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Disney Dining Plan – Worth It or Scam?

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Top 5 Perks for Staying at a Disney Hotel

Do you stay on property or off? This is always a good way to spark debate in a community of Disney fans! I fall solidly in the “on-property” camp. I’ve discussed my big reasons for staying at a Disney resort hotel – the immersive experience, the Disney dining plan, Extra Magic Hours, and more. Today I want to share with you my top 5 lesser-known perks you get when you stay at a Disney hotel: Online Check-In: I don’t know about you, but when I’ve just spent all day traveling with four excited kids, standing around filling out paperwork is not my idea of a good time! When you stay in a Disney hotel, you can check in up to 10 days before your vacation. You still have to stop by the front desk to pick up your Key to the World card and find out where your room...
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Special Experiences at Disney – Worth the Cost?

Yesterday, I wrote about the Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour, available both at Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. It sounds like an amazing experience, and one that my family of train buffs would love but there’s a catch: the cost. This tour, like many other Special Experiences at Disney parts, costs $49 per person, above and beyond theme park admission. I understand the additional charge, the tour guides have to be trained, and their time is worth something – and of course for Disney to remain in business and continue to innovate, they have to make a profit! But for a large family like ours, $50 per person adds up fast! What does your family do – take full advantage of tours and special experiences, or skip them in favor of the many magical experiences included in your park admission? Pin It
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Giving Disney Cruise Line Another Chance

I’ve written about why I had no plans to try the Disney Cruise Line, but I might just give it another chance. I got an email from Disney last night announcing the Kids Sail Free promotion. With two full-price adult fares on selected Mexican Riviera cruises, children are free. That might just make it worth trying a cruise. Unfortunately with four kids, we would need two staterooms, which means I’m not sure we could actually get the kids sail free discount. The website won’t allow it, since it requires an adult for each stateroom which means we’d have one adult and two kids in each room – making us ineligible for the discount. That’s one of the difficulties of stepping outside the 2 adults and 2 kids box – more often than not when we travel, it’s just not as easy to make reservations. Will the Kids Sail Free...
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Disney Vacation Club – worth it or timeshare scam?

We saw the marketing push for the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) on our first trip, and basically ignored it. Well, except for the cool stickers people kept giving the kids: We’d seen timeshares before. Heck, we even bought into a campground membership in our earlier days. Yeah, that didn’t go well. I think we used it exactly once. And ended up with a legal battle when we cancelled it. So when we glanced over the brochure for the DVC, admittedly we patted ourselves on the back and said “no, we’re too smart to fall for that….” Ok, so there’s a fair supply of arrogance around here! Then I started getting into the Disney blogosphere. And started seeing bloggers that I respect raving about the DVC. (Who WAS that??? I read too many blogs. If that was you, speak up!) With our family size, we either have to stay in...
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