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
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
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.
Disney Dining Plan Changing In 2017
The Disney Dining Plan can be a controversial subject. Some call it a great value but others call it a rip off. Many people dream of free dining when Disney offers it free as an incentive to book rooms. Whatever you may think of the Disney Dining Plan it is changing in 2017. Continue reading Disney Dining Plan Changing In 2017
Disney’s Magical Express
Are you headed to Walt Disney World? Landing at Orlando MCO? Wondering what the cheapest way to get to your resort it? The answer is Disney’s Magical Express. It is not only cheap it is free!
You can only use this service if you are staying at an official Walt Disney World resort and landing at Orlando MCO. Disney does not offer this service to any other airport.
While Disney’s Magical Express is not always the quickest way to get from the MCO airport to you it easy to use. Did I mention it is free? Continue reading Using Disney’s Magical Express
Disney World Height Requirements
Disney World height requirements are something that parents live in fear of. They hate the idea that their little pirate or princess just cannot do everything at Disney World. Unfortunately there are certain attractions that little ones might have to wait a few more years to experience. Continue reading Disney World Height Requirements
Change Coming To Disney Quick Service Seating
Disney Quick Service Seating has always been first come first served (with Be Our Guest being the only exception.) Recent tests conducted at some Quick Service locations could indicate that is about to change.
Walt Disney World is the most popular theme park in the world. It should come as no surprise that there are often long lines for the rides. If you try to eat at the normal meal times you will probably find out there are long lines at the quick service restaurants too. After all everyone has to eat right? Continue reading Change Coming To Disney Quick Service Seating?
Disney Changing Refillable Mugs
Disney is changing Refillable Mugs again! Guests will no longer be able to purchase mugs for short stays at a reduced rate. All mugs will instead be $16.49+tax
Those who have been around a while will remember mugs used to be much cheaper than that. The mug was good for the length of your stay and only meant to be used at your resort for that stay.
Of course there was some abuse. People would reuse mugs from previous trips without ever paying again. (For the record that is stealing whether you think the price is too high or not. Whether Disney is charging too much or not is another matter.) Grumpy even had a picture of a woman filling jugs of soda at one of the resorts. Unfortunately I cannot find it again.
This theft led to Disney changing refillable mugs by introducing the Rapid Refill Mug. The Rapid Refill mug looks about the same as the old mug but it comes with a special chip in it. This RFID chip communicates with the dispensers at the Walt Disney World Resorts to let them know if you are authorized to get a drink.
When the Rapid Refill Mug was introduced Disney also introduced a tiered pricing system that let guest pay less for shorter stays.
One thing that surprised a lot of guests was that there was a delay between usages of the Mug. You could not fill it up and drink it down and fill it right back up. There is a 2-3 minute cool down period before you could use it again. This, no doubt, was another attempt by Disney to reduce theft.
Now that Disney has changed the price again (it actually went down for some people doing longer resort stays!) everyone must again evaluate whether the mug is worth it or not. Here are the key things to consider before you shell out $17.
- How often are you going to use the mug? If you are not going to use it often it might be better to just buy a single serve paper cup.
- How close are you to the refill stations. Most resorts have at most two locations you can use the mug at. Are you going to walk across the resort to get a soda or use one of the vending machines
- The locations are not open 24/7
- And last but not least, even if you don’t use it that much you can take it home and it makes everything you drink at home taste a little better.
What do you think about the Rapid Refill Mugs and the new price?
For more information visit wdwinfo.com
Disney World Free Dining
Disney World Free Dining for 2015 has finally become a reality! This is the most popular special that Disney offers. As such it is important to get your reservation made early. When they say the number of rooms are limited they mean it! When enough rooms are filled at a resort they will close that offer for that resort.
Getting dining reservations during the Disney World Free Dining Offer is even harder than normal! And it is never easy! Just another reason to let me help you get started today!
So When Is Disney World Free Dining Available?
Free dining is available when you check in during the following dates: Aug. 28 – Oct. 2, Oct. 25-31, Nov. 8-19, Dec. 15-21, 2015.
To qualify for the Disney World Free Dining you must stay at least six nights and seven days. Your package must include tickets. Your tickets must include either the Park Hopper or the Water Park and More Option.
Which Resorts Are Excluded?
The latest information is that only Offer excludes The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard View Rooms, campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort (for select dates).
Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.
Disney Vacation Anyone?
We all are all ready for a Disney vacation right? In fact, a permanent vacation to the wonderful world of Walt Disney would be even better. Who is in?
Well Grumpy has some good news and some bad news. First the bad, a permanent vacation is probably not going to happen but keep wishing on those stars you never know! I would not recommend kissing any frogs though.
And now the good news! Grumpy can now help you take the hassle out your vacation planning. That’s right Grumpy can do the work for you as your own personal travel specialist. I have joined the Magical Vacations By Me team!
From finding the right room for you at the best price, to getting up early in the morning to get those hard to get ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations) and customizing your Magic Bands. Grumpy can help you do it all!
But why not book directly with Disney you say? Well you could do that and once you have booked your trip you are on your own. But what if a better price comes along later is Disney going to call you and let you know? Doubtful. But Grumpy will be on the case and get you the best rate possible!