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“Frameable” Disney: Photography Tips for Your Next Disney Vacation

by on October 25, 2016

Let’s be honest: how many of us have come home from Walt Disney World and realized that you experienced 85% of your vacation through a camera lens? (You can’t see me, but I’m definitely raising my hand.) I usually get so caught up in capturing every detail while I’m on a Disney vacation that I don’t think much about exactly why I’m taking pictures in the first place.

As great as it is to look back on photos from every parade, show and character meet and greet, I’m willing to bet that you don’t want to print out a 12”x16” of Pluto prancing down Main Street, U.S.A. and frame it above your mantle (or maybe you do, and in that case carry on). But instead of going shutter happy during Wishes on your next Disney vacation, focus on snapping a few well-thought out photos that you would consider “frameable”. This can help you feel less stressed about capturing every moment and give you a few great souvenirs that cost much less than that Disney home decor you’ve been eyeing.

Lost as to where to begin in your hunt for “frameables”? Here are a few ideas to get you going!

Doors of Disney | Great for: framed posters, canvas collages

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The idea that started it all! I spent an entire Disney vacation taking a picture of every door I could find and the collage turned out to be such a great momento of our vacation. If you print this one out as a collage and hang it in your house, it’s a great conversation starter and a way to subtly display a little Disney.
Photography Tip: When taking door photos, center the doors in every photograph and make sure they don’t fill the whole frame. Leave yourself some room to crop so your doors don’t turn out different sizes when collaging.

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How to Make a Disney World Vacation Affordable

by on October 24, 2016

It’s true that a Walt Disney World Vacation isn’t cheap. It’s one of the complaints you hear the most and is a big hurdle for families and individuals eager to experience the magic but must keep to a budget. But a Disney World Vacation may not be as out of reach as some might think! The price tag attached to the ultimate vacation destination can be significantly less if you know a few tips and tricks and money-saving strategies. So read on to learn how to make a Disney World Vacation affordable for you and your family.

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Make Your Disney Visa Work For You

I applied for a Disney Rewards Visa Card from Chase several years ago, and I love it! It was free to apply, there’s no annual fee, and if you accept another cardholder’s recommendation, they get a Disney gift card and so do you. Cardholders also earn 1% in reward dollars and enjoy discounts and perks at a Disney Store, DisneyStore.com, and at the Disney Parks.

A Disney Rewards Visa Card can help you pay for your vacation if you can make the card work for you. For instance, I use my card to pay for the majority of my daily purchases, but immediately pay off what I charge to avoid accumulating debt or interest. Then, throughout the year, I allow my reward dollars to accumulate to apply towards the cost of my resort, tickets, or Annual Pass. It’s great knowing that each tank of gas or bag of groceries is helping to trim down my vacation costs; and of course, the card’s discounts help with those costs too.

Visit During the Off-Season

One of the best ways to save on a Disney World Vacation is to visit during the off-season. When the crowd levels drop, so do the rates for airfare, the resorts, and even park tickets due to Disney World’s new tiered ticket system. Seriously, a Disney World Vacation in the off-season may be half the price of the same vacation in July. But how do you know just when the off-season is? A good rule is to avoid the summer months and holidays; but for the rest of the time, the best source is the TouringPlans Crowd Calendar.

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TouringPlansTV: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort – Part One + Video

by on October 19, 2016

Animal Kingdom Lodge LobbyToday’s episode of TouringPlansTV features Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort! This is located in the Animal Kingdom park area of Walt Disney World.

In Part One, I’ll be discussing the resort’s theme, rooms, room views and transportation.

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Questions About Disney’s Latest Annual Passholder Offer

by on October 14, 2016

If you ever thought about becoming an Annual Passholder, Walt Disney World’s recent announcement of new perks to celebrate its 45th anniversary provided additional incentives to take the plunge.

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Guests who purchase or renew an annual pass between October 2, 2016 and January 3, 2017 will enjoy 13 months of admission to Walt Disney World. They’re also upping their game on discounts. Through September 30, 2017, Passholders will get 20 percent off of purchases as Disney owned-and-operated merchandise locations, up from the previous 10 percent discount.

As for dining, through September 30, 2017, Passholders will get 20 percent off the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages at 45 select theme park and resort hotel restaurants. The list includes restaurants in each park, along with the many of the Disney resort hotels. One welcome addition is 20 percent discounts at select counter service restaurants at the parks and Deluxe Resorts. Other table service restaurants continue to offer Passholders 10 percent discounts as they had previously.

Great news, but it leaves you with a decision to make in the next few months and some unanswered questions. To help you make the right call, here is some clarity on issues that weren’t made entirely clear by Disney’s announcement.

When do I have to activate my annual pass to get the 13-month offer?

This is important, because having to activate your Annual Pass by that January 3, 2017 date would probably be a deal-breaker for many of us. After getting a clarification from a cast member, the date restriction is clearly for the purchase of the Annual Pass and not the activation.

