Mornings With Gina Birch

Thanks to Walt Disney World Resorts for inviting me to broadcast live on site.  They provided me with accommodations, park passes and dining cards during the broadcast.

One of the many cool things about my job at Sunny 106.3 is broadcasting from remote locations. Last week it was at Walt Disney World Resorts. The Disney folks turned a ballroom in the Contemporary Hotel’s convention center into a massive broadcast center with stations from all around the country lining the floor’s perimeter. Each day featured new displays, characters and more. You have to check out this character video and turn the sound on if you can. There is alot going on at Disney, more than I realized or knew about until now. Here are some of the cool things from Disney that I discovered while broadcasting with Sunny 106.3.

Thrilling rides top the list of cool things from Disney

I remember when Space Mountain was the hottest roller coaster in the nation. Its twists and turns in the dark leaving you full of anticipation and surprises. This time I rode Tron and thought I had lost my mind. I could barely open my eyes at one point because it was moving so fast and with a crazy G-Force. Consider investing in Lighting Lane passes to bypass some of the lines.

In Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance was perhaps the best ride experience I’ve ever had. The attention to detail and the journey it takes you on is impressive even if you are not a Star Wars fan. Finally, there is Avatar Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom. You hop on a banshee simulator and soar through the Valley of Mo’ara in Pandora, It’s gorgeous and exhilarating.

Elevated dining options

When you go to theme parks you expect burgers, fries and pizza all of which are available. However, there are some fantastic restaurants in the hotels as well as the theme parks. Cick here for a video from Tiffins in Animal Kingdom. It is best if you can make a reservation although there are walk up opportunities. Check out a few photos here.

Cool Disney resorts

There are so many amazing resorts on property. For this broadcast, Disney provided accommodations at BoardWalk Inn. The location is ideal for visiting Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It took about 10 minutes to walk to Epcot and the studios were a short boat ride from the hotel dock. The boardwalk itself was lined with restaurants, bars, clubs, games and more. It was a gorgeous hotel with carousel pool bar and lots of activities at night.

We did a monorail bar crawl checking out the newly redesigned Polynesian Resort along with the Contemporary and Grand Floridian. In addition, we tried the same thing riding the Skyliner. It took us to Art of Animation which was fun and carefree and the Riviera which was posh and beautiful. Each resort has a theme that carries through to every little detail. When you stay on property you get park entry 30 minutes early. Here are a few photos.

Cool ways to save money

We live so close to Disney and there is more to see and do than you can possibly knock out in just one weekend. New Florida residents deals available now offer significant savings. Then there is the Annual Pass program. There are four options and each grants discounts on things such as merchandise and dining, in addition to other perks. It covers parking too.

Healthcare help

I know people who have special healthcare needs that often keep them from traveling. Disney now has a partnership with AdventHealth to take care of you if you are sick or injured while you are visiting. But even better, they can arrange services for you in advance, say if you need oxygen in your hotel room. There is even an ER which has a water theme complete with soothing sounds and light to keep you calm. Would you expect anything less?

Here are a few more photos of cool things from Disney. And be sure to follow Sunny 106.3 as well as Gina Birch on Instagram and Facebook for even more.

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