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Best Disney World restaurants without a reservation  
Best place for a walk up reservation at Disney World

Sometimes you plan a last minute Walt Disney World vacation and don't have any Disney World dining planned.  These are the best places at Walt Disney World to dine without a reservation.

So you did not book dining reservations 180 days before your Disney World vacation.  Don't worry we cover all the top Disney World dining spots that you can get into without a reservation.

 

 

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Steve is unemployed, wigwam socks, Magic Kingdom Must Dos.  

Steve has left his day job, at least for now, so you can now enjoy even more Disney destination news from Steve and the rest of the Mouse Chatters.  :)
We are covering the top must dos at the Magic Kingdom.

Must Do Magic Kingdom

1. The Jungle Cruise - The jungle cruise entirely debends on the cast member you get.  But when you have a wonderful skipper this attraction is like no other.  Sharpie loves the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom and if you can only do this attraction once during your vacation, he recommends a day time cruise.

2. Wishes - The firework show at the Magic Kingdom is a must do.  This show takes place at Cinderellas Castle and is one of the best fireworks shows you will ever see.

3. Enjoy a Dole Whip - To get a taste of the Magic Kingdom stop by Adventure Land and get a Dole Whip.  This tropical treat helps you beat the heat and is very crisp and refreshing.

4.  Haunted Mansion - This classic Disney World ride is a must do.  It's not that scary and makes for a fun family attraction.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean - Another classic Disneyland attraction that is at the Magic Kingdom in a different form is a must see.  I don't normally get a fast pass for this attraction as the wait time is maybe 20-30 minutes most days.

More Must Do's at the Magic Kingdom are on this weeks Mouse Chat Podcast so be sure to listen to help plan your Disney vacation.

Wigwam Socks

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Walt Disney World Hacks  

One of our best shows backed full of Disney World tips and tricks from Disney insiders.  Our show is filled with hidden Disney park secrets that will save you time and money.

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How to save money on your Walt Disney World Park Ticket extras:

Our first Disney World hack will save you money on your Disney World tickets.  To save money on your Disney park ticket don't add the extras like the Park Hopper, Fun and More, etc. when you book your Disney World vacation package.  If you add these extras to your Disney World vacation Package you will have to add it to everyone's park tickets that is on the vacation package because they all have to be the same.  So if you only part of your party wants the Disney Park Hopper option, add it when you get to Walt Disney World.  You will have to add it at one of the Disney park guest service windows.  This way if two of you want to add the Disney park hopper to your tickets and two of you don't want it, no problem.

Save Money with this Disney Dining Plan Hack:

A little know Disney hack that will save you money with Disney dining is to get the Disney Dining Plan during Epcot's food and wine festival.  You can use a Disney Quick Service Dining Credit for three snack items instead of a quick service meal.  During Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival you can get the food items at the different countries around World Showcase for 1 snack credit each.  You can do very well using all three snack credits at one of the food and wine pavilions instead of cashing the quick service credit in for a single quick service meal.  If you have little ones on the Disney Dining Plan you can use their quick service Disney dining plan credits also for three snacks and cash those in for higher priced Disney Food and wine food items.  Your average Disney World Quick Service meal is about $15 so you can get equal value or better trading for snacks during Food and Wine at Epcot.

You have to use all 3 snack credits at one location.  This is a nice way to share with your friends at Food & Wine.

Frozen Dessert and Ice Cream Trick:

Do you more than one kid?  I often find myself buying a Dole Whip or ice cream for both my kids and they eat half of it or less and then it's in the trash.  You can ask to have a Dole Whip split up.  So they will put it in two cups.  Brilliant!

Disney Pin Trading does not have to cost you $100+:

Pin trading is fun but expensive.  Disney pins run about $9.00 and up and by the time you get a lanyard too and ten pins it can add up.  Our kids LOVE pin trading and what we do is we give them 8-10 Disney pins each day that they can trade with Disney castmembers.  But we buy our pins at other places like ebay.  We will by a lot of 50 or so Disney pins (make sure the seller has a good rating).  You can get Disney pins for about $1 each on ebay instead of $9 at Disney World and Disneyland.

