I ran across this short video today all about good, evil, original sin, and the Disney Princesses. Take a look at it and tell me what you think!
Walt Disney Word: Travel Agent Insider Tips from Build A Better Mouse Trip ~
- Think through Extra Magic Hours. Disney has special “Extra Magic Hours” that allow Disney World Resort Hotel guests. This is where – on select days - the Disney Theme Parks open one hour early or stay open an additional three hours after closing to the general public A lot of Disney hotel guests plan an itinerary that includes every Extra Magic Hour but this isn’t always a good idea. For one thing, the Extra Magic Hour park is always the most crowded park of the day so you may actually enjoy more attractions with shorter lines by going to a less crowded park, especially during peak travel seasons. The parks generally open at 9:00AM, so the Extra Magic Hour begins at 8:00AM – which means that you need to leave your resort by 7:30AM – at the latest – to take advantage of this early opening. Will your family be interested in getting up that early – especially if they were up late watching fireworks the night before? Epcot stays open until 9:00PM every night and the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are also often open late. Will your little ones really be able to enjoy Extra Magic Hours that begin at 9:00PM or later? We’re not saying that you should always avoid Extra Magic Hours – we just want you to consider crowds and the potential for exhaustion levels when you plan your Disney vacation itinerary.
- Disney Theme Park Touring Plans - Did you know that people who use theme park touring plans generally cut their time spent in line by 3 hours per day during the busy summer season? A touring plan is simply using good information to see and do everything that is important to you in a way that minimizes lines and long waits. We are so convinced of the value of a good touring plan that we provide them free to anyone who books their vacation through us. For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php
- Book T-Rex, Rainforest Cafe, and Raglan Road reservations directly through the restaurants, rather than through Disney dining. Communication has never been good between these three restaurants and the Disney Dining Reservation system. Call the restaurants directly, if you’ve been having trouble getting a reservation: Phone numbers: Raglan Road – 407-938-0300 / Rainforest Cafe (Animal Kingdom) – 407-938-9100 / Rainforest Cafe (Downtown Disney) – 407-827-8500 / T-Rex – 407-828-8739. These restaurants all participate in the 2012 Disney Dining Plans.
- Having trouble getting your favorite Disney theme park restaurant reservation? Go to the restaurant podium as early as possible on the day you’re in that park. They’ll be able to check for last minute cancellations and may be able to give you a spot, if you can be flexible with dining times.
- Need to check in for your return flight 24 hours before departure? The guest services desk at the Disney theme parks or the concierge desk at your Disney World resort hotel can help you check in for flights and can even print boarding passes but be sure to bring your airline confirmation number with you.
- Don’t carry souvenirs & purchases all day - Disney offers package pick-up service at each of the Disney theme parks. Anything you purchase during the day (cut-off time applies) can be sent to a pick-up desk at the front of the park. You retain your receipt so there is no worry about lost items. Guests staying at the Disney World resort hotels can have the items sent to a pick-up area at their resort – they’ll arrive the following day so don’t use the resort delivery service on your day before heading home.
- Disney Rider Switch Passes for families with small children – Did you know that Disney offers Rider Switch Passes for families that have members who cannot ride a height restricted attraction? This allows one family member to stay with the non-rider while everyone else rides, then you can switch and the person who waited can ride without having to go to the end of the line. Disney knows that no one wants to ride alone so the rider switch pass is good for 2-3 riders. You can read all about it at http://www.squidoo.com/WDWBabySwapPass
- There are lots of things to do at Disney World that don’t require a theme park admission ticket. See our list of free things to do at Disney World at http://www.squidoo.com/free-activities-at-disney-world
- Get schedules for Disney World live entertainment (shows, street performers, etc) at www.wdwent.com
- Free Activity: Staying at a Disney Resort? Find out what outdoor movies will be shown at your resort during your stay at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/activity-outdoormovie.php
- Our list of the best quick-service meals available at Disney World can be found at http://www.squidoo.com/best-disney-world-quick-service-meals
- Driving Directions to Disney World - http://www.squidoo.com/where-is-disney-world
Steve & Annette
Build A Better Mouse Trip is an independent, Disney-focused travel agency. We book directly through Disney but are not employees of the Walt Disney World Travel company.
Posted July 12, 2012on:
Must book by September 29, 2012 Limited Availability ~ Black-out Dates Apply
Disney has offered a Free Dining Promotion to guests booking a Disney vacation package for select dates from September 30 – December 13, 2012. Your arrival date must fall within the promotion dates but your departure date can extend into the blackout dates.
Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney moderate or deluxe resort and receive the Standard / Plus Dining Plan at no extra cost. This dining plan includes 1 counter-service meal credit, 1 table-service meal credit, and 1 snack credit per person, per night of stay. Receiving this dining plan free of charge saves a family of four about $107 or more per night of stay, based on the regular cost of this dining plan. You can upgrade to the Deluxe dining plan and just pay the difference between the standard and the deluxe plans. Contact us for details.
Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney Value Resort (All-Stars, Pop Century, or Art of Animation) and receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining plan at no extra cost. The quick-service plan provides two quick/counter-service meals + 1 snack per person, per night of stay. Receiving this plan at no extra cost saves a family of four about $85 per night of stay. You can upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe dining plans by paying the difference between the quick service dining plan and your preferred dining plan. Contact us for details.
Travel Dates: Your arrival (check-in) date must fall within these days to qualify for the free dining promotion: September 30 – October 4, 2012 / October 19 – November 1, 2012 / November 9 – 15, 2012 / November 23 – 29, 2012 / December 10 – 13, 2012.
Minimum Requirements: Must purchase a package that includes three (3) Consecutive nights stay at a Disney Resort + at least 2-Day Disney Magic Your Way theme park Tickets.
Must book by September 29, 2012. There are a limited number of promotional packages available at each resort so book early to get your first choice in travel dates and resort.
Deposit: A $200 deposit is required at the time of booking to qualify. The balance is due 45 days prior to arrival.
Most Suites and campsites are excluded from this offer. The Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are included in the promotion but standard rooms at Art of Animation are excluded. The Cabins at the Fort Wilderness campground are included in the promotion.
If you do not have us book this for you, be sure to tell the booking agent that you want the free dining promotion. They do not automatically apply promotions to new or existing reservations – you must specifically ask for the discount.
Existing reservations falling within these days can be altered (subject to availability) to reflect the free dining promotion. Call and ask to have the discount applied – it will not happen automatically.
Dining Reservations – Dining can be booked up to 180 days prior to your arrival. Book your dining reservations as soon as you are eligible. The free dining promotion has a serious impact on the number of available dining reservations and some restaurants will fully book very early. Remember that we book dining reservations on your behalf (subject to availability) when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip.
Even More Free Things: In addition to the free dining promotions, you can receive vacation planning help at no additional cost when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip. We help with establishing a “Best Days” itinerary, help with dining reservations, and provide either a subscription to TouringPlans.com, TourGuideMike.com or an Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (guidebook) to help you with touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.
Build A Better Mouse Trip Toll free: 877-815-6515
I just ran across an article by Daniel Burke – you can read it here. It isn’t strictly Disney-related but Alice in Wonderland, the animated Peter Pan movie, and the first couple of recent Narnia movies were all Disney products so the article piqued my interest.
In a nutshell, 60 minutes and Vanity Fair magazine surveyed 1,000 Americans, asking which fantasy land they would visit, if they could.
- Among Evangelicals, 28% chose C.S. Lewis’s Narnia while only 8% chose Hogwarts (Harry Potter).
- Catholics weren’t into Narnia – 21% chose Alice’s Wonderland, 18% choose Peter Pan’s Neverland, 18% chose Hogwarts, and 16% chose Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
- Mainline Protestants picked Neverland (19%), Narnia (18%) and Hogwarts (18%)
One thing I found fascinating is that Middle Earth – by Tolkien, a strong Catholic – was the leading choice (23%) among those who claimed no particular religion.
Did this poll match your own leanings and religious affiliation? I’m not Catholic but Middle Earth tops my list of the choices presented – things are looking up in Middle Earth since Frodo ditched the “One ring to rule them all”. Hogwarts…no, thank you! I did high school once and am not feeling sentimentally inclined towards all the angst, cliques and hogwartian hormones. Alice’s Wonderland seems like some sort of weird psychodelic trip. Neverland doesn’t seem so bad and Narnia is nice this time of year…post-winter. The thing I find interesting is that none of these “Fantasy” lands is really all that different than right here, right now: Fears, bravery, evil, good, struggles, sorrows, joys – they’re all in those lands so we might as well stay here and walk the path before us. If I want to escape this world and its woes, I think I’ll head over to Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood.; Rabbit may be bossy and Eeyore could use some prozac but everyone there is basically good and kind. I think I’d like to try that for awhile.
Leave a comment letting me know your choice of fantasylands. I’d love to hear from you.
The song played on the radio of your Kilimanjaro Safari vehicle (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) is “Hapa Duniani”, performed by African Dawn, and is actually The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili.
There is an article on Crosswalk.com by John Mark Reynolds entitled “In Defense of Disney Princesses” – you might want to check it out. http://www.crosswalk.com/news/in-defense-of-disney-princesses.html?p=2
Check out our article at http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/free-disney-world-stuff to find out about some fun Disney freebies. You can get:
- Printable Halloween Disney Character Pumpkin templates
- Where to get the free Disney vacation planning DVD
- Customized Disney World Theme Park maps
- Free Disney Character Printable calendar pages
- Free Disney World computer wallpapers
- Free Star Wars / Star Tours Vinylmation Iron-On transfer
- Free printable Disney Storybooks that can be personalized with your child’s name
We hope you have fun with these great Disney Freebies!