10 Things to do on your Walt Disney World arrival day!

 

With so many things do in Disney World, how do you choose where to start? First, it’s important to know a few basic things:

  • What time are you planning on arriving? Morning arrivals leave more options open to you!
  • Are you flying or driving? Both can make your true arrival time variable.
  • Are you using Disney’s Magical Express? Please make sure you build in the appropriate amount of time during your arrival.

If you are arriving earlier in the day

  1. Head straight for the park of your choice! You’ve been waiting months and months to arrive at Disney World, why not head right to the parks? On our last trip, we planned for a 3 pm arrival. Even with a delayed fight, we still got 4-5 hours before Magic Kingdom closed and checked off all the moderate and less popular rides the first night. That left so much more free time to enjoy live shows, parades, and repeat some of those favorite attractions!
  2. Take a ride over to Wilderness Lodge for a hilarious and delicious dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe!

    Take a ride over to Wilderness Lodge for a hilarious and delicious dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe!

    Make a dinner reservation. This suggestion comes with a huge asterisk. DO NOT make any dining reservations before 5 pm on your arrival day regardless of what time your plane lands. Also DO NOT make any dining reservations if your arrival time is after 1 pm. If your flight runs even a little bit late, you run the risk of getting charged the no show rate of $10 per person in your party and that’s definitely not a good way to start! If you know your plane is late, you may be able to call Disney dining and plead your case for a later arrival time.

For arrivals at any time of day

  1. Explore your resort. Whether your room is ready or not, check out all that your resort has to offer from the locations of the restaurants, look at the pool(s), etc.
  2. Swim. Pack your swimsuits in your carry-on luggage and enjoy the pool! Even if your room isn’t ready, there are plenty of places to change and store your clothing at most resorts.
  3. Explore Disney Springs. Disney Springs can be an all afternoon/evening affair. With shopping, dining, and
    Start your day with a trip to the Lego store in Disney Springs!

    Start your day with a trip to the Lego store in Disney Springs!

    entertainment, there’s something for everyone! Here you’ll find fun restaurants like T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe and some fun, kid-friendly shopping like the Build-a-Dino (Like Build-a-bear), Lego Store, Once Upon a Toy Story, and the World of Disney Store which really has a little bit of everything!

  4. Enjoy Wishes Fireworks.You don’t need to be inside Magic Kingdom to enjoy Wishes Fireworks! They can be seen from Contemporary resort 4th floor observation deck, the monorail platform at the ticket and transportation center, or my favorite, the beach of Polynesian Village resort. You can also hop a boat over to Fort Wilderness and watch from their beach as well (this is a much lesser known spot)
  5. Enjoy Cirque du Soleil. A wonderful show located in Downtown Disney is available most nights each week (typically Tuesday – Saturday). There are select Mondays with availability. You can book this reservation prior to your arrival. You may have some limited availability if you purchase tickets the day of the show.
  6. Watch a movie. This provides two choices: 1. Check out your resort (or any Disney resort) to see what the scheduled movie under the starts is for that night. 2. AMC theater located in Disney Springs. Option 1 is FREE!
  7. Mini Golf. Use your free coupon given to all guests with package reservations and get a free round of mini golf! As of 2016, Disney is now offering 4 free coupons for either mini golf course for your length of stay. The coupon must be used before 4 pm, but it’s worth it!
  8. Gear up for your first day in the park. Get a good night’s sleep, unpack your suitcases, grab some maps from your hotel lobby/concierge desk, and get the lay of the land. Make sure you know the appropriate mode of transportation to the park of your choice. Unpack your carry on luggage and get your backpack for the park set so you can just get up and go!

Did I miss your arrival day ritual? I’d love to hear about it!

A free gift for Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!) It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Planning your September 2016 Disney World vacation

 

Are you looking to travel to Disney World in September of 2016? This guide is specifically designed for you! It’s all about the month of September and what you need to know!

The rest of the year is coming soon. (See already completed January 2016, February 2016, March 2016. April 2016, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016)

September brings the return of value season at Disney. Crowds are the lowest at any point of the year at the beginning of September and then slowly begin to build throughout the month. Looking specifically at crowds, this is the absolutely best month to go to Disney World as rarely do crowds get over a 3 or 4 out of 10 each day. In 2015, there was a bit of a shift and increase in crowd over previous years trends. Many experts believe that this was a fluke year. Toward the end of the month, you may see an increase in crowds with many school systems going to a week long fall break (and with all school breaks come guests flocking to WDW!)

September  weather in Disney World

According to Weather.com the average high in the month of September is 90 and the low is 72/  Be sure to check your favorite weather app prior to your departure to confirm actual temperatures before you pack. Stay hydrated during hot days! Make sure you pack your sunscreen, take frequent breaks, and take advantage of your resort’s pool. This is also the beginning of fall hurricane season. If you are planning on traveling, adding the optional travel insurance might be a good option! Plan on rain during your stay. It’s often a welcomed feeling given the high temps.

Choosing Your Travel Dates

Below is the predicted crowd calendar for September 2016. Not bad in comparison to many other months. The most green you will see in any month throughout the year.

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Disney World Special offers for September

Early fall offers are typically released on mid or late Spring (think late April or early May!) I’ll be back to update as more information becomes available!

