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You’ve Decided to go to Walt Disney World… Now What?

Intermission Food Court

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Know Your Booking Windows for Dining & FastPasses
 Booking windows are important!  You’ll want to circle two key dates:  180 days from your trip, when you can start making advance dining reservations (ADRs) and 60 or 30 days from your trip, when you can select FastPass+ reservations (60 days for on-site guests, 30 days for off-site).  You can have ...

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You’ve Decided to go to Walt Disney World… Now What?

Monorail Contemporary

4. Decide where to stay & Book your travel 
Deciding where to stay can be tricky, especially if you are budget-conscious.  Staying off site can help families save money, but you’ll want to factor the cost of a rental car, parking, and other expenses into your decision.   Staying on-site, however, does afford you certain “perks” that may be worth ...

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You’ve Decided to go to Walt Disney World… Now What?

Castle Balloons

You’ve Decided to go to Walt Disney World… Now What?
By Meredith S.

Making the decision to travel to Walt Disney World is exciting, but it also marks the beginning of a potentially long journey full of planning!  There’s so much to do between making the decision to go and the actually trip, so here are some tips that will help you ...

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Dreaming of DVC: A Comparison of Disney Vacation Club Properties

If you’re not a DVC member, this article is STILL for you!  Did you know that you can rent vacation club points from members who are not using all of their points for the year?  It’s easy to do, and it allows you to stay at some of Disney’s best resorts- often times for less than Disney rack rates.   Comparing ...

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The Best Way to Do Walt Disney World in the Summer

Many travellers to Walt Disney World choose to visit in the Summer for a variety of reasons.  Parents who don’t want their children to miss school, educators who can only travel on school breaks, and other folks who simply enjoy a good old Summer vacation flock to Walt Disney World in the Summer months and contend with the Florida heat ...

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – 9 Reasons to Love It!

Turf Club Dining

Let’s Recap! 1. The Turf Club – The Turf Club is a lesser known restaurant at Walt Disney World, but many really enjoy their offerings.   2. Phenomenal Grounds – You may do a lot of walking here, but the grounds at Saratoga Springs are gorgeous.     3. Easy Access to Disney Springs – Perhaps the biggest draw of Saratoga Springs Resort ...

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – 9 Reasons to Love It!

Pool Saratoga Spring

5. Calm Atmosphere & Subtle Theming Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is themed after 1800’s Saratoga Springs, located in upstate New York.  In addition to Victorian styling, you’ll notice plenty of subtle nods to horse racing at the resort; my favorite are the pillows in the rooms that feature Disney animated horses.   6. Plenty of Pools Such a sprawling ...

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – 9 Reasons to Love It!

8. Golf On Premises Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is a world class 18-hole course, having hosted both the PGA and LPGA tours.  It’s located right at Saratoga Springs, so if you’re traveling with a golfer, the convenience to this great course is a real treat!   9. Booking a Room is Easy – AND a Good Value for your ...

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – 9 Reasons to Love It!

Treehouse at Saratoga Springs

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is a great big beautiful resort located across the waterway from Disney Springs.  With over 1,300 rooms on property, it is Disney Vacation Club’s largest property. Saratoga Springs is often overlooked, perhaps due to its age (having opened in 2004) and it’s perceived inconvenience to the 4 main theme parks.  Saratoga Springs Resort has ...

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