Two brand new character experiences at Hollywood Studios (+1 on the move!)

by Dustin Hayes5 comments Like the Facebook page

Ah, Disney's Hollywood Studios. My favorite park as a kid. This park is in the midst of its biggest expansion in history, and over the last year has seen a number of closures of classic attractions.

However, the park has added some very special character meet and greets to their lineup, and I'm here to give you the information on each one!

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How to handle the weather at Disney World

by Heather Thomas13 comments Like the Facebook page

When planning a dream vacation most people find themselves checking (and rechecking) the weather forecasts as their trip approaches.

And, if the weather reports you are looking at include a trip to Florida, it's not unusual for the forecast to be plastered with a variety of weather conditions that could potentially have an impact on how you plan your day.

We receive lots of emails from families worried that Mother Nature will ruin their trips. However, with a little advanced planning the weather doesn't have to be anything more than a slight annoyance.

Let's take a look at the best ways to handle Florida weather...

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How Memory Maker works

by Shannon Albert186 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last updated: April 25, 2016)

memorymakersquareMemory Maker is a hot topic since Disney promotes it a lot but many (most?) people are really confused about how it works and whether or not they should buy it for their trip.

Today, I have details about how it works, what's included, who should buy it and how to save money by pre-purchasing it.

Let's get started...

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The pros and cons of every Disney World resort

by Shannon Albert328 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last checked: September 5, 2016)

Pros and cons of every Disney World resortThere are several WDW resorts that you could choose for your trip.

Here's a breakdown of the pros and cons of every Disney World resort, who is best suited to stay at each, plus some tips if you decide to book a reservation.

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Character meets at Disney World without FastPass+ (that are worth your wait!)

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This is a post by Dustin "The Character Queen" Hayes. Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram. Now here's Dustin...

Ah, FastPass+. There's something quite wonderful about looking at the standby wait time for some of your favorite attractions and then immediately scanning your MagicBand at the FastPass+ entrance, knowing that you're going to walk by everyone waiting in that other line (sometimes it makes me literally want to skip through the queue!).

Thanks to FastPass+, you are able to practically plan your entire Walt Disney World trip down to the minute, as FastPass+ is offered for every major attraction and character meet. However, some of the best character interactions you might have on your visit don't offer FastPass+, and it's important to consider this as you plan your trip.

Here are a few of my favorites!

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Complete guide to the Disney Dining Plan (and how to get it free)

by Shannon Albert544 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last checked: September 5, 2016)

Disney Dining Plan

If you're staying on-site at Disney World, almost everything is paid for before you even arrive - hotel, park tickets, airfare - but that leaves one main expense that you still have to think about: food.

As they always do, Disney came up with a solution for handling this when they created the Disney Dining Plan. This plan allows you to pre-pay for all of your dining so you don't have to worry about it later and gives your vacation an "all-inclusive" feeling. Disney even offers the plan for free during some promotions.

Here's how you can figure out if the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) makes sense for you.

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Tech tips for Disney World trips

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Technology has become a a huge part of our lives, and that definitely includes Disney World trips.

I have some tech tips for your Disney World trip, including app suggestions, tools you can use, and some gear you might want to buy.

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Tips for eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant

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(Article last checked: September 5, 2016)

The newest and most popular restaurant at Disney World is Be Our Guest Restaurant, located in the Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom.

This restaurant is a Quick Service location for breakfast and lunch, and a Table Service for dinner so it's different than most Disney World restaurants.

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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Disney World crowd calendar for the 2016-2017 school year

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(Article last updated: August 15, 2016 to reflect WrestleMania dates in early April and correct cheerleading competition dates in early May)

Disney World crowd calendarPlanning to visit Disney World sometime between August 2016 and July 2017?

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

Let's dive in...

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Become a WDW Prep Member!

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After lots of anticipation, we are so excited to announce that WDW Prep Members is now live and ready for you to put to use for your Disney World trip planning!

There are lots of new tools and functionality to tell you about. Let's take a tour.

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