Free dining is something on everyone’s mind. To get my take if free dining will happen and to be notified of any future promotional offer, visit Free Dining 2016!

Refurbishment

  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas at Wilderness Lodge refurbishment (large scale changes similar to 2014-2016 Polynesian refurbishment)
  • Flying Fish Cafe (through Sept 30)

When to book dining

Disney allows their resort guests to book dining reservations for their entire trip 180 days from their arrival, a benefit that will give you a leg up to get some of those hard to make reservations. If you don’t have a reservation or are staying off site, you can make any dining reservation 180 days prior to your arrival, but don’t expect some of the best places to have prime time offerings! Click the chart below to enlarge to see what your magic number is.

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Cost

So how much will it cost a family of 4 to travel to Disney World in September 2016?

The Smith family wants a fun an inexpensive vacation and are planning 7 days and 6 nights at a value resort. I suggested Pop Century since it’s most centrally located among the value resorts. They are taking mom, dad, Susie – 13 and Jenny – 9 on their first vacation! They have decided on 5 days of base tickets to really focus on one park each day and to save a little bit of money and will pay for meals out of pocket and bring some snacks with as well, so no dining plan. $2081.10

The Jones family wants a moderately priced vacation and are also planning 7 days and 6 nights, but they want to stay at a moderate resort. Their two daughters love Disney princesses so they are considering an upgrade to a royal guest room. They are also going to do 5 days of base tickets but are considering the upgrade to park hoppers to see more with their time. If the Jones family chooses the least expensive package options, their moderate vacation would cost them $2692.00. If they added park hoppers to their tickets, their vacation would cost them $2964.64. And if they wanted to upgrade to a royal room, their vacation would cost them $4203.52

The Howell family wants to go all out for their two children’s first Disney World vacation and stay in a deluxe resort for 7 days and 6 nights. They definitely want park hoppers to see everything and they are considering the dining plan. Their preferred resort is Wilderness Lodge but with the construction scheduled for all of 2016 (and through part of 2017), they want to try out the newly renovated Polynesian resort to have access to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. With 5 days of park hoppers, their vacation would cost them $4680.24 If they did elect to add the dining plan, their vacation would cost them $5919.12.

Remember, these are all non-discounted prices, so there is some potential to fit in more magic at a lower cost!

The bottom line

September is some of the most off peak time you can travel to Disney World!  A family of 4  can have very reasonably priced vacation and enjoy some of the summer-like activities like Water Parks, Disney’s Pools, and clear skies!

Start planning your September 2016 vacation

A free gift for Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free cruise opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Tips and Tricks for Celebrating at Walt Disney World!

Yesterday was my dear husband’s birthday, so it seems like a great time to talk about celebrations!

Disney World vacations are kind of a big deal. Whether you’re traveling for a first visit, birthday, anniversary, reunion, graduation, or just for fun, there’s always something to celebrate. Disney likes to know about all of your celebrations to share in your joy and excitement. This starts immediately with the planning phase of your trip. When you book your trip, you are able to notify Disney of any celebrations during your trip. If booking with a travel agent, they are able to note these for you. EVERYONE is celebrating something at Disney World. I try not to let anyone go to Disney without some sort of button. Available celebrations are:

  • Birthdayimcelebrating
  • Anniversary
  • Engagement
  • First Visit
  • Honeymoon
  • Reunion
  • Wedding
  • Graduation
  • Personal Triumph
  • Other

The “other” option won’t let you free text, but you’ll know you’re celebrating something! For birthday and anniversary, you also have the option to provide an age or # of years married for anniversary.

Additionally, I like to call Disney Dining after I make reservations for my clients to make sure their celebration is noted on their dining. We celebrated my birthday a few years ago at California Grill in Contemporary Resort. In addition to a wonderful meal, our table was set especially for us and decorated with some Mickey Confetti (which I won’t lie, I took some with and stashed it in my purse!)

Button, button, who’s got the button?

Once you arrive at your Disney resort, a cast member will provide you with a special button just for your celebration. There are available buttons for almost every situation listed above. For birthday buttons, there is a space to add a name for cast members and other guests to wish you a happy birthday during your entire trip. I wish I would have kept count of how many times I was wished happy birthday. It was well over 100 in our 5 night vacation. I even took the button off for awhile, too! If you are not offered a button on check in, ask for one! You can’t be celebrated if no one knows about it! Sometimes there’s an oversight on the cast member checking you in, but typically it’s park of the whole magical process. If you don’t want the recognition for whatever event you’re celebrating, stash your button in your luggage and take it home as a keepsake!

If you’re not staying on Disney property or you didn’t get a button on check in, head over to City Hall in Magic Kingdom. There are similar locations at EVERY theme park to get a celebration  button.

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Buttons are meant for recognition and allowing others to celebrate with you. Don’t expect anything for free, but I’d suggest wearing them throughout your vacation. During our stay, we had 5 dining reservations (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners). Our first dinner: California Grill came with confetti as well as a free dessert. The breakfasts were just standard meals, lunch came with a birthday card as well as an embarrassing rendition of happy birthday sung by the entire restaurant, and the last dinner was just a run of the mill meal. It was definitely more than I was expecting, but appreciated nonetheless. It’s also worth noting that we were NOT in Disney’s Dining Plan which makes giving a free dessert much easier. I have heard stories of people celebrating honeymoons or anniversaries receiving free champagne from some of the signature restaurants.

