Minnie Van Service Extended To All Resorts

Some people do not realize it but Walt Disney World is as big as San Francisco (40 square miles.) With tens of thousand of people visiting the parks every day Disney needs lots of transportation. They have buses, boats, monorails and a Minnie Van. Most people know about the first three but some have never heard of the Minnie Van.

What is a Minnie Van?

First of all this is not (exactly) the van your mom hauled you to soccer practice in.  They are a private alternative to the mass transportation Disney offers. The vans themselves are a six passenger Chevy Traverse. Each vehicle is painted red with with polka-dots. Continue reading Minnie Van Service Extended To All Resorts

New Monorails Coming To Disney?

Are New Monorails Coming?

Fans of the Mouse have been clamoring for new monorails for some time.  Rumors have come and gone that a new fleet was on the way but no new monorails have arrived. This week the rumor mill was kicked into high gear when it was confirmed by Disney legend Bob Gurr (who worked on the original designs for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World monorails.)

“There is a contract… contracts are underway. You will see (new monorails). If everything works right, it will be the same company, Bombardier.”

Bob Gurr

Continue reading New Monorails Coming To Disney?

Jedi Training Academy At Hollywood Studios

So the Force is strong with your child and your little one thinks he or she has what it takes to be a Jedi? Then the Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple at Hollywood Studios is just the thing for you are looking for. Let’s take a look at what the Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple is, who is eligible, and what it takes to reserve a spot for the Jedi Training Academy. Continue reading Jedi Training Academy At Hollywood Studios

Free Dining 2018 and Room Only Discounts

Who wants free dining? Or maybe you prefer a discount on your room? Either way today is the day because both offers were released early this morning and as usual I was up bright and early working to get those discounts for my valued clients.

Before we get into the details of the free dining offer you need to understand a few things. The dates are limited and so are the rooms. Just because Disney has a room does not mean it qualifies for the free dining (or the room only discount for that matter.) The Disney website is getting crushed today and is experiencing technical difficulties (expect to see Stitch a lot.) The phone lines are also being hammered so expect long wait times if you try to call in. Continue reading Free Dining 2018 and Room Only Discounts

Disney Will Start Charging For Overnight Parking

Disney will start charging for overnight parking

In somewhat of a surprise move Disney has announced they will start charging for overnight parking at the Disney owned resort hotels. Guests who book their Disney vacation package before March 21st will not be charged.

How much is Disney charging for parking

Charges for parking will be based on resort category.

Disney Value resorts will be $13

Disney Moderate resorts will be $19

Deluxe and Deluxe villa resorts will be $24

Complimentary standard self-parking is available while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels.

Guests who booked with Disney Vacation club will also receive complimentary parking.

Charging For Overnight Parking

Two Animal Kingdom Rumors Indiana Jones and Zootopia

Even though Pandora just opened there are still Animal Kingdom rumors. According to separate rumors there are two new expansions under consideration. Those two new expansions are Indiana Jones and Zootopia.

Both expansions are based on popular Disney movie properties. This means Disney is keeping the synergy alive. But what are the chances that either of both of these will actually be built? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons and you can decide for yourself. Be sure to let me know in the comments if you think they will happen or if you even want them to happen. Continue reading Two Animal Kingdom Rumors Indiana Jones and Zootopia

Would You Trade Mousekeeping For A Gift Card

Recently some guests have been offered the opportunity to trade Mousekeeping for a gift card.  This program is not something Disney is announcing on their website nor does it apply to every resort. The amount offered on the gift card has ranged from $15 per night to $20 per night.

Would you trade Mousekeeping for a gift card?

Mousekeeping is what a lot of Disney fans call the housekeeping department at Walt Disney Word resorts. It is not an official term but it is a cute one! Continue reading Would You Trade Mousekeeping For A Gift Card

10 Great Disney Dining Plan Tips

Did you know that guests staying at a Disney resort have the option to purchase a Disney Dining Plan?  Well they can and I have put together 10 great Disney Dining Plan tips to help you understand it and get the most out of it.

 

But before we get to the tips lets take a quick look at what is available. There are three levels of Disney Dining Plan.  They are the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, the Disney Dining Plan, and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. The Quick-Service is the cheapest and the Deluxe is the most expensive. Continue reading 10 Great Disney Dining Plan Tips

2018 Disney Dining Plan Changing

2018 Disney Dining Plan Changing

Are you a fan of the Disney Dining Plan? If so you should know that that 2018 Disney Dining Plan is changing.  In addition to a price increase, which we see every year, beverage options are changing too!

2018 Disney Dining Plan Changing Beverage Options

Starting 2018 you will no longer be limited to Coke products, coffee or tea with your meal. Guests age 21 and over can choose from select alcoholic beverages or specialty non-alcoholic beverages. Continue reading 2018 Disney Dining Plan Changing

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Bog Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, first announced that Star Wars was coming both Disneyland and Walt Disney World at the D23 Expo in August of 2015. He promised a unique and immersive experience but did not really give much in the way of detail. In fact he did not even give this new Star Wars land a name. In August of 2017 Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, told us this new land will be called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge but what else do we know about this new Star Wars land? Continue reading Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

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