Planning For A Walt Disney World Trip, by Gil Pohl

It seems that I get phone calls about once a month from a friend of a friend asking me about taking a trip to Walt Disney World.  What surprises me most is when someone calls and tells me that they are going in a month and have not done any planning. 

I think a trip to Walt Disney World is something that requires at least some advance planning.  I break my trip planning into three stages, the first has three parts.  Where to stay, what tickets to purchase, and how am I going to handle dining. 

Walt Disney World ResortsStage 1, Part 1:  The first thing I need to know is where to stay, how many days I will be staying, and how much it will cost.  This is where your first call to Ears of Experience comes in.  For me I love to be involved in Disney 24 hours a day, so I always stay on park.  Rooms for every budget are available, so working with an expert will ensure that you get the right room at the best price. 

Disney TicketsOnce you have to a place to stay, then you can move on to the second decision, what type of tickets to buy.  There are just so many types of tickets that again asking for help is a great idea.  In general, the more days you stay, the lower the cost per day .  Where the help is needed is in the options that you can add to a ticket.  Park Hopping, Water Park Fun & More, and No Expiration are some of the options that can be added to the “base ticket”.  For which options are right for you, talk with Ears of Experience and they can tailor a ticket package for you.

Disney DiningThe final step in the Stage 1 of the planning is do I want a “Dining Plan”.  With the dining plan, all meals will be paid in advance.  The dining plan is flexible enough so that you should be able to eat when and what you want.  If you decide that the dining plan is right for you, it should be booked at the same time you book your room and reserve your tickets.  Package deals do save money. 

I will be writing again soon about Stage II of the planning process; advance dining reservation and other activities.

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Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

We just got back from a quick trip down to the Walt Disney World® Resort. It was supposed to be a relaxing, cool October visit, but it turned out to be just the opposite. Orlando had a heat wave last week and we heard the record-breaking temperatures were the hottest it’s been there in October in 150 Years. It was brutal! And….add Columbus Day weekend and the Food and Wine Festival and it all added up to a hot, crowded place. Still, we managed to have a lot of fun and we tried to stay cool wherever we could.

This visit, we stayed at the Boardwalk Resort for the first time and it was beautiful. The decor is of a turn-of-the-century boardwalk, complete with restaurants, bars, carnival games, and all of the little touches that made you feel like you were really at an old boardwalk. Our room was large and had a balcony overlooking the boardwalk. We had heard of people not liking this resort because of the noise from the boardwalk, and although we could hear a little at night, it wasn’t too bad.

The resort is split into two halves, with one side for DVC members and the other for regular guests. There are two quiet pools for those who want to relax and one larger pool with a bar, water slide, music, and games. The water slide is set up to look like a classic wooden roller coaster along the boardwalk and my daughter said it was fun. There was an activities member at the pool each day playing music and pool games for the kids. My daughter even surprised us by singing kareoke in front of everyone!

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From this resort, you can either walk or ride the boat shuttle to either Hollywood Studios or EPCOT.  EPCOT was a five minute walk and Hollywood Studios was about 15-20. 

Overall, we loved this resort and would definitely stay here again. If you have a favorite resort, let us know about it. We would love to pass on any tips you may have.

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