I had a great client celebrate her birthday while on the deluxe dining plan and she received a birthday cupcake or a candle or something special in her dessert at every restaurant (even sometimes a cupcake at breakfast!) It was a really special experience!

Having a special celebration listed on your reservation or wearing a celebration button may give you an advantage for making magic! I’ve heard stories of guests receiving room upgrades for celebrating a honeymoon, getting chosen for special events around the theme parks because of a kid’s birthday button, and just a little extra pixie dust by getting VIP seating for a parade or fireworks. Don’t expect any of these things and remember, kindness gets you everywhere!

What can I do for my loved one’s celebration?

Disney has many opportunities to provide additional ways to celebrate your family and friends during your Disney vacation. Disney World Floral does room and gift delivery for any celebration. You can choose from a pre-made gift basket or create your own through Disney Floral and Gifts.  You can also order a cake for delivery either in your room or for one of your dining reservations. Un-decorated cakes are available at a handful of restaurants and can be ordered when you arrive for your reservation. If you are dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, they have some special options for cake and unique gifting options as well!

MinnieBoxThe Minnie Box

Magical Vacations, LLC offers a special gift (for qualifying packages)! It’s called The Minnie Box. This special box is just a little added bonus and is the signature of our little family. As with every travel group, there are minimum dollar value requirements, but it’s pretty reasonable. The Minnie Box is different for each family. I received one before departed for our vacation as a special surprise including a special welcome and happy birthday from one of my favorite Disney Characters, Gaston! This also included a specialized Magical Vacations itinerary to help you get through the most attractions in the least amount of time. Did you know that a “good” day at Disney is about 8 attractions? Our first Magic Kingdom day, we got through 14 (including a few repeats) which is an incredibly successful day. We also enjoyed lunch at Be Our Guest. We also received some special Pixie Dust to sprinkle on our already Magical trip!

Let’s celebrate!

Ready to get started planning your 2016Disney World CELEBRATION vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Planning your Summer 2016 Disney World Vacation

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The holidays are over and guests across the country (and really around the world) are planning their 2016 vacations. It’s really the perfect time to talk about summer! This guide is specifically for guests traveling in June, July and August. There is a guide for early 2016 travelers and spring 2016 travelers which covers January – early June).

There is plenty of time to plan for ANY of these travel dates, whether it’s grabbing a dining reservation, and planning FastPasses. Guests planning mid to late summer vacations are still beyond the 180 day mark so you can still have the best of the best dining reservation!

The summer months are perfect for those that like the heat and don’t want to taken their kiddos out of school (and teachers as well who don’t have the option to take time off of their work schedules)! Generally temps are hot and crowds are moderate to high depending on your time of travel. As it gets later into August, you’ll see a dip in overall crowds!

During this time, Disney offers quite long park hours, so it’s a great time to maximize your experience (and skip the heat of the day). It’s a great time of year to enjoy Disney’s water parks as well (start a day in a theme park, jump to a water park, and then back for dinner and fireworks!!)

This time of year at least sees an afternoon shower which is typically a welcome cool off from the heat and humidity of the day. I would consider this somewhat a rainy season. Don’t let the rain chase you out of the park – pop on a poncho and enjoy your day!

Crowd Calendars

Below are projections of crowds for summer. Click the images below to see the images larger! These are subject to change. Please don’t be concerned about a “red days”. You will have a magical experience no matter what time of year you travel. Typically it’s not “wall to wall” crowds!

 

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July 2016 Disney World Crowd Calendar

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Saving Money

Save up to 30% on your resort stay for travel dates in early June thanks to Disney’s current spring promotion!

Book By
February 28, 2016

Valid Travel Dates
February 22, 2016 through June 11, 2016

Important Details

  • Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.
  • Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
  • Upgrade to a room and ticket package with minimum 4-day Magic Your Way theme park tickets, and receive one more complimentary ticket day.

Like all promotional rates, there are exclusions which include the usual suspects – Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, Bay Lake Tower, Villas at Grand Floridian, the campsites at Ft Wilderness, and all 3 Bedroom Villas. This promotional offer also excludes Port Orleans French Quarter.

A summer promotion should pop up in mid-spring (think March!)

Refurbishments

This time of year is not often considered “peak” for refurbishment as Disney tries to provide the least amount of guest inconvenience. While you’ll still see some closures before the summer season, it’s typically reasonable! We’ve seen things closed like Test Track, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and a few days of update on its a small world, but it’s not too bad!

  • Soarin’ (Jan 4 – Summer 2016)WL
  • Pizza Planet (Jan 11 – Late 2016)
  • Planet Hollywood  (Jan 6 – summer 2016)
  • Beach Club Villas Soft Goods Rehab (Jan 22 – August 17)
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas (multiple refurbishment projects running through 2017)
  • Flying Fish Cafe (Feb 1 – Sept 30)

Thankfully, only Soarin’ is the only attraction with a “major” impact on guest travel!

Limited Time Experiences!

So what makes this time of year unique? A few really exciting things this year.

