Dining with the Character Queen: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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imageIt's no secret I love princesses. It's also no secret that I really love food. Recently, I got to experience the two of these things together when I had lunch at Epcot in Norway at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall's Princess Storybook Dining!

Here's how it went...

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How runDisney races work

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This is a guest post from Cheryl Koren, one of the co-owners of Key to the World Travel. She has participated in 13 runDisney events so far and is already signed up for 5 more. Now, here's Cheryl...

runDisney races are some of the most popular weekend events at the Walt Disney World Resort, but what are they all about?

Let’s me fill you in on how to sign up, where to stay, and how they work.

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Magic Kingdom touring plans for 2016

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(Article last checked: September 5, 2016)

Magic Kingdom touring planHaving well-organized touring plans that make good use of FastPasses is key to avoiding long line waits during your Disney World trip.

The old paper-based FastPass system has been replaced by the new digital FastPass+ system which is a little hard to understand at first, but I have an explanation on that, plus advice to help you create your own Magic Kingdom touring plan.

Let's take a look...

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

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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

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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

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(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

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(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)

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(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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