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Disney World December Listener Questions  

You sent in your Disney World questions and we have a full Mouse Chat podcast of travel advice for you.

Best Bars and lounges on Walt Disney World property.

Trader Sams at the Polynesian Village Resort is so much fun for drinks and appetizers.  Even the outdoor patio is nice here.
Disney Springs Jock Lindsey's Hanger Bar is a fun Indiana Jones themed lounge.
AbracadaBar at Disney's Boardwalk Resort is a new creative lounge that has some unique drinks.

Watch our private insider tour of AbracadaBar
The audio in this Facebook Live gets better I promise.

What is the best resort at Walt Disney World for Christmas Decorations

We all love different Disney World Resorts.  The Disney Beach Club, The Grand Floridian Resort and Wilderness Lodge are our top Disney World Resort picks for Christmas decorations and to get you into the holiday spirit.  If you can only see one Disney World Resort during the holidays, I would pick the Grand Floridian.  Also Ft Wilderness is fun with a sleigh ride during the holidays.

What is the best Disney character interaction?

For guests we recommend Gaston at the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland.  Gaston is really funny and interactive.  For a character meal we love the stepsisters at the Grand Floridian Resort  1900 Park Faire for breakfast.

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Orlando Holiday News  

Jingle Bell Jingle BAM show opens at Disney Hollywood Studios to rave reviews

Runs until December 31st at Disney Hollywood Studios.  This holiday show is on and around the Chinese Theater.  The show runs pretty much every night during the holidays.
There is also a holiday party for $59 per adult $39 per person which is a nice way to experience the Jingle Bell Jingle BAM show.  We will be going to the Jingle Bell Jingle BAM show in a few days and will let you know what we think.  Early reports are that the show is wonderful.

Avatar Land Opening Summer 2017

Yes, Avatar is almost here!  Avatar opens in Disney's Animal Kingdom Park in the Summer of 2017.  There are two E ticket rides.  The flight of passage is a 3d ride that allows you to ride a banshee.  There is also a river ride that sounds perfect for families that lets you explore the world of Avatar.  Avatar will really make Animal Kingdom a nice park for the evening and night time.  There are is also a new restaurant, Satu’li Canteen, which is the main dining establishment for Pandora and new shops too.

Update River of Light cast member previews are happening now!  So will River of Light be opening soon to the public?

New Magicbands are here

Disney World has new Magicbands that look more like a watch in size and style.  The new Magicbands have an icon or puck in the center that can be removed with a small screwdriver.  The new design allows you to use the Magicband like a fitbit.  So you can use the icon FRID part in a key chain, a purse hanger, a clip, etc.  This opens the possibilities of the Magicbands to wear them many different ways.

Disney World adds cabanas to the Magic Kingdom

You can rent a cabana at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom for the day.  The Magic Kingdom Cabanas are located in Tomorrow Land and have modern furnishings inside put the outsides are white temporary party tents that you might se at an outdoor wedding.  The Disney cabanas really do not fit into the Tomorrow Land theme and I hope are a test run.  Please listen to our Mouse Chat podcast for what's included in the Cabana rental and the cost.  You do get a bunch of nice extras when renting a cabana.

Our feelings are mixed on these cabanas.  I'm sure time will tell if these are going to stay or not.

Epcot will host a new festival in January 2017 - International Festival of the Arts.

The festival is Jan 13 - Feb. 20, 2017 on Friday - Mondays - six weekends only.  This festival celebrates the arts.  There will be concerts, plays, art and more.  The Festival of the Masters at Disney Springs is no longer happening so this appears to be a more in-dept replacement now at EPCOT.

Tiana's Riverboat Party starts at the Magic Kingdom.

This riverboat party / ice cream social is $49 for adults and $29 for kids.  You arrive at the riverboat in Liberty Square 45 minutes before the parade for an ice cream party.  You get to watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade from the riverboat. You also get to go to Tom Sawyers Island with Tiana.  This is brand new and we have not done this experience so please post your comments here and on our Mouse Chat facebook page.

 

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Disney Cruise Line Travel Tips from the Experts  

Planning tips for your Disney Cruise.

We have been on many different cruise lines and it's hard to beat a Disney Cruise.  For today's Mouse Chat Disney podcast we have a Facebook page full of Disney Cruise Line questions from you, our listeners.

What's the most affordable way to take a Disney Cruise with a large family of 5 or more?

