Beyond the Parks

Wait, Who’s That? – The Three Caballeros + Video

by on April 11, 2017

photo - Angela DahlgrenHave you heard of The Three Caballeros? Have you seen the film?

In today’s episode of…Wait, Who’s That?, I give you a brief overview of these lively Disney characters!

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Dani’s Best Week Ever March 23, 2017: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (again!) and Disney Springs

by on March 23, 2017

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and there are no signs of slowing down. I am very fortunate to have the ability to visit Orlando’s theme parks at least once during most weekends, even with a hectic schedule. This past weekend brought new adventures in a part of Florida I hardly ever venture to.

It also brought commitments, including my commitment to spend time in the theme parks. The conundrum: which park to visit. The further conundrum: visit the parks I want to visit just for fun, or head to where needed research could be completed. The latter won out and we ventured to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And just to add to the craziness of an already jam packed weekend we decided to throw in an trip to Disney Springs too! Won’t you join the madness?

 

Spring Break has arrived

The thing about Spring Break is, it’s not just a week anymore. It is spread out over a couple weeks before the Easter holidays. It has certainly arrived and Orlando is showing all the signs. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and all of Orlando’s theme parks are showing elevated wait times, and definitely matching up to what is indicated in the Touring Plans Crowd Calendars.

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever March 9, 2017: A Meal & Some Magic

by on March 9, 2017

Hello, friends! You might not have expected to see me for two weeks in a row. Dani has sailed away on a fabulous cruise, so I’m lucky enough to be filling in. I was trying to decide where to take you this week and wanted it to be somewhere special. Where have we not visited in a while on Best Week Ever? After some thought I decided on….

Wait! It isn’t what you think! Click to read more! 🙂

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TouringplansTV: Outdoor Recreation at Walt Disney World + Video

by on March 7, 2017

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

This TouringPlansTV episode gives you all the Outdoor Recreation options you’d ever want at Walt Disney World.

Check it out here!

Have ideas for future videos? Let me know in the comments!

Water Recreation at Walt Disney World + Video

by on February 28, 2017

This week’s video will make quite a SPLASH!

Too cheesy? Probably…

Anyway, I’m here to talk about water recreation at Walt Disney World.

Everything I mention can be done without EVER setting foot inside a park. Grab your swimsuit and let’s jump right in!

Water Recreation Video

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Ask It: Inexpensive Activities at Walt Disney World

by on February 8, 2017

Ask It. Best Inexpensive activity at Walt Disney World

It’s Wednesday, and time for another Ask It!

Last week, we asked you:

Which inexpensive activity is worth the time and money during your vacation?

This poll was our closest one yet!  With more than 600 votes cast, the final results were (in order from least to greatest):

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Disney Bakes: Disney-Inspired Rice Cereal Treats + Video

by on February 2, 2017

I may be an amateur baker, but that didn’t stop me from making a delicious Disney dessert for you!

These Disney-inspired rice cereal treats are yummy, easy to make and are a great activity for the whole family.

Enjoy the video by clicking here!

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The Best Disney Phone Wallpaper Images

by on January 23, 2017

As you may have guessed, we’re really focused on helping you plan your vacations. Plan is in our name after all. And we share a lot with our readers and subscribers. But we love it when you share with us too! Over the weekend we sent out one simple tweet asking you to share your favorite Disney images that you use as your phone’s wallpaper or background. Soon the responses came flooding in.

It’s hard to imagine not having our phones at our sides so naturally we dress our phones up with images that make us smile. We wanted to share some of our favorites and some of the best Disney phone wallpapers sent in by our followers.

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Disney Romance at Old Key West

by on January 18, 2017

With Valentine’s Day a month out, we’re looking at some places at Walt Disney World that offer the chance for couples to get away from the usual park experience and enjoy some romance – Disney style. Disney’s Old Key West Resort is a surprisingly great resort pick if you are looking for some Disney romance with your significant other. At least it was a surprise to my husband and me when we made a recent adults-only getaway and stayed there for the first time.

As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan our trips months in advance, but this trip was planned within a much shorter time frame. Old Key West is one of the DVC resorts that is more likely to have availability when planning just a couple months out.We were thrilled to find a room there for our dates. While we were excited for our first stay at this resort, what we didn’t expect was how much a part Old Key West would play in the overall romantic mood of the trip.

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Covered walkway leading to the riverfront

So here’s a rundown of reasons why you should consider Old Key West Resort when planning your next couples trip to Disney World.

Disney Romance Factor 1: Setting

Old Key West’s layout is very spread out, with a central Hospitality House and two- to three-story buildings in pastel colors throughout several “neighborhoods.” This layout, especially for the buildings that are a bit tucked away, is extremely conducive to the feeling of privacy that enhances romance. The abundant foliage, palm trees, water features, and golf course fairways create an atmosphere of relaxation and seclusion away from the busy parks.

The slow pace extends to the Hospitality House where you can wander with your sweetie under a wide covered walkway that opens onto the riverfront and dock area. Upon arrival at the resort, take a stroll together through the walkway out to the river. This transition creates a similar reveal, and a feeling of “you are here,” as when walking under the railroad station into Magic Kingdom’s Town Square—but without the crowds. This first impression of the resort was one of the earliest indications that our time at Old Key West would be even more relaxing and romantic than we expected.

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Disney World Valentine’s Day Romance: Mix and Match Your Plan

by on January 17, 2017

Valentine's Day Romance at Walt Disney World

While Disney World is known for being a magical place for families, its fantastic variety of dining, attractions, entertainment, and recreation options also make it a great place for couples to find some romance. With the approach of Valentine’s Day, you may be thinking about how to spend an ideal day of romance, Disney World-style. This article offers a framework for a plan and plenty of ideas to inspire your own Disney World Valentine’s Day.

Disney World Romance Step #1: Breakfast

What better way to start off Valentine’s Day than with a leisurely breakfast. Although taking a park by storm at rope drop is a key strategy in time-efficient touring, Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to take a slower approach. Here are some great resort and in-park options. Keep in mind that the location of your choice can be a stepping stone to the next part of your plan.

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