Daily Recap – Day 3 Epcot

Daily Recap – Day 3 Epcot

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_-_Epcot.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (13.3MB) | EmbedDay 3 has us going to Epcot and experiencing Frozen Ever After for the first time!  We also had a surprisingly short wait to meet Anna & Elsa at their Royal Somerhaus.  It was another great day at Walt Disney World and we have the full recap for you in the...
Daily Recap – Day 2 Animal Kingdom

Daily Recap – Day 2 Animal Kingdom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap-_Animal_Kingdom.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (14.6MB) | EmbedDay 2 of our family vacation was a day of scrambling!  We arrived at the Animal Kingdom before rope drop as planned, but from there on we had to stay on our toes and make some changes to the schedule.  In this episode I talk about why you shouldn’t plan for the best case scenario, and how to make FP+ changes on the fly when necessary.  Thanks to quick thinking and some flexibility we still had an amazing day at the Animal Kingdom.  Check out our original plan below, followed by our actual touring for the day: Original Plan Kilimanjaro Safaris Festival of the Lion King Wildlife Train: Africa Conservation Station Habitat Habit! Affection Section Wildlife Train: Rafiki’s Planet Watch Lunch – Harambe Market Flights of Wonder Break Finding Nemo the Musical Maharajah Jungle Trek Dinner – Flame Tree Barbecue The Boneyard DINOSAUR Tricera Top Spin Expedition Everest River of Light Actual Touring Plan   Kilimanjaro Safaris Wilderness Explorers Festival of the Lion King Lunch – Harambe Market Break The Boneyard Tricera Top Spin Finding Nemo the Musical Dinner – Flame Tree Barbecue Rivers of Light...
Daily Recap – Day 1 Magic Kingdom

Daily Recap – Day 1 Magic Kingdom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_Magic_Kingdom_Day_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.4MB) | EmbedWelcome to a special edition of the WDW Ride Guide!  This week we are in my favorite place, Walt Disney World.   Check in each day as we are posting a daily recap of our experiences, rides, and family fun!  Today we visited the Magic Kingdom and introduced our niece and nephew to the most magical place on Earth.  They loved it!  We didn’t wait more than 15 minutes for any ride, took a 3 hour break and the afternoon, and still managed to do a whole lot.  Be sure to listen to the episode for all the details.  Here is a recap of our touring plan: Dumbo the Flying Elephant Goofy’s Barnstormer Under the Sea Meet Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto Meet Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern Enchanted Tales with Belle It’s a Small World The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Lunch at Be Our Guest Walt Disney World Railroad: Main Street to Frontierland Country Bear Jamboree Magic Carpets of Aladdin Dinner at Columbia Harbour House Splash Mountain/Jungle Cruise Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Tomorrowland Transit Authority...
Planning to Ride: Part Two

Planning to Ride: Part Two

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode20107-20Planning20to20Ride-20Part20Two.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (17.2MB) | EmbedI am about to embark on my next family Disney vacation and we are busy planning go ride!  Last week we started my countdown of the seven steps to planning the most magical Disney vacation you can have.  We only made it through number 4 before we ran out of time so this week we are bringing you 5-7. If missed last week’s episode, be sure to go back and listen to that before proceeding with today’s podcast. Here is a quick review of all 7: 1. Select Your Dates 2. Choose Your Resort 3. Book Your Trip Early 4. Create a Touring Plan 5. Make Reservations 6. How to Pack 7. Review and Go! 5.  Make Reservations As we discussed last week, there are some distinct advantages to staying in a Disney resort hotel.  Chief among those perks are the early dates for making Advanced Dining Reservations and Fastpass+ Reservations.  Let’s tackle these one at a time and start with Advanced Dining Reservations, or ADR’s for short. Advanced Dining Reservations can be made 180 days in advance for on property guests.  While you won’t need to book every restaurant that far out, there are a few that usually require you be up bright and early on day 180.  Here are a few of the restaurants that you need to plan on booking at the 180 day mark: Cinderella’s Royal Table Be Our Guest Chef Mickey’s Victoria & Albert’s (especially the Chef’s table) Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue & Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, both at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds Spirit of Aloha...
Planning to Ride: Part One

Planning to Ride: Part One

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_106-_Planning_to_Ride-_Part_One.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (14.7MB) | EmbedNormally we bring you one ride, show, or experience from Walt Disney World in hopes of making your next Disney vacation the best it can possibly be, or just to sprinkle some pixie dust over your day until the next time you can enjoy the parks.  Today, however we are going to take a broader view of Walt Disney World and talk about the best ways to plan for your next Disney vacation. Speaking of next Disney vacation, my next trip is just around the corner!  In fact, I fly down to Orlando next week and I can’t wait.  This trip will include my wife and her brother’s family.  We will have 1 adult, and 2 kids that are experiencing the most magical place on Earth for the very first time! It has been a lot of fun planning with them over the past few months and watching them get more and more excited as they countdown to Disney.  It has really helped me examine what rides and experiences will be best for our 4-year old nephew and 2-year old niece.  Beyond the rides, it has also been a great experience getting to plan my own Walt Disney World vacation in more than a year. As a Disney Travel Planner I get to help families plan their magical trips on a weekly basis.  One thing I love is that every trip is different.  Every family, including my own, has its own set of priorities, age ranges, and interests.  I often like to think of a Walt Disney World vacation as...

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