You can get two staterooms and get staterooms that connect.  We have booked two inside staterooms instead of a veranda that sleeps five and it's actually cheaper to book two inside staterooms.  Disney Cruise Line has double bathrooms which make it much easier to get ready and also lots of storage.  Book very early to get a connecting room, these book first so book this at least a year out.  Also booking a Disney cruise early gets you the best price.

What extras do you get on a Disney Cruise?

Not really an extra but there is really not much smoking that you will encounter on a Disney Cruise.  There is no casino that you have to walk through to get from place to place that is filled with smoke.  Also the night clubs are smoke free.

Disney Cruise Line has loads of extras.  Sodas are included and ice cream cones by the pool, great dining, amazing kids programs, fireworks at sea, and award winning entertainment.

How do I convince my husband to take a Disney Cruise?

I think first you really need to have a conversation about what you expect from your vacation.  Do you want to read a book poolside and relax?  Is your vacation style more active?  A Disney cruise can accommodate everyone.  If you want to spend your day relaxing at the coffee bar, get a massage, you can.  If you want constant activities, trivia, shows, dining, excursions, you can do that too.

Does Disney create themes to lower booked Disney Cruises?

We have been on the Disney Halloween cruise and also the Christmas cruises.  Disney Cruise Line has a Star Wars cruise also and there was a Frozen themed cruise also.  We love both the Halloween themed Disney Cruises and also the holidays on a Disney Cruise.  The Disney Cruise line ships are decorated for Christmas and even Castaway Cay is decorated for the Christmas Holidays.

Is there a bus to get to Walt Disney World from Disney Cruise Line?

Yes you can get from your Disney cruise port to Walt Disney World.  It's $75 per person and we actually recommend Happy Limo instead.  Contact your Pixie at Pixie Vacations and they can book this for you.
One of the Mouse Chatters here on the podcast can book this for you.  FYI:  Port Canaveral to WDW is only about 45 minutes.  We have driven this many times in our own car and it's a very easy drive.

When should I book Palo or Remy on my Disney Cruise?

We booked the last night of our Disney Cruise at Palo and I would recommend against this.  You have already been eating for many days and your last night it's kind of difficult to have a big fancy meal.  Also you have to head back to your room and pack your luggage.  Also we would recommend not doing a specialty Disney restaurant on your first night.  Most of the time you are in a rush to get your luggage, unpack and get to dinner.  You should ask your travel agent to book Remy and Palo as soon as it is available in advance to get the best dates and times.  You can book on the ship itself as soon as you board, and we have done this also.  But booking on board you have a very limited selection of reservations.

Both Remy and Palo are excellent and worth the up charge.

Does Disney Offer and Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Package?

Yes, this is called a Disney land and sea package, but we recommend booking these separately because your Mouse Chatter can book a promotion much easier when they book WDW and DCL separately for you.  So if a Disney World discount comes out and you have Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World booked separately, you can then update your Disney World package to get the new vacation deal.  We have several tips around how to book both Disney World and Disney Cruise Line together, please contact us to get the best offer.

More Disney Cruise Line Tips and advice can be found here on our Disney Cruise Line Podcast #1 and also please listen to this Disney Cruise Line podcast for a full hour of Disney Cruise Line helpful advice.

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Universal Orlando Resort & Disney World November News  

Disney Springs Disney Quest to remain open in 2017:

The NBA experience that is scheduled to replace Disney Quest still but we don't think this will has mass appeal.  As more NBA Experience and Disney Quest news comes out we will report it here.

Drones coming to Disney World and are at Disney Springs:

Star Bright Holidays at Disney Springs in a nightly holiday show using 300 drones at Disney Springs.

Jingle Cruise:

Jingle Cruise is back at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  The Jungle Cruise turns into the Jingle Cruise for the holidays.  We give this mixed reviews and it really depends on your skipper for how this overlay on the attraction works for you.  If you go on the Jingle Cruise, please post your comments here and on our Mouse Chat Facebook page.

Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration:

The new stage show at the Magic Kingdom in front of the castle is very well done.  This show takes place several times a night during the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

New Universal Orlando Hotel:

Universal Orlando Resort announced it will be opening a new hotel.  The 16 story hotel is a contemporary upscale loft like resort.  The hotel will start taking reservations in early 2017 at Universal Family Vacations.  The concept art is very modern and has a mirrored effect.  The Universal's Aventura Hotel will open in summer of 2018.  This is Universals sixth hotel property.

Please listen to our November Disney / Universal update podcast for all the details to help you plan your perfect Orlando Vacation.

