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

Disney Dining: When to start planning?

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So, if you’ve checked out more than just this post, you’ll know that one of my family’s travel favorites is Disney World. We actually have a trip booked for October and we’re already talking about dining. So, when is the best time to start thinking about restaurants? This may sound crazy, but for my money- 7 months out. Yes, that is SEVEN.

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If you are staying on Disney property, you can start making your dining reservations 180 days before your check-in date. Which means you really need to start researching, reading, and deciding where you might want to eat 7 months before you go. We are in the process of narrowing down our choices so that we’re at the ready, when our 180 day mark comes! There are so many things to think about! Continue reading