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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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How Walt Disney World has Changed And Will Continue to Change In Coming Years

5. Introduction of more IP (Intellectual Property) Walt Disney World started with rides based on original ideas and concepts, but today we see more emphasis on attractions being based on intellectual property (movies, television characters) that have shown proof of concept.  We’ve seen hit movies become rides (a la Frozen), and we’ve even seen attractions become movies with the hugely ...

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How Walt Disney World has Changed And Will Continue to Change In Coming Years

Great Movie Ride

Let’s Recap! 1. Pricing – When the Magic Kingdom first opened its gates, the cost of entry was under $4.00 per adult; tickets were then purchased for each attraction based on their classification (A through E-ticket).  2. Transportation – If Walt Disney were still alive, I can only imagine how excited he would be about the innovations in transportation that we are ...

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How to Enjoy Walt Disney World Parks When They’re Most Crowded

Entrance Line

7.  … or, leave the parks altogether Don’t take your resort amenities for granted.  Enjoy the pool (especially mid-day when the crowds are at their worst) or other special activity at your resort, or visit Disney Springs (it’s usually more crowded at night). 8.  Use My Disney Experience to monitor wait times Hopefully you’ve ridden the most popular rides or ...

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How to Enjoy Walt Disney World Parks When They’re Most Crowded

Let’s Recap! 1. Temper your expectations – For guests who are not as familiar with how crowded Walt Disney World can be, perhaps the worst thing about the crowds is the shock of it all.   2. Take advantage of extended park hours, if available – Park hours tend to be a bit longer during the busiest times of year, i.e. Spring ...

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