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Planning a grown up trip to Walt Disney World  

Disney World for grown-ups

Sure Walt Disney World is great for a family vacation, but it's even better to go to Disney World on a grown-up trip.  Disney Marathons, Dapper Days, Epcot Food and Wine, Flower and Garden Festival are all great events happening at Walt Disney World that are perfect for a grown-up trip to Walt Disney World.

When you go to Walt Disney World for a grown up trip you can plan and experience different things than when you are going with your family.

Best Walt Disney World Resort for a group or grown-up trip

First, your Disney World accommodations could be Club Level at one of Disney World top deluxe resorts.  Disney Club Level would give you a nice place to relax and have some snacks and drinks.  Also doing Disney as an adult your location on Disney property is key.  I personally like to stay close to EPCOT if I go to Walt Disney World on a grown-up trip.  When you stay at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Beach Club or Yacht Club, you can quickly get to Epcot to dine around World Showcase.  These Disney World Epcot resorts are literally a 10 minute walk to Epcot's back gate which gets you into the park next to the UK and Paris.  This is also perfect to go back to your resort room and park to the park later to watch Illuminations.

Another way to think about your Disney World resort accommodations for an adult only trip, is to stay at a Disney World Value resort.  If you are only going to be sleeping in your Disney resort and spending all your time out with friends in the parks, then you might not want to spend the money for a Disney Deluxe Resort.  The one disadvantage of the Disney World value resorts are that they are not close to the Disney World Parks.  Being away from the parks can cut into your grown-up trip time if you are waiting for buses.  I would recommend Uber or your own car, especially if you are meeting your friends at other Disney resorts for lunch or dinner.  Using Disney transportation to go resort to resort is time consuming.

Best Disney Park for grown ups

When I go to Walt Disney World with friends we like to hit several parks and Disney resorts.  So park hopping is key and planning everything in advance also is important.  We do spend a great deal of time in Epcot and at the Magic Kingdom when we are at Disney World from a grown-up trip.  We don't ride much, but we like to talk and stroll around the parks and resorts.

A trip with grown-ups is a more relaxed trip and a slower pace for most of us and it's an enjoyable way to see Walt Disney World.

Disney Springs with all the new entertainment, shops, and dining is also a great place to spend time at with adults.
You can also see the Cirque Du Soleil show at Disney Springs.

Also it can be fun to go to the Disney Water parks, Jelli-rolls,  and even mini-golf at Walt Disney World with a group.

Best Dining at Walt Disney World for a group-up trip

If you are going to Disney World as a couple or as a group of grown-ups, we all love California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  California Grill also has some large tables that are perfect for groups of 10-20.

 

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Full Aulani Resort and Spa Review  

Lauren, Chris, and Lisa, went to Disney's Aulani resort in Hawaii and have a full Aulani review.

We spent a week in Hawaii and toured the full Aulani resort.  Our room was stunning and the resort is stunning also.  This resort is amazing and you feel like you have been taken away to tropical paradise, well you have.  There is a new infinity pool at Aulani and they also have the Volcano slide, lazy river, snorkeling lagoon (Rainbow Reef), and lots of pools.  The only thing is lounge chairs are hard to get if you are not in your chair by 9 AM.


The beach is beautiful and calm water.  The sand is clean and white and it is set in a cove.

The room sizes are the same type as what you would find at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort property.  Everything is done very well, beautiful, classy, and a modern clean feel.  We book a regular room and also a 1 bedroom.  The 1 bedroom was massive and a very nice setup.  The views from Aulani are fabulous with the beach and sunsets.  Stunning setup photos can be taken every night.  If you pool a ground floor room you can actually have a walk out right to the grounds.

We did eat at several of the Aulani restaurants and checked out the Aulani Spa, the kids club, etc.  So please listen to the full one hour Disney Aulani podcast for the full Aulani review.



 

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Tips for your Disney Cruise  

If you have been on other cruise lines you are going to be blown away when you take a Disney Cruise.  We have been on all the Disney ships and many other cruise lines.  Our favorite cruise line is Disney and on this Mouse Chat show we cover questions from listeners about Disney Cruise Line.

