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How NOT To Be Exhausted On Your Trip To Disney World Resort

World Showcase Lagoon

Schedule a date night There are plenty of date-worth experiences around Walt Disney World, and scheduling some adult time is a great idea to combat vacation burnout.  Some great ideas for a date night include strolling Epcot’s World Showcase, having a delicious meal at Disney Springs, or having dinner at California Grill and watching the Magic Kingdom nighttime entertainment.   Wondering ...

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How NOT To Be Exhausted On Your Trip To Disney World Resort

Seven Dwarfs

Theme park-centered vacations can be exciting, energetic, and magical.  However, they can also be draining to one’s energy. Parents full of great intentions plan amazing trips with their children, only to become burnt out halfway through (or earlier).  As a mom, I can certainly relate to this feeling. Encouraging little ones to eat and sleep when they should, to stand ...

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How To Prepare For Disney Using The My Disney Experience App

My Disney Experience

5.  View Park Hours You can use the park hours section to plan your trip itinerary well in advance (which is super helpful for organizing your FastPass and dining reservations). You’ll want to consider Extra Magic hours if you’re staying on site; early rising families can really get a lot of attractions done if they arrive for Extra Magic Hours.  ...

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How To Prepare For Disney Using The My Disney Experience App

My Disney Experience

How to Plan for Disney Using the My Disney Experience App
By Meredith 

If you’re reading this website, you’ve probably gotten the message that going to Disney involves a lot of planning.  Luckily, there are plenty of tools at your disposal- in addition to the great advice you’ll find here! The My Disney Experience is crucial for your in-park experience and ...

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9 Activities For Kids to Enjoy Around Disney World Resort Hotels



Photo Credit: Disney.

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



Child shopping

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

Yachtsman Steakhouse

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?

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?

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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