As long as you purchase your pass by January 3, 2017, you can activate it on any later date and still use it for 13 months. So if you plan on purchasing annual passes in the future, and can afford it, buying now would be wise to take advantage of the 13-month window.

What if I already purchased theme park tickets?

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NFL Pro Bowl Activities Slated for ESPN Wide World of Sports

by on October 11, 2016

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In 2017, the NFL Pro Bowl comes to Orlando! The event will take place on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium. To celebrate, the Walt Disney World Resort and the ESPN Wide World of Sports will be holding a few special and official activities for Guests to experience and get in on the fun.

For those of you who love to run (or walk), get ready to lace up those shoes, as Guests can participate in the Pro Bowl 5K. It will take place the last weekend in January and will be fun for the whole entire family with entertainment and merriment along the way. Registration for the Pro Bowl 5K Run will be available starting on October 25.

Want to catch the athletes preparing for the game? The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is the official practice site for the Pro Bowl so you can potentially catch your favorite football star in action.

Finally, favorite athletes will join Mickey and gang in a special parade down Main Street U.S.A.  in the Magic Kingdom to celebrate. In addition Disney Springs will feature additional entertainment offerings.

Click here for more info about the great activities associated with Walt Disney World and the Pro Bowl.

Stay tuned to the blog for additional information about this year’s Pro Bowl.

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TouringPlansTV: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort Part 2 + Video

by on October 11, 2016

Photo - TouringPlans.comWelcome back to TouringPlansTV!

Today is Part 2 of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. I’ll be discussing Dining, Transportation and Amenities.

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Wine Bar George To Open at Disney Springs

by on October 10, 2016

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Master Sommelier George Miliotes will be opening up a wine bar at Disney Springs in the fall of 2017. Wine Bar George will be located near Raglan Road in The Landing section and will be the only Master Sommelier-led bar in Florida. Currently, there are only 230 master sommeliers in the world.

Guests who visit Wine Bar George will be able to experience storied vintages endless varietals. According to the restaurant’s website, George is a firm believer in education and knowledge-sharing.

“With an international wine list that’s both approachable and adventurous, my hope is that Wine Bar George will cater to wine connoisseurs and novices alike,” Miliotes said. “The wine menu will feature a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Guests will be able to experience sips from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming.”

Wine Bar George will also feature small plates, cheese offerings, and charcuterie, perfect for pairing with wines.

George is certainly no stranger to Walt Disney World. He is a former Cast Member who helped to create California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort into a must dine experience.

Featuring 210 seats, Wine Bar George’s design will be reminiscent of his home and will feature oak wood, warming lighting and a comfortable atmosphere.

Stay tuned to the blog for more info about Wine Bar George.

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Walt Disney World Operational Updates Due to Hurricane Matthew

by on October 6, 2016

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Please refer to our Hurricane Matthew: What Is Closed and What We Know post for our most recent Hurricane Andrew operational updates. The information below may be out of date.

As you know, Hurricane Matthew is barrelling up the coast line and Walt Disney World is taking some necessary steps to keep the Guests visiting the resort safe. As of right now, the theme parks will be operating as normal today, Thursday, October 6. There are a few operational changes that have been enacted, however that you may want to be aware of.

  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is cancelled for Thursday night.
  • In addition to Fort Wilderness Resort now being closed, Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ performances will not take place on Thursday or Friday.
  • The Spirit of Aloha dinner show will not be taking place on Thursday or Friday at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
  • Blizzard Beach is closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • Typhoon Lagoon is closed on Friday, but open Thursday.
  • Select spa locations will be closed beginning Thursday at 12:00 p.m. through Saturday evening.
  • Characters in Flight at Disney Springs will be closed through Sunday.
  • Select weekend events at ESPN Wide World of Sports have been cancelled.

We’ll keep you up to date on any additional operational updates.

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TouringPlansTV: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort + Video

by on October 4, 2016

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Wilderness Lodge Resort

This week’s episode of TouringPlansTV is all about Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. This is located in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World.

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New Perks for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders

by on October 3, 2016

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders

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It’s a good time to be a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. With the 45th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort taking place this past weekend, Disney announced that they would be offering their AP holders special perks to celebrate.

To start with, Guests who purchase a 12-month pass will actually be able to enjoy 13 months of Passholder benefits. New passes must be purchased between Oct. 2, 2016 and Jan. 3, 2017.

In addition, Passholders will receive new dining and merchandise benefits. Passholders will receive 10 percent off food and nonalcoholic beverages at select table-service restaurants at theme parks and Disney resort hotels. In addition, Disney is bringing back the 20 percent discount on purchases at Disney owned-and-operated merchandise locations. These new benefits will continue even after the anniversary comes to an end on Sept. 30, 2017.

Speaking of restaurants receiving discounts, to celebrate the 45th Anniversary, 45 select restaurants will offer a 20% off discount during all available meal periods. This includes some counter service theme park restaurants for the first time! This offer runs from now until September 30, 2017.

Here is a look at the restaurants where discounts will be available for Passholders, as well as how much the discount will be:

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