Why the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is a WDW Prep fave

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In recent years, Disney World has expanded the number of premium events available for guests to add to their visit, and while we try to emphasize to readers that you don't have to spend anything extra to have a fantastic (and memorable!) vacation, every now and then one comes along that we think might be worth it for some guests.

The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is one of those events.

Check out the information below to learn more about this event and see if it sounds like a good fit for your family.
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Guide to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival for 2017

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(Article last updated: March 11, 2017)

Guide to Epcot's Flower and Garden FestivalThere are several special events held throughout the year at Disney World. Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival is 1 of those.

In this guide, I've got details on when it's held, what takes place, how I suggest touring and my thoughts on whether or not it's worth it.

Let's get started...

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About the new Magic Kingdom opening procedure

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Magic Kingdom openingThe start of 2017 brought about a bunch of announcements at Disney World, including a new Magic Kingdom opening procedure. Prior to the change, guests gathered eagerly in front of the WDW Railroad Train Station to await the arrival of the Mayor, the Family of the Day, the Main Street dancers and a train full of characters.

There were some flaws with this opening, however. The space available for guests to watch was small, and if you didn't get there early there was a chance you wouldn't even make it through the turnstiles before park opening.

The new procedure, while perhaps lacking some of the nostalgia of the previous show, addresses the space issue by opening up Main Street to all guests an hour before the official park opening. This gives guests tons of room to spread out, shop and even eat breakfast in the park before the official "rope drop."

Here's how it works...
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Things that don’t exist at Disney World anymore

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There are things that used to exist at Disney World that don't exist anymore.

You might be wondering why we'd bother to tell you.

Here's why:

  • info exists online about each of these things and you might think you still can
  • people ask us all the time how to do them
  • the search feature on this site is being used to look for those things, likely resulting in people wondering why there are no results. Now they'll find this article instead.

Side note: I'm not going back to the beginning of time to tell you everything that no longer exists so if you find yourself saying "I went to River Country in 1977. WHERE DID IT GO?" then you'll have to find another resource. This list goes back about 8 to 10 years.

Without further ado, here are the things you can no longer do at Disney World...

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Best Disney Dining Plan credit values for 2017

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The Disney Dining Plan (DDP) is an optional add-on that people staying in an on-site Disney World resort can get by booking one of these things:

  • A package (that includes a room and tickets) online or by calling Disney
  • A room-only reservation by calling Disney or have your agent add it
  • A DVC reservation

When you buy a Disney Dining Plan (DDP), you are pre-paying for your food and then using credits to get meals during your trip.

Let's take a look at the cost and see how to get the most out of the DDP for 2017.

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Disney World crowd calendar for the 2017-2018 school year

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Disney World crowd calendarPlanning to visit Disney World sometime between August 2017 and July 2018?

I've got a Disney World crowd calendar of predicted crowd times based on school calendars of many of the biggest districts, holidays, runDisney races, and years of experience being in the parks at all times of the year.

Let's dive in...

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New Year’s Eve at Disney World

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Whether you have planned a Christmas trip that spans across New Year’s Day or you’ve decided you just want to ring in January 1st with Mickey, New Year's Eve at Disney World offers lots of options for both dining and entertainment.

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Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for 2016

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(Article last updated: November 7, 2016)

The biggest event held during the holidays is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) which takes place on select evenings at Magic Kingdom in November and December. It features exclusive holiday entertainment, snow falling on Main St., and complimentary treats.

Let's dive into the details...

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About Extra Magic Hours at Disney World (and why I don’t usually suggest them)

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Extra Magic HoursExtra Magic Hours at Disney World are a perk available to people staying onsite at Disney World resorts, but I don't usually recommend them.

Here's an overview of how they work, who should use them, and what attractions are open during those times.

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Printable (and cute!) Disney World luggage tags

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Disney World luggage tagsOne of the most fun parts of planning a Disney World trip is all of the chances to get creative. In this post, I have some Disney World luggage tags you can print out and laminate for your trip.

Consider using them for your luggage as you fly, park bags, or anything else you can think of.

Let's take a look...

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