 

What is the best Disney cruise for a first time cruiser?
If this is your first cruise we would recommend a shorter cruise so you can get a feel for it.  You can do a three night Disney cruise but you are really just getting on the ship and then getting right back off.  A 4 night Disney cruise is what we would recommend if you just want to try cruising.  Also you get to go to Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, on the 4 night and not just the Bahamas.  Our favorite cruise is Eastern or Western Caribbean on Disney Cruise Line for 7 nights.  Seven nights is a nice length.Now you also can break up a Disney Cruise with a Walt Disney World vacation and do both.  :) Disney for Alaska?
We have not cruised Alaska but we have cruised Norway on Disney.  Princess Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line are both great options for an Alaska Cruise. Which is the best Disney Cruise itinerary in the Caribbean?
Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean are both nice.  If I had to pick I would pick Eastern Caribbean.  St Thomas and St. Martin are both very nice for an island tour, water sports, beaches, snorkeling, sailing, shopping and dining.  Mexico for the Western Caribbean is nice but if you go shopping be prepared to walk away from lots of high pressure sales in the shops.Disney Cruise Line TIP: Internet on Disney Cruise Line can be pricey.  Go to a cafe at one of the ports, buy a drink, and get the WIFI code to catch up on your emails.

 

 

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Disney World & Disney Cruise News from Mouse Chat  

Walt Disney World October and November 2016 News.

It looks like permanent metal detectors are coming to Walt Disney World. 2018 Disney Cruise Line itineraries are out.  2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 night itineraries are available for 2018 cruises.  New Disney two and five night cruises from San Diego, CA. will be coming out in 2018 just for one month. The Muppet fountain is going away while they work on Star Wars Land at Disney Hollywood Studios. Disneyland resort is offering savings up to 25% at the Disneyland hotel and Disney's Grand Californian hotel on select dates.  You can book this Disneyland discount with a Mouse Chatter at Pixie Vacations. Victoria & Albert's gets second place out of all the restaurants in the United States.  The rating comes from Trip Advisor. Toy Story and The Incredibles movie release dates swap.  Could Toy Story 4 being moved back a year coincide with the new land opening at Disney Hollywood Studios.

 

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Disney World Fastpass Strategies for Disney Hollywood Studios  

Before the new Disney World Fastpass system you had to race walk to Toy Story Midway Mania or to Star Wars Jedi Training.  Now you can just book these online using the My Disney Experience App.

With Disney Fastpass+ you can book your Disney Hollywood Studios in advance.  The Fastpasses are in a tiered system.

Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1

Toy Story Midway Mania
Rockin Roller coaster
The Great Movie Ride
Fantasmic
The Beauty and the Beast Show

Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2

 

Star Tours
Tower of Terror
Disney JR Live on stage
Frozen Singalong
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
Muppets 3D
Voyage of the Little Mermaid

You get to pick ONE from Tier 1 and TWO from Tier 2.

Fastpass Tip for Disney Hollywood Studios:

If you are going on Disney Hollywood Studios the best all family attraction is Toy Story Midway Mania and this is a great fastpass selection.
Also, Rockin Roller Coaster does have a single rider line which is a great way to avoid the long line at this attraction.

Fantasmic is a nice fastpasss option, but remeber that you can not sign up for any additional fastpasses until you use your 3rd booked fastpass.  So if you have booked Fantasmic as a fastpass you are not able to book more fastpasses until after Fantasmic ends, and then the park is closing.

 

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Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival Review  

We spent four days walking around World Showcase and trying food and wine from all the different countries.  So far, this is my favorite item from Food and Wine. It's the hard soda and ice cream float. What are you looking forward to?

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Mouse Chat Disney News for October  

Mouse Chat Disney News

The Main Street Electrical Parade has left Walt Disney World.  No new Magic Kingdom parade has not been announced yet.
Next Fall a new wine bar will open in Disney Springs, Wine Bar George will seat over 250 people at this new mega wine bar.


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Disney French Quarter Resort & Saratoga Springs Review  

If you are planning a Disney World vacation, please make sure you listen to this Mouse Chat Disney Podcast.  We cover Disney's Port Orleans French Qtr (Disney Moderate Resort) and we also review Disney's Saratogo Springs Resort (Disney Deluxe Villa Resort).

Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Review

 

French Quarter is one of our favorite Walt Disney World moderate resorts.  French Quarter is one of the smaller Walt Disney World resorts so it has just one bus stop.  This is nice for going to the Disney parks and coming back home late at night.  At other Disney moderate resorts you might find yourself going from bus stop to bus stop waiting to get to your stop.  The room are a nice size at Disney World moderate resorts and the New Orleans theme at this resort I love.  The walkways are covered with oak trees and fountains and gardens are just moments away as you walk to the main building lobby area.  The pool at Port Orleans French Quarter is beautiful with a dragon slide and a splash area also for the smaller kids.  There is a pool bar and hot tub too for adults.

Please listen to the full Mouse Chat Disney Podcast for our full Disney French Quarter Resort review.

