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Budgeting

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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Budgeting

Drive or Fly?

For our family, simply getting to Orlando (or Anaheim for that matter) is an undertaking. We live in the middle of Illinois—936 miles from Orlando. With 6 people, we generally assume it’s less expensive to drive when we travel, an assumption that was probably formed in childhood back when gas cost less than $1/gallon! I’ve done the math and it actually cost the same amount to fly to Orlando as it would to drive, without even considering the time and stress factors: According to Google Maps, it’s a 19 hour drive. Our kids have a hard limit of 3 hours in the car before one of them starts getting car sick and the rest try to kill each other. Assuming we left before dawn to maximize the time the kids are asleep or at least drowsy, we could do it in two days: Day 1: Leave at 4am, drive...
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Disney Magic

Anonymous Cast Members

There’s no question – Disney World really is magical. But there’s more to the magic than the characters. There is a small army of anonymous magicians who go out of their way to make sure the little details of your vacation just fall into place. I searched, and I don’t think I have a single picture of those cast members! That kid of bothers me. I remember them. They made our stay at Disney World the magical experience that it was. But they don’t get the accolades. Instead, they go home after their shift, take care of the kids, make dinner, and go back the next day to do it all over again. I’d like to invite you to share your memories of the anonymous cast members who made your Disney experience magical!  If you’re a Disney blogger, will you write a post on your blog celebrating the little...
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