Podcast Episode 142: Best Uses for Snack Credits

You know us here at Dole Whipped, we love talking about food!  One of our favorite things to do at Disney is snack!  This week we let you in on our favorite ways to spend the snack credits that are included in your Disney Dining Plan.  From the parks to the resorts, we’ll help you make smart snack choices!

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Podcast Episode 127: 2017 WDW Pricing With Sample Budgets

Affording the perfect Walt Disney World vacation can be easier than you think and we’re here to help!  This week, the four of us each took on a sample budget from $1500 – $4500 for a family of four and planned out exactly what you could afford within that budget.  We price in resorts, tickets, and even dining plans so you can get a good idea of how far your money will go at Disney.

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Podcast Episode 125: Club Level Overview

Have you been curious about what club level is and what it has to offer?  This week we give you the low down on what you can expect if you stay club level at a Disney resort.  From the rooms, amenities, and food offerings, staying club level offers you a special something extra for your next Disney vacation.

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Podcast Episode 118: November Girls Trip Report

Join us as we talk about all the fun things we did during our recent girls trip to Walt Disney World!  We tried new food (hello, Food & Wine Festival!), new attractions, and new shows!

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Podcast Episode 100: Our 100 Favorite Disney Things

Can you believe it’s already our 100th episode?!  We love podcasting and we’ve had so much fun along the way.  For this special episode we made a list of 100 Disney things we love.  We hope you love them too!  Stick around to see what we have in store for the next 100 episodes!

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Hint:  If you’d like an additional entry into our giveaway, you’re going to want to join us for this episode. 🙂

Unique Dining Outside of the Parks – Part II

Tired of the same old restaurants in the parks at Walt Disney World, or just looking for something new?  Check out the first installment check it out here to learn about unique dining options in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Resort areas. **LINK** 

Animal Kingdom Resort Area:
ndscape of Flavors located in the Art of Animation is one of the few quick service restaurants on my list of unique dining.  It makes the list due to its lunch and dinner menus where you can custom make any different types of meals such as pasta, omelet, burgers, and salads.  It is fun to custom make your own pasta with sauce and meat choices.  It is sure to win over even the pickiest of eaters.

 Dine with Animal Specialist with in the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a 4 course lunch at Sanaa where you can learn all about the animals that are just outside the windows of the restaurant!  This is a truly intimate lunch that is limited to 12 guests.  Once you are finished eating you will head into a secure area for and up close and personal encounter with radiated tortoises. 


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Wanyama Safari is available only to guests of Animal Kingdom Lodge and features a 90 minute tour with unique vantage points for observing the animals.  It is limited to 12 guests so you will have a very personalized tour.  Prior to the safari you will have a reception with the chefs and cultural representative from Jiko and then conclude your safari with a fabulous dinner at Jiko.  This is a one of a kind dining experience.

Disney Springs:
If you are in the mood for some fantastic food by a famous chef you will want to see Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.  There is a large sushi menu and plenty of Pan-Asian food for every palate. The menu is extensive with lots of seafood but plenty of steak, noodle and chicken dishes.  Don’t miss this fantastic restaurant.

Wolfgang Puck Express is an easy choice for a single table service credit with amazing food.  People always rave about the macaroni and cheese as well as the bacon wrapped meatloaf.  Not to be mistaken with Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, the express is just a smaller version of the main restaurant by the celebrity chef. Here is a great review we have!


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The Boathouse is another recent addition to Disney Springs, right on the water front.  You cannot beat the location and ambience at Disney Springs and the food is pretty darn amazing too.  They feature American, seafood and steaks and have gotten a reputation for the gigantic Gibsons S’mores Baked Alaska that serves four!

What other restaurants would you add to the lineup of unique offerings outside of a Walt Disney World park?  Let us know!

Club Level Series: Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa View

We are nearing the end of the Club Level Series with two deluxe resorts left to cover and so I decided Animal Kingdom would be next! We at DoleWhipped have two Dole Whippies that LOVE Animal Kingdom Lodge. It is one of my favorite resorts and so much to do. It is the best themed resort, in my opinion, and who does not love a glass of wine in the evening and hanging out with a friendly giraffe on your balcony? If you have not tried it yet go for it! It is heaven. If you need even more luxury at Animal Kingdom then go ahead and splurge and go Club Level.

