Disney World, Resorts and hotels
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Disney’s Saratoga Springs

Disney Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs struggled to find its identity before becoming part of the Disney Vacation Club. It’s the only resort within walking distance of Downtown Disney (shopping/entertainment complex), and Walt Disney himself once viewed it as a residential community with shopping center access. But in 1975, the company switched gears and made it a villa resort […] Read more...

Disney World, News, Tips: Save money – beat crowds
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Don’t pay for parking at Disney

Walt Disney World main entrance sign

It appears that a lot of people want to avoid paying Disney’s $14 per day parking fee. In an earlier post, I suggested it was easy to do – simply park at a resort and hop a free shuttle bus (or boat or monorail or whatever). I also suggested that Disney could, possibly, tow your […] Read more...

Disney World, Restaurants
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Animal Kingdom dining

Disney Animal Kingdom dining Tamu Tamu sign

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has four general levels of dining: Full-service, fast food, limited food and dessert, and street vendors. Full-service restaurants are also full-service bars, and most fast food options offer beer. Location descriptions are based on proximity to Animal Kingdom’s central icon, the Tree of Life, located in the middle of the park. For […] Read more...

Disney World, Restaurants
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Epcot dining

Disney World Epcot dining Italy World Showcase

Epcot dining differs from other Orlando and even Disney theme parks. It focuses on three general levels of – full-service, fast food, and limited food – but the top tier restaurants come close to luxury eateries found in the private sector, albeit with too many tourists in shorts. Most lands of World Showcase offer at […] Read more...

Disney World
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Disney’s hidden Mickeys

Kids love the Where’s Waldo book series. They feel a sense of accomplishment when they discover the man with the striped shirt in the middle of a crowd. The Disney version of Where’s Waldo – called “hidden Mickeys” – offers the same thrills as vacationers hunt for the mouse’s outline in paintings or script or architectural […] Read more...

Disney World, Restaurants
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Hollywood Studios dining

Disney Hollywood Studios restaurant

Disney Hollywood Studios has four general levels of dining: Full-service, fast food, limited food and dessert, and street vendors. Full-service restaurants are also full-service bars, and most fast food options offer beer. Location descriptions are based on proximity to Hollywood Studio’s central icon, the giant Mickey Mouse hat from Fantasia that’s located in roughly the […] Read more...

Disney World, Planning an Orlando trip, Restaurants
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Eating inside the Disney parks

Disney Hollywood Studios Dinosaur Gertie food

October 2011: Disney parks have four levels of dining: Full-service restaurants/buffets, fast food, limited food and dessert, and street vendors. Full-service restaurants These could be a sit-down restaurant or upscale buffet, which is arguably not “full service.” Due to its in-the-park location, however, don’t expect five stars. With the possible exception of some restaurants in […] Read more...

Disney World, Restaurants
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Magic Kingdom dining

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn Frontierland Disney Magic Kingdom

October 2011: Disney theme parks have four general levels of dining: Full-service, fast food, limited food and dessert, and street vendors. The Magic Kingdom is the only Disney park that does not serve alcohol. Location descriptions are based on proximity to Cinderella’s Castle. For a full overview of park restaurant options, read Eating inside the […] Read more...

Disney World, News
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Duffy the Disney Bear

Duffy the Disney bear on shelf at Epcot

Here’s a strange tidbit: Duffy, AKA the Disney Bear, is a fraud. Yes, shocking but true. The stuffed phenomenon that has taken Japan by storm – and that Disney retailers have introduced to Central Florida in hopes of creating must-have demand from key demographics – is not Disney World’s first teddy bear. He’s been around […] Read more...

Disney World, News
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Disney Vacation Club

Disney's Boardwalk timeshare DVC Vacation Club

The Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is a way for Disney to increase profits by saying to each potential guest: “We’ll give you a discounted stay at our resorts if you promise to keep coming back.” It doesn’t promise a profit for any money invested, just a bargain-priced Disney vacation as long as you keep coming […] Read more...