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I’ve taken my family to Disney World 3 times already so this last trip I decided we will try the value resort and take the low budget approach.  I was a little worried because we’ve always stayed in the other categories (moderate, deluxe, and villa) so a value resort was going to be out of my comfort zone. CHOICE 1: ACCOMMODATION I chose Disney’s All-Star Movies resort which is the sister resort to All-Star Music and All-Star Sports.  When booking a value resort […] Continue reading →

Located inside the Magic Kingdom and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. Characters include Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeoyre and you can see all 4 within the 50-60 minutes it takes to eat your meal. Best thing about this meal is if you book before the park opens then you are allowed inside the Magic Kingdom before the rest of the guests. You usually need to enter on the left side and show your ADR # to the cast member. Once inside you can’t linger or wander but you can […] Continue reading →

1. Snacks Food is really expensive at Disney do anytime you can save money is good. I usually bring packets of Doritos, fruit snacks, etc for my kids and in an effort to be more healthy I’m going to bring Triscuits, string cheese, and these new cheese/nut snack packs.   2. Juice boxes and waters Any time you are at Disney you need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  I always bring reusable water bottles but my kids love a juice box with meals and I love a bottled water. I’ll […] Continue reading →

So, the kids are out of school, you’re heading to Disney World, and now you need to know what to bring.  Here is a guide to my favorite essentials to help survive a summer (or anytime it’s HOT) trip to Disney World.  All these items can be found at any sports store (I found all of them at Academy Sports) and will be cheaper than buying them when you get to Disney. Sunscreen The sun is bright and powerful and you don’t want to ruin your trip with a sunburn.  I love the […] Continue reading →

We all know that planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be stressful if you want to make the most of your time and money. Here are my top 10 planning tips that will build a solid foundation for your upcoming trip. 1.  Plan ahead.  Book your dining reservations 180 days in advance and your fast passes 60 days in advance if staying in a Disney resort and 30 days if staying off-site. So many of the best character meals and newer restaurants book up within minutes 180 days out so be […] Continue reading →

Now that Walt Disney World has instituted the new Fast Pass+ reservation system, what does that mean for you?  Well, it means you need to plan a little more before your trip.  If you’re staying on property then you can arrange yours starting at midnight EST 60 days prior to your arrival date and 30 days if you’re staying off property.  First you’ll need to set up your My Disney Experience account. Here are my tips and tricks for navigating the new system and what you […] Continue reading →

I recently booked a family traveling to Disney World during Spring Break week which also happened to be the week prior to Easter.  According to my sources the crowds were going to be crazy that week.  So, what do you do?  If you must go, then you need to be prepared. Here are a few tips to help in your planning: Decide what is more important to your group; sleeping in or riding rides.  If your idea of a vacation is sleeping in then you need to be prepared to wait in line or choose less […] Continue reading →

One of the biggest debates while planning a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort after you have decided when to go, where to stay, where to eat, and which tickets you are purchasing is do you bring your stroller from home or rent one there.  There are so many different scenarios that the answer really depends on your family situation. First of all, what are my options?  Of course you can bring your own stroller, rent one from Disney while you are in the parks, and then you can rent one from […] Continue reading →

So you have decided to take your family to Walt Disney World® Resort but have no idea where to start. What do you do? First you need to find a travel advisor who specializes in Disney vacations (McAlpin Travel !!!).  Before you meet with me, you need to ask yourself a few questions. 1. When can we go? Check your work and school calendars, decide if you want to be there in the heat of the summer or when it is a little bit cooler. I can help you decide when the best time to go is based on […] Continue reading →