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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 →

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 →

The week of Memorial Day I took my family to Walt Disney World for the third time.  My boys are now 5 and 7 so we tried a different approach to this trip.  Usually I try to cram as many days in the parks as possible but for a 6 night stay we only went to the park 4 days but this time with a park-hopper.  We also tried new adventures on our “off day”. We stayed at the Beach Club Villas in a 1 bedroom villa which was the perfect accommodation for us. The kids had their own TV […] Continue reading →

In my opinion the only way to experience Disney World is to stay on property.  As a travel advisor I get many requests from clients who are used to staying in luxury properties heading to Disney World where they expect the same type of accommodations.  My favorite two properties at Disney that will accommodate this request are the Grand Floridian Resort and the Contemporary where you have the option of a resort room or an accommodation in the villas with either a studio, 1, 2, or 3 […] Continue reading →

One of the little known secrets of the Disney resorts are their two beach properties in the US, both located on the East Coast.  The first one is located southeast of Walt Disney World in Vero Beach.  The other is located on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.  I chose this resort to visit over the long Columbus Day weekend this past October.  As a child living in Alabama it was an easy drive south on I-65 to the Gulf Coast beaches (Gulf Shores, Destin, etc.) so I never considered […] Continue reading →

 As a Walt Disney World®  veteran I have always been snobbish about Disneyland® Park.  Yes, I know it’s the original park and it never rains in California, but come on, Walt Disney World® is the best!  Disneyland® Park only recently added another park, there are very few on-site hotels, it’s land-locked, and it’s all the way in California.  Well, when I decided I wanted to become a leisure travel advisor specializing in all things Disney I realized I had better get to […] 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 →

I recently came back from my 2nd trip to Walt Disney World® Resort with the family.  We decided to make the trip after New Year’s when we found out that school wasn’t starting until January 9th.  This would give us plenty of time to avoid the crowds from the holiday season and get back home in time for the first day of school.  On our first trip last year we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge.  As much as I loved our stay at that resort I decided we should try a different location and […] Continue reading →

Summer is over, the kids are back to school and the blues set in. It’s January, the weather is cold and snowy, the blues set. What do you do? Go on a vacation! Either one of these times of year is the perfect time to travel someplace that makes you smile and recharge your batteries. We have done this before and are doing it again in January. About two years ago I started planning our first vacation to the Walt Disney World® Resort with our kids and after careful consideration and looking […] Continue reading →