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My favorite 1 week Disney World trip plan   PREP058 from WDWPrepSchool.comIf somebody asked me what the best-of-the-best plans were for a family trip to Disney World, today’s 1-week plan would be it. It has all of my favorite overall resorts, dining locations and special touches that I think most families will enjoy.

I also have a quick tip of the day about what you can order when you make a dining reservation.

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A magical first timer interview   PREP057 from WDWPrepSchool.comToday’s interview is with a first-timer named Cindy who I talked to before and after her September 2014 trip. There were surprises, great plans, magical moments, unexpected challenges and great memories.

I also have a quick tip of the day about a way to snag difficult FastPass+ reservations less than 60 days before your trip.

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(Updated: September 18, 2014)

Disney World binder builder   100+ free downloads from WDWPrepSchool.comNo destination is quite as difficult or fun to plan as Disney World. That’s why I’ve always had a planning binder full of info and printables to keep me organized.

Below, I have shown the sections I use for my binder and links to downloads that you can use to create your own.

Let’s get started…

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Souvenir shopping on Disney World trips   PREP056 from WDWPrepSchool.comOne big part of many people’s trip budgets is for souvenirs so today I’ve got info on where to shop, what to buy and some tips.

I also have a quick tip of the day for people who are nervous about knowing how to use the My Disney Experience site or app when it’s time to make dining or FastPass+ reservations.

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How to get difficult FastPass+ reservations from WDWPrepSchool.comSometimes even after you’ve done all of the research for your Disney World trip and you feel super well prepared, you come up empty on a couple of FastPass+ reservations that you had hoped to get.

Yes, that happens (and just happened to me recently). Here are some strategies to help.

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Details of my 6 step Disney World planning process   PREP055 from WDWPrepSchool.comI often mention my 6 step planning process but have never had a podcast about the details of each step. Today, I discuss that and have a free download to help you work through the process.

I also have a quick tip about people attending one of the parties who want to use FastPass+.

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Tips and tricks for Fantasmic from WDWPrepSchool.comHollywood Studios’ nighttime show is called Fantasmic! and it’s well worth your time to see, but it can be tricky to make sure you see it without long waits.

Today I have tips and tricks to help you avoid long lines, get the best seats and make an easy exit from the show.

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Special Disney World parties and events (and if theyre worth it)   PREP054 from WDWPrepSchool.comThere are several special events and parties held at Disney World that you might want to do during your trip.

Today, I have info on each of those, including what each event includes, how much it costs (if anything), if I think it’s worth it and the best times to go to each.

I also have a quick tip if you’d like to enjoy the fireworks from the special parties without attending the event.

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Disney World with older kids   PREP053 from WDWPrepSchool.comMost Disney World info focuses on families with little ones, but how do you do put together a trip plan for older kids?

I have info for you today on doing that, including when to go, where to stay and places to eat.

I also have a quick tip on using Disney gift cards on your trip and a way to save money when you purchase them.

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The best free things to do at Disney World resorts   PREP052 from WDWPrepSchool.comThere are lots of activities to do at Disney World resorts, and some of them are not only great, but won’t cost you a thing.

It’s also the one-year anniversary of the podcast and I have a quick tip of the day about when to buy some types of Disney World tickets.

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50 Disney World tips from WDWPrepSchool.comAt the end of every episode of the WDW Prep to Go podcast, I give a quick tip of the day.

To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the podcast, I’ve assembled all 50 Disney World quick tips from the first year to help you plan your trips.

Let’s get started…

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How to choose the right park tickets   PREP051 from WDWPrepSchool.comDisney World park tickets are expensive and can be confusing to figure out. Today, I have info on which options are available and who should choose each one.

I also have a quick tip about your techie setup when making hard-to-get dining and FastPass+ reservations.

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The interactive and themed queues of Disney World from WDWPrepSchool.comI’ve had lots of people ask me to list out the Disney World attractions with great queues so that they could decide which attractions to ride standby and which to use FastPass+ to ride.

Today, I’m going to tell you about the Disney World line queues that are interactive and those that are heavily themed and worth paying attention to.

Let’s take a look…

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A Disneyland pro goes to WDW for the first time   PREP050 from WDWPrepSchool.comToday, I have a different kind of first-timer trip report because this one comes from a Disneyland pro who just returned from her Disney World trip with her family.

I also have a quick tip of the day about scheduling a wake-up call in your Disney World resort room.

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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.

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