Walt Disney World Tightens Advanced Dining Arrangements Rules

There is news from Walt Disney World concerning how you schedule your dining at the restaurants in Walt Disney World. It is official. There is no way around the rule of only having one scheduled dining arrangement at a time. This means that people that tend to schedule multiple Disney Dining arrangements for the exact same time, and decide at the last minute where they want to dine, will no longer be able to do that.

Disney Dining had for a long time discouraged this practice, and it was against the rules, but there was no way to tell if someone had more than one arrangement. Now there is. I am glad because it may open up some of the nicer and harder to get locations, such as Le Cellier in Canada at Epcot, and Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom.

In particular, I hope it makes it easier to get dining at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With very few sit down restaurants to choose from, it can be hard to get a decent dining time at that theme park. It can be tough to find dining at that Disney Theme Park on nights Fantasmic is showing.

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Walt Disney World Resort Hotels – Your Best Choice for Orlando Lodgings

Why stay at a Disney owned/operated resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida? Is there really a benefit? I can answer those two questions easily. Disney provides you with a vacation experience that is several steps beyond any other type of vacation. From the very moment you decide you want to take a vacation, the Disney Difference starts. It is that spark of magic; Disney magic.

Yes, right at the start, when you contact an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Our Laughing Place Travel, you know Disney has trained these agencies, and that your travel agent will live up to a standard set by Disney. Disney specialized agencies are the best ones for planning Disney vacations, because you can be assured of having an agent who is all about Disney, and knows the Disney destinations.

The resorts at Walt Disney World are designed to provide more than just a place to sleep. Your resort will fill you with wonder, themed to perfection; be it the beaches of the Caribbean at Caribbean Beach Resort, or opening up your imagination with icons that are larger than life at All Star Movies Resort. You will experience an immersion into a worry free vacation, from the moment you check in. It is all about being Disney guest.

Disney World Resort offers a broad range of accommodations – 24 resorts that vary in price, allowing guests to pay for only the amenities that are important to them.  Disney Value resort guests are treated to larger-than-life theming, swimming pools and playgrounds, arcade rooms and standard amenities – and with more than 8,000 rooms at four resorts, about one-third of Disney’s hotel accommodations fall into the Value category.  Families who prefer the great outdoors can rent a campsite at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (with nearly 800 available) and either pitch a tent or bring along an RV.  Moderate resorts, Deluxe resorts and Deluxe Villa resorts are available for guests who prefer additional amenities during their stay. There is something for everyone at Walt Disney World. Immerse yourself in a vacation experience that will leave you filled with magical memories.

Here is what Disney considers to be the TOP FOUR BENEFITS of staying in a Disney resort.

Disney’s Magical Express – When guests bound for Disney owned-and-operated hotels are traveling via commercial airline to Orlando International Airport (OIA), they can arrange for special luggage tags that allow them to check their bags at their hometown airport, bypass baggage claim at OIA and board state-of-the-art motor coaches for complimentary transportation to the Vacation Kingdom, where their bags “magically” appear in their guestroom.  When it’s time to say good-bye, guests board motor coaches for complimentary transportation back to OIA.  An extra convenience: Guests traveling on participating airlines can check their baggage for the return flight at their Disney resort, saving time and luggage-toting at the airport.

Walt Disney World Transportation System – A Walt Disney World resort ID is the ticket for buses, monorails and boat launches that combine to connect virtually all areas of the Vacation Kingdom.  With the convenience of “door-to-door” service throughout the resort, many guests enjoy their Walt Disney World vacation without a car. See Transportation Wizard

Extra Magic Hours – Each day, Disney hotel guests are offered exclusive time in a Walt Disney World theme park one hour prior to scheduled park opening, see park hours, or for up to three hours after park closing. The park varies from day to day. In addition, Disney water parks sometimes open one hour early for guests of Disney hotels. To take advantage of the additional time in the parks, guests must have their hotel ID plus a Magic Your Way ticket valid for the park(s) offering Extra Magic Hours.