New Frozen attraction in Epcot! The update to the Norway pavilion will be complete by this time of year (it’s expected to be complete as of May 1st) this means a new Meet and Greet with Anna & Elsa as well as a new Frozen attraction in Norway. Expect this area to be buzzing with all things “new”

Update to Soarin’! With a 6 month refurbishment, this attraction will reopen sometime in summer (date TBD) with Disney World in the RainSoarin’ around the world and a THIRD track which should lower the overall standby line (HOPEFULLY)! Expect lines to be a bit longer as the attraction opens up – try and grab a FastPass!!

Growing Star Wars presence in Hollywood Studios. On December 1st, Disney opened Star Wars Launch Bay, updated Star Tours to include scenes from the new film, updated Jedi Training academy featuring a new villain and updated experience as well as a new themed stage, and new character meet and greets – you can visit the dark side and find Darth Vader or the light side and find Chewbacca! These experiences are available EVERY DAY instead of just limited time during Star Wars weekends!

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Each season, Minnie will host a character dinner at Hollywood & Vine which can be coupled with the Fantasmic dining package. This experience will allow you to meet Minnie and her friends (the holiday version came with Goofy & Mickey). In summer, you can have a beach bash with Minnie and her friends!

Sounds like Summer Concert Series. In previous years, Epcot has hosted the Sounds of Summer concert series. This experience is free with theme park admission and offers fun live music around the theme parks!

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Planning your Spring 2016 Disney World vacation

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The holidays are over and guests across the country (and really around the world) are planning their 2016 vacations. It’s really the perfect time to talk about spring! This guide is specifically for guests traveling in March, April, May, and early June. There is a guide for early 2016 travelers which covers January, February, and March (there is some overlap in March in “early” and “spring!)

There is plenty of time to plan for ANY of these travel dates, whether it’s grabbing a dining reservation, planning FastPasses, or having the perfect warm weather getaway in the Orlando sun!

The spring months are really a great time to travel for several reasons. Outside of the peak spring break weeks in March through Easter, crowds are very manageable. We were happily surprised to have a very “dead” day in Magic Kingdom at the end of April 2015. Most spring breaks are clustered before Easter, although you may see some after March 27th into the first week or two of April,but I wouldn’t expect to overcrowd the parks!

As March and April hit, Disney begins to extend park hours into the 10 and 11 pm hours. This is a great way to maximize your money and your park time and also leans well to having a nice mid-day break from the action, whether it’s to get in a bit of swim time, check out Disney Springs, or just rest your feet!

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  • Most of March (beyond March 8th for spring break season through April 2nd)
  • Star Wars Half Marathon: Dark Side – April 14-17
  • After June 5th as kids start to end school (Florida schools typically end about a week later, so if you have an early release, take advantage!)

 

While all months of the year see rain in the Orlando area, these months are not considered peak rainy season. That being said, you’re likely to see a touch of rain here or there (sorry, I can’t control the weather) but hopefully it will be minimal!

Crowd Calendars

Below are projections of crowds for early 2016. Click the images below to see the images larger! These are subject to change. Please don’t be concerned about a “red days”. You will have a magical experience no matter what time of year you travel. Typically it’s not “wall to wall” crowds!

March 2016 Crowd calendar

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June 2016 Crowds Calendar (Click to Enlarge)

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Saving Money

Save up to 30% on your resort stay for travel dates in April, May, and June and up to 25% off of resort stays in February and March!

Book By
February 28, 2016

Valid Travel Dates
February 22, 2016 through June 11, 2016

Important Details

  • Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.
  • Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
  • Upgrade to a room and ticket package with minimum 4-day Magic Your Way theme park tickets, and receive one more complimentary ticket day.

Like all promotional rates, there are exclusions which include the usual suspects – Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, Bay Lake Tower, Villas at Grand Floridian, the campsites at Ft Wilderness, and all 3 Bedroom Villas. This promotional offer also excludes Port Orleans French Quarter.

Refurbishments

This time of year is not often considered “peak” for refurbishment as Disney tries to provide the least amount of guest inconvenience. While you’ll still see some closures before the summer season, it’s typically reasonable! We’ve seen things closed like Test Track, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and a few days of update on its a small world, but it’s not too bad!

  • Boardwalk & Boardwalk Villas exterior repainting (through May 5)
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House Soft Goods Rehab (Jan 1 – May 20)
  • Art of Animation Sprayground (kids splash play area) (Jan 3 – March 11)
  • Soarin’ (Jan 4 – Summer 2016)WL
  • Pizza Planet (Jan 11 – Late 2016)
  • Planet Hollywood  (Jan 6 – summer 2016)
  • Typhoon Lagoon annual refurbishment (Jan 3 – March 12)
  • Beach Club Villas Soft Goods Rehab (Jan 22 – August 17)
  • Flights of Wonder (Jan 25 – March 17)
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas (multiple refurbishment projects running through 2017)
  • Flying Fish Cafe (Feb 1 – Sept 30)
  • Bay Cove Pool at Bay Lake Tower (Feb 1 – March 18)

Thankfully, only Soarin’ is the only attraction with a “major” impact on guest travel!

Limited Time Experiences!

So what makes this time of year unique? A few really exciting things this year.

