Disney World for techie geeks

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(Article last updated: April 11, 2016)

We have 2 kids: a princess lover and a nerdy kid. Since I've already written a trip plan for princesses, this one is for the geeky types.

My teen son (affectionately called "Nerd Boy") is a kid who loves programming, robots, physics and math.

Oh, and Disney World.

He's been visiting since he was 3 and he helped me with this trip plan because he has great ideas and I like hearing his perspective.

Now, on to the geeky stuff.

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So, you’re overwhelmed, huh? See if this helps.

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(Article last checked: April 11, 2016)

When people sign up for the email list, they automatically get an email from me asking them to reply with their trip planning concerns.

The number 1 thing that people email me is that they feel overwhelmed (number 2 thing is that they just want their kids to have fun).

I have a confession: some years ago when we were planning our first trip to Disney World, I emailed somebody on a Disney site and it said this (I had to dig through really old emails to find this snippet):

I am interested in knowing if you can help us with planning an itinerary for our trip. I have read a lot of information but find it all overwhelming and would like a loose schedule that includes all the important items and not something planned by the minute.

There's that word again - overwhelmed! Luckily, the person who replied to me pointed me in the right direction and I've never turned back.

And I want this site to do that for you. My hope in creating this site was to simplify the process so that it wasn't so overwhelming. That's why the 6 steps are in the planning process, and that's why I created this infographic.

The problem is that you all know there are a LOT of topics that go outside those 6 steps and it feels never ending. Guess what? It is.

I read about Disney World every day and have for many years and I still learn new things daily.

There are ways to help the trip planning process feel less overwhelming. Here are 4 tips that I think should help.

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6 Disney-themed activities for kids

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(Article last updated: January 4, 2016)

So you're about to leave for your Disney World trip and you want to keep your kids busy en route while getting them in the Disney spirit...

Or maybe your kids think the wait for their Disney World trip is sooooo long and need something to help pass the time...

Here are my favorite Disney-themed activities for kids to pass the time while they wait for their trip to start.

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How to use Rider Switch at Disney World

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(Article last updated: April 11, 2016)

Rider Switch (sometimes called "Child Swap") is Disney's system that allows people with small children to take turns riding the bigger rides while the other person/people wait with the child.

Here's how it works...

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How to stay in a deluxe hotel for moderate prices by renting DVC points

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(Article last updated: April 11, 2016)

How to stay at a Deluxe Resort for Moderate pricesThere are lots of destinations you can visit where renting a timeshare can be an affordable option.

Disney World has a version of timeshares called Disney Vacation Club where you can rent from the owner and pay less than if you booked the room through Disney.

Here's how it works.

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The ideal Disney World planning timeline (and what to do if you are short on time)

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(Article last checked: April 11, 2016)

In order to do everything you want to do on your Disney World trip, you need to start planning more than 6 months in advance.

Of course, not everybody has that much notice on their trips, so they have to figure out how to plan on a shorter schedule.

Here is the ideal planning timeline as well as what you can do if you are running short on time.

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10 things most Disney World first-timers don’t know

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(Article last updated: April 11, 2016)

No matter how much research or planning you do, there will be things that surprise you on your first trip (and your second and third and...).

Here are 10 things you might not know if you're planning your very first trip to Disney World.

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2 custom Disney World itinerary templates

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Parents spend a lot of time planning their family's Disney World trips and hopefully eventually arrive at a plan for their vacation. If your kids are like mine, they want to know what to expect during their trip.

I've designed two templates to help you do that in a fun way.

Here's how you use them.

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