The Ultimate Walt Disney World Experience Check-List

"Inside" the castle (actually, through the castle) Disney artwork is displayed through amazing mosaics.

To truly experience Walt Disney World there are some “must-dos” that you simply must do! Here is your comprehensive list to make sure you are getting the ultimate Disney Experience! Continue reading The Ultimate Walt Disney World Experience Check-List

Mouseterplanner’s Favorite Park Dining Options In The (Walt Disney) World

Practice your French with the wait staff and relax in this French Café atmosphere.

With so many dining choices at Walt Disney World how in the world do you decide where to eat? Everyone has their personal favorites, and I’m no exception. Here’s a run-down of our family’s go-to eateries by park! Bon Appetit! Continue reading Mouseterplanner’s Favorite Park Dining Options In The (Walt Disney) World

I’ve Been There. Done That. Now You, Too, Can Learn From My Mistakes

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I’ve been to Walt Disney World more times than I can count. And each time I go, I learn something new. Making mistakes along the way and gathering new tips for you. That’s my job! When a friend or family member who hasn’t been to Disney joins us they are amazed at how much I know. But while they’re singing my praises, I’m kicking myself and saying, “We should have made earlier reservations” or “That was a useless FastPass.” I’m the first to admit, I don’t know as much as you think I know. But I’ve learned plenty. And I’m happy to share it with you! Getting up early on your Continue reading I’ve Been There. Done That. Now You, Too, Can Learn From My Mistakes

15 Days Out From Your Disney Trip: What Have You Forgotten?

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I obsess and plan. And I plan and obsess. And then I just throw up my hands and leave it to the universe that my trip will go without a hitch.

And the universe laughs.

Invariably, something is forgotten.

Stop the mail. Online check-in. Double check a hard to get dining reservation.

It’s always something.

There is so much to do to plan the perfect Walt Disney World vacation. If you’re two weeks out from your magical trip make sure you review this “last minute” check list before you go!
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Disney Refurbishment Schedule: Know Before You Go

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You’ve saved. You’ve dreamed. You call and make your vacation plans. Dining reservations are made. And now, 60 days out, it’s time to schedule your FastPasses. So, you log onto My Disney Experience and you see this: Yep. One of your favorite rides is closed for refurbishment. This just happened to us while planning our next trip. And I’m officially bummed. But that’s not going to ruin our trip. It is, however, a big reminder that many favorite attractions or ones we want to try might be shut down. Time to re-group. Disney is constantly maintaining, updating and making downright changes to their attractions. It goes on all year round. Continue reading Disney Refurbishment Schedule: Know Before You Go

The Disney Summertime Packing List

You can't beat the summer crowds but you can beat the summer heat if you pack smart!

Packing for a trip to Walt Disney World can be a monumental task. If you’re not familiar with Florida weather or the parks themselves it can be downright intimidating. Aside from the usual short, shirts, skirts, underwear and standard toiletries, I’ve compiled a list of Walt Disney World Summer Necessaries to pack along in your suitcase. Adjust accordingly for your family’s ages, interests and individual needs. There is no perfect list for everyone. But maybe the items listed below will help complete YOUR perfect list! Insect Repellent – Disney is pretty good at keeping the bugs at bay. But if you want to enjoy an evening outdoor movie or an Continue reading The Disney Summertime Packing List

Advanced Dining Reservations: Disney Style

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If you want to have a sit-down meal at Walt Disney World it’s imperative to have Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs). This means advanced planning on your part. For the most popular venues, this can mean making reservations 180+ days in advance. Do you really have to make reservations 180+ days in advance? No. It is possible to wing it. But if you have a specific place in mind, you must. Walt Disney World is crowded at just about any time of the year. Restaurants fill up. Advanced Dining Reservations allow you to have a plan in place. With Advanced Dining Reservations you know you’ll have a place to sit-down and Continue reading Advanced Dining Reservations: Disney Style

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Animal Kingdom Lodge

You can view the animals from your balcony or any of the outdoor viewing areas for an up close and personal experience.

Still the youngest of all of Walt Disney World’s deluxe resorts, Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL)opened in April of 2001. And if I’m being perfectly honest, I was a bit of a snob about staying there. When we could afford to stay at a deluxe resorts, one of the perks was the unique transportation each resort offered. Monorail for Polynesian, Contemporary and Grand Floridian. Boat transport for Wilderness Lodge, Boardwalk and Beach & Yacht Club resorts. The ability to walk from Contemporary and the EPCOT resorts. There’s nothing wrong with bus transportation, especially at Walt Disney World, but busses seemed to take such a long time. And Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL) is entirely bus transportation for Continue reading Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Animal Kingdom Lodge