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Should I Drive or Fly to the Walt Disney World Resort?

It’s one of those big questions that comes up once in a while on Disney-related forums, and it’s one that has to be answered before every new trip: How are we going to get there? We’ve done both, and I’ll tell you which one I prefer, but first I’ll lay out a list of pros and cons to each. Before we begin, I should let you know that we live in Illinois, about 1200 miles from the Magic Kingdom. If you live closer, or father away, this list might look different for you. Flying to the Walt Disney World Resort – Pros Speed. Flying is definitely faster than driving, but it’s not exactly quick. The flight from Chicago to Orlando only takes about 2 1/2 hours, but once you consider the time to drive to the airport (about 30 minutes, unless there’s traffic), getting through security (1-2 hours), and...
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Changes to FastPass+ System at Walt Disney World

Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced the next phase of the MyMagic+ program. Guests staying off-property will soon be able to take advantage of the My Disney Experience app, and all guests will be able to reserve more than three FastPass+ selections. Here’s the important thing about this announcement: it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. If Disney is known for anything, it’s for listening to its guests and giving them – us! – exactly what we want in a dream vacation. They’re also known for innovation, especially when it comes to family vacation experiences. Before Disney, there was no such thing as a theme park – and at the time, there were quite a few outspoken people who thought the whole thing was a horrible idea that would forever destroy life as they knew it. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty...
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Thinking About Disney Cruise Line for First Time Cruisers

This week is Spring Break – and that’s the view from my back door. Yeah…it snowed again. No, they aren’t going to plow. Maybe it will melt? On this cold Spring morning, Disney Cruise Line released a new video detailing their destinations for Summer 2015. It looks like they’re branching out into Northern Europe – Norway, Finland, Iceland, Russia, and England. They also highlighted their destinations in the Mediterranean, Alaska, and of course, the Bahamas and Caribbean. This winter, we’ve been talking about doing the unthinkable: leaving the kids with the grandparents and taking a short Disney vacation just for us grownups. (I know, but sometimes Mom and Dad have to take care of ourselves too.) First we talked about a long weekend at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, but to be honest, with my food allergies and Celiac disease, it’s a minefield. I couldn’t stand the idea...
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3 Tips for Beating Post-Vacation Blues

I talk a lot about planning and preparing for vacation, but what about the moment you board the plane or get in the car to go home? The days just after vacation, when you have to try and get back into the routines that make up real life? I’ve been fighting off the post-vacation blues since we got home from the Walt Disney World Resort in January, so I thought I’d share some of my tips. 3 Tips for Beating Post-Vacation Blues So how do you get over the post-vacation blues, without swearing off vacations forever? Here are my top 3 tips: Start Planning Your Next Vacation It’s never too early to start dreaming of your next vacation! If your family is like mine, a week at the Walt Disney World Resort isn’t an annual thing, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the dreaded “#8221; I’m pretty sure...
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Handling Spring Break Crowds at Disney Parks (Without Losing Your Mind) – Travel Tip Tuesday

There are a few questions that can spark an instant debate among Disney fans. One of them is whether or not to take the kids out of school to go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. Some families do, some prefer to schedule their Disney trips around school breaks. On this week’s Travel Tip Tuesday, I’m Riding the Rails with Magical Blogorail and looking at strategies for handling Spring Break crowds at Disney Parks – without losing your mind. Handling Crowds at Disney Parks Any time school is out, the Disney parks are going to be more crowded. Our family tries to schedule our vacations to avoid crowds, but if that’s not an option for you, here are some ways you can deal with the crowds: Get to the parks early: The Disney parks tend to be less crowded earlier in the day. If you enjoy character dining,...
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