By Planning Phase

First timer interview with Jen – PREP046

Today is another interview with a first-time Disney World visitor named Jen who just returned from a 10 day trip to Disney World that was full of firsts for her family. Hear what she planned, how she fit in a trip to the beach, what her husband said when he realized how much planning she’d done and see if her plans had to change once she got there. I also have a quick tip of the day about choosing restaurants during your trip.

Disney World dining tips – PREP045

Disney World dining is one of the top categories of questions that I get daily so I’ve got answers to some of the most frequently asked questions as well as the best restaurants to choose whether you’re paying out-of-pocket or using the Disney Dining Plan. I also have a quick tip about splitting your days when you’re staying at an on-site resort near 1 of the theme parks.

My thoughts on Extra Magic Hours – PREP044

Extra Magic Hours are a perk of staying on-site in a Disney World resort but they might not always make sense for you. Today, I have info on the best use of Extra Magic Hours and situations where they make sense. I also have a quick tip of the day on using microwaves at your on-site resort.

Souvenir tips for Disney World trips – PREP043

Disney puts gift shops at the exits to nearly all of their attractions, giving you endless opportunities to buy their stuff. Today, I have tips for souvenir shopping to help you know when to buy and what to get. I also have a quick tip on using Magical Express on a schedule that works for you.

Ideas for surprising kids with a Disney World trip – PREP020

Lots of parents have dreams of surprising their kids with a trip to Disney World. Today, I have some ideas for how you might want to pull off the surprise (just be sure to not have super high expectations for their reaction – you never know how it’s going to go). I also have a quick tip on preventing motion sickness on a ride at Epcot.

Getting chosen for special events at Disney World – PREP018

There are several special things you can be chosen for at Disney World like parades, shows and park openings. Today, I’ve got an interview with somebody whose family has been chosen for all of those things. She shares her experiences and tips on getting picked for these special things that can bring a little extra magic to your trip. I also have a quick tip that will let you know a shortcut to exiting one of the nighttime shows.

3 DIY invitations to use during your Disney World trip

I recently asked people on the Facebook Page for requests for things to design and the most popular request was for invitations that could be used on Disney World trips. I loved that idea and today, I have 3 different DIY options that I think are really fun. Two of these could be done for free and are pretty simple. The third is so charming you might just find it worth the extra steps. Let’s take a look…

Build your own Disney theme park-style buttons

When you go to a Disney theme park, you can get a few buttons for free from the resorts and guest services. There are options for people on their 1st visit, celebrating a birthday, just married, etc. But what if you’re celebrating something else? I’ve got templates in Microsoft Word, Photoshop and Gimp to help you build your own. Let’s take a look…

How to have a lazy Disney World trip

(Article last updated: April 13, 2016) Soooo…let’s say you’ve read lots of planning advice and your reaction was “WTH?! I’m on vacation. I don’t want to do all of that.” While that will never be me on a Disney World trip (I think it’s fun to spend months putting together a plan and then get up early to see the parks open), I can respect that there are many styles of vacations. Here are my ideas on how to have a more laid back Disney World trip…

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