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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – POP Century Gets A Modern Update

One of the ways Disney keeps people coming back to their Parks and Resorts again and again is by keeping things fresh – changing stuff up, implementing new and exciting things for guests to experience. And over time, even hotel rooms can get stale and boring – so Disney is always continually working on remodels/refurbishments of not just rides and attractions, but of the Resort hotel rooms, too!

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Currently, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is undergoing a major re-model – and the room design is changing A LOT – above is the “Before” pic (aka how the rooms currently look), and below are some shots of a room in the process of being re-done:

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I honestly was shocked when I saw these pics – what a change from the standard Value Resort rooms we have come to know and love! The new rooms will feature laminate floors (bye, carpet!), and standard rooms will now feature a Queen bed and a pull-down full sized bed. Obviously these are “work in progress” photos – so I am sure there will be more décor and other touches to come – as they just recently started the work, and will be working on it for the next year with a target completion date of May 2018

What do you think of the new room design? Personally – I hope they add some more décor and other stuff to it – it’s SO plain as is, but I am excited to see the finished product, and I love how much effort Disney always puts into re-designing things, to make things even better for it’s guests!

TGIF!

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2016 Booking Dates Now Open For Walt Disney World!

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Attention all Disney Nerds – The time has come, the Disney Gods have spoken and opened up 2016 dates for booking!

So head on over to the Disney World website to price and book your 2016 Disney trip!

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Top Five Ways We Will Be Cutting Costs On Our Next WDW Trip

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My husband and I are expecting a baby in October – which is SUPER exciting and amazing – and we can’t wait to be able to take the little guy to Disney in hopes that he loves it as much as we do! However – since that is likely several years away, we have been talking about a vacation he and I might take just the two of us in a year or so – we are hoping to go to Disney (again, of course, what did you expect?!), but we know that money will be MUCH tighter with a baby to take care of, so I have been brainstorming and have come up with these top five money saving tips that we will be using on our next trip:

Pack Our Own Supplies: You can buy almost everything you could need at Walt Disney World – but it comes at a price, and I don’t know about you, but spending $18 on a bottle of sunscreen (that costs $8 at home) – doesn’t exactly thrill me – its not the best souvenir ever, that’s for sure. So we like to make sure we think ahead and pack stuff we know we will need: sunscreen (in small TSA approved bottles since we don’t like to check luggage!), ponchos, extra camera batteries and phone/tablet chargers, and another big one is medicine – I like to travel with a little mobile medicine cabinet – advil, tylenol, tums, NyQuil, and band-aids/neosporin are some things you might want to consider including in your “take to the Parks” bag – you’ll be glad you did, trust me!

Bring Food From Home: We like to pack snacks to help keep us tided over between meals – things that are easy to eat on the go work best – like granola bars, small packages of nuts/pretzels/trail mix, dried fruit, gum (not really a snack, but you won’t find it for sale at any WDW stores so best to pack your own!), water bottles – which we like to fill and freeze using our room fridge (perfect for those long hot days at the Parks), and most important of all – breakfast! It might seem strange to pack breakfast in your suitcase for the whole vacation, but its such a money and time saver – apples, bagels, peanut butter, fruit cups, cereal – these are items we have found to work the best over the years – you can usually purchase some small variety of these and some perishable items like milk, fruit, etc at your WDW Resort gift shop to supplement what you brought – and while the prices are high, they are still cheaper than a Disney breakfast (which can cost around $8-$15 a person – yikes!)

Share Meals: Being that we are a party of 2 adult travelers (for now, until our son is old enough to come with us!), we are lucky in that it’s easy for us to split meals – and many Disney meals and snacks are large enough to allow for this. Most meals include an entrée and a side, and then sharing a drink helps save money too – check out this article for more sharing ideas

Skip The Dining Plan: This might seem like a strange one – as the dining plan is hugely convenient, being that you pay for it before you even arrive and then just swipe your Magic Band when it comes time to pay, and you’re done! But – it isn’t always cost effective, especially if you have people in your party who aren’t big eaters or who can share most larger meals. This time around, we will be skipping the upfront cost (which is a BIG savings), and bringing our own breakfast, sharing lunch, and then splurging on 1 or 2 nicer sit down dinners – which will save us a lot in the long run (and still allow us to sneak in a few character meals too, which is imperative!)

