Walt Disney World


Walt Disney World

2014 at Walt Disney World was a great year from the opening of the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train Ride, the new daytime parade that seemed to come out of no where and was an amazing hit, to FROZEN.  Yes 2014 at Walt Disney World might be forever remembered as the year of Disney Frozen.  From Elsa lighting up the castle at the Magic Kingdom to the special Frozen Vacation package offers “Frozen Summer Fun” at Disney Hollywood Studios.  We also have more Disney Frozen coming in 2015+ at EPCOT in Norway with a Frozen boat ride.


Top 6 Disney World Resorts for Food Allergies

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Disney World Dining, Disney World Planning, Disney World Resorts, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Top 6 Disney World Resorts for Food Allergies

Are you planning a trip to Disney World with food allergies? I’ve been frequenting Disney World and Disney Cruise Lines since 2009 with my daughter who has severe food allergies to dairy, peanuts and tree nuts. We’ve stayed at almost every resort and we have dined at nearly every restaurant, all without incident thanks to the fabulous Disney Chefs, and careful planning.

All Disney Chefs are trained in food allergies and cross-contamination. Disney Chefs are considered the “gold standard” for accommodating food allergies and most other restaurants are compared to Disney for food allergy handling.

This is the first of many Top Lists that I’ll be posting about food allergies and Disney, as there are many aspects for planning a food allergy-free Disney vacation.

First, specify allergies on your Advanced Dining Reservation or ADR, especially for multiple food allergies. It helps if they know you’re coming. Next, always ask for the chef to come to your table when dining at a Disney-owned restaurant. If you’re dining at a Quick Service, ask for the manager to see the “allergy book” located at each restaurant. If you have more than four food allergies, call Special Diets at 407-824-5967.

Note: All restaurants at Disney World are not owned by Disney, including restaurants located at Epcot, Downtown Disney, Boardwalk and the Coronado Springs Resort. However, many of these can also accommodate food allergies.

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Top Five Reasons to Stay on Disney Property

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Disney World Resorts, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Top Five Reasons to Stay on Disney Property

Beauty and the Beast may be a tale old as time, but the ongoing debate among Disney fans is nearly just as old and certainly more heated:  Should you stay on Disney property?  All things being equal–and by “things” I mean money–you would stay on Disney property. But “things–again, money–are not equal.  You pay a premium to stay on Disney property. The question is, is it worth it? Here are five reasons why I think it is:

1.  A head start on booking your dining.

Everyone can book Disney dining 180 days in advance, but if you’re staying on property, you can book 180-days plus 10.  This means that you can book 180 days out plus 10 extra days. For example, say  you’re checking into your resort on October 1st. You can book all the way up to October 10th. If you’re staying off property you’ll have to wait. That’s not a huge deal if you’re not trying to get character meals, Be Our Guest, or Ohana, but if you are, you want that edge.

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Disney Dining at the Crystal Palace!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Disney World Dining, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace is an incredible Character Dining Venue!

The Crystal Palace is a character dining venue located in Walt Disney World at the Magic Kingdom theme park.  Located right by the Hub in the center of the park, Crystal Palace is a table service restaurant, like all of the character dining locations are, and this venue features Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore from the Hundred Acre Wood.

The food at the Crystal Palace is a buffet restaurant, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  During breakfast, you’ll find fresh fruit, cereals, breakfast potatoes and other comfort foods, fresh pastries, and an omelet station.  During lunch and dinner you’ll find a carving station, salads, pastas, chicken, fish, and vegetable recipes, and house-made desserts for you to enjoy.

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Why you should stay at a Deluxe Resort

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Disney World Planning, Disney World Resorts, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Why you should stay at a Deluxe Resort

I have a confession…I am very thrifty. Even with my trips to Disney, I look for the absolute best deal. So the thought of staying at a Deluxe Resort made me cringe. Spending the money on a room that we weren’t going to be in very often just went against everything I believed in.

Until I stayed in one. Let’s just say, I’m a convert…or spoiled. Whatever works for you.

When we went back in October 2011, we stayed one night at Pop Century and the remainder of the time at the Contemporary. Did I get a good deal? Of course. Yes, it was priced higher than the Pop Century, but I felt like it was a good deal for us.

Now I don’t want to stay in anything but a Deluxe. Here’s why:

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One Size Doesnt Fit All – A Guide to the Magic Kingdom for the Larger Guest

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Disney World Parks, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

One Size Doesnt Fit All – A Guide to the Magic Kingdom for the Larger Guest

Walt Disney World is very good at accommodating guests of all shapes and sizes. There are times however when larger guests may struggle to fit on certain attractions. Having experienced this myself it can be a little embarrassing to be shown to the exit by a cast member because you don’t fit although whenever I have seen this done at Walt Disney World it has been handled quietly and with discretion. I’ve written this guide to help anyone who is concerned decide which attractions they want to experience and what the room and restraints are like on all of the attractions.
This guide is written from my personal experiences of the Magic Kingdom as a larger guest. At the time of these experiences I was 300 pounds and I am 6 feet 2 inches tall. I carried most of my weight on my torso and stomach. Where you carry your extra weight will affect which experiences you can enjoy comfortably. A person who carries extra weight on their bottom will be able to experience attractions that someone who carries their weight on their stomach maybe can’t. This also works in reverse. This guide will give you a general idea of what to expect as I take you through every attraction in the Magic Kingdom describing the restraints and room available on all of them.

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Disney Ticket Basics: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Disney Ticket Basics: Everything You Need to Know

When you visit Walt Disney World, you’ll have a lot of ticket options: Base tickets, park hoppers, water parks? It can be a little confusing. Here are the basics you need to know:

You start with a Base Ticket:

A base ticket will get you into one park per day. You may go in and out of that park as many times as you want, however.  There’s no requirement to go to any certain park each day. For example, you may buy a 4-day base ticket and go to the Magic Kingdom all four days, or you may visit all four parks during your stay . Or, you could be completely crazy and go to Animal Kingdom all four days (no one does this, seriously).   Basically, you can mix it up any way you like.

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Should I book the Disney Dining Plan?

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Disney World Dining | 0 comments

Should I book the Disney Dining Plan?

Should you get the Disney Dining Plan for your Disney Vacation?
Here are the little Disney Dining Plan secrets you need to know before you go to Disney World

The Disney Dining Plan has gone though many changes over the years. We look at the 2015 Disney Dining Plan and answer the question “Should I buy the Disney Dining Plan for my Family?”

We compare the cost of the plan for different types of families. We look at the Disney plan vs. paying out of pocket.
We also look at what the best value is in the Dining Plan. What are the optional ages for your family to get the most out of the Disney Dining Plan. Also what should you spend your dining credits on? Should you use your dining credits on Character Breakfasts, Dinner, two credit signature restaurants? We also cover Disney snacks and what items you should use a dining plan credit on and what items you should pay for outside of the Disney dining plan.

So if you are thinking of buying the Disney dining plan for your next Disney World vacation, please read our detailed review here.

Disney Free Dining –  This is always a hot topic.  Is Free Dining Coming in 2015?  We do not know.  As of now there are no Disney Free Dining Offers for 2015.  If Free Dining does come out we will be sure to let everyone know.