Animal Kingdom Lodge’s club lounge is aptly named the Kilimanjaro Club and is located on the 6th Floor of Jambo House. The lobby is a huge atrium and it is located on a landing on the 6th floor and overlooks the lobby and it is only accessible by club level and suite guests. The Kilimanjaro Club literally just finished refurbishment and was done in May 2016 so best time to visit is now.

There are about 70 Club rooms and there are also suites available. The club level rooms are very similar to the standard rooms at Animal Kingdom and located on the Fourth Floor.

One thing special and unique is if you are a Disney Vacation Club member you can trade in your points and upgrade to a Club Level Room at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is the only resort that has this as an option.

There previously were a few different special things that Club Level at Animal Kingdom or even just staying at Animal Kingdom afforded you. Certain things like the Night-time safari and Wanyama Safari but all of these have recently changed to be open to any Walt Disney World guest.

The lounge food – it in itself is a HUGE bonus at the Kilimanjaro Club because when it gets down to the good food for evening hours they bring it in from Boma and Jiko so you are in for a huge treat. The morning offerings and afternoon snacks are a bit of the usual club level offerings but the lunch, dinner and evening desserts are where it is at! Yes, even zebra domes make it to the dessert table at the Kilimanjaro lounge! The amazing part of all of the food is it is, as always, complimentary to Club Guest. If you are someone not sure about trying these restaurants – this is a great way to get a taste and realize these are amazing places with some of the best food on property!


Podcast Episode 94: Interview with Anessa

Here at Dole Whipped, we love talking with fans and former Disney Cast Members and this week we have both all wrapped up in one!  Join us as we talk with Anessa, client and friend of the show about being a Disney super fan and a super planner!  She’s got some great tips for you as well as some good ideas on how you can use a travel agent and still do lots of Disney planning yourself.

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Podcast Episode 92: Disney Date Nights

We know Disney is usually all about families and kids, but this week we’re giving you some ideas of what you can do at Disney as a couple.  We’ve got some great suggestions for planning the perfect date night at Disney with that special someone!

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Walt Disney World Refurbishments-Spring 2016

Walt Disney World is constantly changing, updating rooms, attractions and parks. In order to do this they have to close down these attractions periodically. Here are the known refurbishments taking place at Walt Disney World this spring. These are subject to change without notice, so always check before going.


Monorail: May be under modified service or routes: Now- April 2016

Magic Kingdom
Jungle Cruise- March 1-3

Soarin’- January 4-Summer 2016

Circle of Life-February 7-April 2


Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Midway Mania – March 15

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure- April 3 Closing Permanently

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show- April 3 Closing Permanently

Pizza Planet- January 19-Late 2016


Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids- January 4- March 17

Flights of Wonder—January 25-March 17

Boneyard – February 22-March 17

Isle of Java—February 22- March 17

Warung Outpost- January 22-March 17


Typhoon Lagoon January 4- March 19



Bay Lake Tower at The Contemporary Resort

Bay Cove Pool February 1-March 18

Soft goods refurbishment April 2-October 14


Animal Kingdom Lodge

Concierge Lounge May 7-22

AKL- Jambo House- Soft goods rehab January 1- May 20


Art of Animation

Schoolyard Sprayground- January 4-March 11


Beach Club Villas

Soft goods and bath rehab- January 1-May 20


Boardwalk Inn

Exterior Painting and Repair- May 5

Flying Fish Restaurant- February 1-September 30

Seashore Sweets- Closed Permanently


Caribbean Beach Resort

Aruba Pool– February 22-April 15


Polynesian Village Resort

General Construction through Spring 2016

East Pool- Through 2016


Pop Century

Bowling Pool- February 15-March 1


Port Orleans Riverside

Ol’ Man Island Pool- January 11-March 4


Saratoga Springs

Soft goods rehab- February 7-June 22


Wilderness Lodge

General Resort refurbishment through 2017

Cub’s Den- closed through 2017

Sturdy Branches Health Club- July- October 2016


Hilton Head Island

Beach Renourishment- May 1-June 4

Dolphin Hotel

Guest room Renovations- June 2016-September 2016


Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood- January 6-Summer 2016

Mickey’s Pantry/The Spice and Tea Exchange- February 29-March 14