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Welcome! I am Jane-Ellen (JE) I'm a travel agent and I am happy to share with you my love of travel. I am not a journalist, I simply enjoy traveling. My favorite travel destinations are Walt Disney World, Cruises and anywhere on our Harley. My husband, Steve and I are out on our Harley when time, work and weather permit. We try to take weekend trips whenever possible.
Walt Disney World has been a favorite spot to vacation since our first trip in 1983. We have had over 30 weeklong vacations and now living in Florida we visit monthly, although recently I find myself there weekly. Hey I am doing research!
Cruising is another passion. We have been on many cruises, predominately in the Caribbean. A seven day cruise is the best way to really unwind and relax; but if a three or four day cruise crosses our path, we set sail. I am an Accredited Cruise Councilor, and a Certified Travel Councilor. I have the highest level of education from all major cruise lines.
Many clients have asked for insider tips for Disney World and cruising. That is my goal to offer insider information on Disney, Cruises and biking.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Getting the Most Enjoyment From Your Disney Vacation

Here are a few tips to get the most enjoyment during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Try to visit each park on its least busy days. Listed below are some general guidelines for attendance at each park.

Busiest Days at each park
Magic Kingdom is usually busiest Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Epcot is busiest Wednesday and Friday.
Disney Hollywood Studios is busier Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Animal Kingdom is busy Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Magic Your Way Tickets lets guests decide how many days they want to spend in the parks and what options work for them, such as no expiration date, water parks or Park Hopper (visit more than one park per day).
The cost per day decreases for longer stays. A seven day ticket will save you approximately 50% compared to a single day base ticket. A 10 day ticket can cost you 1/3 of a single day base ticket.
The Water Park Fun & More option can offer significant savings for recreation and entertainment outside the theme parks. It provides admissions to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, DisneyQuest, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course and Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Park Hopper option allows a guest to take advantage of visiting more than one park in a day. Perfect if you want to see the parade at one park and the fireworks at another. Great for enjoying your favorite rides on the same day.

Kids under age 3 are provided free admission to all Walt Disney World theme parks.

Disney knows that time is a valuable commodity while on vacation. They do their best to help you use your time wisely.      

Tip Boards are the most underutilized feature at Disney Parks. They are located at strategic crossroads in each theme park provide guests with the attractions approximate wait times.

system allows guests to avoid waiting at designated popular attractions in all four Walt Disney World theme parks. Here’s how it works:
At the entrance to attractions offering FASTPASS, two times are posted – (1) approximate wait time using the normal queue and (2) return time for FASTPASS tickets currently being issued.
If the wait in the normal queue is long, guests can choose to obtain a FASTPASS ticket (at no charge) with an assigned return time (an hour-long window) and then use the time until then to enjoy other experiences in the park.
Upon returning to use their FASTPASS, the guest can hop on the attraction with little or no waiting.

A Rider Swap program lets both parents enjoy a ride – one parent waits with a child who is unable to ride an attraction while one parent rides. Afterwards, the other parent can board the ride with minimal wait time.
Extra Magic Hours offer private hours for exclusively for guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels. How it works-The extra time is one hour prior to scheduled park opening or up to three hours after park closing.
The park changes from day to day.

Disney water parks sometimes open one hour early for guests of select Disney resort hotels.

To take advantage of the additional time in the parks, guests must have a Magic Your Way ticket valid for the park(s) offering Extra Magic Hours – and, of course, their hotel ID.
The Park Hopper option on Magic Your Way tickets allows guests to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours in a park or parks different from where the guest spends the rest of the day.
Dining Make your reservation in advance. The restaurants located in Disney World begin taking reservation or priority seating, as Disney calls it, up to 180 days out. Most reserve quickly! This is especially true for any character dining experiences. The more popular ones fill up the day the reservations open.

Best time to visit  The best time to visit can be either during slower, not peak, times or during holidays. Off peak times have the advantage of fewer guests in the park but the park operating hours are scaled back. Peak times may have many more visitors but they often have extended park operating hours, so there is more time to see everything.  Either way if you make a game plan you can see and do most almost everything.

Keep in mind; you will never see it all in one trip! Make sure to take your time and enjoy the experience. Leave some rides or events for your next trip to Walt Disney World.

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