long trip to Walt Disney World:


8 – You’ve already paid for the travel.

You will have already paid for and done the hassle of traveling to Walt Disney World, no matter how long you stay. You will get the most bang for your buck on the travel if you take a really long trip. If you can work the extra days of accommodations, food, and entertainment into your budget, it could be well worth it. You might as well, right?

7 – You have time to hit the water parks.

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, the water parks remain closed. One of them is scheduled to reopen on March 7, 2021.

The water parks are often forgotten or not prioritized with the four major theme parks stealing the show. This is definitely understandable on a shorter trip, but if you stay longer, you can fit them in. The water parks are not just any water park. They are perfectly themed and contain some of the fastest and most thrilling water attractions. The water parks are a great way to beat the summer heat, too!

6 – You can purchase an annual pass.

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, new annual pass ticket sales are temporarily suspended. 

The longer that you stay, the more that it may be more cost-effective for you to purchase an annual pass. With an annual pass, you also receive discounts on resort packages, food, merchandise, recreation activities, tours, special events, etc. This can help save you additional funds and help to justify the costs of a longer stay. Not only that, if you time your vacations just right within the one year, you may be able to use your passes for many holidays, thus saving you even more money on park tickets. You definitely want to weigh out all of these options.

5 – Try out recreation activities.

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, recreational activities may be modified or temporarily suspended. 

It is hard to justify spending time trying out the various recreational activities at Walt Disney World if you don’t have very long to enjoy the parks. There is so much to do on property, and it all feels so much more magical at Walt Disney World. You can go and visit the horses for a carriage ride, go out on the water for fishing and other activities, rent a surrey bike and go for a ride, etc. It breaks up the busy activities of the parks and allows you to relax more on vacation. You will love getting to work in more relaxing activities. It will feel more like a real vacation.


4 – Take time for a pool day (or two).

I can’t stress this enough. Making sure to get at least one pool day in your vacation is essential. You get downtime at the resort, you can enjoy all of the activities that the resort has to offer and you can unwind and recuperate after all of the walking you will be doing in the parks. It is so much more difficult to talk yourself into this if you are only there for a week or less, but with longer stays, you can easily justify taking time for this much-needed relaxation. You deserve it!

3 – Take a self-guided tour of the resorts.

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, tours are temporarily suspended. 

All of the resorts at Walt Disney World are amazing. While the theme parks steal the show and definitely become the first priority for most guests, planning enough time to take a self-guided tour of the resorts at Walt Disney World Resort is well worth it. Transportation is easy to navigate if you don’t have a car. Anyone can visit the resorts and attend the special events and activities that the resorts hold each day. This is well worth a half-day or even a day of your vacation!

Chip n Dale’s Campfire and Sing-a-long at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

2 – Visit other areas around Orlando/Florida without feeling like you won’t get to see everything you want.

There really is a lot to do in Orlando. While I am a huge Disney junkie and have a hard time convincing myself to leave property, if you have members of your party that are interested in visiting some of the other theme parks and attractions in the area, then you will definitely want more time to do that. There is so much to do see and do that you would have a hard time fitting in very many Disney and non-Disney activities into a shorter vacation.

1 – You can slow down a little bit.

This is one of our favorite reasons to take an extended vacation! We love that we don’t have to feel rushed or that we only get to visit a particular park one time on our trip. We typically work in at least two visits to a specific park, even if only for a half-day or evening alone. This helps us feel less pressured to fit it all in on that day. It gives us more flexibility in our planning and feels like we have a little bit of room to breathe and take in all of the few moments.

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About Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!