Podcast Episode 162: Under And Over Estimations Of A Disney Vacation

Planning a Disney vacation can be full of unknowns.  How much can you do in one day?  How much walking will I do?  How long will it take me to get around the resort?  In this episode, we tell you all about the things you shouldn’t overestimate and underestimate when you’re planning your time at Disney.

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Podcast Episode 159: Disney For Frequent Visitors

If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to visit Disney more than once every few years, then you may be wondering what you can do at Disney that isn’t the same old thing.  We’ve got you covered with our tips for frequent visitors!

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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 141: Dole Whipped “Newlywed Game”

If you’ve ever seen the Newlywed Game, you know that two people try to guess what the other one is thinking by answering questions the way they think their partner would.  We put our Dole Whipped spin on this to see how well we really know each other.  Come have some fun and silliness with us as we attempt to read each other’s minds!

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review

On our last vacation we booked as part of our split stay a night at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  We had booked a standard room in the Atrium (the main building).  Our room was 4722 located on the tenth floor with a gorgeous view of Bay Lake!

The room is 394 square feet, and we felt we had plenty of room to move around and contain all of our items.  Upon entering, to the right there is a small bar with the coffee maker, cups and ice bucket.  There are two closets in this area as well.  The closets contain a luggage rack, ironing board, iron, safe, and two drawers and of course plenty of space to hang up your clothing.

To the left is the bathroom. This features a separate room with a toilet and hamper, as well as double sinks, and a full shower/tub.  The best features in here are the awesome shower head, double sinks and clean lines.  The bathroom has really great lighting too if you need to see to get ready.  Included are towels that are a bit nicer and some really nice and decent sized toiletries, including lotion and body wash.


Walking further into the room to the left is a long desk with a chair and a small rolling table.  There are two queen sized beds that are very comfortable.  You can really tell the difference from the Moderates and Values in the beds at the Deluxe resorts.  The mattresses are more comfortable, the sheets, pillows and blankets are much nicer here as well.  To round out the sleeping area on the opposite wall there is a couch that folds down into a bed.  It did take us some time to figure out how to turn the couch into the bed (you pull top part down towards you) but we managed!  On the same wall as the couch was a large screen television.

The icing on the cake is the amazing balcony with two chairs and a small table.  This view was just beautiful and I could have sat all day overlooking the pool, grounds and Bay Lake.  Going back to the entrance you could look out your “front door” and get an amazing view of the Magic Kingdom!

Jillian: I was so excited to stay here!  This is the one resort that I had always wanted to stay at growing up.  It did not disappoint.  I thought the room was spacious and clean and I love a modern look, so this was perfect for me.  I also think this is a great option for someone who isn’t into Disney because this resort does feel grown up.  I thought the beds and furniture were comfortable, the views were spectacular.  We had a great experience with bell services so no complaints there.

The not so good: I did find check in to be slow but maybe because we were so excited to see our room. We also found that there were issues with food trays being left in the halls for hours, over 12 hours to be exact!  That is pretty bad for a Deluxe resort.  Next was our issue with the monorail.  This did not run for more than 30 minutes after park closing and the only other option is to walk.  I can handle the walk, but I can see families with little ones or those with disabilities having issues with this.  Literally the only option to get to the Contemporary is the monorail or to walk.  The walk is probably 12 minutes when you are going at a decent clip.

I really enjoyed using the monorail services (when they were running) and even the walk to the Magic Kingdom.  I think this resort offers great dining options from quick snacks to extra fancy meals!  I loved exploring the shops and amazing views from the decks.  The layout of the resort can be a little tricky, just trying to figure out which floor you have to go to get on the monorail or different restaurants took a little work, but mostly we had Tara as our guide since she is most familiar with the resort.

Tara: I had not stayed at Contemporary since I was a wee lass and really have no memory of it. I was thrilled to check it off the list since had recently stayed in Bay Lake Tower it was nice to compare. I love how convenient staying in the Tower is to everything. It is such a quick trip to stores, restaurants, and the monorail. You can not beat the convenience of everything. The room was nice but not Disney enough for many people. It is not “special” but more like an upscale Hilton or Marriott. I LOVED the bathroom though and found it more than special and comfortable. One thing that was nice is at night when you walk into the bathroom it has a sensor and a dim light comes on to help you maneuver. This was a great perk since I did not want to wake up the other girls! The beds were very comfortable and the view was great. I enjoyed it and would stay again, but it is at the bottom of the three monorail resorts for me with Polynesian and Grand Floridian taking the top spots.

Jamie: Walking into the Contemporary for our stay felt so much different from the previous visits I’d made to the resort. We took the elevator up to our room and when we stepped out there was a huge glass wall… and Space Mountain. How cool, to open the door to your hotel room every morning and there is Space Mountain! It’s an experience I’m glad I was able to have. The room was very nice. I especially loved the balcony and our view of Bay Lake. My main “cons” are the ones that Jillian has already mentioned, from the food in the hallway to the lack of transportation at the end of the night. Overall I think the resort is pretty great, but it still wasn’t able to knock the Polynesian off of my top monorail resort spot!

If you haven’t yet given the Contemporary Resort a try you may want to add it to your list of resorts.  You can’t beat the location, views, and dining at the Contemporary!

Podcast Episode 123: We Gave It A Try

We make it a point to try new things at Disney each time we visit so we can report back to our readers and listeners about our findings.  Join us this week as we talk about the most recent new experiences we’ve had for the first time while at Disney!

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Podcast Episode 110: Shannon’s Disneyland Trip Report

A few weeks ago, Shannon attended an agent education program at Disneyland in California.  She’s back to tell us all about what she learned and how Disneyland differs from Walt Disney World in Florida!

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Podcast Episode 107: Disney FAQs

In this week’s episode, we tackle the most common questions we get about Disney vacation planning.  We answer all your questions about when is the best time to visit, tickets, resorts, the Disney Dining Plan, and more!

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Current and Upcoming Walt Disney World Refurbishments

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No reason for this picture other than it is CUTE! Actually no reason for any of these pics, other than they are all of our loved ones and Disney!

 

Refurbishments are always a good and bad thing – good to spruce and fix up but sad when a favorite ride or attraction is not open when you are there.

Below are some upcoming refurbishments to be aware of while you are planning your next Walt Disney World vacation! Stay tuned for more refurbishments on the resort side coming soon!

Magic Kingdom Park

Monorail
The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.          Through Summer 2016

Swiss Family Treehouse                                                            Jul. 6 – Sep. 24, 2016
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress                                               Jul. 25 – 28, 2016
Liberty Square Riverboat                                                                   Aug. 1 – 7, 2016
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad                                             Aug. 8 – Nov. 18, 2016
“it’s a small world”                                                                 Aug. 22 – Sep. 15, 2016

EPCOT

NONE!

Hollywood Studios

 

Pizza Planet                                                                                    Jan. 19 – Late 2016
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream                                                       Jul. 16 – 19, 2016
Voyage of the Little Mermaid                                                           Jul. 24 – 27, 2016
MuppetVision 3D                                                                             Aug. 15 – 22, 2016

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

DINOSAUR                                                                                 Jul. 25 – Oct. 16, 2016
Dino Institute Shop                                                                    Jul. 25 – Oct. 16, 2016             

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

NONE!

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

NONE!

 Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood                                                                       Jan. 6 – Summer 2016
Fulton’s Crab House – reopening as Paddlefish                            Apr. 4 – Fall 2016

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