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TouringPlans #Everywhere – I’m Going to Vero Beach Resort!

by on August 22, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

Many, many months ago an article was posted announcing the coolest project ever. A group of Touring Plans bloggers was going to take the Disney universe by storm, dropping one of us in every location around the world for a first of its kind blogging event. It’s called TouringPlans #Everywhere, and much like all of you I was looking forward to reading about it. Imagine my shock and absolute delight when I was invited to join the event by heading to Vero Beach! I’m still pinching myself, and the best part is I get to take you all with me!

So what have I done to plan? Well, I suppose writing this article is a start. To be fair, I’m planning a vacation to Tokyo Disneyland first that has been taking up most of my time. Also, since Vero Beach is just a couple hours away, it doesn’t feel like a vacation that needs a ton of planning. It feels more like a beach weekend where you don’t pack more than your bathing suit. I don’t want that to make it sound like I’m not excited, though. If you can believe it, when I’m heading to Vero Beach it will be the only Disney location aside from Hong Kong I haven’t visited! So let’s take a look at what’s there:

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SATURDAY SIX: Six of Disney’s (Not So) Secret Plans for the Next 5 Years

by on August 16, 2014

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six of Disney’s (Not So) Secret Plans for the Next 5 Years. This past week The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish with Jim Hill podcast went over a lot of exciting possibilities for Walt Disney World’s near future.  The show was the talk of the theme park world, and while it was loaded with a metric ton of information, scintillating rumors, and insider scoops, we’re going to count down the six biggest takeaways of this audio starting with…

# 6 – The Sorcerer’s Hat ain’t going anywhere…

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Haters gonna hate. (photo by Matt Cleary and Brandon Glover)

 

The era of nightmares doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Jim Hill says that despite the fact that many guests see the giant Sorcerer’s hat sitting in the middle of the park as the biggest eyesore since Cinderella Castle was turned into a giant pink birthday cake, it serves an important purpose to the park. More to the point, the stage below the ugly hat plays a vital roll in allowing DHS to hold various live shows and draw the crowds away from popular attractions such as Tower of Terror and Toy Story Midway Mania.

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TouringPlans #Everywhere: I’m Going to Aulani!

by on August 5, 2014

Aulani                                                                                            ©Disney

Aulani ©Disney

Imagine this – you get a call from Len asking if you would like to go to the Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii. Really? Of course, the answer is YES! Aulani, is a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, located just 17 miles from the Honolulu International airport and close to Waikiki. Unlike most of Disney’s other destinations, there are no rides at Aulani, but the resort is designed with families in mind with the intent to immerse all guests in Hawaiian culture, history and traditions.

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Disney Vacation Club 101: Accommodations – What Do You Get?

by on May 27, 2014

DVCSignThis is the second in our series of articles on Disney Vacation Club. You can read the introduction to DVC at Disney Vacation Club (DVC) 101: What is DVC?

One of the draws of buying into Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is the wide range of accommodations you can book. Studios are most like the other regular hotel rooms at Walt Disney World. Villas, which range from one- to three-bedroom units, are a whole of other level of vacationing. There are similarities and differences in all these between the resorts. Hopefully having everything in front of you at once will help you compare and choose the best rooms for you and your family.

Before you read this, I’d like to thank Disney.com for making this information transparent and easy to find…but I can’t. So instead, a big shout out goes to the following sites who helped me fill in the blanks:

Elegant and spacious living at the Grand Floridian Villas

Elegant and spacious living at the Grand Floridian Villas

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Disney Vacation Club (DVC) 101: What is DVC?

by on May 15, 2014

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Welcome Home!

This is the first of a series of articles on Disney Vacation Club (DVC). It’s a first draft for new content on the site. Starting off on the blog lets us get your feedback right away so we can fine-tune our articles.

While it’s hyperbole to call DVC “Disney’s Best Kept Secret,” the program may be difficult to understand if you try to wade your way through Disney’s marketing-speak and get to what it really is.

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