Disney Dining Plan – Guests who combine their hotel accommodations and attractions tickets into a Magic Your Way Package are eligible to add dining for the convenience of a more-inclusive “cruise-style” vacation package.  There are plan choices to satisfy different budgets and appetites.  All include at least two meals and a snack for each night of a Disney resort stay.  Savings and restaurant choices vary. For more information visit the OLP Travel Dining Guide.

OTHER NOTABLE ATTRIBUTES, BENEFITS AND PERKS OF DISNEY RESORTS
·         Location, location, location – With their on-property location convenient to the theme parks, the Disney hotels are a haven for guests who seek a midday swimming break – or a siesta.  For some guests, the convenience is even more specific…

·         Many families with young children select accommodations in one of the “monorail resorts” – Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Reason: location near Magic Kingdom and convenient monorail transportation between the resorts and Magic Kingdom or Epcot.

·         Many adult couples visiting without children enjoy the proximity to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk – as well as the nightlife of Disney’s BoardWalk.  Walkways and water taxis connect the three resorts with the theme parks.

Theming – It’s not just a room.  In the same way that Disney’s theme parks offer an escape to a timeless land of enchantment, a walk down small-town Main Street or a peek at the future, Disney hotels offer a mix of adventures.  Disney Imagineers have created detailed, themed environments that include the romance and beauty of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to Victorian opulence at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Truly, if you are looking for the ultimate escape, a vacation that you can immerse yourself in, without any cares or worries, I recommend a Walt Disney World vacation.

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Rix Lounge at Walt Disney World

Disney dining, Disney entertainment, Coronado Springs ResortRix Lounge located at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort (my favorite Moderate Resort), is becoming a wonderful new and trendy”hot spot” at the Walt Disney World.  Although the Walt Disney World Resort recently closed all of its nightclubs at Pleasure Island, in Downtown Disney, I think it’s important that people know that this location is a very appealing alternative. 

 The atmosphere and decor is what I would refer to as super-hip and sophisticated with throw-back touches here and there to the 70s.  With lots of cozy, inviting sitting areas, a nice size dance floor, and a dj spinning top 40 remix hits, it offers an atmosphere for those just wanting to relax with some friends, as well as an area to “get your groove on”.  Continue reading Rix Lounge at Walt Disney World

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Your Perfect Adventure Awaits – Adventures By Disney

Adventures by Disney, Disney travel planningWhen I hear adults object to a Disney vacation because they think the parks are for children only, I get sad. Not only do I think the world would be a better place if we spent more time embracing our inner child… but Disney is so much more than a playground for the young and young at heart.

For those who want their vacations to be mind-growing in addition to mind-blowing, there are Adventures by Disney — where you’ll travel the world with the Disney perspective and see what most ordinary tourists will never experience.

For example, on Ireland Family Adventure, you’ll go sheep herding in Shannon, take jig lessons in Killarney, and tour cathedrals in Dublin. Or, on Australia Family Adventure you’ll plunge into the largest coral reef system on earth, ride camels through the desert to watch the sun set on Ayers Rock, and feel the rush of adrenaline as you zoom around famed Sydney Harbour on a high-speed boat. These are adventures you’ve got to hike, bike and swim to believe. Continue reading Your Perfect Adventure Awaits – Adventures By Disney

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Walt Disney World Vacations through the years

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I have a lot of people ask me what the BEST age would be for a family vacation to Walt Disney World. I thought it would be fun to share the highlights of my family’s vacations.

We started our first family trip when my twin boys were 2 years old. Most people thought that we had lost our minds! It actually ended up being a fun filled trip! (On this trip, as well as all to follow, we were accompanied by my parents.) The most important thing was to keep the kids happy and their bellies full. That was an easy task. With all of the character dining, we accomplished both, at the same time. Their favorite place to dine was Crystal Palace with Pooh and friends in the Magic Kingdom. The loved Eyeore and Piglet visiting the table. There was constant movement and noise to keep their attention. The SpectroMagic parade was another favorite. From their strollers, they loved watching the lights coming down Main Street. That year, Disney featured a special stage show with all of the afternoon cartoon characters. Needless to say, we spent a lot of time at that show. Continue reading Walt Disney World Vacations through the years

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