Symphony in the Stars This popular limited time fireworks experience in Hollywood Studios is returning on a nightly basis. As of January 5, you’ll also be able to book a Fireworks Dessert party! (currently scheduled to end in early March but may get extended based on popularity)

Growing Star Wars presence in Hollywood Studios. On December 1st, Disney opened Star Wars Launch Bay, updated Star Tours to include scenes from the new film, updated Jedi Training academy featuring a new villain and updated experience as well as a new themed stage, and new character meet and greets – you can visit the dark side and find Darth Vader or the light side and find Chewbacca! These experiences are available EVERY DAY instead of just limited time during Star Wars weekends!

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Each season, Minnie will host a character dinner at Hollywood & Vine which can be coupled with the Fantasmic dining package. This experience will allow you to meet Minnie and her friends (the holiday version came with Goofy & Mickey). In winter, you can “dine with the stars”! Plenty of good reservations are still available. As of March 21, the experience will change over to a “spring” themed experience (booking is not available fg2for this time-frame yet, so there’s still a chance to get a great character dining experience during peak travel time!)

Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. This annual experience continues to grow (excuse the pun). This year the Flower & Garden Festival is extended to 90 magical days and begins on March 2nd and ends much later in May than in past years! You can see your favorite Disney characters made into gorgeous topiaries and nosh on some tasty food in the “fresh kitchens” around World showcase. This is a huge change in experience from several years ago as the kitchen experience continues to grow! I can’t wait to see what’s new this year.

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Planning your August 2016 Disney World vacation!

 

Are you looking to travel to Disney World in August of 2016? This guide is specifically designed for you! It’s all about the month of August and what you need to know!

The rest of the year is coming soon. (See already completed January 2016, February 2016, March 2016. April 2016, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016)

August continues the the summer season at Disney. Expect temps to continue to be hot, hot, hot! Don’t try and book too much as you won’t be able to move incredibly quickly around the parks and still feeling good at the same time. Take it a bit slower! Toward the end of the month as kids go back to school, crowds will begin to lighten up.

August  weather in Disney World

According to Weather.com the average high in the month of August is 92 and the low is 73. Be sure to check your favorite weather app prior to your departure to confirm actual temperatures before you pack. Stay hydrated during hot days! Make sure you pack your sunscreen, take frequent breaks, and take advantage of your resort’s pool. Expect a threat of rain every day during your stay. It’s probably welcomed due to the high humidity levels!

Choosing Your Travel Dates

Below is the predicted crowd calendar for August 2016. There’s a clear definition of when many children start to return to school as crowds lighten up quickly!

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Special Offers/Promotions

Save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights June 12-Aug. 25, 2016 when booked by June 10, 2016.

Plus, you can receive an exclusive “Awaken Summer” graphic MagicBand when they upgrade to a room and Theme Park package with a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way® Ticket.

Important Details

  • Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.
  • Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.

Like all promotional rates, there are exclusions which include the usual suspects – Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, Bay Lake Tower, Villas at Grand Floridian, the campsites at Ft Wilderness, and all 3 Bedroom Villas. In this promo specifically, French Quarter is also excluded.

Full full details, visit the summer offer page

Refurbishment

  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas at Wilderness Lodge refurbishment (large scale changes similar to 2014-2016 Polynesian refurbishment)
  • Soarin’ (through “summer”)
  • Flying Fish Cafe (through Sept 30)

When to book dining

Disney allows their resort guests to book dining reservations for their entire trip 180 days from their arrival, a benefit that will give you a leg up to get some of those hard to make reservations. If you don’t have a reservation or are staying off site, you can make any dining reservation 180 days prior to your arrival, but don’t expect some of the best places to have prime time offerings! Click the chart below to enlarge to see what your magic number is.

August 2016-dining

Cost

So how much will it cost a family of 4 to travel to Disney World in August 2016?

The Smith family wants a fun an inexpensive vacation and are planning 7 days and 6 nights at a value resort. I suggested Pop Century since it’s most centrally located among the value resorts. They are taking mom, dad, Susie – 13 and Jenny – 9 on their first vacation! They have decided on 5 days of base tickets to really focus on one park each day and to save a little bit of money and will pay for meals out of pocket and bring some snacks with as well, so no dining plan. $2165.50

The Jones family wants a moderately priced vacation and are also planning 7 days and 6 nights, but they want to stay at a moderate resort. Their two daughters love Disney princesses so they are considering an upgrade to a royal guest room. They are also going to do 5 days of base tickets but are considering the upgrade to park hoppers to see more with their time. If the Jones family chooses the least expensive package options, their moderate vacation would cost them $2753.80. If they added park hoppers to their tickets, their vacation would cost them $3026.44. And if they wanted to upgrade to a royal room, their vacation would cost them $3348.26

The Howell family wants to go all out for their two children’s first Disney World vacation and stay in a deluxe resort for 7 days and 6 nights. They definitely want park hoppers to see everything and they are considering the dining plan. Their preferred resort is Wilderness Lodge but with the construction scheduled for all of 2016, they want to try out the newly renovated Polynesian resort to have access to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. With 5 days of park hoppers, their vacation would cost them $4680.24 If they did elect to add the dining plan, their vacation would cost them $5919.12.

Remember, these are all non-discounted prices, so there is some potential to fit in more magic at a lower cost!

