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Ask It Results: How Many People Really Fit in a Value Room?

by on September 6, 2017

For some people, a hotel at Disney is just a place to catch a few zzzs before another day at the parks. For others, the resort experience is part of the vacation. When it comes to Value resorts, more often than not, people are staying there to be budget conscious or because they, in the words of one respondent, “just need a bed and a bathroom”. And although the Value resorts provide that, a standard value room is a small place to house that bed and bathroom. Last week we asked you:

Value resorts theoretically sleep 4 (+1 infant), but how many people do you comfortably sleep in a Value room?

Here’s your results:

One, 28 votes (2%)

Technically, many of the votes for “one” were leaning towards zero — in other words, there’s no way in their minds that anyone could be comfortable in a Value room. Yes, the beds may not be quite as high-end as a deluxe, and there can be some noise from adjoining rooms, but I’m going to hope that the real reason votes were cast for one is for the “every person gets a bathroom” rule. I can get behind that.

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Happy Labor Day from TouringPlans

by on September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day from the folks at TouringPlans. Hopefully, you are enjoying a restful day for the unofficial end of summer. For your reading enjoyment, we’d like to share two of our popular articles from the past year:

 

Disney World Experiences Kids Today Will Never Understand

 

 

Eight Ways a Disney Cruise is Like Summer Camp

 

We’ll be back tomorrow with new articles to cover the best of Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Universal Orlando, and Disney Cruise Line.

Ask It: How Many People Really Fit in a Value Room?

by on August 30, 2017

Last week, we showed you what the newly refurbished rooms look like at Pop Century. With their small room size and either double beds, or the Murphy bed/table combination in rooms with queen-size beds, any way you slice it, you have to be pretty good friends or family that likes each other to put the maximum number of people in a room at a value hotel. Are the occupancy limits for a Value room accurate to how many people will fit in there comfortably, or is it like serving sizes on a bag of chips, where the numbers don’t work for most people’s reality. So this week we’re asking you:

Value resorts theoretically sleep 4 (+1 infant in a pack ‘n’ play), but how many people do you comfortably sleep in a Value room?

  • 4 (40%, 181 Votes)
  • 2 (34%, 155 Votes)
  • 3 (24%, 111 Votes)
  • 1 (2%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 454

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Voting is open here and on Twitter.

Do you have any tips to maximize the comfort for everyone staying in a room or the use of the limited space? Got any horror stories or success stories about your Value resort stays? Let us know in the comments. We’ll have your results next week!

 

Ask It Results: Can You Take the Heat?

by on August 30, 2017

Summer in Florida is hot. Summer in Florida is HOT. Summer In Florida Is Hot. Any way you write it, you can’t deny its truth. For Floridians, we tend to stay inside between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM through the summer months, but when you’re on a vacation at Walt Disney World, there’s a perception that you’re losing valuable vacation time by hanging out inside some sort of air conditioned location for the bulk of the day. Because of this, a simple solution would be to avoid taking trips in the summer. Yet, with school schedules, vacationing at times other than summer can be tricky. It’s a balancing act. So last week, we asked you:

Have your experiences with (or fear of) Florida summer temperatures caused you to avoid summer trips to Walt Disney World?

Here’s your results.

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Free Custom Disney Family Decals Now Available

by on August 28, 2017


Now through the end of September, Disney is offering free decals you can customize to match your family. You choose the characters, location, and background online, and Disney allows you to download your custom image AND will send you a free decal you can add to your car or your luggage or just stick on your brother’s pants. And did we mention that it’s free?

To get started, click here to go directly to Disney.

Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl

by on August 28, 2017

ice cream crawl passport cover

Leave it to artist Donna Yan’s adorable Dole Whip couple to make us simultaneously want Dole Whip and a Mickey Bar!

I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute must-have indulgences at Walt Disney World is ice cream. Add into that my love of coming up with themes or challenges for our Disney trips, and you get a recipe for success. (Specifically, you get a Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl!) My husband and I are apt to try a variety of challenges on our trips. We might focus on only getting snacks from places we’ve never been to before. Or we might make all of our table service reservations for restaurants we’ve never visited. Or we’ll do a trip dedicated to resort dining. (I’m just now noticing the theme of food in a lot of our planning…) For our upcoming trek, we decided to crank it up a bit and focus on ice cream.

