Character Dining: How Much Is Too Much?

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I see this a lot:  A family plans a trip to Disney World and they get the dining plan, which allows them to eat at a wide variety of restaurants on site, but when  they make their advanced dining reservations (ADRs), they end up booking a character meal for almost every day of the trip.  As a travel agent and possibly more so parent as a who's taken my children to Disney World many times, I want to shout "don't do it."  Don't get me wrong, I like character meals, but hear me out.  There's a … [Read more...]





Eating Table Service in the Parks vs at the Resorts – Which is Better? Part 2

There are many variables that affect whether table service meals are better in the parks or the resorts. Last time I looked at specialty dining such as character meals, signature dining, buffets, and unique and entertaining restaurants. Today, let’s evaluate table service meals by looking at the convenience factor and the time of day you’ll be eating, shall we? Convenience Transportation. Walt Disney World’s most common form of transportation, buses, connects resorts to theme parks, water … [Read more...]





Walt Disney World Tips and Tricks: Hot Weather Touring

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 With blue skies and bright sunny days, a vacation at Walt Disney World during the summer is the stuff picture-perfect postcards are made of. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t capture the entire reality of those hot, sticky, exhausting days of touring the theme parks with all the summer crowds and in the heat. Here are some of my favorite tips for helping you keep your cool, literally, while at Disney. Doing so may also help you keep your temper! Generally, … [Read more...]





New Storybook Rooms and Health and Wellness Suites at Walt Disney World

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Over the course of the next year, new Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms and suites will open that will allow guests to sleep like visiting Disney royalty or perhaps add a yoga session or two to their Disney vacation. It’s part of an overall lodging strategy at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that includes the addition of new niche rooms and suites to its guest offerings.Beginning in fall 2011, guests will be able to experience new health and wellness suites on the 14th floor of … [Read more...]





Disney to Build Luxury “Health Focused” Suites at the Contemporary Resort.

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If you've ever wanted to combine the luxury of a spa retreat with your Disney World vacation, look no further:  Disney is converting the entire 14th Floor of the Contemporary Resort into a spa retreat, complete with a private yoga studio, concierge service, and special health-conscious menus.  In addition, guests can book one of 23 rooms on that floor, which will be furnished with exercise equipment, low-allergen pillows and mattresses, massage tables, and bamboo floors.The refurbishment at … [Read more...]