French Quarter can be difficult to book, as the resort books up fast and can be hard to get a discount at.  If you are looking to book Disney's French Quarter resort please contact a Pixie at Pixie Vacations and remember you can request a Mouse Chatter from the show to help you plan your Disney World vacation.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Review

 

Saratogo Springs is a Disney World Deluxe Villa resort located next to Disney Springs.  The resort is more of a condo layout with buildings spread out over a Disney golf course.  If you are look for rooms with a lot of space, this is a good choice for a on property Disney resort.  Also you can get anything from a studio to a grand villa or even a tree house villa at this resort.  The 1 bedrooms come with a full kitchen, washer and dryer and these are like a small residence.  Saratogo Springs has two large pools and other quiet pools on the spacious grounds.  The large pool has the longest water slide at Walt Disney World.  If you like to work out the gym at Saratogo Springs is almost the size of a commercial gym and there are plenty of places to run or walk outside.  This is also a DVC property but rooms can be booked here at Pixie Vacations with cash too.

Location is key at this resort and also we recommend having a car if you stay at this Disney World Resort.  Bus transportation can be hit or miss at this resort, meaning the buses can be crowded during popular seasons and depending on your bus stop you might be on the bus for awhile.

We give this resort mixed reviews.  Sharpie and Chris both give Saratoga Springs high praise while Lauren did not care for the resort.  So please listen to our Mouse Chat Podcast for each of our personal reviews and pros and cons.

 

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Disney World Restaurant Reviews | Chef Art Smith Homecoming & More  

 

Liberty Tree Tavern Restaurant Review

Location: Magic Kingdom

The service at Liberty Tree Tavern was really good and the restaurant has a nice family feel.  Liberty Tree Tavern is family style so everything comes to the table to share.
The food was average and similar to what you might get at Thanksgiving at home if your granda makes Thanksgiving out of a box from the freezer section.  Some items we enjoyed but many we did not, please listen to the Mouse Chat podcast for details.

Overall there are many better locations to spend a Disney Dining Table Service credit if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, or to spend cash at if you are paying out of pocket.  If you are paying out of pocket for dinner we would recommend The Plaza on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

Rating:
4 out of 10 - Chris
7 out of 10 for Lauren (she liked the Mac n Cheese)

Alternatives:
We would recommend Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom instead of Liberty Tree Tavern.

Chef Art Smith Homecoming Kitchen Review

Location: Disney Springs

If you are looking for fantastic southern food, Florida Cracker Style, you found it.  This is real Southern Cooking and it is really good.  We loved the atmosphere, it was bright and airy.  We went for dinner and the service was wonderful.  Disney Springs has so many dining options now and we loved Homecoming kitchen.  We ordered sandwiches and burgers ($15 - $18) which was very affordable.  They do have more expensive entrees that sounded great.  This is not a bad restaurant to pay cash for instead of using the Disney Dining Plan.  This is affordable dining at Disney Springs and a welcome addition.  There is even outdoor seating and it's very cute.  Please listen to our Mouse Chat episode for the full Chef Art Smith Homecoming Kitchen Review.


Rating:
7 out of 10 for Chris
8 out of 10 for Lauren

 

Tutto Italia Review

Location: Epcot - Italy pavilion

We have been past Tutto Italia many times on our way to to Via Nappoli and this time we booked dinner at Tutto Italia, TWICE.  We had dinner at Tutto Italia two dinner nights and both nights we had great service and wonderful meals.  I would say, don't order the steak.  This is an Italian restaurant and the Italian dishes and fish we all loved.  The steak was not great for the price point and three different people over the two different dinners tried the steak.  The steak was average.

Rating:
10 out of 10 for Chris
9 out of 10 for Lauren

 

Sanna Restaurant Review

Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom Kadani Village

Sanna is an Indian inspired restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Kadani Village Resort.  The resort is stunning and a great way to spend an evening.  Sanna is located on the ground level and has a nice view of the Savanna and you can also walk out to the Sanna viewing areas to cap off your evening.  Everyone in our party loved dining at Sanna and will be back.  For our full review of Sanna appetizers and meals, please listen to our Mouse Chat episode.

Rating:
8 out of 10 for Chris
10 out of 10 for Lauren

 

 

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Disney World Questions Answered by Mouse Chat Podcast  

We have another Disney listener question show for you that will help you plan the perfect trip to Walt Disney World.
Thank you for submitting your questions to our Mouse Chat Facebook page.

 

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Disney World Questions & Answers  

Disney Free Dining, Best time to travel to Disney World, and loads of other Disney vacation questions are packed into this Mouse Chat podcast.  We also cover when we think Disney's Animal Kingdom Rivers of Light will open.  :)

A few of the Disney travel topics covered on our show:

What is the best Nighttime show at Disney World?

