Podcast Episode 153: Babies At Disney

So you may be thinking “My baby is way too young for Disney” but it’s just not true!  Disney is for families of every age and size!  You should absolutely bring your baby to Disney and we give you great tips on how to make the most of your baby’s Disney vacation!

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Podcast Episode 150: Disney “Would You Rather?”

We’ve all played the “Would You Rather” where you have to choose between two impossible choices.  It’s a lot of fun and a tiny bit frustrating, of course.  We decided to put our own spin on the game by making our impossible choices all about Disney!

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Podcast Episode 147: Summer 2017 News

It’s that time again!  Time to update you with all the new information we have for Summer 2017 at Walt Disney World!  Listen in to find out about Pandora, what’s to do and to eat there, as well as resort refurbs, ride refurbs, and more!

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Podcast Episode 146: FastPass+ Tips and Strategies for 2017

Need to know how to get the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation?  This episode is for you!  We give you all the information you need in order use the FastPass+ system to its fullest potential so you can maximize the your fun touring the parks!

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Podcast Episode 138: Goofus and Gallant Go To Disney

For just a bit of fun, we take characters, Goofus and Gallant from Highlights magazine and use them to demonstration how to plan a Disney vacation.  Goofus does things his way and Gallant plans how he likes.  See which one plans the more magical vacation!

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Podcast Episode 128: Before And After – Which Is Better?

This week we discuss the changes Walt Disney World has undergone over the years and whether we liked it before the changes or after.  You might be surprised by some of our answers!

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Podcast Episode 126: Best Walt Disney World Queues

Nobody likes to stand in line when they’re on vacation, neither do we.  We understand that frustration so we’ve compiled our list of the best attraction queues at Walt Disney World!

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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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7 Things to Know Before Your Walt Disney World Vacation

  1. You will walk and be on your feet a lot. Walt Disney World is big and even getting from the transportation to the turnstiles will be a walk. Of course while in line you will also be on your feet.  The best help for this is to wear comfortable broken in shoes and socks and make sure to take breaks!  Check out Shannon’s article on prepping to walk.
  2. You cannot avoid the lines. You can use FastPass, but you will still be standing in lines for your FastPasses. You’ll definitely spend time waiting in the standby lines and if you need food, chances are good you will wait in line for a little bit there as well.  Just go in knowing that you will stand in some lines just about everywhere at Walt Disney World.
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  3. FastPass is free and easy to use. FastPass is included with your park ticket, so use them! And they are indeed easy to use.  You get to choose an initial 3 but after that you can make more, one at a time.  FastPass gives you a lot of flexibility to change plans on the go using the My Disney Experience app.

 

  1. There are a few ticket options. Choosing the best ticket option for your party can require some planning, but knowing what options are available are important. There is the base ticket which is 1 park per day, or the Park Hopper which allows you into multiple parks per day.  Then there is the Water Parks, Fun, and More ticket which allows you entrance into the two Disney water parks as well as mini golf, Disney Quest and other extras.  Knowing what you will use on a vacation can save you a lot of money.

 

  1. Check the park hours and know about special events. You will want to do some research on these events as they can have an effect on hours and closures. For instance starting in September and October Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and in November and December, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will cause the Magic Kingdom to close at 7pm.  This can really change your plans if the park closes much earlier than expected and you will be unable to see fireworks during your visit.  Other special event such as Food and Wine, and Flower and Garden can have an effect on crowds as well.

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  1. Don’t overlook attractions. It is easy to judge an attraction but a spin on the People Mover can be relaxing and fun. These smaller attractions can end up becoming favorites if you give them a chance.

 

  1. You can and should enjoy your resort. The resorts are so well themed, they have amazing pools and some cool amenities. Many resorts have multiple restaurants and bars so there are great places to get bite to eat or drink.    It is very tempting to spend all your time in the parks, but the resorts have great activities such as movies under the stars, campfires with s’mores, and fun games around the pool that you should make the time to check out.

 

 

 

FAQ: FastPass

FastPass is Disney’s attraction reservation system.  It allows you to reserve a time for an attraction with a short wait.  Here are some frequently asked questions about the FastPass+ system.

How much does it cost? It costs nothing, it is included with your park ticket.

Where are my FastPasses?  These are connected to your ticket media, so it may be a physical ticket, or your MagicBand.

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How many FastPass reservations can I make?  You can make 3 FastPass reservations initially, after you use those you can make additional reservations one at a time.

How to make more FastPass? You can make additional FastPass using the My Disney Experience app or website, as well as the FastPass+ kiosks in the parks.

How do I make my initial 3 FastPass reservations? You can make these reservations on the My Disney Experience app or at www.startyourdisneyexperience.com at 60 days prior for Walt Disney World Resort guests, 30 days for off-site and annual passholders.  You can start to make these reservations at 7am.IMG_0139

How long do I have to use my FastPass?  Generally you have 1 hour to use your FastPass.  However if you are using this for a show the time will generally be 20-30 minutes prior to the show.

Can I show up early for my FastPass? Generally, no you have to wait until your FastPass window to open.

Can I show up late for my FastPass? Again, generally, no.  If you get lucky and get a really nice Cast Member, they may let you in late but don’t wait too long, over 15 minutes late and your FastPass will essentially expire.

Can I change my FastPass?  Yes you can change the experience or time of your FastPass if you change your plans or you mind.  You can do this in the app or online.

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Does everyone have to have the same FastPasses? Not at all!  This flexibility makes it easy to be able to do what appeals to everyone in your party.

How long are the FastPass lines?  The FastPass lines vary based on attraction, time of day and how busy the standby line is for the attraction.

 

Do you have any other burning FastPass questions?  Ask away!