My full March trip report – PREP143

Today I have a full trip report from my March trip, including Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom, Pop Century, and Coronado Springs Resort.

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Hello! Loving the podcast. I was listening to this one to learn more for my upcoming trip in March 2018. I’ll be in WDW the 4-9. You have a section where you talk about how crowded it was in March 2017, somewhat uncharacteristically from the year before.

Do you have a guess on the crowd level for this year? My understanding is that Mardi Gras this year does not fall late as it did in 2017.

Thanks again for the great site and podcast!


I stayed at Pop in Sept. 2015 — bag service did the same for us. Dropped in the morning when we arrived, went to MK, got a mid-day text that our room was ready and what number it was, and when we got back our bags were there.

I love your tip about Open Table at Disney Springs. If I book a reservation using that system can I still use my Disney dining credits (where applicable) for that meal?

Heather Stefanucci

I love your podcasts! We have booked Orlando Transportation by Mike next month on your recommendation as a surprise for my husband and son and I am so excited to try it out!


Another great podcast as always! I learn something new every time After listening it!

A couple of questions for our trip in Jan 2018,

In your opinion,, which night time show is more suitable for a couple of princess lovers, age 5 and 3, Fantasmic at HS? Light of river at AK? Or Illuminations at Epcot?

Also, is it doable that we go to Boardwalk for the new Rapunzel character breakfast from Poly on our departure day? We probably will only have carry on luggage, are we still able to use magic expresss after breakfast?

Thanks a lot! Really appreciate your input!


Thank you so much for the tip. As we only have 4 full days for the trip, and absolutely have to do MK for 2 days, we have to be very selective for other parks. Before the ROL, it was easy, AK in the morning and hop to HS for the Aeiel/Belle/Frozen shows and the fantasmic, now maybe we have to give AK a whole day and hop to HS on Epcot day. We only plan to stroll around World showcase to ride FRozen ever after and meet the princesses, now with the Art festival returns next year, I don’t think it’s possible to do EPcot for half day! We need more time!!!


I heard you say that Wishes is going away. You are talking about the nighttime fireworks show at Magic Kingdom correct? Do you know why Wishes is going away? Is there something replacing it? Super sad since this will be my kiddos first trip and we were looking forward to seeing the show.


Love your daily trip reports. And would love a podcast on the photo pass – memory maker-

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