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Ask It: How Much Do You Spend on Souvenirs?

by on May 24, 2017

How much do you spend on souvenirs at Walt Disney World?

When planning a budget for a Disney vacation, it is fairly easy to get a good ballpark estimate for hotel costs, transportation, meals, and tickets. But when it comes to souvenirs, it can be tricky to know exactly how much to budget. Some people stick to a firm idea of how much they plan to spend, and others are a bit more fast and loose with the purse-strings, depending on what they see that they like. So this week, we’re curious about your spending habits when it comes to the souvenirs that we love to fill our suitcases with.

How much per person, per week do you spend on souvenirs for a Disney vacation?

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have the results next week. Feel free to share your souvenir budgeting tips in the comments. Have you ever bought something that you regretted later on? Ever skipped buying a souvenir and wishing you could go back in time to get it? Let us know!

Ask It Results: Are Preferred Rooms Worth It?

by on May 24, 2017

Over the years, Disney has found many new and interesting ways to encourage people to spend extra money for extra benefits. At Disney resort hotels, a variety of options exist, but are they worth the extra costs? Here’s what you thought about whether it is worth it to pay for location, view, or special features (or if it is never worth it to pay the extra).

Our Ask It question was:

What features are worth paying extra for a preferred room at Walt Disney World?

With more than 1,500 votes, here’s your results.

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Ask It: Are Preferred Rooms Worth It?

by on May 17, 2017

Is a preferred room at Disney World worth the cost

There’s no question that staying on property at Walt Disney World is an added luxury to your vacation. But even with the extra cost of staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, there are options for “preferred rooms” and room upgrades. These rooms may have a more desirable location (near bus transportation, near the pool, near the food court/lobby), better views (of ponds/lakes, pools, or animals on the savannah), special theming (Pirate or “Royal” rooms) or ground floor locations.  Of course, there’s an added cost for anything above a “standard” room. So this week’s question is:

What features are worth paying extra for a preferred room at Walt Disney World?

  • Location (49%, 427 Votes)
  • Never Worth It (21%, 185 Votes)
  • View (20%, 172 Votes)
  • Special Features (9%, 79 Votes)

Total Voters: 863

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Voting is open here and on Twitter and we’ll have your results next week. Feel free to share your reasons for your choice in the comments.

 

Ask It Results: Land and Sea or Sea and Land

by on May 17, 2017

There’s the old saying about a vacation that sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation. When you do a Walt Disney World vacation in conjunction with a Disney Cruise Line cruise, you truly do get that vacation to recover from your vacation. But what’s the best order to do them in? Last week we asked you:

When doing a Disney Cruise/Walt Disney World combination vacation, do you prefer to do Land then Sea or Sea then Land?

The results are in, and there was a very clear favorite.

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Ask It: Land and Sea or Sea and Land?

by on May 10, 2017

With the relative proximity of Walt Disney World to Port Canaveral, it isn’t surprising that some people enjoy doing a combination vacation of a Disney Cruise and a Walt Disney World resort vacation. Some people say that it is better to do the land part of the trip to Walt Disney World before the cruise, and others say it is best to take the cruise and then go to Walt Disney World. Here’s this week’s Ask It:

When doing a Disney Cruise/Walt Disney World combination vacation, do you prefer to do Land then Sea or Sea then Land?

  • Land then Sea (63%, 268 Votes)
  • Sea then Land (25%, 106 Votes)
  • No preference (12%, 51 Votes)

Total Voters: 425

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. Feel free to share your reasons for your choice in the comments.

Ask It Results: Universal Orlando Instead of Walt Disney World

by on May 10, 2017

The results are in! Last week we asked you:

With Universal’s new offerings (like Volcano Bay), are you considering an onsite vacation to Universal instead of Walt Disney World?

Vacation dollars don’t go on trees, no matter how many money trees you buy at your local horticulture superstore, and vacation time is a finite commodity as well. For many years, Disney was the end-all-be-all for the ultimate Central Florida family getaway. Times change, and so are vacation habits. Here’s the results of your voting, with more than 2,000 votes cast.

