Your 1st visit to Walt Disney World: 5 Things to consider

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A few years ago, when we took our oldest son to Walt Disney World for the first time, the realization quickly set in that we were in charge of the Magic. It felt a little overwhelming, but now that we are fresh on the heels from our 5th trip, I have learned a few “must-dos” in planning along the way.

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Fifty years of Disney Fun Ahead

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Well, we did it!

After lots of questions, a lot of back and forth, we did it… became DVC members.

Yikes!

After we signed all the contracts, visited the notary, crossed the last T and dotted the last I, my husband asked me why I wasn’t more excited? What was wrong? Isn’t this what I wanted? The immediate answer was Yes!  Of course I’m excited, but it was that kind of excitement you feel on a huge roller coaster for the first time- equal parts excitement, anticipation, and fear. I mean, fifty years of vacation points is a HUGE commitment (not to mention the money that we are forking out for said points). But, I got the welcome tote bag in the mail, so we must be official!

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The downfall of Disney discounts…

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… lessons we are learning.

We are fresh off our Ballpark Touring and now gearing up for Disney World in October. We started planning this trip more than 9 months ago, reading more experienced blogs, watching videos on YouTube and continually checking the official website for updates. However, we are learning that all of the preparations capable from a mere mortal (and I do a LOT) still do not guarantee you a discount… even when they are released. (My blood pressure is rising even as I write this.) Continue reading