I knew from the very beginning that not only did I want to do an ice cream crawl, but I wanted it to have its very own passport. I was inspired by the Epcot festival passports that detail out what food items you can find where. Seriously, what better way to keep track of all the amazing ice cream options than to have a dedicated ice cream passport?! (You can download your very own passport later in the article.) Let’s back things up a bit and discuss how the ice cream crawl was formed.

Simply put, the ice cream crawl was born out of an intense desire for ice cream. (Okay, it was actually as a result of the Whole30 we were in the middle of, but don’t tell anyone else that. It’s not like we were dying for sugar or anything…) First, I needed to decide what locations would be fair game for inclusion in the passport. All four theme parks were obvious, but what about resorts? Water parks? Disney Springs? At the end of the day, I went with locations that we would be reasonably likely to frequent. This included all four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the area around Crescent Lake. It’s so easy to pop out of Epcot and over to the Crescent Lake resorts that including those seemed appropriate. (And we really needed Ample Hills Creamery in there!)

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Ask It: Can You Take the Heat?

by on August 23, 2017

There was a brief moment during this week’s solar eclipse when the sun was largely hidden and the lack of sunlight beating down from the Florida sky felt really, really good. That said, I’m rather glad that the sun came back. It would be tough being in the Sunshine State without, you know, sun.

This morning, we had an interesting article on the blog about just how hot it can get at Walt Disney World in the summer. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I’ll wait–it’s worth your time.

All back? Awesome. This week’s question is about Florida heat. Specifically, we’re asking:

Have your experiences with (or fear of) Florida summer temperatures caused you to avoid summer trips to Walt Disney World?

  • Yes (59%, 354 Votes)
  • No (41%, 249 Votes)

Total Voters: 603

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The poll is live now here and on Twitter. We’ll have your answers next week. In the meantime, feel free to share your horror stories about Florida heat or tips for how you stay cool on those summertime trips.

Ask It Results: Update Attractions or Build New Ones?

by on August 23, 2017

Let me start by addressing the elephant in the room. (Oh hi, Dumbo! Wait. Wrong elephant…)

When it comes to a question of updating existing attractions or building new ones, there really is only one obvious answer that everyone wants: Both. In a perfect world, every attraction that we love would get all the TLC it needs to stay as vibrant and breathtaking and relevant forever and ever, and at the same time, new attractions would open all the time to give us exciting reasons to keep coming back. But because a poll where the results would be 1%, 1%, 98% wouldn’t be that thrilling, I didn’t give the option for both, just to see what people would choose if they had to only pick one. Here’s your results to the question:

Which would you rather see: updates to existing attractions or building of new attractions?

 

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Ask It: Update Attractions or Build New Ones?

by on August 16, 2017

New attractions, such as Flight of Passage, bring a lot of excitement for people who get to experience something new at the parks. At the same time, there are many attractions that could use an update (or at least a little TLC). So this week, we’re asking you:

Which would you rather see: Updates to existing attractions or building of new attractions?

  • New attractions (58%, 384 Votes)
  • Updates (42%, 277 Votes)

Total Voters: 661

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The poll is live here now and on Twitter. Feel free to share your comments, and we’ll have your results next week.

Ask It Results: Should Disney Post Calorie Counts?

by on August 16, 2017

The discussion really heated up for this topic! Last week we asked you:

Should Disney post calorie counts on their menus?

Going beyond the numerical results, there was a lot of good discussion about this issue. Overall, Yes won out by a 2:1 margin, but there were also many people who voted one way or the other with caveats. Here’s your results.

Yes: 1,651 votes

In general, yes votes included people who felt that more information is always better, people who need the information for medical or lifestyle reasons, or people who have come from places where calorie counts are already printed and so this wouldn’t be unusual. What was very interesting is that several people felt that more information would be better. In addition to calorie counts, information like carbs, sodium content, fats protein, or sugar content were often mentioned as useful information that people would like to see. Even just something like the Mickey Check logo found next to heathier kid meal options would be useful to many Currently at Disney, this kind of comprehensive information is only detailed on pre-packaged items like Mickey bars.

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