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Ideal and short on time Disney World planning timelines   PREP049 from WDWPrepSchool.comThe time it takes to plan a Disney World trip is often a surprise to many first-timers. It is a more than a little strange to have to think about what you’re going to eat 6+ months ahead of time.

Today, I have an ideal Disney World planning timeline and what to do if you’re short on time.

I also have a quick tip to increase your chances of getting a FastPass+ to meet Anna and Elsa.

Ideal and short on time Disney World planning timelines   PREP049 from WDWPrepSchool.com

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Some of the worst Disney World advice Ive heard   PREP048 from WDWPrepSchool.comAnytime a mainstream media source tries to give advice on how to plan a Disney World trip, I cringe because I know they are going to mess it up.

Today, I have 5 bits of bad advice that I’ve heard a lot and some good advice that you can use instead.

I also have a quick tip on choosing FastPass+ reservations based on how fun the line is.

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How to tour Disney World resorts (even if youre not staying there) from WDWPrepSchool.comThe 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and Downtown Disney aren’t the only things to see at Disney World; there are also a couple of dozen Disney World resorts you might want to spend some time touring during your trip (especially if they are convenient to where you’re already planning to be).

Today, I have some touring ideas for how to incorporate hotel visits into your trip, what to do at each one (many activities are free) and how to get there using Disney transportation.

If you’re staying at 1 of the resorts, you’ll have even more things to do than what’s listed below (including special tours and poolside activities).

Let’s get started…

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What to expect each month at Disney World   PREP047 from WDWPrepSchool.comDisney World varies a lot by month in terms of crowds, temperatures and special events so today, I’ve got info about every month of the year to help you decide when to go.

I also have a quick tip on the best source for accurate info from Disney.

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First timer interview with Jen   PREP046 from WDWPrepSchool.comToday is another interview with a first-time Disney World visitor named Jen who just returned from a 10 day trip to Disney World that was full of firsts for her family.

Hear what she planned, how she fit in a trip to the beach, what her husband said when he realized how much planning she’d done and see if her plans had to change once she got there.

I also have a quick tip of the day about choosing restaurants during your trip.

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Disney World dining tips   PREP045 from WDWPrepSchool.comDisney World dining is one of the top categories of questions that I get daily so I’ve got answers to some of the most frequently asked questions as well as the best restaurants to choose whether you’re paying out-of-pocket or using the Disney Dining Plan.

I also have a quick tip about splitting your days when you’re staying at an on-site resort near 1 of the theme parks.

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My thoughts on Extra Magic Hours   PREP044 from WDWPrepSchool.comExtra Magic Hours are a perk of staying on-site in a Disney World resort but they might not always make sense for you. Today, I have info on the best use of Extra Magic Hours and situations where they make sense.

I also have a quick tip of the day on using microwaves at your on-site resort.

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A Disney World trip plan for 3 generations from WDWPrepSchool.comLots and lots of families travel with grandparents, kids and grandkids but it can be tricky with every age group having different needs. Today, I have a plan for you to help you make plans that will appeal to everybody in the family.

Let’s take a look at when to go, which hotels work best, where to eat and how to tour together.

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Souvenir tips for Disney World trips   PREP043 from WDWPrepSchool.comDisney puts gift shops at the exits to nearly all of their attractions, giving you endless opportunities to buy their stuff.

Today, I have tips for souvenir shopping to help you know when to buy and what to get.

I also have a quick tip on using Magical Express on a schedule that works for you.

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How to get lunch and dinner reservations at Be Our Guest Restaurant from WDWPrepSchool.comThe newest and most popular restaurant at Disney World is Be Our Guest Restaurant, located in the New Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom.

This restaurant is a Quick Service location for lunch and a Table Service for dinner so the strategy to eat there is different for each meal.

Being a popular restaurant means that it’s hard to get a reservation, but I have some tips to help you increase your odds.

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Getting your phone ready for your Disney World trip   PREP042 from WDWPrepSchool.comSmartphones are a huge part of most people’s Disney World trips but you don’t want to find yourself in a situation with a dead battery, no memory or without the right apps.

Today, I have tips for prepping your phone before your trip and a quick tip on saving money for your vacation.

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Complete overview of Epcots Food and Wine Festival in 2014 from WDWPrepSchool.comThe Food and Wine Festival is held at Epcot every fall for several weeks and includes special events, food booths where you can sample items from various countries, celebrity chefs and more.

Here’s an overview of the festival and how you can plan your time there.

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Maximizing your FastPass+ reservations − PREP041 from WDWPrepSchool.comToday, I have info on making the most of your FastPass+ reservations, including a quick reference chart that you can save to use later.

I also have a quick tip to help you save room on your phone for vacation pics.

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First timer   before and after her princess themed trip   PREP040 from WDWPrepSchool.comToday, I have a 2-part conversation that I had with a first-time visitor to Disney World who spent a year planning a princess-themed trip for her 4-year-old daughter.

I also have a quick tip about where to find good seats for most Disney World shows.

First timer   before and after her princess themed trip   PREP040 from WDWPrepSchool.com

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Disney World and Puerto Rico May 2014 trip report from WDWPrepSchool.comMy daughter and I just returned from a week-long and first annual mom/daughter celebrate-the-end-of-a-college-year trip. We visited the northeastern part of Puerto Rico and then spent a couple of days at Disney World.

We had SO much fun together. Here’s how it went.


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