Is Boat House at Disney Springs worth it?

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?

What are best things to do on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas?

How to get a day pass to Atlantis.

How to get a day pass to Sandals Resorts.

Disney VIP Guides, worth it for a trip?

Best Room locations at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

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Beaches Resort Review | All-Inclusive Caribbean  

Beaches Negril Resort. Photo by: Pixie Honeymoons Beaches All-Inclusive Resorts Review Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos Reviewed Beaches is an all-inclusive resort for families, groups, and couples. If you have been on a cruise, Beaches Resorts are like a cruise ship on land, with endless activities, food is included.  Unlike a cruise vacation even drinks are included.  If you want to teach your kids to golf, golf lessons are included too at Beaches Ocho Rios.  WOW, that’s impressive! We were to Beaches Ocho Rios and Beaches Negril.  Both Beaches Resorts are in Jamaica.  We also cover Beaches in Turks & Caicos briefly on this show and will be traveling to Beaches Turks & Caicos in 2017 to give you a full review. Beaches Ocho Rios Resort Review     Beaches Ocho Rios is in the heart of Jamaica.  There are loads of other excursions and sites in Ocho Rios so if you are looking to explore outside the all-inclusive resort, you have lots of options.  There are only 223 rooms at Beaches Ocho Rios and they are on 22 acres.  We liked Beaches Ocho Rios but we had the advantage to visit all the Sandals and Beaches Resorts so of course we have our personal favorites.  We liked Beaches Negril more because it’s on Jamaica’s famous seven mile beach and we liked the layout of Beaches Negril more.  But this is just our personal preference and Beaches Ocho Rios has it’s own advantages.  Again the location for Beaches Ocho Rios is great for excursions like the Dolphin Encounter and Dunn River Falls.  Both are very close to the resort.  Beaches Ocho Rios is 2 hours and 15 minutes from MBJ airport and there is a free Beaches Shuttle.   Beaches Ocho Rios has a waterpark with 11 slides.  A big advantage to Beaches Ocho Rios resort is the golf course.  Greens fees, transfers and golf clinics for kids are included!  That’s amazing!  So if you love to golf and want to get your kids into golfing, what better way that a vacation to Jamaica with free golf lessons. Beaches Ocho Rios has 7 gourmet restaurants, VIK Kids Camp, an assortment of concierge suites and the new La Parisienne French restaurant is now open. Beaches Negril Review Beaches Negril is on the famous 7-mile beach in Jamaica and it is just 75 minutes from Jamaica’s MBJ airport on Beaches included transfers.  The resort is a nice size with 186 rooms and the Beaches resort layout is very nice.  The resort sits on the widest stretch of Jamaica’s 7 mile beach and has 9 gourmet restaurants.  We loved the feel of Beaches Negril.  Walking around the property puts you in a tropical paradise dotted with restaurants and outdoor seating, pools, cabanas and an amazing waterpark.  The waterpark at Beaches Negril has 8 slides and a lazy river. We experienced the new Mariachi restraunt and also there is a new discovery dome with Sesame Street that immerses you in a 360 movie.  The kids pool area even has mini lounge chairs!  This resort is our top Beaches resort pic for Jamaica. Please listen to our podcast for the full review of Beaches Resorts. To book Beaches Resorts To book an all-inclusive vacation, honeymoon, or wedding, we recommend Pixie Honeymoons. You can read all-inclusive resort reviews, look at resort photo galleries, and work with a Pixie at Pixie Honeymoons to help you pick the perfect all-inclus...