Disney glow:

Don't let this happen to you.  You at at Disney World and the nighttime parade or fireworks are about to start.  You have your spot that you camped out in for an hour before the show and your kids are eyeing the carts that keep coming by with all the glow and light up toys at $20 or so each.  Before you go to Walt Disney World, stop by a Walmart or shop on the internet and buy some glow necklaces or glow toys to bring with you.

Save at Disney's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique:

You can have your child made up like a princess at BBB, but it adds up fast.  Most people don't know that you can jut get your hair and makeup done and bring your own princess dress.  This will save you a TON and we have done this with both of our daughters and they loved being princesses for the entire day at the Magic Kingdom.

Free Water:

There is not much free in life, but water is free at Walt Disney World and during a hot Summer day it hits the spot.  Just go up to any quick service dining location and ask for a cup of water.  Want to PLUS it up even more?  Open a Crystal Light packet from your fanny pack and BAM!

Hidden Disney World Lounges:

There is a little know secret at Epcot at Walt Disney World.  There are TWO different private lounges that you can enjoy.  The first lounge is a Chase VISA Lounge that allows Disney Visa card members to enter this lounge area over in the America Pavilion.  The lounge is a nice place to cool off and relax, have a free Coke product on a freestyle machine and plan your next attraction at E

Rent a Cabana at Walt Disney World? - Current Disney News  
Walt Disney World Fun New Things

There are several new experiences at Walt Disney World

Rent a cabana for $700 at the Magic Kingdom.  These are in Tomorrow land and look like small catering tents.  The insides look nice and modern.  For $700 you can relax, charge your cellphone, and have a Mickey bar.  But for less than $700 you could book a room at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  The Contemporary is just minutes away by the monorail or walking.  I can see how these spaces work well at water parks, but we will have to wait and see if they work in the Disney Parks.

Disney World Express Bus Service

There is a new bus service (express) for $15 per person.  You get picked up behind the park, and the buses run every 30 minutes.  Multi-day service is also available for less money ($24 for a 7 day pass).  These buses run park to park, so this could be good for park hopping guests.


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Walt Disney World 2016 year in review  


We had a great time at Walt Disney World in 2016 and spend so much time at the Disney World parks.  We even went to Aulani and on a Disney cruise.  But for todays show we can reminiscing about 2016 at Walt Disney World.

Here is our 2016 Walt Disney World Year in Review

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What's new at Walt Disney World in 2017?  

There are so many great attractions, shows, shops and more coming to Walt Disney World in 2017 and on this Mouse Chat we are going to cover everything new coming to Disney World in 2017.

Avatar Land

One of the most exciting things coming to Walt Disney World is Pandora - World of Avatar will open at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Summer of 2017.
The Avatar land is going to make Animal Kingdom a must do Disney park for your 2017 vacation.  We are also hopeful that the River of Light nighttime show will open in 2017.

Disney Spring New Shops and Dining

Wine Bar George - 100 + selections of wine and small bites to eat.

Planet Hollywood - is being completely redone and will reopen in 2017

Paddle Fish - Fulton's crab house has a new menu and new rooftop bar.  This looks really nice and will be open in 2017 at Disney Springs

The Polite Pig - FL quinine, sounds like a higher end Art Smith, but we will have to wait and see when it opens.

Typhoon Lagoon - New Ride

A new water raft ride miss fortune falls will be opening at Typhoon Lagoon and even the lift that takes you up the falls sounds like it will be a fun pre-show.  If you are looking for a Disney World water park, this new ride is scheduled to open Spring 2017.  Also Volcano Bay opens at Universal Studios in 2017 and we will do a full Volcano Bay review when it opens for everyone.