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What I Won’t Do On My Disney Vacation

by on May 8, 2017

There are so many things to do at Walt Disney World that it would take months or even years to experience them all! It’s one of the many reasons why I keep going back year after year. Still, there are a few things at the parks and resorts that I skip when visiting Walt Disney World. These activities or choices are either a poor use of time, rookie mistakes, or just not as magical as I expected. So here’s what I won’t do at Disney World.

Boma Breakfast

Character Breakfasts

Don’t get me wrong. I love character meals. I’m all about meeting not one, but multiple characters in A/C and with heaping plates of food. But what I won’t do at Disney World is a character breakfast. Here are my reasons…

For starters, character meals aren’t famous for their food, but my issue with character breakfasts is that breakfast fare is pretty much the same everywhere at Walt Disney World. I know character buffets do offer a lot of food and some have unique or special dishes. But honestly, it’s mostly eggs, fruit, breakfast meats, and Mickey Waffles. My thoughts are if I’m paying a character meal sized bill, I want more than I can get at the resort food court.

Secondly, mornings are prime park time! The parks are empty, most attractions are walk-ons, and no one is worn out or overheated. If a character meal is on my to-do list, I would rather save it for lunch or dinner when the lines are long, not short.

Use FastPass+ For Shows

Shows such as Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, Indiana Jones – Epic Stunt Spectacular, or Mickey’s Philharmagic, offer FastPass+. But trust me, you don’t need them. Most theaters at the Disney Parks are massive and accommodate huge numbers of guests. The only waiting required is waiting for the theater to open. This is why I don’t use FastPass+ for shows as I would rather save those reservations for a ride.

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Ask It: Universal Orlando Instead of Walt Disney World?

by on May 3, 2017

For many years, Universal Orlando Resort has upped its game in terms of attractions, restaurants, and resort hotels. This summer, with the opening of the Volcano Bay water park, Universal keeps pushing forward on becoming a primary vacation destination instead of second fiddle to Walt Disney World. So we’re curious to see if this may change your vacation plans. Here’s this week’s Ask It:

With Universal’s new offerings (like Volcano Bay), are you considering an onsite vacation to Universal instead of Walt Disney World?

  • No (46%, 542 Votes)
  • Planning both WDW and Universal (30%, 352 Votes)
  • Yes (24%, 275 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,169

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and feel free to share your views in the comments.

 

Ask It Results: Best Park Icon

by on May 3, 2017

The results are in! Last week we asked you:

What is the best park icon at Walt Disney World?

No question at all, this was the most popular Ask It that we have run yet. With more than 2,200 votes (!), here are your results.

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Ask It: Best Park Icon

by on April 26, 2017

Each of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World has its own unique icon to reflect the personality of each theme park. These icons not only exist larger than life in the theme parks, but are present in Disney media and on the My Disney Experience app. In Animal Kingdom, you’ve got the Tree of Life. Magic Kingdom has Cinderella Castle. Epcot has Spaceship Earth. And no one can forget the Studios with the giant Sorcerer Mickey hat. The Earful Tower.  The Chinese theater…or the Tower of Terror (or whatever that strange shape is in My Disney Experience).*

So now we’re asking you: What is the best park icon at Walt Disney World? Voting is open now here and on Twitter, and we’ll have the results next week on AskIt.

What is the best park icon at Walt Disney World?

  • Cinderella Castle (Magic Kingdom) (57%, 574 Votes)
  • Spaceship Earth (Epcot) (30%, 299 Votes)
  • Tree of Life (Disney's Animal Kingdom) (11%, 113 Votes)
  • Tower of Terror (Disney's Hollywood Studios) (1%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,001

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*Yes, it is actually the Tower of Terror that is the official icon that Disney uses for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Members of the TouringPlans team debated whether it was actually supposed to look somewhat like the Chinese theater that is home to the Great Movie Ride or whether a “Vacancy” sign would be a better symbol at present. We’re going with Tower of Terror, but certainly we accept write-in votes!