The bottom line

August is a popular time to travel to Disney World!  A family of 4  can have a reasonably priced vacation and enjoy some of the summer-like activities like Water Parks, Disney’s Pools, and clear skies!

Start planning your August 2016 vacation

A free gift for Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free cruise opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

 

A room with a view at your Disney World resort!

Disney World offers so many available resorts and room options that it can be hard to choose.Something that many guests (including me) consider is a room with a view! Disney allows you to book in many different booking categories in each resort which often makes the process of dissecting all of your options even more challenging – once you’ve decided on a resort or two to look into, you now have an additional 4 or more room views to choose from.

Each resort has a “standard view’ or “standard room” which means different things at different location. At the Yacht & Beach Club as well as Wilderness Lodge, a standard view typically overlooks the parking lot or a service area. At Pop Century, your standard room can overlook the lake toward Art of Animation or the parking lot. At value resorts (and to a certain extent moderate resorts), it’s more about location than it is about view out your window since you won’t have a private balcony. And a standard room at Port Orleans French Quarter is typically of the grounds or walkways based on the general layout of the resort. Having a room with a view is most important in the deluxe resort and deluxe villa category because you have that balcony to sit out on (or escape the quiet and darkness of a child taking a nap). It’s a nice place to have coffee in the morning or to check on work (yes, work on vacation)!

So you want a room with a view, it depends on what type of view you want (and how to ask for it)! All Disney resorts accept room requests which starts with online check in and the basic options. You (or your travel agent) may call Disney reservations via phone and make verbal requests as well. Some of these requests would be along the lines of “room facing Magic Kingdom/Contemporary” at Wilderness Lodge or “room near walkway to Epcot” at Beach Club. Generally, keeping in more generalities instead of making a request for a specific room is most effective because if that room is not available, you’re leaving the room assigner with limited information of why you choose that room.

The best view in the house - Magic Kingdom from your balcony (view from Contemporary resort but similar views available at Grand Floridian & Polynesian)

The best view in the house – Magic Kingdom from your balcony (view from Contemporary resort but similar views available at Grand Floridian & Polynesian)

In the Magic Kingdom area, you can book rooms with a “theme park view” which is a direct view from your balcony of Magic Kingdom. This is a specific booking category at Contemporary & Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Village, and Grand Floridian and obviously comes at a bit of an advanced price. Something can be said for being able to open your curtains or step out onto your balcony and see the entire fireworks show or wake up to Cinderella’s Castle. If that price tag is a bit steep for you, can book in a lower category and use the public viewing areas in any of those resorts to get the same view (but I’m happy to watch in my PJs and then draw the curtains and crash into bed!) A lesser known option (and one of my favorites) are the standard rooms at Wilderness Lodge – requesting a room that faces Contemporary/Magic Kingdom. Some of the upper rooms will allow you to see most of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. While there’s no music piped into your room, it’s still a great way to catch the magic every day. For the best views, book a club level room because that will put you on the 7th floor and you have a club level concierge to speak with to appropriately make your room requests in a manner that they will understand and help assist. Please be aware that all room requests are not a guarantee, so if 30 people requests that same view, only 8 of them may be accommodated because of availability.

Panoramic view of Bay Lake View at Contemporary Resort

Panoramic view of Bay Lake View at Contemporary Resort

Staying in the Magic Kingdom area, you also have the option to book a lake or lagoon view depending on your resort. These rooms are often peaceful with the view of the water (At Contemporary & Bay Lake Tower it’s a view of Bay Lake) and at Grand Floridian & Polynesian Village, it’s a view of Seven Seas Lagoon (some of these rooms may offer you a glimpse of Magic Kingdom but not enough for Disney to classify it as a “theme park view”).

Part of the 'courtyard' view area at Wilderness Lodge

Part of the ‘courtyard’ view area at Wilderness Lodge

At Wilderness Lodge, your options are completely different – you can choose from woods or courtyard views which offer you views of the tree-lined area of the resort or toward the center of the resort overlooking the pool and courtyard. Some of these rooms can be quite noisy as an upgrade, but they did a really wonderful job designing the resort (as well as all of the resorts), so many guests truly enjoy the experience!

In the Epcot resort area, you typically have an option of standard view (as mentioned above), garden or woods view (which is typically landscaping/vegetation), as well as lagoon/pool view. These rooms will either overlook the resort’s pools at either Yacht & Beach Club or Boardwalk Inn/Villas (based on the resort you are staying in) or Crescent Lake which is the waterway separating these resorts. Boardwalk also offers a “Boardwalk View” which is of the bustling area with shopping, dining and nightlife. I’ve been told these rooms can get quite noisy (we haven’t booked one simply because of that fact – we prefer to “get away from it all” when we get back to our room in the evening!)

What about Animal Kingdom Lodge? There are lots of options available! You have the standard view (again, service
area or parking lot) as well as pool view and my favorites – Savanna and Arusha view. This gives you direct viewing area of the animals that live on the property. Typically the animals available are based on the area of the resort you are staying in so if your daughter loves giraffes, make sure you know where they are on property and make the best room choice and appropriate room request. This is a great resort for families with little ones or those that want a day or two off from the parks as it gives you a lot to look at outside of water or the parks if you’re not going inside that day!