Star Wars Tour at Disney Hollywood Studios

A Star Wars new 7 hours special tour is available at Walt Disney World.  This special Star Wars Tour is available to book at Disney Hollywood Studios and comes with Themed Dining, Character meets, Dessert Party and special seating area for the night time Star Wars Disney Hollywood Studios fireworks and much more.

New DVC

Copper Creak Villas and Cabins DVC will be opening in 2017.  Some of the Wilderness Lodge will be turned into DVC Villas and there are also cabins by the water.  There is also a new zero entry pool coming to the DVC side of the property.  We believe the cabins will be ready for last Summer 2017 but this is not confirmed.  We also think a new table service restaurant might be coming to Wilderness Lodge in 2017 but we will have to wait and see.

What else is coming to Walt Disney World in 2017?

There are so many other events, attractions and updates for Disney World in 2017 that are perfect to plan your vacation around.  I am not going to cover all of there here in the show notes, so please listen to our Mouse Chat Podcast or Mouse Chat Radio for the full list of what's new at Walt Disney World in 2017.

 

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Should I go to the Walt Disney World Christmas Party?  

We are back from Walt's Disney World's Very Merry Christmas Party and have a review of the 2016 Disney World Christmas Party for you.

The price of the Disney World Very Merry Christmas Party has gone up since 2015 but the price increase might actually be a good thing.  The crowd levels at the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2016 are much lower than last year.  This allows you to pretty much walk on the attractions during the Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom.

This hard ticket event at the Magic Kingdom and prices for the Disney World Christmas Party are:

$86.00 - $99.00 runs 7 PM - 12 midnight

If you have not done the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, we highly recommend it.

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Disney College Program 101  

Lisa and I both did the Disney College Program in the 1990's but that was a while ago,  So for this Mouse Chat podcast we have a past Disney Cast member that recently did the Disney College Program a few times.  If you want to apply for the Disney College Program you need to listen to this full podcast for the insider track on the process, roles, and advice.  First we want to go over the interview process for the Disney College Program so you can get an understanding of the steps and also of what is required in each interview.


Interview steps for the Disney College Program:

1. First you apply online.  If you get accepted you go on to a web based interview.

2. Web based Disney interview (30-40 questions) - At this stage you take an online timed interview.

3. If you get to the next stage you will have a phone interview.  After the Disney phone interview you can get a call back in a few weeks.

College Program Interview TIP: to maybe get a quicker call back from Disney please listen to our interview tips on the podcast.

Can you get College Credit for the Disney College Program?

Yes, but this depends on your University.  There are lecture style classes as well as actual classes with tests and homework that you can take.

Where do you live when on the College Program?

There are four different housing complexes you can live at while on the College Program.

Dorms is a website that Disney created to help you pick the housing you want and number of roommates you want.  Some places can hold up to 8 cast members.
You can also take Disney classes which again depend on your University for credit.  There are several Disney classes structured different ways that you can take.

Top College Program Apartment Complex: Patterson is our top pick for the apartment complex.  The layout and complex is the newest of the four Disney College Program dorms.
Vista Way is the oldest complex and is located across I-4 from Disney Springs.

Do I get paid on the College Program?

Yes as a College Program (CP) cast member you get paid hourly.  But don't expect to save for a new house or for your 401k.  Most of your pay will go to your Disney World apartment rent.

Should I do the Disney College Program?

Having Disney on your resume never hurts and also the experience is amazing!  If you want to work at Disney after college this is also a great way to learn about Disney and the different areas.  It is still very difficult to get a full time job at Disney World and entry level jobs at Disney can make it hard to make a living off of, so use the College Program experience to research what you want to do as a full time career.

What are some of the College Program roles?

The most difficult CP role to get is probably front desk, and transportation (watercraft and monorails). The most common roles are attractions, merchandise, food and beverage, and custodial

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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.

Mouse Chat Meet Up

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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.

Mouse Chat Meet Up

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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  

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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.

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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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