Beaches Resort Review | All-Inclusive Caribbean  

Beaches Negril Resort. Photo by: Pixie Honeymoons Beaches All-Inclusive Resorts Review Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos Reviewed Beaches is an all-inclusive resort for families, groups, and couples. If you have been on a cruise, Beaches Resorts are like a cruise ship on land, with endless activities, food is included.  Unlike a cruise vacation even drinks are included.  If you want to teach your kids to golf, golf lessons are included too at Beaches Ocho Rios.  WOW, that's impressive! We were to Beaches Ocho Rios and Beaches Negril.  Both Beaches Resorts are in Jamaica.  We also cover Beaches in Turks & Caicos briefly on this show and will be traveling to Beaches Turks & Caicos in 2017 to give you a full review. Beaches Ocho Rios Resort Review     Beaches Ocho Rios is in the heart of Jamaica.  There are loads of other excursions and sites in Ocho Rios so if you are looking to explore outside the all-inclusive resort, you have lots of options.  There are only 223 rooms at Beaches Ocho Rios and they are on 22 acres.  We liked Beaches Ocho Rios but we had the advantage to visit all the Sandals and Beaches Resorts so of course we have our personal favorites.  We liked Beaches Negril more because it's on Jamaica's famous seven mile beach and we liked the layout of Beaches Negril more.  But this is just our personal preference and Beaches Ocho Rios has it's own advantages.  Again the location for Beaches Ocho Rios is great for excursions like the Dolphin Encounter and Dunn River Falls.  Both are very close to the resort.  Beaches Ocho Rios is 2 hours and 15 minutes from MBJ airport and there is a free Beaches Shuttle.   Beaches Ocho Rios has a waterpark with 11 slides.  A big advantage to Beaches Ocho Rios resort is the golf course.  Greens fees, transfers and golf clinics for kids are included!  That's amazing!  So if you love to golf and want to get your kids into golfing, what better way that a vacation to Jamaica with free golf lessons. Beaches Ocho Rios has 7 gourmet restaurants, VIK Kids Camp, an assortment of concierge suites and the new La Parisienne French restaurant is now open. Beaches Negril Review Beaches Negril is on the famous 7-mile beach in Jamaica and it is just 75 minutes from Jamaica's MBJ airport on Beaches included transfers.  The resort is a nice size with 186 rooms and the Beaches resort layout is very nice.  The resort sits on the widest stretch of Jamaica's 7 mile beach and has 9 gourmet restaurants.  We loved the feel of Beaches Negril.  Walking around the property puts you in a tropical paradise dotted with restaurants and outdoor seating, pools, cabanas and an amazing waterpark.  The waterpark at Beaches Negril has 8 slides and a lazy river. We experienced the new Mariachi restraunt and also there is a new discovery dome with Sesame Street that immerses you in a 360 movie.  The kids pool area even has mini lounge chairs!  This resort is our top Beaches resort pic for Jamaica. Please listen to our podcast for the full review of Beaches Resorts. To book Beaches Resorts To book an all-inclusive vacation, honeymoon, or wedding, we recommend Pixie Honeymoons. You can read all-inclusive resort reviews, look at resort photo galleries, and work with a Pixie at Pixie Honeymoons to help you pick the perfect all-inclusive resort. Pixie Honeymoons services are free and they are experts in All-Inclusive vacations. Follow us and meet other Mouse Chatters Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mouse Chat Facebook Mouse Chat Instagram Mouse Chat Twitter We would love to hear from you. Is there something you want to know about Mouse Chat? Please leave a comment.   Please join us by listening to our show at MouseChat.net or by downloading and subscribing to Mouse Chat on iTunes. If you subscribe to our Disney Podcast on iTunes you can schedule it to update your player so you will never miss a show.