Souvenirs: Disney souvenirs are pricey. Amazing, but pricey. I usually make myself a budget before I leave for any WDW trip regarding what souvenirs I want and how much they are and which ones I really want versus which ones aren’t really necessary. I do this by using the DisneyStore.com website to estimate prices and see what items might be available for me to buy at Disney. I mean – in reality, no one needs more than 1 or 2 souvenirs, and I always have loved trip photos so much that they end up being my favorite souvenir each and every time – a great way to relive the memories for years to come. So stick to 1 or 2 small things per person (and make that clear to the kids before you leave!) and then make sure you take tons of pictures – those are the most cherished souvenir anyway (in my opinion that is!)

You might have noticed that the majority of these money saving tips involve FOOD – and it’s not because we want to deprive ourselves of all the amazing Disney Dining options – but rather because the cost of dining at Disney is HIGH – meals are expensive, and yes the food is amazing – but it adds up quickly, especially if you are paying out of pocket for your whole party for every meal

Check out more money saving ideas here, and hopefully you will be able to make a WDW trip an affordable reality soon for your family!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Spotlight on Port Orleans Riverside Resort

I have mentioned the many benefits of staying at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, so I thought it was about time I mentioned how great it’s sister Resort, Port Orleans Riverside is as well!

Themed after rural Louisiana, this Resort is rustic, and beautifully landscaped. Time seems to move a little slower here, and that is just one of the things that makes it such a great place to stay!

Carriage rides, “royal” themed rooms, fishing, bike rentals, boat rentals, a sit down restaurant with signature cocktails, a playground and swimming pool – Port Orleans Riverside really has something for everyone!

I highly recommend you check out both of the Port Orleans Resorts for your next Disney vacation, with so much charm and atmosphere they are both a perfect option for couples or for families!


TGIF!

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Disney’s Magical Express – Helping Make Your WDW Vacation Easier

There are many reasons why you should stay at a Walt Disney World Resort when you plan to visit Walt Disney World, one of them being Disney’s airport shuttle – The Magical Express

 

It is a service that offers you and your luggage round trip transportation from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World Resort. Best of all, it is free!
Here’s how it works: When you book your Walt Disney World vacation, you can select the Magical Express service, and when you receive your trip information (either in the mail from Disney or from your travel agent), there will be a little booklet with vouchers and luggage tags for the Magical Express service. Put the luggage tags on the bags you will be checking and that is it – you don’t have to worry about those bags anymore, and they will magically appear in your Disney Resort Hotel room after you check in. As for you and your party, once you arrive at the Orlando airport, you can head straight to the Magical Express check in (there are signs in the airport to direct you to this area), and hand them your vouchers and the staff will direct you to a line where you will wait for your motorcoach that will bring you directly to your Disney Resort.

 
When it’s time to go home (saddest time of all), you can actually bypass airline check in and receive your boarding passes and check your luggage right at your Disney Resort, and then board the Magical Express coach which will take you and your luggage back to the airport (the Resort check in is only available for certain airlines, so check the FAQ information below to see if yours is one that offers this service)

 
There are a few small negatives that I have found about this service:
-Long time on the coach: The coaches often stop at several Disney Resorts, so you may have to wait a while before you get to your hotel (Over an hour on the bus isn’t uncommon)
-Luggage delivery inconsistent: sometimes your bags beat you to your room….sometimes they don’t show up until the next day (one way to avoid this one is to NOT tag your luggage and just claim it yourself in Orlando)

 
Overall it’s a great service, and makes staying at a Disney Resort even more amazing, in my opinion! Check out Disney’s Frequently Asked Questions about the Magical Express for more information.

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