Disney World Free Dining 2014

The Disney World Free Dining offer has just been released for Disney Visa card holders. This free dining promotion is expected to be released to the general public on May 7, 2014. For 2014, the Disney World Free Dining Plan is being offered for stays 8/31/14 – 10/3/14, 10/26/14 – 11/1/14, 11/9/14 – 11/20/14 and 12/12/14 – 12/23/14. The offer excludes the Villas at Grand Floridian, Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation Resort, All-Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside, campsites and 3-bedroom villas. As usual, the Value resorts get the Quick Service Dining Plan for free, and the Moderates, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas receive the regular Dining plan. Time to make those ADRs!!! Will you be taking advantage of … [Continue reading...]

Rained out for a Hard ticket Event at Disney World?

Nasty Weather for a Disney Hard Ticket Event

Have you ever worried about purchasing a ticket to Disney event such as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and having your plans ruined due to rain or other unforeseen circumstances? We experienced a torrential downpour for a Halloween Party in October 2012 and thought it would be helpful for our readers to hear about our experience and what Disney may be able to do for you. Hopefully it will make you a bit less hesitant to spend the extra bucks for one of these hard ticket events. … [Continue reading...]

FastPass+ First Impressions and Tips

FastPass+ Change Notification Email

In case you are unaware, FastPass+ is Walt Disney World's new, free, high tech ride reservation system offering shorter waits for a limited number of pre-selected attractions at pre-selected times. It basically does the same thing for you as the "legacy" FastPass system, except that you can now use the MyDisneyExperience web site and Mobile Apps to schedule your ride times up to 60 days in advance and you can make as many changes as you want, right up to the moment that your selected time slot … [Continue reading...]

What Are MagicBands, and What Will They Do For Me?


What Are MagicBands? Technically, MagicBands are simply an RFID device worn on your wrist. The code on the MagicBand is Disney's key to all the information you have provided to them on the MyDisneyExperience web site and basically links all your Disney World privileges to a single wearable device. … [Continue reading...]

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Photo Tour

Slave Leia, Hyperspace Hoopla-Hollywood Studios

2013 marked our second year in a row visiting Walt Disney World specifically to catch Star Wars Weekends. We make several trips a year, and I think the annual Star Wars Weekends event will continue to be high on the list of must dos for the foreseeable future. The yearly schedule for this event seems to be the last two weekends of May and first two weekends of June. In 2012 we visited for the third weekend, and for 2013 we visited for weekend four. In recent years, weekend one has overlapped … [Continue reading...]

Happy 4th of July!

American Adventure at Epcot

With it being Fourth of July, and being the Disney fan that I am, I figured I would post some photos of Flags and Fireworks from around the Disney World Parks. 'Nuff said. Enjoy! … [Continue reading...]

Disney’s Magical Express

Magical Express Booklet

What is it? Disney’s Magical Express (ME) is a service offered by Walt Disney World to provide free airport transfers and luggage service between Orlando International Airport and select Walt Disney Resort Hotels. This service can be booked at the same time you make your Disney Resort reservation.  If you don't know your airline info at this time, it can be added anytime up to ten days prior to your arrival. It is recommended that you book the service a minimum of six weeks prior to your … [Continue reading...]

Touring Disney World in the Rain

Lightning over Space Ship Earth

Anyone who has traveled to central Florida in summer knows that the area is notorious for its nearly daily rain showers. If you are planning a visit to the Disney World theme parks during the rainy season, touring the parks in the rain is unavoidable. However, do not let the rain interfere with enjoying your Disney World vacation. As long as we are not talking about a hurricane, a rainy day at Disney World is quite manageable. … [Continue reading...]

Disney’s BeadForLife Kiosks

Bead For Life at Disney World

If you have read some of my other articles, you know I love to shop.  Granted, I tend to look for the best “deal”, but I love artsy, unique items that have a special meaning.  Usually these items are handmade, one of a kind and rarely inexpensive and yet I've found the perfect treasure right at Disney at their BeadForLife Kiosks. … [Continue reading...]

All Four Disney World Parks in One Afternoon: Part 4

Wishes! Fireworks Display at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

This is the last part in a four part series. If you arrived here without reading the previous articles, you may want to start at the beginning. Part 4: Disney's Magic Kingdom and Epcot After saying goodbye to my parents for the night I walked out to the bus stop at the Yacht Club to catch the bus to Magic Kingdom. This turned out to be a bad idea. The amount of time I spent sitting at that bus stop waiting for the Magic Kingdom bus I could have walked from Yacht Club, to the International … [Continue reading...]