Beaches Resort Review | All-Inclusive Caribbean  

Beaches Negril Resort. Photo by: Pixie Honeymoons Beaches All-Inclusive Resorts Review Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos Reviewed Beaches is an all-inclusive resort for families, groups, and couples. If you have been on a cruise, Beaches Resorts are like a cruise ship on land, with endless activities, food is included.  Unlike a cruise vacation even drinks are included.  If you want to teach your kids to golf, golf lessons are included too at Beaches Ocho Rios.  WOW, that's impressive! We were to Beaches Ocho Rios and Beaches Negril.  Both Beaches Resorts are in Jamaica.  We also cover Beaches in Turks & Caicos briefly on this show and will be traveling to Beaches Turks & Caicos in 2017 to give you a full review. Beaches Ocho Rios Resort Review     Beaches Ocho Rios is in the heart of Jamaica.  There are loads of other excursions and sites in Ocho Rios so if you are looking to explore outside the all-inclusive resort, you have lots of options.  There are only 223 rooms at Beaches Ocho Rios and they are on 22 acres.  We liked Beaches Ocho Rios but we had the advantage to visit all the Sandals and Beaches Resorts so of course we have our personal favorites.  We liked Beaches Negril more because it's on Jamaica's famous seven mile beach and we liked the layout of Beaches Negril more.  But this is just our personal preference and Beaches Ocho Rios has it's own advantages.  Again the location for Beaches Ocho Rios is great for excursions like the Dolphin Encounter and Dunn River Falls.  Both are very close to the resort.  Beaches Ocho Rios is 2 hours and 15 minutes from MBJ airport and there is a free Beaches Shuttle.   Beaches Ocho Rios has a waterpark with 11 slides.  A big advantage to Beaches Ocho Rios resort is the golf course.  Greens fees, transfers and golf clinics for kids are included!  That's amazing!  So if you love to golf and want to get your kids into golfing, what better way that a vacation to Jamaica with free golf lessons. Beaches Ocho Rios has 7 gourmet restaurants, VIK Kids Camp, an assortment of concierge suites and the new La Parisienne French restaurant is now open. Beaches Negril Review Beaches Negril is on the famous 7-mile beach in Jamaica and it is just 75 minutes from Jamaica's MBJ airport on Beaches included transfers.  The resort is a nice size with 186 rooms and the Beaches resort layout is very nice.  The resort sits on the widest stretch of Jamaica's 7 mile beach and has 9 gourmet restaurants.  We loved the feel of Beaches Negril.  Walking around the property puts you in a tropical paradise dotted with restaurants and outdoor seating, pools, cabanas and an amazing waterpark.  The waterpark at Beaches Negril has 8 slides and a lazy river. We experienced the new Mariachi restraunt and also there is a new discovery dome with Sesame Street that immerses you in a 360 movie.  The kids pool area even has mini lounge chairs!  This resort is our top Beaches resort pic for Jamaica. Please listen to our podcast for the full review of Beaches Resorts. To book Beaches Resorts To book an all-inclusive vacation, honeymoon, or wedding, we recommend Pixie Honeymoons. You can read all-inclusive resort reviews, look at resort photo galleries, and work with a Pixie at Pixie Honeymoons to help you pick the perfect all-inclusive resort. Pixie Honeymoons services are free and they are experts in All-Inclusive vacations. Follow us and meet other Mouse Chatters Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mouse Chat Facebook Mouse Chat Instagram Mouse Chat Twitter We would love to hear from you. Is there something you want to know about Mouse Chat? Please leave a comment.   Please join us by listening to our show at MouseChat.net or by downloading and subscribing to Mouse Chat on iTunes. If you subscribe to our Disney Podcast on iTunes you can schedule it to update your player so you will never miss a show.

Best Disney Fastpass Strategies for EPCOT  

Skip the line, Disney Fastpass Strategies for EPCOT Fastpasses are key to your Disney World vacation and Disney is constantly chasing how Fastpasses work and which rides and attractions have fastpasses.  Epcot has some new rides and also a tiered fastpass setup which makes this Disney park different than the Magic Kingdom.  The Epcot fastpass system has two tiers.  Tier one fastpasses are your E Ticket rides that everyone wants and you only get to pick one tier 1 fastpass at EPCOT.  Tier 2 fastpasses are you lessor rides and attractions at Epcot and you get to pick two fastpass tier 2 level fastpasses. There are several different ways to plan your Disney Epcot fastpasses.  On this weeks Mouse Chat podcast we cover all the different ways to best use your Epcot fastpasses. We have tested these fastpass strategies over this Summer.  Chris got to Epcot at rope drop so she could ride Frozen without a fastpass and got on the ride first thing with no wait.  This allowed Chris to use her tier 1 Epcot fastpass for something else. Lauren also went to Epcot and tried a few fast pass strategies.  We also recommend some options for fastpasses for families with kids going to Epcot.  Also we cover fastpasses in multiple Disney World parks and how to add additional fastpasses to your My Disney Experience when you are in the park. To hear all of our Fastpass Tips, please listen to our Mouse Chat podcast here on this page or on iTunes. We would love to help you plan a vacation.  It’s free to use our services and we will work with you on your Disney Vacation, Cruise, Wedding, All-inclusive, group trips, European Vacations, etc. Please write that you heard about us on Mouse Chat in the comment, submit a vacation quote request here. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mouse Chat Facebook Mouse Chat Instagram Mouse Chat Twitter We would love to hear from you. Is there something you want to know about Mouse Chat? Please leave a comment. Get Free Mouse Chat Swag We would love to send all Mouse Chatters some Mouse Chat swag but we only have so much to go around. Please post a comment, tip, review, or just join in the conversation below in the Comments section at the bottom of this podcast page. We will pick one comment a week and announce it on Mouse Chat and send you some cool Mouse Chat swag sure to impress your friends. How to contact us at Mouse Chat: You can post questions and comments to the show below in the show comments or on our Mouse Chat Facebook page. Media and Press can also contact us at Comments@MouseChat.net If you like our show, please let your friends know about us. Please join us by listening to our show at MouseChat.net or by downloading and subscribing to Mouse Chat on iTunes. If you subscribe to our Disney Podcast on iTunes you can schedule it to update your player so you will never miss a show.

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