Do you NEED a room with a view? Definitely not. We’ve stayed in standard view rooms and stepped out onto our balcony and had a big tree blocking it or looked down at the convention center but those were trips where convenience of resort location mattered more than being in the resort. As we become more seasoned (and let’s face it, more spoiled) with everything Disney has to offer, view and location are both important so we typically opt for the view. I have a kiddo who doesn’t like fireworks at the moment (hopefully as she gets older that will subside), so if I can see them from my balcony it’s a huge bonus to me (or if we can slowly introduce them to her at a distance without a huge boom, it’s a win!) We’re also a family that takes breaks during the day, so going back to the resort and having a nice place to rest is important as well! If you are choosing a deluxe resort, it’s worth the consideration of choosing a room with a view!!

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation and finding your perfect view? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Planning your early 2016 Disney World vacation

Early 2016

With the new year not far away and the holidays upon us, it’s time to talk about how to plan for early 2016 Disney World vacations. This guide is specifically for guests looking to travel in January, February, and March (through the week of Easter).

For January travelers, time is a bit short, but there’s still plenty of time to grab dining reservations, FastPasses, and plan a perfect Disney getaway following Christmas to get away those winter blues!

January and February are a great time to travel for many reasons – first it’s not often crowded as many families have kids back in school after a long break. It’s also a time of year that’s not very hot so it makes park touring more comfortable. If you’ve got younger child, this is great for you as well because park hours are not often extended as they are during more popular times of year which means you could in theory see a fireworks show around 8 or 9 pm without stretching the limits of bedtime too far!

A few busier times to note for this time of year:IMG_4982 (2)

  • Disney Marathon weekend – January 8-10 (this does not have a huge impact on overall crowds, but it’s noteworthy
  • MLK Jr weekend – January 15-18
  • President’s Day weekend – Feb 13-15
  • Valentine’s Day – Feb 14
  • Princess 1/2 Marathon weekend – Feb 19-21 (this has a bit of a larger impact than the marathon weekend does, but crowds subside quickly after the event)

If you’re hoping for a little bit warmer weather or extended park hours, March is a great time for you. It’s also a great time to take advantage of kids spring breaks! While it makes for a bit more crowded park touring experience (and sometimes more expensive flights), you’ll still have a fantastic vacation experience! The week of Easter is typically the busiest time of the spring break season.

The first three months of the year are not considered part of the “rainy season” in Orlando. The area was built on a swamp, so you may see a few drops here and there (sorry, I can’t control the weather), but hopefully it will be very minimal!

Crowd Calendars

Below are projections of crowds for early 2016. Click the images below to see the images larger! These are subject to change. Please don’t be concerned about a “red days”. You will have a magical experience no matter what time of year you travel. Typically it’s not “wall to wall” crowds!

January 2016 Disney World Crowd Caneldar

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February 2016 Crowd Calendar

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March 2016 Crowd calendar

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Saving Money

polyPromotional rates have expired. Look toward the ends couple of weeks for a new promotional which may include SOME of these travel dates!

Refurbishments

The only “downside” to this time of year is attraction closures for refurbishments and renovations to resorts. Below is a list of all of the known attraction closures during the first three months of the year:

  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort  is scheduled to continue refurbishment. It should be the end of this major refurbishment!TL
  • Caribbean Beach Resort (Jan 3 – Feb 28;  Some public areas may have some construction noise during the day)
  • Soarin’ (Jan 4 – Summer 2016)
  • Splash Mountain (Jan 10 – 14)
  • Pizza Planet (Jan 11 – Late 2016)
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (Jan 15-Feb 11)
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Jan 18-22)
  • Mad Tea Party (Feb 22-26)
  • Planet Hollywood  (Jan 6 – summer 2016)
  • Typhoon Lagoon annual refurbishment (Jan 3 – March 12)
  • Ol’ Man Island Pool (Port Orleans Riverside) (Jan 11-Feb 29)
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas (multiple refurbishment projects running through 2017)
  • Flying Fish Cafe (Feb 1 – Sept 30)

Thankfully, only Soarin’ is the only attraction with a “major” impact on guest travel!

Limited Time Experiences!

So what makes this time of year unique? A few really exciting things this year.

Symphony in the Stars This popular limited time fireworks experience in Hollywood Studios is returning on a nightly basis. As of January 5, you’ll also be able to book a Fireworks Dessert party!

Growing Star Wars presence in Hollywood Studios. On December 1st, Disney opened Star Wars Launch Bay, updated Star Tours to include scenes from the new film, updated Jedi Training academy featuring a new villain and updated experience as well as a new themed stage, and new character meet and greets – you can visit the dark side and find Darth Vader or the light side and find Chewbacca! These experiences are available EVERY DAY instead of just limited time during Star Wars weekends!

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Each season, Minnie will host a character dinner at Hollywood & Vine which can be coupled with the Fantasmic dining package. This experience will allow you to meet Minnie and her friends (the holiday version came with Goofy & Mickey). In winter, you can “dine with the stars”! Plenty of good reservations are still available. As of March 21, the experience will change over to a “spring” themed experience (booking is not available fg2for this time-frame yet, so there’s still a chance to get a great character dining experience during peak travel time!)

Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. This annual experience continues to grow (excuse the pun). This year the Flower & Garden Festival is extended to 90 magical days and begins on March 2nd! You can see your favorite Disney characters made into gorgeous topiaries and nosh on some tasty food in the “fresh kitchens” around World showcase. This is a huge change in experience from several years ago as the kitchen experience continues to grow! I can’t wait to see what’s new this year.

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

The Best Club Level service in Walt Disney World

The best of the best experience of Disney World resorts – Club level service! It’s something we tried as a special birthday trip a few years ago and nothing has come close to matching it in any of other stays. It’s a slippery slope once you’re hooked on the idea and experience!

So what is club level service? It is available at all Walt Disney World Deluxe resorts as a separate booking category. It provides guests with a personal contact inside Disney to make requests, help book dining, aide in FastPass selection, and someone to have on site to make modifications to your reservations. I tell my guests it’s like having me travel with you if you – someone that’s available every day to talk to face to face while you’re on vacation.

Club level guests also have access to a club level lounge most which are open from 7 am – 10 pm daily and have a myriad of drinks and snacks. Each day starts with coffee service followed by breakfast. For my family, the continental breakfast is enough to fill our bellies prior to heading to the theme parks. You’ll find coffee, tea, water, juice, and milk for drinks. Food offerings often include fruit, pastries, cereal, yogurt, and bagels. Some locations have additional options like hard boiled eggs, ham/turkey and cheese plates.

Mid-day snacks bring along true “snack” food – Goldfish crackers, gummy bears, Swedish Fish, homemade chips with dipping sauce. It’s nothing of substance that could make up a meal, but nice for families like mine that need a mid-day break with a toddler who won’t sleep in a stroller. The lounge gives me a place to work (and I’m often one of just a few people in the lounge as most guests are in the park). You’ll often have lemonade, iced tea, or some other drink options (depending on resort) as well as canned soft drinks available to you.

A few resorts have afternoon tea service with finger sandwiches, tarts, and scones. This is not available at all resorts.

At 5 pm, hot and cold appetizers, veggies, cheese, breads and dips are available as well as select wine and beer for adults. Depending on your resort, you may find the appetizer to be enough food to take care of “dinner”,  but at most, it’s truly an appetizer (if you have a late dinner reservation or are planning on quick service, it’s worth a whirl around before heading back to the park for the evening).

From 8-10 pm, each resort hosts dessert and after dinner cordials and will likely still have beer and wine available upon request.

The types of food is often related to the resort you are staying in. You’ll find more rustic items in Wilderness Lodge and some appetizers at Animal Kingdom Lodge will have the feel of Boma (their African inspired restaurant).

So what is the BEST club level service? It truly depends on what you’re looking for in club level service.

Best overall service. Wilderness Lodge is my pick  There are so few rooms in this small club level that they have better food offerings and better individualized service. Plus, it’s on the lower end of cost for all Club Level service available. The cast members in the lounge are also the most helpful and kind I’ve ever met in ANY Disney resort! I was at times the only person in the club level area trying to work through the madness of 2015 free dining in April, and I had someone who was almost constantly attending to me! It was a comforting and relaxing feeling given the stressful circumstances and if I can be comfortable and relaxed with that scenario, it says A LOT!

For best view and space, Polynesian is tops followed by Contemporary Resort. Both provide a

The View from the balcony of the Contemporary Atrium Club Level Lounge

The View from the balcony of the Contemporary Atrium Club Level Lounge

beautiful view of Magic Kingdom and you can watch fireworks from the lounge (so if it’s cold, a little wet, or the kids are tired, head over, grab a drink and put your feet up)! It’s a great view and a quick trip back “home”.

Best food. This one is a toss up based on who you talk to. Animal Kingdom Lodge has the most unique food available. Wilderness Lodge has the most elaborate options (because they are cooking for less people than most of the other club level lounges). Polynesian has food from several of the restaurants (Ohana and Spirit of Aloha) so it gives you a taste of those restaurants without actually going there! Yacht and Beach Club have good food that seemed a bit different than the other resorts. Contemporary resort falls short for me. For the price, the menus didn’t deviate as much as I’d like them to! Grand Floridian has their afternoon tea service which is absolutely fantastic.

Best overall. This is a hard one because it depends on the type of accommodations you are looking for, resort theme, and location. You can’t go wrong with any of the deluxe resort locations as they are all located near at least one of Disney’s theme parks. If I HAD to choose an order of my favorite overall club level resorts, here’s how it would go:

  1. Wilderness Lodge
  2. Polynesian
  3. Grand Floridian
  4. Yacht Club
  5. Animal Kingdom Lodge
  6. Beach Club
  7. Contemporary Resort
  8. Boardwalk Inn

Yes, Contemporary, one of the most expensive club level lounges is near the bottom. Our experience was a bit lackluster. While it has an amazing view and large lounge space, I never felt “at home” or welcomed there! The food seemed repetitive day after day and none of the other lounges gave me that feeling. The only reason Boardwalk is last on the list is that it doesn’t stand out to be memorable at all to me. The location is nice near Epcot, but the resort is large and Beach and Yacht Club is more convenient and has a better pool experience when comparing the same general location. It’s also a more kid friendly option.

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Interested in experiencing a Disney World vacation in 2016?  Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!