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What is a Disney Moment? I’m going to channel my inner Disney therapist and try to explain it. This isn’t based on any kind of professional training or education, just a few trips to Disney World.
Disney Moment: A Disney Moment is the Moment you realize you are in Disney. All the worries and cares leave you, and the outside world does not exist. Cell Phones are only used for line phone apps, the World is at your fingertips with one plastic card, and its OK to wear Mickey Ears.
Your Disney Moment can be anything. Smells, Sights, Sounds. Something that clicks inside and you know that you have arrived. For many of us, arriving at a place we consider “home”.
So what is your Disney Moment?
It’s not always easy being an adult Walt Disney World lover. When I tell people I am headed to WDW on my next vacation, I get that weird look, that one that says “really? What a weirdo”…usually it only lasts a second, and they say something like “Oh, that’s nice” when what they really mean is “that’s for kids…I wouldn’t want to go there”. In these situations, I usually try to be a Disney cheerleader, rallying for Team WDW, and i have come up with this list of things that are so unique, that you can only get them at Walt Disney World:
The Service: The employees of WDW (they call them Cast Members) provide the highest level of service I have ever experienced. They are friendly, polite, helpful, and most of all, they actually seem to really like their jobs. They will bend over backwards to make sure you have an amazing time, and that is truly special, and something you don’t see much of these days.
The Accommodations: Disney has many different choices of places to stay, all with their own theme. From the Polynesian Resort that’s like living in a luau, to the Port Orleans Resort where they serve up gumbo and beignets with a true Louisiana flair, to the Boardwalk Resort-where they have a real wooden boardwalk reminiscent of Old Atlantic City (this one is my personal favorite, and is breathtaking at night!)
No matter how you slice it, the Disney Dining Plan can be confusing! At first glance, it appears to be very structured, but as you use it more and become comfortable, you’ll see that you do have a lot of options and flexibility while on it. But, I’m hoping that today I can share with you some frequently asked questions, along with some easy answers. While sharing my thoughts with you, I’m going to base everything on a 3 night, 4 day stay at Disney for a family of four.
Q: How many meals and snacks do I get during my trip?
A: You get one Quick Service meal, one Table Service meal, and one snack PER PERSON, PER NIGHT stay of your trip. So, you each get 3 QSD, 3 TS, and 3 snacks. As a family, that’s 12 QSD, 12 TS, and 12 snacks.
On Wednesday, August 8th, Disney released the details of the renewed Armed Forces Salute for 2012-2013. This “Salute” offers Military members and their families admission tickets and resort rooms at a discounted price. Due to the much appreciated discount, many Military members and their families are able to experience a special and memorable vacation that they otherwise may not be able to afford.
I’ve asked Steve Bell, creator and owner of the Military Disney Tips website, to share a little more about what the Disney Armed Forces Salute means to these Military members.
Q: Besides the discount that Military families receive, what is it that truly makes the Disney Armed Forces Salute so special? What does it mean to families that are able to utilize it?
Steve: The discounts extended to military families by Disney are indeed fantastic! Our military members lead very busy lives these days. Most deploy to combat zones multiple times over a several year period, spending six to 12 months away from their family. Being in a combat zone is stressful enough on it’s own, but the time away from the spouse and children adds even more for both the military member and their family.
Disney’s Armed Forces Salute allows for special vacations before, after, or on a mid year break in a deployment. Many military members, especially the lower ranking members, would never be able to afford to do this without these discounts.
There’s often the debate about whether or not parents should take their toddler or young child to Walt Disney World since the child may never remember the vacation. Well, as an adult, I can’t be the one to convince you that toddlers do remember their Disney vacations… so let’s ask the experts – PRESCHOOLERS! Here’s what they had to say about their vacation to Walt Disney World…