How To Miss All The Fun On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

1. Sleep In. The best way to avoid lines and the (sometimes) oppressive Florida heat is to arrive at the park at least 30 minutes before the park opens. You can get so much done in the first few hours that the parks are open. 2. Or Go To Bed Early. I know. After waking up early to beat the crowds, going to bed early sounds great. But you’re on vacation. Sleeping is for lazy weekends at home. But if you must (and I admit, I must) get your sleep, be sure to plan for a few late nights. Riding Splash Continue reading How To Miss All The Fun On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

The Magic Of Extra Magic Hours

One of the best benefits when staying on-property is the access to Extra Magic Hours. Any guest staying at a Walt Disney World resort, with valid theme park tickets, can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (EMH). These extra hours allow access to the parks when regular guests must wait or go home, depending on when the EMH are in place for that particular park. Times vary;  always check the official online calendar during your planning stages, or in your information packet when you arrive at the resort. As stated above, times that the parks are open these extra hours will Continue reading The Magic Of Extra Magic Hours

8 Must Pack Items For Your Walt Disney World Vacation

As a seasoned Walt Disney World Go-er  I’ve visited in all types of weather, at all times of year, in all kinds of circumstances. I’ve been as a child, a teen, a DINK (double income, no kids), with infants, toddlers and teens, with extended family and the elderly. I’ve over-packed and under-packed. Listed below are my favorite must pack items. 1. Bottled Water – At least one bottle per person. We bring a large 24 pack for a family of 5. We refill throughout the day and then renew every other day.  (For those flying to Walt Disney World, Garden Grocer is Continue reading 8 Must Pack Items For Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Where To Stay At Walt Disney World With Your Family of 5+

Not all of us have a traditional family of four, with two parents and two kids. Some of us have more than two children. Some of us have a grandparent or other family member living with us. Or, some of us, when we travel, feel the more the merrier. Typical guest rooms can accommodate four people. At Disney World, there is something for everyone. Yes, most are set up for four people. But there are certain resorts that can handle everyone in your party. Just remember, if a member of your family is age 3 or younger and can stay in a pack Continue reading Where To Stay At Walt Disney World With Your Family of 5+

When Is Walt Disney World’s Off Season?

I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World since the year it opened in 1971. I have sketchy memories of that first visit because I was just a child. So I can’t tell you how crowded it was. But I do remember a time, about 12 years ago, when you could visit Walt Disney World and find a time of year where you could avoid the crowds. Now, the Disney message boards and Facebook pages are hopping mad with posters complaining of horrific crowds in October. And September. And March. And…..well, you name the month. I’ve always said that Disney World is Continue reading When Is Walt Disney World’s Off Season?

Disney To Close Down Hollywood Studios? Nope. But It Sure Seems Like It.

A panicked reader asked for confirmation of the rumor she had heard about Disney “closing down” Hollywood Studios. Now, I can easily see where this panic comes from. In recent months, Disney has announced all kinds of changes scheduled to take place at their movie centered theme park. Some surprising. Some not so surprising. But with the amount of information floating around the internet waves, it’s easy to turn hype into hoax. In 2014, American Idol Experience, Backlot Tour, American Film Institute Showcase and Legend of Jack Sparrow all permanently closed. At the 2015 shareholders meeting, more announcements were made, including Continue reading Disney To Close Down Hollywood Studios? Nope. But It Sure Seems Like It.