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9 Activities For Kids to Enjoy Around Disney World Resort Hotels



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Surfing the in-room Disney channels I know you didn’t come on vacation to watch TV, but let’s face it- sometimes kids just need to plop on the bed and zone out for a bit and watch a show.  Your little guys might love checking out Timon and Pumba’s Wild About Safety (in room Channel 81), which reviews park touring rules ...

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9 Activities For Kids to Enjoy Around Disney World Resort Hotels



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You’ve planned the perfect Walt Disney World vacation- reserved character meals, obtained FastPasses, and scheduled time to ride all of the kid-friendly rides- and yet somehow, your child still wants to do things “at the hotel.” Sometimes the parks can be overwhelming, and kids express this desire for some down time.   Luckily, there are tons of amazing activities for ...

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Things Men will Enjoy Doing At Disney Word Resort

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5.  Great Shopping for Men Disney Springs has been transformed into a truly beautiful place to shop, dine, and enjoy entertainment.  Shopping isn’t just for women, of course! You’ll find that there are many specialty stores that men will love, including the Levi’s shop, Harley Davidson, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Tommy Bahama, Volcom, and Oakley, to name a few. Photo ...

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Things Men will Enjoy Doing At Disney Word Resort

Test Track

Is your husband fully on-board with your Disney obsession?  If he is, you’ve won the hubby lottery! If not, don’t worry- this isn’t uncommon.  This is a huge generalization, and we know that there are plenty of spouses and family members who don’t “get” your Disney obsession- not just husbands.  There are certainly plenty of women who will also thoroughly ...

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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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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