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Chris Wood is frequent Disney traveler and travel agent. She considers Walt Disney World to be her home park.
Sadly, there's no truth to the old joke that Disney Parks can control the weather. You can bet it's going to be hot in the summer and cold in the winter (at least sometimes) and occasionally, it's going to...
Every year millions of people make New Year's resolutions. Statistically, these resolutions last until around February because, let's be honest, how fun is it to starve yourself or give up enjoyable but "bad" habits?  The good thing about making...
You probably know that you can get a sizable discount on your Walt Disney World or Disney resort room or vacation package most of the year, barring certain busy weeks, but did you know there are other, more obscure...
Disney's Be Our Guest restaurant review. To say I was excited over the opening of the Fantasyland expansion is probably an understatement, but what I was looking forward to most was the new Be Our Guest restaurant in the Beast's...
For a lot of guests, adding insurance to their Disney vacation package makes perfect sense.  Maybe your job situation is iffy or planning a trip far in advance makes you nervous.  Maybe you're just worried about something bad happening...
You've probably heard that you should book your Walt Disney World vacation as far in advance as possible. In some situations, that's great advice . . . but that's not always the case. In fact, there's a whole school...
So, you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World for the Christmas holidays. Oh, it's a lovely time of year, filled with holiday decorations, special music, cooler weather, and massive crowds that close the park to capacity . ....
As a Disney blogger and a travel agent, I get a lot of questions, everything from "Can I spread my Grandfather's ashes in the Haunted Mansion (no)," to "Will Disney give me a refund if it rains?."  There are...
Biergarten, Epcot's answer to a traditional German beer hall, is one of those locations that's got something for everyone: Kids will be entertained by the...
One solution to the high cost of staying at a Disney deluxe property is to rent Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points.  DVC is Disney's version of a timeshare, but put all your old notions of timeshares aside. The fact...
It's a subtle thing, perhaps something that the average guest doesn't notice, but part of what makes your experience in a Disney park so good is the cast members who go out of their way to make you feel...
It probably won't occur to you until you're chasing your two-year old down the hallway, but hotel room doors are remarkably easy to open. If you have young children, your own home is probably locked down like Fort Knox,...
I know you're busy. You've got meals to make and kids and pets to shuttle around and a job. Somewhere in between all that, you might even be planning a trip to Disney World.  So in the interest of...
You see it in the parks all the time: Yelling parents, grumpy guests, and bad manners. So many Disney World "sins" are really just the result of nice people being hot, tired, and spending too much money, but that...
You probably know quite a lot about Disney World tickets, but I promise you that if you read on, you'll find out something new. While Disney World tickets are mostly straight-forward, they can occasionally resemble something akin to a...
It's that time of year again, the start of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and, in November, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. . . Each party is a hard ticket evening event, meaning you'll pay a separate admission price. ...
I write a lot about Disney restaurants and the dining plan, but the truth is, they're not necessarily in everyone's budget. And even if you're on the dining plan, you'll still have out of pocket expenses you'll want to manage.  The...
Even though it only opened in late May of this year, Disney's Art of Animation resort is fast becoming one of the most popular resorts on property, and with good reason! Excellent theming, rooms that sleep up to six...
In the real world (i.e., places where five-foot tall mice don't roam around with handlers), I'm not a big fan of buffets. The food is often bland and of questionable quality and the surroundings are usually drab, but at...
One thing that surprised me in a very good way while I was in Disneyland earlier this month was how well Disney treats passholders in its California parks.  Every time I purchased something, I was asked if I had...