Category Archives: Resorts
I am fortunate to have close friend’s who are military families. It’s always such an honor for me to help plan their Disney vacations! As such, I’ve become very familiar with the Disney Military Discount Offers. Honoring our Heroes is one way Disney can give back to those that are serving and/or have served. It’s an incredible feeling when I speak to one of our military families to answer any questions. I love being able to help Disney in Honoring our Heroes! It’s truly one of the greatest parts of my job!! I am becoming my own Military Disney Vacation expert, with a lot of help of course.
As we all know, those serving our country don’t get to be home often enough. It’s truly awesome that when they come home for leave that they have time to spend with their families. What could be better than spending that time at Disneyland or Disney World! Disney makes it a real possibility for them all.
I realized though that there may not be a lot of information out there for our heroes and their families on what is available to them. Disney truly wants to Honor Our Heroes, the loyal men and women of all the branches of the military, active and retired, as well as their families. This includes all our heroes in all branches of service, reservists, Coast Guard and National Guard included. There are some ‘rules’ that need to be followed, but none too complicated that I’ve experienced. It’s simply a matter of finding the dates that work and speaking with a Disney Specialist to get you set.
I have talked about how great Fort Wilderness is, and it’s a place I spent many happy vacations as a kid. One thing that wasn’t so great about those vacation was the two days we spent in the car each way as we towed our camper from Upstate NY to Disney and back. Do I understand why my parents did it? Of COURSE – it was a HUGE money saver, as we didn’t have to pay for airfare and could eat many of our meals at the campsite, and the cost of renting a campsite is nothing compared to that of a resort or hotel.
While I was on those vacations, I always wondered what it would be like to stay in one of the Fort Wilderness Cabins – a great alternative to those who want a ‘home away from home’ but don’t want to tow their camper across the country to get it.
Call me crazy (you have before!), but I like downtime at Walt Disney World. I didn’t used to be that way. The first few times my family visited Walt Disney World, we pushed ourselves to the limits, trying to do everything we possibly could. Every moment that wasn’t spent sleeping was devoted to park time. And it led to many miserable days—we refer to them as Grumpy days—when everyone’s on edge and the Disney magic is more annoying than it is uplifting. That’s when we started searching out some hidden ways to get the Disney experience without wearing ourselves thin. What we discovered is that at Walt Disney World, even the mundane is pixie-dusted.
Did you know there are fishin’ holes on property? Grab your rod and reel (or rent them on site) and kick up your heels for some old-fashioned, dockside fishing in the well-stocked waters of Fort Wilderness Campgrounds & Cabins (at the Bike Barn) or do some cane-pole fishing at Port Orleans Riverside’s Old Man Island. If that’s a little too down downtime and it just doesn’t reel you in, you can venture out on the water for a guided excursion.
Walt Disney World Guests can experience bass fishing at its finest all year round with guided fishing excursions on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, Village Lake, Crescent Lake, and World Showcase Lagoon. Whether you’re a veteran angler or an amateur hobbyist, you’ll enjoy these options. Choose from Guided Bass Fishing on a 21-foot Tracker pontoon with up to five Guests and Bass Nitro Fishing on a Nitro Bass boat for one or two people. Two- and four-hour excursions are offered, and when available, an extra hour may be added at the Marina. Solo fishermen may book an afternoon excursion at a reduced rate.
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Families of five can find some great resorts to accommodate them at Walt Disney World Resort. While recently booking our resort stay for our upcoming trip, I came across some resorts that can work for families of five, and still be considered “standard rooms”. Suites are nice, as are rooms at the Club Level. However, those aren’t the most cost effective for many families, or they often have double sized beds, which can make it tight for sleeping comfortably after a long day at the parks.
Today I want to share with you Five Disney Resorts for Five Guests.
1. Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort will accommodate up to five guests. This is a great option, as it is priced at the Moderate Resort level, and is a charming resort close to Downtown Disney. The rooms for five are equipped with two queen size beds, and a pull out bunk size bed. If you are traveling with a young child, about up to age 6, who is too big for a pack and play, this is a great option. This option is available for all Standard Rooms at Port Orleans-Riverside, NOT the Royal Guest Rooms. What I love about this resort is its charm. The grounds and landscaping are beautiful, there are great recreation activities here, and it’s just a short ride across the “bayou” to Downtown Disney.
Despite what you may think, there are things to do at Disney that don’t require park tickets. Believe it or not, you can have a fun day at Walt Disney World packed full of Disney magic without ever passing through a turnstile. How?
Check out my Top 5 Things To Do at Disney World Without Tickets to find out!
1. Downtown Disney-Downtown Disney offers LOTS of shopping and dining! I can easily spend hours here wanding through the World of Disney, Trend-D, and the Art of Disney Kids will also enjoy Once Upon a Toy store, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and the giant Lego store with lego statues representing Disney characters and even a family visiting Disney World! There’s also entertainment here at night which you can particpate in! Check out Guide to Downtown Disney – “Must-Sees’ for First Timers for more info!
2. Resort Hop-For a full, yet relaxing day, hop aboard the Monorail and visit some of Disney’s deluxe resorts to check out their magnificent lobbies, restaurants, shops, views, decor, and Hidden Mickeys! They are also a great place for photo ops! You can board a ferry and visit both Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge, or walk from Epcot to the Yacht and Beach Club and the Boardwalk for some beautiful views, seaside decor, and dining. Check out Chip’s series of Resort Hopping 101 here.